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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!


Treader (UK), 2005. New Copy
Charlie Parker made some famous recordings with strings, and many other musicians followed his lead – but here, the alto genius John Tchicai takes the format in a completely different direction – by working not with violins and violas, but other instruments that provide a completely ... LP, Vinyl record album

Antero Sievert

Underscore
JMI, 2019. New Copy Gatefold
A beautiful album of slow-building sounds that mostly come from the piano of Antero Sievert – but which is also slightly augmented at points by work on violin, cello, and trombone! Sievert is great enough on solo piano – working with maybe the warmth and sensitivity of a young Keith ... LP, Vinyl record album
Norton, Mid 50s. New Copy
Interstellar vocal group numbers and doo wop from the Sun Ra vaults – a couple rare release and a bunch of previously unissued numbers featuring The Cosmic Rays, Crystals, Nu Sounds and Juanita Rogers – teenage vocal group numbers, bits of bebop and spacey doo wop released for the first ... LP, Vinyl record album
Norton, Mid 50s. New Copy
Doo wop era spaceways travel from Sun Ra and soulful mid 50s vocal recruits – including The Cosmic Rays, Crystals, Nu Sounds and Juanita Rogers – a motherlode of rarities and never before issued recordings! Interplanetary Melodies includes doo wop numbers of earthly concern, and space ... LP, Vinyl record album

Prince Lasha Ensemble

Insight
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy
CD...$6.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the ... CD

Harold Mabern

Straight Street
DIW (Japan), 1989. New Copy
A straight street, but a great street – as Harold Mabern returns to full force in this lovely set of trio tracks! The set's one of the best of any of Mabern's early 90s sessions for DIW Records – a very strong outing with Ron Carter on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums – served up ... CD
Impulse, 2019. New Copy
A brilliant blast from The Comet Is Coming – their second album on Impulse in less than a year – and it's as exciting as anything they've done so far! Their core vibe of mixing spiritual jazz with electronic experimentation is here in full force, but they take it new directions. While ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mike Selesia

Flavor
Mad About Records (Portugal), 1976. New Copy
Plenty of flavor here – a really well-crafted brew that's heavy with searing saxophone from Mike Selesia – mixed with other rootsy instrumentation in a very groovy way! Mike plays soprano, tenor sax, and flute on the set – clearly inspired by the John Coltrane generation, yet ... LP, Vinyl record album

Teruo Nakamura

Unicorn
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A landmark album from the Japanese fusion scene of the 70s – a killer set of tracks recorded by bassist Teruo Nakamura, with help from a host of American soul jazz luminaries! The album's easily one of Nakamura's most sought-after sets – and for good reason too, as the cuts are long ... CD

Takashi Mizuhashi

Who Cares
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Who cares? We care! And it's hard not to – given the strength of this sweet little set from Japanese bassist Takashi Mizuhashi – a hell of a player who really knows how to keep things exciting throughout! The group's got some tremendous talent in the front – both Fumio ... CD

Isao Suzuki

Ako's Dream
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy
One of the wonderfully creative 70s sets from Japanese stringman Isao Suzuki – an artist who also plays bass, but who works here on jazz cello – for a very unusual approach! The set has Suzuki's work on the light strings matched in a combo with lead guitar from Kazumi Watanabe – ... CD

Masayuki Takayanagi & New Direction For The Arts

Free Form Suite
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A really compelling set from this important Japanese group of the 70s – a quartet headed up by guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi – but which features a very complex balance of work from all the individual members! The set initially begins with a traditional vibe, but then seems to step out ... CD
Spiritmuse, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Griffith

Geneva Connection
Geneva/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A very very cool record – an unusual take on the music to The Connection – that hip early 60s play that featured a more famous version of the soundtrack on Blue Note Records! This version's much more obscure – part of a "localization" that occurred when the play would ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note/Slow Down Sounds, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful little session from one of the greatest guitarists ever! The album's part of Blue Note's tendency to "churchify" Grant Green on some albums – giving his guitar a gospelly groove that has some nicely soulful connotations – but it's also a record that's maybe the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A superb record from the great Lloyd McNeil – one of the more obscure players of the spiritual jazz generation of the 70s, but an artist who always gave us his best whenever he walked into the studio! Here, the mood is a mix of modal and Latin elements, with a definite current of influence ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gideon Nxumalo

Jazz Fantasia
Renown/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1962. New Copy (reissue)
An insanely wonderful bit of jazz from the South African scene – an early 60s record that stands as one of the first to really express the kind of special sound and promise that would emerge from that nation in years to come! Part of that jazz legacy was an expatriate one – as some ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1971. New Copy
Killer Hammond from Polish player Piotr Figiel – a player with a really wonderful sort of groove! The album's got a vibe that's halfway between the Hammond antics of Alan Hawkshaw and the freer lines of American jazzmen like Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland – augmented by other cool ... CD

Bingo Miki & Tatsuya Takahashi

Scandinavian Suite
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A really cool blend of jazz and electronics – done up in some of the ambitious modes of composer Bingo Miki's other work, yet with a style that's a lot more straight ahead overall! The jazz component of the record is served up strongly by tenorist Tatsuya Takahashi – who leads a group ... CD

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

Blues For Tee
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A special live set, dedicated to the head of the unique Three Blind Mice label – and done in the best freewheeling style of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! The record's got even more bite than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time – a soulful groove that has lots of left hand action ... CD

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio

Live At The Misty
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Long tracks and plenty of room to groove – a really great little session from Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, and one with some added conga to boot! Don't confuse this one with Yamamoto's other 70s date with Misty in the name, because this album's a live one – and it comes across ... CD

Isao Suzuki Trio

Black Orpheus
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A beautifully spare session from the mid 70s – one that features bass and cello from Isao Suzuki – stretching out here in a sound that's totally unique! The trio's a great one – with Donald Bailey on drums and Tsuyoshi Yamamoto on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes – the ... CD

Masayuki Takayanagi

Lonely Woman
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1982. New Copy
A pretty darn beautiful album of solo guitar tracks – recorded in 1982 by Japanese musician Masayuki Takayanagi, and featuring only electric guitar, played with a spare raspy edge – recorded in a rough style that's quite unusual for a Japanese jazz session of the time! However, it's ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2018. New Copy
Sax great David S Ware leading a masterful trio featuring William Parker on bass and Warren Smith on drums – live at NYC's Vision Festival in 2010, plus some incendiary 2009 studio outtakes from the too brief period these three were in action together! Amazingly, given how deft their ... CD

Hiroshi Suzuki

Cat
Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Saxophone Summit (Liebman/Lovano/Osby)

Street Talk
Enja (Germany), 2019. New Copy
A strong summit of saxophone giants – Joe Lovano on tenor, Dave Liebman on soprano, and Greg Osby on alto – all uniting here in one of the boldest statements of their individual voices we've heard in years! Part of the record's charm is the way the three saxes come together to carve ... CD

Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & Flats

Beautiful Bamboo Flute
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is ... CD

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Mandatory Reality (clear vinyl)
Eremite, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A really fantastic album from bassist Joshua Abrams – a set that may well be his greatest to date – and that's saying a lot, given all the other work he's given us in recent years! The double-length set has Abrams working with this lineup of improvising jazz talents, but in a way that's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Doctor Umezu

Diva
NEC/Studio Mule (Germany), 1988. New Copy (reissue)
Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hiromasa Suzuki

Primrose
Union/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
Warm and wonderful work from pianist Hiromasa Suzuki – a real leading light in the Japanese trio scene of the 70s! The album's got a really wonderful vibe throughout – modes initially informed by a bit of Bill Evans, and maybe some Tommy Flanagan too – recorded with warm tones ... LP, Vinyl record album
On The Corner (UK), 2014. New Copy (reissue)
A gem of a record that came out at a time when the UK scene was just beginning to explode with a whole new wave of jazz energy – and a set that's ripe for rediscovery even a few years later! Collocutor are a smallish group – just a septet – but they play with a righteous majesty ... LP, Vinyl record album

Miles Davis

Rubberband
Rhino, 1986. New Copy 2LP
Great lost work from Miles Davis – early material recorded for Warner Brothers in the mid 80s, and never released at the time – now finally uncovered from the vaults, and presented with a few slight contemporary touches! The core music is prime electric Miles funk all the way through ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alice Coltrane

Eternity
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal 70s work from one of the most righteous jazz musicians ever! On this set, Alice Coltrane moves past the rawer spiritual sound of her Impulse albums – working with a more focused vision and an approach to jazz that takes her way past the identity of just being "Mrs Coltrane" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy
A masterpiece of British jazz from the end of the 60s – a set that doesn't need to answer at all to any of the jazz styles coming from America at the time – as it's sound and vision is so bold, so unique, it's a completely massive statement on its own! The set may well represent the ... CD

Eric Alexander

Leap Of Faith
Giant Step Arts, 2019. New Copy
The great Eric Alexander in a trio mode – soaring out with a lot more space and soul than some of his albums with a pianist – and that's saying a lot, given the wonderfully soulful sound of that work too! The style is a mode that Alexander has explored a bit over the years, but which ... CD

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

Star Dust
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977. New Copy
Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto pays tribute to the late Erroll Garner, by working in an expanded format that brings a bit of strings into support the core work of his trio! The setting is quite different than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time, and makes for a surprisingly nice change ... CD

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

Midnight Sugar
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy
The midnight sugar here comes from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – who's playing with a soulful, bluesy sort of style – one that reminds us a bit of Ray Bryant back in the 60s, but which also comes across here with a fair bit of lighter, lyrical touches as well! As with other Three Blind ... CD

Tenderlonious

Hard Rain
22A (UK), 2019. New Copy
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 1961. New Copy 2CD
A fantastic lost slice of work from Stan Getz – one that features an early 60s group that was barely recorded at all, and which really shows Getz stretching out right before his bossa nova years! The quartet features a very young Steve Kuhn on piano, the great Roy Haynes on drums, and John ... CD

Lyman Woodard Trio

Jazzy Weeknights Special
Uuquipleu, 1974/1993. New Copy 2CDs
Rare work from one of the true powerhouse performers on the Detroit jazz scene – organist Lyman Woodard, famous for a few funk records in the 70s – but a musician who also gigged non-stop for decades in the Motor City! This double-length set features two performances, almost 20 years ... CD

Art Turk Burton

Ancestral Spirits
TNT, 2019. New Copy
A fantastic record from Chicago percussionist Art Turk Burton – a longstanding member of the AACM, but one who's been so busy teaching and helping out on the local scene, he's never gotten the international fame he deserves! Art works here in a large group that mixes contemporary modes and ... CD

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

Where Future Unfolds
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy
An amazing record from Chicago musician/artist Damon Locks – maybe the album he's been waiting his entire life to make – and the first to really bring together the mighty sum of his many talents! The material was recorded live in performance at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory ... CD

Chance Hayden

Get Somethin'
Ropeadope/Atlanta, 2018. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
Tight guitar from Chance Hayden – a player who definitely knows how to get a lot of color and tone out of his instrument, even while picking out a sharp note solo! There's a dexterity in Hayden's style that's clearly inspired by the more proficient blues guitarists in recent generations ... CD

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
Blue Note/Wallen Bink (UK), 1968/1969/1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from pianist Duke Pearson – recorded at a time when the musician was taking a bigger role at the Blue Note label, and started exploring some great musical territory in the process! The tracks here were all recorded in the late 60s – but not issued by the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Axiom/Hive Mind (UK), 1991. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A set recorded during that tremendous late 80s/early 90s point when guitarist Sonny Sharrock was really hitting on all creative burners – and one that also features the legendary Pharoah Sanders on tenor, who gives the record a slightly different vibe than some of Sharrock's other records ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Hammond

Gears (with bonus tracks)
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sun Ra & Others

Rocket Ship Rock
Norton, 1960s. New Copy
Wild and wooly Rocket Ship Rock from Sun Ra and his Arkestra – featuring shout blues vocalist Yochanan – often billed as "the man from outer space" and a cat who could give Screamin Jay Hawkins a run for his money in the excitable oddball category – jumping 60s r&b ... LP, Vinyl record album
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A mighty soulful set from the group of bassist Takahashi Mizuhashi – served up in a really strong range of sounds that are spun out over the album's very long tracks! The set begins with a soulful rendition of "When A Man Loves A Woman", but then soars into freer jazz territory at ... CD

Louis Moholo

Spirits Rejoice
Ogun/OTOroku (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
One of the strongest 70s statements from ex-Blue Notes drummer Louis Moholo – recorded in the company of fellow expatriots and UK avant jazzers that include Johnny Dyani, Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti, and Harry Miller. The album shifts easily between strongly ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated December 14, 2019


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