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XAn unusual mix of pre-war blues and jazz, string bands, R&B, hillbilly, and whatever sounds we can find in this fragile format!

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Roland Hanna

Trio (Japan), Late 70s.
A Japanese-only session from pianist Roland Hanna – recorded with George Mraz on bass and Motohiko Hino on drums – in a warm and gentle mode with lots of lyrical touches. The title of the set is Glove, but most of the tracks have "love" in their name – "Lover" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Gomez

Down Stretch
Blackhawk, 1972.
Bassist Eddie Gomez hardly ever has a down stretch – especially given all the creative combinations he's worked in over the years – and this rare 70s album from Japan is more of a high point than anything "down" at all! The record's a trio date, with killer work on Fender ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve/Real Gone, 1965. (reissue)
LP ... On January 10, 2020
Laura Nyro's first album ever! Even at this early point, Nyro sounds wonderful – a fair bit more soulful than most other female pop singers of her time – with a fully-fleshed out approach to the vocals that's mature and sensitive, and almost a bit more confident at times than in later ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Scratch Perry

Heavy Rain
On-U Sound (UK), 2019.
LP ... About December 17, 2019
A dubbed-up remake of Lee Scratch Perry's excellent Rainford album – done in strong partnership with producer Adrian Sherwood, and featuring guest help from a host of talents – including the legendary Brian Eno, and trombonist Vin Gordon! The sound here is right up there with the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Not Two (Poland),
CD ... About December 20, 2019
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Stanley Cowell & Dave Burrell

Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
A spare but soulful set – recorded in Japan in 1973, and featuring dual piano work by Cowell and Burrell, with no other backing. Cowell's at one of the most fruitful points in his career at the time of the recording, and he brings out a lot of Burrell's best elements in the set. The record ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
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Miroslav Vitous

Guardian Angels
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
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Elvin Jones & McCoy Tyner

Love & Peace
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
A surprisingly wonderful album from these two Coltrane bandmembers – reunited here in the early 80s, working in a mode that's very much in keeping with their rich spiritual jazz legacy! The group on the album's a quintet – with Pharoah Sanders on tenor, Richard Davis on bass, and Jean-P ... CD

Elvin Jones

Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
Very rare indeed – and one of the best 70s albums from Elvin Jones – thanks to a tight quartet lineup who follow his every move with tremendous energy! The style's not as all-out bombastic as Jones could sometimes be in these days – and with a group that includes Roland Hanna on ... CD

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Afro Blue
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's ... CD

Dave Burrell

Only Me
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
Some of the most beautiful work ever recorded by pianist Dave Burrell – a solo session issued only in Japan, featuring Burrell on a Steinway recorded in an echoey space. The tracks are long and introspective – slowly building, but always kind of falling apart in a beautiful way. ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
The great guitarist plays here with a Tokyo trio that features Kunimitsu Inaba on bass and Tetsujiroh Obara on drums – for a cool Japanese-only release! Titles include "Girl From Ipanema", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Barniana", and "Stella By ... CD

Woody Shaw

Lotus Flower
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
Beautiful later work from Woody Shaw – perfectly honed, in the soaring, stretching, soulful exploratory style of his best work in the 70s! The group's a quartet with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Stafford James on bass, Tony Reedus on drums, and Steve Turre joining Woody in the frontline – ... CD

Bobby Jones

Hill Country Suite
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
One of the few great albums issued by reedman Bobby Jones as a leader in the 70s – a set that features Bobby on tenor and clarinet – in a hip trio with George Mraz on bass and Freddie Waits on drums! CD

Uli Lenz/Cecil McBee/Joe Chambers

Live At Sweet Basil
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
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Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
The first album from vocalist Pat Peterson – sister to trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson, and best known for her work as a member of Ray Charles' Raelettes backing group! The sound of the set is miles away from Pat's work with Ray – open, soulful, and done in a sophisticated jazzy ... CD

Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron

Left Alone Revisited
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2002.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
A very mellow, very laidback set from the team of Shepp and Waldron – playing here in a mode that pays homage to Waldron's classic post-Billie Holiday album, Left Alone – and which follows in a similar blend of dark-edged standards. The setting is spare – simple duets between ... CD

Prince Lasha

Inside Story
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
Rare work from two albums by Prince Lasha – the spiritual reed player who cut some incredible work in the 60s with Sonny Simmons! This session was recorded in 1965, featuring Lasha on flute and alto, in a quartet with Herbie Hancock, Cecil McBee, and Jimmy Lovelace. The tracks are extended ... CD

Bennie Wallace

Fourteen Bar Blues
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
CD ... About January 22, 2020
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