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Jazz — Coming Soon 📣

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!

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Blue Note, Late 60s. (reissue)
LP...$27.99 34.99 ... On August 6, 2021
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1959. (reissue)
LP...$27.99 34.99 ... On August 6, 2021
Beautiful hardbop – and one of Sonny Clark's best albums! The My Conception session was originally recorded in 1959, when Clark was at the height of his powers – but it was never issued on vinyl until 1980 – in this rare limited Japanese pressing! The set's got Clark at his most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020.
LP ... About July 1, 2021
These guys already had our attention the moment we looked at the cover – and noted that they were playing songs by Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre – then they really won us over once we heard the very first few notes of the set! The group's only a quartet on most ... LP, Vinyl record album

William Parker

Painter's Winter
Aum Fidelity,
LP...$23.99 24.99 ... About July 23, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

William Parker

Painter's Winter
Aum Fidelity,
CD...$13.99 14.99 ... About July 23, 2021
... CD

William Parker

Mayan Space Station
Aum Fidelity,
LP...$23.99 24.98 ... About July 23, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

William Parker

Mayan Space Station
Aum Fidelity,
CD...$13.99 14.99 ... About July 23, 2021
... CD
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD

Stan Tracey

Sound Check
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD
Resteamed (UK), 2011.
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD

Stan Tracey

Flying Pig
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD
Storyville (Denmark),
CD...$14.99 15.99 ... On July 16, 2021
... CD
Strata/BBE (UK),
12-inch ... About July 1, 2021
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Kunio Ohta

My Back Pages
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About August 18, 2021
An overlooked gem from the Three Blind Mice catalog of the 70s – a date that's led by pianist Kunio Ohta, but which features some excellent reed work from Masamiki Takano too! The record's got that open, creative spirit that we love from the label's best work in the decade – almost as ... CD

 


Upcoming Releases

Barney Wilen

Passione
Venus (Japan), 1995.
LP...$57.99 59.99 ... About June 19, 2021
A great little set from Barney Wilen's late revival period – strong, solid blowing all the way through – with a depth that almost matches his classics from the early days! The group here is a quintet – with Enrico Rava on trumpet in the frontline alongside Wilen's tenor and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harold Land

Westward Bound
Reel To Reel, Early 60s.
CD...$14.99 16.99 ... About June 18, 2021 (delayed)
A fantastic addition to the too-small catalog of work from the wonderful Harold Land – the west coast tenorist whose sound was maybe more of a bridge to the New York scene in the 50s and 60s – as you'll hear in this collection of well-recorded and unreleased material from his key years ... CD
Promo Sound/Life Goes On (Italy), 1957/1970.
LP ... About June 18, 2021 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album

Duck Baker

Confabulations
ESP,
CD...$12.99 ... About June 20, 2021
... CD

East Axis (Matthew Shipp/Allan Lowe/Gerald Cleaver/Kevin Ray)

Cool With That
ESP,
CD...$12.99 ... About June 20, 2021
... CD
Blank Forms, 1968.
LP...$28.99 ... About June 18, 2021 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album
INA/Blank Forms, 1972. 2LP
LP...$33.99 ... About June 18, 2021 (delayed)
An incredible performance from the great Don Cherry – one that's maybe the most perfect summation we've ever heard of his ability to embrace a globe's worth of influences and make them his own! The set was recorded live at a French jazz festival in 1972, and it has a very compelling group ... LP, Vinyl record album
Incus/OTOroku (UK), Late 60s/1970s. 4LP & Cassette (reissue)
LP...$173.99 ... About June 18, 2021 (delayed)
The set includes Parker's first four solo albums – Saxophone Solos, The Snake Decides, Monoceros and Six Of One, along with a cassettte of bonus tracks from the sessions. LP, Vinyl record album

Phil Woods

Warm Woods
Epic (Japan), 1958. (reissue)
LP ... About June 23, 2021
One of the most wonderful Phil Woods albums ever! No kidding – this is amazing! Woods played on lots of other records – and often in settings that made you wonder why people thought he was so great – but on this one, he's totally in the spotlight, fronting a mellow easy quartet ... LP, Vinyl record album
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969/1972.
CD...$24.99 ... About June 23, 2021
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
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969.
CD...$24.99 ... About June 23, 2021
Quite possibly the strongest moment of genius ever from saxophonist Noah Howard – a legendary album that captures the altoist at the height of his powers! The 1969 session was recorded at a time when Howard's contemporaries were making big noise overseas – but the date finds Noah at ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1968.
CD...$24.99 ... About June 23, 2021
A pretty great and very strange album by avant pianist Dave Burrell! Side one features an extended tune called "West Side Story", which is basically a medley of tunes from the musical, played with a nice dark edge by Burrell and a trio, plus additional tambourine work by Pharoah Sanders! ... CD

Manhattan Projects

Dreamboat
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989.
CD...$18.99 ... About June 24, 2021
Features work from Roy Hargrove, Kenny Garrett, Donald Brown, and Ira Coleman! Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Kenny Garrett on alto and tenor saxophone, Donald Brown on piano, Iral Coleman on bass, and Carl Allen on drums. CD

Cosmo Intini Jazz Set

My Favourite Roots
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990.
CD...$18.99 ... About June 24, 2021
Cosmo Intini on piano with Gary Bartz, Victor Lewis, Carroll Dashiell, and Paolo Fresu. CD

Kenny Drew

Falling Leaves
Limetree/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990.
CD...$18.99 ... About June 24, 2021
... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD...$18.99 ... About June 24, 2021
... CD

Cedar Walton

Eastern Rebellion Live
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD...$28.99 ... About June 24, 2021
... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD...$44.99 ... About June 24, 2021
... CD

Lionel Hampton

Outrageous
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981.
CD ... About June 24, 2021
... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989.
CD...$18.99 ... About June 24, 2021
... CD

Beaver Harris

Beaver Is My Name
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983.
CD...$18.99 ... About June 24, 2021
Features some tremendous tenor from Andrew White – in a quartet with Juney Booth on bass, Beaver Harris on drums, and Francis Haynes on steel drums! CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983.
CD...$18.99 ... About June 24, 2021
A really beautiful session from Benny Golson – and proof that, throughout the years, Golson could always continue to turn out wonderful material! Benny's working here with old bandmate Curtis Fuller on trombone – and the pair are supported by a trio who include Bill Mays on piano, Bob ... CD

Will Bernard

Ancient Grains
Posi tone, 2021.
CD ... On June 25, 2021
... CD
Blue Note, 1960. (reissue)
LP...$22.99 24.99 ... On June 25, 2021
A partner album of sorts to Jimmy Smith's classic Midnight Special album – recorded during the same sessions as that one, and also featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor and Kenny Burrell on guitar! The sound here is almost even more open and stretched out – with only 4 long tracks on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1958. (reissue)
LP...$22.99 24.99 ... On June 25, 2021
One of the most legendary albums on Blue Note – or maybe THE most legendary albums on Blue Note – a stunning session that shows what the label was capable of when it was really hitting on all burners – from the lineup to the music to the production – and even the classic ... LP, Vinyl record album

Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few

Cosmic Transmissions
Division 81, 2021. 2LP
LP...$23.99 28.99 ... About June 25, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh

Telepathy
Sunnyside,
CD...$15.99 16.99 ... On June 25, 2021
... CD

Fourth World Quartet

1975
Cuneiform,
CD...$15.99 16.99 ... On June 25, 2021
... CD

Amaro Freitas

Sankofa
Far Out (UK),
LP ... About June 25, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Amaro Freitas

Sankofa
Far Out (UK),
CD ... About June 25, 2021
... CD

Arcana (Bill Laswell/Tony Williams)

Arc Of The Testimony
Axiom/MOD Reloaded, 1997.
LP ... On June 25, 2021
Bill Laswell on bass, Tony Williams on drums, Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone, Graham Haynes on cornet, Byard Lancaster on bass clarinet, and Nicky Skopelitis and Buckethead on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
Craft, 5CD
CD...$62.99 69.99 ... On June 25, 2021
... CD
Warner, 2LP
LP ... About June 25, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 2CD
CD ... About June 25, 2021
... CD
Impulse, 1961. Gatefold (reissue)
LP...$28.99 34.98 (LP...$23.99)... On June 25, 2021
One of the all-time classics of early 60s mainstream jazz – and a beautiful record that showcases writing and arranging talents of Oliver Nelson! Nelson had been bumping around a variety of sessions before this one – as a leader, sideman, and arranger – but it was with this album ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1965. Gatefold (reissue)
LP...$28.99 34.98 ... On June 25, 2021
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dawn/Tiger Bay (UK), 1971.
LP...$24.99 25.99 ... About June 25, 2021
A groundbreaking early album from guitarist John McLaughlin – a set that's a bit different than his more famous work of the mid 70s – with maybe a more avant approach, and a lot more bite as well! The set's really an equal collaboration, rather than just a McLaughlin session – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bill Evans

On A Friday Evening
Craft, 2LP
LP...$28.99 34.99 ... On June 25, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Bill Evans

On A Friday Evening
Craft,
CD...$14.99 15.99 ... On June 25, 2021
... CD

Carlos Nino & Friends

More Energy Fields – Current
International Anthem, 2021.
CD...$11.99 12.99 ... On June 25, 2021
... CD
International Anthem, 2021.
LP...$26.99 27.99 ... On June 25, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Wayne Davis

Wayne Davis
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1976. (reissue)
LP...$21.99 22.99 ... On June 25, 2021
Wayne Davis' moody soul record for the Black Fire label. A strange mix of styles with a spiritual edge and a trans-genre feel to it. Not totally jazzy like the Oneness of Juju records for the label, but not really a soul record either. Sort of in the vein of Roberta Flack or Les McCann's soul ... LP, Vinyl record album

Wayne Davis

Wayne Davis
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1976.
CD...$12.99 13.99 ... On June 25, 2021
Wayne Davis' moody soul record for the Black Fire label. A strange mix of styles with a spiritual edge and a trans-genre feel to it. Not totally jazzy like the Oneness of Juju records for the label, but not really a soul record either. Sort of in the vein of Roberta Flack or Les McCann's soul ... CD

Juju (Oneness of Juju)

Live At 131 Prince Street
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1973.
LP...$27.99 29.99 (LP...$36.99, CD...$12.99)... On June 25, 2021
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood

Live
International Anthem, 2021.
LP...$26.99 28.99 (CD...$11.99)... On June 25, 2021
Angel Bat Dawid is a completely mesmerizing artist on record, but she's even more mindblowing in a live setting – where she seems to channel the energy of the skies and the planet into her music – brimming over with righteous energy that guides the rest of the group with a hell of a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jorge Lopez Ruiz & Pocho Lapouble

Viejas Raices De Las Colonias del Rio De La Plata
Trova/Altercat (Germany), 1976. (reissue)
LP ... About June 25, 2021
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from this legendary Argentine pianist – a set that has Jorge Lopez Ruiz playing lots of Fender Rhodes, and mixing it in with both rootsy Latin percussion and a number of other keyboards too! The set's almost a South American version of some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
MPS, 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About June 25, 2021
The aura here is spreading wide – as George Duke really grows his sound strongly from the early years, and takes hold of a whole host of cosmic influences! The record's one of Duke's biggest for MPS – a beautiful balance between jazzy fusion and spacey soul – served up with help ... LP, Vinyl record album
MPS (Germany), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About June 25, 2021
Killer keyboards from the legendary George Duke – and one of his most righteous albums for the MPS label! The album's a spectacular set that showcases both sides of Duke's genius at the time – his spacey, soulful approach to a laidback tune – and his more jamming styles on the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jef Gilson & Malagasy

Malagasy At Newport-Paris
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. (reissue)
LP...$32.99 ... About June 28, 2021
Very hip stuff – with Gilson on Fender Rhodes and ondioline – plus Del Rabenja on tenor, Marc Sylvain on percussion, and Ange Zizi Japhet on added percussion! Titles include "Veloma Lava", "Valiha Del", "1973", "Dizzy", "Solo Frank", ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jef Gilson & Malagasy

Malagasy At Newport-Paris
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1973.
CD...$18.99 ... About June 28, 2021
Very hip stuff – with Gilson on Fender Rhodes and ondioline – plus Del Rabenja on tenor, Marc Sylvain on percussion, and Ange Zizi Japhet on added percussion! Titles include "Veloma Lava", "Valiha Del", "1973", "Dizzy", "Solo Frank", ... CD

Sylvain Marc & Del Rabenja

Madagascar Now
Souffle Continu (France), (reissue)
LP...$32.99 ... About June 28, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Sylvain Marc & Del Rabenja

Madagascar Now
Souffle Continu (France),
CD...$18.99 ... About June 28, 2021
... CD

Jef Gilson & Malagasy

Malagasy
Souffle Continu (France), (reissue)
LP...$32.99 ... About June 28, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jef Gilson & Malagasy

Malagasy
Souffle Continu (France),
CD...$18.99 ... About June 28, 2021
... CD

Les DeMerle

Spectrum
United Artists/P-Vine (Japan), 1970. (reissue)
LP...$36.99 ... About June 28, 2021
One of the few albums ever cut by Les DeMerle, one of the hippest drummers of his time – made legendary thanks to legions of samplers and beatheads in the 90s! The album is one of Les' best records – a tight batch of funky big band tracks, with lots of nice grooves, and a very hip ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ensemble Al-Salaam

Sojourner
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
LP...$38.99 ... About June 28, 2021
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best ... LP, Vinyl record album

Esperanto

Esperanto
Favorite (France), Gatefold (reissue)
LP...$29.99 ... About June 30, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Matthew Halsall

Oneness (3LP set)
Gondwana (UK), 2019. 3LP
LP ... About June 30, 2021
Never-issued work from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – most of it recorded during the year of 2008, a time when Halsall was first really starting to make a name for himself – and also working with the great tenorist Nat Birchall! Birchall is on most of these tracks, and together the pair ... LP, Vinyl record album
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020.
LP ... About July 1, 2021
These guys already had our attention the moment we looked at the cover – and noted that they were playing songs by Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre – then they really won us over once we heard the very first few notes of the set! The group's only a quartet on most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD

Stan Tracey

Sound Check
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD
Resteamed (UK), 2011.
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD

Stan Tracey

Flying Pig
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD
Resteamed (UK),
CD ... About July 1, 2021
... CD

Greg Foat/Aleksi Heinola/Teemu Akerblom

Gone To The Cats
Jazzaggression (Finland),
LP...$26.99 ... About July 1, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Charles Tolliver & Music Inc

Live at Slugs Vol 2 (180 gram pressing)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
LP...$34.99 44.99 ... About July 1, 2021
A classic performance by one of the most groundbreaking soul jazz groups of the 70s! Tolliver's leading his Music Inc ensemble here – an important quartet that featured him on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. During their time recording for ... LP, Vinyl record album

Charles Tolliver & Music Inc

Live at Slugs Vol 1 (180 gram pressing)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1970. (reissue)
LP...$34.99 44.99 ... About July 1, 2021
A classic performance by one of the most groundbreaking soul jazz groups of the 70s! Tolliver's leading his Music Inc ensemble here – an important quartet that featured him on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. During their time recording for ... LP, Vinyl record album

Spirits Rejoice

African Spaces
Matsuli (UK), (reissue)
LP ... About July 1, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Embryo

Opal
United Artists/Ohr (Germany), 1970.
CD...$15.99 (LP...$34.99)... About July 1, 2021
One of the great space rock records of the early 70s – the debut from the mighty Embryo – a lynchpin in the uncompromising jazz, prog & rock to come – and really one of the more underappreciated early Krautrock efforts! Embryo is working in a pretty amazing mode here, with ... CD

Natural Information Society

Descension – Our Of Our Constrictions
Eremite/Aguirre (Belgium), 2021.
CD...$20.99 ... About July 1, 2021
Beautiful music from a group that features familiar players from the world of improvised music, but coming together here in a very different way! Joshua Abrams leads the group, and he's playing guimbri instead of his usual bass – a lighter stringed instrument used with global currents that ... CD

Shamek Farrah

La Dee La La
Ra/Jazz Room (UK), 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About July 1, 2021
A lost soul jazz treasure – the legendary 3rd album from saxophonist Shamek Farrah, recorded after his first 2 sides for Strata East! The approach here is slightly different than that of the Strata sides – a bit more joyous and lyrical, with tunes that open up in waves of sound, color, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hamid Drake/Elaine Mitchener/William Parker/Orphy Robinson/Pat Thomas

Some Good News
OTOroku (UK), 2CDs
CD...$18.99 ... About July 1, 2021
... CD
Strata/BBE (UK),
12-inch ... About July 1, 2021
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Terrace Martin

Velvet Portraits
De Rap Winkel, 2016. (reissue)
LP...$44.99 ... About July 1, 2021
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic ... LP, Vinyl record album

Herbie Hancock & Carlos Santana

Live Under The Sky 1981
Hi Hat, 1981. 2LP
LP...$34.99 ... About July 1, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
Alpha/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
LP...$49.99 ... About July 1, 2021
Qui est Babs Robert? Turns out he's a hell of a saxophonist from the Belgian scene at the start of the 70s – an amazingly soulful player who's got just the right sort of spiritual vibe to live up to the image on the cover! Babs plays alto, tenor, and even a bit of electric tenor too – ... LP, Vinyl record album

All Set (Ingrid Laubrock/Stephane Payen/Cris Tordini/Tom Rainey)

All Set
Rogue Art (France), 2021.
CD...$14.99 16.99 ... About July 2, 2021
... CD

Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton

Day In Copenhagen
MPS (Germany), 1970. (reissue)
LP ... About July 2, 2021
A tremendous European meeting of tenorist Dexter Gordon and trombonist Slide Hampton – brought together in this impeccable sextet session for MPS – a real standout in the label's straight jazz catalog over the years! By the time of the set, Gordon had been working heavily in Europe, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kevin Hays/Ben Street/Billy Hart

All Things Are
Smoke Sessions, 2021.
CD...$13.99 17.98 ... On July 2, 2021
... CD

Emma Jean Thackray

Yellow (clear vinyl pressing)
Movementt (UK), 2021.
LP...$25.99 26.99 ... On July 2, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

Emma Jean Thackray

Yellow
Movementt (UK), 2021.
CD...$13.99 14.99 ... On July 2, 2021
... CD

Dave Holland/Kevin Eubanks/Obed Calvaire

Another Land
Edition (UK), 2021. 2LP
LP...$25.99 26.98 (CD...$13.99)... About July 2, 2021
Guitar, bass, and drums – coming together here on a set that lives up to the strong legacy of creative music we've come to expect from the legendary Dave Holland! Holland plays both electric and acoustic versions of his instrument – which makes for a nice shift in the way he interacts ... LP, Vinyl record album

Byard Lancaster

My Pure Joy
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1992.
CD...$12.99 13.99 (LP...$23.99)... On July 2, 2021
A really obscure set from legendary reedman Byard Lancaster – a set that was issued late in the history of the spiritual jazz label Black Fire, but one that's every bit as essential as their music from the 70s! Lancaster works here often with just a bit of percussion in the background – ... CD

Logan Richardson

Afrofuturism
Whirlwind, 2021.
LP...$34.99 36.98 ... On July 2, 2021
We've always loved the music of Logan Richardson, but here he's onto something completely new and groundbreaking – as you might begin to guess from the cover and title! Logan still blows alto sax, but he also handles piano and keyboards, and works in this swirling mix of sound that really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Transversales Disques (France),
LP...$34.99 ... About July 4, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album

George Mraz & Roland Hanna

Porgy & Bess
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A rare Japanese-only album – one that presents familiar songs from Porgy & Bess, but delivered in a completely sublime setting – just the bass of George Mraz and the piano of Roland Hanna – opening up with a sense of flow that really transforms each tune into a very special ... CD

Roland Hanna

Glove
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Exactly the kind of session that lets pianist Roland Hanna shine the most – a trio set recorded in Japan with an open, flowing sort of vibe – one that comes not just from Hanna's impeccable work on the keys, but also from the trio accompaniment by George Mraz on bass and Motohiko Hino ... CD

Lonnie Smith

Afro-desia
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Excellent work by Lonnie Smith – a free-flowing album of long jazzy grooves that's kind of an extension of his Blue Note albums, touches 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 ... CD

Red Garland

Wee Small Hours
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A nicely understated set from piano genius Red Garland – a master of understatement himself, but in completely great form in this Japanese-only live set from the start of the 80s – one that also features guest work from Lou Donaldson on two of the album's tracks! The sound quality is ... CD

Richie Beirach

Elegy For Bill Evans
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Superb work from pianist Richie Beirach – a set that's dedicated to Bill Evans, and which certainly embraces some of the key numbers in his songbook – but which also has that even more spacious sound that Beirach was bringing to his trio dates in the 70s! Richie's sense of timing and ... CD

Richard Beirach with Terumasa Hino & Yoshiaki Masuo

Zal – In Duet With Terumasa Hino & Yoshiaki Masuo
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About July 7, 2021
One of the most beautiful albums of the 70s from pianist Richie Beirach – and in saying that, we don't mean to insult the rest of his other great American work! This set was done in Japan, and it's maybe one of Beirach's most obscure of the decade – but it's also a really special ... CD

Miroslav Vitous

Guardian Angels
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Bassist Miroslav Vitous is in some really great company here – recording in Tokyo, but with a mixed group of Japanese and American players – a fantastically dynamic lineup that includes Kenny Kirkland on Fender Rhodes and piano, John Scofield on guitar, Mabumi Yamagumi on soprano sax, ... CD

Donald Bailey

So In Love
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A fantastic record from jazz harmonica player Donald Bailey – maybe one of the few we've ever seen with his name in the lead, and a set that shows that he can easily rival some of the greats on his instrument at the time! The vibe of the set is a bit like some of the best jazz dates from ... CD

Ted Curson

Fireball (aka Trio)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A fantastic, freewheeling session from trumpeter Ted Curson – one that we'd rank right up there with his seminal sides for the French Futura label! Like those, this album really features Ted stretching things out – working in very loose trio formation, with just Ray Drummond on bass ... CD

Dave Burrell & Motoharu Yoshizawa

Dreams
Trio (Japan), 1973.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
If you've ever doubted the genius of pianist Dave Burrell, this may well be the record to push you over the top – as the album captures Burrell at the height of his power, at a time when he was very much in a long-form, incredibly dynamic mode of improvisation – equal maybe to the ... CD

Dollar Brand/Don Cherry/Carlos Ward

Third World – Underground
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD...$13.99 (CD...$16.99)... About July 7, 2021
A stunning little session – and every bit as wonderful as you'd expect from a lineup that includes Dollar Brand, Don Cherry, and Carlos Ward! The three players work together here in open, spiritual styles – with really long-flowing lines from Brand on piano, in a more modal style that's ... CD

Cecil Taylor Unit

Akisakila
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A classic Cecil Taylor set from the 70s – a record only issued in Japan, but one that grew to have a reputation as one of his strongest live performances from the time! The group here is amazing – that boundless Taylor energy on the piano, matched perfectly by the free drumming of ... CD

Stanley Cowell & Dave Burrell

Questions/Answers
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Amazing duo improvisations from two of the hippest pianists of the early 70s – Stanley Cowell and Dave Burrell, coming together here on a rare Japanese-only album – one that features two long tracks that each take up a side of the disc! The vibe is maybe a bit more avant at times than ... CD

Zoot Sims & Bucky Pizzarelli

Nirvana
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A really beautiful later album from Zoot Sims – one that might easily be overlooked, given its understated appearance on a sometimes-cheap label – but a record that really helps Zoot find whole new magic for the 70s! The date's nice and laidback – with great guitar from Bucky ... CD

John Scofield

John Scofield
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A pretty rare set from guitarist John Scofield – and a pretty great one too! The album was originally issued only in Japan, and it features Scofield playing with a quartet that includes Clint Houston on electric and acoustic bass, Motohiko Hino on drums, and Terumasa Hino on trumpet on a few ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
The Ebony Godfather is grooving here with a set of fuller backings – sweet clubby funk, arranged and conducted by Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) – all as a showcase for Joe's sweet work on flute and tenor sax! There's a fair bit of keyboards on the tunes – played ... CD

Jimmy McGriff & Richard Groove Holmes

Giants Of The Organ In Concert
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff go head to head in this double-organ extravaganza! The set was recorded live in Boston in 1973, and it features some of the most furiously funky live organ grooving you'll find this side of Root Down – and a whole lot of super tight jazz jamming! The group's ... CD

Jimmy McGriff

Outside Looking In
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Jimmy hits a bit of a CTI groove here – working with larger backings from Brad Baker, but still in a style that's got a heck of a lot of soul, despite the smoothness! There's plenty of great space for solo work on the set, and Jimmy Ponder is especially nice in the format – hitting ... CD

Jimmy McGriff

Groove Grease
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A nice bit of funky organ work from Jimmy McGriff – a set that's got his famous talents on the Hammond out front of a larger ensemble – but in a way that's very different than some of his albums of that type from the 70s! There's lots of electricity in the mix – electric piano ... CD

Jimmy McGriff

Tailgunner
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Jimmy McGriff in a very cool 70s mode – hitting some of the fuller, more soul-based styles that Johnny Hammond and Jimmy Smith were exploring in the middle of the decade – while still also displaying a hell of a talent on the organ as well! The album has extra keyboards from Pat ... CD

Jimmy McGriff

Let's Stay Together
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966/1972.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
An early 70s gem from Jimmy McGriff! Jimmy's grooving with a larger group here – but in a funky 70s mode that makes for a great update of the rawer sound he laid out on some of his Sue sides in the 60s. The best tracks are the covers of 70s soul material – like "Shaft", ... CD

Sadik Hakim

Lazy Bird
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
There's nothing lazy about the piano of Sadik Hakim here – as the album's a superb live trio date, issued only in Japan – and a record that stands with the handful of gems Hakim gave us at the time! The trio's got a very particular flavor – in part because the deep tones of Errol ... CD

O'Donel Levy

Simba
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Fantastic sounds throughout – and maybe the best album ever by this legendary 70s guitar player! O'Donel Levy's got this tremendous sound that comes from playing an electric hollow body – in a tone that takes the best bits of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, and strips them down for a ... CD

O'Donel Levy

Windows
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A great later album from O'Donel Levy – recorded after his initial flurry of work for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn nice! The sound here is slightly smoother and a bit more electric than before – with Levy's sweet guitar work snaking out over some larger backings ... CD

O'Donel Levy

Black Velvet
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles ... CD

O'Donel Levy

Breeding Of Mind
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Wonderfully baroque funk from the great O'Donel Levy! The album's got some very cool arrangements by Manny Albam that mix together strings and funk – in a super-dope way that sounds a lot like the work coming out of Cadet during the late 60s – and the rest of the set features Levy ... CD

Elvin Jones & McCoy Tyner

Love & Peace
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
A wonderful later 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-Paul ... CD

Eddie Gomez

Down Stretch
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
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 ... CD

Anthony Braxton

Town Hall 1972
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD...$13.99 ... About July 7, 2021
Seminal work from Anthony Braxton – a crucial concert recorded at Town Hall in the early 70s – originally only issued in Japan, but a date that's ended up getting some real global attention over the years! The first half of the set features Braxton's alto in a trio with Dave Holland on ... CD
TCB (Switzerland), 1978.
CD...$15.99 16.99 ... On July 9, 2021
... CD

Art Hirahara

Open Sky
Posi tone, 2020.
CD...$11.99 15.99 ... On July 9, 2021
... CD

Freddie Hubbard

Hub Of Hubbard
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1969. (reissue)
LP ... On July 9, 2021
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard ... LP, Vinyl record album

Enrico Intra

Jazz In Fabbrica
Cinedelic (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
LP...$38.99 ... About July 9, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
 



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