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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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Ilmiliekki Quartet

Land Of Real Men
WeJazz (Finland), 2019.
LP ... About April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Lee Morgan

Rumproller
Blue Note/Elemental (Spain), 1965. (reissue)
LP ... About May 5, 2019
A great album by Lee Morgan – and one not to pass up! The Rumproller often gets too easily lumped next to The Sidewinder – because of an obvious title and cover similarity to that hit record – but like that one, the album's far more than jazz cliche – and shows Lee Morgan ... LP, Vinyl record album

Charles Lloyd

Voice In The Night
ECM (Germany), 2002. (reissue)
LP ... On June 7, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1964. (reissue)
LP ... On June 7, 2019
Maybe one of the greatest jazz albums of all time – a real breakthrough moment for the legendary John Coltrane, and the blueprint for generations of jazz records to come! Trane was already breaking down plenty of boundaries before Love Supreme – but he knocked it out of the park for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1965. (reissue)
LP ... On May 31, 2019
A sock-solid sextet session from the mighty Lee Morgan – recorded for Blue Note at the height of his mid 60s powers, and carried off in a beautiful blend of soul jazz and some slight modern touches! The group here is top-shelf all the way through – Jackie McLean on alto, Hank Mobley on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1967. (reissue)
LP ... On May 31, 2019
Funky funky Lou Donaldson – and one of the first albums to feature the tight drum work of Idris Muhammad behind Lou's horn – so early, in fact, that Muhammad's listed here on the label as Leo Morris, which was his original name! The group also features Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Jimmy ... LP, Vinyl record album
PI Recordings, 2CD
CD ... On April 26, 2019
... CD

Elvin Jones

Merry Go Round
Blue Note (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A gem of an Elvin Jones session – quite different than most of his other work from the time! The album's got Elvin working with a larger group of mixed electric and acoustic players – with Chick Corea on piano and electric piano, Yoshiaki Masuo on guitar, Gene Perla on electric and ... CD

Grant Green

Carryin' On
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
One of Grant Green's late great funky albums for Blue Note! Carryin' On is a solid groover with heavy jazz funk grooves that won't stop, and that vibe carries all the way throughout – in the same mode as some of Lou Donaldson's classic sounds from the time! The group features Idris ... CD

Larry Young

Heaven On Earth
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Brilliant late Blue Note material from Larry Young! Heaven On Earth is actually Young's last official release for Blue Note at the time, and it's a return to more straight-ahead, nicely soulful jazz organ playing after his freer set from the year before. Despite that fact, though, the set's got ... CD

Bobby Hutcherson

Total Eclipse
Blue Note (Japan), 1968.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A brilliant collaboration between vibist Bobby Hutcherson and reedman Harold Land – the first Blue Note album to feature the talents of the pair together, and a stone classic from the very first note! Hutcherson had already been making big waves for the label with his earlier sides – ... CD

Hank Mobley

Reach Out!
Blue Note (Japan), 1968.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
An excellent Hank Mobley session – with an unusual twist that takes it past his earlier work! The lineup's great all the way through – with Woody Shaw on trumpet, George Benson on guitar, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the addition of Benson's guitar gives the tracks a groovily ... CD

McCoy Tyner

Tender Moments
Blue Note (Japan), 1967.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
An incredibly strong set by McCoy Tyner – one of his best late 60s sides for Blue Note! The album features McCoy working with a larger group that includes Lee Morgan, Julian Priester, James Spaulding, and Bennie Maupin – using the spiritual ensemble mode that would become his greatest ... CD

Donald Byrd

Blackjack
Blue Note (Japan), 1967.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
An incredible album from Donald Byrd – hard, funky, and with more of an edge than most of his other Blue Note work! The sound on the album's incredibly sinister – really concerned with downward chord turns in moody rhythms – played with a real sense of soul by a frontline that ... CD

Three Sounds

Vibrations
Blue Note (Japan), 1966.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A pivotal album from the Three Sounds – one that has the group moving past the straighter trio format of their initial Blue Note sides, really hinting at the funkier sounds to come on their classic albums of the late 60s! Gene Harris is definitely taking a page from the Ramsey Lewis bag at ... CD

 


Upcoming Releases

Herlin Riley

Perpetual Optimism
Mack Avenue, 2019.
CD ... About April 19, 2019
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New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Songs – The Music Of Allen Toussaint
Storyville (Denmark),
CD ... About April 19, 2019
... CD

Mats Gustafsson & Christian Marclay

Link
Smalltown Supersound (Norway), 2019.
LP ... About April 20, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Potter & Tillman

New York To LA – Coasting
Po/et/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1980. (reissue)
LP ... About April 23, 2019
This album was recorded in both LA and New York and mainly features songs written by David Tillman and Andy Porter as well as some of their band members. Potter plays a variety of percussion instruments and drums, Tillman plays keyboards and synthesizers and they are joined by Ryo Kawaski on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fazer

Nadi
Squama (UK),
LP ... About April 25, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Fazer

Nadi
Squama (UK),
CD ... About April 25, 2019
... CD
Mad About Records (Portugal), (reissue)
LP ... About April 25, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Ropeadope,
CD ... About April 25, 2019
... CD

Duncan Eagles

Duncan Eagles
Ropeadope,
CD ... About April 25, 2019
... CD

Ilmiliekki Quartet

Land Of Real Men
WeJazz (Finland), 2019.
LP ... About April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Masahiko Togashi, Steve Lacy, Don Cherry, & Dave Holland

Live At Yubin Chokin Kaikan Hall, Tokyo – May 14, 1986
Victory (Italy),
LP ... About April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
PI Recordings, 2CD
CD ... On April 26, 2019
... CD

Arashi (Akira Sakata/Johan Berthling/Paal Nilssen Love)

Jikan
PNL (Norway), 2019.
CD ... About April 26, 2019
... CD

Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love

Screen Off
PNL (Norway), 2019.
CD ... About April 26, 2019
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Akira Toyoda

Benkei
Cool Cult (UK), (reissue)
LP ... About April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
We Release Jazz (Switzerland),
LP ... About April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
New Jazz, 1958. (reissue)
LP ... On April 26, 2019
A fantastic early album from jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby! Ashby's a unique talent like no other – and despite the fact that she plays a rather sleepy instrument, the harp, she swings with an other-wordly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Mandatory Reality
Eremite, 2019. 2LP
LP ... About April 26, 2019
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

Diva
Studio Mule (Germany), (reissue)
LP ... About April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Provogue,
LP ... On April 26, 2019
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George Benson

Walkin To New Orleans
Provogue,
CD ... On April 26, 2019
... CD
Blue Note, 1985. (reissue)
LP ... On April 26, 2019
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section ... LP, Vinyl record album
Resonance,
CD ... On April 26, 2019
... CD
Resonance, 1969.
CD ... On April 26, 2019
... CD

Ilmiliekki Quartet

Land Of Real Men
WeJazz (Finland), 2019.
CD ... About April 26, 2019
... CD

Chiminyo

I Am Chiminyo EP
Gearbox, 2019.
LP ... On April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ruby Rushton

Ironside
22A (UK), 2019.
LP ... On April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ruby Rushton

Ironside
22A (UK), 2019.
CD ... On April 26, 2019
... CD

Akira Ishikawa

Back To Rhythm
Sony/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975.
CD ... About April 26, 2019
Heavy funk from a hip Japanese combo – one that features lots of drums and percussion from leader Akira Ishikawa, plus plenty of guitar, keyboards, and hard-riffing horns! Akira's taking most of his cues here from American funk of the early 70s – work by Incredible Bongo Band, BT ... CD
Run Out Groove, Mid 50s.
LP ... On April 26, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Sun Ra

Media Dream
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About May 1, 2019
Incredible work from one of Sun Ra's most enigmatic periods! The album was recorded in Italy in 1978, right around the same time as "Disco 2000" (and not too far off from Languidity) – and it features Ra playing around with lots of cool spacey keyboards, in a spare cosmic style ... LP, Vinyl record album
Return To Analog (Canada), 1960. 2LP
LP ... About May 1, 2019
Rare session with Sonny Stitt on vinyl for the first time! LP, Vinyl record album
Tidal Waves, 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About May 1, 2019
An obscure funky fusion album from bassist Tony Newton – with a wild look that grabs you instantly! Tony plays this weird double-bass, and he's pictured with the instrument on the cover – looking like some super-heavy righteous dude that escaped from The Headhunters. The record ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pharoah Sanders

Africa
Timeless/Tidal Waves, 1987. 2LP (reissue)
LP ... About May 1, 2019
A brilliant 80s set from Pharoah Sanders – a record that has him a much more understated setting than some of his other albums from the time – but one that's maybe even more soulful and searching overall! The great one plays blistering tenor right from the start – in a quartet ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s.
LP ... About May 1, 2019
An incredible anthology of some of the best ever material from 60s & 70s exotica jazz genius Lloyd Miller – a Lifetime In Oriental Jazz from the well travelled American jazzman – put together by unrivaled rare groove diggers at Jazzman! Lloyd Miller is a multi instrumentalist and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sam Dillon

Force Field
Posi tone, 2019.
CD ... On May 3, 2019
... CD
TCB (Switzerland),
CD ... About May 3, 2019
... CD
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1974. (reissue)
LP ... On May 3, 2019
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joel Ross

King Maker
Blue Note,
CD ... About May 3, 2019
... CD

Greg Foat

Mage
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019.
LP ... About May 3, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Greg Foat

Mage
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019.
CD ... About May 3, 2019
... CD

Lee Morgan

Rumproller
Blue Note/Elemental (Spain), 1965. (reissue)
LP ... About May 5, 2019
A great album by Lee Morgan – and one not to pass up! The Rumproller often gets too easily lumped next to The Sidewinder – because of an obvious title and cover similarity to that hit record – but like that one, the album's far more than jazz cliche – and shows Lee Morgan ... LP, Vinyl record album

Michel Edelin Quintet with John Greaves

Echoes Of Henry Cow
Rogue Art (France),
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD
Wide Hive,
LP ... About May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Wide Hive,
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD

Paul Dunmall, Alan Skidmore, Julie Kjaer, & Others

John Coltrane 50th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto
Confront (UK),
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD
Mercury/BSX, 1976.
CD ... About May 10, 2019
Keyboardist Patrick Gleeson was one of the best moog and Arp players of the mid 70s – and you'll hear his work on albums by greats like Charles Earland, Joe Henderson, Bennie Maupin, and others. This one, though, is a strange departure from his normal work, in that it's got Gleeson playing ... CD

Erwin Somer Group

Erwin Somer Group
Universe (Netherlands), (reissue)
LP ... About May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Be Known Ancient/Future/Music
Spiritmuse, (reissue)
CD ... On May 10, 2019
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Spiritmuse, 2LP (reissue)
LP ... On May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Anthony Braxton

Quartet (Dortmund) 1976
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1976.
CD ... About May 10, 2019
With Braxton on reeds, George Lewis on trombone, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums and percussion. CD

Lloyd McNeil

Treasures
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976. (reissue)
LP ... About May 10, 2019
Excellent album by flautist Lloyd McNeil, with a number of long spiritual tracks that have a slightly modal vein to them. Dom Salvador plays piano, Cecil McBee plays bass, and the whole thing grooves nicely, with a sound that's right on the Strata East tip. Tracks include "Griot", " ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lloyd McNeil

Treasures
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976.
CD ... About May 10, 2019
Excellent album by flautist Lloyd McNeil, with a number of long spiritual tracks that have a slightly modal vein to them. Dom Salvador plays piano, Cecil McBee plays bass, and the whole thing grooves nicely, with a sound that's right on the Strata East tip. Tracks include "Griot", " ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), 1980s. 2CD
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD
Elemental, 1980.
LP ... On May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Herbie Hancock

Takin' Off
Blue Note, 1962. (reissue)
LP ... On May 10, 2019
Herbie Hancock is certainly Takin Off at this point in his career – stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dexter Gordon

Doin' Allright
Blue Note, Early 60s.
LP ... On May 10, 2019
Doin Allright? Dexter's doing great on this one – working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with excitement! The group on the set's an all-star lineup that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elemental, 1973.
LP ... On May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Robert Glasper

Canvas
Blue Note, 2005.
LP ... On May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Tompkins Square, 2019.
LP ... On May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Elemental, 1980. 2CD
CD ... On May 10, 2019
... CD
Elemental, 1973. 2CD
CD ... On May 10, 2019
... CD
Tompkins Square, 2019.
CD ... On May 10, 2019
... CD
Smithsonian Folkways, 5CD
CD ... On May 10, 2019
... CD

OGJB Quartet (Oliver Lake/Graham Haynes/Joe Fonda/Barry Altschul)

Bamako
Tum (Finland),
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD

Denny Zeitlin

Remembering Miles
Sunnyside,
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD

Noah Preminger

After Life
Criss Cross (Netherlands),
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD

Alice Coltrane

Eternity
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1976. (reissue)
LP ... On May 10, 2019
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
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1977. (reissue)
LP ... On May 10, 2019
Spiritual loveliness from Alice, and a record that features a lot of additional playing by Indian musicians! Clearly, the Hari Krishnas have gotten to the lady here – as you can tell by the orange robe she's wearing on the cover, and the blank stare in her eyes – but that doesn't stop ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alice Coltrane

Transcendence
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1977. (reissue)
LP ... On May 10, 2019
A beautiful record from Alice Coltrane – a swirling mix of spiritual jazz and themes from Indian music! Alice plays organ, Fender Rhodes, and harp – building the sound as the album progresses, from simple airy strings to an earthier groove that features vocal refrains in unison with ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alice Coltrane

Transfiguration
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1978. 2LP (reissue)
LP ... On May 10, 2019
Excellent work by Alice Coltrane – a real back to basics session, recorded in trio format, at a time when most of her other albums featured larger, more complicated arrangements. The album was recorded live at UCLA in 1978 – with Alice on piano and organ, Reggie Workman on bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

John Tropea

To Touch You Again
Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Sweet 70s fusion from John Tropea – a tightly-crafted album, but one that's never too slick, and which still has plenty of soul! Tropea's that rare breed who actually sounds better with a bit more polish – and he seems to draw magically from the high quality of studio support he gets ... CD

John Tropea

Short Trip To Space
Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
A funky fusion classic from John Tropea – the great guitarist who cut a wealth of studio work for other players, and a rare few albums under his own name! This set's got a tight, yet soulful finish – very much in the spirit of the best work on CTI or Kudu during the mid 70s – ... CD

John Tropea

Tropea
Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
The first album from guitarist John Tropea – ace 70s session guitarist, but a surprisingly great leader and arranger in his own right too! Tropea's working here in a vibe that's clearly influence by the CTI sound – smooth but funky fusion – laid down in prime studio conditions, ... CD

Ronnie Laws

Pressure Sensitive
Blue Note (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Classic bit of 70s fusion, played by Ronnie on tenor and flute, and with a group that includes some excellent keyboard work by Joe Sample. The highlight of the record is the big sample cut "Tidal Wave", but it also includes the great groover "Always There", which was covered a ... CD

Bobbi Humphrey

Satin Doll
Blue Note (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Fabulous stuff – one of the legendary albums that funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey cut with producer Larry Mizell! The record's a prime example of the Mizell genius at work – as Larry's arranged these fantastic backdrops for Bobbi's flute – soaring keyboard lines, layers and ... CD

Donald Byrd

Black Byrd
Blue Note (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went onto forever change the face of jazz funk! After rumbling around for a few years attempting electric styles that really didn't fit his mode, Donald wisely hooked up with Larry, and hit a groove here ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Easily the most hard-hitting of Blue Note's 2LP Lighthouse Live series from the early 70s – and a record that really lets Elvin Jones and his group stretch out and play! The setting is a perfect one for Jones – given the boundless energy already present on his studio sessions for Blue ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Easily the most hard-hitting of Blue Note's 2LP Lighthouse Live series from the early 70s – and a record that really lets Elvin Jones and his group stretch out and play! The setting is a perfect one for Jones – given the boundless energy already present on his studio sessions for Blue ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Horace Silver at his most righteous – stepping out here in the amazing Phase 2 of his United States Of The Mind series – with some heavy vocals from the great Andy Bey! The grooves are more complicated than Silver was laying down a few years before – yet still equally soulful ... CD

Bobby Hutcherson

San Francisco
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Genius, pure genius! This album's possibly the most perfectly realized set from the team of Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Harold Land on reeds – a pair who work here with an electric bass player and a bit of electric piano (the latter from Joe Sample) – hitting territory that's ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Nice one! Grant Green's albums from this time are all great – but this is the amazing live album with the version of "Down Here On the Ground" that was sampled by Tribe Called Quest! There's lots of other nice moments on the record, too, like very hard funky covers of "Let ... CD

Horace Silver

Jody Grind
Blue Note (Japan), 1966.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
A beautiful return to funky jazz by Horace, yet strangely recorded in the mid-60s with players who were also known as some of Blue Note's best young "new thing" musicians! The record's got Woody Shaw, James Spaulding, and Tyrone Washington in the frontline – and Horace, Larry ... CD

Jackie McLean

Demon's Dance
Blue Note (Japan), 1967.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
A pivotal session from the late 60s – one that has Jackie pulling things back a bit from his "new thing" period, and turning towards the spiritual soulful groove that would characterize his early 70s work! The album bristles with excitement – still very much informed by a ... CD

Grant Green

Green Is Beautiful
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
One of Grant Green's best funky records for Blue Note! The group's cut from the same cloth as Lou Donaldson's great ones from this period – like Hot Dog or Say It Loud – with Idris Muhammad on drums, kicking up lots of those chunky funky breaks that we always love so much! Green's ... CD

John Patton

Let 'Em Roll
Blue Note (Japan), 1965.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
A wonderfully wicked meeting of the minds – and a legendary bit of soul jazz from organist Big John Patton! The core of the record features the usual Patton groove – with John on Hammond, Grant Green on guitar, and Otis Finch on drums – but added to that mix is Bobby Hutcherson ... CD

Donald Byrd

Fancy Free
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
One of the coolest, grooviest 60s albums from trumpeter Donald Byrd – one that has him really reaching out for a hip new sound, but in ways that are different than most of his other material at the time! Key on the date is the placement of electric piano from Duke Pearson – played in ... CD

Lyman Woodard Organization

Live At JJ's Lounge 1974
P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
LP ... About May 15, 2019
A rare live performance from the legendary Lyman Woodard Organization – captured here at the height of their powers in the 70s! The Organization has a really unique approach to their groove – one that starts in jazz, but moves quickly into funk – with a spirit that you'd find in ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dave Douglas

Devotion
Greenleaf, 2019.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
... CD
Capitol, Late 40s.
LP ... On May 17, 2019
Legendary work from Miles Davis – large group sessions that virtually define the "cool" in cool jazz! The work's quite different from Davis' earlier bop sides with Charlie Parker – and show a distinct influence from modernists like Gerry Mulligan (who is on the recordings) ... LP, Vinyl record album

Miroslav Vitous

Journey's End
ECM, 1983.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
With John Surman on baritone and soprano sax, John Taylor on piano, and Jon Christensen on drums. CD

Edward Vesala

Lumi
ECM (Germany), 1987.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
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Ralph Towner

Diary
ECM, 1974.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
Beautiful solo guitar, piano, and gongs from Towner! CD
ECM, 1980.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
A great lineup, with Swallow on bass, plus Steve Kuhn on piano, David Liebman on saxes, Lyle Mays on keyboards, Bob Moses on drums, and Sheila Jordan on vocals! The work is wonderful – very different than the usual ECM album, but still with all of the label's charms – just maybe given ... CD

John Surman & Jack DeJohnette

Amazing Adventure Of Simon Simon
ECM (Germany), 1981.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
John Surman's a player who always shines brightly in any sort of a duet setting – as you'll easily hear in this early 80s session cut with drummer Jack DeJohnette! The work has a slightly composed, slightly improvised feel – with Surman on soprano, baritone sax, bass clarinet, and ... CD

Enrico Rava

Easy Living
ECM (Germany), 2004.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
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Julian Priester (Pepo Mtoto)

Love, Love
ECM (Germany), 1974.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
An excellent bit of spacey funk from Julian Priester – the Chicago hardbop trombonist who grooved mightily in the late 50s and early 60s with the likes of Sun Ra and Max Roach, but who here is reemerging as a 70s electric funk maestro, in the lineage of Herbie Hancock. Here, he's working ... CD

Gary Peacock

Guamba
ECM (Germany), 1987.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
Gary Peacock on bass with Jan Garbarek playing soprano and tenor. CD

Paul Motian

Tribute
ECM, 1975.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
In many ways, this album's a quintessential ECM production from the mid 70s, with a progressive approach to the playing that incorporates some elements of free and avant garde approaches, but not enough to scare anyone off, and a sort of washed out sound to the electric production. Not everyone's ... CD

Bennie Maupin

Jewel In The Lotus
ECM, 1974.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
One of the most earthy, organic offerings of the Herbie Hancock scene of the 70s – a session that's led by Headhunter reedman Bennie Maupin, and which also features Herbie on acoustic and electric piano – all in a sound that's quite different from his own work of the time! The tracks ... CD

Art Lande & Jan Garbarek

Red Lanta
ECM, 1974.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
Features Art Lande on piano and Jan Garbarek on flute, soprano, and bass saxophone! CD

Steve Kuhn

Trance
ECM (Germany), 1974.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
Trance. The title's a great one, as Kuhn spins out some long-spiralling tracks that really have a compellingly rhythmic groove. The main focus here is on his keyboards – both electric and acoustic piano – and he's working with well matched players that include Steve Swallow on ... CD

Keith Jarrett

At The Blue Note
ECM, 1995.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
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Dave Holland

Triplicate
ECM, 1988.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
... CD

Jan Garbarek

Witchi Tai To
ECM (Germany), 1973.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
Warm and wonderful sounds from saxophonist Jan Garbarek – and a record that brings together so many strands at once! There's of course the obvious atmospherics you might expect from a 70s set on ECM – but there's also some sharply modern moments too – that harder sound that the ... CD

Jack DeJohnette

New Directions
ECM (Germany), 1978.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
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David Darling

Cello
ECM, 1991/1992.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
... CD

Bill Connors

Of Mist & Melting
ECM, 1977.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
With Connors on guitar, Jan Garbarek on saxes, Gary Peacock on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums. CD

Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell

El Corazon
ECM (Germany), 1982.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
A sweet little record that stands as some of the best improvisational work that Cherry and Blackwell cut in the 80s! The pair are playing here in a manner that's far from their roots with Ornette, but still infused with a deeply rhythmic approach to improvisation – at a level that makes the ... CD

Gary Burton & Chick Corea

Crystal Silence
ECM (Germany), 1972.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
A seminal pairing of groundbreaking players – amazing vibes from Gary Burton, matched with wonderfully understated piano work from Chick Corea! CD

Gary Burton

New Quartet
ECM (Germany), 1973.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
A very groovy set from Gary Burton – almost funky at points, and a great step forward for his unusual approach to the vibes! The group's definitely a new quartet, with a very fresh feel – and include Michael Goodrick on guitar, Abraham Laboriel on bass, and Harry Blazer on drums – ... CD

John Abercrombie/Marc Johnson/Peter Erskine

John Abercrombie/Marc Johnson/Peter Erskine
ECM, 1989.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
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World Pacific/Blue Note, 1958. (reissue)
LP ... On May 17, 2019
A masterpiece through and through from arranger Gil Evans – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Saxophone Summit (Liebman/Lovano/Osby)

Street Talk
Enja (Germany),
CD ... About May 20, 2019
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Bernie Senesky/Gene Perla/Doug Riley

Invitation
PM/Solid (Japan),
CD ... About May 22, 2019
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New Light

Live In Oslo
PM/Solid (Japan),
CD ... About May 22, 2019
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David Liebman

Picture Show
Solid (Japan),
CD ... About May 22, 2019
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Pat Labarbera

Pass It On
PM/Solid (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
A strong little set from the upstate scene that circled around PM Records in the mid 70s – one headed up by sax player Pat Labarbera, and which features Gene Perla on bass, Joe Labarbera on drums, and either Richie Beirach or Don Thompson on piano! Pat plays tenor, soprano, and flute – ... CD

Open Sky

Open Sky
PM/Solid (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
A lesser-known side of early work from the great Dave Liebman – a very hip trio that also features Frank Tusa on bass and Bob Moses on drums and kalimba! The sound is very open, very spacious, and surprisingly spiritual – more so than some of Liebman's other work, especially in later ... CD
 



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