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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!

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Kunimitsu Inaba & Sadanori Nakamure

Conversation
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
Great duets – just guitar and bass! CD

George Otsuka

Go On
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
Excellent work from Japanese drummer George Otsuka – a set that has him stepping away from his previous piano trio modes, and really making some greater magic with a larger group! The combo here is a quintet – filled with bright young players that include Shunzo Ono on trumpet and ... CD

Masayuki Takayanagi Second Concept

Cool JoJo
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1980.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
Guitarist Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi takes things back to basics with his Second Concept here – playing in a style that's straighter and more swinging than some of his avant work of the 70s – yet at a level that's equally compelling too! Given that he went outside a heck of a ... CD

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

In Crowd
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
The title's a reference to a famous Ramsey Lewis live album of the 60s – one that's echoed nicely here by the trio of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! Like Ramsey's group of the decade before, Tsuyoshi's has a very even balance between piano, bass, and drums – with strong, soulful work by ... CD

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

Midnight Sun
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1978.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
One of the most sensitively soulful records of the 70s from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – a set that still has him working in a trio format, but which also has a slightly more mellow feel overall – with some especially great work from the leader on the ballads! Yamamoto's style is ... CD

Takao Uematsu

Debut
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
A great debut from Japanese tenorist Takao Uematsu – a player who blows here with a wonderful sense of tone right from the start – almost an inherent sense of spiritualism that he still manages bring to tunes with a straight ahead swing! The approach is a bit like Archie Shepp in that ... CD

Motohiko Hino Quartet + 1

Ryuhyo – Sailing Ice
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
A record with a really beautiful title – and a sound that definitely lives up to the "Sailing Ice" on the cover! The music is very much in the best post-Coltrane mode – played by a group led by the great Japanese drummer Motohiko Hino, and featuring Mabumi Yamaguchi on tenor ... CD

Kunihiko Sugano Trio + 1

Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
Love is a many splendored thing – and so is the mighty piano work of Kunihiko Sugano – a great Japanese player from the 70s, but one who never got much exposure on our shores at the time! This live album really shows Sugano at his best – balancing a talent for flowing, lyrical ... CD

Isao Suzuki

Blow Up
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About September 4, 2019
A really great little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – a rare player who goes way way past traditional modes of his chosen instrument, into richly creative territory that rivals the 70s experiments of Ron Carter! Like Carter, Suzuki's never content to just let the bass be a source in ... CD

Miles Davis

Rubberband
Rhino, 1985. 2LP
LP ... On September 6, 2019
Post-Columbia, previously unreleased Miles Davis! LP, Vinyl record album

Miles Davis

Rubberband
Rhino, 1985.
CD ... On September 6, 2019
Post-Columbia, previously unreleased Miles Davis! CD
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1970.
CD ... About June 18, 2019
... CD

Oregon

Violin
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1978.
CD ... About June 28, 2019
... CD

Oregon with Elvin Jones

Together
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1976.
CD ... About June 18, 2019
... CD

Oregon

Friends
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1977.
CD ... About June 18, 2019
... CD

 


Upcoming Releases

Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1970.
CD ... About June 18, 2019
... CD

Oregon with Elvin Jones

Together
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1976.
CD ... About June 18, 2019
... CD

Oregon

Friends
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1977.
CD ... About June 18, 2019
... CD

Oregon

In Concert
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1975.
CD ... About June 18, 2019
... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan),
CD ... About June 19, 2019
... CD

George Otsuka

Physical Structure
Three Blind Mice/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1976. (reissue)
LP ... About June 17, 2019
Japanese drummer George Otsuka is always one hell of a hip cat – one of those players whose name on a record always means that we'll pick it up – and never fail to hear something wonderful! And while Otsuka first got his start working with a piano trio at the end of the 60s, this sweet ... LP, Vinyl record album

B Baker Chocolate Co

B Baker Chocolate Co
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Pure genius from the B Baker Chocolate Company – a set that's equal parts fusion and soul, held together by these rich arrangements that really send the whole thing home! The album's never too slick, yet has a sense of perfection that matches some of the best soulful fusion dates at Blue ... CD

Jimmy Ponder

All Things Beautiful
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Sweet soulful lines from guitarist Jimmy Ponder – working here in a warm set of bigger backings that almost give the record the same feel as classic late 60s outings from Wes Montgomery, or some of the CTI work by George Benson! Backings are put together by Brad Baker – in that same ... CD

George Freeman

New Improved Funk
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's one of the funkiest ever from guitarist George Freeman, and one of the few to really hit that messed-up groove he was working in the clubs before his mid 70s retreat to Chicago! The style here is often all over the map – a mix of soul ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Excellent funky jazz from Jeremy Steig – the funkiest flute player we can think of! The album's a 2LP set that brings together Steig's Energy album for Capitol, plus more material that was also recorded by producer Sonny Lester. Energy takes up where Jeremy's LPs on Solid State left off ... CD

Lonnie Smith

Gotcha
LRC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Smooth later work from Lonnie Smith – but still pretty darn great, with a feel that's in the late 70s Kudu/CTI mode! Arrangements are bigger than ever before – with large backings arranged by Lonnie, and some vocals that have a really wonderful, warm, Stevie Wonder-esque quality to ... CD

Reuben Wilson

Cisco Kid
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
One of the best 70s albums by this funky organ player – quite different than his work for Blue Note, with a messier funkier edge that's very nice! Reuben Wilson's working with an all-hip lineup, with players who include Melvin Sparks on guitar, Garnett Brown on trombone, Bob Cranshaw on bass ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Sweet funky blues from the team of Junior Parker and Jimmy McGriff – coming together here in a way that's even groovier than some of their previous work! Junior's got a sweet approach to the lyrics that grooves nicely with Jimmy's Hammond – and the set's got some full and soulful ... CD

Joe Thomas

Here I Come
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Soulful sounds from the great Joe Thomas – a reedman who was first known as the Ebony Godfather on some more rough-edged funk at the start of the 70s – but who's equally great here in a larger, warmer setting overall! The record follows the spirit of some of the others in the second ... CD

Jimmy McGriff & Richard Groove Holmes

Giants Of The Organ In Concert
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
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 ... About June 19, 2019
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

Red Beans
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Jimmy McGriff picks up a few more keyboards than straight Hammond organ – but that's ok with us, given the great results of the set! The album's got McGriff working on electric piano and clavinet alongside the organ – plus supporting arrangements from Brad Baker, in that fuller, Kudu-st ... CD

O'Donel Levy

Time Has Changed
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A great later set from 70s guitar genius O'Donel Levy – slightly different than his earlier work for the Groove Merchant label, but equally great in its own sort of way! Levy's still working here with producer Sonny Lester on the LC label – and the tone is great, with this clear, clean ... 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

Bobby Hutcherson

Stick-Up!
Blue Note (Japan), 1966.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
The sticks are up, and Bobby Hutcherson is at the top of his game – hitting a whole new groove here in this sublime session of modal numbers for Blue Note – a slightly warmer set than his more modern albums of the "new thing" years, and a great indication of the directions he'd ... CD

Blue Mitchell

Thing To Do
Blue Note (Japan), 1964.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
The thing to do – is jam! Blue's sounding wonderful in this classic set for Blue Note – one of his best small group albums – recorded with a sound that's solidly in keeping with his lyrically melodic work in the Horace Silver group! The quintet features Chick Corea on piano ... CD

John Patton

Way I Feel
Blue Note (Japan), 1964.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
One of the hardest to find albums by organ legend Big John Patton – and one of his hardest hitting sessions too! Patton plays here in a very soulful quintet – one with Fred Jackson on tenor, Grant Green on guitar, Richard Williams on trumpet, and Ben Dixon on drums – all falling ... CD

Jackie McLean

Destination Out
Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A modernist classic from 60s Blue Note! The album's one of Jackie McLean's greatest from the time – and one of his seminal "new thing" sessions cut with young modernists Grachan Moncur and Bobby Hutcherson. 3 of the 4 long tracks on the record were written by Moncur, and have a ... CD

Andrew Hill

Black Fire
Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Insanely wonderful music from Andrew Hill – a lean, stripped-down session that has Hill working at his firey best – in a space that's somewhere between the "new thing" recordings of Jackie McLean, and the brooding brilliance of Andrew's later Smokestack session! The group ... CD

Horace Silver

Silver's Serenade
Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A bit less well-known than some of the real Horace Silver classics on Blue Note – but an incredible record that shows the Silver Quintet at all its lyrical best! The record is a masterpiece of original voicings from Horace – not just in the unique tunes he penned for the set, but also ... CD

Horace Silver

Tokyo Blues
Blue Note (Japan), 1962.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
One of Horace Silver's greatest records ever – and the album that always makes us remember how many of his tunes are now etched in the memory of modern jazz! The album's got a slightly exotic bent that you might guess from the title – a furthering of the sound that Silver first started ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
An odd little session for Blue Note – odd in that it features a host of players who weren't normally part of the label's off-used roster of big-name sidemen, and odd in that it features a swinging style that's a bit of a nod to earlier jazz days than the early 60s. Baritonist Leo Parker cut ... CD

Grant Green

Grantstand
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A tight quartet session that pairs the master funky guitarist with Jack McDuff, Al Harewood, and (surprisingly) Yusef Lateef, who plays tenor and flute on the record, in a style that's a lot harder than some of his own work from the time! The group grooves in a nice laidback way through 4 long ... CD

Sonny Red

Out Of The Blue
Blue Note (Japan), 1960.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
An amazing set from altoist Sonny Red – a player who hardly ever got to make any albums as a leader, and who really burns brightly on this Blue Note classic! Red's got a tone on alto that's as deep and sharp as most tenorists of his generation – extremely soulful, but with a really ... CD

Dizzy Reece

Star Bright
Blue Note (Japan), 1959.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
The greatest of Dizzy Reece's 3 LPs for Blue Note – and it's also the hardest to find! The British trumpeter is playing here with a group that is totally classic hardbop Blue Note – and which includes Hank Mobley on tenor, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
One of the many albums that the Jazz Messengers recorded live at Birdland, and one that features a transitional lineup for the band that has new guard players Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bobby Timmons on piano, and old guard player Hank Mobley on tenor. Everyone grooves in a very hard fashion ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
One of the many albums that the Jazz Messengers recorded live at Birdland, and one that features a transitional lineup for the band that has new guard players Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bobby Timmons on piano, and old guard player Hank Mobley on tenor. Everyone grooves in a very hard fashion ... CD

Lou Donaldson & The 3 Sounds

LD + 3
Blue Note (Japan), 1959.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A classic meeting between alto giant Lou Donaldson and Blue Note's crack Three Sounds combo – the great piano trio led by the mighty Gene Harris! The formula was one that Blue Note employed on a number of sessions from the time – and it makes a lot of sense, because the Three Sounds ... CD

Lou Donaldson

Lou Takes Off
Blue Note (Japan), 1967.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Quite an unusual Lou Donaldson album for Blue Note – much more open-ended than his other sets, with a really hard-jamming sort of sound! Unlike some of Donaldson's tighter dates of the time, which feature more bop-based, song-based shorter tunes – this one's more of a long-form blowing ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
One of the great lost ones from Blue Note – hard to find in any pressing, and a killer hardbop session from the days when the label could crank them out with a quality unmatched by other labels! Clifford Jordan's leading an unusual group here – a septet, which is a bit of a change from ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Forget the "pretty" in the title here – as this stuff's not glossy or fancy – just wonderfully stripped-down Hammond work from Jimmy, performed with a trio that includes Eddie McFadden on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums. The title should probably read "mellow" ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
A real stormer from Jimmy Smith – done in his first year at Blue Note, but with a sense of power and imagination that cannot be denied! It might be easy to pass up this album, because many of the tunes are standards, done in a simple trio format – but back at the time of this session, ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956.
CD ... About June 19, 2019
Arguably one of the greatest Kenny Burrell albums ever! Unlike some of Kenny's other sessions, which hide his guitar in arrangements that are a bit too complicated – this one's a nicely stripped-down album that sets his hollow electric in a group with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan),
LP ... About June 19, 2019
Late live work from the legendary Bill Evans – and a wonderful demonstration of the way he kept on growing over the years, even in this final stretch of his time on the planet! Evans plays here in a very well-recorded setting – a double-lengthy concert recorded by Norwegian ... LP, Vinyl record album
Somethin Cool (Japan),
LP ... About June 19, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Candid/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1961.
LP ... About June 20, 2019
The only session as a leader from trumpeter Cal Massey – a big influence on soulful modernism in the 60s, but an artist who showed up more in the liner notes for records than he did in the studio! The record's a really unique one – and a set that crackles with the best sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fontana/Universal (UK),
LP ... About June 20, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Fontana/Universal (UK),
CD ... About June 20, 2019
... CD
Capitol/Now Again, 1970.
LP ... On June 21, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Alexander Von Schlippenbach Quartet

Three Nails Left
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About June 21, 2019
Live recording of sets recorded about a year apart from Schlippenbach's Quartet that included Evan Parker, Peter Kowald, and Paul Lovens. The group has a great sense of dynamics, and the set ebbs between some great textural passages, full on energy and trading staccato statements. Three pieces ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lloyd McNeill

Elegia
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. (reissue)
LP ... About June 21, 2019
One of the great albums recorded by Lloyd McNeill in the 70's, and a beautiful batch of soul jazz tracks with McNeill's flute in the lead. The group contains Dom Salvador on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussion – and although the record's a bit more subdued than ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lloyd McNeill

Elegia
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980.
CD ... About June 21, 2019
One of the great albums recorded by Lloyd McNeill in the 70's, and a beautiful batch of soul jazz tracks with McNeill's flute in the lead. The group contains Dom Salvador on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussion – and although the record's a bit more subdued than ... CD

Marlene Rosenberg

MLK Convergence
Origin,
CD ... About June 21, 2019
Features Kenny Barron on piano and Lewis Nash on drums. CD
Blue Note, 1965. Gatefold (reissue)
LP ... On June 21, 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 June 21, 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

Tiago Frugoli Ensemble

Casa
Fresh Selects,
CD ... About June 28, 2019
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Oregon

Violin
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1978.
CD ... About June 28, 2019
... CD

Jamie Saft

Hidden Corners
Rare Noise (UK), 2019.
LP ... About June 28, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Smoke Sessions,
CD ... About June 28, 2019
... CD

Jamie Saft

Hidden Corners
Rare Noise (UK), 2019.
CD ... About June 28, 2019
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Mike LeDonne

Partners In Time
Savant, 2019.
CD ... About June 28, 2019
... CD

JD Allen

Barracoon
Savant, 2019.
CD ... About June 28, 2019
... CD

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

Hope I Hold
Greenleaf, 2019.
CD ... On June 28, 2019
... CD
Brownswood (UK),
LP ... On June 28, 2019
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Markus Howell

Get Right!
Posi tone, 2019.
CD ... On June 28, 2019
... CD
Capitol, Late 40s.
CD ... On June 28, 2019
Legendary early work from trumpeter Miles Davis – late 40s sessions for Capitol Records that are completely different than the bop material he was cutting with Charlie Parker and on his own! Instead, these sides have Miles working with a complex, more arranged style – built up with a ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. (reissue)
LP ... On June 28, 2019
One of the all-time great tenor/organ sessions on Blue Note – totally fierce, with a sound that's a lot rawer than most other work on the label! The incredible Baby Face Willette grooves it hard and heavy on Hammond – working in a quartet that includes Fred Jackson on tenor, Grant ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1965/1979. (reissue)
LP ... On June 28, 2019
Rare Blue Note work from Dexter Gordon – an album that was recorded during Gordon's legendary run for the label in the 60s, but not issued until a brief vinyl pressing nearly 15 years later! The record's got Gordon vamping in tight hardbop formation – a sound that's strongly 60s Blue ... LP, Vinyl record album

Real ShooBeeDoo (Reggie Fields)

Reminiscing
Tidal Waves, 1981. (reissue)
LP ... On June 28, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Abdullah Ibrahim

Balance
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
LP ... On June 28, 2019
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Abdullah Ibrahim

Balance
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
CD ... On June 28, 2019
... CD

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

Where Future Unfolds
International Anthem, 2019.
LP ... On June 28, 2019
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Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

Where Future Unfolds
International Anthem, 2019.
CD ... On June 28, 2019
... CD
Spiritmuse, 2019. 2LP
LP ... About June 28, 2019
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

Oscar Peterson

Live In Paris – 1961
Return To Analog (Canada), 1960.
LP ... About July 1, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note/Mosaic,
CD ... About July 1, 2019
... CD

Ingrid Laubrock & Sylvie Courvoisier

Tism
Rogue Art (France),
CD ... About July 5, 2019
... CD

Rob Brown

From Here To Hear
Rogue Art (France),
CD ... About July 5, 2019
... CD
Sdban (Belgium), Late 50s/Early 60s.
CD ... About July 5, 2019
Tenorist Jack Sels may not be one of the best-known names on the European jazz scene of the postwar years – but that's likely because he passed away earlier than most, but not before leaving a strong legacy of jazz on the Belgian scene! Sels is a hell of a player – modern in conception ... CD

Armando Trovajoli

Trovajoli Jazz Piano
RCA/Down At Dawn (Italy), 1959. (reissue)
LP ... About July 5, 2019
Although Italian pianist Armando Trovajoli is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for the many many groovy soundtracks he's scored, he began his career as a talented jazz musician, as you'll hear here on this rare session from 1959! The set's a nice cooker at times – but also lays ... LP, Vinyl record album

William Hooker

Is Eternal Life
Reality Unit Concepts/Superior Viaduct, 1976. 2LP (reissue)
LP ... On July 5, 2019
A rare treasure from the loft jazz years of the New York scene – an early session led by drummer William Hooker – with very open, improvised tracks featuring a shifting lineup that includes work on tenor by both David Murray and David S Ware! In truth, the concept of "lineup" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Whit Dickey & The Tao Quartets

Peace Planet & Box Of Light
Aum Fidelity,
CD ... About July 5, 2019
... CD

William Parker

Live/Shapeshifter
Aum Fidelity,
CD ... About July 5, 2019
... CD

Ash Walker

Aquamarie
Night Time Stories, 2019.
LP ... On July 12, 2019
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Ash Walker

Aquamarie
Night Time Stories, 2019.
CD ... On July 12, 2019
... CD
Blue Note, 1969. (reissue)
LP ... On July 12, 2019
Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that's right up there with Lou Donaldson's work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that ... LP, Vinyl record album

McCoy Tyner

Inception
Impulse, 1962. (reissue)
LP ... On July 12, 2019
A very early date as a leader by McCoy Tyner – cut at a time when he was making big waves in the John Coltrane Quartet, but also sounding plenty darn great on his own! The group here's a trio – with Coltrane associates Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and the warm ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1968. (reissue)
LP ... On July 12, 2019
Easily Lonnie Smith's biggest hit for Blue Note – a key record in defining the sound of late 60s soul jazz! Lonnie's working here with an all-star group that includes Melvin Sparks, Lee Morgan, and David Fathead Newman – and the core combo is expanded by some additional Latin ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse, 1965. (reissue)
LP ... On July 12, 2019
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
Blue Note, 1974. (reissue)
LP ... On July 12, 2019
A monster – and one of our jazz funk favorites of all-time! This is the best record ever cut by the great flute player Bobbi Humphrey – and the record features some stellar production work by the great Larry Mizell, very much in the same vein as that which he used on classic sessions ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dizzy Gillespie

Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
Impulse, 1967. (reissue)
LP ... On July 12, 2019
A brilliant album of Latiny grooves from Diz! The record takes off from the soulful/modal mood of the early 60s groups with Lalo Schifrin and Kenny Barron – and features a young Mike Longo crafting some fantastic lines on piano, stretched out over tight rhythms on electric bass and drums, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Roy Haynes Quartet

Out Of The Afternoon
Impulse, 1962. (reissue)
LP ... On July 12, 2019
Drummer Roy Haynes always brings something great to the table for any album he does as a leader – and this record is no exception! Here, the "added something" is the presence of Roland Kirk on reeds – offered a key early chance to express his most modern ideas in the freedom ... LP, Vinyl record album

Naosuke Miyamoto

Step!
Three Blind Mice/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About July 15, 2019
A group led by bassist Naosuke Miyamoto, but one that features some especially great horn work in the lead! The ensemble's a sextet, and features a three-point frontline with trumpet from Kunji Shigi, alto from Takashi Furuya, and tenor and soprano from Takeshi Goto – really stretching out ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bobby Hutcherson

Natural Illusions
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
DVD ... About July 17, 2019
One of the most righteous Horace Silver albums for Blue Note – and a far-reaching, politically-bent batch of tracks that feature vocals by Andy Bey, in a similar style to the work he did on the Gary Bartz records from the time – very hip, and quite different than other jazz vocal work ... DVD

Jimmy McGriff

Electric Funk
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
One of Jimmy's funkiest albums ever – a sweeeeet batch of short, hard, and funky cuts – and a record that ranks right up there with the mighty Soul Sugar for sheer funkiness! Jimmy takes an upbeat and easygoing approach to the late 60s funk sound, with a nice, rubbery bass and the ... CD

McCoy Tyner

Time For Tyner
Blue Note (Japan), 1968.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
Brilliant work by McCoy Tyner – an album that has him firmly stepping out of the shadow of Coltrane with a sound influenced by the rising Afro-centric style of soul jazz to emerge in the 70s! The group on the set is a quartet with Bobby Hutcherson on vibes – and the mixture of ... CD

Cecil Taylor

Conquistador!
Blue Note (Japan), Late 60s.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
One of Cecil Taylor's most striking albums of the 60s – and one of the few in which he works with a larger than usual group – not a trio or quartet, but an ultra-hip sextet! The lineup is incredible – the cream of the arch-modern players of the avant era, including Bill Dixon on ... CD

Hank Mobley

Caddy For Daddy
Blue Note (Japan), 1965.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
One of the greatest Blue Note albums of all time! Hank Mobley leads an incredibly soulful group that includes Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, McCoy Tyner, and Billy Higgins – and the group plays this amazing mix of soul jazz and modal grooves that is hardly matched by anything else in the Blue ... CD

John Patton

Got A Good Thing Goin
Blue Note (Japan), Mid 60s.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
A classic by Big John Patton! The master organ player is joined by Grant Green on guitar, and the much-overlooked drummer Hugh Walker – a fantastic player on the kit, little known, but who played with this incredible "skipping" groove – one that sounds that reminds us a lot ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1964.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
It certainly was time – time for Jackie McLean to break out of his older bop mode, and hit a whole new level of playing with a tight group of "new thing" compatriots like Herbie Hancock on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Charles Tolliver on trumpet! The record isn't as totally ... CD

George Braith

Extension
Blue Note (Japan), 1965.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
A masterpiece from George Braith – one of the most unique sax players of the 60s! The album's a Blue Note classic in the Larry Young vein – with lots of free spiralling modal lines, and heavenly solos on organ, guitar, and reeds – the former of which are played by Billy Gardner ... CD

Andrew Hill

Judgment!
Blue Note (Japan), 1964.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
A seminal "new thing" session from pianist Andrew Hill, and one of the greatest performances ever from a young Bobby Hutcherson! The record features a stunning quartet that includes Hill on piano, Hutcherson on vibes, and Richard Davis and Elvin Jones on rhythm – coming together ... CD

Grachan Moncur III

Evolution
Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
Landmark material – one of Grachan Moncur's two classic albums for Blue Note, and a session that ranks as one of the best examples of the "new thing" moment in 60s jazz! Grachan's leading a sextet here that includes a number of players that he cut his teeth with in Jackie McLean's ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
A monster! This is one of the rare few albums that tenorist Harold Vick ever cut as a leader – and it's pretty darn great all the way through! Vick is probably best known as the sax player with Jack McDuff during his mid 60s glory years – and this album captures him a similar mode, ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
A surprisingly nice little album – a Jimmy Smith Blue Note session dedicated to Fats Waller, one of the first jazz musicians to work out his skills on the organ! Jimmy's working with a tight trio that includes Quentin Warren on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums – and although Waller ... CD

Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble

African Beat
Blue Note (Japan), 1962.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
A slammin' LP of "jazz meets percussion", hosted by the great Art Blakey, and featuring jazz players like Curtis Fuller, Yusef Lateef, and Ahmed Abdul-Malik – plus a host of percussionists that include Solomon Ilori, Montego Joe, Chief Bey, and Garvin Masseaux. Blakey skirts nicely ... CD

Leo Parker

Rollin With Leo
Blue Note, 1961.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
One of those great "never was" Blue Note sessions – recorded in the 60s, but never issued until years later – even though the label had assigned it a cover, title, and catalog number! The album was the last session by baritone sax player Leo Parker – a bop and R&B ... CD

Horace Parlan

Up & Down
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
A killer set from an amazing quintet made up of some of the best players to ever grace the Blue Note label! Horace Parlan leads a tight tight tight combo that includes Grant Green on guitar and Booker Ervin on tenor sax – and the three of them fit together beautifully, with a dark moody edge ... CD

Three Sounds

Feelin' Good
Blue Note (Japan), 1960.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
With a sound like this, these guys have gotta be Feelin Good! The album's one of the first few Blue Notes by Gene Harris and his mighty Three Sounds combo – and is done in the group's very successful blend of soul jazz and piano trio musing – a key shift in styles from the 50s to the ... CD

Grant Green

Green Street
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
Fantastic stuff! This was one of Grant Green's first ever sessions, and it's a winner all the way through! Dave Bailey and Ben Tucker back up the young Grant in a set of impeccably played guitar grooves that showcase the brilliant technique of this young genius – straight and to the point ... CD

Stanley Turrentine

Up At Minton's Vol 2
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
Burning live set of deep bluesy grooves featuring the great hard early tone of Stanley Turrentine! Grant Green and Horace Parlan set up a mean vibe alongside George Tucker and Al Harewood – and the setting of Minton's Playhouse seems to drive the group into a nice tight frenzy. The whole ... CD

Stanley Turrentine

Up At Minton's Vol 1
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
An excellent early live set that has Stanley playing with a raw tone that you'd hardly recognize if you only know his later, sweeter records. The group's a lively soul jazz quintet, with Grant Green on guitar, playing the kind of hard single note solos that made his early recordings so great, and ... CD

Lou Donaldson

Sunny Side Up
Blue Note (Japan), 1960.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
One of the most perfectly crafted moments of Lou Donaldson's hardbop genius at Blue Note – and a beautiful example of the way that Lou could handle the alto sax with a sharpness that earned him a place in the post-Parker lineage – but also a sense of soul that was miles away from Bird! ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1958.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
The rarest of all of Art Blakey's percussion group projects – and quite possibly the best, too! The session features Blakey at the head of a strong mix of jazz and percussion players – with Art Taylor and Philly Joe Jones on the regular drum kit, Donald Byrd on trumpet and Ray Bryant ... CD

Clifford Jordan

Cliff Craft
Blue Note (Japan), 1957.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
A holy grail from the prime years of Blue Note hardbop – and one of the first records ever recorded by Clifford Jordan, then a fresh young tenor talent, just blown in from Chicago! The album has Jordan working with an all-star lineup that includes Art Farmer on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957.
CD ... About July 17, 2019
The great John Jenkins was one of the lesser-known sax stars to come out of the Chicago scene of the late 50s – but he was also one of the best! Jenkins played alto impeccably – with boppish agility, and a deep sense of soul that worked great on this one and only Blue Note session as a ... CD
 



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