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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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A-Side, 2015.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Flaps
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
A surprisingly creative set from trumpeter Koglmann – and an odd one for Lacy as well! The album features Lacy blowing soprano amidst a variety of styles – some sparer tracks, ala his solo records; some more full-on free numbers; and a few that are even a bit whimsical. The group ... CD
Flaps
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
A surprisingly creative set from trumpeter Koglmann – and an odd one for Lacy as well! The album features Lacy blowing soprano amidst a variety of styles – some sparer tracks, ala his solo records; some more full-on free numbers; and a few that are even a bit whimsical. The group ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chiaroscuro/Aartrud (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
The second album by this fantastic 70s soulful fusion combo – a group who recorded for the Chiaroscuro label around the same time as James Mason – and who have an equally sublime sort of sound! The sound is almost a more electric reworking of spiritual styles from a few years before ... LP, Vinyl record album
Peace (180 gram pressing)
Spectator/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
An incredibly soulful set of jazz from the Danish scene at the start of the 70s – and a record that's much more in keeping with the spiritual sounds of the American underground at the time! The set boasts some tremendous tenor work from Jesper Nehammar – a player we don't know at all, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Back To Rhythm
Sony/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About March 29, 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Back To Rhythm
Sony/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975.
CD ... About March 29, 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
Bamboo
King/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
LP ... About April 19, 2019
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bamboo
King/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s.
CD ... About April 19, 2019
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1951.
CD ... About April 10, 2019
A rare early 10" session by Wynton Kelly – who's working here in a trio format with Oscar Pettiford on bass and Lee Abrams on drums! The tracks are intimate and introspective, with Kelly holding back his bop chops a bit to break out in other moods on the keyboard – definitely the ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1953.
CD ... About April 10, 2019
Classic trio material from Kenny Drew – played with a lot more lyricism than some of his bop-era contemporaries, but done so in the company of a swinging rhythm section that features Art Blakey and Curley Russel! The set's a very nicely done reissue which features all the elements of the ... CD
Herbie Nichols Trio
Blue Note (Japan), 1955/1956.
CD ... About April 10, 2019
Some of the most exciting piano jazz ever recorded – and one of the rare few albums released by the legendary Herbie Nichols. Nichols' heavy handed style is amazing throughout, and the record explodes with energy unheard of on other trio sessions from the time. Part of the credit probably ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1955.
CD ... About April 10, 2019
Great early material from Hank Mobley – a record that's practically a Jazz Messengers album, given the lineup – and which comes across with the fire and power of that classic group at their start! Mobley's tenor is set tightly in a combo that includes Horace Silver on piano, Doug ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956.
CD ... About April 10, 2019
One of the few American albums by Jutta Hipp – a key figure in the German jazz scene of the postwar years, recording here at the Hickory House in New York! The album's a trio date, but it's got more than enough modern energy to warrant inclusion in the Blue Note 1500 series of the 50s – ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956.
CD ... About April 10, 2019
One of the few American albums by Jutta Hipp – a key figure in the German jazz scene of the postwar years, recording here at the Hickory House in New York! The album's a trio date, but it's got more than enough modern energy to warrant inclusion in the Blue Note 1500 series of the 50s – ... CD

 


Upcoming Releases

Reality
Orindal, 2019.
LP ... About February 22, 2019
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Reality
Orindal, 2019.
CD ... On February 22, 2019
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Gleaners
ECM (Germany), 2019.
LP ... On February 22, 2019
Beautiful solo bass work from Larry Grenadier – a record that fits perfectly in the best ECM tradition, yet also provides a stunning showcase for the artist as well! The recording quality is superb – and Grenadier finds so many ways to create different shades and tones with his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Avec Le Temps
ECM (Germany),
CD ... On February 22, 2019
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Mage
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018.
LP ... About February 22, 2019
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Mage
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018.
CD ... About February 22, 2019
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Stunt (Denmark),
LP ... About February 25, 2019
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Stunt (Denmark),
CD ... About February 25, 2019
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Instead
On The Corner (UK),
LP ... About February 25, 2019
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Kullrusk
Moserobie (Sweden), 2005.
LP ... About February 25, 2019
The sound of the Varitone lives again – in this super-groovy set from Swedish saxophonists Jonas Kullhammar and Per Rusktrask Johansson! Both players on the set are clearly inspired by the Varitone years of Eddie Harris – and the album's got a sense of space, sound, and soul that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live At 131 Prince Street
P-Vine (Japan), 1973.
LP ... About February 27, 2019
A previously unissued concert by an early version of Oneness Of Juju – recorded in 1973 at Ornette Coleman's gallery on Prince Street in New York, and featuring a version of the group that was much more jazz-oriented than in later years! Players include Babatunde on percussion, Lon Moshe on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live At JJ's Lounge 1974
P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
LP ... About February 27, 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
DIW (Japan),
CD ... About February 28, 2019
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A Cordes Et A Cris
JMS (France), 1979. (reissue)
LP ... About February 28, 2019
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Barriers
Eschatology, 2019.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Starting
Eschatology, 2019.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Simply Macrame
Jazz Men/Jazz Detective (UK), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
Don't confuse this Bobby with the Rodriguez who put out some mid 70s salsa albums on Vaya in New York – because this Bobby's a trumpet player from the LA scene, one who worked with Gerald Wilson, and is striking out here on his own in a sweet self-produced set! Instrumentation on the set is ... LP, Vinyl record album
A-Side, 2015.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Opium For Franz
Black Monk (Austria), (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
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Opium For Franz
Black Monk (Austria),
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Flaps
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
A surprisingly creative set from trumpeter Koglmann – and an odd one for Lacy as well! The album features Lacy blowing soprano amidst a variety of styles – some sparer tracks, ala his solo records; some more full-on free numbers; and a few that are even a bit whimsical. The group ... CD
Flaps
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
A surprisingly creative set from trumpeter Koglmann – and an odd one for Lacy as well! The album features Lacy blowing soprano amidst a variety of styles – some sparer tracks, ala his solo records; some more full-on free numbers; and a few that are even a bit whimsical. The group ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sutra Book – Live At Smalls
Smalls Live, 2019.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Im Treibhaus
Grappa (Norway),
LP ... About March 1, 2019
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High Risk
Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1974.
LP ... About March 1, 2019
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International Anthem, 2019.
LP ... On March 1, 2019
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International Anthem, 2019.
CD ... On March 1, 2019
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Love Hurts
Mack Avenue,
LP ... About March 1, 2019
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Love Hurts
Mack Avenue,
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Duologue
Mack Avenue,
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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In The Key Of The Universe
Mack Avenue,
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Act (Germany),
LP ... About March 1, 2019
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Act (Germany),
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Dirty Six
Via Veneto (Italy),
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Timeless All Stars – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1982
Jazz Line (Germany),
LP ... About March 1, 2019
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Timeless All Stars – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1982
Jazz Line (Germany),
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Live Without Fear
Ancient Afrika/Jazzman (UK), 1980.
CD ... On March 1, 2019
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... CD
Ancient Afrika/Jazzman (UK), 1980. (reissue)
LP ... On March 1, 2019
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mondo/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1971.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
A beautiful set of hipster jazz vocals! This legendary album by Pittsburgh pianist Frank Cunimondo has always been a favorite for the jazz-dance groover "Feelin Good" – a cut which has an incredible drum and bass riff, and which has been sampled more than a few times over the past ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK),
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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Sun Of Goldfinger
ECM (Germany),
LP ... On March 1, 2019
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Sun Of Goldfinger
ECM (Germany),
CD ... On March 1, 2019
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Mary/Smithsonian Folkways, 1963. (reissue)
LP ... On March 1, 2019
A landmark album – and one of the best records you'll ever find by Mary Lou Williams! The record's a mixture of jazz and spiritual themes, and it features Mary Lou's piano set in some super-hip jazz arrangements that include players like Grant Green, Budd Johnson, Larry Gales, Melba Liston, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mare Nostrum III
Act (Germany),
LP ... About March 1, 2019
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Mare Nostrum III
Act (Germany),
CD ... About March 1, 2019
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22A (UK), 2018.
LP ... On March 1, 2019
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Storyville (Denmark), Late 60s. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
Rare European performances by Ben Webster, mostly from the tail end of the 60s – mostly small combo, but a few with larger groups too. LP, Vinyl record album
Sentiments
Storyville (Denmark), 1971. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chiaroscuro/Aartrud (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
The second album by this fantastic 70s soulful fusion combo – a group who recorded for the Chiaroscuro label around the same time as James Mason – and who have an equally sublime sort of sound! The sound is almost a more electric reworking of spiritual styles from a few years before ... LP, Vinyl record album
Peace (180 gram pressing)
Spectator/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
LP ... About March 1, 2019
An incredibly soulful set of jazz from the Danish scene at the start of the 70s – and a record that's much more in keeping with the spiritual sounds of the American underground at the time! The set boasts some tremendous tenor work from Jesper Nehammar – a player we don't know at all, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976/1977.
CD ... About March 1, 2019
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing ... CD
Komeda On Polish Radio 3 – Komeda & Milian
Polskie Radio (Poland),
CD ... About March 5, 2019
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Polskie Radio (Poland),
CD ... About March 5, 2019
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Polskie Radio (Poland),
CD ... About March 5, 2019
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Polskie Radio (Poland),
CD ... About March 5, 2019
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Polskie Radio (Poland),
CD ... About March 5, 2019
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Polskie Radio (Poland),
CD ... About March 5, 2019
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Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About March 5, 2019
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz – a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Stata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression – and we'd easily rank this one ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1968. (reissue)
LP ... About March 5, 2019
Early work from the man behind Strata East – recorded in 1968, and one of the first sessions that Tolliver ever cut as a leader! Charles Tolliver's unique melodicism and rich modalities ride over deep, often funky, and sometimes twisted grooves generated by the powerhouse rhythm section of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cat
Sony (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About March 5, 2019
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky Stuff
Columbia (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About March 6, 2019
Funky fusion from 70s Japan – a really great set that's heavy both on Fender Rhodes, and on a range of choppy reed lines on tenor, soprano sax, and flute! The set's got a warm glow that's perfect for the CTI generation – with an equally apt sense of space, one that keeps the record ... LP, Vinyl record album
Iron Into Wind
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019.
CD ... About March 7, 2019
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Jazz Refreshed (UK),
LP ... About March 8, 2019
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Return To Analog (Canada), 1960.
LP ... About March 8, 2019
Rare session with Sonny Stitt on vinyl for the first time! LP, Vinyl record album
Pride & Joy
Posi tone,
CD ... About March 8, 2019
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Kokoroko EP
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
LP ... On March 8, 2019
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All Things Are
Rogue Art (France),
CD ... About March 8, 2019
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Storyville (Denmark),
CD ... About March 15, 2019
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Intakt (Switzerland),
CD ... About March 15, 2019
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Chorus
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2019
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... LP, Vinyl record album
L'Univers Solitude
Souffle Continu (France), (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2019
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Change Is
Decca/Jazzman (UK), (reissue)
LP ... On March 15, 2019
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Live
Decca/Jazzman (UK), (reissue)
LP ... On March 15, 2019
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Phase III
Decca/Jazzman (UK), (reissue)
LP ... On March 15, 2019
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Dusk Fire
Decca/Jazzman (UK), (reissue)
LP ... On March 15, 2019
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Shades Of Blue
Decca/Jazzman (UK), (reissue)
LP ... On March 15, 2019
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Sol Y Sombra
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2019
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Impulse,
LP ... On March 15, 2019
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Contours
Blue Note, 1965. (reissue)
LP ... On March 15, 2019
A brilliant statement of modernist jazz from Sam Rivers – one of his groundbreaking early albums for Blue Note, and one of the most challenging sessions issued by the label during the 60s! The record's a real departure from Rivers' already-great Fuscia Swing Song – with tunes that go ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M/Verve, 1976. (reissue)
LP ... On March 15, 2019
Mindblowing music from the great Don Cherry – quite a statement, given how much fantastic sounds Cherry had already given us by this point in his career! In the years before this set, Don had worked in some very free, avant modes – and also explored a fair bit of global styles too ... LP, Vinyl record album
Impulse,
CD ... On March 15, 2019
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Resilience,
CD ... On March 15, 2019
Key proof that great songs never get old – and maybe even more, that the political messages of yesterday still have plenty of power today! Drummer Ulysses Owens mines the righteous territory of the 60s and 70s here – bringing together songs originally performed by Nina Simone, Abbey ... CD
Transitory Poems
ECM (Germany),
CD ... On March 15, 2019
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Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1978. (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2019
One of our favorite records ever on the legendary Nimbus label – a special home to spiritual jazz on the west coast at the end of the 70s – and crucial for giving us some really unique talents like this! Adele Sebastian may have only ever cut this one album as a leader, but she's a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2019
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... LP, Vinyl record album
HMV (Japan), (reissue)
LP ... About March 19, 2019
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900 Shares Of The Blues
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
A killer electric piano jam from the great Mike Longo – stone funky, and one of his best albums ever! The whole thing's done in a really laidback style that's simply amazing – a lot like the best CTI work of the time, but somehow rougher, and with a darker edge. Longo riffs out on the ... CD
Funk Reaction
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he's got a great lean style, perfect for the ... CD
Sweet Life
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
A great groover by Reuben Wilson – and one of his best albums ever! The funky organist really takes off from the sound of his earlier Blue Note albums here – hitting a vibe that's sharper, darker, and plenty darn righteous – still small combo jazz funk, but with a depth that we ... CD
Friday The 13th – Cook County Jail
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
Gritty gritty gritty! This live set of soul jazz tracks was recorded in Chicago's Cook County Jail on Friday the 13th, 1972 – and we can hardly think of a darker place to record a soul jazz album! Side one features the aptly-named "Freedom Suite", an extended groover played by ... CD
Inner Crisis
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... CD
Make Your Move
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
Sweet clubby grooving from Joe Thomas – a set that has the Ebony Godfather smoothing his groove a bit for the disco years of the late 70s, but still keeping things plenty soulful throughout! Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) arranged and conducted the album, and he brings in ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
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
Night Glider
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
Sweet 70s funk from the legendary Groove Holmes – an album that has his funky organ riffing nicely over some tight larger arrangements! The style is really great, and a nice departure from the smaller combo Groove Holmes sound of the 60s – more in keeping with his later Blue Note work, ... CD
Sundance
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
A late 60s recording from Chick Corea from the period where he was exploring free and modal playing, hinting at the feel of the Circle LPs we love so much that he participated in. Hubert Laws does a great job meeting the vibe of the tracks in an unexpected fashion, and Woody Shaw does a great job ... CD
Last Blues Album
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
Nothing "blues" about this set – as Buddy Rich is working with some of the best soul jazz players of the Groove Merchant label – on a set that's one of his few small combo albums from the 70s! The vibe is very relaxed and laidback, and even Buddy's tight drumming can't over-hy ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
Hard-swinging Buddy Rich from the prime early 70s years – not exactly an all-out funk affair, but still a great groover, with plenty of hip little big band numbers! The groove here is nice and lean – and Buddy and the group are working at Buddy's own club – hitting that trademark ... CD
Mean Machine
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
Sweet 70s electric work from Jimmy McGriff – material that's different than his grittier grooves of the 60s, but still plenty darn great! The style's clearly influenced by CTI – as Jimmy's using electric piano as much as organ – and is getting some fuller support in the backings ... CD
Fly Dude
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
Some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff – a session that's a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn great! The set's kind of a nice link between the straighter soul jazz of McGriff's 60s years, and his return to the format at the ... CD
Windows
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
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
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
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
Bassist
Interplay/Venus (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
A bold little trio set from bassist Sam Jones – recorded with a great lineup that includes Keith Copeland on drums and Kenny Barron on piano! Barron plays both electric and acoustic piano on the album, and really brings a lot of his own strengths into play with Sam's bass work – and ... CD
Cherry Red (UK),
CD ... About March 20, 2019
... CD
Mister Magic
Motown (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
Pure dark magic from Grover Washington – a record that was a megahit back in the 70s, but which still sounds amazing many decades later! There's a sound here that's completely sublime – and the album is to Grover's career what the first 2 CTI sets by Bob James were to his – a ... CD
Hollywood
MoWest/Universal (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About March 20, 2019
A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the ... CD
Live (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Decca/Universal (Japan),
CD ... About March 20, 2019
... CD
Change Is (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Decca/Universal (Japan),
CD ... About March 20, 2019
... CD
Phase III (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Decca/Universal (Japan),
CD ... About March 20, 2019
... CD
Dusk Fire (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Decca/Universal (Japan),
CD ... About March 20, 2019
... CD
Shades Of Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Decca/Universal (Japan),
CD ... About March 20, 2019
... CD
Sojourner
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About March 20, 2019
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
Tzadik,
CD ... On March 22, 2019
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Wide Hive, 2019.
CD ... On March 22, 2019
... CD
Live At Haight Levels – Vol 2
Mo Jazz (UK), 1967.
LP ... About March 22, 2019
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Skye/Modern Harmonic, 1969. (reissue)
LP ... On March 22, 2019
One of Gabor Szabo's amazing late 60s albums for the Skye label – trippy, jazzy, and with a mod exotica vibe that would never be matched again! Gabor's playing guitar in a two-guitar frontline, which makes for lots of dreamy interplay between the strings – a shifting pattern of sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Niagara Shuffle – Tribute To Art Blakey
King (Japan),
CD ... About March 27, 2019
... CD
I Am Chiminyo
Gearbox, 2019.
LP ... On March 29, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Triptych
Posi tone, 2019.
CD ... About March 29, 2019
... CD
Back To Rhythm
Sony/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About March 29, 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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Back To Rhythm
Sony/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975.
CD ... About March 29, 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
 



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