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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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Joe Armon-Jones

Starting Today
Brownswood (UK), 2018.
LP ... On February 21, 2020
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gerrit Hatcher/Katie Ernst/Ben Lamar Gay/Keefe Jackson/Julian Kirshner

Good Instinct Of The Morning
Kettle Hole, 2020.
CD ... About January 28, 2020
... CD

Greg Foat Group

Girl & Robot With Flowers
Jazzman (UK), 2012.
LP ... About February 1, 2020
Amazing sounds from this very hip group – a contemporary combo, but one who play with a depth of sound to warrant their inclusion on the Jazzman label! The style is almost spiritual jazz, but a bit more laidback too – sounds that are cosmic, yet never soaring to the skies – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Get On Down, 1964. (reissue)
LP ... On February 14, 2020
Miles Davis' first-ever performance in Japan – a really unique concert that featured the quintet with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by a young Sam Rivers on tenor! The presence of Rivers really gives the set an edge – and although Miles is holding Sam ... LP, Vinyl record album

Andrew Cyrille

Ode To The Living Tree
Venus (Japan), 1994.
LP ... About February 1, 2020
A great album of spiritual modal jazz from Cyrille – and one that's a perfect example of the strong turn he's taken in the past decade! The session was recorded in Senegal in 1994, with a group of like-minded players like Oliver Lake, David Murray, Steve Colson, and Fred Hopkins – all ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ryo Fukui

My Favorite Tune
HMV (Japan), (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Sapporo/HMV (Japan), 1999. (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2020
A smoking trio set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – recorded in New York with help from Lisle Atkinson on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! The date's a bit later than some of the classics from the golden age of Japanese piano trio recordings, but has a very similar vibe – and in ... LP, Vinyl record album
HMV (Japan), (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, & Others

Laboratorio Della Quercia
Horo/Alternative Fox (UK), 1979. (reissue)
LP ... About February 15, 2020
Rare 2LP set that features a "supergroup" of European avant players like Kenny Wheeler, Massimo Urbani, Kent Carter, Paul Lytton, Frederik Rzewski, Roswell Rudd, Tristan Honsinger, and others (including the ones named in the artist category of this entry). The record's similar to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
International Anthem, 2020.
LP ... On February 28, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
International Anthem, 2020.
CD ... On February 28, 2020
... CD

Nick Walters

Active Imagination
22A (UK), 2020.
LP ... On February 7, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Northern Spy, 2020.
LP ... On February 28, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jeremy Cunningham

Weather Up There
Northern Spy, 2020.
CD ... On February 28, 2020
... CD
Columbia (Japan), 2CD
CD ... About January 17, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

 


Upcoming Releases

Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra

Why Don't You Listen – Live At LACMA 1998
Dark Tree (France), 1998.
LP ... About January 25, 2020
An amazing record from pianist Horace Tapscott – maybe one of his most ambitious projects ever, and a set that stands head and shoulders next to his classic work for the Nimbus label! As with some of those records, this set features his large Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – performing ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tidal Waves, 1982. (reissue)
LP ... About January 24, 2020 (delayed)
A set recorded in Paris during the early 80s – but headed up by an American saxophonist, and done with a vibe that's like the best spiritual jazz modes of the 70s! Byron Pope has a compelling legacy that includes work with Burton Greene and Alan Silva – but he's definitely his own man ... LP, Vinyl record album

Gerrit Hatcher/Katie Ernst/Ben Lamar Gay/Keefe Jackson/Julian Kirshner

Good Instinct Of The Morning
Kettle Hole, 2020.
CD ... About January 28, 2020
... CD
Return To Analog (Canada), 1960. 2LP
LP ... About January 30, 2020
Rare session with Sonny Stitt on vinyl for the first time! LP, Vinyl record album
Gearbox (UK), 2020.
LP ... On January 31, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Gearbox (UK), 2020.
CD ... On January 31, 2020
... CD

Will Vinson

441
Whirlwind,
CD ... On January 31, 2020
... CD

Juju (Oneness Of Juju)

Live At The East
Now Again/Black Fire, 1973.
LP ... On January 31, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jackie McLean

Let Freedom Ring
Blue Note/Culture Factory, 1962.
CD ... About January 31, 2020
A young Jackie McLean at the height of his powers – really stretching out here, but never going too far out – a perfect balance between his modern bop of previous records, and his groundbreaking "new thing" jazz to come! The group is a relatively straight ahead one – ... CD

Don Wilkerson

Preach Brother
Blue Note/Culture Factory, 1962.
CD ... About January 31, 2020
An excellent album by this lusty tenor player – and one of the rarest Blue Notes ever! Brother Don plays lean and mean, in a nice tight group that features Grant Green on guitar, Sonny Clark on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums – all of whom give Wilkerson a freer setting than he ever ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. (reissue)
LP ... On January 31, 2020
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album

Art Blakey

Buhaina's Delight
Blue Note, 1961. (reissue)
LP ... On January 31, 2020
A landmark recording by a whole new chapter in Art Blakey's career! During the early 60s, Blakey expanded the Jazz Messengers from a quintet to an incredibly tight sextet – adding in the trombone of Curtis Fuller for an extra-punched up frontline that also included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... LP, Vinyl record album

Andrew Cyrille

Ode To The Living Tree
Venus (Japan), 1994.
LP ... About February 1, 2020
A great album of spiritual modal jazz from Cyrille – and one that's a perfect example of the strong turn he's taken in the past decade! The session was recorded in Senegal in 1994, with a group of like-minded players like Oliver Lake, David Murray, Steve Colson, and Fred Hopkins – all ... LP, Vinyl record album

Moses Boyd

Dark Matter
Exodus (UK),
LP ... About February 1, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Moses Boyd

Dark Matter
Exodus (UK),
CD ... About February 1, 2020
... CD

Jerzy Maczynski

Jerry & The Pelican System
Polskie Nagrania (Poland),
CD ... About February 1, 2020
... CD

Greg Foat Group

Girl & Robot With Flowers
Jazzman (UK), 2012.
LP ... About February 1, 2020
Amazing sounds from this very hip group – a contemporary combo, but one who play with a depth of sound to warrant their inclusion on the Jazzman label! The style is almost spiritual jazz, but a bit more laidback too – sounds that are cosmic, yet never soaring to the skies – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nick Walters

Active Imagination
22A (UK), 2020.
LP ... On February 7, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ken Fowser

Morning Light
Posi tone, 2020.
CD ... On February 7, 2020
... CD

Erroll Garner

Up In Erroll's Room
MGM/Mack Avenue, 1968.
CD ... On February 7, 2020
A nice late 60s set – with some hip arrangements by Don Sebesky, and titles that include "Groovin High", "Girl From Ipanema", "Watermelon Man", and "The Coffee Song". CD

Erroll Garner

That's My Kick
MGM/Mack Avenue, 1967.
CD ... On February 7, 2020
A nicely offbeat session from Erroll Garner – with some slightly unusual aspects, yet all the great choppy grooves we've always loved in his music! That's My Kick features a cool lineup that's somewhere in territory you might find on Verve or Prestige Records at the time – some nice ... CD

Tim Berne's Snakeoil

Fantastic Mrs 10
Intakt (Switzerland),
CD ... On February 7, 2020
... CD

Evan Parker & Paul Lytton

Collective Calls
Intakt (Switzerland),
CD ... On February 7, 2020
... CD

Rena Rama

Rena Rama
Caprice (Sweden),
CD ... On February 7, 2020
... CD

Christian McBride

Movement Revisited
Mack Avenue, 2020.
CD ... On February 7, 2020
... CD

Thollem McDonas/William Parker/Nels Cline

Gowanus Sessions 2
ESP, 2012.
LP ... About February 7, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Thollem McDonas/William Parker/Nels Cline

Gowanus Sessions 2
ESP, 2012.
CD ... About February 7, 2020
... CD

Hideto Sasaki

Stop Over
BBE (UK), 1976.
LP ... About February 10, 2020
A great group, and one we've never heard before – stepping out with some tremendous trumpet and alto work that really makes the album sparkle! The group's led by trumpeter Hideto Sasaki, and features alto from guest Sekine Toshiyuki – both working in a mode that's sharply angular, but ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hideto Sasaki

Stop Over
BBE (UK), 1976.
CD ... About February 10, 2020
A great group, and one we've never heard before – stepping out with some tremendous trumpet and alto work that really makes the album sparkle! The group's led by trumpeter Hideto Sasaki, and features alto from guest Sekine Toshiyuki – both working in a mode that's sharply angular, but ... CD

John Butcher/John Edwards/Mark Sanders

Last Dream Of The Morning
Trost (Austria),
CD ... About February 14, 2020
... CD

Torben Snekkestad/Agusti Fernandez/Barry Guy

Swiftest Traveler
Trost (Austria),
LP ... About February 14, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Torben Snekkestad/Agusti Fernandez/Barry Guy

Swiftest Traveler
Trost (Austria),
CD ... About February 14, 2020
... CD
Columbia/Get On Down, 1964. (reissue)
LP ... On February 14, 2020
Miles Davis' first-ever performance in Japan – a really unique concert that featured the quintet with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by a young Sam Rivers on tenor! The presence of Rivers really gives the set an edge – and although Miles is holding Sam ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rosario Giuliani with Joe Locke

Love In Translation
Via Veneto (Italy), 2020.
CD ... About February 14, 2020
... CD

Village Of The Sun with Binker & Moses

Village Of The Sun/TED
Gearbox (UK), 2020.
12-inch ... On February 14, 2020
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Blue Note,
LP ... On February 14, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note,
CD ... On February 14, 2020
... CD

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow

Life Goes On
ECM (Germany),
CD ... On February 14, 2020
... CD
Alternative Fox (UK),
LP ... About February 15, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, & Others

Laboratorio Della Quercia
Horo/Alternative Fox (UK), 1979. (reissue)
LP ... About February 15, 2020
Rare 2LP set that features a "supergroup" of European avant players like Kenny Wheeler, Massimo Urbani, Kent Carter, Paul Lytton, Frederik Rzewski, Roswell Rudd, Tristan Honsinger, and others (including the ones named in the artist category of this entry). The record's similar to the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jerzy Maczynski

Jerry & The Pelican System
Polskie Nagrania (Poland),
LP ... About February 15, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazz Line (Germany), 2020.
LP ... About February 15, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Trilok Gurtu

God Is A Drummer
Jazz Line (Germany), 2020.
CD ... About February 15, 2020
... CD

Wildflower

Wildflower 2
Ill Considered (UK), 2020.
LP ... About February 16, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Twylyte 81

First Coming
Favorite (France), (reissue)
LP ... About February 17, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Guy Lafitte & Wild Bill Davis

Lotus Blossom
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983.
CD ... About February 19, 2020
... CD

Alvin Queen & Lonnie Smith

Lenox & Seventh
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985.
CD ... About February 19, 2020
A great lost chapter in the career of organist Lonnie Smith – a session recorded in the 80s, but done with the simple straightforward soul jazz groove of earlier sides on Muse and Prestige! Lonnie's working here in a loose and free trio format – with Melvin Sparks on guitar and the ... CD

Ram Ramirez

Ram Ramirez
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD ... About February 19, 2020
... CD

Richard Groove Holmes

Live At Chateauneuf Du Pape Vol 2
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD ... About February 19, 2020
... CD

Krzysztof Herdzin

Book Of Secrets
Polskie Nagrania (Poland),
CD ... About February 20, 2020
... CD

Krzysztof Herdzin

Book Of Secrets
Polskie Nagrania (Poland),
LP ... About February 20, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1965. (reissue)
LP ... About February 20, 2020
We can never get enough of Eddie Harris – and a record like this is a great reason why! Despite all the many different settings Eddie worked in at Atlantic, he still always stayed true to his roots – and a record like this is a perfect example of that – no electric horn, no funk, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1965. (reissue)
LP ... About February 20, 2020
An odd little album from tenorist Clifford Jordan – but a great one too, given the unique format! As the title implies, Cliff pays tribute to Leadbelly – handling a host of Huddie Ledbetter originals, but in a style that's kind of 60s soul jazz, with a bit of blues as well – one ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes

Visions Of A New World (180 gram pressing)
Flying Dutchman/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About February 20, 2020
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Armon-Jones

Starting Today
Brownswood (UK), 2018.
LP ... On February 21, 2020
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Collocutor

Continuation
On The Corner (UK),
LP ... About February 21, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Collocutor

Continuation
On The Corner (UK),
CD ... About February 21, 2020
... CD

Pat Metheny

From This Place
Nonesuch,
LP ... On February 21, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Pat Metheny

From This Place
Nonesuch, 2020.
CD ... On February 21, 2020
... CD

Idle Hands

Solid Moments
Posi tone, 2020.
CD ... On February 21, 2020
New septet featuring Will Bernard (guitar), Behn Gillece (vibraphone), Sam Dillon (tenor saxophone), Art Hirahara (piano), Boris Kozlov (bass) & Donald Edwards (drums). CD

Muhal Richard Abrams

Celestial Birds
Karl (UK),
LP ... About February 21, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
King/We Want Sounds (UK), 1977. (reissue)
LP ... About February 27, 2020
There's a vampire with a flute on the cover – and that image alone is more than enough to make us drop the needle on this rare Japanese gem from the 70s! And fortunately, the sound of the music is equally cool – funky fusion with some nicely spacey currents – almost a Mizell ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/We Want Sounds (UK), 1977.
CD ... About February 27, 2020
There's a vampire with a flute on the cover – and that image alone is more than enough to make us drop the needle on this rare Japanese gem from the 70s! And fortunately, the sound of the music is equally cool – funky fusion with some nicely spacey currents – almost a Mizell ... CD
International Anthem, 2020.
LP ... On February 28, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
International Anthem, 2020.
CD ... On February 28, 2020
... CD
Northern Spy, 2020.
LP ... On February 28, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Jeremy Cunningham

Weather Up There
Northern Spy, 2020.
CD ... On February 28, 2020
... CD
Transversales Disques (France),
LP ... About February 28, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Savoy/Craft, 4 x 10 inch LP set
LP ... On February 28, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1962/1980. (reissue)
LP ... On February 28, 2020
Damn great work from guitarist Grant Green – one of his killer sessions with pianist Sonny Clark – recorded in the early 60s, but unissued until nearly 20 years later! The groove here is a bit different than some of Green's early dates with organ – a bit more soulful hardbop at ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pacific Jazz, 1954. (reissue)
LP ... On February 28, 2020
Looking for classic Chet Baker vocal tracks? This is the stuff! 14 tracks of haunting vocals by a young Chet, sung with small groups from the LA scene, and featuring trumpet solos next to his vocals. Titles include "That Old Feeling", "Look For The Silver Lining", "There ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1961. (reissue)
LP ... On February 28, 2020
One of our favorite-ever albums from the great Stanley Turrentine – a really hard-burning session from his earliest days as a leader – and one of the key dates he cut with his brother Tommy Turrentine on trumpet! Both players are wonderful – a sharply soulful team coming off of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 1957. (reissue)
LP ... On February 28, 2020
A rare gem from Hank Mobley's initial late 50s run at Blue Note – a session recorded by the label in 1957, but unissued at the time! The quality of the set is right up there with Hank's best from the period – presented here in full album format, and the mix of searing hardbop and ... LP, Vinyl record album
BGO (UK),
CD ... About March 2, 2020
... CD
BGO (UK),
CD ... About March 3, 2020
... CD
Blue Note, 1960. (reissue)
LP ... On March 13, 2020
A real stormer! This was one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the great hardbop drummer Art Taylor – and it's one of the best from the Blue Note catalog at the time! The band is a heavily smoking one – with Dave Burns on trumpet, Stan Turrentine on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on ... LP, Vinyl record album

Elvin Jones

Mr Jones
Blue Note, 1972.
LP ... On March 13, 2020
A overlooked gem in Elvin Jones' Blue Note career – and an album that's virtually the blueprint for the Stone Alliance sound forged later in the decade by bassist Gene Perla and reedman Steve Grossman! Both players are working to full effect on this smoking little set – mixing some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note (UK), 1997.
LP ... On March 13, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ryo Fukui

My Favorite Tune
HMV (Japan), (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
Sapporo/HMV (Japan), 1999. (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2020
A smoking trio set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – recorded in New York with help from Lisle Atkinson on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! The date's a bit later than some of the classics from the golden age of Japanese piano trio recordings, but has a very similar vibe – and in ... LP, Vinyl record album
HMV (Japan), (reissue)
LP ... About March 15, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Sumire Kuribayashi

Nameless Piano
Somethin Cool (Japan),
CD ... About March 25, 2020
... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan),
CD ... About March 25, 2020
... CD

Ensemble Al-Salaam

Sojourner
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About May 20, 2020
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

Lyman Woodard Organization

Live At JJ's Lounge 1974
P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
LP ... About May 20, 2020
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

Will Vinson

441
Whirlwind,
LP ... On May 29, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album

Ted Curson

Fireball
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Stanley Cowell & Dave Burrell

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

Sonny Stitt

Good Life
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Sadik Hakim

Lazy Bird
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Roland Hanna/George Mraz

Porgy & Bess
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Roland Hanna

Glove
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
A Japanese-only session from pianist Roland Hanna – recorded with George Mraz on bass and Motohiko Hino on drums – in a warm and gentle mode with lots of lyrical touches. The title of the set is Glove, but most of the tracks have "love" in their name – "Lover" ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Red Garland

Wee Small Hours
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
This album was recorded in 1980 in Tokyo. Garland plays piano and his band mates include Jamil Nasser on bass, Jimmy Cobb on drums and Lou Donaldson plays alto sax on two of the tracks. The record is a nice collection of standards and they include "That's All", "My Romance", ... CD

Quest

Quest
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Miroslav Vitous

Guardian Angels
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Hank Jones Trio

Live In Japan
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
This was recorded live in 1979 at Ishi-Kaikan Hall in Kagoshima, Japan. Jones in on piano, George Duvivier on bass and Shelly Manne plays drums. Tracks include "Blue Lou", "Cotton Tail", "The Man I Love", "Crazy Rhythm", "I Only Have Eyes For You", ... CD

Europe Jazz All Stars

Room 1220
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Elvin Jones & McCoy Tyner

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

Elvin Jones

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

Eddie Gomez

Down Stretch
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
Bassist Eddie Gomez hardly ever has a down stretch – especially given all the creative combinations he's worked in over the years – and this rare 70s album from Japan is more of a high point than anything "down" at all! The record's a trio date, with killer work on Fender ... CD

Dave Burrell

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

Aki Takase

Looking For Love
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1987.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Bobby Jones

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

Uli Lenz/Cecil McBee/Joe Chambers

Live At Sweet Basil
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron

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

Prince Lasha

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

Bennie Wallace

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

Yosuke Yamashita

Clay
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
A searing live performance from this groundbreaking Japanese pianist – working here in his trio with Akira Sakata on alto and clarinet, and Takeo Moriyama on drums! Titles include the long "Mina's Second Theme" and "Clay" – the latter of which is dedicated to ... CD

Gene Ammons

Gene Ammons In Sweden
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
A great live date from Gene Ammons – recorded overseas, with Horace Parlan on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Ed Jones on drums – on titles that include "Ahus Jazz", "Lover Man", "There Is No Greater Love", and "Billie's Bounce". CD

John Scofield

Live (Enja)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Tommy Flanagan

Eclypso
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About January 22, 2020 (delayed)
A pretty lively set of trio material recorded by Flanagan in New York in 1977, with backing by Elvin Jones and George Mraz. The set features a number of bop-heavy tunes – like "Oleo", "Confirmation", and "Relaxin At Camarillo" – plus the great title cut ... CD
Mad About Records (Portugal), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About January 20, 2020 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia (Japan), 2CD
CD ... About January 17, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Claudia Solal & Benoit Delbecq

Hopetown
Rogue Art (France), 2020.
CD ... About January 17, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Fred Frith/Nicolas Humbert/Marc Parisotto

Cut Up The Border
Rogue Art (France), 2020.
CD ... About January 17, 2020 (delayed)
... CD

Takeo Moriyama

Green River
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
CD ... About January 15, 2020 (delayed)
... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
CD ... About January 15, 2020 (delayed)
Well, despite the name, the set's not really an album of bluesy numbers – although most of the tunes do have "blues" in the title. Rather, it's a great set of trio material – featuring Waldron's 1971 group with Jimmy Woode on bass and Pierre Favre on drums – recorded ... CD

John Carter

Dauwhe
Black Saint (Italy), 1982. (reissue)
LP ... About January 7, 2020 (delayed)
Richly complicated work from reedman John Carter – working here at a level that's a great change from his smaller combo work of the early years! Carter plays clarinet throughout – at the head of an octet with a very cerebral feel – a group who almost bring more of a serious music ... LP, Vinyl record album
 



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