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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!

Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy
An incredible album – unlike anything else that Shelly Manne recorded! The record features Shelly getting all dope and mellow, sliding around on the kit in a kickback set of complex drum fills and percussion effects – with lots of unusual rhythms you never would have heard on his ... CD
Today's Man
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A great document of the more soulful shift made by Charles McPherson in the 70s – and an album that features his moody alto work set amidst a slightly larger group – filled with great players that include Chris Woods on flute, Richard Williams and Cecil Bridewater on trumpet, Frank Wess ... CD
Bobby Shad & The Bad Men
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy
The only album to ever credit producer Bob Shad as a leader – even though the man had been behind so many famous records on labels that include Mainstream, Time, and Mercury! This set has Shad taking the hip vibe of the Mainstream label to the forefront – mixing funky jazz and trippier ... CD
Last Tango = Blues
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy
No tango here – just a great batch of hard, funky, trumpet-heavy groovers – all in the best early 70s Blue Mitchell mode! The album's easily one of Blue's best from the time – and although the tracks are a bit short, they're put together in a way that dovetails nicely with his ... CD
Gingerbread Men
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966. New Copy
The team of Clark Terry & Bob Brookmeyer shouldn't work so well together – but on 60s classics like this they really gel together nicely – and although Terry's always been an optimist, and Brookmeyer's had a history as a modernist, the pair cut some great records together! This set' ... CD
Look At Yesterday (with vocal tracks)
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
Rare work from the earliest years of bebop – a 60s album that brings together material that was originally issued as 78rpm recordings on the Sittin In With label! These sides are a great complement to better-known material on labels like Prestige and Savoy from the time – as they ... CD
Maynard Ferguson Sextet
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy
A record that will really open your ears to the talents of Maynard Ferguson – especially if you only think of the trumpeter in terms of a big band setting! Here, Maynard's trumpet is super-sharp – working in a killer group that manages to swing, while also opening to lots of modern ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2018. New Copy
Tenorist Harry Allen serves up a great French lullaby of his own – crafted together from the work of famous Parisian songwriters like Michel Legrand, Charles Trenet, and others – and delivered here in a small combo instrumental mode! The setting is great – as Allen's deep tenor ... LP, Vinyl record album
Venus (Japan), 2018. New Copy
Bassist Dezron Douglas is always a name we look for on a record – and although this set is one of the few he's ever given us as a leader, his playing and approach never let us down! For the set, Douglas revisits a number of older soul tracks, but in a way that's completely instrumental ... LP, Vinyl record album
Commodore Jazz Classics – Town Hall Jazz Concert Vol 2
Commodore/Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1945. New Copy
A great document of an early all-star jazz concert – recorded at Town Hall by a young Bob Shad – who's clearly working here in the same live territory as producer Norman Granz! There's a great sense of variety going on here – and the record features two great tracks by a trio ... CD
Commodore Jazz Classics – Town Hall Jazz Concert
Commodore/Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1945. New Copy
A great document of an early all-star jazz concert – recorded at Town Hall by a young Bob Shad – who's clearly working here in the same live territory as producer Norman Granz! There's a great sense of variety going on here – and the record's maybe worth it alone for an excellent ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1979. New Copy
One of the great ones from the end of the 70s for George Duke – a ridiculously fertile period for Duke, which is a great thing – because he closed out the decade on a wave of excellent releases! On Follow The Rainbow, George is grooving just a bit more smoothly than before, and it's ... CD
Jazz From Carnegie Hall – Live In Paris 1 Octobre 1958
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1958. New Copy
American jazzmen, playing in Paris – and working in the sort of all-star jam session mode you'd know from the Jazz At The Philharmonic recordings of the 50s! The format here is similar – some key players, in modes that run from swing to bop to more modern jazz – all brought ... CD
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Strata/180 Proof, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A spiritual jazz classic from Detroit – and one of the few records from this important Motor City group! The Contemporary Jazz Quintet were a groundbreaking ensemble that mixed together hardbop and modernist playing – sometimes with a keen ear for Miles Davis' experiments of the late ... LP, Vinyl record album
Red (Italy), 1985. New Copy
A killer live set from this cool 80s combo – a later showcase for the mighty tenor talents of Charlie Rouse, working alongside Kenny Barron on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! The setting's easily one of the best that Rouse had in his later years – a format that ... CD
Tempo/Sommor (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A funky little record from a groovy German trio – one who recorded this gem at the start of the 70s, with a vibe that's very similar to some of the best MPS material at the time! The group features Joe Nay on drums, Pawel Jarzebski on bass, and Kristian Schultze on keyboards – the last ... LP, Vinyl record album
Modern Harmonic, 1960s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
A fantastic take on the music of Sun Ra – a set that looks at the way his sounds dovetailed with the exotica movement in American music of the postwar years! Given that he claimed to be from outer space, Ra was already pretty darn exotic himself – but his music also arose at a time ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Sun Ra made some really wonderful music in Rome during the year 1977 – heard most famously on his albums for the Horo Records label, and now on this unreleased session from the time! The album features Ra at his straightest, and most soulful – playing piano and other keyboards with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba ... LP, Vinyl record album
Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic set of Fender Rhodes from the Italian scene of the 70s – not a record that got the kind of mainstream play as American classics by Bob James and Ramsey Lewis – but a set that definitely shares their spirit! Cabildos Three were a studio group as much as a jazz combo – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Updated March 22, 2018

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