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A 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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Sway
CPT/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy
An amazing set from the Italian scene of the early 70s – a jazz album with a fair bit of electric instrumentation, but one that comes across in a very different way than American or other European fusion of the time! Instead, there's kind of this core acoustic energy to the record – ... CD
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Creation
Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 2016. New Copy
Reedman Nat Birchall has been delighting our ears for almost a decade now – and during all that time, we've just grown more and more in love with his music – and continue to feel that he's one of the crowning jazz talents of our generation! Birchall belongs in the same spiritual ... CD
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Allied Forces
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy Gatefold
Drummer Steve Fidyk's the leader here, and his talents really give the album a sharp sort of crackle – but we especially love the record's interplay between the mighty Hammond talents of Brian Charette, the tenor of Doug Webb, and alto of Joseph Henson! The trio come together without any ... CD
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Blue Note, 2016. New Copy
A definite classic from the great Joe Lovano – a set recorded a decade before its release, and a rock-solid live performance that has Lovano in tip-top formation! Tracks are long, and very open – and Joe blows tenor with this exploratory, creative energy that's a lot like his Vanguard ... CD
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Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland Vol 2
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy
An amazing second chapter of the legendary Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland – and one that might even have more percussive power than the first! As before, the lineup features four key talents on the drum kit for the time – Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, and Philly Joe Jones ... CD
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In The Vernacular
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy
Early genius from the great saxophonist John Handy – working here at a time when he was fresh from some key experience with Charles Mingus, and ready to try out some of his own great ideas as a leader on his own! The album's a stunner right from the start – a record of subtle power and ... CD
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Stax Of Sax
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy
An incredible album from saxophonist Herb Geller – one that's quite different than his better-known sides for Mercury, and which features Geller blowing in an amazingly evocative tone! The first three tracks on the album are haunting originals by Herb – tunes that have a more open ... CD
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Key To Nowhere
Manufactured/Divine, 1983. New Copy
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ahh's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works ... CD
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EMI/Warner (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A real treat – one of the few small group sessions ever recorded by Slide Hampton during the 60s! The session was cut in Paris, where Hampton had taken up residence at the end of the decade – and was done with an all-star group that features Joachim Kuhn on piano, Niels-Henning Orsted-P ... CD
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Seldon Powell Sextet
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1956. New Copy
An excellent sextet session by the great Seldon Powell – one of the late 20th century's best reed talents, but a player who's so often lost in larger bands – which is why it's especially nice to hear him grooving in a small combo set like this! The sound is incredibly soulful, at a ... CD
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Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy
A record that's way more than you'd guess from the Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans references in the title – as pianist Florian Weber plays both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes, often overdubbed at the same time for a really wonderful sound! Some of the music is maybe a bit like some of ... CD
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Sonorama (Germany), 1959/1960. New Copy
Bop, ballads, and lots more too – played by reedman Lucky Thompson at a time when he was really picking up some new ideas on the European scene! As with contemporaries like Sonny Criss or Benny Bailey, Thompson was great before he hit the continent – but then came back from Europe a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Easy Listening
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy
The gentle genius of guitarist Johnny Smith – perfectly captured in this late nite trio session from the 50s! There's a lot more jazz here than you might guess from the "easy listening" title – and Johnny's working with drummer Charlie Mastropaolo and bassist George Roumanis, ... CD
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Piano A La Mode
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy
One of the most obscure Randy Weston albums of the 50s – and one of the most striking, too! The title and cover are a bit unassuming, but Weston's in his prime modern mode throughout – working both through his own compositions, and on some amazing remakes of older standards – all ... CD
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Roost/Warner (Japan), 1956. New Copy
The title might sound a bit clinical, but the music within is anything but – and instead is that sort of special, magical work that always makes Sonny Stitt a real cut above most of his contemporaries! The notes try to link Stitt to Charlie Parker – but apart from a postwar sense of ... CD
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John Lewis Piano
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. New Copy
One of the strongest sessions recorded by pianist John Lewis in the 50s – a date that shows depths of his talents that run even greater than his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet, quite possibly because is work on piano is at the forefront of the record throughout! There's a sense of ... CD
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Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy
A drum-heavy spectacular – featuring four of the top hardbop drummers of the late 50s, all recorded live at Birdland, soloing back and forth in larger groups that really make the whole thing cook! Although the cover and title might make you think the record's a novelty, it's way more than ... CD
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Jazz Lab (Jubilee)
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy
Groundbreaking work from one of the hippest jazz groups going in the mid 50s – the Donald Byrd/Gigi Gryce Jazz Lab, a wonderful group of players who could play with a tight soul jazz finish, yet also throw in some nice modern jazz touches! Gryce's arrangements and alto work are always a ... CD
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Fat Jazz
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy
Early pre-Blue Note hardbop by Jackie McLean – and one of the few recordings to feature his sextet with Ray Draper! Draper was a real legend in late 50s jazz – a tuba (?) player, believe it or not, with a sound that was dark, brooding, and very modern – very unlike you'd expect ... CD
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Level 2
Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy
The organ exploding here isn't just the familiar Hammond B-3 you'll hear on other records – and instead is a range of variations on the instrument – as the keyboards run from many different variations from Hammond, Wurlitzer, Korg, Roland, Hohner, and even Fender Rhodes – driven ... CD
 
Updated July 28, 2016


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