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Distant Voices (180 gram pressing)
Columbia/Aguirre (Italy), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
One of the rarest Steve Lacy albums of the 70s, and one of the most compelling too – as it features Steve in territory that's quite different than some of his group and solo performances of the period! The group is a trio – with Yuji Takahashi on piano and celeste, and Takehisa Kosugi ... LP, Vinyl record album
Berlin Concert
Intakt (Switzerland), 2018. New Copy
A nicely intense trio performance – featuring Angelika Niescier on tenor, working alongside the tight drums of Tyshawn Sorey and the nicely-shaped bass work of Christopher Tordini! The trio explore familiar territory here, but with lots of fresh flavors of their own – and the boldness ... CD
Groove Hunter
Strikezone, 2018. New Copy
Maybe the first album we've ever seen from drummer McClenty Hunter – but a set that's already got some heavyweight talent on board to help! Hunter's got a sound that's as sharp as his image on the cover – a classic approach to hardbop, underscored by some of the songs chosen for the ... CD
Seraphic Light
Aum Fidelity, 2018. New Copy
Reedman Daniel Carter's in some great company here – a trio that features the bass of William Parker and piano of Matthew Shipp – both bold musical partners that really give the album a lot of depth! Shipp is especially great, and at times really seems to dominate the proceedings with ... CD
Savant, 2018. New Copy
A tribute to the greatness of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet of the early 60s – and trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and altoist Jim Snidero take things back to the style of Cannon and brother Nat! Yet the sound here is also nicely different – older tunes, handled in a soul jazz mode, but also ... CD
Reemergence
Strikezone, 2018. New Copy
Contemporary Hammond giant Jared Gold hardly needs to reemerge – as all of his albums in recent years have been completely top-shelf – and have really marked the musician as one of the best jazz organ talents around! Here, Gold certain reaffirms that reputation – working with ... CD
Get Somethin'
Ropeadope/Atlanta, 2018. New Copy
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Tight guitar from Chance Hayden – a player who definitely knows how to get a lot of color and tone out of his instrument, even while picking out a sharp note solo! There's a dexterity in Hayden's style that's clearly inspired by the more proficient blues guitarists in recent generations ... CD
Canta Violin
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
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Andrew Finn Magill definitely makes his violin sing on the set – but he also does so in a way that borrows plenty from Brazilian music – as you might guess from the "canta" in the title! The album features a group that includes Dudu Oliveira on flute, Mike Marshall on ... CD
Angel Fell
Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy
Saxophonist Idris Ackamoor is a living jazz legend – but not the kind that's stale and stuffy, and instead a continuously vibrant player who's given us mindblowing music since his initial recordings with his Pyramids group in the 70s! This version of the Pyramids is different than that one, ... CD
Retro Report
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
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Funky drummer Mike Clark works here with organist Delbert Bump – co-leading a session with a nice blend of classic Hammond modes and a trace of 70s funk! The core group's a quartet – with Vince Denham on tenor and soprano sax, and Elias Lucero on guitar – although the main energy ... CD
Bremen 66
Hi Hat, 1966. New Copy
Fantastic early work from pianist Paul Bley – and exactly the kind of album that shows why he was so different than so many of his contemporaries! Not only is Bley's sense of phrasing and timing completely fresh, but the music is as well – as the songs mostly are originals by Paul or ... CD
Quarteria
Sunnyside, 2018. New Copy
An album of nervous rhythms and angular edges – and a set that seems to make the most of the tonal interplay between the alto of Roman Filiu, the tenor of Dayna Stephens, and trumpet of Ralph Alessi – all painted in these nicely dark colors by the piano of David Virelles! The album ... CD
Negro Manifesto
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
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JD Allen adds his tenor to a fair bit of the tracks on this album from drummer Dana Murray – and while his horn isn't usually heard on records with a parental advisory sticker on the front, that setting also makes for a surprisingly strong outlet for his talents! Murray is clearly a very ... CD
Sorrows & Triumphs
Sunnyside, 2018. New Copy
The poetic title here really fits the mood of this well-crafted album from pianist Edward Simon – a fantastically vivid blend of jazz instrumentation from the core Afinidad quartet with elements from the Iani Winds, and some great guest work from Gretchen Parlato on vocals and Adam Rogers on ... CD
Mutima
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A great bit of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the few albums as a leader recorded by the legendary bassist Cecil McBee! Cecil's joined here by a large group of players that includes Billy Hart on drums, George Adams on tenor, Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano, Jimmy Hopps on percussion, Art Webb ... LP, Vinyl record album
Musa
Srata East/Everland (Austria), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A solo piano set from Strata East mainman Stanley Cowell – but a record that's got enough soul and spirituality to rival a full group recording! Although working alone here, Cowell's touch on the keys is astounding – often flowing and highly rhythmic, with a pulsating sense of energy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Starting Today
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Love Play Dance
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Rotary Connection, Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! ... CD
Raise The River
Rogue Art (France), 2018. New Copy
Two generations of jazz, coming together here in a really beautiful performance – and a record that reminds us just how great Robert Dick can be in the right setting! Dick plays a variety of different flutes here, and works with just the drums of Tiffany Chang – on these long-spun ... CD
Pride Of Lions – Bridge Sessions 08
Bridge Sessions (France), 2018. New Copy
Fantastic work from a trans-Atlantic group – one that features really beautiful work on saxes from Daunik Lazro, in one of his best settings in many years! All the other musicians here are fantastic – as in addition to Daunik on tenor and baritone, the rest of the group features Joe ... CD
Sing A Song Fighter (UK), 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Legendary South African bassist Johnny Mbizo Dyani, in a setting that's completely different than some of his other recordings – a sublime solo performance from the late 70s, and one that features Dyani sounding even more spiritual than ever! Johnny's music is always fantastic – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Moserobie (Sweden), 1968. New Copy
Never-issued work by 60s Swedish modern jazz legend Gilbert Holmstrom – one of the most freely improvising musicians on his scene at the time! The set brings together two long selections recorded in 1968 – even more far-reaching material than Gilbert's famous Quintet album a few years ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1987. New Copy
One of the greatest jazz players to come out of the Polish scene of the 60s and 70s – and a saxophonist who's still burning brightly on this session from 1987! Zbigniew Namyslowski's working here on both alto and soprano sax – often blown with a sharp edge that's modern, but never too ... CD
Improvisations On An Apricot
Last Resort (UK), 2018. New Copy
Aqueduct Ensemble is more of a duo than the large group you'd expect from their name – but they manage to serve up some very spacious sounds over the course of these improvised tracks! The core of the group features Stu on piano and Kit on woodwinds and electronics – acoustic elements ... LP, Vinyl record album
Locust
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Sami Swoi is a group, not a guy – a hip Polish ensemble that's led by trumpeter Julian Kurzawa, but which features a strong sound from a trio of reed players too! The album's a live one, and really has the whole group opening up on the first track – a 19 minute "Blues Medley" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A beautifully understated session from Polish pianist Wojciech Kaminski – one that's certainly focused strongly on his work on the keys, but which also features key contributions from other players as well! The style here is a mix of modes from various jazz generations – sometimes the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1987. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest jazz players to come out of the Polish scene of the 60s and 70s – and a saxophonist who's still burning brightly on this session from 1987! Zbigniew Namyslowski's working here on both alto and soprano sax – often blown with a sharp edge that's modern, but never too ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A beautifully understated session from Polish pianist Wojciech Kaminski – one that's certainly focused strongly on his work on the keys, but which also features key contributions from other players as well! The style here is a mix of modes from various jazz generations – sometimes the ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2018. New Copy
Maybe the first work we've ever heard from Silvan Schmidt – a young trumpeter, but one who's already found his voice! Silvan is both the composer and leader on this date – and he has a way of blowing openly, with these gently flowing colors that build slowly, and share textures with ... CD
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Strata/BBE (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Self-Identity
Sky Academy/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy
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A beautiful voyage of self-discovery from drummer Ollie Howell – but a set that also clearly gets its strength his collaboration with the other members of the session too! Ollie adds in a bit of electronics with his drums, but the core energy here mostly comes from the acoustic exchange ... CD
String Beat
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A funky gem from 70s Poland – heavy grooves from maestro Henryk Debich, served up in a range of soulful styles! The tunes here are all instrumental – and range from Barry White-styled tracks, to big band funk, to other more complicated numbers with a soundtrack vibe – all laid ... LP, Vinyl record album
Seant
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1965/1966. New Copy (reissue)
Incredible modern jazz from the Polish scene of the 60s – a rare album by pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski, featuring work by American trumpeter Ted Curson! Like the work of Komeda from the time, the album is a bold, fresh, modern statement that's clearly steeped in work by other 60s American ... LP, Vinyl record album
Another Raindrop
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful live set from Michal Urbaniak's legendary Constellation group – one of the most important fusion combos in the Eastern European scene of the 70s, and a groundbreaking ensemble that also featured his wife Urszula Dudziak on vocals! There's an approach here that's a bit freer than ... LP, Vinyl record album
Animalia
Gondwana (UK), 2014. New Copy
Strong work by Mammal Hands – a trio with a sound that feels much bigger than that – and they deliver one of the most compelling records yet on the always fresh Gondwana label! There's driven sense of melody that's pretty incredible – with influences that range from Pharaoh ... LP, Vinyl record album
Uplift The People
Ogun (UK), 2018. New Copy
The spiritual sound of drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo is alive and well – the one light still burning from the legendary Blue Notes jazz ensemble from South Africa – and one who's taken the righteous power of that group well into the 21st Century! The music here is as uplifting as the ... CD
Mind Vessel
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy
One of the deeper, darker sets we've heard from the Jazzland label in recent years – a set that blends the saxophone of Inge Weatherhead Breistein with lots of layered electronics – at a level that takes us back to our favorite records from the early days of the label! Things here are ... CD
Plastic Sun
Odin (Norway), 1970. New Copy
The album that forever put Norwegian pianist Svein Finnerud on the map – a piano trio album from the start of the 70s, and one that's every bit as open and free-thinking as the best work of the time from Keith Jarrett or Steve Kuhn! As with both of those musicians, Finnerud's got this way of ... CD
Shore To Shore – Bridge Sessions 03
Bridge Sessions (France), 2016. New Copy
A mindblowing mix of acoustic and electric elements – a set that's in part very much like some of the more freewheeling work of cornetist Rob Mazurek, but which also features an organic core in the presence of AACM reedman Mwata Boden! Bowden adds in clarinet, baritone, didgeridoo, and ... CD
Buddah/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A spiritual jazz masterpiece from drummer Norman Connors – one of those unique albums he cut before moving into soul music – done at a level that rivals the early 70s genius on labels like Strata East or Impulse Records! Connors worked with many contemporaries on those labels, and gets ... LP, Vinyl record album
Escape Lane – Bridge Sessions 05
Bridge Sessions (France), 2017. New Copy
One of the straighter sessions in this excellent series – but one that's also pretty darn distinct, given the individual players! Trumpeter Marquis Hill has a sparkling tone that's confident enough to step out sideways when he wants – and he's matched here with carefully-spun tones ... CD
Epiphany – Bridge Sessions 07
Bridge Sessions (France), 2017. New Copy
A beautiful mix of jazz improvisation and spoken word passages – done at a level that almost takes us back to the most righteous experiments of the 70s! The album's got a unique lineup – spoken passages from Mankwe MN Ndosi, improvised poetry from Mike Ladd, drums and cymbals from Dana ... CD
Atlantic/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1957. New Copy (reissue)
A gem by Lee Konitz – one of his near-perfect 50s sessions for Atlantic! Lee's tone here is crisp, clear, and hauntingly fresh – modern, yet never academically so – and played with a dexterity that's incredible, but never too in love with itself to go too far. Key players on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hi Hat, 1966. New Copy 2CD
A brilliant live performance from saxophonist Charles Lloyd – music that stands as a great addition to his more spiritual Atlantic Records material of the 60s! Lloyd's group here has a really progressive approach to rhythm – no surprise, as the lineup features a young Keith Jarrett on ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2CD
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, ... CD
Safe Return
Ronald Snijders/Everland (Holland), 1980. New Copy
Fantastic funky flute from Ronald Snijders – a European player of the 70s, but one whose work really reminds us a lot of the soulful groove of Bobbi Humphrey at the same time! Like Bobbi, Ronald often has this clear, clean tone on his instrument – as spacious as it is soulful, which ... CD
Debut/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A great little record – exactly the kind of set that always has us looking out for rare European jazz sessions! As you'd guess from the title, the material was recorded in 1967 – and represents a strong advancement in the sound of Danish jazz – a move forward even more strongly ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2018. New Copy
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
Your Queen Is A Reptile
Impulse, 2018. New Copy
A fantastic set from the London scene – really powerful sounds from a group who are heavy on percussion, but also do plenty with their horns! The group features strong tenor from Shabaka Hutchings, who also wrote all the tracks here – but they've also got a very heavy bottom sound, ... CD
 
Updated May 20, 2018


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