Jazz — Recently Added

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!


First Light
CTI, 1972. Very Good Gatefold
Sweet early CTI work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – the kind of groundbreaking electric jazz that really helped him find a new space in the 70s! The album follows strongly from Freddie's classic Red Clay set for CTI – and like that one, it features extended tracks that build ... LP, Vinyl record album
Freedom Of Speech (180 gram pressing)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever on the legendary Strata East label – and that's saying a hell of a lot! Drummer Billy Parker is a player that we don't know much, but he'll always be well-remembered for this album's sublime blend of spiritual jazz styles! The lineup is wonderful – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Erotica Suite
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic little record – and very much the kind of set that the Strata East label was created to represent! The music here would hardly have found a home on the bigger jazz labels of the period – not because it's too avant garde or non-commercial, but just because it's so deeply ... LP, Vinyl record album
66 67
Storyville (Denmark), 1966/1967. New Copy
Obscure work by an excellent trio from the Danish modern scene of the 60s – a combo who were strongly influenced by Bill Evans, but took his inspiration in very fresh new directions! Supposedly, their unique name comes from the album Bill Evans 64 – which was an inspiration to pianist ... CD
Black Notes From The Deep
Freestyle (UK), 2017. New Copy
One of the greatest albums in years from reedman Courtney Pine – a set that firmly reminds us just what an important part of the British scene he was many years back! In the years after the experimental waves of British jazz rock and avant jazz, Pine was a surprisingly strong voice in the ... CD
ESP, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal live set by a young Albert Ayler – an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that hardly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live At Vagabond
Gearbox (UK), 2017. New Copy
A pretty full-on group from the Virginia scene – one that comes on strong with a mix of funky drums, fuzzy guitar, bumping bass, and some great work on trumpet and keyboards! The groove here is almost a psychedelic take on jazz funk from years back – filtered into a very contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chase Is On (180 gram pressing)
Bethlehem/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1957. New Copy
A killer – and one of the greatest records ever cut on Bethlehem! Charlie Rouse and Paul Quinichette go head to head in a hard-blown session that's very different than most of the work on Bethlehem – grooving in a free-wheeling "chase" mode, as you might guess from the title ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live At Vagabond
Gearbox (UK), 2017. New Copy
A pretty full-on group from the Virginia scene – one that comes on strong with a mix of funky drums, fuzzy guitar, bumping bass, and some great work on trumpet and keyboards! The groove here is almost a psychedelic take on jazz funk from years back – filtered into a very contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chasing Trane
Impulse, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy
A great collection of work by John Coltrane – pulled together in support of the Chasing Trane documentary! The music here spans the gamut of Coltrane's years as a leader – as the set includes material from his years recording for Prestige, Atlantic, and Impulse Records – showing ... CD
Trade Wind
Sony (Japan), 1986. New Copy
Full-on 80s fusion from Terumasa Hino – a set that's got as much in the way of beats and keyboards as it does his own strong work on cornet and flugelhorn in the lead! The album was recorded in partnership with keyboardist Philippe Saisse, and definitely has the vibe of his own work of the ... CD
New York Times
Sony/Epic (Japan), 1983. New Copy
Trumpeter Terumasa Hino always had a great way of reaching out to work with American players – even during the farther-out earlier years of his career – and here, he works with a tight fusion combo in New York, as you might guess from the title of the album! The groove is sharp, but ... CD
Un Poco Loco
Columbia (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A surprisingly great album by Bobby Hutcherson – and like his other albums for Columbia, a record that manages to be smooth, yet still has an edge! The format's bigger and more ambitious than previous years, but it's also an extension of the modal soulful style he forged with Harold Land ... CD
East Coast West Coast
Private/Sony (Japan), 1994. New Copy
A great later jazz set from Toots Thielemans – recorded half in New York and half in LA – as you might guess from the title! The sound is still very much Toots' own, though – no easy nods to styles from either city in earlier years – and despite the fact that the record is ... CD
Hi Hat, 1973. New Copy
A great live recording of the Two Generations Of Brubeck group that also issued a few albums for Atlantic Records in the early 70s – and a set that's maybe even more dynamic than those better-known albums! The group here features father Dave Brubeck on piano – working alongside Darius ... CD
Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood
Impulse/Captain High (Germany), 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Incredibly great – and one of the best of the late 60s trippy jazz albums on Impulse! Bill Plummer plays electric sitar with the "Cosmic Brotherood", a group that includes Tom Scott on saxes and electronics, Carol Kaye on Fender bass, Milt Holland on tabla, and Mike Craden on a ... LP, Vinyl record album
ECM (Germany), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic statement from pianist Vijay Iyer – an album recorded with a sextet who really seem to help the artist leap forward strongly with a more spiritual vision than ever before! The group is great – with Graham Haynes on cornet, Mark Shim on tenor, Steve Lehman on alto, Stephan ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dragon (Sweden), 1984. New Copy
Large group magic from Swedish saxophonist Bernt Rosengren – a player who's given us excellent work from the 50s onward, and who continued to create with a new sort of freshness for many years! This set's an overlooked gem from the early 80s – and one that shows Bernt's skill with a ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), 1983. New Copy
Pianist Ake Johansson is an underground genius – a player who never got that much exposure on this side of the Atlantic, but who always grabs our ears right away! Don't mix this Ake up with Sven Ake Johansson – as this one is much more inside, and not an avant player at all – but ... CD
Taru
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Unreleased genius from Lee Morgan – a key session from the later years of his too-short life, but one that wasn't issued until nearly a decade after his death! The sound here is completely sublime – a mix of the best later Morgan modes – soulful, lyrical, and modal – played ... CD
 
Updated November 18, 2017


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