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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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Cinema Italia
Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy
A host of Italian film themes, served up by a really wonderful group – one that features Rosario Giuliani on alto and soprano sax, Luciano Biondini on accordion, Enzo Pietropaoli on bass, on Michele Rabbia on drums, percussion, and a bit of electronics! The set's not Giuliani's first in this ... CD
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Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 6CD
An incredible legacy in jazz – and an overlooked one, too – a huge amount of work from vibist Bosko Petrovic, a player who was as important on his instrument in Europe as Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson were in the US! In fact, both players are a great comparison – because ... CD
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Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 6CD
A host of recordings with titles you can't pronounce – but served up with a universally appealing jazz sound, thanks to the mighty vibes of Bosko Petrovic! The musician is one of the coolest players who ever worked behind the Iron Curtain – a jazz vibist in Croatia, but one whose music ... CD
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Shinjuku Madness
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2016. New Copy
A very hip group from the contemporary Japanese scene – a large ensemble who completely remake modern big band modes with a very cerebral vibe – perfectly balancing modern impulses and swing with effortless ease! It's no surprise that the first track on the set is a Duke Ellington ... CD
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Proximity
Sunnyside, 2016. New Copy
One of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from drummer Andrew Cyrille – a sublime set of duets with tenorist Bill McHenry, who turns out to be a wonderful musical partner! The music has that loose, open, almost melodic feel that Cyrille brought to his percussion – especially ... CD
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Somethin Cool (Japan), 2016. New Copy
Cool cats, indeed – a very hip collection of jazz musicians from the Japanese scene – almost all of whom are contemporary players who haven't gotten much exposure over here on this side of the Pacific! Each track features a different group, and some players overlap here and there ... CD
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Epic/FTG, 1983. New Copy
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that ... CD
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Ready – Take One
Columbia, 1967/1969/1971. New Copy
Never-heard music from the legendary Erroll Garner – unissued studio recordings from the end of the 60s and the start of the 70s – brought together here to form one of the most striking albums in his catalog! Garner's perhaps a bit more intimate in these settings, and is certainly more ... CD
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Defying
Playwright (Japan), 2016. New Copy
A killer combo from the Japanese jazz scene – one who work with the rhythmic core of the club jazz groups from years back, but who also take off with a lot more fire on their instrumentation! The tunes here often have a romping sort of rhythm – with lots of heavy acoustic bass and ... CD
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Dirtier Promotions, 2016. New Copy
One of the most meditative records we've ever heard from reedman Noah Howard – a very introspectively spiritual set that echoes the concern with mortality in the title! The group's a trio – with Justin Wiggan on electronics and Chris Mapp on bass – the former of whom creates ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs
A tremendous run of music from the great George Duke – an artist who'd already spent many years in the jazz and soul world before hitting his time at Epic Records – where he really took off on a great run of tracks like this! Duke started out as a straight jazz player in the 60s, then ... CD
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Atlantic/Spellbound (Germany), 1965. New Copy
"Fantastic" is right – because Dorothy Ashby is one of the coolest, grooviest people to ever lay her fingers on a harp – and just about one of the few who've ever found a way to use the instrument in a jazz-based setting! This mid 60s date is a pivotal one for Ashby – ... CD
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Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy
Maybe the boldest album so far from The Cookers – a tremendous assemblage of legendary jazz talent, working together as a perfect unit on this recording! There's a sharpness and sense of unity that really holds the record together – part of which comes from the arrangements, by Billy ... CD
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Hub Of Hubbard
MPS (Germany), 1969. New Copy
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard ... CD
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Bag's Groove – Live At Studio M
Croatia (Croatia), 1977. New Copy
One of a number of excellent 70s recordings made by American tenorist Sal Nistico with European vibes legend Bosko Petrovic – cut in Bosko's home turf in 1977, with a sextet that also features some strong trumpet and guitar! The tracks are mostly standards, and taken in a relaxed, open pace ... CD
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Evergreen Collection
Croatia (Croatia), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2 CDs
A double length set brings together a strong array of jazz recorded in Croatia – tracks that almost never got any circulation in the US back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but which really reflect the strong jazz underground on that scene at the time! Some of the tracks feature American soloists ... CD
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Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), 1975. New Copy 2 CDs
A trio of albums from this famous Eastern European vibist – with additional bonus tracks too! First up is Blue Sunset – a set that still follows strongly with Bosko Petrovic's best projects from the early years, including his work with the Zagreb Jazz Quartet! This album's a wicked ... CD
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Life
Aum Fidelity, 2016. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from pianist Eri Yamamoto – a musician we've maybe not given her due in previous years – but who really has us listening strongly again with her wonderful work on this record! There's a pointed, poetic quality to the performance – one that's underscored by some ... CD
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Modern Harmonic, 1959/1960/1962. New Copy
Great early work from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – two never-issued tracks, and a classic Saturn Records groove! "Rocket Number Nine" may well be one of the group's strongest early anthems – a propulsive number that's bold enough to soar to the skies – driven by old ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2CD
Two late 70s albums from Herbie Hancock – with bonus tracks too! First up is Sunlight – an overlooked little gem in Herbie Hancock's 70s catalog – and a sweet set of funky tunes that adds an R&B edge to the Headhunters sound! Herbie's playing a heck of a lot of keys on the ... CD
 
Updated September 30, 2016


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