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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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Flashbacks & Dedications
Stunt (Denmark), 2016. New Copy
Wonderful work from pianist Ole Matthiessen – an artist we especially love as a composer, thanks to his fantastic compositions on this set! The album's a small combo outing – but there's a richness to the tunes that grabs us right away – a balance of color and emotion that's ... CD
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Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy
A great little small group session from trombonist Steve Turre – one that has the leader working with a quartet on the core numbers, then getting some great guest help from tenorist Javon Jackson on some other titles too! The quartet numbers alone are wonderful – laidback, soulful, and ... CD
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Second
Blue Note, 2016. New Copy
Derrick Hodge blows our mind yet again – and reminds us with this set that he's way more than just a bassist who's known for his earlier work with Robert Glasper! Instead, Hodge takes on a whole host of different instruments – and often provides most of the music on most of the tracks, ... CD
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MD66
Savant, 2016. New Copy
Fantastic work from reedman Jim Snidero – wrapped up tight here in the frontline with trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, a pair who come off with a hell of a lot of focus and power right from the very first note! Sipiagin's horn provides this farther reach for Snidero's ideas – really pushing ... CD
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You'll See
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy
A fantastic record from Italian pianist Federico Bonifazi – one that comes out of time recently spent in New York city, where he developed a fast friendship with bassist John Webber – whose work on the set really sounds tremendous! At some level, the record might be thought of as one ... CD
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Ubi Zaa
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy
Beautiful sounds from guitarist Pierre Dorge and his legendary Jungle Orchestra – a set that somehow has the group working at a level that's even more sensitive than before, while still hitting those offbeat rhythms and angular patterns that they do so well! Kirk Knuffke's in the group on ... CD
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Musiki
Holidays (Italy), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Drummer Huseyin Ertunc has some amazing help here – reedman Phil Musra, who plays tenor, soprano, flute, and other instruments – plus the enigmatic Michael Cosmic, who adds in percussion, organ, and a fair bit of reed instruments too! The tracks are long and spacious, and recorded with ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Benzaiten
Antilles/PSI (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
A really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Regresion (with bonus tracks)
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic funk from the Spanish scene of the 70s – a set that starts out in the best electric fusion mode, but also embraces some older Spanish currents too – with a groove that's almost a 70s funk take on some of the flamenco jazz experiments of the late 60s! Yet we'll also say that ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Tribes Of New York
Jeanne Dielman, 1960. New Copy
Rare work from sessions that Ornette Coleman cut for Atlantic Records at the start of the 60s – selections that feature his classic quartet with Charlie Haden on bass, Don Cherry on trumpet, and Ed Blackwell on drums! The tracks here have that riveting, romping blend of rhythm and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hi Hat, 1979. New Copy
A wonderful performance from reedman Anthony Braxton – and one that's quite surprising, too – as some of the set has his group running through jazz with a bit more conventional changes than usual! Braxton works here in a quintet – with former Circle members Dave Holland on bass ... CD
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Xanadu, 1976. New Copy
A hell of a great jazz guitarist – working here in a really wonderful setting – a live date that both lets Jimmy Raney hit some beautifully intimate moments out front, but also lets him swing a bit too – thanks to help from Sam Jones on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! Raney ... CD
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Xanadu, 1976. New Copy
Fantastic work from reedman Charles McPherson – a player who was really coming back to basics in the mid 70s, but also finding a way to stretch out with a sound that was different than his initial albums of a decade before! Charles has moved way past the straight bop that first got him ... CD
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Xanadu, 1976. New Copy
A great live set from pianist Barry Harris – material recorded on the same date that gave us the excellent Live In Tokyo album from reedman Charles McPherson – but done in a very different way that shows that Barry's clearly the leader on these tracks! The rhythm duo is wonderful ... CD
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Modern Harmonic, 1954. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that's every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ujamaa, 1981. New Copy
Ted Daniel may be one of the most compelling sound-shapers we've ever heard on the trumpet – a very under-acknowledged musician whose playing of the 70s and 80s continues to really grab us over the years! This unissued live set is from 1981, and it features Ted on a variety of horns – ... CD
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Albore Jazz (Japan), 2016. New Copy Gatefold
We're not sure we've ever heard Giovanni Sanguineti on any albums before – but the bassist really has our attention now, thanks to this sublime performance by his Nextrio group! The bass is really upfront in the mix, and balanced nicely with the piano of Mario Zara and drums of Nicola ... CD
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Rows & Rows
Delmark, 2016. New Copy
Mindblowing sounds from two of the most creative musicians on the contemporary Chicago scene – coming together in a setting that really brings out the best of both of them! Keefe Jackson's a reedman who can blow with a strong sense of freedom, but never lose his way – and, like session ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Goodies
Verve (Japan), 1968. New Copy
A sweet set of goodies from the young George Benson – one of the early albums from a time when George was really taking off as a solo artist – and setting the world on fire with his new approach to jazz guitar! Arrangements are from the mighty Horace Ott – who also handled a lot ... CD
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Intimate Listening
Verve (Japan), 1952/1953. New Copy
Intimate listening from pianist Teddy Wilson, but surprisingly lively listening too – as Teddy's as fleet on the keys as ever, and maybe even more so in this well-recorded session from the 50s! The record's got a great Verve vibe – simple, unadorned presentation of the Teddy Wilson ... CD
 
Updated August 28, 2016


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