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A wealth of bop, hardbop, soul jazz, spiritual jazz, jazz funk, fusion, avant garde, and traditional jazz!


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Blue Note, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Tremendous work from a trumpeter who was taken from us all too soon – the legendary Fats Navarro, an important early voice in the sound of bop! The album's a short one, but every track is a gem – as Navarro blows beautifully in groups led by Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, and Howard McGhee ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Black Lion/ORG, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Live brilliance from the Sun Ra Arkestra – a set recorded in Tivoli in 1971, with a mix of modes that has the Arkestra swinging from spiritual passages to some very outside moments as well – sometimes with a sense of texture that's extremely powerful! The first half of the set features ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Attitude
Elektra, 1983. Good+
A snapping batch of 80s soul from Lenny White – and a set that has him very strongly moving into the R&B mainstream of the time! Lenny's still got his hand on the drums for the set, but the real strength of the album is in its overall sound – a smooth, soulful approach that puts ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Reggae 2
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A lesser-known follow-up to Herbie Mann's first album of reggae-styled instrumental grooves – and one that's every bit as sweet as the first! Like that record, the approach here is one that has Mann working with Kingston-bred rhythms from a lineup that includes Winston Wright on organ, ... CD
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Days Of Freeman
Okeh, 2015. New Copy
A really sweet album from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist who really grabbed us with his debut, then wins us all over again with this very different second set! The style here is as loose as Lewis' previous record, but in a different way – more rhythmic than outside – ... CD
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Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
One of Joe Henderson's first true moments of greatness – a landmark session recorded with a quintet that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums! LaRoca's very free on the drum kit, and gives the set a rhythmic looseness that's a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
A classic "new thing" album recorded with the cream of Blue Note's avant 60s players – like Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, and Tony Williams – standing out with Hill as some of the most adventurous players for the label at the time! The album's awash with jagged piano likes from ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Feel The Night
Elektra (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Sweet electric fusion from Lee Ritenour – a key album from a time when he was still very much at the top of his game! Although tight overall, the album's never too commercial to be cloying – and Lee's approach here is a great example of the way that mainstream 70s fusion managed to ... CD
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Secret Island
Warner (Japan), 1992. New Copy
Bobby Lyle was one of the few 70s fusion artists who managed to move into the smooth jazz era without ever losing his cool – finding just the right way to shift his sound slightly over the years, but always have that strong ear for a keyboard solo and compelling hook in his grooves! The ... CD
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Inglewood
Warner (Japan), 1986. New Copy
Guitarist Richard Smith works here in prime 80s fusion modes – getting help from a young Kenny G on soprano sax, and plenty of tight keyboards from Dan Siegel too! The style's got a bit more bite than later smooth jazz – and some of the tunes have a feel that's kind of like the ... CD
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Blue Note, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever for Blue Note – and the only album recorded by tenor player Tina Brooks that was issued during his lifetime! The album's nearly perfect – and features Brooks' edgey tenor set in an all star group that includes Duke Jordan on piano, Freddie Hubbard on ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue Note, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
A tremendous set from Jackie McLean – perfectly poised between his hardbop and modern years, with a set of compositions that are as great as the performances! The lineup on this one's a bit unusual – with Walter Bishop on piano, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Butterscotch Rum
Buddah/Sony (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Very cool stuff – and a very strange record for Gary McFarland! The album features tracks that are a lot more vocal-oriented than his earlier work – but the same great sense of wild arrangements and strange subtle genius is still firmly in place. McFarland, as much as any ... CD
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Live In Montreal
Traction Avant (Netherlands), 1986. Very Good+
Free avant jazz by a group that includes Walter Wierbos on trombone, Paul Van Kemenade on alto, and Jan Kuiper on guitar. The set is live, and titles include "Weird", "Pluis", and "Mister Monk". LP, Vinyl record album
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Le Grenadier Voltigeur
Nato (France), 1983. Very Good+
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MCA, 1982. Very Good+ 2LP
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Riverside, 1920s. Very Good+
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MPS, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold
A large group in a small club – the legendary Clarke Boland Big Band, playing at the home turf of one of their key members – tenorist Ronnie Scott! The set features a very legendary performance by the ensemble – a crack lineup that's easily one of the best ever sported by the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Argo (Italy), 1959. Very Good 2LP Gatefold
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Time Out For Toots
Decca, 1958. Very Good
A 1958 date for Decca, and one that features a much more modern sound than some of Thielemans' earlier records! There's a laidback feel to the record that makes things slightly moody – but the open space also gives Toots plenty of room to mull things over with his incredible lines on ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated July 30, 2015


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