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A great ode to Dannie Richmond's longtime musical partner Charles Mingus – who'd passed shortly before this session – done with styles and sounds that are quite different than some of Richmond's other work! The album's got a definite blue tone – Richmond really feeling Mingus' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Steve Grossman joins the Cedar Walton Trio – on a sweet little set that makes for one of Grossman's deepest records of the 80s! Although Steve can really blow with a lot of power when he wants to, he hits a much more lyrical mode here – one that's clearly in line with the warm tones of ... LP, Vinyl record album
A really tremendous set from tenorist Steve Grossman – one that shows his incredible talents as a soloist from start to finish – deeply soulful, and working with a level of imagination that even blows away most of his other albums! The album's got Steve blowing in a Rollins-like trio ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent Italian session by Sam Rivers – cut right around the same time as his classic work for the Horo label, and done in a very similar spirit! The work shows Rivers really opening up in the setting – blowing with intensity one moment, and a carefully introspective style the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff from Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones! Unlike some of the other players on Prestige during the early 70s – who often got a bit weaker as the decade moved on, thanks to the departure of some of the better forces arranging and producing the records – Jones kept on playing hard, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tomorrow may be the question, but the record screams "today!" – and even this many years after its recording, this early set by Ornette Coleman has an energy and presence that cannot be denied! The sound here is kind of a rougher take on the mode that would gel more strongly on ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Roland Kirk's classic early recordings for Mercury, and the kind of stuff that has him mixing his wild reed playing with more traditional hardbop structures. Most of the tracks are quartet sides, with piano, bass, and drums backing Kirk up – but the real focus is on Kirks solos, which ... LP, Vinyl record album
A lost session by Hank Mobley – originally recorded in 1966, but not officially issued until 1979, and then only briefly until another short issue in the mid 90s! The record has Mobley really reaching out into a new bag – hitting a more soulfully arranged sound than on some of his ... LP, Vinyl record album
A strange album from Tyler – and one that's almost funky! The record features Tyler in the company of free modal players Steve Reid, Arthur Blythe, Ronnie Boykins, and Earl Cross – and the album has a nice open-ended loft jazz sound that mixes spiritualism and free post-ESP playing in ... LP, Vinyl record album
The Black Jazz recordings of Doug Carn are always a revelation – some of the most powerful, progressive work on the American underground of the early 70s – music that got Carn into way more record collections than you might expect! The sound here is a perfect summation of Doug's early ... LP, Vinyl record album