A fantastic second set from keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones – a musician we first came to love in the UK-based Ezra Collective, and one who's now effortlessly bridging a space between jazz and soul! The record's got a vibe that's as cosmic as its cover – but one that comes not just through ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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A fantastic second set from keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones – a musician we first came to love in the UK-based Ezra Collective, and one who's now effortlessly bridging a space between jazz and soul! The record's got a vibe that's as cosmic as its cover – but one that comes not just through ... read moreCD
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The amazing first full length set of Comet Is Coming – one of the boldest statements from the London jazz scene in recent years – and a brilliant blend of live jazz instrumentation and electronics! Shabaka Hutchings – as King Shabaka – is in the group on tenor, which he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from a hip Japanese combo – one that features lots of drums and percussion from leader Akira Ishikawa, plus plenty of guitar, keyboards, and hard-riffing horns! Akira's taking most of his cues here from American funk of the early 70s – work by Incredible Bongo Band, BT ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ... read moreCD
Jaimie Branch —
Fly Or Die ... LP International Anthem, 2017. New Copy ...
An incredible debut from trumpeter Jaimie Branch – an artist who seems ready to be one of the boldest new voices in jazz on the Chicago scene! Branch works here at a level that both lives up to an AACM legacy of experimentation, and the rich exploration in new jazz forms that we love from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A King Records classic from the Bill Doggett combo – and a set that's as great for mellow stepping as it is for upbeat grooving! The set nicely alternates between upbeat jazzy tunes and some more laidback ballads – showing both sides of Doggett's classic sound on the Hammond – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great album as a leader from bassist Dave Holland – a musician who was really coming into his own at this point in his career, and using all the talents he'd developed in looser settings to help bring new focus to a group! The lineup here is exceptionally strong, and a really great ... read moreCD
A great collection of work from the blues and R&B years of RCA and related labels, including Bluebird – with work from Jesse Stone, Lucky Millinder, The Heartbreakers, The Robins, Du Droppers, Isley Brothers, King Curtis, Cab Calloway, Rene Hall, Mr Sad Head, Blowtop Lynn, Milt Trenier ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key early album from reedman Roland Kirk – at set that really has him strongly finding his voice in jazz, and transforming most of modern music in the process! The set's a perfect illustration of the way that Roland could swing with soul, yet still reach out with bold new ideas too – ... read moreCD
A different album than some of guitarist Rodney Jones' more spiritual work – maybe a bit more spacious and sensitive overall, in a style that shows off a whole new side of his sound! Rodney plays both 6 and 12 string guitars – and the session features a fair bit of keyboards from Kenny ... read moreCD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through booklet.)
A beautiful session from the mid 50s, and on that's very much in the classic imprint of the Verve label. Norman Granz pulls together some of the bigger post-swing players of the day – like Young, Eldridge, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, Teddy Wilson, and others – and has them run through ... read moreCD
A great little set from Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – less electronic and processed than some of his recent work, a fairly straightforward affair played by a simple piano, bass, drums, trumpet quartet lineup. As always, Stanko's solo work is moody and atmospheric – but it's touched ... read moreCD
No heavy metal here – just tight and funky jamming from the mighty Brecker Brothers! There's a bit more guitar here than on some of their other records – hence, possibly, the title – but the whole thing's still very much in that mix of soulful fusion and jazzy soloing that the ... read moreCD
A gem of a record from Joe Cain – a fantastic arranger who's never gotten his due! The overall approach is what you'd expect from the title – a batch of 60s hits, done in easy instrumental versions – but Joe's style of bringing the instruments together makes for some real magic ... (Now Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest large American ensembles of the late 60s – almost a US equivalent to the groovy sound of the Clark Boland Big Band over in Europe! Trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis had already made some great music together on their own – but once they came together in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some light aging inside the gatefold.)
A strange bit of soul from the later years of CTI – and one of the few albums we've ever seen from the enigmatic John Blair! Blair is an artist with a bit of a cosmic vibe – kind of a spacey sense of soul that maybe fits his appearance on the cover – and which is couched here in ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, with a light stain along the spine, a sticker spot, and some light wear.)
Although Buddy's always been a bit laughable, he was always trying to keep his bag moving, and his band of the late 60s included some pretty darn nice players. The group on this session includes Ernie Watts and Bobby Shew, and the band wails hard and fast in a live setting with lots of tight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set that brings together some great lost material that was originally recorded for Chess (or Aristocrat as it was called back then), and which was only ever released on 78s. Gene Ammons plays here with the lost Chicago tenor talent Tom Archia (who never made it out of the city as much as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on the spine and light surface wear.)
One of the biggest hits ever for Weather Report – thanks to Joe Zawinul's leadoff track "Birdland" – one of those tunes that entered the canon immediately, and saw countless covers pop up over the years – kind of a rare thing for a jazz tune at this point in time! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Gary Burton —
Throb ... LP Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A very groovy record from vibes legend Gary Burton – a set that was done for Atlantic Records right after Gary's big rise to genius on RCA – but with a feel that's even wilder than those wonderful records! There's a bit of the Vortex Records approach going on here – some slight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, with a spot of tape on the spine.)
Classic, unreleased Jimmy Smith material, from his early years with Blue Note, when he was really stretching out a lot. This is the classic trio, with Eddie McFadden and Donald Bailey, and the material is mostly standards. Japanese issue, with 20 bit remastering. CD
(Out of print, includes obi. Sticker over barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Sublime trio material from Sonny – recorded with Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums, and a crackling full-on approach that makes the album one of the best straight trio sessions ever cut for Blue Note! Tracks are longish, with a very hardbop groove – complicated in ... read moreCD
A very hip album that mixes gospel and jazz – recorded in 1968 as a tribute to Martin Luther King, but a set that more than stands on its own – at a level that's way different than the usual King tribute records! The album was put together by Jesse Jackson's Operation Breadbasket ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" ... read moreCD
A seminal session from the team of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – not nearly as "cookin" (at least in a blowing session way) as you might guess from the title, but instead a beautiful example of the lyrically modern explorations the pair created together! Rhythm is by the trio ... read moreCD
One of the classic early Miles Davis & John Coltrane sessions for Prestige – a well-crafted quintet album that shows Miles finding a stronger voice than ever, and Coltrane beginning to emerge as a key force on his own! Backing is subtle and soulful – handled by the trio of Red ... read moreCD
An early pairing of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – one of the duo's mid 50s classics for Prestige, as you might guess from the verb in the title! And although "Steamin" might be a word that's a bit too firey to describe the action going on here, the album's got a tremendous ... read moreCD
A real standout in the Stan Getz catalog of the 70s – a session of mostly spare duets with pianist Jimmy Rowles, done in a way that really breaks from the format of Stan's other work of the time! Rowles here has a raspy warmth that brings out new voicings in Getz's tenor – an ... read moreCD
(Out of print 1994 Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing. Punch through barcode.)
The title sounds a bit ambitious, but the album's actually a great intimate date from Carmen McRae – a beautifully-recorded small combo performance – caught live at Donte's in LA, with a sound that hearkens back to some of Carmen's best work of the 50s! The format is spare and simple ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
McCoy Tyner (with Phyllis Hyman) —
Looking Out ... LP Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ...
An 80s album by McCoy Tyner, but easily one of his most soulful sessions ever – thanks to help from Phyllis Hyman and a host of great guest stars! The sound's a bit more tightly arranged than some of Tyner's 70s sessions, but there's still plenty of fire here too – a bit of a Latin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a promo stamp, and a sticker remnant.)
One of the few records ever from Chicago trumpeter Frank Walton – and a sweet-stepping bit of soul jazz with some nice funky undercurrents! The group's mostly acoustic, but has a bit of electricity in the keyboards and bass – making for a few tracks that emerge with rounded and warm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has wear, a promo stamp, and some aging.)
2LP set that brings together a load of Eddie's great recordings for the Vee Jay label – cut back in the days when he was a real soul jazz experimentalist, with an incredible knack for mixing styles. Tracks include the incredible "Oliphant Gesang", a wild number that's part Yusef ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splits on the bottom seam and some surface wear.)
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label pressing, with deep groove and Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some discoloration from age, small piece of tape on the spien, and a Preview Copy stamp and some marker on back.)
Wayne Shorter —
Soothsayer ... LP Blue Note, 1965/1979. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A great Wayne Shorter session from the mid 60s – recorded then, but not issued until 1979, for some incredibly unexplained reason – especially given the strength of the set! The group is distinctly modern, and features Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, James Spaulding on alto, and McCoy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Cover has light splash stains.)
Less of a jazz album than some of Eddie's other records – but that's ok with us! As a soul album, the record's actually pretty darn great – arranged and produced by Richard Evans with a late Chicago soul approach that has Eddie's funky sax stepping amidst some larger orchestrations and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Desmond serves up his own versions of some key tunes by Simon & Garfunkel tunes – with results that are simply amazing! The style here takes all the airy brilliance of the original S&G tunes, and turns it towards a more jazz-based mode – one that has some of the slight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Basie may be his boss, but Frank Foster's definitely his own man – especially working here on this hip little session for Chess Records – a small group date with some key members of the Count's ensemble! There's a bit of the Basie sense of arrangement in the tunes – especially in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Bernard Wright —
Nard ... LP Arista/GRP, 1981. Very Good+ ...
A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some peeled spots on the front)
Warm mellow moody vibes from Cal Tjader, in a great setting for his vibes – with nice sweet orchestrations by Claus Ogerman, who gives the whole thing a nice deep Euro 60's feel! The group includes Hank Jones, Jerome Richardson & Kenny Burrell. The set's mostly ballads, with a number of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent early work from Roland Kirk – not as groundbreaking as later sessions, but still filled with fire and imagination, and proof that the famous blind player was a genius even at an early age! Kirk plays alto, tenor, and soprano – and on all tracks, he plays them in his unique ... read moreCD
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful ... read moreCD
Previously unreleased live material by Rahsaan Roland Kirk – recorded during his headiest years at Atlantic records! Kirk in the studio is already plenty darn great – with an extremely inventive approach to rhythm, song structure, and soloing – but in a live setting, he opens up ... read moreCD
Genius work from one of the most solid groups in 60s jazz – the quintet co-led by trumpeter Clark Terry and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer – a legendary ensemble that drew on the best talents of both players, but grew into something greater! Brookmeyer's playing valve trombone throughout on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s gatefold pressing. Cover has a Roulette sticker.)
A really great album from 70s supergroup Stuff – one that shows that the group could sparkle just as much in a live setting as they could in the studio – really opening up with a sense of spontaneity that shows that their sublimely tight music wasn't just he product of some clever edits ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
After years of staying free of comparisons with Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt steps confidently into a set of compositions by the late, great one – sounding really wonderful in his own interpretations of these classics! The album's got the same simple and focused still as Stitt's best work on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album by this band of very successful studio players – and quite a big hit for the group! Players include Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree, Steve Gadd, and Eric Gale – and the record is a culmination of the players' long history of soul work during the 70s, particularly that ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Richard Tee —
Strokin ... LP Columbia/Tappan Zee, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Sweet electric keys from the great Richard Tee – issued on Bob James' classic Tappan Zee imprint! Tee was one of the 70s best studio keyboard players – and his talents showed up on plenty of great Atlantic soul albums, and a fair number of jazz-related dates. This album, one of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blue Mitchell —
Vital Blue ... LP Mainstream, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the more obscure Blue Mitchell albums of the 70s – and one of the most far-reaching too! The set's still got an electric current, like his other work on the Mainstream label at the time – but there's also less funk at the core, and more of a spiritual jazz vibe – a quality ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great smooth soul session from Carmen McRae – an album that's not nearly as well known as her American sides of the 70s, but which is possibly even better overall! The record features a great batch of smooth soul arrangements by Mario Sprouse – a blend of jazz and contemporary soul ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album that has Stitt playing with moody string arrangements by Ralph Burns. This sort of album became one of the Verve trademarks after the success of the Charlie Parker & Strings sessions – but this Stitt LP gives the sound a whole new twist, thanks largely to Burns' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early date as a leader from trumpeter Clark Terry – one cut during the stretch when he was keeping company with players like Thelonious Monk and Johnny Griffin! The latter player is a key member of Terry's group here – as Johnny's tenor adds a nice sharp edge to Clark's trumpet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese Victor pressing, SMJ-6209M, including the insert.)
A great 70s session from Clark Terry – playing flugelhorn here with backings from Peter Herbholzheimer, and sounding wonderfully sweet throughout! There's a spacious, patient quality to Terry's horn that reminds us a bit of his gentler moments in the 60s with Bob Brookmeyer – and even ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic trans-Pacific meeting of avant jazz talents – a set recorded on the mid 70s New York scene, right at the height of the loft jazz years – with a lineup that includes Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Yorikuki Harada on piano, Kazuotoki Kappo Umezu on alto, William Parker on bass, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, mostly in one corner, and a light trace of an old sticker. But this is a great copy overall.)
United Jazz & Rock Ensemble —
Teamwork ... LP Mood (Germany), 1978. Near Mint- ...
A great mix of freewheeling jazz and electric sounds – in a blend of MPS and Brit 70s jazz modes – played by a lineup that includes Charlie Mariano on soprano and alto, Ack Van Rooyen and Ian Carr on trumpets, Wolfgang Dauner on piano and keyboards, Volker Kriegel on guitar, Eberhard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wrinkling in the laminate, common for this one – mostly in one corner.)
KHGB (Julian Kirshner/Zoots Houston/Paul Giallorenzo/Jim Baker) —
KHGB ... CD No Index, 2019. New Copy ...
A record that's as heavy on electronics as it is on free jazz – a set that features acoustic work from Jim Baker on piano and Julian Kirshner on drums and percussion – alongside wild electric sounds Zoots Houston on amplified clarinet and Paul Giallorenzo on electronics! The music is ... read moreCD
That's a 70s photo of Matt Dennis on the cover – but the set features some great broadcast material from one of the few singer/songwriters in postwar jazz! Includes versions of Matt's songs "Natch", "Tonight Is Ours", "The Night We Called It A Day", and "Eve ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from German pianist Ulrich Gumpert! Not to be confused with the solo album that Gumpert cut for Amiga Records with the same name – this is a great FMP date, with Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky on soprano and alto, Manfred Hering on tenor and alto, Heinz Becker on trumpet, Iri Antonow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very light wear on the spine, but is great overall.)
Manfred Schoof Quintet —
Horizons ... LP Japo (Germany), 1980. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Features Manfred Schoof on trumpet, Michel Pilz on bass clarinet, Rainer Bruninghaus on piano and keyboards, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Ralf Hubner on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, in a non-gatefold cover, with obi. Cover has some light aging overall – kind of a brownish tinge, but nothing too dark.)
A later date from drummer Mel Lewis – and a great reminder that he could still make some wonderful music when away from his big band with Thad Jones! The set's a quintet outing, with a surprisingly fluid feel for rhythm – one that almost has Mel coming across like some of the hip young ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from Bill Evans – unreleased material from the mid 70s – one side that has Bill on electric and acoustic piano, with Eddie Gomez on bass – another side of solo acoustic work! LP, Vinyl record album
One of Ammons' classic blowing sessions for Prestige, with an all-star lineup that includes Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Mal Waldron, and Kenny Burrell. The group plays together on 4 long tracks, and in a tight hardbop vein, with long soulful solos from every player. Titles include "Pint ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 early combo records from genius guitarist Wes Montgomery – back to back in a single set! They're not kidding with the title The Incredible Wes Mongomery – because although the record was only Wes Montgomery's second album as a leader, he was already making plenty of waves with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dexter Gordon blows back home in the US, but still with the long, open solo style of his European work for Steeplechase! The group features Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Al Foster on drums – a great rhythm section – and titles include "Apple Jump", "A La ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner.)
A 2-fer that brings together two classic 50s sessions by the pair! First up is Trumpet Battle – and before you ask, the cover doesn't feature pictures of these guys whacking each other over their heads with trumpets! Instead, the set's one of those Verve relaxed jam session ones – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Red Allen/Kid Ory/Jack Teagarden —
At Newport ... LP Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ...
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(80s Japanese Polydor pressing, UMV 2624, with insert.)
McCoy Tyner's a hell of a piano player on his own, but in the post-Coltrane years he also developed an amazing talent for picking sidemen too – as you'll hear in this very unique set! The record features four different quartets – hence the title – each of which features a core ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's "heart bop", not "hardbop" – a title that really gets at the warm feeling and sense of soul on this overlooked date! The album's an early 80s gem from Enja – cut at a time when the label was really finding its own, and doing an especially great job of giving ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A straight jazz album recorded for the KPM sound library – but a pretty groovy one at that! All the work here is the product of David Lee and his un-named Group Six Players – a cool combo who feature piano, trumpet, guitar, and a bit of flute – all over some really wonderful ... (Sound Library, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album