Trumpeter Bill Coleman was one of the leading lights in the Paris jazz scene of the mid century – and this classic set of recordings is a good example why! Coleman leads a host of French players – including Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli – but the set also features some ... read moreCD
Beautifully spare hammond organ tracks recorded by American ex-patriot Rhoda Scott, during her very productive 70s years in Paris! Most tracks feature only drums backing Rhoda up – and she does double-duty nicely, handling the melodies and solos on the keys, and rumbling along the rhythm ... read moreCD
(Disc has a few marks but plays fine. Out of print.)
Three different trio sessions – with Charles Mingus and Max Roach, with Johnny Smith and Ray Brown, and with Wendell Marshall and Kenny Clarke. CD
(Out of print.)
Ronald Shannon Jackson —
Texas ... LP Caravan Of Dreams, 1988. Very Good+ ...
A classic set of 80s work from drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson – issued on Ornette Coleman's label! The group here is a lineup of the Decoding Society that features twin guitars from Cary Denigris and Masujaa Hugh Riley, plus soprano and tenor from a young Zane Massey, bass from John Moody, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet silver cycles from Eddie Harris – a wonderful late 60s album that features lots of lines on the electrified Varitone saxophone, mixed with cool contributions from a shifting lineup of soulful musicians! The set's one of Eddie's real classics from the Atlantic years – completely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)
Duke Ellington on piano, Russell Procope on alto saxophone and clarinet, Johnny Hodges on alto saxophone, Harry Carney on baritone saxophone and clarinet, Jimmy Woode on bass, Jimmy Hamilton on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Sam Woodyard on drums, Paul Gonsalves on tenor saxophone, Britt Woodman, ... read moreCD
Includes the songs "1 West 67th Street", "Sunday Morning", "A Fresh Perspective", "Everything I've Got", "Stardust", "El Otono", "Blue Skies", "Tea For Two", "When Sunny Gets Blue", and "Party on ... read moreCD
Pat Metheny Group —
In Concert ... CD Jazz Door (Germany), 1992. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Pat Metheny on guitar, Lyle Mays on keyboards, Steve Rodby on bass, Paul Wertico on drums, Armando Marcal on percussion & Pedro Aznar on voice. CD
Marcos Silva on acoustic piano, synthesizer, tamborim, shaker, triangle, and classical guitar, Scott Thompson on bass, Mauricio Zoltarelli on drums, Gary Meek on soprano and alto saxophones, clarinet, and flute, Jeff Denson on double bass, Gregoire Maret on harmonica, Jeff Buenz on electric guitar, ... read moreCD
Mangione plays flugelhorn with wah wah pedal and Rhodes, with Bob Mann and John Tropea on guitar, Don Grolnick on Rhodes and piano, Tony Levin on bass, Rubens Bassini and Ralph MacDonald on percussion, Richard Tee on organ, and Steve Gadd on drums and percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
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
One of the greatest Sun Ra records from the early 80s – and a set that's every bit as striking as its sinister title! The album was recorded in 1982 – in marathon New York sessions that yielded more than one album's worth of material – but of all of them, this is probably the ... read moreCD
Sun Ra Arkestra —
Swirling ... CD Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
Sun Ra left the planet a few decades ago, but his Arkestra has been going strong – really carrying the torch that the great one kept burning – and stepping out here in their first studio album in 20 years! The record is really something special – that core Sun Ra spirit, but ... read moreCD
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Angel Bat Dawid —
Oracle ... CD International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ...
Beautiful solo sounds from Angel Bat Dawid – a Chicago clarinetist who works here with the same inventive spirit as the other contemporary artists on the International Anthem label! By that, we mean that although Angel's music starts in jazz, it quickly becomes something else – as she ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than ... read moreCD
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible side of the talents of the legendary Alice Coltrane – obscure 80s material that was recorded in the years after her famous records on Impulse and Warner Brothers – only ever issued on cassette at the time! The tracks have Alice still very much in the same spiritual ... read moreCD
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy work from guitarist George Benson – and a set that really helped him make the transition from small group soul jazz to some of his more ambitious work to come! The album's still quite soulful and a bit funky at times – but it also features larger arrangements from the great ... read moreCD
(Out of print, cutout mark through digipack barcode.)
Sun Ra made some really wonderful music in Rome during the year 1977 – heard most famously on his albums for the Horo Records label, and now on this unreleased session from the time! The album features Ra at his straightest, and most soulful – playing piano and other keyboards with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet Latin licks from Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill – cut in a mode that's very similar to O'Farrill's best Verve work of the 60s! The vibe is kind of a mod take on Afro Cuban sounds – not really Latin soul, but with a playful vibe that mixes together jazz and Latin with equal parts ... read moreCD
(Out of print, two slight tears on the back of the digipack case.)
Milt Jackson & Coleman Hawkins —
Bean Bags ... CD Atlantic/Koch, 1958. Used ...
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A wonderful little record – a real standout in both the careers of Milt Jackson and Coleman Hawkins! The album captures Hawk during his great later years – that time when his sound was even more soulful and inventive than ever – with lots of odd modern undercurrents that really ... read moreCD
If there's anyone we'd trust with a trip through the Blue Note catalog, it's Jazzanova – as the group have been a key force in the jazz-inspired sound of the global dancefloor for many years! This set's the 4th in Blue Note's "Trip" series – and it may well be the best, as ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreCD
(European pressing. Copy controlled. Case has some light edgewear.)
A collection of early modern work by saxophonist Teo Macero – heard here in the company of his Jazz Composers Workshop, on sides originally done for Savoy, Period, and Columbia! The package offers four different slices of these important years in Macero's career – tracks from 1953 and ... read moreCD
Some of jazz's most sensitive artists get together in a lyrical set of light-handed ditties. Shearing's piano is a surprisingly nice complement to the vibes/bass/guitar sound of The Montgomery Brothers – and the group is augmented by some nice Latin percussion. Tracks are short, and titles ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Dave Pell's Prez Conference with Joe Williams —
Prez & Joe ... LP GNP, 1979. Very Good+ ...
With Bob Efford on baritone sax, Monty Budwig on bass, Frank Capp on drums, Al Hendrickson on Guitar, Nat Pierce on piano, and Bob Cooper on tenor sax. LP, Vinyl record album
A classic split album of bop piano from both coasts – kind of a double-header in jazz, and one that really packs a punch! Hamp Hawes represents the west coast – and unlike his cool jazz contemporaries, he's grooving hard in a quartet that includes Larry Bunker on vibes, Larry Marable ... read moreCD
A landmark album of vocal jazz – and one of the few sessions that John Coltrane ever cut with a singer! In a way, the album's more Hartman's than it is Coltrane's – given that Johnny's warm, mellow style of singing isn't as free and open as Trane at his most adventurous – but at ... read moreCD
A classic of spiritual, soulful jazz – and one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums! The set was recorded in New York after a few free and festive years in Paris, and it's an amazing about-face that has Archie stepping into a world of righteous, full-on, political, and funky themes – the ... read moreCD
A surprisingly enchanting album of piano work from Charles Mingus – one of a few he cut on the instrument, and quite different than his regular work on bass! Unlike the bold, angry role that Mingus would take on as a leader, the approach here is very personal and introspective – long ... read moreCD
(Out of print, cutout mark through digipack barcode.)
Two hip recvords from organist Shirley Scott – back to back on a single CD! First up is Hip Soul – early Shirley Scott at her best – working with husband Stanley Turrentine to craft a great set of soul jazz tracks! The mood is laidback and easygoing, and honestly, it's ... read moreCD
A pivotal album in the career of Lee Konitz – and one that shows him really stretching out, past his tightly arranged style of the 50s! Lee's working here in a fairly free trio setting – backed by only Sonny Dallas on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Jones plays loosely and openly on ... read moreCD
Brilliant work – John Coltrane really opening up in his new spiritual mode of the 60s, hinting at the changes to come, while still keeping the modal groove of previous recordings! The record features tracks from a few different sessions from the years 1961 to 1963, but it holds together ... read moreCD
(Out of print, digipack case has some substantial & is priced accordingly.)
A fantastic album of funky jazz guitar – by one of the best players in the genre! This is Ivan's first truly sublime album – a set that showed the world that he was easily one of the greatest jazz guitarists of his generation – able to spin out single-note jams with a speed and ... read moreCD
One of Joe Henderson's greatest albums ever – a real treasure from his electric years at Milestone Records, and a set that showed he really had a lot more to offer for the scene of the 70s! The sound here is quite different than Joe's earlier work for Blue Note – a style that's ... read moreCD
A stone cooker from organist Don Patterson – and one of his best fuller group recordings for Prestige from the 60s! Patterson is best known for his work on the label with his trio that included guitarist Pat Martino and drummer Billy James – and while that unit is intact here, they're ... read moreCD
Joe Henderson with Alice Coltrane —
Elements ... CD Milestone/OJC, 1973. New Copy ...
One of the greatest Joe Henderson albums of the 70s – a suite of tracks dedicated to the four elements – and served up with some great accompaniment from Alice Coltrane! The style here is a wonderful mix of Coltrane's spirituality and Henderson's down-to-earth soulfulness – in a ... read moreCD
Joe Henderson —
Tetragon ... CD Milestone/OJC, 1967. New Copy ...
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An excellent set that really shows Joe Henderson perched on the edge – hanging between his Blue Note hardbop work of the 60s, and his freer work of the early 70s! The lineup's a great one – with Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and either Louis Hayes or Jack DeJohnette on ... read moreCD
A wonderfully-named session – as Charles Earland plays here with an intensity that's undeniable! The album marks a key shift for Earland – one away from the more standard soul jazz mode, into a realm of looser, freer rhythms that really take off from the start – knowing no end on ... read moreCD
Vibes and organ galore – 2 albums on 1 CD from the team of Johnny Hammond Smith and Freddie McCoy! First up is Stimulation – a great lost groover on Prestige, and an album that puts the soulful organ of Johnny Hammond Smith into contact with the groovy vibes of Freddie McCoy – ... read moreCD
Late Mongo – but great Mongo! The CD features work recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980 – a wonderful jazz-based performance that was never issued at the time! Tracks are long and very open – stretching out with a soulful majesty that goes beyond even Mongo's ... (Latin, Jazz)read moreCD
Classic work by 60s tenor giant Willis Jackson – a fantastic live session done in 1964 in New York, one that was originally spread out over the course of 2 LPs – Soul Night Live and Tell It. The material is finally brought together as one release here, a monstrously great set of 14 ... read moreCD
A tasty set of extended organ/tenor grooves – one full album, plus bonus tracks! The core album here is The Exciting New Organ Of Don Patterson – a well-titled session, given the strong early groove of organist Don! At a time when some of his contemporaries were tightening things up ... read moreCD
Stan reprises his famous modernist swing in a great little album that's one of his best works from the early 60s. The tracks are longish, with the mixture of dark shading and breakout solos that grace some of his best early work – and although the players in the group aren't the famous west ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has a surface wear, a price sticker remnant, and minor splitting on the top seam.)
2 classics from The Blackbyrds – back to back on a single CD! City Life is a fantastic album from the legendary jazz funk combo – a bit smoother than their first, but that's the great thing about it! The record has the band getting even tighter than before – coming up with an ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An amazing (and often forgotten!) quartet session that brings together the enigmatic pianist Jaki Byard and the mind-blowing multi-reed player Roland Kirk! Kirk and Byard had played together previously – most notably on some of Kirk's Mercury recordings – and they fit together ... read moreCD
A funky vibes classic – and a landmark set from Detroit vibist Johnny Lytle! The set's one of the purest examples of Johnny's great early groove – a tightly stepping version of soul jazz that played big in the clubs at the time, and which has forever made Lytle one of the favorites of ... read moreCD
2 funky classics from the legendary Pretty Purdie! Purdie Good is Bernard Purdie's first album as a leader for Prestige – cut right after he'd hipped up plenty of other sessions for the label with his famous funky drums! The groove here is very much in the best Prestige jazz funk mode of ... read moreCD
Prepare yourself for some massive guitar-heavy funk – with 2 classic Prestige albums from the legendary Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones! First up is No Way – a record that features him working with a young Grover Washington Jr on tenor, whose got a sound here that's way harder than on some of ... read moreCD
The greatest moment ever from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a funky, soulful flute player who had more than her share of great moments over the years! This set may well be the summation of all the genius that Humphrey had to offer – a collaboration with genius producer Larry Mizell, ... read moreCD
A set recorded in Detroit, but one that's got a globe's worth of elements in the mix – originally recorded in the mid 80s, but not released until a brief CD issue in the early part of the 21st Century! Despite that history, the album's a really timeless record that encompasses a world's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)
Francisco Mora Catlett —
Mora ... LP AACE/Far Out (UK), 1987. New Copy (reissue)...
A legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is definitely at the core – but the set also features wonderful contributions from Vincent Bowens on tenor and soprano sax, Jerome LeDuff ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Francisco Mora Catlett —
Mora/Mora 2 ... CD AACE/Far Out (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ...
A pair of great albums back to back – both rare albums from a percussionist who worked with Sun Ra! First up is Mora volume 1 – a legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is ... read moreCD
A Brazilian jazz keyboard masterpiece – a set you can put right up there next to the earliest records by Azymuth, even though this one's much more obscure! Keyboardist Marcos Resende never hit the kind of fame he deserved, but that also allowed him to be one of the most creative players on ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Amazing early work from Azymuth – rare demo recordings done at the home studio of keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami, in the short space before the group issued their legendary debut! The tracks here are as much jazz funk as they are the later modes that Azymuth would put forth – killer ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A rare Brazilian album from the legendary keyboardist Deodato – recorded right around the same time as his classic CTI albums Prelude and Deodato 2 – but much more obscure! This set's got a similar electric vibe, but is much more compact – with maybe more organ than Rhodes, on ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Bubber Miley, Tricky Sam, Sonny Greer, Otto Hardwick, Don Redman, Charlie Irvis, Rudy Jackson, and June Clark. CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)
John Sangster —
Ahead Of Hair ... LP Festival/Blank (Australia), 1969. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
One of the grooviest takes on the music of Galt MacDermot you'll ever hope to hear – as Australian percussionist John Sangster turns in some wonderful rhythm-heavy versions of the tunes from Hair – and also adds in a few sweet numbers of his own! Sangster also wrote a few new tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Sangster —
Trip ... LP Festival/Blank (Australia), 1967. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet trip into groovy jazz from the great John Sangster – a man who plays some excellent vibes on this rare Australian album – plus a fair bit of other percussion instrumentation as well! The album also features soundtrack genius Sven Libaek – who not only handled arrangements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Sangster —
Joker Is Wild ... LP Festival/Blank (Australia), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
The Joker is wild, and so is percussionist John Sangster – one of the coolest talents on the Australian jazz scene at the end of the 60s! Sangster plays a lot of vibes here – but also adds in about a dozen other percussion instruments – in a jazzy groove that's a bit like the Cal ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
North Texas State University Lab Band —
Lab 73! ... LP NTSU, 1973. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Titles include "Warp Factor", "Fash Fash Fash", "Sun Catchers", "RF Blues", and "Sir Gawain & The Green Knight". LP, Vinyl record album
Clifford Brown on trumpet, George Morrow on bass, Max Roach on drums, Leo Blevins on guitar, Billy Wallace and Richie Powell on piano, Harold Land, Nicky Hill, and Sonny Rollins on tenor saxophone, and Rob McConnell on trombone. CD
OK, so the title's a bit misleading – as Hodges never used to be "Duke", just played with him – but the record's a great one – really sharp set of standards from the mid 50s, played with a tightly moving focus! The small group settings includes Ellingtonians, plus the ... read moreCD
A fantastic double-length set – two full albums of music, essential for any fan of Brazilian jazz – or even jazz in general! First up is Esperanto – an incredible album from one of Brazil's greatest reed players of the 70s – the mighty Victor Assis Brasil – a free-thin ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
A never-issued album by the great Hermeto Pascoal – recorded in the space between his 70s classics Slaves Mass and A Musica Livre – and every bit as amazing as those classics! The music here is fluid, open, and a fantastic mix of jazz and all of Hermeto's new ideas about musical ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreCD
Antonio Adolfo —
Viralata ... LP Artezanal/Far Out (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic stuff – and one of the greatest records ever by Brazilian keyboardist Antonio Adolfo! The album was recorded at the end of the 70s, and has a sound that's a lot like the best fusion work by Azymuth – a great mix of jazz and funk, plus more dynamic Brazilian elements – ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful jazzy score by Duke Ellington – and a fitting companion to this classic Otto Preminger film! The record captures Ellington at a perfect moment – right during his Indigos period of increased sophistication, when his band was at an all-time level of perfection – and ... read moreCD
2CDs worth of Wayne Shorter's Blue Note recordings – what more could a jazz fan ask for? Without a doubt, Shorter ranks among the most significant jazz composers for small ensembles of the modern era, and it's easy to see why on these recordings, where his vision was fully formed, but that ... read moreCD
The Dave Brubeck quartet captured at their peak in front of a packed audience at Carnegie Hall. Tracks include "Eleven Four", "St. Louis Blues", "For All We Know", "Castillian Drums", and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" – 12 tracks total. CD
Nat King Cole on piano, Les Paul on guitar, Shorty Sherock on trumpet, JJ Johnson on trombone, Illinois Jackson and Jack McVea on tenor saxophone, Johnny Miller and Red Callender on bass, and Lee Young on drums. CD
Michel Camilo & Tomatito —
Spain ... CD Verve, 1999. Used ...
Michel Camilo on piano and Tomatito on flamenco guitar. 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