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✨✧ Revolutionary EnsembleRevolutionary Ensemble (Enja) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful example of the maturation of American avant jazz in the 70s – a set that has the Revolutionary Ensemble really drawing their sound into focus, drawing on older experimental modes and forging them into a rich new vision – one that would certainly live up to the AACM's promise of "Great Black Music"! The tracks here are all quite long, but they also have a careful, thoughtful feel too – not just improvisations, but measured exercises in spirit and sound – played beautifully by the trio formation of Sirone on flute and bass, Jerome cooper on drums, percussion, and balaphone, and Leroy Jenkins on violin, flute, and kalimba! The mixture of instrumentation is handled with Art Ensemble-like precision at points – never academic, and occasionally loose enough to be loft jazz – but always with an ear for organic richness of sound, in ways that make the album a surprising delight at each new turn. Titles include "Chicago", "March 4 1", "Clear Spring", and "Revolutionary Ensemble". CD

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✨✧ Charles TolliverImpact (Enja) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
Don't confuse this one with Charles Tolliver's album on Strata East of the same name – because this session's a completely different one for Enja, but equally great! The group here is a quartet – not Tolliver's usual Music Inc lineup, but a combo that features Alvin Queen on drums, Ron Mathewson on bass, and regular partner Stanley Cowell on piano – all hitting a groove that's a bit different than the Tolliver sound of Strata East, and sometimes a bit more filled with energy! The date is a live one, and there's a nice roughness here – not to the recording quality, but more to the rhythms, which feel a bit chunkier than Tolliver's usual groove, and seem to push the flowing sound of his trumpet and Cowell's piano perhaps a bit more. Titles include "Brilliant Circles", "Impact", "Truth", and "Prayer For Peace". CD features the bonus tracks "Abscretions" and "Our Second Father". CD
(2018 Enja Jazz Master Works pressing –includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousEnja Anniversary – 1972 to 1992 ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Arthur Blythe, Tommy Flanagan, Wayne Krantz, Barbara Dennerlein, Tony Reedus, Bob Degen, Rabih Abou-Khalil, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, and Abbey Lincoln. CD
(Out of print and sealed.)
 
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George Adams, Martin Hannibal Peterson & FriendsMore Sightings ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. Used ... $16.99
An unusual date from tenorist George Adams – recorded right around the same time as his legendary records with Don Pullen, but instead a more unusual partnership with the great trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson! The pairing is great – and both hornmen soar out and really get plenty of room to do their thing – in a mixture of hardbop energy and more spiritual currents, with help from John Scofield on guitar, Ron Burton on piano, Walter Schmocker on bass, and Allen Nelson on drums. The energy is maybe a bit more like some of Peterson's late 70s records than some of the Adams/Pullen material – and that quality makes the live date a nice standout in the catalog of both players. Titles include "Soul Brothers", "Do We Know Where We Are Going", "Melanie", "More Sightings", and "Don't Take Your Love From Me". CD
(2020 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)
Also available More Sightings ... LP 19.99

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George Adams, Martin Hannibal Peterson & FriendsMore Sightings ... LP
Enja, 1984. Sealed ... $19.99 24.99
An unusual date from tenorist George Adams – recorded right around the same time as his legendary records with Don Pullen, but instead a more unusual partnership with the great trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson! The pairing is great – and both hornmen soar out and really get plenty of room to do their thing – in a mixture of hardbop energy and more spiritual currents, with help from John Scofield on guitar, Ron Burton on piano, Walter Schmocker on bass, and Allen Nelson on drums. The energy is maybe a bit more like some of Peterson's late 70s records than some of the Adams/Pullen material – and that quality makes the live date a nice standout in the catalog of both players. Titles include "Soul Brothers", "Do We Know Where We Are Going", "Melanie", "More Sightings", and "Don't Take Your Love From Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing, still sealed, with some price sticker remnants.)
Also available More Sightings ... CD 16.99

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Eddie AllenR N B ... CD
Enja, 1995. Used ... $4.99
Features Eddie Allen on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Anthony Wonsey on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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Franco AmbrosettiHeart Bop ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1981. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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 musicians just the right sort of outlet to move forward – in this case not just trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, but also altoist Phil Woods and pianist Hal Galper – all of whom are great! There's an angular formation to most of the tunes at the start, but they flow with a warm, lyrical energy right from the start as well – supported by the drums of Billy Hart and bass of Mike Richmond – on titles that include "A Flat Miner", "Fairy Boat To Go", "Heart Bop", and "Triple Play". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original German pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Association UrbanetiqueDon't Look Back! ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1990. Used ... $2.99
Felix Wahnshuffle on alto and tenor saxophone, Rainer Brennecke on trumpet, Horst Nonnenmacher on bass, and Rainer Robben on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerLast Great Concert – My Favourite Songs ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1988. Used ... $2.99
One of the last albums that Chet Baker recorded – and a set that changes things up a bit from the smaller combo setting of most of his final decade! The set features some small group work, but also brings in larger orchestrations on a number of tracks – balancing the fragility of Baker's sound at the time, which we love – with some deeper tonal colors in the background. One track features a smaller group that includes Walter Norris on piano and John Schroeder on guitar – both of whom solo with Chet on some of the larger format works as well – one of which also features a nice alto appearance from Herb Geller. Titles include "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Django", "Well You Needn't", "All Blues", "Summertime", "In Your Own Sweet Way", and "My Funny Valentine". CD
(Out of print.)

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Samuel BlaserRoutes ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2024. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Trombonist Samuel Blaser pays tribute to the legacy of Jamaican music – but in a way that also resonates strongly with some of his more jazz-based releases too! The record's mostly instrumental – but does have vocals from Carroll Thompson on two tracks, and Lee Scratch Perry on two more – yet the main focus is on the horn work, with Blaser echoing earlier greatness of players like Vin Gordon or Don Drummond – but in a more jazz-based setting with work from Alex Wilson on keyboards and Hammond, Soweto Kinch on alto, Michael Blake on tenor, and Alan Weekes on guitar. The set also features guest work from Steve Turre on one track – and titles include "Rainy Days", "Silver Dollar", "End Of The Beginning", "Rainy Days Dub", "Chronicles", "Beautiful Bed Of Lies", and "Green Island Dub". CD

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Arthur BlytheRetroflection – Live At The Vanguard ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... $8.99
A great showcase for the alto talents of Arthur Blythe – a set that's maybe a bit more stripped-down than some of his bigger label albums of the 80s, but in a way that really lets you focus on his strength of tone and phrasing! The group's a quartet, working in an open live setting – John Hicks on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – and while all players certainly know how to go inside, they keep things swinging and relatively straight at the core – while Blythe waxes beautifully on the alto, with these sharp edges that mix nicely with more lyrical moments. Titles include "Jana's Delight", "JB Blues", "Lenox Avenue Breakdown", "Faceless Woman", and "Peacemaker". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dollar BrandDollar Brand At Montreux ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1980. Used ... $14.99
Extremely solid live work from Dollar Brand – playing here before a very enthusiastic crowd at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1980! The group is especially nice – a tight quintet with Carlos Ward on flute and alto, Craig Harris on trombone, Andre Strobert on drums, and Alonzo Gardner on electric bass. The use of electric bass gives the set a nice romping groove – driven onward by the freedom of the live setting, and by the very strong response of the crowd – making for some great long tracks that sparkle with Brand's unique South African jazz approach. Titles include "Ishmael", "The Perfumed Forest Wet With Rain", "Whoza Mtwana", and "The Homecoming Song". CD
(Out of print West German pressing.)

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✨✧ Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)African Dawn ... LP
Enja, 1982. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a trace of a price sticker.)

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Mike Clark & Paul JacksonFunk Stops Here ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. Used ... $14.99
Two members of the legendary Headhunters step out here on a great set of their own – material from a time when Herbie Hancock's ex-backing group were really enjoying a strong revival period! Mike Clark is on drums and Paul Jackson is on bass – and the pair get lots of deft solo work out of saxophonist Kenny Garrett, whose presence here is key to the more soulful side of the record – and nicely balances out the keyboard lines of Jeff Pittson – a player who's using more modern keyboard elements than Herbie used with the group in the 70s, but at a level that still lives up to the jazz funk promise of the group. Titles include "Spider Man", "Swamp Thing", "Steady Freddy", "Jurassic Park", "Pitt & The Pendulum", "Slinky", and "Hotel Domingo". CD
(Out of print 2014 Japanese pressing, includes obi.)

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Booker ErvinLament For Booker Ervin ... LP
Enja, 1965/1975. Near Mint- ... $34.99
A compelling split album – both a performance by and a tribute to the legendary tenorist Booker Ervin – issued after his death, but also featuring a rare European performance from the 60s as well! The album features one long track by Booker – "Blues For You" – recorded in 1965 at the Berlin Jazz Festival, with a quartet that includes Kenny Drew on piano, NIels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – and the piece spans both sides of the LP, and is much more open-ended than any of Booker's studio recordings from the time – which has him hitting a free intensity of tone that's similar to some of the live sides he clocked with Charles Mingus. The album also features the tune "Lament For Booker", a haunting piano piece played by Horace Parlan, recorded in 1975 – dedicated to Ervin, who's passed at an early age by the time of the recording. LP, Vinyl record album
(US green label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Gil EvansBlues In Orbit (aka Gil Evans) ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1969. Used ... $14.99
A great record – and on that hardly ever shows up on the radar screen of Gil's career! The session was recorded with a very hip group that includes Billy Harper on tenor and flute, Elvin Jones and Alphonze Mouzon on drums, Joe Beck on electric guitar, and Herb Bushler on Fender bass. The sound is a bit electric, but is touched with Evans' far-reaching arranging style, so that it lapses into none of the cliches you might expect. Harper is a treat, as always, and he offers up the original composition "Thoroughbred", one of the nicest on the record. "Blues In Orbit", "Variation On The Misery", "Proclamation", and "Spaced". This is a 1981 repackaging of an album that was originally issued on Apex under the title Gil Evans. CD
(Out of print.)

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Tommy FlanaganThelonica ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1982. Used ... $4.99
There's a definite Monkish bent to this one, in case you couldn't guess from the title – but Tommy Flanagan doesn't simply copy Monk's compositions, but also throws in a few great touches of his own! The session's got a depth and complexity that goes beyond other standard tributes to Thelonious Monk – partly due to Tommy's lyrical approach to the keys, which warms some of the tunes nicely, and shades in colors that Monk never seemed to touch. Trio members here include George Mraz on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and titles include "Thelonica", "Off Minor", "Ugly Beauty", "Reflections", "Thelonius", and "North Of The Sunset". CD
(Late 80s US pressing, distributed by Rhino. A nice copy!)

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Jon HendricksCloudburst ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1972. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A mixed bag of tracks from Jon Hendricks – but with some really great moments! The set was recorded in Germany in 1972, and it features Jon running through a variety of styles to please the crowd – some of them blusey, some of them straight readings of older numbers – but on a few of the album's best tracks he really opens up, hitting that uniquely soulful vocal style that's made him a favorite for years with the jazz groove scene. The best tunes include "No More", a vocal remake of Hubert Laws tune, done with a really great hook – and a sublime 8 minute take on Edu Lobo's "Arrasto", swung here with a strident glowing groove. Other tracks include "Jon's Mumbles", "Watermelon Man", "Gimme That Wine", "Cloudburst", and "It Was A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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Abdullah IbrahimKnysna Blue ... CD
Enja/Tip Toe, 1994. Used ... $12.99
Produced, arranged and performed by Abdullah Ibrahim. CD
(Out of print.)

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Abdullah Ibrahim TrioYarona ... CD
Enja, 1995. Used ... $16.99
A beautifully sensitive set from Abdullah Ibrahim – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, and with an open, lyrical sound that almost seems to recall some of Bill Evans' magical moments in the venue! Ibrahim's quite a different player, of course – but there's an open, exploratory quality to his music that's a bit unusual here – maybe not as rhythmically based as it is balanced between sound and silence – given very respectful company in the bass of Marcus McLaurine and drums of George Johnson. Titles include "Cherry/Mannenberg", "Duke 88", "African River", "Stardance", "Tuang Guru", "Tintinyana", and "African Marketplace". CD
(Out of print.)

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Abbey LincolnAbbey Sings Billie – Live At The UJC Vol 1 ... CD
Enja, 1987. Used ... $6.99
Abbey Lincoln takes on the legacy of Billie Holiday – in a strong live set recorded with a small group at the end of the 80s! The setting's a bit more relaxed here than on some of Abbey's other albums of the period – a bit looser and sometimes more languid, but only in the best sort of ways to get at the moodiness of Billie Holiday's approach to the tunes. A few numbers seem to bristle with a bit more of that Abbey Lincoln sense of pride – that righteous legacy that runs straight from Billie's classic "Strange Fruit" – but overall, the spirit of Holiday's more traditional approach definitely guides the performance. The group's a quartet – with Harold Vick on tenor! CD
(CRC pressing.)

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Abbey LincolnAbbey Sings Billie – Live At The UJC Vol 1 ... CD
Enja (Japan), 1987. Used ... $6.99 9.99
Abbey Lincoln takes on the legacy of Billie Holiday – in a strong live set recorded with a small group at the end of the 80s! The setting's a bit more relaxed here than on some of Abbey's other albums of the period – a bit looser and sometimes more languid, but only in the best sort of ways to get at the moodiness of Billie Holiday's approach to the tunes. A few numbers seem to bristle with a bit more of that Abbey Lincoln sense of pride – that righteous legacy that runs straight from Billie's classic "Strange Fruit" – but overall, the spirit of Holiday's more traditional approach definitely guides the performance. The group's a quartet – with Harold Vick on tenor! CD
(Out of print Japanese pressing, includes obi.)

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Charles MingusMingus In Europe Volume 2 ... CD
Enja, 1964. Used ... $4.99 6.99
Great recordings the important 1964 tour of Europe by bassist Charles Mingus – a key musical moment that not only saw some of the last recordings of Eric Dolphy before his departure from this planet, but which also introduced the overseas scene to some key up-and-coming talents who were in Mingus' tenure! The group here is a quintet, but plays with the fire of some of Charles' bigger ensembles from a few years before – and the setting has some especially open space for great solos from the reedmen – both Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet – plus Clifford Jordan on tenor. Dannie Richmond plays drums, and Jaki Byard is superb on piano – and titles on this second volume include "Charlemange", "At-Fw-You", "Sophisticated Lady", and "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk". CD

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Takeo MoriyamaGreen River ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Drummer Takeo Moriyama is best known to our ears as one of the key forces in the trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita in the 70s – and he definitely continues that strong legacy here, but with a vibrant voice that's all his own! The session is maybe more pitched towards the spiritual side of the spectrum than the avant one – and the group features twin reed genius from Toshio Inoue on soprano and tenor, and Shuichi Enomoto on soprano, tenor, and flute! There's only the bass of Hideaki Mochizuki to add to the sound – which leaves a lot of great reed interplay amidst the dynamic energy inspired by the leader's drums. Titles include "Gradation", "Night Story", "Ta Ke", "Non Check", "Tohku", and "Fields". CD

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New York Jazz QuartetOasis ... CD
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1981. Used ... $12.99
An unusual album from an unusual group – one that has reedman Frank Wess sounding far more introspective and personal than on some of his other material from the 70s and 80s – thanks to work from a group that also includes Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! We're tempted to say that Hanna's voice is what really shapes the record – that thoughtful mix of sophistication and lyricism that always comes across sounding surprisingly natural – but Wess also wrote some of the album's most compelling songs, alongside a few other great numbers by Roland. Mraz brings some extra-special energy to his phrasing on bass, Wess also blows a bit of flute alongside his tenor – and titles include "The Patient Prince", "Cram It Damn It", "Funk House", "Don't Come Don't Call", "It's Just A Social Gathering", and "Oasis". CD
(2018 Japanese release – includes obi.)

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Porter Praskin QuartetSonnet For Sal ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1988. Used ... $6.99 9.99
The group's an unusual one, but they've got some great components all the way through – including the presence of tenorist Sal Nistico – who really rounds out the record in a great way! But first, the leaders – pianist Larry Porter and alto saxophonist Allan Praskin – the latter of whom we know from a few great records, including an excellent set for the Three Blind Mice label in the 70s – both working here with a great sense of sound, and one that reigns in some of the freedom of Praskin's earlier material, but without losing its edge. And although Nistico can famously work as a lead soloist in a bigger band, when he hits a hipper European setting like this, he can really amaze our ears – as the record recalls some of his excellent work for the Ego label a few years before. Other players include Marc Abrams on bass and Paolo Pellegatti on drums – and titles include "We'll Never Manage This Way", "Elusive", "Miracle", "Sonnet For Sal", and "Touch Light Samba". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby PreviteWeather Clear, Track Fast ... CD
Enja, 1991. Used ... $9.99
With Don Byron and Marty Ehrlich on reeds, Anthony Davis on piano, Graham Haynes on cornet, and others. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Alvin QueenMighty Long Way ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
We always love the work of drummer Alvin Queen as a leader – but we love it even more when he's got horns in the group, which is definitely the case here – as the cool combo on the record features both Jesse Davis on alto and Terrell Stafford – both of whom really add a lot to the set! Not only, that, there's some great Hammond too – handled by Mike LeDonne alongside guitarist Peter Bernstein – two players who make the session cook like some of the best New Jersey soul jazz sessions produced by Cecil Brooks III, but with maybe a bit more of the modern touches that Queen can bring to his work. There's also some great percussion on the date from Neil Clark – who helps complicate the rhythms – and titles include "Alba", "Let Us Go Into The House", "Drum Thing", "Mighty Long Way", "Blues On Q", and "Sushi". CD

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Dewey RedmanChoices ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1992. Used ... $6.99
Late work from avant tenor legend Dewey Redman – and surprisingly great, with all the best energy of his sides from older years! The album features Dewey playing in a trio with Cameron Brown on bass and Leon Parker on drums – plus guest appearances on about half the tracks by a young Joshua Redman, who really helps flesh out the sound of the set – at a point when he was just starting to let the world know about his talents. Redman senior is still the main attraction, though – blowing strongly on alto, tenor, and even a bit of musette – but also letting Joshua take all the horn parts on one track. Titles include surprisingly great readings of two standard ballads – "Everything Happens To Me" and "Imagination" – plus the tracks "Le Clit", "For Mo", and "O'Besso". CD

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Archie SheppSteam ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1976. Used ... $6.99
A later set from Archie Shepp and a real lost gem – quite different from his earlier works, especially the better known late 60s sessions – and a surprisingly nice album that runs through some truly excellent longer takes – filled with warmth and tenderness you wouldn't expect! Steam was recorded in early 1976, in a stripped down setting, with Cameron Brown on bass and Beaver Harris on drums. The group wonderfully rolls through Ellington's "Solitude", Shepp's "Steam", and the epic "A Message From Trane", a tremendous number written by the great Cal Massey – and Shepp plays both tenor and piano on the record. CD reissue includes bonus tracks not on the original album – "Ah Leu Cha" and "52nd Street Theme". CD
(Out of print.)

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Aki Takase TrioSong For Hope – Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival ... CD
Enja/BBE (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A brilliant early album from pianist Aki Takase – already at the top of her game with an amazing command of the keyboard – a reach and sense of imagination that almost opens into the freewheeling territory of Cecil Taylor, but one that's also got a lot of room for gentler, more sensitive moments – which makes the balance of expression on the album a real delight! The tracks are all quite long, and there's some equally wonderful work on bass from Nobuyoshi Ino – a player whose thoughtful qualities really open up the piano, and also provide some soulful grounding for the record next to the drums of Takeo Moriyama. Tracks include "Mountain Forest", "Minerva's Owl", "Monologue", and "Song For Hope". CD
Also available Song For Hope – Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival ... LP 34.99

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Aki Takase TrioSong For Hope – Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival ... LP
Enja/BBE (UK), 1982. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $34.99 39.99
A brilliant early album from pianist Aki Takase – already at the top of her game with an amazing command of the keyboard – a reach and sense of imagination that almost opens into the freewheeling territory of Cecil Taylor, but one that's also got a lot of room for gentler, more sensitive moments – which makes the balance of expression on the album a real delight! The tracks are all quite long, and there's some equally wonderful work on bass from Nobuyoshi Ino – a player whose thoughtful qualities really open up the piano, and also provide some soulful grounding for the record next to the drums of Takeo Moriyama. Tracks include "Mountain Forest", "Minerva's Owl", "Monologue", and "Song For Hope". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Song For Hope – Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival ... CD 16.99

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Cecil Taylor & Italian Instabile OrchestraOwner Of The River Bank ... CD
Enja/Justin Time, 2003. Used ... $11.99 14.99
One of the most complex Cecil Taylor records we've heard in years – and that's saying a lot, given the usual complexity of his music! Taylor plays piano and vocalizes a bit – but he's also tied strongly here to the Italian Instabile Orchestra – a large lineup of varied horn, string, and percussion players – all of whom vocalize a bit themselves – working with Cecil to create these amazing textures in sound – every bit as free as his unfettered solo recordings, but played here with these layers of depth that really amaze us! The CD features one long piece, composed by Taylor – running for about an hour in length, and divided into seven movements. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Bennie WallaceSomeone To Watch Over Me ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1999. Used ... $5.99
Bennie Wallace on tenor sax, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums. CD

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Mike Westbrook OrchestraCortege ... CD
Original/Enja (Germany), 1982. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
Stunning work from Mike Westbrook – a set that's done in later years than his classics for Deram Records – but one that's got almost the same sort of power! The lineup is large, and there's a definite dose of freaky fuzz in the mix – thanks to the guitar of Brian Godding, whose contributions help electrify the record past territory of some of Westbrook's other material from this vintage. Kate Westbrook handles vocals on the set – singing some very offbeat tunes at times – but as usual, the real power comes from the full instrumental lineup – which also features Phil Minton and Dick Pearce on trumpets, Georgie Born on cello, Malcolm Griffiths on trombone, Chris Hunter, Phil Todd, Lindsay Cooper, and Chris Biscoe on reeds – and even some addition tuba as well! With the lineup, you can see that Westbrook's tapping into a younger generation of artistic players – and their presence really helps stimulate the overall presentation of the material. A number of tracks have lyrics from poetic sources by Blake, Garcia Lorca, Herman Hesse, and others – and titles include "Erme Estuary", "It Starts Here", "Berlin 16.2.79", and "Cordoba". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dhafer YoussefElectric Sufi ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2001. Used ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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Atilla ZollerCommon Cause/Dream Bells/Overcome (3CD set) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976/1979. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
Three albums from this great guitarist! Common Cause is a spare trio outing from guitarist Attilla Zoller, done with support from Ron Carter on bass and Joe Chambers on drums – and in a groove that nicely slips from mellow straight material one moment to more adventurous tunes the next! The straighter work is oddly some of the most appealing here – and is a refreshing change to some of Zoller's more experimental (but still great) work from the period – a great illustration of his strong tone on a simple line, in a way that we don't often get to hear on record. Straight numbers include "Lady Love" and "Kaybee" – juxtaposed with the more "out" "Tshitar", and the soaring number "Meet". Dream Bells is a hell of an album from guitarist Attila Zoller – one that's just a trio date, but which almost seems to have a fuller feel than some of his records from the time! The rhythms are wonderful – this warm, round bass from Frank Luther, whose tones alone really create a soulful energy on the record – and drummer Sonny Brown's got this nicely skittish tone that percolates even the mellow moments in this really great way – leaving Zoller to solo spaciously over the top with a sublime tone, and maybe a slightly deeper sense of soul than usual. Titles include "Dream Bells", "Seascape", "In Your Own Sweet Way", and "Sudden Romance". Overcome is beautiful live work from guitarist Attila Zoller – stretching out here on long, spacious tracks that are maybe even more majestic an example of his tone than some of his studio work of the time! The group is a quartet – with Kirk Lightsey on piano, Michael Formanek on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums – nicely subtle players at all the right moments, on titles that include "Overcome", "Starry Night", "Lullabye", and "Lev Blues". CD

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✨✧ Abraham Burton & Eric McPherson QuartetCause & Effect ... CD
Enja, 1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Abraham Burton on tenor sax, James Hurt on piano, Yosuke Inoue on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums. CD

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✨✧ Dusko GoykovichAfter Hours (aka Ten To Two Blues) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare Spanish session from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – and easily one of the most soulful albums he ever recorded! The set's got a warm, laidback vibe – very much in keeping with the title and cover image – as Dusko blows some great open-ended solos with rhythm from the trio of pianist Tete Montoliu – working here as a great accompanist to the leader, with flowing lines that perfectly match Dusko's energy! Tracks are longish, with a very relaxed vibe – and the rest of the group features Robert Langereis on bass and Joe Nay on drums – helping Gokovich hit a very different sound than on some of his more exotic albums of the time. Titles include "Blues To Line", "I Remember OP", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", and "The Child Is Born". CD

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✨✧ Dusko GoykovichPortrait/Swinging Macedonia/Brandenburg Concert (3CD set) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966/2001/2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of albums from one of our favorite trumpeters on the European scene! First up is Portrait – a set that stands as a tribute to trumpeter Dusko Goykovich's 70 years on this planet – and a record that features him in a variety of settings too! Other players include Ferdinand Povel on flute and tenor, Tony Lakatos on tenor, Steve Gut on trumpet, Isla Eckinger and Ray Drummond on basses, Abraham Burton on alto, and Kenny Barron and Tommy Flanagan on pianos – on titles that include "Recado Bossa Nova", "Balkan Blue", "Adriatica", "One For Klook", and "Inga". Next is Swinging Macedonia – a legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on flute, soprano, and tenor – blowing some tremendously soulful reed lines – plus incredible rhythms from Mal Waldron on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums. The record's an attempt to bring traditional Macedonian rhythms into a jazz perspective – but with players like these, it swings in a way any Macedonian album never could – damn soulful, and with a great exotic vibe. Davis is especially great, and plays in a soaring modal vein that's similar to his work on his classic MPS sides, and on the records he cut in America in the early 70s. The album's a beautiful session that often get's overlooked because it blends it with the Enja catalog – but it's really more of a record that belongs in an MPS reissue series, and is a great lost groover that's waiting to be rediscovered by the Dusty Groove crowd. Titles include "Macedonia", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", "Jumbo Uganda", "Bem Basha", "Saga Se karame", and "The Nights Of Skopje". Brandenberg Concert features one of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene of the past few decades – heard here in a completely sublime setting! Dusko Goykovich has played in many styles and many ways, but hasn't ever done a date with full strings before – a long-overdue placement for his wonderful tone on trumpet – shimmering out front of a larger ensemble, in the manner of classic "with strings" dates by Dizzy Gillespie or Art Farmer! Altoist Peter King arranged the album – and titles are all originals by Dusko, some of which you might know from earlier records – reworked here beautifully for the new setting. King also solos on a handful of tracks too – a rich voice that provides a nice balance with Dusko's trumpet. Strings are never overdone, and the album's always got a nice swing from a core rhythm trio that features Renato Chicco on piano. Titles include "Good Old Days", "Handful O Soul", "Danca Comigo", "St Germain Des Pres", "Adriatica", "In My Dreams", and "I Miss You So". CD

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✨✧ Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal WaldronSwinging Macedonia ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on flute, soprano, and tenor – blowing some tremendously soulful reed lines – plus incredible rhythms from Mal Waldron on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums. The record's an attempt to bring traditional Macedonian rhythms into a jazz perspective – but with players like these, it swings in a way any Macedonian album never could – damn soulful, and with a great exotic vibe. Davis is especially great, and plays in a soaring modal vein that's similar to his work on his classic MPS sides, and on the records he cut in America in the early 70s. The album's a beautiful session that often get's overlooked because it blends it with the Enja catalog – but it's really more of a record that belongs in an MPS reissue series, and is a great lost groover that's waiting to be rediscovered by the Dusty Groove crowd. Titles include "Macedonia", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", "Jumbo Uganda", "Bem Basha", "Saga Se Karame", and "The Nights Of Skopje". CD
(2021 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)

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✨✧ Abbey LincolnTalking To The Sun ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1983. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Something of a comeback set for Abbey Lincoln – an extremely powerful set from the early 80s, and one that helped set the tone for some great albums to come! Abbey's working here in a bold style that includes a fair bit of original material – done in collaboration with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, whose edgey tone really adds a lot to the record! There's a sense of voice here that takes us back to Abbey's bold experiments with Max Roach in the early 60s – a righteous tone that effortlessly mixes politics and art, yet which never forgets its key mission of music. The set includes original compositions "The River", "Talking To The Sun", "People On The Street", and "Prelude/A Wedding Song" – plus a nice take on the Mercer/Mancini number "Whistling Away The Dark". LP, Vinyl record album
(German DMM pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusMingus In Europe Volume 1 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great recordings the important 1964 tour of Europe by bassist Charles Mingus – a key musical moment that not only saw some of the last recordings of Eric Dolphy before his departure from this planet, but which also introduced the overseas scene to some key up-and-coming talents who were in Mingus' tenure! The group here is a quintet, but plays with the fire of some of Charles' bigger ensembles from a few years before – and the setting has some especially open space for great solos from the reedmen – both Dolphy on alto, flute, and bass clarinet – plus Clifford Jordan on tenor. Dannie Richmond plays drums, and Jaki Byard is superb on piano – and titles on this first volume include a 37 minute reading of "Fables Of Faubus", plus "Meditations" and "Starting". CD

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorDark To Themselves ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Cecil Taylor's most spiritual sessions of the 70s – a live set recorded in Yugoslavia in 1976, and done with this really open sound, but one that comes as much from the horns as it does from Cecil's piano! In fact, we might well say that the horns are the best attraction here – as the record features strong tenor from a young David S Ware – as well as trumpet from Raphe Malik and alto from Jimmy Lyons – who all spin out with freewheeling creativity, alongside Taylor's bold lines on piano, and the drums of Marc Edwards. As with other Taylor albums of the time, the set's built around one long performance – of a tune entitled "Streams & Chorus Of Seed" – put together in a way that have the horns layering over one another, building up sound next to Taylor's free piano improvisations – then taking off on their own! Extremely spirited work – and a great showcase for the young Ware! CD

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorLive In Ruvo 2000 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous demonstration of the boundless talents of Cecil Taylor on the piano – a 42 minute live improvisation that blows off the roof at a live performance in Italy! Taylor has a way of handling the piano like nobody else – a command and understanding of the instrument that allows him to work with unbounded frenzy, yet always make things come across with complete sense – moving between explosive moments and more careful sonic explorations – but always with this energy and ability that we're not sure anyone else can touch! And sure, we love loads of other improvising pianists – but a record like this is in a class by itself, as is Cecil Taylor. CD

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✨✧ Mal WaldronBlack Glory ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real classic from those early 70s European years of exploration by the great pianist Mal Waldron – music that really has Mal pushing forward in ways that are completely unexpected if you only know his American records from earlier years – but maybe a bit more understandable, given the ever-growing genius he showed over the decades! The group's a trio – recorded live with Pierre Favre on drums, and the great Jimmy Woode on bass – and the combination of Favre's free modernism and Woode's soulful swing makes for a very interesting rhythm section – and Waldron, as he often did in this sort of session, dominates the proceedings with some moody and introspective work on the piano – bridging the players with a wonderful sense of creative imagination. Titles include "The Call", "Sieg Haile", "MC", "La Gloire Du Noir", and "Rock My Soul". CD

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✨✧ Mal WaldronUp Popped The Devil ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Searing work from Mal Waldron – recorded in the early 70s with an excellent trio that features Billy Higgins on drums and Reggie Workman on bass! The group's got a lot more fire and energy than some of Waldron's other assemblages of the 70s – and the tracks are long and exploratory, yet also groove at the best moments – a great blend of some of the freedom that Waldron had been exploring overseas, while still tying things to some of the more soulful, spiritual currents of his early years. Carla Poole joins the group on flute for the track "Space Walk" – and other titles include "Up Popped The Devil", "Snake Out", and "Changachangachang". CD

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✨✧ Mal WaldronWhat It Is ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great one from pianist Mal Waldron – a set that marks that renewed sense of energy he found as the 80s approached – a move back to some tighter forms in terms of the inside/outside edge of the improvisational spectrum – but still with some of the freer spirit he'd unlocked in the 70s! The tracks are all nice and long, and are forged by a quartet that features Clifford Jordan on tenor, Cecil McBee on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums – a group who definitely have some of the spirit of Jordan in this setting, but with all the deeper tones that Waldron can bring to a date. Jordan is tremendous, and the album features three long tracks – "Charlie Parker's Last Supper", "Hymn From The Inferno", and "What It Is". CD

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✨✧ Yosuke YamashitaClay ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing trio work from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – in a group that's equally noteworthy for its incredible reed performances from the mighty Akira Sakata! The pairing of Sakata and Yamashita was one of the greatest things in Japanese jazz in the 70s, and certainly one of that scene's strongest avant impulses – and the trio's completed by the thoughtfully spacious drum work of Takeo Moriyama, who really knows how to read the room, then run when the time is right. Sakata manages to get some of the most searing sounds from the clarinet we've ever heard, and a hell of a lot of force from the alto too – and the set features a long reading of the trio's classic "Mina's Second Theme" – plus the tune "Clay", dedicated to Muhammad Ali. CD

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✨✧ Attila ZollerCommon Cause (remastered edition) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A spare trio outing from guitarist Attilla Zoller, done with support from Ron Carter on bass and Joe Chambers on drums – and in a groove that nicely slips from mellow straight material one moment to more adventurous tunes the next! The straighter work is oddly some of the most appealing here – and is a refreshing change to some of Zoller's more experimental (but still great) work from the period – a great illustration of his strong tone on a simple line, in a way that we don't often get to hear on record. Straight numbers include "Lady Love" and "Kaybee" – juxtaposed with the more "out" "Tshitar", and the soaring number "Meet". CD

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsJulian (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Genius work from Pepper Adams – one of those players we sometimes forget about, then drop the needle on a record like this and fall in love with his music all over again! Adams blows baritone sax like nobody else – with a sensitivity that you'd normally hear on tenor, and a mix of modes that should have made him one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation – something that maybe didn't happen because of his unusual horn! Yet although big, there's nothing heavy about the way Pepper handles his horn – as you'll hear especially on the few ballads – and as usual for Adams, his choice of a group is great too – a sharp lineup with Walter Norris on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums. Titles include "Julian", "Ad Astra", "Jirge", "Spacemaker", and "Three & One". CD features two bonus tracks – "Time On My Hands" and "Lady Luck". CD
(2020 Japanese pressing, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Ray AndersonWhere Home Is ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
Ray Anderson on trombone, Lew Soloff on trumpet, Matt Perrine on sousaphone, and Bobby Previte on drums. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Kenny BarronScratch ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
A slightly more aggressive trio session than usual for Kenny Barron – still done with that round, warm tone on the keys that we love so much – but hitting the tracks with a stronger punch that's a bit unusual, and which might be the result of using Dave Holland and Daniel Humair as part of the trio! All but one of the tunes on the set are original numbers, and there's a mix of Monkish and modern modes sitting next to some more traditional Barron approaches to the piano. Kenny really takes off at some points – playing fast, free, and with incredible intensity – and titles include "Scratch", "Water Lily", "Quiet Times", "The Third Eye", "And Then Again", and "Song For Abdullah". CD

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheRetroflection/Calling Card/Hipmotism (3CD set) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988/1991/1995. New Copy 3CDs ... Out Of Stock
Three albums from reedman Arthur Blythe – served up in one nicely-priced set! Retroflection is a great showcase for the alto talents of Arthur Blythe – a set that's maybe a bit more stripped-down than some of his bigger label albums of the 80s, but in a way that really lets you focus on his strength of tone and phrasing! The group's a quartet, working in an open live setting – John Hicks on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – and while all players certainly know how to go inside, they keep things swinging and relatively straight at the core – while Blythe waxes beautifully on the alto, with these sharp edges that mix nicely with more lyrical moments. Titles include "Jana's Delight", "JB Blues", "Lenox Avenue Breakdown", "Faceless Woman", and "Peacemaker". Calling Card is a great little record from Arthur Blythe – mostly straight ahead, but pretty darn freewheeling too – thanks to a selection of long tracks that really let him open up on alto sax! The setting is a quartet – nicely put-together with John Hicks on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – a rhythm trio who do equally well on the album's spiritual tracks and its more soulful groovers. The performance was recorded live, but with a nice degree of intimacy, especially on Blythe's horn – and titles include "Hip Dripper", "Naima's Love Song", "As Of Yet", "Blue Blues", "Break Tune", and "Elaborations". On Hipmotism, there's a really hypnotic blend of sounds – the always-strong alto work of Arthur Blythe, whose solos are a key part of the strength of the set – matched with a super-strong lineup that includes Hamiet Bluiett on baritone sax, Kelvin Bell on guitar, Gust William Tsilis on vibes, Arto Tuncboyaci on percussion, and Famoudou Don Moye on drums! There's a slight crackle of electricity at times, but never in a way that dampens the soul, especially that of a leader – and while earlier efforts of this sort might have gotten mired in too much criss-crossing of modes, this set comes off perfectly – a fresh entry in Blythe's wonderfully storied career. Titles include "Miss Eugie", "Hipmotism", "My Son Ra", "Bush Baby", "Dear Dessa", "Cousin Sidney", "Shadows", and "Dance Benita Dance". CD

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✨✧ Laurent CoqJaywalker ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
Laurent Coq on piano, Jean Christophe Beney on tenor sax, Jules Bikoko bi Njami on bass, and Danie Garcia Bruno on drums. CD
(Sealed copy.)

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✨✧ Robert Dick with Soldier String QuartetJazz Standards On Mars ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print, cutout notch through spine. Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Glenn FerrisFlesh & Stone ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
An unusual trio – Glenn Ferris on trombone, Vincent Segal on cello, and Bruno Rousselet on bass! Tracks are a mix of originals, a few standards, and a version of Chris McGregor's "Burning Bush". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Glenn Ferris TrioRefugees ... CD
Enja, 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
With Vincent Segal on cello and Bruno Rousselet on bass. CD

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✨✧ Roberto FonsecaZamazu ... CD
Enja, 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
All pieces original arrangements by Roberto Fonseca. CD
(Booklet has some age spots.)

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✨✧ Michael FormanekNature Of The Beast ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
Bassist Michael Formanek really has a way of creating his own sort of magic when he's the leader of a group – working with a fresh vision that not only puts his instrument very forward in the mix, but which also seems to open up the best sides of his well-chosen bandmates! Here, the lineup is overflowing with greatness – core work from Dave Douglas on trumpet and Steve Swell on trombone – plus guest tenor from Tony Malaby and alto from Tim Berne, who each play on a few tracks. There's no piano at all – just the drums of Jim Black, who punctuates Formanek's inspirations in all the right ways – on titles that include "El Nino", "Emerger", "Dry Season", "Grand Bizarre", and "Excruciation". CD
(Out of print. Booklet appears to be signed by the artist inside.)

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✨✧ Michael FormanekWide Open Spaces ... CD
Enja, 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
With Greg Osby on alto and soprano saxes, Mark Feldman on violin, Wayne Krantz on guitar, and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Michel Godard, Miroslav Tadic & Mark NauseefLoose Wires ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print, still sealed!)

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✨✧ Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache BandObatala ... CD
Enja, 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
An 80s classic from one of the hippest Latin jazz ensembles of its time – the wonderful Fort Apache band of trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez! As with other albums from the group, the key strength here is Jerry's choice of compadres – a great lineup of jazzmen who understand both Latin rhythms and more open, expressive soloing – which really allows them to stretch way way past any sort of obvious cliches for their genre. Some of the tunes get quite modern at points – and players include John Stubblfield on tenor, Angel Papo Vasquez on trombone, Larry Willis on piano, Edgardo Miranda on guitar, and Steve Berrios, Nicky Marrero, and Milton Cardona on percussion. Titles include "Nefertiti", "Eighty One", "Siempre Junto A Ti", "Evidence", and "Jackie-ing". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisThere Was A Time – Echo Of Harlem ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
Eddie Harris on tenor saxophone, Cecil McBee on bass, Kenny Barron on bass, and Ben Riley on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Abdullah IbrahimMindif ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great set that features Abdullah Ibrahim's soundtrack music for the 1988 Clair Denis film Chocolat – some of his best group recordings of the 80s! The feel here is a bit more African-styled than usual – even for Ibrahim – with strong use of reeds to inflect the tunes with the right degree of color and tone for their use in the film. The ensemble on the record features Ricky Ford on tenor and soprano, Craig Handy on flute and tenor, Benny Powell on trombone, David Williams on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks have a languid groove that recalls some of Dollar Brand's best South African recordings with Kippie Moketsie. Titles include "Earth Bird", "African Market", "Pule", "Star Dance", and "Serenity". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Abdullah Ibrahim & Johnny DyaniEchoes From Africa ... CD
Enja, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
An extremely beautiful set of tracks, and one of our favorite Dollar Brand albums from the time. Dyani is caught in a very spare setting, with a rare opportunity to hear him moving slowly and subtly down the bass – a perfect pairing for Brand's haunting piano lines. The best cut is the side-long "Namhanje", which features both players moving along in a tight modal rhythm, singing in tandem along with their instruments! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Indica ProjectHorn Ok Please ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Rudy LinkaAlways Double Czech ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
Rudy Linka on guitar, George Mraz on bass, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bobby PreviteToo Close To The Pole ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
Bobby Previte on drums, Andrew D'Angelo on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Andy Laster on baritone saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Lindsey Horner on electric bass and tin whistle, Jamie Saft on piano, fender rhodes, hammond organ, and clavinet, Curtis Hasselbring on trombone, and Cuong Vu on trumpet. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Josh RosemanTreats For The Nightwalker ... CD
Enja/Justin Time (Canada), 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
Special guests include Chris Potter on saxophone, Myron Walden on alto and flute, Liberty Ellman on guitar, Mark Feldman on violin, and more! CD
(Cutout hole through case and traycard.)

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✨✧ Akira Sakata TrioDance ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great setting for the reed talents of the legendary Akira Sakata – one that's nicely different than his work with Yosuke Yamashita, as the group is a trio – with Sakata on alto and alto clarinet, Hiroshi Yoshino on bass, and Nobuo Fuji on drums! The songs are long, lean, and open – with Akira blowing these tremendous lines – of the sort that makes his music like this every bit the match of some of the best European improvisers of the time, thanks to the inherent soulfulness that Sakata brings to his horns, which has every minute overflowing with meaning. Titles include a great version of "Comme A La Radio" – the song originally done by Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble Of Chicago – plus "Inanaki 2nd", "Right Frankenstein In Saigne Legier", and "Strange Island". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ John ScofieldLive ... LP
Enja/Inner City, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
The young John Scofield is a player with an amazing command of chromes – this way of putting forth all these new changes in jazz, and really transforming the role of the guitar in the music with important 70s records like this! Scofield's part of a generation who maybe came to jazz while also very aware of the use of the instrument in rock – but he also never plays with any sound that's rock-based at all, unlike some of his electric contemporaries – and instead moves the instrument past some of the clean tonal modes of the early years of jazz guitar, into a fiercer, fuzzier mode – one that can be both sinister at times, and soulful at others. All tracks here are nice and long, and augmented by excellent work from Richie Beirach on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Joe LaBarbera on drums – on the titles "V", "Gray & Visceral", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", and "Leaving". LP, Vinyl record album
(German Enja pressing. Cover is stained and wavy from moisture.)

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✨✧ John ScofieldShinola (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Enja/Polydor (Japan), 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful setting for the guitar of John Scofield – one that really brings out all the rich chromes of his early work on the instrument! The group's a trio – with Adam Nussbaum on drums and Steve Swallow on bass – and in a way, there's a vibe here that reminds us of some of the interaction between Swallow and guitarist Larry Coryell on the 60s RCA albums by Gary Burton – this fresh sense of color and interplay, as Scofield uses his instrument at a level that's tuneful, but also in a painterly way. Titles include "Yawn", "Dr Jackle", "Why'd You Do It", "Shinola", and "Jean The Bean". CD
(Early Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ Woody ShawLotus Flower ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful later work from Woody Shaw – perfectly honed, in the soaring, stretching, soulful exploratory style of his best work in the 70s! The group's a quartet with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Stafford James on bass, Tony Reedus on drums, and Steve Turre joining Woody in the frontline – and the excellent work of the rhythm section provides a lively forum for the soloists to stretch out wonderfully, without going too far, or getting overindulgent and trapped in designs of their own making. The set sparkles with 5 original tunes – Turre's "Lotus Flower", James' "Game", Miller's "Eastern Joy Dance", and "Song Of Songs" and "Rahsan's Run", both by Shaw. CD
(US pressing.)

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✨✧ Archie Shepp & Richard DavisBody & Soul (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enja/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1989. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A great little record in the sort of format that always worked well for Archie Shepp during this point in his career – a new take on older modes, and one that balances the tenorist perfectly between his avant jazz roots and that new appreciation of standards that started to take hold in the late 70s! The format is very lean – just the bass of Richard Davis for accompaniment – and Davis' round tone provides a lot of grounding that lets Archie stretch out, soar, and bring in all these raspy edges that really keep things interesting, and which keep the record on very soulful footing throughout! Tracks include "Body & Soul", "Pannonica", "Round Midnight", and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mal WaldronBlack Glory ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real classic from those early 70s European years of exploration by the great pianist Mal Waldron – music that really has Mal pushing forward in ways that are completely unexpected if you only know his American records from earlier years – but maybe a bit more understandable, given the ever-growing genius he showed over the decades! The group's a trio – recorded live with Pierre Favre on drums, and the great Jimmy Woode on bass – and the combination of Favre's free modernism and Woode's soulful swing makes for a very interesting rhythm section – and Waldron, as he often did in this sort of session, dominates the proceedings with some moody and introspective work on the piano – bridging the players with a wonderful sense of creative imagination. Titles include "The Call", "Sieg Haile", "MC", "La Gloire Du Noir", and "Rock My Soul". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronHard Talk ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
Hard talk, and lots of heavy sounds from the great Mal Waldron – heard here in a set that may well be one of his greatest moments of the 70s! The album's a key illustration of Waldron's power on the European scene of the time – and it's noteworthy not just for Mal's bold vision as a leader, but also for key contributions from Steve Lacy on soprano sax and Manfred Schoof on trumpet! Both artists really bring a lot to Waldron's music – filling up the long tracks with voices that are as powerful and righteous as the leader's own – spurred on by some great rhythm work from Isla Eckinger on bass and Allen Blairman on drums. Recorded live, with a great sense of energy – and titles include "Snake Out", "Hard Talk", "Russian Melody", and "Hurray For Herbie". CD
(1995 Enja pressing.)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronMoods ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
A bold musical statement from Mal Waldron – one of his strongest efforts from his European time of the 70s, thanks to some great help from strong hornmen on the set! Half the session features Waldron in introspective solo mode, as recorded often at the time – but the rest of the album features work by a bold sextet that includes Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Terumasa Hino on cornet, and Hermann Breuer on trombone. These group tracks are all quite long, and although free at times, have a focus and energy that's not only uncommon for Waldron in the period – but also for Lacy, who wasn't often working in such a style. Terumasa Hino's horn, as usual, is a strongly punctuating force on the set – and group titles include "Minoat", "Sieg Haile", and "A Case Of Plus 4s". Solo numbers include "Anxiety", "Lonely", and "Happiness" – all quite nice numbers, just a bit gentler and more introspective. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronOne-Upmanship ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
An excellent 70s European session recorded by Mal Waldron – one that shows off some of his more avant jazz inclinations at the time! The group's a searing one, with an unusual combination of players – Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Manfred Schoof on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums – and while the pairing of Lacy and Waldron is a familiar, and excellent one – it's also great to hear both of them in this quintet mode too. The tracks are all long – with an approach that's in that later Waldron modal mode on the rhythms, but which gets freer and more open on the solos. Titles include "The Seagulls Of Kristiansund", "Hurray For Herbie", and "One-Upmanship". CD
(2014 pressing – includes obi.)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronOne-Upmanship (Inner City) ... LP
Enja/Inner City, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
An excellent 70s European session recorded by Mal Waldron – one that shows off some of his more avant jazz inclinations at the time! The group's a searing one, with an unusual combination of players – Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Manfred Schoof on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums – and while the pairing of Lacy and Waldron is a familiar, and excellent one – it's also great to hear both of them in this quintet mode too. The tracks are all long – with an approach that's in that later Waldron modal mode on the rhythms, but which gets freer and more open on the solos. Titles include "The Seagulls Of Kristiansund", "Hurray For Herbie", and "One-Upmanship". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronTouch Of The Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
There's maybe a touch of the blues here – but the results, as usual for Mal Waldron, are completely different overall – which makes for a really magical moment from a time that was a real creative high point in Waldron's career! All tracks are long originals by Mal – played with a trio that features Allen Blairman on drums and Jimmy Woode on some especially strong bass – very different than most of his other work of the time, and really colored by the moodier colors of the Waldron palette – often played with a pointed, succinct quality that even beats his contributions to the Clarke Boland Big Band. The music leans outside, but is never as totally free as some of Waldron's more improvised recordings – and titles include the 17 minute "A Touch Of The Blues", plus "The Search" and "Here There & Everywhere". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronUp Popped The Devil ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
Searing work from Mal Waldron – recorded in the early 70s with an excellent trio that features Billy Higgins on drums and Reggie Workman on bass! The group's got a lot more fire and energy than some of Waldron's other assemblages of the 70s – and the tracks are long and exploratory, yet also groove at the best moments – a great blend of some of the freedom that Waldron had been exploring overseas, while still tying things to some of the more soulful, spiritual currents of his early years. Carla Poole joins the group on flute for the track "Space Walk" – and other titles include "Up Popped The Devil", "Snake Out", and "Changachangachang". CD
(2020 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronWhat It Is ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great one from pianist Mal Waldron – a set that marks that renewed sense of energy he found as the 80s approached – a move back to some tighter forms in terms of the inside/outside edge of the improvisational spectrum – but still with some of the freer spirit he'd unlocked in the 70s! The tracks are all nice and long, and are forged by a quartet that features Clifford Jordan on tenor, Cecil McBee on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums – a group who definitely have some of the spirit of Jordan in this setting, but with all the deeper tones that Waldron can bring to a date. Jordan is tremendous, and the album features three long tracks – "Charlie Parker's Last Supper", "Hymn From The Inferno", and "What It Is". CD
(Out of print 1994 Enja pressing.)

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✨✧ Rabih Abou-KhalilAl Jadida ... CD
Enja, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
Rabih Abou-Khalil on oud – with Sonny Fortune on alto saxophone, Glen Moore on bass, and Ramesh Shotham and Nabil Khaiat on percussion. CD

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsJulian ... LP
Enja/Inner City, 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Genius work from Pepper Adams – one of those players we sometimes forget about, then drop the needle on a record like this and fall in love with his music all over again! Adams blows baritone sax like nobody else – with a sensitivity that you'd normally hear on tenor, and a mix of modes that should have made him one of the most respected saxophonists of his generation – something that maybe didn't happen because of his unusual horn! Yet although big, there's nothing heavy about the way Pepper handles his horn – as you'll hear especially on the few ballads – and as usual for Adams, his choice of a group is great too – a sharp lineup with Walter Norris on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums. Titles include "Julian", "Ad Astra", "Jirge", "Spacemaker", and "Three & One". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Franco AmbrosettiGin & Pentatonic ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
With Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone, Kenny Kirkland and Tommy Flanagan on piano, Dave Holland and Buster Williams on bass and Daniel Humair on drums. CD

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✨✧ Franco AmbrosettiLive At The Blue Note ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
A hell of a trumpeter, with a hell of a group – heard here live at the Blue Note in New York, with a very open, freewheeling vibe! Franco Ambrosetti is a player who can sometimes be very much involved with the concept of a project – so much so that we sometimes forget that at the core, he's just a great jazz musician in an old school mode – one who's interacting here wonderfully with a group that includes Seamus Blake on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, Ira Coleman on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! The rhythm section is especially great – and really seems to set the right tone for the set – and the tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Phantoms", "Voyage", "Blues N Dues Et Cetera", and "Just Friends". CD

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✨✧ Chet BakerLegacy Vol 1 ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1987. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of a series of later recordings made by Chet Baker with the NDR Big Band – a German ensemble that features Herb Geller on alto sax, Walter Norris on piano, and a lineup of European players who nicely respect the gentleness of Baker's sound. The style here is a bit more powerful than some of Chet's later, sometimes sadder records – with a mode that steps out positively on some of the best numbers, most of which feature vibes work from Wolfgang Schluter, ringing out bolder tones next to Baker's horn. Titles include versions of "Mister B", "Dolphin Dance", "All Blues", "Django", "In Your Own Sweet Way", and "All Of You". CD

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✨✧ Chet BakerOh You Crazy Moon ... CD
Enja/Justin Time, 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
Chet Baker on trumpet and vocals, Phil Markowitz on piano, Scott Lee on bass, and Jeff Brillinger on drums. CD

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✨✧ Chet BakerPeace (remastered edition) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
A key album from a fantastic point in the career of trumpeter Chet Baker – his later years, a time when most of the world was ignoring Baker's talents, but Chet was still in a hugely creative mode, and turning out some of his freshest sounds in decades! There's a wonderful quality to the whole record – and vibist David Friedman is a key part of the sound, as he really matches the air inclinations of Chet, as the pair are backed by Buster Williams on bass and Joe Chambers on drums and percussion – a fantastic duo who only make things sound even better. 4 of the album's 6 tracks are Friedman originals – including "For Now", "Shadows", "Syzygies", and "Lament For Thelonious". CD

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✨✧ Kenny BarronLive At Fat Tuesdays ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
Soulful genius from Kenny Barron – an excellent quintet outing from the late 80s, and one that really benefits from the presence of horns added to the trio! Kenny's work on piano is always great – and his sense of scope, soul, and timing are presented perfectly here – but what we really appreciate is the way that Eddie Henderson's trumpet and John Stubblefield's tenor flesh out the longer tunes on the set, and bring in even more colors that Barron's own writing and performance. The rest of the quintet features Cecil McBee on bass and Victor Lewis on drums – and tracks include the great originals "Lunacy", "518", and "Sand Dune" – plus "There Is No Greater Love" and "Misterioso". CD

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✨✧ Sathima Bea BenjaminMorning In Paris/Lovelight/Southern Touch (3CD set) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1963/1988/1989. New Copy 3CDs ... Out Of Stock
Three full albums from this tremendous singer – all in a single set! Morning In Paris is very early work from South African singer Sathima Bea Benjamin – recorded in Paris in 1963, with backing by longtime partner Abdullah Ibrahim, plus additional piano and production by Duke Ellington! The album was cut around the same time as Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) did his famous Reprise album in Paris with Ellington – and it's got a similar mix of modern and moody styles – with Sathima singing in a mellower tone than we're used to from her later records, over extremely spare backing that often has the piano barely stepping in, and which also features some nice plucked violin work from Svend Asmussen – acting almost as the bass on a few tracks! Billy Strayhorn also sits in on this extremely unusual session – and titles include "The Man I Love", "Soon", "Lover Man", "I Should Care", "I Could Write A Book", and "Darn That Dream". Lovelight is always-great work from Sathima Bea Benjamin – one of the hippest jazz vocalists of the 80s, working here in a highly spiritual mode that sounds a lot more like records from many years past! There's a warmly gentle glow to the whole set – thanks to instrumentation from Larry Willis on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Billy Higgins on percussion, and Ricky Ford on tenor sax – all coming together in ways that are filled with unusual rhythms, odd turns of phrases, and just the right sort of unconventional accompaniment to fit the Africanist themes of Sathima's music at its best. A few numbers are more traditional, but even these have a nicely sensitive feel – and offer plenty of room for Willis to solo. Titles include "Winne Mandela Beloved Heroine", "African Songbird", "Gift Of Love – For Duke", "Music", and "You Are My Heart's Delight". Southern Touch is a set that's maybe a bit more of a straight jazz vocal record than some of Sathima Bea Benjamin's earlier material – but that might also be because the great Kenny Barron is part of the group on piano – supporting Sathima's great voice with the help of Buster Williams on bass and Billy Higgins on drums! Tunes are mostly standards, but it's great to hear them opened up with Benjamin's unique phrasing – that voice that was raised up on more righteous material in earlier years, and which still seems to bring some of that power to tunes that include "Street Of Dreams", "Lush Life", "One Alone", "I'm Glad There Is You", and "I've Heard That Song Before". CD

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✨✧ CalhounNative Lands (CD & DVD) ... CD
Enja, 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
Will Calhoun on drums, drum programming, flute, keyboards and bass, Orrin Evans on piano, Buster Williams and John Benitez on bass, Antoine Roney on soprano saxophone, Pharoah Sanders on tenor saxophone, and Wallace Roney on trumpet. CD

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✨✧ Cuban All StarsPasaporte – Tata Guines & Miguel Anga ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Barbara DennerleinHot Stuff ... CD
Enja, 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
Barbara Dennerlein on organ and synthesizer, Andy Sheppard on tenor saxophone, Mitch Watkins on guitar, and Mark Mondesir on drums. CD

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✨✧ Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work by Dolphy – as essential to his catalog as any of his albums on Prestige from the same time! Although Dolphy broke plenty of musical barriers in the studio, to our ears, it was always in a live setting that he sounded best – freely exploring the kind of space his playing opened up, hitting notes that were more soulful and spiritual than many that he ever recorded on his studio sides. This set is a perfect example of that trend – as Dolphy's working here with a strong straight jazz combo, one that includes the great Benny Bailey on trumpet, in a set that features familiar tunes, turned into haunting explorations of Dolphy's new jazz idiom. One of the highlights is an incredible 15 minute version of Randy Weston's "Hi Fly", with Dolphy doing great work on flute – and other tunes include "Hot House", "Geewee", "When Lights Are Low", "I'll Remember April", and "The Meeting". CD

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✨✧ Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Enja/Tokuma (Japan), 1961. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work by Dolphy – as essential to his catalog as any of his albums on Prestige from the same time! Although Dolphy broke plenty of musical barriers in the studio, to our ears, it was always in a live setting that he sounded best – freely exploring the kind of space his playing opened up, hitting notes that were more soulful and spiritual than many that he ever recorded on his studio sides. This set is a perfect example of that trend – as Dolphy's working here with a strong straight jazz combo, one that includes the great Benny Bailey on trumpet, in a set that features familiar tunes, turned into haunting explorations of Dolphy's new jazz idiom. One of the highlights is an incredible 15 minute version of Randy Weston's "Hi Fly", with Dolphy doing great work on flute – and other tunes include "Hot House", "Geewee", "When Lights Are Low", "I'll Remember April", and "The Meeting". CD

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✨✧ Eric DolphyStockholm Sessions ... LP
Enja/Inner City, 1961. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Live European work by Eric Dolphy – caught in a setting that was often freer and more creative than his American recordings! The work on the set is pulled from 2 different sessions – one with a group that includes with Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Rune Ofwerman on piano; the other with no trumpet, just piano, bass, and drums session, with Woode on bass again. All titles are relatively long – with Dolphy playing a spiritual mix of flute, alto, and bass clarinet – and the tunes are a strong mix of originals and standards, with titles that include "Sorino", "Loss", "Ann", "Alone", and "Geewee". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Marty EhrlichCan You Hear A Motion? ... CD
Enja, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Marty Ehrlich on reeds, Stan Strickland on flute and tenor sax, Michael Formanek on bass, and Bobby Previte on drums. CD

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✨✧ Art FarmerSoul Eyes ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1992. Used ... Out Of Stock
Never-failing genius from Art Farmer – recording here in his later years, and working in that long and open-ended mode we love so much! There's few trumpeters who could make a record like this work – but Farmer's got a tremendous ability to stretch out on longer tunes with well-crafted solos that make beautiful use of soundspace and texture – letting his trumpet almost float along in the air and find its own notes, while the trio of Geoff Keezer piano, Kenny Davis bass, and Lewis Nash on drums provide just the right sort of accompaniment. The album's got a grace that matches any of Art's excellent mid 70s sides from Japan – and is proof that his talents never waned as the years went on – making him one of the few talents from his generation who continued to create and invent beautifully over time. Titles include "Soul Eyes", "Isfahan", "Will You Still Be Mine", "Sad To Say", "Time On My Hands", and "Recorda Me". CD
 
 
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