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John ScofieldLive (Enja) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 About May 12, 2021
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". CD also features the tracks "Jeanie" and "Air Pakistan". CD
This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, May 12.

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Charles TolliverImpact (Enja) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99 About May 26, 2021
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
This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, May 26.

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VariousEnja Label Collection Vol 1 – Modern Jazz From Munich ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), New Copy ... $16.99 About May 12, 2021
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This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, May 12.

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VariousEnja Label Collection Vol 2 – Modern Jazz From Japan ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), New Copy ... $16.99 About May 26, 2021
... CD
This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, May 26.
 
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George Adams, Martin Hannibal Peterson & FriendsMore Sightings ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsJulian (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Eddie AllenR N B ... CD
Enja, 1995. Used ... $8.99
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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✨✧ Ray Anderson Lapis Lazuli BandFunkorific ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1998. Used ... $6.99
Ray Anderson on trombone and vocals, Amin Claudine Myers on piano, Hammond organ and vocals, Jerome Harris on guitar, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Tommy Campbell on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerLast Great Concert – My Favourite Songs ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chet BakerLast Great Concert – My Favourite Songs Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1988. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
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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✨✧ Kenny BarronLive At Fat Tuesdays ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1988. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kenny Barron QuintetQuickstep ... CD
Enja, 1991. Used ... $9.99
One of those great Kenny Barron records from a time when it seemed like the pianist could do no wrong – effortlessly turning out great sessions like this, with such prolific energy that it's sometimes hard to remember them all! Yet even so, Quickstep is a real standout – a record that shows the maturity Barron was hitting as both a leader and a player at the time – a fierce, focused power that really brings together a great quintet here – with John Stubblefield on tenor, Eddie Henderson on trumpet, David Williams on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums! The record's the sort that we treasure more and more over the years, and feel like we never appreciated fully at the time – and titles include "Hindsight", "Quickstep", "Big Girls", "Here & There", "Once Upon A Time", and "I Wanted To Say". CD
(Out of print, punch through booklet.)

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Karl Berger/Dave Holland/Ed BlackwellCrystal Fire ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful album from vibist Karl Berger – much more rhythmic than some of his other records – but maybe that's no surprise, given that the trio features Dave Holland on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums! Yet even both of those players have more of a pulse than you might expect – and the whole thing is very groovy, almost funky at points – as Berger switches between vibes and piano, and the trio work in a set-free mode that has some of the rhythmic pulses of early Ornette, but maybe more straightly swinging too! A great surprise, and a real delight – with titles that include "Cutting Through", "Drinking Fire", "Breathing Earth", and "Primordial Innocence" as part of the Crystal Fire Suite – plus "Go With It", "Buddha Eyes", and "North On 87". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Dollar BrandAfrican Sketchbook ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Spare, solo, and incredibly haunting work from Dollar Brand – recorded in Germany in 1969, and featuring Brand on both flute and piano, playing a set of 14 original compositions designed to provide small sketches of his African homeland. The mood of the work is less sprightly than some of his compositions for larger groups, and carries with it the tone of exile, an extra layer of sadness that gives a real emotional depth to the music. Titles include "Salaam – Peace – Hamba Khale", "Slave Bell", "The Stride", "Tokai", "The Dream", and "The Aloe & The Wildrose". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)Dollar Brand At Montreux ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Eddie Lockjaw DavisJaw's Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
Tenorist Eddie Lockjaw Davis always had a hell of a tone – and although his best-remembered dates are maybe from the 50s and 60s, the saxophonist still kept on making great records for many years to come! This album's definitely one of those – a European live recording, done in Munich, with Eddie stretching out with the sort of raspy tone that always made his early duets with Johnny Griffin such a delight – getting the sort of sensitive accompaniment here that Griff had on some of his later European dates too. The wonderful Horace Parlan is on piano, with Reggie Johnson on bass, and Alvin Queen on drums – and although it's clear that the Davis tenor solos are the main attraction, the album's a very sold group effort too. Titles include "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Jaw's Blues", "I'll Remember April", "Young Man With A Horn", and "But Beautiful". CD features two bonus tracks – "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Days Of Wine & Roses". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1961. Used ... $9.99
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
(Out of print.)
Also available Berlin Concerts ... CD 16.99

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Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)
Also available Berlin Concerts ... CD 9.99

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Eric DolphyStockholm Sessions (with bonus track) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD features the bonus track "Sorino (alt take)". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Booker ErvinLament For Booker Ervin ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965/1975. New Copy ... $16.99
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. CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Bill Evans, Karin Krog, Archie Shepp, Bobby HutcheLive At The Festival ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A very interesting batch of tracks – one tune apiece by each of the artists named in the title, recorded between the years 1970 and 1973 at the Festival Ljublijana, in Yugoslavia. Bill Evans performs a long, and straight reading of Miles Davis' "Nardis" with a trio that includes Eddie Gomez on bass and Tony Oxley on drums; Karin Krog sings a spare version of "Round Midnight", with only the bass of Arild Andersen for accompaniment; and Archie Shepp blows freely on a version of Grachan Moncur III's "Sonny's Back", in a group with Dave Burrell, Don Garrett, and Muhammad Ali. Perhaps the most striking track, though, is "The Creators" by Bobby Hutcherson – played with his group that included Harold Land and Hal Galper, and performed in an 18 minute reading that builds beautifully, into the dancing soul jazz sound that was Hutcherson's best contribution to jazz at the time! CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Gil EvansBlues In Orbit (aka Gil Evans) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1969. Used ... $9.99
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 first CD pressing.)

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Art FarmerArt Farmer In Europe ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Brilliant live work from Farmer – far-reaching, firey, and with a strong approach that differs it from most of his other recordings of the 70s! The set was recorded in Munich at a time when Farmer was working with pianist Fritz Pauer – a free-thinking modernist who cut some great recordings for MPS at the time, including one under Farmer's name – and the album has Farmer and Pauer's trio working through 5 long original tunes all written by Farmer, with a soulful majesty that reminds us a bit of Woody Shaw's work from the time. All titles are nearly 10 minutes long, or longer – and titles include "Concord", "Overnight", "Re-Entry", "Concourse", and "Rainmaker". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Tommy FlanaganBallads & Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A key 70s session from Tommy Flanagan – a record that showed that he was still one of the most fluid and soulful players of his generation! The album has Flanagan working only with the bass of George Mraz – in a drum-less format with even less structure than usual, a perfect setting for Tommy to stretch out, open up, and do his thing on the keys of the piano. There's still always a gentle swing and good focus to most tracks here – and Flanagan never gets too indulgent with the setting, even on the longer numbers. Titles include "Blue Twenty", "With Malice Towards None", "Blues For Sarka", "Star Eyes", and "They Say It's Spring". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Tommy FlanaganGiant Steps – In Memory Of John Coltrane ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful little tribute to the late, great John Coltrane – served up as a piano trio session led by Tommy Flanagan, but done with a sense of power and imagination that rivals the strength of Trane's classics! All tracks here are originals by Coltrane, performed by Flanagan with a forceful approach to the piano that shows a bit more McCoy Tyner than usual – and which is propelled strongly on most numbers by bold rhythm work from the team of George Mraz on bass and Al Foster on drums. Foster's work on the kit is especially nice – quite bold, and really soaring forward with a sense of righteous energy – inspiring Flanagan to heights we've never heard before on a session like this. Titles include "Naima", "Giant Steps", "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Central Park West", "Mr PC", and "Cousin Mary". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Dusko GoykovichSamba Do Mar ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2004. New Copy ... $13.99
A whole new chapter in the career of trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – and a beautiful one at that! The set has Dusko playing a set of bossa-inspired tunes – working with a quartet that includes guitar, bass, and drums – in a warmly chromatic style that reminds us a lot of the classic Art Farmer/Jim Hall sessions of the early 60s! Dusko's playing is as imaginative as ever – and takes on whole new levels of expression in this setting. The light rhythms of the tunes are a real contrast from the modal and soul jazz approaches of earlier years – and in some ways, they seem to set Dusko free to explore whole new territory. Great stuff all around – with titles that include "The Fish", "Quo Vadis", "Sunset", "Samba Do Mar", "Jim's Ballad", and "Love & Deception". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisThere Was A Time – Echo Of Harlem ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1990. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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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Sachi Hayasaka & Stir Up2.26 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
The group here is named Stir Up, and that's definitely what they do alongside the soprano and alto of Sachi Hayasaka – often hitting these full, intense passages of sound – sometimes free, sometimes more rhythmic – served up with a lineup that includes Tatsuya Sato on tenor, Toshiki Nagata on bass, Ken Tsunoda on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion, and the great Yosuke Yamashita on piano! Sachi's maybe a bit more inside than Yosuke's famous reed partner from the 70s, Akira Sakata – but she's also got this ability to move between freedom and structure in a really great way – which keeps things interesting throughout, as the group move through titles that include "Yellow Monk", "Children Children", "Heso", "Bubble Net Feeding", and "Take Care Of All My Children". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Mark HeliasDesert Blue ... CD
Enja, 1989. Used ... $9.99
With Pheeroan AkLaff on drums, Anthony Davis on piano, Marty Ehrlich on saxes, and Herb Robertson on trumpet. CD
(Out of print, punch through booklet.)

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Joe HendersonBarcelona ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Pretty darn beautiful work from Joe Henderson – much freer than just about any other record of his we can think of! The album is a trio session – with Joe blowing freely on tenor in the front, backing from bass and drums – and the centerpiece of the set is the track "Barcelona", a spirited exploration that runs for over 27 minutes long – with a free, searching quality that almost reminds us of early 70s work on Impulse Records – much more out than some of Henderson's other material! Wayne Darling plays bass and Ed Soph is on drums – and the set also includes the more somber tunes "Y Yo La Quiero" and "Mediterranean Sun". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Abdullah Ibrahim & EkayaAfrican River ... CD
Enja, 1989. Used ... $11.99
With Buster Williams on bass, Brian Adams on drums, John Stubblefield on tenor saxophone & flute, Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, Horace Alexander Young on soprano saxophone, alto saxophone & piccolo flute, Robin Eubanks on trombone & Howard Johnson on tuba, trumpet & baritone saxophone. CD
(Out of print.)

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Maria Joao & Aki TakaseLooking For Love ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1987. New Copy ... $7.99
Maria Joao is one of the most unique vocal talents in jazz – a singer who's partly inspired by the new freedoms of the more experimental female jazz vocalists of the 70s, but one who also draws a lot from the hippest Brazilian singers too! There's an approach here that mixes together Sheila Jordan with Joyce, Nana Caymmi with Karin Krog – but all at a level that also explodes with new imagination too, especially when paired with the very dynamic piano of Aki Takase! The set's got plenty of sharp edges and vocal/piano experiments, but also never fails to find a way to swing – on titles that include "Mae Dou Iho Nao", "My Favorite Things", "Estranha Forma De Vida", "Watashi No Obakasan", "Don't Shout At Me/Amanojaku", and "Confirmation/Donna Lee/Au Privave". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Elvin JonesLive At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own in these late 60s years, and really makes the most of the extended space of the album to stretch out, soar, and show off his ever-growing talent for a powerful solo! Wilbur Little is on bass, playing nice round warm notes to offset Jones' edgey playing – and the group's joined by trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson on one track – who brings in a soulful edge that's mighty nice. All tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Laura", "Mister Jones", and "By George". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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David LiebmanOpal Heart ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
An unusual Australian session from reedman Dave Liebman – one that features some wonderful contributions from the great Mike Nock on piano! Nock's bold, rich sense of sound is a great pairing with Liebman's work on tenor and soprano sax – and a number of the cuts have a vibe that's very different than some of Dave's recordings with Richie Beirach – his most frequent partner on the keys – even though the group features more familiar rhythm players Ron McClure on bass and Ed Soph on drums. We really love Mike's sense of tone and timing, and here his contributions are wonderful – on titles that include "Sunburst", "I Concentrate On You", "The Opal Hearted Aborigine", "Port Ligat", and "Down Under". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Abbey LincolnAbbey Sings Billie – Live At The UJC Vol 2 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $16.99
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 – and titles on this second volume include "For All We Know", "No More", "Gimme A Pigfoot", "God Bless The Child", "For Heaven's Sake", and "Don't Explain". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Junior ManceSoftly As In A Morning Sunrise ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $16.99
Softly, but pretty darn swinging too – thanks to an excellent trio on the session, which includes the great Jimmy Woode on bass! Jimmy's got a sound that we've loved for decades – and even at this later point in his career, he's got a way of warming things up and getting them going, right from the very first note! Woode's bass brings out a new richness in Junior's piano – and along with drummer Bob Durham, the group really opens up on a set of nice longish tracks – perfect for that open-ended, easy-fingered Mance style that's held up beautifully over the years. One of the best Mance recordings from the time – with cuts that include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Lady Bird", "Wee", "Sunday Go To Meetin", "Inside Out", "Deli Blues For Blakey", "Broadway", and "The Man From Potters Crossing". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee KonitzArt Of The Duo ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic showcase for these two modern jazz giants – sublime trombone sounds from Albert Mangelsdorff, perfectly paired with the alto sax of Lee Konitz – all at a level that makes the album one of the best from both players at the time! The session was actually a late MPS effort, but issued on Enja – and it vaguely recalls some of the Mangelsdorff MPS duos from a decade before – but maybe more rhythmic and swinging overall – never totally free jazz, and clearly improvised – but with an inherent rhythmic core that's also very much appreciated, especially as both players throw out some very creative sounds. Titles include "Hot Hut", "Inclination", "A Minor Blues In F", "En Passant", "Bloas", and "Matti's Matter". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Cecil McBeeMusic From The Source ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the few albums issued as a leader by bassist Cecil McBee – and like all of the rest, a really amazing record that showcases the visionary talent that often made McBee such a key part of other folks' groups! The tracks are long and spiritual, but with slight avant leanings – and Cecil both plucks and bows his instrument, creating a masterful leadership to a group that includes Chico Freeman on flute and tenor, Joe Gardner on trumpet, Dennis Moorman on piano, Don Moye on drums, and Steve McCall on percussion – definitely a strong AACM influence in the lineup but with some of the soulful warmth that you'd expect more from a set on India Navigation. The performance was recorded at Sweet Basil – and includes 2 long tracks – "Agnez" and "First Song In The Day" – plus the shorter "God Spirit". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Tete MontoliuBody & Soul ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
When pianist Tete Montoliu is at his best – as he is here – he has this amazing ability to completely rip a tune to shreds, then built it back up again with effortless ease – all the while swinging lyrically, and playing with a fullness that means that even on the ballads, there's never a dull moment! The trio here is a great one to match his energetic imagination – Joe Nay on drums and George Mraz on bass – working at the Domicile in Munich, on the album's six well-crafted tracks, which are as strong a statement of Montoliu's power at the start of the 70s as any other on record. Titles include "Sweet Georgie Fame", "Blues", "Lament", "Body & Soul", "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square", and "Old Folks". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Takeo MoriyamaGreen River (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $24.99
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
(Part of the Nippon Jazz Spirits series!)

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Ronald MuldrowDiaspora ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... $16.99
Guitarist Ronald Muldrow has a great sense of swing here – but it's hard not to, with a group that features Mulgrew Miller on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums – all a great balance for the strong lines and rich tones that Muldrow brings to his instrument! There's a nice rasp on the guitar at times – a way of touching a slight edge, even while sounding relatively clean – and Muldrow might be best when he's hitting his own original material on the record, which happens often – as the set features strong compositions that include "If I Knew", "Harris Me", "Senzeni", "A Minor Mention", "Twai Like", and "Diaspora" – plus versions of "A Child Is Born" and "Stella By Starlight". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Ronald MuldrowYesterdays ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
A sweet set of organ jazz on Enja Records – a label that normally never embraces the Hammond this strongly, but does a really great job on this overlooked gem! The group's led by guitarist Ronald Muldrow, and features organ work by Mel Rhyne – that legendary Indianapolis player who was just beginning to open up a strong second chapter of his career during this generation – really sounding great, and every bit as important to the sound of the record as Muldrow's guitar! Ron plays with a nice sense of color, and phrasing that occasionally rivals that of one of Rhyne's hometown contemporaries from years back – and Victor Campbell provides some nicely snapping drums to keep the whole thing moving along. Titles include "Besame Mucho", "Sham Time", "Yesterdays", "Grooving High", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Sunny Murray13 Steps On Glass ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $16.99
A really surprising later album from free jazz legend Sunny Murray – a set of shorter tracks, definitely with more structure – but which still very much have that strong voice that Murray developed during the ESP years of the 60s! Things aren't ever too free or far outside, but always have an edge – and the group is an interesting one, a trio with Odeon Pope on tenor and the great Wayne Dockery on bass – the latter a very overlooked player, and one who can really adapt to a setting like this, forming a key bridge between the others. Some titles are originals, some are standards given a really special spin – and titles include "Out For A Walk", "Lover", "Emoi", "Blues For PC", "Constant Blue", and "Well You Needn't". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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New York Jazz QuartetBlues For Sarka ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A surprisingly wonderful album – even if these guys break our cardinal rule of jazz combos, which is never to put the name of your home city in place of the players in the group! The group's a quartet with Frank Wess on flute and tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Grady Tate on drums – and the set was recorded live in Munich before a very enthusiastic crowd. The sum total of the players is way more than the parts – as all of them manage to really stretch out on the set, working through some long tunes that have a soulfulness and inspiration that's rare for Wess and Hanna especially. Includes the long funky groover "Smelly Jelly Belly" (hate that title!) – plus the cuts "Rodney Round Robin", "Blues For Sarka", and "All Blues". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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New York Jazz QuartetOasis ... CD
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
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
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Walter Norris & Aladar PegeWinter Rose ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A really dark-tinged record that definitely lives up to its title – duets between pianist Walter Norris and bassist Aladar Pege – the latter of whom mostly recorded in his own Hungarian scene, and rarely got outside exposure like this! Pege's fantastic – way more than just a bassist, as he uses his instrument in so many rich ways that are full of color, texture, and shape – really bringing out the best in Norris, who's still got some of his lyrical elements in the mix, but also allows for moodier moments too – in a way that makes the album a real standout in his catalog. Titles include "Winter Rose", "Enkephalins", "Evening Lights", "A Child Is Born", "For High Notes", and "Playground". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Walter Norris & George MrazDrifting ... CD
Enja (Switzerland), 1974. Used ... $6.99
The title's an appropriate one – as the record drifts a bit lazily from track to track. The energy never really picks up, and but it's got a nice laid back, spacious approach, settling comfortably into its destiny as a set of piano/bass duets. Titles include "Space Maker", "Nota Cambiata", "Rose Waltz", and "Thumbs Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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Walter Norris & George MrazDrifting ... CD
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1974. Used ... $9.99
The title's an appropriate one – as the record drifts a bit lazily from track to track. The energy never really picks up, and but it's got a nice laid back, spacious approach, settling comfortably into its destiny as a set of piano/bass duets. Titles include "Space Maker", "Nota Cambiata", "Rose Waltz", and "Thumbs Up". CD
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Jim PepperDakota Song ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the few albums ever cut by Native American saxophonist Jim Pepper – a great player whose ethnicity has always ensured him a strong reputation – but whose work on tenor sax should be enough! This outing is a relatively straight jazz session – a quartet date with Kirk Lightsey on piano, Santi Debriano on bass, and John Betsch on drums – but all players come together nicely in support of Pepper's lead – hitting fluid notes that bristle with some good 80s soul jazz sorts of modes, and which occasionally hit some more adventurous moments. Pepper's tone is nice and edgey throughout, even on the mellower tunes – and titles include "Jumpin Gemini", "3/4 Gemini", "Dakota Song", "Comme Il Faut", and "Mercer Street Blues". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Marvin Hannibal PetersonAngels Of Atlanta ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the most ambitious works ever by Marvin Hannibal Peterson – a larger work dedicated to the 20 African-American children murdered by a serial killer in Atlanta, performed here with a mix of choral voices and jazz instrumentation! The piece follows strongly in a legacy of that format started by Max Roach and continued by Billy Harper – and Peterson works here with players that include George Adams on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Dierde Murray on cello – plus the voices of The Harlem Boys Choir, and lead vocals by Pat Peterson. The whole thing's wonderful – soaring and spiritual without sounding hokey at all – and titles include "The Angels Of Atlanta", "The Story Teller", "The Inner Voice", "Mothers Land", and "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Porter Praskin QuartetSonnet For Sal ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Prince LashaSearch For Tomorrow ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A rare set from reed genius Prince Lasha – one that dovetails nicely with the albums on the Birdseye label, and which features Lasha in a very similar setting! (In truth, the records may have some overlap – but we're not entirely sure.) The tracks are very long, and the record really shows the developing spiritual side of Prince's talents – that slightly warmer, more deeply soulful style than his 60s work with Sonny Simmons – as Lasha blows flute, alto, and baritone – in a group that features Hubert Eaves on piano, Ron Carter on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums, and Kenny Nash on percussion! The record has a very spiritual approach – never "out", but exploratory and searching – and tracks include "For The Child", "Search For Tomorrow", and "Mayflower". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Sun Ra & His Omniverse ArkestraDestination Unknown ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
One of Ra's last recordings – and a great one – caught live at a festival in Germany, with a group that includes Marshall Allen, Ahmed Abdullah, Jothan Callins, Tyrone Hill, Stanley Morgan, and Michael Ray. The set has that Ellingtonish flourish that crept into much of Ra's work after the mid 80s – handled with an edge that still keeps the sound all his own, but which shows an increasing preoccupation for straighter jazz expression, and well crafted large group arrangements – peppered with a few numbers that are more in the older space-spirit of the group. Ray sings vocals on a few numbers with Abdullah and Allen, and titles include "Satellites Are Scanning", "Calling Planet Earth", "Theme Of The Stargazers", "We Travel The Spaceways", and "Carefree". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Dewey RedmanChoices ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Manfred Schoof with Yosuke Yamashita TrioDistant Thunder ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A really amazing record from trumpeter Manfred Schoof – and one that's quite different from his better-known recordings on the European scene! This set has Schoof joining in with the searing trio of Yosuke Yamashita on piano, Akira Sakata on alto, and Takeo Moriyama on drums – and mindblowing group that were setting their own standards of free jazz on the Japanese scene in the 70s, often with a very different vibe than European improvisers of the decade! Sakata is especially amazing – bold, searing, and completely on fire – in a way that seems to have Schoof rising to new heights to match his energy. The set begins with the blistering side-long track "Mitochondira" – then takes a bit of a breather, as Schoof delivers a solo take on "Round Midnight", and Yamashita performs the solo "Distant Thunder" – before full group action re-emerges on the long "Hachi". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Woody ShawLotus Flower ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
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 "Rahsaan's Run", both by Shaw. CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Archie Shepp & Mal WaldronLeft Alone Revisited ... CD
Enja/Synergy, 2002. Used ... $11.99
The duo of Archie Shepp and Mal Waldron come together beautifully here – in a mode that echoes some of the duets that pianist Waldron recorded with other reedmen in the 70s and 80s, but which has an especially wonderful contribution from Shepp! Archie blows both tenor and soprano sax – and the warmth of his horn in later years is really perfect here – especially as the album's sometime of an update of Waldron's earlier Left Alone classic, recorded after the death of Billie Holiday at the end of the 50s. As with that one, the tunes here include some numbers very strongly tied to Billie's legacy, but the vibe is very different, and very personal along the lines of the spirit of Shepp and Waldron. Titles include "Lady Sings The Blues", "Left Alone", "Easy Living", "Everything Happens To Me", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Blues For 52nd Street". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
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✨✧ Archie Shepp & Mal WaldronLeft Alone Revisited ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2002. New Copy ... $16.99
The duo of Archie Shepp and Mal Waldron come together beautifully here – in a mode that echoes some of the duets that pianist Waldron recorded with other reedmen in the 70s and 80s, but which has an especially wonderful contribution from Shepp! Archie blows both tenor and soprano sax – and the warmth of his horn in later years is really perfect here – especially as the album's sometime of an update of Waldron's earlier Left Alone classic, recorded after the death of Billie Holiday at the end of the 50s. As with that one, the tunes here include some numbers very strongly tied to Billie's legacy, but the vibe is very different, and very personal along the lines of the spirit of Shepp and Waldron. Titles include "Lady Sings The Blues", "Left Alone", "Easy Living", "Everything Happens To Me", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Blues For 52nd Street". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
Also available Left Alone Revisited ... CD 11.99

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Christoph StiefelDream Of The Camel ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2001. New Copy ... $16.99
We've not heard much from pianist Christoph Stiefel, but this is a set that will definitely have us seeking out more – as Stiefel's got this really mature, fully-formed approach to his music – one that takes the trio setting of the record far past any familiar expectations, thanks to some really well-written originals, and a great sense of balance between the piano, bass, and drums. The other two instruments are handled by Michel Benita and Joel Allouche, respectively – and Stiefel allows them plenty of roles in the overall sound far past traditional timekeeping – which also seems to open up his own sense of timing and expression. Titles include "Dream Of The Camel", "Satori", "Essence", "Song For Monalisa", "Freedom Jazz Dance", "Following", and "Unspoken Words". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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John StubblefieldCountin' On The Blues ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1987. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Reedman John Stubblefield made some of his best records as a leader for Enja – and this is definitely one of them! The set has Stubblefield coming across with maturity and focus that you might not have found a few years before – that kind of ebullient, soulful style that some of his best contemporaries were hitting in the late 80s – new modes of expression that were maybe less righteous than previous years, but a lot more powerful in their positive energy and subtle sense of care! John plays both tenor and soprano sax with this easygoing, soulful vibe – and the group also includes Hamiet Bluiett on baritone, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums – a well-matched lineup, as all players are at similar points in their musical conceptions. Stubblefield plays a bit of keyboards on one last track, but even that comes across well – with almost a Lonnie Liston Smith vibe – and titles include "Remembrance", "For Those Who Didn't Know", "Montauk", "The Wanderer", and "Going Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aki TakaseClose Up Japan ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – a set that not only features work on bass from Nobuyoshi Ino, but also strong contributions from a string quartet! The strings are used in ways that are very different than the usual "jazz with strings" mode of the 50s and 60s – and instead, the Toki String Quartet work here with modes that are clearly inspired by the revolutions of Kronos Quartet – all sorts of modes on their instruments that are often as rhythmic as they are melodic, as much sonic experiments as musical notes – which is really augmented by Takase, who also plays some percussion too. The basswork of Ino is great – nice and deep, with all these moody textures – and titles include "Scaramouche", "Milestones", "Presto VH", "Song For Che", and "Point". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Aki TakasePerdido ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
The album's titled after a jazz standard, but the playing here of Aki Takase is anything but – served up on long, open tracks that aren't entirely free jazz, but which have a very spontaneous sense of creation – on long lines that mix subtle swing with an exploration of the farther boundaries of the piano – yet all without ever sounding too outside at all! The balance is maybe a bit like Keith Jarrett on some of his long improvisations – although Takase is a very different player overall, and even includes a bit of work on Koto on the set. Titles include "Down Dance", "ABC", "After A Year", and "Takedano Komoriuta". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Aki TakaseShima Shoka ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $16.99
Wonderful solo piano from Aki Takase – the kind of record that shows just how much the Enja label could bring out from the pianist at her best – working here at a level to rival some of the American modern giants of the keyboard in years past! At times, Takase's almost got this Herbie Nichols-like angularity to her playing, but at other moments there's a Mal Waldron-esque sense of depth and tone – all balanced with her own sense of space and timing, which is one of the thing that's always set her apart from the rest, right at the start. Titles include "Giant Steps", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Ida Lupino", "Shima Shoka", "Valse Hot", and "Timebends". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Aki Takase & David MurrayBlue Monk ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from pianist Aki Takase – in large part because of some great work from David Murray on tenor sax – and some especially nice bass clarinet! The album's from a moment when it seemed as if duo modes were some of the best for Murray – a way of maybe reaching back into deeper jazz roots, while also bringing forth some of the fresher ideas he'd unlocked exploring the farther side of the jazz spectrum – but also demonstrating his amazing ability to be sensitive to a wide variety of musical partners, in ways that are even more compelling than his work in a larger group! As you'd guess from the title, the set's got a fair bit of numbers from the songbook of Thelonious Monk – and Takase's take on them is great, maybe blocky and spacious than Monk's own – which is offset by the warmly soulful blowing of Murray. Titles include "Ba Lu Bolivar Ba Lues", "Ellingtonia", "Blue Monk", "Ask Me Now", "Presto VH", "Mr Jelly Lord", and "Ballad For The Blackman". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Aki Takase & Rudi MahallDuet For Dolphy ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $16.99
A beautiful tribute to Eric Dolphy – served up in a series of short duet readings of Dolphy compositions – put together almost as some sort of poetic testament to the power of his music! Yet the setting is also very personal, too – not a Dolphy-esque record at all, but more a declaration of the way that his inspiration helped shape the piano of Aki Takasi and bass clarinet of Rudi Mahall – as both musicians have these angularly charming lines that dance around each other wonderfully – maybe more Lacy/Monk overall, but with a spirit that's also very much their own too. Titles include "Hat & Beard", "17 West", "Straight Up & Down", "Misha's Slipper"- "Miss Ann", and "The Prophet". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Clark Terry & Red MitchellJive At Five ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the hippest records ever cut by Clark Terry – a spare set of duets with bassist Red Mitchell – all in a mode that's really quite unique! We can't think of too many other trumpet/bass duet albums – especially in a straight jazz mode – and Red further adds to the sound nicely by bringing in a bit of piano and some occasional vocalizations too! But the real highlight here is his work on bass – in that round, warm tone that he developed strongly while working on the European scene – almost a subtle wall of sound in its own right – and a unique foil for Terry's more sprightly lines on trumpet (plus a bit of flugelhorn.) Titles include "Late Date", "Jive At Five", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Lester Leaps In", "Cute", "Cottontail", and "Love You Madly". CD features alternate takes of "Cute" and "Cottontail". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronHard Talk ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Mal WaldronMal Waldron Plays The Blues – Live At The Domicile ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
Mal Waldron plays the blues, but in a way that's hardly blue at all – given that the record is one from a time when the pianist was really setting a strong modern fire on the European scene in the 70s! The group's an unusual one – with bassist Jimmy Woode, of the Clark Boland Big Band, and drummer Pierre Favre – a player best known for his more modern moments – both musicians whose scope might just be wide enough to augment all the great ideas that Waldron was bringing to the piano on the album's mighty long tracks! By this point in his career, Mal had really taken off from his earlier American recordings – using the freedom of both the Japanese and European recording scenes to be a lot more expressive, and a lot more freewheeling – to a point where he's completely captivating, with non-stop imagination and a flurry of fresh ideas throughout. Tracks include "Way In", "Miles & Miles Of Blues", "Blues For FP", "Blues For DS", and "Up Down Blues". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Mal WaldronWhat It Is ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Bennie WallaceFourteen Bar Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Great early work from tenorist Bennie Wallace – a set that's got a really nice edge, and which is a nice contrast to some of Bennie's smoother work in years to come! The format's a trio – ala the important Sonny Rollins mode – with Eddie Gomez on bass and Eddie Moore on drums – and Wallace plays with a real sense of sharpness, and a balance between newer tenor ideas and some of the older roots of the instrument in jazz – almost rewriting legacies of Lester Young and Ben Webster, by taking their inspiration through a much more modern landscape. Titles include "Trinkle Trinkle", "Chelsea Bridge", "Green & Yellow", "Yard N Newk", "The Fourteen Bar Blues", and "Vicissitudes". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Bennie WallaceLive At The Public Theater (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A beautiful live album from a time when saxophonist Bennie Wallace had a mighty nice edge – this raw, raspy quality that really shines through here – thanks to a stripped-down trio setting that features Eddie Gomez on bass and Dannie Richmond on drums! The album's a lot freer at times than some of the earlier tenor trio experiments – but Wallace can also change things up with effortless energy, and slide into a mellower, soulful ballad mode – something that Gomez is especially great at matching. If you only know some of Bennie's straighter work, you'll be quite surprised here – as the record will really prick up your ears to his talents – on titles that include "Blue Monk", "Head", "Broadside", and "In A Sentimental Mood". CD also features the bonus tracks "Ugly Beauty" and "Ask Me Now". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Ben WebsterLive At Pio's ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
A great small club date from Ben Webster – different than some of his European concerts of his final years, in that this one was done at a lounge in Rhode Island, and maybe has a bit more bite and focus overall! The tracks are short, and Webster gets superb rhythm accompaniment from the trio of Junior Mance on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – who really come out swinging, and push Ben to take some of his boldest solos of the period – plenty of bite throughout, and a fire that you don't always hear on his other 60s recordings. Titles include "Cookin For T", "Sunday", "Pennies From Heaven", "How Long Has This Been Going On", and "Gone With The Wind". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Kenny WernerBeyond The Forest Of Mirkwood ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
The Mirkwood in the title is a reference to Middle Earth – maybe a nicely fantastic tag to mark the special quality of this solo album from pianist Kenny Werner – although the proceedings are much more personal than epic – and very much in the best spirit of the Werner's fluid lyricism on the keys! The tracks are all originals, and hold us completely rapt from the very first note – almost painterly in approach, with an open sense of structure, but never too much freedom either – that special place that Werner could sometimes hold as a musician who came into the world after barriers were knocked down, but who also knew when to put them up at just the right points. Titles include "RCs", "Perilous Journey", "Bell's Bounce", "The Hobbit", "Conquest", and "The Ooold Ranger". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Randy WestonNuit Africaine (aka African Nite) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
Sublime solo piano from Randy Weston – just the sort of record to remind us why his skills in such a setting can always be so great! The tunes are filled with energy and rhythm right from the start – spun out in those long African-inspired lines that Randy first forged in the 50s, but really taken to new heights here in a European setting – a mix of modern angles and warmer spirits that's always held together by the rhythmic pulsations inherent in Weston's playing. And while Randy deftly demonstrates these qualities well on other records from the time, there's no better way to hear it so clearly as in a solo setting like this! Titles include "Jejouka", "Blues To Senegal", "Yubadee", "Con Alma", and "Little Niles". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Phil Woods/Tommy Flanagan/Red MitchellThree For All ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
A really great record – one we're surprised that we like so much! On the surface, the album appears to be an inconsequential 80s session by three older giants of their instrument – Woods on alto, Flanagan on piano, and Mitchell on bass. But Woods' tone here, although played straightly, is fantastic – with an edge that grabs you immediately, holding your ears throughout the session with a bright yet sad approach that matches the sound he gets on a rare few albums when he's really doing things right. Tracks are open, soulful, and really incredibly played – and although this might not be the most groundbreaking jazz album you'll buy this year, it's a heck of a great little album, with a sound that will keep you going back more than you think! Titles include "Goodbye Mr Evans", "Talking", "It's Time To Emulate The Japanese", "Reets Neet", and "You're Me". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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Yosuke YamashitaBanslikana ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Fantastic solo work from this revolutionary Japanese pianist – a set that maybe has Yosuke Yamashita sounding a bit warmer and more intimate than some of his Japanese albums of the time – really reveling in a range of different numbers that show of a more sensitive, personal side of his talents! If you like Yamashita when he's completely improvising, you'll still find plenty to love here – but the real highlight of the record is his unexpected sense of poetry and lyricism – a quality that comes through not only on his beautiful original compositions, but on the album's few standards too. Titles include "Banslikana", "Ko's Daydream", "Lullaby", "Stella", "Chiasma", and versions of "A Night In Tunisia" and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Yosuke YamashitaTribute To Mal Waldron ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A slightly different album than usual from Japanese avant piano legend Yosuke Yamashita – a tribute to Mal Waldron, and one that maybe has a bit more of a straight swing and sense of soul than some of Yamashita's other records from the time! The Waldron vibe is very strong here – and Yosuke plays with that sense of majesty that seemed to show up in Mal's music especially during the period when he was recording more often in Japan and Europe than his American home – an open sense of flow that's not entirely free jazz, but which is very spacious and souring. The trio features Katsuo Kuninaka on bass – and Shota Koyama on drums – and titles include versions of Mal Waldron's "Minoat", "Trane's Soul Eyes", and "One Upmanship" – plus the Yamashita original "Mal Is Back In Town". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Yosuke Yamashita & Adelhard RodingerInner Space (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita cut some fantastic work in Tokyo with his trio during the 70s – but he shines equally brightly here on a German session from the decade, but in a completely different way – given that the whole record just features duets with bassist Adelhard Rodinger! Rodinger is great – crafting these rich notes on the bass that are very much in that new mode of the instrument opened up overseas in the generation of Edehard Weber and Miroslav Vitous – and the balance is nice with the freer, often bolder notes of Yamashita on the piano. Yosuke sounds very different here than in his trio – occasionally showing these softer sentiments that are never sleepy, just maybe more personal at times than we might expect – on titles that include "Green Wave", "Soft Waltz", "Tight Pants", and "Country Walk". CD
(Part of the Nippon Jazz Spirits series!)

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✨✧ George Adams, Martin Hannibal Peterson & FriendsMore Sightings ... CD
Enja, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print.)
Also available More Sightings ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Ed BlackwellWhat It Is? – Ed Blackwell Project Vol 1 ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ed Blackwell on drums, Graham Haynes on cornet, Carlos Ward on alto saxophone and flute, and Mark Helias on bass. CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine and artwork.)

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheCalling Card ... CD
Enja, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheHipmotism ... CD
Enja, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Arthur Blythe on alto sax, Hamirt Bluiett on baritone sax, Kelvin Bell on guitar, Gust William Tsilis on vibraphone & marimba, Bob Stewart on tuba, Arto Tuncboyaci on percussion & vocals & Famoudou Don Moye on drums. CD
(Out of print, punch through booklet.)

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✨✧ Dollar BrandAfrican Space Program ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous 70s sessions to come from the hands of Dollar Brand – a New York recording that's filled with work by a host of players from the spiritual jazz underground – all of whom soar strongly on the album's long tracks, and give the set a fire and righteous energy you're not likely to hear on other Brand albums of the time! The leader is especially bold and free on piano – and provides these long lines that set fire to work from Cecil Bridgewater and Charles Sullivan on trumpets, Kiani Zawadi on trombone, Cecil McBee on bass, Roy Brooks on drums, and the massive talents Sonny Fortune, Carlos Ward, Hamiet Bluiette, Roland Alexander, and John Stubblefield on reeds! The record has a much fuller feel than most of Brand's other work from the time, and it's great to hear his angular, rhythmic piano juxtaposed with the warm spiritualism of the players in the group – wonderful energy that takes flight on the two-part "Titiana", and the longer "Jabulani Easter Joy". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyStockholm Sessions (with bonus track) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1961. Used ... Temporarily 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". CD adds and alternate take of "Sorino". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Stockholm Sessions (with bonus track) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Tommy FlanaganThelonica ... CD
Enja/Polydor (Japan), 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print, early Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ Michael FormanekLow Profile ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Marty Ehrlich on reeds, Tim Berne on saxophones, Dave Douglas on turmpet, Ku-Umba Frank Lacy on trombone, Salvatore Bonafede on piano, Michael Formanek on bass, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache BandObatala ... CD
Enja, 1989. Used ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache BandRiver Is Deep ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The river is deep and the sound is wide – as the set features wonderful work from the Fort Apache Band of trumpeter/percussionist Jerry Gonzalez – recorded at a point when the group was really starting to cook! The music has its roots in Afro-Cuban styles, but stretches out with plenty of jazz as well – thanks to work from a lineup that includes both Steve Turre and Papo Vasquez on trombones, plus Wilfredo Velez on alto sax – all players who have a bold force in the lead, then soar of on great solos of their own! There's plenty of percussion on the group – played by Gonzalez with five other group members – and the set also features Jorge Dalto on piano and Andy Gonzalez on bass. Titles include "Elegua", "Bebop", "Rio Esta Hondo", "Parisian Thoroughfare", and "Guiro Apache". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisDancing By A Rainbow ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lovely later set from Eddie Harris – proof that his groove was still going strong years after his bigger fame on the scene! The set here features all original work by Eddie – some titles we know from classic albums, but a few others we don't easily recognize – all of which work together to make for a really fresh batch of material, and hardly the sort of overplayed standards that some jazz players resort to in their older years. The group's a relatively youthful one – with Nolan Smith on trumpet, Ronald Muldrow on guitar, Jeff Chambers on bass, and Gaylord Birch on drums – and Eddie himself plays piano in addition to his usual tenor sax. Titles include "An April To Be Remembered", "Dancing By A Rainbow", "Set Us Free", "The Grand Strut", "Mean Greens", "You Are Not The Right One For Me", and "It's Just Fun & Games". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Wendell HarrisonRush & Hustle ... CD
Enja/Wenha, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most inventive Wendell Harrison records in years – a beautifully-crafted session that features his larger clarinet ensemble, recorded with a sound that goes way beyond any of our expectations! Harrison uses the clarinets in a wonderful way – opening up a world of color and tone, and avoiding any of the cliches that have come to be associated with the instrument over the years. Part of the strength of this practice is the presence of James Carter in the group – a great player whose work on B flat clarinet is always a treat. The clarinets are backed by a soulful rhythm section as well – one that spins the tunes out with some nice added percussion from Jerry Gonzalez, and which features piano by Harold McKinney. Titles include "Rush & Hustle", "Urban Lullaby", "Saga Of A Carrot", "Pamela's Holiday", and "Gonna Take You Out". CD

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✨✧ Mark Helias Open LooseNew School ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mark Helias on bass, Tom Rainey on drums, and Tony Malaby on tenor saxophone. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardOutpost ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best recordings from Freddie Hubbard's "back to basics" stretch in the early 80s – a time when Freddie returned to a strongly acoustic jazz mode after a mostly electric 70s! The record still has Freddie stretching out on the longer tracks he got used to during the CTI years – but he's working here in tight quartet formation with Kenny Barron on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and the always-great Al Foster on drums – carving out long lines on extended, but well-conceived numbers that echo with a tremendous amount of force. Freddie's lost none of his edge by this point, and the record shows a new sense of energy and focus that are extremely impressive – and also pretty darn soulful! Titles include "Santa Anna Winds", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "The Outpost Blues", "Dual Force", and "Loss". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand)Dream Time ... LP
Enja (Germany), 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful solo piano work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a later set that's got a different vibe than some of his earlier material in the format, in a way that shows the continuing evolution of his sound! There's a gentleness here that we might not have heard back in the 70s – a quality that can make things more introspective, even when the pianist is exploring the rhythmic currents that have always defined his sound – working here on a Fazoli grand piano, which has a resonance that seems to further amplify every note and pianistic decision. Titles include "Dream Time", "Blues For A Hip King", "Sotho Blue", "For Coltrane", "Blue Bolero", "Nisa", "Genesis", and "Whoza Mtwana". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ingrid JensenHere On Earth ... CD
Enja/Justin Time, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Ingrid Jensen on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gary Bartz on alto and soprano saxophones, George Colligan on piano and Fender Rhodes, Dwayne Burno on bass, Bill Stewart on drums, and Jill Seifers on vocals. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Ingrid JensenHigher Grounds ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Ingrid Jensen on trumpet and flugelhorn, Gary Thomas on tenor sax and flute, David Kikoski on piano and Fender Rhodes, Ed Howard on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. CD
(Out of print. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Marc LevinSocial Sketches ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Marc Levin is maybe best known for one famous album of avant jazz recorded for the Savoy label in the 60s – but he's equally stunning here in a mid 70s set that got little circulation at the time, but which is a key part of Levin's under-recorded legacy as a leader! The approach is very open and creative, but balanced with that mixture of structure and freedom that Levin's other album shares – almost 60s "new thing" modes, expressed during the 70s loft generation – on long tracks that feature some really stunning shifts in sounds, styles, and instrumental elements! Levin blows cornet, flugelhorn, flute, mellophone, and melodica – and the group also features Seppo Paakkunanine on baritone, flute, and viola – plus Reino Laine on drums, Teppo Auta Aho on bass, and Carita Holmstrom on voice – a singer who makes some especially strong contributions to the record, in a way that maybe echoes some of the Sheila Jordan/Roswell Rudd collaborations. The tunes are fantastic, every bit as striking as their titles – which include "Nylon Coverin Body Smotherin", "Brothers In War", "Letter To President Nixon Re The Chile Affair", and "Student Days New York 1965". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ Tete MontoliuSongs For Love ... CD
Enja, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime solo piano work from Tete Montoliu – a set that takes off from the superb directions he'd hit on his Spanish albums of the 60s – when Tete was emerging as one of the most lyrically fluid pianists on the European scene! That legacy is greatly enhanced here – as Montoliu works without any bass or drums at all, yet has this wonderfully rhythmic quality to his music – not in the ways that Garner or Tatum might have expressed in a similar setting, but this more flowing sense of color – really illustrating some of the advances that the European jazz scene was making at the time. Titles include "Rainy Day", "Two Catlan Songs", "Gentofte 4349", "Apartment 412", "Ballad For Line", and "Little Camila". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hannibal Marvin PetersonHannibal In Antibes ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic live set from trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson – done with two side-long tracks that really let the group stretch out in a very spiritual way! The performance was captured at the Antibes festival in 1977 – and Hannibal's leading a relatively stripped-down group – with George Adams on flute and tenor, Diedre Murray on cello, Steve Neil on bass, and Mkaya Ntshoko on drums. The mixture of cello and bass, without any piano, echoes some of Peterson's larger ensemble work – but the feel here is much more lively and improvised – a mixture of his freer energies and deeper concepts, which makes for one of his most dynamic records ever. Titles include "Ro", and a surprisingly great take on "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Prince LashaInside Story ... LP
Enja, 1965. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare treasure from spiritual reedman Prince Lasha – a session recorded in 1965 in New York, but one that wasn't issued until many years later by the Enja label in Germany! The album is a real revelation – and clearly marks Lasha as one of the key artists unlocking the more spiritual sounds in jazz at the time – taking off nicely from the later work of Eric Dolphy, and dovetailing with some of the best experiments of John Coltrane – but at a level that maybe even leapfrogs into more 70s modes as well! The group here is great – a quartet with Herbie Hancock on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Lovelace on drums – and Lasha plays both alto and flute, in modes that echo his best work with Sonny Simmons, and on his later solo albums too. Titles include "Ethereal", "Flight", "Kwadwo Safari", "Mary", and "Inside Story". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner and a small sticker spot.)

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✨✧ Alexander Von SchlippenbachLight Blue – Schlippenbach Plays Monk ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great Alexander Von Schlippenbach plays the music of Thelonious Monk – and, like everything Schlippenbach does, the results are wonderful and full of surprise! The tunes are familiar, and a modernist like Alexander has no trouble with the changes – but the real surprise here is both the way that he brings in some of the tones he learned while in freer improvising territory over the years, yet still manages to make the whole thing swing nicely – thanks in part to strong basswork from Ino Nobuyoshi, and some mostly straight drums from Sunny Murray! Titles include "Trinkle Trinkle", "Off Minor", "Let's Cool One", "Coming On The Hudson", "Work", "Bye Ya", "Skippy", and "Bolivar Blues". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
 
 
 



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