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✨✧ VariousIf Music Presents You Need This – An Introduction To Enja Records (4LP set) ... LP
Enja/BBE (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 4LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A deep dive into the music of Enja Records – a label that really needs no introduction to most longtime fans of jazz, as Enja's been serving up some of the best sounds from the European scene for the past 50 years – as well as providing some really amazing records by American artists too! Yet there's also an overlooked legacy of spiritual jazz from Enja – sometimes hidden next to the more straightforward jazz releases on the label – and that 70s legacy gets a key showcase here, in an expansive presentation that has the whole thing stretching out with a fair bit of really long tracks! Titles include "Kwadwo Safari" by Prince Lasha, "What It Is" by Mal Waldron with Clifford Jordan, "First Song In The Day" by Cecil McBee, "Lamentation" by Rabih Abou-Khalil, "The Creators" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Pulcie's Dance" by Nana Simopoulos, "Brothers In War" by Mark Levin, "Mother's Land" by Marvin Hannibal Peterson, "Zimbabwe" by Abdulla Ibrahim, "No More" by Jon Hendricks, and "Mwe Malad O" by John Stubblefield. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited 4LP set!)

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✨✧ Revolutionary EnsembleRevolutionary Ensemble (Enja) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... 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
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ John ScofieldJohn Scofield Live (Enja) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... 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". CD also features the tracks "Jeanie" and "Air Pakistan". CD
 
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Franco AmbrosettiHeart Bop ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Chet BakerLast Great Concert – My Favourite Songs ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $9.99
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
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Chet BakerStraight From The Heart – The Last Great Concert Vol 2 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $9.99
Material from the last concert Chet Baker ever recorded – a surprisingly tight session that has the trumpeter blowing solos in front of the NDR Big Band. The setting is relatively relaxed – not a blasting big band session, but one that colors in the space between Baker's notes with gentle shades of sound – really respecting his role as a soloist, and providing just the right amount of gentle accompaniment to flesh out the sound of the set. Chet sings on 2 numbers – "My Funny Valentine" and "I Get Along Without You Very Well" – and other tracks include "Sippin At Bells", "Conception", "Look For The Silver Lining", and "Tenderly". Herb Geller also solos on 2 numbers too! CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Sathima Bea BenjaminSouthern Touch ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $16.99
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 ond rums! 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
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Mike Clark & Paul JacksonFunk Stops Here ... CD
Enja/Tip Toe, 1992. Used ... $8.99
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, original German Enja pressing.)
Also available Funk Stops Here ... CD 8.99

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Mike Clark & Paul JacksonFunk Stops Here ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $8.99
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
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)
Also available Funk Stops Here ... CD 8.99

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Nels ClineSilencer ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $16.99
An early date as a leader for guitarist Nels Cline – done with lots of rich tones and hues, of the sort that his generation really helped bring to jazz guitar! There's some echoes here of the previous ECM range of players, but Cline's also got a sharper focus at points too – still working with modes that have more decay on the sound than attack, but shaping it in darker tones that really shape the quality of the atmospherics. Trio members include Mark London Sims on bass and Michael Preussner on drums – and titles include "Las Vegas Tango", "Mags", "Rampling By The Sea", "Sacred Love", "Lucile's Trip", and "Broasted". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Chris ConnorAs Time Goes By ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1991. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Backed by the Hank Jones Trio – with Jones on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Keith Copeland on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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Marty CookRed White Black & Blue ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $16.99
Trombonist Marty Cook may not be the biggest name in jazz – but here, he works at the head of a quintet of top-shelf heavyweights, all of whom really serve up something special under his leadership! The great Jim Pepper is in the group on tenor and soprano sax, and Mal Waldron is on piano – often working here with very different qualities than under his own dates as a leader from the same time – a nice change, and proof of Mal's continued vitality over the years. John Betsch is in drums, and definitely makes his presence known – and Ed Schuller handles bass, on titles that include "Spirit War", "It's About Time", "Love Life", "Grab Bag", "Trapeze", and "Face The Nation". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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Barbara DennerleinStraight Ahead ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $8.99
Straight ahead sounds from Barbara Dennerlein, but great sounds too – as the organist is really at the top of her game, and able to bring all these new modes and styles to the world of jazz organ! At the time of the record, the instrument was being a bit ignored by most in jazz – but Dennerlein came along and found a way to open up the Hammond to all sorts of new audiences with a sound here that's not only heavy on her own solo work, but also features all these great twists and turns from a quartet that features Ray Anderson on trombone, Mitch Watkins on guitar, and Ronnie Burrage on drums! This isn't just some retro rehash of a Prestige Records mode – and Anderson's horn alone ensures that things are compelling throughout, on titles that include "Open & Free", "Straight Ahead", "It Just So Happens", "What's Up", "All That Blues", "Rumpelstilzchens Bossa", and "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Paquito D'RiveraHabanera ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1999. New Copy ... $9.99
A really evocative record from reedman Paquito D'Rivera – a session that sets up his work on alto and clarinet with some very powerful backings from the Absolute Ensemble – a group who adds in plenty of woodwind and string elements of their own, which makes for a very explosive sense of color throughout! There's still plenty of jazz elements at the core of the performance – piano from Kenny Drew Jr, bass from Michael Formanek, and drums from Clarence Penn – plus some especially nice percussion from Mino Cinelu, which keeps this earthy quality next to the higher moments of flight, making for a really great balance. Titles include "Habanera", "Afro", "Variations On I Got Rhythm & Cuban Overture", "Moon Dance 1", "Vals Venezolano", "Wapongo", "Caravan", and "Lecuonerias". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Satoko FujiiToward To West ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1998. New Copy ... $9.99
Pianist Satoko Fujii has a really unique touch on the piano here – free lines that are very much in a Cecil Taylor side of the spectrum, but also often handled with a much lighter approach – so that there's these fleeting, scattered sounds that keep exploding from the instrument – matched with all these equally light touches from Mark Dresser on bass and Jim Black on drums! There's definitely a lot of improvisation taking place, but you can also get the sense of a larger structure in Fujii's approach – one that's often painterly, even when abstract – a bit hard to put in words, but very striking throughout. Titles include "Oscillation", "Then I Met You", "The Way To Get There", and "Shake Up & Down". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Dizzy Gillespie & The United Nations OrchestraDizzy Gillespie & The United Nations Orchestra – Live At The Royal Festival Hall, London ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $16.99
Later live work from Dizzy Gillespie – working in London here with a very hip ensemble! We're not entirely sure of the date, but given the skinny ties on a few of the players, we're guessing it's from that 80s stretch when Dizzy was still going strong – working in a great mix of Latin and bop modes that's always kept fresh through his creative energies! Slide Hampton's on trombone – and also wrote most of the arrangements – and other players include Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, Paquito D'Rivera on reeds, James Moody on sax and flute, Airto on percussion, and Danilo Perez on vocals – and Flora Purim also joins the group on vocals for a few numbers. Titles include "Kush", "Tanga", "Dizzy Shells", "Night In Tunisia", "Tin Tin Deo", "Seresta", and "Samba For Carmen". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache BandRiver Is Deep ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1982. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing.)

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Dusko GoykovichBrandenberg Concert – Dusko Goykovich With Strings ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal WaldronSwinging Macedonia ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
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
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal WaldronSwinging Macedonia ... LP
Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy Hart TrioLive At The Cafe Damberd ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2009. New Copy ... $9.99
A beautiful trio date from Billy Hart – one that has the famous drummer joined in a trio by two younger players – bassist Martin Zenker and tenorist Johannes Enders! The mix of drums, bass, and tenor is really compelling right from the get-go – and the bass and drums are especially nice, coming together in these masterful rhythms that are filled with a lot more soul than we remember from Billy Hart – providing plenty great grounding to let Enders really take off with his solos. There's a solidity here that has us respecting Billy Hart in a whole new way – and titles include "Re-Traning", "Soul Multi", "Rent A Ent", "Please Stop Me Now", and "Voyage". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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Mark HeliasCurrent Set ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1987. Very Good+ ... $11.99
With Tim Berne on alto sax, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Greg Osby on soprano sax, Victor Lewis on drums, Herb Robertson on trumpet, coronet, and fluegelhorn, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussion and vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian DMM pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Antoine HerveInvention Is You ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $9.99
Pianist Antoine Herve unlocks all sorts of great colors here – working with a quintet, but almost as if he's summoning up the sonic possibilities of a much larger ensemble – a testament to the fluid strengths of all the players in the group as much as it is Antoine's lead! Other players include Markus Stockhausen on trumpet and flugelhorn, Francois Moutin on bass, Louis Moutin on drums, and Arnaud Franck on percussion – rising and changing with a great sense of focus in the live performance that makes up the set. Titles include "Silence Comes In Waves", "Sharing", "Soul As A Dance", "Long Hair Woman", and "Salsita". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Susi HyldgaardBlush ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2004. Used ... $9.99
Lovely work from singer Susi Hyldaard – sung in English, and done in a moody, evocative style that rivals the best work from the recent Scandinavian scene on labels like Jazzland or Jupiter! Susi's got a voice that's got plenty of space – one that floats through the air in a mode that shares a bit of the heritage of Karin Krog – but which is also produced here by some really inventive instrumentation – used sparely throughout, almost as a tiny web of sound to let Susi's vocals crawl through the space of the tunes. Titles include "Sisters In Shame", "Follow", "Seeking", "Blush", "Thai Food Chililimit", "Could This Be The Reason", "This Little Island", and "Suck The Bone". CD features bonus remix tracks by Matthew Herbert and DJ Opiate! CD
(Out of print. Still sealed with a punch through the barcode.)

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Jazz Baltica EnsembleJazz Baltica Ensemble ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2010. Used ... $8.99
Features guest piano from Hank Jones! CD

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Oliver JonesNorthern Summit ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $9.99
Pianist Oliver Jones takes a page here from the book of Canadian countryman Oscar Peterson – and works here in a drum-less trio, with beautifully well-rounded support from Red Mitchell on bass and Herb Ellis on guitar! Jones is definitely his own sort of stylist on the keys, but the setting evokes some of the great modes that Ellis used when working with Peterson back in the day – although shaped by that growing sense of color that Herb picked up on his later Concord Records years, which really does a lot to illuminate the record next to the more pointed notes of Jones on the piano. Titles include "Abunchafunk", "Katatura", "Lester Leaps In", "What A Beautiful Sight", and "Jordio". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Karin KrogWhere You At? ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2002. New Copy ... $9.99
A beautiful return to form for singer Karin Krog – one of our favorite jazz vocalists ever! The album's got Karin singing to arrangements and backing from pianist Steve Kuhn, a wonderful talent for a set like this, and a songwriter who's contributed some really wonderful tunes to the European jazz vocal canon. Kuhn plays acoustic piano in the trio that accompanies Krog, and the album's got the spare, open, and ethereal feel of some of her best 70s work. The whole thing's really laidback, mellow, and done with that slightly icy touch that we love in Krog's voice – and tunes include "The Meaning Of Love", "It Could Be Hip", "Speak Of Love", "Missing Calada", "Kaleidoscopic Vision", "You Say You Care", "Canto Mai", and "Saharan". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Abbey LincolnAbbey Sings Billie – Live At The UJC Vol 2 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. Used ... $11.99
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
(2020 Japanese pressing – still sealed with obi!)

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Charlie MarianoTango Para Charlie ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... $9.99
Quite an interesting project from reedman Charlie Mariano – a record that shows that his search for new creative settings never ends! As you'd guess from the title, there's a bit of a tango inspiration to the record, but in a format that's very different than most tango jazz – as the album features Charlie on alto and flute, in duets with Quique Sinesi, who plays a variety of acoustic guitars, including 7 string Spanish, charango, and piccolo guitar. This spare sound is quite different than regular tango modes – and the spareness allows Mariano to solo freely – in that wonderful range of tones that's always made his work surprisingly soulful, no matter what the setting. Titles include "Tango Para Charlie", "If Only", "Zephyr", "The Lady", and "Faluseando". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Cecil McBeeMusic From The Source (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enja/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 44.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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New York Jazz QuartetOasis ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ... $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
(Out of print.)

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Makaya NtshokoMakaya & The Tstotis (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A record that's noteworthy not just as one of the rare few moments as a leader for drummer Makaya Ntshoko – but also for the great contributions of the members of the group – especially saxophonist Heinz Sauer, who really hits his stride here! Sauer's one of those oft-overlooked talents, but he's a hell of a player in the right setting – which this album definitely provides – a full-voiced, quickly-creative, yet very sensitive performer on tenor and alto sax – both instruments he uses with a righteous sense of majesty at the album's best moments. The group also features well-balanced piano from Bob Degen, and sublime bass from Isla Eckinger – another player we love to death, and who never gets his due – and titles include "Ode To Tilman", "Bridges", "Neged", "Tetralogue", and "Supension". CD also features three bonus tracks – "Santec", "Heboisma", and "Makaya's Song". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen & Philip CatherineArt Of The Duo ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... $14.99
Just Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Philip Catherine on guitar! CD
(Out of print.)

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Marvin Hannibal PetersonAngels Of Atlanta ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ... $11.99
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
(Out of print, 1994 Enja pressing. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Le Petit ChienWoof ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1999. Used ... $14.99
Features Geoff Goodman on guitar and mando-cello, Gunnar Geisse on guitar and banjo, Frank Mobus on guitar, Henning Sieverts on bass, and Peter Perfido on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Prince LashaSearch For Tomorrow ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
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 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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Alvin QueenMighty Long Way ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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Woody ShawLotus Flower ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1982. Used ... $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 "Rahsan's Run", both by Shaw. CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case.)

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Archie SheppSoul Song ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked treasure from Archie Shepp – a set recorded for the Enja label with a profile that's not as bold as some of his other albums, but a great later session that has some surprisingly wonderful moments! Perhaps the best of these is the album's long workout on "Mama Rose" – done here as a free-flowing modal number with some great soprano sax lines from Archie – blown beautifully over soaring rhythms from Kenny Werner on piano, Santi DeBriano on bass, and the great Marvin Smitty Smith on drums. The track really cooks wonderfully – and is followed by the more sensitive "Soul Song", the hard-blown tenor cut "Geechee", and a laidback take on "My Romance". Both "Geechee" and "Mama Rose" dominate the record – and are perfect examples of the later soulful sound of Shepp in the post-Impulse years! CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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Christoph StiefelDream Of The Camel ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2001. Used ... $6.99
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 – includes obi!)

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Frank TusaFather Time ... LP
Enja, 1975. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the only albums we've ever seen from bassist Frank Tusa – a strangely organic studio session that's filled with lots of space and sound textures! Players on the album include Dave Liebman on saxes, Richie Beirach on piano, and Badal Roy on tabla – and the best tracks have a spontaneous feel, but also one that's not overly jamming, nor too outside. The set includes a great roughly funky number called "Doin It" – which mixes percussion and bass into a spare warmly breaking groove – and other tracks include "Cameo", "String Beans", and "Kristie's Spirit". LP, Vinyl record album
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Mal WaldronBlack Glory ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
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
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronMal Waldron Plays The Blues – Live At The Domicile ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 WaldronTouch Of The Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
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
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Bennie WallaceDisorder At The Border ... CD
Enja/Justin Time (Canada), 2006. Used ... $5.99
A tribute to the music of Coleman Hawkins, but one that's got a vibe that's all its own – a sharper edge than you might have heard from the work of Hawk – even in the later years when he became a bit of a modernist! The lineup here is a bit larger than some of Bennie Wallace's usual groups – an ensemble that features Bennie on tenor, with Terrell Stafford on trumpet, Ray Anderson on trombone, Jesse Davis on alto, and Donald Vega on piano – all set up with sharp rhythms from bassist Danton Boller and the mighty Alvin Queen on drums! Anthony Wilson actually handled the arrangement of the tunes, even though he's not on the set – and the approach is very contemporary, and hardly a throwback mode at all – nicely showing us how much the music of Hawkins still has resonance for generations of listeners to come. Titles include "Disorder At The Border", "Bean & The Boys", "Body & Soul", and "La Rosita". CD
(Out of print. Still sealed, cutout hole through barcode.)

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Ben WebsterLive At Pio's (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enja/Pure Pleasure (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $39.99 44.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Attila ZollerCommon Cause ... LP
Enja, 1979. Sealed ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Inner City US pressing – sealed! Cover has cut corner.)

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Attila ZollerMemories Of Pannonia ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $16.99
A strong trio set from guitar great Attila Zoller – a set that sometimes has more swing than you might be used to from his records, but which also opens up into some nicely offbeat moments too – thanks in part to the inventive work on drums by Daniel Humair, and the bass of Michael Formanek! Zoller's always been one of the more unique players on his instrument – roots in a modern jazz legacy of the postwar years, but soon following a path that's completely his own – which is definitely the case here, on a record that's the sort that we couldn't imagine coming from anyone else. Titles include "Beam Me Up", "Obsession", "Circle Waltz", "Memories Of Pannonia", and "Sophisticated Lady". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Lucia CadotschSpeak Low ... CD
Yellow Bird/Enja (Germany), 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Such a cool little record – one that's quite different than the usual sort of jazz vocal session, thanks to some very "mouthy" tenor work from Otis Sandsjo, who almost acts as a second sort of singer on the set! Lucia Cadotsch is in the lead, with just the bass of Petter Eldh as the third element in the set – and her own vocals are often mirrored by inflections from Otis on the tenor – with a really compelling sound that articulates a beautiful space between the lyrics and the basslines, and completely transforms the tunes! Cadotsch is a slightly moody singer, but the use of tenor and bass really transport her elsewhere – on titles that include "Slow Hot Wind", "Strange Fruit", "Ain't Got No I Got No Life", "Don't Explain", "Deep Song", "Some Other Spring", and "Gloomy Sunday". CD

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✨✧ Jonny KingNotes From The Underground ... CD
Enja, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Joshua Redman on saxophone and Steve Nelson on vibes! CD
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Akira Sakata TrioDance ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 StubblefieldBushman Song ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best records ever from reedman John Stubblefield – a set that balances his spiritual roots with a more wide-reaching sense of soul! The tunes here are some of the best that Stubblefield ever penned – proud, righteous numbers that have this great sense of energy – offered up not just in the leader's own work on tenor and soprano sax, but also in the keyboards of Geri Allen, bass of Charnett Moffett, drums of Victor Lewis, and percussion of Mino Cinelu. Things are electric, but never at a level that's crossover fusion at all – and the whole album rings out with that new sense of pride that came to jazz like this as the previous spiritual generation found more acceptance in the 80s. Cinelu sings a bit on the record, and titles include "Bushman Song", "Serenade To The Mother Land", "Some Things Never Change", "East Side West Side", and "Mwe Malad O". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ John StubblefieldCountin' On The Blues ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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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
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronMingus Lives ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not a Charles Mingus tribute album, as you might guess from the title – but instead, a wonderful session of solo piano work from the great Mal Waldron – one that's full of long tracks spun out beautifully in a live setting – all with a strong sense of freedom, but also a very rhythmic, inside quality that's a different than some of Waldron's more avant solo recordings! There's a lyrical vibe to the record that's a great reminder of Waldron's roots – his ability to mix gentle moments with darker themes – and a command of the piano that makes it clear that when Mal's playing, he owes nothing to anyone else. Titles include "Mingus Lives", "Tensile Structures", "Here There & Everywhere", and "Mingus Lives". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Chet BakerPeace (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1982. New Copy ... 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 features two bonus tracks – alternate takes of "Peace" and "3 + 1 = 5". CD

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✨✧ Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)Africa – Tears & Laughter ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dollar Brand is always a hell of a pianist, but he also has a way to really make equal magic when working with a horn – which happens here not just with the soprano and alto work of group member Talib Quadr, but also from some soprano work by Dollar Brand himself! The record's got this nicely varied sense of sounds – a short bold tune at the start, a poetic piano solo next, and then some longer tracks that really flesh things out with that beautiful vision that can make Brand's music so wonderful and so unique. Other group members include John Betsch on drums and Greg Brown on bass – working together as if they've been associates for years – on titles that include "Liberation Dance", "Do You Hear That Sound", "The Perfumed Forest Wet With Rain", "Ishmael", "Tsakve", and "Imam". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyVintage Dolphy ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1962/1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most striking Eric Dolphy work we've ever heard – a set of live performances from the years 1962 and 1963 that feature Dolphy in a free-thinking mode that surpasses even the modernism of his classic studio sides! The recordings feature Dolphy amidst a variety of players – including a number of unlikely suspects like Barry Galbraith, Eddie Costa, and Jim Hall – and although some of the tracks have a moody and introspective third stream quality (3 of the numbers are written by Gunther Schuller), others are quite open, and almost have an ESP-like intensity. One longer title is a jam session take on Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" – recorded with a lineup that includes Phil Woods, Nick Travis, Benny Golson, Don Ellis, and Lalo Schifrin! Other titles include "Iron Man", "Half Note Triplets", "Densities", and "Night Music". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Ron MilesI Am A Man ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ron Miles achieves a beautiful balance in sound here – working with his cornet alongside Bill Frisell on guitar, Jason Moran on piano, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Brian Blade on drums! Some of these players have worked together often over the years, and you can really hear that in the performance – as nobody ever dominates too much, and instead the group seems to take great joy in finding the best way for its sounds to resonate with each other – with some especially nice elements that come from the ringing tones of Frisell's guitar and Moran's piano. Blade is nice and gentle – a bit different than his work as a leader, but still definitely a key part of the sound – and titles include "Darken My Door", "Jasper", "Mother Juggler", "Revolutionary Congregation", and "I Am A Man". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ John StubblefieldMorning Song ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
Featuring George Cables on piano, Clint Houston on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. CD
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✨✧ Cecil TaylorAir Above Mountains – Buildings Within ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Freewheeling Cecil Taylor – heard here solo, in his best 70s mode – recorded live in Austria in 1976, playing beautifully on a Bosendorfer Grand piano! Taylor works wonders with the instrument – giving it a pyrotechnic workout during the extended performance on the set – at a level that, whatever you might feel about his approach to jazz, really stands as a demonstration that, above anything else, Taylor has always been one hell of a pianist – able to handle the instrument in a way that's unlike anyone else! The album features one long track – "Air Above Mountains (Buildings Within)" – awash with light, colors, and life – all from the Taylor side of the spectrum! CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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

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✨✧ Mal WaldronOne-Upmanship ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... 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
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Yosuke YamashitaClay ... LP
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... 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. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsTwelfth & Pingree ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Exactly the kind of session that really lets Pepper Adams show his stuff – full of long, live tracks that really have Adams stretching out on baritone – handling the instrument with soul, depth, and dexterity that might well be unmatched during this point in his career! The quartet here features Walter Norris on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums – and while all players are excellent, especially Mraz, it's really Pepper whose shining light guides the session – both on his original tunes "Bossa Nouveau" and "12th & Pingree" – and on nice takes on "Well You Needn't" and "A Child Is Born". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Roy BrooksDuet In Detroit ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983/1984/1987/1989. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal work from the Detroit underground of the 80s – 4 sets of duets recorded by drummer Roy Brooks, each with a different hip player! The material was recorded over the course of 4 different performances in 4 different years – but the album has a really unified feel in the way that Brooks interacts in the intimate setting with each player. Randy Weston begins with two longer introspections on the titles "Zulu" and "Waltz For Sweetcakes" – followed by Brooks and Woody Shaw on the spirited "Elegy For Eddie Jefferson" and the shorter "Jeffuso". Don Pullen follows on piano along with Brooks, on the tunes "Forever Mingus" and "Healing Force" – and the set's completed by Geri Allen on the titles "Samba Del Sol" and "Duet In Detroit". Great stuff all around, and a deeper side of Roy's talents than usual! CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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✨✧ Jenny Evans with Dusko GoykovichShiny Stockings ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great old-school vocal jazz album – not torchy 40s, but the kind of upbeat swinging style that you might find on a 60s record on labels like Prestige or Roulette – as singer Jenny Evans works with great small combo backing that keeps things nice and lean throughout, and balances her work on the lyrics with some nice instrumental solos too! Key among the musicians is trumpeter Dusko Gokyovich, who also handles some of the arrangements too – and other players include the great Gianni Basso on tenor and David Gazarov on piano. Titles include "Good Old Days", "That's What Zoot Said", "Caravan", "Alright Ok You Win", "All Of Me", "The Song Of Autumn", and "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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✨✧ Hal Galper with Jerry BergonziJust Us ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The trio of pianist Hal Galper gets some great guest work here from tenorist Jerry Bergonzi – a rich-toned player who really seems to bring out a different vibe in Hal's music! Galper's touch on the keys seems to be extra-dexterous here – really spinning out these long, lively lines that are balance with the well-placed tones of Bergonzi – given gently swinging support from Pat O'Leary on bass and Steve Ellington on drums! Many of the tunes are standards, but opened up with all these great colors – and titles include "Just Us", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Stablemates", "Lover Man", "I'll Never Be The Same", and "Unforgettable". CD
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✨✧ Dusko GoykovichAfter Hours (aka Ten To Two Blues) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... 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 GoykovichBebop City ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent album from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – and one that has a hell of a lot more to offer than the simple "bebop" promise of the title! Sure, there's something of a bop approach to a few of the tunes – but overall, the album's a myriad of colors, tones, and pulsating rhythms – handled in the best mode of Goykovich's classics from earlier years, by an impeccable group that includes Alvin Queen on drums, Kenny Barron on piano, and Ralph Moore on tenor sax! Titles include "Sunrise In St Petersburg", "In The Sign Of Libra", "Lament", "Brooklyn Blues", and "No Love Without Tears". CD
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✨✧ Joe HendersonBarcelona ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977/1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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✨✧ Terumasa HinoVibrations ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pretty strong stuff from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – a session recorded during that early 70s period when he was really finding a new sense of openness in his music, which includes records like this – a meeting with a strong set of European avant players! The tracks are long, and often relatively free – a mixture of tighter arrangements and improvised solos that really take off – very strong work from Hino on trumpet, alongside Heinz Sauer on tenor, Peter Warren on bass, and Pierre Favre on drums. The tracks are long, with an energy that even surpasses some of Hino's free work in Japan – and titles include "Into The Heaven", "Dig It", "Crackling", and "Ph Ph T". CD
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✨✧ Makiko HirabayashiMakiko ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2005. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautifully bright album from pianist Makiko Hirabayashi – served up with all the sense of color you might expect from the cover – and swung nicely with help from Klavs Hovman on bass and Marilyn Mazur on drums! At times, the vibe is a bit like some of Mazur's albums with pianists – but other moments get a bit more introspective, and really showcase a more sensitive side of Hirabayashi's talents – yet even at those moments, there's a nice sense of swing that steps into the mix. All titles are original – and tunes include "Asymmetric Rainbow", "Clouds Over Mt Blanc", "Orchids", "My Cherry Tree", "Camel Ride", and "City Murmur". CD
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✨✧ Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand)Dream Time ... LP
Enja (Germany), 2020. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Abbey LincolnAbbey Sings Billie ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ Junior ManceNadja ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1998. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Later work from pianist Junior Mance, but a set that's every bit as in the pocket as his classics from the 60s – proof that even when the market doesn't pay attention to jazz piano greats as strong as before, the players themselves keep on burning with a fire that's undeniable! The group here is a trio, with the great Earl May on bass – another key player from back in the day, maybe best known for his contributions to the Billy Taylor trio – and the setting is one that gives Earl some great solo moments, alongside the drums of Jackie Williams too – as the combo really step out and serve up some nicely extended performances on most of the set. Titles include "Reverend J", "Nadja", "Some Other Blues", "How Insensitive", "Harlem Lullabye", and "You Don't Know What Love Is". CD
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✨✧ Cecil McBeeMusic From The Source ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)
Also available Music From The Source (180 gram pressing) ... LP 39.99

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✨✧ Takeo MoriyamaGreen River (180 gram pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Akio SasajimaHumpty Dumpty ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tenor genius Joe Henderson joins guitarist Akio Sasajima here – and the album's one of a few great sets the pair recorded together – very vibrant sounds from Joe, at a time when he was really finding his way back to the limelight! The pair have a really unique vibe together – maybe in part because Joe didn't always record with guitar, but also because they really seem to hear each other, and find the right matching tones and modes, whether the setting is gentle or more full-on! The rest of the group features the great Renee Rosnes on piano, Kelly Sill on bass, and Joel Spencer on drums – and one track features some guest vocals and keyboards too. Titles include the sublime modal number "Eyes Of The Dragon", plus "Peace", "Wheeler Dealer", "Humpty Dumpty", and "Seven Souls". CD
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✨✧ McCoy TynerRemembering John ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
McCoy Tyner certainly should have no trouble remembering John – given that Coltrane was once his old boss – but apart from that easy reference in the title, the set has plenty more to offer – and is easily one of the most dynamic Tyner trio sessions from the later years of his career! There's a simple, focused, and direct sort of energy going on here – a soaring sensibility that's carried along by all the best modal impulses that Tyner and Coltrane explored together back in the day – but which is expressed with a different sort of warmth and soul in this trio setting. The group features Avery Sharpe on bass and Aaron Scott on drums – and titles include versions of Coltrane's "India", "Giant Steps", "One & Four", "Up Gainst The Wall", and "The Wise One" – plus "Good Morning Heartache" and "In Walked Bud". CD
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✨✧ Alexander Von SchlippenbachPayan ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful solo material from of the greatest avant European pianists of the past 50 years – a musician that we'd rank right up there with Cecil Taylor for his sense of freedom on the keys – but who's even more amazing given his tighter focus at times, and his richer sense of jazz history! The album's one of Schlippenbach's best – really wonderful throughout, with a sense of imagination that never lets up – sometimes leading to Monkish moments or Herbie Nichols whimsey – sometimes much freer and fiercer – and extremely moving throughout. Titles include "Payan", "Nimmy Pimmy", "Pumpkin", and "Kinds Of Weirdness", which features Schlippenbach on added percussion! CD
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✨✧ Kenny BarronLive At Fat Tuesdays ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Kenny BarronQuickstep ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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✨✧ Ed BlackwellWhat It Be Like? – Ed Blackwell Project Vol 2 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the last recordings made by Ed Blackwell before his early passing in 1992 – an Oakland live date recorded with an excellent lineup that includes Graham Haynes on cornet, Carlos Ward on alto and flute, Mark Helias on bass, and a bit of guest trumpet from Don Cherry! The style here is earthy and organic – never overly modern, and building in a way that echoes Blackwell's angular roots, but transforms that sound into more spiritually exploratory lines. Ward's work is especially great, and the absence of a piano means that the interplay between cornet and sax is the main driving force of most tunes. Titles include "Nebula", "Grandma's Shoes", "Pentahouse", "First Love", and the extended "Lito" suite in 3 parts. CD
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✨✧ Ed BlackwellWhat It Is – Ed Blackwell Project Vol 1 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the last recordings made by Ed Blackwell before his early passing in 1992 – an Oakland live date recorded with an excellent lineup that includes Graham Haynes on cornet, Carlos Ward on alto and flute, and Mark Helias on bass – working without any piano, at a level that maybe echoes some of Ed's earlier work with Ornette Coleman, but with a voice that's completely his own. The style here is earthy and organic – never overly modern, and building in a way that echoes Blackwell's angular roots, but transforms that sound into more spiritually exploratory lines. Ward's work is especially great, and the absence of a piano means that the interplay between cornet and sax is the main driving force of most tunes. Titles include "Nette", "Pettiford Bridge", "Thumbs Up", "Rosa Takes A Stand", and "Mallet Song". CD
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✨✧ Michael FormanekLow Profile ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1993. New Copy ... 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
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✨✧ Michael FormanekNature Of The Beast ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... 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
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✨✧ Satoko Fujii OrchestraFuture Of The Past ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2001. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Satoko Fujii is at the helm of a larger group here, but one that still follows some of the freer, looser sense of her smaller group recordings! There's a nicely resonant sense of sound going on – almost a clash between instruments at times, mixed with more harmonious moments at others – line a lineup that features Curtiss Hasselbring and Joey Sellers on trombones, Oscar Noriega and Briggan Krauss on alto saxes, Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby on tenors, and Herb Robertson, Laurie Frink, Natsuki Tamura, and Steven Bernstein on trumpets. Fujii's piano rings out boldly in the more explosive moments, but also has a way of quietly guiding the procedures too – on long titles that include "Pakonya", "Tatsu Take", "Incompleted", and "The Future Of The Past/Straw Dance". CD
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✨✧ Bobby JonesHill Country Suite ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Reedman Bobby Jones is a player who hardly ever got to record as a leader – but one who always managed to really move our soul when he did! This album may well be Bobby's masterpiece – a record that features his tenor, plus a bit of clarinet, in an open trio setting with Freddie Waits on drums and George Mraz on bass – both excellent players who help things hit a soulful swing, even when the format is loose – in this beautiful balance of sharp edges and the inherently rhythmic modes of Jones' horn. Tenor dominates, and all tracks are originals – with the long "Hill Country Suite" on side one, plus "Lady Love", "Only Blue", and "Gospel Truth" on side two. CD
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✨✧ David Murray & Pierre Dorge's New Jungle OrchestraJazzpar Prize ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unique setting for the saxophone talents of David Murray – set up here with the Pierre Dorge New Jungle Orchestra, on a record that really pushes that group even more than usual! Part of the strength of the set is the work of the soloists – not just Murray on tenor and bass clarinet, or Dorge on guitar – but also Horace Parlan on piano, and Harry Beckett on trumpet – both players who get in some strong moments that really help shape the long songs on the set – in a lineup that also includes Per Jorgensen on trumpet, Jorg Huke on trombone, Jacob Mygind on soprano and tenor, and Jesper Zeuthen on alto and bass clarinet. The set includes the Murray originals "Gospel Medley", "Song For Doni", and "Shakil Warriors" – and Dorge tunes "Do Green Ants Dream" and "David In Wonderland". CD
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✨✧ New York Jazz QuartetBlues For Sarka ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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✨✧ Jim PepperPath (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe one of the most ambitious albums ever from reedman Jim Pepper – a set that not only shows his strong talents on a variety of saxes, but also delivers this spiritual conception that we're not sure we've heard on some of his other records! Pepper's blowing tenor and soprano here, in the company of a wonderful lineup that includes Stanton Davis on trumpet, Kirk Lightsey on piano, Santi Debriano on bass, John Betsch on drums, and Arlo Tuncboyaci on percussion – a group who soar with this hopeful energy that's beautiful – illuminating tunes by Pepper, Betsch, and Lightsey with all these positive colors and currents. The set features a beautiful remake of Jim's "Witchi Tai To" – plus "Banmasso", "Lullaby", "Reflections", "Habi Ba", and "Marchant Le Chemin". CD features the bonus tracks "Our Quiet Place" and "Hello Young Lovers". CD
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✨✧ Odean PopeNinety Six ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We always love the tenor of Odean Pope, but we seem to love it especially strongly in a setting like this – a lean trio format that really lets Pope step out and do his thing – carving all these strong, bold solos over the lean backing from Tyrone Brown on bass an Mickey Roker on drums! The quality of the music shows just how much the tenor trio format has evolved since Sonny Rollins first experimented with it in the 50s – perfect for a player like Odean, who's got an equally rich sense of voice, and a boundless sense of imagination that really comes through here in ways that we don't always hear in larger group settings. Titles include "WL", "Knot It Off", "Gone Now", "Portrait", "Coltrane Time", "Ninety Six", "Trilogy", and "Terrestrial". CD
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✨✧ Masahiko Sato, Peter Warren, & Pierre FavreTrinity ... CD
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Japanese pianist Masahiko Sato is in a great trinity here – working with European players Peter Warren on bass and Pierre Favre on drums – on two side-long tracks that bristle with imagination! The music was recorded live at Studio 70 in Munich, and has the flow of some of the best free improvisation of the time – these boundless lines on piano from Sato, who's almost in a Cecil Taylor mode, but takes these nice pauses of introspection – while Favre does a great job of holding back, then kicking forth with energy – often in bursts that are nicely unified with Warren's bass. Titles include "Trinity" and "Far Trip". CD
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✨✧ Lew Soloff & CompanyRainbow Mountain ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1999. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Lew Soloff has always been a strong lead in an ensemble setting – and that's definitely the case here, as he takes his previous groove and works it out in a mode that's got a slightly more contemporary style! The set features Joe Beck on guitar and Mark Egan on electric bass – both players who give the record a nice sort of groove next to the keyboards – while the more familiar Soloff horn interplay takes place between his trumpet and the saxes and flute of Lou Marini! There's a nicely melodic mix of acoustic and electric elements here – and titles include "Starmaker", "Tou Va Lews", "Up From The Skies", "Quiero No Puedo", "Frog Legs", and "Don't Speak". CD
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✨✧ Aki TakaseAki Takase Plays Fats Waller ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very unusual take on the music of Fats Waller – but that's maybe no surprise, given that Eugene Chadbourne's a member of the group! Aki Takase takes the songs of Waller here in a variety of different ways – sometimes using them as jumping off points for very free improvised passages, sometimes hanging more to the melodies, but still exposing all these unusual little qualities – and at a few points taking them straight – in a way that makes a nice sort of break between the more offbeat numbers – a spirit of play that's a bit like the Melody Four albums from the 80s. In addition to Aki on piano and Chadbourne on guitar and some vocals – the set also features Thomas Herberer on trumpet, Nils Wogram on trombone, Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet, and Paul Lovens on drums. Titles include "Vipers Drag", "Your Feets Too Big", "Any Tune But Fats Tune", "Lookin Good But Feelin Bad", "Intermezzo 3", "Hold Tight", and "I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling". CD
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✨✧ Aki TakaseClapping Music ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Aki Takase has a great trio here – the legendary Reggie Workman on bass and Sunny Murray on drums – two players who can really dominate on their own, but who here work very strongly alongside Takase's lead! Aki's piano lines are bold and freewheeling – but also have a nice sense of space and timing – such that there's all these odd angles and unusual rhythmic progressions, which are only further emphasized by the work of Murray and Workman! The set includes the originals "Shima Shoka" and "Clapping Music", plus killer takes on the Mingus tunes "Boogie Stop Shuffle" and "Pussycat Blues" – and a version of the Schlippenbach track "Point". CD
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✨✧ Aki TakaseSomething Sweet Something Tender ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that's maybe not as sweet as you'd guess from the title – as pianist Aki Takase plays solo, often with all these sharp, angular edges – as she makes her way through a host of great original material, plus well-selected tunes from Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Carla Bley, and Eric Dolphy! At times, there's plenty of Monk in the music – but other moments open up with that subtle darkness that makes Takase such a distinct pianist, especially at this point in her career – doing a heck of a lot with a little, but also bursting out with dynamic moments that also remind us of her command of the keyboard. Titles include "Globe Unity", "The Sphinx", "Walking Batterie Woman", "Intermission Music", "57577", "More Than Truly", "So Long Mr T Shimizu", "Hinter Meinem Rucken", and "Locomotive". CD
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✨✧ Alexander Von SchlippenbachLight Blue – Schlippenbach Plays Monk ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1996. New Copy ... 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
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✨✧ Bennie WallaceFourteen Bar Blues ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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