Sadao Watanabe & Charlie Mariano —
Iberian Waltz ... LP Takt (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A rare recording from Charlie Mariano's "lost" years in Japan – an under-documented period of his career next to earlier American work and later 70s European fusion! At the time of the set, Charlie was living in Japan with (then) wife pianist Toshiko Akioshi – and opening up tremendously from a musical standpoint – exploring new sounds and new modes of expression that really took him a long way beyond the straighter jazz of his roots. This set has Charlie working with Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe, in a session that features both players on alto sax, but also using folkloric flutes as well – mixing the crisper sax work with earthier, more organic tones that really make the album sound tremendous! This aspect of the record is featured on 2 long tracks – "God Has Mercy" and "Stone Garden Of Ryoanji" – both of which were written by Mariano, and which have a wonderful "jazz meets world" feel – nicely balanced by the more traditional jazz numbers "I Thought About You" and "Iberian Waltz", the latter of which is still a relatively exploratory Mariano number that runs for over 16 minutes! LP, Vinyl record album
A cool little record – one that features a bit of talking from Kikko at the beginning of each track, but with a groove that's mostly 60s instrumentals overall! Kikko talks sweetly and somewhat sexily – introducing each tune in Japanese briefly, before the record then rolls into some very groovy sounds that are right up there with the best overseas easy work of the time! Many numbers have a slightly gentle groove – bits of guitar, tenor, and strings all stepping nicely together – with that slinky feel that we've heard in other Japanese easy listening records of the period. Titles are all in Japanese, and the album comes as a groovy gatefold with some nice cheesecake photos! LP, Vinyl record album
Akira Miyazawa —
Four Units ... LP Takt/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
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Some of the most arch-modern work we've ever heard from Japanese reedman Akira Miyazawa – proof that even though he was one of his nation's greatest straight jazz sax players in the 60s, he could also open up experimentally too! Akira's playing both flute and tenor here – and he's working with a quartet that features piano and arrangements from Masahiko Sato – who's clearly the key modern influence on the session. Many tunes have a slightly tentative, almost improvised feel at points – sound building in the space between the piano, the bass of Yasuko Arakawa, and the drums of Masahiko Togashi – often given strongest focus by Miyazawa's horn. Tracks are all somewhat longish, and the titles are in Japanese – and the set was released as part of the "Japanese Top Jazz Men" series from the Union label – definitely a good indication of the energy going on here! LP, Vinyl record album
Great work from the trio of pianist Joe Sera – a very soulful player who could give 60s Les McCann or Oscar Peterson a run for their money! Some tracks feature added vibes or guitar – and titles include "Playin", "Mac's Blues", "Watermelon Man", "Ehe He", "Fuzzy & Wild", "Can't Get Over The Bossa Nova", "So Danco Samba", and "Corcovado". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original textured gatefold cover – but without heavy cardboard tray. Cover has light wear.)
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Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman —
Time Gone Out ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. Used ...
Features Sylvie Courvoisier on piano and Mark Feldman on violin. CD
James Brandon Lewis —
Molecular ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy ...
Saxophonist James Brandon Lewis just keeps getting deeper and deeper with each new release – very different than the artist who first emerged a number of records back, and one with a strong ability to explore the farther sides of the jazz spectrum! That's definitely the case here – as Lewis plays tenor at the head of a quartet with Aruan Ortiz on piano, Brad Jones on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums – a lineup who are more than fluid enough to move with the ideas that flow effortlessly both from the compositional pen of the leader, and his well-crafted, very personal lines on tenor sax! The tunes vary in length, which further deepens the individuality of the set – and titles include "Helix", "Per 1", "Breaking Code", "An Anguish Departed", "Loverly", "Molecular", "Cesaire", and "A Lotus Speaks". CD
Irene Schweizer & Hamid Drake —
Celebration ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2021. New Copy ...
Pianist Irene Schweizer always has a fantastic amount of energy in her music – a quality that's all her own, informed by the freedoms of the European improvisers of the 70s, but also brought into a focus that always makes her music make a heck of a lot of sense, even to the uninitiated! That's a quality we can also ascribe to the percussion work of Hamid Drake – who is a perfect partner here for Irene in a set of live duets that come off beautifully – each with a different sort of spirit in the way the instruments come together, as an ongoing testament to the spontaneous creative powers of both artists. We always love Schweizer's music, but this set is one that we enjoy even more than most – with titles that include "Twister", "Stringfever", "Blues For Creller", "Celebration", "A Former Dialogue", and "Song For Johnny" – dedicated to Johnny Dyani. CD
Tim Berne's Snakeoil —
Deceptive 4 ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. New Copy 2CD ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
There's nothing deceptive about this quartet – as the group work here live, completely unfettered – with the kind of honest, open interaction that have made Snakeoil one of the greatest musical contributions from reedman Tim Berne! The lineup has a special sort of edge – no bass, and lots of interplay between Berne's alto and the clarinets of Oscar Noriega – reed lines that on their own would be enough, but which get exactly the kind of right support from the piano of Matt Michell and drums of Ches Smith – all four members often working together in these sonic clusters that really reflect their long-running understanding of each others strengths and talents! The tracks here are all nice and long – performed live at Firehouse – and titles include "OCDC", "Moornoats", "Perception", "Deception", "Seven", "Scanners", and "Hemphill". CD
Christoph Irniger Trio —
Open City ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2020. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Christoph Irniger on tenor saxophone, Raffaele Bossard on bass, Ziv Ravitz on drums, with Loren Stillman on alto saxophone, and Nils Wogram on trombone. CD
James Brandon Lewis —
Code Of Being ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2021. New Copy ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tenorist James Brandon Lewis has really been on fire in recent years – always opening up new doors in his music, and surprising us with each new record, which seems to have a slightly different flavor that further expands his palette of sound! Here, Lewis presents some beautiful original compositions with a group that has amazingly fluid drum work from the great Chad Taylor, lovely colors on piano from Aruan Ortiz, and these rollingly soulful basslines from Brad Jones – all players who are seamlessly tied to Lewis tenor, as the four paint these really wonderful pictures in sound. The approach is more structured than some of Lewis' other recordings, but at a level that's still filled with bursts of personal expression throughout – on titles that include "Every Atom Glows", "Archimedean", "Resonance", "Per 5", "Tessera", and "Code Of Being". CD
Some of the boldest work we've ever heard from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist you might know from his bigger label recordings for Okeh/Sony, but who sounds completely unbridled here in the company of the great drummer Chad Taylor! Taylor's a player who can step outside strongly, yet still find this inherent sense of swing – and that balance works beautifully alongside the tenor of Lewis, and seems to encourage him to take some great chances throughout the set – with some especially great moments of drums and tenor that almost evoke the way that David Murray or Sonny Rollins might handle such a performance! A really revelatory set – and a great reminder of Taylor's genius, too – with selections that include "Watakushi No Sekai", "Matape", "Come Sunday", "Imprints", "Twenty Four", "Radiance", and "Under/Over The Rainbow". CD
Drummer Tom Rainey is the leader, but he's a nicely subtle talent here – really letting the group finds its sound and shape as a whole – which makes for some beautiful interplay between the trumpet of Ralph Alessi, saxes of Ingrid Laubrock, piano of Jacob Sacks, and bass of Drew Gress! All five elements of the group have an immediate resonance together – one that almost makes you feel as if the set was conceived as a drum-less session at the start, letting the other four sounds come together – although that would hardly be the case, with Tom's name up front! Alessi and Laubrock sound especially nice in each others' company, and Gress has a way of hanging low, and really filling out the sound – on titles that include "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Just In Time/In Your Own Sweet Way", "What's New/There Is No Greater Love", "Stella By Starlight", and "If I Should Lose You". CD