Trumpeter Etuk Ubong leads a mighty heavy combo here – a righteous group that mixes together Nigerian roots and spiritual jazz – a blend that's very different than anything we've ever heard before – and which maybe puts Ubong's music in the same territory as some of the South ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trip issue of a couple of nice, hard bop Donald Byrd sides recorded in the early 60's, and as you would expect, the notes don't reveal too much about the origina of these sessions. Two great lineups are featured though, one that pairs Donald Byrd with the tenor of Jimmy Heath and the alto of Bunky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ringwear, with a cut corner and an index sticker on the spine.)
A collection of early bop singles cut for Capitol – one that includes some excellent rare material, including fantastic early work by Babs Gonzales, and some of Sonny Rollins' first work on record! Babs clocks in with some great little vocal numbers that include – "Real Crazy" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album – even if it was the only session that Cannonball Adderley ever cut for Blue Note! The album was recorded at a time when Adderley was working with Miles Davis – and as such, the session features a group that includes Miles, blowing in a cool tone that's a perfect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing. Cover has an index sticker down the bottom half of the spine and a touch of marker on the back.)
One of the most righteous albums ever from Archie Shepp – a beautiful late Impulse set of grooves, and a record that matches the genius of Attica Blues! Shepp's working with a losse collective of players that includes Charles Greenlee, Harold Mabern, and Beaver Harris – plus vocalists ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a center split top seam.)
A real turning point in the career of Gene Ammons – a record that almost returns Ammons to his earthier roots, and in the process helps build up a whole new sound in soul jazz for the 60s! The "Jug" nickname in the title is kind of a joking way to help Ammons stand alongside "M ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last great albums that Rudd played on before going into retirement! The group features Rudd on trombone, Enrico Rava on trumpet, Dve Burrell on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Harold White on drums – and the overall feel is similar to some of the best ESP work of the 60s. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut out notch, some ringwear and a promo stamp on the back.)
Groovy trio set, with a organ/guitar/drums lineup playing through a batch of soul hits like "Uptight" and "Wade in the Water", plus "Wee Dot", and a few pop hits. More groovy organ lines from Patterson, who's the main star here, and a surprisingly nice version of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive early Prestige set from tenorist Willis Jackson – and just the kind of record that set him firmly in the soul jazz camp for the 60s! By the time of the set, Jackson had already won plenty of fame for his R&B-tinged work – but here, he stretches out a bit more, and really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 60s collection that brings together some of Chico's best early work for Pacific Jazz – including his groundbreaking Quintet, a group that completely redefined the sound of jazz on the west coast! The album's filled with playful tracks that feature Chico's unique rhythms next to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic of spiritual, soulful jazz – and one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums! The set was recorded in New York after a few free and festive years in Paris, and it's an amazing about-face that has Archie stepping into a world of righteous, full-on, political, and funky themes – the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album ever on the Cadence Records label – and a doozy of a date that set the tone for greatness to come! Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah takes off wonderfully here – working with a sextet that includes Vincent Chaney on french horn, Chico Freeman on tenor and flute, Muneer Abdul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Beck —
Beck ... LP Kudu, 1975. Near Mint- ...
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A great little Kudu set from guitarist Joe Beck – a player who's sounding a lot tighter here than some of his odd psychedelic experiments of the 60s – but still pretty darn great overall! The style is smooth, as you'd expect from Kudu, but Joe's still got plenty of edges in his guitar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful late work by Coleman Hawkins – a player who was very much "at ease" with himself at the time, and opened up tremendously on albums like this. The format is beautiful – simple small group backings by Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Marshall, and Osie Johnson – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear and an index sticker down the top half of the spine.)
A classic album featuring music from The Sound Of Jazz – the legendary 1957 TV show that brought together some of the greatest talents then working in jazz! Unusual for TV, the show really seemed to capture the players at their best – and recorded some tremendous live performances that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album that has Stitt playing with moody string arrangements by Ralph Burns. This sort of album became one of the Verve trademarks after the success of the Charlie Parker & Strings sessions – but this Stitt LP gives the sound a whole new twist, thanks largely to Burns' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner from Kenny Burrell – one of his most sophisticated and soulful sessions of the 60s! Kenny's working here with the ultra-cool arranger Johnny Pate – best known for his work with Curtis Mayfield, and his 70s soundtrack fame – but a heck of a creative talent when it comes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label promo. Cover has a promo sticker in the top right.)
One of a few albums released in the US by the famous French pianist Martial Solal – a player who'd made a bit of a splash in the early 60s, when he was making a few appearances in America. This album presents a Solal that's more straightforward, more traditional than on later, more avant ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Totally totally cool LP that has this groovy group playing with Oliver Nelson – who plays soprano on most tracks. The sound is very groovy, and very Now Sound, with a female vocal duet, and mod swingin' jazzy lyrics. The LP's got a nice version of "My Favorite Things", a cool ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not "blues" like you might expect from the title – but a hip batch of tracks that has Kenny soloing over arrangements by Don Sebesky, playing in a warmly chromatic mode that's similar to the work that Wes Montgomery also cut with Sebesky. The tracks all have a nicely angular ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal record in the formation of the Pat Metheny sound of the 70s – a set that brings his wonderfully chromatic work on guitar into play with the piano of Lyle Mays – all at a level that's so stripped-down and spacious, you can easily hear all the genius as it unfolds! And yet the ... read moreCD
One of Bobby Timmons' most obscure trio sessions from the early years – recorded at the tail end of the Riverside years, which is probably why the album disappeared so quickly! The set's in a similar format to some of Bobby's other records for Riverside – a trio set with either Sam ... read moreCD
A rare treasure from the Aketa's Disk label – one of the hipper Japanese jazz imprints of the 70s, and a great showcase here for the mighty piano talents of Shoji Aketagawa! There's something very unusual about the piano that Shoji is playing here – as it's got a tonal quality that ... read moreCD
An explosive session from an expanded edition of the Jazz Messengers – recorded at a key point when Art Blakey moved the group up to six members instead of five! Although bigger than the group on most Jazz Messenger Blue Notes, the sextet have an energy that's almost tighter – a sense ... read moreCD
A cool little album from Joe Beck – very different than most of his other work! Although Beck's best known for his guitar work on funky 70s jazz records, this early album has him working in a mixture of rock, jazz, and folk styles – all cast in the hipster mode of Verve's Forecast ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout holes. Vinyl has cosmetic sleeve marks that do not affect play.)
Great work from one of the most under-rated tenor players of the 60s! Jimmy Forrest was an excellent player who made only a handful of recordings at the time – but he blows with a deep confidence that should have made him one of the biggest new stars on the scene. This set's one of Jimmy's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a strip of tape on the spine and light wear.)
Wonderful 70s work from Gabor Szabo – a record that has him picking up a bit more of a soulful undercurrent, while still keeping all his great guitar work nicely upfront! The album has Gabor recording at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios – with help from Philly soul arrangers Richie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This is the band's hardest funkiest album, and features the amazing breakbeat cut "Dirty Feet", which starts with hard drums, and comes in with off-kilter guitar, in a very Tribe Called Quest-y sort of way! We don't know if this has been sampled by anyone, but man oh man, it should be! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(American pressing on Elephant/General Recording Corporation.)
Tsuyoshi Yamamoto —
In Crowd ... CD Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974. Used ...
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The title's a reference to a famous Ramsey Lewis live album of the 60s – one that's echoed nicely here by the trio of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! Like Ramsey's group of the decade before, Tsuyoshi's has a very even balance between piano, bass, and drums – with strong, soulful work by ... read moreCD
Small combo solo work from alto saxophonist Bobby Smith, who was also a key member of the Erskine Hawkins group! The set features rare 78rpm singles for the Apollo and Ruby labels – and other players include Sam Taylor and Julian Dash on tenor, Haywood Henry on baritone, and Bobby Johnson on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jerry Weldon with Bobby Pierce —
On The Move ... CD Doodlin, 2016. Used ...
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A record with an unassuming cover – but a set that smokes like our favorite organ and tenor dates from years back! The album's issued under the name of tenorist Jerry Weldon, but it's more of a partnership with Hammond genius Bobby Pierce – who's still very much at the top of his game ... read moreCD
Stephane Grappelli —
Satin Doll ... LP Vanguard, 1975. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
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Great later French material – with Hammond from Eddy Louiss and guitar from Jimmy Gourley – plus Marc Hemmeler on piano, Guy Pedersen on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
Stanley Turrentine's no spoiler here – as his tenor sax soars out over the top of some sweet larger group arrangements from Duke Pearson – all awash in a great sense of soul, joy, and life! The album's got a much brighter feel than you might guess from the cover – a vibe that's a ... read moreCD
The sound of Gerry Mulligan in the early 60s – and one of the best records by his larger than usual Concert Jazz Band! Given Gerry's piano-less experiments of the 50s, it's surprising to actually have him as the pianist on this session – hitting the keys with a nice light touch, so ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Back cover has light aging.)
Dizzy Gillespie/Mary Lou Williams/Bobby Hackett —
Giants ... LP Perception, 1971. Very Good+ ...
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A nice little live set from the early 70s – recorded at the Overseas Press Club in New York, and featuring the unlikely meeting of Mary Lou Williams on piano with Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Hackett on trumpets. The trio are supported by rhythm from the team of George Duvivier on bass and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hilarious! Always one to try to prove that he wasn't just a stodgy uptowner, Leonard Bernstein cut this album as a "guide to jazz" – featuring narration by Mr. B himself, plus playing by Miles Davis, Buck Clayton, Teo Macero, and Louis Armstrong. The record traces the evolution of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's no end to our love affair with this great group – one of the most rock-solid lineups of the past decade or so, thanks to tight work from some players who clearly love working with each other! The mighty Eric Alexander is in the frontline on tenor sax – as are Jim Rotondi on ... read moreCD
Older standards, souped up nicely by Manny Albam – played by a group with Bob Brookmeyer and Eddie Bert on trombones, Ernie Royal and Joe Newman on trumpets, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Ted Sommer on bongos! LP, Vinyl record album
Miles Davis' first-ever performance in Japan – a really unique concert that featured the quintet with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – augmented by a young Sam Rivers on tenor! The presence of Rivers really gives the set an edge – and although Miles is holding Sam ... read moreCD
Hamiet Bluiett —
Ebu ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Deeply soulful work from Hamiet Bluiett – a set that's a bit more inside than some of his other work, but still with a great sort of edge overall! There's a hip swing to most numbers here – thanks to a mostly-inside rhythm trio that features John Hicks on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John McLaughlin's the only one pictured on the front cover, but the album's definitely still a highly-collaborative effort from the Shakti group – one that's awash in sounds and styles from Indian music! L Shankhar's violin is used almost as strongly as McLaughlin's guitar – with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's an apt one, as the session features spare, unaccompanied duets between guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Ron Carter – done at a time when both players were stepping into some of their warmest, most sensitive years. Hall's especially great here – and even though he had already ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A jazz rock masterpiece from Colosseum – the kind of record that the British scene could do far far better than any American group at the time! The set is a sweet blend of late beat group grooving – using the heavy R&B-influenced guitar and organ styles of earlier years, and ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bobby Timmons at the height of his powers – recorded live at the Village Vanguard, with a trio that includes Ron Carter on bass and Albert Heath on drums! The tracks are a bit longer than on some of Bobby's trio studio sides for Riverside – nicely swinging, with some killer piano work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Cover has some wear on the bottom seam, but looks pretty nice overall.)
A masterful album from Billy Cobham – and maybe the best 70s record to really demonstrate the unique place he found for himself in 70s fusion! The album soars with a sound that really lives up to its cover image – but it's also not the heavy-jamming affair of some of Billy's more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, AB etch. Cover has light wear and a price sticker remnant.)
Moody late night tenor musings by one of Blue Note's greatest talents of the early 60s! The album's a classic through and through – and the tenor of the mighty Ike Quebec is set up nicely in a solid quartet with Grant Green on guitar, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. ... read moreCD
Dexter Gordon recorded live in Germany – in a mode that's a bit of a change from some of his more familiar Copenhagen sides from the time! The format is similar – long live tracks, with Dex opening up on these fantastically creative solos – with every note seeming to flow with ... read moreCD
Instant Composers Pool (Misha Mengelberg, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker & Others) —
Groupcomposing ... CD ICP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1970. Used Gatefold ...
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A landmark album from this groundbreaking free jazz ensemble – a record that's as important to improvised music as Peter Brotzmann's Machine Gun or Derek Bailey's solo albums! And no surprise, the group features Brotzmann on tenor and Bailey on guitar – alongside Misha Mengelberg on ... read moreCD
Late 70s recordings of guitar and vibes duets from the forward looking percussionist Dickerson with Pierre Dorge. The compositons are all Dorge's and the playing is free, but restrained. 6 tunes in all, though 2 of them are fairly lengthy, with a few smaller vignettes as well: "Song For ... read moreCD
Don Byron on clarinet & bass clarinet, Lonnie Plaxico & Reggie Workman on bass, Pheeroan Aklaff & Ralph Peterson Jr on drums, Kenny Davis on electric bass, Bill Frisell on guitar, Richie Schwarz on marimba, Edsel Gomez & Joe Berkovitz on piano, Greta Buck on violin & Sadiq as ... read moreCD
Melvin Rhyne on organ, Vincent Herring on alto sax, Manty Ellis on guitar & Carl Allen on drums. CD
(Out of print.)
Charles Mingus —
Oh Yeah ... LP Atlantic, 1962. Near Mint- ...
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Quite a crazy little record from Charles Mingus! Mingus plays piano and sings (yes, you read that right!) in a tight sextet with Booker Ervin and Roland Kirk on reeds, and Jimmy Knepper on trombone. Mingus is trying out a kind of messed-up, blues-inspired sound here – but for some reason ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has a cutout mark.)
A set that really earns its title – as it's easily some of the most cosmic music John Coltrane ever recorded – and also kind of a way of saying goodbye to the planet, to leave his music in the hands of a next generation of creators! The album features material recorded by a Coltrane ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arto Lindsay/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark/Phil Sudderberg —
Largest Afternoon ... CD Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. Used ...
A set that's brimming over with improvising jazz talent – but one that's an especially great reminder of the guitar genius of the great Arto Lindsay! Lindsay is amazing here – playing with energy to match the brilliance of Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee – which is really saying a ... read moreCD
Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society —
Eye On You ... LP About Time, 1980. Very Good+ ...
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One of the loosest, most open albums from Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society – and a set that's a great antidote to some of the later records for bigger labels! Jackson's still got a very inspiring sound at this point – a polyrhythmic groove that's virtually the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent collection of overlooked tenor players from the late 40s and early 50s – put together from rare Savoy 78s and 10" sessions – with excellent notes, too! Features a full side each of work by Brew Moore, Allen Eager, and Phil Urso – plus tracks by Teddy Reig and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, a promo sticker, bumped corners, and light surface wear.)
Mike Nock has always been a pianist with so many varied shades and styles to his talents – and here, he makes a rare ECM appearance in a set that's nicely different from most of his other albums of the 70s – maybe a bit more sensitive at times, but also maybe more freewheeling too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smooth fusion from one of the greats – and although an 80s set, a record that still holds onto most of the best warmth of Earl Klugh's earlier years! The production is surprisingly laidback at points – never too many 80s gimmicks or easy attempts at a hit – and Earl plays with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovier than you might think – with cuts that include "Taffy", "LB Blues", "I'll Always Love You", and "Rockville". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Jack DeJohnette's Directions —
Untitled ... LP ECM, 1976. Near Mint- ...
One of the excellent DeJohnette albums cut for ECM in the mid 70s. He's playing here with John Abercrombie, Alex Foster, Mike Richmond and Warren Bernhardt in an electric setting, and the vibe has the sort of wide open feel that a lot of progressive players were exploring at the time: a sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet later work from guitarist Wilbert Longmire – a warm mixture of soul and funky jazz – and easily one of the better records to come from the Tappan Zee label at the time! Production is by Bob James and Jay Chattaway – with an R&B-inflected vibe that's a bit like some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bill Evans is working with a really wonderful trio here – one that features Gary Peacock on bass and Paul Motian on drums – both budding young modernists who help Evans reach some new sounds on the set! The record starts out with a groove that's perhaps more inside than you'd expect ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a light stain inside the gatefold.)
The future is now! Or at least it seemed to be back in 1983 when Herbie teamed up with Bill Laswell to record this classic album of computer-driven keyboard grooves! Whatever you might think of the music, the record was a genius move for Herbie – who was kind of flopping around in a number ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky fusion doesn't get any funkier than this – and the album's one of the greatest 70s recordings by jazz funk trumpeter Eddie Henderson! The album's got a harder edge than a lot of Eddie's other records of the decade – razor sharp rhythms crackling away underneath a sublime space-hea ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has surface wear, a split spine and top seam, a cut corner, and an index sticker.)
One of our favorite Ornette Coleman albums of the post-Atlantic 60s years – a set that still hangs onto some of the bold rhythmic conception of his previous records, but also points the way towards his freer jazz modes to come! The group's a trio – with really tremendous work from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(90s Connoisseur Series pressing on 180 gram vinyl!)
Plenty of Natural Elements here – thanks to the Indian roots of the Shakti group! The group's a wonderful collaboration between guitarist John McLaughlin – often playing here on acoustic, far from his earlier fusion – and a trio of Indian musicians, including the great L Shankhar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Frank Rosolino & Conte Candoli —
Just Friends ... LP MPS (Germany), 1975. Near Mint- ...
This album's a "partner" to the duo's other MPS album, Conversation, which (like this one) was also recorded during a one-week engagement at the Domicile nightclub in Munich. The group features great rhythm work from bassist Isla Eckinger, pianist Rob Pronk, and drummer Todd Canedy. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Samuel Jon Samuelsson —
Fnykur ... CD SJS Music (Iceland), 2007. Used ...
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A compelling little set from Iceland – a large group effort that's half-funky, half-grooving in a more sophisticated way – almost with the depth of an MPS session from the 70s! Maestro Samuel Jon Samuelsson leads the group on trombone – but some of the best aspects here are in ... (Deep Funk, Jazz)read moreCD
One of Jimmy Smith's biggest albums of the 60s – and a classic Verve pairing of his lean Hammond organ solos with the fuller, hard-swinging arrangements of Oliver Nelson! Nelson is working here at the height of his powers – backing Smith with a large group, but in a way that only seems ... read moreCD
(Out of print gold disc pressing, slipcover has some edgewear.)
One of the most free-wheeling Sonny Rollins albums of the 60s – an album that features some very long, extended tracks that really break out from some of the straighter moments of Sonny's mid-60s recordings! The title track is an incredible 20 minute workout – one that almost feels ... read moreCD
Art's blowing with a quiet intensity here – not as far out as you might expect from the title, but with that crisp genius that still graced all of his records from the time! The album features a quartet with Dolo Coker on piano, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Frank Butler on drums – working ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Still sealed with a cutout notch through the case.)
Maybe one of the greatest albums ever from trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a set that has him really stretching out as a musician – not just showing off that impeccable sense of tone that marked his important records of the 50s, but also coming up with new ways of phrasing, and a sometimes-uniq ... read moreCD