Quite a powerful little record from JD Allen – billed in the notes as a "blues record", but a set that's got an undeniably spiritual feel – so much so, it might be one of Allen's best records to date! The setting is a trio – with Gregg August on bass and Rudy Royston on ... read moreCD
Cecil Taylor —
Air ... CD Candid (Germany), 1960. Used ...
Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp – two key modern figures of the 60s, working here together in a seminal session recorded at the start of the decade! The album's approach is definitely dictated by Taylor – as the tunes have a piano-driven quality that's quite different than most music ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Marcus Printup —
Lost ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. Used ...
Marcus Printup just keeps on getting better and better – a hell of a trumpet player, and a great writer too – as you'll hear in this set of sparkling original compositions, dedicated to his late father! Marcus is hardly lost at all – as the album's got this strong sense of ... read moreCD
A classic early 60s session for Candid Records – put together by a group that includes Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and a host of other musicians who were working here as "Newport Rebels" – by setting up the Jazz Artists Guild Festival as a protest against the increasingly ... read moreCD
One of Art Pepper's classic recordings, in which he plays with a spare quartet backing by Miles Davis' rhythm section at the time – Paul Chambers, Red Garland, and Philly Joe Jones. An essential "east meets west" jazz recording, with Art at the top of his game, playing in a unique ... read moreCD
The best of Ronnie Laws' 70s material, plus a few new tracks as well – an album that definitely lives up to its Classic Masters title! The music is awash in both jazz and soul modes – jazz, thanks to Ronnie's well-played solos, which soar out in an amazing blend of new ideas and on-the- ... read moreCD
Relatively straight work from Sunny Murray – a series of trio tracks recorded with Odeon Pope on tenor, and the great (and underrated!) Wayne Dockery on bass. The tracks are a mix of jazz standards and original tunes – played with the rough edge of trio tracks from the ESP era, but ... read moreCD
There's something about Steve Turre in recent years that has us liking him even more and more – a maturity, a rock-solid soulfulness, and a strong commitment to jazz tradition – which, added to his already-inventive work on trombone, really makes him a massive force in jazz – ... read moreCD
Beautiful trumpet lines from Marcus Printup – a player whose subtle sensitivity never fails to astound us! The record definitely lives up to the "ballads" promised in the title – but unlike other standard-heavy sessions that usually come under the ballad heading, there's a ... read moreCD
An amazing little set – one that's got a sound we could hardly expect! The album's a unique Latin jazz session that brings together some of the best talents of the west coast scene of the late 50s – one that features arrangements from Bill Holman, Benny Carter, and Art Pepper – ... read moreCD
One of Andre Previn's great late 50s jazz sides for Contemporary Records – all of which stand as some of his finest recorded work ever, and make us always wonder why he'd ever parted company with the label! The set's got a simple, focused groove that's really great – no too-flowery ... read moreCD
Soulful bossa from Blue Note – and a real lost treasure! Tenor giant Charlie Rouse makes a rare appearance as a leader here – working with a percussion-heavy group that includes Willie Bobo, Potato Valdez, and Garvin Masseaux – and hitting a sax-meets-bossa groove that's simply ... read moreCD
A wonderful tribute to Fred Anderson and the creative sanctuary he provided in Chicago at his Velvet Lounge – done wonderfully by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins and his New Horizons Ensemble! The group brilliantly trades in soulful, melodious interplay and sharp left turns into abstractions and ... read moreCD
A beautiful solo set by one of the most inventive reed players of the past 50 years! Gustafsson pays homage to Steve Lacy, in a set of Lacy tunes like "Retreat", "Deadline", and "Prospectus", mixed with originals like "Windows" and "Outline" that ... read moreCD
Beautiful late work from Art Pepper – and a set that definitely lives up to the samba promised in its name! The groove here is a bit more fluid than usual for Art at this time in his career – and that's saying a lot, given the open-ended style of his Galaxy and Contemporary work – ... read moreCD
A great collection of material from Sonny Clark – recorded in 1958, but not issued at the time, most likely because Sonny was already releasing so many other albums for Blue Note! The CD features 14 tracks in all – all played in trio format – and all tunes are standards, as you'd ... read moreCD
A tight recent set from 70s soul jazz legend Carlos Garnett – blowing strong and soulfully, in a series of different groups that includes pianist Carl Holmes, plus work on bass by either Brad Jones and Steve Neil, and drums by Taru Alexander or Shingo Okudaira. Percussionist Neil Clarke ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Globe Unity Orchestra —
Globe Unity 67 & 70 ... CD Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1967/1970. Used ...
Rare material from one of the greatest avant garde ensembles ever! The CD features two long tracks – one recorded in 1967, one recorded in 1970 – both from the tapes of Sudwestfunk Baden-Baden, and never issued until now. The material features the collective at its finest – with ... read moreCD
Wonderful late 50s jazz from the LA scene – not just because singer Dakota Staton is at the best of her youthful prime, but also because the Shearing group on the set is great too! George is working here with one of his best lineups – a group that includes Latin-inflected Al McKibbon ... read moreCD
One of Cecil Taylor's most striking albums of the 60s – and one of the few in which he works with a larger than usual group – not a trio or quartet, but an ultra-hip sextet! The lineup is incredible – the cream of the arch-modern players of the avant era, including Bill Dixon on ... read moreCD
A relatively mellow recent effort from Bobby Hutcherson – one that has him playing both vibes and marimba, and going for a laidback style that allows plenty of spaces for tonal colors and shades of sound! The group's a quintet, with Kenny Garrett on alto, Geri Allen on piano, Christian ... read moreCD
Nice work from bassist Cecil McBee, one of the unsung heroes of the 70s soul jazz scene! The album's got McBee leading a group that includes Chico Freeman, Don Pullen, and Famoudou Don Moye – and they play in two modes, one heavy and out, the other spare and soulful, in a manner that best ... read moreCD
One of the few recordings available from the classic period of Chris McGregor's famous Brotherhood Of Breath ensemble – the African-tinged jazz combo that grew out of the wreckage of the ex-patriation of South Africa's Blue Notes ensemble as it mixed with members of the London scene in the ... read moreCD
A very cool album from Verve Japan – one that features tracks by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, Walter Wanderley, and Gary McFarland – all as an introduction to 60s bossa nova! (Brazil, Jazz)LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi! Cover has some light wear and aging.)
A double treasure from Billy Bang – two late 70s vintage performances in a single package! First up is Black Man's Blues – a really amazing performance from Bang, cut during some of his most creative years on the New York loft jazz scene, at a time when Billy was carving out a rich new ... read moreCD
A wonderful illustration of the way that each Sun Ra concert could be a completely unique experience – as you'll hear in this amazing performance from 1970! The set was recorded at the Red Garter, and has the group coming together wonderfully on these long tracks that showcase both the ... read moreCD
A wonderful testament to the soul and sensitivity of the music of John Hicks – a loving tribute to the late, great pianist – handled here by some of his closest jazz associates! Even without Hicks' compositions, the group would be great enough – but given that John's musical ... read moreCD
Heavy trumpets here – lead lines from both Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval, playing together in a sweet session recorded in Finland! The set's got an open, flowing feel – one that matches some of the best Gillespie work on Pablo – those sides where the label really was able ... read moreCD
(Rear tray card has a cutout hole. Booklet has a name written in marker.)
John Carter —
Dauwhe ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1982. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Richly complicated work from reedman John Carter – working here at a level that's a great change from his smaller combo work of the early years! Carter plays clarinet throughout – at the head of an octet with a very cerebral feel – a group who almost bring more of a serious music ... read moreCD
We've always wondered why Carter's wonderful avant collaborations with Bobby Bradford were so under-documented for so long, as to our ears they were making clearly the leading lights of the LA new scene. Finally, by the 80s, more recordings seemed to be offered up to them, like this one. Carter ... read moreCD
Easily the best of the pre-Prestige albums from Charles Earland – a really smoking trio session, done in the soulful styles that Earland was putting down in the clubs at the time! The group here features a young Jimmy Ponder on guitar – playing in that totally tight, totally amazing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a small bit of seam splitting.)
OAM Trio (Omer Avital/Aaron Goldberg/Marc Miralta) —
Flow ... CD Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2002. Used ...
One of our favorite Randy Weston albums from the early years – a set that moves past his simple trio and solo format, to offer some key experimentation with horns – in this case the creative work of Cecil Payne on baritone sax! Payne plays on most of the record – save for two ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, small split on the bottom seam, and clear tape on the spine.)
Kenny Burrell —
Freedom ... LP Blue Note (Japan), 1963. Very Good+ ...
A rare set of work by Kenny Burrell – recorded for Blue Note in 1963, but unissued until the time of this early 80s Japanese-only release! The work is amazing – quite different than some of Kenny's other work for Blue Note, in that the tracks are shorter, and apparently recorded with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)