Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy —
Avant Pop ... CD ECM, 1986. Used ...
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With Malachi Thompson, Steve Turre, Stanton Davis, and Frank Lacy. This album features covers of pop hits, such as "Saving All My Love For You", "Oh, What A Night", "Crazy", & "Blueberry Hill", as well as compositions by Steve Turre and Lester Bowie, ... read moreCD
Not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic ... read moreCD
Did Ellington ever record in concert and it not be great? This wonderful double-length set from the 60s is key proof of his genius in an unfettered live setting – recorded in Paris in 1963 with plenty of dark edges! The tracks are short overall, but Duke's really at the head of the group on ... read moreCD
4CDs – and some of the most far-reaching work that Coltrane ever recorded! The package expands the much shorter 2LP set that once was the seminal Live In Japan recording – a late concert performance showcasing 'Trane at his most out, featuring Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders as well ... read moreCD
A real smoker from a young Nat Adderley – a session that has the leader on cornet, working in a tight hardbop combo with Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, Hank Jones on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! The tracks are all nicely sharp-edge – that soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Martin Schlumpf on alto and bass clarinet, Omri Ziegle on alto and baritone, Werner Englert on tenor and flute, Stephan Zimmermann on trumpet, and Urs Koller on trombone! LP, Vinyl record album
Ilinx ... CD FMP (Germany), 2002. Used ...
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2 more 60s classics by Herbie – with some very groovy flute jazz tracks! Herbie Mann Plays The Roar Of The Greasepaint has kind of a silly gimmick, but the album's a nice one! Herbie plays flute over arrangements of tunes from this famous 60s musical – and although the arrangements ... 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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Magical music from the very first note – the kind of record you need to hear if you've ever doubted the genius of Bill Evans! The sound here is subtle, and supple – but still often more revolutionary than that of the countless albums it inspired in years to come – and Evans is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo.)
Steve Lacy —
Stabs ... LP FMP (Germany), 1975. Near Mint- ...
Although the title of this one would imply a more full-on approach, the record is actually a hauntingly languid set of spiralling solos by Lacy – played exclusively on soprano, and recorded live in Berlin in 1975. Beautiful stuff, with pure unadalterated Lacy solos, no silly bits – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nicely jazzy re-interpretation of some of Milton Nascimento's classic work from the late 60s and 1970s – done by the Zimbo trio with a nice little bossa twist, and a strong style that condenses the overall sound nicely! The set was recorded at the swanky Inverno & Verao as part of ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wagner Tiso, the keyboard player from Som Imaginario, lays down a nice set of smooth fusion tracks with a good groove to them. The set's got that Brazilian fusion sound from the 80's, which, if you know it, sounds a lot better than a lot of American fusion records were sounding at the time. ... (Brazil, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has some very light wear on the spine.)
A brilliant title for this brilliant album from Thelonious Monk – a set that really has him coming back strongly in the second half of the 50s – with a new talent for arrangements that really goes past his previous work! Monk's piano and compositions are every bit as great as before ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo, still with rice paper inner sleeve, and in beautiful shape.)
The session's billed as "very personal treatments of great standards" – and it's a great twist on familiar material, all given the Thelonius touch! There's less of Monk's creative composition and angular group arrangements going on here – and instead, the album's almost a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove.)
Bill Evans' first album as a leader – and a well-titled set that went onto transform the sound of the piano in jazz! The session isn't as lyrically free as some of Evans' later classics, but already has an undeniably fresh approach to the keys – one that's modern, yet never academic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Cover has light wear on the spine, otherwise looks great.)
A really beautiful little record from Wade Marcus – one that features Wade's great talents for soulful arranging, but with plenty of jazzy touches over the top! The set's got a decidedly disco feel at times, but also uses main soloists on all tracks – creating a strong sense of the ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another bit of electro grooving from Herbie's Future Shock LP – with lots of space age keyboards, and tweaked up electro beats! Bill Laswell produced and plays bass, too. Herbie's classic version of "Chameleon" is presented here in a 14 minute remix – but one that really ... (Soul, Jazz)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the best-ever Jimmy Giuffre albums! Jimmy's playing here in his classic piano-less trio format, in a group with Jim Hall on guitar and Bob Brookmeyer on trombone. The group was perhaps his best, and they achieve a perfect blend of free-flowing improvised lines, while still managing to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label "Long Playing Unbreakable" pressing with deep groove.)
Groundbreaking trio work from the great Jimmy Giuffre – an album that cut loose both the piano and the drums – in a way that took Gerry Mulligan's earlier rhythm-less experiments with jazz, and pushed them one degree further! The group on the session features Giuffre on clarinet, tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove.)
Brian Auger & The Trinity —
Befour ... LP RCA, 1970. Near Mint- ...
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The third album from Brian Auger & The Trinity – and the first to feature the group recording without vocals from Julie Driscoll! The sound here is just as soulful as before – a tight take on American soul jazz and funky soul of the 60s – pushed along by Auger's mighty work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)
Oh how we love this album – and we think it may well be the best album ever from Charles Mingus! The set was recorded in that magical Mingus year of 1957, but oddly not released until 1962 – missing some of the initial frenzy of his discovery during the Atlantic and Columbia years. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light ringwear.)
One of the heaviest keyboard albums you'll ever hope to find – a completely sublime session that not only features Fender Rhodes by pianist Roland Haynes, but also features additional keyboards from Kirk Lightsey – a double blend that really makes the record sparkle! The twin-keyboard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, with a radio station stamp. Cover has a cut corner, light ringwear, and some edge wear.)
A late 50s classic by the great Charles Mingus – his follow-up to the seminal Mingus Ah-Um, and a set that's got a very similar flavor! As with some of Mingus' best material for Columbia, the album has him working with a slightly larger ensemble, but still holding onto the intensity of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from Donald Byrd – hard, funky, and with more of an edge than most of his other Blue Note work! The sound on the album's incredibly sinister – really concerned with downward chord turns in moody rhythms – played with a real sense of soul by a frontline that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
One of Mose's most sophisticated album, and one that has him going way past his usual "folksy jazzy" style, into a realm that touches on Monk-like modernism. The whole first side is Allison's extended "Hiram Brown" suite, which mixes vocal and instrumental passages in an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
A surprisingly enchanting album of piano work from Charles Mingus – one of a few he cut on the instrument, and quite different than his regular work on bass! Unlike the bold, angry role that Mingus would take on as a leader, the approach here is very personal and introspective – long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder/Stereo stamps.)
Where it's at with Stanley Turrentine – circa 1962 – a time when the tenorist was really hitting on all burners, and turning out some tremendous work for Blue Note! The album's got Stan working with a special guest – a rare Blue Note appearance from pianist Les McCann, who's also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing, with Van Gelder Stereo stamps and ear. Cover has some light stains on the top 3 inches and a name in pen on back.)
Maybe one of the greatest jazz albums of all time – a real breakthrough moment for the legendary John Coltrane, and the blueprint for generations of jazz records to come! Trane was already breaking down plenty of boundaries before Love Supreme – but he knocked it out of the park for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, with Van Gelder/Stereo stamps.)
A tight quartet session that pairs the master funky guitarist with Jack McDuff, Al Harewood, and (surprisingly) Yusef Lateef, who plays tenor and flute on the record, in a style that's a lot harder than some of his own work from the time! The group grooves in a nice laidback way through 4 long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing, with RVG Stereo stamp. Cover has some wear on the bottom seam.)
Think of this quartet as a string trio, plus vibes – and you'll definitely get the idea of the wonderful sound of this set! The group's led by Daniel Levin on cello, and also features Mat Maneri on viola and Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass – plus great vibes from Matt Moran, who's ... read moreCD
A really fantastic set from this Swedish nine piece ensemble – a record that's overflowing with brash performance and unbridled energy – adventurous, but never totally free – and always given the right sort of focus to make things come across with a tremendous amount of power! ... read moreCD
(Penmark through barcode.)
Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman & Sylvie Courvoisier —
In Cahoots ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. Used ...
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No boogie here – at least not in the conventional sense – but a great little set from David Murray, recorded during the soulful prime of his early years on record! The album features a very hip quartet – one with Murray on tenor, Butch Morris on cornet, Johnny Dyani on bass, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first ECM sessions from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – a groundbreaking player who first got his start working in Poland with Kryzstof Komeda in the 60s, but then went onto a huge legacy of compelling ECM work for the space of a few decades! This set's arguably a bit bolder than some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, edge wear with gloss separation, and a distro sticker on back.)
David Murray & Randy Weston —
Healers ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1987. Near Mint- ...
Murray's on tenor and bass clarinet, and Weston's on piano – with no other accompaniment at all. Titles include "Clever Beggar", "The Healers", "Blue Moses", and "Mbizo". LP, Vinyl record album
Shamal ... LP Virgin, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Great middle period work from Gong – lean, jazzy, and almost fusion-based at times – without any of the indulgences of the early years! The sound here is a beautiful blend of keyboards from Patrice Lemoine, percussion from Pierre Moerlen and Mierelle Bauer, bass from Mike Howlett, and ... (Rock, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US promo pressing, including the insert. Cover has light wear, a tracklist sticker, and a promo stamp.)
One of Art Pepper's most classic sets for Contemporary – a record that puts him in the company of the Miles Davis rhythm section – Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano – who make up 3/5 of a quintet that also includes trumpeter Conte Candoli! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Stitt's work for Verve was some of his best on record – and this album is a perfect illustration of that bold claim! Sonny's blowing here in a wonderful style – a bit more restrained than on his early bop sides, more complicated than on his later soul jazz sessions, and all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent early live set that has Stanley playing with a raw tone that you'd hardly recognize if you only know his later, sweeter records. The group's a lively soul jazz quintet, with Grant Green on guitar, playing the kind of hard single note solos that made his early recordings so great, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(63rd Street stereo pressing with RVG Stereo stamp and ear. Cover has some wear and a small split on the bottom seam, and a name in pen on back.)
Wonderful wonderful wonderful work from the legendary John Coltrane – and even though it's probably one of his best-selling albums of all time, it's still a treasure – and has an essential place in just about any jazz collection! We've heard the original title version of "My ... read moreCD
Three great horn players with plenty of space to solo freely – working together on the stage of the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! The combo's one put together for the date, but they groove together nicely – rhythm by the trio of Ray Bryant on piano, Al McKibbon on bass, and Jo Jones ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, including the insert. Cover has a cutout notch.)
An incredibly haunting session that has Stan's edgey alto fronting some of Russ Garcia's arch-modernist string arrangements – similar to those that he contributed to other Verve albums of the same style. Getz maintains a wonderfully breathy tone that floats above the orchestrations, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a small split on the bottom seam.)
An amazing record – quite possibly one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, and a session that has Charles Mingus stepping boldly forward in a whole new direction! The album shakes loose the sometimes too-academic modern tones of Mingus albums from the previous year or two – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove – nice and clean, and cover is great too!)
A wonderful small combo session from tenorist Benny Golson – one of a few key albums like this from the early years! Although Golson is perhaps best known as a lively arranger in the modern idiom, he's also a kick-ass tenor player when he wants to be – and on this classic, he ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quartet session with Butch Morris on trumpet, George Brown on percussion, and Johnny Dyani on bass. Recorded live, and including 3 long tracks – "Monk's Notice", "Patricia", and "Last of The Hipmen". LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful post-Paris work from Archie Shepp – a record that has him bringing more focus back into his work after sessions overseas – and also making some great use of the legendary Joe Lee Wilson on vocals! There's a feeling here that's a real change for Shepp, but a great one too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)
John Coltrane —
Ballads ... LP Impulse, 1962. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
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A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – one that shows that Trane's groundbreaking group with Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano could still express themselves with even more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder Stereo stamps. Cover has an old price sticker.)
An excellent live set by Roy Ayers – recorded back in 1988, but with a sound that's right up there with his classic work! Roy's working here in front of a very appreciative crowd at London's Ronnie Scott's night club – and there's clearly plenty of British rare groovers in the audience ... (Soul, Jazz)read moreCD
An overlooked gem from bassist Larry Ridley – a set recorded many years after his debut on Strata East – but one that's done with an even deeper sound overall! The recording was done at the end of the 80s in New Jersey – but shows that the Strata spirit was still burning bright ... read moreCD
2 great groovers from Herbie's Latin days! Right Now is classic 60s Herbie Mann on Atlantic – as the band has a very unusual modal sound, with Herbie's flute next to vibes by Hagood Hardy, guitar by Billy Bean, and percussion by Willie Bobo & Patato Valdes. Includes a nice version of ... read moreCD
We're not sure if the match is perfect, but it's still pretty darn nice – a live performance that has Ella Fitzgerald singing in front of the Count Basie Band – all recorded before a very enthusiastic audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979! The set's a nice capper to one of ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Miles Davis/Stan Getz/Lee Konitz/Gerry Mulligan —
Conception ... LP Prestige, 1951. Near Mint- ...
Excellent early modern material – pulled together from the earlier years of Prestige, and packaged here with an excellent 50s abstract cover! Titles include "Ezzthetic", "Odjenar", "Yesterdays", and "Hibeck" by Lee Konitz with Miles Davis and others; ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jo Jones —
Caravan ... LP Black & Blue (France), 1974. Near Mint- ...
Drummer Jo Jones is at the helm of a sweet trio here – one that features Gerry Wiggins on piano and Major Holley on bass – both players who have the well-rounded sense of jazz history that Jones brings to his music! The record's got the snap of some of Jones' best from the 50s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Todd Coolman —
Lexicon ... CD Double Time, 1995. Used ...
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Everybody Digs Bill Evans – or at least it certainly seems that way from the cover endorsements by Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Ahmad Jamal – but the real proof is in the record, and the set is a great one from Bill's classic years on Riverside! Evans is at the peak of his ... read moreCD
One of the great lost sessions in the Mingus canon! Mingus leads a sharp small group here, a quintet featuring Booker Ervin, John Handy, Richard Wyands, and Dannie Richmond, of course. The session was recorded live at the Nonagon Gallery in New York, and has that sort of arch-modernist groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut album for Mulgrew Miller as a leader – and a rock-solid session that really set the pianist up strongly for the 80s! At a time when other keyboardists where mixing in so many other elements to their music, Miller's work here is a wonderful return to basics – pure pianistic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Jeannie Cheatham on vocals and piano, Jimmy on trombone, Dinky Morris on tenor and baritone, Snooky Young on trumpet, and Curtis Peagler on alto and tenor. Titles include "Permanent Solution", "Daddy O", "Goin Down Slow", "Detour Ahead", and "Homewa ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
Fred's not on the run, he's right at home – working at his own Velvet Lounge in Chicago, and blowing with the relaxed, open vibe that has made his performances at the club the stuff of legend! There's a great linkage here of styles from a few Chicago generations – the proud-toned ... read moreCD
A sweetly stepping session of bluesy jazz vocals from Jeannie Cheatham – outwardly a trad-oriented record, but done here with some nice light west coast touches that really capture the best of the Concord groove of the early 80s. There's a gentle swing to the tracks that reminds us of some ... (Vocalists, Jazz)read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from Weather Report – an album that has them picking up a bit more soul than before, and shaking off some of the experimental sounds of their roots – yet all in a way that still makes them one of the most revolutionary fusion combos of the time! There's ... read moreCD