A wealth of great music from pianist Paul Bley – all of it recorded for the Soul Note label, where Bley really got a chance to explore some ideas that might not have appeared in other venues! Some of the work here follows on the seminal Bley sides for ECM in the 70s – either solo ... read moreCD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)
Amazing live documents of Miles Davis and his incredible mid-to-late 60s quintet – Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – complete concert recordings from Antwerp, Copenhagen and Paris on 3CDs seeing release for the first time ... read moreCD
Tomorrow may be the question, but the record screams "today!" – and even this many years after its recording, this early set by Ornette Coleman has an energy and presence that cannot be denied! The sound here is kind of a rougher take on the mode that would gel more strongly on ... read moreCD
Pre-Atlantic work from Ornette Coleman – one of his first recorded statements in jazz – and one of his boldest! At some level, the complete Coleman sound isn't entirely in place here – as there's a bit of a trace of hardbop in the mix – not entirely, but just a bit. But at ... read moreCD
A funky fusion classic from John Tropea – the great guitarist who cut a wealth of studio work for other players, and a rare few albums under his own name! This set's got a tight, yet soulful finish – very much in the spirit of the best work on CTI or Kudu during the mid 70s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice set of lyrical piano trio tracks, recorded by Harris for the MPS label, and featuring a group that includes George Duvivier on bass and Leroy Williams on drums. Harris wrote a number of originals for the set – including "Vicissitudes", "Now & Then", "Sweet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Cover has some sticker remnants and a partially unglued bottom seam.)
The title's no lie – because the album is one of the shining jewels of Lou Donaldson's legendary funk years for Blue Note – that second period when he returned to the label at the end of the 60s, and really helped redefine the sound of soul jazz at the time! The format here is very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very righteous material from Gary Bartz – and one of his classic NTU Troop albums, with Andy Bey on vocals and electric piano, and the great Stafford James playing some mighty heavy bass! The tracks are nice and long, with a very soulful sound that mixes freer spiritual playing with a good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)
Stunning funk from the great Dizzy Gillespie – light years away from his early bop recordings! The album's a slammin batch of 70s instrumentals – Dizzy's trumpet firmly in the lead over electric backings that have more than a bit of funk in them. The bass is the main driving factor of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Now out of print, and a heck of a great little set of rare and unissued tracks from the glory days of the Blue Note funk scene! For most of the 80s and early 90s, Blue Note US used to bad mouth the stuff from this period – but by the mid 90s, demand for the funky stuff from collectors and ... (Funky Compilations, Jazz)read moreCD
A strong quartet set from Walton – with Bob Berg blowing on tenor, recalling the feel of the older Walton/Hank Mobley sides in the same manner, and featuring a lithe rhythm section of Sam Jones and Billy Higgins. The set was recorded live at Club Montmartre in 1977 – and Walton is, as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice little album from Brubeck – one that's mostly comprised of old-fashioned type tunes, but which all take on a hip new light in the hands of his classic quartet! As usual, Paul Desmond's one of the main assets of the set – working with Brubeck to forge a slightly off-b ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye mono pressing. Cover has some seam splitting.)
An interesting early album from Chico Hamilton – one that has him working in a trio format, quite different than the chamber modern work of his more famous quintet! The style is not dissimilar, though – as the trio lineup is drums, bass, and guitar – with both of the stringed ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Pacific Jazz pressing – with deep groove! Bottom seam has a small split.)
Clare Fischer —
Duality ... LP Discovery, 1969/1980. Very Good ...
A great little album that was recorded in 1969 but not issued until 1980 – and which features material that's very much in the same spirit (the same sessions?) as Fischer's excellent Thesaurus album! The feel here is really magical – with Clare's piano floating gently over the top in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic early work from Gil Evans – emerging here in this early session as an already far-thinking modernist. The tracks are shorter and less ambitious than some of Evans' work on Impulse, but the group is excellent – and even in a shorter format, the conception of the work still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a name in marker on back. Labels have some marker.)
Hardly an "encore" of the first Stan Getz Jazz Samba album – as this set's got a slightly different feel, and lots of great elements that make it really unique! This time around, Brazilian musician Luiz Bonfa is on guitar – already a skilled proponent of the bossa by the time ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sunny Murray's Untouchable Factor —
Apple Cores ... LP Philly Jazz, 1978. Very Good ...
One of the hippest, tightest sessions ever recorded by drummer Sunny Murray – a large group set recorded with his Untouchable Factor group – a great ensemble that includes Frank Foster on soprano sax, Oliver Lake and Arthur Blythe on alto saxes, Hamiet Bluiett on baritone, Don Pullen on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner, a name in marker, and clear tape along the spine & seams.)
Lonnie Smith's a long way from his Blue Note years here – but the sound is still plenty darn great, thanks to some fuller arrangements from the great Brad Baker – of B Baker Chocolate Company fame! The whole thing's quite electric – with Lonnie on Fender Rhodes and other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever cut by guitarist Gabor Szabo – a set that also has him playing sitar as well! The album's got a sound that's as groovy as you'd expect from the title – a mix of Gabor's usual jazz modes, which are already pretty darn great, and some of the Indian music ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small name in pen and a sticker on back.)
This is the Heath Brothers' only album for the Strata East label, and man, is it a tough one to find! The record's well known for the fantastic "Smilin' Billy Suite" (as sampled by Q-Tip), but it's also filled with other wonderful moments that are completely unlike anything on other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear on the top seam, and perhaps belonged to Ndikho Xaba at one point, with his name written on back.)
Wild electric work from Les McCann – an album of free, open sounds that's quite a change from his styles of the 60s – and from most of his other work of the 70s too! Side one features an extended 26 minute track titled "The Lovers" – a slow-building number that has Les ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album of vocal jazz – and one of the few sessions that John Coltrane ever cut with a singer! In a way, the album's more Hartman's than it is Coltrane's – given that Johnny's warm, mellow style of singing isn't as free and open as Trane at his most adventurous – but at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing in a non-gatefold cover. Cover has wear. Bottom seam is lined with clear tape.)
Ahmad Jamal —
Jamalca ... LP 20th Century, 1974. Very Good- ...
After Ahmad spent the 60s playing mellow acoustic piano, he turned into a great jazz artist on the Fender Rhodes – and this album is one of the best he ever made in that genre. The record has some great orchestrations by Richard Evans, and Ahmad's tone is very rich and full, with a great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and splitting on the spine.)
Brian Blade's Fellowship Band keeps on getting better and bolder over the years – really soaring out here under the leadership Blade's great drums – with a soulfully expressive feel that takes us back to his Blue Note albums from the last few years of the 20th century! Pianist Jon ... read moreCD
Michael Formanek/Ensemble Kolossus —
Distance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2016. Used ...
Bassist Michael Formanek works here with his Ensemble Kolossus – a group that's maybe not as big as their name, but who manage to bring a very full sound to the album overall! The lineup features trumpets from Ralph Alessi and Dave Ballou, cornet from Kirk Knuffke, baritone from Tim Berne, ... read moreCD
A really different album from drummer Donald Edwards – one that adds in some Fender Rhodes from Nicholas Payton and a bit of vocals from Vivian Sessoms – all in this cosmic blend of jazz and soul that's not too different at times from some of Robert Glasper's recent work! Some tracks ... read moreCD
Joe Chambers has always been one hell of a compelling artist – first famously as a drummer on important 60s modern sessions, but over the years also a tremendous leader, and a multi-instrumentalist whose work in a variety of settings never sounds gimmicky or forced at all! That quality ... read moreCD
Fred Hersch —
Solo ... CD Palmetto, 2015. Used ...
One of the hippest albums ever from Chicago reedman/trumpeter Ira Sullivan – a set that takes on a really different feel than his previous bop-styled records – and which shows a whole new side of the musician! Ira's clearly inspired here by the changes in jazz in the 60s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great trio set – with Fred Hopkins on bass and Steve McCall on drums – and Murray only on tenor on four long tracks that include "Coney Island", "Corazon", "The Hill", and "Hope/Scope". LP, Vinyl record album
Miles Smiles, but his grin is a wry one – given the angular energy of the set! The album's a landmark effort from the mid 60s quintet that includes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all of whom work without fail to capture Davis' newly emerging approach to ... read moreCD
One of the great Miles 70s groove albums – an album that's often as funky as you might expect from the cover, with a sound that's gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years! The noise of previous electric sessions is nicely toned down a bit here – leaving lots more room for ... read moreCD
One of the deepest albums we've heard from Buster Williams since the 70s – and a massively beautiful set of tracks that intertwines vibes, piano, and bass with some incredibly soulful touches! Williams wrote all the tracks on the set, and also produced the session himself – bringing a ... read moreCD
(SACD Hybrid – plays on both regular and SACD players! Out of print.)
David Murray & Randy Weston —
Healers ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1987. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Walt Dickerson/Sirone/Andrew Cyrille —
Life Rays ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ...
The musical partnership of Walt Dickerson and Andrew Cyrille is one that stretches back to the 60s – and with the presence of bassist Sirone on this set, they really hit some new musical heights! Dickerson's vibes here have that flowing, open quality from his best later years – an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary work from Miles Davis – large group sessions that virtually define the "cool" in cool jazz! The work's quite different from Davis' earlier bop sides with Charlie Parker – and show a distinct influence from modernists like Gerry Mulligan (who is on the recordings) ... read moreCD
Buster Williams —
Houdini ... CD Sirocco (UK), 2000. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Previously unissued work by the Three Sounds – tracks recorded at sessions from 1959 and 1962, but issued here for the first time! As in keeping with Blue Note's Standards series, the material features Gene Harris and trio performing well known tunes of the 20th Century – but given ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
David Murray —
Ming ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautifully arranged work from David Murray – an important early large group recording, one that really helped point the way to some of his later genius! The session features Murray leading an all-star octet that includes Henry Threadgill on alto, Olu Dara on trumpet, Butch Morris on cornet, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight funky fusion group from Europe – with a lineup that features a lot of keyboards and guitar jamming together, over the same kind of slow bass-driven rhythms that you'd find in the best work by John Lee & Gerry Brown. There's a real spaciness in the mix, and despite the presence of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a partially unglued top seam.)
One of the moodiest sessions on CTI from the early days – and a landmark album that took George Benson from the funky jazz scene into the upper reaches of 70s jazz. The record was put together by Don Sebesky, and it's a lot more high concept than some of George's earlier work – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has notes in pen inside the gatefold.)
Braxton recorded in a number of different settings, all of which are incredibly fruitful. Some tracks feature Braxton with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, and Jerome Cooper; another has him with the core of the pre-WSQ, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett; and one has him playing those ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & some light staining along the top seam.)
Excellent work from Johnny Hammond Smith – a record that really lives up to the "dirty" in the title! The approach here is a bit like some of Jimmy McGriff's recordings at the end of the 60s – organ soloist riffing around on some short hard tracks, with a bit of electric bass ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a name in marker.)
David Murray Octet —
Home ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A great leap forward for David Murray – an album recorded at the start of the 80s, and one that showed he really had some great new directions going on in his music! The album's got all the warm tones and complicated sentiments you might expect from a title like "Home" – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second great album from organist Ceasar Frazier – a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, half split top seam, and some marker on front.)
David Murray Quartet —
Morning Song ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1984. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of David Murray's straighter sides from the early 80s – and exactly the kind of record to prove to the world that he could be a strong tenor traditionalist while still bringing an inventive sound to play! Murray's tone is deep and soulful, and often quite lyrical – set nicely in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hardest, heaviest albums that Ray Bryant ever cut – even on the ballads – a monster little record that grabs you from the very first note! Ray did the arrangements for this one himself – working with his core trio that featured Ron Carter on bass and Grady Tate on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has light streaks of marker on front.)
One of McDuff's fantastic Cadet LPs, and one that features the funky funky organist in a set of crazy arrangements written by him and Richard Evans. An amazing mix of McDuff's soul jazz organ sound with the genius that was the Chess/Cadet studio system of the late 60's – and one that yields ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Back cover and labels have notations in marker.)
Great work from this Billy Hart Quartet – a great recent outlet for the creative talents of this legendary drummer – and one that's filled with plenty of fresh sounds and new ideas! Hart's always had a creative approach to rhythm – and the group allows some of his bolder, ... read moreCD
The title gets it right – as the album's easily the closest thing to free jazz that Ornette Coleman ever recorded – an album-length improvisation played by a "double quartet" that's overflowing with classic players! The style here is a fair bit like John Coltrane's Ascension ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first albums ever from reedman Paul Horn – recorded for Dot Records in 1957, and a wonderfully rich tribute to Paul's mighty talents. The groove of the record is especially hard to pin down – as some tunes are light and whimsical, others a bit more dark and rhythmic – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove and rice paper inner sleeve. Cover has a small split on the top seam and some aging on back.)
Maynard Ferguson cut an undue number of excellent records in his early years – and this smoking set is definitely part of that group! At the time, Maynard was one of the few cats trying to find a way to move the larger band forward in jazz – finding ways to groove like Basie, but also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lovely stuff from jazz pianist David Hazeltine – much deserving of his reputation as an stellar accompanist and sensitive interpreter – and also a excellent composer and leader! There's a trio of excellent Hazeltine originals on Inversions, including the excellent title track, the ... read moreCD
A 70s ECM album from Paul Bley, but one that features work from much earlier years – one session recorded in 1963, the other from 1968 – both done with Gary Peacock on bass, and either Billy Elgart or Paul Motian on drums! These early sides from Bley are quite interesting examples of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has small stains on the corners.)
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has peeling, staining & splitting along the bottom 4 inches due to moisture.)
We're not sure what a neck-peckin jammie is, but drummer Cecil Brooks really makes us want to know more – as the sound of this set is solidly soulful, and way deeper than you might guess from the cartoony image on the cover! Brooks has some very sharp help here in the group – Craig ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans —
Affinity ... LP Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful pairing – the keyboards of Bill Evans and harmonica of Toots Thielemans – presented here in a space that marks the record as one of the best from both players in the 70s! Some tunes are sad and blue, and very spare – others a bit more upbeat and lyrical, almost taking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A warm and wonderful 60s session from Lionel Hampton – recorded in a personal and intimate way, one that even surpasses his great small combo sides of the 50s! There's a relaxed feel here that you don't always get with Hamp – a gently grooving quality that we really like a lot, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder/Stereo stamps.)
Bob Brookmeyer —
7 X Wilder ... LP Verve, 1961. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
An overlooked gem from Bob Brookmeyer's key modern years – a quartet session for Verve that features great interplay between Bob and guitarist Jim Hall! The album has Brookmeyer both on piano and valve trombone – ostensibly paying tribute to composer Alec Wilder, referenced in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice collection of side Evans cut for Verve, featuring the introspective pianist in a variety of settings. "Beautiful Love" and "My Foolish Heart" were recorded live at Town Hall in a trio setting with Chuck Israels and Arnie Wise. "Spartacus Love Theme" and "H ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear, aging, masking tape over the top seam, a cutout hole and marker on the back.)
JJ takes a trip on the Broadway Express – serving up a host of great tunes pulled from shows, arranged with a very groovy flair by Mundell Lowe! Lowe makes the album sparkle with a bit more interest than the average session of this nature – adding in percussion, guitar, and other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bumped corner.)
Soulful Stan – working here with some larger arrangements from David Van De Pitte, but still sounding incredibly great! The format's tighter, smoother, and more soul-based than that on Stan's CTI albums from the 70s – with shorter tracks and a bigger band – but that format also ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime Sonny Stitt for Verve – a near-perfect record in just about every way from start to finish! Sonny's tone is amazing here – crisp, but still with a great deal of warmth – and focused, but never in a way that's hackneyed or cliched – really showing the brilliance of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the top seam, with a sticker spot and light wear on back.)
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the spine and some aging.)
Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott (Jazz Couriers) —
Last Word ... LP Tempo/Jasmine (UK), 1959. Very Good ...
Classic work by one of the greatest British jazz groups of all time! The Jazz Couriers were a legendary outfit fronted by the twin tenor team of Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes – and who also featured, on this set, piano by Terry Shannon, bass by Kenny Napper, and drums by Phil Seamen. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s British reissue pressing. Cover has some wear & a name in marker on the back.)