Greatest hits compilation from one of jazz-rock's earliest and best guitarists. Having learnt his trade in fusion outfit Return To Forever with Chick Corea in the early 70s, Al made several solo albums. This an eight track collection of some of his works. Includes: " Song To The Pharoah Kings", "Beijing Demons" and "Traces Of A Tear."
Amazing mid 70's jazz fusion album (up there and more 'out there' than Billy Cobham's 'Spectrum'),which features as per Spectrum Tommy Bolin on guitar playing some of the finest playing of his career on tracks like "Nitroglycerin",& "Snowblind".
Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merrit, get together for one of the best Avant-garde type jazz recordings from its time. Recorded in August 1960, this CD versions includes two tracks that were previously available on the LP version. "Sincerely Diana ( Alternate Take)" and "When Your Lover Has Gone".
This classic album has everything for any fan of percussion, or anyone who loves afro-beat. Appearances from ChiefBey, and Montego Joe along with world musician Solomon G. Ilori, woodwind master Yusef Lateef, and bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik. This is a fusion of authentic Africa with the sound of avant-garde Jazz, swing and afrobeat. Simply a masterpiece. Tracks include: "Prayer By Solomon G. Ilori", and "Ayiko Akiyo (Welcome Welcome My Darling) ".
Possibly the best recordings from this artist, first released in 1961. Packed with hard bop, modern jazz classics and breathtaking solos, this is the the best Messengers incarnation puling out all of the stops. This is joyous jazz. This version of the CD has six classic tracks with 4 alternate takes. Tracks on this album include; "Shaky Jake", "Moon River [Alternate Take][*] " and "Backstage Sally".
This recording from 1964 is one of the greatest jazz, bebop sessions from the era. With Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass, this is as close to a super goup from this genre that you are going to get. Tracks on this album include: "Free For All" and "Core".
2003 release of this fantastic gem that was only previously available on vinyl. This version has all the warmth of the LP, plus it has been remastered in 24 bit by original engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Fantastic solos from all artists, this is a real journey of soul-Bop, and it does not get much better then this. Tracks on this alum include: "The Egyptian", "Sortie", and "It's A Long Way Down".
Classic Hard-Bop from1961. Although this album was not officially released until 1970, it somewhat of rarity among Art Blakey fans, this re-issue has now made it available to the rest of us , finally. Among the original tracks released in 1970, this CD version also three previously unheard alternate takes of, "Ping Pong", "Back Sliders" and "United". A must, for any Blakey fan.
Little known album from Messengers leader Art Blakey, recorded in 1961 and recently remastered. Included with the full length album an alternate take of Witchdoctor. Other tracks include: "Those Who Sit And Wait", "Little Busy" and "Lost And Found".
Freedom rider was compiled because of the exacerbation of the of the civil rights protests of the 60's, you can really feel the emotion that the musicions put into this collection. The track "Freedom Rider", composed by Blakey is a fantastic mix of Bop and swing, that just wants to make you dance. Tracks include, "Tell It Like It Is", "Petty Larceny" and "Uptight".
The Second Of two Volumes that taken from 1955 with the original Jazz Messengers lineup. The second volume feels more swing than the last, fantastic free styled drumming from Art, and amazing solos from the then young Kenny Dorham. Pieces include:: "Likw Someone In Love", "Just One Of Those Things" and "Gone With The Wind".
Simply the greatest Hard-Bop Drummer that has ever lived. Relive some of the great classics that made Art Blakey and his band the most famous band in their genre in the 50's and beyond. This essential collection takes selections throughout his career. Tracks include "Giantis", "Dat Dere", "Afrique" and "Ping Pong".
5 Tracks from the same sessions as 'A Night In Tunisia". The only reason that these recordings were left off of the original release, was that there was simply not enough room. Tracks from this album include: 'A Night In Tunisia' album, this is a must for you. Tracks on the album include: "Johnny's Blue ", and "Sleeping Dancer Sleep on".
Live recording from the famous Birdland club recorded in 1960. This CD has been remastered from the original master tapes by the engineer at the club Rudy Van Gelder to create the best possible representation of Art Blake live. Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons and Wayne Shorter were all rising stars who would go on to become band leaders on their own in the near future; with this sort of backing Art leads a storming performance. Includes: "The Things I Love", "'Round About Midnight" and "The Opener."
1961 recording, the first with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers as a quintet. A great collaborative effort, every member contributes one song each; everyone shares the solos on this Hard Bop, Swing exercise with strong elements of gospel and the blues. Surprisingly when this CD was re-released there where no extra tracks as the group were so sharp on th eday that they didn't even record any alternative versions or outtakes. Any Blakey fan must own this superior slice of Bop. Track listing: "Mosaic", "Down Under", "Children Of The Night", "Arabia", and "Crisis"
Essential Art Blakey from 1955. These timeless sessions are taken from the original messengers lineup, consisting of pianist Horace Silver, trumpeter Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley on tenor and bassist Doug Watkins. Songs include; "What New", "Prince Albert", "Lady Bird" and "Theme".
Classic album from 1958, and the first real hit for the Messengers. This versions has been beautifully remastered by original engineer Rudy Van Gelde and has a fresh sound that feels like it could have been recorded yesterday. Highly recommended. Tracks include, "Drum Thunder Suite", "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "Along Came Betty".
Recorded from 1954 at the famous club, birdland. The band features, Trumpeter Clifford Brown, altoist Lou Donaldson, pianist Horace Silver, and bassist Curly Russell. Classic recordings of some great bop. Tracks inlcude "Quicksilver", "Once In A While" and "Split Kick".
Volume 2 of the classic '54 recordings from the famous Birdland club. Remasterd by original engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Beautifully remastered, tracks include: "Way You Look Tonight", "Confirmation" and "Quicksilver".
The highly versatile pianist pays his own tribute to the great George Gershwin. Made immediately after their album of Leonard Bernstein covers, Charlap and his trio make the switch of American songwriters sound utterly effortless. The pianist is clearly a highly sophisticated player and has a telepathic link with his trio that makes this a revealing and aspirational album. The melodies were always there, but Charlap pulls something out of the bag on every track. Features alto saxophonist Phil Woods, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, and trombone legend Slide Hampton.
1986 release by the former Miles Davis trumpeter. This adventurous and unpredictable album certainly has the positive influence of his former employer, his aggressive style on the post bop numbers and lyrical effects on the more reflective moments are worthy of Davis. Includes: "Flight Of The Falcon", "Gardiners Garden" and "The Path Of Least Resistance."
Out of the sixteen track on this fine CD, ten come from a brilliant live performance recorded in the mid '50's. Billie sings through seven of her standards before moving onto a three song jam that finds her in perfect voice, the audience audibly appreciate her efforts. The remaining album tracks come from a rare four track session for the Aladdin label in 1951 and a studio recording from '41. Featuring: "What A Little Moonlight Can Do (live)", "Detour Ahead", "Blue Moon (live)" and "Them There Eyes (live)."
Thirteen swing standards recorded in 1962, that further demonstrate Darin's steady development beyond the simple teen pop he started out releasing. As ever, Darin's commitment is audibly clear and with the aide of arranger Billy May, he creats a memorable and charismatic record. Includes: "Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)", "On The Street Where You Live", "This Nearly Was Mine" and "I Got Rhythm."
CD covering the partnership of Adderley and pianist Joe Zawinul between 1961 and '71. These ten tracks, a mixture aof live and studio recordings feature the two of them, and Cannonballs quintet performing co-written numbers. The longer cuts, such as the fiftenn minute "74 Miles Away" show a group pushing for new boundaries without completely loosing themselves and lienating their audience (or the reviewers.) The chronological track listing shows a fascinating leap in ideas between the first and last tracks, genuinely thrilling and challenging Post Bop Jazz. Includes: "Hippodelphia", "Ndo Lima" and the closing nine minute "Dr. Honouris Cousa."
An almost frightening album when you look at the cast combined on this five track album from '65. Not only featuring the superb alto sax player, you will also find Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, and Art Blakey. A supergroup to be reckoned with, each player trading licks and solos. This belongs in any Jazz collection, a real jewel in the crown. Includes: "Autumn Leaves", "Dancing In The Dark" and "one For Daddy-o."
Classic '60's era Cannonball album released for the first time on CD in Britain. Recorded live at Hermosa Beach club The Lighthouse with the Quintet in 1960. This CD version includes a previously unreleased track "Our Delight." Pianist Victor Feldman guests, incorporating some of his own rootsy tunes into the seven tracks set list which the group dispatch with consummate ease. Irresistable funky latin rhythms make this a fine jazzy brew. Includes: "What Is This Thing Called Love?", "Blue Daniel" and "Sack O' Woe."
Live recording form 1962. The alto saxophonist brings together a cracking band for this performance, including brother Nat Adderley on cornet, Yusef Lateef on tenor sax and flute, Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and his ever present drummer during this period, Louis Hayes; the band interplay is superb throughout. All of the seven tracks are extended improvisations based on Adderley favourites, also included are the odd humourous remarks from the man himself. Includes: "Trouble In Mind", "Gemini" and " Dizzy's Business."
1959 release from the masterful jazz saxophonist. Featuring his band mates from the Miles Davis Quartet. Almost entirely an album of covers and standards, Adderley equips himself well making one of the best versions of "Poor Butterfly." This seven track album is expanded with two alternate versions. Also includes: "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry", " Remember You (Alternate Take)" and "Poor Butterfly."
Recorded in late '62 to tie in with the recent Bossa Nova trend, Cannonball actually managed to create a classic of the genre. Using South American musicians for an authentic sound was a mark of genius, his alto sax fitting in perfectly with the party atmosphere. Includes: "Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)", "Clouds" and "Joyce's Samba."
A brave attempt at trying to fit all of the alto sax players best recordings on a single, ten track CD. Covering his time on various record labels form the late fifties Bop sessions through to his early '70's Soul Jazz period, this chronological set includes collaborations with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, his own quintet in their prime and Gil Evans Orchestra. Includes: "The Chocolate Nuisance (Live)", "Limehouse Blues" and "One For Daddy-O."
1964 album from an early Sextet lineup. A set of songs that seems to have been largely disregarded by the alto saxophonist, none of the songs featured in his live sets of the time despite being a very high quality band effort. Ten tracks, Including: "Sewing Machine", "Little Boy With The Sad Eyes" and "Sabbath Prayer."
Twenty two tracks compilation of three popular Adderley albums: "Somethin' Else" ('58), "Bossa Nova" (1962) and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! (live)" (1966.) A great way to get these peak period albums for a low price. Includes: Corcovada", "Dancing In The Dark", "Sticks" and "Groovy Sambas"
Live album from 1962, featuring the Sextet (including Yusef Latef and Nat Adderley) at their peak. Recorded at San Fransisco this is a warm set that features in between banter from the saxophonist. Includes: "Unit 7", "Mellow Buno" and "Marney."
Despite that title, this album was actually a live performance within Capitol studios with a small, select and inebriated audience. Despite these unusual settings, this six track performance is great, the quartet showing off just what they could do, mixing Boogaloo, Bop, Gospel influences from guest pianist Joe Zawinul's tracks and a unique combination of all of these things. A highly entertaining, grooving album, including: " Hippodelphia" and "Games."
Exact vinyl repro of this classic jazz album that was originally released through legendary label, Blue Note, in 1958. With a line-up that included Miles Davis and Art Blakey, this is nothing short of an essential purchase that many would consider to be Adderly's finest moment.
An almost frightening album when you look at the cast combined on this six track album from '65. Not only featuring the superb alto sax player, you will also find Miles Davis, Hank Jones, Sam Jones, and Art Blakey. A supergroup to be reckoned with, each player trading licks and solos. This CD version features an great unreleased track from the sessions: "Alison's Uncle." This belongs in any Jazz collection, a real jewel in the crown. Includes: "Autumn Leaves", "Dancing In The Dark" and "one For Daddy-o."
Nine track classic form 1960. Featuring Adderley's second quintet line up, featuring brother Nat Adderley, Barry Harris, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. Bobby Timmons guests on piano for four tracks. Includes the original versions and alternative takes of classics: "Dat Dare" and "Work Song"
1967 album recorded in the same style as its predecessor, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Recorded live in Capitol studios in front of a (drunken) audience of friends, this ten track set features the same line up performing covers and originals. Although not as awe inspiring as Mercy!, this is largely because that was one of the best albums of his career and would be near impossible to top. Includes: "Heads Up! Feet Down!", "I'm On My Way" and "Mini Mama."
Recorded live and in the studio in 1960, this seven track compilation from 1999 release features the Jazz legend in swingng form. The Poll Winners was a short lived supergroup featuring Adderley, guitarist genius Wes Montgomery and Ray Brown, this is a legendary album remastered from the original source. Sounding as superb as it did on its original release, this rare collaboration of Jaz greats should be cherished. Includes: "Lolita (Live)", "Never Will I Marry (Green Willow)" and "Azule Serape (Live.)"
One of the most underrated jazz musicians of all time, If it wasn't the pure awesome sound he got from a trumpet it was his sometimes eerie voice. This compilation takes tracks from his early recording career between 1953 - 1956 Tracks from this compilation include, Stella By Starlight, Imagination and Minor Yours.
Unique throughout his career, this best of, takes some of the best songs recorded with pianist and music director, Russ Freeman. Chet typically loosely holds his voice to the music, yet with compassion and energy. Smooth.
If you are new to Chet Baker, this is most definitely a good place to start. A superb flawless live recording from 1956, with piano from Bobby Timmons and percussion provided by Bill Loughbrough. Tracks include, "To Mickey's Memory", "Medium Rock", "Pawnee Junction" and "Jumpin' Off A Clef."
A great big band sound with the talent of Art Pepper (alto sax), Bud Shank (alto sax), Phil Urso (tenor sax), and Bobby Timmons (piano) and of course Chet baker on Trumpet. Recorded in 1954 and edited from the original master tapes, if you are Chet Baker fan this is a must have. If your not, then lucky you, you have a lot of listening to do. Tracks include: "Chet", "Not Too Slow", "Mythe" and "A Foggy Day."
This album collects some of the earlier recordings performed by a young chet. In these recordings baker comes over as a hardcore jazz trumpeter, with a fresh feel. This album is a must have for all Chet Baker fans, and anyone curious about this real 50's star. Track on this album includes 8 tracks with a further 5 alternate takes
Chet Baker is one of the most fascinating jazz musicians that has ever lived. With an ever growing catalogue of Baker's songs and recordings becoming available, this collection has been fully digitally remastered from the original live master tapes. Fourteen tracks from '53 and '54, when Chet was still in his twenties and the drugs had to take their hold. His frightening pace and skillful live technique belies his reputation as a elaxed studio performer. Includes: "All The Things You Are", "Lover Man", "Maid In Mexico" and Russ Job.
Chet does a great job of blending his superb trumpeting skills, with the sounds of a French horn, bassoon, cello, bass clarinet, and bass. As a collective they create an easy listening sound with a lot of energy which is simply a joy to behold. All tracks in this collection were originally recorded for the Pacific Jazz label during the mid to late '50's, Tracklisting includes: "Dot's Groovy", "Ponder", "X", and "Tommyhawk."
'Chet Baker sings' was not only one of the most important west coast, jazz, cool albums of the 50's, it was also the most important of his career. After the huge success of Chet's first vocal album, Pacific Jazz decided to follow up with a multitalented recording of both vocal and trumpet work. Tracklisting includes: "Daybreak," "Long Ago & Far Away," and the EP version of "Let's Get Lost."
This collection is perfect for the first time Chet Baker Listener, or anyone who is interested in starting to listen to music from this genre or era. For the avid fan, alternate versions of "Blue Room," and "Spring Is here." are also included with this collection.
Another Collection from this great Jazz musician and singer. Selections are in chronological order, and gives a great taste of Baker's career. Tracklisting includes: "Freeway," Easy Listening," and Happy Little Sunbeam.
Originally released in 1957, This album comprises of ballad style pieces, in a deep love song style, that entrapped the hearts of thousands of teenage fans in the 50's. Tracklisting includes: "Little Girl Blue," "The Night We Called It A Day" and They All Laughed.
Recorded with Russ Freeman on piano, this collection of tracks provides some of the greatest early work that Baker was involved in. Track listing Includes: "I'm Glad There Is You," Moon Love," and "It's Always You.
This is the second live compilation from the quartet live series led by Chet baker, Joining Baker are Russ Freeman (piano), Carson Smith (bass), and Bob Neel (drums). Recorded performances taken from 1953-54. Track listing includes: "Billie's Bounce" "No Ties" and the brilliant "Deep Purple"
52 Tracks of Chet baker from 1952 - 1957, This 3CD box set is a fantastic introduction to the incredible sound of Chet Baker. Disc one offers a collection of 20 vocal tracks, disc two is a great introduction to his playing ability which made him famous, disc three, Chet Baker & Friends, is a collaboration with artists such as Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, and Russ Freeman.
This is the third and final volume to the live quartet series first released in 2001. Some real treats can be found on this volume, especially from the occasional bop solo. Recorded at the now legendery Tiffany Club in LA, 1954. Tracks include, "My Little Suede Shoes," Dandy line" and "The Wind"
Being able to get your hands on a Chet Baker title that is full of simply vocal work can be a difficult affair. This box set comprises three discs of simply that. Quality of the recordings are outstanding, you really get a feel of the smooth sweet vocals that Chet is capable of. Thirty nine track including: "There's A Lull In My Life", "I've Never Been In Love Before", "While My Lady Sleeps" and "Come Rain Or Come Shine."
Much loved album with most jazz fans, this collection of vocal work by chet is seen as some of the best that he has done. With Russ Freeman on piano, and with fantastic lead from chet on the trumpet this has to be one of the best jazz albums from 50's. Track listing includes: "My Ideal," "My Buddy," and "My Funny Valentine."
it’s hard to believe that some jazz fans are completely unaware of the sweet and tender voice that Baker owned, by the mid 50's he was already known for his talent on trumpet. This collection is a selection of some of his best vocals recorded, and a selection of his horn work. Tracks include: "Come Rain Or Shine," "Imagination," "Darn That Dream" and "Lullaby Of The Leaves."
This 1989 CD issue compiles all known sides cut during a July 26, 1956, session led by Chet Baker (trumpet) and Art Pepper (alto sax). This is a great Jazz session with everything you could possible want, from crawling ballads to, chasing bop solos. This session CD includes Tracks such as, "Little Girl," The Great Lie," "Minor Yours," and "If I Should Lose You. Highly recommended.
Eleven track best of that focuses on the Jazz pianist's late '60's output. An important time in his career as this was when he jumped from recording standards and originals by recording more experimental pieces. His improvisational side would soon become more avant garde, so this collection is good mid career collection. Includes: " Samba Yantra", "Blues Connotation", "Tones For Joan's Bones" and "My One And Only Love."
A real bonus if you bought this on LP when it first came out in '68 as this CD version has a bonus eight numbers from the same recording sessions, taking the original total of tracks from five to thirteen! The superbly talented Jazz pianist is joined here by Miroslav Vitous and drummer Roy Haynes and shows off his wonderfully fluid, improvised playing tones to the max. A mesmerising, highly energised performance from the trio make this a thriling listen.
This 1957 album has everything, from blistering solos to dazzling, forward-thinking improvisations. We hear this best in the reeds' lilting swing on "Midnight Blue", and in the quiet, mellow groove of "Li'll Darling'"; The sparseness of the latter's arrangement highlights the often-neglected guitarist Freddie Green's inimitable strumming. One of Base's finest albums.
The quality of this compilation is unparalleled, this is one of the first 20 bit remastered collections to be escape the dungeons of Roulette Records. Released in 1999, this takes specific pieces throughout the count's career where swing was the agenda. Tracks include: "Out The Window", "Little Darlin", "The Daly jump", and the amazing, "Molten Swing".
This quirky little CD, takes us back to the 60's, where count Basie and his big band perform some of the early 'James Bond' themes. Not so much in the style of Jazz as some of the counts earlier endeavors, however the influences are still there. Tracks include: "From Russia With Love", "James bond Theme" and "Goldfinger".
As the title may suggest, this album gathers some of the most memorable recordings where count basie, with the support of his big band, collaborates with some of the biggest jazz artists of the time. "Nat King Cole", "Billy Erkstine", and "Joe Williams", and many more. Tracks include: "Jumpin' at the Woodside [Stereo]", " She's Funny That Way" and Cute".
This album was originally available on double vinyl, and was released so that many of the 'Count Basie' big band recordings could be re-recorded in 24-Bit stereo. Indeed the sound and quality of the album is very impressive, it does miss that warm feel of some of his early work. All the early classics you would be expect have been re-recorded, tracks include: "Teach Me Tonight ", "Jeepers Creepers2 and "Lonesome Lover Blues".
This 2001 reissue builds on the builds on the original 1959 release by 'Roulette', by including original songs that were left off of the original album. Songs such as "Cute" and "No Moon At all". This album was recorded live on May 31, 1959, at the DJ convention in Miami. Tracks include: "Molten Swing" & "Who, Me?".
Just as it was seen that big band was fading out of the popular light, this somewhat underrated gem was released in 1958. Happily like the last release 'Atomic", this album was completely written by the count, big band sound, really back to basics blues feel throughout, what more would you want? Tracks include "Segue In C ", "Who Me" and "Deacon".
Nineteen track collection of the best Dexter Gordon tracks from his Blue Note era in the early '60's. His initial success in the mid '40's petered out after drug problems and some time in jail. The comeback albums he made for the label have been considered the best of his entire career. Includes: "Cheese Cake", "it's You Or No One", "I'm A Fool To Want You" and "Second Balcony Jump."
This is Danish brothers Niels Lan Doky and Chris Minh Doky's 1997 album, their second release. Their exceptional playing abilities (piano and bass respectively) create a fine example of contemporary modern jazz. You can hear the sibling relationship and the fact that they were both child musical prodigies in their unified playing. Having released solo albums before and after two self titled album, it is a brief but rewarding relationship having the two Danish stars together. Twelve tracks, including: "You Were My Man", "Silent Prayer", "Forever Greatful."
Cherry's second album, first released in 1966. Considering that his previous album was recorded by only a quartet, Symphony For Improvisers is surprisingly sparse considering he added another three members to the line up. Split across two lengthy pieces: The title track and "Manhattan Cry", it is one of Don's most energetic jam sessions that dips and rides through a wide range of styles and emotions.
Saxophonist Hank Mobley, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and pianist Herbie Hancock join Donald Byrd, with a fantastic eight strong choir. You may have guessed from the name of the album, that the music has moved in a new direction, and it indeed has, this 1963 album is far funkier then previous releases. Tracks include: "Chant", "Black Disciple" and "Beast Of Burden".
Twelve track compilation that concentrates on Byrd's later Jazz Funk of the '70's. Heavily influential on the Acid-Jazz scene of the early '90's, this in reality is a blaxploitation album, featuring barely any improvisations and some top draw cheesy vocals. A good representative of his late period, not for the lover of pure jazz! Includes: "Stepping Into Tomorrow", "Onward 'Til Morning", "Lansana's Priestess" and "Places And Spaces."
One of the last hard Bop albums Donald made before moving into a more funk jazz crossover style. Released in '67 Byrd is joined by Sonny Red, Hank Mobley, Cedar Walton, Walter Booker and Billy Higgins. You can sense his longing to progress forward without really being sure about what direction to go into. His crossover period of a few years later would be highly controversial to his loyal fans so he was right to be wary. Certainly for fans of his Bop period.
Fantastic Freestyle hard-bop album recorded in 1959, Donald Byrd is joined by a legendary group consisting of; tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Walter Davis, Jr., bassist Sam Jones and drummer Art Taylor. This early album includes the tracks; "Clarion Calls ", "Witchcraft" and "Here I Am".
1976 crossover release from the popular Byrd. Now having firmly left his hard bop behind him, he is really enjoying himself here. As ever the standard of musicianship on this eight track album is nose bleedingly high. Includes: "Science Funktion", "Onward 'Til Morning" and "Wild Life." This uplfting fusion album features Gary Bartz, Alphonse Mouzon, David T Walker, Byrd and Patrice Rushen trading off each other to fine effect.
Compilation with Larry and Fonce Mizell, of Black Byrd, Street Lady, Stepping Into Tomorrow, and Places and Spaces. All albums are recorded in the 70's, so don’t expect any experimental flair that made the 50's and 60's recordings so loved, but more of his crossover funk jazz. Tracks on this album include: "You And The Music", "Black Byrd", Street Lady", and "Change (Makes You Wanna Hustle).
Easily his most funkiest of Jazz albums, this was first released in '71. Rhythm is the main drive of this three track album (in typical Jazz style this album still lasts for about forty minutes so expect damn long tracks.) In many ways a crossover album that began to push his loyal fans away, despite his probably noble effort to constantly push Jazz forwards like his idol Miles Davis. Track listing: "The Emperor","Jamie" and "The Little Rasti."
Definitely during his Hard Bop period. Recorded in 1961 and featuring Herbie Hancick on piano and Wayne Shorter on saxophone, this is a free flowing highly daring Jazz album. Featuring Hancock compositions as well as some of Byrds most adventurous pieces of the period. Includes: "Night Flower", "Night Flower" and "Three Wishes."
Six classic songs from the talents of altoist Jackie McLean, pianist Duke Pearson, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Lex Humphries and Donald Byrd on the trumpet. Remastered hard-Bop at its greatest. Tracks include: "Amen", "Low Life" and "Funky Mama".
1966 album featuring Byrd in his Hard Bop persona. Mixing between boogaloo and breakneck paced numbers, this is his Bop prime. A fine example of the genre in the early '60's, this CD includes two excellent tracks from the sessions that were unreleased until 1997. Includes: a version of Duke Ellington's "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", "I'm So Excited By You" and "Fly Little Bird Fly."
1975 funk crossover album from the talented jazz trumpet player. The string arrangements, rhythm guitars and Philly influences make this a much more Soul/Funk album with few jazzy touches. As with a number of his album from the period, the music is rhythm based and spaced out rather than bop orientated. Includes : "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)", "Places And Spaces" and "Change (Makes You Want To Hustle.)"
Cedar Walton, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Billy Higgins, join Donald Byrd with one of his finest hard-bop recordings. Tracks include: " Slow Drag", "Secret LoveBook's", "Bossa Jelly Roll" and "LonerMy Ideal".
Another one of Donald's jazz funk crossover albums of the '70's. having been relatively relaxed in his playing on earlier '70's albums, this time the funky backing gives him an opportuinty to unleash complex licks from his trumpet. Gary Bartz on alto sax presents himself as a fine dueling compardre and his abilities aren't wasted. This success of this seven track album hinges on whether you can stomach or adore whistled solos, James Carter brings his "unique" style to the mix to stunning / horrific effect. Includes: "You Are The World", "Think Twice" and "Design A Nation."
Another Classic Byrd outing of hard-bop mainstream soul and R&B. and Funk. Donald Byrd is joined by fantastic arrangement of wah guitars and electronic pianos, that put other recordings in the early 10's in this genre to shame. Tracks on this album include: "Lansana's Priestess", "Miss Kane", "Sister Love", "Street Lady", "Witch Hunt" and "Woman Of The World". Highly recommended.
Seventen track compilation of sessions from Byrd's Hard Bop period of the early '50s. Features three separate sessions, the first from when Byrd had just joined Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, his first recordings from '53 and some informal recordings made at engineer Stephen Fassett's Beacon Hill home. This collection brings together many wonderful musicians of the period and shows off the wide range of material Byrd was involved in during his early career: Ballads, Swing Standards, Hard Bop, improvised blues and film soundtracks. Featuring performances from Art Blakey, Hank Mobley, Art Taylor and Doug Watkins. A great anthology.
Ten track album from the mid '50's that shows Ellington playing around with extended versions of Jazz standards. Certainly one for his audiences of the time who preferred the upbeat dance tracks to the experimental jazz he was partial. Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Clark Terry and Cat Anderson all find opportunities alongside Ellington to solo freely on this highly infectious album. Includes: "In The Mood", "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing" and "Honeysuckle Rose."
Three live sets recorded at the Duke's favourite Chicago club in 1959. One of the last of his performances before the club closed down, this thirty song album is filled with loose, vital jazz. Drawing from his recent stint as a composer of film themes, Ellington plays an unusual set to a crowd in rapture. Featuring support from Johnny Hodges, Clark Terry, Ray Nance, Jimmy Hamilton and Billy Strayhorn. Excellent sound quality that makes the evening sound that much more electric.
Although credited as an Ellington album, this is in fact a three way sessions with Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Recorded in 1962, this collection has been remastered and added to with six bonus tracks from the same sessions (including four previously unheard Ellington originals.) Landing somewhere between Bop and Avant Garde and upbeat blues, this is a standout collaborative album that is a must for fans of either of the three memebers of this briliant trio.Highlights includes: "Fleurette Africaine", "Caravan", "Solitude (Alternate Take)" and "A Little Max."
One of the finest recordings of Duke Pearson's career, this features an all star octet of Freddie Hubbard, Garnett Brown, James Spaulding, Jerry Dodgion, Stanley Turrentine, Gene Taylor and Grady Tate. This is challenging, celebratory Bop of the highest order. Rudy Van Gelder remastered reissue.
1967 Christmas album by the jazz diva. Actually her second festive release, this one has a very different approach to her '50's one. Ralph Carmichael assists Ella with his rich orchestral and choir arrangements to stunning effect. Remixed and remastered using 24 bit technology, Ella's brilliant vocal performances couldn't be clearer on these thirteen tracks. Featuring all the classics: "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come All Ye Faithful."
Seven track live album recorded at the University of Illinois in 1963. This performance was not released until 1999 as no one knew the gig had been recorded until someone stumbled along the master tapes. Featuring a young Herbie Hancock on piano, Dolphy plays alto sax, flute, and bass clarinet in his wonderful, vocal style. An essential example of howimaginative Dolphy was as a live performer and soloist. Includes: "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "South Street Exit" and "G.W."
An all star cast of Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Art Davis, Elvin Jones and Bernard McKinney join the trumpeter on this cracking session. One of Hubbard's best releases, his compositional and playing bilities are near their peak here. Original five tack album expanded with two alternate takes of "Arietis" and "Marie Antoinette."
Excellent moody funky 1971 soundtrack album recorded for Blue Note by Mr Green with a very large group, including Harold Vick (sax), Cornell Dupree (g), and Grady Tate (d). Rhythmic and atmospheric with some bad ass grooves.
Thirty nine track compilation that covers the great blues guitarist Grant Green's first tenure at Blue Note (1961-1966). Hugely busy at Blue Note as a session man, he appeared on twenty albums within a year of joining; this collection is culled from thirty nine different albums, some of his own and some as a sessioner from Lou Donaldson, John Patton and George Braith. At various points along this stunning blues journey (from organ groups to down-home trad jazz to the wild stretching of the form straight into outer space) we come across appearances by Herbie Hancock, Larry Young, Horace Parlan, Lee Morgan, Ike Quebec, Big John Patton, Jimmy Smith and many more. All the tracks were originally engineered by Rudy van Gelder so you can tell the sound is going to be great.
One of those albums that can be a starter for people wanting to experiment in jazz but don't know where to start. It compiles some of the best tracks of the pianist's '60's output. Despite only being made up of six tracks it manages to neatly sum up this decade in his career, progressing quickly on his own as well as supporting Miles Davis. Includes: "Watermelon Man", "Blind Man Blind Man" and "Maiden Voyage." Relentlessly pushing his music and he jazz genre forward for decades, these tracks represent quite possibly the best of his entire career.
Roy Van Gelder remastered on a classic jazz record if the late '60's. A man at his creative peak, Herbie had released the classic Empyrean Isles the previous year. Having worked with Miles Davis (alongside Ron Carter and Tony Williams who both appear here) f or the past two years, the pianist released what could be considered his best of that decade. A fine balance between accessable Jazz and adventurous Hard Bop, the five songs are credited as Hancock originals but the sheer unpredictable elements to the soloing performed by the quintet makes it an ensemble piece. At times wonderfully complex and imaginative, emotive and full of energy, it is a wonderful little record.
1969 jazz classic. A man at his creative peak, Herbie had released the classic Empyrean Isles the previous year. Having worked with Miles Davis (alongside Ron Carter and Tony Williams who both appear here) for the past two years, the pianist released what could be considered his best of that decade. A fine balance between accessable Jazz and adventurous Hard Bop, the five songs are credited as Hancock originals but the sheer unpredictable elements to the soloing performed by the quintet makes it an ensemble piece. At times wonderfully complex and imaginative, emotive and full of energy, it is a wonderful little record.
Canadian singer Holly Cole has a penchant for unusual cover artists (Tom Waits, Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Mary Margaret O'Hara) on this, her second solo album. Released in 1997, the light jazzy, pop arrangements and her fine vocals made her one of the best interpretators of the decade. Featuring : "I've Just Seen A Face", "You Want More", "Hold On" and " All The Pretty Little Horses."
This Soul Jazz forgotten album features six instrumentals written by the pianist band leader as well as a glorious cover of Bennie Maupin's "Lovely's Daughter." Released in 1969, this ithe Rudy Van Gelder remastered version. One of the final Horace Siver Quartet albums on Blue Note, this is high quality Bop.
1965 album by the Jazz pioneers. The expanded line up perform some '60's style Latin flavoured Hard Bop; the additional sessioners certainly play their part in this superb performance. This CD release has been remastered and presents the album in it's best ever light. Recorded at Pacific Jazz Studio, Los Angeles, California on July 1-2, 1965. Eight tracks including: "Tacos", "Soul Bourgeoisie" and "Dulzura."
Rudy Van Gelder edition of the classic Hard Bop album by the tenor sax player. First released in 1966, it features the talents of Lee Morgan, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, Curtis Fuller and Cedar Walton. The original six track record has been remastered by the legendary engineer and features a bonus take of "Black." The often ignored jazz man who went on to play in the Horace Silver's Quintet and with Herbie Hancock, shines brightly on this album, the sheer quality of the songs and playing are worth the admission alone.
Performing four of his own compositions and two by trumpeter Kenny Dorham, this is Hendersons debut as a leader of a small band. On shining form throughout, the band which featured McCoy Tyner, Butch Warren and Pete La Roca storm their way through the numbers to create a generally excellent album.. It indeed was page one of a fine career for Henderson.
Two sessions from the late '50's on one CD. Featuring performances in a quintet (that includes Tuba player Ray Draper) and the first recorded tracks of his long collaboration with pianist McCoy Tyner. Includes: "Exotica", "Yesterdays", "Essie's Dance" and "I Talk To The Trees."
Featuring Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, McCoy Tyner, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey, this is not strictly a Coltrane album but a compilation of collaborative roles the Saxophonist made with the artists mentioned above on the Blue Note label in the late '50's. The twelve bar blues played on this record never takes a predictable turn, Coltrane's inventive, expressive style puts a halt to any possible dull moments.
1956 Blue Note debut by the young tenor saxophonist, recorded a few years before he joined Thelonious Monk's quartet. Griffin's speed, technique, and power are on display with these ballads and blistering uptempo tracks. On this Rudy Van Gelder remastered release, he is joined by Wynton Kelly, Curly Russell and Max Roach.
1957 release from the lounge singer with a sexy voice. These nocturnal blues songs suit London perfectly, Russ Garcia's small scale arrangements supporting and embellishing her limited range. Largely a group of well performed standards, there are two songs written especialy for it, one of them: "The Meaning Of The Blues" became a classic when Miles Davis re-arranged it to devastating effect in the same year for his "Miles Ahead" album. One of her best.
Normally backed by an orchestra, this blusy effort finds her backed by a small band that really alters the atmosphere of the recording. This intimate environment suits her ecellent swing like vocals and creates one of her best albums. Eleven track album exanded with four bonus numbers from the same sessions. Includes: "Blue Moon", "The Gypsy In My Soul", "My One And Only Love" and " Looking For A Boy."
One of the most under appreciated Jazz players of the '50's and '60's, Kenny released a number of albums that are finally being considered as classics. Slowly moving away from bop, this a swinging, subtly experimental effort typical of the jazz releases of the time. Amongst his best works. Released in '63, this features Joe Henderson, Butch Warren, and future Miles Davis band members Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams. Track listing: "Una Mas (One More Time)", "Straight Ahead", "Sao Paulo" and "If Ever I Would Leave You (From 'Camelot.)"
The last record that the pianist would record as a band leader until 1973. Along with six hand picked band members (including Hank Mobley and Freddie Hubbard), Kenny worked his way through six originals in the Hard Bop vein. A wonderfuly atmospheric, late night record for introspective moments, this has been remastered by Rudy Van Gelder.
With the powerful front line of saxophonists Jackie McLean and Frank Mitchell,Morgan charges through a variety of tunes with power and panache.Contains the often sampled "Psychedelic" and "Afreaka"Contains 3 bonus tracks.
1970 funk and R&B-driven album from the alto sax player. The six tracks here vary impressively in style, from Bop, to funk, ballads, Calypso and R&B. As ever with this period of Donaldson, there is only a brief amount of soloing ("Doney Walk") and little here for pure jazz lovers, this is all about the funk.
A wonderfully laid back Soul Jazz album from 1963. Guitarist Grant Green and organist John Patton do their upmost to steal the atttention away from the alto sax player on this six track long player. One of the best examples of jazz in the early '60's, Donaldson is always treated badly by many purists despite the exceptional musicianship that appears on most of his records, the band here easily wander from genre to genre with touches of gospel, bop and R&B throughout. Includes: "The Holy Ghost", "Caracas" and "Don't Worry 'Bout Me."
Landmark '60's album for the popular Jazz Alto Sax player. Neither Hard Bop, Post Bop or the Funk Jazz he would move onto, this '67 release is a wonderful collection of slow ballads and standards. On some of Donaldson's albums, there was occasionally a duel between various band members for the top spot, despite the superstar backing of Wayne Shorter, Jerry Dodgion, Pepper Adams , Freddie Hubbard, Garnett Brown, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter and Al Harewood, Donaldson is the star here. Rarely would he sound so rich and vibrant in his soloing, the band backing him or copying his lush melodic tones on their own solos. Rudy Van Gelder remaster.
1968 release that finds Donaldson moving away from hard bop improvisations and more towards funky soul Jazz. The group perform two Donaldson penned tracks and three covers; The Alto Sax player and the four piece that back him create a superb atmosphere that invites the listener in. Track listing: "Midnight Creeper", "Love Power", "Elizabeth" , "Bag Of Jewels" and "Dapper Dan."
Steadily moving away from Hard Bop and moving towards the soul inflected of the '70's, this five track album was first released in 1967. Donaldson, trumpeter Blue Mitchell and organist Lonnie Smith spund most comforable with this new style that was developing and infuriating jazz purists; this is where the solos really flourish. Track listing: "Ode To Billie Joe", "The Humpback", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Peepin" and "The Kid."
Thirteen tracks that Lou pickeed himself as his favourite tracks from his time with the Blue Note label between '52 and '68. Bebop, Hard Bop, and Soul-Jazz tracks all appear on this collection as well as appearances by former band members like Art Blakey, George Benson, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown and Grant Green. Perfect for the uninitiated and curious.
Two kings of jazz playing together, with a great backing band make this double CD well worth a look, if you’re a big jazz fan, and you don' t have this in your collection you are really missing out. Fantastic solos from both, not to mention some eye watering vocals from Louis, make this one of the best jazz items available. Tracks include, "Cottontail" "I'm Just A Lucky So And So" and "The Mooche"
Without a doubt the most important solo trumpet player of all time was "Louis Armstrong." Throughout his career, not only was he known for his awesome playing ability, but also for his low toned voice. "The Great Summit Master Tapes" was recorded with Duke Ellington Trummy Young on trombone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Mort Herbert on bass, and Danny Barcelona on drums, simply beautiful
Compilation of Miles' cooler, more laid back style, culled from various '50's sessions. Includes elements of various Blue Note releases and "The Birth Of Cool", as well as a track from his sessions with Cannonball Adderley. This collection perfectly expresses his new direction awa yfrom bop and his ever developing playing style. Includes: "One For Daddy O", "It Never Entered My Mind", "How Deep Is The Ocean" and "I Waited For You."
As it says on the tin, this is everything those famous 1948 sessions produced plus the long awaited live performances recorded for local radio around the same time. Remastered from the original source, this makes twenty two era defining jazz tracks that changed the face of the genre. The skillful Big Band arrangements and the elasticity of Bop were first joined together on these sessions, named due to the sheer effortlessness fo it all. Essential jazz.
Recorded at the Pizza Express in London (hopefully not the takeaway) over three days in 2000, this is a twenty two track collection of Mose's favourite songs. Mostly covers, this does include some seminal tracks from his own back catalogue. Mose's laconic blues impacted heavily on the young mod hipsters of '60s Britain and his unique approach sets Mose Allison apart from any stream, main or otherwise. Features: "I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love)", "Ever Since The World Ended", "I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues" and "I Feel So Good."
Second installment of Mose's time at Pizza Express, London. This time the collection focusses more on his back catalogue, highlighting his prolific period during the '50's and '60's. in an extremely relaxed mood, Mose effortlessly makes these performances (also from 2000) of his classics feel as fresh and as vital as ever. Features Mose's usual trio with a guest guitarist who adds greatly to the extended improvisations. These seventeen tracks work as a reflection on Mose's songwriting powers and his continued presence as a live act. Features: "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me", "Swinging Machine", "Fool's Paradise" and "You Can Count On Me."
Cole and Shearing (with his quartet and an orchestra) run through fifteen swing standards. A perfect pairing really, the pair were both from the world of Jazz, were born in the same year and had achieved world wide stardom by the time of this 1961 album. The class of the two players means that they never step over each over each other, accompanying and gearing up themselves. Sadly the only album they made together, it is clearly a thrill for both players to work together. These sessions created the defining version of "Let There Be Love", included on this remixed and remastered album are three bonus tracks recorded at the same time: "Everything Happens To Me", "The Game Of Love", "Guess I'll Go Back Home."
A surprising album for the uninitiated, despite featuring the "King" of crooners, Nat doesn't sing a note here. This is strictly the instrumental highlights from his early Jazz period: 1943-49 with the original trio featuring Oscar Moore and Johnny Miller and three tracks with the second incarnation featuring Irving Ashby and Joe Comfort. A truly gifted and highly underrated piano player, this is the essential other side to the crooner royale.
Sixty four track compilation from the days when Nat was better known as a brilliant jazz pianist. And leader of a tight trio. The CD's are split into categories: instrumentals and two vocal lead tracks covering the whole of the '40's. Without a drummer in the trio, it is left to Cole's rhythmic piano to lead the guitar and bass accompanyment, it would be a tough call to think of a better trio tha nthe one found here on thjis excellent set. Although not including many "King" classics, this is an essential part of his jazz / bop back catalogue.
Originally released as a live album, the tracks were in fact recorded in the studio with canned applause put on after (sadly the audience has gone for this CD release). The pair had never worked together before recording these fourteen tracks in 1959. The pair skillfully run through some standards of the time, aranging them into Blues and Swing numbers that suit their pairing perfectly. This late night, laid back affair highlights the two performer's fabulous working relationship that sadly never went further than this album and a few live performances.
1958 classic Hard Bop album from the underrated Sonny Clark. Featuring members of the Miles Davis band and a young Jackie Mcclean on alto sax, the group swing their way through standards ("Sippin At Bells by Miles Davis) and Clark originals. The solid rhythm of Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones give the three leads a chance to breathe space into the high tempo and bluesy numbers. Includes two bonus tracks "Royal Flush" and "Lover" from the same session.
Recorded in 1957, this laidback set of Bop originals and standards is an early highlight of Sonny's career. Featuring Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Hank Mobley, Wilbur Ware and Louis Hayes as his backing band, this is Clark's record; his soloing ability is really coming into its own here. The original six tracks (with an additional bonus mono version of "Bootin' It") mix straight ahead, edgy bop with ballads.
Nine track bop album first released in 1959. The final two tracks are afrom a'67 session featuring Kenny Burrell. Backed by a superb line up: Donald Byrd, Hank Mobley, Paul Chambers and Art Blakey, this is hard, direct bop at its best. A brilliant mixture of rich melodies, firy performances and subtle mood swings.
Thirty four track double album bringing together all of the talented saxophonist's total output for the Imperial label in 1956 (the three albums: Jazz USA, Go Man! and Plays Cole Porter). Almost entirely standards, Criss had by this point refiined his passionate Bop playing and these digitally remastered recordings are held in high esteem by his fans.
Tourist was written, produced & mixed by the mysterious St Germain and he also takes on the role of conductor for the other musicians involved in this project. The songs on Tourist range from five to nine minutes as each one distinctively sets a unique mood, one that usually sweeps you away from the one you were just visiting but with a common thread that awakens an unquenching desire to repeat this process over and over again letting it's luster shine brighter with each successive spin. Tracks on this album include "Land Of…" and "Latin Note".
Fifty nine track triple CD set that brings together all of the tenor sax players recordings between 1950 and '54, as well as a selection of live tracks on the third disc. Already an accomplished band leader and, concerning his playing abilities, the finished article before he began recording for the label, these tracks represent the best of his early years. This collecion shows that there was much more to Getx than the Bossa Nova sound he would become famous for a decade later, his silky tones are applied to these Post Bop songs with typical charisma. Included are unreleased and alternative takes.
Pushing the rest of his band to the side, the tenor is by far the dominant force here. Rudy Van Gelder remaster. Turrentine is joined by Blue Mitchell, James Spaulding, Pepper Adams and McCoy Tyner. A highly enjoyable jazz album with a Bop touch. First out in 1966.
During the last 20 years trumpeter Terence Blanchard has made an exceptional name for himself, releasing poll-topping albums & composing award-winning Hollywood film scores for directors including Spike Lee. Having started out as a young musician in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, he has since gone on to become one of jazz's finest & most respected composers & trumpeters. On this, his debut album for Blue Note, he has brought together a diverse group of talented young musicians. "Bounce" is a combination of ballads, African rhythms & a funked-up version of Wayne Shorter's 'Footprints'.
This is Van Morrison’s first album for Blue Note and draws upon the jazz and blues influences that Morrison has explored consistently throughout his colourful career, with his distinctive voice set centre-stage against the mostly self-penned originals. For this new album, he teams up with veteran British clarinettist Acker Bilk on the track ‘Somerset’ a retrospective of his home county and also co-writtten by Bilk
Remastered version of the album that gave us the ultra-hip groove of the title tune to the now classic 'Footprints' this is among Shorter's best & was recorded with bandmate Herbie Hancock in 1996.Includes bonus track 'The Collector'.