|John Hicks - Passion Flower
A piano giant of the New York jazz scene for 40 years, John could break your heart with a ballad, sweep you off your feet with an anthem, or boot you into boogeyin’ with one of his cookers. more...
|Chris Anderson - Live At Bradleys
Chris' wonderful trio performed at Bradley's, one of New York's best known jazz spots for pianists since 1969, for one thrilling week in May of 1994. more...
|Walter Davis, Jr. - In Walked Thelonious
My friend and superb pianist, Walter Davis, Jr., led relatively few recording sessions throughout his career — despite scores of dates with jazz giants Bird, Dizzy, and countless others more...
Willis - Sanctuary
Larrys on-fire piano leads a world-class quintet in a soaring, swinging exploration of matters of the soul and spirit. Slide Hampton says, Man, Larrys playin like hes on a mission! more...
Meyers & Santi Debriano
- Spirit and Samba
Playing the New York jazz scene together for over a decade, Paul and Santi have grown into one of jazzs great duos. Pauls flawlessly warm guitar sound blends Wes Montgomerys bluesy soulfulness with Jobims Brazilian sensuality. more...
- Swinging Lullabyes For My Rosetta
Quietly cooking melodic jazz and swing favs led by the rock-solid bassist who also ably anchored our Joe Stanley and John Cocuzzi sessions. Previti made history for 18 years backing up guitar giant Danny Gatton. more...
Kindred and Larry Willis
- Gentle Giant Of The Tenor Sax
Just back from a little Jimmy Scott recording date, Larry Willis raved about this gorgeous sounding tenor player hed found. Wow, was he on the money! Right from the start of their session, I was startled by Kindreds amazing down-home blues power. more...
McCloud's Gentlemen Of Jazz
- Blues For Bighead
In the wee hours of a Clifford Jordan session, Andy first caught my ear with a down-in-the-gutter blues solo. Then and now, Andy can play some blues. Even better, hes a hell of a composer. more...
- Bookie's Cookbook
Give a listen to the blues-soaked groove on Bookies tune Petes Rockyoull understand why Monk, Cannonball, Sarah Vaughan and Sonny Rollins loved playing with Walter. more...
- Swingin' And Burnin'
I love the real deal, the old Fats Waller, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw 78s from the swing era. This clarinet-vibes combo came burning to playyou hear it in the foot-tapping bounce of Cheek to Cheek, in the bluesy pain that permeates Black and Blue. more...
Ashby - Just
Hey Ellington and Ben Webster fans, check out Ashbys blues-drenched, melodic tenor sax. You just know that jaw-dropping sound came from a lifetime of paying dues. In 1950, Ash moved to Chicago to become Ben Websters protégé and record with those Chess blues legends. more...
Green - Dance
Of The Night Creatures
Jamming together in the early 60s, trombone virtuoso Thurman Green and bari sax giant Hamiet Bluiett swore theyd make a great album someday. That promise bore soulful fruit here30 years later. more...
Sumter with the Larry Willis Quartet
Over the past 3 years, Ive watched Sunny mature into one of the East Coasts most soulful ballad singers. So much so that I jumped at the chance to record this CD, her second. Larry Willis soulful piano chops bought out Sunnys most gorgeous interpretations of Sarah, Billie and Stevie Wonder songs. more...
Think of the delicate percussive subtlety of a Jobim samba. Think of a quiet but irresistibly-swinging Wes Montgomery guitar solo. Put them together: thats Euforia, the mellow, stunningly original bass-guitar-drums Brazilian trio. more...
Higgins' Sugar Hill Quartet
- Live In Harlem
If you like your jazz uptempo and overflowing with vitality, look no farther. Patience is a cooking, muscular-toned tenorman somewhere between Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollinsa musician great enough to have toured with Ellington, David Murray and Stevie Wonder. more...
Trio - Makin'
Hamiet Bluietts heartfelt tribute to the Nat King Cole Trioby far the most original Ive ever heard. Bluiett describes his inspiration: I wanted to focus on Nat as a pianist, not as a vocalist. He was a formidable pianist, anointed as they say in the church. more...
- When Alto Was King
C.I.s alto sound is warm and intimate. He combines the huge sweet tone of Johnny Hodges with Benny Carters edge and Charlie Parkers raw speed and bluesiness. more...
McKee and NEXT
- Sound Roots
Andys feel-it-in-the-floor bass propels the gorgeously natural-sounding horns and the warm electric guitar. Billy Kilsons drums are excitingly splashy and dynamic The originals by McKee are irresistible. Their rhythmic twists and turns, their surprising changes in mood keep me riveted. more...
Lebo - Shades
If both Larry Willis and trombone legend Slide Hampton think this guy is good, you know he can play. The session was elegant: Slides gutty, swinging bone contrasted gorgeously with Avis super-warm, super-mellow tone. The two interweaving bones soar over Jimmy Cobbs shimmering cymbals and Larrys richer-than-Godiva piano chords. more...
- Young Warrior, Old Warrior
If youre a fan of blues-steeped jazz with an unstoppable groove, you have to hear this CD. The line-up is stellar: Bluiett on bari sax; ex-Mingus star Jack Walrath on trumpet; young lion Mark Shim on tenor and a peerless rhythm sectionLarry Willis, Keter Betts and Jimmy Cobb. more...
- Barge Burns...Slide Flies
When Larry Willis was hot to do a reunion with his old trombonist pal from Blood, Sweat & Tears days, I didn't hesitate. If you've heard Barge's burning solos on BS&T hits, you understand. For this CD, Larry and Barge laid down an intimate, set of pure, uncommercial jazzand Mapleshade set a new standard for 'bone sonics. more...
- Big Sweet N' Blue
Our historic recording of the ballads and blues of an alto player whose sound I can't forget, the man the Duke found to replace Johnny Hodges. more...
Shank with the Larry WIllis Quartet -
This is my idea of an intimate, straight-to-the-heart jazz ballad singer. Shes somewhat in the vein of Diana Krall, but maybe a little more passionate. Shirley Horn brought Kendra to Mapleshade, a singer-guitarist she discovered while on tour in Seattle. more...
- Out Of This World
Fans of Coltranes Giant Steps will especially dig Teds powerful tenor sound. This burning set of modern jazz is one of my very best live recordings. more...
- The Offering
Heres a rare chance to hear David Murray in a relaxed setting, caressing his big, lush, tenor sax sound. Thats just what Bobbys shimmering drums bring out here, ably abetted by Larry Willis mellow, soulful piano and Santi DeBrianos unshakable bass line. more...
- Live At Ethell's
Nothing Ive recorded is closer to my heart than this, my first collaboration with Clifford. We recorded live at a posh jazz club in Baltimore for three great nights. Fresh off the New York jazz circuit, Cliffords quartet was locked-in, relaxed and happily inspired by a house full of enthusiastic fans. more...
Frank Kimbrough Trio
- Lonely Woman
I have a hell of a time finding quiet, mellow, introspective piano thats not elevator music. Thank goodness Shirley Horn dropped this Trio off right at my door step. She told me Franks slow and passionate ballads could make her cry. more...