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John Hicks


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


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.


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...
Larry Willis


Larry Willis - Sanctuary
Larry’s on-fire piano leads a world-class quintet in a soaring, swinging exploration of matters of the soul and spirit. Slide Hampton says, “Man, Larry’s playin’ like he’s on a mission!” more...
Paul Meyers & Santi Debriano


Paul 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 jazz’s great duos. Paul’s flawlessly warm guitar sound blends Wes Montgomery’s bluesy soulfulness with Jobim’s Brazilian sensuality. more...
John Previti


John Previti Quartet - 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...
Bob Kindred and Larry Willis


Bob 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 he’d found. Wow, was he on the money! Right from the start of their session, I was startled by Kindred’s amazing down-home blues power. more...
Andy McCloud


Andy 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, he’s a hell of a composer. more...
Walter Booker


Walter Booker Quintet - Bookie's Cookbook
Give a listen to the blues-soaked groove on Bookie’s tune “Pete’s Rock”–you’ll understand why Monk, Cannonball, Sarah Vaughan and Sonny Rollins loved playing with Walter. more...
John Cocuzzi


John Cocuzzi Quintet - 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 play—you hear it in the foot-tapping bounce of “Cheek to Cheek,” in the bluesy pain that permeates “Black and Blue.” more...
Harold Ashby


Harold Ashby - Just For You
Hey Ellington and Ben Webster fans, check out Ashby’s 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 Webster’s protégé and record with those Chess blues legends. more...
Thurman Green


Thurman Green - Dance Of The Night Creatures
Jamming together in the early ’60s, trombone virtuoso Thurman Green and bari sax giant Hamiet Bluiett swore they’d make a great album someday. That promise bore soulful fruit here—30 years later. more...
Sunny Sumter


Sunny Sumter with the Larry Willis Quartet - Sunny
Over the past 3 years, I’ve watched Sunny mature into one of the East Coast’s 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 Sunny’s most gorgeous interpretations of Sarah, Billie and Stevie Wonder songs. more...
Euforia


The Euforia Trio - Euforia
Think of the delicate percussive subtlety of a Jobim samba. Think of a quiet but irresistibly-swinging Wes Montgomery guitar solo. Put them together: that’s Euforia, the mellow, stunningly original bass-guitar-drums Brazilian trio. more...
Live In Harlem


Patience 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 Rollins—a musician great enough to have toured with Ellington, David Murray and Stevie Wonder. more...
King / Blueitt Trio


King/Blueitt Trio - Makin' Whoopee
Hamiet Bluiett’s heartfelt tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio—by far the most original I’ve 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...
C.I. Williams


C.I. WIlliams Quintet - When Alto Was King
C.I.’s alto sound is warm and intimate. He combines the huge sweet tone of Johnny Hodges with Benny Carter’s edge and Charlie Parker’s raw speed and bluesiness. more...
Andy McKee and NEXT


Andy McKee and NEXT - Sound Roots
Andy’s feel-it-in-the-floor bass propels the gorgeously natural-sounding horns and the warm electric guitar. Billy Kilson’s 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...
Avi Lebo


Avi Lebo - Shades of Brass
If both Larry Willis and trombone legend Slide Hampton think this guy is good, you know he can play. The session was elegant: Slide’s gutty, swinging ’bone contrasted gorgeously with Avi’s super-warm, super-mellow tone. The two interweaving ’bones soar over Jimmy Cobb’s shimmering cymbals and Larry’s richer-than-Godiva piano chords. more...
Hamiet Bluiett


Hamiet Bluiett Sextet - Young Warrior, Old Warrior
If you’re 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 section—Larry Willis, Keter Betts and Jimmy Cobb. more...
Dave Bargeron Quartet


Dave Bargeron Quartet - 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 jazz—and Mapleshade set a new standard for 'bone sonics. more...
Norris Turney Quartet


Norris Turney Quartet - 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...
Kendra Shank


Kendra Shank with the Larry WIllis Quartet - Afterglow
This is my idea of an intimate, straight-to-the-heart jazz ballad singer. She’s 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...
Ted Nash


Ted Nash Quartet - Out Of This World
Fans of Coltrane’s Giant Steps will especially dig Ted’s powerful tenor sound. This burning set of modern jazz is one of my very best live recordings. more...
Bobby Battle Quartet


Bobby Battle Quartet - The Offering
Here’s a rare chance to hear David Murray in a relaxed setting, caressing his big, lush, tenor sax sound. That’s just what Bobby’s shimmering drums bring out here, ably abetted by Larry Willis’ mellow, soulful piano and Santi DeBriano’s unshakable bass line. more...
Clifford Jordan


Clifford Jordan Quartet - Live At Ethell's
Nothing I’ve 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, Clifford’s quartet was locked-in, relaxed and happily inspired by a house full of enthusiastic fans. more...
The Frank Kimbrough Trio


The Frank Kimbrough Trio - Lonely Woman
I have a hell of a time finding quiet, mellow, introspective piano that’s not elevator music. Thank goodness Shirley Horn dropped this Trio off right at my door step. She told me Frank’s slow and passionate ballads could make her cry. more...