|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 - Solo Ballads 1 & 2
“Limpidly and absolutely beautiful, this is a wonderful recording that seems tailor-made for late-night listening...” according to Cadence. 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...
|Tony Pancella & Larry Willis - Alter Ego
A pair of legendary pianos, two extraordinary pianists and, between them, a breathtaking singleness of groove and invention. Like no other great American jazz pianist today, Larry's playing moves people's hearts and feet. Tony has the same status in Italy. more...
- Baby Won't You Please Come Home
Take a classical clarinet virtuoso with a Louisiana-bred, lifelong passion for traditional jazz. Add a gypsy trained, died-in-the-wool Django-style guitarist plus the East Coasts premier bassist for swing and blues. more...
Willis & Paul Murphy
- The Powers Of Two
Ever hear a duo create the impact of a symphony? Larry and Paul do just that. With only piano and drums, they break through to a breathtaking new place in music, a space where jazz and classical and improv become indistinguishable. 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...
- Not What My Hands Have Done
The evocative balladry and quiet swing of a great piano triolike Bill Evans or our own Frank Kimbroughs really gets to me. That's why I was knocked out by Gerard. He locks effortlessly with his trio mates, Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirschfield. more...
Lee - Piano
If youre a fan of piano greats like Mary Lou Williams, Dorothy Donegan, Art Tatum and Chris Anderson, Consuelall be right up your alley. With her drummer, Sangoma Everett, she does Ellington, Waller, Kern and Berlin to pianistic perfectionand writes ensnaring originals. more...
Worth and the Larry Willis Trio
- Never Let Me Go
When I first heard Monica perform, I was immediately struck by her voicea warm, caressing alto with echoes of Rosemary Clooney and Morganna King. I was seduced by her repertoire, a gently nostalgic selection of great American songs. 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...
Of Mapleshade Vol. 1
- The Art Of The Ballad
I love the way a great jazz player can stop your breath with an impossibly slow and tender ballad. I spent several happy days combing though our master tapes to assemble these drop-dead gorgeous ballads. 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...
Hicks - Trio
If you dont know John, youre missing one of the greatest living jazz pianists. His originals are dramatic and infectiously swinging deeply moving ballads, delicately swinging waltzes, and out and out cookers. more...
Though the sound of the horn is impassioned, we'd never thought about doing a jazz French horn session. But Mark's soulful solos at our Ebony Brass session blew us and Bluiett away. more...
Jordan - The
Mellow Side Of Clifford Jordan
An intimate glimpse at the Chicago tenor sax giant at the height of his earthy, blues-steeped sound. I recorded these historic duo and trio sessions during 1989 and 1990. They feature Clifford jamming with his closest musical friends, including Julian Priester, Larry Willis, Chris Anderson and Carter Jefferson. more...
- A Deeper Well
Rebeccas all star sextetincluding Jack Walrath, Steve Novosel, and Steve Berriosdoes her proud. Sonically, a dazzling percussion soundscape envelopes the ringing warmth of her Steinway. The woody resonance of the plucked bass is perfect; the trumpets staccato attack is two feet in front of you. 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...
with the Larry Willis Quartet
- Ballads From The Black Sea
Dont let the title fool you. This lady does good old favorite American ballads like Sophisticated Lady and A Child Is Born with new emotionand she cooks like no other young singer on uptempo standards like My Favorite Things and Perdido. 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...
- 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...
- Single Pedal Of A Rose
I love the warm romantic blend of piano, flute and bass. If you love flute ballads, youll wear the aluminum off this CD. Hicks impassioned solos are superb; Walter Bookers bass adds delicate, dancing-on-tiptoes rhythms. 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...
Walrath and Larry Willis
- Portraits In Ivory And Brass
Mellow jazz and my favorite mood CD: lyrical and powerfully moving. I hear a warm, dark-toned, soulful trumpeterMingus last trumpet starmaking magic with the master of romantic jazz piano. more...
Willis - Solo
Im still blown away by the majesty and quietly swinging power of Larrys solo piano on this, his first Mapleshade session. For 20 years, hed wanted to record his jazz interpretations of the church music he grew up with. Heres the fruit of those creative years. 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...