Gritty funk from East Of Underground – an uber-obscure LP recorded in 1971 by a group of US Army serviceman at the Armed Forces Network studios in Frankfurt, Germany – originally used as a recruiting tool during the Vietnam war! Given the strength of the set, we wouldn't be surprised ... (Soul) read moreCD
A killer batch of work from Eastside Connection – one of the hippest soul groups on the LA scene of the 70s, and a key link to that city's older tradition of Latino soul! Eastside Connection have a sound that's a bit more smooth and aimed at the clubs than earlier LA groups of their type ... (Soul) read moreCD
A real lost chapter in the career of Mr B – 60s recordings made for Motown, done at a time when the label was cutting some great vocal material! Although Billy got his start in jazzier territory, the tracks on this set have him working with larger arrangements, in a fuller more mature male ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Edwards Hand —
Stranded ... CD Wizard/Grapefruit (UK), 1970. Used ....
A great second album from Edwards Hand – one with a rougher-looking cover than the first, but a sound that's still as sweet overall! George Martin's still helping the pair out on production, and their Brit pop harmonies are still out front in the mix – but this time around, the songs ... (Rock) read moreCD
We've been fans of El Da Sensai from the Artifacts days, and he doesn't disappoint with his latest effort, where he reminisces about the glory days of the early 90s, which we definitely agree was in many ways a golden age of hip hop. He recaptures that vibe here with beats by J Rawls, P Original, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Deep and bluesy work from the all-star Ellington group of the late 50s – a beautifully recorded album that moves way past the simple cliché of its title! The set features a host of original tunes from Duke Ellington and other members of the group – and players include Jimmy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hokey cover and title, but a hip little record from Duke Ellington – kind of a story of percussion and jazz, all wrapped together with some great vocals and narration! The format is kind of far-reaching, but never too stuffy – and in a way, the album offers a great opportunity to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing with a slightly different cover.)
Three slices of rare work by Duke Ellington – all recorded previously as semi-private recordings, and issued here in a short-lived 70s set! As you'd guess by the title, the tracks are all in "suite" form – that broader compositional style that dominated Ellington's later work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little session that builds on the strength of Johnny Hodges' small group 50s sessions for Verve – and which lets Duke Ellington in on some of the action! The format is nicely stripped-down throughout – featuring Hodges in sextet and septet formation with players that include ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great collection of the first wave of work from late 70s Detroit harmony group Enchantment – the best of their recordings for United Artists, and a set that's put together with a real focus on the group's mellower tracks! Like The Dramatics at the time, Enchantment had a newly ... (Soul) read moreCD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Johannes Enders —
Soprano ... CD Pirouet (Germany), 2004. Used ....
One of the more unusual albums we've ever heard from Japanese vocalist Chiemi Eri – a set done in collaboration with the famous Delta Rhythm Boys quintet from the US – pictured here on the cover in unusual Japanese outfits! Backings are by the large group of Nobuo Hara, who really ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Plenty of crazy rhythms here – as singers Chiemi Eri and Carl Jones are joined by Japanese jazzmen who include Nobuo Hara & His Sharps & Flats, saxophonists Sadao Watanabe and Sleepy Matsumoto, guitarist Shungo Sawada, and the Hideo Shiraki Quintet! The backings on all tracks are ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)
Erotic Drum Band —
Collection ... CD Prism/Unidisc (Canada), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ....
A collection of club tracks from the Erotic Drum Band – a group with a sound that definitely lives up to their name! Most of the numbers here build up heavily from percussion on the bottom – sometimes raw congas layered in among the basslines and keyboards, sometimes rhythms that are a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Funky Turkish rock from the enigmatic Ersen – an artist we'd rank right up there with Erkin Koray and Selda for choppy grooves and offbeat music! Like both of those artists, Ersen works in that vein of Turkish rock known as Arabesk or Andalou pop – a very cool blend of Western ... (Rock) read moreCD
Top shelf hip hop from Kenny Keys & ADaD for All Natural, Inc– fresh, unpredictable production from KK and rhymes ranging from playful to sharp from Adad – with guests including Cap D & Proh Mic. Wholly excellent Chicago hip hop is consistently delivered by team All Natural, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Punch through barcode.)
Euphorium Freakestra —
Dal Ngai ... CD Euphorium (Germany), 2003. Used ....
A great little set from Alan Evans – better known as the drummer in Soulive, but equally smoking out here on his own! Alan doesn't always record on his own, but when he does, it's usually a great thing – and this cooking little album definitely lives up to the funky tightness we'd ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Magical trio recordings from the classic trio that featured Bill Evans on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – a massive 3CD set of music, and one that brings together the complete June 1961 Village Vanguard recordings! The revolutionary bass work of LaFaro, and free-thinki ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bill Evans meets Bill Evans – in a uniquely-styled session that features overdubbed solo lines from Bill, creating a multi-piano sound that's really great! The approach sounds gimmicky, but it's not – and Evans carries all the sensitivity you might expect from the title and image on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Everybody Digs Bill Evans – or at least it certainly seems that way from the cover endorsements by Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, and Ahmad Jamal – but the real proof is in the record, and the set is a great one from Bill's classic years on Riverside! Evans is at the peak of his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible album from Bill Evans – and maybe THE record you need in your collection if you're trying to understand his contribution to jazz! The album's one of Evan's first sides from the Village Vanguard – and features the legendary trio that included Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare grooves from Evans Pyramid – a sweet set of cosmic disco from the end of the 70s – recorded with a lean, almost spiritual vibe – quite similar to some of the great tracks reissued in the Soul Cal series! There's a definite ear for the dancefloor here – lots of upbeat ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sublime second album on Thrill Jockey from Extra Golden – a more cohesive blend Kenyan benga and reverent American groove rock! The globally stretched partnership of the group continues on in honor of the deceased co-founding guitarist/singer/composer Otieno Jagwasi for this one. Opiyo ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A bit of jazzy magic from Fagen – stepping out from the cover of Steely Dan after the Gaucho album, and sounding pretty darn great on his own! The record is almost nostalgic, going back to a 50s of Brubeck, abstract expressionism, and pre-Castro Havana – filled with images that are a ... (Rock) read moreCD
A wicked batch of funky tracks from the Fania All Stars – one of their greatest albums, and one with a good story to boot! Supposedly, the group were all set to do an all-star concert with some very famous guests, but the whole thing turned out to be a disaster with lots of problems in the ... (Latin) read moreCD
The Fania All Stars pay tribute to a form that inspired many of its players – but which faded from Latin vogue before the group was properly formed in the late 60s. The session's a nice bit of retro Latin, with some strong late era salsa touches. Titles include "Guajira Con Tumbao" ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ayman Fanous & Jason Kao Hwang —
Zilzal ... CD Innova, 2013. Used ....
One of the most open-ended Tal Farlow albums for Verve – and a wonderfully laidback set that lets him open up with that incredible tone, taking the electric guitar to a whole new place in jazz, and showing that the instrument has volumes to speak in both phrasing and tone! The group's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Guitar jazz genius from the amazing Tal Farlow – working here at the height of his powers on a classic session for Verve – a real standout album from the 50s, and one with some slightly more modern overtones than even other Farlow sessions at the time! Part of the strength of the set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Elite pressing – with lots of bonus tracks!)
Art Farmer really found a great home for his music on the Soul Note label in the 80s – a place where he could continue to grow strongly, in ways that almost let him find a new sort of edge in his horn! This album's a wonderful example of the strengths that Farmer found at the label – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Farmer & Benny Golson Jazztet —
Here & Now ... CD Mercury/Verve, 1962. Used ....
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Massive music from funky reedman Joe Farrell – quite possibly our favorite of his legendary 70s run for CTI – and that's saying a lot, given how great those records are! There's a lean, edgey groove to the set that's totally great – a lot more bite than usual for CTI, thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice set of groovy, languorous instrumentals from Fat Jon! Fat Jon is often named as a hip hop instrumentalist on par with and in the experimentalist area of DJ Shadow, RJD2, Prefuse 73 and others – which is in part true, but Jon has more direct influence from astral 70s sounds and the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Fatback Band —
Yum Yum ... CD Event/Southbound (UK), 1975. Used ....
Yum Yum indeed – because the groove on here is pretty darn tasty! Fatback are definitely shaking off the rougher edges of their funkiest years on this set, but the sound is still plenty great – a jamming dancefloor groove that's still filled with plenty of tight live instrumentation, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Beautiful work from Malachi Favors – one of our favorite bassists ever! The album's a 1977 live session – and it features Malachi on solo bass, horns, and a bit of light percussion – opening up in a really personal style that was sometimes eclipsed by the rest of the Art Ensemble ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The full-length version of the Army Arrangement album, issued here with 3 long tracks – "Army Arrangement", "Cross Examination", and "Government Chicken Boy". The record was recorded in 1985, with Bill Laswell producing, and it's got a bit more of an electro ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A strong return to a classic 70s Afro Funk groove from Fela! The CD features tracks from 2 albums – "Beasts Of No Nation" and "Overtake Don Overtake Overtake" – both 30 minute long tracks recorded at the end of the 80s, when Fela was getting back to his roots, but ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing. Does not include slipcase in image. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
A great place to start with Fela! This 2CD set features the "best best best best" of Fela's classic mid 70s recordings – and it includes a total of 13 cuts, with some of them obviously edited down to shorter takes than the extended ones that appear on the full LPs. With all the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD