Seminal record from one of the most important hardcore bands to walk the earth – and DC underground classic that hit the scene like a lightning bolt to White House – that cover art speaks the truth! Bad Brains (the album) was originally issued on the then cassette-only ROIR label ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great stuff from Eryka Badu – sweet, mellow, soulful, and with a very righteous vibe! The record's got some impeccable production – and the best cuts have a stripped-down groove that mixes keyboards and vocals in a way that's similar to recent work by D'Angelo and Jill Scott. Eryka's ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A Silent Dance, and a heck of a moody improv jazz duo set – featuring Derek Bailey on electric guitar and Agusti Fernandez on piano – a concert recording captured in Barcelona in 2005! This is actually billed as Bailey's last public performance, as he was dealing with the effects of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
It's the mid 60s, and although Chet's lost the classic sound of his early recordings, he does a pretty nice job in this small group session that has him playing fluegelhorn in place of a recently-stolen trumpet. The sound is nice and compressed, with a tightly restrained feel that works well with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great 50s work from British trumpeter Kenny Baker – plus some other surprises too! The first album on the set – Operation Jam Session – has Baker working with his Jazz Today Unit, a group that features work from Joe Harriott and Bertie King on alto saxes, Harry Klein on baritone, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wealth of work from guitarist Mickey Baker in the 50s – tracks recorded under his own name, plus a whole bunch more that feature Mickey's trademark sound backing up other singers! Baker had a tone that was undeniable from the start – a way of playing the guitar that brought in plenty ... (Soul) read moreCD
Balkan Beat Box —
Give ... CD Nat Geo, 2012. Used ...
The most focused and stylistically linear set yet from Balkan Beat Box –who really focus and their box of beats without sacrificing the globally inspired eclecticism – with loads of propulsive beatcraft and synthy funk in the mix! This is a move that makes a whole lot of sense for BBB ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A wonderful testament to the legacy of Malian singer, flute player and group leader Sorry Bamba – documenting his years leading the Kanaga Orchestra Of Mopti throughout the 1970s – and a great, vital release on Thrill Jockey! The region's musical heritage is intergral to Sorry Bamba's ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of the most iconic rock and roll shows of all time – the late 70s farewell to The Band – and quite famously, much more final concert by an esteemed band, it's actually a rock, pop, folk, blues and soul summit that features The Band as the house band. This landmark document of the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Compilation put together in the late 80s, of Bar Kays' tracks, originating from the mid to late 70s, issued as singles on Stax and Volt. 13 tracks in all: "Son Of Shaft", "Montego Bay", "Humpin'", "Sang & Dance", "Midnight Cowboy", "AJ ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players ... (Soul) read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
Bolivia ... CD Flying Dutchman/RCA (Spain), 1973. Used ...
One of Gato Barbieri's better albums from the early 70s – and like his other Latin-themed sessions, a swirling mix of soulful soloing, modal grooves, and unbridled emotion! Lonnie Liston Smith is playing piano on most cuts, and he's a perfect blend for Barbieri's horn – giving it the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Chapter Two of Gato's Latin American trilogy – and like the first, a incredible set of tracks that features Gato's firey sax work engaging a complex series of Latin rhythms – recorded in LA, Rio and Buenos Aires! Some of the tracks on the record feature Brazilian influences – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
El Pampero ... CD Flying Dutchman/BMG (France), 1972. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Later work from swing sax giant Charlie Barnet – but every bit as tight as his classics! Don't be put off by the silly cover image of Charlie in an Indian head dress – as the costume's only a reference to Barnet's big hit "Cherokee", and doesn't imply any sort of cheesy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The brilliant full exposure of the voice that was always buried in the larger sounds of Pink Floyd – a definite madcap romp from the amazing Syd Barrett – and a record that still sounds as captivatingly chilling all these many decades later! There's a stripping-down here that's really ... (Rock) read moreCD
A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, ... (Latin) read moreCD
A stunner from Bill Barron! The set's one of the few rare sides that Barron cut as a leader during the early 60s – and it ranks right up there with work by Ornette Coleman or Joe Harriott for sheer raw modern power! The group's a quintet – with Barron and Booker Ervin on tenor, Larry ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Groundbreaking work from the modernist jazz team of Bill Barron and Ted Curson! The album's one of a few rare gems that Barron cut for the Savoy label early in his career – a mixture of Mingus-like angular jazz compositions, outfitted with a freer sense of soloing, and a deeply soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nik Bartsch's Ronin —
Llyria ... CD ECM (Germany), 2010. Used ...
A rhythmic, moody and moving set from Nik Bartch's Ronin for ECM – somewhat relaxed material that still has an something of sinister melodic undercurrent. Bartch's piano leads some dynamtic, and quite wonderful drum work by Kaspar Rast and percussion by Andi Pupato, with bass by Bjorn Meyer ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Basie and Basie-ites – recorded at Newport in 1957, in a number of varying groupings with players that include Lester Young, Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Joe Newman, and Frank Foster. Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on the track "Sent For You Yesterday & Here You Come Today" – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent gimmick – and yet another way that United Artists was trying to push its "Bond" catalog in the 60s! Count Basie brings a soulful swing to the work of John Barry – hitting hard on the tracks with his own smoking piano, and an orchestra filled with some of his best ... (Jazz) read moreCD
My God – they finally did it! After all these years of hearing about the legendary Smile album from The Beach Boys – hearing snippets on other albums, studio bonus tracks, re-recordings, and all the other sources they've dangled in front of us for decades – Capitol's finally gone ... (Rock) read moreCD
A pre-Pet Sounds moment of genius from The Beach Boys – a record with some surprisingly wonderful songs tucked in amongst more familiar rockers! There's a growing brilliance here that's clearly evident in Brian Wilson's production, the tunes tender themes, and the complicated harmonics used ... (Rock) read moreCD
15 tracks in all, including "Feel It In The Air", "One Shot Deal", "Gotta Have It", "Don't Stop", "Oh Daddy", "Change", "Bread & Butter", "Flatline", "Tales Of A Hustler Pt 2", "Look At Me Now", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD