Just to get things straight: Ann's the Beauty and Al's the Beard – and they're paired together in this surprisingly tasty set that stands as one of Ann's jazziest albums for RCA! Part of the strength is from arranger Marty Paich, who has Al's trumpet and Ann's voice working with a small ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Dynagroove pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
5 track, 25 minute ep plus two instrumentals. We're not sure what to make of this one. The tracks have an on-beat/off-beat production style, with odd samples floating in and out of nowhere. "Green And Gold" features a funny crime-spree verse from Eminem. One side is a 13-minute suite ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime uptown soul from Anthony & The Imperials – here working without the "Little" in their name, which is a good indication of the nature of the material! The tracks are all wonderfully composed original numbers from Teddy Randazzo – who also arranged and produced the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning Afro Funk from this incredible combo – as great as anything from the 70s, and maybe even better! The album's the second full length release from New York's Antibalas Liberation Orchestra – and like the first, it's an insanely wonderful batch of funk tunes that follows fiercely ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet funky 45 from Antibalas – one that reminds us just how seriously these guys take the "funk" part of their Afro Funk groove! The tune builds slowly – with raspy guitar lines over rumbling drums – then explodes with the kind of organ-woven groove we first loved ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Insanely fantastic work from the mighty Antibalas Orchestra! The group's really moved onto a whole new level here – covering Willie Colon's classic 70s groover "Che Che Cole", but kicking up the beats to give the track more of an African feel. This version really cooks with some ... (Global Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Wonderfully groovy work from Antoine – one of the hipper French singers of the mid 60s, and an artist who mixed headier sounds with some of the upbeat French pop modes of the time! The rhythms and instrumentation are often in the best jaunty mode we love from Parisian record of the period ... (French) read moreCD
Charly Antolini Jazz Power —
Caravan ... CD Bell (Germany), 1985. Used ...
Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, & Marisa Monte —
Tribalistas ... CD EMI, 2002. Used ...
3 of Brazil's most important artists of the past 10 years team up in this Tribalistas project – a genre-blurring set of tracks that recalls similar efforts of the Tropicalista generation, updated to reflect the styles of the 3 artists involved, with some nice complicated production touches ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A nice little spacey club soul EP on Brownswood – actually the duo of singer/songwriter Victoria Port and producer Max Wheeler – and it's very promising stuff! Brownswood has a been a vital source for burgeoning progressive dancefloor talent for years now, and the depth continues to ... (New Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Aorta ... LP Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ...
A lost heavy rock classic from the Dunwich Production team – recorded in Michigan, but with extra orchestral backing in Chicago – for an approach that gives the record a slightly pop quality that tempers the harder rock sound nicely. The songs are actually pretty catchy, in a post-Summe ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and a crease across the front.)
Early 70s Afro Funk treasures by the Apostles on a stunning 45 – material mined in a joint effort by Academy & Voodoo Funk – both among of the most reverent and respectful diggers of rare African recordings around these days! The Apostles have a unique vibe of their own, though ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful debut from Aquarian Dream – a group who first appeared under the direction of Norman Connors – and who also have lots of the same blend of jazz, soul, and funk you'd find in Connors' own music of the time! Yet Aquarian Dream are very much their own bag, too – a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of seam splitting, waviness in the bottom corners, and a bit of separation of paste-on from the back.)
Aquariana ... LP Drag City, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
An incredible side chapter of the enigmatic Source Family – the ethereal singer Aquariana – an artist with a voice as lovely as her name! Some tunes are spare and simple – with just a bit of piano and this fragile little voice – while others are a bit more righteous, with ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marx ... CD Deutschlandfunk (Germany), 2004. Used ...
Wonderfully sweet pop from The Arbors – a crucially overlooked vocal quartet from the end of the 60s – one who fused earlier harmony modes with some of the hipper styles of the Sunshine Pop generation! A decade before, and the group might have been a standard Four Freshman copy – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, with some aging and a bit of pen on the back.)
Incredible vocals from Khaira Arby – soaring out with this sense of power and pride that really blows away most of her contemporaries on the Saharan scene! There's a universal appeal to the music that goes way beyond the boundaries of language and culture – a quality that makes us feel ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible debut – and the birth of a genre! India Arie burst upon the Neo Soul scene with this sweet little set a few years back – and her career's been burning up ever since! The set's got all the best elements of some of the best indie soul of recent years – sweet beats, ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
India Arie continues her sensuous journey in sound – working here in the same earthy blend of acoustic and electric elements that made other records so great, and showing that she's still one of the strongest voices in contemporary soul! The record's got a personal, intimate quality that's ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chapter two, and an even deeper set than India Arie's first Testimony album – a record that shows a lot of growth in India's music, and a style that's even more mature and righteous than before! Arie's acoustic guitar is a key part of the instrumentation, and the album features a fair bit of ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet session of 70s electric jazz – recorded as a unique live all-star outing by a group of Arista's best jazz players at the time! The group's an octet, but plays together in differing formations throughout the record – with Warren Bernhardt on keyboards, Michael Brecker on saxes, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Joan Armatrading's real classics of the 70s – a record that perfectly blends her acoustic soul with some slightly tighter arrangements – but all at a level that still feels really personal and spontaneous! Joan's unique singing style is very much upfront – that individual ... (Soul) read moreCD
Early 80s synthy soul and new wave sounds from Joan Armatrading – really taking her earlier, kind of folk soul based sound confidently into the early 80s keyboard heavy grooves with some pronounced Caribbean flourishes! Lots of punchy rhythms and neon bright 80s sounds, but it's the songs ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Jon Armstrong Jazz Orchestra —
Farewell ... CD Orenda, 2014. Used ...
Ambassador Satch is a key statement of Armstrong's global power in the postwar years, a time when the State Department was using his talents to mend fences and open doors after WWII. The material is Armstrong at his best comeback stretch – and most of these recall the classic sound of his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a mostly split top seam and a center split on the bottom seam.)
A key album in the career of Louis Armstrong – one that helped him forge the fourth or fifth great comeback in his career! As you'd guess by the title, the album's built around Louis' hit version of "Hello Dolly" – sung in a mode that at one level stretches back to his roots ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mid 50s, and Louis is going back to his roots – playing a set of compositions by WC Handy – working with a small combo that includes Barrett Deems on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass, Trummy Young on trombone, and Barney Bigard on clarinet. Vocals are by Louis and Velma Middleton – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 tracks from the Jedi Mind Tricks-spawned underground collective Army Of Pharoahs! "Tear It Down" features Reef The Lost Cauze, Planetary & Vinnie Paz. The big ol' posse cut "Battle Cry" features Apathy, King Syze, Crypt The Warchild, Des Devious, Esoteric, Chief Kamachi, ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Hard swinging big band material from Sweden – featuring the big band of Harry Arnold arranged by Quincy Jones. Quincy had been spending a lot of time in Sweden during the mid 50s – bringing with him a host of great players that would soon become big names on the European scene. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary meeting of the talents of Dagmar Krause on vocals, Fred Frith on guitars, and Chris Cutler on percussion and electronics! Titles include "On Suicide", "Piers", "Labyrinth", "The Dance", "Maze", and "In Two Minds". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A the time they were taking Paris by storm, the Art Ensemble recorded this brilliant message to folks everywhere – one of their best early albums, and a landmark in Chicago avant garde jazz! The record features the group at their best – playing very tightly, but also with a sense of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare treasure from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded as a supposed third album for Atlantic records in 1974, but unissued for years until the group released it on their own! The session is a live one, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival – and features the unique addition of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff – and still sounding pretty fresh today! This is the first e.p. of tracks from Art of Noise, a groundbreaking set of sound collage tracks that mixes samples, beats, and dada instrumentation into a groove that definitely set the tone for the next 10 years. The record includes ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing companion to the soundtrack album from the film Solaris – an extended suite of tracks that works in a very similar way – with electronics layered in these beautiful, hypnotic modes – sometimes noisy, sometimes pleasant – always compelling throughout, thanks to the ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album