Dreamy vocal work from Bonnie Guitar – a singer with a bit of a country tinge, but a jazzy feel as well! The album's got a laidback and mellow feel that fits perfectly with the title – moonlight, with just a hint of shadow – a blue undercurrent that comes from Bonnie's nice deep-t ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful session, with a strong MPS/Saba vibe! Players include Benny Bailey on trumpet, Erich Kleinschuster on trombone, Sahib Shihab on baritone and alto, and Jimmy Woode on bass! Titles include the 3-part "Music For Piano & Band", plus "The Veiled Old Land". ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful mix of jazz elements and some of Gulda's more serious ambitions – with lots of solos from the leader, plus electric bass from JA Rettenbacher, drums from Klaus Weiss, additional piano from Fritz Pauer, and some horn section work that features Dusko Goykovich and Benny Bailey on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of a number of excellent 50s American releases by Swedish baritonist Lars Gullin – a 4 track 10" LP that features backing by a septet that includes Putte Wickman, Ake Persson, Bengt Hallberg, and George Riedel. The tracks are a bit longer than usual for Gullin – making for a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare American 10" release from Swedish baritonist Lars Gullin – probably the most-issued European jazzman in the US during the postwar years! The set features a quartet – with Lars on baritone sax, Ake Persson on trombone, Simon Brehm on bass, and Jack Noren on drums – all ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A set recorded in New York, but with plenty of help from Berlin players as well – in a lineup that has pianist Ulrich Gumpert at the helm – plus Paul Brody on trumpet, Christof Thewes on trombone, Michael Thieke on clarinet and alto, Henrik Walsdorff on alto, Ulrich Kempendorff on flute ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first "jazz meets hip hop" effort by Guru and a host of guests that includes Donald Byrd, Roy Ayers, Ronny Jordan, Lonnie Liston Smith, and MC Solaar. Tracks include "Slicker Than Most", "Loungin", "Sights In The City", and "Le Bien, Le Mal". ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Guru's second foray into the jazz/rap crossover world, with a huge amount of guest stars, and a little bit less of Guru. In parts, it actually seems to work better than the first one. Why? Because there's not as much of a forced effort to bring jazz and rap together in an obvious way, which ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A wonderful larger-concept piece from reedman Mats Gustafsson – and an important recording that really stands to only complement some of his freer, looser work of the time! The set's got a vibe that's similar to some of the best mixed composition/improvisation works of the 90s – put ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two important noisemakers at work together in a blistering set of long improvisation – and a record that may well lean more towards the Thurston Moore side of the spectrum than the usual sounds we hear from Mats Gustafsson! The players have worked together before, but this time around there's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mats Gustafsson/Ken Vandermark/Ab Baars —
Abet?! ... 7-inch Terp (Netherlands), 2012. Near Mint- (pic cover)....
A stone classic from the great Gwen Guthrie – a singer who forged some brilliant vocals in the backdrop of other folks' soul sessions – then really exploded forth as a star on her own, with a handful of key albums in the early 80s! This cooker really shows off Guthrie's ear for the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mini-LP, but one that packs more punch than most full length sets – thanks to a top-shelf lineup all the way through! The set's a project put together by Sly & Robbie, and recorded at Compass Point Studios – all with a groove that's kind of a dubbier take on the sound of New York ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the most amazing collection we've ever seen of the work of Woody Guthrie – not just for the music included, but for all the extra bits too! The core contents are already the stuff of legend – 6 CDs that feature the complete Library Of Congress recordings that Guthrie did with ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A fittingly elegiac set devoted to folk hero Woody Guthrie from Smithsonian Folkways! This 2012 set celebrates the long-departed icon's 100th birthday, and it's a real treasure – with 57 tracks on 3CDs (21 of which are previously unreleased performances) – and it comes in a beautiful, ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Not the Bay Area effort you might guess from the title – and instead a sweet Chicago session that's easily one of the funkiest records that Buddy Guy ever cut! There's a great mix of funk and soul mixed in with the blues – thanks to arrangements from Charles Stepney and Gene Barge, who ... (Blues) read moreCD
Great early work from the legendary Buddy Guy – rare Chicago material cut for small labels in the years before and during Buddy's initial work for Chess – some of it recorded under the name of different singers in the lead, all of it featuring Guy's amazing work on guitar! The package ... (Blues) read moreCD
A killer bit of Latin Soul – one of the few albums ever recorded by conga player George Guzman, working here with a very cool, very hip, late 60s ensemble! The group sport 3 trumpets, piano, bass, and some very strong percussion – plus vocals in both English and Spanish, which makes ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
GZA's back doing what he does best on Pro Tools – more of a literally relevant title than it is a nod to modern recording apparatus – as it's a return to gritty classic style Wu sounds and smart, measured rhymes. One could argue that no new ground is broken, but we're pleased with ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing electric grooves from synth innovator Bruce Haack – whose pioneering use of analog synths and vocoder vocals in the service of great, if far out songcraft was pretty much unrivaled in the 70s and into the early 80s – the period in which this excellent compilation on Stones Throw ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Funky funky solo work from Joni Haastrup – an artist who's also known for his work in Monomono, and who sounds equally great on his own! Joni's got this tight approach that wraps together Nigerian grooves of the 70s scene, and some bolder soul star energy that would be right at home in the ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two ... CD Hat Art (Switzerland), 1990. Used ....
The legendary debut of Hackamore Brick – a really unique little group who only gave the world this one little record, then disappeared for decades! Although issued on the mostly-pop Kama Sutra imprint, the album's got this earnest, honest quality that's really refreshing for the time – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary debut of Hackamore Brick – a really unique little group who only gave the world this one little record, then disappeared for decades! Although issued on the mostly-pop Kama Sutra imprint, the album's got this earnest, honest quality that's really refreshing for the time – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great stuff – and a beautiful LP that mixes Verve production with the moody Brazilian sounds of Luiz Henrique and Sivuca! Henrique delivers his usual breathy soft beautiful vocals, and Sivuca plays accordion and hums in the background, in that jazzy mode that he was using during the late 60s ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hacksaw ... 7-inch Great American Steak Religion (Canada), 1998. Very Good+ (pic cover)....
Charlie Haden —
Closeness ... LP Horizon/A&M, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ....
One of Charlie's best albums of the 70s – a beautifully stripped down set of duets with well-matched players that include Alice Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian, and Keith Jarrett! The spare format is an extremely wonderful showcase for Haden's expressive bass work – and the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from bassist Charlie Haden and his Quartet West – a lovely look back at the styles and chanteuses of the 50s & 60s noirish jazz – with some lush strings accompaniment and guest vocalists including Cassandra Wilson, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Ruth Cameron and Diana ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Spare duets between Haden and Hawes – just bass and piano, with nothing else to hold them up! The tracks are long and wonderfully introspective – a good example of how much Hawes' sound had grown in the 70s, and really offering some nice moody work from Haden on bass. Titles include ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Spare duets between Haden and Hawes – just bass and piano, with nothing else to hold them up! The tracks are long and wonderfully introspective – a good example of how much Hawes' sound had grown in the 70s, and really offering some nice moody work from Haden on bass. Titles include ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tim Hagans & Marcus Printup —
Hubsongs ... CD Blue Note, 1998. Used ....
The complete collection of Hag's 60s singles at Capitol – with some of his most legendary songs – along with some equal treasures that just didn't hit as big on the charts! It's a pretty tightly-focused set that starts with the formative, Bakersfield honky tonk-honed style of the ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Let's get this straight. Merle Haggard SINGS "Okie From Muskogee" but he is not THE "Okie From Muskogee". Nevertheless, this is the record that put the honky in honky tonk. Merle sure pretended to not like hippies back in '69, and story has it he even refused an invitation to ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record from a pianist we haven't heard in years – but who still really warms our ears with his music! Joe Haider is a name we know from key sessions for the Ego Records label at the end of the 70s – and he's working here with frequent partner from those albums, bassist ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Man, these guys look weird on the cover – and they also sound pretty weird on the record, too – in this strange mode that really makes the album an unusual one all the way through! There's lots of dark phrasing on the guitars that really offset the whiteness of the cover – almost ... (Rock) read moreCD
A really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice mid 80s record from deejay Half Pint – who's working here with producer Prince Jammy – with tight backing yb the Hi-Times Band. A really mid 80s dancehall highpoint for all involved! Includes the sweet title track with heavy bass and nicely tricked out organ sound, "One ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool album of spacey soul jazz tracks! For years, we passed this one up because of a silly title and cover – but it's actually a fantastic album, with a feel that's kind of an extension of the Cadet studio sound of the late 60s. Dorothy Ashby plays harp on the album, and the group's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Half of this set features one of the most unusual Blue Note sessions from the early days – a set led by clarinetist Edmond Hall, but featuring Mead Lux Lewis on celeste! Charlie Christian also plays in the group – and the other date features Red Norvo on vibes, Carl Kress on guitar, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compelling comeback set for clarinetist Edmond Hall – cut in 1959 when Chris Barber was enjoying a hit with a remake of Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur", which provided for a nice opportunity to get Hall back in the studio for a date under the same name! The record's got a lot more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The beautiful first solo album by Lani Hall – recorded after years of work with Sergio Mendes in the Brasil 66 group – and done in a style that certainly reflects her great vocals with that ensemble, yet which also expands her sound tremendously! The set was arranged and produced by ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A catchy slice of mid 80s soul from Randy Hall – an excellent musician who handles quite a bit of the instrumentation, on top of being a charismatic singer – and this one's produced by Ray Parker Jr, whose ear for catchy hooks is in top form! Hall spins a lot of plates on his own ... (Soul) read moreCD
The sensational early 70s document of the big city pimp culture by writer Susan Hall & photgrapher Bob Adelman! It features fascinating interviews with "professional gentleman of leisure" Silky and his "wives" – and filled with jaw dropping b&w photography. A ... (Books) read moreBook
A groovy little collection that features a few previously-unissued tracks from the great early years of Hall & Oates at Atlantic Records – plus a few tracks from other label releases as well! The unissued numbers are all from 1973, and done with Arif Mardin's help in the studio – ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Bongolian in years – a great collaboration with vocalist Fay Hallam, who really helps his grooves find a great sense of focus! Unlike other efforts of this nature – the usual "soul diva with funk group" outing – Fay and ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Fuzzy rock singles from French superstar Johnny Hallyday – late 60s material he cut for Phillips – hard driving numbers that find him going all in with influences with some of the heavier psychedelic pop and most thundering mod rock sounds of the time! It's excitingly pulpy, ... (French) read moreCD
One of the rootsiest albums so far on the Honest Jons label – a set recorded entirely in Algiers, with an almost ethnographic feel! The group's headed up by pianist Abdel Hadi Halo, and although billed as an "orchestra", the instrumentation mostly features an array of strummed ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Bobby Hamilton Quintet —
Dream Queen ... LP Alifa/Superfly (France), 1972. New Copy (reissue)....
A lost bit of funky vibes and Fender Rhodes – one of those few records that's as sublime as it is rare – like work by Billy Wooten or Lyman Woodard! The Bobby Hamilton Quintet were an obscure combo from upstate New York – but they've lived on in our hearts (and ears!) with this ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chico Hamilton in the 70s just can't miss – he's really changed loads from his mellow 50s work in LA, and has a tendency to go for a hard grooving sound – but also one that's slightly left of center than the work of most other 70s jazz drummers – and we mean that in a good way! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An interesting early album from Chico Hamilton – one that has him working in a trio format, quite different than the chamber modern work of his more famous quintet! The style is not dissimilar, though – as the trio lineup is drums, bass, and guitar – with both of the stringed ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unusual material from Chico Hamilton – recorded around the same time as his groundbreaking work for Pacific Jazz – but for the smaller Crown/Modern label in LA! The format's a bit unusual, and changes a bit throughout the record – showing Chico's already-strong ear for creative ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Chico Hamilton —
El Chico ... LP Impulse, 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ....
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Amazing, simply amazing – and light years ahead of the staid sounds that Chico Hamilton was cutting in the 50s! Hamilton's one of those players who has an amazing range to his music – almost all of it really incredible, as Chico always shifts things up over time – continually ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One more amazing chapter in the mighty development of drummer Chico Hamilton – a killer 70s session for Blue Note – and a record that goes way beyond his earlier experiments of the 50s, modal grooves of the 60s, and funk work for the Flying Dutchman label! The style here is fusion, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best records that Chico Hamilton cut during the 50s – and one that features Eric Dolphy, who was with Chico's group for a short while! The record's got the quintet (which also includes the excellent Dennis Budimir on guitar) fronting larger string arrangements by Fred Katz (no ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album