Nice one! The album's a classic batch of early 80s electro – featuring 8 NYC breakin' cuts produced by Arthur Baker, and featuring John Rocca on lead vocals. A bit poppy, sure – and we'll be the first to admit that we kind of wrinkled our nose at this one back in the day. But after ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from reedman Chico Freeman – a session that's still mostly jazz, but which also brings in a host of other styles as well! The "project" in the title is well placed – as Chico's getting help from a lot of other guests on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic "discovery" of tenor saxophonist Von Freeman – one that was already relatively late in his career, but a key appearance on Atlantic under the auspices of Roland Kirk! The setting here is as loose and laidback as Von needs to really do his thing – backing by a trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Don't think "Storyville" in terms of trad jazz – because this New Orleans combo is mighty funky! "Y'Er Comes The Funky Man" has a groove that really lives up to its title – this romping rhythm that's really stripped down – with guitar on top of the bass, which ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An excellent early 80s session from guitarist Steve Freund – recorded on the indie side of the Chicago scene, and a key debut for the vocals of Gloria Hardiman! Gloria's definitely a blues singer, but her phrasing is almost more deep soul at times too – a really rich voice that was ... (Blues) read moreCD
A very cool little single done by John Fred in the years after his famous Playboy Band pop – 2 tracks done in a slow-stepping style that's a lot like Miami funk of the 70s, but recorded in Fred's usual territory of Louisiana! "Funky DJ" is a hard clavinet number that features ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A mostly dramatic score to this mid 50s film that starred Alan Ladd & Sophia Loren – written by Friedhofer, and peformed here by Lionel Newman and the 20th Century Fox Orchestra. There's some nice exotic themes running through the mix – but most of the material is handled in the ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing Varese.)
Gabriela Friedli —
Started ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2010. Used ...
One of the only full albums ever issued by the lovely Ruthann Friedman – a talent who's known both for her seminal 60s work as a songwriter in LA, and for a slew of unreleased tracks that never saw the light of day! This album's different – and is a lasting testament to Friedman's ... (Rock) read moreCD
One hit wonders – but oh what a hit! Friend & Lover's "Reach Out Of The Darkness" is a really unique little tune that brings together folksy vocals and funky rhythms – a solid jammer that brushed off the cobwebs of the aging folk scene of the 60s, and sprung into the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best records in years from the mighty Far Out label – and a set that really takes the imprint back to its roots! The name of the record echoes the first Friends From Rio session that launched Far Out almost two decades ago – and like that classic, this one's a collaborative ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the best records in years from the mighty Far Out label – and a set that really takes the imprint back to its roots! The name of the record echoes the first Friends From Rio session that launched Far Out almost two decades ago – and like that classic, this one's a collaborative ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Friends Of Distinction —
Grazin' ... LP RCA, 1969. Very Good- ...
A beautiful album of pop soul tracks, recorded by a group that was once (along with the 5th Dimension) part of the legendary Rex Middleton's Hi-Fi's from LA. The record sports their hit vocal version of Hugh Masekela's "Grazing In The Grass", with the great "I can dig it" line, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wealth of rare funky jazz dance tunes! This brilliant album collects obscure work recorded in Chicago by the combo of guitarist Johnny Frigo – tunes that were originally cut for instructional records by choreographer Gus Giordano, a groundbreaking talent whose work rivaled that of greats ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A charming little set from the great Dave Frishberg – easily one of the hippest singers and songwriters in jazz during the past few decades! The set's got Dave working solo – just singing along with his own piano accompaniment – in a whimsical way that matches the same sort of ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modal brilliance from Gerardo Frisina – possibly his greatest album ever, and a set that really shows his true transformation into a jazzman! The set's got a wide range of acoustic jazz instrumentation played live, and features none of the rhythm programs you might get on earlier Frisina ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Latin Kick – with a jazzy groove! Gerardo Frisina's long been one of our favorite talents on the international groove underground, and like his labelmate and sometime musical partner Nicola Conte, he's got a way of crafting tracks that are awash in classic jazz touches. Frisina himself ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Spacey club grooves from Gerardo Frisina – blending cosmic dancefloor sounds with a genuine dose of jazzy instrumentation! Frisina often flirts with modern club influences, and on "Passion Dance" and "Space In Time" he nearly goes all the way – or at least gets to ... (New Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Jazzy instrumentation and clubby grooves from Gerardo Frisina & Maurizio Bonizzoni, aka DJ Skizo! "Through The Night" kicks off a slow cooking bass groove and a percolating beat, but it doesn't take long for the keys, sax, flute and vibraphone to kick in, and really nice, timeless ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A spooky soundtrack from the great Fabio Frizzi – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was one of the true masters of Italian horror! The sounds here are a mix of electric and acoustic elements – but the latter are often played in offbeat ways that they really sound electric ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great new soundtrack from the legendary Fabio Frizzi – proof that he hasn't lost any of his talents over the course of his many years in film scoring! The music has a really timeless feel – almost more late 70s/early 80s than you'd expect from the more recent vintage of the film ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A spooky soundtrack from the great Fabio Frizzi – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was one of the true masters of Italian horror! The sounds here are a mix of electric and acoustic elements – but the latter are often played in offbeat ways that they really sound electric ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pair of weird soundtracks from Italian soundtrack heavy Fabio Fizzi – the stylistically sprawling music for Zombi 2 (released in America as Zombie) and some later compositions for Un Gatto Nel Cervello! The Zombi grooves are wildly unpredictable – from neo Carribbean inflections, to ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A playful little soundtrack for this offbeat Patty Duke film – handled by Dominic Frontiere in ways that are sometimes sentimental and respectful, and sometimes seem to be poking a bit of fun at the subject matter! Frontiere's usually our favorite when he hits an upbeat groove – and ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front.)
Dominic Frontiere —
Popi ... LP United Artists, 1969. Near Mint- ...
One of the grooviest soundtracks ever written by Dominic Frontiere – for this strange little comedy starring Alan Arkin as a father who's trying to give his kids away! The tracks have a sweeping groovy approach – large orchestrations, sunny, bouncy, with some strings mixed in with ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A definite heavyweight set from Frootful – one that's every bit as funky as before, but which also shows the group picking up some new flavors too! At the core is some tight deep funk energy that makes the whole thing crackle – and there's also a great blend of different soulful ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'll forget about the first Fugees LP, this is the one that really launched the career of Lauryn Hill, both as an MC and a vocalist. And back then, even Wyclef and Pras were kinda dope. 16 tracks in all, including "How Many MC's", "Ready Or Not", "Killing Me Softly" ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Satoko Fujii —
Eto ... CD Libra (Japan), 2010. Used ...
Long-spun sounds from this Japanese avant collective – a group that's got the lineup of a jazz orchestra, but which often comes off with a smaller, more intimate feel! The recordings here are mostly live – and feature the group's reed-heavy lineup moving in very compelling ways – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent set from reedman Jack Fulks – a player who's hardly ever recorded as a leader, but who we remember well from his spiritual jazz work in LA's Creative Arts Ensemble! This gem of a set has Jack playing in territory that's right back with his older roots – often stretching ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pop soul from Full Force – filled with plenty of influence from mainstream hip hop, but all watered down into a much more partyful groove! The group here are a bridge between the commercial funk of Prince, The Time, and other 80s acts – and some of the more beat-heavy sounds coming out ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pop soul from Full Force – filled with plenty of influence from mainstream hip hop, but all watered down into a much more partyful groove! The group here are a bridge between the commercial funk of Prince, The Time, and other 80s acts – and some of the more beat-heavy sounds coming out ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare spiritual jazz session from the Full Moon Ensemble – a very groovy French group headed up by drummer Claude Delcloo – who was better known for his avant jazz work on sides for the BYG/Actuel series of albums! This time around, Delcloo is working in much trippier territory – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy cover and vinyl, and an insert too!)
A seminal session from Curtis Fuller – one of a handful he cut for Savoy, recorded during that late 50s/early 60s period when he seemed poised to become one of the biggest trombonists in jazz! (Whatever happened? How did he cut so many records as a leader so fast, then slide back into being ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Curtis Fuller —
Crankin' ... LP Mainstream, Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the best 70s albums by Curtis Fuller – and one that has him moving way past his hardbop roots into an unexpected 70s soul jazz mode. In a way, the record is less Curtis' than it is the whole group's – as the open-ended structure of the record has the players jamming together in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)
Curtis Fuller —
Smokin ... LP Mainstream, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
A surprisingly nice album for Mainstream – and one that features this legendary hard bop trombonist playing with a slightly-funky electric combo that includes Cedar Walton, Earl Dunbar, Mickey Bass, Jimmy Heath, and Billy Higgins. The tracks are long and open-ended, with a good rolling ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not Curtis Fuller in South America, but a record that picks up a very slight Latin vibe in the rhythm – which makes for a nice change from Fuller's sessions for Blue Note! The date was recorded during that great short run of soul jazz cookers on early 60s Epic Records – and is a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Curtis Fuller —
Two Bones ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest Curtis Fuller albums for Blue Note – and one of the rarest too – a set that was recorded in 1958, but only ever issued on vinyl in this rare Japanese pressing from the 80s! The date's quite unique – as it features "two bones", that is, two trombonists ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The heavy bag here is a bluesy one – as Lowell Fullsom's working in territory that's got a lot of rootsy, almost southern blues in the mix – but which still cracks out at times with his hipper, more funk-tuned groove! There's a few tracks on here that hearken towards the "Tramp&quo ... (Blues) read moreCD
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which ... (Blues) read moreCD
A record that's got a lot more to offer than just the "fun" promised in the title – and a set with a much deeper feel than you might guess from its wrapping paper cover! The quartet is definitely heavy on horns – soprano and alto sax from Volker Schlott, tenor and flute from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rock record, at least from the vocal standpoint – but a set that's also got a very strong grounding in jazz – thanks to a lineup that includes Jason Adasewicz on vibes, Frank Rosaly on drums, and Jason Roebke on bass! Steve Dawson is in the lead on vocals – and has a raspy ... (Rock) read moreCD
A rock record, at least from the vocal standpoint – but a set that's also got a very strong grounding in jazz – thanks to a lineup that includes Jason Adasewicz on vibes, Frank Rosaly on drums, and Jason Roebke on bass! Steve Dawson is in the lead on vocals – and has a raspy ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great presentation of the set that finally gave Motown's legendary studio combo their due – the soundtrack to the documentary Standing In The Shadows Of Motown – expanded tremendously for this set! The core 15 tracks on the set includes some killer Motown instrumentals, plus "tri ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet 80s project from the legendary Randy Muller – a set that's a bit heavier on the beats and keyboards than his previous horn-heavy efforts – but which still has more than enough of a groove to earn the "funk" in the title! The style here is almost a take off from later ... (Soul) read moreCD
No hangin out here – because these guys are tighter than ever, and right on the money from the very first note of the set! A snapping drum break opens up the album – followed by a wickedly stepping bassline, a rolling conga part, and a vamping dance between Hammond and tenor sax – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great funky combo, working here with legendary producer David Axelrod – who helps them hit some even deeper grooves than before! Funk Inc are perfect at the core – a stunning mix of Hammond, guitar, and heady rhythms – but Axelrod also brings in a new sense of space and timing ... (Soul) read moreCD