A really strong debut from Iomos Marad of the Family Tree/All Natural family! Fans of J-Live, Talib Kweli, Relativity-era Common and Stakes Is High-era De La Soul should find much to love here. Like the best of other records from the All Natural and Molemen teams, the production style is timeless ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Max Ionata Organ 3 with Fabrizio Bosso —
Coffee Time ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2010. New Copy ....
A burning little set – and one that really gets at the best vibe of organ/tenor sessions of the 60s – like some of the hipper work on Prestige, or even some of Larry Young's classics for Blue Note! The group's led by tenorist Max Ionata, but features some amazing keyboards from Luca ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Max Ionata Quartet with Fabrizio Bosso —
Inspiration ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2009. New Copy ....
An already-great quartet – augmented by some wicked trumpet work by Fabrizio Bosso! The group perfectly sums up everything that's great about the contemporary Italian jazz scene – a sound that has its roots in classic hardbop of the 50s and 60s, but a youthful energy that instantly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothin like the blues at all – and instead one of the most freeform, outside recordings we've ever heard from tenor player Jon Irabagon – working here in a mighty fierce trio with Mick Barr on guitar and Mike Pride on drums and nose whistle! The album is one long blast of noise – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jon Irabagon's Outright —
Unhinged ... CD Irabbagast, 2012. New Copy ....
A great little album from talented tenorist Jon Irabagon – served up with a cover that's sort of a parody of a hip hop record – but delivered with a bold musical sound that's right up there with Jon's work in Mostly Other People Do The Killing! The tenor's really out front in most ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Warm, wonderful work from Irakere – a combo who are working here in a style that's more straightforward than some of their material from the 70s – but equally nice, and played with a rock-solid blend of Latin and jazz that comes off perfectly throughout! Chucho Valdes is at the head of ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of those cookers from the great years when Milestone was crossing boundaries to bring the best in Latin jazz to US shores – featuring a tightly-crafted Irakere session recorded in Tokyo, easily some of their strongest studio work from the time! Chucho Valdes plays as much electric keys ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer 70s work from this legendary Cuban group! The record's better than most of their output outside of Cuba, and it features a stunning mix of Latin grooves and electric funky elements, in a manner that's very similar to some of the NuYorican groups in America during the time. The great Chucho ... (Latin) read moreCD
An unusual 80s session from Irakere – one that seems to have them taking on the new decade's funky modes to replace some of the styles they used in the 70s! There's still lots of Latin jazz at the core of the set, but a few tunes show some more modern elements too – a bit of drum ... (Latin) read moreCD
Iron Butterfly —
Ball ... LP Atco, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ....
The album that rocked a million dorm rooms back in the 60s – and for good reason, too – given that the title track is a side-long, totally jamming monster – the kind of track that was really revolutionary at the time, and which still has a hell of an impact all these many years ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Iron Sheiks take the Mobb Deep Illuminati-style to the next level. Also includes freestyled done for Tony Touch, 914, and a 6+ minute freestyle for DJ Clue? ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Late 60s smokers from Ironing Board Sam – an artist with a name the sounds like he'd be a bluesman, but one who comes across with a heavy funk style on these rare sides! The cuts are pulled both from late 60s indie singles by Sam, and from the vaults – as the limited package includes a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from Weldon Irvine – a selection of tracks recorded as private studio outings, reissued briefly by Luv N Haight in the early 90s, and then only on vinyl! The style here is much more jazz-based than some of Irvine's soul recordings – a mode that's often all instrumental, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful avant pop from Japan! We'd have a tough time classifying Imitation Of Life, so we'll go with Drag City's "progressive sci fi pop" description – and just add excellent to that! Eiko has a lovely singing voice and plays a lot of the instruments herself – piano, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great great sounds from Ronald Isley – working here as a one man operation to hold up the rich legacy of the Isley Brothers! The tunes are laidback and mellow – but still groove with that gentle glide we love so much in the best 70s midtempo work by The Isleys – and the ... (Soul) read moreCD
An instant classic from Ronald Isley – soulful readings of tunes by Burt Bacharach, arranged, conducted, and produced by Burt himself! The album has a surprisingly gentle feel – lots of room and space for Ronald to open up vocally, in a mode that's clearly got respect for the classic ... (Soul) read moreCD
A very weird, but very beautiful album by the Isleys – one in which they move into a folksy rock groove, and play acoustic guitars in long spiralling soulful versions of some of their favorite rock hits! The sound's a bit like Terry Callier or Bill Withers, but it's also still got that sexy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great mix of heavy funk and sweeter ballads from the Isley Brothers – and a record that's filled with two-part tracks that really let them stretch out and groove! The tunes have a bit more bass and keyboards than before – an approach that's even more electric than Isley funk of a few ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky dancefloor material from the Isleys – pretty guitar-heavy, and not really their best moment, as the soul quotient's a bit low, and they're kind of lost in the grooves. "I Wanna Be" is served up in a disco version, which is really just an extended funker. ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
It's records like this that will keep us loving the Isley Brothers year after year – and with such great Holiday tunes on the set, you can bet we'll be pulling this one out for many Christmases to come! Despite the slightly postured look on the front cover, the duo's sounding nicely laidback ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
A strong extension of the Isley Brothers' funky 70s style – moving into a more compressed mode that had been taking hold of the group's style over the past few albums – giving them a smoother finish in the end, but one that actually brings out a deeper level of soul in the music! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent collection on T-Neck that brings together the best of the Isley's 70's funk tracks for the label, including "Pop That Thang", "I Know Who You Been Socking It To", "Keep On Doin'", "I Turned You On", "Vacuum Cleaner", "Lay Away", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive amount of Isley Brothers material recorded for Motown – almost more than we ever knew the trio recorded for the label! The 2CD set is filled with hard-hitting gems from these seminal years for the Isleys – a key time when they were turning their rough-edged groove towards ... (Soul) read moreCD
Amazing work from that special time when the Isley Brothers were really coming into their own – taking the raw soul of their roots, mixing it with a new love of funk, and topping it all with some of the best guitar and production work you'd ever hope to find in mainstream soul at the time! ... (Soul) read moreCD
The Isley Brothers on Motown – a really key step forward for the group, who find a whole new level of soul with help from the Holland Dozier Holland team! There's a warmth here missing from previous Isleys material – that rough edge that was more part of their rocking years, softened a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A key album in the Isley Brothers "extended funk" mode of the 70s – a style in which the group approached nearly every tune by adding in a "part 2" in order to stretch out the groove! The style here is bass-heavy funk, but less of the sort that other groups were using at ... (Soul) read moreCD
Itadi ... CD Hot Casa (France), 1977. New Copy ....
A rare Afro funk gem from Itadi – filled with righteous sounds and knowledge, and served up in a dubby groove that's pretty unique! Itadi hails from Togo, but already had experience in the US by the time of this recording – and the sound carries some cross-Atlantic styles that really ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A rare Afro funk gem from Itadi – filled with righteous sounds and knowledge, and served up in a dubby groove that's pretty unique! Itadi hails from Togo, but already had experience in the US by the time of this recording – and the sound carries some cross-Atlantic styles that really ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly ambitious record – despite the fact that it was recorded in a tiny home studio! Ithaca are basically the same group who recorded the Agincourt album a few years before – and like that one, this set is awash in some of the best elements from bigger progressive groups of ... (Rock) read moreCD
Takeshi Itoh —
TK ... LP Columbia, 1988. Very Good ....
One of the greatest jazz experiments in 60s Spain – a classic album that features the group of saxophonist Pedro Iturralde working with electric guitar played in a fluid flamenco style – mixed up here in a mode that really creates a whole new genre unto itself! The guitarist here is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second amazing set of flamenco jazz from saxophonist Pedro Iturralde – even more impressive than the first, and with the added presence of the great Dino Piana on trombone! As with the first album, the guitarist here is Paco De Lucia (playing here with the last name of Algeciras) – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest jazz experiments in 60s Spain – classic material that features the group of saxophonist Pedro Iturralde working with electric guitar played in a fluid flamenco style – mixed up here in a mode that really creates a whole new genre unto itself! The guitarist here is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent full length set of beats & genius from J Dilla – put together by fellow beatmaker extraordinaire Pete Rock, with all Dilla beats – a surprising triumph! Call us jaded, but honestly, we weren't sure how deep the well could go of ready-to-go beats from Dilla, but this ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first in the Lost Scrolls series of unreleased J Dilla recordings – and a pretty strong representation of Dilla's strength son a few different levels – with a couple cuts featuring Dilla on the mic , a prime level (almost) instrumental, plus a nice one with rhymes by his brother ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The first new album in years from J-Zone – and he's as relevent as ever here, with gritty beats, dexterous barbed rhymes, and a perspective like no other! He's still comically, and truthfully rapping about the realities of being an underground success, but a financial failure in an endearing ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Jazzy magic from the current Japanese underground – a hip group bubbling under, but with the same magic energy Jazztronik! Like Jazztronik, J's Bee blends together solid jazz roots and modern production – searching out some richly organic grooves that start slowly, build with spare ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The first record we've heard from this Japanese collective in many years – and a set that definitely marks a real maturation in their music! The album was inspired by the tragic events of the 2011 nuclear catastrophe in Japan – and shows a decidedly deeper side of J's Bee's music ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
J-Ramm/Kolon Productions/Clark-F/Knutsons —
Produced In Norway ... LP Plastic Strip Press (Norway), 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ....
A selection of beats from four contemporary forces working on the Norwegian scene – J-Ramm, Kolon Productions, Clark F, and The Nutsons! The last are the only ones here we've heard before – from a great single we used to stock many years ago – and each artist has a different ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"5 years" – starts off with some funny excerpts of interviews with people about what hip hop will be like in five years then goes into a rhyme about going to a hip hop show in 2004 – sort of like "I Used To Love HER" in reverse. The LP is filled with skits that ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great second set from Jabula – and a record that seems to push the jazzy component of their sound even further than before! The ensemble has really wonderful rhythms – great bass and percussion that get nice and funky at times, and which are often mixed with some really sweet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jacaranda Muse —
September Sun ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2012. New Copy Gatefold ....
A pretty compelling little quartet – a jazz combo from Zimbabwe, and one who play with a lot of spiritual jazz overtones – yet also throw in some occasional vocals in English! Instrumentation is pretty unique – like some of the hipper experiments on Strata East in the 70s – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This was Jackie & Roy's first album for Columbia and it mainly consists of some familiar tunes by the likes of Ira & George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart and Cole Porter with a Roy Kral original thrown in. The tracks include "Chicago", "Fun Life", "Mountain ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of Capitol classics from Charles Jackson – back to back on a single CD! First up is Passionate Breezes – a smoking solo debut from Chicago's Charles Jackson – a hell of a great singer, songwriter, and producer – who'd already had great fame in the Independents, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
With a name like Chubby, the set ought to be a snoozer – but it swings nicely, thanks to some strong bass work by Jackson! The group's a Chicago ensemble, featuring lesser-known players of the 50s – like Vito Price, Cy Touff, Don Lamond, and Jimmy Gourley – plus trombone by Bill ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chuck arrives at the Motown label – and already finds a fresh new sound that's different from his earlier years at Wand Records! Chuck only worked with Motown for a few short years, but his time at the label marked a big shift in his work – a move away from the more staid "Iceman&q ... (Soul) read moreCD
A real change for Chuck Jackson! This album is the singer's first on Motown – and it's a striking departure from his earlier work on the Wand label, which was often done in a classier, more polished soul style that was more in keeping with the uptown mode of Wand's New York production. This ... (Soul) read moreCD
Groovy album that Chuck Jackson recorded with the All Platinum gang, and with a sound that gives him a nice update into the 70s. It's a bit like the Solomon Burke album recorded with the same group at the same time, except that this one's got a few tracks that are obvious up-tempo attempts to cash ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful! Deon Jackson was one of the greatest lost singers of the 60s – and nearly ever record he ever cut was a gem, thanks to the masterful guidance of the great Ollie McLaughlin. While the a-side, "Ooh Baby", track is pretty nice – the real gem here is "All On A ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Rare jazz funk from drummery Duffy Jackson! "I Feel Good" is a big band take on the JB classic – credited to The Duffy Jackson Orchestra – but the combo wisely keeps it a bit loose and genuinely funky. Nice gritty vocals by Johnny Apollo. "Tamahawk" is another ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Two nice little sides of southern-sounding soul! "Love & Happiness" is a cover of the Al Green hit – not as sublime as Al's, but still pretty darn nice! "Hogwash" is a funky tune with some nice sax – not too hard, but still pretty groovy! ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
What the what?!? Soul sides so great they'll blow your mind – even though none of them have ever been issued before! George Jackson is one of the great lost talents of southern soul – an artist who often stayed in the background, lending his talents to others in the studio, or as a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Early-to-mid 70s southern soul majesty from George Jackson – excellent material from one of the great songwriters from the era, and a singer who conveyed deep soul and genuine emotion with the very best of them! The tracks here are the first ever compilation of singles Jackson released in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Maybe not dynamite, but an album that definitely has an explosive feel right from the start – thanks to some 80s grooves that really help re-ignite the solo career of Jermaine Jackson! Jermaine's soaring vocals are right at home in these beat-heavy arrangements – sparkling with a sense ... (Soul) read moreCD
Titles include "Dynamite", "Sweetest Sweetest", "Escape From The Planet Of The Ant Men", and "Come To Me" – plus "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin", a duet with Michael Jackson – and "Take Good Care Of My Heart", a duet with Whitney ... (Soul) read moreCD
Titles include "Dynamite", "Sweetest Sweetest", "Escape From The Planet Of The Ant Men", and "Come To Me" – plus "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin", a duet with Michael Jackson – and "Take Good Care Of My Heart", a duet with Whitney ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold 80s soul from Jermaine Jackson – a set that's heavy on beats and keyboards, but which still leaves enough space for his gentler-toned vocals! The upbeat tracks here sometimes get a bit dramatic, which makes us like the ballads more – sweeter-styled numbers that are much better ... (Soul) read moreCD
A classic speech by Jesse Jackson – one that became quite a hit for Stax's Respect subsidiary, and which was one of the better selling albums of its type in the early 70s. The album was recorded back in the days before Jesse had become a bit of a cliché, when he appeared to be emerging ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keefe Jackson's Likely So —
Round Goal ... CD Delmark, 2013. New Copy ....
Keefe Jackson's an artist who seems to change the name of his group with each new recording – and for good reason too, given that every album has a very unique, personal feel! This date's a live recording done at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival – and it features Keefe working with a few key ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums of all times – and a legendary testament to the greatness of the Chicago music scene in the late 60s! Melvin Jackson was the bassist in Eddie Harris' very successful group of the time – and his playing on Eddie's trippy and funky records for Atlantic is one ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michael Gregory Jackson —
Clarity ... LP Bija, 1976. Near Mint- ....
An overlooked early session from multi-instrumentalist Michael Gregory Jackson, recording here with a trio of great horn players in a wonderfully sensitive sound! The record's approach is a perfect illustration of the maturity on the New York avant scene in the late 70s – a real change from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The third great album in the trilogy that includes Off The Wall and Thriller – and a set that still has Michael Jackson running strong at the height of his solo powers! Quincy Jones is still at the helm, and Michael more than proves that he can still come up with a pop tune without going too ... (Soul) read moreCD
Michael Jackson —
Ben ... CD Motown (Japan), 1972. New Copy ....
Michael Jackson strikes out on his own, and does a pretty darn nice job! The overall sound is prime Motown pop soul – with some very very tight arrangements by Gene Page, The Corporation, and James Carmichael – but there's also a bit more depth here too, an attempt to give Michael even ... (Soul) read moreCD
A well chosen compilation of prime Motown era Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five – getting to the heart of the classic singles, early solo numbers and unstoppably great group numbers! It's the kind of stuff you'll never get tired of, both the uptempo singles and the more ballady tracks. ... (Soul) read moreCD
Early Michael Jackson at his best – a brilliant solo album that sparkles with honest warmth and sweet soul energy! There's a gentleness to the tunes that's quite striking, but never childish – a simple and effective approach to the material that's sung in a manner that's years beyond ... (Soul) read moreCD