A previously-unissued performance from Joe McPhee – recorded in the early 80s, and a searing ensemble take on Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman"! The arrangements are beautiful – as the track retains some of the haunting melody of the original composition, yet has a loose, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous look at the early years of the legendary Joe McPhee – a set that's based around his classic Nation Time album, and which features other live material from the same time – including a Hat Hut album, and two CDs' worth of previously unissued work! The core album is legendary ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title really gets things right here – as Joe McPhee is in some of his most sonic territory – really working sometimes at a level that's way beyond music, yet still managing to bring a strong sense of soul to the set too! The album begins with "Episode One", dedicated to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joe McPhee —
Trinity ... LP CJR/Bo Weavil (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)....
One of Joe McPhee's strongest early albums – and a real breakthrough from his sound on Nation Time! The group here is a trio – with Mike Kull on electric and acoustic piano, and Harold E Smith on percussion – and the lack of a bass player gives the group an incredible sense of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe McPhee's first record – the start of an amazing legacy in jazz, even if the original pressing was only issued in a small number of copies! Even at this early stage, Joe's showing a strong musical vision – working in a style that moves off the New York avant scene of the 60s, but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal solo work from the great Joe McPhee – and a crucial album in linking the American and European undergrounds of the 70s! Joe's working alone here – on soprano sax and tenor – and getting some amazing sounds out of both horns – the kind of post-musical, highly-textural ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing work from Joe McPhee – heard here in an unbridled setting that features only the drums of Chris Corsano for accompaniment! The set was recorded in the tiny Sugar Maple club in Milwaukee – and has Joe and Chris paying tribute to some of their big inspirations, both musically and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pairing of sax and trumpet player Joe McPhee and drummer Chris Corsano – recorded live in Paris on the duo's European tour in spring '10! McPhee's pedigree in improvisational music is as solid and uncompromisingly brilliant as just about any player we can think of – and his live work ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 album download.)
Joe McPhee & Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten —
Brooklyn DNA ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2012. New Copy Gatefold ....
Not just a great duo set between reedman Joe McPhee and bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten – but also a set that pays tribute to the rich legacy of Brooklyn jazz from the 40s onward – pulling together strands of influences from Sonny Rollins, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, and others! McPhee ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the hippest jazz ever played at Vassar College – and previously-unreleased work from avant legend Joe McPhee, recorded right around the same time as his classic Nation Time record! One CD features a smoking performance by McPhee on tenor – working with a group that also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charles McPherson plays with a large ensemble in this tribute to Billie Holiday – in a core group with piano by Barry Harris, guitar by Earl Dunbar, bass by Sam Jones, and drums by Leroy Williams – plus larger backing by a string section. Tracks are mostly Billie Holiday standards, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet soul from Carmen McRae – a great 70s album for Blue Note, and one that has the classic singer moving into some very groovy material! The feel here is much more soul than jazz – at least the jazz of the torchy style from Carmen's roots – but as you'd guess from McRae, the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great illustration of the genius of Carmen McRae in the 70s – a record that easily shows why Carmen was hipper than most of her contemporaries from two decades before! The set has the vocalist somehow managing to still stick in a straight jazz style, without going for cheaper soul routines ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Incredible work from Carmen – one of her last great albums! The set was recorded in 1988 – but it's got an "instant classic" feel that makes it one of the best vocal jazz albums of its generation. Carmen's working with a small group that includes Charlie Rouse, Larry Willis, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Bold, boozy work from Carmen McRae – a wonderfully mature album from that great time when her style was equal parts jazz and soul – put together here by arranger/producer Arif Mardin, a perfect choice for the record! There's a care to the overall presentation not heard in some of McRae' ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An excellent album from Carmen McRae – one of her hippest records ever, and a great set of vocal gems that often gets overlooked! Arrangements are by Benny Carter, Shorty Rogers, and Oliver Nelson – and the album's got a swinging groovy style that pushes Carmen past her straighter jazz ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A rare jazz vocal album from Dave Brubeck – one that has the famous pianist working here with Carmen McRae – who served up a hose of vocal versions of some of Dave's best compositions! The format is a great one – a really fresh take on the Brubeck idiom, and a setting that makes ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Pivotal work from one of the first bluesmen to ever use "blind" in his name – sides recorded by the legendary Willie McTell when he was at the height of his powers! Most tracks here feature well-recorded vocals from Willie – especially for the time – a haunting ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of the earliest work of Blind Willie McTell – all recordings made in Atlanta between 1927 and 1929 – served up in a wonderfully spare style that really showcases Willie's work on vocals and guitar! The latter "sings" as much as the former here – often ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark recordings from the legendary Blind Willie McTell – served up here on a host of classic sides originally recorded for the Columbia, Okeh, Vocalion, and Victor labels in the early 30s! The recording quality is surprisingly strong on most numbers – really able to capture the ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Just a few day's worth of music, but a crucial set of tracks from Blind Willie McTell – all material that was done in New York on a few days in September of 1933 – some of it released on important Vocalion label 78s, presented here with some other previously unissued alternate takes! ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool contemporary set from Brazil – one that's got a great mix of folksy roots and inventive production – the latter of which comes from some great help in the studio by Kassin! Kassin co-produced the recorded with singer Vitor Patalano – whom himself already has a pretty ... (Rock) read moreCD
Southwestern dust punk from the Meat Puppets – and a standout moment from their most prolific and consistently rewarding periods! We still don't know if they did it on purpose or not, but at this point, The Meat Puppets were kind of a post-punk answer to ZZ Top – and we mean that as a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The wild, dusty punk debut of The Meat Puppets! The self-titled album is more or less remembered as their pre-psych country influenced, and most hardcore punk indebted record – which is true, but there's actually plenty of signs of things to come. "Walking Boss" and their crazy ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later SST record from the ever-evolving Meat Puppets – with a cleaner, more approachable sound than ever before – so the ultimate trippiness of it kind creeps up on you! There's still a bit of a desert-y, country punk vibe, with weird, seemingly LSD-inspired lyrics that are as ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Meat Puppets in one of their peak periods – less shambling than on their first few trailblazing records, sure – and kind of recasting ragged rock in their defiantly weird image! They're flirting with more the mainstream rock sound here, but it's still too weird and Meat Puppet-y ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The bonus 45 for Med's "Push Comes To Shove" album. ... (Hip Hop) 7-inch, Vinyl record
MED/Blu/Madlib feat Mayer Hawthorne —
Buzz EP ... 12-inch Bang Ya Head Entertainment, 2013. New Copy (pic cover)....
All star team 12-inch with Med & Blu on the mic and Madlib in the production booth – plus superstar guest appearances by Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk! Buzz is the intoxicating lead off track of three great ones – with a gritty beat and soul string sample in the backdrop, busy ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Nice packaging, too – wrapped like a premium bottle of booze!)
Medallions Featuring Vernon Green —
Speedin' ... CD Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ....
Wonderful west coast vocal group work from Vernon Green & The Medallions – a group who were rooted in doo wop, but who also step out here with a sound that paves the way for plenty of soul as well! There was something different about some of these great LA groups from the 50s – a ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the darkest records to ever come out of the Chicago scene of the 70s – an unreleased gem from Medusa – a group who really know how to go head to head with some of the most frenetic acts of their generation! The set's got a blistering array of guitars right up front in the mix ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Abbas Mehrpouya —
Soul Raga ... CD Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ....
Funky sitar work – but recorded in pre-revolution Iran – a really amazing blends of scenes and sounds from the legendary Abbas Mehrpouya! Abbas' music has hardly been heard outside of his own nation – especially given the cultural crackdown of the past 30 years – and this ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Underground Detroit soul produced by Black Milk. (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the close of business on Saturday, 4/19/14. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules, it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahhh, good ol' Mel & Tim – possibly our favorite soul duo ever, and a really dynamic pair that carve some great new territory away from the path set by Sam & Dave! The album's a bit of a comeback for the duo, as you'd guess from the title – even though it was only recorded a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A free-thinking and spiritual session from Italian bassist Marcello Melis – recorded right at the height of his late 70s powers! The album's a richly collaborative effort – one that draws strongly from contributions by players who include Lester Bowie and Enrico Rava on trumpets, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)
We've got a long-standing love affair with the music of Gil Melle, and this CD's a perfect example of why we think he's so great! Melle was an enigmatic baritone player who recorded for Blue Note and Prestige in the 50's, and his recordings for both labels have a strange other-wordly quality that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible stuff – the only full length LP recorded by Gil Melle for Blue Note – after a series of groundbreaking 10" sessions during the early 50s! The album's got a sound that's almost impossible to describe – bringing Melle's modern baritone sax work into play with a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing reissue pressing – done as a 2LP set, with heavy vinyl and cover, and played at 45rpm speed for extra-high fidelity!)
Gil Melle —
Quadrama ... CD Prestige (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy ....
Sublime work from one of the true originals of 50s jazz! Gil Melle was a baritonist – but with a sound and approach that was completely unique – very different than bigger names on the instrument, like Jimmy Giuffre or Pepper Adams. He had an icy touch that was surprising for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tight funky group soul from Fayetteville, NC's Mellow Madness – formed by youth educators Frank McNeil & Malachi Sharpe in the late 70s or early 80s – amazing stuff culled from unreleased master tapes and mixed by Kenny Dope! We must say right off that while there's a few fairly ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on clear red vinyl.)
Melodic Artet (Brackeen/Abdullah/Parker/Blank/Wate —
Melodic Artet ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1974. New Copy ....
A genius group from the glory days of the New York avant scene of the 70s – yet one who haven't been nearly as well-documented as some of their contemporaries! The lineup here is legendary – a quintet with Charles Brackeen on tenor, flute, and soprano sax, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A Chicago dancefloor gem from the mid 80s by Melodious Myles & Bo! "Odyssey Love" has a lean, melodic house vibe that holds up incredibly well – with insistent beats, a catchy and prominent bass groove, and atmospheric keys floating in and out. It fills out the whole side and ... (New Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A tremendous collection of French film soundtracks – all penned to accompany the famous work of Jean-Pierre Melville, and all nearly as integral to the movies as the image itself! Melville is a very sound-conscious director, and the music for his films is a key force in guiding the actions ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Not really the Collectors Item promised by the title – but an excellent collection of work from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, pulled from their earliest albums for Philly International! The set's worth it for two tracks alone – "I Miss You" and "Be For Real" ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite all-time vocal groups – even if they did sell a bazillion records during the 70s! Of course, we have to give the lion's share of the credit to Teddy Pendergrass – whose darkly warm vocals pushed most of the group's tracks over the top, and forever set a new standard ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really great post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – the group's first after the departure of Teddy Pendergrass, and a set that shows them hardly missing a beat! The group are still recording at Sigma Sound, with Melvin at the production helm – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really great post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – the group's first after the departure of Teddy Pendergrass, and a set that shows them hardly missing a beat! The group are still recording at Sigma Sound, with Melvin at the production helm – and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a number of pen scribbles and a bit of light shopwear. Cover has a cutout notch and a bent corner.)
The Memphis Horns expand their groove – still serving up their great blend of funky soul horns, but also adding in a bit of vocals too! The core focus of the album is still instrumental – based around that amazing sound led by Memphis soul legends Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, a piece of taped-on paper, and some light wear.)
A double-length set of work from this classic ensemble – served up here in a great Robert Crumb cover image too! The set's one of the richest collections done by Yazoo during their crucial reissue period – and features late 20s material from the group that often (but not always) ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arizona funk from George Bowman and his Memphis Soul – recorded at Phoenix's Audio Recorders studio in the late 60s – completely unreleased until now by Numero! "Don't Down Me People" is purely funky on a couple levels, most notably via the JB-schooled vocals by ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Menahan Street Band —
Crossing ... CD Daptone, 2012. New Copy ....
Sublime work from one of the coolest funky combos around – a group who aren't content to just hit the same funky styles as other outfits – and one who really stretch strongly in their pursuit of new sounds! The set's definitely funky – especially on the drums – but there's ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Sublime work from one of the coolest funky combos around – a group who aren't content to just hit the same funky styles as other outfits – and one who really stretch strongly in their pursuit of new sounds! The set's definitely funky – especially on the drums – but there's ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little single from Menahan Street Band! "Lights Out" has this slow funk brilliance that's almost lifted off a rare 70s soundtrack – beats that are hard, but mellow too – topped by these snakey horns that really bring in a blue sort of feel to the music – almost ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A bold slice of work from the Daptone musical universe – a hip project that features work from members of The Dap Kings, El Michels Affair, Budos Band, and Antibalas – all put together with a range of sounds that really show the full spectrum of their styles! The groove's quite unique ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early bossa jazz from Sergio Mendes – recorded with his famous Bossa Rio combo, in the years before he moved to America! The album's a classic in Brazilian jazz – a tight album of bossa-inflected jazz tunes played with razor-sharp precision, handled with a style that went on to ... (Brazil) read moreCD
That's Brasil 65, not Brasil 66 – a distinction that marks a key early stage for the great Sergio Mendes – heard here on one of his first albums to mix together bossa jazz and vocals! The approach here is a bit more like vintage bossa dates from Brazil – or a bit like some of the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
That's Brasil 65, not Brasil 66 – a distinction that marks a key early stage for the great Sergio Mendes – heard here on one of his first albums to mix together bossa jazz and vocals! The approach here is a bit more like vintage bossa dates from Brazil – or a bit like some of the ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little pairing of the keyboards of Sergio Mendes and the early arranging styles of Dave Grusin – and a set that's quite different than some of Sergio's vocal albums with Brasil 66! The style here is all instrumental – and Mendes plays both piano and electric piano, plus a bit ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sergio Mendes —
Timeless ... CD Concord/Hear Music, 2006. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
A new record by the legendary Sergio Mendes – bursting into the 21st century on a catchy wave of Will I Am production – reworking gems from the Brazilian songbook and more with guest appearances by Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Q-Tip, India Arie, Black Thought, Chali 2Na, Marcelo D2, John ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The start of a legend – and the very first album by Sergio Mendes' Brasil 66 group, proudly brought to the world through the godlike talents of a young Herb Alpert! Sergio was no stranger to the recording studio by the time of this set, but the record marked a real shift in his music – ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a spot of old tape on the spine with a small rip and WGN Library letters on the back.)
The title says "88", but the album's from 1978 – and it's one of Sergio's great sets from the 70s that mixes older Brazilian roots with sweeter American soul! The sound is really wonderful – almost more LA than Rio, but still with plenty of Brazilian elements filtered into ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some masking tape along the bottom seam.)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 —
Stillness ... LP A&M, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ....
Just Sold Out!
A real classic from Sergio Mendes – probably most famous for its funky bits! The record pushes past the formula of the earlier Brasil 66 albums, and goes for a more sophisticated approach that adds in some sweet electric moments, more complicated grooves, and an overall sound that's even ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77 —
Home Cooking ... CD Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1977. Used ....
One of Sergio Mendes' most electric outings from the 70s – a tasty mixture of LA fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and the group's unique twin female vocal lead! The mix of sounds is wonderful – and makes for a really solid album that shows how much soul Sergio had soaked up in the decade he'd ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great little club single from Sergio – featuring the sweetly grooving "Lonely Woman", a surprpsingly great disco number from the end of the 70s! The track's got some nice jazzy touches, and a feel that's really soulful – thanks to some strong female vocals in the lead! ... (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo in an Elektra sleeve. Labels have pen.)
Silvestre Mendez —
Oriza ... CD Seeco, 1958. New Copy ....
Fantastic work from the 50s New York scene – and a legendary set that offers up its own interpretation of Santerian rhythms! The groove on the set is very percussion-heavy – and done with that rich sort of vibe you might get on some of the classic Sabu Martinez records – or maybe ... (Latin) read moreCD
Beautiful bossa from the great Roberto Menescal – and a set that features breezy vocals from Andrea Amorim in the lead, with a style that's a lot like some of Menescal's previous projects with Wanda Sa! Menescal plays acoustic guitar, handles arrangements, and sings a bit too – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A host of female singers take on the music of Roberto Menescal – in a sweet little set that also features arrangements, production, and instrumentation from Menescal himself! The mode here is similar to that great update of his bossa styles that Roberto crafted in recent years with Wanda Sa ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD