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
Rootsy blues from the team of Memphis Slim and Willie Dixon – recorded in Paris in the early 60s at the Trois Mailletz nightclub! The style here is much earthier than you'd guess from the date – the return to tradition mode that some players often experienced while working in the ... (Blues) read moreCD
Memphis Slim, Tampa Red, Lonnie Johnson —
Bawdy Blues ... CD Bluesville/Original Blues Classics, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ...
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
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 —
Foursider ... CD A&M, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
A classic double-length collection of work by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – originally titled a "Foursider" because of the 2LP format of the original! The package is overflowing with greatness by the group – and the extra space allows the set to include some real gems from ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Icy brilliance from a young Helen Merrill – The Nearness Of You – a record that's easily the Mercury equivalent of June Christy's classic work on Capitol or Chris Connor's classics for Bethlehem! Helen's working here with small combo backings on all tracks – carved out with ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A bomb of a record from Micky Milan – early 80s grooves from the French scene, but with all the electro beats and keys you might expect from an underground US record of the time! Although Micky's got a visual approach that almost has him reaching for the charts, there's a nicely understated ... (Soul) read moreCD
An unlikely meeting of talents, but a great one – as Buddy Miles' rougher groove comes into contact with the sublime 70s production talents of Johnny Bristol – who makes the whole album groove beautifully! Buddy's sound is a lot warmer than before, but that's A-OK with us, as by the ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Mingus' classic sessions from the middle period – a legendary blending of jazz with bluesy gospel touches, in a mode that seemed to move away from the politics of some of the late 50s years, and open up his work to a whole new audience! The band is an all-star ensemble all the way ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mingus live is always a treat – especially in these later years, when the fire seemed to go out of most of his studio recordings. Live, though, he always managed to kick it hard - with the sort of emotion that graced his strong early albums. And despite the fact that this one's conducted by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi. In a Japanese double CD case.)
Charles Mingus —
Clown ... CD Atlantic, 1957. Used ...
Stunning stuff – and one of the greatest Charles Mingus albums of all time – a true treasure recorded in that magical year of 1957, when Mingus was finally finding his strongest voice in modern music! The album's near-perfect from start to finish – as bold a statement in jazz as ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most enigmatic albums that Charles Mingus ever recorded – especially in his later years! The set features two very long tracks done by Mingus for use in a film about cocaine traffic between New York and Columbia – but considering the nature of the music, and the freely ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Charles Mingus' excellent albums for the Bethlehem label – recorded during that magical year of 1957, a real turning point in his career! There's a sharpness here to Mingus' musical vision that hadn't shown up in previous years – a refinement of ideas expressed for Savoy and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the last great records by Charles Mingus – a set of extremely compelling original compositions, played by a fresh group of younger players, plus a few older masters! The record's got a fire and sense of emotion that's missing from a number of other 70s Mingus sessions – and it's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant work by Mingus – recorded right around the same time as his legendary Mingus Ah Um album for Columbia! The group features some of Mingus' best sidemen – like Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, John Handy, and Roland Hanna – and the tracks have that wild mix of emotion, tight ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare rare landmark from Charles Mingus – music written for the 1965 Monterey festival, but (as the title indicates) not played at the festival! The recording was done later, at UCLA, with a group that includes Charles McPherson, Julius Watkins, Jimmy Owens, Hobart Dotson, and Howard ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic! Tracks include "Busta's Intro" featuring Busta Rhymes, "Hit Em Wit Da Hee" featuring Lil Kim, "Sock It 2 Me" featuring Da Brat, "The Rain" (Supa Dupa Fly)", "Beep Me 911" featuring 702, "They Don't Wanna F*** Wit Me" ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
If you told us a few years ago that we'd be looking at a record cover with Missy Elliott posing in high heeled leather boots and a short skirt, we'd have laughed in your face. But times change, and who knows what's coming next, except that Missy & Timbo are here to serve up another platter ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Joni Mitchell —
Blue ... CD Reprise, 1971. Used ...
A classic live album – with titles that include "You Turn Me On I'm A Radio", "Big Yellow Taxi", "Blue", "Woman Of Heart & Mind", "Both Sides Now", "Real Good For Free", "Jericho", and 'Chircle Game". (Rock) CD
The stellar and rare Roscoe Mitchell recordings from the early years of the AACM – with all of the material from Nessa's mid 70s release as Old/Quartet – plus an incredible second disc featuring additional material that we've only seen in Nessa's great Art Ensemble 1967/68 box set! All ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Willie Mitchell —
Solid Soul ... CD Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. Used ...
They definitely got the title right on this one – as the set's a solid batch of soulful instrumentals all the way through – one of our favorites from the great Willie Mitchell! Willie's got a lot more bite here than on some of his famous warmer productions in the 70s – a gritty ... (Soul) read moreCD
Another great little batch of wonderfully thumping grooves from Mo' Horizons! The group doesn't turn away from what they've done so well on their previous work – but everything seems just a bit fuller, and better realized this time out! It's a great blend of crisp, jazz-trained late 70s ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Guest appearances by Q-Tip, Ghostface, Nas, Raekwon, and Big Noyd. Tracks include "Shook Ones Part II", "Temperature's Rising", "Drink Away The Pain", "Survival Of The Fittest", "Trife Live", "Eye For An Eye", and lots more. (Hip Hop) CD
Hank Mobley's message is mighty darn clear here – ringing out loud and true, with that tone that made Hank one of the most exciting new tenor talents of the time! The album captures Mobley in his pre-Blue Note years, but Hank already has a strength and vision as a leader to match his solo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A strong second message from the mighty Hank Mobley – easily one of our favorite tenor talents of all time, sounding really wonderful here in a pre-Blue Note session for Prestige Records! The format's a bit looser than some of Hank's more famous dates from the late 50s or early 60s, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
No room for squares with grooves this great – a classic Hank Mobley session from the mid 60s, and one that really shows the growth in his style at the time! The work's still strongly in a hardbop style, but modal elements are definitely creeping into the mix – a bolder sense of rhythm ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of those great obscure moments in the Prestige Records catalog of the 60s – a record by a really obscure local group, and not just another set in the studio by one of the bigger names of the time! The combo hail from Cinnicinnatti, and feature Curtis Peagler on tenor and alto sax – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Even at this early point in their career, the Modern Jazz Quartet were plenty proud of their relation to and reception in Paris – almost rubbing their international fame in the faces of other American combos with the title and cover of this record! The set's still got the quartet at their ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stone classic from the Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded back when the group still featured Kenny Clarke in its membership, but already with some of the more serious, somber tones that would mark the combo's more famous years! Tracks here are from a variety of sessions in 1953, 1954, and 1955 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Modern Jazz Quartet —
Sheriff ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1963. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A moody early 60s set by the great MJQ for Atlantic – for the first time on CD! Overall the group rolls and swings in a bit rougher mode than they do on their brighter efforts, but they still hit the sweet spot and swing when the mood fits! The record works best when Milt Jackson's vibes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Modjo ... CD Universal (France), 2001. Used ...
New work by these funky French sensations – a mix of many styles, from soul to funk to electronica to Latin-tinged rhythms – with tracks that include "Chillin", "Too Good To Be True", "Peace Of Mind", "What I Mean", "No More Tears", ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A beautiful double-length package of work from drummer Louis Moholo – a 2CD set that features one record from recent years, and a key classic from the 70s! Spirits Rejoice is one of the strongest 70s statements from ex-Blue Notes drummer Moholo – recorded in the company of fellow ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Finally, a nice batch of new cuts from Chicago underground producers, The Molemen. Includes JUICE "Reign", PRIME "Unbreakable", MASS HYSTERIA "Persevere", VAKILL "Equinox", QWEL "Not Impressed", RASCO "No Guarantees", SLUG/AESOP ROCK/MF ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD