The contemporary Chicago jazz scene gets more and more interesting – as this host of younger players take on the sound of the city from the 1920s – but with a fresh sort of edge! Trad jazz has been a stated influence on some of the contemporary Chicago avant players – but here, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer from the classic years, and one of Fela's best albums! "No Agreement" is a super great groover – with a catchy hook that goes on and on, and some very tasty playing by Tony Allen and the group. The track is long, with heavy solos, and vocals that will knock you out! ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A real killer of an Afro Funk set – a CD that brings together 2 sparkling moments from Fela's early career! The Shakara album is a longtime classic, and features 2 extended jams – "Lady" and "Shakara" – that are both tight straight-ahead funky groovers with a ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Two of Fela's greatest collaborative efforts! Upside Down features Fela & Africa 70, with some guest vocals by Sandra Akane Isidore, a key figure in his political development, and the woman who introduced him to the Black Panthers when he was living in LA at the end of the 60s. The two tracks ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
2 albums' worth of material by a young Maynard Ferguson – mostly lifted from sides that ended up on the Emarcy label, and really sparkling with some great Bill Holman arrangements and compositions! Maynard's working here with a tight group of west coasters that include Shelly Manne, Conte ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maynard Ferguson —
Si! Si! MF ... CD Roulette/Blue Note, Mid 60s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Very hiply swinging work from Maynard Ferguson – not as Latin-based as you might think from the title, but great nonetheless! The record features an excellent group that includes Don Rader on trumpet, Lanny Morgan on alto, Rufus Jones on drums, and Don Menza on tenor – all tightly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Smoking soul from the mighty Lee Fields – and a set that really has him getting back to his roots, as well! The record's billed as a follow-up to the previous My World – but it's got a style that's much more deep soul, much more southern-tinged than that great record – a ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Lee Fields & The Expressions —
My World ... CD Truth & Soul, 2009. Used ...
One of the best new soul records we've heard in years – a tremendous accomplishment for the mighty Lee Fields, and a set that's quite different than any of his other work! We've always loved Lee's funk and deep soul sides, but this album's something new altogether – almost done in the ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Nothing broken here – except maybe your speakers if you mistakenly play this one too loud! The group's a power trio that features the tenor and baritone sax of Ken Vandermark, the drums of Paal Nilssen-Love, and electronics of Lasse Marhaug – all used at a level that's quite searing at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A strange little record recorded by Fischer (actually, aren't most of his pretty strange?) – kind of a piano-and-woodwinds session, cut in Hollywood in the early 80s. Clare's in the lead mostly on concert grand piano, occasionally switching to a digital Yamaha model – and he's backed ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful classic from mid 60s Verve – and the kind of a session that we wouldn't have expected to come off so well! In a style they were using with older artists at the time, Verve brought Ella and Duke into the studio together – with Duke's band and compositions providing the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the hippest takes ever on the Porgy & Bess score – done in duet format by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, in a fuller spirit than their other albums for Verve! Like many late 50s albums of Gershwin's score, this one was issued in advance of the film with Sidney Poitier – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Five Corners Quintet —
Hot Corner ... CD Ricky Tick/Sony (France), 2008. Used ...
The long-awaited second album from The Five Corners Quintet – easily one of the greatest groups going on the global groove scene! As with their debut, the sound here is highly jazzy – played by a core combo that features Timo Lassy on reeds and Jukka Eskola on trumpet and flugelhorn ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A sweet 70s classic from Roberta Flack – recorded with a mellow jazzy undercurrent that really fits the spirit of the title! The set's a bit more varied in moods than some of Flack's previous Atlantic efforts – showing a stretching of wings from Roberta, but still very much in some ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mindblowing work from Roberta Flack – an album that should be in the collection of any fan of righteous soul music! Forget all the wimpier modes of Flack's later years – because here, the young Roberta is a vision of positive power and spiritual soul – a singer with roots in jazz ... (Soul) read moreCD
Beautiful duo soul from the all-time great Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway – released right around the time of Donny's tragic passing! The set was co-produced by Eric Mercury and Flack – and it has a lot of great vocals from Roberta, with as masterfully paired with Donny as always ... (Soul) read moreCD
A double album from Roberta & Peabo – with some nicely recorded tracks from a gig at The Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville, IN (not too far south of Chicago) in the dawn of the 80s – and some tight studio material, too! It's got a some terrific live versions of some of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
All the great early blues albums from Fleetwood Mac – including Blues Jam in Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, Mr Wonderful, The Pious Bird Of Good Omen, and The Original Fleetwood Mac – with lots of bonus tracks too! (Rock) CD
80s groove – Italian style – and a tight little set that crackles with plenty of great boogie touches! Flowchart were an Italian group of the time, but they're recording here in a New York studio – hitting styles that remind us a heck of a lot of the best of the indie club scene ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mad work from this fantastic French talent! Brigitte Fontaine's best known for her legendary recordings in the 70s for the Saravah label – sides cut with Areski Belkacem and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, that are beyond description, and which still thrill us today! This new album's every bit ... (French) read moreCD
Aggro avant rock from Foot Village – with a heavy vibe, but that heft comes almost purely from drums, percussion and intense vocals! It's not exactly like anything else we can think of, but you can hear the influences of Can and other madly percussion art rock combos, as well as the primal, ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great material from the sessions for Jimmy Forrest's album All The Gin Is Gone – recorded by Delmark back in their early days, and done with an underground groove that Jimmy didn't always get on record! The core group on the album features players Jimmy was working with under the leadership ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nice one! We've always loved the swinging vocal harmonies of the Four Freshmen, but their best records have never been issued before on CD. Now, though, Collector's Choice have put out two of their best on one CD, and the set's got a whopping 24 cuts of groovy groovy harmony sounds that have ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The timeless sounding underground classic debut of Frank-N-Dank – which is a strong first full length statement for the duo – and a significant milestone in the J Dilla production canon! It has more of a straight up, street ready rhyme style than was typical for Dilla productions at ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A great record from Aretha! She performs with James Cleveland & The Southern California Community Choir for two LPs worth of some super gospel material. The tracks include "Mary, Don't You Weep", "How I Got Over", "Precious Memories", "Wholy Holy", "N ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pretty amazing batch of early Aretha Franklin – before she was known as the Queen Of Soul, and had the big, soaring and emotional voice to bring flight to songs from the Great American Songbook – classics by the Gershwins, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin and more! You certainly could ... (Soul) read moreCD