Hardly the blues that you might expect from the title – although knowing Muhal Richard Abrams, there's no doubt some sort of blues influence lurking in the background of his complicated orchestrations for the date! The album's a suite of original compositions by Abrams – all numbers ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mighty roots harmony session! The Abyssinians were one of the first groups at the forefront of reggae to move away from the influence of the American soul scene and forge their own style. This album from the late 70s, a period when a lot of attention was being focused on the island from foreign ... (Reggae) read moreCD
An essential reissue of an essential roots album! A mid 70s landmark of harmony roots, the Abyssinians' Satta Massagana, aka Forward To Zion, is hard to beat for hardcore, spiritual roots delivered over hypnotically pulsing rhythms, and Heartbeat ups the ante by digging deep for some excellent and ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A dream come true for fans of the best mid 90s hip hop – a massive reissue of Aceyalone's lost classic All Balls Don't Bounce – completed by an hour long bonus disc of remixes and unreleased material! Freestyle Fellow Aceyalone's first solo album is filled with the kind of solid, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Active Force —
Active Force ... CD A&M/Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1983. Used ...
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A sweet 80s groover throughout – the only album we've ever seen by this keyboard-heavy quintet, served up in a flurry of catchy catchy tunes! Keys on the set are handled by producer/arranger Michael Stokes – who's very clearly in charge of the voices of the group – giving them ... (Soul) read moreCD
Beautiful early work from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that's quite different than most of his better known sets from the time! The album's more spare and stripped-down than usual – with Cannon's alto in a quartet alongside Bill Evans on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(BMG Direct pressing. Tray card has a small rip on the spine.)
Jazz versions of classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim – all done by a group arranged and directed by guitarist Mario Adnet, and featuring guest work from Joyce, Helio Delmiro, Romero Lumbambo, and others! The sound here is really fresh – not merely just a reworking of Jobim's original ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great follow-up to the first Jobim Jazz set from guitarist Mario Adnet – and in many ways, an even better-conceived version of the project! The difference this time around is that Adnet's been working through the concept in a live setting for a few years – and has come up with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
They're not kidding with the name of this group – because the set's a masterpiece of 70s Afro Funk – totally great all the way through! The combo has African origins, but they're recording here in London – which makes for a really wonderful criss-crossing of cultural modes – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Ok, ok – so it's from the Sofia Coppla movie (based on a pretty great book) – but in all fairness this is a really great album from this groovy French combo, and probably one of their straightest (we mean that in a good way). While some tracks channel Pink Floyd a bit, many of their ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Airto's unique Brazilian fusion style meets the electric funky genius of CTI – and the result is a killer album of long tracks with a far-reaching jazzy groove! The album takes off a bit from Airto's work with Return To Forever – no surprise, since Chick Corea and Flora Purim are on ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A dynamic sextet outing from tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander – easily one of the best straight jazz albums recorded by the Delmark label in the 90s, put together with a rock-solid sound all the way through! Alexander's tenor would be enough to make the record great, but the album also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Eric Alexander, John Hicks, George Mraz, Idris —
Solid ... CD Milestone, 1998. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Nice reissue of some of Johnny Alf's rare bossa nova sides from the mid 60's! Unlike some of the other Brazilian bossa artists who made it big in the states (like Jobim and Joao Gilberto), Johnny Alf was a major talent in Brazil, but never really got exported properly. His sound is warm and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Two classic bossa albums from the great Johnny Alf! Alf was a key part of the bossa scene in Brazil – an important singer in the pre-bossa years, with a vocal style that linked older traditions with the newer sound of the early 60s. Alf was also an excellent songwriter – and his ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Amon Duul II —
Yeti ... CD Liberty/Gammarock (Germany), 1970. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
About as classic as you can get for Amon Duul – a double-length set that virtually defined the sound of prog rock for the 70s! Tracks are long, and mighty jamming – with a strong undercurrent of jazz alongside the heavy drums and guitars – set loose at a level that's much madder ... (Rock) read moreCD
More dark and twisted beat science from Amon Tobin, filled with alien tones and coloristic washes of sound. Continuing to develop from his earlier work, Tobin continues to expand outward on this release, a challenging excursion into the outer limits of the new beat scene, with some complicated ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A stellar set from one of the most underrated reed players of all time – a brilliant bit of searching soul jazz, cut at a time when Curtis Amy was leaving behind his Texas roots for the new sounds of the Coltrane generation! The album's quite different than the organ and tenor dates that Amy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Ernestine's early albums for Mercury – a bit unsure as to its direction: soul jazz, straight ballad vocals, or a bit of vocalese jazz – but that's kind of what makes it interesting! Pete Rugolo conducts the group on the session – and he also contributed the original tune ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Fred's not on the run, he's right at home – working at his own Velvet Lounge in Chicago, and blowing with the relaxed, open vibe that has made his performances at the club the stuff of legend! There's a great linkage here of styles from a few Chicago generations – the proud-toned ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fresh album from one of the stronger partnerships in avant garde jazz – sax titan Fred Anderson and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake – joined by some of the finest Chicago based players for set of slowbuilding, generously spacious material that might be even better their previous ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great one by this famous Brazilian jazz singer – and a record that's got a much more straight ahead sound than some of her later smooth jazz efforts. Joao Donato handled the arrangements, and the overall instrumental feel is similar to some of his late 70s work – with a good mix of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
While many listeners were first introduced to Horace Andy's beautiful falsetto singing through his more modern collaborations with Massive Attack, it's his original work for Studio One and some of these great sides cut in the mid 70s that we keep returning to. After he parted with Coxsonne Dodd, ... (Reggae) read moreCD
The latest from one of the greatest – Horace Andy, still sounding wonderful. This CD combines the best of old, middle and new school, with players like Skully Sims, Sly & Robbie, Style Scott & Bubblers Ogilvie, plus a host of young cats, and some more modern digital sounds. Plus ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A massive collaboration between Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle – a well-titled second set in Strut's Inspiration series, and one that brings both artists into some really fresh, new territory! Andy handles most of the vocals, and Beedle's working rhythms that are somewhat in his Black Science ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson —
Dice Game ... CD Mello Music Group, 2012. Used ...
A tight duo outing from producer Apollo Brown and rhymer Guilty Simpson – and one of the stronger records either of those guys have been headlined! Dice Game didn't seem like much of a gamble, given -the top shelf, beat heavy funk and soul production aesthetic of Apollo Brown – and ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD