The drama master of hip hop and pretty much all of contemporary pop music returns with his Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – a full length hip hop rumination on being hated and the struggle of needing that hate to be creatively fruitful. It's not always an easy listening experience, but it's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Exactly the kind of record that shows why Kashif was one of the leading mainstream talents of the 80s – a set that not only has the artist really maturing as a singer, songwriter, and producer – but one that also has him reaching out to bring in a host of other talents from the time as ... (Soul) read moreCD
A standout classic from Kashif – one of those key 80s albums that brought him to light as a tremendous powerhouse in mainstream soul! Thanks to the wonders of recording science, Kashif was able to write, produce, arrange, and perform everything on the album himself – a great trick that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Improvisational musings around the spirit of John Coltrane – anchored by an emphatic reading by poet Frank Medioni – and played with a genuine depth by players including clarinetist Sylvain Kassap, drummer Ramon Lopez and double bassist Claude Tchamitchian. There's an ascendant mood, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A love letter from R Kelly – and one that feels warmer, deeper, and more sincere than most of his work from the past decade or so! We always love Kelly – we have to, given our hometown affiliation – but this set's a great reminder of what first made him stand out back in the 90s ... (Soul) read moreCD
A tight little groover from Wynton Kelly – one of a few mid 60s gems done for Verve in a style that's harder-hitting and more focused than some of Kelly's other work! The record's got an approach that's a bit pop, but plenty darn soulful too – a style that focuses the already-great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet and mellow vocal work from Bev Kenny – a sophisticated jazz singer who sadly only cut a few albums back in the 50s and 60s! The set's a strong one – and has Bev singing easily with the Johnny Smith group – nothing fancy, but quite nice, and with a warm and intimate feel ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A late 50s classic from Stan – recorded at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach, which Kenton and the group had made their unofficial headquarters at the time! The album's got a perfect late 50s Kenton sound – a blend of styles that still has some of the modernism of the early 50s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Plenty of blues power here – a searing live set recorded by Albert King before a very enthusiastic crowd at the Fillmore in the late 60s! The album's filled with lots of King's sharp-edged guitar lines – searing with a bit more soul than your usual bluesman, possibly in part because ... (Blues) read moreCD
Classic work from Albert King – a selection of his key sides for Stax Records – cut during a mighty run of music in the late 60s and early 70s! This material really helped redefine the sound of electric blues for a whole new generation – and the package is a well-deserved entry ... (Blues) read moreCD
A classic bit of vocalese, featuring a split LP of tracks by the great King Pleasure, plus some early stuff by Annie Ross (of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross fame). The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market" ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Wickedly clever British pop – plucked from our favorite period of this legendary British band! The record features the group hitting their songwriting stride – moving past the simple topics of earlier songs, into a flurry of snapshots of British life in the postwar years. Each song is ... (Rock) read moreCD
Rahsaan Roland Kirk —
Blacknuss ... CD Atlantic/Collectables, 1972. Used ....
Roland plays moody jazz versions of some of the biggest soul hits of the early 70's – including tracks like "What's Going On", "Mercy Mercy Me", and "Ain't No Sunshine" – plus some other nice originals which sum up his take on "blacknuss". Titles ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Four cuts from from the tag team lineup of jittery/noisy electronic beatmakers Push Button Objects and DMC Champ DJ Craze. The beats are more on the abstract side of the fence, while Craze displays his over the top turntable technique. Includes "I Can't Understand You", "Metro ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the most compelling tributes to Duke Ellington we've ever heard – a performance of his music that really deviates from the sound of the original, yet which also keeps all the complicated spirit of Duke intact! Trumpeter Franz Koglmann is really at the helm of the core groups on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great straight set from the later years of Lee Konitz – one that has the altoist swinging wonderfully in the company of pianist Kenny Barron! There's a soulful undercurrent to the record that really shows Barron's hand in the sound of the session – that mature groove that Kenny ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lee Konitz & Peggy Stern —
Lunasea ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1992. Used ....
A sweet CD of sax titan Lee Konitz's work for the Italian Soul Note label from the early 90s – with pianist Peggy Stern sharing the marquee. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sure, it's not the classic years of the 70s, but Kool & The Gang sound surprisingly great here on this recent set – grooving in a well-done, tightly-crafted way that may not exactly be early 70s funk, but which is still right up there with some of their later, mellower work! The rhythms ... (Soul) read moreCD
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo —
Killer Kuts ... CD Cold Chillin, Late 80s/Early 90s. Used ....
Kool G Rap and Dj Polo's greatest hits, from their glory days, with loads of great tracks, 15 of them in all: "Road To The Riches", "Death Wish", "Streets Of New York", "Ill Street Blues", "Men At Work", "Truly Yours", "On The Run ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Kool Keith as Kool Keith, rather than one of his more elaborate personas – featuring production by DJ Junkaz Lou and appearances by Big Sche Eastwood (who has a contemporaneous full length collabo with KK, too) Keith Murray, The IMO and Megabone. Titles include "You Love That', "Cow ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
An older bandleader takes on sounds from two different groovy sources of the 70s – both of them great! Plays Michel Legrand has Andre Kostelanetz serving up some sweet versions of tunes from some of Legrand's famous soundtracks of the 60s and early 70s – most of them done with fairly ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
One of the trippiest records ever led by a clarinetist – a hip funky fusion outing that's right up there with better-known MPS dates of the time! Rolf Kuhn's in the lead on clarinet, but it's the rest of the group who really get things going here – a powerful Euro fusion lineup that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
If that's the dead princess on the cover, we sure hope they put some clothes on her before the funeral! Jokes about the cover aside, though, the album's a sublime outing from pianist Steve Kuhn – a very unusual showcase for his talents, in that it features mostly tunes pulled from classical ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 early 70s gems from pianist Steve Kuhn – back to back on one CD! First up is his amazing self-titled set for Buddah from 1971 – an incredibly inventive album that takes his earlier modern style, and fuses it with a warmer sort mode for the 70s! The approach is quite unique – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great double-length set that collects 2 rare sessions from late in Fela's career! Don't be put off by the date, though, because the material's great – and has that tight hard Afro Beat groove that you'll know from Underground System, another session from around the same time. "ODOO&qu ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Catchy 80s soul from La La – an artist with a groove that's right up there with some of the bigger Columbia acts of the time, even if she never hit their heights! The production work here really helps set the scene nicely – as La La gets support from Full Force, Jon Morales, Lenny ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pete La Roca —
Basra ... CD Blue Note, 1965. Used ....
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One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tracks include the title cut, "No Shorts", "Get With Da Wickedness (Flow Like That) (orig & rmx)", "Rough Rugged & Raw" feat Snoop & Dat N*gga Daz, "Raw Deal", "Big Bad Lady", "Super Supreme", "Sho Shot", and "Bre ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
La Lupe was certainly the queen of Latin music at the time of this set – and she works here in a mix of emotive ballads and more lively groovers that show the full range of her talents! Joe Cain handled arrangements on all of side one – and he casts Lupe in a string-heavy mode that ... (Latin) read moreCD
Plenty of blushing tones here – a classic late 50s RCA set from Abbe Lane, and one that has her working with some very cool backings from the legendary Sid Ramin! Although Abbe's best known for her Latin sides with Tito Puente, Ramin does a really wonderful job too. Sid's approach is a bit ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Great work from tenorist Morris Lane – a player who first rose to prominence in the Lionel Hampton band of the 40s, then went onto cut some great work on his own! Like most of the best talents in the Hampton group, Lane's got the sharp-edged sound that was necessary to stand out in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Finally! Yusef Lateef's live set at Pep's in 1964 is the stuff of legend. Not only is it one of his best-ever recordings, but it also yielded a huge amount of material that was not issued at the time, and which only ever came out on later, badly-annotated issues. Now, the proper "part ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wicked set from reedman Azar Lawrence – one of the few albums issued under his own name, and a great example of the waves he was making on the 70s west coast scene! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of the other Fantasy Records sessions of the time – a sound that would be ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lazerus Jackson —
Crime ... CD Sunset Leagues, 2002. Used ....
As you might guess from the title, this LP is a celebration of the ten years the Lebron Brothers were playing together as a group. The tracks are all new, and some feature guest performances by Yomo Toro. Johnny Pacheco produced, and titles include "La Pela", "El Cantante", ... (Latin) read moreCD
By the time of this set, the group were leaving behind their playful Latin Soul days, and focusing on a sound that was much more straight-ahead – heavy duty salsa, in a mode that foreshadows a lot of the trends that would occur in the 70s, but still played with the tightness, and sax soloing ... (Latin) read moreCD
Led Zeppelin at their most sprawling – in both ambition and in the pacing – on the gargantuan Physical Graffiti! This is the album where they started bringing some odd synth textures to the sound, and it's to Zeppelin's eternal credit that this doesn't compromise their blues-reverent ... (Rock) read moreCD
Rocking early work from Brenda Lee – a set that's filled with groovers all the way through, making for a nice change from some of the mellower sounds of her bigger hits! The package does a great job of sifting through early Lee 45s recorded for Decca and Brunswick – material that ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD