An excellent late Johnny Hodges album that mixes his supreme talents with two of the other big stars of the Flying Dutchman label – Oliver Nelson and Leon Thomas – both of whom contribute wonderfully to the set! Nelson arranged the whole album, and gives it the groovy feel of some of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Landmark improvisations from two of the most important bassists in avant garde jazz – Dave Holland and Barre Phillips – two players each coming from two different scenes and styles, but working together here perfectly in a groundbreaking session of all-bass work! Holland plays a bit of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peanuts Holland/Buck Clayton/Charlie Singleton —
Jazz In Paris ... CD Universal (France), 1953/1954/1955. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
During the 1950s, Paris was a particularly supportive environment for American jazz players with a slightly more traditional bent – swing-era giants who were perhaps fading a bit in the eyes of US audiences, but who were still very much on top with the French crowds. This CD is strong proof ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This US collection is similar to the import one that we've been stocking, but it's got a few different features, including a lower price! There's a number of great tracks on here from the Lamont Dozier album Love and Beauty – which was one of his (and the 70's) best soul albums – and a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A two-for-one Bmore mix effort from Milkcrate and Hollertronix! The first half is the Milkcrate Mix, mixed and produced by Aaron Lacrate: "Milkcrate Anthem", "Blow", "Head & Body", "Stop Snitchin", "BodyMore Murdaland, "Nanana", "Kick ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Pianist Jim Holman works here in the company of Chicago jazz legend Ira Sullivan – who "presents" the group on the cover, even though this is Jim's second set for the Delmark label! The presence of Sullivan is mighty nice, though – as Ira's work on both trumpet and tenor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The last Honey Cone album for Hot Wax Records – and a set that's still very much at the top of their game! As with other artists from the Holland-Dozier-Holland stable of hits in the 70s, Honey Cone have a massive amount of force behind their groove – so much so, the record might still ... (Soul) read moreCD
Gritty work from John Lee Hooker – a set recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, at a time when that city was playing host to some of the hippest blues work of the decade! The style here is very much like John Lee Hooker of a decade before – simple, stark, and unadorned – with a ... (Blues) read moreCD
Pretty darn free stuff, with a classic loft jazz sound, and lots of heavy percussion from Hooker. The group features the great William Parker on bass, plus Claude Lawrence and Alan Michael on alto saxes. Titles include "Schools of Thought", "Revisited", "Tune", and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A Belgian take on the Congotronics vibe – not done in the same musical style necessarily, but definitely grabbing that great spirit for homemade instruments and unique stylistic hybrids! There's a punky, funky sort of vibe going on here – but one that also has more laidback qualities ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
With guest work by Gary Bartz on alto sax! Titles include "Just A Little Lovin", "Drown In My Own Tears", "The Sun Died", "Bye Bye Love", "Green", "I Got A Man", and "Light Out Of Darkness". (Vocalists) CD
One of Lena Horne's greatest albums of the 50s – a rock-solid effort that takes its name from her famous film appearance of the 40s, but which features some wonderfully sophisticated songs in a very postwar mode! As with other RCA dates of the time, the orchestra's handled by Lena's partner ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A pretty darn amazing album from Thelma Houston – recorded during the zenith of Jimmy Webb's career, when Jimmy was not only one of the hippest songwriters in pop, but also kind of a mini-Burt Bacharach, writing, arranging, and conducting albums for a variety of stars. This little gem ... (Soul) read moreCD
A nice record pairing the vocal stylings of Thelma Houston and Jerry Butler. Butler and Hal Davis take partial credit for production and tracks include the Bee-Gee's "Love So Right", "Only The Beginning", Stevie Wonder's "Joy Inside My Tears", "Let's Get ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful early 70s debut LP from a then 20-year-old, Halifax reared Catherine Howe – produced and arranged by US jazz pianist Bobby Scott in a mode that manages to feel lush and opulent while never belying Catherine's warmth, intimacy and maturity – and quite possibly the best ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Seminal work from Freddie Hubbard – an early hardbop session that features some great work by Tina Brooks on tenor, piano by McCoy Tyner, and rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass Clifford Jarvis on drums! And although Freddie's great at this early point in his career – playing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Daniel Humair, Eddy Louiss, & Jean-Luc Ponty —
Trio HLP ... CD Dreyfus (Canada), Late 60s. Used 2CD ...
A seminal side from the French scene of the 60s – a landmark trio with Humair on drums, Louiss on organ, and Ponty on violin – playing some very free, very groovy grooves! Titles include "Round Midnight", "So What", "You've Changed" "Bag's Groove" ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Van Hunt makes a big step forward for his second album – shaking off the simpler soul of his debut, and going for a wider range of sounds that should push him firmly into the mainstream! We're not saying this one's commercial, but just that Van Hunt's bringing in a bit more crossover ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Hunter's getting a lot more sophisticated in his style, and is moving past the heavy funky sound of early days – to a mix of soulful styles that opens him up a lot more. This sextet session features drummer Leon Parker, who always works well with Hunter – plus tenorist Peter Apfelbaum, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on CD.)
Lonnie Hunter & The Voices Of St Mark —
Next Level ... CD Muscle Shoals Sound, 2003. Used ...
A folksy trio, but one with a very sophisticated sound – thanks to some added arrangements from Richard Hewson – who gives the record a much fuller feel than you might guess from the acoustic image on the cover! Hunter Muskett's a UK trio featuring Chris George, Terry Hiscock, and Doug ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A tasty Latin-tinged set by Bobby Hutcherson – one that recalls his classic Montara album for Blue Note, but handled here with perhaps a bit less electricity overall! Hutcherson's got a wonderful way with colors and tones on the set – extremely evocative, and bursting out with a sunny, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sparkling modern soul from the lovely Phyllis Hyman – and an album that has the singer picking up the wonderfully smooth groove that had become the Philly International sound of the mid 80s. This format works surprisingly well for Phyllis – quite possibly more so than it did even for ... (Soul) read moreCD
Clasic toasting and freestyling from I- Roy, one of the most heavyweight DJs of all time! Riding some of the finest rhythms of Buny Lee & Keith Hudson mixed by dub master King Tubby & Errol Thompson, this collection features boasts and more conscious topics, too: "Hot Stuff", ... (Reggae) read moreCD
J Dilla's brother Illa J collaborates with Dilla for the Yancey Boys album – produced with a batch of Dilla's beats! This album could have gone wrong in a number of ways for a number of reasons – but truth be told it's a quality record that's actually worth checking out! Most ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble! Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Imperial Tiger Orchestra —
Mercato ... CD Absinthe/Mental Groove (Switzerland), 2011. Used ...
A really strong set of Ethio-styled jazz & funk from Geneva, Switzerland's Imperial Tiger Orchestra – whose earlier Addis Abeba was a promising debut, and this one fully delivers on it! The group takes on some traditional numbers nicely, and deftly work in some spacey bits of keyboards ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Early early work from the Brit jazz funk ensemble Incognito! Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick was just starting out when he cut this album during the early 80s – but the record's got a tightly grooving sound that shows all the power that he'd later have during the 90s, mixed with some ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD