Incredible stuff – one of our favorite jazz albums of the past decade, and a real treasure that we always find ourselves going back to! This album was only Curtis Lundy's second as a leader – recorded after a 10 year hiatus, and featuring a real return to the brilliance of his early ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A brilliant set of percussively grooving tracks, modulated at a low tempo, and recorded in the Henry J. Kaiser aluminum dome in Hawaii with a sound that inspired countless other exotic groups. Art plays vibes, and is augmented by percussion and piano, plus other bits of exotic instrumentation. ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A wonderful little album – a unique sound collage that was pretty surprising for the time, given the mainstream circulation it received on the heels of David Lynch's Eraserhead film! Side one of the record features some pretty abstract noise – almost prefacing some of the best 80s ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Benjamin & Stephen Lynerd —
All Together ... CD Benjamin & Stephen Lynerd, 2012. Used ...
Cheryl Lynn and Luther Vandross – a tremendous combination that makes for one heck of a great record! Luther arranged and produced the entire set – and he does a great job here of pushing Cheryl Lynn into more upbeat territory without getting too poppy or schmaltzy! In a way, the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Definitely the real thing from Cheryl Lynn – a collection of classics from her legendary years at Columbia Records – tunes that cracked the clubs, then the charts, and which really put Cheryl at the top of her game! The collection mixes groovers with some of the ballads that would ... (Soul) read moreCD
Paul Lytton/Ken Vandermark/Phil Wachsmann —
CINC ... CD Okka Disk, 2006. Used ...
A live collaboration between the trio of Paul Lytton, Ken Vandermark, and Phillipp Wachsmann – recorded in a spare and sound-focused manner that recalls some of the Lytton/Wachsmann efforts from years back! At times, the record is especially quiet – letting in just a bit of percussion ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print hand-numbered limited edition of 999.)
A straight street, but a great street – as Harold Mabern returns to full force in this lovely set of trio tracks! The set's one of the best of any of Mabern's early 90s sessions for DIW Records – a very strong outing with Ron Carter on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums – served up ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole. Booklet has a sticker.)
A great title for this second set from Taj Mahal – because the sound here is even more stripped-down and natural than on his first LP! Taj turns in a lot more original tunes this time around – and is in wonderfully comfortable territory with his own lead lyrics, sung alongside his own ... (Blues) read moreCD
Very spacey work from Mahavishnu Orchestra – a set that continues the change in sound explored by the second incarnation of the group – one that's much more spacious than the first! The group here is somewhat large, but often comes off with a good sense of leanness at times – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tim Maia in concert – captured relatively recently, but in a setting that recalls his greatness from previous decades! That legendary Maia voice hasn't lost any of its punch – and really soars soulfully amidst the album's lively arrangements – backings so well-recorded, we'd ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Mike Ladd, wearer of many brands of hats, drops some high concept hip hop on the broad minded Big Dada imprint, more or less a follow up to the Infesticons project started a few years back. You know the drill, post electro beats that refuse to admit they're jiggy, that'll appeal to fans of Anti ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Trumpeter Raphe Malik's got some great companions on this set – a quartet that features Glenn Spearman on tenor sax, William Parker on bass, and Paul Murphy on drums – all musicians who can really step out and soar along with Malik's bold improvisations! The performance hits that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An enduring Mancini classic! And although it's probably best remembered for the sleepy theme "Moon River", the score's actually got some pretty fantastic groovy numbers with a very different feel. These include the lovely "Sally's Tomato", one of our fave melodies ever from ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Henry Mancini's second album of stuff for the Peter Gunn TV show, and arguably better than the first one! The album's straight-ahead crime jazz – performed by a great set of players that includes Plas Johnson, Shelly Manne, Ted Nash, Paul Horn, and other west coasters. Tracks include "M ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Johnny Mandel/Ahmad Jamal —
MASH ... CD Columbia, 1973. Used ...
A very unusual little soundtrack – almost more of an audio documentary of the film than a record itself! Although Johnny Mandel's score for the movie was plenty darn great, there's very little of it here – because about 80% of the record features jokes and dialogue from the film by ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the greatest jazz soundtracks of all time! Johnny Mandel composed the memorable score for this late 50's film starring Susan Hayward, and the music is played by Mandel's orchestra and a smaller group led by Gerry Mulligan, which includes Art Farmer, Shelly Manne, and Bud Shank. The music ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcover.)
Manhattan Transfer —
Swing ... CD Atlantic, 1996. Used ...
The Manhattans were one of those groups who knocked around for years in the indie soul world – cutting some fantastic material early on, but then losing direction for a number of years until they sprung forth as a huge act for Columbia during the early 70s. By that time, the band had more ... (Soul) read moreCD
Herbie Mann returns to the stage at the Newport Jazz Festival – but opens up in ways that are even hipper than some of his other material from that scene! The tracks here are quite long – driven by some great rhythms from Carlos Patao Valdez, and featuring round, rolling basslines from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from Marcelo D2 – one of the best Brazilian hip hop producers of the past decade or so – and one of the few who've really kept things interesting over the years! The music here probably has more links to American hip hop than the mainstream rhythms in Brazil – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The first album ever by Steve Marcus – a key player trying to mix rock and jazz at the end of the 60s! Marcus plays some really wild sax on the set – a bit of soprano and tenor, mixed with guitar and electric keys in a wonderfully fuzzy sound! The approach has lots of funk in the mix ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charlie Mariano —
Mirror ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. Used ...
A seminal electric session from Charlie Mariano – one recorded after his shift from bop-based work into trippier, more psychedelic influences – and one of his few American dates from the time! The record has Charlie working on soprano and alto sax, with a group that includes Pat ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Heavy funk from Teena Marie – a self-produced killer for mid 80s Epic Records – done with some even bolder grooves than before, in ways that definitely show the hallmarks of the Prince generation! The 80s was a hell of a good time to be a female funk artist on her own – and Teena ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite Wailers LPs – as solid a statement as Marley had made, and to our ears, the finest moment of his later career. The album features classics like "Natural Mystic", "Three Little Birds", "One Love/People Get Ready" and the excellent, driving ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Live! ... CD Island/Tuff Gong, 1975. Used ...
A smoking live set from '75, recorded not too long after the I-three's replaced Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer. Totally burning versions of "Trenchtown Rock", "Burnin & Lootin", "Them Belly Full", "Lively Up Yourself", "No Woman, No Cry", "I ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Wonderful TV soundtrack work from Skip Martin – who's really giving Henry Mancini a run for his money in the crime jazz department! Martin's score for the Mike Hammer show here is totally great – penned with a range of styles that run from swinging to sentimental – all handled by ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Massively wonderful work from the mighty Hugh Masekela – easily one of his hippest, most soulful sessions ever! This double-length gem really has Hugh letting go – moving way beyond the pop modes of the late 60s, into a long-flowing, open-rolling groove that's played by a spare quintet ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
This is the album that yielded Hugh's big hit "Grazin In The Grass", and it's got a lot of other nice pop Afro soul tracks in a similar vein, played by Hugh and his tight little quartet! Tracks include "Stop", "Bajabula Bonke", "There Are Seeds To Sow", ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD