An early meeting of giants and a compilation of Studio One material that's been a long time coming! When Soul Jazz first started dipping into the Studio One catalog, we were hopeful they'd get around to the extraordinary sides Burning Spear cut for Clement Dodd – his earliest recordings and ... (Reggae) read moreCD
One of the last great albums from arranger Ralph Burns – known best for his groundbreaking earlier work for Verve, but sounding equally great here in an obscure 1960 percussion jazz session! The mood here's a bit in the swinging bachelor pad mode – but never too much so to step far ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of Kenny's best recordings – especially from the early days! The albums contained on this 2CD set feature Kenny in the company of some of the best late 50's players at Blue Note. Junior Cook and Tina Brooks are on tenor, Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons play piano, Louis Smith plays ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Obscure work from Kenny Burrell – material originally issued by Muse Records, most of it with a very laidback feel – as you'd guess from the title! The original sides were produced by Helen Keane, who'd done some of Bill Evans' greatest sets – and who had a real ear for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Less of the bop tribute that you might think – given the title – and more of a groovy batch of jazz tracks, with arrangements by Richard Evans, in the soulful bouncy style that was his best standard for mid 60s work at Chess! Evans' work is what really makes the record sparkle – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mixed bag of tracks from Gary – but a really nice record overall, one that has him stretching out in the Atlantic years! 3 of the album's tracks were recorded live in Montreux, the others were recorded back in New York – and Gary plays a variety of instruments in addition to vibes, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really incredible record from the great Gary Burton – a key 60s set that definitely has him finding a musical voice that's all his own – a way of using the vibes that nobody else had ever attempted before! The instrument is a flurry of chromatic beauty – tones and light ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really wonderful setting for the vibes of Gary Burton – a special ECM session that pairs his quartet with larger orchestral backdrops – all conducted by Michael Gibbs, who also wrote the music for the date! Gibbs had already risen to fame by the time of this record – thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic from Jenny Burton – only the singer's second album as a solo act, but already a set that has Jenny hitting on all burners! The mellow numbers are great – never sleepy or too commercial, but pushed into just the right blend of polish and soul – and the groovers have some ... (Soul) read moreCD
Busta Rhymes delivers the debut full length release for Dr Dre's Aftermath imprint – after a few records for old Clive Davis and J Records – and like most Busta Rhymes albums, it features at least one sure-to-be classic track! Busta is not only one of the most reliable generators for ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of those album's you have to love – not only because it's extra dope, but because it's a slept on gem by one of hip hop's pioneers – one that keeps it real in a sense that seems lost so many years down the line! Raw beats and ultimately fairly simple, but charismatic rhymes that ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
2 lost soul jazz sets from the mighty Billy Butler! This Is Billy Butler is one of the grooviest albums ever from the hip guitarist – a rock-solid session for Prestige that's filled with some amazing rhythms! The sound here is sockingly soulful, and very tight – a mixture of the jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Button Down Brass with Ray Davies —
Girl Talk ... CD Castle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
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The group's got a silly name, and a stuffy-looking leader, but man, can they get nice and funky! Ray Davies here is not to be confused with the leader of The Kinks – as this Ray is about 10 years older (at least), and a British session trumpet player who was to the UK easy scene of the 60s ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Jaki Byard brings plenty to the table here – playing both tenor and alto sax, in addition to his usual piano – and showing once again that he's not just a multi-instrumentalist, but also one of the most multi-voiced talents in jazz! Byard seems to bring a similar spirit of multiplicity ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hebert, & Gerald Cleaver —
Book Of Three ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2011. Used ...
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Loads of beautiful lines from Taylor Ho Bynum – working here on cornet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, and trombone – all deep-toned brass instruments that are used to carve out some thoughtfully-constructed sounds! Other instrumentation includes bass from John Hebert and drums and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Taylor Ho Bynum/Joe Morris/Sara Schoenbeck —
Next ... CD Porter, 2011. Used ...
Next level modern improvisation from the trio of Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris and Sara Schoenbeck – and one of our favorite new recordings on the always exciting Porter Records label! Bynum plays coronet, flugelhorn, bass & piccolo trumpets on Next, with never predictable guitar work from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two 60s albums by Charlie Byrd, back to back on one CD! Byrdland features Charlie in small group settings – grooving with sax by Teo Macero, trumpet by Hal Posey, and bass by Joe Byrd. The tracks are a mix of bossa tunes and pop numbers – including "Meditation", "Samba ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went onto forever change the face of jazz funk! After rumbling around for a few years attempting electric styles that really didn't fit his mode, Donald wisely hooked up with Larry, and hit a groove here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wailer! This rare 1955 album is one of Donald Byrd's first records as a leader – recorded for the tiny Transition label in Boston, but with a hardbop groove that's right up there with his early work for Savoy and Blue Note. The record is practically a Jazz Messengers session – as it ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Smoking work from Donald Byrd – post-Blue Note, post-Larry Mizell, and with a modern funk groove that's still pretty darn tasty! Not one to rest on his laurels – which he could have easily done with endless Mizell-based recordings – Donald shifts his groove here towards more of a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet electric funk – in a very trippy style! Before Donald Byrd hooked up with Larry Mizell and started recording his smooth fusion grooves of the mid 70's, he recorded this gem – kind of a "lost" album that has Donald working in an open-ended electric sound – one that' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic 1950 recording of John Cage's work for prepared piano – that eerie variation on the conventional instrument, made by sticking all sorts of weird things underneath the strings and hammers! The tracks are all pretty short, and pianist Maro Ajemian presents the work without too much ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Michael Cain/Peter Epstein/Ralph Alessi —
Circa ... CD ECM/BMG, 1998. Used ...
Mad grooves from Uri Caine's Bedrock group – a core trio that features Caine on lots of cool keyboards, Tim Lefebvre on bass and guitar, and Zach Danzinger on drums – plus added vocals from Barbara Walker and percussion from Elizabeth Pupo-Walker! There's some really great electric ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An avant pop/offbeat classic from John Cale and Terry Riley! We'll be fast to admit that Cale's solo stuff don't always float our boat – but this collaboration with minimalist composer Terry Riley is nothing short of an amazing. It's an album of mostly long modal instrumental tracks (with ... (Rock) read moreCD
High caliber drum and bass from Calibre – with frenetic and sputtering beats – and an uncommon soulful depth! As insistent as the beats are here, the diverse keyboard backdrops and occasional moody vocals are what takes it to deeper level. A really solid balance between frenetic beats ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Califone perfects the meandering, deep blues-tinged psych-folk-rock electric and acoustic soul-baring Tim Rutili, Ben Massarella and co have been working on since the great Red Red Meat dissolved. There's a lot of soft, creaky melodies beneath all the clatter that cuts right to the bone – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Possibly the greatest album ever by the legendary Chicago soul singer Terry Callier! Terry's rich mellow voice is mixed with superb arrangements from the Cadet studio team, with Charles Stepney at the head, and the result is completely sublime. The songs are longer than on earlier albums – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Calypso King & The Soul Investigators —
Soul Strike ... CD Soul Fire, 2001. Used ...
You can't get any funkier than this! Calypso King and The Soul Investigators are prime new funk in the classic Desco mode – hard, heavy, and stripped-down, with a sound that would make the James Brown of late 60s King years very very proud! This album's their first full-length effort, and ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Dynamite rootsy vibes from Wareika Hill, laid down by trombonist Calvin Bubbles Cameron. Very much in the vein of the fantastic Light Of Saba set, or some of the Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari material, with a nice, raw stripped down approach, featuring bold horn lines riding ... (Reggae) read moreCD
NYC legends Camp Lo are Caught On Tape – with set with a fairly diverse backdrop of beats and fresh rhymes – kind of a loose collection of unreleased tracks with some real gems on it – from murky, bass heavy funk beats to more of a jazzy soul vibe in the beatcraft. Titles include ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Erica Campbell —
Help ... CD E One, 2014. Used ...
Featuring Campbell's Pyramid Trio group, with Wuilliam Parker and Hamid Drake. 7 numbers in all, including "Tazz's Dilema", 'Malcolm, Martin & Mandela", "Imhotep", 'Impressions Of Yokahama", "Ethnic Stew & Brew", "Heavenly Ascending" and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mighty impressive 3CD box set of previously unreleased Can – incredible stuff captured throughout their groundbreaking run from the late 60s to mid 70s – and culled from hours (and hours!) of tapes of the sessions that could have just as easily wound up on any of their classic records ... (Rock) read moreCD
A key chapter in the rich long legacy of Candido on record – a set that pushes the percussion maestro strongly into the disco generation – with wonderful results that are still massively strong all these many years later! Candido had always been one of the funkiest conga players around ... (Latin) read moreCD
The instrumental companion to the critically acclaimed album manifested musically by the former Company Flow ringleader, El-P. If you like head bangin electro singed burners, get this! Tracks include "Atom", "Iron Galaxy", "Raspberry Fields", "Straight Off The D. ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Fierce work from Toronzo Cannon – an artist who's definitely determined to carve a path for the next generation of Chicago blues! All the roots here are firmly in place, but there's a boldness and sense of presence that really elevates Cannon's music – at a level that almost recalls ... (Blues) read moreCD
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Vinicius Cantuaria —
Vinicius ... CD Transparent, 2001. Used ...
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A surprisingly great batch of kick ass rock and roll tunes – southern fried, but done with a cosmic undercurrent that makes for a mighty weird approach! The drums are amazing – fierce right from the get-go, in a way that has made the record a favorite with break collectors for years ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very groovy batch of early rock tunes from Roberto Carlos! The overall sound is a lot more stripped-down than his later work, and the dominant instrument is a cool tinny organ, with a very "Question Mark & The Mysterians" sort of feel to it. The tracks are mostly all originals ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A hypnotic batch of atmospherics and cosmic sounds from Carlos Nino & friends – a nice blend of found sounds and field recordings of both natural soundscapes and studio bits from some of the talented musicians in his circle of friends! Carlos is really one of the more diverse ... (New Grooves) read moreCD