Wonderfully weird sounds from Lucifer – a record cut during the powerhouse 70s soul years of the Invictus/Hot Wax label, but done with a sound that's much more bluesy and rootsy than any other work for the company! Vocals are by Eugene Smith, who has a cool sort of Bay Area vibe – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A festival of samba from mid 70s Brazil – a set that's packaged with an unassuming title and cover, but which contains a host of excellent samba tunes throughout! The artists' names are slightly submerged in the presentation – but the record smokes like some of the best music from the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great little album from Pat Lundy – an enigmatic talent who crops up a number of times over the years – but always on different record labels, and always with a slightly different sound and style! This album's one of Pat's best – and has her working in a sophisticated soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lupe Fiasco takes his style a kick & a push deeper than the perceived sunny positivity of his debut on second album The Cool – flashing some biting social criticism – and a sharp brilliance that shows he's too restless to simply coast! The clean, buzzing synth funk orchestra vibe ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Bobby Lyle —
Genie ... CD Capitol/EMI (UK), 1977. Used ...
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real ... (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
Plenty real soul here – a killer collection of Columbia grooves by Cheryl Lynn – a set that runs right from the clubby start to the more commercial finish of her time at the label! The package is a great illustration of Cheryl's ability to rise to the occasion in just about any setting ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mad funk from the great Galt MacDermot – a wonderful selection of obscure tunes from some of his best funky soundtracks! Galt's work on Hair has been sampled heavily by a variety of hip hop producers over the years – but even better is his work for less famous soundtracks, a good ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trombonist Ed Maciel was a strong pop and jazz player in the 60s Brazilian scene – and here, he's working at the head of a modern big band on a mixture of Brazilian groovers and more swing-based numbers. The band's got an electric component, which sounds a bit cheesy at times – but the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Peter Magadini (with George Duke) —
Polyrhythm ... CD Briko/Ibis, 1975. Used ...
A great little fusion set – issued under the name of the leader, the obscure drummer Pete Magadini, but featuring some stellar work by George Duke on keyboards, and by Don Menza, who plays a variety of reeds with a warm and free style. Duke sounds as great here as he did in his early years ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Long haired Japanese cats with a penchant for deep dubby trip hop beats, vintage EMS synths and Samurai swords! Tosh and Kudo first made their names with some cut and paste mixes back in the day, helping put the east East on the map, but this compilation collects some later work that's all pretty ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A very nice little trio set from jazz guitarist Russell Malone – a go-to player for a range of jazz players, but his own records are way too good to overlook – as is this one for the Maxjazz label! Malone produced and arranged the set, which features David Wong on bass and Montez ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little album of Latiny tunes from Henry Mancini – played by a very hip lineup of west coast jazzmen! The rhythms have a great mix of Latin influences and Mancini magic – the kind of grooves you'd hear on his 60s soundtracks at the time, played by a lineup that includes Bud ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A combo session with more than enough excitement to warrant the exclamation point in the title – one of Henry Mancini's jazziest records ever, and a date that's filled with some great west coast players! The sound here is a hip extrapolation of the Mancini groove heard on crime jazz ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A classic! This is the record that made Mancini's career, and forever transformed the face of crime and jazz. The record's a stunning batch of instrumentals, played by a crack group of west coast players who also performed regularly in the TV show. Titles include the classic "Peter ... (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
(Out of print.)
Joe Maneri —
Tenderly ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 1999. Used Gatefold ...
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 groovy 60s sides by Herbie – back to back on one CD! A Mann & A Woman is a surprisingly groovy groovy batch of tracks that has Herbie joined by soul singer Tamiko Jones, for a nice set of tracks that have flute and female vocals in the lead. The groove is somewhat pop-bossa, and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful version of the famous Henry Mancini score – arguably better than the original soundtrack for the TV show! Shelly Manne leads a small group of west coasters that includes Victor Feldman on vibes, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Russ Freeman on piano – plus Herb Geller on alto, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Who the heck is this lady? We have no idea – but the set's got some very cool pop tunes with a mod 60s feel! The "bossa nova" in the title refers to Manuela's big hit "Schuld War Nur Dar Bossa Nova" – which is a German version of "Blame It On The Bossa ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Really adventurous early solo work from Ray Manzarek – bursting with creativity and a world of ideas on The Golden Scarab! Lots of oddball instrumentation, particularly in the percussion – with bongo, wood block, congtas, tuned cowbell, whistles, cabassa and quica – plus Ray ... (Rock) read moreCD