A nice one from Dutch scene proggy & jazzy rockers Alquin! Mountain Queen, like their previous gem, has an eclectic vibe – from heat generating organ, bass & drum funk rock dynamics, to more moody and dramatic textures. The rhythms hit pretty hard, with lots organ, nice flute, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear on the top seam.)
Barry Altschul —
For Stu ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1979. New Copy ...
An album dedicated to the late drummer Stu Martin – and a set that features some very dynamic drum work from longtime friend Barry Altschul! The album has Altschul really hitting some new notes in his music – stepping off with a bit more dynamic energy than some of his other 70s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)
Barry Altschul/Paul Bley/Gary Peacock —
Virtuosi ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1967. Very Good ...
A cool contemporary score from Italy – but one that feels like horror greats from the late 70s and early 80s! The instrumentation here is mostly in an old school electric style – keyboards and guitars that echo the music of Goblin, but at a level that's often more spare and less ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Early work by Amanda Ambrose – Chicago-based singer who sang in a variety of styles that approached work by folk/soul/jazz singers like Oscar Brown Jr. and Nina Simone. This rare Dunwich album was recorded live at Chicago's Mother Blues nightclub, and it features Ambrose running through ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ok, we'll admit that most of this album is kind of weak – and Amanda's a sort of Nina Simone wanna-be – but there are a few nice songs on here with a pretty good groove! Both "Sad Songs" and "That's It" have some great arrangements that mix complicated ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Franco Ambrosetti —
Heart Bop ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
That's "heart bop", not "hardbop" – a title that really gets at the warm feeling and sense of soul on this overlooked date! The album's an early 80s gem from Enja – cut at a time when the label was really finding its own, and doing an especially great job of giving ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album that begins with an amazing break – and then rolls into a great batch of fuzzy guitar grooves! The set is one of the odder albums to be issued by Chess Records during its funk years – as American Gypsy were a Dutch band, recording in Holland, and the record was only licensed ... (Soul) read moreCD
American Jazz Ensemble (Bill Smith & Johnny Eaton) —
New Dimensions ... LP Epic, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
Features Bill Smith on clarinet, Johnny Eaton on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Paul Motian on drums. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
A record with an unassuming group name, title, and cover – but a rare set from the New Orleans scene – and one that offers up early work from Ellis Marsalis, both Alvin and Harold Battiste, and even a young Ed Blackwell too! The record's a rare example of the kind of forward-thinking ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Please note: This is a CD-R pressing.)
American Music Club —
Mercury ... LP Reprise, 1993. Near Mint- ...
Holiday warmth from singer Ed Ames – his pair of Christmas albums in a single set! Christmas With Ed Ames is pretty much perfect late 60s style Christmas set – with charismatic, good natured vocals from Ames and some really sweet arrangements – lovely piano, groovy female chorus ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Nancy sings some sweet Latin groovers in Spanish – backed by groovy 60s arrangements from Joe Sherman! The feel here isn't quite as driving as on her classic "Mas Que Nada" album – but it does have a similar style – sort of blending easy 60s vocals with swinging pop ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bossa with a great American twist! Nancy Ames was an American pop singer of the 60s – one who did mostly folksy tunes with a light California feel, and who here is coming up with some great bossa nova numbers, set to arrangements by Stu Phillips! The package has all the sunniness of a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first records on Blue Note – a sweet single from the days when the label was dedicated to recording the best trad jazz players in the best possible setting! Albert Ammons really stretches out on both tracks here – and the 12" reissue presents the music in a format ... (Jazz) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A stone classic from Gene Ammons – and a record that introduced his talents to a whole new audience in the 60s! The album's a more laidback one than some of Jug's more hard-blown honkers – as you might guess from his hit rendition of the ballad in the title – and the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear, discoloration due to age, some seam splitting, and some pen on the back.)
Gene Ammons —
Brasswind ... CD Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Gene Ammons gets the Cannonball Adderley treatment – as he blows funky solos over an album arranged and conducted by David Axelrod! Brasswind has a larger, fuller funky sound than some of his earlier work for Prestige – and it works very well! The overall sound's a bit smoother, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gene Ammons gets the Cannonball Adderley treatment – as he blows funky solos over an album arranged and conducted by David Axelrod! Brasswind has a larger, fuller funky sound than some of his earlier work for Prestige – and it works very well! The overall sound's a bit smoother, but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Ammons' classic blowing sessions for Prestige, with an all-star lineup that includes Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Mal Waldron, and Kenny Burrell. The group plays together on 4 long tracks, and in a tight hardbop vein, with long soulful solos from every player. Titles include "Pint ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a name in marker on both sides.)
An excellent overview of Ammons' early years at Prestige – back when he was recording mostly 78s for the label, and king of the jukebox scene! The sides vary between bop, swing, and a bit of rougher R&B styled tunes – and players include Sonny Stitt, Duke Jordan, Benny Green, Bill ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gene Ammons in a mighty nice setting – working here in an open-ended jam session style that brings all his best live energy into play at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder! The set's got a crackle that really goes beyond the earlier, shorter bop recordings from Ammons – and a bit more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a few stains, a cutout hole, pen on the back, and some seam splitting.)
Try to find this one in your Gene Ammons discography! The cut's a nice two-part groover, very fast and driving, with organ and guitar setting up a tight and hard groove for Gene to blow in over the top. Sounds almost like George Freeman on guitar, especially on the solo. (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has some fading and a few stains.)
A pair of funky killers from tenorist Gene Ammons! Black Cat is one of the great funky albums that Gene Ammons cut for Prestige at the start of the 70s – quite different than his earlier work for the label, and a very different showcase for his tenor genius! The whole lineup here is amazing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Essential early stuff by Jug! The record is a 50s compilation of singles that Jug cut for Mercury during the late 40s, when he was transforming from a hard swing player into a firey bopper – but one who was capable of infusing his solos with a rich sense of emotion that was enough to bridge ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Despite the title, the set's not a batch of cheapo "twist" tracks – and is instead a great soul jazz set, with added conga work by Ray Barretto to make the tracks dance lightly, perhaps in a manner that Prestige thought would pass for a "twist". The tracks are longish and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the tasty blowing session albums that Jug cut for Prestige – remarkable in the quality of the players (Coltrane, Mal Waldron, Pepper Adams, and others), and in the relaxed easy groove of the solid soulful tracks. There's 4 long cuts, and they all swing nicely nicely nicely! Titles ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice little album – featuring some of the sides that Gene Ammons cut "off contract" for Chess/Argo during the early 60s, and ones that feature him paired with Sonny Stitt, his longtime partner in legendary tenor battles from the 50s. The two horns aren't really locked in combat ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet mono pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
An incredible full length set from Amp Fiddler – and the kind of record that's well worth all the hype it's been getting! Think of this one as Stevie Wonder for the 21st Century – keyboards and vocals taking off in a rocketship for the future, yet packed to the brim with all the best ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A great version of "It Sure Is Funky" – a tune originally done as a vocal number by Ripple, but presented here by Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers in a mad bit of steel band funk! The echoey steel is wonderful – and really gives the tune a mighty unusual vibe! Mr Thing re-edits ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An overlooked jazz soundtrack from early 60s Hollywood – and some amazing early work from composer David Amram! Amram's always had an ear for higher-concept versions of jazz – but his approach here is a wonderful blend of modernity and spontaneity – just right for the sort of ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A series of longer tracks from 70s Nigerian artist Alhaji Amuda – served up in two extended song medleys that both feature lots of low-end percussion and chanted vocals! Given the lack of real liner notes, it's hard to say what's going on here – but overall, the music is a fair bit ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A stellar set from one of the most underrated reed players of all time – a brilliant bit of searching soul jazz, cut at a time when Curtis Amy was leaving behind his Texas roots for the new sounds of the Coltrane generation! The album's quite different than the organ and tenor dates that Amy ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange record by Curtis Amy! The album changes the style from his smaller soul jazz albums – and mostly features his hard sax solos over larger orchestrations by Camarata. The shift here is typical of the move that Amy made (along with other LA jazz players) to more studio oriented work ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
More madness from Kool Keith, Ice T, and company. Tracks include "Analog Annihilator", "Perms, Baldheads, Afros & Dreds", "More Freaks", "Who Wana Be Down", "Country Girl", "War", "Double Back", "We Sleep Days", ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from the combo of Argentine reedman Jorge Anders – who you may know from his later work in Quinteplus! Anders plays some soulful tenor here, in the company of a larger group that's heavy on horns, with a bit of organ too! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light staining and writing inside the gatefold, but is nice outside.)
Arild Andersen/Paolo Vinaccia/Tommy Smith —
Mira ... CD ECM (Germany), 2013. Used ...
(Barcode has a cutout mark.)
Arild Andersen/Vassilis Tsabropoulos/John Marshall —
Triangle ... CD ECM (Japan), 2003. Used ...
A great cooker from the glory days of Ernestine Anderson on Concord Records – a time when the singer was rediscovered, and revamped in a bit of a bluesy mode – reaching a wide new audience at the time! Her vocals really shine at this point in her career, as she lets loose with a bit ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a cut corner, and the CD has a promotional sticker.)
Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, & William Parker —
Blue Winter ... CD Eremite, 2005. New Copy 2 CDs ...
A beautiful tribute to the strengths of these players working together in a trio – the sense of respect and patience they each have for each other – letting the sound come at just the right moment in just the right way, as things build together in this amazing way – then leap ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Cover has masking tape over the top & bottom seams, light wear and some tape on the spine with a small rip.)
Marisa Anderson —
Mercury ... CD Mississippi/Important Records, 2013. New Copy ...
Lovely instrumental work from Marisa Anderson – guitar sounds both acoustic and electric, played in a style that's certainly folksy – but often a bit less traditional than you might expect! There's these cool darker tones around the edges here – a quality that maybe starts with ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Ray Anderson, Han Bennink & Christy Doran —
Azurety ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1994. Used ...
Some of the warmest grooves we've heard so far from Osunlade – a beautiful selection of tracks that work perfectly together – almost as if the artist himself had a hand in their creation! The tracks follow strongly in the vein of organic house that Osunlade's always brought us – ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from Ruby Andrews – one of our favorite singles by her! "Boo Boo" is a slow, hard, snapping monster – begins with a tight funky intro, then rolls into Ruby doing some totally hard hard hard soul vocals! "Gotta Break Away" is sweeter, but a great little ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Includes a number of original songs by Andrews – who plays alto and tenor in a quartet! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Wild! Long before she was a hipster poet, and even longer before she was the Poet Laureate, Maya cut this early album of calypso tracks for Liberty – with a rootsy sound that's actually pretty darn nice! Maya wrote a larger number of the tracks, and backing is by Tommy Tedesco on guitar and ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Side 1 has marks that click on tracks three and four. Cover has some aging, a split bottom seam, some splitting on the spine, and some stains on the back.)
Angles 9 —
Injuries ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ...
Wonderful work from this Swedish collection – a group of players you might know from their excellent work on the Moserobie label, coming together here in one of their most ambitious projects ever! The lineup is relatively large, but the sound is nice and lean – as many musicians often ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful work from this Swedish collection – a group of players you might know from their excellent work on the Moserobie label, coming together here in one of their most ambitious projects ever! The lineup is relatively large, but the sound is nice and lean – as many musicians often ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great follow-up EP to Anika's addictive Stones Throw debut – a darkness-tinged batch of covers – bringing some great songs by The Kinks, The Crystals, Chromatics and Shocking Blue along with a pair of dubbed up versions of earlier Anika singles. There's a bit of no wave vibe of stark ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really classic-styled Christmas album from Paul Anka – proof that he's a singer who's really improved with age! The record's got a solid depth that rivals the later Holiday efforts from Tony Bennett – and like those gems, Anka's album has this inherent sense of time and history that ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Hans Anliker, Gunter Muller & Mich Gerber —
Zeitzeichen ... CD For 4 Ears (Switzerland), 1990. Used ...
Just to get things straight: Ann's the Beauty and Al's the Beard – and they're paired together in this surprisingly tasty set that stands as one of Ann's jazziest albums for RCA! Part of the strength is from arranger Marty Paich, who has Al's trumpet and Ann's voice working with a small ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Dynagroove pressing. Cover has a name in marker on back.)