Billy Eckstine —
Stormy ... LP Enterprise, 1970. Very Good+ ...
Think what you might about Mr. B, but this is a sweet soulful album of dreamy pop songs, produced and arranged by Isaac Hayes, with a similar sound to some of the work from the same time by Grady Tate. Billy's voice is as deep and round as always, and the newer backing brings a nice quality to his ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Edan returns with a new set of his sample heavy wizardry – this time out steeped heavily in late 60s pysch out flourishes, yet still sporting the thickest breakbeats available. His rhyme style is both ridiculous and genius – with tongue twists that pay homage and blast forward ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
EKG (Kyle Bruckmann & Ernst Karel) —
Electricals ... CD Another Timbre (UK), 2009. Used ...
Latin inflected club grooves by the legendary El Coco! The band was one of the most successful projects of the Rinder/Lewis production team – and although this album's not their best, it's still very much in their classic mode. Most tracks are nice and long, with a disco groove, and titles ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great comeback for The Emotions – a post-Columbia album issued after a few years away from the business – but one that still has the girls' very much at the top of their game! The record's got a wonderful feel that's quite different from other directions the group might have pursued ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Erotic Drum Band —
Collection ... CD Prism/Unidisc (Canada), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ...
A collection of club tracks from the Erotic Drum Band – a group with a sound that definitely lives up to their name! Most of the numbers here build up heavily from percussion on the bottom – sometimes raw congas layered in among the basslines and keyboards, sometimes rhythms that are a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ayman Fanous & Jason Kao Hwang —
Zilzal ... CD Innova, 2013. Used ...
(Out Sound) CD
Art Farmer & Joe Henderson —
Yama ... LP CTI, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
An obscure late 70s set from CTI – and a near-lost chapter in the career of both artists in the title! Mike Mainieri arranged and produced the set – and the album's got a sweet, warm fusion approach that's very much like his own work – using a larger group of keyboards, vibes, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a mark from sticker removal.)
A nice set of groovy, languorous instrumentals from Fat Jon! Fat Jon is often named as a hip hop instrumentalist on par with and in the experimentalist area of DJ Shadow, RJD2, Prefuse 73 and others – which is in part true, but Jon has more direct influence from astral 70s sounds and the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
An amazing record! By all rights, this shouldn't be so good – but it's an incredible album of haunting tracks that really has us coming back again and again over the years. The formula is simple: Jose plays late 60s pop tunes on acoustic guitar, and sings them in his spacey soulful voice. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maynard swings it surprisingly nicely – in his standard big band mode, but with a lot more of an edge than in later years, thanks no doubt to some of the strong players he had in his group! Maynard's solos still have that blaring quality that marks him as a dominant showman, but he also ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has tape on the spine and a bit of pen on back.)
Sweet poppy soul from Five Star – moving strongly here on a set that's got lots of early 90s new jack elements – including a fair bit of beats that really work well with the group's trading of male and female vocals! Things are plenty catchy throughout – not the deepest soul you ... (Soul) read moreCD
Given that Atlantic's big claim to fame with Aretha was that they took her from being a supper club jazz singer and made her a hard soul act, we've always been a bit surprised at the way they chose to hook her up with some Bacharach tunes after her first few sides – giving her a classier ... (Soul) read moreCD
Uptempo production similar to the Marly Marl/Juice Crew/Cold Chillin singles from around that time. Maybe not quite as dope as those, but still a nice example of the '86/'87 independent label sound. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In an Urban Rock sleeve.)
Fredonia Jazz Ensemble —
Fredonia ... LP Poljazz (Poland), 1979. Near Mint- ...
With a couple tracks produced by K-Cut of Main Source and Diamond D. Tracks include "Breakdown", "Sum Dum Munkey", "Visions 20/20", "Watch Ya Back", "Aaahh Ooohhh!", "Sneakin' Up On Ya", "Got It Covered", "Who Stole The ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The third album by The Game – still striving to both modernize and represent the old school of LA gangsta – diversifying the production and the rhymes with a freewheeling selection of guests – including Common, Bilal, Keyshia Cole, Nas, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne and others. Production ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A double LP set of semi-underground material from neo gangsta superstar Game – feat Snoop, Young Buck, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Lil Scrappy, Rah Digga, Jay Z and others! Tracks include "Fly Like An Eagle" feat Snoop & WC, "Where I'm From" (OG version) feat Dre & Nate ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Gap Band are definitely Jammin on this sweet little set from the early 80s – hitting that fierce funk mode they do so well, with lots of snapping lines at the bottom of the rhythms! The style is trademark Gap all the way through – a percolated approach to funk that's tight, but ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the few cases in the history of pop music where the record is worth all the hype! Marvin blew everyone's mind when he unleashed this amazing suite of political soul tunes – not only just because he'd moved past the simple love songs of earlier years, but also because he was working ... (Soul) read moreCD
(This is the older Motown Compact Classic edition from the 80s, with a slightly different cover image than the one shown here.)
A seminal piece of west coast bop from the mid 50s – featuring altoist Geller in group with wife Lorraine on piano, and either Curtis Counce or Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and either Larry Marable or Eldridge Freeman on drums. The groove's nice and hard, nice and stripped-down – and Geller ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic boogie groover from the early 80s – the one and only album from Gemini, and one of the few albums issued on the tiny M&M label! Although an indie effort, the album's got a tightness that matches the best 80s groove on bigger labels from the time – especially the excellent ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great CD that combines volumes 1 and 2 of Stan's early live recordings at Storyville – excellent small group sessions done with a group that includes Jimmy Raney on guitar, Al Haig on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Tiny Kahn on drums. The mix of guitar and tenor is great together – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A bebop classic from Dizzy Gillespie – a full album comprised of some famous 78s recorded for the Savoy label at the start of the 50s – the kind of hard-grooving material that made Diz a fan favorite right from the start! There's some nice use of vocals in the mix – not just from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
Greg Ginn & The Taylor Texas Corrugators —
Freddie/Tea ... 7-inch Electric Cowbell, 2010. Near Mint- (pic cover)...
No TV Party here, as Greg Ginn's moved into some very different territory than his punkish roots! "Freddie" is a beautiful instrumental that wraps together musing guitar and organ lines – all in a weird cross between rock, jazz, and funk – sounding almost like some obscure ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
We're almost embarrased to admit it, but we still kinda like these crazy one-off novelty singles from the mid-80s. If you like that kind of stuff, this one is sort of like "Roxanne, Roxanne" but a little more hardcore, with better production and DJ work. And, as a bonus, you get Craig G ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Music for lovers – and some languid lovers at that – thanks to some perfect mellow moods set by Jackie Gleason! The set's one of Jackie's undisputed classics for Capitol Records in the 50s – perfect sounds to woo a winsome lass, made slightly sexier by some great trumpet solos by ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
You know, in these days of vintage pop songs used ad nauseum in every commercial, it's easy to forget that at one time, loads of great music was written just for advertising! This great album was cut at the height of the Madison Avenue Music Industry – and it features Benny Golson leading a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, with deep groove. Cover has light wear, light stains on the back, a split bottom seam, and some splitting on the other seams.)
Tracks include "Smoking", "1st Things First", "Two Gats Up", "Blow Up", "Party People", "If Only You knew", "Hit Me With That Sh*t", "Hip Hop", "Chamber Danger", "Underground Emperor", "Life ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A really beautiful little record – one that combines crackling jazzy dancefloor rhythms with soaring lines on acoustic piano! Tardin plays grand piano throughout – with a graceful, flowing style that's a great counterpoint to the tighter rhythms at the bottom. And although the ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
We'll be honest and admit we prefer Puba with Brand Nubian, though you can't front on this nice single off his his first solo LP, with the non-LP b-side "Mind Your Business" about Puba's early days with Masters of Ceremony. Beats by Puba, T Ray and the Stimulated Dummies. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the few records ever cut by George "Stardust" Green – a big figure on the Chicago club scene of the 50s and 60s, with a long run of popular nightspots to his credit! George works with a trio here, in a really crowd-pleasing style that shares some of the modes of Ramsey Lewis ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the seams.)
Get ready to shake that ass! 10 booty bumpin' bass tracks, with loads of nice bouncin' 808 to keep the party goin' all night long, including "Five Dollar High", "Everybody Wants Some", "Beepers", "It's All About The Money", "Who's Cadillac", "S ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album