Blues may not have been born in the coffee house, but by the early 60s it found a very welcome audience in that scene – thanks to growing interest in the genre by the younger folk generation! The album's liner notes by Barbara Dane are key proof of this fact – as are the album's ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best Paul Horn recordings of the 70s – tracks that were recorded amidst the Brazilian fusion explosion of the 70s, and which really push Horn's sound to the limit! The album features work that Horn cut with the funky fusion group Nexus – very electrified tracks driven on by ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The hustle was so insanely huge, records like this, produced to cash in on the craze, were pretty much a dime a dozen, even being sold on impulse racks in department stores. As with others of this sort, it's more or less a no name band of studio musicians peddling string laden disco numbers, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Phyllis Hyman's last full album in the studio – and really more of a collection of unreleased material put together after her untimely early death, but a set that still stands nicely alongside most of Hyman's best work in the later years. The feel on the record is mature and powerful – ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 great tracks from Phyllis' first LP! "Loving You" is one of Phyllis' classic tracks, but we're really partial to the cut "Children Of The World" – a surprisingly jazzy number, recorded with kind of a Norman Connors finish, and a sophisticated groove that really has a ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Tracks from Phyllis' years at Buddah and Arista – some of her finest work, and most of it an extremely unique blend of smooth jazz and modern R&B, done in a style that many tried to copy over the years. The tracks are produced by the likes of Skip Drinkwater, Mtume, and Chuck Jackson ... (Soul) read moreCD
We don't think we'd be too far off calling "You Know How To Love Me" Phyllis' signature tune, and if not, it's certainly one of her greatest. Classic, classic Mtume/Lucas production provides a sophisticated commercial soul groove, with enough pop appeal for the radio, but also enough ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Great later work from The Ideals – cut a few years after their "Gorilla" fame, with some great backings by Monk Higgins! "You Lost" has a romping groove with plenty of Higgins touches – and although the vocals are a bit old-styled, they have plenty of great twists ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Two great tracks from the album Finally Got Myself Together – a great later Impressions album that has a classic Curtom sound! The cut "Finally" has a sound that's a lot like the work that Curtis did with the Staples on "Let's Do It Again" – and "I'll Always Be ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Winners ... LP Up Front, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good ....
An assortment of very early work by The Impressions – recorded back during their years at Vee Jay, and featuring Jerry Butler on a number of tracks. The sound's a bit rootsier and doo woppier than you might know from some of their other tracks – and titles include classics like "Yo ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best work ever by this seminal Chicago 70s soul group! The quartet features one female vocalist, and three male – 2 of whom, Chuck Jackson (brother of Jessie!) and Marvin Yancey, went on to transform the sound of modern soul as producer/arrangers in the mid to late 70s. This ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wicked 80s groove from the mighty Ingram Family! Ingram were one of those groups that actually got better as they got slicker – and by the time of this 1983 release, Butch, James, and William Ingram had had more than enough experience working together and with other artists to really forge ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Luther Ingram takes things deep deep deep here – working up that more sophisticated groove developed on earlier albums, into a slinky southern style that's totally great – and pretty darn standard-setting all these many years later! As before, Ingram's working with producer Johnny ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
International Strike Force —
Love Is ... CD Slampt/100 Guitar Mania, 1996. Used ....
"Give A Damn" is an excellent bit of shouting funky soul from the early 70's, and it's got a nice righteous political message that goes great with the groove. The record was distributed by All Platinum/Stang, and although we're not sure, we think it might be The Whatnauts in disguise! ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A Go Go ... LP Eva (France), 1964. Near Mint- (reissue)....
Funky dancefloor material from the Isleys – pretty guitar-heavy, and not really their best moment, as the soul quotient's a bit low, and they're kind of lost in the grooves. "I Wanna Be" is served up in a disco version, which is really just an extended funker. ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A strong extension of the Isley Brothers' funky 70s style – moving into a more compressed mode that had been taking hold of the group's style over the past few albums – giving them a smoother finish in the end, but one that actually brings out a deeper level of soul in the music! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Takeshi Itoh —
TK ... LP Columbia, 1988. Very Good ....
Jazzy magic from the current Japanese underground – a hip group bubbling under, but with the same magic energy Jazztronik! Like Jazztronik, J's Bee blends together solid jazz roots and modern production – searching out some richly organic grooves that start slowly, build with spare ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A great second set from Jabula – and a record that seems to push the jazzy component of their sound even further than before! The ensemble has really wonderful rhythms – great bass and percussion that get nice and funky at times, and which are often mixed with some really sweet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two nice little sides of southern-sounding soul! "Love & Happiness" is a cover of the Al Green hit – not as sublime as Al's, but still pretty darn nice! "Hogwash" is a funky tune with some nice sax – not too hard, but still pretty groovy! ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A classic speech by Jesse Jackson – one that became quite a hit for Stax's Respect subsidiary, and which was one of the better selling albums of its type in the early 70s. The album was recorded back in the days before Jesse had become a bit of a cliché, when he appeared to be emerging ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michael Gregory Jackson —
Clarity ... LP Bija, 1976. Near Mint- ....
An overlooked early session from multi-instrumentalist Michael Gregory Jackson, recording here with a trio of great horn players in a wonderfully sensitive sound! The record's approach is a perfect illustration of the maturity on the New York avant scene in the late 70s – a real change from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michael Gregory Jackson —
Gifts ... LP Arista/Novus, 1979. Very Good+ ....
A great remake of the Wet Willie hit – one that's got a soaring, strutting clubby feel that's totally wonderful! The tune's a superb anthem from the old days – and although the hook's a bit commercial, it still sounds plenty great to us after all these years! ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The title says it all with this one – as Milt Jackson plays a set of ballads, and a set of blues – but both in ways that really make the best of his warmly chromatic approach to the vibes! The players here vary on different tracks, but apart from MJQ regular John Lewis, the album also ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first of six "comeback" albums that this great Chicago soul singer cut during his second wave of recording during the late 70s! Walter had originally done some amazing work with the great Carl Davis at the Okeh label during the mid 60s – and this album marks a return to their ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The soulful sax of Willis Jackson meets the Philly Soul mecca of Sigma Sound – and the result is a surprisingly wonderful album! Willis blows in the lead on all tracks, supported by legendary Sigma players – and the sound is a lush and sweetly soulful one, almost an instrumental ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice disco-ish number off the Jacksons' Destiny LP, and though it's not really a skating jam, we do recall this one getting played at the roller rink quite a bit. ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Mad early electronics from the San Francisco scene of the 50s – a set of work that would sit nicely to any collection of Raymond Scott or Bruce Haack! The set was originally issued by Folkways, with almost a scientific sort of approach – but although the work is experimental, it's also ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
An excellent Chess session by Etta, with hard Chicago soul production by Monk Higgins and Ralph Bass – and the kind of searing vocals that always made Etta a treat, whether rocking or mellow! The album's got some wonderful hard soul tracks, of the style that Etta could really cut loose with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 hard-wailing jam session numbers from the JATP series – both featuring tremendous tenor work from Illinois Jacquet and Jack McVea, plus trombone from JJ Johnson and a bit of guitar from Les Paul! Each track runs a side of the record, and titles include "Lester Leaps In" and " ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest albums ever from Eddie Jefferson – a perfect blend of his earlier vocalese roots with a hipper, more swinging 60s style of soul jazz! The album's got an upbeat, joyous feel throughout – exploding with the sort of dynamic energy we've always loved in Eddie's singing ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jefferson Starship —
Earth ... LP Grunt, 1978. Very Good+ ....
A bit more mature than Joelma's debut album – mostly still catchy pop tunes, but sung with a deeper sense of spirit overall. Some of the tracks are Brazilian originals, and others tunes given Portuguese lyrics for the set – and as before, arrangements are by Willy Join, a man with a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
First volume of the two LP set that compiled JJ's bop trombone sides for Blue Note. Great stuff, and arguably among some of his best work! The arrangements are tight, and JJ's in the company of players like Kenny Clarke, Clifford Brown, and Jimmy Heath – who push him with a dark edge that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
JJ Johnson and Kai Winding at the height of their dual powers – working together here beautifully at a level that both embraces the modern sound of the trombone in larger 50s ensembles, but also offers up the more fluid personality of the instrument in the smaller combo scene! The pair have ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant collaboration between Clifford Jordan and Sonny Red! At the time of this recording, Jordan was one of a number of firey young tenor players from Chicago – all of them hard-blowing, with a nice soulful bottom that opened up a bop sound to more moods and emotions – but Jordan ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little 4 track 12" from the men behind Mr Peabody records, Mike and Mark. They've dug up some tasty little disco nuggets here, all hard to find indie releases, and all pumped up loft style classics with a percolating disco vibe that has made the originals of these quite sought after. ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
An 80s soul classic from Kashif – an artist who really helped transform R&B at the time, all without the benefit of a last name! The album's completely arranged and produced by Kashif himself – cementing the reputation he'd begun working behind other artists in the earlier part of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kat Mandu's "Break" isn't the same kind of break track you might think if you're a hip hopper – but it's a plenty great dancefloor number, done in an extended Miami mode that features plenty of bass and percussion breakdowns in the middle! Lots of sparer passages really make the ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Strong early work from the Kay Gees – a tight little "bump" track, one with a sweet vocal harmony on the chorus, and a heavier funk sound at the bottom. Very catchy, and surely a real crowd pleaser on the dancefloor! ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Steve Kekana —
Siwelele ... LP Gallo (South Africa), 1985. Very Good+ ....
Stan Kenton/June Christy/Four Freshmen —
Road Show ... LP Capitol, 1959. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ....
A great example of the Kenton powerhouse in action – a 90 minute double-live recording that really set a new standard for jazz sets of its type! The album features a side apiece dedicated to each of the three acts – one by Kenton's orchestra, one by Christy on vocals, and one by the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fans of George Kerr will recognize this as one of the best All Platinum singles from the early 70's. George's version of "Hey Girl" starts with a great spoken intro that's really goofy, then it goes into a solid New Jersey soul sound. The flip's a nice funky instrumental by the George ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record