A completely hip little record from Morgana King – one that takes her amazing voice, and sets it amidst some expansive arrangements that push past jazz to include some trippier 70s styles! The whole session's got a nice mix of the mellow and baroque – with a subtle funky undercurrent ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've never been able to find this on an album – and it's a smoker! "Cook-Out" has a nice funky bass, and a tight instrumental groove with some spoken bits – a nice follow-up to "Memphis Soul Stew". "For What It's Worth" has a mellow easy groove, and a ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An important set that documents a nice patch of King's early vocalese jazz sides – pivotal vocal jazz recordings that were not only enormously popular with listeners around the country, but which also did a heck of a lot in the way of advancing the way that male singers handled lead vocals on ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
From an album called Thy Kingdom Come that was supposed to happen in '98, but was shelved due to all the majors consolidation that happened in the late 90s. ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Great double album live set with Roland leading a tight group through a long and varied set of material, all of which showcases the odd goofy sound of his music, and his offbeat approach to more familiar tracks. He talks a bit, makes the odd joke about being blind, and never ceases to amaze with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key early album from reedman Roland Kirk – at set that really has him strongly finding his voice in jazz, and transforming most of modern music in the process! The set's a perfect illustration of the way that Roland could swing with soul, yet still reach out with bold new ideas too – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual Roland Kirk albums of the 60s – his only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic! The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gladys Knight & The Pips —
Visions ... LP Columbia, 1983. Very Good ....
Sweet 80s groove from Gladys Knight & The Pips – just the kind of record that shows why the group kept going strong for so many years! The classic approach is still very firmly intact – Gladys' wonderful lead, soaring out over the Pips' warm harmonies – a vocal power that so ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album – even if most of the cuts are on other records! The set's designed to focus on the jazzier side of Kool & The Gang – and it sifts through the first few albums to come up with some of the more sophisticated (yet still totally funky!) numbers by the band, giving a good ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong jazz cut from their live LP. Good groove and a sax solo. ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo —
Killer Kuts ... CD Cold Chillin, Late 80s/Early 90s. Used ....
Kool G Rap and Dj Polo's greatest hits, from their glory days, with loads of great tracks, 15 of them in all: "Road To The Riches", "Death Wish", "Streets Of New York", "Ill Street Blues", "Men At Work", "Truly Yours", "On The Run ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Kool Keith as Kool Keith, rather than one of his more elaborate personas – featuring production by DJ Junkaz Lou and appearances by Big Sche Eastwood (who has a contemporaneous full length collabo with KK, too) Keith Murray, The IMO and Megabone. Titles include "You Love That', "Cow ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Jancsy Korossy —
Restitutio ... LP Electrecord (Romania), Late 60s. Very Good+ ....
Sweet live recordings from this legendary Romanian pianist – in trio formation on side one, with Johnny Raducanu on bass – and playing mostly trio with Johnny on side two, but also getting some help from Dan Mindrila on tenor! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great double-length set that collects 2 rare sessions from late in Fela's career! Don't be put off by the date, though, because the material's great – and has that tight hard Afro Beat groove that you'll know from Underground System, another session from around the same time. "ODOO&qu ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A wonderful second set from Kwick – a bit more grooving than their first, with added emphasis on funky bass bits and keyboards – yet a set that's still filled with all the great vocals from before! It's not easy to harmonize tightly while stepping along with a lively rhythm, but Kwick ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost chapter in the legendary Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson relationship – and a record that often gets overlooked. The set is a great moody mellow bit of jazz funk, recorded with Buster Williams on bass, Bill Henderson on electric piano, and Billy Hart on drums. Mtume sits in on congas, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Latimore's best track from the early 70's, with a sexy soulful message about how you'd better keep your home fire burning, instead of burning out your "log" on someone else's fire. ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An excellent bit of modern soul by Debra Laws – and one of the best tracks from her album "Very Special"! The cut begins with some strong 80s groove keyboards, then rolls into a sweet mellow midtempo rhythm that works perfectly for Debra's vocals. Ronnie & Hubert Laws produced ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
By the time of this set, the group were leaving behind their playful Latin Soul days, and focusing on a sound that was much more straight-ahead – heavy duty salsa, in a mode that foreshadows a lot of the trends that would occur in the 70s, but still played with the tightness, and sax soloing ... (Latin) read moreCD
Great stuff from Linda Lewis – one of the sweetest soul talents of the 70s! Linda's got a great jazzy vocal style that's somewhere between Minnie Riperton and other more folksy singers, like Ellen McIlwaine, and she's really got a knack for writing great little tracks that have a good groove ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of Ramsey Lewis' most successful records – featuring the hit soul jazz style that he forged with the Young/Holt rhythm combo, honed to perfection before a live crowd at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. The record's a key part of Ramsey's live recorded output – showing the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album of mid 70s funk from Ramsey Lewis – very much in the mode of his Earth, Wind, & Fire related work – no surprise, since the album's dedicated to Charles Stepney, whose influence was such a key part of the sound of the group, and of some of Ramsey's other Kalimba-p ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Living Jazz was the second group run by Phil Bodner, the leader of the Brass Ring, and their albums were always neat little format pieces with tight jazzy arrangements and lots of swinging easy sax solos. This one features a great mix of Brazilian bossa stuff, played by Phil with the edges sanded ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lloydie & The Lowbites —
Censored! ... LP Lowbite, Early 70s. Very Good ....
We don't know who Lloydie is, but from the sound of things, he was the Rudy Ray Moore of Jamaica! The record is a batch of kicked-back rocksteady and reggae tunes, all extremely pornographic. Check titles like "Fat Fat Girl", "Rough Rider", "Wine and Grine", and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jackie Lomax's debut for Apple Records – produced by George Harrison, but it's Jackie's show – and it's a good one! A solid, nicely produced set with Jackie's unique lead vocals and a loosely grooving, just ragged enough vibe with occasional sweeter bits of strings and other elements. ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lord Melody —
I Man ... LP Charlie's (Canada), 1979. Very Good ....
A couple of groovers from Carrie Lucas, one clubby, the other more mellow. "Dance With You" has some nice moogy bits, firey organ, and kind of a strident vocal refrain. The regular vocals are kind of weak, but the hook's pretty tasty. "Simpler Days" has a sort of faux jazz ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Excellent jazzy soul stuff by one of our favorite singers of all time! Jon's in wonderful form here – working in arrangements that are a bit smoother and more modern soul oriented than his earlier work for RCA, but handled in such a way that they only bring out more richness in his ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty cool batch of pop instrumentals from late 60s Brazil – ones that mix a mod instrumental groove with touches of Brazilian rhythms and production, creating a sound that's somewhere in the mode of Som Tres, or some of the hipper Brazilian groups of the time. The standout instruments ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Freaky spandex and a mighty nice groove – a record that sounds a lot better than you might guess from the group's outfits on the cover! Magic Lady are a trio of funky females – grooving in a style that's a bit like the Brides Of Funkenstein, but a lot more stripped-down – an 80s-t ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real killer from vibesman Mike Mainieri – a set that's got a darker edge than some of his previous work, while still hanging onto all the warm touches of his own instrument in the lead! Backings are full, but never uptight – and there's a loosness to the record that really works well ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ted Malone, Lee Sullivan, & Joe Leahy —
Intimacy ... LP Unique, Late 50s. Very Good ....
Always-great solo work from Mama Cass – an unbridled batch of pop tunes with a sweet and dreamy finish! The album's got a really wild approach – a sound that's even more baroque at times than that of The Mamas & The Papas, arranged and conducted by the great Jimmie Haskell. Titles ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful stuff! You probably know Mama Cass as one of the "mamas" in the Mamas & Papas – but she's got an insane pop vision on her own, a mad mix of the sweet, psychedelic, and historic, filtered through the haze of a late 60s LA summer afternoon. File this one next to your ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Henry Mancini —
Party ... LP RCA, 1968. Very Good ....
A great Mancini score for one of the goofiest films of the 60s! Peter Sellers stars as the sitar-playing Indian actor Hrundi Bakshi – next to the lovely Claudine Longet, who makes one of her few film appearances – and the whole thing's set to one of the greatest scores ever by Henry ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stoner funky bluesy work from Harvey Mandel – proof that drugs and guitars were the driving force of the Bay Area scene! This one's much more of a rock album in parts than some of Mandel's other work – in that it's got vocals on a number of cuts and more straight songs – but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album