A set that's right on target, right from the start – and one that has the young Cannonball Adderley really coming into his groove! The set's a lot more soul jazz-oriented than some of Cannon's records from a few years before – played by a rock-solid group that includes brother Nat ... (Jazz) read moreCD
"Country Preacher" was the title track to the album of the same name, but the real winner here is "Hummin"! The cut's an amazing groover by Nat Adderley – with a funky riff on the intro, nice drums, and a cool electric horn sound that's prime Cannon all the way! ... (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
Afro funky Cannonball – 2 great sides, both produced by David Axelrod, with a hip African soul groove! "Hamba Nami" has an approach that's almost like Hugh Masekela, but hipper – with Nat blowing funky trumpet, and Cannon sneaking through on a snakey solo. "Gumba" ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
One of Brazil's grooviest arrangers ever – stepping out here in a rare 70s album that's even more seductive than his previous work! The style's got a vibe that's a bit hipper than some of Adolfo's bossa-baroque records – as you might guess from the image on the cover, which is a good ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The first-ever full length we've ever heard from AJ & The Jiggawatts – and a record that really lives up to the promise of their work on funky 45! These guys are a deep funk combo, but one with a difference – energy that's a bit more raw and rough around the edges, in the best ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
David Ake —
Bridges ... CD Posi tone, 2013. New Copy ....
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A really well-titled little record – as the sound here is quite unique, and often has the musicians creating these little bridges between each other's space! David Ake wrote all the tunes, and put them together with this angular, blocky sort of feel – lots of sound shapes at the core, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tracks include "Lik Wit", "Only When I'm Drunk", "Last Call", "Can't Tell Me Sh*t", "Turn Tha Party Out", "Bullsh*t", "Soda Pop", "Make Room", "Mary Jane", and "Who Dem Ni**as". ... (Hip Hop) CD
(Out of print.)
JD Allen —
Bloom ... CD Savant, 2014. New Copy ....
JD Allen just gets more and more deft with each new release – able to craft these sharp, angular lines on tenor sax that seem to spill effortlessly out of his horn – yet all with this wonderfully spontaneous quality too! Allen's lead is a great match for the album's piano work from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mose Allison creates a very swinging machine for this classic Atlantic Records set – by adding in a few horns to his usual trio, and making for a groove that's even jazzier overall! Mose's vocals are wonderful, as always – extremely witty, with that great balance of New Orleans roots ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Leny Andrade's a singer with a huge legacy of work in Brazilian music – but she sounds especially great on this rare early album with jazzy backing from Milton Banana on drums and Tenorio Jr on piano! The record's got all the depth of Andrade's mature work – and really shows her as a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff from one of Chicago's best harmony groups! "Make My Life" is their greatest track of all time – with a killer hook that hits you right on the intro, and which works magic with the groups' great voices! "Sugar Cane" is a rare funky track by the combo ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An excellent early single from The Artistics! "Patty Cake" has a stupid name, but it's got a wonderful mid 60s Chi-soul groove – moving along at a midtempo stepping pace, while the group harmonizes on catchy lyrics that have a strong party feel. "In Another Man's Arms" ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of light wear.)
Atlantic Starr —
Brilliance ... CD A&M/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1982. New Copy ....
The title's certainly right on this one – because Atlantic Starr serve up a really brilliant blend of electro funk and mainstream soul – balanced with that near-perfect sound that made them one of the best groups of their generation! Despite the size of the combo, the sound is ... (Soul) read moreCD
A previously-unreleased album from Aurra – laid down in the studio after the group's famous run for Salsoul Records – and with a groove that's even leaner and meaner than before! Mainmain Steve Washington is still at the helm of the group – but vocals are handled by Mark Stevens ... (Soul) read moreCD
Average White Band & Ben E King —
Benny & Us ... LP Atlantic, 1977. Very Good+ ....
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Ben E King joins the Average White Band for this sweet 70s set – a killer record that not only stands as one of King's best efforts of the decade, but one that also gives the group a great new frontman! Ben's not the only singer on the record, but his presence here can definitely be felt ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great look at the genius of David Axelrod – the groundbreaking producer who recorded some incredibly hip albums at Captiol during the late 60s, but who's now only finally getting his due! Axelrod brought a whole new sensibility to the studio in his day – an approach that really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best early soul albums by Roy Ayers! Roy's working here with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Edwin Birdsong, William Allen, Harry Whitaker, and other hip players – a perfect crew to forge Roy's unique blend of jazz and soul. This is perhaps the first record to really have Roy stretching out ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really special record from a really special group – one of two sublime 70s gems from Azteca – a wicked blend of jazz, funk, Latin, and soul – all put together by a young Coke Escovedo! Coke's ostensibly the leader of the group, but there's also a richly collaborative feel going ... (Latin) read moreCD
An "after theater" version of the Richard Rogers musical No Strings – done in a cool way that really changes the feel of the music! The "cast" for the set is an assortment of Atlantic Records artists from the early 60s – Herbie Mann, Chris Connor, Lavern Baker, and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An obscure little track from Hank – a bit of a disco number, but in that "funk goes disco" style used by Joe Tex and others in the late 70s. There's lots of calls in the cut, and Hank's sinister vocals really make the cut sound a lot more nasty than you'd think! ... (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic – and fantastically rare! Both sides feature Hank with James Brown & The JBs, and the groove is hard and funky in the best early 70's tradition. "From The Love Side" has a stone cold JBs groove, and "Finger Poppin" is a funky 70's remake of Hank's classic. ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Great sounds from percussionist Jeff Ballard – a nicely loose trio session that features loads of great work from Lionel Loueke on guitar and Miguel Zenon on alto sax! The record's got a style that's a bit more open and organic than some of Loueke's own recordings – and provided a very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great step forward for The Bamboos – still as funky as ever, but in a much greater range of styles than before! The core deep funk sound we've always loved is still burning away at the bottom – thanks to the ever-trusty grooves of Lance Ferguson and crew – but this time around, ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
One of the most iconic rock and roll shows of all time – and quite famously, much more than than a final concert by an esteemed band – it's actually more of a rock, pop, folk, blues and soul summit, featuring The Band as the house band. This landmark live album has always been one of ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The landmark first album from The Band – and along with the follow-up, it's among the greatest records of its time – which is all the more astounding given how independent of late 60s trends it is! Each member of The Band brings such inimitable textures – Garth Hudson's imposing ... (Rock) read moreCD
Searing live work from Gato Barbieri – a brilliant little album that follows on the spirit of his other Latin America sessions for Impulse! The format here is similar to those studio outings – an organic blend of percussion, keyboards, and sax – all bubbling together in a highly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks a bit on track one. Cover has a cutout hole, light ring & edge wear, and a split top seam.)
Great northern soul from this lost Detroit artist! "Don't Bring Me" is a stellar cut, with a rolling heavy soul groove, and some deep rich vocals from JJ, in his best soul style. "Day Tripper" is a pretty groovy version of the Beatles' hit, but for some reason, JJ's voice is ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
One of the greatest moments in the Detroit/Memphis connection! "Got To Get Rid Of You" is a sweetly sung ballad by JJ – heartbreaking on the vocal tip, with sad dreamy backings that really fit the mood of the lyrics. "Snowflakes" is even better – with a strident, ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
If anyone ever asks you why JJ Barnes is so great, play them this single, and they'll find out why! Both tracks are incredible – snapping Detroit soul with a rougher, earthier edge than Motown ever had – but done to perfection by JJ. If we had to pick a favorite, it would be "I ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An excellent James Brown single, and a rare one too! Vicki Anderson, for some strange reason recording under the name Myra Barnes, gives her answer to James' "Super Bad". The track's nice and funky, with a good stretched out groove, and backing by the James Brown band. ... (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a King sleeve. Labels have ink stamps.)
Kenny Barron & Buster Williams —
Two As One ... CD Red (Italy), 1986. New Copy ....
A wonderful little date from pianist Kenny Barron – one that has him working in drumless duo mode, with only the bass of Buster Williams for accompaniment! The tunes are often quite long, and it's beautiful to hear the way Kenny stretches out on the keys – buoyed up warmly by Williams' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Soulful Latin and Latin club – 4 albums worth of material by the legendary Joe Bataan, nearly all of his second period recordings in one 2CD package! The first album on the set is the legendary Salsoul, Joe's groundbreaking combination of Latin rhythms, funk, and New York soul – ... (Latin) read moreCD
Beautiful Latin Soul material from the undisputed master of the genre! Joe "Es Tu Cosa" is a groovily swinging mid tempo track that has Joe singing in a sinister soulful groove, amidst slowly creeping piano and guitar riffs. "My Opera" is one of Joe's most twisted tracks, and ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic funkiness! Although Les Baxter's best known for his easy listening work in the late 50s/early 60s, this 1969 biker flick soundtrack is a motherlode of funky funky tracks, and a veritable cornucopia of breakbeats. The drums are nice and hard, and there's plenty of fuzzy guitars to give a ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Limited to 1200 copies!!)
Sidney Bechet & Muggsy Spanier —
Duets ... LP Atlantic, Late 40s. Very Good ....
(Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear, some small stains, small splits on the spine and bottom seam, and some pen on the back.)
Bix Beiderbecke & Frankie Trumbauer —
Bix & Tram 1927 ... LP EMI/Parlophone (UK), 1927. Near Mint- ....
Just Sold Out!
Amazing stuff! Jorge Ben never made a bad record in the 60s – and this is one of his best! The album's filled with tight jaunty numbers that mix big band samba arrangements with quickly strummed guitar, and Jorge's wonderfully raw vocals – all classic stuff for Jorge, but a style that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's a great one for this album – not just because tenorist Jerry Bergonzi always seems to have this forward-thinking, linear quality about his work – but also because his talents here intersect strongly with the alto sax of Dick Oatts! The pair really create some magic here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Posi-tone label is turning out to be one of the best sources for old school Hammond sessions these days – and this sweet set from guitarist Will Bernard is great proof of that fact! Bernard plays with a tight sense of line and color that really takes us back to some of our favorites from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mid 80s greatness from Big Black – the Steve Albini, Santiago Durango, Jeff Pezzatti lineup (and Roland, of course) – right up there with their best stuff ever. Includes "Racer X", "Shotgun", "Ugly American", "Deep Six", "Sleep!", and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Now a classic, and pretty tough to get a hold of on vinyl. Beats by Buckwild, Showbiz and Lord Finesse, rhymes by Harlem's finest. Big L didn't leave behind much recorded work, but if this LP has to stand as his legacy, it's a mighty fine statement. Alongside some of the latter day QB hip hop, ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare versions of legendary recordings by Big Star – and also the soundtrack to the feature length documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me – with demos, alternate mixes and more from Big Star proper and leaders Chris Bell and Alex Chilton! The alternate versions of the most classic and most fan ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Black Heat – the group's second album, and even tighter than their first! The group's size has dropped a bit between albums – but that only helps them cook even more – dropping a bit of the horn section from before, which allows even more emphasis on their ... (Soul) read moreCD
Black Milk's greatest to date – working with a stellar guest roster that incldues Black Thought of the Roots, contemporary jazzy soul great Robert Glasper, Dwele, Will Sessions, AB, Tone Treasure, Quelle Chris and more! Titles include "Interpert Sabotage" feat Mel, "Codes And ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'll admit it's not as dope as the first LP but in our opinion, it deserved more attention than it got. Not as clever as you might hope both in the production and lyrics, but this LP still has its share of jazzy beats and whimsical but memorable rhymes from Dres and Lawnge, with a little extra ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
"Do It Fluid" is one of their best, and it's got a very cool funky intro that you'll recognize immediately, plus a good hard raw funk sound that The Blackbyrds didn't always manage in all of their cuts. A real monster classic – and Larry Mizell produced, too! ... (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
A landmark recording by a whole new chapter in Art Blakey's career! During the early 60s, Blakey expanded the Jazz Messengers from a quintet to an incredibly tight sextet – adding in the trombone of Curtis Fuller for an extra-punched up frontline that also included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hardly a free for all at all – as the album's a masterpiece of focus and direction, and a classic set from the sextet lineup of the Jazz Messengers! The album's a real feather in the mid-60s cap of Art Blakey –and features an expanded sound from the quintet era of his group – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham – one of the earliest and purest versions of Blakey's hardbop vision, touched with the slightly exotic lyricism of Silver, which gives the tracks a wonderful edge. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Originally ... CD Columbia, 1956. Used ....
Great rare 50s material by Blakey – an early 80s issue of outtakes from the Hard Bop LP, plus some sides recorded shortly afterwards, with a slight line-up change. The group is one of the earliest incarnations of the Jazz Messengers, featuring Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley in the front line, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the superest of the late 60s supergroups – with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech! Titles include "Had To Cry Today", "Presence Of The Lord", "Do What You Like", "Sea Of Joy", and "Well All Right". ... (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a light scuff near the opening and a small cutout grommet in one corner.)
Lena Bloch —
Feathery ... CD Thirteenth Note, 2013. Used ....
Just Sold Out!