Jazz Corps with Roland Kirk —
Jazz Corps ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1966. Good Gatefold ...
An unusual record, but a great one too – a set that mixes the offbeat reed work of Roland Kirk with some inventive ideas from a group of young west coast players! Some of the group members are names you'll recognize on their own from genre-crossing sessions for other labels – like ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album from the Jazzyfatnastees – a stripped-down assemblage of beats, keys, and wickedly soulful vocals! The set's got a really spare approach that's different than their later work – really letting the focus on the vocals take root, as the girls' incredible voices play back ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
An incredible album – a landmark piece of funk that nobody should be without, funk fan or not! The album is the second to feature James Brown's famous backing combo of the early 70s – and unlike their first one, which was really more of a collection of singles, this album has the group ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jefferson Airplane —
Flight Log ... LP Grunt, Late 60s/Early 70s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
(Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, including the booklet & printed inner sleeves. Cover has light wear.)
One of Antonio Carlos Jobim's greatest records – and a perfect blend of his subtle bossa genius with the moody electric sound of CTI! Jobim plays electric and acoustic piano, guitar, and sings a bit – and Deodato handled the arrangements with a breezy brilliance that matches all the ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Elton John —
Fox ... LP Geffen, 1981. Near Mint- ...
(Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a crinkled corner.)
Stone smooth grooves from the overlooked Danny Johnson – a mellow soul masterpiece from the 70s – and one that's well worth checking out! Danny's got a hell of a sweet voice – nice and high, almost in an Eddie Holman style – which is perfect for the album's mellow ballads, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lesser-known later album from JJ Johnson – but a surprisingly great one too, recorded with a sense of fire and inspiration that's no doubt driven by the mighty Al Grey! At the time of this set, Johnson was hardly recording much jazz at all – but Grey was still burning strong, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great second-chapter effort from the legendary Syl Johnson – a sweet little record in which Johnson's raw vocals come into play with the tighter, warmer sound of Hi Records – with amazing results that have made the album a classic for years! The blend here is great – as Johnson' ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut album from Syleena Johnson – daughter of 70s soul legend Syl Johnson, and a heck of a great singer in her own right! Syleena's got a style that's got some of the bluesy touches of her heritage, but she's working in a style that's got smoother touches of modern R&B – ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Elvin Jones —
Genesis ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's a great one for this post-Coltrane cooker from Elvin Jones – as the set really has Elvin exploring some really fresh currents in jazz, with a range of complicated rhythms that really pull the whole session along strongly! Rhythm is really set free on the record – as Elvin ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album from Grace Jones – and a record that has her shedding some of her fuller styles from the disco years, and moving into some of the darker, colder grooves we always love the best! The title track is reason alone to buy the record – a remake of The Normal's "Warm ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, a promo stamp & sticker, and a spot of tape on the opening.)
One of Quincy Jones' best soundtracks of the 70s – filled with some great slick electric funky crime tracks, perfectly played by LA jazzers that include Clare Fischer, Paul Humphrey, Arthur Adams, David T Walker, Milt Holland, and Jerome Richardson. A few cuts feature vocals by Little ... (Soul) read moreCD
A very cool remake of this cut from Sharon Jones – produced by Ticklah here with a sweetly dubby vibe! "How Long" still has plenty of soul here, but it also takes on a bit of a Kingston groove too – stepping along with a 60s rocksteady vibe that supports Sharon's vocals ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Sharon Jones does a wonderful job with this classic – getting some hard funky backings from The Dap-Kings, and soaring out over the top with the best reading of the lyric we've ever heard! There's a tasty sax solo in the middle of the track – and the instrumental flipside offers even ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings —
Soul Time ... LP Daptone, 2011. New Copy ...
Damn damn damn – maybe the funkiest album ever from Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings! The group have always been great, but there's something here that goes even farther than usual – an especially funky snap on the drums at the bottom, even on more laidback tunes – and a stone ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fourth album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – solidifying what we learned pretty early on from the indomitable soul spirit that is Sharon and her impeccable combo the Dap-Kings – it's that this is not some retro soul revival novelty act, what they are is the greatest active ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Amazing work, most of it not on CD – features the albums Consummation, Central Park North, Live At The Village Vanguard, Monday Night, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, and Presenting Thad Jones/Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra. Features unissued material, too! (Jazz) CD
Pretty darn hip stuff from Clifford – in that righteous soul jazz mode that he was using at Strata East, although perhaps a bit less focused than on those records. The record's actually got vocals on a number of tracks – scatting in a kind of hip Bill Lee sort of approach, singing ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendously beautiful work from one of our favorite-ever artists – performing here in a genre unto itself! We've always loved Seu Jorge's own work – the funky samba tunes and mellower guitar work that have made him one of the most exciting talents from Brazil in recent years – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Incredible music from Seu Jorge – and that's saying a lot, given how much we've loved all of his previous records! This time around, Jorge really knocks it out of the park – by stepping away from some of his tighter styles, and going for a looser, more organic approach that's totally ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Next ... LP Columbia, 1977. Very Good ...
(Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has ring & edge wear.)
Damn – what a great album! This is Joyce's second solo album – and it's a landmark in Brazilian music, stretching way past the bossa styles of her first release, into a groove that's free, jazzy, and open-ended, a real shift towards the genius of her work in the 70s and 80s. ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Raiz ... CD Omagatoki (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The album's a recent one, but the legendary Joyce also returns to her roots a bit – hence the title – working here with a bit of help from the great Roberto Menescal, who brought the singer into the studio for her first bossa session 50 years ago! The format is laidback, warm, and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Incredibly lovely work from Joyce – quite possibly her best album in years, and a set that's filled with the same scatting brilliance we loved in her classics from the 70s and 80s! The set's done in collaboration with husband/drummer Tutty Moreno – and the pair lead a small combo with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of THE indie soul treasures of the 70s – a wickedly funky record that blends together jazz, soul, and club – and which stands out with a sound that's all its own! You may well know the tag "moods and grooves" – as the record's had an influence on countless scenes, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Just Brothers serve up a mighty great groove here – a tight-stepping, guitar-driven instrumental that's almost like a 70s take on instrumental Motown modes from the 60s! The flipside features Eloise Laws on her classic "Love Factory" – a soaring stormer that never gets ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
The second post Mantronik set from the frequently slept on 80s rap genius Just-Ice – featuring production by none other than KRS-One – with a few righteous and ruthless tracks that stand up with the best from the earlier classic LPs! The rugged and raw KRS backdrop serves Just-Ice's ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those early Profile singles that somehow never made it on all the Mr. Magic or other Profile compilations. Maybe not quite as dope as the classic K-Rob track "I'm a Homeboy", but still captures that mid-80's big beat sound, along the lines of Word of Mouth. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the most unique Afro jazzy soundtrack you could ever hope to hear – African drummer, keyboard player and composer Remi Kabaka's soundtrack to Black Goddess! The film is from Nigerian director Ola Balogun, but was actually cast and shot in Brazil – and this soundtrack is really ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A soaring set from the great Eddie Kendricks – and a record that brings his Detroit roots into play with the best Philly grooves of the time – thanks to production from the mighty Norman Harris! Harris works with the cream of the crop of the Sigma Sound scene, and cooks up these ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first release on their MAW imprint, from Kenny Dope ("Ken") and Little Louie Vega ("lou"), with a great percolating cut on the a-side, that epitomizes the sound we called "underground" around here, and a harmonica laced club stomper on the flip. (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
A seminal work in the development of the American jazz avant garde, and one of the most "out" records that Kenton (or Capitol) ever released! The whole album is based around two startling compositions by Robert Graettinger – "This Modern World" and "City Of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic Kessel album for Contemporary – one that features Barney's guitar in a set of slightly larger backings, all arranged by Barney himself! The approach is a bit different from some of Kessel's more stripped-down albums of the time – as Barney works with instrumentation that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has a name stamp, a strip of tape on the spine, and a small mark from sticker removal.)
A sweet groover from Khemistry – and maybe one of the group's best tracks ever! "Can You Feel The Love" has a solid step and a warm groove right from the start – sweet rhythms that move at a nice post-disco sort of vibe – more tight 80s club, and mixed with a haunting ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
After a few years knocking around in the New York club scene – doing successful work with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Machine, and other groups – August Darnell burst forth as Kid Creole, a unique musical persona that was a conglomeration of many styles, from disco to new wave ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Top seam is split.)
BB King soars into the 70s with this smoking little set – a record that still holds onto all the raw energy of his best 60s recordings, but which also gives the whole thing an even more soulful focus too! There's no arranger credited for the core of the record – which is attributed to ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most tightly-produced of BB King's albums for MCA, but a set that's still filled with undeniable charm – and which really shows King more than able to step up to some well-deserved superstardom! There's a bit of an LA finish to the backings, but things are never too smooth – ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Carole King —
Tapestry ... LP Ode/Epic, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Includes "I Feel The Earth Move", "Smackwater Jack", "Tapestry", "Natural Woman", "Beautiful", and "You've Got A Friend". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most political of Dr King's albums – recorded in 1967, but issued after his death when the Vietnam War was still going strong. The album's one of the great titles on Motown's short-lived Black Forum imprint, and is a lot stronger stuff than some of the other King albums they ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two cover versions of NWA songs from the NWA 10th Anniversary Tribute LP. "Straight Outta Compton" by King T, MC Eiht and Dres and "Express Yourself" by Silkk the Shocker. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
A real standout from Ray Davies and crew – heavy-hitting here with guitars that seem a bit more amped up than usual, and a slight post-punkish groove that's almost a reinvention of the group's sound for an 80s new wave market! The album's a surprisingly hard rocker in parts, and has a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of work that Roland Kirk recorded for Atlantic – some of his best-ever, as far as we're concerned! And while we'd recommend that you get every Roland Kirk album on Atlantic you can find, we also know that they're pretty darn hard to find on vinyl – and this ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally amazing album – and one of the clearest examples of Roland Kirk's genius approach to reeds! The set's essentially solo, and features Kirk playing without any tape tricks or overdubbing – but still at a level that has multiple saxophones layered on top of one another – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nice one! Although the other Mike James Kirkland LP reissued by Luv N Haight is fairly well known amongst classic soul collectors, this harder-to-find 2nd album is a totally rare gem – and it's great to have it back out again. As with Kirkland's other work, the record has a beautiful deep ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)
A much better album than you'd expect from the title – because the set's not just one of those "jazz meets classical" presentations that were big in the 60s! Instead, Moe offers his own take on the concept of the Four Seasons – penning a number of new tunes for an ensemble ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing. Cover has light wear and a bit of seam splitting.)
Spare readings of tunes penned by Antonio Carlos Jobim – played by Lee Konitz on alto sax and Peggy Stern on piano and keyboards! The album's got a wonderfully fragile feel – one that makes it one of the most sensitive Konitz sessions from the time, and a really fresh interpretation of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Tray card has a cutout hole.)
Lee Konitz, Don Friedman, & Attila Zoller —
Thingin ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1995. Used ...
A sublime meeting of three incredibly well-matched players – all artists who worked together in various formations back in the 60s, but waited another 30 years to record here as a trio! There's an airiness that really uniques all the artists in the trio – a sense of space and grace ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sure, this one's got "boogie" in the title – but don't let that scare you off! The album's carved in the same hard funky style as mid 70s hits like "Hollywood Swinging" or "Jungle Boogie" (both from earlier albums) – and in fact, the "boogie" in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just a "boogie" album – as you might think from the title – and much more a hard-hitting batch of funky tunes, mixed with some even cooler laidback numbers! The album follows heavily off the style of Wild & Peaceful – mixing together the group's older ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch. Vinyl has a click on one track.)
After this one, there was no turning back for Kool & The Gang! The record has them bringing their underground funk sound to the masses – with a choppy riffy groove that stands out almost as a public challenge to all the other pretenders that had been cropping up on major labels during ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest recordings ever from prog rock legends Krokodil – a set that even includes a track they recorded at a commercial for Camel cigarettes! Most of the music is on a par with the group's later work on Liberty, but maybe a step back or two – with some leaner elements, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album from organist Charles Kynard – one of his best that wasn't issued on Prestige! This is one of the funky jazz LPs on Mainstream that really hits a nice groove, with Bob Shad's crisp production dovetailing with Kynard's jazz funk sensibilities just right – not too slick or ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small name in pen.)
Steve Lacy & Roswell Rudd —
School Days ... CD Hat Art (Switzerland), 1963. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Excellent rare material from Lacy – recorded live in 1963, but not issued until the mid 70s, on this Emanem pressing. Lacy's playing in a group with Roswell Rudd, Henry Grimes, and Dennis Charles – and although the recording quality's a bit dodgy in parts, the group has a raw intensity ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Soul Makossa ... LP As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange and wonderful album from Chicago! Billed as the "spoken emotion of loneliness, sorrow, sensuality, and love", the record features spoken musings by poet Lavon Lambeth over piano backings by Vincent Willis. Side one features "Looking At Myself", which has Lambeth ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great late set from Harold Land – a reunion with his old partner Bobby Hutcherson, in a hip soul jazz session with work from other great west coast talents like Oscar Brashear, George Cables, and Billy Higgins. The tracks aren't as leapingly modal as the pair's earlier work for Blue Note ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the Last Poets greatest albums – and one of their most sophisticated as well! Gone are the rough-hewn rhymes of the group's first album, and in their place are better arranged, more thought-out tracks that mix in a wealth of musical influences – and which expand the group's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Douglas pressing. Cover has some wear, a split bottom seam, and a partially split top seam.)
One of Yusef Lateef's funkier albums for Atlantic – and a record that features some great keyboard work from Kenny Barron! The liner notes indicate a current Lateef fascination with rhythm, and it tries to present this fascination in a way that implies a bigger intellectual approach to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
"Jazz For Thinkers" – a great title for this mind-expanding set of tunes from Yusef Lateef, recording here from the Detroit underground of the late 50s, with a really cosmic and exotic approach to his work! The album's one of the best of Lateef's sides for Savoy – a blend of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing, in a very nice heavy glossy cover! Cover has a small bit of tape in the corner.)
A wild wild album of Latin soul – one of the maddest albums ever recorded for the legendary Speed label! The group, like a rare few others of their generation, are an insane mix of Latin jamming, psychedelic soul, and stoner funk riffing – all sifted together in a blender, with a sound ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent bit of modern soul by Debra Laws – really her only album, but an instant classic nonetheless! The set's an impeccable batch of smooth tracks – recorded with production by brothers Ronnie and Hubert – and Debra's vocals have a sophisticated jazzy touch that sets the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear & a spot of price sticker residue.)
The first-ever compilation of the legendary Invictus work by this great 70s soul diva! Eloise was the lesser-known sister of Ronnie, Hubert, and Debra Laws – and during the mid 70s she recorded her best work at the Invictus label with the Holland-Dozier-Holland team. This CD features 15 ... (Soul) read moreCD
An amazing album – and the cornerstone of the CTI sound! The record's an incredibly baroque set of tracks from funky flautist Hubert Laws – featuring arrangements from Don Sebesky that mix complicated lines on flute with electric piano from Bob James, into a swirling mass of sound that' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great modern soul album – and the new release from Maysa Leak, the lovely voice behind some of Incognito's best albums! If you know Incognito, you can guess the sound here – but the overall approach is different, with a lot more emphasis on soul sounds and jazzy arrangements, all ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)
Lovely stuff! This record's a stunning batch of light tracks – most with a jazzy samba or late bossa sound – and the kind of sparkling production that Nara used a lot more later in the decade. Antonio Adolfo plays piano (and very nicely, we might add!) – and the rest of the ... (Brazil) read moreCD