One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from trombonist Roswell Rudd – and a record that shows that he's still got a hell of a lot to offer us after all these years! The title and cover seem like a bit of a joke, especially given Rudd's roots in the avant garde – yet the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic early album by Chaka Khan and the jazzy soul group Rufus – and the record that pushed them over the top, chartwise! The album features their huuuuuge hit "Tell Me Something Good", a simply incredible workout that was the perfect mainstream showcase for Chaka's great voice ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sure, it was a hit – but it's also an excellent batch of jazzy soul, sung by one of the 70's greatest voices, backed by a sweet mellow vibe that's still influencing hip hoppers today. Includes the incredible track "Stop On By", plus the instrumental "Rufusized", "I'm ... (Soul) read moreCD
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hal Russell & NRG Ensembel with Charles Tyler —
Generation ... CD Nessa/Chief (UK), 1982. Used ....
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Philly classics for the Holidays! The legendary Christmas Jolllies set by the Salsoul Orchestra was one of the label's biggest-selling albums – originally recorded in 1976, and pressed again and again over the years – and eventually remixed even stronger in the early 90s. Vince ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Ahhhh . . . The Salsoul Orchestra at its finest, with Vince Montana at the helm, crafting some superb arrangements that have all of the positivity of the best funky club groove that made the group great – without any of the disco schlock of their contemporaries! The group's format is still ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent groover from the legendary Vince Montana! Vince arranged, produced, conducted, and wrote just about all of this second album by hard-grooving Salsoul Orchestra – and the album's a no-nonsense batch of disco instrumentals that's way better than many of the fake albums of the type ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wonderful 50s work from guitarist Sal Salvador – a record that features some great work by Phil Woods on alto sax! Given that Sal often recorded in a small combo mode that usually highlighted his guitar in the lead, the presence of Woods is really a nice surprise here – especially ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sal Salvador pays tributes to the jazz greats of his time – Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and others – but also serves things up at a level that's very much his own bag too! The album's got a spare, stripped-down groove that really suits Salvador's guitar well – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The long-overdue issue of these lost sides – recorded by Arturo Sandoval in LA in 1989, during a period when he was stopping in the city on tour, at a time right before he defected from Cuba. You don't need to know Sandoval's politics to enjoy the set, though, because it's a great batch of ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of the few recordings ever from the amazing Larry Saunders – a 70s soul artist we'd rank right up there with Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder, but one who's also got some of the deep soul touches of Al Green too! This album's a total gem all the way through – full of beautifully-writ ... (Soul) read moreCD
Spare, moody and evocative Italian western film score grooves from Carlo Savina – with a sound built around an acoustic guitar and revolving accompaniment of trumpet, woozy organ, harmonica and occasional orchestral heft! Its cool stuff, especially in the quieter moments, which are ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Human sacrifice never sounded so groovy – thanks to a wicked score from Carlo Savina, who really knocks it out of the park with this one! The leadoff theme is jaunty, bouncy, and almost more of a mod 60s Italian number – and the score that follows often has some other groovy touches, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Scherrie & Susaye —
Partners ... CD Motown (Japan), 1979. New Copy ....
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A surprisingly great album from these two former member of The Supremes – Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene-Brown – put together with production help from Eugene McDaniels, who really helps give the whole thing a hipper spin than some of the girls' more famous work from before! There's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A groundbreaking debut from The Seeds – one of those albums that seemed to come out of nowhere back in the 60s, then went onto have an undeniable influence on music for decades to come! The music is gritty and garagey right from the start – but also has a sinister focus that really ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two classic albums of Indian music – back to back on a single CD! The Music Of India features beautiful sounds from Sharan Rani – one of the few female sarod players on the Indian scene – stepping out here in a vintage session for the World Pacific label! The tracks are all ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of the few albums as a leader cut by pianist Ralph Sharon – a player who's best known for his years supporting singer Tony Bennett, but who sounds really wonderful here in an instrumental setting too! Sharon's got a way of coming up both with a punch and a fluid sort of groove – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent set of some fairly out material – performed by Shorter with a group that includes Freddie Hubbard, Grachan Moncur, James Spaulding, Herbie Hancock, and a rare appearance by his brother Alan on flugelhorn! At times, the record builds into a sound that's freer and more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Horace Silver's last record for Blue Note – and an amazing end to his decades of work for the legendary label! The set's a perfect summation of all the new directions that Horace took in the 70s – new territory that's deeply spiritual, and undeniably righteous – yet which also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great batch of wonderful music – a well condensed 3 CD box set that features some of Sinatra's best recorded during his Capitol tenure! As is well known, Sinatra's Capitol years were his finest – a time when he moved past a simple pop singer into a complicated vocalist with a sense ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Lost legendary work from Guy Skornik – a heady set from early 70s France, and proof that there's a hell of a lot of greatness to discover on that scene! The album's got a blend of psych fuzz and deeper ideas that's not that far from Serge Gainsbourg – although the overall presentation ... (Rock) read moreCD
A nice one from Nashville modern funk veterans Sky Hi – balancing hard grooving grit and emotionally resonant soulfulness on this great set for the increasingly impressive GED Soul label! The group has been kicking around the region for the better part of a decade leading up to this album, ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Slick Rick's first solo LP – a hip hop classic, and essential to everyone's collection! MC Ricky D introduced the world to a whole new rap style on Doug E Fresh's "The Show" and by the time this album dropped the world was more than ready for a full LP of his unique flow. The ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Excellent second album from one of the few truly great American acid jazz bands. Stellar bass/drum/keyboard arrangements, with the occasional "junglist" update to the sound that they made popular on their classic Rhode Trip LP. This CD version comes with 4 extra tracks which comprise a ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
As cookin a Christmas album as you'll ever find! Jimmy works with Billy Byers to craft some sublime instrumentals that have his Hammond interpreting Christmas classics like "We Three Kings", "White Christmas", "Silent Night", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
One of the Jimmy Smith "jam session" Blue Notes, with a large group that includes Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, George Coleman, Tina Brooks, and Art Blakey – nearly all of whom take long solos and dig deep to compete with each other. 3 long tracks, "The Sermon", "JOS&quo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Johnny Hammond Smith —
All Soul ... CD New Jazz/Prestige (Japan), 1959. New Copy ....
One of the first albums ever from jazz organist Johnny Hammond Smith – a set that's got a wonderfully moody, late nite feel – and a depth that definitely lives up to the title! Smith's playing in a trio that features Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums – in a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A triumphant third album from The Smiths – one that really focuses the energy of their previous sets, and helps them find a new sort of sonic perfection! Those haunting guitars are still in all the right places – as are Morrissey's heartfelt lyrics – but there's also a nice ... (Rock) read moreCD
A pretty sweet little album from Snowboy – still staying true to his Latin roots, despite an increasing public persona as an expert on all things funky! The record's nice, tight, and very jamming – a full on Latin jazz experience, with some great bass work by the legendary Nico Gomez! ... (Latin) read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from Elza Soares – one of Brazil's grooviest singers in the 60s, and an artist who sounded even better in the 70s! The set brings together 22 of Elza's classic albums for EMI/Odeon – 21of them recorded between the years 1960 and 1977, plus one more from ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Soil & Pimp Sessions —
Circles ... CD Victor (Japan), 2013. New Copy ....
Beautiful grooves from Soil & Pimp Sessions – a sweet jazzy combo who are already plenty great on their own, but who get some help here from Jose James, DJ Kentaro, Rhymester, and a few other guests! Different singers grace each new number – helping to give even more shape to that ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Incredible sounds from this important Brit trio of the 70s – a wonderful combination of the reeds of Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore, and John Surman! There's some wonderful use of electronics by Surman, who mixes sounds in sparingly, in a way that sounds beautiful with the saxes of Skidmore and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Soulive's funky funky Turn It Out album gets remixed – in a way that pushes that work way past the original! The choice of talents associated with the project is very strong – and the music is stretched to new limits with the addition of hip hop beats, MCs, and some other great ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A heck of a great group from the San Francisco scene of the mid 60s – a quartet who mostly worked in the time before the summer of love, but who already show a big flowering of early psychedelic touches! The Stained Glass are a great link between modes – and have the warmth and ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great later moment from the Five Stairsteps – served up by a mature version of the group, who are now all adults at the time of recording – and come together in a great new groove! The album's a modern soul treasure through and through – upbeat and a bit funky at times, but ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mavis Staples makes a big nod here to the indie underground that have really helped support her recent comeback – working with production from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, who also contributed new songs to the record – alongside Alan Sparhawk of Low, and the legendary Nick Lowe too! The ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of the funkiest work ever from flute player Jeremy Steig – cuts recorded at the same massive session, but originally issued on the albums Legwork and Wayfaring Stranger! In addition to Steig's fluid work on flute, the cuts also boast some amazing basslines from Eddie Gomez – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant work from Jason Stein – a Chicago player who's been making some mighty waves on the avant scene of late, and who really comes into his own with this album! Stein's part of the new generation of avant Chicagoans – players who have a strong knowledge of free jazz, but also opt ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sprawling second album from Stones Throw psych, funk, fusion, rock, beathead genre blenders The Stepkids – mixing up diverse styles as adventurously as they've done to date – and delivering tighter stand alone songs than before! The Stepkids are certainly omniverous fans of all kinds ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
One of the greatest groups in Mali during the 70s – a legendary ensemble with a really other-worldly sound! Super Biton De Segou have a way of folding together their horns with their grooves that's really mindblowing – taking all the sharp edges and exotic flavors of the reeds, and ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of the later Supremes albums with Diana Ross as the headliner – and the final Supremes album with Holland-Dozier-Holland pulling the strings – and led of by the incredible title track! "Reflections" is a straight up incredible tune – one of those late 60s Motown ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best-ever albums by the Supremes – and filled with stone classics, to boot! As the title states, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard team up with Holland Dozier Holland – and they really to create the sound that would put them and Motown on the map. A couple of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A near-perfect album from the great John Surman – recorded at the crossroads of the British jazz scene as it stepped into the 70s, and done with a fullness and focus that Surman hardly matched again! As with some of the other Deram sessions of the time, the album's overflowing with great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great double-header from Sylvester – two Fantasy classics back to back on a single CD! Sell My Soul is an overlooked gem from Sylvester's years on Fantasy Records – a set that has him working strongly with soul maestro Harvey Fuqua, in a really great blend of disco and more laidback ... (Soul) read moreCD
A massive double-header – one that features the first two Sylvester albums for Fantasy Records! First up is the self-titled Sylvester – a reworking of his older groove into one that we love more than any other that he ever used – a smooth modern soul style, not really disco, but ... (Soul) read moreCD
Beautiful colors from pianist Horace Tapscott – playing here in a straighter trio format than usual, but still with all the depth of soul and creativity we've come to love in his music! All tracks are nice and long, and they've definitely got an undercurrent of the spiritual styles that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A real stormer! This was one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the great hardbop drummer Art Taylor – and it's one of the best from the Blue Note catalog at the time! The band is a heavily smoking one – with Dave Burns on trumpet, Stan Turrentine on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Taylor's a drummer, but he gladly gives center stage here to the tenors – a great pairing of Frank Foster and Charlie Rouse, both of whom hit some of their hardest notes of the 50s on this date! The album's got a tighter quality than some of the more open-ended blowing session dates of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing post-Columbia Records work from Johnnie Taylor – a set that's tighter, better, and more put-together than ever before – and which really takes the singer into some great new territory! The vibe here is warm and sophisticated – a mellow modern soul mode that's carried off ... (Soul) read moreCD
A bouncing batch of contemporary dub from drummer Ted Sirota and his heavyweight combo – mixed and mastered by dub legend Scientist! Sirota is one of the most talented and most creatively boundless players to come out of the Chicago jazz scene of the past decade or so, and this reggae ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Teenage Jesus & The Jerks/Beirut Slump —
Shut Up & Bleed ... CD Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ....
Searing sounds from the young Lydia Lunch – heard here with her Teenage Jesus & The Jerks trio, and ripping out in raw power that was missing from so much of her later material! The approach is very stark, spare, and DIY – simple guitar lines, even simpler bass bits, and some very ... (Rock) read moreCD
The masterful debut of Television! Marquee Moon is indisputably one of best records to come out of late 70s NYC . It's truly a singular achievement – one of the few records that seems to be on every rock literati's list of the all-time-bests – and actually deserves every bit of praise ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Temptations pick up a lot of soul on this classic Motown set – a deeper, darker groove than ever before – the start of that fuzzy psychedelic soul style that made them one of the most inventive Motown acts of the late 60s! Deep basslines roll out strongly right from the start of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Late harmony vocals from the 60s bossa scene in Brazil – the only album we've ever seen by this obscure trio, but a set we'd put right up there next to the best work by Tamba Trio or MBP4! Like both of those groups, these guys have a style that's rooted in jazz harmony modes from the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A legendary TV soundtrack – music for a show that only ran for 8 episodes, but which has lived on for decades past the original program! The Hanged Man features some of the funkiest grooves to ever come from the Themes International sound library label – cuts scored by Alan Tew, and ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Three Degrees —
Three Degrees ... CD Philadelphia International/BBR (UK), 1973. New Copy ....
Smooth female soul from one of Philly's hottest female trios – Gamble & Huff's big answer to First Choice, and an equally important force in 70s female soul! The album's got a nice mixture of Philly groove and smoother pop arrangements from the likes of Norman Harris, Bobby Martin, Lenny ... (Soul) read moreCD
A contemporary set, but one with a very classic bossa feel – maybe even more so than most other recent work from Toquinho! As you'd guess from the title, the album pays tribute to Toquinho's frequent musical partner of the 70s – poet and lyricist Vinicius De Moraes, the man whose words ... (Brazil) read moreCD
This groundbreaking Chicago combo once again moves away from the pack on what might be their best album – leaving behind the host of imitators that sprung up in their wake. Standards still shows a fascination with the spare and revolving rhythms that graced the group's first few releases, ... (Rock) read moreCD
TNT ... CD Thrill Jockey, 1998. Used ....
This inventive Chicago ensemble never stops blowing our mind! This album from the band features an incredibly haunting mix of percussion, electronics, and jazz-oriented instrumentation – put together with an approach that's even more sophisticated than earlier releases. This is the one that ... (Rock) read moreCD
Viktor Toth —
Tartim ... CD BMC (Hungary), 2009. Used ....
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An excellent full length set from Tom Trago – an artist who's been bubbling under on singles, but who sounds even better in the space of a complete album! Tom's got plenty of cosmic electronic roots – a style that takes us back to the best of Detroit in the glory days of early techno, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A previously-unreleased live performance from the legendary Lobi Traore – and a wonderful way to hear the power of his music at work on the scene in Mali! The performance has a crispness that's different than some of Traore's studio recordings – maybe a bit more spontaneous and ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A really unique groove from Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews – a mix of New Orleans funk, straighter jazz, and some hip, offbeat elements – all brought together in the space of an album that's got a Crescent City brass band in its soul, but which comes off with the tighter sound ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very groovy early work from Armando Trovajoli – two early 60s film scores, back to back on a single CD! Che Fine Ha Fatto Toto Baby has all the great jaunty jazzy elements we love in Trovajoli's late 60s material – that keen ear for cool sounds and unusual phrases, but never in a way ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Funky grooves, floating vocals, mellow keyboards, and a whole lot more – easily one of the greatest soundtracks ever from the legendary Armando Trovajoli – and certainly one of the grooviest too! There's a sublime quality to this score that's well made Sessomatto one of the best-remembe ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A 70s soulful classic from the mighty Stanley Turrentine! Stan's not the bad "Mister T" on this set – he's more in a smooth, mellow mode – blowing over some nice soulful arrangements by Gene Page, ones that take the CTI funk approach, add in some strings, and create a bit of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sublime jazzy soul from Twennynine – a combo that's headed by drummer Lenny White, but which is a really solid group affair overall! Twennynine have a perfect sense of poise throughout – that great mix of jazzy elements and more straightforward soul that characterized some of the best ... (Soul) read moreCD
Really great stuff from bassist Matt Ulery – a player with an imagination as rich as his sound, and an artist who's really becoming a force on the scene here in Chicago! Matt works here in that mix of arrangements and freedom used by some of his contemporaries on the left side of the scene ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Totally wonderful spy soundtrack work from Piero Umiliani – done in his best groovy style of the 60s, with a brilliant mix of jazz and mod elements throughout! Umiliani's extrapolating from the more famous spy sounds of Bond and Barry, and takes things very strongly into his own territory ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Great grooves from Piero Umiliani – a sweet 70s session of sound library material, served up in a warm blend of funky rhythms and mighty nice keyboards! Hammond is in the lead on most numbers – echoing those cool odd phrasing styles that Umiliani used in the late 60s, but given more of ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A female doctor in a military hospital – with all the goofy results you could expect from an Italian sex comedy! Piero Umiliani's music definitely matches the mood of the piece – plenty playful at most points, with styles that move between clever themes, odd melodies, and some sweeter, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Sweet disco work from Tony Valor – one of the most enigmatic club artists of the 70s, stepping out here in a soaring set that's mixed by the great Tom Moulton! The record's got a unique sound that's almost more instrumental soul than the usual disco grooves – just a bit of vocals from ... (Soul) read moreCD
Amazing music from Laurance Vanay – actually a recording name for Jacqueline Thibault, a hell of a great keyboardist but an artist the label thought would be better off billed as a man! The sound here is halfway between the spacey experiments of Brian Eno and Cluster, and some of the more ... (Rock) read moreCD
Totally wonderful sounds from Laurance Vanay (aka Jacqueline Thibault) – an album that's heavy on keyboard sounds throughout – including these really moody Hammond organ lines that are handled in a style that's a lot closer to work on Fender Rhodes! The album's neither jazz nor prog ... (Rock) read moreCD
Caetano Veloso —
Abracaco ... CD Universal (Brazil), 2012. New Copy ....
Really tremendous work from Caetano Veloso – an album as striking as its cover image, and a record that shows that, yet again, Veloso is one of the few of his generation who's kept growing as a creative artist! The sound is wonderful – very similar to the recent albums Ce and Zii & ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of best ever albums by Tom Waits – the beginning of his gutbuckety, Americana Carnivalesque era of dreamlike sinister romance and lovelorn surrealism! The tin pan piano ballads and get pushed a bit to the wayside for Tom's more mysterious and poetic side, and this begins one of the great ... (Rock) read moreCD