A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest moments ever from Bobby Caldwell – a special little album that occupies it's own place between genres – a touch of soul, the warmth of jazz, and a delivery that really helped Caldwell reach out to some big new audiences at the time! There's a cool, compressed feel ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredibly soulful work from 70s west coast player Hadley Caliman – a great talent on both sax and flute, and a player who only cut a very small number of albums under his own name! The album's got a really seductive feel – gently spiritual, with a style that bubbles with restrained ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later work by Cab – but proof that he was always one heck of a singer, even at this later date. Arrangements are by Dick Jacobs, and the orchestra is directed by Henry Jerome – and the tone of the tracks is more sombre and straight ahead than some of Cab's earlier, madder work. Tracks ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record – and the kind of rare LA bop session that got totally lost because it was never packaged properly! This obscure set was issued by the Crown label under a number of names – both the Conte Candoli All Stars and Vince Guaraldi – and the group includes Conte ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It may not be "Super Sporm", but these two tracks still jam along nicely in the disco breaks style that makes the Adventures Of Captain Sky a late 70s block party and roller rink classic! ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Two Brit jazzy gems back to back on a single CD – each with some very interesting qualities! Crazy Latin is a set from pianist Don Carlos – but the real appeal comes from both the work of arranger Kenny Graham, who sets things up like his own great albums of the 50s – and from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Doug Carn —
Adams Apple ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1974. New Copy ....
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Doug Carn —
Infant Eyes ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
An undisputed 70s soul jazz classic – and arguably the best album that Doug Carn ever cut for the Black Jazz label! The set is a masterpiece of spiritual jazz – with Carn on keyboards setting up the groove, and wife Jean singing some incredible vocals – very different than her ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The genius of Betty Carter knows no bounds – and this album's a perfect illustration of that fact! The record is one of the few that Betty released on her own label – working in near obscurity at a time when she really wanted to break from the BS of the bigger companies, and the staid ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent CD that features some of Betty Carter's earliest work – sides recorded for the album Meet Betty Carter & Ray Bryant, plus other rare ones that were later collected on the Social Call album! The set features some sublime tunes arranged by Gigi Gryce – with a floating ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Excellent work from Betty Carter – much more sophisticated than some of her 60s work! The album features Betty recorded in that hip trio format that she developed to fantastic heights during the decade. Betty sings standards and originals with a warmth an imagination that we can hardly ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michael Carvin —
Camel ... LP Steeplechase, 1975. Near Mint- ....
A real gem of an album – the kind of spiritual 70s soul jazzer that we never tire of putting on the turntable! Drummer Michael Carvin heads a great group that features Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Sonny Fortune on alto and soprano, and Ron Burton on piano – and the ensemble grooves in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wickedly fuzzy funk! Jimmy Castor recorded in a lot of different styles during the 70s – but the one he used on this album is still his best! The record's a non-stop guitar-heavy batch of classic funk tracks – and it features the storming break track "It's Just Begun", the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool rarity from the Chicago scene of the 60s – a Windy City obscurity that really sounds wonderful all these many years later! The Cave Dwellers were getting some top shelf help right at the start – as you might guess from their matching outfits on the cover – but they've also ... (Rock) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A really amazing little record – way more than usual for this sort of live recording – given that it features some very unique performances together by artists we've never heard on the same stage otherwise! The premise is simple, but wonderfully effective – in that the album ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Capitol jazz session, and one that pairs Boston baritone player Serge Chaloff with an LA rhythm section that has Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The album's a perfect example of Chaloff's legendary (and short-lived) talents on the baritone ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two great albums by Ray Charles on one CD! Ray Charles & Betty Carter is a classic album of soul duets – and one of the deeper records cut by Ray during the 60s! The arrangements are by the great Marty Paich, and although there's some singers in the background, the overall sound is ... (Soul) read moreCD
Damn tight Hammond work from Brian Charette – a player with a really deft touch on the keys, and able to really showcase his own voice on the instrument, but also dip back into some older soulful modes as well! Most of the tracks here are originals by Charette – although there's also a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Never heard music from Don Cherry's important time in Sweden – two different live recordings that explode with righteous power right from the very first note! Cherry really took off musically during his time in Sweden – exploring rich new ideas that had never come up in his music with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Never heard music from Don Cherry's important time in Sweden – two different live recordings that explode with righteous power right from the very first note! Cherry really took off musically during his time in Sweden – exploring rich new ideas that had never come up in his music with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget that his most recent public appearance was on America's Most Wanted... Just about everything he released still stands up today, including this one, with dope vocals and classic hip hop beats provided by the Beatnuts and A Tribe Called Quest. ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Not the kind of track you'd expect from the Chi-Lites, but it's 1983 after all. With a mid tempo bouncing 80s groove like Lakeside or the Gap Band, this track was a minor comeback for the group on dancelfloors and skating rinks alike. ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Nothing half about The Chi-Lites at all – as the group were always tremendous during their famous run at Brunswick Records – able to come across perfectly on mellow ballads and more upbeat numbers! This set is a wonderful illustration of the really unique Chicago-based approach that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the most heavenly of all the Chi-Lites albums, with soaring harmonies leaping all over beautiful Chicago soul production, and loads of great heartbreaking stories unfolding as the whole thing spins away! A true masterpiece from the Chicago scene – and filled with loads of wonderful ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the all-time classic Blue Note albums – from the hip looking cover, right down to the excellent hardbop in the grooves! Pianist Sonny Clark leads an incredible lineup that includes Art Farmer on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Could there be a more classic Blue Note session? From the cover, to the title, to the hardbopping grooves of the set, this Sonny Clark late 50s smoker is one of the label's best! Clark's working here at the height of his powers – leading an all-star group that includes Art Farmer on trumpet ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kenny Clarke/Andrew Cyrille/Milford Graves/Don Moy —
Pieces Of Time ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Near Mint- ....
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A quartet of drummers – Kenny Clarke, Don Moye, Andrew Cyrille, and Milford Graves! The group sets out half a dozen rhythmic and textural explorations of the percussive idiom, allowing a lot space for each other to work within: "Laurent", "Nibaldi Isle", "no. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy girl pop from late 60s France – a treasure trove of under-discovered numbers from the lovely Clothilde! Clothilde's from the same vintage as France Gall and Francoise Hardy – but she's got a style that's a bit sweeter vocally, yet still set to the mod-styled backings that really ... (French) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By the time of this one, Dennis had been producing a fair bit of club tracks for Westbound – and it certainly shows in the record, which has a smoother sound than before, and a more spacious soulful groove. However, there's actually still a fair bit of funk in the mix – and Dennis' own ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Bill Coleman was one of many American players that made their home in Paris during the postwar years – and like many of his contemporaries on the scene, he cut some of his finest work in the city's rich sympathetic scene. This album's probably Coleman's finest – and it has a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ornette Coleman —
Body Meta ... LP Artists House, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ....
Heavy duty stuff, and one of Ornette's best LPs from the 70's. Recorded in 1976, this is a perfect demonstration of the harmelodic style, with the whole group jaunting along in tight choppy bits. James Blood Ulmer's on guitar, and the sound is very dark and deep. Tracks include "Voice ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ornette Coleman —
In All Languages ... LP Caravan Of Dreams, 1987. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ....
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2 LP set of material from the mid 80's – one featuring Ornette reunited with his classic quartet of Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins; the other with his Prime Time group that included Bern Nix, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Denardo Coleman. The whole set's a "30 Years Of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold, righteous work from Ornette Coleman – an album that really shows the more open energy he'd taken on at the end of the 60s – a sense of new fire and unbridled energy that makes the album a non-stop powerhouse all the way through! In addition to Ornette's own smoking work on alto, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pre-Atlantic work from Ornette Coleman – one of his first recorded statements in jazz – and one of his boldest! At some level, the complete Coleman sound isn't entirely in place here – as there's a bit of a trace of hardbop in the mix – not entirely, but just a bit. But at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet album of soulful jazz from trumpeter Johnny Coles – a wondeful talent who made a sad few albums as a leader! The record is quite different than Coles' earlier work for Epic and Blue Note – in that it's got the slightly electrified Mainstream sound of the 70s firmly in place ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 6 part suite recorded in 1985, commissioned for Graham Collier's tour of Hong Kong. The sound, though, is pure 70s – as the group works in a modal, slightly out style that recalls their finest moments of earlier years. Roger Dean plays electric piano and keyboards, adding in an electric ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Colon's last album for Fania Records – and a well-rounded hit that ensured his success into the 90s! Despite the cheesy cover and title, the music is actually quite strong – a bit of a departure from the classic Colon sound, with some added keyboards and stronger use of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Steve Colt —
Paradox ... LP Vanguard, Early 70s. Near Mint- ....
In the immediate years after John Coltrane passed, wife Alice was the main figure keeping the spiritual light of jazz burning at Impulse Records – and her albums from the time showcased a whole new side of the Coltrane family idiom in jazz, expressed not just through her own soulful work on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Arguably the most classic Alice Coltrane album on Impulse – and a strong group effort that features some great work from Pharoah Sanders! Coltrane leads two different small combos on the record – both with Sanders on saxes, plus either Cecil McBee or Charlie Haden on bass, and Rashied ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Coltrane —
Bahia ... CD Prestige/OJC, Late 50s. Used ....
Very much in the mode of some of Trane's excellent work for Savoy with Wilbur Harden – with some slight exotic touches, and long drawn-out tracks that show the beginning of Coltrane's modal grooves that would emerge more in the early 60s. No surprise, Harden's on a few of the tracks – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Coltrane —
Believer ... CD Prestige/OJC, Late 50s/1964. Used ....
Despite the spiritual title of this set, the music was actually recorded in the late 50's for Prestige, and not during his Love Supreme period. That doesn't stop it from being great stuff, though, and the LP's got 3 long tracks that have Trane playing flurries of notes in a setting with Donald ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful name for a beautiful record – a classic set of hardbop material from John Coltrane's early years as a leader – and a session that has him working with Donald Byrd on trumpet, Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums! The album's got a beautifully ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Coltrane —
Dakar ... CD Prestige/OJC, 1963. Used ....
Darkly brooding work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader on Prestige – a very unique little record that features twin baritone sax support from Pepper Adams and Cecil Payne! Both players are wonderfully hip here – more than enough to match Trane's unique musical vision for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from John Coltrane – but a record that's sometimes eclipsed by the genius of A Love Supreme! The feel here is very similar to that one – long tracks that introduce a new mode of searching, spiritual jazz for the 60s – one that's performed by a core ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strong work from John Coltrane's early years as a leader – even if the album is sort of a collection of tracks that Trane recorded for Prestige, instead of a discreetly separate session! Side one features Coltrane's tenor in a spare setting with Earl May on bass and Art Taylor on drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A long overdue testament to the live genius of the mighty John Coltrane Quartet – captured at the legendary Half Note club in NYC – disc 1 recorded on a date in March 1965 and disc 2 on a date in early May of the same year! The set finds Coltrane plus McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bold early statement from a young John Coltrane – and an album that really has him expanding his talents as a tenor soloist! Coltrane's working here in open-ended quartet format – with backing from the Red Garland trio that includes Paul Chambers and Art Taylor – on a set of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title may say "standard", but with Coltrane at the helm, the record is anything but! Sure, the tunes are all familiar ones, but the presentation here is a far cry from mainstream piano jazz of the 50s – as John's working in a group with the Red Garland trio for rhythm, as well ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mellow soulful classic by John Coltrane – and one of his best-remembered early albums for Prestige! The session has all the gentle glow that you might guess from the title – a laidback, open-ended approach that has Coltrane blowing long solos over rhythms from the trio of Red Garland ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Soaring work from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – a session that was incredibly far-reaching for the time, and which originally was unissued until after the time of Coltrane's death! The record's got the group really pushing forward strongly – hitting a Love Supreme mode, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, really setting fire here in a classic live performance from the mid 60s – one of those very long, open-ended concert dates that was arguably even more impressive than some of Coltrane's studio album! The set was recorded in 1965, but not issued until a few ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pivotal album for The Commodores – still very funky here, with a sound that stays true to their roots – yet also able to reach out into some of the mature mellow ballads that would make them a huge crossover act in years to come! James Carmichael arranges and produces here – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
3rd LP by the man who put Chicago on the map as a hip hop center. 2 LPs deep, and with a lot of guest appearances by folks like De La Soul, Q-Tip, Chantay Savage, Erykah Badu, and Cee-Lo. No I.D. produced most of this, and a few tracks were done by Doug Infinite. Includes "1 '2 Many", ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
CMW's third LP, with "Hood Took Me Under", "Compton 4 Life", "8 Iz Enough", "Hoodrat", "Niggaz Strugglin", "I Gots Ta Get Over", "Def Wish II" and "Music To Drive By". 19 tracks counting the interludes and shorter bits. ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from Con Funk Shun – different than their later, better known hits! The group sure knew how to slap that bass, even back on this first album for Mercury – but then again, they – along with other big Mercury groups like The Ohio Players – were pioneering the bass-h ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stellar bit of boogie from Con Funk Shun – produced to perfection by Skip Scarborough, and done in a style that has lots of jazzy elements! The album was recorded well into the group's time on the Mercury label, but it's a real standout from the rest – thanks to an extremely well-writ ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully funky folk by the vastly under-rated Don Cooper – a singer who recorded briefly on Roulette at the start of the 70s, and who worked in a unique space that blended together personal singer-songwriter vocals and guitar with some heavier, nicely-bumping bass and drums. There's a ... (Rock) read moreCD
The second album by Cortex – the obscure French jazz group that's been a favorite of funky collectors for years! The group's got a strong fusion-driven groove on this set – with plenty of tight drumming, hard riffing, and spacey keyboards that give the tunes a nicely soulful finish. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost later slice of work from Cortex – a bit tighter than some of the group's previous albums, but equally funky overall! There's a bit less jamming here than before, the Cortex have definitely developed an ear for the dancefloor – a jazzy funk style that would be perfect in the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funky fusion from the French scene of the 70s – the standout set from Cortex, a combo who's very heavy on the keyboards! The tunes have a feel that's quite different than American electric work of the time – funky, but also a bit breezy too – with a strong ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of organ instrumentals from Dave Cortez – not as funky as his 70s work, but nice, jazzy, and soulful, with a much harder edge than his earlier work! Arrangements and production are by Henry Glover – who's given the set a strong soul instrumental groove, and who also ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful Gal Costa record that isn't as crazy as her psychedelic recordings, but it more than makes up for it with some haunting arrangements by the likes of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Joao Donato. Gal sings some beautiful versions of tracks like Donato's "A Ra" (with extra ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A seminal set from Country Joe & The Fish – one of those albums that brought the new psychedelic sound strongly into the mainstream – but all without softening up or commercializing it at all! There's still a very sharp edge to the record – mean organ lines, fuzzy guitar, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Country Joe & The Fish – an insane blend of politics, psychedelia, rock roots, and more – all wrapped up in a nice of carnival-esque style that really lives up to the group's name! Many folks later copied the group – and others, like The ... (Rock) read moreCD
Don Covay —
Hot Blood ... LP Phonogram, 1974. Very Good ....
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A nicely rootsy session from Don Covay – one that has him getting past the straighter AM pop of his Superdude I set, and going for a sound that's much more down home and southern! The album reunites Covay with his Jefferson Lemon band – and was recorded in Muscle Shoals, but with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sonny Criss' classic albums for Imperial – a brilliant batch of LA bop from the 50s, with an impeccable sound throughout! Criss had a tone like nobody else on the alto – and here, he's at the height of his early powers – neither blowing too hard, nor going for boppish ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great overview of the sound of surf music on the west coast – a surprisingly detailed volume that really fills in a lot of gaps in our knowledge of the genre – which can often be a bit oblique, due to a lack of studio and session details on the original records! Kent Crowley traces ... (Books) read moreBook
The title's not lying – because the set's definitely a batch of Beatle hits, done flamenco style – all served up by guitarist Sonny Curtis, best known for his earliest work with Buddy Holly & The Crickets! Here, Sonny sounds a heck of a lot different than before – playing ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Very sweet, and very groovy work from Liz Damon's Orient Express – a fab Hawaiian combo with a really great sound! The group's music is sort of a mix of lounge jazz, bossa grooving, and the kind of sweet late 60s easy touches that were showing up in Brit sound library music. Liz handles ... (Vocalists) read moreCD