Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest groups to ever hit the Baltimore scene – and one who've never fully gotten their due, given that they recorded for a variety of different labels, on a career that never saw them issuing a full length LP! This set nicely corrects that fact, as it brings together cuts by ... (Soul) read moreCD
Vocals by Aretha Franklin – taken to whole new territory in this unique mixing of modes! The set brings together core elements from classic Atlantic Records songs by Aretha – classics recorded during her late 60s/early 70s heyday for the label – and adds in these larger charts by ... (Soul) read moreCD
Christmas sounds, and a bit more too – an interesting collection of material recorded by Aretha Franklin in the early 60s for Columbia, and in the late 80s for Arista! There's definitely a fair bit of Holiday tunes on the set, but they're also mixed in with a few standards too – but ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
A pair of totally wonderful albums from sound library composer Mladen Franko – both originally released by the Sonoton label in Germany, and presented here as a single CD! Franko's less well-known than some of his bigger European contemporaries, but has a similarly deft hand with a groove in ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A sweet step forward for the mighty Caesar Frazier – an artist you might know more as a Hammond organist from his earlier albums as a leader – but one who steps out here as a soul singer with a mighty sweet groove! The record's way more than just a quick shift to disco for some cash ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rhett Frazier here sounds better than ever – dropping the "Inc" that was part of his name on other recordings – and working in a groove that's maybe even more classic soul than before! The music is heavy on horns that seem to draw from a Memphis soul legacy – but the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Sam Frazier Jr —
Take Me Back ... CD Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess, Late 70s. New Copy ...
Rare and unreleased late 60s/early 70s Birmingham, Alabama soul by the great Sam Frazier Jr! Sam came to be better known as a bluesman over the years, but perfectly nails it here in a southern soul mode, recorded at Neal Hemphill's Sound Of Birmingham studio early in the 70s. It's really up there ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fantastic work from this overlooked Swedish tenor genius – a musician who could open up with modern tones, yet still keep things swinging too – at a level that really makes this collection sparkle throughout! The set brings together live, radio, and studio material from Borje – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of albums from this lesser-known German improv group from the start of the 70s – two rare albums that are as free as their name, and which were both initially pressed in small runs of just a few hundred copies! The quartet have a surprisingly lyrical approach to their music at times ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Three albums from this hip Italian trumpeter – packaged together in a nicely priced set! First up is Kosmopolites – beautifully moody work from the quintet of trumpeter Paolo Fresu – based around a set of compositions by the group's pianist, Roberto Cipelli! There's an airy, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of overlooked albums from this sweet harmony group – back to back on a single CD! Love Can Make It Easier is a record that really has Friends Of Distinction stretching out nicely – maybe moving past some of the simpler pop of their roots, and hitting some sophisticated soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title's a great one here – as Gerardo Frisina has been one of the few contemporary artists trying to find a fresh voice for Latin Jazz – which he does beautifully by blending classic albums and a more current sense of club! The 2CD package brings together unreleased material with ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Fred Frith & Hans Koch —
You Are Here ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2017. New Copy ...
Stunning duets between two musicians who could been seen as sonic specialists as much as jazz improvisers – guitarist Fred Frith and reedman Hans Koch – both working here together in a set that's awash with unusual textures and tones! The performance is live, and features Frith on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
You might know Fabio Frizzi from his more famous horror work of the 80s – but this set's a comedy through and through – as you can probably guess from the cover! Frizzi's using lots of short, whimsical little melodies – sometimes played on keyboards, sometimes a bit of 80s-soundin ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Long before the Sharknado phenomenon hit the small screen, this sweet Italian film came along to woo the world with its wonderfully cheesy representation of aquatic terror! The 1984 date will give you a good idea of what to expect on the screen – and the music by Fabio Frizzi very much ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Fantastic percussion pieces from this ultra-cool New Zealand ensemble of the 70s – a group who take their name and inspiration from the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew – but who also work in a more intimate setting, with lots of instruments of their own creation – with a ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
One of the coolest entries in an unusual genre that began to emerge on the Tokyo scene in the 80s – music created for use in fashion shows by very creatively-minded designers – but at a level that's far from the commercial trash of the American and European scene! Instead, the Japanese ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A great live date from one of our favorite trombonists of the 70s – a really unusual player who made some great personal strides on the instrument with records like these! The session's a live one, with a very open feel – long, flowing tracks that are similar to the sorts you'd hear ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the crowning classics of the 70s from Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura – easily one of the funkiest players on his instrument in the decade! Hiroshi's not only got a cool, compressed tone that works great with the electric vibe in the music – he's also got a strong sense of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Curtis Fuller —
Crankin ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
The title certainly gets it right – as the set's one of the best (and one of the few) albums that trombonist Curtis Fuller cut in the 70s – a searingly sharp session that really shows a change from some of his Blue Note modes of the 60s! There's a current of righteous energy that moves ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two sweet slices of work from the great Lowell Fulson – plus some bonus tracks too! The set begins with late 60s recordings that made up the album Lowell Fulson Now – very nice work from Lowell Fulsom – strongly in the mode of his Tramp album for Kent, with a mix of blues and ... (Blues) read moreCD
Funky blues from the great Lowell Fulsom! Lowell's best known to the world for his classic "Tramp", a tight funky number that virtually created a whole subgenre of soul, as Otis Redding and Joe Tex were quick to cut answer records to cash in on the action. Nobody could beat Lowell's ... (Blues) read moreCD
A record that's definitely got us speechless – as we had no idea that Champian Fulton was such a wonderful pianist! The record takes off from the very first note with a burstingly rhythmic sound, and a deft command of the keyboard that maybe takes us back to the generation of Erroll Garner ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Champian Fulton's in a great setting here – working alongside tenorist Scott Hamilton, whose presence only seems to deepen the sound of the record! Make no mistake, Champian's great on her own – a hell of a pianist, and one with a very strong voice that seems to instantly wrap up ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two excellent albums from Funk Inc on one CD! Superfunk is one of the band's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more ... (Soul) read moreCD
The classic sound of Funkadelic, reworked by a key selection of contemporary talents from the Detroit scene – but never in a way that wrecks the originals at all! Unlike other remix projects, which might break up the music to a point that you can hardly recognize the original grooves – ... (Soul) read moreCD
An insane treat for any fan of the early years of the P-Funk empire – that time when George Clinton and crew were taking in plenty of trippy influences from the heady Detroit scene of the time – and fusing it all into their own really unique blend of soul! The set features the group ... (Soul) read moreCD
A heavy best-of from Funkadelic – one that covers the full range of their classic sounds – from the trippy fuzz of the early days to the tighter funk of stardom years! The package has a power that's undeniable – a really massive batch of music that forever changed the face of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of records from this great CTI Records group – plus bonus tracks too! Fuse One is tight funky fusion from a masterful collective – a great supergroup from the late electric years of the CTI label! The combo features Joe Farrell on tenor, Ronnie Foster and Don Grusin on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Totally great work from the legendary Slim Gaillard – a host of rare singles from a time when the jazz vocal genius wasn't very strongly represented on record! Slim first rose to fame on the LA scene of the 40s – where his hip-talking, jive-scatting approach to music was a key ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Charlotte Gainsbourg —
Rest ... CD Atlantic, 2017. New Copy ...
Fantastic sounds from Charlotte Gainsbourg – a singer we first fell in love with through her father, the famous Serge – but who we've really come to love tremendously over the years – both through her work on screen and in the studio! Charlotte's got this sense of presence that's ... (French) read moreCD
A landmark collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin – his paramour at the time, and a much younger woman! The pair come together beautifully here in a set of sensuous duets – tunes that have an open, honest approach to the relations between the sexes – yet ... (French) read moreCD
Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot —
Lost Loves ... CD El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ...
A joint compilation of material by a pair of French pop icons – Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – with some great Gainsbourg material, plus some of the earliest Bardot vocal recordings! It's a bunch of great early 60s material all around, stuff from the Bonne Annee Brigitte French ... (French) read moreCD
Some of the greatest moments ever from guitarist Eric Gale – brought together in one extremely well-chosen batch of tracks! Gale's a legendary figure, even just for his session work alone – which includes performances on hundreds of albums for other artists – but here, the music ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Smooth as silk, with plenty of soul – a classic set that has the guitar of Eric Gale produced by the legendary Allen Toussaint! The cross of talents is pretty compelling – and although the album's not a New Orleans funk outing, it definitely shares some of the more creative elements ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Electric piano genius from Hal Galper – one of his best non-acoustic albums ever, and a set that's filled with moody colors and changes! The album's a fair bit more dynamic than some of Galper's other albums from the 70s – with horns from the Brecker Brothers, guitar from Bob Mann, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hal Galper —
Wild Bird ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by pianist Hal Galper – and that's saying a lot, given his huge legacy of records! This set has Hal working in a strongly electric mode – using an electric piano with the same sort of spacious qualities he could bring to acoustic – never ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Carlos Garnett really finds his own sound here – and steps into a wonderful blend of funky riffs, spiritual styles, and more – all in one of the most ambitious albums he cut during the 70s! There's a really expansive blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation going on here – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A real lost treasure from the legendary Michael Garrick – a set that stands strongly with all of his classic albums of the late 60s, but which is issued here for the first time ever! As the title implies, the recording is a bit of a prelude to the Heart Is A Lotus album – as it shares ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Zodiac never sounded so spooky – and the album's one of the first in a trend that explored astrology with funky musical backings! The music for the set was put together by moogy maestro Mort Garson – then making a transition from being a straight easy arranger in the early 60s, to ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Great work from Giacomo Gates – a real underground hero in the world of vocal jazz – and one of the few singers who can turn out the kinds of records that we used to love from artists like Mark Murphy or Jon Hendricks! Backing is by a tight quintet – with the mighty Jerry Weldon ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Gato Preto —
Tempo ... CD Unique (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
A mix of beats and bass, electro and African percussion and rhythms from duo Gato Treto – producer and beatmaker Lee Bass and vocalist Gato Misteriosa – delivering a seamless set of Afro-futurist dancefloor club grooves and tough, yet seductive vocals! Gato Preto claim Mozimbique, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Wasted ... CD Tuff City/Funky Delicacies, Early 70s. New Copy ...
An essential bit of funkiness from this obscure New Orleans funk combo! The Gaturs' frontman was keyboardist Willie Tee – who went on to greater fame as a jazz and session player – but we like him best at this early point, when he was wailing away on organ in a tight choppy small group ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great stuff – and a beautiful album of spiritual jazz recorded by this obscure piano player who worked briefly with Jackie McLean in the seventies. Billy Gault had an amazingly soulful way of putting together his work, but never got bogged down in too much sentiment. There's some beautiful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
THE lasting classic from Gloria Gaynor – the record that contains her tremendous hit "I Will Survive", and a great batch of disco grooves overall! The album's got a simple, honest sort of approach, despite its release in an era of overblown dancefloor sets – and arranger ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the strangest moments of success in the early years of Verve Records – and one of the label's few soundtracks too! The album's one that cleverly combines the core Verve jazz approach with some larger orchestrations by Adolph Deutsche – in a set of tunes based around the ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Fantastic Stan Getz material from the 60s – a beautiful live set recorded right around the same time as Stan's Getz-A-Go-Go album – and, like that one, also features great vibes from Gary Burton and a bit of guest vocals from Astrud Gilberto! The main focus is on Stan's core sound with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare set from one of Stan Getz's hippest groups! The album was recorded in Paris in 1966, during a time in which Stan was working with a groundbreaking quartet that included Gary Burton on vibes, Steve Swallow on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums – a combo that unfortunately got a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title of the record may sound a bit scientific, but the music within has a very human appeal – sweet funky rhythms forged by the team of DJ Rocca and Stefano Ghittoni – the latter of whom you might know from previous productions with The Dining Rooms! The sound here is maybe an ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A hip hootenanny from vibist Terry Gibbs – hardly the folksy set you might guess from the title, and instead a lively batch of small combo tunes that grooves better than most of Gibbs' work from the 60s! Most tracks are of traditional origin – folk tunes, if you will – but the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wild little record from Terry Gibbs – as the set features him on piano instead of his usual vibes! But even more than that, the approach is even more offbeat – as Gibbs plays on the higher range of the piano, using just two fingers and attacking the notes as he would with the mallets ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most hard-grooving albums we've ever heard from jazz vibist Terry Gibbs – and a set that's full of surprises throughout! First, Nat Pierce plays jazz organ, instead of his usual piano – which gives the whole thing an R&B current you'd never expect – especially from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Yedo Gibson/Hernani Faustino/Vasco Trilla —
Chain ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2017. New Copy ...
A great variation of the usual improvising power trio with a saxophone in the lineup – because although Yedo Gibson blows both baritone and soprano saxes, he often seems to do so in a way that's directly related to the textures of the basswork of Hernani Faustino – whose performance ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A real standout from Gilberto Gil in the 80s – a live record from Tokyo, and one that's recorded with a spontaneous sound that's a nice change from some of his studio work! The group's got a nice horn section, who underscore things in a way that makes the whole thing feel a bit more soulful ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the freshest albums we've heard in years from Gilberto Gil – a set that seems to shake off some of the misdirections of recent records, and really get back the sharper style of his roots – while still also heading off into a new mode as well! There's a definite forro ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A huge amount of undiscovered material from one of the most important points in the career of Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil! The tracks here were all recorded live, during important concerts that Gil performed in his native land after returning from time in London – where both he and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A quintet of wonderful records from the legendary Astrud Gilberto! First up is the Astrud Gilberto Album – pne of Astrud Gilberto's greatest albums of the 60s – a classic session produced for Verve by Creed Taylor, and featuring sweet gentle arrangements from Marty Paich, co-arranged ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Astrud Gilberto —
Beach Samba ... CD Verve/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A great album from Astrud Gilberto – one that has her pushing past the simple bossa of early years, running through a range of 60s styles that all sound great! There's still plenty of Brazilian tunes in the mix – like "Oba, Oba", "Canoeiro", "Bossa Na ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the earliest years of bossa nova – a big 59 track package that brings together important early recordings by Joao Gilberto, as well as some other key bossa interpreters of his generation too! The set begins with Joao's early recordings of compositions by Antonio Carlos ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Behn Gillece —
Mindset ... CD Posi tone, 2015. New Copy ...
The first solo album as a leader from vibist Behn Gillece – a player who's been making great sounds on other sessions for the Posi-Tone label in recent years! Behn's voice is very firmly upfront here – on a set of all original compositions that really showcase his unique approach to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
"Concert Of The Century" is a hell of a claim to make – but this is also a hell of a concert, too – one that features Dizzy Gillespie blowing with an all-star small group lineup – in really stretched-out takes on the tunes, at a level that rivals his best 70s material on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ever wonder what happens when beatniks turn into hippies? They make albums like this one – a real treasure from the late 60s underground – and a set that showed the complete transformation of Allen Ginsberg at the time! The set's a real oddity – recorded after Ginsburg had hit ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
An obscure gladiator score from Marcello Giombini – a composer who's best known for his later work in the western mode, especially his classic Sabata soundtracks! Here, though, Giombini almost seems to be trying out for that later era – working with a richer sense of tone than the ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A beautiful live counterpart to Jimmy Giuffre's crucial Verve recordings Fusion and Thesis – performed here with a similar trio that includes Paul Bley on piano and Steve Swallow on bass – really expanding upon ideas of jazz expression that Giuffre first put forth in his late 50s trio! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Robert Glasper Experiment —
ArtScience ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
Tremendous material from Robert Glasper – a set that takes us back to the brilliance of his first few releases for Blue Note – while also encompassing all the changes he's gone through in recent years too! There's definitely some vocals on the record – but this time around, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stunning collection of sounds from the legendary Philip Glass – a complete set of every single one of his recordings for Columbia Records – which is the label at which he did most of his important music! The set's a treasure trove of modernist musical moments – not just a ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
A beautiful score from Philip Glass – the kind of spare sounds that make his soundtrack material some of our favorite in his large catalog of compositions! The tracks here are all for a stage production of The Crucible – the famous play by Arthur Miller – but the music works ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
An amazing run of Italian soundtracks from Goblin – six different albums, each packaged in tiny LP-styled sleeves, with lots of bonus tracks too! The work here is wonderful – really genre-defining grooves that moved horror soundtracks into the realm of rock in the 70s – using ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A millennial rebirth for Goblin – and one of the first new records they made since their classic run in Italian cinema – years before their full reformation and international touring fame! The group is reunited here with Dario Argento, with whom they'd worked extensively in the old ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A nice lost score by the Italian group Goblin – working here under the "fake" British name of Il Reale Impero Britannica – and maybe sounding even groovier than on some of their other records of the 70s! The Goblin sound is still in place, but there's also maybe more ties to ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Fantastic freaky sounds by The Golliwogs – the group who later morphed into Creedence Clearwater Revival – but who already sound pretty great themselves! The style is close to Creedence, but nicely different too – much more garage rock overall, with the vocals of John Fogerty ... (Rock) read moreCD
An album that's kind of a cross-section of the Gonjasufi sound of late – given that it features some remixes and rework tracks – but a record that's still very much an important addition to his ever-growing catalog! The sound is spacey and laidback, but also has lots of dark currents ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
3 rare French jazz soundtracks on one CD! First up is the music from the film Les Loups Dans La Bergerie, written by Serge Gainsbourg, and performed by Serge's arranger Alain Goraguer – in a hip modern mode that recalls some of the best soundtrack work by Barney Wilen, Miles Davis, and Art ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Five classic Blue Note albums from tenor giant Dexter Gordon – all packaged together in a single set, with very cool LP-styled sleeves! Doin Allright has Dexter Gordon working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Important early European work by Dexter Gordon – recorded during his successful 60s run at the legendary Cafe Montmartre, where using the new freedoms of that scene, he re-invented himself as a player, and gave a much needed boost to European-American jazz relations! The tracks on the set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dexter Gordon —
Lady Bird ... CD Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1965. New Copy ...
Excellent live work from Dexter Gordon's 60s stay at the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen – previously unissued, but easily some of Gordon's best of the time! The set varies slightly from Gordon's mostly-quartet live sides from Montmartre – in that it adds in trumpeter Donald Byrd, for a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A triumphant return for The Gorillaz – as improbably (impossibly!?) brilliant as ever! Much like the real life post-millennium culture we all inhabit, The Gorillaz exist in a world both virtual and physical – with artist and conceptualist Jamie Hewlett, singer/guiding force Damon Albarn ... (Rock) read moreCD
Lovely Holiday vocals from Eydie Gorme – but a set that's quite different than her more familiar Christmas music with Steve Lawrence! This set's entirely in Spanish – and recorded with Gorme's frequent Latin partners of the 60s – the Trio Los Panchos, who provide some gentle ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Nobody had a voice like Robert Goulet back in the 60s – as you'll hear on this great Christmas material recorded for Columbia Records! The set features two full albums – the first of which is This Christmas I Spend With You, which has some lush, full backings from Frank Hunter, who ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
A fantastic debut as a leader from pianist Cameron Graves – an artist you might know from Kamasi Washington's album The Epic – and an even more tremendous talent when he gets his own chance to shine in the spotlight! Graves has a very bold, righteous vision here – a mode that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Al Green's first major album, and a killer batch of Memphis soul tracks with a sound that's a bit rawer than later years. The formula for the hits is firmly in place – and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in very sympathetic production by the great Willie Mitchell. Although ... (Soul) read moreCD
Heavenly soul doesn't get any more heavenly than this! Al Green's at the height of his powers here – working in that wonderfully smooth, wonderfully warm style that made his early 70s material so wonderful! This album's maybe slightly less iconic than some of Green's other titles for Hi ... (Soul) read moreCD
Al Green explores your mind – then moves onto your heart, your soul, and everything in between! The album's a classic in the best Hi Records tradition – and features Al moving into a style that's even more spiritual than before – serving up the sublime tracks "Take Me To The ... (Soul) read moreCD
Warm wonderfulness from the great Al Green – a record that may have a pale-looking cover, but a set that's one of Green's most deeply soulful albums ever! There's a grace and a glow to the set right from the very first note – that really unique presentation and performance that makes ... (Soul) read moreCD
A damn great bit of work from the legendary Al Green – maybe one of his best records ever – and in fact, maybe one of greatest soul albums of all time! The set's got a style that's really genre-defining – not the previous southern soul of a few years before, but also not the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hard to go wrong with Al Green at this point – 1973, when the mighty one was at the height of his secular soul powers – and when the sweetly compressed production style of Willie Mitchell just couldn't miss! There's a homey, earthy feel to the record that's really great – a sound ... (Soul) read moreCD
The back cover of this one says "This Album Should Be Titled MONSTER" – and for once, the back cover is right! The album's the only one we've ever seen by the super-dope LA guitarist Cal Green – a wonderful talent with a hard-edge approach to the strings, one that's a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A windy city hero – the amazing Garland Green, a singer who makes us mighty proud we hail from Chicago! Garland's got an incredible style that few others can touch – partly schooled in the 60s iceman modes of Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson, with all the sophistication that might imply ... (Soul) read moreCD
Vivian Green —
VGVI ... CD Caroline, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic new direction for Vivian Green – and a record that seems to have the singer setting her sound on fire all over again! In the notes, Green credits co-producer Kwame Holland for giving her career all new energy – and that claim definitely comes through in the music, which ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A great one from saxophonist Chris Greene – a player who just seems to get better and better with each new release – maturing to a point where his strong status on the Chicago scene should be overtaken by a wider national reputation! This set may well have Greene finding a voice that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A huge step forward in music for saxophonist Jimmy Greene – an artist who's still reeling from the loss of his daughter, who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 – but who's turning his grief and sorrow into some of the richest music he's ever recorded! The feel here is even ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The mood may be gray, but the sound here is plenty blue – those deep-toned lines that make trombonist Al Grey one of the most deeply-voiced players on his instrument! The set has Al in a nicely laidback setting – a relaxed, soulful approach that's almost similar to the Prestige Records ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stellar solo material from ex-Miracles mainmain Billy Griffin – a singer with the same great range as Smokey Robinson in the original incarnation of that group, really sounding great here on his own! Billy's got this high-soaring style that really works great for the album's blend of modern ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lost European jazz recordings from the vaults of producer Gigi Campi – and a stellar batch of non-US material with Johnny Griffin at the lead – working in the company of Clarke/Boland compatriots who include Benny Bailey, Sahib Shihab, Jimmy Woode, Idrees Sulieman, and Milt Jackson! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Johnny Griffin & Matthew Gee —
Soul Groove ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
A heck of a soul jazz treasure from the 60s – and one of the hardest-hitting jazz albums ever issued by the Atlantic Records label! The vibe here is almost more Prestige Records overall – with very gutbuckety work from Johnny Griffin on tenor and Matthew Gee on trombone – on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of albums from Marcia Griffiths – the well-titled queen of reggae at the end of the 70s! First up is Naturally, a fantastic album from Marcia Griffiths – very much the kind of material that made her one of the best female singers on the Jamaican scene in the 70s! The set's got ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Tiny Grimes is one of the most unique guitarists in jazz – a player with a force and power that's clearly rooted in the blues – given that he can hit the strings like T Bone Walker or Pee Wee Crayton – but a style that's clearly jazz overall, and delivered with a heck of a lot of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pianist Danny Grissett is fantastic here – not just bursting out with so many deft colors and changes on both piano and Fender Rhodes, but also really showing some great strengths as a leader too! One of those strengths is the way he puts together the tunes – especially the more ... (Jazz) read moreCD