A solo set from John "Balderdash" Herron – a singer who'd worked previously as part of the duo of Bondoggle & Balderdash – but who maybe sounds even better here on his own! The album's got a nicely strong focus on John's raspy vocals and songwriting – and backs his ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very different set than the last album from Rossano Baldini – as the record not only bills him as playing piano, but also working on "sound design" too – which is a great way to describe the spacious, textural feel of the set! The album's still a piano jazz record, but with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jon Balke —
Warp ... CD ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Jon Balke's billed on the cover as providing piano and "sound images" – the latter an especially appropriate term, even when Jon's playing acoustic piano – as his sense of tone is very visual, and one of the most evocative we've heard on an ECM record in years! There's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty strong overview of Hank's fiercer R&B tunes for King Records – most of them cut at the end of the 50s, with that mean and lean style that actually could make Hank sound pretty darn scary! Titles include "It's Love Baby", "Sugaree", "Annie Had A Baby" ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label King pressing, manufactured by Capitol.)
Some of our favorite work ever from the legendary Hank Ballard – a key figure in early R&B, and a singer who cut some big hits with his group The Midnighters – but one who also continued to do some wonderful work for King Records long after his hits – most of which is included ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ballin The Jack —
Jungle ... CD Knitting Factory, 1999. Used ...
A sweet little set from the Baltimore Syndicate – a group we've only seen on this one late 80s session produced by pianist Makoto Kuriya, who works here in an excellent lineup that includes Alex Norris on trumpet, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Gary Thomas on tenor and flute, Dave ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet later work from bossa jazz drummer Milton Banana – a set of tunes delivered as a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, but done very much in the spirit of Banana's best 70s work! The style here is a bit more expansive than Milton's harder-edged sets of the 60s – core trio work ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The classic, classic CLASSIC theme song by that most beloved of late 60s American children's television – the fuzzy, colorful and endearing to this day Banana Splits! "The Tra La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)" is a late 60s bubblegum classic of the highest order – we'd love ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Way more than just another kiddie soundtrack – or an album for a childish TV show – as the set's a surprisingly groovy little record, almost Sunshine Pop in its best moments! We're not sure about the nature of the players or the singers – but arranger Jack Eskew put the whole ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)
Band ... LP Capitol, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A classic – with cuts that include "Rockin Chair", "Across The Great Divide", "When You Awake", "Up On Cripple Creek", and "King Harvest". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Cover has light edge wear and a Gold Record Award logo.)
The landmark first album from The Band – and along with the follow-up, it's among the greatest records of its time – which is all the more astounding given how independent of late 60s trends it is! Each member of The Band brings such inimitable textures – Garth Hudson's imposing ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The landmark first album from The Band – and along with the follow-up, it's among the greatest records of its time – which is all the more astounding given how independent of late 60s trends it is! Each member of The Band brings such inimitable textures – Garth Hudson's imposing ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Band's epic double live album from '72, when they were at their peak – arguably a more exciting listening experience than even their best studio albums, which they always (wisely) considered a different universe then the live stage. Ever ambitious, The Band commissioned Allen Toussaint, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original tri-fold pressing, with edge wear, seam splitting, and tape remnants on back.)
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
With a singer this obscure, you might take the word "essential" in the title a bit loosely – but the set is a stunning batch of work from this popular Thai vocalist of the 70s! Dao Bandon's voice is amazing right from the start, even if you can't understand the language (although ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Bang ... LP Capitol/Svart (Finland), 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold (reissue)...
Heavy rock from this tripped-out trio – a Miami combo that really jams it up with some fuzzed-out lead guitar, snapping drums, and heavy bass! The sound is lean, but at times there's a Bowie-like quality to the vocals – plus the same sort of heavy energy of The Man Who Sold The World ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius work from violinist Billy Bang – easily one of his best LPs, and the kind of set that will blow away any expectations you had about jazz violin! There's a sense of soul and spirit here that's really amazing – proof that Bang is easily one of the most inventive talents on his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bang proves once again that he's one of the few jazz players who can make the violin work without being too flowery or too overindulgent – in a manner that almost makes you forget the instrument he's using, because you're so caught up in the waves of sound! The group features some prime NYC ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A special box set of work from this key member of Os Mutantes – one that looks at all the many facets of his compelling solo career! The first album in the set is the landmark Loki – an incredibly crazy and messed-up album of tracks cut by Arnaldo Baptista after the breakup of Os ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great step forward for The Bar-Kays – an album that actually has them taking on a few mellower moments, amidst the heavy funk you might expect – yet all without softening their groove at all! The album's very much in the best spirit of the group's Mercury debut – still recorded ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a few light creases.)
Original single of the funk track "Sang and Dance", backed by one of the Bar-Kays greatest tracks – the totally funky "Son of Shaft"! The cut's a great one, with wild funky wah wah guitar that's been sampled by everyone from Public Enemy to Bomb The Bass! (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Orange label pressing. Labels are stained and flaky.)
A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gato Barbieri —
El Pampero ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great live performance from Gato Barbieri – recorded at a time when he was maybe sounding a bit smoother in the studio, but could still come across with a lot of fire in a concert setting like this! The group has a nice lineup – some sweet electric piano and guitar, but also some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first albums ever cut as a leader by reedman Gato Barbieri – and a very sharp-edged session that's quite different than his better-known work in the 70s! Barbieri's tenor here has an incredible tone – as deeply soulful as Pharoah Sanders or late John Coltrane, and blown with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first albums ever cut as a leader by reedman Gato Barbieri – and a very sharp-edged session that's quite different than his better-known work in the 70s! Barbieri's tenor here has an incredible tone – as deeply soulful as Pharoah Sanders or late John Coltrane, and blown with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black & white label pressing. Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and a sticker spot.)
A far reaching late 70s set from Gato Barbieri – a record that blends fusiony jazz funk, lush stings, and Latin rhythms and fluid solos on a varied batch of tunes! One of the more interesting things about the production is that those varied approaches often come into play within the same ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gato Barbieri —
Under Fire ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Great work from Gato – filled with Latin rhythm influences forged on his Impulse sessions of the same time, plus some nice spiritual blowing in the Pharoah Sanders tradition in which he was linked in the immediate post-Coltrane years. Airto and Mtume are on percussion on most tracks, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)
Adoniran Barbosa —
Serie Bis ... CD EMI (Brazil), Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ...
Just Sold Out!
The great French arranger Eddie Barclay offers up his own takes on groovy film themes – including "Thomas Crown Affair", "Clan of Sicilians", "Borsalino", "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid", and "0SS 117 Prend Des Vacances". (Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
A nice lean set from Barclay James Harvest – a record that gets more to the core of their sound after the larger arrangements of some of their albums for Harvest Records – in a way that also seems to bring out more of an edge in their songwriting, too! The shift is somewhat subtle, but ... (Rock) read moreCD
Gianni Bardaro & Pierluigi Villani —
Next Stop ... CD Verve (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
A great group from the contemporary Italian scene – a combo co-led by Gianni Bardaro on alto and soprano sax, and Pierluigi Villani on drums – but which features really bold colors from all members of the group! All tracks are originals, composed by the leaders – and they've got ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The sexy story of Brigitte Bardot – served up here in sweet little book-like format! The package features some of Bardot's best vocal performances from the 60s – music that runs from her initial straight sounds, through her mod "yeh yeh" pop, to her especially slinky sounds ... (French) read moreCD
A nice set from these latter day Detroit free music explorers, with a spiritual vibe and a varied approach to improvisation that isn't afraid to groove at moments, but also involves some nice textural dynamic playing in a very post AACM mode. Anthony Holland plays reeds, Tani Tabal tablas and trap ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great return to form for the legendary Sidney Barnes – known best as a onetime member of both Rotary Connection and the P-Funk universe – but working here with great small combo backing from the Speedometer combo! "Best Thing" is an original by Barnes – sung in this ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A great little live set from one of our favorite French singers – recorded in 1983, with backing by a small Japanese combo, very much in the manner of work on his album Le Pollen. Given that the album is such a studio-oriented session, it's interesting to hear the style of the work performed ... (French) read moreCD
Pierre Barouh —
Vivre ... CD Core Port/Saravah (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
Rare late 60s work from the legendary Pierre Barouh – a set that's possibly one of his greatest albums ever, and one that really shows the love of jazz and Brazilian music that he explored on his groundbreaking Saravah label! The instrumentation here is relatively simple on most tracks ... (French) read moreCD
It must have cost Barrabas plenty to make the heart-shaped manhole on the cover of this album – but given the sound of the grooves, the money was well worth it! The set's a fair bit tighter than their earliest work from Spain – but also a great direction for their styles – one ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent collection of work from Spanish combo Barrabas – and one that really has a focus on the group's most groove-heavy tracks! Barrabas were as much of a rock group as a funk combo – but their more soulful sides managed to cross over big here in the US in the early 70s – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soul record we'd put up there with some of our favorite ones that the city of Chicago produced in the early 70s – and it's literally a soul record – a beautiful gospel set by Pastor TL Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir, of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, on the city's south side! ... (Gospel) read moreCD
A strange place for a trad jazz show – but Emma's definitely got her chops, and plays here in a small group with Percy Humphrey on trumpet and Jim Robinson on trombone! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting and writing on the back.)
Ray Barretto —
Acid ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A monster! If you buy one Latin record this year – make it this one – because it's one of the greatest ever recorded! Ray's late 60s Acid album is a landmark recording – a sublime mixture of Latin jazz, percussion, and soul – grooving hard in a variety of styles, and ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Ray Barretto album from 1972 – one that beautifully showcases the master percussionist as he effortlessly shifts between Latin soul and 70's salsa styles! The group's nice and lean – with Adalberto Santiago on vocals, Papy Roman on trumpet, Louis Cruz on piano, and the great ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto just before the Latin Soul era – working in the excellent style he used on his Charanga Moderna album – a choppy groove that has plenty of weird twists and turns – always rhythmic, and always plenty darn soulful! The instrumentation here is a mix of small combo jazz ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Head Sounds" is a heck of a great way to describe this album – as it's filled with some of Ray's most mind-expanding cuts! The album kicks off with the tune "Acid", which you probably know from the album of the same name, but which still really does a great job of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer material from the mid 60s – recorded for United Artists after Ray's initial watusi work for Tico – and in a similar style that has mixes together Ray's Charanga Moderna sound with some more boogaloo and Latin Soul numbers! The record's a key bridge between these two chapters of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto —
Message ... LP Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
One of Ray Barretto's hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s – a raw set of grooves that's got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode that's easily guessed at from the title of the set! The vibe here is very straightforward – with Ray ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album