A very nice set of Japanese fusion tracks cut by guitarist Reggie Lucas, with nice electric backing by Hubert Eaves on keyboard, Michael Henderson on bass, and other acoustic players like Mtume, John Stubblefield, and Clifford Adams. The set was recorded by East Wind in Japan, and the best cuts on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The beginning of an amazing run on RCA for vocalist Jon Lucien – working here in a sublime blend of styles that's way beyond simple soul or standard jazz! Lucien's got a sound that's unlike anything we can think of – apart from the countless imitators who've tried for his style in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers —
Que Chevere ... CD Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
A real old school set from Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – just about the only contemporary combo we've ever heard come close to the classic sound of the Latin Soul scene in the 60s! The album smokes like some rare gem on Fania or Cotique – with wicked Latin rhythms tied up in ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Lage Lund —
Idlewild ... CD Criss Cross (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
A beautiful showcase for the warm, ringing tones of guitarist Lage Lund – a wonderful player who's only gotten better and better over the years! Lage has this richly chromatic style that's always a treat with a larger group, but it gets an especially strong focus here in an intimate trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice progressive step for Lupe Fiasco – a rhymer who was ready to carve out his own distinctive niche from the beginning his career, and it's never been more unique than it is on Tetsuo & Youth – with diverse, though always soulfully resonant production by S1, Wiz Buchanan, DJ ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Bobby Lyle was one of the few 70s fusion artists who managed to move into the smooth jazz era without ever losing his cool – finding just the right way to shift his sound slightly over the years, but always have that strong ear for a keyboard solo and compelling hook in his grooves! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 of the earliest albums ever from bossa genius Carlos Lyra – back to back on one CD! The first album, Bossa Nova, definitely lives up to its title – as it features Lyra's wonderful original compositions wrapped around a set of orchestrations that are lightly breezy, and which dance ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great early album of bossa work from the legendary Carlos Lyra – caught here at his youthful prime, and working with sublime arrangements from Luiz Eca! The record's easily one of Lyra's best from the early years – and Eca's group the Tamba Trio guest star on a few tunes – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Bay Area mic mainstay Lyrics Born heads on down to New Orleans for Real People – with a funky live band backdrop throughout, and featuring appearances by a solid roster of New Orleans players – including Ivan Neville, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic, Corey Henry of Rebirth Brass ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Killer set that combines both of Johnny's rare albums cut for the tiny Tuba label in the mid 60s! The records both have a great funky vibes sound, with lots of tight drumming, and soulful bubbling organ grooves. These are very sought after in their original pressings, and both LPs usually fetch ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great overview of the M-Base movement on the New York scene of the late 80s – a group of musicians who worked together to unlock many boundaries in jazz – and really set the music free in a variety of different styles! The sounds here range from more familiar jazz to vocal work, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bold, soulful work from the great Harold Mabern – and a record that really takes us back to his soaring modal groove of the 60s! Mabern's still got some of the lighter lyricism of more recent years here – but he also seems to pack a bit more punch from a rhythmic tip, too – no ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest records ever issued on Galt MacDermot's legendary Kilmarnock label – a selection of songs and poems by Harlem school children, set to music by Galt, and sung by vocalist Angela Ortega! Given that Galt's handling the music, you can bet that there's plenty of nicely funky ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the grooviest albums of the late 60s – a lost vocal treasure from the team of Dave MacKay & Vicky Hamilton! The pair were sort of like a hip version of Jackie & Roy – usually singing together on their tracks, with a mixed male/female vocal approach that sounds totally ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Shai Maestro definitely earns his last name here – working as the guiding force behind incredible sounds that seem to flow from his fingertips with effortless ease – this nonstop cascade of sounds, ideas, and colors that come across equally well on both the album's dynamic tracks and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked set of soul from Magic Lady – formerly the backing group with a host of 70s soul acts, stepping out here on a lesser-known album for Motown from the 80s! The girls still have some of the full sounds of their previous work, but they also lay back a bit and let the rhythms take ... (Soul) read moreCD
A hell of a great record from Magic Sam – a really well-recorded live set from a small club in Milwaukee, and an album that really gets at all the gritty genius that made Sam so great! The set's almost equal parts blues and soul – definitely the former, but with plenty of funky ... (Blues) read moreCD
A killer from trumpeter Joe Magnarelli – an artist we've already begun to appreciate a lot for his recent work on the Posi-tone label – but a player who really wins us over with this sweet little set! The record sparkles right from the start with contributions from key labelmates ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of 70s classics from this mighty fusion ensemble – back to back in a single collection! First up is Between Nothingness & Eternity – and although there's a pretty big space between nothingness & eternity – but Mahavishnu Orchestra manage to fill most of it up with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great Afro-soul double-header – one that features a disc apiece of these two great groups! CD 1 features classics by Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens – including a fair bit of older tracks that sound especially nice – really taking off from some of the mainstream South ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Two of our favorite albums by The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! Euphrates River is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of wonderful albums from The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! LTD is a wonderful debut from The Main Ingredient – and a record that really shows the new style they'd bring to group soul music in the 70s! There's a righteous energy here right from the start – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Double greatness from The Main Ingredient – two full albums on a single CD! Rolling Down A Mountainside is mid 70s magic from The Main Ingredient – a set that has the trio working with even more sophistication than on previous records, yet still holding onto all the harmonies that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tony Malaby/William Parker/Nasheet Waits —
Somos Agua ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ...
Tony Malaby brews up some heady work on tenor and soprano sax – often with tones more than deep enough to match the wonderful bass work of William Parker in the trio! Parker plays his instrument with a bow at some key points – and creates these dark waves that really sharpen the edge ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Warm, round, full-toned guitar from Russell Malone – a contemporary player, but one who's upheld a classic vibe for years! We love Russell best in a setting like this – a small combo date that elevates the player to territory that you might have found with Kenny Burrell or Grant Green ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very weird work from Wil Malone – an early 70s film score that's part funky, part moogy – and pretty unique compared to most of the rest of its generation! The main theme has Malone playing this really strong, loud keyboard line – almost more of an 80s mode, but augmented with ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Great solo work from Mama Cass – an unbridled batch of pop tunes with a sweet and dreamy finish, but this odd sort of edge too! The album's got a really wild approach – a sound that's even more baroque at times than that of The Mamas & The Papas, arranged and conducted by the great ... (Rock) read moreCD
Junior Mance —
Junior ... CD Verve (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
A groovy early album from pianist Junior Mance – one of the first we've ever seen with him as a leader, and a rare date recorded at the end of the 50s for Verve! The style here is a fair bit like some of Junior's work of the early 60s – a definite soul jazz leaning, but also some more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two very groovy albums by Junior Mance – recorded a decade apart, but both plenty darn great! First up is Soul Of Hollywood – One of the best Junior Mance albums from the early part of the decade – mostly because it's got Melba Liston arranging a larger group to back up Junior on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 great albums of Latiny tunes from Henry Mancini! The Big Latin Band Of Henry Mancini features a very hip lineup of west coast jazzmen – including Bud Shank and Tom Scott on reeds, Buddy Childers and Pete Candoli on trumpets, Ray Brown on acoustic bass, Max Bennett on fender bass, Larry ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A treasure trove of work from the great Henry Mancini – a very cool package that not only includes some of his biggest soundtracks of the 60s, but also features a number of more obscure gems as well! The package features 9CDs, but 18 full albums in all – and titles include The Pink ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Overlooked genius from Henry Mancini – and two albums back to back as a single set! The Mancini Generation is one of the first great electric moments for Henry Mancini in the 70s – and a record that's got a way groovier sound than you might expect from the title! Things are still very ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A later entry in the Pink Panther soundtrack series – but one that's still got plenty of great Henry Mancini touches! Themes are plenty playful, and also have some slight electric moments alongside the orchestral scoring – although most of the album's best instrumentation comes out in ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful run of music from the mighty Harvey Mandel – a musician whose biggest fame was his bluesy work with Canned Heat, but a guitarist who also had plenty of jazz and funk to offer as well! The set brings together Mandel's killer solo albums – Cristo Redentor, Righteous, Games ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mandre ... CD Motown/Fever Dream, 1977. New Copy ...
A classic set of spacey club from Mandre – aka Andre Lewis – an artist we'd place right up there with some of the best cosmic sounds from Dexter Wansel at the time, and maybe even some of the more space-bound club artists of the European scene as well! The album's got some wonderful ... (Soul) read moreCD
Brilliant modern jazz from German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recording here in 1964, but sounding years ahead of his time, with an amazing a blend of jazz and Asian styles! The album's one of Mangelsdorff's best ever – a set of rhythmic tunes that seem clearly informed by the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Amazing tri-fold cover – just like the original album!)
Incredible early work from one of Germany's greatest modernists – one of the key records that showed the world that German jazz was way more than just a rehashing of American modes in the postwar years! This rare 1963 recording features the quintet of trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two slices of European avant work – both recorded as part of the excellent Swiss Radio Days series! First up is a very extended piece by trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recorded in 1972, at a time when he was really at the height of his career, turning out some amazing records on MPS! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Manhattan Jazz Orchestra —
Get It On ... CD King (Japan), 1995. New Copy ...
The Manhattan Jazz Orchestra definitely get it on here – as the album's almost a return to some of the funkier 70s styles of group lead David Matthews! The performance is still all acoustic – in the manner of the gorup's other albums – but Matthews brings back that bounce at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful set from this mighty ensemble – a record that opens up immediately in a range of complex colors and tones, yet all with a quality that still manages to swing throughout! That balance is part of the real strengths of pianist/arranger David Matthews at this point in his career ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Manhattan Jazz Orchestra —
Moanin ... CD King (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
Pianist David Matthews expands his Manhattan Jazz Quintet to a full orchestra here – a very vibrant large ensemble that includes most of the members from the core combo, but really expands the sound with a flourish of trumpets and trombones! The added brass is never used in a hokey way at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pianist David Matthews first got his start writing arrangements for the James Brown band of the late 60s – but over the years, he turned into a hell of a jazz arranger too – as you'll hear on this smoking large ensemble set from 1993! The record's got a special vibe right from the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Manhattan Jazz Quintet —
Caravan ... CD King (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
A real cooker from David Matthews and his Manhattan Jazz Quintet – a set that burst with the dynamic energy that Dave brought to some of his larger ensemble work, but which only features five players in the mix! The horns of Lew Soloff on trumpet and George Young on tenor are especially ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not a funky strut in the manner of David Matthews' 70s work for CTI/Kudu Records – but a set that has the pianist bringing a really old school, soul jazz approach to the session – almost trying to go for the 60s modes of players like Horace Silver or Bobby Timmons! As with other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first of many great albums from the Manhattan Jazz Quintet – a great acoustic combo led by pianist David Matthews, after some initial 80s years experimenting with fusion! Matthews' acoustic strengths are a wonderful surprise – both on his piano solos, and in his ability to lead ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Manhattan Jazz Quintet play live at Tokyo's legendary Pit Inn – a great venue for the group, given their strong support from the Japanese market in the 80s! The group's right at home here – working in that wonderfully dynamic style that draws strongly from the bass of Eddie Gomez ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Manhattan Jazz Quintet play the music of Blue Note Records – but they also get some fresh tunes of their own from leader David Matthews – whose writing at this point is really at the top of his game! Core Blue Note tunes include Bud Powell's "Cleopatra's Dream", Woody ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Manhattan Jazz Quintet play live in Tokyo – quite a good fit, given that most of their albums of the time were originally produced just for the Japanese market! The group's at their rock-solid best – with rhythms that are complex, yet always right on the money – thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The "voice" here is great – a strong assemblage of the trumpet of Lew Soloff, tenor of George Young, piano of David Matthews, bass of Charnett Moffett, and drums of Victor Lewis! Lewis is an especially nice addition to the mix – a fresh Manhattan Jazz Quintet drummer for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Manhattan Jazz Quintet —
Take Five ... CD King (Japan), 1996. New Copy ...
A really unusual session for the Manhattan Jazz Quintet – a live date from Tokyo that has the core combo working with some larger orchestral backings from the Century Orchestra – whose added strings shade things in nicely, before the musicians of the group open up and do their thing! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A black tie affair, but a set that's still got all the great vocal touches of The Manhattans firmly in place – thanks to careful Chicago production from Leo Graham and arranger James Mack! The set's smooth, but never in a sloppily commercial way – and instead, the pair find a way to ... (Soul) read moreCD
A real classic from The Manhattans – and just the kind of record to show why the group stayed so great after all the years! The ballads are wonderful – arguably even better than the group's indie label days – with a depth of feeling, fullness of harmonies, and magical balance ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stone classic from The Manhattans – still going strong long into the 70s with a classic harmony approach! The title tune sets the whole album up perfectly – and is the kind of a sad, slow ballad that the group was always perfect at – a number that grabs you with a compelling ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of great lost albums from The Manhattans – both from the early years, and presented here in a single package with bonus tracks too! First up is With These Hands – a real lost chapter in the career of The Manhattans – some wonderful harmony sides cut for the Deluxe label in ... (Soul) read moreCD
An early full-length set from the great Barry Mann – issued at a time when he was trying more to break as a singer, than in his later greater fame as a writer in a partnership with Cynthia Weil! Barry's got a surprisingly nice voice – especially when augmented here by great early 60s ... (Rock) read moreCD
An overlooked rocker from the early days of Sun Records – a singer who may not have hit the heights of Elvis Presley or Jerry Lee Lewis, but who definitely has an equal balance of Tennessee roots! Carl Mann's got a twang in his voice that would be right at home in country, but moves here in ... (Rock) read moreCD
Sweet funky 70s work from Herbie Mann – one of his best records of the time, and a set that's got a stretched-out and slightly cosmic feel! The album's clearly the brainchild of writer/arranger/producer Sylvester Levay – who also plays keyboards on the session, and creates a groove ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet little disco set from Herbie Mann – recorded in collaboration with the Fire Island soul vocal trio! The group's got a sound that's kind of compelling – not as sweet or smooth as some of the other disco trios of the time, and with an approach that almost has the voices moving in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lesser-known follow-up to Herbie Mann's first album of reggae-styled instrumental grooves – and one that's every bit as sweet as the first! Like that record, the approach here is one that has Mann working with Kingston-bred rhythms from a lineup that includes Winston Wright on organ, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's a great one for this album by alto saxophonist Sarah Manning – as she's got a very strong sense of harmony on the record, and mixes her reed lines wonderfully with the guitar of Jonathan Goldberger and viola of Eyvind Kang! Both musicians have these tones that come into contact ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Luca Mannutza Sound Six —
My Music ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2012. New Copy ...
Maybe the greatest album so far from this ultra-hip group – a sweet Italian combo with a strong ear for the best side of jazz in the 60s! The album's a cracker right from the start – full of life and soul, and delivered with the sort of depth we'd usually just expect from a vintage ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost bit of 70s fusion from the west coast – a group led by percussionist Manolo Badrena, with lots of nice Brazilian jazz touches! Many of the tracks have lyrics – soulful and sunny, somewhere in between late 70s work by Flora Purim and Seawind – and the overall groove is like ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful set from a tenorist we hardly know at all – but who's playing here in some great company – including Sam Yahel on Hammond, David Weiss on trumpet, and Adam Rogers on guitar! Most tunes are originals, and they're really well written – able to capture a good deal of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Warmly flowing sounds from bassist Michael Manring – one of the lesser-known talents of the Windham Hill scene of the 80s, but a great one too! Manring's got a way of letting his instrument flow out in these round, warm lines – a mode that seems to be a bit of an heir to a Gary Peacock ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
Beautiful work from pianist Guido Manusardi – a player who's best known for his work on the Italian scene, but who's heard here in a rare gem from Romania! The style of the work is quite similar to some of Guido's Italian work, but there's a nicely balanced feeling too – a sense of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully sensitive record from Italian piano legend Guido Manusardi – a record that still has a swing at all the right moments, but which also has these darker currents we especially love! The trio here really seems to follow Guido's lead – and sometimes the pianist is working ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great set of work from pianist Guido Manusardi – and a set with a real trans-European pedigree! Although Guido hails from Italy, the album was issued by a Romanian label during a time when Gudio was living in that nation – and it features material recorded in Sweden with bassist ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A groovy 60s soundtrack from the great Gianni Marchetti – one that nicely mixes together upbeat mod swingers and sexy laidback numbers! The core album is balanced between both – with core themes that ruminate nicely in the mellow spots, then burst out with a bit more dramatic action at ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Incredible work from Tania Maria – recorded in France right before her departure for bigger fame in the US! The set's got a fully jazzy feel that we really really love – one that has Tania's fluid vocals and soulful piano alongside backings that are expanded past her usual trio – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Fantastic early work from Tania Maria! This record is one of her first – and it's a beautiful batch of bossa and jazzy tracks, with larger orchestrations by Geraldo Vespar, and lots of nice organ and keyboard work. Maria's voice is very nice, and without the polish of later recordings ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Mark IV —
Mark IV ... CD Mercury/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ...
A group soul treasure from the 70s – and one with a very unique feel! The Mark IV are more of a southern soul group than some of the bigger east coast acts that were dominating the charts at the time – and they get some wonderful production here from Roy C, who keeps them in the same ... (Soul) read moreCD
A classic take on the "Batman" hit of the 60s – one that moves the tune from camp TV theme to sweet rock instrumental territory – in a manner that prefaces later takes on the tune by The Who and The Jam! The track may well be the biggest ever by The Marketts – and ... (Rock) read moreCD
The title track's a mighty big hit for The Marketts – and it's also a great way to describe the group's talent for pushing past their boundaries at the time! The sound is surf instrumental at the core – but really stretches out to space themes, soundtrack areas, and more – thanks ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Marketts take to wheels here – making the move to hot rod themes that so many other surf instrumental groups were doing at the time – yet also finding their own unique groove in the process! The Marketts always had more of an overall studio sound than some of the more live rock ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very rare gem from the late 50s – a smoking set that was cut for a very small label, but which is every bit as great from a musical perspective as it is from a collector's one as well! The whole thing cooks with the insensity of a Prestige date from the early 50s – very sharp hardbop ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An artist you might not know at all – but one you'll be digging plenty after hearing this wonderful set! Richard Marks is a guitarist and singer with a very funky, very gritty sound – really right up there with the best of the funky 45 underground of the time – which makes this ... (Soul) read moreCD
A never-issued live performance from Bob Marley – and a much-needed addition to his classic 70s catalog! The set captures Marley in his prime – working before an enthusiastic venue, but with a sound that's as sharp as any of his studio recordings – from the rhythms right on up to ... (Reggae) read moreCD
One of the bolder, more spiritual performances we've ever heard from Branford Marsalis – an extended reading of John Coltrane's legendary "A Love Supreme" – performed by a quartet that features Marsalis on tenor sax, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Jeff " ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jack Marshall & Shelly Manne —
Sounds! ... CD Capitol (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A sweet little set from mid 60s Capitol Records – a wonderful blend of jazz and percussion, handled by two of the most inventive musicians on the LA scene! Jack Marshall's probably best known for his excellent arrangements for the label on sets with singers – but here, he's playing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg —
JS Bach ... CD Adventure Music, 2015. New Copy ...
The music of Bach, given a wonderfully warm approach here – as performed in a set of duets between Caterina Lichtenberg on mandolin and Mike Marshall on mandocello! The album's got the acoustic beauty of some of Marshall's other excellent albums for the Adventure Music label – right ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
A wonderful live set from Mart'nalia – done at a level that really focuses on her raw, raspy vocals – and with backing that's pure classic samba all the way through! The set features guest work from Martinho Da Vila, who also handled the music direction as well – and the whole ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Early work from British vocalist Lena Martell – a full Decca album, plus a batch of rare singles as well! The Someone New set is amazing – recorded with jazzy backings from Johnny Keating, in ways that are quite different than other British girl singers of the time – much more ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
If you can forgive the title of this one, you'll find it to be a very groovy record! The album's a killer batch of funky instrumentals ("black sound") recorded in Italy in 1972 by Augusto Martelli ("white people") – and it's got the groove and swing of some of the best ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Very different work than usual for percussionist Billy Martin – a set of shorter, yet more complicated instrumental pieces – played both by Martin himself, and either by guests who perform alone, or in collaboration with Billy! The music carries many echoes of mid-century avant ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Luigi Martinale Trio —
Le Sue Ali ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2009. New Copy ...
A trio date, but one with a really fresh feel – kind of its own mix of lyrical energy and rhythmic pulse – in ways that remind us of some of our favorite French piano sessions of the past decade or two, but with some distinctly original touches as well! Luigi Martinale's got a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mindblowing work from the legendary Latin percussionist Sabu Martinez – some extremely heavy sides recorded overseas during his time on the Swedish scene in the 70s, some of which are appearing here for the first time ever! The groove here is amazing, and goes even further past Sabu's famous ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of the most unique sessions ever cut for Blue Note – an album of very rootsy Afro-Cuban jamming, led by percussionist Sabu Martinez – and a date that's even rawer and less jazz-based than some of the other percussion-heavy records for the label! The music on the album's comprised ... (Latin) read moreCD
A rare meeting between percussionist Sabu Martinez and reedman Sahib Shihab – both American players, but working here in a really unique European setting! The tracks are filled with great percussion from Sabu – that legendary groove he first laid down on Blue Note and Alegre albums ... (Latin) read moreCD
Later work from Pat Martino, but a set that shows that the guitarist has lost none of his fire over the years! The set's done with a relatively freewheeling sound – not free, but open, as Martino spirals out wonderfully with some very creative solo lines – often quite extended, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mid-70s classic from guitarist Pat Martino – a tightly jamming set that features Pat on synthesizer as well as guitar – working alongside keyboardist Delmar Brown, and some very heavy rhythms from bassist Mark Leonard and drummer Kenwood Dennard! The sound is often in that jamming ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Spacey electric work from guitarist Pat Martino – a record that seems to be as concerned with sound overall as it is with the jazz stylings of Martino's guitar – and we mean that in a good way! The older modes of Martino's 60s soul jazz work are very far gone by now – but in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Mascots have a bit of a Them-like look on the cover here – and while they definitely share some beat group similarities with that famous combo, they've also got a warmer, more harmonic style too! The record has a really great use of harmonies over simple jangle guitars – almost ... (Rock) read moreCD
An excellent bit of party funk – and a real precursor to musical party records of the 70s! Harmon Bethea is the "Mask Man", and he's working here with his Agents – a very popular live act at the time, with a mixture of raunchy grooves and blue humor, ala Doug Clark & The ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked soul trio from the 80s scene – the brothers Tre, Gary, and Tony Mason – coming together here in a masterpiece of 80s groove! The record's got all the right bounce, boogie, and keyboard elements to feel like an indie set from the start of the decade – a quality that ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of gems from this great 70s funk ensemble! The group may be named Mass Production, but on Welcome To Our World, their sound is anything but – a really special fusion of key instrumental talents and vocal elements – all brought together in one of the tightest ensemble funk ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mikio Masuda —
Corazon ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Keyboardist Mikio Masuda cut plenty of great fusion records in 70s Japan – but this set was recorded in the US, with some very soulful help from a great American lineup! David Matthews arranged the set, with a bit of a Kudu Records vibe – which means that Mikio's got lead solos on both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Yoshiyaki Masuo —
Masuo Live ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A mixture of tight fusion and sweet mellower moments from Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo – a smoking live session that features loads of work on Yamaha electric piano and organ as well! The group's got a style that's sometimes in the fast, sharp rock fusion mode that was big in the US ... (Jazz) read moreCD