One of the most essential Can albums, and perhaps their best – have drums ever sounded better on a record? Ege Bamyasi features some of Jaki Liebezeit's greatest beats, from the shorter songs like the amazing "Vitamin C", "I'm So Green", and "Spoon", to the ... (Rock) read moreCD
An early classic from Can – the first recordings with Damo Suzuki, and kind of the start of Can's more hypnotic sounds! Soundtracks found the group working for, you guessed it, film projects, but it's still pretty much a Can album rather than passages of more ambient score type music. ... (Rock) read moreCD
Moody genius from Can – and one of greatest albums of its time! Tons of spooky spare atmosphere, vocals that go from a lull to a cathartic echoey shriek, and that rollicking and propulsive backbeat that makes Can a band for the ages. Not just a landmark in what was to be dubbed Krautrock ... (Rock) read moreCD
Dorothy Carless is a British singer by birth, but she's working here in an intimate and breathy style that's perfect for the mid 50s LA setting of the album! Backings are by the Barney Kessel trio – a group here that features not only some sensitive guitar from Barney, similar to his mode ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur —
Joy Of Being ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2016. Used ...
An improvising trio who've got a familiar structure, but a great sound of their own – as the lineup features Rafal Mazur on an acoustic bass guitar, which creates some very unique moments alongside the tenor of Francois Carrier and drums of Michel Lambert! Carrier's got this snakey sense of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur —
Oneness ... CD FMR, 2017. Used ...
2 rare moments in Benny's early career – documented nicely on this CD, with a flurry of tasty bonus tracks! The first 8 titles in the set feature Benny's raspy alto in the combo of pianist Arnold Ross – a pretty cool-sounding group that features guitar, bass, and drums next to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A key later album from alto saxophonist Benny Carter – one that has him at the helm of a largeish group, but playing with a nicely focused sort of groove! In addition to Benny's alto, the record also features tenor sax from Charlie Rouse and Coleman Hawkins, plus one more alto from Phil ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great example of why the Swingville label was such a great idea – a perfect setting for older players to have a chance to relax in the studio and really do their thing – hitting the sort of notes they might reach in a late-nite set at a club, without all the pressures to try for a ... (Jazz) 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 moreCD
One of Ron Carter's best from the 70s – a hip and subtle effort recorded for CTI, with a small group that includes Joe Henderson on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, and Billy Cobham on drums! Henderson's tenor work dominates the album, and the long tracks really let him snake around mightily ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from Ron Carter's Golden Striker trio – a group with a really unique sound that comes from the careful balance of Carter's bass, Mulgrew Miller's piano, and Russell Malone's guitar! All three players have just the right amount of individuality and maturity to work together ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Iconic early Cash at Sun Records – and while there is truth in the title, as it does indeed include a few of his trademak tunes, it'd be even more accurate to say it's the SOUND that made him famous – that perfect mix of his authoritative voice, unvarnished boom-chicka-boom backdrop ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the few key recordings issued by baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff before his untimely early death – a tremendous little record that really helped redefine the place of his instrument in jazz! The album is one of a number produced by Stan Kenton for Capitol at the time, but it's far ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great stuff – most likely the most hardbop oriented of all Paul Chambers' sessions for Blue Note, and a great little album that has the famous bassist fronting a group that includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums! Chambers' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print US Connoisseur Series pressing, not a CDr.)
Thanks to the resurgence in interest in post-disco noise funk – which has blossomed into wonderful reissues of the Z Records catalog and so much more – here's a great little CD overview of the best years of No Wave pioneer James Chance! James personified the NY No Wave movement with ... (Rock) read moreCD
A classic album of soul duets – and one of the deeper records cut by Betty during the 60s! The arrangements are by the great Marty Paich, and although there's some singers in the background, the overall sound is still pretty nice and soulful. Betty's high voice works well with Ray's raspy ... (Soul) read moreCD
More straight ahead than some of Charles' other work from the time – most of which is fairly modernist – but still a strong batch of tracks, and one that has a lot more edge than the work of Lionel Hampton, to whom it was recorded as a "salute". Teddy's on vibes throughout ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A richly complex album from vibist Teddy Charles – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and certainly one with the boldest sound! The groups here are filled with hip players – all working under Charles' direction in a set of tracks that shimmers with dark sounds and moody colors ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Chemical Brothers retreat from the mainstream club-pop landscape that fertilized their previous work, and the result is a much more lush, textured, and soulful record that finally earns them the cheers they've been receiving for years already! The hip hop beats and party bounce that made the ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Chemical Brothers still riding high at the end of the 90s! In some ways, Surrender scales back on bigger, more boisterous big beat vibe for slightly hipper dancefloor vibe – but there's really a ton of ambitiousness here. Just a glance at the guest appearances is clue of how wild the ride is ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Shinki Chen —
Shinki Chen ... CD World Psychedelia (South Korea), 1971. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Affair ... CD Tabu/Sony (Japan), 1988. Used ...
A Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis classic – and key proof that their pairing with singer Cherrelle was a mighty good thing! Cherrelle's got a voice that's perfect for the beat-heavy approach of the pair – light enough to dance around the rhythms, but bold enough with a presence all its own ... (Soul) read moreCD
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Much later than classic vintage for Chic, but still pretty darn great – and a record that was relatively overlooked at the time! The style here steps off strongly from the Chic sound of the early 80s – and the team of Edwards and Rodgers still definitely have their funky sense of ... (Soul) read moreCD