A slightly more aggressive trio session than usual for Kenny Barron – still done with that round, warm tone on the keys that we love so much – but hitting the tracks with a stronger punch that's a bit unusual, and which might be the result of using Dave Holland and Daniel Humair as part ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The soundtrack that put John Barry over the top – and to many, THE James Bond soundtrack! The album chills from the first notes of the haunting title theme – the majestic "Goldfinger", sung by Shirley Bassey with a tone that's as dangerous as a razor-sharp hat spinning ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Early soul jazz brilliance from a young Gary Bartz – music that pre-dates his Ntu Troup, and his work with Larry Mizell! Libra is fantastic early work from Gary – and probably his rarest record ever! The album was cut at a time when the young Bartz was first coming to prominence in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Recent live material by Gary Bartz – and pretty darn nice! The tracks are performed by a quartet that includes Barney McAll on piano, Greg Bandy on drums, and Kenny Davis on bass – and the overall feel is similar to Bartz's early work as a leader on the albums Libra and Another Earth. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a gold promotional stamp.)
Gary Bartz —
Shadows ... CD Timeless (Netherlands), 1991. Used ...
The 90s were a really wonderful decade for reedman Gary Bartz – a time when he seemed to go back to basics, and find a way to open up whole new corners in his music! This album's a key illustration of that moment – as Bartz blows with a sense of darkly brooding power that we never ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothing basic about this album by Count Basie – as the album has the legend working for the MPS label – whose own big band scene he really helped inspire! The band here is really dynamic – working with great arrangements from Chico O'Farrill, who's inherent sense of groove really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer set from Count Basie – recorded during the height of his years at Roulette! The back cover of the record proclaims that "Basie Is Back Home" – clearly a bit by Birdland to lay claim to being the Count's home address, which is a bit of a challenge to his KC roots! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Basie was getting all over the place during the 50s – and this set's a great little concert recorded in London! The album's classic Basie for Verve – with Joe Williams on vocals on 3 tracks, and a tight group that includes Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Benny Powell, Matthew Gee, and Frank ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little set – despite our initial fears! We'll admit that we're the first ones to shy away from anything that says "Kansas City" in the title – as we expect a lot of hoke – but this album's a surprisingly great batch of tunes, original numbers written by Benny ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The group here's definitely a powerhouse – a tight quintet led by bassist Mickey Bass, and featuring strong horn work from Antonio Hart on alto and Craig Handy on tenor! The set's got a long-blown, searing quality that burns a lot more brightly than some of Bass' other recordings – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dois ... CD Soundway (UK), 2014. Used ...
The second album from Batida, and even more crackling than the first – bristling beats, bubbling electronics, and a strongly Brazilian undercurrent – all blended together in the best contemporary styles we've been hearing from the Soundway label of late! Vocals are by a shifting lineup ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Bobby Battle with David Murray —
Offering ... CD Mapleshade, 1993. Used ...
A killer soundtrack from Les Baxter – recorded right after his initial exotica run for Capitol Records, and done with some surprisingly jazzy touches as well! Baxter does a great job of mixing stark drama with some cool mellower moments here – really expanding his musical palette from ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
AThe game-changing Def Jam classic from the mid 80s – and still possibly the greatest album by the Beastie Boys – even though they'd grow up a whole lot after this! The Beasties later distanced themselves from much of the attitude of this album, and you can't fault the Boys for ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The Beatles at their late best – 1968's self-titled set, now immortalized as The White Album! The White Album capped offed a period of intense creativity for the band with a double that's as freewheeling as anything they'd ever release. It's got raw rockers with wry lyricism, tender ... (Rock) read moreCD
Quite different than the original US release of this classic soundtrack – as this UK lineup features a lot more songs – a side one's worth of gems from the film, and side two featuring additional new tracks from Lennon & McCartney! Movie tunes include "If I Fell", "Ha ... (Rock) read moreCD
17 trad tracks from Sidney – recorded for Blue Note during the years 1951 and 1953, and originally issued on 10" LPs. Players include Sidney De Paris, Pops Foster, Jonah Jones, and Jimmy Archey – and the CD features a number of alternate takes. Titles include "Black & ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. CD has a promo stamp. Barcode has a cutout mark.)
Greg Bendian's Interzone —
Myriad ... CD Atavistic, 2000. Used ...
Kind of reminds us of some of the New York noise from the early 80s – with Nels Cline proficiently jamming away on guitar, and Bendian playing vibes and "fuzz vibes" in tight choppy modal lines with the group's proggish rhythm. Titles include "Drive", "Sanctuary" ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing, punch through barcode.)
Bnegao & Seletores De Frequencia —
Sintoniza La ... CD Coqueiro Verde (Brazil), 2012. Used ...
A brilliant mix of live funk and lead MC work from Bnegao – and just the sort of unique criss-crossing of styles we'd never see up here in the US! The album's not really a hip hop record – despite the lead raps of Bnegao – and instead, it's kind of a funk record with spoken ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Great early rockers from Boyd Bennett – a collection of mid 50s tracks recorded for King Records, with a sound and style that's a bit different than you might imagine! Bennett will forever be remembered for the crossover classic "Seventeen", and lots of these titles share a similar ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great session by one of the most enigmatic players to ever record for the Bethlehem label! Bassist Max Bennett displays a wonderful ear for unique phrasing and compelling small combo leadership – working with a group that includes Carl Fontana on trombone, Charlie Mariano on alto, Nick ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jimmy Bennington —
Exotic Coda ... CD Creative Improvised Music Projects, 2011. Used ...
A sweet funky classic from George Benson – featuring dope arrangements by Pee Wee Ellis, all with a groovy Kudu-type sound! George is the main soloist – but the group is super-hip, with Harold Mabern on electric piano, Frank Foster on tenor, and a little bit of extra guitar from Earl ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very groovy work from guitarist George Benson – and a set that really helped him make the transition from small group soul jazz to some of his more ambitious work to come! The album's still quite soulful and a bit funky at times – but it also features larger arrangements from the great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet stepping soul from George Benson – a batch of tracks that wraps up his wonderful vocals and guitar with some great contemporary rhythms! The vibe here is nicely laidback – never too smooth, nor some of the more commercial territory that Benson was trying for a decade before ... (Jazz) read moreCD