Killer grooves from this hip Japanese combo – one who comes from the same scene as the mighty Indigo Jam Unit, but with a slightly different groove! ASP have lots of heavy rhythms on the bottom – deeply soulful acoustic bass, snapping drums, and a great mix of piano, moog, and organ in ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
An excellent CD that brings together some hard to find tracks recorded by two of the few vocal groups to record for the legendary Stax label! The Astors recorded during the mid 60's, and their work has a sound that's similar to some of the classic Stax recordings during the Atlantic years, but ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful little record from bassist Lisle Atkinson – a player who really flourished strongly in the late 70s on sessions for other musicians, but hardly ever got to work out front as a leader! This set's got Lisle both plucking and bowing his bass – in a quartet that also features ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Albert Ayler —
Bells ... CD ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1965. Used ...
A seminal live set by a young Albert Ayler – an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that harly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing package – one that's almost as essential to Albert Ayler's catalog as his classic albums on ESP from the 60s! The 9CD set is filled with rare material from Ayler – early recordings from Scandinavia, a smattering of American sides from the mid 60s, later work in France from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second volume of Ayler's classic set at Slugs from 1966. Ayler's leading a quintet with brother Donald on trumpet, Michel Sampson on violin, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Ron Jackson on percussion. The music is open-ended & free flowing, but keeps coming back to themes from Ayler's classics ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Warm, wonderful, and incredibly far-reaching in scope – possibly the most ambitious record cut by Azymuth in recent years – a perfect blend of jazzy fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and some of the London broken beat culture that the group have come into contact with through their label, Far ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sublime recent work from Brazilian fusion trio Azymuth – a combo possibly known best in the US for their 80s recordings in California, but who sound even better here on this collection of tracks done in the past decade for London-based Far Out Recordings! Far Out has a respect of Azymuth's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ken Davis —
Echo Rock ... CD Eagle (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s/1999. Used ...
A richer, more complex soundtrack than you might expect for a spaghetti western – scored by maestro Luis Bacalov with some of the fuller qualities he'd bring to his more famous international work in later years! There's almost a sentimental quality to the record at points – these ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Luis Bacalov —
Rebus ... CD GDM (Italy), 1968. Used ...
An excellent mod soundtrack to this wild film from 1968, starring Ann Margret and Laurence Harvey, and featuring music by the Italian composer Luis Bacalov! Bacalov's work these days is pretty sedate – but back in the 60s, he could really come up with a groovy batch of tracks when he wanted ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Luiz Bacalov —
Django ... CD Rambling (Japan), 1966. Used ...
A dark little western soundtrack from Luis Bacalov – one that's quite brooding overall, despite a rather catchy vocal tune on the title! There's some very odd instrumentation here – watery piano lines, floating bits of guitar, off-tuned strings – all used at different intervals, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A fantastic reading of Bach's cello suites – some of the first, and still most important, music written for solo cello – performed here by one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century! The recording quality is superb – and Rostropovich does a good job of avoiding some of the ... (Classical) read moreCD
Essential compilation of Burt's original recordings for the Kapp label from the mid 60's. The production's got vocal choruses, large orchestrations, and lots of cool tinkly piano – and the groove is 100% Bacharach, with lesser-known versions of tracks that were bit hits for other pop stars. ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Burt Bacharach and Hal David's sole entry into the musical genre – a weird little musical that's based on the film The Apartment! The record's a lot less "Broadway" than you might think – and often handled with the same sly syncopated style of Bacharach's regular pop work ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A cool pairing of 2 different soundtracks – one by Pierre Bachelet and one by Stanley Myers, each to a film chapter of the kinky Story of O! Bachelet's score is the best – with a spacey quality, a dreamy rainy afternoon sound, nice touches of electronics, and a good mellow feel. ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The Bad Plus have cut down their groove a bit more on this set – going for a style that's even more introspective than before, but which also shows them expanding their horizons nicely! The group's lineup of bass, piano, and drums is played with a dynamism that recalls some of the acoustic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Note: This CD has expanded material that includes a "rootkit" from Sony that may install itself on your computer. Do not allow it to do so if you play the CD on a computer. Out of print.)
Some of the most soulful jazz ever recorded for Columbia Records – 3 albums worth of material from the combo of drummer Dave Bailey! Bailey's probably best known for his work in the Gerry Mulligan group, but for a brief time at the start of the 60s he stepped out as a leader – working ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Derek Bailey & Cyro Baptista —
Derek ... CD Amulet, 2006. Used ...
Killer work from the late 50's by Chet! Although Baker's trumpet playing in the early part of the decade became known as one of the trademark "cool" sounds of the west coast, he started to move towards a sound that was a lot more hardbop at the end of the decade – as you'll hear on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent work – and believe it or not, a great big band album led by Chet Baker! Although Chet's mostly best known for his work in small groups, he's really shining here as the leader of a large ensemble that includes a mix of "cool" west coast players on horns – Bud Shank, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cool moody work from Chet Baker – a very unusual set that has him blowing with a larger group than usual! The set's real star is Jack Montrose – the great west coast arranger who had a perfect talent for taking horns and locking them up tight to create a sound full of gloss and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic album of vocal tracks from Chet Baker – working here with a core group that features piano by Russ Freeman and flute by Bud Shank – plus additional arrangements on some tracks by the likes of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, and Frank Campo. The album's classic Chet all the way ... (Jazz) read moreCD
That's "Heath", not "health" – as you might think the title's misspelled – as in Jimmy Heath, who arranged most of the numbers on the set! Heath's contribution is a good one too – as it helps Baker create one of his most tightly-wrapped albums of the time, a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although the initial release of this music was a cheap attempt to cash in on the tragic fame of the late James Dean, this 1956 session was also one of the nicest big band dates to come out of the Pacific Jazz catalog of the 1950s! Chet Baker and Bud Shank are the featured soloists of the set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
Great sounds from percussionist Jeff Ballard – a nicely loose trio session that features loads of great work from Lionel Loueke on guitar and Miguel Zenon on alto sax! The record's got a style that's a bit more open and organic than some of Loueke's own recordings – and provided a very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tight bossa tracks from one of Brazil's best drummers! We've got to admit, we're not exactly sure when this one's from. Although the copyright date says 1993, we think that this stuff's from the 70s from the production sound – and has been repackaged in a dateless compilation by RCA. The ... (Brazil) read moreCD