Nicer work than usual for Elmer – at least for this period – a sweet 70s score that mixes some groovy vocal numbers, upbeat action themes, and more standard orchestral tunes. There's a sense of space to the work that's quite nice – almost as if Bernstein had been taking tips from ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Elmer Bernstein serves up some of his most famous soundtrack themes – but in a style that's even more jazz-based than the original! The group here is a large one, filled with great west coast players – and Bernstein's tunes sparkle even more in this rich setting than they did in their ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare session recorded by Elmer Bernstein in tribute of Marlon Brando's key 50s appearances in film! The album is not so much a soundtrack, as it is a collection of tracks from Brando films – written by Franz Waxman, Leith Stevens, Miklos Rozsa, Dimitri Tiomkin, and others – all ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – US Dot pressing with deep groove, in a UK Contour cover.)
Elmer Bernstein/Vikki Carr —
Silencers ... CD RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1966. New Copy ...
The groovy groovy soundtrack to the first Matt Helm film – starring Dean Martin as a 60s master of intrigue! Elmer Bernstein handled the soundtrack with a really great approach – jazz, swinging, and with plenty of mod 60s bits – very much in some of the same territory as Lalo ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Peter Bernstein —
Let Loose ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy ...
Guitarist Peter Bernstein lets loose wonderfully here – opening up those ringing tones we love so much in his playing – chromatic hues that illuminate the record right from the start, given soulful underscoring from the trio of Gerald Clayton on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, and Bill ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The great second chapter of the career of Richard Berry – a west coast singer who first started out in a raw R&B mode, here making a bit of a shift to early soul styles – with plenty of help from producer Gary Paxton! The set brings together late 50s sides with The Pharoahs, all ... (Soul) read moreCD
Raunchy R&B from the great (and vastly underrated) Richard Berry! Berry was a key singer in the west coast scene of the 50s – with a style, sound, and raw sense of power that makes him as important a pre-soul figure as Johnny Guitar Watson and Larry Williams! The set's got 28 cuts in ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Cover has light wear and a gold promo stamp on the back.)
Adele Bertei, Lydia Lunch, John Lurie, & Others —
Vortex ... LP Neutral, Early 80s. Near Mint- ...
Groovy downtown score to this NY underground film from the early 80s – a great document of the scene at the time! John Lurie plays sax on a number of tracks, and other players include Scott & Beth B (who directed the film), Richard Edson, and Kristin Hoffman. Titles include "Sleaze& ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing music from Harry Bertoia – a sculptor, but one who was equally concerned with sound as he was with material structures! Most of Bertoia's objects were designed to be as musical as they were structural – often created of metal, and designed to create sound – either ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
A set of compositions penned by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos – sung by Maria Bethania in a warmly personal setting! The style here gets away from any of the too-romantic qualities that can sometimes mar presentation of the Carlos' brothers work – and instead, Bethania uses her innate ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of Maria Bethania's best albums of the 80s – a set that has the singer almost hitting a more personal, more intimate mode – working with music from Caetano Veloso that helps bring in a closeness that Bethania was sometimes missing in her sound! The approach is a bit jazzy at times ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of Maria Bethania's great collaborations with arranger Jaime Alem – an artist we loved as part of the team of Jaime & Nair back in the 70s, and who's really helping Bethania find some deeper space here in the middle years of her career! At a time when Maria had moved into some of the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
It's a long long way from Destiny's Child – as Beyonce comes on here with a righteous power she's never had before – much more message-oriented, and with larger agenda than the catchy pop of her youth! The album got quite a buzz before release, and definitely lives up to that promise ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade film!)
A concert performance – Live At The Theatre Boulogne Billancourt in Paris – with a great Mingus-inspired group that includes David Murray and Clifford Jordan on tenors, John Handy on alto, Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpets, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and Jaki Byard on piano! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the wildest albums by the funky conga player. The title track, "Lion Walk" runs through all of side one, and has a weird, tripped-out sloppy funk feel, with guitar and sax solos over Big Black's moody congas. Side two has three long songs, with a groove that's not as good, but ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The oddball early 80s debut of The Big Boys – a slice of weirdness from the Austin, TX underground that paved the way for stylistically sprawling 80s punk and hardcore to come! One thing that sets The Big Boys apart is the bass sound, which is way up there in the mix. As paired with ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Adventurous ATL hip hop veteran Big Boi teams up with NYC electro pop duo Phantogram as Big Grams! Big Boi has never lacked for creative ambition – his one time repuation as the straighter-laced half of Outkast sold him short back in the day – as he always had a incredible way of ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 90s classic by Big L! On "Ebonics", the idea sounds simple enough: an explanation of various New York slang – some current, some old school – but the way Big L put it together, with some nice punchlines and the high energy production, makes it work. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
A surprisingly great little soul record from Big Maybelle – done in a style that's quite different than her earlier sides for Savoy, but which still also shares the best elements of those records as well! Maybelle's voice is really incredible – with that strange tone and sadness that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label stereo pressing. Cover has some light peeling and partially split seams.)
The late 90s all caps CLASSIC by Big Pun – a precise rhyme spitter who, sadly, wouldn't live long enough drop follow up masterpiece in his lifetime, but will always have Capital Punishment. Pun was a big mean, but his flow his lean and precise, and while there's some brief throwaway moments, ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Big Pun's follow up to the huge hit "Not A Player", that similarly struck a chord with the streets, the radio, too! The flip "Twinz (Deep Cover 98)" features Fat Joe. Sharp tracks from the classic Capital Punishment that cut deep to this day. (Hip Hop) 7-inch, Vinyl record
The amazing first album from Big Star – a set that came out of nowhere, made hardly a ripple on the charts, yet went onto crash in big waves of sound for generations to come! The style here is unlike thing else before – hardly what you'd expect from the group's Memphis roots or Alex ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The early 90s reunion of the legendary, short-lived Big Star – with original Big Star heroes Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens joined by proud stylistic scions Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies! Honestly, this is a reunion done right – with the principal figures getting a way too ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bilal gets some amazing help this time around from super-hip producer Adrian Younge – who really helps the singer reinvent his sound! The album's got a funky depth we've never heard from Bilal before – lots of those old school, 70s-styled soundtrack funk touches that Younge's so great ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A fascinating look at this great American city – a powerhouse of production in the middle 20th Century, and one of the bigger urban quandaries in the years that followed – all captured with care and complexity by author Mark Binelli! The approach here is less lachrymose than you might ... (Books) read moreBook
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A modern-day spiritual jazz treasure – and some completely sublime work from contemporary tenor genius Nat Birchall! We've loved Nat since we heard his very first record a number of years ago – and he's only matured and matured over the years – to a point where an album like this ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly candid look at one of the most important musical couples of the 20th Century – Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – a duo who made some incredible sounds together in the French scene of the 60s and 70s – and who were equally important to larger French culture as well! ... (Books) read moreBook
Ali Birra —
Ammalele ... LP Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. Near Mint- ...
One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This is the kind of killer small group material that is making Chicago's avant scene jump with energy these days! The set features the soon-to-be legendary trombonist Jeb Bishop in a trio with heavy-duty bassist Kent Kessler and up-and-coming drummer Tim Mulvenna. The set's a no-nonsense batch of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really beautiful sounds from Sir Richard Bishop – a set recorded in the late 90s, but delivered with a feel that takes us back to late 60s albums by folks like Sandy Bull, John Fahey, or Peter Walker! Bishop plays a range of guitars – plus piano and harmonium, too – on these long- ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – first time on vinyl, and unique 3-sided pressing!)
Walter Bishop Jr —
Old Folks ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A lost little session from pianist Walter Bishop – one that has the pianist working at an all acoustic level, and in a trio format that's a bit different than his other 70s sessions – but still totally great! The group features wonderful work from Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hard-burning Afro Funk combo from Brazil – a group who play in a style that's definitely got the best of both worlds in the mix – still going strong on this excellent third album! The set's got way more going on than usual in the rhythms – enough straight qualities to link the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Franco Bixio —
A Pugni Nudi ... CD Cinevox/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A funky soundtrack for this film about fist fighting – scored by the great Franco Bixio with the same sense of punch and power he brought to his crime and cop scores! The music's got this great blend of strings and pulsating passages – a sense of drama that's never overdone, and which ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A funky soundtrack for this film about fist fighting – scored by the great Franco Bixio with the same sense of punch and power he brought to his crime and cop scores! The music's got this great blend of strings and pulsating passages – a sense of drama that's never overdone, and which ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous trio from the Italian soundtrack scene of the 70s – Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi, and Vince Tempera – all great talents on their own, but a real powerhouse of grooves when they got together on work like this! The Bixio-Fizzi-Tempera name always meant something extra-groovy ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solid hip hop soul by BJ The Chicago Kid – featuring support from a star-studded guest roster that includes Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Big Krit and more! It's fitting that BJ should get a high profile headlining effort of his own – on Motown, of all labels – after years of ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Debut ... LP One Little Indian, 1993. Very Good+ (reissue)...
Bill Black and his classic combo – but with a sound that's a lot more Stax Records than usual! The grooves are gritty right from the get-go – no surprise, given that the back cover notes begin with an anecdotal definition of funk – one that Black and his group clearly seem to ... (Soul) read moreCD