Sharp, no nonsense, tough independent hip hop from Detroit's Finale – his first record in a few years, and he's back with sense of urgency and a skillful flow! Produced by Oddisee, who brings hard-hitting beats and a loud, direct sound – as fine a foil for the rhymes as Finale could ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A beautiful full length set from Fingers Inc – one of the more important groups on the Chicago house underground of the 80s – and maybe one of the most fully developed, too! The set shows that keyboardist Larry Heard and crew really had a lot more to offer than just standard house ... (Soul) read moreCD
An amazing tribute to the genius of pianist Svein Finnerud – a package that features 6 full albums of music, plus a bonus DVD of live, TV, and radio performances and interviews! The music starts in 1968 – with Svein's groundbreaking self-titled trio record – a masterpiece of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maybe the best album ever from the Fire trio – a record that seems to have the group really finding a way to fit all their individual pieces together perfectly, and come up with a massively meaningful sound in the process! The group here really hit a new level – one that's hard to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Ritual ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Maybe the fullest, most ambitious project so far from the Fire Orchestra of reedman Mats Gustafsson – one that continues his strong legacy in avant jazz, but also reflects his deep understanding of other styles too – as the record weaves together vocal passages, noise, electronics, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best records ever cut by this soulful Philly female trio! The album's one of the first on Salsoul's Gold Mind subsidiary – and it features sparkling club production by the Harris/Baker/Young team – a landmark force not only in Philly disco, but 70s female soul as well – ... (Soul) read moreCD
The great debut from First Class – an east coast harmony group from the 70s, and one who work proudly here in some of the more uptempo styles of the time! Tracks here are often a bit extended, and filled with warmly clubby touches that are a nice All Platinum answer to the sound of Philly at ... (Soul) read moreCD
Clare Fischer with 2+2 Plus —
Free Fall ... CD Discovery (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful little record from pianist Jesse Fischer – and one that's got a much warmer sound than you'd expect from the piano key skeleton on the cover! Jesse's very well-schooled in different modes of souful expression – which means that he can create magic on an acoustic piano, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ella Fitzgerald way past the Songbooks – in a set of five different albums that display all the groovy talents she brought to her years at Verve Records! First up is Ella Swings Lightly – a record that has Ella getting some great jazzy backings from Marty Paich – on titles that ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A truly amazing package – 8 different Ella Fitzgerald Songbook albums for Verve – each packaged just like the original albums, including those that were double-LP sets, or even boxed sets! The whole thing comes in a handsome fabric-covered box, with a hardcover book – and each ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print! In beautiful shape – with original box, book, and everything!)
This is a 60s set that brings together the 2 volumes released separately. Among the 30 plus songs are "All Through The Night", "Anything Goes", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "I Love Paris", "Easy To Love", "You're The Top", "Let's Do ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Russ Garcia, and Frank DeVol! Titles include "Moonlight Becomes You", "Cheerful Little Earful", "You Make Me Feel So Young", "Like Young", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar". (Vocalists) CD
Two of the biggest singers who ever worked for Verve Records – captured perfectly at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Ella Fitzgerald steps out with a strong, lively groove on the first half of the set – swinging things with a looser, more upbeat quality than on some of her mellower ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Master Edition pressing. Digipack has a cutout hole.)
Classic duets between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – done in a sweet mode that only could have been handled by Verve in the 50s! Backings are in a nice small combo mode – with Armstrong on both trumpet and vocals – and Ella and Louis carry most of the set with their great ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(32-bit remastered edition – limited to 2000 copies!)
Dynamic gospel soul from the Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi – featuring tracks from 2 incredible Peacock LPs, tunes that were cut throughout the 50s and in 1964 – back to back on a great CD! The first 11 tracks of the CD features all of the numbers from the 1964 LP Father I Stretch My ... (Gospel) read moreCD
A long-overdue look at this much-neglected part of the 5 Royales career – material cut after their departure from King Records at the start of the 60s – just as the group's influence on soul was starting to take hold with a larger audience! The King sides by the 5 Royales are the stuff ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent collection of work by The 5 Royales – a 50s vocal group, but one who had a huge impact on soul music in the 60s! The Royales worked in a style that was harder-hitting and a bit more focused than some of their contemporaries – often using the voices in a very rhythmic way ... (Soul) read moreCD
Classic funky soul from Five Special – tightly crafted throughout, and clearly with an eye on the charts – but also the kind of work that plays nicely on the dancefloor too! The record's got a groove that fits in nicely with some of the lesser-remembered groovers on Elektra at the time ... (Soul) read moreCD
Killer work by this fab Chicago soul group – a bunch of young kids, ala The Jackson Five, with sweet soul sound that actually predates the work of Jermaine and Michael and Tito, and which paved the way for countless 70s groups to come! The Five Stairsteps were first discovered by Curtis ... (Soul) read moreCD
FJF (Ken Vandermark/Mats Gustafsson) —
Blow Horn ... CD Okka Disk, 1997. Used ...
Quartet session that brings together Swedish reed genius Mats Gustafsson with Chicago tenor giant Ken Vandermark, and adds in Chicago players Steve Hunt and Kent Kessler. Gustafsson and Vandermark are brilliant together – as testified by a recent successful tour of the U.S. this past winter ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print – and in a cool LP-style sleeve!)
Paul Flaherty/Greg Kelley/Chris Corsano —
Sannyasi ... CD Wet Paint, 2001. Used ...
Stormin 50s material by one of our favorite west coast 50s groups – the mighty Flairs, a key group in the pre-soul sound of R&B – and one that featured some stunning vocals by Cornel Gunter, Richard Berry, and Young Jessie Belvin! This well-done compilation is the best collection ... (Soul) read moreCD
Heavenly work by The Flamingos – material recorded in their amazing second period, when they took their already-great harmonies and forged them with a new sense of sound and sophistication! The approach is wonderful throughout – with these sublime backings from Sammy Lowe – who ... (Soul) read moreCD
Warm and lyrical solo piano work from Tommy Flanagan – a Japanese only session from the mid 70s, and one of the first of a long run of well-produced dates that Flanagan would do for that market! The format's even more intimate than the relaxed setting of some of Tommy's American dates of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hard rockin party soul from the legendary Flares – a sock-soul west coast group who flourished briefly in the early 60s! The group's classic "Foot Stompin" is one of the most recognizable (and most catchy!) tunes of its era – and it's packaged here in a 26 track set that ... (Soul) read moreCD
A riveting batch of tense, sly and stripped down string-laden jazz from the Norwegian scene – led by the thundering bass of Ingebrigt Haker Flaten – and one of the better releases in years from the ever-impressive Jazzland label! Flaten is familiar for collaborations with some of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bela Fleck/VM Bhatt/Jie Bing Chen —
Tabula Rasa ... CD Water Lily Acoustics, 1996. Used ...
Possibly the best ever from LA punk pioneers The Flesh Eaters – who were a vital piece of the nascent days of SoCal punk for around a half decade by this point in the early 80s, but were arguably just now hitting their strongest creative stride! They're a bit akin to X in the way they show ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wicked early 80s punk from The Flesh Eaters – with some fun nods to trash culture and B-movies the cover art, song titles and lyrical imagery – but it's also some of most slyly ambitious sounds from the west coast punk scene of the time! It's clear from the first track they're going for ... (Rock) read moreCD
Fletcher Henderson All Stars —
Big Reunion ... CD Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 50s. Used ...
A beautifully trippy album from the Danish scene of the late 60s – one that's as playful and psychedelic as you might guess from the cover! The tunes are all originals, and all sung in English – and have this great mix of jangle-pop and pop-psych elements that's totally great – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Avant garde aggro protest rock from the Henry Flynt archives – his 1966 blues & folk freak out I Don't Wanna with his group the Insurrections! It's a loose, aggressive and fairly wild outsider take on post protest folk and the outer fringes of small combo primitive rock – Flynt on ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Foetus Symphony Orchestra & Lydia Lunch —
York ... CD Thirsty Ear, 1997. Used ...
Nicely upbeat work from Celso Fonseca – an album that has him sparkling with even more confidence than before, all while hitting a nicely jazzy groove! The music here carries echoes of older samba and bossa roots – but the execution is quite contemporary – never bogged down in ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Slow Motion Bossa Nova certainly fits this one – a beautiful album of lush jazzy arrangements, done in the 60s style of artists like Roberto Menescal or Lalo Schifrin, but with added touches of soulful vocals by Celso Fonseca. The assemblage of musicians on the record is great – and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski —
Le Bonheur ... CD Saravah (France), 1975. New Copy ...
Perhaps one of the most hauntingly beautiful albums by the team of Brigitte Fontaine and Areski – although we'll admit that we love all of them almost equally well! If you haven't heard their records, we can't even begin to describe them – but let us just say that they feature fragile ... (French) read moreCD
Beautiful duets between Brigitte Fontaine and Areski – and an album that's filled with loads of short little tracks that stand with some of their greatest work ever! Instrumentation is spare, but incredibly haunting – a bit jazzy at times, slightly experimental at others – but ... (French) read moreCD
The deepest work yet from Foreign Exchange – and as hard as it is for us to believe, a record that unofficially kicks off the second decade of the one-time transatlantic partnership of Nicolay and Phonte – which has evolved into a bonafide indie soul supergroup with Zo!, Tamisha Waden ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The first-ever album from organist Chris Foreman as a leader – a Hammond hero who's been making great music for a number of years, and really steps out strongly here on his debut! The album's got a fresh approach from the usual organ jazz outing – in that Foreman plays solo on a number ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Michael Formanek/Tim Berne/Jeff Hirshfield —
Loose Cannon ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1992. Used ...
An excellent album that fits in nicely with Jimmy Forrest's early 60s sides for Prestige! The set was recorded in the company of one of Forrest's hometown talents from St Louis – the great Grant Green, who was quite young at the time – as well as with Harold Mabern on piano and Elvin ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Anat Fort Trio with Gianluigi Trovesi —
Birdwatching ... CD ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
The piano of Anat Fort gets some great accompaniment here – the alto clarinet of Gianluigi Trovesi, a player with some very sharp edges at times – and an approach to his instrument that seems to lock some of the moodier corners of Fort's music! The tracks seem to build in almost a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing. Booklet has a promo sticker. CD has a promo stamp.)
A host of great work by the Four Freshmen – key harmony quartet sides from the 50s, featuring one core album, plus a host of great singles! The music here captures the group at their best early point – working with heavenly vocals throughout – and impeccably modern arrangements ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the most beautiful albums to emerge out of the mid 90s drum n bass era of the London scene – a complicated set of grooves that recalls the glory days of the Chess/Cadet scene in Chicago, with touches of 70s keyboard funky jazz, Brazilian fusion, and all the expansiveness that the ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A stunning batch of tracks from a very unusual LA group of the early 70s – a funk combo at the core, but one that was also equally comfortable with bits of psych and redneck rock as well! The music here was all recorded within a short span of years, and mostly issued on the small Alpha label ... (Soul) read moreCD