(Cover has some light wear and a sticker in one corner.)
Aesop Rock —
Labor Days ... LP Def Jux/Block Block Chop, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Aesop's poetic genius shines like florescent lights in the basement – pessimistic, hopeful, and fierce, reflecting on the evil repetitiveness of day to day labor in the city of New York. Critically acclaimed from the get go, this one-time Def Jux release is now an indie hip-hop classic. 4 ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of great rock albums on the early 90s – bringing raw, complicated carnality to the angsty rock scene of the time, and a record that pretty much cemented the band's repututation! This 2014 special edition is a 3LPs, 180 gram vinyl box set – with loads of early demos! Comes with a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
African Music Machine —
Black Water Gold ... LP Soul Power, 1972/1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Incredible work from the obscure African Music Machine – a southern funk combo led by bassist Louis Villery – a legendary batch of funky singles, finally brought together as a full album! The band has a very unique sound that involves a lot of rolling bubbling basslines, spacey organ ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work by one of the grooviest groups on the LA 60s scene! The Afro Blues Quintet have a blend of soul jazz and Latin styles that's similar to the best 60s work by Cal Tjader, or to records by small combos like the Quartette Tres Bien or The Latin Jazz Quintet. Lots of grooves have a nice ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label promo! Cover has a small promo sticker in one corner, but is otherwise great.)
They're not kidding with the name of this group – because the set's a masterpiece of 70s Afro Funk – totally great all the way through! The combo has African origins, but they're recording here in London – which makes for a really wonderful criss-crossing of cultural modes – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A darker groove than usual from this hip European combo – a record that still has their commitment to global sounds at its core, but which also comes across with these great 70s electric modes too – almost echoes of Dark Magus Miles Davis and Sextant Herbie Hancock – thanks to ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set of spare percussion from this little-known group – a set that's recorded with a very raw, rootsy style – and no other adornment at all! The instrumentation on the set is very spare – nearly all percussion, and performed on claves, bata drums, and congas – plus ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as congolero Francisco Aguabella comes on hard, hitting strong throughout – and serving up a wicked blend of Latin, funk, and soul! The mid 70s set is a standout recording from Aguabella – done after he left the group Malo, and one ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Olli Ahvenlahti —
Poet ... LP Love/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Olli Ahvenlahti's a poet on the keys – one of the most soulful players in the 70s Finland scene, heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! The record's got a glowing grace that's really wonderful – part CTI-inspired electric fusion, without as much jamming as other European work ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the Chicago group of AACM fame, but a completely different Japanese combo from the 70s – a very cool outfit who are equally avant in their approach – and work together in a very spiritual blend of acoustic and electric sounds! The album features one long track, improvised in a very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second issue of this track, when MoWax picked it up and helped really put Air over as one of the leading lights of the new French beat movement. The original is a spacey, atmospheric trip hop classic, while notches the beat up a bit, but maintains the chill vibe, as does Cam, who drops a ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Air Pocket —
Fly On ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A warm and soulful set of fusion tracks – issued only in Japan, but recorded by a hip group from the US! Air Pocket features the Fowler Brothers – Walt, Bruce, Ed, and Steve – on trumpet, trombone, bass, and alto, respectively – plus drummer Chester Thompson, guitarist Mike ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a cutout hole. Booklet has a promo sticker.)
Free ... LP CTI, 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Airto's unique Brazilian fusion style meets the electric funky genius of CTI – and the result is a killer album of long tracks with a far-reaching jazzy groove! The album takes off a bit from Airto's work with Return To Forever – no surprise, since Chick Corea and Flora Purim are on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Airto's best albums ever – and one that we never tire of hearing! There's a sublime quality here that steps perfectly right off of the percussionist's groundbreaking work with Quarteto Novo! Airto's joined on this set by Hermeto Pascoal – also from the Quarteto Novo group ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacious and earthy fusion from Airto – a record that departs nicely from earlier work, yet still keeps all the best elements intact! Airto's percussion work is firmly at the core of the set – giving it a nice acoustic base to work from, while also adding in touches of electric guitar ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great bit of Brazilian jazz recorded by Airto, with Flora and Hermeto, for the Buddah label in 1971. Easily one of the greatest records he ever made, with perfect production, and just the right mix of Brazilian instrumentation and fusiony sounds. If you've ever heard one of his many weak albums ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another disc of pure West Indian ex-pat delights from the Pressure Drop imprint! Like the previous releases on te label, this set showcases Laurel Aitken, reissuing his excellent 1970 effort for the Pama label, and then loading the set down with a mountain of equally great bonus material! The ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Another lost, but great chapter in the career of Laurel Aitken, originally issued on the Pama label, but brought back to light by the excellent Pressure Drop imprint. Aitken teams up with female foil Girlie on most of the original LP's tracks, and gets a helping hand from trombone great Rico ... (Reggae) read moreCD
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest combos to hail from southeast Asia in the 70s – and a group who've gone onto become something of a legend in their homeland of Indonesia! AKA have a style that's plenty fuzzy, but also somewhat funky too – a hybrid of progressive modes of the period with the lead ... (Rock) read moreCD
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later gem from the Turkish scene of the 70s – one that's got a bit more funky touches than earlier Anatolian rock! There's still a fair bit of Eastern styles running through the mix, but most of the rhythms are really straightforward and use heavy basslines that really set the groove ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A really well-titled little record – as the sound here is quite unique, and often has the musicians creating these little bridges between each other's space! David Ake wrote all the tunes, and put them together with this angular, blocky sort of feel – lots of sound shapes at the core, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The lake effect here is a powerful one – a way of building up songs in these blocks of sound that relies heavily on the piano of David Ake, but also draws a lot from the well-crafted saxophone lines of Peter Epstein! Ake's approach is somewhat in the more contemporary school of jazz piano ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An obscure album from the big band of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – all original tracks written by Toshiko, performed by the band with a mix of modern, lyrical, and swinging styles. Features some great work by Bobby Shew and Gary Foster – and titles include "Elusive ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain and peeling on the bottom 1/3.)
A very different album than usual from Jan Akkerman – but in a really nice way! The album's not nearly as guitar-heavy and rock-leaning as some of Jan's other sets from the 70s – and has a bubbling sort of soul-based finish, one that's arranged by Akkerman with some help from Mike ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A late 70s live set from space jazz/jazz rock guitar guru Jan Akkerman – rolling from spacious, sparely haunting atmospherics to tighter, sax and keys punctuated fusion jams! This live set was his Atlantic followed up his self titled album, and it grooves in similar territory – not as ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Guitarist Jan Akkerman bridges many worlds here – deftly stepping between spare acoustic guitar modes and some much more dynamic electric ones – but all with a sense of care and vision that really makes the record come together! The set begins with a few themes from John Dowland, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kamuran Akkor —
Kamuran Akkor ... LP Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the coolest Turkish singers we've heard so far from the 70s – an artist who's maybe a bit more funky and a bit less fuzzy than some of her contemporaries – blessed with a heavenly vocal style that's often set to these very groovy arrangements! The language is beyond the reach of ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A creepy cover, but a surprisingly charming little record – one that has The Alan Bown jamming nicely with lead vocals from Gordon Neville! Mel Collins handles production this time around, and he brings in some of the more lyrical touches that you'd hear on some of his better-known projects ... (Rock) read moreCD
Alan Parsons Project —
Eve ... LP Arista, 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the earliest albums ever from Anna Maria Alberghetti – and a set that still really shows the singer's strong Italian roots! The style here is a mix of later vocal modes and earlier operatic ones – and Anna Maria definitely shows off her well-documented range throughout – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A double vinyl set of top-notch Alchemist beats – the third in his Rapper's Best Friend series of instrumentals! Includes "The Red Carpet", "Shut The F*** Up", "Get It Forever", "Black Cocaine", "The Myth", "Trap Door", "Give ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mid 80s work by Alcione – a mixture of samba tracks and mellower tunes, all sung with a good degree of soul. Titles include "Mocidade Independente", "Na Paz De Deus", "Garoto Maroto", "Fruto E Raz", "Bololo", "Mimoso", and "Jaca ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully bold session from trombonist Mats Aleklint – a player we don't know well at all, but who really steps out on this set as a leader for Moserobie Records! The sound is a bit looser than most of the recent work on the label – not entirely free, but nicely without any strong ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautifully bold session from trombonist Mats Aleklint – a player we don't know well at all, but who really steps out on this set as a leader for Moserobie Records! The sound is a bit looser than most of the recent work on the label – not entirely free, but nicely without any strong ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Demonic sounds, but surprisingly sweet as well – done with this easy-flowing style that's really wonderful – and much more similar to the seductive sound library work of Alessandro Alessandroni, than to some of the starker, darker horror of the time! There's definitely some spooky ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A fierce funky combo from 70s Poland – one who play with a fusion groove, but at a level that's a lot more soulful than most of the other groups on the Eastern European scene! Instead of jamming too much in a rockish mode, these guys really focus all the instruments around the rhythms – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet Chicago blues from Linsey Alexander – a relative newcomer to the Delmark label, but a musician who's been working the north side clubs for years – and has really honed his sound into a tight electric groove! The style here is tight, but never too slick – with some slight ... (Blues) read moreCD
Monty Alexander's first album – "presented by" Les McCann, and one that features McCann's core rhythm team of Victor Gaskin on bass and Paul Humphrey on drums. The tracks are short and uncomplicated, played in a soul jazz mode that's quite similar to McCann's albums from the same ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, a partially split top seam and a bumped corner.)
One of the few albums ever cut by this incredible tenor sax player – a wonderful talent that we only know from a handful of records – all of which we love! This date's got a bold sound that very much lives up to its cover, and Alexander's placement on Prestige's New Jazz label – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album from Lorez Alexanderia – one of her two excellent sessions for Impulse! The record was cut after Lorez recorded some great sides for the Argo label – and it works off the strength of those sides, taking her unique vocal approach, forged in R&B, but smoothed by ... (Vocalists) read moreCD