Ahmed Abdul-Malik —
Spellbound ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1964. New Copy ...
Sublime sounds from the always-amazing Ahmed Abdul-Malik – a jazz bassist at heart, but also a musician with a great ear for Eastern instrumentation as well! Ahmed cut a few key records at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – and this spellbinding set may well be one of his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Group – Live ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1986. New Copy ...
Vintage work from this overlooked group from the New York scene of the 80s – an all-star lineup that features Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Marion Brown on alto sax, Billy Bang on violin, Sirone and Fred Hopkins on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums! The tracks are long, and there's a loose, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A series of amazing recordings from one of Japan's most important avant jazz musicians of the 70s – reedman Kaoru Abe, who was able to go head to head with some of the most inventive, creative free jazz artists of the European scene – but all with a style that's uniquely his own! In a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A masterpiece of chromes and tones from the legendary John Abercrombie – an album that's a beautiful summation of all the special style he's brought to his guitar work over the years! That subtle shading that John had back at the start is still very firmly in place, but he group's also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This album's hardly a monologue – given that Aaron Abernathy's got some great help on the whole thing – from artists who include Phonte, Zo, and Deborah Bond – each of whom add a special slice of their talents to a tune! Yet undeniably, Aaron's the main man on the whole thing ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful, beautiful Chicago soul from one of the women who did it best – the always-amazing Barbara Acklin, a singer who managed to mix the raw and the smooth in a really unique way! The record's a mix of some sweet originals, plus covers that Barbara handles with her usual poise and class ... (Soul) read moreCD
George Adams & Don Pullen —
City Gates ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
George Adams and Don Pullen knock it out of the park on this one – finding great company in each other's presence, and really moving things forward in the process! The set begins with a long track titled "Mingus Metamorphosis", and that really sums up the spirit of the record ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jason Adasiewicz —
Spacer ... CD Delmark, 2011. New Copy ...
One of the most amazing players to ever pick up the vibes – an artist with the sort of boundless creativity that Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson brought to the instrument in the 60s! Jason Adasiewicz has an amazing ear for both sound and music – and manages to balance the two ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer work from the same sessions that gave the world Cannonball Adderley's classic Black Messiah album – live material from an extended stretch as the Troubadour club in LA – featuring a very righteous, freewheeling version of Cannonball's group! The lineup features some wonderful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two different 60s performances by Cannonball Adderley – both recorded in Amsterdam for the Concertgebouw jazz series! The first half of the album has Cannon working with a classic quintet – one of those groups that helped virtually invent the sound of soul jazz at the start of the 60s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nat Adderley's not actually busking in the subway – but instead playing a smoking little set at the Subway Nightclub in Cologne – working with an excellent group that includes Vincent Herring on alto sax, and some excellent rhythm work from the trio of Rob Bargad on piano, Walter Booker ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Shola Adisa-Farrar & The Florian Pellissier Quinte —
Lost Myself ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2016. New Copy ...
We already love the music of Florian Pellissier from his excellent albums on the Heavenly Sweetness label – but we're really over the moon with the group here as they work alongside American singer Shola Adisa Farrar! Shola hails from Oakland, but has a globe-spanning sound to her music that ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A wonderfully-done session of Latin jazz – played by a combo formed to pay tribute to the music of Cuban composer Emiliano Salvador! The group on the set is totally great – and features piano by Chuco Valdes, trombone by Juan Pablo Torres, tenor and flute from Juan Manuel, and congas ... (Latin) read moreCD
You might remember Tony Aiken for his classic funk album Unity, from the 70s – and here, he's back again – after nearly 40 years away from the studio! The album's got a style that's a lot more reggae-influenced than before – maybe not totally a reggae record, given the other ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Don't let the title fool you, because although the cover of the record says "Many Sides Of Toshiko", the album only features one – her great approach to bop-inflected trio material – recorded here in a classic Verve session with a distinct Bud Powell influence! Not that we're ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Compelling work from this European guitar talent – two albums on a single CD! On Tabernakel, guitarist Jan Akkerman bridges many worlds – deftly stepping between spare acoustic guitar modes and some much more dynamic electric ones – but all with a sense of care and vision that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by pianist Tony Aless – an unsung hero of the big band years, especially in the Woody Herman group – and a great arranger too! This set's an all-original outing – a suite of tracks dedicated to Long Island, and played by a very hip group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning sounds from the great Alessandro Alessandroni – an artist who contributed to countless Italian soundtracks in the 60s and 70s, and who sounds even more amazing here in this rare set of sound library funk! The album's all instrumental, and is overflowing with groovy little tracks ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
The music of Eric Alexander never fails to amaze us – and even though we own dozens of his albums from previous years, a record like this can make us sit up and take immediate notice all over again! Alexander's not just a great tenorist, he's also a great tunesmith – able to roll out ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stone classic from pianist Monty Alexander – a live date recorded for MPS in the mid 70s, and a set with even more fire than his studio sides for the label! The sound here is quite freewheeling at times – not funky, but in a very romping, gutbuckety mode that marks Alexander as a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
Monty Alexander —
Rass! ... CD MPS (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever cut by pianist Monty Alexander – a sweet Fender Rhodes session that's unlike most of his other work! There's a soulful, slinky groove to the whole set – a laidback approach to funk that's gotten the album sampled more than a few times over the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful work inspired by the tragic landscape of contemporary Iraq – music that's full of dark corners and melancholy passages performed by Rahim Alhaj on oud, with backing by a string quartet and a bit of percussion! The string quartet shapes the currents of most of the tunes, while the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Geri Allen – a set that features the musician both with her trio, and with a larger nonet that was put together as part of her winning the 1996 Jazzpar prize – as well as a set that features some great late work from trumpeter Johnny Coles! The first half of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lovely little Brazilian-styled set from tenorist Harry Allen – and one that features vocals and guitar from the wonderful Joyce! Almost all titles are originals by Antonio Carlos Jobim – as you'd guess from the title – but Allen's deep-voiced approach moves them into very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mose Allison is one of the coolest, grooviest singers ever to grace the face of jazz – a voice you'll recognize instantly, even if you don't know his name – and an artist who had a huge influence on the sound of the London scene in the 60s! Mose was mod before mod was a thing – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Classic work from one of the hippest jazz singers of all time – and a hell of a pianist too! Mose Allison began his recording career laying down piano on jazz sessions for Stan Getz and a few others – but here, he emerges as a fully-formed talent of his own – steeped in modes ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble —
It's Time ... CD Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. New Copy ...
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Beyond ... CD A&M, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ...
An incredible later record from Herb Alpert – working in a soulful funky fusion mode that really is well beyond the style that made him famous in the 60s! We love the easy breezy 60s sound of Herb & The Tijuana Brass too, but he really stepped up his game in exciting ways on records like ... (Soul) read moreCD
Herb Alpert seems to have lost his shirt on the way to the photo shoot for the album – but it looks like he's still got his trumpet to keep him warm! Joking aside, the album's a great one from the later Herb – one of those sets that has him turning his strong talent for a trumpet solo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really sweet riff on western soundtrack styles by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, though still in Herb's breezy 60s style – wonderful stuff, and a set that's a bit overlooked in his classic A&M canon! The way the bright and sunny Herb Alpert jazzy pop instrumental style melds so ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Bullish ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1984. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A funky little set from trumpeter Herb Alpert – part of that second chapter move into the soul fusion territory that was taken up by some of the younger generation – and which turned out to be a surprisingly nice fit for Herb! The Tijuana Brass is listed here on the cover, but there's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Summertime ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
Late 60s brilliance from the legendary Herb Alpert – one of a few key records that has him reinventing his style for a whole new generation! Herb name-checks Gil Evans, Miles Davis, and Ahmad Jamal in the notes – and he's definitely opening up the style of his arrangements here – ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Two top trumpet talents – coming together beautifully on this groovy late 70s set! Both Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela had a big rise to fame in the 60s – Herb, for his Tijuana Brass albums on A&M – and Hugh, for the way that he brought South African jazz currents to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Masterful live set by Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela – recorded at The Roxy in LA in 1978! Both their studio record from the same year and this massive live recording work incredibly well – as they're both geniuses at blending distinctive global influences – but they really cook in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
Warm ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ...
A fantastic record from the late 60s years of Herb Alpert – a time when the trumpeter was really opening up his sound, and starting to hit some of the same cool styles of his other great acts on the A&M label! Gone are the trademark Cali-Mex arrangements of the early Tijuana Brass ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Herb Alpert & The TJB —
Coney Island ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ...
Sweet mid 70s work from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – still at the height of their powers on Coney Island – rolling effortlessly between upbeat, jazzy numbers and more laidback and melodic ones! This one has a pretty big sound overall, all produced and arranged by Herb, who is ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A great showcase for the instrumental talents of Jamaican saxophonist Roland Alphonso – one of the key players who helped transform the sound of the scene in the 60s! But despite Roland's name on the front, the album's more of a group affair overall – directed by Boris Gardinier, and ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Altona ... CD RCA/Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A great album from a time when the German prog scene was getting a bit tighter than before – going for shorter tracks and more focused instrumentation – but all without losing any of the sharpness that first got them going! There's lots of jazzy changes at the core of the album – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Amazing work by a group that you've probably never heard of! The Ambassadors are an incredible Philly soul harmony group – of the sort that never made it out of the city in the pre-Philly International years, but who had a polish and quality that was every bit as great as bigger-name acts ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best records ever recorded by the Ambiance II Fusion Ensemble – a group led by sax player Daoud Abubakar Balewa – and grooving here in a mix of soul jazz and electric fusion that sounds pretty darn sweet overall! Daoud's got a pinched style to his reed work, creating a tone ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautifully subtle guitar work from Marcos Amorim – a musician who plays an electric instrument, but can often make it feel as if waves of sound are just cascading out gently into the air – more tone than attack on the strings, with this style that's deft, but very unassuming – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Amos Key —
First Key ... CD Interchord/Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A pretty sharp trio with incredible energy – a German prog group of the early 70s, but one who've got a hell of a lot of dexterity – so much so, they may well rival the greatness of big UK acts like ELP or Yes! The keyboards are all handled by Thomas Molin, who's got this ability to ... (Rock) read moreCD
An early 80s look at Latin jazz from David Amram – with a who's who of Latin jazz players and stellar jazz musicians of other realms – including Paquito D'Riveria, Candido, Machito & Machito Jr, Brazilian percussion guru Duduca Fonseca, David Fathead Newman, Jimmy Knepper, Pepper ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The complete recordings of a wonderful soul singer who never fully got her due – Detroit diva Carol Anderson, best known for a few tracks that broke big on the UK Northern scene – but finally presented here with the full scope of her work in one set! Carol had a great approach that was ... (Soul) read moreCD
Peter & Will Anderson with Ken Peplowski & Paquito —
Clarinet Summit ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Four clarinets working together wonderfully – not in some of the more experimental modes of such groups from the 80s, but in a hard-swinging style that's almost a "four brothers" approach to the instrument – thanks to some great rhythm at the core! The lineup features Peter ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Anderson Paak —
Malibu ... CD Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy ...
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – release months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Horace Andy's holding an acoustic guitar on the cover, but the record's got some searing electric lines in the mix – really bringing this sharp edge to the already-great rhythms behind Andy's famous vocals! Horace is one of the few cats who can sing in the higher end of the vocal register, ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie —
Tideline ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. New Copy ...
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
Paul Anka may be hiding his balding pate under a hat on the cover, but the album's got the singer being very open with his style – and hitting a great AOR mode for the 80s! Anka may have hit a few clunky spots in the 70s – but he's maturing nicely on this overlooked album from the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two great Ann Margret soundtracks back to back on a single CD! The Swinger is Ann-Margret at her grooviest – singing the super-groovy theme from The Swinger – perhaps her greatest film appearance ever! There's a mod bounce to the album that goes way way beyond any of Ann's other ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from those years when singer Ann-Margret first popped up on the American market – young, fresh, and sexy – and willing to do whatever it took to make her music stand out from the pack! Ann-Margret's got a vocal range that's maybe deeper than most of her ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An amazing bit of Brazilian funk – and the best album ever by this exciting soulful duo! The record's their first, and it's got a crackling intensity that you don't always find on their other albums – a groove that mixes hard samba with bass-heavy funk, with a sound that makes them one ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Richard D James has lost none of his touch over the years – still as stark and ear-grabbing as he was when we heard the first Aphex Twin release – at a level that really lives up to all the faith we've had in his music over the years! This EP is bubbling over with blips, beats, and ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A beautiful musical discovery that we'd somehow never managed to hear all these years – the debut of (and possibly only album by) Appaloosa, a group who mix together gentle folk and a bit of strings – in a mode that's strongly resonant with some of Tim Hardin or Tim Buckley's best work ... (Rock) read moreCD
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that ... (Soul) read moreCD
The only album we've ever seen by Hermes Aquino – a mid 70s singer/songwriter from Brazil, of the same post-bossa generation as Lo Borges and Milton Nascimento! Like those bigger names, Hermes works here in a style that's both personal and more wide-ranging – great songs helped along ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Way more than just essentials from this famous bubblegum pop group – as the 2CD set features a whopping 44 tracks in all, which may well be most of the music the group ever recorded! All the sounds are supervised by the mighty Don Kirshner – who first cooked up the idea of getting a ... (Rock) read moreCD
Fantastic electronics from a composer who worked famously at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in the 60s – one of the most important American sites for experimentation in an analogue mode! Both the center, and the music of Bulent Arel, follow in modes that are strongly resonant ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
A collection that gets at the full range of talents from Joan Armatrading during her famous years at A&M Records – a time when she took an older folk soul aesthetic, and gave it a whole new spin – with a voice that was one of the most distinct in pop at the time, and a style that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stone swingers from the great Harry Arnold – a host of previously-unissued numbers from the late 50s – a time when Arnold easily had one of the best bands going on the continent! Arnold recorded an album around the same stretch with Quincy Jones – and the Q's a great comparison ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Previously unissued material from the great Harry Arnold – excellent mid 60s big band sessions, as creative as they are hard-swinging! Arnold's group here is at the top of its form – working together with a rich array of tones and colors that show the best legacies of 50s modern jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Previously unissued work from Swedish bandleader Harry Arnold – and material that's a lot hipper than any of the sides he released in the US during the 50s and early 60s! There's a distinctly modern feel to these recordings, even though Arnold always manages to keep things swinging – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest pairings of American and Swedish players of the 50s happened under the guidance of bandleader Harry Arnold – the top Swedish jazz orchestra leader of the time, and an artist who also managed to get a few American releases at the time! The tracks on this set are pulled ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dayme Arocena —
Cubafonia ... CD Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
The deepest work we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer we first discovered in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, but one who's really gone onto find her own strong musical paths in recent years! This set has Dayme working with Dexter Story on production – and ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
"Fantastic" is right – because Dorothy Ashby is one of the coolest, grooviest people to ever lay her fingers on a harp – and just about one of the few who've ever found a way to use the instrument in a jazz-based setting! This mid 60s date is a pivotal one for Ashby – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of cool British TV soundtracks – both of which feature an action jazz style to rival the best early work of Henry Mancini for the television screen! First up is lost spy soundtrack work from the British composer Edwin Astley – best known for his work on The Saint and Danger Man, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful collection of work that features from Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – an artist you might know from his music on a variety of projects from spiritual jazz maestro Carlos Nino – and one who continues that collaborative spirit here with a surprising range of different artists! ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A totally wonderful collection – even better than the first volume, and filled with rare and unusual work from this legendary British keyboardist! The set features loads of gems from Brian's early years – some mod piano rompers and heavy Hammond groovers – showing a very strong ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet blend of jazz and soul from Patti Austin – and a set that's a bit different than some other CTI albums of the 70s – given that it was recorded down south, at deep soul powerhouse Muscle Shoals! The sound is surprisingly rootsy on a few numbers – and warmly jazzy on others ... (Soul) read moreCD
Havana Candy, indeed – as singer Patti Austin's in her sweetest mode of the 70s – stepping off of years of background vocals for others, and really emerging as a great soul star on her own! Patti got the chance to cut some soul singles back in her early days – but work like this ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of the hippest early jazz to come from Australia – and an major indication that something great was going on in the scene down under! The album's got a bright modern edge right from the start – none of the hoke you'd guess from the title and cover image – and features ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pivotal moment in the development of Australian jazz – as a quintet featuring Don Burrows, the country's greatest reed player of the 60s and 70s, got this rare chance to cut a record for a US label during an American tour! Even at a young age, Burrows is fantastic on a range of horns ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not the American Avengers punk group from the San Francisco scene of the late 70s – nor the UK television duo of Emma Peel and John Steed – but a totally great late 60s group from New Zealand, and one who've got a beautifully baroque sense of psych to their sound! The group have maybe ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the rawest records we've ever heard from saxophonist Teodross Avery – a set that's very stripped-down, and only just features his tenor alongside drums from Marvin Bugalu Smith! The open setting has Avery really stretching out, in ways we've never heard before – maybe starting ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most sweetly jazzy albums ever recorded by Kevin Ayers – a set that almost has him moving in the more progressive direction taken by Soft Machine after his departure! As on other solo Ayers albums, David Bedford had a strong hand in the arrangements – but his approach here ... (Rock) read moreCD
Fantastic music by one of the all-time greats – easily one of our favorite soul artists of the 70s, and a hell of a jazz musician too! The tracks here are all from Roy Ayers' landmark run at Polydor Records – a place where he turned his straight jazz sound of the 60s into a mix of ... (Soul) read moreCD
An oft-overlooked funky soul gem from the incredible Roy Ayers – taking turns with both uptempo material and more smoothed out soul sounds – all done with Roy's trademark jazzy approach to the dancefloor! No Stranger To Love is a sly, and often funky set that deserves to be mentioned ... (Soul) read moreCD
B Bumble & The Stingers —
Nut Rocker ... CD Rendezvous/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ...
Totally great sounds by a group who weren't really a group at all – just a name for an ongoing series of recordings on the LA scene of the early 60s – which resulted in the smoking instrumentals included on this set! There was no real "B Bumble & The Stingers" – but ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great early solo album from Wally Badarou – done before his bigger global records on Island, but at a point when he'd already had great work in the studio, helping out some of the key sessions on the Nassau scene at the end of the 70s! Wally's as much a singer as he is a keyboardist here ... (Soul) read moreCD
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front ... (Rock) read moreCD
Psychedelic folk-rock from the Turkish scene of the 70s – a real criss-crossing of styles, carried off with strong emotive effect by protest singer Selda! There's a powerful sound here that's completely without referent, but immediately gripping – a blend of familiar and strange ... (Rock) read moreCD
Tremendous work from trumpeter Benny Bailey – a musician who doesn't always get the chance to record as a leader, but one who always blows us away when he does! Benny in this setting is way different than in his work with bigger bands like the Clark/Boland Big Band, or the Quincy Jones ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A treasure trove of work from this overlooked southern soul singer – recordings that Sam Baker cut down in Nashville for the Sound Stage Seven label – all brought together here in one very comprehensive package! Sam's got a voice that's pitched slightly higher than some of his ... (Soul) read moreCD
Magnus Bakken with George Garzone —
Cycles ... CD AMP (Norway), 2016. New Copy ...
Brilliant twin saxophones here – the tenor of George Garzone, and tenor and soprano of leader Magnus Bakken – who really grabs our ears with his music on the set! The tunes are all originals penned and arranged by Mangus – and have this beautifully flowing vibe – angular ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
SLAG ... CD Aerophonic, 2017. New Copy ...
Not the kind of album you'd expect from a junk-like term of "slag" – as the trio here are fantastically sharp, and play with a sense of urgency that maybe makes the whole thing one of the boldest statements from any of the three musicians in years! Dave Rempis is brilliant on both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet later work from bossa jazz drummer Milton Banana – a set of tunes delivered as a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, but done very much in the spirit of Banana's best 70s work! The style here is a bit more expansive than Milton's harder-edged sets of the 60s – core trio work ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Bang ... CD Capitol/Svart (Finland), 1971. New Copy ...
Heavy rock from this tripped-out trio – a Miami combo that really jams it up with some fuzzed-out lead guitar, snapping drums, and heavy bass! The sound is lean, but at times there's a Bowie-like quality to the vocals – plus the same sort of heavy energy of The Man Who Sold The World ... (Rock) read moreCD
Bang have opened up their lineup a bit since their tight debut as a trio – but the core energy of their music is very firmly still in place – right down to the excellent sound they get recording down at the Criteria Studios in Miami! These guys are one of those groups that should have ... (Rock) read moreCD
Billy Bang has always been one of the most incredible players on his instrument – a jazz violinist who could take the strings into freely creative territory, yet also somehow manage to swing – a balance that nobody ever seemed to manage as well as Bang! And while Billy's work in groups ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Late Bar-Kays – when the group were getting the "rock" out of their grooves, hitting the bass a lot heavier than before, and opening up in that slicker funkier style of the late 70s. Given that the group had a big hand in defining the sound and style of mainstream funk in the years ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 killers from The Bar-Kays – a heavy funk spectacular all the way through! First up is Gotta Groove – amazing work from the new version of The Bar-Kays – a group who reformed to become a combo as heavy as any of the best funky groups from Detroit, LA, or New York at the time! ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first-ever full length collection of work by Memphis singer Barbara Brown – a vocalist who appeared both as a solo act, and with her sisters – on a variety of singles for labels like Cadet, Atlantic, Tower, and MGM in the late 60s and early 70s! Barbara's got a deep, rich voice ... (Soul) read moreCD