A sweet little album from Laurindo Almeida and his "Bossa Nova All Stars" – not a group of Brazilian musicians, and instead a hip set of LA players who really help make the set sparkle! There's a bit more jazz here than on some of Laurindo's other Capitol records of the time – ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent session of bossa groovers with a slightly classical tinge, played by Ray Brown on bass and Laurindo Almeida on guitar. The set's got a similar feel to some of Ray's other groovy work from the time – like his remake of Jobim's score to the Adventurers. Includes the great groover ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's definitely a bossa nova world when Laurinda Almeida's around – given that the player first got the whole sound going in the 50s, then returned the favor in the 60s with some great albums like this for Capitol Records! The set's a bright blend of LA jazz and bossa rhythms – played ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert —
Rise ... LP A&M, 1979. Very Good+ ...
A whole new level of genius for Herb Alpert – a record that's light years away from his earlier work with the Tijuana Brass, and which has the trumpeter stepping strongly into the world of smooth jazzy fusion! The title track here went platinum the minute it was released – and became ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert's going South Of The Border again in another marvelous set of modern mariachi tunes – taking that wonderful Tijuana Brass sound, and turning it towards a number of familiar hits of the day! There's equal parts 60s instrumental pop and Latin groove in the mix – and the ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing.)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
Warm ... LP A&M, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpety magic from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – a record that's known not only for its classic cover of a model dipped in whipped cream, but also for it's tremendously groovy groove! The Tijuana sound is very firmly in place by the time of this set – Mexican-inspired, but ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Epic, polyrhythmic instrumentals from Alto! – ambitious, hypnotic and danceable stuff, going way beyond what you might expect from Portland-based experimental/instrumental rock trio! They carry a world of influences, from West African and Ethiopian sources as much a European and American ones ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alva Noto —
Xerrox Vol 2 ... LP Raster Noton (Germany), 2009. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A rare American release by this group from Rhodesia – with lots of percussion alongside the vocals! (Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam.)
Amanda Ambrose —
Amanda ... LP Dunwich, 1967. Very Good ...
Early work by Amanda Ambrose – Chicago-based singer who sang in a variety of styles that approached work by folk/soul/jazz singers like Oscar Brown Jr. and Nina Simone. This rare Dunwich album was recorded live at Chicago's Mother Blues nightclub, and it features Ambrose running through ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Light sing-song vocals from this high-voiced Brazilian singer. Given the production style, we're at times kind of thinking she sounds like a Brazilian Kate Bush – but on other tracks she hits a vibe that's got more of a forro groove. Titles include "Agonia", "Flor Da ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warm wonderful work from America – keenly collaborating here with producer George Martin, who helps them take their already-great sound into a whole new dimension! Martin's got a wonderfully smooth touch on his studio work here – cool, compressed, and just right for the group's harmony ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique outing – a set that mixes the sweet harmonies of The Ames Brothers with wild backings from Esquivel! Most of the tracks are in Spanish, and have Esquivel doing a standard Latin sound, but which also approaches his own solo work in some of the more unusual moments! (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
The pairing of Gene Ammons' tenor and Brother Jack McDuff's organ was one of the biggest-selling duos to ever grace the Prestige Records catalog – and the best moments of that grouping are summed up here, in a late 60s "best of" that features 6 of the best tracks cut by the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jug's big and bad here in tone – and the style is nicely complicated at times – a bit more open-ended and electric than before, with a sound that's almost like the shift that Stanley Turrentine was making during his years at CTI! There's still a bit of the previous Prestige funk in the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Jug, playing in a laidback open-ended blowing session, with other strong Prestige players – like Coltrane, Jerome Richardson, Paul Quinichette, Art Taylor, and Mal Waldron, who always seems to be the driving force between most Prestige sides like this. The album has only 4 tracks, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some pen on back.)
A nice 2LP set that collects material recorded on January 3, 1958 – originally issued as 2 separate LPs, The Big Sound and Groove Blues, but collected here together in its entirety, along with a good set of notes! The album's classic Ammons, playing in a laidback open-ended blowing session, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
In "back", the title is pointing to the fact that Gene Ammons is back on the scene, after being released from 7 years of a tragic 15 year narcotics sentence in prison. The album marks a proud return for Jug – who'd not recorded since a very successful flurry of sides recorded in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jug's funkier albums from his time back out of the pen, and a tasty electric session with Billy Butler on guitar and Sonny Phillips on organ. Pretty Purdie plays drums, and he kicks it nice and lean on the great groover "Jungle Strut". The album also features a nice version of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks towards the end of Side 1.)
Dang! Poor Gene Ammons kept getting stuck with albums that had titles which referenced his prison time! Fortunately, the quality of this one's good enough to live past the stupid name – and the record has Gene blowing with a larger group of west coast soul jazz players, arranged by Bobby ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gene Ammons in a mighty nice setting – working here in an open-ended jam session style that brings all his best live energy into play at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder! The set's got a crackle that really goes beyond the earlier, shorter bop recordings from Ammons – and a bit more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam.)
Ahhhh . . . The Jam Session years of Gene Ammons! This album was one of a number that Jug cut for Prestige during the mid 50s, all excellent examples of how perfectly the label's "blowing session" style could work when it wanted to. The set takes Ammons' tenor, and groups it with an ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing in the Jazz Classics Series cover.)
Gene Ammons & Dodo Marmarosa —
Jug & Dodo ... LP Prestige, 1962/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
The first-ever issue of material recorded in Chicago in 1962 – a rare session by pianist Dodo Marmarosa, one that was to be his last on earth! Dodo's working with a trio that includes Sam Jones on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – in a sad, almost bluesy style that's a wonderful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These two tenor giants meet in the period slightly before Ammons death, and they're grouped with some of the younger funky players on Prestige, like Leon Spencer, Idris Muhammad, and George Freeman. The sound is fairly traditional, but there's some nice funky moments. Tracks include "Out Of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anacostia make the move to Tabu Records for this sweet second set – and they seem to have picked up more of a groove along the way! The same elements as before are firmly in place here – production by Charles Kipps, with supervision from Van McCoy – but the groove is a bit more ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet second set from 80s singer Carl Anderson – a date that's got poise, class, and a heck of a lot of soul! Although a mainstream effort, there's a nice sort of depth to the record – one that shows that Columbia wasn't pitching Anderson as much towards a crossover artist as they ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice and rarely seen trio side from under-recorded Chicago pianist Anderson. He plays here with Bill Lee and either Walter Perkins or Philly Joe Jones on drums, in a trio that made the core of the rhythm section on Frank Strozier's excellent Jazzland date, Long Night. The group is in fine form ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Jazzland pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edge wear.)
A great cooker from the glory days of Ernestine Anderson on Concord Records – a time when the singer was rediscovered, and revamped in a bit of a bluesy mode – reaching a wide new audience at the time! Her vocals really shine at this point in her career, as she lets loose with a bit ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice, nice 70s material by this oft-overlooked AACM member from Chicago, one of the few documents of hismind blowing playing from that era. Anderson's hefty tenor is captured live at the Moers festival of new jazz in a quartet setting with other great Chicago players like the equally underheard ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful record from a really wonderful time when it seemed like boundaries were really breaking down – not just between musical genres, but between different sides of the art spectrum as well! The record is partly experimental art, but has a crossover appeal to post-punk ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Margie Anderson —
Blues ... LP Spin O Rama, Late 50s. Very Good ...
Maurice Anderson might look a bit cheesy on the cover, but he plays some mighty nice steel guitar in a small combo setting – on a record issued on his own label, too! (Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear. Vinyl has a very short click in one spot, but the rest is great.)
Later work from Ernie Andrews – a singer we mostly know from his early 60s albums on Dot and Capitol – standout west coast jazz sets that marked Ernie as one of the real up-and-comers on that scene. The format here is a bit mellower than those records, but still pretty darn great ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ernie takes a hip trip from the west coast, and hooks up with the great Fuzzy Kane Trio – an extremely soulful outfit that flourished in the Baltimore scene of the late 60s, but only ever cut one other album on their own. Ernie's still in the pop soul vocal style of earlier albums – a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has wide masking tape on all seams and a name in marker. Labels have some marker.)
A great little set from Ernie Andrews – sounding quite different than on most of his other work! Although Ernie's best known as a jazz vocalist, he steps out here in a mode that's got a heck of a lot of 60s soul – working with arrangements by Shorty Rogers in a style that's got plenty ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from LA singer Ernie Andrews – much better known for his 60s sides, but sounding great here overall! Side one of the album's from a 1958 date arranged by Gerald Wiggins and featuring Eric Dolphy on alto sax – tunes done in a slightly bluesy ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure burning soul from The Animals – a nicely stripped-down set that revels in older R&B styles – cooked up with a version of the group that features Dave Rowberry on Hammond and lots of screaming vocals from Eric B! The original Animals vibe is opened up a bit more with some ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has some oxidation and plays with surface noise. Cover has a cutout hole and some splitting on the bottom seam.)
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 albums of the period – thanks to arrangements from Marty Paich, Quincy Jones, ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aorta ... LP Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A lost heavy rock classic from the Dunwich Production team – recorded in Michigan, but with extra orchestral backing in Chicago – for an approach that gives the record a slightly pop quality that tempers the harder rock sound nicely. The songs are actually pretty catchy, in a post-Summe ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson —
Dice Game ... LP Mello Music Group, 2012. Near Mint- 2LP ...
A tight duo outing from producer Apollo Brown and rhymer Guilty Simpson – and one of the stronger records either of those guys have been headlined! Dice Game didn't seem like much of a gamble, given -the top shelf, beat heavy funk and soul production aesthetic of Apollo Brown – and ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 70s vibes from Peter Appleyard – a player who sounds a lot hipper here than on his early work! Highlights include a slow funk take on "This Masquerade", the funky original "Who Needs It", the sweet easy "Moonlight Feels Right", and an upbeat take on "T ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aquarian Dream —
Fantasy ... LP Elektra, 1978. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch & some light staining.)
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mid 50s, and Louis is going back to his roots – playing a set of compositions by WC Handy – working with a small combo that includes Barrett Deems on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass, Trummy Young on trombone, and Barney Bigard on clarinet. Vocals are by Louis and Velma Middleton – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, light aging, and some pen on back.)
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam & some aging.)
Walter Zuber Armstrong & Steve Lacy —
Call Notes ... LP World Artists, 1979. Near Mint- ...
Side one features a duet between Armstrong and Lacy, recorded in Holland in 1979 – on "Call Notes" – which features Lacy on soprano sax, and Armstrong on soprano flute and Bolivian wood flute. Side two just features Armstrong – on "Lost Lagoon", on soprano ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cool countrypolitan Christmas songs from Eddy Arnold – his classic early 60s Christmas With Eddy Arnold album for RCA. It's wonderful, charismatic stuff with some of the best versions of the popular Christmas songs of the day, plus a couple of gems written or co-written by Eddy. Titles ... (Holiday Music) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing with green border. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Tightly arranged, but very swinging big band jazz tracks from Swedish leader Harry Arnold – best known for his American album with Quincy Jones – an arranger from whom he clearly seems to have taken a tip! The playing is tight and crisp, in the best Swedish mode of the 50s – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Atco pressing with deep groove. Cover has some pen on back.)
A lost fusion classic from the early 70s – one of the only records cut under the leadership of drummer Horacee Arnold, but a heck of a great little set with a soaringly righteous sound! The style here is plenty full-on, but a bit less rock-leaning than some of the other Columbia fusion of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some stickers.)
Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble —
Le-Le ... LP AJE, 1987. Near Mint- ...
Very cool Philly work from the 80s – played by a group who've got the same spiritual vibe as underground artists from the decade before! The combo features excellent vibes from Billy Lewis – plus Lamont King and Steve Murphy on saxes, Warren Oree on bass, Greg Jones on drums, and Ed ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A self-released album from Chicago funnyman Manuel Arrington – with long routines that include "That's My Van", "Black Bart", "Live From Bruno's", and "Live From Aire Crown". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes in a plain white sleeve.)
Art Ensemble Of Chicago —
Bap-Tizum ... LP Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ ...
A seminal moment for the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – one of their first albums for a widely-distributed label, and an exceptionally strong live performance that really gets to the core of the group's unique approach! The material was recorded at the Ann Arbor Festival in 1972 – and has ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small cutout notch.)
One of the few ECM sides recorded by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – easily some of the hippest work the label issued at the time, and a key way for the avant collective to get a bit of large audience exposure! The sound is still very much in the best AEC style here – and if anything, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album