(Cover has some wear with a peeled spot in the top left corner.)
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
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
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
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
(Green label pressing. Cover has moistures staining, peeling & flaking in the bottom left corner, with a partially removed tracklist sticker.)
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.)
Gene Ammons' last session – not as funky as earlier work for Prestige, but pretty nice at that! The group's got Gary Bartz on alto, Kenny Drew on piano, Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and Nat Adderley on cornet – and they groove together well, in the kind of soul jazz/modal ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real turning point in the career of Gene Ammons – a record that almost returns Ammons to his earthier roots, and in the process helps build up a whole new sound in soul jazz for the 60s! The "Jug" nickname in the title is kind of a joking way to help Ammons stand alongside "M ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Gene Ammons —
Sock! ... LP Prestige, 1965. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A striking title – and a strong set of grooves, even if the tracks were pulled from a variety of different sessions, and not recorded as a unified album. Jug plays tenor on all cuts – working in formats that range from a Mal Waldron led trio to larger honking groups with horn players ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)
Gene Ammons & Dexter Gordon —
Chase! ... LP Prestige, 1971. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Gritty live work from twin tenor giants Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon – recorded in an open-ended style that's a bit like some of Gordon's famous early work on the Central Avenue scene in LA, or Ammons' famous live "battles" with Sonny Stitt! The date was recorded in Chicago at the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some wear.)
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
One of the most widely-circulated albums from the second incarnation of Amon Duul – and one of the most striking as well! The set's got a bit more focus than some of their earlier efforts, but a sound that's still plenty darn trippy – with more carefully-constructed passages that bring ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and is bent a bit at the top.)
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
(Cover has a promo stamp, tracklist sticker, some wear and aging, and partially unglued bottom seam.)
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
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
An excellent Japanese-only collection – featuring rare Chess deep soul singles by both artists who recorded for the label in the 60s! Titles include "A Knife & A Fork", "Without A Woman", "I Wanna Be The Only One", "If That Don't Make You Cry", and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Margie Anderson —
Blues ... LP Spin O Rama, Late 50s. Very Good ...
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
(Original 70s pressing. Cover has light wear & a cutout notch.)
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
(US promo pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)
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
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
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)
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
A bit more pop than some of Steve Arrington's earlier work, but proof that Mr Slave could still come up with a groove when he wanted! The record's got a quirky approach that's almost in line with later versions of P-Funk – but Arrington's never as goofy, and mostly lets the gimmicks come out ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & promo stamp.)
Rey Arroyo Y Su Trio —
Entrega ... LP Ansonia, Early 60s. Very Good ...
A wonderful little set of post-folk rock – with lots of lovely baroque touches! Ars Nova were really a one-off group – known for only this rare gem, issued on Elektra in 1968 – but with a sound that perfectly summed up a generation! There's a wonderful LA late 60s sound here ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, with a name in marker on one side. Cover has an unglued bottom seam held with pieces of clear tape, edge wear, lightly bent corners, and a mark from sticker removal on front.)
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
One of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago's all-time classics! If you've ever bought an Art Ensemble album and said "Hmm, what's all the fuss about?", get this one. It'll change your mind. The band is in perfect form – and hits an incredible blend of free thinking modernism and soulful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really breakout moment for The Artistics – and the start of a really sublime run with the great Brunswick Records! The group had already broken a bit on Okeh a few years before – securing a top spot on the Chicago scene with their bouncy northern soul groove – a love of rhythm ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, with a split spine.)
Near-perfect work from Ashford & Simpson – really grooving in full powerhouse mode here, and never missing a beat! By all rights, the team should have run out of steam by this point, but the album's another winner from their sublime Warner years – caught in a unique space between ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Ashford & Simpson – with some modern soul groovers that are among the best they ever did! The album includes their original reading of "Top Of The Stairs", a great sexy soul duet that was later done by Collins & Collins – and it's also got a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)
One of the harder to find LPs by this fantastic pop harmony group from LA. You already know their hits from other LPs, but this one's got a bit more of a rock sound, and some excellent groovy production by Bones Howe. All of the tracks are originals, and they've got nice groovy themes, as you'll ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label Warner/Seven Arts pressing. Cover has a split top seam & some wear.)
A mid 80s classic from Atlantic Starr – at the height of their catchy commercial fame – bouncing along with rhythms that crossover nicely to the mainstream, yet still keep a bit of their previous funky edge intact! The groove here is almost in the style that Atlantic Starr inspired in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit funky, a bit progressive – and a choppy fusion session led by reed player Clive Stevens, who uses electric and acoustic tenor, and soprano sax on the session. Other players include Billy Cobham, John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner, and Steve Khan – and titles include "Nova ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and radio station notes on front & back.)
Soaring organ work from Brian Auger's Oblivion Express – and arguably the greatest album he ever cut with this post-Trinity group! The sound here is clean and lean – with Brian himself on a mix of organ, piano, and moog – really hitting a nice jazz funk mode that drops some of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Georgie Auld —
Homage ... LP Xanadu, 1959/1982. Very Good ...
This was originally recorded in 1959 and it was meant to be a homage to Benny Goodman and the guitarist who played with Goodman back then, Charlie Christian. Auld was asked to join the Goodman band back in 1940 where he worked closely with Christian. Auld plays tenor sax and is joined by Don ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lineup – with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, George Duke on keyboards, and even the Brecker Brothers too! Titles include "Baffled", "Intrepid Fox", "Bahama Mama", and "Home Stretch". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(In textured cover, with insert. Cover has light water wrinkling, and so does insert. Vinyl has a short click in one spot.)
Sweet 80s grooving from one of Salsoul's best acts of the post-disco years – a group with a groove that comes up right from the bottom, thanks to a great ear for a funky bassline! The sound is nice and lean – but all still mighty live, with a lot of spontaneous energy in the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
AWB's first for Atlantic – and a nice slice of funk that proves that they can mix it up with the best groups of the 70s! The record's got plenty of sweet electric keyboards over smooth funky basslines – and as the years go by, the band's white boy vocals don't sound nearly as bad as we ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Their classic double live set from the mid 70s, and as tight a batch of grooves as you'll find on their studio albums! In fact, this one might even be tighter, as it's got a good set of classic tracks performed live, with a sound that's a little bit more uptight and open than the studio ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime mid 70s work from The Average White Band – and a record that really has the group deepening their groove a bit – moving past the heavier funk of their roots, into some mellower grooves that are totally great! There's a great undercurrent of jazz in some of the playing here ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album