Peggy's sweet as sugar, but working here with a heck of a lot of spice – thanks to arranger Benny Carter, who brings in a wonderfully jazzy feel to the set! The album's one of Peggy's best from her comeback years at Capitol – and a prime example of the syncopated, slinking mode of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Some of the most whimsical music ever penned by Michel Legrand – music for two animated films from the late 70s! First up is Legrand's excellent score for a Baron Munchausen film – handled with these surprisingly deep tones at times, yet still mixed with a sense of fable-like wonder, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the most wonderful soundtracks ever! Michel Legrand wrote the jazzy groovy score for this legendary French film from the mid 60s – and every word of dialogue in the film is sung throughout, making for a very cool, ever-changing array of vocal bits and jazzy styles. Embedded in here ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Not the out there primal scream of Plastic Ono, and more of an impeccably produced, easy to love landmark from John Lennon! The title track, beautiful as it is, is so heavily ingrained into rock & roll myth making machine that it's become too easy to overlook how great most of the songs on the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Les Amazones De Guinee —
Wamato ... CD Sterns (UK), 2008. Used ...
Les Amazones De Guinee are something of an institution in African music – a decades-old group who've spanned the continent with their progressively political message – yet this album's only the combo's second, and should give them much-needed exposure to a larger audience! The rhythms ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Great early work by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American jazz vocal groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross or The Hi Los – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A very fresh-voiced set from the Brooklyn scene – almost an early expression of the rich sounds we've come to expect lately from all the players involved! In addition to Daniel Levin's bass, the set also features Nate Wooley on trumpet, Matt Moran on vibes, and Joe Morris on double bass ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Daniel Levin Quartet —
Bacalhau ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2010. Used ...
Abstract and liberating quartet jazz led by cellist Daniel Levin – with a group that's worked together for the better part of a decade – at this point communicating in tense, challenging ways! It's a live set, recorded at Solao Brazil in June of 2009 and succeeds in a number of ways. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic lost album from one of the 60's most under-rated female singers – done in a style that's far hipper than Barbara's work for Atlantic! The set's got a vibe that's totally great – proud and righteous – stepping out in a mode that shakes off the sweetness of Barbara's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A classic meeting of east and west coast artists of the third stream jazz sphere of the late 50s – one that features the team of John Lewis and Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet working alongside the west coast tenor of Bill Perkins, plus the guitar of Jim Hall and drums of Chico ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet late 70s groover from Ramsey – not as all-out electric as some of his earlier work for Columbia, but done with some nice arrangements that have a full and soulful feel! There's a bit of Kalimba/Earth Wind & Fire soul to the mix – and some tracks have production by James ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson – two key soulful talents from the 60s, working together beautifully here in a mid 80s set! The album's almost more Randy's than it is Nancy's given that Lewis takes a few tunes instrumentally, working in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Lindberg & Hugh Ragin —
Team Work ... CD Cecma (Italy), 1980. Used ...
Both John Lindberg and Hugh Ragin are players who really seem to thrive best in an open, unstructured setting – which makes this album of spare duets a perfect outing for both of them! The tunes are always nicely thought out – open-ended, yet never just free for free's sake – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic batch of modal grooves from Charles Lloyd – recorded during the height of his mind-expanding years, with his famous quartet that included Keith Jarrett on piano and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The tracks are long and magical, done with that spiritual spiraling sound that Lloyd was ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Never-heard music from the great Charles Lloyd – two well-recorded live sets from the 60s, both with a very unusual group! The lineup has Lloyd on tenor, soprano, and flute, working with frequent partner Gabor Szabo on guitar – but the rest of the quartet also features Ron Carter on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album in 50s vocal jazz – spare, moody, and evocative tunes from Julie London – sung in a stripped-down setting that few other singers would dare at the time! The sound of the set is as sexy as the cover – intimate, personal, and breathily sung in a mode that comes ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Luis Lopes/Adam Lane/Igal Foni —
What Is When ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2009. Used Gatefold ...
Complicated musings from a trio that features guitar, bass, and drums – definitely improvised in most spots, with mostly a jazz feel overall – but also some of the more electric, guitar-driven elements you might have heard on the New York downtown scene of the mid 80s. Luis Lopes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lionel Loueke —
Gaia ... CD Blue Note, 2015. Used ...
Maybe the most dynamic record we've heard from guitarist Lionel Loueke so far – even though it's only a trio set, with less musicians than some of Lionel's other albums! The approach here is pretty fierce – heavy drums at most times from Ferenc Nemeth, and brooding bass from Massimo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of movie-themed albums from UK maestro Geoff Love! First up is Big Suspense Movie Themes – but don't think "suspense" – think cop or crime – as the tunes here come from a host of 60s and 70s action films, and often get nice and funky! Geoff Love manages to mix ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Sweet soundtrack grooves from Brit maestro Geoff Love – two late 70s albums back to back in a single package! First up is Star Wars & Other Space Themes – a set that has Love really cashing in on the sci-fi cinema boom of the mid 70s – leaping off with the lead theme to Star ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Unni Lovlid, Becaye Aw & Rolf-Erik Nystrom —
Seven Winds ... CD Helio (Norway), 2009. Used ...
Essential work from LTG Exchange – a seminal group in the early days of disco, one who blended together elements of funk, Latin, and uptempo soul, into a groove that was one of the hippest on the New York scene of the mid 70s. This album's one of the group's only full length LPs – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A killer set from the Chicago scene – beautifully issued here by Portugal's Clean Feed label, and featuring Jeb Bishop on trombone, Josh Berman on cornet, Jeff Albert on trombone, Keefe Jackson on tenor, and Jason Adasiewicz on vibes! The vibes really grab our ears right away – mixing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Previously-unreleased material from the 60s – some searing live sets that feature a trio with Pat Martino on guitar and Gene Ludwig on Hammond! Martino was already a well-known player at the time of these dates – with key work from the east coast club scene in organ combos, and a great ... (Jazz) read moreCD