A smoking funky set from early 70s Stax Records – the only album we've ever seen from Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers, and a stone cooker all the way through! The sound is hard and heavy on most numbers – with loads of funky 45-styled riffs – and the core group is a nicely ... (Soul) read moreCD
Samuel Jonathan Johnson —
My Music ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ...
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! ... (Soul) read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Sly Johnson —
Mic Buddah ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2015. New Copy ...
That's Sly Johnson – not Syl Johnson, the Chicago soul singer – but this Johnson's definitely got an approach that lives up to the classic soul style of the cover! The music's a wonderful mix of deep soul vocals and contemporary production that owes a fair bit to hip hop as well – ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The great Syl Johnson – doing his thing for Hi Records on a record that's more shiny diamond than it is rough – his second album for the label and a truly underappreciated gem from the Chi soul great! Diamond In The Rough is a much sweeter set of tunes than Syl's Chicago work on ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pre-Beach Boys gem from Bruce Johnston – and definitely the party promised in the title! We're not sure about the pajamas, though – because things are so romping, nobody's sure to get any sleep – as Johnston and crew cook things up with a great mix of garage and surf, and maybe ... (Rock) read moreCD
Darren Johnston/Fred Frith/Devin Hoff/Larry Ochs/C —
Reasons For Moving ... CD Not Two (Poland), 2005. Used Gatefold ...
A very unusual album from reedman Darius Jones – a special project dedicated to the legendary French vocalist Brigitte Fontaine, with vocals that definitely recall the singer at some of her most adventurous moments! Fontaine's no stranger to the racks at Dusty Groove – as we've loved ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Proof that Elvin Jones' time with John Coltrane gave him a great ear for a horn – as this set sparkles with some great contributions from Sonny Fortune, Nicholas Payton, and Delfeayo Marsalis! There's a laidback quality here that's different than some of Jones' earlier, more ripping albums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazingly great early material George recorded for Mercury – filled with great tunes that sometimes get lost amidst the reissue market, a very nicely done 2 CD set that contains a total of 48 tracks in all! The cuts are drawn from the period when George was still nursing his Hank Williams ... (Rock) read moreCD
Amazingly great early material George recorded for Mercury – filled with great tunes that sometimes get lost amidst the reissue market, a very nicely done 2 CD set that contains a total of 51 tracks in all! The cuts are drawn from the period when George was still nursing his Hank Williams ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Excellent early work from the legendary George Jones – easily one of the best singers to ever grace the field of country music, heard here at a seminal turning point when he was really starting to find his sound! The collection brings together early Mercury and United Artists recordings by ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A heavy heavy set from Gloria Jones – a record that features some killer Paul Riser arrangements that are right up there with the deepest Motown work of the early 70s! Jones' groove is always a bit different than most of her contemporaries – not the usual Motown bag, and really far-reac ... (Soul) read moreCD
A very cool concept for an album by pianist Hank Jones – and one with a sound that's a lot more classic than you might expect from the date of the set! The core rhythms come from a trio that includes Jones on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Dennis Mackrel on drums – and they're ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hank Jones at the height of his powers – working in an unusual trio with the great Isla Eckinger on bass – a well-rounded, soulfully-toned player who really helps make some magic on the set! Hank's talents are well-known, and very much in their best form here – but the slightly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hank Jones/Milt Hinton/Bobby Rosengarden —
Trio ... CD Chiaroscuro, 1977. Used ...
A later recording from Philly Joe Jones – but a great one too – a rare set recorded in France, with a super-hip lineup that really makes things cook! The group's got some really incredible horn work – both Charles Davis and Hal Singer on tenor, creating a double-edged sound that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Priscilla Coolidge Jones —
Flying ... CD Capricorn/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
A surprisingly soulful set from Priscilla Coolidge Jones – a record that's kind of a late 70s take on the sorts of modes she developed with Booker T at the start of the decade – which is no surprise, given that Booker produced the record, and also plays organ and keyboards throughout! ... (Rock) read moreCD
Quincy turns his soul jazz arranging style to a band filled with West Coast players, and he gets them to groove a lot more than you'd expect! Players include Herb Geller, Art Pepper, Charlie Mariano, Bill Perkins, and Walter Benton. The tracks are short, with tight solo space, and most of them ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An unreleased live performance from the Quincy Jones all-star group of 1961 – heard here on a famous European tour that also had the individual members really having a great influence on the scene overseas! The lineup here is something of a dream band – as the record features solos ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic Quincy Jones from the 60s – a pair of records that really show why his jazz skills were unlike anyone else! Quincy Jones Plays Hip Hits is a very groovy record that was done with a feel that's somewhere in between his Big Band Bossa album and his best 60s soundtrack work! The format ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hard swinging big band material from Sweden – a great little set that features the big band of Harry Arnold arranged by Quincy Jones! Quincy was spending a lot of time in Sweden during the mid 50s – bringing with him a host of great players that would soon become big names on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from soul singer Ronnie Jones – an artist who was born in the US, but cut all of this work in the swinging London scene of the 60s – where he was obviously a very big addition to the mod scene! Ronnie's got a voice that's capable of a great range when needed, but which can ... (Soul) read moreCD
The birth of a legend – documented here in a really wonderful package – a brilliant 2CD set that brings forth the first-ever recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – heard here on the debut nights of their very long run of Monday night performances at the Village ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing work, most of it not on CD – features the albums Consummation, Central Park North, Live At The Village Vanguard, Monday Night, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, and Presenting Thad Jones/Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra. Features unissued material, too! (Jazz) CD
The first album from Thelma Jones – and a real standout set from mid 70s Columbia! The record is a sweet blend of southern and modern soul, with some fantastic arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who also produced the set in a wonderful way that lets Jones retain the deeper qualities of her ... (Soul) read moreCD
Drummer Willie Jones has always given us great music in the past – but this time he seems to go even one better – working here with a killer group that features Eric Reed's piano and Buster Williams' bass in the core trio – which then expands through work from other players who ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joneses ... CD Epic/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ...
A killer for the Joneses – probably their strongest album all the way through, thanks to some great production and arrangements by Bobby Eli! This one's got the group taking the fragile harmony style of their earlier records, and filtering it through the Philly powerhouse groove to create a ... (Soul) read moreCD
The rare second album by the Jongo Trio – a fantastic bossa group who mixed together vocals and keyboards with stunning magic! The trio's approach is similar to that of the more famous Tamba Trio – in that the three members groove on keyboards, bass, and percussion – while also ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A very unusual album from Clifford Jordan – a session of shorter soul jazz numbers cut in the years between his earlier hardbop albums and his later, more righteous sounds of the 70s! The style here is straightforward and to the point – very much in the Atlantic soul jazz style of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pianist Duke Jordan takes on the groovy score to the French film Les Liasions Dangereuses – material best known via Art Blakey's original recording with tenorist Barney Wilen – but equally great here in Jordan's lesser-known version! The group here is excellent – with some of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful showcase for the soulful tenor talents of Kidd Jordan – a player with a style that takes us back to some of the richest, most expressive musicians of the loft jazz scene of the 70s! Jordan's got a way of spinning out a long, personal statement on his horn – one that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The sound of global soul in the 21st Century – and an amazing set from the soon-to-be legendary Seu Jorge! Jorge's possibly best known for his appearances in films over the past few years – like The Life Aquatic or City Of God – but take it from us, he's one of the greatest ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Bert Joris Quartet —
Magone ... CD Dreyfus (France), 2007. Used ...
Searing sounds from 50s rockabilly legend Benny Joy – a good deal of which were never issued at the time, and are presented here in the best Ace Records fashion! Benny was hardly a chart-topper in the late 50s – but in decades since, he's earned a strong reputation as one of the most ... (Rock) read moreCD
An amazing mix of jazzy vocals, sparkling production, and beautiful light guitar – the younger Joyce at her best – in a wonderfully uncluttered style that makes the record a treasure all the way through! Joyce sings and plays acoustic guitar – and gets these lightly jazzy ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the few Joyce albums ever issued in the US – a breezy outing from the end of the 80s, recorded with a bit more jazz than usual, and a number of English-language lyrics that were clearly intended to help break her into a wider market! Joyce is still very much in a comfortable setting ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Joyce & Kenny Werner —
Poesia ... CD Pirouet (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
One of the mellowest, moodiest albums we've ever heard from the lovely Joyce – a spare set of duets with pianist Kenny Werner, done in a style that definitely reflects the poetry promised in the title! The album's almost more of a jazz vocal setting than Joyce's usual bossa and more breezy ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Linaje ... CD Harmonia Mundi (France), 2003. Used ...
Amazing bossa jazz from Brazilian tenor saxophonist Juarez – a record that moves and grooves with an even harder edge than any American session of the type from the time – with lots of raw percussion that sounds really great next to the soulful tenor! The album's quite early in the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Killer funky reissue of this rare soundtrack by Don Julian & The Larks! You probably already know Don Julian's funky work from the Savage soundtrack, and this one's just as good – with even more cuts than the original, including a lot of tasty soul cuts and covers with a deep soulful ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet set of vocal group heaven from the young Don Julian – working here at the head of his Meadowlarks group – and turning out some very well-crafted doo wop sides from the late 50s LA scene! The material predates Don's stomping soul with The Larks in the 60s – and instead has ... (Soul) read moreCD
Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics —
Jaiyede Afro ... CD Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The first ever retrospective of Issa Juma & Super Wanyika Stars – excellent material from the heart of the early-to-mid 80s! The sound is a nice mix of delicacy and excitability, with a rhythmic interplay between the guitars especially wonderful. The percussion is lighter on this style ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Slicked up funk from Junie – not as crazy has his stoned-out albums on Westbound, but just as great overall! There's plenty of 80s bass pedal whomping in the mix, but production's nice and smooth, with some good doses of soul that keep the record from being a silly throwaway funk effort. ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of K-Def LPs – 2016's Unpredectible Gemini and the compilation Way It Was – together in a single set! Gemini is funk steeped instrumental hip hop – with an ear for and the skill to recreate not only the soul beat sound of classic, so called "golden era" hip hop, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A stunner of a record from trumpeter Goran Kajfes – an artist we've loved for years, but who really blows us away even more with this set! The first album with his Subtropic Arkestra was a real revelation – a bold step into funkier, more globally-conscious territory – but this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing sounds on an instrument we'd never heard before – the gyil, a version of the xylophone from Ghana, but one that operates with a very different sound than the more familiar western instrument! The gyil features wooden slats over a gourd, but with this really resonant quality that ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Some of the most organic electronics we've ever heard – all material pulled from the private archives of Ariel Kalma, and issued here for the first time ever! Kalma's a hell of a compelling artist – one who had both ties to the more serious world of European electronic composition in ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Good stuff (if you coulda found it) from Kansas City Jammers – their Got Good (If You Get It) album from the early 70s – plus a full unreleased album on disc two – a mix of harmony enriched folk rock of the Crosby, Stills Nash & Young school and more driving, if loosely ... (Rock) read moreCD