A wonderfully hip comedy album from the early years of Albert Brooks – very much in the spirit of the LA Warner scene of which Brooks was a part! The album's set up as an "all format radio" record – and as such, also offers a great snapshot of mid 70s radio – with ... read moreCD
Ever wonder what happens when beatniks turn into hippies? They make albums like this one – a real treasure from the late 60s underground – and a set that showed the complete transformation of Allen Ginsberg at the time! The set's a real oddity – recorded after Ginsburg had hit ... read moreCD
One of the rare early albums on the Detroit based Tribe label, now made legendary by the compilations on Soul Jazz and P-Vine. Tenor player Wendell Harrison leads a group that includes Marcus Belgrave, Charles Eubanks, and Phil Ranelin, and which features occasional poetry by the "Black ... (Jazz, Comedy/Spoken)read moreCD
A fantastic mix of jazz and spoken word performance – delivered in a very righteous style that takes us back to the best vintage sides by artists like Wanda Robinson or Jayne Cortez! The words here are by Camae Ayewa – whose lyrics are as politically powerful as her presentation style ... (Jazz, Comedy/Spoken)read moreCD
Langston Hughes Project (Eric Mingus/David Amram/L —
Dream Keeper ... CD Avant/Mode, 2017. New Copy ...
A beautiful reworking of modes that were explored by Charles Mingus and Langston Hughes in the late 50s – the combination of Hughes urban poetic genius and the bold music of Charles Mingus! This time around, the Mingus is Eric Mingus – who brings wonderful life to the words of Langston ... (Jazz, Comedy/Spoken)read moreCD
A long-overdue collection of the really special, really unusual songs written and sung by Malvina Reynolds – one of the strangest talents to emerge from the 60s, partly because her age was in the same range as the decade! Reynolds had long been a force on the political left on the west coast ... (Folk/Country, Comedy/Spoken)read moreCD