One of the more unusual albums from trumpeter Jack Walrath – a mid 80s date with a hip French group, with a lineup that includes alto, two tenors, piano, guitar, bass, and drums! LP, Vinyl record album
We're not sure who the Junnu is here – but the legendary reedman Juhani Aaltonen is definitely the follower, supported here with work by three younger musicians who might qualify as his musical sons! Aaltonen is amazing – every bit as compelling as on his famous Finnish sides of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover looks a bit cheesy – like some sort of Star Search graphic – but the album's a rock-solid gem from the second decade of Nigerian funk – recorded in Lagos with a great boogie vibe, and a groove that's as heavy on keyboards as it is on riffing guitar and percussion! Peter ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Abercrombie —
Arcade ... LP ECM, 1978. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A record full of rich tones and cascadingly lyrical lines – and a set that features the wonderful pairing of John Abercrombie's guitar and the piano of Richie Beirach! Beirach seems to ground Abercrombie even more than usual – still letting John have those atmospheric qualities in his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice solo outing, with Abercrombie playing acoustic & electric guitars and electric mandolin. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stained corner and light wear.)
John Abercrombie —
Night ... LP ECM, 1984. Near Mint- ...
The airy tones of guitarist John Abercrombie find a bit of a different setting here – a slight change from some of his earlier ECM albums, but still with a relatively open vibe overall! Jan Hammer's in the group on keyboards, but sounds thankfully very different than his Miami Vice fame ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo stamp and hype sticker.)
A nicely varied live set from this trio of key ECM players of the 80s – captured here with the same sense of sound as some of their studio recordings – which must have been something amazing to hear in person! Abercrombie's still very chromatic at this point in his career – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A limited vinyl collection of work from the legendary Chicago pianist Muhal Richard Abrams – one of the founding members of the AACM, a hell of an improviser, and a musician who's also featured here with a focus on both his larger compositional vision, and some of his rare electronic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Abstract Orchestra —
Dilla ... LP ATA (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
There's nothing abstract here – as the set's a fantastically-focused tribute to the late Jay Dee – put together in a style that's mostly jazz, but which also has some great vocal touches too! The music's roots are in hip hop, but the presentation here is awash in strong work on saxes, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great take on the music of Madvillain – that famous collaboration between Madlib & MF Doom – served up here in a mostly instrumental mode that's heavy on funk and jazz! You'll definitely recognize the tunes in the set, but the presentation is very different – almost ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Barbara Acklin's first album – and a landmark of Chicago soul that firmly established Acklin as one of the city's best writers and new female singers! Acklin had a classy sound that was different than some of her raw soul sisters in the city – but although she was classy, she also didn' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed. Cover has a cutout hole. Shrinkwrap is a bit aged, with some small holes near the bottom seam.)
A group who really live up to their name, and work here in a very spacious, well-recorded mode – long, open tracks that feature lots of strong tenor work from Paul Plummer, alongside bass from Lou Lausche and drums from Ron Enyard! LP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous moment for the great George Adams as a leader – a record that won the reedman widespread attention after some key work in the bigger groups of Gil Evans and Charles Mingus! Adams is a searing, soulful player right from the start – stepping out strongly on tenor at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly confused album, but not without some nice moments! The set is one of a few that Adams recorded for the Horo label in Italy – and it features a quintet with Don Pullen on piano and keyboards, David Friesen on bass, Dannie Richmond on drums, and Afonso Vieira on percussion. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some unglueing at the bottom seam, in great shape otherwise with minimal aging.)
George Adams & Don Pullen —
More Funk ... LP Palcoscenico (Italy), 1979. Near Mint- ...
Nice long tracks – including "So Nice", "Devil Blues", and "Metamorphosis For Charles Mingus" – played by a quartet that features Adams on tenor and flute, Pullen on piano, Cameron Brown on bass, and Danny Richmond on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
A trashy cover, but a great little record – one that's filled with wonderfully sensitive sounds from the team of George Adams and Don Pullen – working here in some really relaxed, soulful territory! The album's got a laidback feel that's a nice change from some of the more cerebral ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner. Vinyl plays with a short click due to a pressing flaw on side 1, track 2.)
A really great setting for Pepper Adams – a rare European live date that has his baritone sax matched with the mighty talents of the George Arvanitas trio! Arvanitas' piano is always great, but we especially love the rhythm work here by bassist Jacky Samson and drummer Charles Saudrais ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is lightly bent at the spine.)
Ryan Adams —
Gold ... LP Lost Highway, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
A stone classic from Cannonball Adderley – and a pivotal set that has him continuing the live recording setting of some of his best 60s albums, while also stretching forward to some of the more inventive ideas of the latter part of the decade! David Axelrod produced, and the album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has split top and bottom seams, a cutout hole and a touch of marker.)
Pretty darn hip stuff – and with some great soloing by Cannonball! The record features Adderley's alto fronting a large group conducted by Ernie Wilkins, and featuring a host of hip players like Melba Liston, Oliver Nelson, Jerome Richardson, Ray Barretto, Sam Jones, and Wynton Kelly. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer productions pressing with deep groove and microphone logo. Cover has light wear.)
Cannonball Adderley with David Axelrod production – a combination that couldn't miss back in the 60s! In keeping with the success of the Mercy Mercy Mercy album done with Axelrod, Capitol did everything they could to catch Cannonball in a live setting – a great move, given the open, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost chapter in the Cannonball/David Axelrod story! The record features Cannon's classic quintet performing some longer, more serious works with orchestral backing – and the sound is vaguely similar to some of Axelrod's "high concept" work for Capitol. The record features ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that's right on target, right from the start – and one that has the young Cannonball Adderley really coming into his groove! The set's a lot more soul jazz-oriented than some of Cannon's records from a few years before – played by a rock-solid group that includes brother Nat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A real smoker from a young Nat Adderley – a session that has the leader on cornet, working in a tight hardbop combo with Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, Hank Jones on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! The tracks are all nicely sharp-edge – that soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear and aging, and promo sticker.)
Mod 60s all the way – as the film stars Michael York, Rita Tushingham, and Lynn Redgrave! The score is by John Addison, and actually more than half of the numbers are vocal ones – featuring the girls singing in series of whimsical tunes that are sort of a 60s take on the Merry Old ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some writing in pen on front & back. Labels have ink stamps.)
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Ajoo ... LP Makossa, 1983. Near Mint- ...
A nice set from King Sunny Ade, licensed to the Makossa label, but in the style of his African recordings, featuring a number of shorter compositions strung together into side-longsuites. Hypnotic guitar lines and gentle diatonic melodies float over propulsive percolating percussion, with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Check E ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Very Good- ...
A nice side of JuJu from the originator of the Afro-pop style, with layers of gently bubbling guitars and percussion underneath some sweet pentatonic melodies. 8 pieces in all on the African only release, including "Omo Se Koko", "O-Wo-Wo Obele", "Odun Titun" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and stains.)
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Synchro Series ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), Early 80s. Very Good- ...
12 tracks in all, with beats by Diamond D, Purple Penguin, Trackmasterz, Willie Gunz and ADOR himself. Includes "Forever Life Flow", "Animal 2000", "Treasures", "Superfly", "Retro Wreck", "It Getz No Ruffa", "Hey My Dawg" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The swaggering, hard grooving and hard rocking debut of Aerosmith! While "Dream On" gets as much or more rock radio play than any song should ever need, it's actually pretty easy to overlook just how good the rest of the record is. They may borrow the bluesy swagger of the Stones and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing in the larger group photo cover which has moderate ring and ede wear with some seam splitting.)
Excellent work from this totally sweet west coast Latin combo – a wonderful group who mixed Latin percussion with piano and vibes – in a manner that's similar to some of Cal Tjader's best Verve work of the 60s! Some tracks also make nice use of flute or alto sax – creating a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, a split top seam held with clear tape, an index label on the spine, with a light stain and a torn and missing portion from the top of the back panel.)
Featuring Johnny Heartsman. LP, Vinyl record album
Agitation Free —
Last ... LP Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy ...
The last album from the legendary early run of Agitation Free – and a set that definitely shows the group at the top of their game! The tracks are long, but never rambling – jamming, but never in a noodly way – and these guys really show why their contribution to German prog was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really fantastic music, with a sound that's as hip as the image on the cover – not jazz as we know it here in the US, but a wonderful hybrid of our own musical roots with elements of Sudanese music – all delivered with a very postmodern mish-mash of styles, and a sound that's unlike ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early 00s effort from Air – bravely moving towards a deeper, trippier sound! For 10,000 Hz Legend, they wisely don't try to replicate the comparably effervescent vibe of their late 90s classic Moon Safari. On some level, they're still working with some of moodier textures of their ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An essential session from the Threadgill/Hopkins/McCall trio from Chicago. The album features long compositions in the group's best tradition – and a good mix of out playing with more spiritual concepts, in a strong AACM tradition. Titles include "Chicago Breakdown", "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of their early classics, and still one of the greatest groups with roots in the Chicago AACM scene. Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall play modern experimental versions of compositions by Jelly Roll Morton and Scot Joplin – plus Threadgill's own "Paille Street". LP, Vinyl record album
A seminal 70s set from the legendary Air trio – and one of their only non-American dates from the early years! The album was originally a Japanese-only album, but it's easily one of the group's greatest of the decade – a sublime set that really has them working strongly in their AACM ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary AACM trio makes a memorable appearance at the 1978 Montreux jazz fest, captured live here by Novus. The trio of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall are at their best here – and the set features 3 great original compositins ("Suisse Air", "Let's All ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, a promo sticker, and a couple of small peeled spots on back along the spine.)
Classic AACM material from Chicago, strangely issued on Arista, but produced by Michael Cuscuna with all the care of a small-label session. The classic lineup of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall is firmly in place – and they band interacts with a sense of humor and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully spiritual set of duets between bassist Teemu Akerblom and saxophonist Mike Zenger – playing together here without any other instrumentation at all! Akerblom sets things up in a modal mode on most numbers – but mellower, without any piano or drums – and Zenger then ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure album from the big band of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – all original tracks written by Toshiko, performed by the band with a mix of modern, lyrical, and swinging styles. Features some great work by Bobby Shew and Gary Foster – and titles include "Elusive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An interesting turning point for this funky Nigerian group of the 70s – as the set's still got the chunky rhythms of previous efforts, but also shows a touch of influence from reggae on some of the grooves – as well as some very cool use of keyboard touches that give the whole thing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner from the Afro Funk scene of the 70s – and the kind of record that makes us realize just how much greatness there is to discover! Years back, we thought we'd heard all the good cuts from the sub-Saharan continent – but a record like this really makes us sit up and take new ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic little record – and one that's even better than you might expect from the title – which itself is already pretty darn fantastic! The set is upbeat and funky, but not entirely disco – more this very groovy blend of Mid-East elements and more familiar keyboards ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groovy rock gem from the late 60s by Alan Bown – The Alan Bown! LP from '69! The Alan Bown group was unique in that they were led by a trumpet player– Bown also plays flugelhorn and maracas on the set – with blue-eyed-soulful vocals by a young Robert Palmer! Really nice stuff ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from this very hip group – led by Alan Bown on trumpet, and featuring the great Jess Roden on vocals! Produced by Mike Hurst, and an overlooked gem from the early days. LP, Vinyl record album
Older standards, souped up nicely by Manny Albam – played by a group with Bob Brookmeyer and Eddie Bert on trombones, Ernie Royal and Joe Newman on trumpets, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Ted Sommer on bongos! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the many releases in the surprisingly successful semi-genre of "jazz meets West Side Story" albums that came out in the late 50s and early 60s. Albam actually does a pretty great job of opening up the jazzy changes in Bernstein's score, and it helps that he's got great ensemble ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album