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
A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set from the John Abercrombie Quartet – that late 70s group that seemed to find one of the best matches for John's unusual phrasing on the guitar – with round, warm work on bass from George Mraz, equally great piano from Richie Beirach, and drums from Peter Donald. The songs ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Abercrombie Quartet —
M ... LP ECM, 1981. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
With George Mraz on bass, Peter Donald on drums, and Richard Beirach on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a promo stamp.)
John Abercrombie —
Arcade ... LP ECM, 1978. Very Good+ ...
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 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 ...
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
The only full album from Johnny Ace – a key figure in the Memphis scene of the 50s, and one of the first great casualties of rock and roll! Johnny was one of the first singers to record for the legendary Duke label, and worked in a mode that helped transform the smoother style of the west ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Duke pressing. Cover has a split spine, surface wear, and a name in pen.)
2 excellent tracks of Chicago soul from Barbara's hard to find I Call It Trouble LP. Both tracks are great, with excellent Eugene Record production, and the kind of great songwriting that made Barbara one of the city's best talents! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
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
Cannonball Adderley's enroute to a great jazz legacy here – stepping out in a groove that begins to show some of the soul jazz modes he was forging at the end of the 50s – a great change from the straighter bop styles of his early years! The lineup here is a wonderful early expression ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing. Cover has some splitting and fraying at the spine and some sticky tape residue on back.)
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has an index label with clear tape on the spine.)
A really brilliant little record from Nat Adderley – one that shows him shaking off the groove gotten from brother Cannonball, and finding some great space all on his own! The setting here is tight and funky – at a level that's a bit more arranged than a small combo soul jazz session, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and an index label with clear tape on the spine.)
Nice hard swingin' quintet session, with a good late 60's groove. Nat Adderley borrows brother Cannonball's pianist Joe Zawinul, and Joe Henderson sits in on tenor. The set was recorded live, with the same sort of relaxed funky groove as the Cannonball live sets from the time. Cuts include " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear, bumped corner, and a small cutout hole.)
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 —
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
This is the Aesop album on MUSH records before he got signed to Def Jux. It is a piece of raw, dark, poetic artistry that describes his hometown of NYC and the trials and tribulations in it beautifully. This album is a little rougher and his lyrical style is just a little more advanced on his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(20th Year Anniversary pressed on 1 of 3 colored sleeves & custom color double vinyl – includes download!)
African Brothers Band International in Cote D'Ivoire —
Agatha ... LP Bertson Records (Nigeria), 1983. Very Good- ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, aging, clear tape holding the top seam, split bottom seam, and a stain at the bottom left corner.)
Incredible work from the obscure African Music Machine – a southern funk combo led by bassist Louis Villery – a legendary batch of funky singles, finally brought together as a full album! The band has a very unique sound that involves a lot of rolling bubbling basslines, spacey organ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Six different mixes of this meeting of two greats. Admittedly not as entirely dope as it could have been, but still as nice as a Soul Sonic Force records with backing by Doug Wimbish and Keith LeBlanc. Also, there's a few interludes with James Brown saying a few words about the record. 12-inch, Vinyl record