The Great Jazz Trio really stretch out here – taking each of the album's four songs at a mighty relaxed pace – which allows even more room than ever for the creative expression of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums! The cover's got a slick look that ... read moreCD
(Out of print, 2015 pressing from the East Wind Masters Collection – includes obi.)
2 lost soul jazz classic from the Atlantic catalog! Hank Crawford's Soul Clinic is one of the few albums we really like by him, and it features the soulful altoist playing in a group with David Fathead Newman and some other lesser-known players who are nice and soulful. The set's got some warm ... read moreCD
The MJQ always manage to sound especially great when working on music for film – and this album's a great illustration of that fact! The work here is written by John Lewis, for a movie that never lasted the test of time as much as the record – and it's some of John's most evocative ... read moreCD
Landmark work by one of the greatest jazz outfits of the early 60s! Art Farmer and Benny Golson were both known as well-composed players during the 50s – strongly soulful, but often with a fine sense of arrangement that usually tended towards the lyrical side of things. With this group, ... read moreCD
Warmly chromatic work from guitarist John Scofield – full of tones and textures that shift and shimmer about a soulful center – always as chromatic as you might guess from the album's cover and title! There's certain 80s elements in the instrumentation – especially the use of ... read moreCD
Rated O ... LP Jagjaguwar, 2009. Very Good+ 3LP Gatefold ...
Here's What's Happening offers up a take on the sound of the young, served up by easy instrumental maestro Floyd Cramer! The mix of modes is surprisingly great – as the flowing, echoey Cramer piano turns towards tunes from some of the hipper corners of the 60s – rock and pop bits that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jackie Brenston —
Rocket 88 ... LP Chess, Early 50s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the only full sets we've ever seen to document the great run of singles cut by Jackie Brenston in the early 50s – work initially done in Memphis, as a real precursor to that city's soul scene – and later cut also in Chicago, with a really hard-wailing approach! The set's titled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 90s Italian issue. Cover is lightly stained at the bottom 3 inches.)
An incredible document of a lost avant cinema classic – Bobby Beausoleil's lost soundtrack to the late Kenneth Anger film Luicfer Rising – presented here with a huge amount of bonus material! The music, like the film, is incredibly spooky stuff – long, moody guitar-based tracks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves, booklet, and posters. Box has a split in the bottom left corner.)
26 tracks from Clyde McPhatter's Atlantic albums Clyde and Love Ballads – a great mix of hard R&B numbers, and some mellower ballads that showcase Clyde's richly emotional style of singing, one that's on a par with his lead vocal work in The Drifters, and recorded here in a very similar ... read moreCD
2 classics from Hank's Atlantic years! Hank Crawford shows his roots with Ray Charles on True Blue, an album of short R&B tinged instrumentals with a deep gutbucket feel to them. He's backed by some larger groups that includes players like James Clay, Sonny Forriest, John Hunt, and Wilbur ... read moreCD
Rare early 70s material – recorded in Deep South studios in Baton Rouge, with help from Snooks Eaglin on guitar – and up at Ardent Studios in Memphis, with more guitar from Eaglin, and drums from Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste! CD
One of a number of strong mid 80s sessions from drummer Bobby Previte – and like the others, as much an exploration of space and sound as it is an expression of jazz-based ideals. The group on the set is well-suited for the project – and includes Marty Erlich on tenor, Wayne Horvitz on ... read moreCD
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in ... read moreCD
These two records for Atlantic represent some of the best Shorty Rogers work of the 50s! Unlike his RCA sessions, which could get a bit too formulaic, both of these are a bit more open-ended, with slightly longer tracks than usual, and with different groupings of west coast players (Jimmy Giuffre, ... read moreCD
2 of the best 60s albums by Brother Jack McDuff! Tobacco Road first appears to be just a bunch of jazz covers of standards and pop tracks – like "Tobacco Road", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "This Bitter Earth", and "Teardrops From My Eyes" – but Jack's ... read moreCD
A standout set from Shorty – tightly arranged numbers performed by a quartet that includes Jimmy Giuffre, Pete Jolly, Curtis Counce, and Shelly Manne – all working with Shorty in perfect west coast form! Despite the length of the tunes, the overall feel is similar to Rogers' excellent ... read moreCD
Featuring Dave McKenna on piano, Jake Hanna on drums,Cal Collins on guitar, Scott Hamilton on tenor sax, Phil Flanigan on bass, Warren Vache on coronet and Anli Sugano on vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest Cannonball Adderley albums from the Riverside years – a completely smoking live date recorded in San Francisco, often with long tracks that really let the group open up and do their thing! The lineup here is that classic one that first grabbed attention – the group ... read moreCD
One of Art Pepper's most classic sets for Contemporary – a record that puts him in the company of the Miles Davis rhythm section – Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano – who make up 3/5 of a quintet that also includes trumpeter Conte Candoli! The ... read moreCD
A great date in which Eddie Cleanhead Vinson sticks only to alto sax – and doesn't vocalize at all – reminding us once again that he's a hell of a jazz player when he wants to be! Vinson plays here in a small combo led by pianist Oscar Peterson, who sets up an easygoing groove in his ... read moreCD
2 albums recorded by Esther in the years before she broke into big fame on the Kudu label. Burnin is a stunning live set that marked Esther's move from being a loud young R&B singer into an older, more mature interpreter of material in a more jazzy style. She's backed here by a good group ... read moreCD
An early classic from the Chicago scene – spare, moody, and not nearly as house-thumping as you might think. Jamie's vocals are very light and almost muted, and the tune kind of sparkles with a dark European-influenced sound. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Still sealed, with some sticker remnants on front and some light seepage at the bottom. Cover has bent corners.)
A great little record that features Krupa in two modes – trio and sextet. The trio sides feature Teddy Napoleon on piano and Charlie Ventura on tenor and baritone on tracks that include "Stardust", "Perdido", "Drum Boogie", and "Fine's Idea" – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the cookingest funky compilations we've ever carried – a monster batch of 10 funky Hammond organ tracks, all pretty darn obscure! The set was done under the supervision of New York Funk 45 DJ Mr Fine Wine – and features a stunning batch of tunes that are all plenty darn hard to ... read moreCD
Early 60's album that repackages Rollins' classic Freedom Suite recording for Riverside. The record is exactly the same – and features Rollins on tenor, in a spare stripped-down trio that include Oscar Pettiford and Max Roach. His playing is amazing – especially on the extended "F ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kind of a dream combination in one little album – especially if you dig breezy bossa from the 60s! Back in 1966, Verve Records got the great idea of teaming up its (then) biggest Brazilian imports – vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley – both of whom were ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best pre-1960 sessions by Cecil Taylor, recorded in Boston in 1956, and originally issued on the totally rare Transition label in a very small pressing! Taylor's playing here with the great bassist Buell Neidlinger, one of his prime compaitriots in the early days, and the trio (with ... read moreCD
A huge collection of work from one of the greatest voices in the pre-soul years – 36 tracks, mostly Atlantic Records material – but also featuring some Mercury tracks, and a few unreleased numbers too! CD
(Out of print, includes slipcase.)
Frank Sinatra —
Ultimate Sinatra ... LP Universal, Late 30s/1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ...
A collection of 24 hits from Sinatra's years at Columbia, Capitol, and Reprise! LP, Vinyl record album
Features piano and direction from Rafael Ithier, and vocals from Charlie Aponte, Jerry Rivas, and Papo Rosario. Titles include "Juan Cabeza Dura", "Anos", "Prosigue", "La Loma Del Tamarindo", and "Camino De Amapolas". CD
Wilco continuing the looser, less self-consciously experimental, more straightforward songcraft road they'd been traveling on since Sky Blue Sky, after the art rock leaning previous few LPs – including the classic Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – but Wilco being Wilco, their version of straight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Dave Brubeck quartet captured at their peak in front of a packed audience at Carnegie Hall. Tracks include "Eleven Four", "St. Louis Blues", "For All We Know", "Castillian Drums", and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" – 12 tracks total. CD
The classic Hot Club lineup. Tracks include "Sheik Of Araby", "Oh Lady, Be Good", "Dinah", "Tiger Rag", "Swanee River", and "I've Had My Moments". CD
(Back cover of booklet has a spot of sticker residue.)
William Parker/Raining On The Moon —
Great Spirit ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2015. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Some of the most soulful music we've ever heard from bassist William Parker – a set that puts his mighty instrument to use at the core of a sextet who move with a sound that's perhaps a bit more straight ahead than some of Parker's usual music – but no less spiritual at all! The group's ... read moreCD
A nice, cooking bop side, led by Red Garland and featuring 'Trane at his late 50s best, when he was moving between playing with the top East coast talents of the day, and playing with a ferocity that betrayed the direction he'd later take when he got really out. Donald Byrd's also in the frontline ... read moreCD
(NOTE: this copy is missing the rear tray card and is priced accordingly.)
A bold early statement from a young John Coltrane – and an album that really has him expanding his talents as a tenor soloist! Coltrane's working here in open-ended quartet format – with backing from the Red Garland trio that includes Paul Chambers and Art Taylor – on a set of ... read moreCD
(Out of print 50th Anniversary edition with 20 bit K2 remastering.)
An excellent album from Roach – who's rising here from the ashes after the death of Clifford Brown, to work with a crack new group that would drive him onto a whole new range of styles. The quintet features an all-star lineup: Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Rollins on tenor, Ray Bryant on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not to be confused with the Indian classical musician. CD
Bebel Gilberto —
Momento ... CD Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees, 2007. Used ...
Bebel Gilberto's certainly one to keep her public waiting in the space between each new record – but she always makes the wait worthwhile by coming up with something new! The sound here is again something different than her previous two albums – somewhat electric, but also fairly ... read moreCD
Louie Belogenis with Sunny Murray & Michael Bisio —
Tiresias ... CD Porter, 2011. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Raw work from the trio of tenorist Louie Belogenis – done with a style that's almost like some of the classic ESP sessions from the 60s! Belogenis has this deep, raspy tone that's mighty nice – filled with soul and emotion – and very well-balanced between free-blown expressions ... read moreCD
Viola Wills Ashmun —
Space ... LP RVA, 1983. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
An obscure indie set from club diva Viola Wills – but a set that's got all the professional polish of early 80s soul from much bigger names! Wills isn't just going for disco on the set – as she also throws in a few catchy cuts that hit a midtempo range – tightly arranged by Viola ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and an index sticker in the top left corner.)
A nice straight batch of tracks from Pepper – and a record that we like more than some of the more "classic" ones on Contemporary! The album's got quite a strange title – Smack Up, a very strange choice, given Pepper's well-known experience as a junkie – and features ... read moreCD
Live Roxy Music, from a time when John Wetton was in the group on bass – with titles that include "Do The Strand", "Out Of The Blue", "The Bogus Man", "Both Ends Burning", "Chance Meeting", "If There Is Something", "In Every ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
A great chapter in the recent revival of Bill Dixon's career – and a set that's even more sophisticated than his Exploding Star Orchestra set! The sound here is bold and focused – hardly what you might expect from the "in search" in the title – a complicated array of ... read moreCD
One of the few recordings ever made by this obscure Chicago singer – with a few tracks that feature Billy Evans on piano! Titles include "Out Of This World", "My Time Of Day", "Lazy Afternoon", "It's All Right With Me", and "Because We're ... read moreCD
Tracks from Phyllis' years at Buddah and Arista – some of her finest work, and most of it an extremely unique blend of smooth jazz and modern R&B, done in a style that many tried to copy over the years. The tracks are produced by the likes of Skip Drinkwater, Mtume, and Chuck Jackson ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown —
Varmint ... CD Cuneiform, 2009. Used ...
The second album from Chicago vibist Jason Adasiewicz and his Rolldown group – giving us some of the best vibes-led jazz in years! The group features players from the Chicago scene that are truly at the forefront of an exciting wave of modern jazz in the city, and anywhere else on the planet ... read moreCD
Soaring and soulful work from the legendary John Coltrane – a tremendous live set that's one of his best early 60s albums! The groove is open and free – filled with pulsating modal rhythms, and handled with a slightly more relaxed feeling than some of Trane's studio work from the same ... read moreCD
A masterful meeting of two 50s modern jazz talents – the trumpet of Miles Davis balanced with the arrangements of Gil Evans – with results that have made the album one of Miles' greatest ever! The sound here is completely sublime – as Davis gets all chromatic and spooky over ... read moreCD
The MJQ always manage to sound especially great when working on music for film – and this album's a great illustration of that fact! The work here is written by John Lewis, for a movie that never lasted the test of time as much as the record – and it's some of John's most evocative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ghost is still probably our favorite solo Wu Tang MC, and if Pretty Toney isn't the bonafide classic that the Ironman and Supreme Clientele albums are, it's still great to have him out there with new material on a powerful label. Tracks include "Biscuits" feat Trife, "Beat The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album