A very cool set – loads of percussion and spare rhythms – with guitar from Aly Sow Baidy and great tenor solos, some almost avant, from Tamisimbi Mpungu! Raw and rootsy throughout! LP, Vinyl record album
Awesome session of early hand drum recordings from Trinidad. Largely an ethnomusicological document, this set has some insulting colonialist commentary on the back, but the rhythms in the grooves are totally smoking, with titles like "Drumology", "Calypso In Drums", "Koroma ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, with some splitting on the top seam.)
(Recent Belgian pressing, still in the shrink with insert.)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Very Good ...
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing, without deep groove. Cover has some wear with splitting seams.)
Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) —
Journey ... LP Chiaroscuro, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ...
A landmark New York session from Dollar Brand – recorded in the late 70s, with a larger group than usual! Brand spins out some really magical African-tinged jazz grooves – stretching forth in his usual modal mode, with lots of rhythmic lines – but in a way that's also augmented ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible stuff – and quite possibly the greatest album ever recorded by this enigmatic percussionist! The record features Chaino with his "African Percussion Safari" – not really listed on the notes individually, but (we surmise) most likely a group of studio percussionists. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing on black vinyl. Cover has splitting on the seams.)
A sweet album of soulful jazz from trumpeter Johnny Coles – a wondeful talent who made a rare few albums as a leader! The record is quite different than Coles' earlier work for Epic and Blue Note – in that it's got the slightly electrified Mainstream sound of the 70s firmly in place ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cut corner, and shrinkwrap is open a bit in that corner.)
A slightly confused effort from Manu Dibango's later years – sessions recorded in Paris, London, New York, and Kingston – which must have cost Island Records a bundle! There's an attempt here to change up Manu's groove a bit – one that brings a fair bit of reggae into the mix in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner and wrinkles in the back panel.)
An incredible record – even if it was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker, cutout notch, some ring & edge wear, and a couple of wrinkles in the front paste-on.)
A pretty straight set of steel band tracks played by one of the biggest groups of the genre! The tracks are a real crowd-pleasing assortment – 60s pop numbers, a few calypso tunes, and even 2 classical tunes given a steel twist! A few tracks feature vocals, but the set's mostly instrumental ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy compilation that features shorter takes on some of Fela's best tracks from the 70s' – including a number that don't show up on vinyl that often! Titles include "Unknown Soldier", "Chop N Quench", "Ye Ye De Smell", "Don't Gag Me", and "Black ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully evocative work on the Balinese gamelan – music that's maybe not as sharp as other recordings from that particular island – with a warmly flowing vibe that comes from the melodic cascading of tuned percussion, vibes, and gongs! There's still a focused, rhythmic feel to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Gibbs & the Unlimited Sound of Steel Orch —
Steel Funk ... LP Makossa, 1977. Near Mint- ...
One of the coolest, funkiest steel drum albums ever recorded – a really legendary set that played big on the New York club scene of the late 70s – and which has been the delight of collectors for years to come! Other steel pan bands in the Caribbean played funky styles in the 70s, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, with pen and a few staples holding split seams.)
Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc. —
Ritual ... LP Omega, Early 70s. Near Mint- ...
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions ... (Latin, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent UK pressing on Mr Bongo, still in the shrink with hype sticker.)
Aylet Rose Gottlieb —
Shiv'A ... LP 482 Music, 2015. Near Mint- ...
Ostensibly a calypso record, but one that features instrumentation by a great host of New York Latin musicians – including Candido, Yomo Toro, Mauricio Smith, Chombo Silva, Chocolate Armenteros, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
Really unusual work from Yusef Lateef – especially for the time! The set features Lateef on tenor and a range of different reed instruments – working with a Nigerian group on lots of regional instruments! (Jazz, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
Le Groupe Volo Volo —
Caresse ... LP Travesti/Rotel, 1975. Sealed ...
Brilliant modern jazz from German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recording here in 1964, but sounding years ahead of his time, with an amazing a blend of jazz and Asian styles! The album's one of Mangelsdorff's best ever – a set of rhythmic tunes that seem clearly informed by the ... (Jazz, Global Grooves)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a very small split in the bottom seam.)
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a sticker and a cutout hole.)