A much-needed look at the untapped musical legacy of Eden Ahbez – the west coast mystic who's best remembered for delivering the song "Nature Boy" to Nat King Cole (legendarily walking in barefooted during a recording session!) – but who also made a range of other great music ... (Now Sound, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cathy Berberian —
Pop Art ... LP Vinyl Ermitage, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ...
Cathy Berberian's a hell of a hip singer – one who could work in very avant modes, yet also get name-checked by Donald Fagan at the same time – thanks to the wide-ranging scope of her work! That scope is explored very fully here – as Berberian performs a range of material that ... (Out Sound, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual slice of work from pianist Elsie Bianchi – not just because the tracks here have never been heard before, but also because they feature Elsie playing some Hammond, in addition to her usual piano – and the recording was also made in Atlanta, and not some of the European ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare early session from the lovely Elsie Bianchi – best known for her classic 60s sides on Saba/MPS, heard here in a very similar format! The set features Elsie working with her combo from the Swiss Atlantis nightclub in the early 60s – and was originally issued as a limited-number ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An underground classic from Beverly Glenn-Copeland – an artist who was later known more as a keyboard player, but who here works in this amazing blend of folk, jazz, and soul! The album's vaguely in the territory of Terry Callier on early 70s Cadet Records, but also has its own special vibe ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really interesting album from the great Lee Hazlewood – at one level, a set that's maybe the closest Lee ever came to recording a country album – and at another, a great reworking of the modes he first explored with Nancy Sinatra! It's 1968, and Lee's brought his outlaw cowboy image ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock —
Butterfly ... LP Columbia/Be With (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
A legendary pairing of talents – as Japanese jazz singer Kimiko Kasai works alongside Herbie Hancock – in a setting that's very much on the soul side of the spectrum! Both Herbie and Kimiko started out with a straighter jazz sound in their early years – but by the end of the 70s, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Karin Krog —
Joy ... LP Meantime (Norway), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
A groundbreaking session of European jazz – one of the first true moments of genius from singer Karin Krog! Tracks are long and experimental without getting too far out – and Karin's icy voice flows out magically over compelling tunes that still remain some of the most striking jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very groovy singer – with a really wonderful feel! Birgit hails from Denmark, and has the icy Scandinavian jazz vocal approach of singers like Monica Zetterlund or Karin Krog – equally well suited to standard jazz material, as it is to electric oriented tunes or bossa nova, both of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing!)
Maria Monti with Steve Lacy & Alvin Curran —
Il Bestiario ... LP Ri Fi/Unseen Worlds, 1974. New Copy ...
Other-worldly sounds from Italian singer Maria Monti – working here with lots of help from avant genius Alvin Curran and jazz legend Steve Lacy! Curran handled the arrangements, and comes up with these moody electronic backdrops on a few pieces that remind us a bit of Terry Riley – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mighty nice pairing of talents – the great Van Morrison, working here in a soul jazz setting with plenty of work on Hammond from the equally great Joey DeFrancesco! The album's a lot like the one that Van cut with Georgie Fame years back – and with all that organ, the sound is a bit ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Janko Nilovic —
Chorus ... LP Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Very groovy work from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a set that's every bit as funky as some of his other records, but one that has a slightly different twist as well! The "chorus" in the title is appropriate – as there's a flurry of wordless vocals in the mix of this one ... (Sound Library, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dream of a record from Marvin Parks – a hell of a jazz singer, and one that we'd place in an elite legacy that runs from Oscar Brown up through Jose James! The work here is wonderful – as Nicola Conte produced the record, and gives it the same sort of jazzy sparkle as his own sublime ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first albums cut by the fab Singers Unlimited – and the set that has them backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! The Singers always mixed well with guest jazz talents – and the style of this albums gives their sweet harmonies a nice jazz-based groove and not too much cheese on ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Esther Phillips might be best known for her studio records in the 70s – that great line of classics she recorded for the Kudu Records label – but she's completely on fire here in a live setting, where she stretches out even more than usual – and really reminds us of her genius! ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great Gregory Porter in a very different setting than usual – working here with larger backings from an entire orchestra, as part of the album's tribute to Nat King Cole during his glory days at Capitol Records! The style here isn't the King Cole Trio vibe of the mid 40s, but instead ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a trippy-looking Muppet on the cover, and that gives you part of a feeling of the album – but just a sliver, because the overall sound here is a lot more complex! The album's a masterpiece from west coast arranger Ryan Porter – a mix of deeper jazz with bits of soul and hip hop ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really tremendous album from the legendary Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that stands as one of his greatest statements from the 70s! The record is a wonderful example of Gil's work in two different styles – sweet mellow jazzy soul, and harder heavier protest poetry – the latter ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that wasn't initially conceived as a full album by Gil Scott-Heron – but one that's come to be an essential part of his catalog, thanks to the always-relevant title theme! The album's actually a classic collection of work from the early years of Gil Scott-Heron at the Flying Dutchman ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best tracks ever from the pair of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – some of most righteous, authoritative and thematically heavy soul music ever created – compiled in one incredible set! Messianic, emotive vocals from Gil and stunningly restrained, magical soul jazz ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest Verve albums of all time – a rare American session from Brazilian legend Marcos Valle – and his only US album to feature vocals! The album's even dreamier than Valle's early bossa sides from Brazil – and the setting has some nice Verve-like touches from ... (Brazil, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ellen Andrea Wang —
Blank Out ... LP Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy ...
Compelling vocal work from Ellen Andrea Wang – a singer who also plays acoustic bass alongside her lyrics, which seems to unlock a jazzy current in the music! Wang's a new addition to the Jazzland label – and like some of the imprint's other work, there's a real genre-bending style ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album