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
A hip Australian jazz singer from the 70s – and one who isn't afraid of picking up a bit of soul, too – as she mixes songs from Stax Records, Motown, and Atlantic alongside more familiar standards in the set! Sue clearly got the chance to record in a scene that was less concerned with ... 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
Possibly the greatest album ever by the legendary Chicago soul singer Terry Callier! Terry's rich mellow voice is mixed with superb arrangements from the Cadet studio team, with Charles Stepney at the head, and the result is completely sublime. The songs are longer than on earlier albums – ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit bolder than Matthew Cassell's first album – but still with all the best elements nicely in place! This self-released EP expands Cassell's sound a bit with the addition of backing vocals, tenor, trumpet, and cello – but the core sound still comes mostly from Matt's great vocals, ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Matthew Larkin Cassell —
Pieces ... LP Out-Sider (Spain), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
Very hip work from this Bay Area 70s singer – sweetly jazzy, and with a nice undercurrent of soul – one that's ripe for rediscovery! There's a wonderful mix of moods going on here – a quality that perfectly sums up the genre-trading aspect of the Bay Area scene back in the day ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing record – one that we'd never part with! The session is one of Blossom Dearie's greatest records ever – a sublime set of tunes recorded in London, at the end of the 60s, with larger arrangements than usual, and a feel that's almost psychedelic. Backings were arranged and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
A previously-unreleased live performance by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald – recorded in a small club in Los Angeles during her first few months with the Verve label – but never issued at the time! The quality here is great, and the set captures Ella at a pivotal moment – stepping ... 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
Gondwana Orchestra with Dwight Trible —
Colors EP ... LP Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
A fantastic collaboration between vocalist Dwight Trible and the Gondwana Orchestra – an EP that might well be titled "A Tribute To Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas" – given that most of the tracks on the set are classics from the Sanders songbook! Yet the presentation here ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic 70s album from the legendary German label MPS – but one that gives some great early exposure to a pair of talents from the LA scene! Joanne Grauer plays keyboards with a sweet breezy vibe – a bit like some of the hippest Bay Area indie jazz sides of the time, and made even ... (Jazz, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that the LP has a slightly creased corner.)
Lonnie Holley has always been very much his own man – in his artwork, in his cultural presence, and even in his music – which has always been pretty darn hard to describe! Holley sings with the up-close expressiveness of a jazz singer, yet also references plenty of bluesy roots as well ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition smoke colored vinyl with download.) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, September 21.
Sublime girl group sounds from the great Lee Hazlewood – the complete recordings of Honey Ltd – an obscure Hazlewood project from the end of the 60s! The style here combines all the depths of Lee's own music with some of the sweeter Sunshine Pop sounds you'd expect from the cover ... (Rock, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sweet LP pressing – comes in a heavy jacket with a poster too!)
A really unique album from the great Etta Jones – a session recorded down in Muscle Shoals, and not in Chicago – a setting that gives James an extra sort of deep soul power! The backing is nicely different than some of the other Chess material – killer work from the legendary ... (Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)
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
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
One of our favorite records of all time – a landmark piece of 60s pop that we'd easily rank with the best work by Brian Wilson, Millennium, Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, or any of those other California sunny-eyed hipsters! The style is sweet A&M Records vocal pop – with an emphasis ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes full album on CD & bonus 7" single – which includes the tracks "The Drifter" and "Trust".)
Paul Page & His Paradise Music —
Pacific Paradise ... LP Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), 1940s/1950s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A fantastic tribute to the enigmatic Paul Page – an exotic music genius from the west coast scene of the postwar years – but one who never reached the fame of bigger names like Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, or Webley Edwards! Page spent his later years in Hawaii, and right from the start ... (Now Sound, 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
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
A great little album cut by Nina Simone during the time she was working with Weldon Irvine – a live album that really has the lady stretching out, and showing off all the cool, complicated grooves she brought to a concert setting! Weldon did the arrangements, and they've got a very righteous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kandace Springs —
Indigo ... LP Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ...
Much more of a soul-based set than the debut album by Kandace Springs on Blue Note – really showing the growth in direction the label has been taking in the past decade or so! Kandace is a perfect singer for the sorts of ears that have been brought to Blue Note by some of the work of Robert ... (Neo Soul, Vocalists)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dwight Trible with Matthew Halsall —
Inspirations ... LP Gondwana (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
A fantastic setting for the voice of Dwight Trible – one of the few contemporary jazz singers who inherited the style of spiritual jazz greats like Leon Thomas or Joe Lee Wilson! Trible's singing here with backing from a group that includes trumpeter Matthew Halsall, recording on Halsall's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album