Dang! Poor Gene Ammons kept getting stuck with albums that had titles which referenced his prison time! Fortunately, the quality of this one's good enough to live past the stupid name – and the record has Gene blowing with a larger group of west coast soul jazz players, arranged by Bobby ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Gene Ammons —
Funky ... LP Prestige, 1957. Very Good ...
One of Ammons' classic blowing sessions for Prestige, with an all-star lineup that includes Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Mal Waldron, and Kenny Burrell. The group plays together on 4 long tracks, and in a tight hardbop vein, with long soulful solos from every player. Titles include "Pint ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has splitting on the top seam and some gloss peeling on the opening.)
A nice collection of Gene Ammons' work that doesn't always get as well remembered as his sides for Prestige or Chess – late 40s bop recordings for Savoy, done in a wonderfully full-voiced tone! The set features Gene's classic "Red Top", plus the great two part "Big Slam", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing. Cover has a small split at the bottom seam, but is nice overall.)
A more laidback set than usual from Ammons' early 70s stretch on Prestige – but a record that nicely gets back to that big-toned tenor sound he used often on ballads from earlier years! The combo mixes both electric piano and organ – the former from Hank Jones, the latter from Ernie ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some pen & radio station letters.)
Gene Ammons in a mighty nice setting – working here in an open-ended jam session style that brings all his best live energy into play at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder! The set's got a crackle that really goes beyond the earlier, shorter bop recordings from Ammons – and a bit more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gene Ammons —
Jug ... CD Prestige/OJC, 1961. Used ...
A real turning point in the career of Gene Ammons – a record that almost returns Ammons to his earthier roots, and in the process helps build up a whole new sound in soul jazz for the 60s! The "Jug" nickname in the title is kind of a joking way to help Ammons stand alongside "M ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gene Ammons —
Jug ... LP Prestige, 1961. Very Good- ...
A real turning point in the career of Gene Ammons – a record that almost returns Ammons to his earthier roots, and in the process helps build up a whole new sound in soul jazz for the 60s! The "Jug" nickname in the title is kind of a joking way to help Ammons stand alongside "M ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a split spine, a name sticker, and light wear.)
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a small sticker, a bit of pen, and a Preview Copy stamp.)
Killer live work from Jug – recorded during the early 60s in Chicago, with just an organ-based trio, and very much in the feeling of the best small-group lounge jazz shows of the day! The material is issued here in a 1967 version, its first release – but the grooves were recorded at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ahhhh . . . The Jam Session years of Gene Ammons! This album was one of a number that Jug cut for Prestige during the mid 50s, all excellent examples of how perfectly the label's "blowing session" style could work when it wanted to. The set takes Ammons' tenor, and groups it with an ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black NJ pressing with RVG etch. Cover has moderate wear, a sticker remnant and a moisture stained and splitting top seam.)
Kind of an obscure session by Ammons – most likely recorded in that jumble of contracts and conflicting label arrangements in the early 60s – a time when Jug actually did some of his best work! There's no players listed on the notes – which is sometimes typical for these early ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has light wear. Vinyl has some foggy spots on side 1, and a bit of marker on the label.)
A pair of soulful gems from tenorist Gene Ammons – back to back on a single CD! The Soulful Moods is beautiful beautiful work from tenorist Gene Ammons – and an album that really demonstrates that during the 60s, one of Ammons' strongest suits was his work with a mellow tune or ballad! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Includes Ammons on tenor, Leo Blivers on guitar, Christine Chatman on piano, Ike Day on drums and Lowell Pointer on bass. (78 RPM) 78 RPM, Vinyl record
Gene Ammons —
Twister ... LP Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good- ...
Classic blowing session material from Jug – with 4 long tracks that are all a superb example of how great Prestige could be when they wanted to! The group is filled with great players – Jackie McLean, Mal Waldron, Idrees Sulieman, and Kenny Burrell – and the band plays with a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a light stain along the opening on front, and fairly heavy staining on back.)
Despite the title, the set's not a batch of cheapo "twist" tracks – and is instead a great soul jazz set, with added conga work by Ray Barretto to make the tracks dance lightly, perhaps in a manner that Prestige thought would pass for a "twist". The tracks are longish and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice nice album on Prestige, bringing together Jug's earlier sides in 2 different settings. The first batch has Ammons "battling" Sonny Stitt in a set of stuff that features hard twin tenors in the frontline, with the kind of cutting contests the two of them would perform live all over ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has edge wear, some seam splitting, and some tears on the back paste-on.)
Gene Ammons & Dexter Gordon —
Chase! ... LP Prestige, 1971. Near Mint- ...
Gritty live work from twin tenor giants Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon – recorded in an open-ended style that's a bit like some of Gordon's famous early work on the Central Avenue scene in LA, or Ammons' famous live "battles" with Sonny Stitt! The date was recorded in Chicago at the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Back cover has a small fold the paste-on.)
Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt go head to head in this classic album of tracks that perfectly captures the joy and fury of their live performances from years before! The record was cut in Chicago with a very hard rhythm section that includes John Houston on piano, Charles Williams on bass, and George ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of hard-wailing tenor albums on Verve – both of them great! Boss Tenors In Orbit is a studio album, but one that really has Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt recreating some of the bold energy of their live shows – coming across with a vibe that's much more Prestige Records than Verve ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice little album – featuring some of the sides that Gene Ammons cut "off contract" for Chess/Argo during the early 60s, and ones that feature him paired with Sonny Stitt, his longtime partner in legendary tenor battles from the 50s. The two horns aren't really locked in combat ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing, in the black & white cover, with a cutout notch.)
These two tenor giants meet in the period slightly before Ammons death, and they're grouped with some of the younger funky players on Prestige, like Leon Spencer, Idris Muhammad, and George Freeman. The sound is fairly traditional, but there's some nice funky moments. Tracks include "Out Of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker and a mark from sticker removal. Label has some marker.)
Amon Duul II —
Hijack ... LP Atco, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the most widely-circulated albums from the second incarnation of Amon Duul – and one of the most striking as well! The set's got a bit more focus than some of their earlier efforts, but a sound that's still plenty darn trippy – with more carefully-constructed passages that bring ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We loved Amp Fiddler tremendously on his debut, but here he's really blowing us out of the water – emerging as one of the brightest new soul stars of the 21st Century, with a depth of sound that's greater than we ever would have expected! Fiddler stretches way beyond his Detroit roots on ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
An early 80s look at Latin jazz from David Amram – with a who's who of Latin jazz players and stellar jazz musicians of other realms – including Paquito D'Riveria, Candido, Machito & Machito Jr, Brazilian percussion guru Duduca Fonseca, David Fathead Newman, Jimmy Knepper, Pepper ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Franck Amsallem T Ries Quartet —
Regards ... CD Free Lance (France), 1993. Used ...
A killer 80s groove set – served up by this obscure Chicago group, and done with a high class sound that's really great! The record easily rivals much of the work on the bigger labels at the time – thanks to some great arrangements by Dunn Pearson that mix together all the right ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic LP of beautiful modal tracks, played by one of the most underrated reed players ever, during the most fruitful time of his career. At this point, Amy's moved away from his bluesy Texas roots, and has discovered a freer Coltrane-esque sound that works beautifully with his spiritual, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear and a partially split bottom seam.)
A strange record by Curtis Amy! The album changes the style from his smaller soul jazz albums – and mostly features his hard sax solos over larger orchestrations by Camarata. The shift here is typical of the move that Amy made (along with other LA jazz players) to more studio oriented work ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has an Urgent stamp and a small section cut from the surface on back.)
An incredible album by one of the best soul jazz reed players to emerge from the LA scene of the 60s! Amy started his career playing R&B-ish organ/tenor material, but by this point, he was really opening up his bag a lot – hitting modalish grooves that showed definite traces of Coltrane, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue and silver label pressing. Cover has a split top seam & some splitting on the spine)
Great LA soul jazz session featuring the deep Texas tenor of Curtis Amy and the funky organ of Paul Bryant! Also present is Roy Brewster, the great, under-recorded LA valve trombonist, whose playing here gives the session a nice round bottom. 5 long cuts, with earthy, bluesy solos, and a very ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet trumpet work from one of Duke Ellington's best sidemen – done for Mercury in 1958 with some very tight arrangements by Anderson and Ernie Wilkins – all in a mode that show's a bit of Cat's Ellington association, but which also opens up in some other swinging modes – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, a couple of small seam splits, the remnants of a sticker, and a stain on the back.)
Gene Anderson's a cat who's given us plenty of funky gems over the years – and "Gigilo" is no exception! The tune blasts into the groove right from the start – with a mad shout from Gene, and this heavy bassline that really sets the whole thing going – hard-burning ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Gladstone Gladdy Anderson —
Glad Sounds ... LP Merritone/Dub Store (Japan), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweet instrumental sounds from pianist Gladdy Anderson – working here with superb backings from Lynn Taitt & The Jets – who step back a bit to let the piano take the lead on most numbers! The style is rocksteady, but a nicely laidback version of the groove, too – so that ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet instrumental sounds from pianist Gladdy Anderson – working here with superb backings from Lynn Taitt & The Jets – who step back a bit to let the piano take the lead on most numbers! The style is rocksteady, but a nicely laidback version of the groove, too – so that ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A sweet country Christmas from Lynn Anderson – a set that may not be as well-known as Holiday records by Johnny Cash or Buck Owens, but which we'd put in a similar high spot in our collection! Lynn does a great job with the material – bringing in just the right sort of "Blue ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Ray Anderson —
ABD ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1994/1995. Used ...
An excellent bit of jazzy bossa from the great Leny Andrade – recorded in 1991, but with a mellow fusion sound that's got a very nice 70s sort of vibe! Leny's voice has always been great, and in these later years, she's hit a mellowed-out tone that's even better than the one she used on her ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the loveliest albums in years from the legendary Leny Adrade – a set that pairs her amazing vocals with sweet guitar lines from Roni Ben-Hur! The set is very spare – just guitar and vocals – but Leny rises to the occasion wonderfully, and gives her voice this wonderful ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster are best known as the two guys who created Superman – but after losing an active role in the production of their hero, the pair moved onto much less-remembered work – including the offbeat Funnyman character they wrote in the late 40s! Funnyman never had ... (Books) read moreBook
A great little set from Ernie Andrews – sounding quite different than on most of his other work! Although Ernie's best known as a jazz vocalist, he steps out here in a mode that's got a heck of a lot of 60s soul – working with arrangements by Shorty Rogers in a style that's got plenty ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark, and a bit of light wear.)
Okay. . .okay, there may be a few other singers we like to hold up as our favorite (like Jimmy Cliff), but for real, Horace Andy's at the top of the heap. Maybe it's because we're from Chicago and have a soft spot for sweet falsetto a la Eugene Record or Curtis Mayfield, though we'd never claim ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning work from Michael Angelo – a little-known singer/songwriter from the Kansas City scene of the late 70s – one with a style that's totally great, but way too off the era's chronological expectations to get much notice at the time! Michael's music has a real late 60s vibe – ... (Rock) read moreCD
A 60s girl group classic if there ever was one – and the only standout album from the lovely Angels! The group were known, of course, for the title hit "My Boyfriend's Back" – a quick-stepping number that was a runaway pop hit at the time. That tune kicks off the album, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
A beautiful little record from this overlooked Windham Hill team – pianist Barbara Higbie and violinist Darrol Anger – working here in an open live setting that really lives up to the best spirit of the label! Both instruments are used in very fresh ways – moving through that new ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie —
Tideline ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. New Copy ...
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
Rare early recordings by The Animals – assembled from live sessions broadcast in 1964, finding the group in fine form, even this early on! Here they are cover some blues standards by Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker, proto rock king Chuck Berry and more. Includes "We're Gonna Howl ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real departure for French singer Keren Ann – the first album recorded without support from producer Benjamin Biolay, in a style that marks a whole new sound for Keren! The approach is similar to earlier work – mellow, breathy, and soulful – but there's less electronics, and ... (French) read moreCD
A wonderfully moody session from the late 50s – one that features the eerie vocals of Leda Annest over the orchestrations of Phil Moore! Leda's got a haunting voice that's somewhere in the range of Yma Sumac, but a bit less dramatic – more kind of a wordless instrument, used amidst the ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a peeled spot, clear tape along the top seam & spine, and some light wear.)
Anoushka's a duo, as you might have guessed from the image on the cover – and a great one at that, with these sublime spacey soul vocals from Victoria Port, mixed with her own keyboards and more beats and keys from Max Wheeler! The music's got a lean quality, but also soars with a cosmic ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)
Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach —
Varuna ... CD Origin, 2015. Used ...
(Promotional sticker over barcode.)
Arnaldo Antunes —
Disco ... CD Radar (Brazil), 2014. New Copy ...
Not disco like you'd hear in a nightclub in the 70s, but a record that shows the continuing creativity of Arnaldo Antunes – easily one of the best Brazilian songwriters of the past decade or so! The album's a bit more straightforward musically than some of Antunes' earliest recordings, but ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Anvil Band —
Anvil Band ... CD Free Spirit/Octave (Japan), 1978. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A killer lost disco album – a way better club set than you might expect! The group looks extremely silly on the cover – ridiculously so, in fact – but the record's a stunning batch of jazzy club tracks with a mostly instrumental groove, and a very tight feel – not at all ... (Soul) read moreCD
An overlooked 80s pop masterpiece – the first full album from The Apartments, one of the most blue-tinged groups of the decade! Ex-Go Between Peter Milton Walsh heads the group, which is a showcase for his wonderfully-penned songs – unique little tracks that show his Australian roots, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download with bonus track.)
Apollo Brown —
Grandeur ... CD Mello Music Group, 2015. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A winning effort from one of the finer post-Dilla Detriot hip hop producers – gritty and soulful on the beats, brightly accented and moody on the more atmospheric touches, diverse and underground star-studded on rhymes! Guests include Oddisee, Reks, Sean Price, MOP, Evidence, OC, Wordsworth, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A winning effort from one of the finer post-Dilla Detriot hip hop producers – gritty and soulful on the beats, brightly accented and moody on the more atmospheric touches, diverse and underground star-studded on rhymes! Guests include Oddisee, Reks, Sean Price, MOP, Evidence, OC, Wordsworth, ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual set from the Italian scene of the 70s – a record that still has some of the proggish traces of the underground at the time, but which also is clearly reaching out for new levels of expression too! There's definitely a lot of fusion in the mix – these long passages that ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album