Beautiful soundtrack material for the last film ever from Alejandro Jodorowsky – composed and performed by his son Adan – aka Adanowsky – in a style that's surprisingly sensitive, and wonderfully thoughtful throughout! The movie is a fantasy autobiography from the legendary ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Johansen —
In Style ... CD Blue Sky/American Beat, 1979. Used ...
David Johansen's second post-New York Dolls solo record – and the first one where he really sheds the feral rock vibe – but with Mick Ronson on board as co-producer, it's still got plenty of pomp! David would go on to take many creative detours – but in this first real stretch, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A real classic from Swedish pianist Jan Johansson – and a key effort to link the modernism of his nation's postwar years with their rich centuries of cultural traditions! The tunes here are mostly from folk sources, but they're recast by Johansson in a moody modern jazz mode – often ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album we've ever heard from reedman Per Texas Johansson as a leader – and a wonderful set that draws on all of his great work with other groups over the years! Johansson's a real visionary here – working in a style that resonates both with the careful sounds he can bring from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first album we've ever heard from reedman Per Texas Johansson as a leader – and a wonderful set that draws on all of his great work with other groups over the years! Johansson's a real visionary here – working in a style that resonates both with the careful sounds he can bring from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's no lie – as the record is a very unusual concert performed by 12 different tractors – in a mode that takes us back to some of the great sonic experiments of the early 20th Century – like the industrial symphony performed by a Soviet city, or the legendary Art Of Noises ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Philadelphia Freedom from Elton John – a trio of tracks recorded with legendary Philly Soul producer Thom Bell, all with a Sigma Sound vibe that's quite different than most of John's other work at the time! In fact, although these tracks were recorded right at the height of the disco era, ... (Rock) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
One of the best of Elton's early years – with cuts that include "Hercules", "Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters", "Salvation", "Slave", "Rocket Man", "Honkey Cat", "Mellow", and "I Think I'm Going To Kill Myself". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work by Al Johnson – one of the unsung heroes of mellow 70s soul, finally getting his shot on a major label after many years as a songwriter and arranger for other aritsts. Norman Connors brought Al to Columbia – and as he did with other talents in earlier years, like Phyllis ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible album from Angela Johnson – a set that's way more than the simpler soul of her roots – and which has Johnson emerging as a tremendous new force in contemporary soul! The album's something of a "producer" set – as Angela wrote most of the tracks, and ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
He may be blind, but he's plenty satisfied – and so are we, with this excellent package of rare 78rpm recordings from Willie Johnson! The sound quality is great – which is important, as Willie's got a style of guitar that's almost lighter in tone than some of his contemporaries – ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy little record that has this funky tenor giant playing a bunch of tracks with a Frenchy feel to them. Budd's joined by Hank Jones on piano, plus Kenny Burrell on guitar, and a nice Latin rhythm section that includes Joe Venuto on vibes and marimba and Willie Rodriguez on percussion. The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing. Cover has light surface wear and a streak of marker on back.)
Nice work from this key figure in bridging the gap between late swing and R&B – on a set of mostly original tracks that includes "It's Obdacious", "Doot Doot Dow", "A Pretty Girl", "You Got It Made", "Any Day Now", and "Crazy". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best work ever from the legendary Buddy Johnson – brought together in the best package we've ever seen to showcase his music! Johnson was a crucial figure in the postwar years – and an artist who helped music make a shift from the bigger bands of the swing years to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice left turn for modern finger picking guitar great Chuck Johnson – going into more of a group dynamic after a couple of strong solo guitar efforts! Johnson plays acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, and even a bit of synth – backed by drums and bass on most of the record, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever recorded by one of our favorite alto players of the 50s! Dick Johnson is a real lost talent – a sharp-edge player who came from the same Boston scene as Charlie Mariano, and who had a similarly soulful approach! His tone is as sharp as that of Lee Konitz, but he ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove! Vinyl and cover are nice.)
Ginger Johnson & His African Messengers —
African Party ... LP Freestyle (UK), 1967. New Copy ...
An African Party indeed – recorded in London at the end of the 60s, and featuring a blistering array of percussion and jazz-based influences! Ginger Johnson got his start on the London scene playing a mix of jazz and Latin rhythms in bigger groups, but broke out on his own in the mid 60s to ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly larger group, which gives Johnson a chance to show off his arranging skills – but a set that also leaves plenty of room for solos too! Features JJ Johnson on trombone, Clark Terry on trumpet, Ernie Watts on tenor and alto, and Pete Jolly and Billy Childs on keyboards! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
One of JJ's best from the late 50s – a tightly crackling hardbop set, recorded very much in the manner of his classic JJ Inc album! The sound here is a bit more compact overall – with some shorter tracks that really allow Johnson to display his keen sense of economy on his horn, while ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a name in pen on the back.)
JJ Johnson's always a cooker, but during the late 50s he cut some incredible records for the Columbia label – tight bop sessions that still stand as some of his best work! This album's one of them – a real smoker of a set that features Johnson's trombone as the only lead horn in a cool ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nicely sharp sounds from the great JJ Johnson – a set that has the trombonist really honing his edge on a host of tight, short tracks – with a vibe that almost recalls his initial bop recordings on Blue Note and Prestige! The style here is a bit more sophisticated – definitely ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nicely sharp sounds from the great JJ Johnson – a set that has the trombonist really honing his edge on a host of tight, short tracks – with a vibe that almost recalls his initial bop recordings on Blue Note and Prestige! The style here is a bit more sophisticated – definitely ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with a deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, mostly split bottom seam, and some pen and highlighter on back.)
Although this looks like it should be a hard bop version of tracks from the hit musical, it's actually just a swinging set of jazz featuring JJ Johnson on trombone, Howard McGhee on trumpet, and Rudy Williams on tenor. Short tracks with tight solos, and mostly swing standards as the song list, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original green label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting.)
JJ Johnson's greatest album – without a doubt! This gem of a session was recorded in 1960 in New York, with an incredibly hip sextet that includes Cedar Walton, Clifford Jordan, and Freddie Hubbard. The tracks are all long, hip, and very much in a Blue Note soul jazz mode – very ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye logo pressing, with a deep groove. Cover is nice.)
A 12" album that combines sides that JJ Johnson previously issued on Prestige – some as 78rpm singles, some as 10" LP material – all of it very top-level bop modern work from Johnson's first stretch on the scene! There's a sharpness here that really sets JJ apart from other ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting in the bottom seam.)
JJ Johnson —
Vivian ... CD Concord, 1992. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Early Columbia work from the team of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – recorded in their classic twin-trombone groove! Winding arranged the tracks on the set – and the group features Dick Katz on piano, Milton Hinton on bass, and "Shadow" Wilson on drums – plus some bonus ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of JJ's best from the late 50s – a tightly crackling hardbop set, recorded very much in the manner of his classic JJ Inc album! The sound here is a bit more compact overall – with some shorter tracks that really allow Johnson to display his keen sense of economy on his horn, while ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest soundtracks of the blacksploitation era – served up with some incredible grooves from maestro JJ Johnson! The album's got a non-stop, hard-hitting groove that ranks it with the best of its time – and which is arguably even better, because most of the record isn't ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soaring solo moment for Lamont Johnson – the bassist whose work was a big part of the Brainstorm ensemble at their start – and who really makes some great magic here on his own! It's clear from the set that Johnson was one of the more spiritual members of Brainstorm – as the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lorraine Johnson's first album for the Prelude label – a strong mix of disco grooves and deep soul, recorded with arrangements by the team of Jesse Boyce & Moses Dillard! The set's got a very well-rounded approach – one that mixes both mellow and upbeat numbers, in a style that's ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Japanese version of the Canadian Unidisc pressing – with added packaging and booklet.)
Marcus Johnson —
Phoenix ... CD Three Keys Music, 2007. Used ...
Osie Johnson looks a bit blurry on the cover, but the music on the record is razor-sharp – a great demonstration not only of Johnson's skill on the drums, but also his rare talents as a leader! Osie graced countless top-shelf sessions in the 50s, but only got a rare few chances to work up ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a 3 inch split on the top seam, with a shin stain and some tape remnants on back.)
Wicked early work from Roy Lee Johnson – a hell of a guitarist, and a soulful singer as well! The package brings together a whopping 30 tracks from Johnson's years at Okeh Records, and runs up to some sweet sides for Philips as well – tracing a great evolution from the late R&B ... (Soul) read moreCD
A smoking funky set from early 70s Stax Records – the only album we've ever seen from Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers, and a stone cooker all the way through! The sound is hard and heavy on most numbers – with loads of funky 45-styled riffs – and the core group is a nicely ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rudolph Johnson —
Second Coming ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rudolph Johnson —
Spring Rain ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
Samuel Jonathan Johnson —
My Music ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ...
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! ... (Soul) read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Sly Johnson —
Mic Buddah ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2015. New Copy ...
That's Sly Johnson – not Syl Johnson, the Chicago soul singer – but this Johnson's definitely got an approach that lives up to the classic soul style of the cover! The music's a wonderful mix of deep soul vocals and contemporary production that owes a fair bit to hip hop as well – ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
All the incredible Syl Johnson cuts released as Twinight 45s back in the day – nicely assembled as an excellent 2LP compilation by the gentlemen of The Numero Group! If you have yet to take a dip into the Syl Johnson oeuvre, let us just say this is gritty, powerful vintage Chicago soul of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great Syl Johnson – doing his thing for Hi Records on a record that's more shiny diamond than it is rough – his second album for the label and a truly underappreciated gem from the Chi soul great! Diamond In The Rough is a much sweeter set of tunes than Syl's Chicago work on ... (Soul) read moreCD
The funkiest album that Syl Johnson ever recorded – filled with short, tight cuts that play more like a stack of funky 45s than the standard soul album of the time! The record draws from the great run of singles that Syl cut for Twinight Records at the end of the 60s – some of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – with great vinyl, and a very heavy cover!)
A different sound than usual for Syl Johnson – but a record that still has loads of those amazing vocals we love from Syl! The style's mostly modern soul – with a tightness that's different from the grit of earlier Johnson albums – that mode in which other singers of the time ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pre-Beach Boys gem from Bruce Johnston – and definitely the party promised in the title! We're not sure about the pajamas, though – because things are so romping, nobody's sure to get any sleep – as Johnston and crew cook things up with a great mix of garage and surf, and maybe ... (Rock) read moreCD
Darren Johnston/Fred Frith/Devin Hoff/Larry Ochs/C —
Reasons For Moving ... CD Not Two (Poland), 2005. Used Gatefold ...
Three Parisian avant-classical pieces from the 60's. The Xenakis piece, "Herma", is written for solo piano, and is haunting and moody. Besty Jolas' piece, "Quatuor II", is performed by a soprano and a string trio. The real highlight, though, is "Archipel I" by Andre ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light ringwear and a small cutout hole.)
(Shrinkwrap has some tears. Cover has a cut corner.)
Boogaloo Joe Jones —
What It Is ... LP Prestige, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer funkiness from Boogaloo Joe Jones! Grover Washington Jr makes an incredible appearance here – sounding much harder and heavier than on some of his Kudu recordings – more of a gritty soul jazz player, working beautifully alongside the sharp guitar of Boogaloo Joe Jones, and the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff – the US issue of some very rare tracks that were recorded for MPS in Germany under the leadership of either Carmell Jones or Nathan Davis. One group on the record features Davis and Jones, along with a rhythm section of Francy Boland, Kenny Clarke, and Jimmy Woode. They swing ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam, mostly split bottom seam, and some pen on back.)
A very unusual album from reedman Darius Jones – a special project dedicated to the legendary French vocalist Brigitte Fontaine, with vocals that definitely recall the singer at some of her most adventurous moments! Fontaine's no stranger to the racks at Dusty Groove – as we've loved ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A righteous underground soul classic from Del Jones – message-oriented funk at its best! Jones is working here in the spirit of some of the best locally-crafted indie outings of the time – like work by Mike James Kirkland, Oneness Of Juju, The Pharoahs, and other important righteous ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more unusual albums on Impulse – and a beautiful session that's filled with surprises you wouldn't expect! Elvin Jones leads a group of well-chosen bandmates in a hip set of tracks that's sort of a "letter" to Coltrane – with groupings that include either Roland ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Proof that Elvin Jones' time with John Coltrane gave him a great ear for a horn – as this set sparkles with some great contributions from Sonny Fortune, Nicholas Payton, and Delfeayo Marsalis! There's a laidback quality here that's different than some of Jones' earlier, more ripping albums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A overlooked gem in Elvin Jones' Blue Note career – and an album that's virtually the blueprint for the Stone Alliance sound forged later in the decade by bassist Gene Perla and reedman Steve Grossman! Both players are working to full effect on this smoking little set – mixing some of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a great one for this post-Coltrane cooker from Elvin Jones – as the set really has Elvin exploring some really fresh currents in jazz, with a range of complicated rhythms that really pull the whole session along strongly! Rhythm is really set free on the record – as Elvin ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has a bit of pen on back.)
A late 70s side from Elvin, and he's still playing with an energy and fluidity that betrays his talent at making complicated polyrhythms sound natural. The band includes the unheralded Chicago alto great Bunky Green, who wrote most of the tunes in the set, as well as Frank Foster, Ryo Kawasaki, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible trio album – not just for the powerful drums of the great Elvin Jones, but also for amazing work on reeds by a young Joe Farrell! Farrell's in his pre-CTI years here, and really lets loose in the space of the album's open setting – a trio that just features Jones on drums ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album