Looking for classic Chet Baker vocal tracks? This is the stuff! 14 tracks of haunting vocals by a young Chet, sung with small groups from the LA scene, and featuring trumpet solos next to his vocals. Titles include "That Old Feeling", "Look For The Silver Lining", "There ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove Pacific Jazz pressing. Cover is in nice shape.)
Quite a great session for Chet Baker – one that has him recording in New York, with a hip lineup that includes some incredibly soulful players! The tunes on the set feature Chet in either quartet or quintet formation – working with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Al Haig on piano, Paul ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Orpheum Productions Jazzland pressing – in beautiful shape! One corner of the cover has a very slight bump.)
A late concert from Chet, reunited here with Lee Konitz for a live set that's a lot more free-thinking than some of their classic recordings in the 50s! The pair are supported by Michael Moore on bass and Beaver Harris on drums – but the overall style of the recording is quite spare, with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chet Baker & Paul Bley —
Diane ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1985. Near Mint- ...
A killer bit of funky club – a tune that seems to echo the famous "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" in its groove, but which comes across with this lean, indie feel – as Dave Baker bumps the lyrics along this cool blend of stepping bass and keyboards! There's a slight spacey feel to ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A much more rock-based album than some of Baker's other post-Cream work – but still with some nice grooves that appeal plenty to our ears! The weaker tracks on the album are sort of in a quirky rock mode – but the better ones feature some snapping percussion from Baker and the group, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Out of the wreckage of Cream came some very hip grooves! Ginger Baker was the hippest of the group's 3 members – and although he's often credited by soul fans for his work with Fela, he should also get hats off for his work with the group Air Force. At its base, the group's in the jazz rock ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime sound cues from BBC maestro John Baker – a wonderful blend of jazzy moments and weird electronic sounds – often used together at the same time! The feel here is as hip as the hippest Brit TV of the 60s – some very righteous grooves that would have made great records on ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare work from the great Matt Baker – a cartoonist best known for his sexy superhero Phantom Lady in the 40s, and for a number of other "good girl" features during the golden age of comics! Canteen Kate comes from a few years later – all these strips ran in the first few ... (Books) read moreBook
A solo set from John "Balderdash" Herron – a singer who'd worked previously as part of the duo of Bondoggle & Balderdash – but who maybe sounds even better here on his own! The album's got a nicely strong focus on John's raspy vocals and songwriting – and backs his ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very different set than the last album from Rossano Baldini – as the record not only bills him as playing piano, but also working on "sound design" too – which is a great way to describe the spacious, textural feel of the set! The album's still a piano jazz record, but with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jon Balke —
Warp ... CD ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Jon Balke's billed on the cover as providing piano and "sound images" – the latter an especially appropriate term, even when Jon's playing acoustic piano – as his sense of tone is very visual, and one of the most evocative we've heard on an ECM record in years! There's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty strong overview of Hank's fiercer R&B tunes for King Records – most of them cut at the end of the 50s, with that mean and lean style that actually could make Hank sound pretty darn scary! Titles include "It's Love Baby", "Sugaree", "Annie Had A Baby" ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label King pressing, manufactured by Capitol.)
Some of our favorite work ever from the legendary Hank Ballard – a key figure in early R&B, and a singer who cut some big hits with his group The Midnighters – but one who also continued to do some wonderful work for King Records long after his hits – most of which is included ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ballin The Jack —
Jungle ... CD Knitting Factory, 1999. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet little set from the Baltimore Syndicate – a group we've only seen on this one late 80s session produced by pianist Makoto Kuriya, who works here in an excellent lineup that includes Alex Norris on trumpet, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Gary Thomas on tenor and flute, Dave ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet later work from bossa jazz drummer Milton Banana – a set of tunes delivered as a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, but done very much in the spirit of Banana's best 70s work! The style here is a bit more expansive than Milton's harder-edged sets of the 60s – core trio work ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The classic, classic CLASSIC theme song by that most beloved of late 60s American children's television – the fuzzy, colorful and endearing to this day Banana Splits! "The Tra La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)" is a late 60s bubblegum classic of the highest order – we'd love ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Way more than just another kiddie soundtrack – or an album for a childish TV show – as the set's a surprisingly groovy little record, almost Sunshine Pop in its best moments! We're not sure about the nature of the players or the singers – but arranger Jack Eskew put the whole ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)
Band ... LP Capitol, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A classic – with cuts that include "Rockin Chair", "Across The Great Divide", "When You Awake", "Up On Cripple Creek", and "King Harvest". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Cover has light edge wear and a Gold Record Award logo.)
The landmark first album from The Band – and along with the follow-up, it's among the greatest records of its time – which is all the more astounding given how independent of late 60s trends it is! Each member of The Band brings such inimitable textures – Garth Hudson's imposing ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The landmark first album from The Band – and along with the follow-up, it's among the greatest records of its time – which is all the more astounding given how independent of late 60s trends it is! Each member of The Band brings such inimitable textures – Garth Hudson's imposing ... (Rock) read moreCD
The best from The Band in years – their first all originals studio effort in a few years, and one that deservedly re-established them creatively, if not commercially, as one of the all time great rock bands! Robbie Robertson is solely credited for the compositions, but make no mistake, this ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Band's epic double live album from '72, when they were at their peak – arguably a more exciting listening experience than even their best studio albums, which they always (wisely) considered a different universe then the live stage. Ever ambitious, The Band commissioned Allen Toussaint, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original tri-fold pressing, with edge wear, seam splitting, and tape remnants on back.)
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
With a singer this obscure, you might take the word "essential" in the title a bit loosely – but the set is a stunning batch of work from this popular Thai vocalist of the 70s! Dao Bandon's voice is amazing right from the start, even if you can't understand the language (although ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Bang proves once again that he's one of the few jazz players who can make the violin work without being too flowery or too overindulgent – in a manner that almost makes you forget the instrument he's using, because you're so caught up in the waves of sound! The group features some prime NYC ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billy Bang & Dennis Charles —
Bangception ... LP Hat (Switzerland), 1983. Near Mint- ...
Spare drum and violin duets, played by Billy Bang and Dennis Charles. We're normally not big of fans of jazz violin, even avant garde violin, but Bang's style of "sheets of sound" has always won us over – and he's in fine form here. The album includes an extremely haunting ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A special box set of work from this key member of Os Mutantes – one that looks at all the many facets of his compelling solo career! The first album in the set is the landmark Loki – an incredibly crazy and messed-up album of tracks cut by Arnaldo Baptista after the breakup of Os ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great step forward for The Bar-Kays – an album that actually has them taking on a few mellower moments, amidst the heavy funk you might expect – yet all without softening their groove at all! The album's very much in the best spirit of the group's Mercury debut – still recorded ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a few light creases.)
Original single of the funk track "Sang and Dance", backed by one of the Bar-Kays greatest tracks – the totally funky "Son of Shaft"! The cut's a great one, with wild funky wah wah guitar that's been sampled by everyone from Public Enemy to Bomb The Bass! (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Orange label pressing. Labels are stained and flaky.)
A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gato Barbieri —
El Pampero ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great live performance from Gato Barbieri – recorded at a time when he was maybe sounding a bit smoother in the studio, but could still come across with a lot of fire in a concert setting like this! The group has a nice lineup – some sweet electric piano and guitar, but also some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first albums ever cut as a leader by reedman Gato Barbieri – and a very sharp-edged session that's quite different than his better-known work in the 70s! Barbieri's tenor here has an incredible tone – as deeply soulful as Pharoah Sanders or late John Coltrane, and blown with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first albums ever cut as a leader by reedman Gato Barbieri – and a very sharp-edged session that's quite different than his better-known work in the 70s! Barbieri's tenor here has an incredible tone – as deeply soulful as Pharoah Sanders or late John Coltrane, and blown with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black & white label pressing. Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and a sticker spot.)
A great date from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – a record that's a bit mellower and more electric than some of his previous 70s efforts, but which is still plenty darn great! Gato's tenor has a tone that's undeniably great – a slightly raspy sort of edge that sounds warmly human and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A far reaching late 70s set from Gato Barbieri – a record that blends fusiony jazz funk, lush stings, and Latin rhythms and fluid solos on a varied batch of tunes! One of the more interesting things about the production is that those varied approaches often come into play within the same ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gato Barbieri —
Under Fire ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Great work from Gato – filled with Latin rhythm influences forged on his Impulse sessions of the same time, plus some nice spiritual blowing in the Pharoah Sanders tradition in which he was linked in the immediate post-Coltrane years. Airto and Mtume are on percussion on most tracks, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice lean set from Barclay James Harvest – a record that gets more to the core of their sound after the larger arrangements of some of their albums for Harvest Records – in a way that also seems to bring out more of an edge in their songwriting, too! The shift is somewhat subtle, but ... (Rock) read moreCD
Gianni Bardaro & Pierluigi Villani —
Next Stop ... CD Verve (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
A great group from the contemporary Italian scene – a combo co-led by Gianni Bardaro on alto and soprano sax, and Pierluigi Villani on drums – but which features really bold colors from all members of the group! All tracks are originals, composed by the leaders – and they've got ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The sexy story of Brigitte Bardot – served up here in sweet little book-like format! The package features some of Bardot's best vocal performances from the 60s – music that runs from her initial straight sounds, through her mod "yeh yeh" pop, to her especially slinky sounds ... (French) read moreCD
A nice set from these latter day Detroit free music explorers, with a spiritual vibe and a varied approach to improvisation that isn't afraid to groove at moments, but also involves some nice textural dynamic playing in a very post AACM mode. Anthony Holland plays reeds, Tani Tabal tablas and trap ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album