Massive – and one of the best James Brown compilations ever, filled with rare and unreleased material! This completely essential set features tracks pulled from James' best years ever – the mighty early 70s, when he was working with the JBs, and laying down tracks that would forever ... (Soul) read moreCD
Obscure Holiday work from James Brown – not the oft-compiled tracks from his late 60s years at King Records, but some later numbers that show that Brown could still turn out one heck of a Christmas tune! James' vocals are at their older best – still surprisingly powerful, and able to ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
James Brown, proud and loud – a smoking 60s album that provides a great link between his earlier styles and his freer roots – with a brilliant blend of funk, soul, and a touch of raw R&B! Given the power of The Godfather at this point, there's no denying that even the older cuts ... (Soul) read moreCD
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out ... (Soul) read moreCD
Have a funky funky Christmas with the great James Brown – an artist who has a surprisingly great way with a Holiday tune! James was always great all the other months of the year – but at Christmas he really stepped things up, and cut a whole host of excellent Holiday singles and albums ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Raw soul, indeed – a term that could have been coined for James Brown's vocal approach, and which probably makes one of its first appearances here on a record! The album's kind of a grab bag of earlier sides that James recorded for King, but it's a perfect showcase for his amazing sound in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Here's where things really started getting interesting for James Brown! The album was issued right around the same time as James' single "Out Of Sight" on Smash – and like that track, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" was one of the first to use that "instruments on the ... (Soul) read moreCD
An incredible early album from James Brown – featuring 16 raw R&B tracks culled from his early years at King – and virtually the blueprint for so many other great things to follow! "Please Please Please" was James' first big hit – and as you probably already know, ... (Soul) read moreCD
James Brown —
Popcorn ... CD King/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
A tremendous turning point in the career of James Brown – and an album that points the way strongly to the even deeper funk of the 70s! The album's a hard-wailing batch of instrumental tracks played by the legendary James Brown Band of the late 60s – the pre-JBs ensemble that's gone ... (Soul) read moreCD
Subtitled "Live At the Apollo Vol 3", but waaay better than any of the earlier volumes, this monster 2LP live set has James and the JB's wailing away in a freewheeling live set of hard hard hard funky grooves. Excellent work by the band, and a great way to see how sharp they were out of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A bomb! The title of this one says it all – a burning anthem of pride and power, issued in 1969, at the end of one of the most troubling decades in America. James answers all the Uncle Tom cries from his critics – and comes up with "Say It Loud", an instant chant that was ... (Soul) read moreCD
James Brown —
Think ... CD King/Universal (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
One of James Brown's earliest full albums for King Records – and a set that kicks off with his monstrous reworkin of the tune "Think" – originally recorded by the Five Royales, but recast here by James as the blueprint for all the funky goodness in years to come! That track ... (Soul) read moreCD
James Brown —
Try Me! ... CD King/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
Massive early work by James Brown – one of his first few albums for King, and a soulful delight that hits plenty hard all the way through! The sound here is razor-sharp – still very much in the R&B mode that Brown began in the 50s, but already showing this sense of edge and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Marion Brown —
Vista ... CD Impulse (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A strangely wonderful album from Marion Brown – quite different from his other work on Impulse, with a mellow electric edge that gives it a warm and laidback feel! The approach here is much more soulful than before – with finely crafted tunes that weave Brown's work on alto with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Hard to improve on the sound of Severin Browne's first album for Motown – but this set definitely does so – and shows that the label had a surprisingly great ear for AOR material back in the 70s! Severin's the brother of Jackson Browne, but his music here – while in a nice ... (Rock) read moreCD
A funky riff on some of the mightiest slabs in the Black Sabbath oeuvre – done up masterfully by Adrian Quesada and the Brownout collective! Where the Sabbath originals are all lumbering menace and sludgy rhythms, Brownout brings in Latin funk percussion, tripped out keyboard textures and ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Bravo Brubeck, indeed – as this great live set not only has the Brubeck quartet in Mexico, working through some surprising Latin-themed tunes – but also includes some added percussion and guitar, which brings a whole new dimension to their sound! The album's still got the core Brubeck ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A live gem from the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet – and a great reminder that the group could almost be even more exciting in a concert setting than on their studio albums! The date is 1962, and the combo is in perfect form – sublime alto from Paul Desmond, and always-inventive rhythms ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dave Brubeck —
Jackpot ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Dave Brubeck really hits the jackpot here – playing live in Las Vegas with his classic quartet that includes the legendary Paul Desmond on alto sax! Dave's studio records for Columbia are all pretty darn great – but sometimes, there's a little something extra in his live dates for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bruce & Vlady (Bruce Powell & Wladyslaw Jagiello) —
Reality ... CD Svensk American/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970. New Copy ...
An American Hammond player and a Polish drummer – both recording together in Sweden at the start of the 70s, and without any other instrumentation at all! The blend of organ and drums is wonderful – very spacious, but still pretty groovy too – thanks to these cyclical currents ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peabo Bryson —
I Am Love ... CD Capitol/Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy ...
A sweet solo set from Peabo Bryson – part of his excellent run of records for Capitol, and an album that features great production from the legendary Johnny Pate! Peabo's got this great way of being mellow and masculine, but without ever sounding too cliched – at a level that makes a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great third album from Staten Island instrumental funk titans The Budos Band – who've brought eclectic inspiration all along and have always colored from a much broader palette of styles than most of their peers – going even further this time out and delivering their best yet! The ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Late 60s NYC guitar and vocal duo Bunky & Jake – fixtures on the coffeehouse folk scene of the time – whose calling cards of whimsical tunes, sunny harmonies and sweet guitar playing – fleshed out a bit on this long lost studio LP with some jazzier and light psych pop ... (Rock) read moreCD
Vernon Burch —
Get Up ... CD Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Bouncy, bubbly soul from Vernon Burch – one of his stone dancefloor classics from the 70s, served up with a groove that never quits! Burch is one of the few who can make a clubby set sparkle with the more personal qualities of a mellower soul album – and this excellent set is a great ... (Soul) read moreCD
Deep early soul from the great Solomon Burke – singles that he cut in NYC for the Apollo label in 1956 & 1957! Some of Burke's best work here is done in a soul stirringly intimate ballad setting – brimming with real soul – and the intensity comes through in Burke's vocals ... (Soul) read moreCD
The second great side of the legendary Johnny Burnette – the singer's move to great pop material after starting his career as a raw rocker – a shift that then saw Johnny taken from us all too soon! Burnette's got a style that's surprisingly great in this mode – a voice that was ... (Rock) read moreCD
A stunning little record and one that's had an undeniable influence on the sound of guitar-based music for generations to come – from rockabilly to garage, psych, and punk – thanks to groundbreaking work from the Johnny Burnette Trio! The album's one of the first really raw records to ... (Rock) read moreCD
Jimmy Burns is one of the better bluesmen in the contemporary Chicago scene – and an artist who really finds a way to merge the classic with the current, but without ever making things sound too hokey or gimmicky! The approach here is pretty classic – the leader on vocals and guitar, ... (Blues) read moreCD
One of the greatest recordings we've heard from pianist Dave Burrell in recent years – a series of stunning duets with trombonist Steve Swell! Like some of Burrell's wonderful work from decades back, the style is loose and somewhat free, but also has a sense of rhythm and forward-moving ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of Kenny Burrell's best early work! The album catches Kenny in the perfect Blue Note jam session mode of the late 50s – one used also with Jimmy Smith, and which features a number of the label's star players hitting hard with the main soloist. Players on the two volume set include Duke ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of Kenny Burrell's best early work! The album catches Kenny in the perfect Blue Note jam session mode of the late 50s – which features a number of the label's star players hitting hard with the main soloist. Players on the two volume set include Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons piano, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kenny Burrell —
KB Blues ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
A real hard-burner from Kenny Burrell – a set that was recorded for Blue Note in the guitarist's early career, but not issued by the label until the 70s – and even then only in Japan! Kenny's got the sharp edge and strong sense of leadership you'll hear on his classic Midnight Blue ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from the great guitarist Kenny Burrell – a smoking live session, and one that's got a bit more of an edge than some of his other records from the time! Kenny's guitar still has that impeccable tone throughout – but it's also matched by some wonderful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant later live work from jazz guitar great Kenny Burrell – recorded over 2 nights at Catalina's in Hollywood – and backed by some of Burrell's own favorite west coast players! Kenny covers a lot of stylistic territory here, including fresh takes on standards, energetic versions of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stunning little record – one that features spoken passages from William S Burroughs over instrumental backdrops by Daniel Humair – all in one of the spookiest albums we've ever heard! Burroughs talks about witchcraft and the supernatural – past and present – in that ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
A tremendous set from Jamaican trumpeter Roy Burrowes – a musician who's never been as recorded as often as he should, which is what makes this lost live set so special! The set was recorded live in Paris at the start of the 80s – with Burrowes on trumpeter, in a group that also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The excitement on the cover here is very well-placed – and RCA clearly knows they've got something special on their hands – the launch of vibist Gary Burton as a leader – a force in jazz that would continue strongly for decades to come! At the time of the record, Burton had ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gary Burton & Chick Corea —
Duet ... CD ECM (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Genius work from the team of Chick Corea on piano and Gary Burton on vibes – both players who were already making a lot of magic in the 70s, but who really seem to explode in the company of each other! Burton's tones are wonderfully bold and firm – these cascading colors that merge ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first-ever album from vibist Gary Burton – a very young player at the time of recording, but one who's definitely worth the "new vibe man" promised in the title! The style here is maybe a bit more conventionally swinging than some of Burton's records from later years – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A gem of a record from the great Billy Butler – brother of better-known Jerry from the Chicago scene, and maybe best known for his northern soul work of the 60s – but a hell of a great artist here in a rare group soul date from the 70s! Billy's lead vocals are supported by the Infinity ... (Soul) read moreCD
Loads of classic records from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band – and one never-released live show from 1969 as well! Although others have journeyed down similar paths over the years, the Butterfield Blues Band was one of the first – and best – to really merge the sound of electric ... (Rock) read moreCD
Rearward gazing lo fi pop from longtime underground lurker Jonathan Scott Pressmann – and loving, and impressively assembled opus that dips into the Loving Spoonful and early Sebadoh and Pavement in equal measure! It's also some how tinted with and tainted by the same arcane pop stylings of ... (Rock) read moreCD
Beautiful solo work by pianist Jaki Byard – recorded in Paris in 1971, for the Swing Collector offshoot of the Futura label! The setting really gives Byard a chance to open up and stretch out – playing some numbers in the more traditional style that would show up on some of his 60s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Chris Byars —
Two Fives ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
A lyrically swinging set from alto saxophonist Chris Byars – one that often has his own instrument balanced alongside colorful tones from the guitar of Pasquale Grasso – in a way that's angular, but always easygoing! The blend is very nice – and augmented with additional bass ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A gem of a session from the European expatriot scene of the postwar years – not really a tribute to Cannonball Adderley, but a rare meeting of Bud Powell and Don Byas in the studio, produced by Cannonball in Paris in 1961! The record has a tremendous amount of fire and focus – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Essential material by this funky soul legend – even if you've got his one and only album! This is an excellent compilation of the very hard to find work of this James Brown partner and singer, with a track list of 22 cuts that includes lots of cool rare funky 45 tracks, and a number of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went onto forever change the face of jazz funk! After rumbling around for a few years attempting electric styles that really didn't fit his mode, Donald wisely hooked up with Larry, and hit a groove here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully lyrical session from trumpeter Donald Byrd – yet for some reason, the album's one of his most overlooked from the 60s! The session features material by 2 different groups – one that includes Byrd, Hank Mobley, and Duke Pearson; and another which features Byrd, alongside ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album by Donald Byrd – the first one where he really started to click with jazz-funk producer Larry Mizell! Mizell and Byrd had worked together previously on the Black Byrd album – a soaring bit of futuristic jazz funk that took Byrd's career to a whole new level – but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare work from the team of Gigi Gryce and Donald Byrd – material recorded during their Jazz Lab sessions for Columbia Records in the 50s, but unissued at the time! The duo are pure genius together – able to open up with all the modern jazz currents that altoist Gryce was bringing to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing little record from Joe Byrd – an artist with roots in serious music, but who's serving things up here with a wild hippie aesthetic that makes the whole thing come across more like a "happening" than the usual sort of studio album – but in ways that also echo an ... (Rock) read moreCD
Very very very cool stuff from Italy in the 70's. This tight little combo featuring Fender Rhodes, electric bass, and congas lays down some super tight grooves with a very deep, very funky, very laid back feel. Originally intended for soundtrack use in TV and commercials, this disc has finally ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pianist George Cables is definitely in good company here – just the right sort of trio that seems to unlock that natural pulse and flow in his music! George is always great, but some records like this really bring him to his height – that magical energy that first seemed to grace ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent batch of descarga tunes – very much in the same spirit as Cachao's groundbreaking Cuban work of the early 60s – but done here as a wonderful return to roots in the mid 70s – part of that key shift back towards tradition on the New York scene, yet one that was still ... (Latin) read moreCD
Totally wonderful work from one of our favorite doo wop groups of all time – easily one of the most dynamic outfits on the east coast at the time – able to spin off complicated harmonies with effortless ease! These guys are best known for their upbeat, catchy tunes – especially ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Calibro 35 —
Space ... CD Record Kicks (Italy), 2015. New Copy ...
Wonderful work from Calibro 35 – a funky combo who just seem to get better and better with each new record! These guy started out in territory that was strongly influenced by older Italian soundtrack material – which they could copy with effortless ease – but this time around, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the coolest, hippest albums ever from reedman Hadley Caliman – cut at a time when Caliman was playing on a lot of other west coast sessions – both jazz and soul – and a record that definitely pushes his new ideas to the forefront! Hadley is always great, no matter what the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The cover's a bit creepy, but the album's still plenty great – old school Cameo still strongly in a funk-based mode, before some of the stiffer grooves of their later years! Bass is the ruler of the set – and most tracks here vamp around in a very heavy P-Funk style of groove – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Feel Me ... CD Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A great 80s groove from Cameo – but one that's still done in the group's best early funk ensemble mode! There's maybe a bit more emphasis on the basslines and keyboards than before, but the sound of the music is still wonderfully full and spontaneous – very much in keeping with the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Massively funky work from Cameo – a set that's right in the middle of their classic early run – and still quite strong on the bass-heavy grooves the group helped inspire in countless legions of imitators! The tightness of the set is incredible – moving at a pace that's simply ... (Soul) read moreCD
Jukebox pearls from the great Jo Ann Campbell – a unique singer who occupied a special place between country and pop, but who also had a fairly rocking style as well! Campbell's music here isn't entirely female rockabilly, but it's not far off either – often done with some really bold ... (Rock) read moreCD
A recent tribute to Albert Ayler – but one that's performed by some of his immediate musical heirs of the 70s! The performance picks up nicely where Ayler left off – and although some of the tunes are famous Ayler numbers, the overall style is almost a loft jazz extrapolation of Albert' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost west coast gem from the 50s – a unique quintet session for Atlantic Records, cut by a group co-led by trumpeter Conte Candoli and pianist Lou Levy! There's a bit more fire here than in some of the other sides from the time by the players – especially Levy – and in a way, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fierce work from Toronzo Cannon – an artist who's definitely determined to carve a path for the next generation of Chicago blues! All the roots here are firmly in place, but there's a boldness and sense of presence that really elevates Cannon's music – at a level that almost recalls ... (Blues) read moreCD
A truly beautiful tribute to the classic songcraft of Antonio Carlos Jobim – done with warmth, reverence and soul-stirring voice and guitar by Vinicius Cantuaria! The Tom Jobim songbook is timeless, of course, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of the finer Brazilian voices of a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An early 70s gem from Captain Beefheart – not as wild-eyed and wacked out as the late 60s glories, but still a good stretch weirder than most of the post psych, blues-steeped rock of the time! Ultimately, it's still Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, despite it being billed solely to ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of best ever records by gonzo rock genius Captain Beefheart and his incredible Magic Band – the proper follow up to Trout Mask Replica – and they;re still at the height of their powers! Art Tripp's marimba and percussion gives the group an extra rhythmic complexity, not that they ... (Rock) read moreCD
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band —
Clear Spot ... CD Reprise, 1972. New Copy ...
Maybe not as nuts as some earlier work by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – but a pretty damn great record nonetheless – especially when compared to most of what was hitting the record racks in 1972! The Captain's still got all his wild and unbridled elements fully in place ... (Rock) read moreCD
Gently groovy pop by the Caravelles – a 60s pop duo with two gal singers, a hollow-body guitar, and some light rhythm backing! The style makes for dreamy pop tunes that float even more than work by acts like The Chordettes or the Paris Sisters – kind of like Les & Mary Paul, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A record filled with cover images that run from Richard Nixon to Elvis Presley, to Mick Jagger, Caetano Veloso, Chairman Mao, Jorge Ben, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol – and a set whose sound definitely seems to live up to such heady company from the 20th century! Erasmo Carlos is at his ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An overlooked set from the 80s soul mainstream – the first solo album from the lead singer from Champaign! Pauli Carman's look on the cover definitely gives away the feel of the album – sweet 80s soul with a nice blend of beats and keyboards in the mix, all with the right sort of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Doug Carn —
Adams Apple ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Doug Carn —
Infant Eyes ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
An undisputed 70s soul jazz classic – and arguably the best album that Doug Carn ever cut for the Black Jazz label! The set is a masterpiece of spiritual jazz – with Carn on keyboards setting up the groove, and wife Jean singing some incredible vocals – very different than her ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Doug Carn —
Revelation ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
The Black Jazz recordings of Doug Carn are always a revelation – some of the most powerful, progressive work on the American underground of the early 70s – music that got Carn into way more record collections than you might expect! The sound here is a perfect summation of Doug's early ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Plenty of spirit, and plenty of soul – a 70s classic from organist Doug Carn, and a record that took his instrument, and jazz in general, to a whole new level for the decade! Carn's got this burning, righteous quality on his keys – a vibe that certainly owes something to Larry Young, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jean Carne —
Give It Up ... CD Essential/Society Hill, 2015. New Copy ...
The great Jean Carne, still very much at the top of her game – and going strong at a level that none of her contemporaries from the old days could ever hope to match! Carne's an artist that we've loved for decades, and one who's continued to keep the soul and sophistication in her music, no ... (Soul) read moreCD
The worthy, perhaps even superior second set in jazzy percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project – appropriately titled Love & Soul – with one of the most impressive rosters of women in soul you'd ever expect to see in one place! Guests include Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great example of the cool, classy swing that Benny Carter hit in the 1960s – a groove that was more regularly brought to backings for standout singers of the time, but which also works beautifully here in an instrumental mode! Carter's alto sax is at the top of the charts, but the album's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark recording – one of a handful of early documents of the avant garde LA scene, featuring a nimble quartet headed up by the inventive frontline of John Carter on reeds and Bobby Bradford on trumpet, over the fluid rhythm team of Tom Williamson on bass and Chicago expatriate Bruz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Ron Carter's best from the 70s – a hip and subtle effort recorded for CTI, with a small group that includes Joe Henderson on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, and Billy Cobham on drums! Henderson's tenor work dominates the album, and the long tracks really let him snake around mightily ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ron Carter & Cedar Walton —
Heart & Soul ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A spare session, but never a sleepy one – given the inherent complexity in the music of both bassist Ron Carter and pianist Cedar Walton – and the way they can swing even in the most mellow moments! There's only a few of those on the record, though – as most of the tunes have an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A haunting and unusual batch of tracks from bassist Ron Carter – working here with a group that includes spiritual modernists Eric Dolphy on reeds and Mal Waldron on piano – both players who really add a lot to the set! In a way, the album's more like Dolphy's own work as a leader from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mixture of folksy and jazzy vocals from singer Susan Carter – part of the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s! Although Susan was one of the "Ladies Of The Canyon", she's got a sound here that's much more wider-ranging than that of Joni Mitchell – a unique mixture of jazz ... (Rock) read moreCD
A nicely different western score from Pippo Caruso – one that hits the genre at a moodier, mellower level – but still with all the flair you'd expect from a classic Italian film score from the 60s! Caruso sometimes uses strings or harmonica gently, to hint at a more sentimental ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Early and lovely work from Beth Carvalho – a set that's quite different than her later albums, with much more of a 60s bossa diva sound overall! Arrangements are by Lyrio Panicali and Gaya, and the album's got a warmly flowing groove that's right up there with more familiar sides from the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Michael Carvin's one of those players who always makes us sit up and take notice – not just for his own dynamic work on drums, but also for the way that he manages to lead a group with such soulful fire! This album's a great example of that skill, as Carvin brings together a mix of players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The music of Michael Carvin is always a revelation – a joyous, soulful outpouring of feeling that never fails to move us – and which always makes us wonder why more folks don't treasure gems like this that he made as a leader! Carvin's drum work is filled with energy from the get-go ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Marc Cary's working here with his Focus Trio – a mighty cool group that has Sameer Gupta handling tablas as well as drums – an instrument that really helps bring a new sort of groove to the record! Cary's always had a way with richly visionary soundscapes – even in a more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Johnny Cash's early 60s Christmas LP – a mix of originals by Johnny, June and others, and a few popular Christmas tunes, all the more wonderful for Cash's faithful and true approach! Includes some spoken word narrative moments with sweet chorus backing, to the trademark boom-chicka-boom ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Majestic Motown from the 70s – an almost-overlooked record, but a surprisingly sophisticated gem that's well worth discovering again! The album's definitely soul at the core, but embraces so many other rich styles too – and at points, almost feels like some of the most ambitious ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent bit of Latin groove – one of our favorite crossover boogaloo sets from the 60s, and easily some of the greatest work ever by Jimmy Castor! And yes, this is the same Jimmy Castor who's known for his funk albums of the 70s – but back in the day, he was open-minded enough to ... (Soul) read moreCD
A much-needed collection of work from pianist Joe Castro – a wonderful piano player who worked heavily on the LA scene of the postwar years, but only issued a rare few albums as a leader! Joe's sets for Atlantic are well-remembered classics – yet they only scratch the surface of Castro' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest surf instrumental albums of the 60s – an obscure set by The Centurions that's not to be confused with the similar Pajama Party set from Beach Boy Bruce Johnston – but which is an even more unusual assemblage of sounds overall! These guys offer up way more than just ... (Rock) read moreCD
Cerrone's definitely got the Golden Touch here – grooving long and strong, with that mix of cosmic club and warmer disco that made his 70s music so great! The album's a masterpiece all the way through – driven by great percussion from the maestro, and swirled up into a heavenly mix at ... (Soul) read moreCD
A second helping of Latin Beat from Cesar's Salad – and a feverish, funky and tight set on Perfect Toy that's easily as strong its predecessor! Led by percussionist Cesar Granados – who really knocks us out on the congas – the group is a quartet with a raw approach and a live ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD