Tippa Lee's a Jamaican talent from the old school, one whose biggest fame was in the 80s – but he steps out here in a great setting that's maybe even more retro than his original work – served up in a roots reggae mode that feels like some lost Kingston classic from the 70s! The lyrics ... (Reggae) read moreCD
The complete recordings of The Lee Kings – a wonderfully groovy Swedish 60s group who definitely wore their love of The Beatles on their sleeve! The set begins with the core album Bingo For The Lee Kings – about as perfect a piece of 60s rock as you could hope to find – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Groovy sounds from the French scene of the 60s – a brilliant array of tracks from the comedies of Louis De Funes – most of which were scored by Raymond Lefevre! There's a sprightly, playful feel to the work that's very very nice – and many of the tunes have a groovy, mod sort of ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Incredible work by one of our favorite 60s groups of any stripe – and if you ask us, this is among the very best records of the late 60s. . . period! If you don't know The Left Banke, their unique style of "baroque rock" is a wonderful mix of swirling organ, electric harpsichord, ... (Rock) read moreCD
20 tracks in all:"Jingle Jangle", "Krill Ill", "Step To The Stage", "Back In The Days", "New Ni**as", "Bring It", "Zootie Bang", "The Truth", "Rest In Peace", "Who's On It" (Parts 1 & 2), "Le ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Brazilian rhythms meet French pop – all in an incredible album from the lovely Christiane Legrand! Christiane's probably best known for her work in the Swingle Singers – or for being the sister of the famous Michel Legrand, who she helped on a few soundtracks – but she sounds ... (French) read moreCD
Dreamy sounds from the legendary Michel Legrand – working here in a mode that's maybe a bit more lush and romantic than some of his later soundtrack work – yet at a level that's still head and shoulders above most of his 50s instrumental contemporaries! The set's got a melancholy vibe ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible treasure trove of music – the complete film scores that Michel Legrand penned for his films with director Jacques Demy – plus rare bonus tracks, alternate versions, vocal takes, and even a bit of working sessions and studio work as well! We've always been huge fans of ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A relatively recent soundtrack from Michel Legrand – but one that shows that the legendary maestro's lost none of his touch over the years! If anything, there's a depth and complexity here that may surpass some of Legrand's work – orchestral modes that often evoke his score for Peau D'A ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of our favorite soundtracks ever – a jazzy swinging ode to love found and love lost – all penned by the legendary Michel Legrand! The work was composed in collaboration with director Jacques Demy for his 1966 film of the same name – and, like the previous Demy/Legrand ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
String-heavy early genius from a young Michel Legrand – tracks from some of his best travelogue albums for Columbia from the 50s! The first half of the set is Legrand's original I Love Paris album – a sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris, made up of a host of famous themes from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tom Lellis —
Flow ... CD Beamtide, 2016. New Copy ...
An excellent set from Tom Lellis – a jazz vocalist we've been digging since the 70s – as part of an elite group of really special singers that might include Mark Murphy or Kurt Elling – able to work in a jazzy style that's far more than just delivery of a lyric, with a sense of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A really great underground groover from the 70s – an album that hardly got any circulation at the time, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years! The album's a bit unusual, in that it almost feels like an expanded package of 12" singles – as the a-side ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great early work by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American jazz vocal groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross or The Hi Los – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Les Freres Smith —
Free To Go ... CD Les Freres Smith (France), 2015. New Copy ...
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The complete work of Les Parisiennes – a lovely female French pop group from the 60s – supervised by pianist Claude Bolling! The 3CD package brings together all the quartet's music for Philips Records in the mid 60s – a surprisingly big batch of recordings, given that most of ... (French) read moreCD
Stunning work from Lesiman – easily one of the coolest, funkiest talents on the Italian sound library scene of the 70s! The groove here is electric, funky, and often slightly trippy – with perfect use of electric bass to get things going in so many different ways, depending on the mood ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
2 great lost roots albums from the underrated Ijahman Levi! At the cusp of the 80s he appeared poised to achieve the level of dominance over the Jamaican scene like Burning Spear held in the early 70s, only to leave us with these 2 monumental recordings and labor quietly for the rest of his career. ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A strong mid 50s trio outing from west coast pianist Lou Levy – recorded under the supervision of Shorty Rogers during his time working with RCA! The set's got a harder-swinging edge than you might expect – and grooves in the manner of some of Levy's other fine mid 50s work – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous little record and maybe THE album from trombonist George Lewis – a groundbreaking solo set that's maybe his equivalent of Anthony Braxton's For Alto – and which does similar things both for his instrument and the further growth of the AACM in jazz! The record features ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked gem from Linda Lewis – an early 80s album recorded after her time in the 70s limelight – and a set that's every bit as strong, if not stronger than, most other soul records of the time! Lewis is working here with studio help from two different forces – a warm New ... (Soul) read moreCD
A cool collection of work from Ramsey Lewis' legendary 70s years on Columbia Records – a sweet little set that's filled with overlooked moments that really show the full spectrum of Ramsey's expanded talents at the label! Some cuts are spare and acoustic, others are electric – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothing too "chance" about this encounter – as the album's got a very full, carefully put-together approach – completely arranged and produced by Ramsey Lewis himself, but definitely using lessons learned from some of the other top-shelf talents who guided him during his years ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A live set, but one that's got some wonderfully rich grooves – almost one of the first times that Ramsey's excellent studio approach was attempted on record in a concert setting! The backings are quite full, and produced beautifully here by Tom Tom 84 – who really keeps a classy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis —
Salongo ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A tremendous little record, and one of the funky 70s sets that Ramsey Lewis recorded with Earth Wind & Fire! Well, not Earth Wind & Fire entirely – but the Kalimba Productions team of Maurice White and Charles Stepney that gave the group its sound – plus a nice sprinkling of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic of jazzy modern soul from Webster Lewis! By this point in his career, Lewis had honed his keyboard craft to perfection – and on albums like this one, he laid down some excellent smooth soulful fusion that soared in a righteous way that few other artists of his generation could ... (Soul) read moreCD
The earliest work we've ever heard from keyboardist Webster Lewis – and a set that's quite different than his late 70s groovers for Columbia Records! The music here is equal parts jazz, soul, and funk – spun out of over a set of long tracks recorded in Oslo at the start of the 70s ... (Soul) read moreCD
Not the same Lewis and Clarke who explored the Louisiana Purchase – and instead a hip 60s group who found plenty of cool territory on their own! The album's got a great sort of pop psych vibe – almost more late 60s Warner than you'd expect from Colgems – with superb production ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The first crucial album from Manny Oquendo and his legendary Libre group – a combo who'd go onto have great power in the Latin scene in the years after this release – thanks to their perfect blend of rhythmic roots and bold jazzy elements! Libre almost prefigure the more sophisticated ... (Latin) read moreCD
Manny Oquendo's great group Libre were one of the high points in the New York Latin scene of the 70's. The group manage to bring traditional Latin jazz styles into play with some of the changes that were taking place in the city's music scene at the time – and the result is a beautiful blend ... (Latin) read moreCD
Dave Liebman sounds wonderful here in a warmer fusion mode – a set that's a great reminder of what a versatile musician he can be, especially in these earlier years of his career! Liebman had plenty of experience on the farther side of the jazz spectrum, but he also still sounds great here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A never-issued record from Jah Life – and one that stands with the best dub efforts from the time! The set features wicked rhythms from the Roots Radics band, recorded at Channel One – then mixed into sublime echoey territory by Scientist, with a style that's every bit as his own great ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A stunner of a set from funky harmonica genius Papa George Lightfoot – an obscure late 60s album cut for the Vault label, but cut at the early Malaco Studios – not too far from Lightfoot's Mississippi home! George passed away just two years after this record, which makes the set a key ... (Blues) read moreCD
The lesser-known "Lightnin'" of the postwar blues years – and a hell of a bluesman, heard here on some early sides for Excello Records! Lightnin Slim's got this raw, rootsy voice that's brimming with power – an approach that would have been great enough on its own, even with ... (Blues) read moreCD
Lil 1/2 Dead delivering sold west coast G Funk on his second record for Priority! 1/2 Dead's solo shots didn't breakout like his more famous family and west coast stylistic contemporaries on the early-to-mid 90s west coast scene, but his couple of records on Priority deliver the goods. We worth ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A totally groovy little record from Swedish singer Lill Lindfors – an artist who's got an equally great ear for sounds from France, Brazil, and even the American west coast – all of which she serves up here in her own unique style! Lill's music has always gotten attention from folks ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Wicked guitar work from Willie Lindo – spun out here over an all-instrumental set that almost feels more like Jamaican records of the late 60s than you'd guess from the mid 70s date of the album! The grooves are definitely more 70s – certainly with a strong reggae current – but ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A heavy helping of Miami soul – all of it composed by Willie "Little Beaver" Hale, and performed by Beaver and some of his best contemporaries at TK Records! Little Beaver is easily one of our favorite artists from the 70s glory years of Miami soul – a hell of a singer, a ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the funkiest albums ever cut by Little Milton – done at the end of the 60s with some hard Chicago soul arrangements from Gene Barge, and an overall style that mixes electric blues with some of the hard soul coming from the city's west side scene at the time! The album's much more of a ... (Blues) read moreCD
Seminal work from singer Little Willie John – a key figure in the birth of soul music at the end of the 50s! Willie's work here was done for King Records as part of that label's huge roster of R&B talent at the time – but Willie's way of putting over a tune was often touched with ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sublime sounds from one of the west coast greats of the postwar years – the wonderful Little Willie Littlefield, a singer who took his Texas roots into rich new territory on these early recordings for the Modern Records label! The imprint's name is a good indication of the groove here – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stunning sounds from the great Little Willie Littlefield – a blues musician with Texas roots, but who really transformed a lot in the LA scene of the postwar years – where his music took on lots of cool, modern touches – as you'll hear in this killer collection of tracks for King ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title's borrowed from a hit by Jan & Dean – but the music here is very much the Lively Ones' own – that cool blend of surf guitar, echo, and other hip elements that make their early 60s Del-Fi records so great! The guitar lines are wonderfully chromatic – very well-tuned, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very unusual album from The Lively Ones – a set that has the group going south of the border, with all of the guitar/surf styles you might expect – but also getting some help from the lesser-known Surf Mariachis, who play on about half of the album's tracks! The notes offer up little ... (Rock) read moreCD
A night in Jamaica, circa 1965 – but a record that's got more than enough Latin touches to be titled A Night In Havana, too! Pianist Cecil Lloyd steps away from more familiar Jamaican styles of the time, to work with small combo backing that's much more in the mode of the best Latin pianists ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Charles Lloyd in the Soviet Union – blowing beautifully on an open-ended set that must have really loosened things up in Red Square! The album features Lloyd at his freewheeling 60s best – working in his group with Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A Blue Note debut from legendary reedman Charles Lloyd – who definitely wants to bring something new to his work on the label! The set features his Marvels combo – a quintet that features very prominent work from guitarist Bill Frisell, whose edgey tones here make for a very different ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really beautiful record from vibist Joe Locke – and maybe his most dynamic album in years! The set's got Joe working in a particularly angular mode – carving out these wonderful lines of sound with core rhythms from the trio of Robert Rodriguez on piano, Terreon Gully on drums, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The wonderful first solo album from Nils Lofgren – done with this lean, tight sound that's nicely different than his previous work with Grin – and which really lets Nils show off all the best sides of his vocals and guitar! The group is just a core trio with Wornell Jones on bass ... (Rock) read moreCD
Lok 3 + 1 (Schlippenbach/Lovens/Takase/Illvibe) —
Signals ... CD Trost (Austria), 2016. New Copy ...
A very weird and wonderful combination of sounds – the improvised piano of Aki Takase and Alexander Von Schlippenbach, the drums of Paul Lovens, and the turntables and faderboard of DJ Illvibe! We'll be the first to admit that we're often skittish about the use of turntables in a session of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Julie London's strongest overall albums – a great session that features small group backings with a warm and intimate feel! There's less of the languid sadness of some of Julie's other records, and more of the dreamy floating style of singers like Chris Connor or June Christy on this ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A really cool little record from the little-known Danny Long – a sweet self-released project from the 70s that really gets at the charm of the indie scene at the time! Danny plays lots of Fender Rhodes on the record – in these warm jazzy solos that are a perfect accompaniment for his ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Jeff Lorber Fusion —
Galaxian ... CD Arista/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy ...
The Jeff Lorber group makes a move into R&B with a few tracks on this set – adding in vocals to their core sweet fusion approach, but in a style that totally makes sense! Lorber's always had a great way with a soulful tune – working with both electric and acoustic keys in a style ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some great work that will completely redefine your ideas about calypso music – especially if they're mostly relegated to cliches about Harry Belafonte! The tracks here were all recorded by Rupert "Lord Invader" Grant in New York during the late 40s and early 50s – and done ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The debut album from Bryan Loren, and quite possibly his best-remembered set – a batch of catchy, upbeat 80s soul numbers – all tracks that definitely point the way towards his later productions for other hit artists! There's nothing too fancy going on here, but Bryan's right on the ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most striking groups we've heard from the Chilean scene of the late 60s – a quartet who have the groovy garagey sound of their contemporaries, but also manage a darker style overall! The lyrics are in English throughout – something the band always insisted on – but ... (Rock) read moreCD
Understated genius from the Lost Gonzo Band – one of those 70s bands who could draw on country, but never be country rock – act like they were casual, but had the tightness of much bigger acts – and always come across with the goods, but in a way that never tried to call too much ... (Rock) read moreCD
Lionel Loueke —
Gaia ... CD Blue Note, 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the most dynamic record we've heard from guitarist Lionel Loueke so far – even though it's only a trio set, with less musicians than some of Lionel's other albums! The approach here is pretty fierce – heavy drums at most times from Ferenc Nemeth, and brooding bass from Massimo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very cool work from the Parisian scene of the late 60s – material that has a bit of a French swing jazz guitar approach, but which is also served up with lots of Caribbean touches, too – including a fair bit of Latin currents in the percussion and piano! Guitarist Pierre Louis was born ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two soundtrack-themed albums – back to back on one CD! Themes For Super Heroes is a 1979 effort from Geoff Love – one timed to match up with the successful Superman film, but which also features bits from a range of TV heroes as well! Love's arrangements are lush, but often quite lean ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Out There ... CD Blue Thumb/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Lesser-known work by Love – recorded immediately after the group's seminal records on Elektra, with a slightly different sound! The CD brings together tracks from the albums Out Here and False Start – both of which feature the band moving back to basics, working in a harder rocking ... (Rock) read moreCD
Quite an obscure one by Love – a mid 70s record that actually has quite a bit of soul in the mix! The album almost seems to be going for a Sly Stone approach – expanding the group past Arthur Lee and crew with a host of additional players that include Harvey Mandel, Bobby Lyle, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
WC and DJ Aladdin working together as the producer/DJ duo Low Profile – definitely paving the way for more famous west coast rap to come – on a still strong, long under-appreciated album on Profile! WC would go on to make a bigger name for himself with Madd Circle, West Side ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Essential work from LTG Exchange – a seminal group in the early days of disco, one who blended together elements of funk, Latin, and uptempo soul, into a groove that was one of the hippest on the New York scene of the mid 70s. This album's one of the group's only full length LPs – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
LTJ Experience started out as one of the few great Italian club artists to carry forward the disco sound of the glory years into the final decade of the last century – and since that time, he's just continued to evolve his sound – to a point where he comes across here with a wonderfully ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A very nice set of Japanese fusion tracks cut by guitarist Reggie Lucas, with nice electric backing by Hubert Eaves on keyboard, Michael Henderson on bass, and other acoustic players like Mtume, John Stubblefield, and Clifford Adams. The set was recorded by East Wind in Japan, and the best cuts on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The beginning of an amazing run on RCA for vocalist Jon Lucien – working here in a sublime blend of styles that's way beyond simple soul or standard jazz! Lucien's got a sound that's unlike anything we can think of – apart from the countless imitators who've tried for his style in ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful album from Jon Lucien – one that's been far too neglected over the years! This was Lucien's second album for Columbia – and it's a wonderfully strong effort that fuses together jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles, in a manner that recalls some of his best work for RCA – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers —
Mi Watusi ... CD Freestyle (UK), 2011. New Copy ...
A great Latin boogaloo set from Ray Lugo & his Boogaloo Destroyers – fulfilling Lugo's longtime ambition of modern take a the mix of Latin soul, rhythm & blues and more that were so inspiring to Lugo's childhood in NYC! Lugo is a veteran of the modern Afro Funk scene – having ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers —
Que Chevere ... CD Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
A real old school set from Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – just about the only contemporary combo we've ever heard come close to the classic sound of the Latin Soul scene in the 60s! The album smokes like some rare gem on Fania or Cotique – with wicked Latin rhythms tied up in ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Lage Lund —
Idlewild ... CD Criss Cross (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
A beautiful showcase for the warm, ringing tones of guitarist Lage Lund – a wonderful player who's only gotten better and better over the years! Lage has this richly chromatic style that's always a treat with a larger group, but it gets an especially strong focus here in an intimate trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joe Lutcher's the brother of famous postwar singer Nellie Lutcher – but is also a hell of a talent on his own, as you'll discover on this set of rare recordings for the late 40s Modern Records label! Only a handful of these tracks were issued at the time, and along with a wealth of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Cheryl Lynn's punching up her sound a bit here – working with Hubert Eaves, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and even some of her own productions – in a style that's got a heavier sort of 80s groove than earlier albums, but still mighty nice – and a great change from the disco of her ... (Soul) read moreCD
A funk-steeped trip through the Lyrics Born catalog – and it's not some label-curated hodgepodge/contract fulfilling set either – this one feels as carefully and thoughtfully assembled as could be! Irresistible stuff, be it post 90s Bay Area boom bap or more funky soul-reverent stuff, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Killer set that combines both of Johnny's rare albums cut for the tiny Tuba label in the mid 60s! The records both have a great funky vibes sound, with lots of tight drumming, and soulful bubbling organ grooves. These are very sought after in their original pressings, and both LPs usually fetch ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two lost smokers from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – back to back on a single CD! The Soulful Rebel is lost early 70s set from Lytle – totally funky, but in a way that's very different than his famous 60s work! The album's got a sweet electric groove that comes not only from Johnny's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A straighter album than some of the early experimental work of Jards Macale – but maybe a greater album as well – and one that really shows the singer coming into his own, and finding a way to nestle his fresh ideas within the best settings of 70s MPB! The shift's a bit like the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Proof that the Italian sound library scene had way more to offer than just background music – a depth of amazing styles that more than live up to the legendary composers who worked in its service! This album is key illustration of that fact – hardly what you'd expect from a canned ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
(Limited to 500 copies.)
Ralph MacDonald —
Path ... CD Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
One of percussionist Ralph MacDonald's best albums of the late 70s – and one of the few on his own, given how many other records he played on! The set's a complicated mix of jazz, soul, and a variety of rootsier elements – and MacDonald shows a lot of sides of his personality here ... (Soul) read moreCD
Jester ... CD Harvest/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
A hell of a record from this lesser-known Belgian combo – one who work at a level that sounds much more like 1972 than the 1977 date of the record – a wickedly tight approach to prog that's perfectly at home on the Harvest label! The set begins with a masterpiece of heavy drums, long-wo ... (Rock) read moreCD
A nice little record from Belgian prog combo Machiavel – a set that has them compressing their sound a bit from earlier years, but in a way that almost seems to make their music more tuneful and powerful than before! The shift here is a bit like that mid 70s point when Yes moved away from ... (Rock) read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the mighty Machito – all recorded during those key years when he was having a huge impact on both the jazz and Latin scenes in New York! Much of the work here features that blend of Havana roots and bebop performance that Machito and Mario Bauza pioneered during the ... (Latin) read moreCD
We don't normally think of Indiana in such poetic terms – but leave it to Lonnie Mack to find the hidden beauty in roughness – a quality that seems to emerge more and more in his music as the 70s moved on! This Elektra album from 1971 is a real overlooked gem – quite different ... (Rock) read moreCD
Lonnie Mack's a hell of a guitarist, and one who never sounded better than on these early recordings for the Fraternity label – presented here in a hugely expanded version of the 70s album that first issued the long-overdue 60s sides, along with a fair bit of unissued tracks! Mack plays with ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the grooviest albums of the late 60s – a lost vocal treasure from the team of Dave MacKay & Vicky Hamilton! The pair were sort of like a hip version of Jackie & Roy – usually singing together on their tracks, with a mixed male/female vocal approach that sounds totally ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A wonderful record from this important string quartet – a group who strike a fine balance between being playful and playing powerfully, and who have a really tremendous ear for unusual repertoire too! The cover and title might seem a bit gimmicky, but Spektral Quartet are far from that ... (Classical) read moreCD
(Features the album on CD, with bonus blu-ray audio.)
Madcliff ... CD Guinness/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A rare funky gem from Madcliff – an early project from Chris Hills, who'd soon go onto greater fame in Players Association! The album's got a much more soul-based sound than Hills' later material – still upbeat and groovy, but delivered with an indie soul vibe that keeps things nice ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best albums we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Norio Maeda – a trio date that really lets him open up – and cook with a lot more fire than on some of his larger-concept albums! The album's got an explosive feel on many numbers – a limber quality that isn't showy at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
There's nothing liminal about the sound of the Joe Baer Magnant Group – as these guys have found a very special space of their own – which they occupy beautifully in a haunting blend of guitar and Fender Rhodes! The two instruments are used spatially, and chromatically – in ways ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredibly groovy French soundtrack work from the 60s – with a feel that's like some of the best American crime jazz of earlier years, mixed with some more progressive moments that feel like they were lifted from European sound library work! The tunes on the set come from 6 different ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Incredibly groovy work from French film composer Michel Magne – all of it for the films of Roger Vadim, including some music for Barbarella that wasn't part of the regular US soundtrack for the movie! The music represents some of the more involved soundtracks for Vadim films – but also ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Taj Mahal —
Brothers ... CD Warner/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
One of the better records that Taj Mahal cut during in the later 70s – probably because it was a soundtrack, and pushed the groove into some interesting places – with Taj's gruff vocals working over some Caribbean rhythms and modern blues, and more smoothed out moments! The latter ... (Blues) read moreCD
The incredible first album by Tim Maia – Brazil's greatest soul star in the 70s, and for good reason too – given that Tim was one of the few who could match the depth of American soul and funk at the time! Yet the music here is way more than just a Brazilian version of American soul ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the funkiest records ever from Brazilian soul legend Tim Maia – and a set that also has him singing a bit of English language lyrics too! The groove here is that classic Maia blend of Brazilian roots with American funk and soul – echoes of forro or samba in some of the rhythms, ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A pair of wonderful albums from The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! LTD is a wonderful debut from The Main Ingredient – and a record that really shows the new style they'd bring to group soul music in the 70s! There's a righteous energy here right from the start – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of great early albums from Main Ingredient – Tasteful Soul from 1970 and Bitter Sweet from 1971 – in a single set! Tasteful Soul is one of the groups earliest records, with a great set of Bert DeCoteaux arrangements, and a totally sweet soul harmony sound! The arrangements are ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mike Mainieri —
Love Play ... CD Arista (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Mike Mainieri's looks a little bit dopey on the cover – but don't hold that against him, as the album's a sharp set from the 70s, and one of his real standouts as a leader! Mike had been a vibist on countless other records before this one, but the album really has him coming into his own as ... (Jazz) read moreCD