A really unusual chapter in the career of the 5th Dimension – a mid 70s set recorded for ABC Records, but one that also has the group reunited with producer/arranger Jimmy Webb – who'd done so much for them in the 60s! The mode here is very different than before – bolder, more ... (Soul) read moreCD
Amazing sounds from Norwegian pianist Svein Finnerud – one of his earliest albums, and one of his most striking, too! The set was recorded in the late 60s – and it's got that beautiful balance of new freedoms and Bill Evans-inspired colors that some of Svein's American and British ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Enter ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
One of the coolest, wildest performances we've ever heard from the Fire Orchestra – an expanded version of a core jazz combo that includes Mats Gustafsson on tenor – but which here has grown to a very bold lineup of musicians with a trio of voices as well! The album features one long ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothing super-intense, but a great solo moment from Lisa Fischer – a vocalist who'd previously worked with Luther Vandross and The Rolling Stones, and who steps out on her own in this classic early 90s set! The music's got a bouncy approach to soul that reflects Lisa's professional roots ... (Soul) read moreCD
Really great work from Patrick Fitzgerald – one of the more surprising talents of the late 70s UK punk scene – and one of the most charming as well! Fitzgerald was raised in East London, and has a heavily accented style – one that really adds a lot to the sense of feeling and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Dynamic gospel soul from the Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi – featuring tracks from 2 incredible Peacock LPs, tunes that were cut throughout the 50s and in 1964 – back to back on a great CD! The first 11 tracks of the CD features all of the numbers from the 1964 LP Father I Stretch My ... (Gospel) read moreCD
A really wonderful group – and way more than just another sax section album! Instead, think of this one more as a combo that has some key sax players stepping out for solos – as the record has a vibe that's almost more like a Prestige or Blue Note record of the day, with incredibly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of killer albums from The Five Stairsteps – 1967's self-titled set for Windy C – plus '68's Love's Happening by The Five Stairsteps & Cubie – together with bonus track on this great set from Outta Sight UK! The Five Stairsteps album is a landmark batch of sweet soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of killers from The Five Stairsteps – back to back on a single CD, with bonus tracks too! First up is Our Family Portrait – a true family portrait of the Five Stairsteps – a group who first came to light on a host of wonderful indie singles in Chicago, stepping forth here ... (Soul) read moreCD
Very groovy work from 5000 Volts – one of the first pop disco groups to come onto the 70s scene in the UK – and a quartet with the lovely Tina Charles in the lead! The style here is a bit like Charles' solo work – but more funky overall, and more electrified too – with ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stunning work from The Flamingos – part of the group's incredible second chapter at End Records, where they really transformed their sound from their years at Chess! The group were already great before, but at End, they found this way of making even more heaven with their harmonies – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A unique Japanese-only session from pianist Tommy Flanagan – hardly a one-off, though – as the whole thing's put together with a real sense of care by legendary Columbia jazz producer Teo Macero! Although unissued in the US, the set gives Flanagan one of his greatest showcases of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked later set from Stax Records giant Eddie Floyd – a Malaco records album that has Eddie transforming his sound nicely for the time – picking up a slightly clubby groove while he still keeps his vocals right on the money! Arrangements are by Wardell Quezerque, who keeps ... (Soul) read moreCD
The best yet from Flying Lotus – who we keep allowing ourselves to believe has hit an insurmountable peak with each new record – but he just keeps getting better! Where the preceding Cosmogramma upped the stranger, spacier and more abstract textures, Until The Quiet Comes is a bit more ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Flying Lotus is not only very much alive on You're Dead! – he's as lively as ever – delivering his best, most diverse record to date! The Flying Lotus sound is in peak form here – glitchy beats and spacey keyboards, deftly layered samples, and carrying boundless influences from ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
This is a fantastic album! French pianist Raymond Fol leads a group that includes American and European players of the Clarke-Boland Big Band mode, like Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Woode, and Fats Sadi, plus American Art Taylor on drums – and he's come up with a swinging take on Vivaldi's Four ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The roots of Brigitte Fontaine – and a really wonderful record that we love every bit as her later work – but in a completely different way! The style here is more strikingly jazzy in the territory of early 60s Serge Gainsbourg or Jacques Brel – and the lyrics are mostly all by ... (French) read moreCD
Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of Chicago —
Comme A La Radio ... CD Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1970. New Copy ...
One of the coolest albums ever recorded – a legendary meeting between the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and inventive French singer Brigitte Fontaine! The set was recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, and it perfectly sums up all of the incredible energy bubbling out of the post-68 years – ... (French) read moreCD
There's definitely a sense of rising in the music of Frank Fontaine – a bold, fresh, powerful voice in jazz – not just a strong tenorist, but also a hell of a writer too! The album's one of those excellent overlooked treats we love so much from the Life Force Jazz label – an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The first-ever album from organist Chris Foreman as a leader – a Hammond hero who's been making great music for a number of years, and really steps out strongly here on his debut! The album's got a fresh approach from the usual organ jazz outing – in that Foreman plays solo on a number ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great overlooked band from the Cali scene at the turn of the century – a quartet with a great female singer, and a tight jangly sound that almost takes us back to the C86 generation in the UK! The songs are well-written, and filled with sweet little hooks that bring out the best in the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Joik ... CD Distort-D-Sound, 1999. New Copy ...
One of the few albums ever cut by this under-discovered California quartet – a cool little group who mix post punk elements with some warmer ideas too – sometimes using jazzy inflections on the guitar and keyboards, at a level that reminds us a bit of some of the more subtle groups from ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the greatest albums of Hammond jazz ever recorded – and a darn funky one at that! Bobby Forrester may not look like a hipster on the cover, but this set grooves like some of the best early 70s work by Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, and Groove Holmes – hitting hard with some really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare bit of British soul from the 70s – recorded with a bit of Jamaica in some of the grooves, and a very warm and soulful style overall! Sharon Forrester's a singer with a great gentle voice – one that slinks in right with the midtempo grooves in a mighty nice way – finding an ... (Soul) read moreCD
A real early moment of genius from reedman Sonny Fortune – a classic set cut for the Strata East label, and one that's got a lot more depth and edge than some of Fortune's later records! Don't get us wrong, we always love Sonny to death – but there's really something special going on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A definite delight from Ronnie Foster – a post-Blue Note set that actually has the keyboardist sounding better than ever! Ronnie's always been one of those guys who seems to work best when moving against a bit of structure – and here, that force is provided by the excellent Jerry ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Massive keyboard work from Ronnie Foster – one of his sweet funky 70s sets for Blue Note – and a killer all the way through! Ronnie plays a host of cool keys – Hammond, clavinet, and moog – and he's working here with tight production from George Benson, who really helps ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ronnie Foster —
Racer ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Ronnie Foster cut plenty of sweet fusion sides for Columbia Records at the start of the 80s – but this set's from the second half of the decade, and was initially an album that was only issued for the Japanese market! Foster arranged the whole record himself, and works with a nice lean ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very groovy work from the Four King Cousins – a sweet quartet of lovely voices peeled off of the larger King Family ensemble, singing here in a spare and syncopated groove with lots of late 60s Capitol touches! Maestro Lex De Azevedo produced, arranged, and conducted – and the album's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the hardest, rawest Four Tops album on 60s Motown – a unique live session, recorded at the Roostertail Nightclub in Detroit – with a sound that shows that the Tops could maybe shine even more away from the studio! Levi Stubbs' leads are especially incredible – not just a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Maybe the coolest volume so far in this all-amazing series – a heady dip into the farther reaches of the Kim Fowley universe! This time around, Kim's only the performer on a few track – and most numbers are by obscure groups, both soul and rock – originally recorded by Fowley for ... (Rock) read moreCD
Bold clusters of sound from pianist Philip Thomas – working here on a series of very inventive compositions by Christopher Fox! Fox has a groundbreaking style that's really striking, right from the first few minutes of the CD – a way of creating almost little stories in sound, driven ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Fox Capture Plan —
Wall ... CD Playwright (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
We really love these guys – and are continually amazed at what they can do with just bass, drums, and piano – all very conventional instruments, but used by Fox Capture Plan in this soaringly soulful style! The music's not entirely jazz – because all three instruments are very ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Redd Foxx doing is thing live in '75 at the Apollo – his return to recording after 12 years without a comedy album! You Gotta Wash Your Ass was cut while Sanford & Son was still in its run – making this blue performance a gritty return to form for Foxx! It isn't as flamboyantly ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
The first album from Foxy – and maybe the best from the group, too – given that the whole thing's put together with some wonderfully funky and jazzy touches! The enigmatic Ish Ledesma is at the helm of the group, but he gets some great help from Ray Martinez on the production and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pretty catchy bit of Miami club from the late 70s – and an album that sounds a heck of a lot better than you might think from its silly pink cover! The group's actually got a strong acoustic sound underpinning their grooves – with some excellent percussion underneath the best tracks, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Claudine Francois/Hubert Dupont/Hamid Drake —
Flying Eagle ... CD Marge (France), 2014. New Copy ...
Claudine Francois is a beautiful pianist, and we love her work on other records – but she sounds especially great here in the company of bassist Hubert Dupont and drummer Hamid Drake – both players who bring a heck of a lot of texture to the session! Dupont's bass is wonderful – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful lost gem from the legendary Vanguard Records – a set issued in the 70s, but with the best independent spirit of the label from the decade before! Bob Frank is a very unique songwriter – and has this amazing ability to paint these personal little pictures in song – ... (Rock) read moreCD
A big one from Aretha Franklin's 80s comeback years on Arista Records – a set that features a surprising guest appearance from Keith Richards, but mostly concentrates on Franklin's successful run with producer/arranger Narada Michael Walden – who continues to do a great job of updating ... (Soul) read moreCD
A legendary legacy of soul – served up by a singer who definitely earns the title of "Queen" stated on the cover! The music here comes from a period that just about everyone deems as Aretha Franklin's best – her seminal years at Atlantic Records, where she made an important ... (Soul) read moreCD
Aretha Franklin at the end of the 80s – capping off a big run of records for Arista with another successful collaboration with Narada Michael Walden! There's a bit more of a groove here than before – a nice bounce on many cuts that almost brings in a slight new jack flavor – but ... (Soul) read moreCD
Excellent work by Carolyn Franklin – a heavy album of female soul with a sound that should have made it huge! Carolyn is the less-famous sister of Aretha Franklin – but she's got a voice that keeps the family proud, and she's a lot hipper than Aretha on this album – with a very ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic album from the team of Henry Franklin and Azar Lawrence – proof that the two players' recent pairing has helped them both reach the heights of their recordings from the 70s! The album's got a deeply spiritual vibe that goes way past the slightly gimmicky cover image – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Henry Franklin —
June Night ... CD Skipper Productions, 2012. New Copy ...
Killer contemporary work from bassist Henry Franklin – an artist who's every bit as hip today as he was back in the 70s! This smoking set is one of Henry's recent gems on his own label – a soulful, soaring session that really shows that his energy hasn't dimmed a bit – and a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Henry Franklin —
Two Views ... CD Skipper Productions, 2015. New Copy ...
Bassist Henry Franklin is still very much at the top of his game here – grabbing our attention right away, as he has with his other excellent recent releases on his own label – playing with this strong, soulful quality that really steps off from his better-known work of the 70s! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Pinata ... CD Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ...
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the great late 70s Columbia sets from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the universe – the one and only album by this obscure west coast group, who get some strong help in the studio from Phillip Bailey! Bailey co-produced, and wrote some great songs for the record – and the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Not a free jazz set – as you might guess from the title – but an excellent mix of funk and rock elements with the sweet electric style of MPS jazz – a totally hip, slightly psych album that sits well with the label's classics from artists like Dave Pike or Dee Dee, Barry & The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing, unjustly obscure bit of southern funky soul – played with kind of a club oriented groove, and a strong nod towards middle-period Earth, Wind, & Fire – a far different vibe than a lot of the southern soul on the Malaco label! The band has some nice harmony vocals over a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic funky combo from the mid 70s African scene – one who worked previously with Geraldo Pino, and who definitely show some traces of his own great work too – but who also have a madly great groove that's all their own! Freedom Family are definitely on the funkier side of the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A great bit of fusion from the start of the 70s – kind of a bridge between the late 60s "groovy" Japanese jazz, and some of the freer-thinking work to come! The group features excellent tenor from Takeru Muraoka, who plays with kind of a sharp edge that almost echoes more of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two incredibly groovy records that will completely redefine your expectations for religious music – both put together by the Rev Nick Freund! Montgomery Chapel is an incredibly dark album that's way more acid folk than anything else – recorded by a group named The Search Party, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
An excellent early 80s session from guitarist Steve Freund – recorded on the indie side of the Chicago scene, and a key debut for the vocals of Gloria Hardiman! Gloria's definitely a blues singer, but her phrasing is almost more deep soul at times too – a really rich voice that was ... (Blues) read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from vibist Dave Friedman – a set that really lives up to the promise we sometimes expect from other records of his, but never find this clearly! Friedman plays both marimba and vibes – the latter with this bold, chromatic quality ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Spacious vibes and soulful marimba from the great Dave Friedman – a player who's really hitting his stride at this point in his career – and finding a way to set his music apart from all previous vibesmen who've come before! Friedman's got the sense of tone and timing that you might ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic record from vibist David Friedman – spare, hip, modern, and very moody! Friedman's playing vibes and marimba alongside David Samuels, who plays the same – and this twin-vibes approach sounds fantastic – especially as the record has no drums, just additional bass, plus ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous little album from pianist Don Friedman – a trio session, but one that's cut with a mixture of Fender Rhodes and electric bass, which gives the album a majestically soulful groove! Friedman's never sounded better, and the record is easily one of his best – with a sound that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best records in years from the mighty Far Out label – and a set that really takes the imprint back to its roots! The name of the record echoes the first Friends From Rio session that launched Far Out almost two decades ago – and like that classic, this one's a collaborative ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Gerardo Frisina —
Movement ... CD Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy ...
Plenty of movement from the great Gerardo Frisina – a set that's awash in all the Latin and modal elements we've always loved in his music – and a record that filled with jazzy touches throughout! Rhythms are both live and programmed – but even the latter have a very spontaneous ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Two giants of the British improvisation scene work together here in a relatively recent recording – but one that shows that the creative imaginations of both players is alive and well! In fact, the performance, recorded in 2007, almost might stand equally nice to some of the 70s recordings ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lotte Anker plays a host of different saxophones here – used in a free flurry of tones and timings next to the wonderfully creative guitar work of Fred Frith – still amazing after all these years! The set's one of those records that reminds us how wonderful improvisation can be when it' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool re-creation of the best soundtrack modes of Fabio Frizzi – particularly his scores for the films of Lucio Fulci! The performance is a live one, but done with a very classic vibe – played by a small combo that mixes keyboards, guitar, and rhythms with some light strings to really ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A great new soundtrack from the legendary Fabio Frizzi – proof that he hasn't lost any of his talents over the course of his many years in film scoring! The music has a really timeless feel – almost more late 70s/early 80s than you'd expect from the more recent vintage of the film ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A spooky soundtrack from the great Fabio Frizzi – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was one of the true masters of Italian horror! The sounds here are a mix of electric and acoustic elements – but the latter are often played in offbeat ways that they really sound electric ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pretty playful soundtrack for this Italian cult comedy from the early 80s – one that features a number of different vignettes throughout the film, with shifting music to match! Some themes are light and lively – almost like the sort you'd hear in sex comedies – while others ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wicked dip into Colombian music – focused around the work of two true giants of the scene! CD1 features 21 massive tracks from Fruko – one of the hardest-hitting artists working in Colombia in the 70s – often in a sound that starts out in New York salsa, but takes all these ... (Latin) read moreCD
Mindblowing sounds from Japanese bassist Isoo Fukui – one of a handful of 70s players on that scene who really helped reinvent the sound of his instrument in jazz! Isoo really drives the group here up from the bottom – by playing both bass and cello with these well-inflected notes that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Curtis Fuller —
Two Bones ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest Curtis Fuller albums for Blue Note – and one of the rarest too – a set that was recorded in 1958, but only ever issued on vinyl in this rare Japanese pressing from the 80s! The date's quite unique – as it features "two bones", that is, two trombonists ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Heady psych, but with a funky groove – done by a contemporary group on Soundway, and truly akin to the global psych funk of late 60s and 70s we've always loved from the label! Fumaca Preta founder/percussion/vocalist Alex Figueira is Portuguese-Venezuelan and based in Amsterdam – and ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A sweet 80s project from the legendary Randy Muller – a set that's a bit heavier on the beats and keyboards than his previous horn-heavy efforts – but which still has more than enough of a groove to earn the "funk" in the title! The style here is almost a take off from later ... (Soul) read moreCD
No hangin out here – because these guys are tighter than ever, and right on the money from the very first note of the set! A snapping drum break opens up the album – followed by a wickedly stepping bassline, a rolling conga part, and a vamping dance between Hammond and tenor sax – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Leave it to George Clinton to keep on being productive over all these years – so much so that even after we haven't heard from Funkadelic for awhile, George hits us with a full 3CDs' worth of new material! The sound and style here continues that extrapolation of older P-Funk with newer modes ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fuse One (David Matthews) —
Ice ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
A lesser-known 80s outing from Fuse One – the funky fusion combo who recorded for CTI Records in earlier years – and who groove here with a slightly different lineup! The style is still very much in the group's earlier mode, but the production and overall vibe have changed a bit – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best female harmony groups of the early 70s – even if they only ever cut this single album! The Fuzz have an open, earnest style that really takes us back to group soul of the decade before – yet they deliver their work with a bolder sort of sophistication that's definitely ... (Soul) read moreCD
Steve Gadd —
Gaddabout ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
A sweet little album from drummer Steve Gadd – one that will more than make you forgive the title's wordplay on his last name! Steve's drums give the record a nice sort of punch that's sometimes missing from 80s fusion of this nature – a rhythm approach that still has the spontaneous ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic stuff – and a record that may well be the greatest ever from the mighty Serge Gainsbourg – high praise indeed, considering the greatness of Gainsbourg's other music! The album is one long suite built around a spare, electric bass-driven theme – a slow funk riff that's ... (French) read moreCD
Amazing music – at an equally amazing price! The set features every studio album ever recorded by Serge Gainsbourg – monumental sounds that completely transformed the world of French music in the 60s and 70s, and have gone on to have a global impact well into the 21st Century! The ... (French) read moreCD
An overlooked Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack from the 80s – surprisingly well-done, and at a level that both reflects Serge's earlier styles and a much deeper ear for film scoring! There's a main theme that's delivered with this beautifully echoey piano line – sometimes playful, sometimes ... (French) read moreCD
2 incredible soundtracks from Serge Gainsbourg – both of them from his best period of work! Cannabis is a tremendously funky set of tunes – and some real standout soundtrack material from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg! Serge is working here with some great help from Jean-Claude ... (French) read moreCD
Stunning sounds from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier – and maybe the most perfect example of why Gainsbourg soundtracks can be so great! First up is the duo's fab music for the film Le Pacha – a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Some of the grooviest soundtrack work ever from Serge Gainsbourg – and that's saying a heck of a lot! The CD begins with the legendary score to Manon 70 – a collaboration between Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier, and one that's graced with some breathy vocals from Serge, and some ... (French) read moreCD
If you don't think Hal Galper's a hell of a pianist, this may be the record to change your mind – as Hal's in top form throughout – really focused and full of power in his approach to the piano, but never in a way that's flashy or overdone! Instead, there's this organic sensibility to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The start of the legendary second chapter for the Gap Band – the point when the group had reemerged as the tight funky trio of the Wilson Brothers, with a groove that would really set them up nicely for the 80s! This first album in the new format has a wonderfully tight feel – still ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great one from the Gap Band – funky gems and sinister groovers – the best of both worlds for the group! Tunes like "Burn Rubber On Me (When You Want To Hurt Me)" and "Humpin" packed 80s dance floors for good reason, and put the band in steady rotation, while ... (Soul) read moreCD
A nice, cooking bop side, led by Red Garland and featuring 'Trane at his late 50s best, when he was moving between playing with the top East coast talents of the day, and playing with a ferocity that betrayed the direction he'd later take when he got really out. Donald Byrd's also in the frontline ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Never-heard music from pianist Red Garland – working here with a unique trio that features Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – a lineup that only existed for this one set of performances from 1977! The material is great – maybe better than most Garland albums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A 70s soul jazz classic – one of those albums we go back to again and again over the years for inspiration! The album was one of the first from young reed player Carlos Garnett – and it's virtually a super-session for the time – with a sublime lineup that perfectly blends ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Carlos Garnett really finds his own sound here – and steps into a wonderful blend of funky riffs, spiritual styles, and more – all in one of the most ambitious albums he cut during the 70s! There's a really expansive blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation going on here – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stone 70s classic from reedman Carlos Garnett – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you'd guess from the cover and the title! Garnett really soars to the heavens here – blowing a mixture of different instruments in a setting that takes off from his classic Black Love album, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Carlos Garnett —
New Love ... CD Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Excellent work from reedman Carlos Garnett – caught here during the great first chapter of his career, when he cut some really unique albums for Muse Records! This set really has Carlos coming into his own – still working at the spiritual jazz level of earlier releases, but also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Michael Garrick —
Troppo ... CD Argo/Vocalion (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
A landmark album from pianist Michael Garrick – one of the sublime recordings he made with vocalist Norma Winstone in the late 60s and early 70s! Garrick's approach is really unique – a flowing, almost modal approach that spirals out in a joyously dancing groove – not nearly as ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quintonic ... CD Stunt (Denmark), 2014. New Copy ...
Twin tenors ring out strongly here – those of George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi, who sometimes sound sharper than we remember on any other recent records! The group seems to be the brainchild of pianist Carl Winther – who wrote most of the tracks on the set (save two penned by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The moods of Marvin Gaye are many, even at this early point in his career – as the set has the young Marvin really taking off strongly – hitting hard on classic Motown groovers, but also showing a sensitive side at times too! The album kicks off with some killer rhythms on cuts like ... (Soul) read moreCD
Marvin Gaye gets some fantastic help here from Norman Whitfield – whose production gives the record a much more righteous sound than some of Gaye's sweeter soul of the 60s – a really heavy undercurrent that strongly hints at modes to come! The vibe here isn't as fuzzed-out as on some ... (Soul) read moreCD