A collection of mid 50s recordings from Faye Adams – a heck of a great R&B singer, and one with a voice that rivals more famous contemporaries like Ruth Brown or LaVern Baker! The tracks here were all recorded for the Herald label, and most have a jumping uptempo groove that's right in ... (Soul) read moreCD
A huge amount of early material by Cannonball Adderley – 3 full albums for Mercury Records, plus live material from a variety of different settings! First in the set is the album Sophisticated Swing, a record that swings all the way – and it features a young Cannon blowing hard with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare live set by Cannonball Adderley – unreleased in America at the time, and performed with the style of Cannon's best work for Riverside! The album's very similar to some of the group's best live sets for Riverside – like the San Francisco or other Tokyo recording – done with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A smoking live set from Cannonball Adderley – one recorded in a space between his famous concert albums for Riverside and Capitol Records – and equally as great as any of them! The group's got a slightly unique lineup – in that Charles Lloyd is in the combo on tenor sax – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Cannonball Adderley's first albums – recorded for Savoy way back in 1955, and done with a free and open style that's a nice contrast to his tighter sides for Mercury! The album's very relaxed – that hardbop blowing session mode that Savoy virtually pioneered – letting the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent batch of soulful bop tracks – recorded as Nat's first – and featuring a group that includes brother Cannonball, plus Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, and Paul Chambers. The set's got a lot more fire than some of Nat's recordings from a few years later, probably because of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Cutout mark through digipack barcode.)
Adele's got a whole host of talents on board this time around – from Danger Mouse to the Filmharmonic Orchestra – but the lady's still out front of the pack, looming proud and large with that trademark voice that's managed to endure well into her twenties! Titles include "Hello&quo ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful tribute to the music of Baden Powell – way different than the simple solo acoustic set that you might normally get – and instead, a cool batch of larger arrangements that showcase a totally different side of Powell's tunes! The album's a great reminder that amidst some of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A lovely collection of songs penned by Moacir Santos – sung by the equally lovely Muiza Adnet, who really manages to unlock the best spirit of the tunes! Of course, it helps that Muiza's working here under the guidance of brother Mario Adnet, who helped produce Santos' late-career classic ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Afro Funk from the New York scene – served up by a combo who've taken Fela's inspiration to great new levels! The sound here definitely has roots in the grooves first grown in the 70s – heavy percussion, hard-rolling rhythms, and a brace of horns soaring over the top – tight on ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble —
PDP ... CD Afrobomb, 2008. Used ...
A full-length cooker from Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble – a group who normally manage to pack an album's worth of energy into a 12" single! Given that talent, you can imagine how much is going on here – thanks to some very long tracks that serve up a classic 70s-styled take on Afrobeat ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A great collection of a unique showcase in 50s jazz – large group recordings by arranger Manny Albam, done to showcase some of the best players of the time from both the New York and LA scenes! The sessions were originally recorded for Decca – with volume 1 featuring mostly players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by pianist Tony Aless – an unsung hero of the big band years, especially in the Woody Herman group – and a great arranger too! This set's an all-original outing – a suite of tracks dedicated to Long Island, and played by a very hip group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cheesy cover, but a rock-solid set of work from the mighty Eric Alexander – who seems to be stretching out even more here than before! Alexander's always been a hell of a straight ahead talent on the tenor, but here he's almost hitting a few more modern modes at times – not "out& ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring —
Battle ... CD High Note, 2005. Used ...
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bernard Allison —
Time ... CD Buda (France), 1980. Used ...
2 Atlantic sessions from Mose – back to back on one CD! I Don't Worry is one of Mose's first albums for Atlantic – a great set of soulful jazz vocals, done in a rootsy style that has some slight New Orleans touches – and a nice sort of beat undercurrent! The sound of the set ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Genius, pure genius – a wonderful collection of 22 rare numbers by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – all recorded during the group's years at A&M Records, and including a number of previously unreleased tunes! The sound here is completely sublime – way more than just the ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A stellar set from one of the most underrated reed players of all time – a brilliant bit of searching soul jazz, cut at a time when Curtis Amy was leaving behind his Texas roots for the new sounds of the Coltrane generation! The album's quite different than the organ and tenor dates that Amy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Nos ... CD iPlay (Portugal), 2010. Used ...
One of Ernestine's early albums for Mercury – a bit unsure as to its direction: soul jazz, straight ballad vocals, or a bit of vocalese jazz – but that's kind of what makes it interesting! Pete Rugolo conducts the group on the session – and he also contributed the original tune ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Marty Paich brings some nice jazzy charts to this early set from Ann-Margret – just the kind of hip material that made her a swinger from the start! The vocals have a sexy, breathy quality that matches Ann's tight sweater on the cover – and even when Paich grooves in an uptempo style, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Swingin early work from Ann-Margret, always the vivacious one – and we're not even talking about her voice! The album follows in the style of work that Ann was recording for films at the time – punched-up and feisty, with that growling and almost unbridled sexuality oozing forth from ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the warmest records we've heard in years from Arnaldo Antunes – a set that no doubt gets some of its feel from the acoustic MTV setting of the performance – but one that also has a softer side of Antunes' songwriting as well! There's a wonderfully subtle vibe to the record ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, & Marisa Monte —
Tribalistas ... CD EMI, 2002. Used ...
3 of Brazil's most important artists of the past 10 years team up in this Tribalistas project – a genre-blurring set of tracks that recalls similar efforts of the Tropicalista generation, updated to reflect the styles of the 3 artists involved, with some nice complicated production touches ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The only album we've ever seen by Hermes Aquino – a mid 70s singer/songwriter from Brazil, of the same post-bossa generation as Lo Borges and Milton Nascimento! Like those bigger names, Hermes works here in a style that's both personal and more wide-ranging – great songs helped along ... (Brazil) read moreCD