One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by this legendary AACM pianist! The album was a rare Japanese-only session from 1975, but recorded in Chicago – and it features Muhal playing solo – in beautifully warm spiritual tones that are very different from his playing on many other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The only full album from Johnny Ace – a key figure in the Memphis scene of the 50s, and one of the first great casualties of rock and roll! Johnny was one of the first singers to record for the legendary Duke label, and worked in a mode that helped transform the smoother style of the west ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great quartet date – nice and laidback, with plenty of room for Pepper Adams to open up on his deep-toned baritone sax! The group features Walter Norris on piano – and titles include "Ad Astra", "Jirge", "Spacemaker", and "Three & One". (Jazz) CD
A gem of a session from both players – and one of the long-lost sides on the short-lived Metrojazz label from MGM! Adams and Knepper head up a soulful group that features Wynton Kelly on piano (and a bit of organ!), Doug Watkins on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. The real charm, though, is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cannon's left his usual soul jazz combo for this album – and he's recording on the west coast with an all-star group that includes Wes Montgomery on guitar, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The sound's a bit different than usual – with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful early work from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that's quite different than most of his better known sets from the time! The album's more spare and stripped-down than usual – with Cannon's alto in a quartet alongside Bill Evans on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay ... (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
One of the all-time great ones by Cannonball! This record captures him in the prime of his early soul jazz fame – working with an unbelievably heavy quintet that featured Bobby Timmons on piano (with Barry Harris sitting in on a few tracks), Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Name in pen on booklet cover.)
King Sunny Ade —
Aura ... CD Island, 1984. Used ...
The third and tightest of Ade's albums for Island. The sound here is a hybrid of his Ju Ju style with a bit of Afrobeat thrown in, with Tony Allen guesting on one number. The percolating multi-guitar and talking drum sound that was Ade's signature keeps the set gliding along nicely. 6 longer ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
King Sunny Ade's first major label LP, that helped him bring his juju music to the world. The blueprint of juju's laid down hear, with loads of intertwining guitar lines and tallking drums chattering away in a driving but never-too-busy fashion underneath. Includes "Sunny Ti De Arya", ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Shola Adisa-Farrar & The Florian Pellissier Quinte —
Lost Myself ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2016. Used ...
We already love the music of Florian Pellisier from his excellent albums on the Heavenly Sweetness label – but we're really over the moon with the group here as they work alongside American singer Shola Adisa Farrar! Shola hails from Oakland, but has a globe-spanning sound to her music that ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Jazz versions of classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim – all done by a group arranged and directed by guitarist Mario Adnet, and featuring guest work from Joyce, Helio Delmiro, Romero Lumbambo, and others! The sound here is really fresh – not merely just a reworking of Jobim's original ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great album from French combo Air – ingenious working on dual fronts – as the moody original score to Sofia Coppola's film adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, but it also works incredibly well as a stand-alone listening experience! While some tracks channel Pink Floyd a bit, many of ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Pama Years material from ska legend Laurel Aitken – tracks released between 1969 and 1971 on UK soul label Pama's reggae subsidiary Nu Beat/Newbeat – some of which were big hits for Laurel and others that have been fairly obscure and neglected for the past couple decades! 18 tracks ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Don't let the title fool you, because although the cover of the record says "Many Sides Of Toshiko", the album only features one – her great approach to bop-inflected trio material – recorded here in a classic Verve session with a distinct Bud Powell influence! Not that we're ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Introspective work from Italian soundtrack genius Alessandro Alessandroni – mostly a western-themed score, one that features spare tunes that focus strongly on his own ability to play guitar with a haunting, ethereal quality! A few tracks have some nice electric instrumentation submerged in ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring —
Battle ... CD High Note, 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Incredible early work from Lorez Alexandria – the kind of albums that instantly set her apart from other singers of the 50s, reissued here properly for the first time in years! On This Is Lorez, the singer is working with sublime small combo backings from the group of pianist King Fleming ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Pivotal Afro Funk tracks from Tony Allen – a masterpiece! Allen is recording here as the leader of the Afrika 70 group, but with Fela in the band, and handling production chores as well. The groove is very similar to Fela's, but with the drums higher in the mix, and a bit more of an ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of Mose's best albums for Atlantic – an ambitious session that features larger arrangements backing him up, making for a much fuller sound than on other records! The album includes a greatly grooving version of "Wild Man On The Loose" – done with this cool sneaky organ ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A hipster vocal jazz classic – a full length Prestige album that brings together all of Mose Allison's vocal numbers from his initial run a the label! Mose started out as a pianist, but quickly won even greater attention with his down home, New Orleans-influenced way of singing – a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble —
It's Time ... CD Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. Used ...
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Landmark set of recordings cut for the Pacific Jazz label in the early 50s, and supposedly a major influence on the early bossa artists in Brazil! The tracks were cut by a quartet led by LA altoist Bud Shank, and featuring Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, who was living in LA at the time. ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An overlooked late ECM gem from these two Russian musicians – working together here in a warm duo mode that's filled with soft tones and really beautiful sounds! Both artists bring a lot to the session – Alperin plays piano and melodica, and also offers a bit of vocals – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautifully compressed pop from Herb Alpert – a session that's still got the traditional Tijuana Brass style, but which also displays a more restrained, more adult approach to instrumental pop! The rhythms are nicely changed out more than before here – stretching out with interwoven ... (Now Sound) 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
(Out of print Signature Series edition.)
Altered States with Ned Rothenberg —
Cafe 9.15 ... CD Phenotype (Japan), 1996. Used ...
2 albums out of time from Brazilian singer Ataulfo Alves – classic recordings that defined the voice of an earlier samba generation! Both albums feature larger orchestrations, lively backing vocals, and a simple samba approach that's the best side of Brazilian styles in the years before the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(This CD is copy protected. Out of print.)
Rodrigo Amado/Kent Kessler/Paal Nilssen-Love —
Abstract Truth ... CD European Echoes, 2009. Used ...
Plenty of power here – a hip trio that features saxophonist Rodrigo Amado on tenor and baritone, alongside bold rhythms from Kent Kessler on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! Both Kent and Paal are players we know and love from other albums, and they definitely hold up to their previous ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Michelle Amador —
Higher ... CD Bight White Light, 2009. Used ...
An uplifting blend of laidback, percolating spacey soul & jazz atmosphere with direct, resonant vocals from Michelle Amador! The sound is a mix of live instrumentation and programmed elements, and it's a natural synthesis – and Michelle has the voice that works just as well in mellow ... (New Grooves) read moreCD