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
Open, swinging live work from the George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet – and a set that shows both the group's sense of jazz tradition, and their willingness to play with it on their own terms! The tracks here are all quite long, jamming numbers – built on lively rhythms from the bass of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great session from 1959 – one that features John Coltrane playing with the Adderley group, recorded in Chicago when they were stopping through the city with Miles Davis' combo at the time! In fact, since the rhythm section includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest Cannonball Adderley albums from the Riverside years – a completely smoking live date recorded in San Francisco, often with long tracks that really let the group open up and do their thing! The lineup here is that classic one that first grabbed attention – the group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A key meeting of Cannonball Adderley and David Axelrod – and one of the pair's first larger collaborations together! The album features Cannonball solos over larger backings by Oliver Nelson – with some occasional help from brother Nat Adderley – all produced with that dark ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album – even if it was the only session that Cannonball Adderley ever cut for Blue Note! The album was recorded at a time when Adderley was working with Miles Davis – and as such, the session features a group that includes Miles, blowing in a cool tone that's a perfect ... (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
A real smoker from a young Nat Adderley – a session that has the leader on cornet, working in a tight hardbop combo with Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, Hank Jones on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! The tracks are all nicely sharp-edge – that soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
When it comes to soul jazz, you can't get any more classic than this! The title was one of the biggest jazz hits of the 60s – covered by countless other artists, but presented here in all its original brilliance in a group led by its composer, a young Nat Adderley! At the time of the record ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Keepnews Colleciton pressing. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
A well-done collection of some of King Sunny Ade's first recordings in Nigeria – presented in a package with great sound, and a heck of a lot of music overall! The work here has been reissued on other CDs by African Songs in the UK, but this collection is much more all-encompassing – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Slow-moving beats from Afta-1 – a set that's got a spacey feel on the top, and heavier elements on the bottom! The sound here is relatively stark and spare – cosmic keys and splashy beats, but all taken at a pace that's much more laidback than other artists of this nature – not ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Cubop have done it again! This is a brilliant comeback album by the legendary San Francisco conga player Francisco Aquabella, and man, is it a doozy! Aqubella was originally in the group Malo, but he also played on loads of the best west coast Latin sessions of the 70's – so he's extra-exper ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Houria Aichi —
Hawa ... CD Auvidis (France), 1993. Used ...
Akiko's tribute to the "style" of jazz – soon followed by her "spirit" set – and a package that has far more substance than you might expect! The work's got a cool, classy sort of feel – older jazz modes handled with small group instrumentation that either ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A sweet Japanese set from Toshiko Akioshi – recorded at the Blue Note in Tokyo, with a group that really replicates the sound of her big band from the 70s! Key partner from those years – Lew Tabackin – is in the group playing loads of great tenor and flute solos – and other ... (Jazz) 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
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
A beautiful album of fusion on the Som Da Gente label, and one that mixes guitar, percussion, and reeds in an extremely evocative way. Some of this sounds a bit like early 70s work by Egberto Gismonti or Hermeto Pascoal – with the acoustic instruments produced in a way that creates airy ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Alemao & Olmir Stocker —
So Sabor ... CD Visom (Brazil), 1995. Used ...
A great soundtrack for a silly film – one dubbed in the notes as a "Spaghetti Western Kung Fu" movie! The music's by Alessandro Alessandroni, and it's a wonderful combination of his slinky 70s themes and some of his sparer scoring for westerns – with some tracks that some ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Not the soundtrack to the popular TV drama of the same name – but a set that returns tenorist Eric Alexander to all the fire he brought to his early years on the Chicago scene! Alexander's set up here with a key range of players from this years – longtime associates Harold Mabern on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent modern jazz set from tenor sax titan Eric Alexander – who has truly grown into one of the best players of his generation – and a killer set for the High Note label! There's always these, "whoa," moments on Alexander's records, where he's rolling along with an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This tenor giant gets better and better with each new album! Eric Alexander is one of our favorite new jazz artists of the past decade – still a relatively young player, but with a sound that's incredible, steeped in years of tradition, yet freely creative in his own unique way. His tenor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Linsey Alexander carries the torch forward from a later generation of Chicago blues – not the down-and-dirty sound of the first arrivals in the city from the south, nor some of the first generation to get electrified – but maybe that later scene, when the music had really taken off, and ... (Blues) read moreCD
A stone classic from pianist Monty Alexander – a live date recorded for MPS in the mid 70s, and a set with even more fire than his studio sides for the label! The sound here is quite freewheeling at times – not funky, but in a very romping, gutbuckety mode that marks Alexander as a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Extremely angular work from tenorist JD Allen – working here with a quartet that's as loose on rhythms as he is on his saxophone solos – coming together in a style that's freewheeling and open-minded! The group features a strong element in the guitar of Liberty Ellman – used in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
Finally – the first full album by this groundbreaking combo! The Allenko Brotherhood Ensemble features work by drummer Tony Allen – the now-legendary drummer for Fela's group during the 70s – plus a number of other recent French musicians who are very into Allen's modern brand of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
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
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
Wonderfully jaunty and jagged work from trumpeter Herb Alpert – and a session that has him opening up the Tijuana Brass groove a bit more than usual! There's clearly an influence here of the Brazilian sound that was showing up strongly at A&M Records at the time – heard to greatest ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
SRO ... CD A&M/Shout Factory, 1966. Used ...
A standing room ovation in the A&M Studios – certainly the kind of reception we'd imagine Herb would get during these glory years of his career! The set's one of the most no-nonsense Tijuana Brass sessions of the 60s – a tightly crafted album that has a bit more jazz than usual ... (Now Sound) read moreCD