A tremendous step forward for the young Muhal Richard Abrams – a set that still shows his early roots in the AACM, but which also blossoms with some of his more serious compositional efforts to come! There's a sensitivity here that really stands out – even among Abrams' contemporaries ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Abri & The Dreamfleet —
We Fly ... CD Desmo, 2017. Used ...
Abri is Hamdan Al Abri – the former singer of the excellent Dubai soul group Abri – getting back into his own groove here, at the forefront of a tight little trio! The instrumentation is heavy on warm keyboards and understated beats – often moving with a mellow rhythm that really ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
An obscure soul group, but a great one – equally at home with a fragile harmony tune as they were with more uptempo groovers for the dancefloor! This one and only album from Act One is a perfect illustration of the best two sides of the east coast indie soul scene of the early 70s – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pepper Adams —
Live ... CD Just Jazz, 1977. Used ...
Pepper Adams is one of those players who always cooks – but really seems to hit something even more special in a live setting – even on a lower-budget session like this! The album offers up Pepper playing in California in the mid 70s – nothing fancy, with a lesser-known rhythm ... (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
Very early work from Cannonball Adderley – recorded way before the funky years, when he was a hard-wailing soulful soloist with a lot of bop in his style! Cannon's paired here with brother Nat, a good companion even at this early stage – and the two of them solo in front of a large ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 early experiments by Cannonball Adderley – both of which feature him as the main soloists in front of larger backings! Jump For Joy is an interesting early side by Cannonball that captures him before he'd really found his voice – and when the folks at Mercury still didn't really know ... (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
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A swingin' Japanese concert by one of Cannonball's best groups from the 60's. Joe Zawinul's on piano, brother Nat's on cornet, Sam Jones is on bass, and Louis Hayes is on drums. But the real treat here is Yusef Lateef, who does some excellent reed work on tenor, flute, and oboe – and who's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nat Adderley —
Hummin' ... CD Little David/Collectables, 1976. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A really brilliant little record from Nat Adderley – one that shows him shaking off the groove gotten from brother Cannonball, and finding some great space all on his own! The setting here is tight and funky – at a level that's a bit more arranged than a small combo soul jazz session, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
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
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
Demonic sounds, but surprisingly sweet as well – done with this easy-flowing style that's really wonderful – and much more similar to the seductive sound library work of Alessandro Alessandroni, than to some of the starker, darker horror of the time! There's definitely some spooky ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Always-great work from Eric Alexander – one of our favorite tenor players of the modern age, and a talent who gets better and better with each album! This one features Eric working with pianist Harold Mabern – in a wonderful union that's been forged over the course of a number of ... (Jazz) 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
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
Beautifully free alto work from Byron Allen – a player who really shines brightly on this rare session for ESP Records – one of the few ever cut under his own name! Allen's got a style that's right up there with the 60s best from Ornette Coleman or Marion Brown – able to move ... (Jazz) 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
Amazing sounds from Alvarius B – aka Alan Bishop, who you'll know from his long legacy of music as part of the Sun City Girls – but who's definitely blowing us away here as a solo artist on his own! The album's a triple-length set – and it's got this really unusual blend of ... (Rock) read moreCD
A hell of a trumpeter, with a hell of a group – heard here live at the Blue Note in New York, with a very open, freewheeling vibe! Franco Ambrosetti is a player who can sometimes be very much involved with the concept of a project – so much so that we sometimes forget that at the core, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Way more than just an album with Gene Ammons as a leader – and instead, a set that truly earns the "all stars" listed on the cover – thanks to a great array of supporting players, and a very loose, open-ended jam session style that lets everyone get in plenty of solo space! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 lesser-known Gene Ammons albums for Prestige – back to back on one CD! First up is Got My Own, a more laidback set than usual from Ammons' early 70s stretch on Prestige – but a record that nicely gets back to that big-toned tenor sound he used often on ballads from earlier years! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic mellow Jug – from a time when Prestige discovered that Gene Ammons would sell equally well to the mellow jazz crowd as to the jukebox jumpers! This set brings together tracks from 3 Gene Ammons 60s albums – 2 of which were best sellers, Velvet Soul and Sock, the last of which, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. German pressing. Back artwork has a light crease, but is otherwise great.)
Amon Duul II —
Anthology ... CD Dejavu Retro Gold (Holland), 1970s. Used 2 CDs ...
Lovely work from guitarist Marcos Amorim – light, lyrical, and filled with gentle dips and turns – a really great blend of Brazilian and American acoustic sensibilities! The music's not exactly jazz, yet has plenty of jazzy inflections – and the overall sound is warm and laidback ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Ernestine works her way through a set of bluesy tunes with a spot of jazz – with backing by Ernie Wilkins orchestra, with players that include "Hank Jones, Tate Houston, Yusef Lateef, Ernie Royal, and Clark Terry. Titles include "My Kinda Love", "See See Rider", ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print. Comes in a nice 5" paper sleeve – shaped just like a tiny record cover – very cool!)
After cutting some albums of straighter jazz material during the late 50s, Ernestine did this nice album of supper-club soul for Sue, with some sweet fragile arrangements by Bert Keyes, and an overall approach that's very similar to the Lorez Alexandria work on Argo with Riley Hampton. The style ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Jazz pianist Matthew Shipp meets the late experimental hip hop crew for a unique long player – sort of a sequel to Shipp's earlier collaboration with DJ Spooky – this being the far superior of the two! The group's approaches couldn't be more different, and the contrast is what really ... (Hip Hop) 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
India Arie continues her sensuous journey in sound – working here in the same earthy blend of acoustic and electric elements that made other records so great, and showing that she's still one of the strongest voices in contemporary soul! The record's got a personal, intimate quality that's ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Joan Armatrading —
Gold ... CD A&M, 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ...