A classic meeting of east and west coast artists of the third stream jazz sphere of the late 50s – one that features the team of John Lewis and Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet working alongside the west coast tenor of Bill Perkins, plus the guitar of Jim Hall and drums of Chico ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ramsey Lewis and Nancy Wilson – two key soulful talents from the 60s, working together beautifully here in a mid 80s set! The album's almost more Randy's than it is Nancy's given that Lewis takes a few tunes instrumentally, working in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's almost a bit of a mystery here – as the music is so right on the money, so sense-making, that we can hardly hear a non-sequitur in the set – just these well-hewn, thoughtfully-played lines of sound coming from the twin tenors of David Liebman and Ellery Eskelin! The record's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Liebman/Ellery Eskelin —
Renewal ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 2008. Used ...
John Lindberg & Hugh Ragin —
Team Work ... CD Cecma (Italy), 1980. Used ...
Both John Lindberg and Hugh Ragin are players who really seem to thrive best in an open, unstructured setting – which makes this album of spare duets a perfect outing for both of them! The tunes are always nicely thought out – open-ended, yet never just free for free's sake – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 Columbia killers from Charles Lloyd – back to back in a single set! Discovery is a wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Never-heard music from the great Charles Lloyd – two well-recorded live sets from the 60s, both with a very unusual group! The lineup has Lloyd on tenor, soprano, and flute, working with frequent partner Gabor Szabo on guitar – but the rest of the quartet also features Ron Carter on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album in 50s vocal jazz – spare, moody, and evocative tunes from Julie London – sung in a stripped-down setting that few other singers would dare at the time! The sound of the set is as sexy as the cover – intimate, personal, and breathily sung in a mode that comes ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Dreamy vocals, catchy tunes, bossa rhythms – it's gotta be Claudine Longet! During the late 60s, Claudine first warmed ears in America with a lovely take on the gentle sounds of the Astrud Gilberto era – a French-accented approach to mellow vocal pop, often touched with a bit of jazz ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Luis Lopes/Adam Lane/Igal Foni —
What Is When ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2009. Used Gatefold ...
Complicated musings from a trio that features guitar, bass, and drums – definitely improvised in most spots, with mostly a jazz feel overall – but also some of the more electric, guitar-driven elements you might have heard on the New York downtown scene of the mid 80s. Luis Lopes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet batch of grooves with a really trippy edge! The enigmatic Lord Sitar was one of a handful of late 60s sitar players who easily crossed into the world of groovy pop – blending traditional Indian instrumental styles with shorter pop tunes that had a wild psyche-out kind of feel. This ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Lionel Loueke —
Gaia ... CD Blue Note, 2015. Used ...
Maybe the most dynamic record we've heard from guitarist Lionel Loueke so far – even though it's only a trio set, with less musicians than some of Lionel's other albums! The approach here is pretty fierce – heavy drums at most times from Ferenc Nemeth, and brooding bass from Massimo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Essential work from LTG Exchange – a seminal group in the early days of disco, one who blended together elements of funk, Latin, and uptempo soul, into a groove that was one of the hippest on the New York scene of the mid 70s. This album's one of the group's only full length LPs – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A killer set from the Chicago scene – beautifully issued here by Portugal's Clean Feed label, and featuring Jeb Bishop on trombone, Josh Berman on cornet, Jeff Albert on trombone, Keefe Jackson on tenor, and Jason Adasiewicz on vibes! The vibes really grab our ears right away – mixing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album of recordings based around Jards Macale's collaborations with Brazilian poet Waly Salomao – performed in a variety of modes that range from spare and acoustic, to tracks that feature a larger ensemble and additional vocals. Jards sings Salomao's lyrics throughout, and also plays a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Doug MacDonald —
Turn ... CD Sea Breeze, 2002. Used ...
A great debut from Maria Machado – a set that's produced by Milton Nascimento, but with a vibe that's a lot fresher than most of his own recent work! At some level, Maria's a contemporary bossa singer – but at another, she's working with a wide palette of sounds and colors – bits ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great document of the crossover between the New York Latin scene and the Catskills – the upstate resort community that was as important to the Latin groups as the uptown clubs! Like many groups of the period, Machito's found a heck of a lot of work in the Catskills during the 50s – ... (Latin) read moreCD