Louie Bellson recorded in London – heading up a big band that features Frank Strazzeri on piano, Geurge Duvivier on bass, and a heck of a lot of horn players in the mix! The group's got a bold, upbeat sort of feel – similar to some of the later Buddy Rich groups of the 70s – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Greg Bendian's Interzone —
Myriad ... CD Atavistic, 2000. Used ...
Kind of reminds us of some of the New York noise from the early 80s – with Nels Cline proficiently jamming away on guitar, and Bendian playing vibes and "fuzz vibes" in tight choppy modal lines with the group's proggish rhythm. Titles include "Drive", "Sanctuary" ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing, punch through barcode.)
Gregg Bendian & Alex Cline —
Espiritu ... CD Truemedia Jazzworks, 1998. Used ...
A great second pairing of this hip team – further proof that Tony Bennett was a hell of a jazz singer when he wanted to be! Titles include "You're Nearer", "Lonely Girl", "You Must Believe In Spring", "Two Lonely People", and "The Bad & The ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A really beautiful tribute to the music of Herbie Nichols – played in an extremely loving way by a group led by drummer Jimmy Bennington, and featuring David Haney on piano! Haney's tones here are arguably even more modern than Nichols on his famous recordings of the 50s – but there's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Packaged in a thin cardboard sleeve.)
Han Bennink & Dave Douglas —
Serpentine ... CD Songlines (Canada), 1996. Used ...
Yipes! This one made everyone a bucket of money – especially Quincy Jones, whose new Qwest imprint the record was one of the first to grace. George has come a long way from his roots with Jack McDuff here – but in a way that kind of has us impressed, as he's grooving away slickly on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Low-burning tenor from Jerry Bergonzi – a player we grow to appreciate more and more as the years go by! Jerry starts this set off with a great reading of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" – which is a very apt choice, as Bergonzi's tenor has all the deep soul and modern edges we ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maria Bethania —
Alibi ... CD Universal (Brazil), 1978. Used ...
Strong work by Maria Bethania from the late 70s – a session that has her tightening up her sound a bit more than before, but without any loss of her sense of drama or emotion! The album was recorded with a number of different musical backgrounds, including many small group settings with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
A breakout solo moment from the great Edwin Birdsong – an artist who participated in some of Roy Ayers great albums of the 70s, and who cut some great underground records of his own – but who finally got the chance to step into the limelight on this set for Philadelphia International! ... (Soul) read moreCD
This is the kind of killer small group material that is making Chicago's avant scene jump with energy these days! The set features the soon-to-be legendary trombonist Jeb Bishop in a trio with heavy-duty bassist Kent Kessler and up-and-coming drummer Tim Mulvenna. The set's a no-nonsense batch of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent compilation of some of the earlier material by Black Uhuru, before they were signed to Island, but after the Jammy produced Black Sounds of Freedom set. This is the stuff that really set them at the forefront of the 80s reggae scene, with sharp production by Sly & Robbie, and the ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Black Uhuru —
Red ... CD Mango/Island, 1981. Used ...
One of our favorite Black Uhuru albums, when they'd fully matured as a group under the production of Sly & Robbie, with a tight modern reggae sound that few other groups could match from that era. Heavy, heavy grooves saddled with the trios potent lyrics and harmony vocals, including the ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Ran Blake in a trio format with David Knife Fabris on guitar, and James Merenda on alto, interpreting Horace Silver numbers. 14 tracks in all, including "Horace-Scope", "The St Vitus Dance", "Speculation", "Song For My Father", "Knowledge Box", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(In a nice gatefold cardboard sleeve. Out of print.)
A wonderful pairing of talents – the moody, enigmatic piano of Ran Blake – and the sharp-toned alto of Anthony Braxton! The set's a sublime piano/sax duet to match similar experiments by Mal Waldron and Marion Brown, or Archie Shepp and Dollar Brand – and it's an added plus for ... (Jazz) read moreCD