One of the most creative albums we've heard from Dee Dee Bridgewater in years – a set of tracks recorded with a host of Malian artists – in a unique cross-cultural mode that's unlike anything else Dee Dee has ever recorded! The core style here is still very firmly rooted in Bridgewater' ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An incredible record – far greater than we even expected! The setup is simple: King Britt and his crew remix the tapes from 2001's experimental jazz jam session by a trio of fellow Philadelphians – drummer Ahmir Thompson (The Roots), jazz bassist Christian McBride, and keyboardist Uri ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Modernist Brookmeyer breaks his style slightly to prove that his trombone influences run as deep as they can go – and he teams up with Jimmy Rowles, Buddy Clark, and Mel Lewis in this different set of nice bluesy tracks, played with an easy laidback feel. This is not to say that Brookmeyer ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing album! Drummer Roy Brooks leads a crack 70's soul jazz ensemble that includes Woody Shaw, George Coleman, and Cecil McBee – and the group play four long fantastic tracks that are all originals. Titles include "The Free Slave", "Understanding", and "Will ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great session that was recorded by under-exposed tenor genius Tina Brooks, but which wasn't actually released until a Japanese issue of the material in the early 80s. The set's a crackling quintet hardbop session – with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, and Art Blakey on drums. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great new set from Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom – an excellent player, who, apart from a few albums on Artista in the early 80s, has never really gotten his dues! In the intervening years since those albums, Broom's increased his capabilities tremendously – taking off from his Grant ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann —
Nipples ... CD Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1969. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A legendary early album from German reedman Peter Brotzmann – a set that wasn't issued on the FMP label, but which is every bit as important as Machine Gun or other classics from the time! The album's got a bold statement right from the very first note – introducing new jazz freedoms ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann blows it loud, long, and open here – very much in the mode of some of his best Okka Disk work from the same period – caught in a trio with Peter Friis Nielsen on electric bass and Peeter Uuskyla on drums! The use of the electric instrument draws a bit of a link back to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann & Paal Nilssen Love —
Sweetsweat ... CD Smalltown Superjazzz, 2006. Used ...
A legendary team, heard here at the height of their powers – at a time when both Peter Brotzmann and Sonny Sharrock were finding a bold musical space alongside each other! The pair had worked in Last Exit with a bit more of a frenetic rock jazz vibe – but here, the style is much more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet —
Images ... CD Okka Disk, 2004. Used ...
Another heavy duty release from the Brotzmann Tentet, continuing the tradition Brotzmann established years ago with his FMP label, though this group moves with alarming agility considering its size, and the momentum they develop. Once again featuring an astounding line up with Joe McPhee, Jeb ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Second CD of sessions recorded on this 3rd meeting of this massive international free jazz collective, here joined by Roy Campbell and William Parker. The original tentet consists of Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Mars Williams, Peter Brotzmann, Fred Londberg-Holm, Kent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful meeting of jazz and poetry – as the Peter Brotzmann Tentet pays tribute to the work of Kenneth Patchen – mixing readings of Patchen's material with backings from the larger group! Section one of the CD features the Brotzmann group improvising under direction from the "l ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A seminal set from the European free jazz scene of the 70s – and a record that may well represent the start of a key second chapter of all players involved! While the key tension of many early Peter Brotzmann albums have the saxophonist trying to push his instruments past their normal sonic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A surprisingly successful mix of styles, and the kind of cross-culturally pollinated work that's been getting Carlinhos Brown a lot of attention over the past few years. This was Brown's first solo album – recorded after his work with Timbalada, with production by Wally Badarou and Arto ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a promo sticker. CD has a promo stamp.)
Great work from the always compelling Carlinhos Brown – working here on a wide-ranging set of tracks that harness an equally compelling range of influences. Brown produced and arranged the album himself, and the record's one of his most sophisticated to date – running from rootsy ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A key slice of Clifford Brown from the 50s – two long tracks both recorded in an open-ended jam session format, showing a side of Brown's powers that's even bolder and more inventive than some of his previous studio work! The album soars along beautifully – with Brownie in the lead ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The fluid trumpet of Clifford Brown – presented in a sparkling batch of master takes recorded for Emarcy Records in the 1950s! Brownie only made the scene a few short years, before his untimely early death – but while at Emarcy, he cut some truly revelatory music, the sort of trumpet-ba ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes metal tin, insert, book and postcards – all in beautiful shape!)
A landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings! As has been told and retold often, King records not only had the genius idea of bringing recording equipment into the Apollo Theater to catch James in a smoking live setting – but they also went out of their way to record and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stunning set of rare and unreleased grooves by James Brown – nearly all of which were cut during the classic early 70s years with the JBs, but never issued before this cool compilation! The set's got some essentials for any fan of JB – including the lost soul classic "She's The ... (Soul) read moreCD
An amazing James Brown live set from the crucial year of 1968 – the show that marked the debut of "Say It Loud I'm Black & I'm Proud" – a cut that would become an anthem for much of America in the years to come! The feel here is somewhat similar to Brown's famous Boston ... (Soul) read moreCD
We're not normally great fans of the Ray Brown Trio, but this album's a corker – thanks to some great tenor work by Ralph Moore! Moore's a the height of his powers here – blowing with an easy soulfulness that recalls the classic late 50s work of Hank Mobley. His presence on the set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great later set from Shirley Brown – an artist you might know best for her Stax work of the 70s, but who sounds wonderful here in a completely different mode! The album was done for Malaco at the end of the 80s, but it's got a vibe that's much more contemporary R&B than some of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Easily the crowning moment of genius for the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet – the moment when all things came together magically, and the group somehow elevated themselves to a whole new level in jazz! At the time of the set, Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and the rest had already been making plenty ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wild batch of jazz rock tunes – recorded by ex-Cream bassist Jack Bruce, along with a host of like-minded luminaries that include Chris Spedding, Harry Beckett, Dick Heckstall-Smith, and John Hisemann. Unlike Bruce's first solo album – Things We Like – which was an all-jazz ... (Rock) read moreCD
An excellent example of the massive groove that Ray Bryant set up during his 60s years at Cadet – a simple soul jazz trio style, but augmented with dual horn backing – which makes for a tightly stepping sound that's all-soulful, all the way! Bryant's left hand is nice and hard on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Chico pays tribute to a host of other Brazilian composers – but he manages to make the work entirely his own, thanks to a deeply personal approach! Styles here run the gamut from samba to sophisticated, often handled with slightly jazzy undercurrent – and backings are by Perinho ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An excellent introduction to the work of one of the more interesting singer-songwriter avant folksters of the 60s. Tracks include "She Is", "Song Slowly Song", "No Man Can Find The War", "Morning Glory", "Goodbye And Hello", "Buzzin Fly", ... (Rock) read moreCD
The first of Branford Marsalis' two LPs to venture into the "acid jazz" or "hip hop crossover" genre, however you choose to look at it. Fortunately, he gets a helping hand from Premier on a number of cuts. Includes "Breakfast At Denny's", "Some Cow Fonque", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Sarah Buechi & Christoph Haberer —
Animata ... CD Jazzhaus Musik (Germany), 2015. Used ...
Jimmy Burns is one of the better bluesmen in the contemporary Chicago scene – and an artist who really finds a way to merge the classic with the current, but without ever making things sound too hokey or gimmicky! The approach here is pretty classic – the leader on vocals and guitar, ... (Blues) read moreCD
Obscure work from Kenny Burrell – material originally issued by Muse Records, most of it with a very laidback feel – as you'd guess from the title! The original sides were produced by Helen Keane, who'd done some of Bill Evans' greatest sets – and who had a real ear for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hip live date from Kenny Burrell – recorded with a trio that includes Richard Davis on bass and Roy Haynes on drums – both of whom help Kenny find a groove that's a bit lighter and more fluid than usual! The rhythms here are quite gentle, almost spare at times – and always ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first-ever record to capture the amazing voice of William S Burroughs – the author who helped transform fiction forms in the 60s, but also somewhat of a public figure too – thanks to albums like this! The set's was recorded in France, and given wider circulation in the US by ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
With "Little Big Man", "Stop Lying", "Call Me Crazy", "Chuckwick", "Don't Come To Big", "Ever So Clear", "Copper To Cash", "Dollars & Sense","Letter From KKK", "Take Em' Off" and "Skitso" ... (Hip Hop) CD
Tracks include "Everybody Rise", "Against All Odds" featuring Flipmode Squad, "Extinction Level Event (The Song Of Salvation)", "Tear Da Roof Off', "Just Give It To Me Raw", "Do It To Death", "Hot Sh** Makin Ya Bounce", "What The ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Henry Butler & the Steven Bernstein Hot 9 —
Viper's Drag ... CD Impulse, 2014. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the hippest records that Henry Butler has cut in a long long time – and a set that really takes us back to the most inventive sounds he gave us during his first few years of recording! The album's a collaboration with trumpeter Steven Bernstein – who brings a lot of modern ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Solo Byard including the tracks "Hollis Stomp (Mr Piano Man)", "Flight OF The Fly", "Aluminum Baby", "One Two Five", Dian's Melody", and "Jaki's Blues Next" – 10 tracks all Jaki Byard compositions! (Jazz) CD