Beautiful work from the legendary Hoagy Carmichael – and one of the few albums to feature him singing his own work! Hoagy's name is one that you're more likely to see in the songwriting credits than in the artist slot for a record – but he's actually got a wonderful voice, one that's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An incredible bit of southern soul – one of two classic albums cut by James Carr for the Goldwax! At the time of release, this album virtually died in the racks – but thanks to the work of countless music writers over the past few decades, Carr has finally achieved legendary status in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Never-heard work from Vikki Carr – a singer who first came to fame on Liberty Records in the 60s, but who really matured during a 70s stretch at Columbia! These tracks were all done for the label, but never saw the light of day until now – and they really show the growth that Carr ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Francois Carrier/Alexey Lapin/Michel Lambert —
In Motion ... CD Leo, 2011. Used ...
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Francois Carrier/Alexey Lapin/Michel Lambert —
Inner Spire ... CD Leo, 2011. Used ...
Sentimental, but never sappy at all – a great set of later work from pianist Barbara Carroll, who also sings a bit on the date too! Carroll first rose to prominence in the 50s, then was under-recorded for many years after that – but re-emerging in a recent set of sides for Venus ... (Jazz) read moreCD
With Ben Webster on tenor, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Barney Kessel on guitar. Titles include "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me", "Blue Lou", "A Walkin Thing", and "Old Fashioned Love". (Jazz) CD
Benny Carter —
King ... CD Pablo/OJC, 1976. Used ...
One of those great dates from Benny Carter's later years – a time when he'd stepped back from doing big arrangements, working with larger group, and returned to some of the smaller combo modes that really made him great during his 50s years on Verve! No surprise, this set's produced by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent early work from Clarence Carter – recording here with production and arrangements by Rick Hall – in that sweet Muscle Shoals style that never sounded better than it did with Clarence! Carter had a way of working with Hall that was really beyond some of the cliches that crept ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Special on-demand pressing of the album – completely legit, but very limited.)
While "best of" sets tend to make us cringe, we're also huge fans of funk master Jimmy Castor, and this compilation is just about the only way you'll get his work on CD! Plus, the fact that it's a greatest hits comp isn't too bad – as some of Jimmy's non-single tracks were duds, ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great set on Porter Records featuring all the tracks from the first two albums by hip funky fusion titans Catylast – the complete Catalyst and Perception albums from the early 70s put together for Complete Recordings Vol 1! The first 6 tracks on the anthology are made up of the the first ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent work from one of the hippest combos of their time – The Cats & The Fiddle – a group that worked with one bass player, 2 guitarists, and some great vocal harmonies! The style is wonderfully soulful – using acoustic swing at its base, but often really taking off into ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really amazing little record – way more than usual for this sort of live recording – given that it features some very unique performances together by artists we've never heard on the same stage otherwise! The premise is simple, but wonderfully effective – in that the album ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful follow-up to the first Montreux Summit album – and like that classic, a groundbreaking assemblage of some of the best jazz musicians of the 70s! The format here is slightly different – with more of a focus on smaller groupings of musicians, but still with a really fresh ear ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cee-Lo Green gits up and gets out on his own – without the heavy burden of too many guest appearances – and the result may be the best album to come out of the Dirty South in quite a while! Cee-Lo's raspy, cotton-mouthed speak & sing style has always been one of the strongest ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Cee-Lo took a sideways detour into messed up funk n' soul on the last album, but he steers straight back into the freaked out MC guise he perfected earlier with the Goodie Mobb for the interestingly titled . . . Is The Soul Machine album. (Did he choose that title before he decided to largely ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Cee-Lo the Lady Killer and hip hop soul phenomenon – continuing his unpredictable win streak! Celebrating spontaneity, funk and soul and with his signature raspy vocals – and blending classic soul and funk influences with straight up modern hip hop production seamlessly! Features ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The last Columbia album from the team of Chad Stuart & Jeremy Clyde – and a record that's even more baroquely brilliant than their previous set, Of Cabbages & Kings! Chad & Jeremy have really gone over the top here – reaching into fuller orchestrations and deeper social ... (Rock) read moreCD
Classic Capitol jazz session, and one that pairs Boston baritone player Serge Chaloff with an LA rhythm section that has Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The album's a perfect example of Chaloff's legendary (and short-lived) talents on the baritone ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few key recordings issued by baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff before his untimely early death – a tremendous little record that really helped redefine the place of his instrument in jazz! The album is one of a number produced by Stan Kenton for Capitol at the time, but it's far ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very hip work from the Boston modern scene of the mid 50s! The album's one of Serge Chaloff's few as a leader – and is much harder to find than his more widely-issued work for Capitol – an obscure date for the Storyville label, and one that originally only circulated as a 10" LP! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
It's been almost five years since we last heard from Gordon Chambers – and in that time, he's really come into his own! This set's easily Chambers' best so far – tight, focused, and served up with the sort of energy that should have him crossing over to a much wider audience – ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
One of the most obscure of the Paul Chambers albums on Blue Note – and one of the most interesting as well! Although best known for his solid rhythm work on late 50s hardbop recordings, Chambers breaks out here with a more introspective, more exploratory style on the bass – using the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great stuff – most likely the most hardbop oriented of all Paul Chambers' sessions for Blue Note, and a great little album that has the famous bassist fronting a group that includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums! Chambers' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print US Connoisseur Series pressing.)
Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra —
Shrimp Tale ... CD Crown Heights Audio Network, 2014. Used ...
Excellent compilation of some of Gene's totally hard to find Brunswick soul sides from the late 60's. The arrangments are beautiful, sophisticated, and way way past the Duke of Earl type stuff that he's best know for. And the CD includes such gems as "Teacher Teacher", "Baby That's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Right out of the subways and into the top 40! Titles include "Fast Car", "Mountains O Things", "She's Got Her Ticket", "Why", "For My Lover", "Behind The Wall", and "Talkin Bout A Revolution". (Soul) CD
One of the later Atlantic albums by Ray – and one that, like the others of this vintage, focuses on his instrumental side. Ray plays piano in a number of small groups, with players like David Fathead Newman, Emmott Dennis, Oscar Pettiford, John Hunt, and Joseph Bridgewater. The record ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ray Charles —
Live ... CD Atlantic, Late 50s. Used ...
A decent jazz session, and one in which Ray plays alto sax and electric piano, along with his usual acoustic piano. Milt Jackson is on vibes, of course, and the rest of the group includes Kenny Burrell, Percy Heath, and Art Taylor. Titles include "Soul Meeting", "X Ray Blues", ... (Jazz) read moreCD