A lost chapter of genius from the legendary Ella Fitzgerald – music that goes beyond her Verve, Reprise, and Pablo albums of the 60s and 70s – and which is pulled from a host of rare performances recorded by the BBC! The package features both video and audio presentation of the music ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Ella Fitzgerald sings Broadway – but in a way that makes the tunes completely her own! Marty Paich turns in some great jazzy arrangements for the set – and the tunes are far more swinging than the usual showtunes you might expect – stripped of all their stage-bound drama, and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the great Pablo Records efforts to revisit the jazz sound of the 50s – but in fresh new ways allowed by the freer recording modes of the 70s! The album features Ella Fitgerald and Joe Pass, plus nobody else – just voice and guitar coming together in quiet, introspective ways ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A pretty lively set of trio material recorded by Flanagan in New York in 1977, with backing by Elvin Jones and George Mraz. The set features a number of bop-heavy tunes – like "Oleo", "Confirmation", and "Relaxin At Camarillo" – plus the great title cut ... (Jazz) read moreCD
There's a definite Monkish bent to this one, in case you couldn't guess from the title – but Tommy Flanagan doesn't simply copy Monk's compositions, but also throws in a few great touches of his own! The session's got a depth and complexity that goes beyond other standard tributes to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title says "recital", but the album's no stiff, starched concert affair – as Tommy Flanagan is right at home on the piano, playing with a fluid grace that makes the record one of his best from the 70s! There's a simple, unadorned quality to the album – one that really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Flashlight is a sweet little disco combo – one who are working here with prime Philly maestros Norman Harris, Ron Kersey, Arnold Coley, and Bobby Eli – all of whom give the group's tracks a warmly soulful quality, and a sound that's more in the mode of early/mid 70s vocal groups like ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten New York Quartet —
Now Is ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2012. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful record that not only shows how great the basswork of Ingebrigt Haker Flaten can be – but also what a great collaborator he is in an improvised setting! We've loved other albums from Flaten, but somehow this one really feels like a cut above – bass lines that have these ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A gem of a record from the same Pernambuco early 70s scene that gave us Lula Cortes, Ze Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, and Alceu Valenca! This obscure little set has lots of the earthier tones that showed up in work by the above artists – a style that mixes folksy touches with bits of psychedelia ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The best yet from Flying Lotus – who we keep allowing ourselves to believe has hit an insurmountable peak with each new record – but he just keeps getting better! Where the preceding Cosmogramma upped the stranger, spacier and more abstract textures, Until The Quiet Comes is a bit more ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Flying Luttenbachers —
Trauma ... CD Ug Explode, 2001. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Roberto Fonseca —
Yo ... CD Montuno, 2013. Used ...
Ricky Ford proves once again that he's one of the best under-discovered tenor talents of his time – with a range of power that stretches back to the end of the 70s soul jazz years, moving forward with the confidence of the young lions of the early 90s! This set's a tremendous batch of tunes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lean, righteous blowing from the legendary Frank Foster – one of a handful of extremely hip sessions he cut in the 60s under his own name! The album's the only record Foster ever did for Blue Note – and we dare say it's even better than his previous 60s work on Prestige and Impulse ... (Jazz) read moreCD
How many different iterations of the "Four Brothers" were there? We don't know, but as near as we can tell, this grouping might most resemble the "original", with four West coast heavies joining forces for a swinging side. Originally making up the sax section of Woody Herman's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Denis Fournier, Nicole Mitchell, Hanah Jon Taylor, —
Watershed ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2012. Used ...
A set recorded recently in France – but done with the freewheeling spirit of the AACM in Chicago back in the 70s! The performance features reed work by two key later components of the AACM – Nicole Mitchell on some soaring, spiritual flute – a few varieties of the instrument, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bold clusters of sound from pianist Philip Thomas – working here on a series of very inventive compositions by Christopher Fox! Fox has a groundbreaking style that's really striking, right from the first few minutes of the CD – a way of creating almost little stories in sound, driven ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
An early 80s gem from Aretha Franklin – one of the best of her years at Arista Records, thanks to solid help in the studio from the mighty Arif Mardin! Mardin's in perfect form here – the same blend of older soul and jazzier, more sophisticated styles that he was also bringing to Chaka ... (Soul) read moreCD
About as classic as you can get for Aretha Franklin – a wonderful package that features 5 full albums for Atlantic Records – each packaged in a tiny LP-styled sleeve that reproduces the original cover! The work here is the stuff of legend – that key point when Franklin really got ... (Soul) read moreCD
Aretha Franklin's last 2 Columbia albums – back to back on a single CD! Soul Sister is a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Henry Franklin pays tribute to the great Gene Harris – in particular, the tremendous albums that Harris made for Blue Note in the 60s with his Three Sounds combo – hence the name of the group! Franklin's bass is wonderfully full, rich, and soulful – just like that of Andy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the earliest work we've ever heard from German tenorist Joki Freund – a player who'd trip out a bit more in later years, but who blows here with a sound that's sharp, modern, and very swinging throughout! The group features trombone from Albert Mangelsdorff, who's also on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
There's nothing "flashback" about this one – because the record's about as in-the-moment as you could be for jazz piano in the early 60s! Don Friedman's a really tremendous player at this point in his career – a sometimes unsung hero in the space between Bill Evans and Keith ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dave Frishberg's always getting some fun out of life – given the way he pens these witty little tunes, and sings them with a hell of a lot of charm! And this album's one to feature Frishberg at all his charming best – still with the jaunty, edgey qualities we love so much in Oaklahoma ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The lasting testament of trumpeter Tony Fruscella – a great talent whose powers only flourished briefly on vinyl, and never so brightly as on this LP! The set's a well-composed one – gently grooving numbers arranged and written by Phil Sunkel, played by Tony and a group that includes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Definitely a full blast here – an expansion of the reed team of Peter Brotzmann and Ken Vandermark with added trumpet from Thomas Herberer, bass from Marino Pliakas, drums from Michael Wertmuller, and percussion from Dirk Rothbrust – all of which makes for a record that's even more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great CD that brings together 2 of Curtis Fuller's rarest LPs! On South American Cookin, Curtis' soulful horn is matched by a tight group that includes Zoot Sims on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Dave Bailey on drums – who's playing here in tip top form. All tracks have a nice ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Curtis Fuller/JJ Johnson/Frank Rosolino et al —
Trombone Album ... CD Savoy/Nippon (Japan), Late 40s/1950s. Used ...
A heavy helping of hardbop from Savoy's 50s sessions – with material that features Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Cleveland, JJ Johnson, Frank Rosolino, and Bill Harris on trombones! (Jazz) CD
One of the best female harmony groups of the early 70s – even if they only ever cut this single album! The Fuzz have an open, earnest style that really takes us back to group soul of the decade before – yet they deliver their work with a bolder sort of sophistication that's definitely ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of the grooviest soundtrack work ever from Serge Gainsbourg – and that's saying a heck of a lot! The CD begins with the legendary score to Manon 70 – a collaboration between Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier, and one that's graced with some breathy vocals from Serge, and some ... (French) read moreCD