Blistering work from drummer Barry Altschul – working here in the company of bold young tenorist Jon Irabgon, and matching his youthful energy at every step! The set's easily one of the most driven we've heard from Altschul in many years – a trio date that also features the bass of Joe ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although the Muse label had a reputation for doing mostly straight ahead sessions, they did manage to come up with some great avant ones, thanks mainly to the production work of Michael Cuscuna. Here, percussionist Barry Altschul is joined by his old Circle bandmate Dave Holland, and free-thinking ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Barry Altschul/Paul Bley/Gary Peacock —
Virtuosi ... CD Improvising Artists Inc (Italy), 1967. Used ...
Rodrigo Amado/Kent Kessler/Paal Nilssen-Love —
Abstract Truth ... CD European Echoes, 2009. Used ...
Plenty of power here – a hip trio that features saxophonist Rodrigo Amado on tenor and baritone, alongside bold rhythms from Kent Kessler on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! Both Kent and Paal are players we know and love from other albums, and they definitely hold up to their previous ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amon Duul II —
Yeti ... CD Liberty/SPV (Germany), 1970. Used ...
About as classic as you can get for Amon Duul – a double-length set that virtually defined the sound of prog rock for the 70s! Tracks are long, and mighty jamming – with a strong undercurrent of jazz alongside the heavy drums and guitars – set loose at a level that's much madder ... (Rock) read moreCD
A lost treasure from the glory days of the LA soul jazz bop scene of the early 60s! Alto player Earl Anderza has this crazy tone that's unlike anything we've ever heard – and he plays with a calculated approach to atonality that hints at later work by Ayler and others – but which comes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wild! Long before she was a hipster poet, and even longer before she was the Poet Laureate, Maya cut this early album of calypso tracks for Liberty – with a rootsy sound that's actually pretty darn nice! Maya wrote a larger number of the tracks, and backing is by Tommy Tedesco on guitar and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great little follow up to Paul Anka's mighty Rock Swings album – and like that set, a batch of relatively contemporary tunes, retooled with a jazzy swing! The approach is surprisingly wonderful – truly revelatory, and that's a word that we never thought we'd use when referring to ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Amazing funk from this new Afro Beat combo! Forget that they're a bunch of young guys from New York – because the sound of this one is pure 70s Africa, with hard heavy drum work, super-tight horn riffing, spiralling keyboard lines, and some excellent guitar! You probably also know the work ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Arnaldo Antunes —
Disco ... CD Radar (Brazil), 2014. Used ...
Not disco like you'd hear in a nightclub in the 70s, but a record that shows the continuing creativity of Arnaldo Antunes – easily one of the best Brazilian songwriters of the past decade or so! The album's a bit more straightforward musically than some of Antunes' earliest recordings, but ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the coolest records in years from the always-creative Arnaldo Antunes – a trio effort that has him working with Toumani Diabate and Edgard Scandurra – in a pan-Atlantic set of sounds that's really amazing! Antunes' creative approach to songwriting is very much in place – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An amazing little soundtrack – written in mid 60s Peru by jazz pianist Jaime Delgado Aparicio, but easily on a par with some of the best American or Italian scores from the time! The music's got a really wonderful feel throughout – jazz at the core, but with touches of spy soundtrack ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The mid 90s classic from Aphex Twin – and one of the best, most furiously creative electronic albums of the era! I Care Because You Do is Richard D. James at his peak – sometimes frenetic, sometimes easygoing, always hypnotic beats – and some of the most entrancing ambient ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Previously unissued material from the great Harry Arnold – excellent mid 60s big band sessions, as creative as they are hard-swinging! Arnold's group here is at the top of its form – working together with a rich array of tones and colors that show the best legacies of 50s modern jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)
Horacee Arnold —
Tribe ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1973. Used ...
A very soulful batch of fusion tracks from drummer Horacee Arnold – here leading a group that includes reed talents Billy Harper and Joe Farrell, percussionist Ralph McDonald, guitarist Ralph Towner, and Dave Friedman on vibes and percussion. Tracks are long and spiralling, with a spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Art Esemble of Chicago pay tribute to a surprising range of influences – from Duke Ellington to Otis Redding to Fela Kuti and Jimi Hendrix – but all in a set that's still filled with plenty of their trademark creative improvisation, too! In a way, the record's a great illustration ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, please note that the booklet is included but pages are stuck together from water damage.)
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fine entry in Atmosphere's Sad Clown Bad series – this one with a laidback, funky sound fleshed out by some piano tinkering and live bass. A worthy EP from Minneapolis's finest – a crew whose low key "soft" releases are tighter than most of the high profile product out there. ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The indefatigable Atmosphere returns with its sixth proper album (and 198th if you include their always worthwhile vinyl only, web only, and otherwise underground releases – what's in that lemonade, anyway?) – and the dynamic duo is as hard hitting and cathartic as ever! Beatmaker Ant ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A Chicago-based singer who rivals the rich talents of European greats of the 60s and 70s – like Karin Krog, Urzula Dudziak, and Monica Zetterlund! As you can tell by her name, Grazyna's got her roots in Poland – and her style stretches back to the glory days of the European fusion ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Tracks include "A Better Tomorrow", "King Of NY", "I Want Da Mic", "Cartoon Capers", "It's Over Now", and "A Better Tomorrow Part 2", all featuring Kool Keith, as well as "4:17", "Buck Buck", "Sleep" and more. (Hip Hop) CD
Albert Ayler —
Bells ... CD ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1965. Used ...
A seminal live set by a young Albert Ayler – an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that harly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of ... (Soul) read moreCD