One of the most off-beat albums we've ever heard from saxophonist James Carter – a really unusual album done in collaboration with organist John Medeski! Although Carter's groove is usually traditional, Medeski's presence gives the album lots of fresh twists and turns – kind of a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Carter & Bobby Bradford —
Tandem 2 ... CD Emanem (UK), 1979/1982. Used ...
Previously unreleased material from the duo of Bobby Bradford and John Carter – two players who created ferocious energy together in their famous LA quartet of the late 60s and early 70s, but who here get at a completely different sound of their talents! In a way, the record really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really different side of the deep talents of bassist Kent Carter – an artist you might know best for his improvised work with Steve Lacy and other members of the European free jazz scene – working here in a much more compositional mode! Music is by a quartet that features Carter on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet trio set from bassist Ron Carter – done with great piano from Kenny Barron and guitar from Herb Ellis – a really sensitive pair who make things swing gently with Carter throughout! Ron's warm basslines really direct the set strongly – and the lean recording style gives ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful album by Ron Carter – and quite rare, too! The record features a group that's got a nice 70s modal soul jazz sound – with players that include Herbie Hancock on acoustic and electric piano, Hubert Laws on flute, Sam Brown on guitar, and both Billy Cobham and Grady Tate on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Young lion jazz from a great little combo – one headed up by pianist Marc Cary, and featuring Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Ron Blake on tenor, and Yarborough Charles Laws on flute! The record's got the positive, forward-thinking sound you'd guess from the players – a great mix of entitled ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Plenty of Fender Rhodes here – and a bit of Hammond as well – in a set that's a wonderful follow-up to Marc Cary's earlier Rhodes Ahead project! The keyboards have this mellow flow all the way through – still some of the sharper edges of Cary's other music, but a vibe that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A real classic from the early years of Johnny Cash on Columbia Records – a time when he was moving from just a simple country singer, into a role where he was single-handedly addressing issues of American history, masculinity, and social identity with songs like these! The tunes definitely ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
(Small cutout hole through case.)
Rosanne Cash —
List ... CD Manhattan, 2009. Used ...
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
The height of French disco – a huge worldwide hit for Cerrone, a nutty bit of space disco that actually holds up pretty darn well over the years! The guy's not really a looker – and the strange "animal operation" cover almost makes this look like a prog rock album – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of the best work ever recorded by bassist Paul Chambers – one of the greatest bass players in jazz! This excellent 3CD box set features the bulk of albums that Paul Chambers recorded for Blue Note as a leader, plus an earlier gem recorded for the Imperial label, and another session for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Numbered, limited edition of 5000! Includes original book and slipcase.)
One of the few great records that Paul Chambers made as a leader, and a haunting set of somber hardbop recorded with Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, and John Coltrane. The writing is great, and the group has a nice dark edge that gives the session a slightly different sound than other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rumble ... CD Jubilee/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ...
One of Jubilee Records' excellent collections of earlier vocal group material – served up in a cool covered package with some nice Scorpio Rising overtones! The collection doesn't exactly come across with the violence implied by the name, and most material here has a style that's older than ... (Soul) read moreCD
Two funky groovers from Chaquito – aka John Gregory, a very groovy British arranger of the 70s! Spies & Dolls is a cool 70s update on the sort of album that came out often in the 60s – but instead of the usual James Bond themes, this one features a lot more funky action – ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
S'Wonderful music from pianist Bill Charlap – especially considering that he's got the Washington brothers along to help him on rhythm! For years now, we've always looked out for sessions that feature the talents of Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums – as either of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you can't contest the fact that this one's a classic treat, and a legendary attempt to class up Ray's bluesy style for the masses. Quincy Jones ... (Soul) read moreCD
As Ray was making the switch to ABC for his vocal-oriented material, Atlantic managed to capture his jazz-oriented talents on a few great sessions like this one – which features Charles' piano in the foreground, set in a nice small group setting with other players from his band, like David ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pivotal album for Ray – one that features the sweet electric piano jammer "What'd I Say" – offered up here in 2 parts, and a track that would become the prototype for so many funk songs in years to come! The Raelettes back Ray up on most tracks – and other tracks ... (Soul) read moreCD
A moody session led by vibist Teddy Charles – in an amazing style that mixes up some of the hardbop styles of the Prestige blowing sessions with Charles' own modernist love of tone and color! The album's got a dark sensibility that really sets it apart from a lot of other Prestige albums of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A full 12" LP that combines two earlier sessions by Teddy Charles – some of his best early 50s modernist work, proof that he was one of the standout talents of the postwar years on vibes! The first session features two long tracks – "Evolution" and "Free" ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent session from vibist Teddy Charles – cut here under the name of the Prestige Jazz Quartet, an ensemble that featured Mal Waldron on piano, Addison Farmer on bass, and Jerry Segal on drums. Like most of Charles' important modernist work from the mid and late 50s, this set's got a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked later album from one of the biggest singers on the legendary Tabu Records label – a sweet set from Cherrelle that has her stepping along in some great gentle grooves! As with some of the other mainstream R&B at the time, the label's got production and arrangements from a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Easily one of the most powerful albums ever cut by Don Cherry – a searing set of tracks done for Blue Note in the late 60s – and featuring some tremendous tenor work by Pharoah Sanders! There's a tightness and level of energy here that surpasses even Cherry's other excellent Blue Note ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print Connoisseur CD series.)
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona 3 ... CD ECM, 1980. Used ...
The third meeting of this world jazz ensemble, with Colin Walcott of Oregon on sitar, tabla and hammered dulcimer, Don Cherry on trumpet, organ and doussn'gouni and Nana Vasconcelos on berimbau and percussion. All three players have always had a very wide reaching approach to playing, even ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great indie label set from Cyrus Chestnut – one that really helps him get back to basics, in a cooking quartet that seems to push him even further than usual! The group features excellent tenor and soprano sax from Stacy Dillard – a younger player who's really got a strong voice on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tripped-out soul from Cody Chestnutt – a double-CD set that's an instant classic! Cody's sound is really unique – a lo-fi blend of styles that stretches back to Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis, with elements of the current Philly underground, bits of crispy hip hop production, and even some ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Much later than classic vintage for Chic, but still pretty darn great – and a record that was relatively overlooked at the time! The style here steps off strongly from the Chic sound of the early 80s – and the team of Edwards and Rodgers still definitely have their funky sense of ... (Soul) read moreCD
The ensemble members include Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Jason Roebke, Kevin Davis, Todd Carter, Brian Labycz, Boris Hauf, Michael Hartman, Todd Carter, Dudley Bayne, Jen Clare Paulson, and are conducted by Don Malone. (Out Sound) CD
David Chiesa/Jean Luc Guionnet/Lionel Marchetti/Je —
Sion ... CD wmo/r (Spain), 2005. Used ...
The first album as a leader by trumpeter Alfredo "Chocolate" Armanteros – and a sweet little cooker from the New York 70s scene! The set's got that strong mix of new and old styles that were changing the face of salsa at the time – and although Chocolate's firmly in the lead ... (Latin) read moreCD