Brilliant late work from Ayler – one of his last truly great albums! The session has none of the jazz-meets-other music feel of some of the other Impulse albums – and is more in the straight expressive style of the ESP recordings. Tracks are more reined in here – with some short ... (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
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic early material by Albert Ayler, recorded in New York in 1964, but originally issued only in Europe! The session features Ayler with the obscure trumpeter Norman Howard, plus Henry Grimes on bass and Sonny Murray on drums – and has all the crackle and imagination of Ayler's ESP ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A crowning moment for the west coast Latin scene in the 70s – a wonderful Bay Area set that brings together some of the best talents working on that scene at the time! The set's got a great blend of modes – Latin soul, touches of funk, and plenty of the jazzy inflections you'd expect ... (Latin) read moreCD
16 tracks, counting the intro, including "Duck Season" by the Beatnuts, "Watch Out" by De La, "Cake" by Pete Rock, "Behold My Life" by Defari, "Microphone Mathmatics (rmx)" by Quasimoto, "Center Of Attention" by Dilated, Souls Of Mischief ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Mid 70s revivalist swing by Parisian tenorist Gerard Badini – recorded in a loose and free format that almost recalls the glory days of Verve's 50s recordings of the style. Badini's blowing here with a quartet that includes Raymond Fol on piano and celeste, Michel Gaudry on bass, and Sam ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great stuff from Eryka Badu – sweet, mellow, soulful, and with a very righteous vibe! The record's got some impeccable production – and the best cuts have a stripped-down groove that mixes keyboards and vocals in a way that's similar to recent work by D'Angelo and Jill Scott. Eryka's ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
6 studio improvisations of guitar duets between Bailey & Akchote, recorded in London, autumn of '96. (Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)
Derek Bailey, Jamaaladeen Tacuma & Calvin Weston —
Mirakle ... CD Tzadik, 2000. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Derek Bailey/George Lewis/John Zorn —
Yankees ... CD Celluloid, 1983. Used ...
Spare improvisations from this transatlantic trio of avant jazzers – Derek Bailey on guitar, George Lewis on trombone, and John Zorn on alto, soprano sax, and clarinets! Despite the avant-rock stylings of other work on Celluloid at the time, this one's got a spare, free sound that's very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The pinnacle of classy crossover soul at the end of the 80s – and a landmark album that's probably still helping Anita pay her bills! The feel is mellow and laidback without being too cheesy or too adult contemporary – drawing from mellow soul traditions of the 70s, and filtering it ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great no-nonsense session from Chet – blowing here with Russ Freeman on piano, blocking out backgrounds that work perfectly with the fragile tone of Chet's horn. The rest of the group features Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – and titles include "Bea's Flat", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A previously-unissued treasure from the Chet Baker tour of Europe in 1955 – a rare live performance that features some of the last recorded work by pianist Dick Twardzik! The concert is presented here in its near-entirety – complete with an announcement from promoter Gigi Campi, and a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Chet Baker —
Peace ... CD Enja/Rhino, 1982. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A pretty nice later Chet Baker album – thanks to vibes by David Friedman, who really seems to be the driving force of the set! The album was cut during the same time that Friedman himself was a leader on Enja – and it's got a very similar feel to much of Dave's work – with vibes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great return to form for Chet Baker – his first record in a number of years away from the studio, and proof that his genius could adapt to just about any setting! The album's got a tight focus that's probably one of the keys to its success – a set of arrangements by Don Sebesky that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The trumpet of Chet Baker was hard pressed to find a better accompanist than the piano of Russ Freeman – and the pair made some incredible recordings during Baker's early years at Pacific Jazz. This lovely set by Mosaic brings together all of the recordings cut during the time, and although ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Shorty Baker & Doc Cheatham —
Shorty & Doc ... CD Prestige/Swingville/OJC, 1961. Used ...
With Baker and Cheatham on trumpets – plus Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and JC Heard on drums. Titles include "Good Queen Bess", "Night Train", "Baker's Dozen", and "Chitlins". (Jazz) CD
More ... CD Schema/Fez (Italy), 1999. Used ...
Incredible! Although the first album by Balanco had a definite Italian bossa sound (which was very popular in their acid jazz scene a few years ago), this great second album by the group breaks into whole new territory – like French and Italian soundtrack grooves, particularly in the vein of ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Maybe the best record we've ever heard from Cosmic mainman Daniele Baldelli – and definitely a set that really lives up to the funky side promised in the title! Baldelli's got a much deeper groove here than ever before – a great ear for tight elements on the basslines, mixed with jazzy ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the most soulful albums we've heard from Schema in many years – a brilliant batch of jazzy tracks from singer Andrea Balducci – served up with backing by a great lineup of players from both the Ricky Tick and Schema worlds! The core approach is jazz, but many of the songs are ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A mad mix of styles pulled from Balkan, Mediterranean, Jewish, and American cultures – served up in a mode that more than delivers on the enigmatic promise of its title! There's a feel here that almost takes us back to the playful creativity of the New York scene of the early 80s – the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Balkan Beat Box —
Give ... CD Nat Geo, 2012. Used ...
The most focused and stylistically linear set yet from Balkan Beat Box –who really focus and their box of beats without sacrificing the globally inspired eclecticism – with loads of propulsive beatcraft and synthy funk in the mix! This is a move that makes a whole lot of sense for BBB ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Lost funk rock from Ballinjack – the rare self-titled set for Columbia that's arguably best remembered for being so massively sampled – but the group that deserves a more widely-credited legacy! The sound is a bit like Mandrill on the best cuts, with the band going hard on the funky ... (Soul) read moreCD
A heady trio performance from Chicago – recorded live at The Hideout with a really wonderful sound! Chi avant players Dave Rempis and Fred Lonberg-Holm are joined by the heavy drums of Paal Nilssen-Love – and together create a sense of energy that really goes beyond the expected – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bana Maquis —
Leila ... CD Dakar Sound (Netherlands), 1990s. Used ...
Rousing soukous from Tanzania! Throughout east Africa Congolese rumba remains a major force, Dar Es Salaam, in particular, has long been a hotbed for those Cuban-tinged sounds and the great Bana Maquis represents one of the best contemporary exponents of the tradition. Singer and band leader ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
An amazing treasure from the best years of The Band – a killer live set from the last few days of 1971 – one that features the group in great concert formation, working with some wicked horns arranged by Allen Toussaint! The album's got a sound that's maybe even more soulful than the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Pretty hip stuff – recorded in Paris, but featuring some leading lights of American bohemia! The first half of the CD features work by a quartet led by bassist Buddy Banks, and featuring work by American players Bob Dorough on piano and Roy Haynes on drums, as well as the French musician ... (Jazz) read moreCD