A nice one from Ella – and a good move past the Songbooks mode that sometimes dogged her years on Verve a bit too much! This set has Ella singing to light arrangements by Frank DeVol – nothing fancy, but a good set of tunes that are perfect for the lovely style that Ella was hitting ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A key 70s session from Tommy Flanagan – a record that showed that he was still one of the most fluid and soulful players of his generation! The album has Flanagan working only with the bass of George Mraz – in a drum-less format with even less structure than usual, a perfect setting ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great title for this one – given the extremely poetic sound of Tommy Flanagan on the piano! For years, Tommy's had a great talent for being as bopper, yet as sensitive as a mellower, more lyrical player too – a brilliant combination that shows up instantly in the first few notes of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet Tommy Flanagan trio date – recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977, but with a warmth and intimacy that's like catchy Tommy at a small club date! Trio members include Keter Betts on bass and Bobby Durham on drums – but the focus is very strongly on Flanagan's piano ... (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
Tommy Flanagan/Ron Carter/Tony Williams —
Master Trio ... CD Fourstar (Korea), 1983. Used ...
The Master Trio of the early 80s – a group that featured Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – and which was recorded in a spirit that was very similar to the Great Jazz Trio and Super Trio – not surprising, as all members here played in one of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A huge set – one that not only includes all the material that Lester Flatt recorded for RCA after breaking with Earl Scruggs – but also 19 more solo recordings for Columbia, and 18 more Flatt & Scruggs tracks for that label that were not included in previous Bear Family sets! ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Fleetwood Mac —
Tusk ... CD Warner, 1979. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Overblown for its time, and almost crushed under its own weight – but a record that's lasted surprisingly well over the years! Titles include "Sara", "Tusk", "Walk A Thin Line", "That's Enough For Me", "Brown Eyes", "Save Me A Place" ... (Rock) read moreCD
Possibly the best ever from LA punk pioneers The Flesh Eaters – who were a vital piece of the nascent days of SoCal punk for around a half decade by this point in the early 80s, but were arguably just now hitting their strongest creative stride! They're a bit akin to X in the way they show ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wicked early 80s punk from The Flesh Eaters – with some fun nods to trash culture and B-movies the cover art, song titles and lyrical imagery – but it's also some of most slyly ambitious sounds from the west coast punk scene of the time! It's clear from the first track they're going for ... (Rock) read moreCD
Not the Philly soul group from the mid 70s, but rather the pairing of DJ Kent and KZA, peddling modern, soulful electronic grooves, with break inspired beats and tapestries of electronic tones bubbling over top. While the better part of this disc is nearer to uptempo funk, the tracks we get open ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
With Jerry Gonzalez, Robin Eubanks, Kenny Barron, Wayne Dockery, Ronnie Burrage, Billy Hart and Steve Berrios. 9 numbers in all, including "Mind Games", "Laying It Down", "Awakening", "A Swing Touch", "Never Again Is Such A Long Time", "It Ain' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Basie may be his boss, but Frank Foster's definitely his own man – especially working here on this hip little session for Chess Records – a small group date with some key members of the Count's ensemble! There's a bit of the Basie sense of arrangement in the tunes – especially in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's an in joke that you'd get easily if you were a mainstream listener at the time – as the group here features members of Basie's mid 50s group, all playing in small combo formation without the Count! The lineup features two saxes – Foster and Wess – plus two trombones, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Frank Foster & The Loud Minority Band —
Well Water ... CD Piadrum, 1977. Used ...
Ish and the Foxy crew still going strong at the end of the 80s – although here, they seem to have dropped some of their Miami disco approach and are going for a sound that's got more of a New York new wave influence overall! There's almost some Ze Records touches on a few numbers – ... (Soul) read moreCD
The timeless sounding underground classic debut of Frank-N-Dank – which is a strong first full length statement for the duo – and a significant milestone in the J Dilla production canon! It has more of a straight up, street ready rhyme style than was typical for Dilla productions at ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Aretha Franklin's complete work from Columbia from the dawn of the 60s through the middle of the decade – 11CDs with remastered mono mixes and unreleased material – plus a DVD of early Aretha television performances – an incredible legacy in a beautiful box set! It includes ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Numbered limited edtion. DVD is NTSC coded, Region 0.)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Pinata ... CD Madlib Invazion, 2014. Used ...
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
George Freeman —
Man & Woman ... CD Groove Merchant/Unidisc (Canada), 1974. Used ...
One of the more laidback albums from George Freeman's early 70s run – but still a great little set that shows the mellower side of his talents! Despite the sexy style of the cover, the sound here is relatively straight soul jazz – small combo work with Harold Mabern on acoustic piano, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most compelling Von Freeman recordings we've ever heard – and one of the few to actually capture the real performance presence of the legendary Chicago tenorist! The date was recorded in Berlin, but it's got a homegrown feel that takes us right back to Von's famous Tuesday night ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jurgen Friedrich —
Pollock ... CD Pirouet (Germany), 2009. Used ...
The group name here is a reference to a project from Ornette Coleman – and Friends & Neighbors definitely share a similar sense of cohesive spirit and individual expression – which makes for very striking sound throughout! The quintet has some tremendous horn work from Thomas ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lots of dark guitar from Bill Frisell, and some dark guitar synth too – played with a colder sound than usual for ECM, but in ways that make a nice change for the label! Some of the songs have a stop/start sort of feel – almost as if they're trying to find themselves – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trademark guitar lines from Bill Frisell – that key 80s sound that was almost a bridge between the jazz and art undergrounds of the time – a link that got surprisingly strong play in the mainstream, thanks to records like this! Frisell manages to take an earlier sharpness and set it up ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's got a Disney reference, but the songs here are all from famous films of the 20th Century – including Once Upon A Time In The West, Psycho, The Sandpiper, Godfather, and You Only Live Twice – all served up in very unique versions by guitarist Bill Frisell! The quintet here ... (Jazz) read moreCD