An amazing little album from the Isley Brothers – one in which the group manage to explore their growing love of the electric guitar, yet somehow sound even more soulful than before! The music is slinky and seductive, with a wonderful style that's never too overly funky – just laidback ... (Soul) read moreCD
We can remember when these guys were just a loose collective of musicians, playing Miles-influenced spacey jazz jams in unadvertised Monday night gigs at Chicago's legendary Rainbo Room. Now, they've metamorphosized into the latest hope from Chicago – taking experiments of other cross-pollina ... (Rock) read moreCD
Surprise! J Cole celebrated his late January birthday in 2016 with a surprise live album – announced just a day earlier – with the songs from his deservedly acclaimed 2014 Forest Hills Drive recorded live in concert in his hometown of Fayetteville, NC! The album proper is a rawly ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A sweet 70s set from Jackie & Roy – just the kind of record that shows that their genius kept on growing and growing as the years went on! The album's a nice change from the fuller, freer sound of the pair's earlier 70s sides on CTI – but it's also not the straighter jazz of the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Chubby Jackson, Bill Harris, et al —
Small Herds ... CD Mercury (Japan), Mid 40s. Used ...
Rare material from Keystone Records – originally issued as 78rpm discs, but cleaned up nicely and with some unreleased tracks! (Jazz) CD
Javon Jackson —
Now ... CD Palmetto, 2006. Used ...
A bit of a groover from Javon Jackson – a record that features Lonnie Smith on organ, working in a groove that's similar to his own recent set for Palmetto! The style here isn't really funky, but it's often nicely chunky soul jazz with a good sense of flow – guitar, organ, and tenor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Michael, if only you'd stayed at this level! This 1979 solo album by Michael is a killer batch of soul grooves – one of best moments ever, and a crowning cap to a stellar 70s run – both as a younger solo act, and with the whole Jackson family! Quincy Jones produced, and the album's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory ... (Soul) read moreCD
Milt Jackson & John Coltrane —
Bags & Trane ... CD Atlantic/Jazz Heritage, 1959. Used ...
An incredible collaboration from John Coltrane and Milt Jackson – and one that gives Milt one of his sharpest records ever! The setting is relatively straight – tenor from Coltrane, vibes from Jackson – plus rhythm from Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Connie Kay ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pre-electric Jamal, but with the spiralling spiritual lyricism that he would later bring to his Fender Rhodes recordings. Tracks are very open-ended – a continuing growth of the lyrical exploration he first forged in the late 50s, expanding out to embrace the new freedom of the 70s, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful work from Jamal's early Chicago years – and a perfectly titled set that really gets at the differences he made in modern jazz! The tunes are wonderfully fluid, soulful, and swinging – but not in the gutbuckety style of other trios of the time, more in a lightly modern style ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The long-overdue reissue of some of Ahmad Jamal's first recordings – early sides for the Okeh and Columbia labels, all tunes that would go on to have a huge influence on the use of the piano in jazz! All tracks on the set were recorded in the early 50s with Jamal's great drumless trio that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful little trio side from Keith Jarrett – very much in the mode of his other ECM group work. The group here is his well known trio with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – and they mesh nicely with him and the material, providing a sort of trio interpretation of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little trio session from Keith Jarrett – still in the mode of some of his other ECM work, but almost a bit more back to basics as well! The group here features Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both working beautifully with Keith in a flurry of colors, tones, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautifully complex work from Keith Jarrett – and one of the 70s albums that really shows his blossoming past jazz into a whole realm of new styles! The album features some works for instrumental ensembles – including a String Quartet and a Brass Quartet – plus a large orchestral ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very unusual record – one that has Keith Jarrett playing some solo organ – and a baroque organ at that – but in ways that are quite different than you might expect! The sounds here are amazing – almost noisy at points, as Jarrett really works the instrument in an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A second great set of standards from Keith Jarrett – and like the first one, a great reminder to many that the pianist was still very strongly schooled in jazz! Although Keith really opened up ways for pianists to stretch out in the 70s, his move to material like this in the early 80s was a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the crowning moments of Keith Jarrett's longform improvised style of the 70s – a huge batch of concert material recorded in Japan – done in a style that's similar to his famous Koln and Berlin concert records! The album features different performances from Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fond farewell to Miles Davis – played here by a hip trio that features Keith Jarrett on piano, Gary Pecock on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! A few of the numbers are ones that Davis recorded famously in years past, and a few others are originals – played by the trio in ways that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette —
Tokyo '96 ... CD ECM, 1996. Used ...
The long-teased, finally delivered joint full length from Jay-Z and Kanye West. It's impossible to consider the music purely on its own terms given the outsized personalities and absolutely gigantic presences of both – which makes it pretty fascinating. It's definitely not on the level of ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A recommitted Jay-Z is back on his game with American Gangster – referencing the '07 film in spots, but this is no soundtrack – it's a return to solid hip hop from the biggest name in the game! American Gangster takes a couple minutes to get rolling, but once the hard hitting "Hell ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Tracks include "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)", "Ride Or Die", "Can I Get A..." with Amil & Ja Rule, "Money, Cash, Hoes" with DMX, "It's Alright" and "Coming Of Age (The Sequel)" with Memphis Bleek, "Money Ain't A Thing", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Were the Jazz Invaders ever this soulful before? We don't seem to remember that – as they come on totally strong and wonderful here – with a groove that might even rival the best previous work by big-name combos like Incognito or Brand New Heavies! Like both those groups, the Jazz ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
JTK ... CD Pony Canyon (Japan), 2008. Used ...
One of the strongest albums from Jazztronik in years – a soulful celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Ryota Nozaki's great project – and a record that's filled with the upbeat, positive grooves! There's a sense of focus here that's totally great – a mix of the dancefloor ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A great little introduction to the work of Jazztronik – a CD that offers up some of their best bits from recent years, plus a new track especially for the set – all in one special oversize package! At some moments, the group's working in an all-out blend of rhythm and life – with ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Repro ... CD Pony Canyon (Japan), 2008. Used ...
A hip little set of grooves from Jazztronik – only a 6 track EP overall, but one that's got all the depth and punch of a full album! The tracks here all represent Jazztronik at their clubby best – upbeat, soulful, and coming across with lots of sophisticated tones and colors – ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A bold statement by one of the best underground jazz players of the 70s! Carter Jefferson cut his chops with Art Blakey in the years after Blakey had Billy Harper in the group – and seemed to follow Harper into some of the same highly spiritual, soulful territory at the time! Jefferson's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early genius from these Bay Area stalwarts – one of the greatest rock records of its time! Surrealistic Pillow is the second Jefferson Airplane album, but they took a number of huge creative leaps in the 8 months or so between their debut record and this one. This one is where they're ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great later album from Jefferson Airplane – done with an allstar roster of fellow counterculture heroes and late 60s icons in the studio – including David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Steven Stills, and Nicky Hopkins! It's an incredible mix of breezy harmonies and killer melodies, but those ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the best-ever recordings by Herb Jeffries – a smooth-toned jazz singer from the 50s, with a style that's very much in the mode of contemporaries like Al Hibbler or Billy Eckstine, with a nice cheesecake cover too! The backings are what make this set great – as Russ Garcia has ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
John Jenkins & Donald Byrd —
Jazz Eyes ... CD Regent/Savoy, Late 50s. Used ...
A great little session – an oft-overlooked gem from Savoy's legendary hardbop years of the 50s! Altoist John Jenkins leads the session – which also features Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, and Art Taylor – and with a lineup like that, you can hardly miss! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic Verve session from 1963 – a tremendous record, done with a wonderful airy sound that became the trademark for bossa production in America – and which also had a great inspiration on the sound of mid 60s bossa in Brazil! Claus Ogerman arranged and conducts ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A beautiful set of symphonic tracks based around the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim – work that stretches back to the 50s, up through 60s bossa nova, and even includes some of Jobim's more complicated orchestrations from the 70s! The music is done in the arch-baroque style of other titles on ... (Brazil) read moreCD