A massive look at the music of Greyboy – one that features classic cuts, previously unreleased tracks, and rare mixes as well! Back in the early 90s, when most of the few funky records coming out of the west coast were pretty darn weak, Greyboy really caught our ears with his raw, stripped-do ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
One of the most unified albums we've ever heard from Greyboy – an excellent little set that perfectly bridges his two loves of funk and hip hop! The core style is in the hip hop-infused mode of earlier years – with lots of programming and scratches by Greyboy himself – but there's ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A stellar early Johnny Griffin recording for Blue Note, and one that features him in a larger group with Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, and Wynton Kelly. As the "blowing session" title might imply, this set features long tracks that let the players get in plenty of soloing (and, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fernando Grillo —
Fluvine ... CD Cramps/Ampersand, 1976. Used ...
Beautiful work from Fernando Grillo – an artist who plays the string bass more like an engine for creating sounds than a traditional jazz or classical instrument! His work here has a relatively improvised feel, but also a very careful one too – a great sensitivity for subtle sounds ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
(Out of print US pressing. Includes slipcase.)
Brian Groder —
Torque ... CD Latham, 2006. Used Gatefold ...
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
Dave Grusin's definitely out of the shadows here – after years of session work, soundtrack music, and other arrangements – finally beginning to shine in the limelight as a jazz musician on his own! The set's got a nice sort of vibe – not the too-smooth later sound of the GRP ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Includes the albums – When Farmer Met Gryce, Nicas Tempo, Jazz Lab (with Donald Byrd), Modern Jazz Perspective (with Donald Byrd), Sayin Something, The Hap' Nin's, The Rat Race Blues, and Reminiscin'. (Jazz) CD
Groundbreaking work from one of the hippest jazz groups going in the mid 50s – the Donald Byrd/Gigi Gryce Jazz Lab, a wonderful group of players who could play with a tight soul jazz finish, yet also throw in some nice modern jazz touches! Gryce's arrangements and alto work are always a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Vince Guaraldi's wonderful music for the first-ever cartoon to feature the Peanuts characters in animated form – a sublime batch of jazz instrumentals that forever changed the face of music in shows of this nature! Vince steps out with an amazing sound right from the start – even ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really warm, well-crafted set from Italian trumpeter Massimo Guerra – just the kind of record we've come to expect from other jazz labels from his scene, but quite a surprise from the mostly-soul Irma label! The set's totally straight – and done in a way that really lets Guerra show ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Germans singing English – what could be better? The set's a pretty wild batch of tunes – easy listening pop recordings by the Gunter Kallman Choir, a hip German ensemble that has a dreamy male/female harmony sound! The group's repertoire was a lot hipper than you might think, given ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A stone classic from the great Gwen Guthrie – a singer who forged some brilliant vocals in the backdrop of other folks' soul sessions – then really exploded forth as a star on her own, with a handful of key albums in the early 80s! This cooker really shows off Guthrie's ear for the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stone cold classic from Teddy Riley! Forget what you might think about the cliches of New Jack Swing, because this record is a landmark of modern soul, one of the freshest R&B albums from the 80s, and it still sounds great today. After starting things out with Wrecks N Effect, Riley moved ... (Soul) read moreCD
Insane – totally insane! This gem of a record was recorded in 1968 by early electronic musician Bruce Haack and frequent collaborator Esther Nelson – done after a series of earlier records aimed at children, but really taking off here with an incredibly trippy approach! The name of ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
The last live meeting of trumpeter Bobby Hackett and trombonist Jack Teagarden – two of the most successful trad jazz players of the 50s! The performance was recorded at the Hollywood Bowl, but is presented here via a radio broadcast with a bit of announcement at the beginning – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest records that Charlie Haden ever did, and a record that stands as sort of a bookend to his Liberation Music album on Impulse. As with that record, he's got a large group on here, and also like that one, he's playing a batch of tracks that have a definite political bent. Players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A live trio side recorded at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, in July 1989, with Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell. 8 numbers in all: "The Sphinx", "Art Deco", "Happy House", "Lonely Woman", "Mopti", "The Blessing", "When ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Our favorite side of Charlie Haden – one that we love from classic recordings on Impulse and ECM – and heard for the first time in years on this new album of gentle protestations against the current state of the US! The album features wonderfully evocative arrangements from Carla Bley ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra —
Dream Keeper ... CD DIW/Blue Note, 1990. Used ...
A lost chapter in the all too short history of Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra – an album recorded shortly after the group's better-known album for ECM in the 80s! Like other Liberation Music outings, Carla Bley is a very strong presence on this set – penning original tunes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool set by an artist who's clearly influenced by all the older trippy styles issued by the Pharaway Sounds label – especially that imprint's strong focus on fuzzy psych from the Mid-East! In fact, the overall sound of this set's so cool, you could easily pass it off as some lost Turkish ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A near-lost session from pianist Al Haig – playing in an unusual (for him) format that features piano, guitar, bass, and drums! Haig's piano is recorded with a style that makes it a bit echoey – using the space of the studio in a way that seems to hang the notes in air a bit more, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A key trio date for pianist Al Haig – material recorded on one day in 1954, but which eventually saw release as two different albums on two different labels! The group here features Haig on the keys, alongside Bill Crow on bass and Lee Abrams on drums – and although half the material ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Yaho ... CD Mondo Melodia, 2000. Used ...