Recent work by The Manhattans – now reduced to the duo of Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett, but still plenty darn soulful! The tunes here follow the mellower groove of the group's later work – a space that lets Alston and Lovett really stretch out vocally – not as harmony-based as ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful collection of work from The Manhattans – one that goes way past familiar hits from the 70s, and which features some overlooked gems from their years at Deluxe and Columbia! The set shows an amazing evolution in music – the group's shift from a rougher-edged harmony group ... (Soul) read moreCD
A real lost chapter in the career of The Manhattans – some wonderful harmony sides cut for the Deluxe label in the years before they moved to Columbia! The approach here is sweeter than their work on Carnival, but jazzier than their sides for Columbia – with arrangements by Chico O'Farr ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp inside booklet.)
Herbie Mann/Charlie Rouse/K Burrell/M Waldron —
Just Wailin' ... CD New Jazz/Prestige, 1958. Used ...
Just Wailin is right – as the album's a real cooker in the classic Prestige mode of the late 50s – and a record that shows lots of early bite from a young Herbie Mann! Mann's in the frontline, working alongside the heavy tenor of Charlie Rouse – and in company like that, it's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Shelly Manne's best records of the 60s – largely because the group's so great! Altoist Frank Strozier was playing with Shelly at the time, and his rich talents on the alto make the record almost worth seeking out for him alone – because here, Strozier's opening up his sound a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible record from Shelly Manne – one of his only dates recorded at The Manne Hole, even though it was his own club – and a killer live recording that was issued in a rare 2LP format for the time! The style here is similar to Manne's excellent recordings at the Blackhawk – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful version of the famous Henry Mancini score – arguably better than the original soundtrack for the TV show! Shelly Manne leads a small group of west coasters that includes Victor Feldman on vibes, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Russ Freeman on piano – plus Herb Geller on alto, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charlie Mariano was one of the best things to ever happen to Shelly Manne – as the young altoist's icy talent was a perfect match for Manne's west coast cool, but his Boston soul really added a lot more emotional depth than had ever been previously recorded on some of Manne's sessions. This ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great one from Gianni Marchetti – the Italian composer we know best for his work on The Wild Eye, but who sounds equally great on this set too! The best tracks have a heavy rhythm at the bottom – not really funky, but kind of mod, and a bit more off-kilter on the slower numbers ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A stunning live set from Tania Maria – recorded with her Viva Brazil combo in a mode that's very similar to her classic recordings from 70s France! The sound here is great – Tania on keyboards and vocals, with backing only from bass, drums, and percussion – a spare framework that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Cesar Camargo Mariano & Romero Lubambo —
Duo ... CD Trama (Brazil), 2002. Used ...
Warm and gentle duets between two masters of Brazilian jazz – legendary pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano, whose 60s and 70s arrangements for singers are some of our favorite from the time, and guitarist Romero Lumbambo, whose recent records are some of the best smoother jazz coming out of Brazil! ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Music from Bob Marley, Dave Barker, the Upsetters, Johnny Lover, Big Youth, Peter Tosh & more. (Reggae) CD
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Uprising ... CD Island (Japan), 1980. Used ...
Marley's last studio LP, this effort shows there was no letting up, either in his political stance or fiery songwriting. With the solid original rhythm section of Family Man & Carlton Barrett and the beautiful backing harmonies of the I-Three's, this set includes classic takes of "Redempti ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Very righteous work from Esther Marrow – a soul sister who sings with a hell of a lot of power! The set's an overlooked gem in the Fantasy catalog of the 70s, and it's one of only two secular soul albums cut by Marrow – and quite possibly the best of the bunch, too! Esther's got some ... (Soul) read moreCD
A killer set of 50s cool jazz – a bridge between the east coast Konitz-based style, and the LA mid 50s sound, hence the two cities in the title. Marsh is working here with Ted Brown on tenor, Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums – and the album's one of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not a string band as in "strings" – but a unique Chicago blues record that features work on guitar, mandolin, and violin – plus some harmonica from John Wrencher – and vocals from all the members of the group! (Blues) CD
Arguably one of the most successful James Bond soundtracks of the 70s – written for one of the most successful Bond films of the decade. The real standout, of course, is the title cut by Wings – the excellent "Live & Let Die", a sublime rock number that manages to capture ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Rebecca Martin —
Middlehope ... CD Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 2001. Used ...
Angular and modern work from guitarist Pat Martino – working here in a field of dark tones and colors that recalls some of his best moments of the 70s! The album's got Pat playing with a quintet that includes Joe Lovano, Gonzalo Rubacalba, Christian McBride, and Lewis Nash – and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hugh Masekela —
Grrr ... CD Verve/Mercury, 1965. Used ...
Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print, digipack has some light edgewear.)
Hugh Masekela —
Time ... CD Columbia, 1985. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Great collection of the hard to find work by this seventies soul diva, and a good mix of the stuff she did for the Buddah, Prelude, and WMOT labels. It's mostly Buddah stuff, though, which is great, and it includes hits like "Yes, I'm Ready", "Give Me Your Love", and "Bed ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 lost sides of soul jazz – both of them rare gems on vinyl, and back-to-back here in one nicely priced CD package! Doin The Thang is an excellent bit of lost soul jazz piano work – featuring the highly underrated Ronnie Mathews, with a quartet that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful backings from Nelson Riddle – every bit as jazzy and swinging as his 50s charts for Frank Sinatra, with some playful touches at points too – all of which really helps Johnny break from some of the more familiar modes of his bigger singles. That Mathis voice is in wonderful ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Two wonderful early 60s albums from Johnny Mathis – both quite fresh, compared to his better-known hits! I'll Buy You A Star features wonderful backings from Nelson Riddle – every bit as jazzy and swinging as his 50s charts for Frank Sinatra, with some playful touches at points too ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Brilliant work from the legendary Bobby Matos – a set that's way more than just another Latin jazz album – and which has a sense of tone, timing, and fire to rival much higher-concept jazz recordings! Yet throughout it all, Matos keeps a wonderful groove in place – his own key ... (Latin) read moreCD
The second album by smooth soul singer Maxwell – and every bit as great as the first! Although the vibe is modern, the sound is quite classic – with lush warm arrangements that perfectly wrap up Maxwell's sweet and soulful vocals. The record picks up a tradition that was left off by ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
John Mayall's Blues Breakers —
Bare Wires ... CD Deram/London/Rebound, 1968. Used ...
Another great step forward for the legendary John Mayall – proof that he was never just content to copy American blues modes, and always willing to bring something new to the table! Although steeped in sounds from the delta on up to Chicago, the record's also got a hipper, almost trippier ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweeeeeet work from the wonderful Maysa Leak – quite possibly her best album so far! The record has a really warm original feel – far steps from the earlier Incognito-influences sound of past records (not that that was a bad thing, mind you – but it's even better to hear Maysa ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The leader of the "Chicago Underground" groups (duo/trio/quartet/orchestra. . .) steps out on a solo effort, that's not exactly a solo project, as he brings in help from a number of other stalwarts of the Thrill Jockey scene. Though his rich, expressive cornet playing is featured ... (Jazz) read moreCD
11 tracks: includes "11:55", "Same Old Sh!t", "F*ck What Ya Heard", "All Bullsh!t Aside", "One False Move", "You Wanna F*ck Her", "Mayday On The Frontline", "Attack On Babylon", "Do You Believe", "Mr F*ck ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School —
Twilight Fall ... CD Browntasaurus (Canada), 2017. Used ...
The extremely successful union of two of Atlantic's biggest funky jazz stars, caught live in Switzerland, with the amazing Benny Bailey sitting in on trumpet. The tracks are long and funky, and are virtually a blueprint for pop soul jazz playing of the time – mixing slinky rhythms with some ... (Jazz) read moreCD