Not an all together inappropriate title on this CD! Monsoon is basically a single, nearly 50 minute live untitled session slowly propelled by William Hooker's pounding drum work, Lee Renaldo's trademark hissy electric guitar effects washing over, and Roger Miller's electric bass and looping ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
One of Elmo Hope's best trio sessions from the west coast – featuring 7 original compositions, plus one standard, played by a group that includes the excellent bass player Jimmy Bond, and drummer Frank Butler. Oddly, the session was also one of David Axelrod's first production efforts – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The last work ever recorded by pianist Elmo Hope – one of the most brilliant modernist talents of his generation, right up there with Monk and Herbie Nichols for sheer inventiveness. We've always loved the long sinuous lines he spun on piano, though Hope spent most of his career in obscurity ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Elmo Hope —
So Nice ... CD Fresh Sound (Spain), 1957/1958. Used ...
An amazing album – and a really unique slice of the underground of jazz in the 60s! The session was put together in 1963 by Walt Dickerson, and was conceived as an attempt to draw attention to the incredible amount of great jazz players who were then currently serving time in prison for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning Miami grooves from the legendary Jimmy Bo Horne – one of the key figures in the southern club scene of the 70s! Jimmy's got a groove that's very much his own on the set – a snapping, almost clapping sort of rhythm picked up from the George McCrae and KC camps at TK Records ... (Soul) read moreCD
A key voice in mainstream soul at the end of the 80s – the deep-voiced Miki Howard, a singer who approaches her work with a great deal of class and sophistication! Although some of the backings here are relatively standard for the time, Howard's presentation of the lyrics is really a cut ... (Soul) read moreCD
Classic work from Howlin Wolf – tunes recorded with incredibly raspy vocals, set to a folksy electric guitar sound – one that instantly conjures up images of the south side blues scene that Chess documented so well during the 50s and 60! The work here was recorded over a number of ... (Blues) read moreCD
A beautiful set from Freddie Hubbard – part of his move back to straighter, more long-form jazz at the start of the 80s! The set's still got some keyboards in the mix, but it's also got a soaring, searching, soulful groove that reminds us a lot of Hubbard's best late 60s moments for Atlantic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tremendous trumpets from Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw – a real standout from the mid 80s revival years of Blue Note – and a perfect setting for both players! The tracks are long, but tight too – with just the right balance of solo voices from Hubbard and Shaw – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Bob Hudson Trio With Roy Williams & John Barnes —
Interplay ... CD Sine, 1997. Used ...
(Out of print.)
Hudson Riv (Johansson, Carl & Williamson) —
Hudson Riv ... CD Grob (Germany), 2003. Used ...
Sven Ake Johansson, Rudiger Carl & Joe Williamson. (Vocalists) CD
Fred Hughes —
Baby Boy ... CD Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Used ...
A soaring full length debut from Fred Hughes – a singer who cut some key singles for Brunswick Records in the late 60s, and more than lives up to their strength here on an album! The set's got some very in-the-pocket backings for Fred to work with – arrangements from Sonny Sanders, Tom ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great setting for the 7 string guitar of Charlie Hunter – served up here in a spare set of duets with drummer Scott Amendola! The sound is nice and wide – way fuller than you might expect from two instruments, thanks to some lush phrasing from Charlie, as he moves nicely along with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
James Hunter at the Daptone Studios – working here with Bosco Mann production, and a sound that's much rawer than before! James has always had one hell of a voice, but this time around he also gets a bit more bite in his music too – a funky undercurrent that's more late 60s soul than ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Beautiful vibes from Bobby Hutcherson – a laidback session with a wonderfully fluid feel! There's definitely a mellower vibe here than some of Bobby's work from years back – less sinister undercurrents, replaced by a confident, yet careful tone on the vibes – given some equally ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A relatively mellow recent effort from Bobby Hutcherson – one that has him playing both vibes and marimba, and going for a laidback style that allows plenty of spaces for tonal colors and shades of sound! The group's a quintet, with Kenny Garrett on alto, Geri Allen on piano, Christian ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic 1979 album from Phyllis Hyman! Hyman was one of the few female singers who started in the pre-disco years and managed to move through the disco years with a good groove – but never get totally swamped by the production styles of the day. She stuck close to her roots as a jazzy ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the legendary Abdullah Ibrahim – a set that not only features beautiful work on piano, but some flute and voice as well! The style is quite different than some of Ibrahim's better-known records – as the music has this really gentle ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We have to give it up to Ice T. Aside from being one of the cornerstones of west coast and gangsta rap, he's probably the only rapper to successfully make the transition to acting (sorry Cube. . .). In fact, we'd rather watch him on TV than hear any of his later albums or singles. But we're ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A very well rendered tribute to Steve Lacy from a group that formed specifically to perform some of most left of center compositions of the great jazz sax player and composer! The shortest pieces here run north of 6 minutes and the longest is closer to 12, nice and roomy with plenty of space to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the wildest records of the early 70s – and it's still pretty darn hard to argue with the power of this one – even if the meddling of the producers are nearly as legendary as the album itself! There's still such a manic energy the original release mix – one that clearly ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that not only shows the great blend of acoustic and electric styles that was happening at the time, but which also really illustrates the inventive approach of the Three Blind Mice label at their best! The vibe here is very ... (Jazz) read moreCD