Soulful lyricism delivered with a charismatic flow by Chicago's Lando Chill. Lando is firmly focused on real world storytelling, in the great Chicago hip hop tradition, but his voice is a distinctive instrument – we mean both the sound of it, and in the personal narratives it conveys – ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A standout set from keyboardist Neil Larsen – a record that crossed over big back in the 70s, and which still sounds pretty darn great in the 21st Century! Larsen's keys here are kind of a more mainstream take on territory Bob James was exploring a few years before – arguably hipper at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A massive overview of the late 70s work of Denise LaSalle – work originally recorded for the ABC and MCA labels, presented here in a 2CD package that's overflowing with goodness! Although Denise got her start in much more deep soul territory, she really hit her stride at ABC – moving ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 of Yusef Lateef's best Atlantic albums – back to back on one CD! The records really go all-out to show the full scope of Yusef's talents – and feature some stripped-down tracks that hit a really nice funky groove, plus others that take on a more ambitious approach, but still come ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite a surprising little soundtrack – one that starts with a burst of machine gun fire, but then comes across with some totally great mellow moments we never would have expected from the wartime setting of the film! There's some great use of organ in the mix – spare, stark, and spooky ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A hokey cover but a really classic album from Hector Lavoe – one of his biggest records of the 70s, and a great mix of modes that showcases the full range of his talents! The standout number here is the 10 minute groover "El Cantate" – a driving salsa tune penned by Ruben ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
John Law —
Abacus ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2001. Used Gatefold ...
A pretty hip set of big band arrangements – very much along the lines of early 50s Stan Kenton, with a tight swing, but a nicely modern undercurrent as well! The arrangements, as the title indicates, are all by Gerry Mulligan – and in addition to the piano of Elliot Lawrence, players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – which gives the album an even sharper sound than other Blue Note sets of this vintage – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nice "best of" set of work by this excellent Latin combo – featuring tracks that are mostly pulled from the years when they were changing their bag from Latin Soul into 70s salsa. The album's got a cool cartoony basketball cover – and tracks include "Son Sabroson", ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Led Zeppelin —
Coda ... CD Swan Song, 1982. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The title's an apt one – given that the record was the end of the tremendous run of records from Led Zeppelin – issued after the death of legendary drummer John Bomham – but the set's also way more than just an endpoint, as many of the tracks return to the group's beginning – ... (Rock) read moreCD
An eerie album of modern jazz vocals – featuring the haunting voice of Jeanne Lee with the dark piano of Ran Blake. Most tracks feature only the two of them in duet – but a few feature Lee solo, and a few others have George Duvivier backing the pair up on bass. We like this stuff a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great batch of the classic numbers by the one and only Peggy Lee! Peggy had a way of adding a genuine, earthy vibrancy to most of the numbers she ever cut – an emotive, but grounded, and even at turns bluesy quality that made even the sappiest big band orchestrations a real treat! The CD ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Very groovy work from Peggy – a set of tunes tone with a nice little Latin flair! The tunes themselves are all Broadway hits of the late 50s and early 60s, but they're redone wonderfully here – so that they often bear little resemblance to the originals. Jack Marshall handled the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great illustration of the upbeat, positive vibe that Peggy Lee could serve up when she was at her best – a cool Capitol Records mode that really helped Lee set a whole new tone for singers in the 60s! The great Jack Marshall is at the helm on arrangements – putting things together ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Well-recorded solo work from Urs Liemgruber – especially given the range of quieter tones that come across on part of the album! Liemgruber plays both tenor and soprano sax – the latter of which is especially nice, and used in these higher-range notes that flutter along beautifully ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic Chicago Blues from JB Lenoir – tracks originally recorded for the tiny Parrot label, a key Chicago indie in the 50s – but a company that never lasted as long as Chess, Vee Jay, or other classic Chi-town imprints. The set includes liner notes on the material, and a total of 13 ... (Blues) read moreCD
This killer combo starts a fire right from the very first note on the set – then continues to burn strongly all the way through – with a vibe that's even sharper and tighter than their first set of Afro Funk a few years back! Les Freres Smith travel in familiar territory, but have a ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Way out sci fi soundscapes from writer, composer and self-taught UFOlogist Desmond Leslie – affectionately issued by Trunk Records – one of our favorite champions of groovy and trippy 60s eccentrics! Music Of The Future is one of strangest, most mysterious and genuinely compelling ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
One of the few sessions ever cut as a leader by LA drummer Stan Levey – as tight a set of west coast bop as you'll ever find on the Bethlehem label – recorded with a really cooking sextet that includes Conte Candoli on trumpet, Richie Kamuca on tenor, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Leroy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lou Levy —
Ya Know ... CD Phonogram/Gitanes (France), 1993. Used ...
A relatively recent set from pianist Lou Levy, but an unusual one as well – since Lou has augmented his usual trio lineup with an extra bassist for the session! Lou's acoustic piano is featured here with drums from Alvin Queen, and bass from both Pierre Michelot and Eric Von Essen, the ... (Jazz) read moreCD