Jimmy McGriff —
Worm ... CD Solid State/Blue Note, 1968. Used ...
Heavy funk from Jimmy McGriff – a monster set of grooves that ranks with his best of the late 60s! The tracks are short and sock-hard – Jimmy wailing on Hammond, over rhythms that have plenty of sharp edges, and lots of nice drum work – all recorded in a mode that's a heck of a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Curtis Mayfield's lasting classic – and an album that the world will remember forever! Apart from being his hugely successful entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack field, this album's also a monster set of grooves that includes some of Curtis' funkiest work ever – a record that ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print. In a nice fold out, die-cut double digipak! Outer case has some wear.)
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole. Case has a small promo sticker.)
Richard Groove Holmes —
Onsaya Joy ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Maybe one of the greatest albums ever cut by organist Richard Groove Holmes – and a set that's worth it alone for the massive title track! Groove soars right out of the gate on that one – taking up most of side one with help from a vamping trio of guitar and drums – while he ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Features tracks by Gregory Isaacs, Natural Beauty, Barrington Levy, Michigan & Smiley, Don Carlos, Wayne Smith, Black Uhuru, Paul Blake & Bloodfire Posse, Sugar Minott, Horace Andy, and JC Lodge! (Reggae) CD
An incredibly righteous album from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – nothing like anything you'd expect with "Bagdad" in the name – even more obscure than some of the city's spiritual jazz treasures on the Tribe and Strata labels from the time – and done for a very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the spookiest albums we've ever heard from moog maestro Mort Garson – way darker and more complex than his Wozzard Of Id or moogy horoscope projects – with a feel that's much more like his legendary Black Mass album! Like that one, there's a fair current of supernatural running ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great later album from this legendary San Francisco crossover soul combo! The set moves off the style of some of their earlier work for Reprise, and Cold Blood are really opening up their sound here – still staying quite soulful, but also going for the fuller finish of the west coast early ... (Soul) read moreCD
Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band —
Sumi-e ... CD Insight (Japan), 1979. Used ...
A lesser-known gem from this mighy orchestra – with contributions from Bobby Shew on trumpet, Rick Culver on trombone, Gary Foster and Dick Spencer on alto, and Tom Peterson on tenor. Titles include "Sumi-E", "Hang Loose", "Quadrille Anyone", and "A 10 ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Booklet has a punch out that has been patched with clear tape – on the plus side it also appears to be signed by the artist. Out of print.)
The heaviest side of the great Ike Turner – early instrumental singles cut for Sue Records – all of them super-searing, super-heavy, and usually featuring some great guitar from Ike himself! Ike's best known as a soulful partner with Tina Turner – but before he hooked up with her ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hard hitting R&B organ tracks from the early years of Jack McDuff! The CD features 14 tracks – with the full LP of Brother Jack and Goodnight, It's Time To Go, and one extra track from Jack's Steppin Out LP. The tracks show Jack just getting past the stock jukebox sound of his "Hone ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Punch through barcode & promo stamp on disc.)
Ryan Kisor —
Battle Cry ... CD Criss Cross (Netherlands), 1997. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Unreleased live work from the tail end of Baden Powell's all-too-short life – recorded in Brussels in 1999, and featuring Powell in an unaccompanied solo setting throughout! The first half of the album is almost entirely instrumental – and has Baden hitting those moodier, more ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Dinah follows up her Dinah 62 set with an equally well-done set of tracks for 1963! The album's got that great, late Dinah Washington sound – that boozy style with heavy arrangements that she used often at Roulette, and which really seemed to help ease her vocals into a more modern setting. ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The only Blue Note album ever cut by pianist Walter Davis Jr – but a heck of a hard-swinging set, and possibly his greatest album ever! Although Davis is more frequently heard in trio formation as a leader, this set brings him back to the mode used during some of his bop sideman dates of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic! This is the record that made Mancini's career, and forever transformed the face of crime and jazz. The record's a stunning batch of instrumentals, played by a crack group of west coast players who also performed regularly in the TV show. Titles include the classic "Peter ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A concert performance – Live At The Theatre Boulogne Billancourt in Paris – with a great Mingus-inspired group that includes David Murray and Clifford Jordan on tenors, John Handy on alto, Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpets, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and Jaki Byard on piano! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album of free jazz – Peter Brotzmann's first record, and a hard-driving set of material that blows away most avant jazz work from the US at the time! The album takes the energy of the ESP generation, and turns it up more than a few notches – as Brotzmann blows his head off ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Arguably THE classic Cal Tjader album of the 60s – a landmark album that crossed over equally into Latin, jazz, and mainstream audiences – and a stone cooker that's filled with smoking little grooves! The set's probably best known for its title track "Soul Sauce" – one ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Long overdue reissue of this classic FMP recording by Brotzmann – dedicated to Johnny Dyani, and featuring a group that includes Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Fred Van Hove, Paul Rutherford, Willem Breuker, and Brotzmann himself. The track's politics are stated very clearly in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible record – the kind of album that no fan of funky jazz should be without! This album is far and away one of the greatest ever cut by Brother Jack McDuff – and it's a baroquely complicated batch of funky jazz cuts that's still light years ahead of any other record! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost bit of late 60s Latin – with a really soulful feel! The band has an extremely strong instrumental sound, with a twin trombone lineup that's nice and tight – and they work with lots of dark descending chord progressions, spinning out tunes that bubble in blue notes, and nicely ... (Latin) read moreCD
A week's worth of work by Wynton Marsalis – tracks recorded over 7 different nights at the Village Vanguard, featuring the star trumpeter working with three different bands! Most of the lineup here is relatively similar – Wes Anderson on alto and soprano, and Wycliffe Gordon on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Miles Davis —
Aura ... CD Columbia, 1989. Used ...
One of Miles Davis' last albums – and a swirling batch of "color" tracks that's almost a blending of his Gil Evans work with the early electric years! The album's one long extended suite – and it's got a moody feel that's really great – a shifting, shimmering sound that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
707 ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1988. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Catchy soul from the South African scene of the 80s – music that's much more different than some of the more world music-oriented exports that were hitting our shores at the time! You might actually be able to play the music of Umoja right next to some of your more familiar American soul of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The scene is clean, and Ronnie Cuber is plenty swinging – really coming into his own here as a leader, after years of important work as a sideman for others! Cuber blows beautifully on a host of horns – tenor, alto, baritone, and flute – in a groove that wraps together his years ... (Jazz) read moreCD
About as classic as you can get for the Brown/Roach group – recorded at Basin Street with a group that includes Richie Powell on piano, Sonny Rollins on tenor, and George Morrow on bass. Tracks are tight and in that firey hardbop mode the pair pioneered – and titles include "Gertru ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Musuc from Lynard Skynrd, Kiss, Cher, the Who, the Mamas & the Papas, Marvin Gaye, Eric Clapton, Sublime, Joe Cocker & more. DVD includes videos from Buggles, Kiss, Toby Keith, Tears for Fears, Donna Summer, 38 Special, Styx, the Temptations, Night Ranger & more. (Rock) CD
A 3CD set of work from the Big Town label – an obscure Bay Area imprint from the postwar years, one with a surprising depth of recording! Big Town started out with a focus on down home styles held dear by eastern transplants hitting the Bay Area at the time – but the label soon ... (Soul) read moreCD
Unreleased Sun Ra material from the early 70s – and a set that's arguably as great as any of the proper Saturn Records releases of the time! The sound quality here is wonderful – almost as if the album were recorded in the studio – and the Arkestra is at their most righteous, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mighty impressive 3CD box set of previously unreleased Can – incredible stuff captured throughout their groundbreaking run from the late 60s to mid 70s – and culled from hours (and hours!) of tapes of the sessions that could have just as easily wound up on any of their classic records ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wow! An incredible collection of seminal recordings from one of the most important figures in modern music! All of Miles' recordings from the Prestige label in one place, bound up in a well annotated box, and given a complete discography and lots of excellent photos. It's almost too much ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(CONDITION NOTE: outer box is a little wavy, with light peeling at the spine. Booklet has light staining & rippling, from water damage, mostly confined to the bottom inch or two outside the main text.)
Incredible work from one of Sun Ra's most enigmatic periods! The album was recorded in Italy in 1978, right around the same time as "Disco 2000" (and not too far off from Languidity) – and it features Ra playing around with lots of cool spacey keyboards, in a spare cosmic style ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Willie Colon helps Ismael Miranda get a new sense of energy in his music – backing the vocalist here with a tight set of salsa backings that are every bit the best Colon sound of the late 70s! The arrangers here are varied – and include Luis Cruz, Marty Sheller, and Luis Garcia – ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)