A wonderfully trippy record from The Beatles – filled with songs that have become classics, even though the initial package was designed for a movie that was one heck of a mess! The set's incredibly strong throughout – filled with some of the new post-Peppers ideas explored by the ... (Rock) read moreCD
The second set of Heliocentric tracks that Ra recorded for ESP, with a freer feel than the first volume, and a bit more avant-oriented work overall. Ra and the group play a lot of percussion – and Ra himself is on tuned bongos, piano, and clavioline, which has a very nice spooky sound! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A dynamic sextet outing from tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander – easily one of the best straight jazz albums recorded by the Delmark label in the 90s, put together with a rock-solid sound all the way through! Alexander's tenor would be enough to make the record great, but the album also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic – and an important early album from Quincy Jones! Q's working here in some of his hippest settings of the 50s – scoring longish versions of jazz tunes for groups that include players like Lucky Thompson on tenor, Herbie Mann on flute, Art Farmer on trumpet, Phil Woods and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maybe our favorite Beatles album ever – a key set that bridges the catchiness of the early years and the sharper ideas of later albums – with a slightly sinister undercurrent that really keeps things fresh! The album's got some great early psych in spots, offset with wonderfully mature ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great live set from Thad Jones and his ultra-hip Danish Radio Big Band – a large group we love even more than Thad's more famous ensemble with drummer Mel Lewis! This group's got lots of European players in the mix, and feels a lot like an MPS ensemble from the late 60s or early 70s – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two of the best Melvin Sparks albums on one CD – Sparks and Spark Plug! Sparks is a killer – one of the best from Prestige during the runaway classic years of the early 70s! Melvin Sparks is a genius guitarist, with a talent as rich as that of Grant Green, who's probably his most ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer work from Henry Franklin – one of his greatest records in years, and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his other recent albums! The set features Franklin in tight company with reedman Azar Lawrence, who makes the record burn brightly with his sharp-edged sound – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 of the greatest albums ever by Jack McDuff – back to back on one CD! Soulful Drums of Joe Dukes was originally issued under the name of McDuff's famous mid-60s funky drummer, Joe Dukes – but it's actually a McDuff session, recorded with the classic quartet lineup that includes Red ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Deeply soulful Latin piano tracks – featuring Bebo at the helm of a group that includes Cachao on bass, Patato Valdes on conga and percussion, and Paquito D'Rivera guesting on sax on a few cuts. Bebo's piano is in the lead on most of the record – and titles include "Son De La ... (Latin) read moreCD
The cover says Art Pepper, but the record's one of our favorite albums ever cut under the leadership of trombonist Bill Watrous – a set that was part of a Japanese-only series that brought together some of the best players on the west coast scene at the end of the 70s! Watrous is maybe not ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wagner Tiso & Paulo Moura —
Musica Viva ... CD Azul/Tom Brasil (Brazil), 2002. Used ...
Recent live material from Tiso and Moura – recorded separately, but both performing at SESC Pompeia, in Sao Paulo. Tiso's set is a back to jazz basics one – with Marcio Montarroyos on trumpet, Nico Assumpcao on bass, and some extra backing by the Rio Cello Ensemble. Tiso's piano is ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A recent set of tracks by this older Brazilian singer – handled in a spare and folksy style, with production by Marisa Monte! The setting is quite stripped down – mostly just Argenmiro's vocals with some backing on 7 string guitar – and titles include "Vem Amor", "A ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Almost a return to basics for Airto and Flora – singing here in more of a jazzy fusion style than on some of her late 70s R&B sessions. The Concord production almost gives the album the feel of a Tania Maria set for the label – using core jazzy backings, plus some expanded ... (Brazil) read moreCD
This guy's pretty darn great! Balduin combines older jazzy samples and bits of electronica – into tracks that retain all the warmth and soul of classic jazz, but which infuses it with all of the fresh electric energy of work on labels like Compost or some of the groovier French imprints of ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Dave Hubbard – a player who's probably best known for his soaring work with Lonnie Liston Smith in the 70s – but who steps out here with a very fresh voice of his own! At some level, the album's an update of the soul jazz style that Prestige ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An Art Blakey double-header – two different groups, both recorded at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1987! Blakey was still completely on fire well into the 80s – and CD1 documents a great performance with an excellent group of young Jazz Messengers, all players who'd go onto great fame ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A smoking live set from Cannonball Adderley – one recorded in a space between his famous concert albums for Riverside and Capitol Records – and equally as great as any of them! The group's got a slightly unique lineup – in that Charles Lloyd is in the combo on tenor sax – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition —
Album Album ... CD ECM (Germany), 1984. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A record that really dives deep with a rich mix of creative rhythms and inventive horn lines! The album still has Jack DeJohnette staying true to his more avant roots – working with tenor from David Murray, alto and soprano sax from John Purcell, baritone and tuba from Howard Johnson, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Somebody might want to tell the model on the cover that nude sunbathing on a field of rocks can be tricky business – yet you'll hear none of that pain in the music of Steve Kuhn inside the cover, as the date's a perfect illustration of his lyrical genius on the piano! Many tunes have Latin ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tito Puente —
El Rey ... CD Picante/Concord, 1984. Used ...
80s work from Tito – but very nicely grooving, with a small combo that has a nice jazzy finish, and lots of strong west coast Latin work from the likes of players like Francisco Aguabella, Jorge Dalto, Jose Madera, and Johnny Rodriguez. The set was recorded live in SF – and titles ... (Latin) read moreCD
Francisco Aguabella —
H2O ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. Used ...
One of the greatest new albums from this legendary conga player! Although Francisco Aquabella is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for his 70's funk classic "Hitting Hard", or his work with the group Malo – in recent years, he's emerged as quite an important player on ... (Latin) read moreCD
Very late work from the legendary Thelonious Monk – but surprisingly great as well! The session was recorded in London – as you might guess from the title – and although Monk's not working with his regular quartet with Charlie Rouse, he does interact wonderfully with a trio that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sparkling modern soul from the lovely Phyllis Hyman – and an album that has the singer picking up the wonderfully smooth groove that had become the Philly International sound of the mid 80s. This format works surprisingly well for Phyllis – quite possibly more so than it did even for ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Gateway (Abercrombie/Holland/DeJohnette) —
Homecoming ... CD ECM (Germany), 1995. Used ...
One of the few sessions ever cut as a leader by soul jazz trumpeter Charles Sullivan – a brilliant talent who shone brightly in the mid 70s, working in hip small groups that were very much in the Strata East mode. This rare, previously Japanese-only release has Sullivan working with Rene ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great record by one of our favorite trumpet players – and one of those albums on Prestige that are darn hard to track down! Carmell Jones recorded this album after playing with Horace Silver and before leaving for exile in Europe (where he later recorded some great music with Nathan Davis) ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare work as a leader from drummer Osie Johnson – two sessions recorded during the heyday of his career, when he was appearing as a sideman on countless other albums! The style here is similar to some of Johnson's other session work – particularly his contributions to the labels RCA ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first album from the great Special Edition group of drummer Jack DeJohnette – a wickedly sharp record that's as equally tight on the reeds as it is on the drums! The album features brilliant work on tenor and bass clarinet from David Murray, and equally nice alto from Arthur Blythe ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little set from one of the greatest Latin Jazz acts going – an all-star assemblage of players that includes some of the best Latin legends of the west coast scene! The album's the first on the group's own label, and we actually think it's their best so far – with a depth and ... (Latin) read moreCD
Proof that Hermeto Pascoal never stopped making dynamically creative music! The great Brazilian reed player was still going strong in the early 80s, a period when a lot of his other contemporaries were flagging a bit in their creativity – and as this great album from 1982 will show, Hermeto ... (Brazil) read moreCD
In the early 70s, Quincy Jones surrounded himself with some of the best young soul and jazz talent he could find, plus a few older pros – and the result was a great series of albums that spanned genres and created a whole new approach to modern R&B. This gem of an album was put together ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A haunting later album by Baden Powell – and one that features him playing solo guitar in a very moody setting! The album's a solo set – and most of the tracks are fairly dark, with a spare haunting sound that recalls some of Baden's European work, but with an approach that's older and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Amazing jazz from Vee Jay Records – a label that's usually best remembered for its contributions to soul and blues music, thanks to its placement on the postwar Chicago scene – but an imprint that also recorded some excellent jazz material back in the day – really hard-hitting ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bobby Darin caught live, during some of the last years of his life – working the stage in a wonderfully lively comeback set recorded in Las Vegas – very much in the best spirit of his earlier live sides from the 60s! The old Bobby D is definitely back in action here – swinging ... (Vocalists) read moreCD