Ahmed Abdul-Malik —
Spellbound ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1964. New Copy ...
Sublime sounds from the always-amazing Ahmed Abdul-Malik – a jazz bassist at heart, but also a musician with a great ear for Eastern instrumentation as well! Ahmed cut a few key records at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – and this spellbinding set may well be one of his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the earliest Muhal Richard Abrams sessions for the Black Saint label – and a set that's filled with unusual musical moments! The tracks here are somewhat freer than some of Abrams' work to come – almost in the looser creative improvised mode of the first generation AACM – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A large group session from pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, but one that often has enough of a quietly individual feel to warrant its "view from within" title! The players are very well balanced here – often given a bit of direction, but usually playing free – although still ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A dream come true for fans of the best mid 90s hip hop – a massive reissue of Aceyalone's lost classic All Balls Don't Bounce – completed by an hour long bonus disc of remixes and unreleased material! Freestyle Fellow Aceyalone's first solo album is filled with the kind of solid, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Aceyalone's collaboration with Mumbles, much less upbeat than his later work and even the Freestyle Fellowship albums, with space in the beats, providing a darker, jazzier atmosphere. It's a nice departure from the stuff he was doing previously and even afterwards – the Mumbles production ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful, beautiful Chicago soul from one of the women who did it best – the always-amazing Barbara Acklin, a singer who managed to mix the raw and the smooth in a really unique way! The record's a mix of some sweet originals, plus covers that Barbara handles with her usual poise and class ... (Soul) read moreCD
An obscure soul group, but a great one – equally at home with a fragile harmony tune as they were with more uptempo groovers for the dancefloor! This one and only album from Act One is a perfect illustration of the best two sides of the east coast indie soul scene of the early 70s – ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most beautiful albums ever cut by the team of reedman George Adams and pianist Don Pullen – a spare set of duets that really lets both players open up in their most soulful styles! The set begins with a pretty freewheeling vibe – one that might almost make you doubt the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Life Line ... CD Timeless (Holland), 1981. Used ...
A strong outing from this key post-Mingus collaboration – and a record that really shows both Don Pullen and George Adams really coming into their own! Pullen's piano can have plenty of edges, as can Adams' tenor – but there's also some warmer, lyrical moments that really round things ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cannonball Adderley —
Black Messiah ... CD Capitol/Dusty Groove, Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ...
A massive live set from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that really shows the growth he'd undergone in just a few short years! The album's done in close collaboration with David Axelrod – who'd handled Cannon's big live dates for Capitol in the 60s – but this record is much ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hardbop classic from Cannonball Adderley – and one of his harder to find albums from the Riverside days! The set has Cannon playing without his usual group, in the context of an all-star batch of players that includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – who he worked with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful early work from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that's quite different than most of his better known sets from the time! The album's more spare and stripped-down than usual – with Cannon's alto in a quartet alongside Bill Evans on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer work from the same sessions that gave the world Cannonball Adderley's classic Black Messiah album – live material from an extended stretch as the Troubadour club in LA – featuring a very righteous, freewheeling version of Cannonball's group! The lineup features some wonderful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Cannonball Adderley's first albums – recorded for Savoy way back in 1955, and done with a free and open style that's a nice contrast to his tighter sides for Mercury! The album's very relaxed – that hardbop blowing session mode that Savoy virtually pioneered – letting the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent batch of soulful bop tracks – recorded as Nat's first – and featuring a group that includes brother Cannonball, plus Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, and Paul Chambers. The set's got a lot more fire than some of Nat's recordings from a few years later, probably because of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nat Adderley's not actually busking in the subway – but instead playing a smoking little set at the Subway Nightclub in Cologne – working with an excellent group that includes Vincent Herring on alto sax, and some excellent rhythm work from the trio of Rob Bargad on piano, Walter Booker ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of great rock albums on the early 90s – bringing raw, complicated carnality to the angsty rock scene of the time, and a record that pretty much cemented the band's repututation! Disc 2 of the set features b-sides and demos. (Rock) CD
Smoking grooves from an incredible group – the amazing Afro Blues Quintet, a combo with a sound like no other! These guys were never one for stardom, but during the mid and late 60s, they burned up the west coast scene with an incredible blend of vibes, piano, and reeds – often kicked ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A set recorded in Haiti, but one that features lots of heavy drums from the legendary Tony Allen – whose work here does a great job of bridging the sounds of two different cultures! The group here seems to be spearheaded by guitarist Mark Mulholland and keyboardist Olaf Hund – who also ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Yasuko Agawa —
Journey ... CD Victor (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A great mix of jazz standards and 70s disco from Japanese singer Yasuko Agawa – an artist who's very much at the most soulful side of her style on this album from the start of the 80s! All tracks are American jazz numbers from the postwar years – some done with straight jazz ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
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Yasuko Agawa —
Sunglow ... CD Victor (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A classic groover from Yasuko Agawa – proof that the Japanese scene had an ear for soul in the years before Monday Michiru! The early 80s set is made up from equal parts jazz, soul, and Brazilian influences – all used nicely with tight, fusiony production that really works nicely with ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An incredible compilation of classic era dub work from King Tubby's – played by producer Bunny Lee's legendary Aggrovators band and showcasing the mixing skills of Tubby, Prince Jammy, Scientist and others! This is prime era hypnotic dub of the finest caliber – originally issued on ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Aggrovators & Revolutionaries —
Guerilla Dub ... CD Burning Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
A dub album as powerful as the image on its cover – mixed to perfection by Ossie Hibbert, with a nearly sci-fi blend of darkness and electricity! The core tracks were laid down by the Aggrovators and Revolutionaries at King Tubby's studio in Kingston – but it really seems to be Hibbert ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Miriam Aida really knocks our socks off with this set – a classic-styled album of jazz vocals that's quite different than some of her previous Brazilian-tinged work! Aida really captures a cool sort of 50s/60s groove here – a hip-walking approach to female jazz vocals that packs a lot ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Air Pocket —
Fly On ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. Used ...
A warm and soulful set of fusion tracks – issued only in Japan, but recorded by a hip group from the US! Air Pocket features the Fowler Brothers – Walt, Bruce, Ed, and Steve – on trumpet, trombone, bass, and alto, respectively – plus drummer Chester Thompson, guitarist Mike ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A soaring set of grooves from one of the world's greatest percussionists – a standout set as a leader from Airto, and a key set in his wonderful run of work from the 70s! The album's still got the loose, free feel of Airto's earliest work, and isn't nearly as crossover-oriented as some of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great little fusion set from Airto – recorded in a mode that's a great bridge between his acoustic roots and some of his smoother albums in years to come! The sound has some key electric elements here – bits of bass, guitar, and keyboards – but there's still a strongly acoustic ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The first-ever full length we've ever heard from AJ & The Jiggawatts – and a record that really lives up to the promise of their work on funky 45! These guys are a deep funk combo, but one with a difference – energy that's a bit more raw and rough around the edges, in the best ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Aka Balkan Moon/Alefba —
Double Live ... CD Out Here (Germany), 2015. Used 2 CDs ...
An early 80s album from Turkish legend Edip Akbayaram – served up in a style that's more keyboard-oriented than some of the guitar-based Arabesk rock of the 70s – but in a mode that's still pretty darn trippy overall! The keyboards have an approach that's maybe a bit more understated, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The Holiday in the title is Billie Holiday – as Japanese singer Akiko pays tribute to Lady Day in this really sweet set of tracks! The range of styles is what really makes the record work – as some tunes are done in the spare traditional style of Billie's original recordings, while ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Collage ... CD Verve (Japan), Early 2000s. New Copy ...
A great little collection of work from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – pulled from her first few Verve albums, and packaged into one really beautiful set! Unlike other contemporaries on the Japanese scene, who tend to be a bit more soul-based, Akiko goes for a style that's often more ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A lovely album of jazz vocal tracks from Japanese singer Akiko – handled in a relatively straight vein, done with a good modern traditionalist groove! The tracks are nearly all standards sung in English – and Akiko gets some strong small combo backing on piano, bass, drums, and tenor, ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The second album by Japanese singer Akiko – and light years ahead of her first! This set brings Akiko's jazzy vocals into contact with work by a number of different arrangers and producers – including Keiji Matsumoto, Yoshito Tanaka, and Swing Out Sister! The range of tracks is really ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A real change for Akiko – a record that drops some of the more modern-styled sounds of recent sets, and goes for a more swing-based style that's pretty darn nice throughout! The groove here is keenly inspired by jazz and R&B of the late 40s and early 50s – and is presented in a ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – a warmly acoustic affair that still manages to groove nicely, thanks to some excellent production by Sunaga T! Many of the tracks are reworked jazz standards, but there's also a few fresh new tunes – all nicely sewn together ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A jazzy little groover from Akiko – moving strongly forward with this excellent album, thanks to production from Tatsuo Sunaga! The groove here isn't as kitschy or catchy as on some of Sunaga's more dance-oriented recordings – but has a warm jazzy vibe that's steeped in years of ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Classy and sophisticated vocals from Akiko – a record that has the Japanese singer adding in a stronger jazz component to her music, while still keeping in the soulful territory we've always loved! The sound here is very classic – mostly done with small trio backing, and a moody, late ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
7 lovely tracks from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – featuring the soulful vocalist in a number of different modes! The set kicks off with a fantastic groover called "Upstream" – produced by Yoshito Tanaka with a nice acoustic bounce, and well worth the title of the set. Next ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Vida ... CD Verve (Japan), 2007. New Copy ...
A great sound for Akiko – one that's heavy on Brazilian influences, and done in collaboration with Gira Mundo! There's plenty of tracks here that echo Gira Mundo's love of funky samba – with rootsy percussion and traditional Brazilian instrumentation bubbling under Akiko's warmer, ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The "spirit" side to Akiko's What's Jazz series – and her most dancefloor-styled record to date! The set features key contributions from Yukihiro Fukutomi, Yoshito Tanaka, and Hajime Yoshizawa – all of whom bring a fair bit of contemporary elements to the mix – soulful ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Akiko's tribute to the "style" of jazz – soon followed by her "spirit" set – and a package that has far more substance than you might expect! The work's got a cool, classy sort of feel – older jazz modes handled with small group instrumentation that either ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Words ... CD Verve (Japan), 2009. New Copy ...
Akiko takes another wonderful turn with her music – working here in an especially mellow setting, recorded in Bugge's Room in Oslo, with production from Bugge Wesseltoft himself! The album's got the soulful glow of some of the best Wesseltoft soul productions on Jazzland from years back ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Don't let the title fool you, because although the cover of the record says "Many Sides Of Toshiko", the album only features one – her great approach to bop-inflected trio material – recorded here in a classic Verve session with a distinct Bud Powell influence! Not that we're ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first American albums to ever feature the piano of Toshiko Akioshi – and a set that's oddly split with work from jazz accordionist Leon Sash – who also appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival at the same time! Toshiko is on side one – in a trio with Gene Cherico on bass ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Stunning sounds from the great Alessandro Alessandroni – an artist who contributed to countless Italian soundtracks in the 60s and 70s, and who sounds even more amazing here in this rare set of sound library funk! The album's all instrumental, and is overflowing with groovy little tracks ... (Sound Library) read moreCD