One of the bolder, more spiritual performances we've ever heard from Branford Marsalis – an extended reading of John Coltrane's legendary "A Love Supreme" – performed by a quartet that features Marsalis on tenor sax, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Jeff " ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An open-ended live set from Wynton Marsalis' 80s run for Columbia Records – and a set that's sometimes a bit more unbridled than his studio work at the time! There's still plenty of the Marsalis manner in place here – that great talent for subtle shadings, and quiet exploration of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jack Marshall & Shelly Manne —
Sounds! ... CD Capitol (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A sweet little set from mid 60s Capitol Records – a wonderful blend of jazz and percussion, handled by two of the most inventive musicians on the LA scene! Jack Marshall's probably best known for his excellent arrangements for the label on sets with singers – but here, he's playing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A decade's worth of music from Mike Marshall – a great selection of tracks issued by the Adventure Music label over the past ten years! Marshall mostly plays mandolin on the record – in that sweet acoustic groove he does unlike anyone else – rooted in folk, but with lots of jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg —
JS Bach ... CD Adventure Music, 2015. New Copy ...
The music of Bach, given a wonderfully warm approach here – as performed in a set of duets between Caterina Lichtenberg on mandolin and Mike Marshall on mandocello! The album's got the acoustic beauty of some of Marshall's other excellent albums for the Adventure Music label – right ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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A really beautiful setting for the mandolin of Mike Marshall – a set that features his lead instrument alongside the Turtle String Quartet! The group themselves are very open to new ideas, but also bring a very different vibe to the record than some of Marshall's other albums – not ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful live set from Mart'nalia – done at a level that really focuses on her raw, raspy vocals – and with backing that's pure classic samba all the way through! The set features guest work from Martinho Da Vila, who also handled the music direction as well – and the whole ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Early work from British vocalist Lena Martell – a full Decca album, plus a batch of rare singles as well! The Someone New set is amazing – recorded with jazzy backings from Johnny Keating, in ways that are quite different than other British girl singers of the time – much more ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
If you can forgive the title of this one, you'll find it to be a very groovy record! The album's a killer batch of funky instrumentals ("black sound") recorded in Italy in 1972 by Augusto Martelli ("white people") – and it's got the groove and swing of some of the best ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Very different work than usual for percussionist Billy Martin – a set of shorter, yet more complicated instrumental pieces – played both by Martin himself, and either by guests who perform alone, or in collaboration with Billy! The music carries many echoes of mid-century avant ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Luigi Martinale Trio —
Le Sue Ali ... CD Albore Jazz (Japan), 2009. New Copy ...
A trio date, but one with a really fresh feel – kind of its own mix of lyrical energy and rhythmic pulse – in ways that remind us of some of our favorite French piano sessions of the past decade or two, but with some distinctly original touches as well! Luigi Martinale's got a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album ... (Latin) read moreCD
Mindblowing work from the legendary Latin percussionist Sabu Martinez – some extremely heavy sides recorded overseas during his time on the Swedish scene in the 70s, some of which are appearing here for the first time ever! The groove here is amazing, and goes even further past Sabu's famous ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of the most unique sessions ever cut for Blue Note – an album of very rootsy Afro-Cuban jamming, led by percussionist Sabu Martinez – and a date that's even rawer and less jazz-based than some of the other percussion-heavy records for the label! The music on the album's comprised ... (Latin) read moreCD
A rare meeting between percussionist Sabu Martinez and reedman Sahib Shihab – both American players, but working here in a really unique European setting! The tracks are filled with great percussion from Sabu – that legendary groove he first laid down on Blue Note and Alegre albums ... (Latin) read moreCD
The first album that guitarist Pat Martino ever cut as a leader – and an excellent mix of styles that links his soul jazz roots with his later, trippier recordings! The group here is a sextet, and it features organist Trudy Pitts (who was Martino's boss at the time), plus flute, drums, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Martino plays in a 2-guitar quartet – with Bobby Rose backing him up on guitar, plus rhythm accompaniment by Richard Davis and Billy Higgins. The sound's definitely in the trippier, post-hippie style of Martino's work, with a sort of looseness and fluidity that you either love or hate, but a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Later work from Pat Martino, but a set that shows that the guitarist has lost none of his fire over the years! The set's done with a relatively freewheeling sound – not free, but open, as Martino spirals out wonderfully with some very creative solo lines – often quite extended, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mid-70s classic from guitarist Pat Martino – a tightly jamming set that features Pat on synthesizer as well as guitar – working alongside keyboardist Delmar Brown, and some very heavy rhythms from bassist Mark Leonard and drummer Kenwood Dennard! The sound is often in that jamming ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Mascots have a bit of a Them-like look on the cover here – and while they definitely share some beat group similarities with that famous combo, they've also got a warmer, more harmonic style too! The record has a really great use of harmonies over simple jangle guitars – almost ... (Rock) read moreCD
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
An excellent bit of party funk – and a real precursor to musical party records of the 70s! Harmon Bethea is the "Mask Man", and he's working here with his Agents – a very popular live act at the time, with a mixture of raunchy grooves and blue humor, ala Doug Clark & The ... (Soul) read moreCD
Classic work by Barbara Mason – easily some of her best recordings, cut for Buddah Records during the early 70s, with production work by soul luminaries Curtis Mayfield and Don Davis. Although Barbara began as a "little girl" singer, these sides show her maturing nicely – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really great step forward for Barbara Mason – a record that's got her working in a more mature mode than before, and a deeper soul style as well! One of the bigger developments of Barbara Mason's career was her participation in the "answer song" cycle that circulated around ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of gems from this great 70s funk ensemble! The group may be named Mass Production, but on Welcome To Our World, their sound is anything but – a really special fusion of key instrumental talents and vocal elements – all brought together in one of the tightest ensemble funk ... (Soul) read moreCD
Souad Massi —
Raoui ... CD Universal/Wrasse (France), 2000. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Moody and tripped out soul sounds from Massive Attack – to say Heligoland is their strongest record in years would be a misnomer, as it's their only album in a number of years, but it's a strong and effective one! From spare melodies that slowly build in mood and volume, to sputtering ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
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Masters Of Soul —
Right On! ... CD Soul Tay Shus, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
Heavy funk from a nearly-unknown group – The Masters Of Soul, a tremendous Texas group from the cusp of the 70s! The Masters have a super-heavy sound that's very much like the best of the Detroit funky soul acts of the late 60s – a Norman Whitfield-inspired blend of bass and righteous ... (Soul) read moreCD
Vibist Ichrio Masuda takes on the songs of Richard Rodgers – in a setting that's a lot more fitted to the traditional spirit of the music than you'd guess from the 70s date of the record! The album's almost got a Verve sort of 50s feel – relaxed small combo grooving on familiar tunes, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet vibes from Japanese musician Ichiro Masuda – a set recorded in the 70s, but with a style that's much more old school! Masuda returns the vibes to their roots in swing, but sets them up here in a laidback quintet with guitar and piano – a group that's got a much more relaxed, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The music of Cole Porter is in wonderful hands here – a small combo led by vibist Ichiro Masuda, who's got this gentle way of swinging the tunes, and really making them open up with a lot of tonal color! Masuda's approach is more swing-based than modern, which means that he upholds a lot of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Mikio Masuda —
Corazon ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Keyboardist Mikio Masuda cut plenty of great fusion records in 70s Japan – but this set was recorded in the US, with some very soulful help from a great American lineup! David Matthews arranged the set, with a bit of a Kudu Records vibe – which means that Mikio's got lead solos on both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer set of electric keyboards – with a groove that stretches from wigged-out Herbie Hancock to the laidback style of Bob James on CTI! Mikio Masuda plays a range of different instruments – from Fender Rhodes to Clavinet, Yamaha organ, ARP, and mini-Korg – and the group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Yoshiyaki Masuo —
Masuo Live ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A mixture of tight fusion and sweet mellower moments from Japanese guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo – a smoking live session that features loads of work on Yamaha electric piano and organ as well! The group's got a style that's sometimes in the fast, sharp rock fusion mode that was big in the US ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Yoshiyaki Masuo with Jan Hammer —
Finger Dancing ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Plenty of fingers dancing here – those of Yoshiyaki Masuo on the strings of his electric guitar, plus the digits of Jan Hammer up and down his keyboards! The album's one of the tightest, most focused efforts we've heard from Masuo – really more of a collaboration with Hammer, as it ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing little record from the Uruguay scene of the 70s – not as much as a hotbed of activity as some other South American nations, but still home to a few key geniuses – like the brilliant Eduardo Mateo! Mateo works here alongside musical partner Jorge Trasante – who mixes a ... (Rock) read moreCD
A pretty cool little set – one that sounds far better than the clunky title might make you think! Julius Watkins is the lead French Horn in a quartet of brass players that includes David Amram, Tony Miranda, and Fred Klein – and if you know Watkins' style on the instrument, you know ... (Jazz) read moreCD
East coast chamber jazz from Mat Mathews – a committed modernist who was always working in new groupings of unique instruments, to craft a new sound for 50s jazz that was at once freshly new, but not overly complicated. This set has him working with like-minded players – including ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ronnie Mathews is a pianist we always love, no matter what the context – but here he's in this extra-great trio with bassist Stafford James, who almost seems to take center stage at times! James' deep, round tone is a perfect match for Mathews' approach to piano – and while Ronnie ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 lost sides of soul jazz – both of them rare gems on vinyl, and back-to-back here in one nicely priced CD package! Doin The Thang is an excellent bit of lost soul jazz piano work – featuring the highly underrated Ronnie Mathews, with a quartet that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Johnny Mathis at the end of the 70s – still working in some of the best soul modes he explored during the decade, but also reaching forward in a more adult sort of style too! The album has Mathis working with arrangements from Gene Page – who balances things between some fuller soul ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Johnny Mathis gets a great new sound here – thanks to Philly production and arrangements from the great Thom Bell! Thom had quite a hand in the songs, too – as almost all numbers were written by the team of Bell and Linda Creed – really sensitive songwriters who've got an adult, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A very cool package of work from the legendary Johnny Mathis – and one that brings together a fair bit of material that never made it onto his full length LPs! The set's filled with singles that Mathis recorded during his landmark run for Columbia Records – not just well-known a-sides, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Some great 70s moments from Johnny Mathis – his foray into Philly soul with producer Thom Bell – served up here on two full albums, plus bonus tracks too! First up is I'm Coming Home – a record on which Johnny Mathis gets a great new sound – thanks to Philly production and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Bobby Matos —
Sessions ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s/1990s. New Copy ...
After having such great success with their two recent Bobby Matos recordings, Cubop has gone ahead and put together this great collection of material that Bobby recorded over the past 15 years. It includes a few tracks recorded for Cubop and not released at the time (including a very funky Latin ... (Latin) read moreCD
A cool little record – one that features a bit of talking from Kikko at the beginning of each track, but with a groove that's mostly 60s instrumentals overall! Kikko talks sweetly and somewhat sexily – introducing each tune in Japanese briefly, before the record then rolls into some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lesser-known bit of funky fusion from David Matthews – a set that steps off his CTI/Kudu work of the 70s, with an update of that older jazz funk vibe! The group shows Matthews' continuing connection to the best players of this mode at the time – and features keyboards from Richard ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Matthews & Electric Birds —
Digital Love ... CD Electric Bird/King (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Fast and funky fusion from David Matthews – building off the sound of his later Kudu recordings with a sweet electric groove! The album's got a pretty full approach overall – with Matthews on electric piano, and directing a large group of players that includes Mike Maineri, Michael ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost underground project from the 70s, recorded with some strong all-star production help from Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Shel Silverstein – but a record that was lost to the shifting sands for decades, and is only being released all these many years later! The duo of Vince ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wade Matthews, Ernesto Rodrigues, Bechir Saade —
Oranges ... CD Creative Sources (Portugal), 2006. Used ...
Marcio Mattos —
SOL(os) ... CD Emanem (UK), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy ...
The title's a bit of a pun – as the album features solo work on bass and cello from Marcio Mattos, but most of the performances also draw inspiration from solar phenomenon, which are named in the individual tracks! Despite that gag, though, the album's a relatively serious, compelling ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of funky jazz sets from Bennie Maupin – '77's Slow Traffic To The Right and '78's Moonscapes – together in a single set! Slow Traffic To The Right is Maupin's first LP for Mercury, and a great bit of spiritual funky jazz that recalls a lot of the sound of his work with The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A massive return to form for Maxwell – his first album in many years, but definitely well worth the wait! The set's supposedly the start of a trilogy – but hell, we're more than happy to have it all on its own – a wonderful reminder of the deeply soulful sound that first made us ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Pure genius from Curtis Mayfield – and a record that's got all the righteousness and political power you might guess from the cover! The album burns with a sense of empowerment that's every bit the best strength of Curtom in the 70s – a sublime blend of heavy soul, funky undercurrents, ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 overlooked gems from Curtis Mayfield – back to back on one CD! Give Get Take & Have is done with an emphasis on warmer, sweeter styles – tunes that mix a subtle approach to funk with some great warm vocals from Curtis – in a way that re-exposes his talents as a singer of ... (Soul) 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