Fantastic lost material from Jackie McLean! The set was recorded right before his "new thing" era – in the same period as the amazing Fickle Sonance album. And like that one, this features Jackie edging out towards modernist ideas, yet still swinging hard and fierce, with a firey ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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A very apt title – as Jackie McLean sits in for a soulful session with the Great Jazz Trio of Hank Jones, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all "old bottles" at this point in their career, but working together beautifully to brew some very mellow "new wine"! The album' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stunning exploration of the "solo ensemble" concept from the legendary Joe McPhee – a mode that might seem like an oxymoron in its name, but which actually features McPhee working with overdub techniques to play alongside himself on a range of different brass and reed instruments! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent solo work from the great Joe McPhee – heard here at a time when he was really reigniting the creative fire in his music! The album is all solo McPhee – and Joe plays various reeds, pocket cornet, piano, and even a bit of electronics – shifting modes and moods with the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wild early work from avant jazz genius Joe McPhee – and a set that's actually pretty darn funky too! This rare indie release features 3 long tracks – two of which were recorded live, with a tight combo that includes a very funky drummer! The album kicks off with the hard wailing " ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous look at the early years of the legendary Joe McPhee – a set that's based around his classic Nation Time album, and which features other live material from the same time – including a Hat Hut album, and two CDs' worth of previously unissued work! The core album is legendary ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked moment from the mighty Joe McPhee – a set recorded after his initial run of brilliance on the Hat Art label, with backing from a Canadian combo led by pianist Bill Smith! Smith works on soprano, alto, and sopranino saxophone – and McPhee plays soprano too, as well as ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Searing early work from Joe McPhee – quite possibly his hardest-hitting recording of the 70s, even if the material wasn't properly issued until 25 years later! The performance was done for radio station WBAI in New York – and it features McPhee, Clifford Thornton, and Byron Morris ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the hippest jazz ever played at Vassar College – and previously-unreleased work from avant legend Joe McPhee, recorded right around the same time as his classic Nation Time record! One CD features a smoking performance by McPhee on tenor – working with a group that also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great set of soul jazz from McPherson – recorded live, with a rolling groove that's in the Blue Note mode of the mid 60s – but even more open overall! The group's got a lot of hometown talent from McPherson's native Detroit – including Barry Harris on piano, Lonnie Hillyer on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic work from reedman Charles McPherson – a player who was really coming back to basics in the mid 70s, but also finding a way to stretch out with a sound that was different than his initial albums of a decade before! Charles has moved way past the straight bop that first got him ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wilson Meadows has a heck of a pedigree in soul – starting out as a member of the doo wop group The Zircons, emerging later as a member of modern soul combo The Meadows, and finally stepping forth here in a recent set as a solo act! The 1995 recording is done in kind of a southern soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
The duo of Christian Capiozzo and Mecco Guidi gave us a really great record their first time around – and this time they're joined by guitarist Daniele Santimone, who helps them keep things very much in the mod instrumental mode of their debut! Despite the title of the album, the songs aren't ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Rare radio recordings from this Polish hard rock combo at the start of the 80s – a group who have the kind of American classic rock vibe you'd expect from their look on the cover! A decade before, and Mech might have been been prog – but here, they play melodic material with a strong ... (Rock) read moreCD
Medallions Featuring Vernon Green —
Speedin' ... CD Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ...
Wonderful west coast vocal group work from Vernon Green & The Medallions – a group who were rooted in doo wop, but who also step out here with a sound that paves the way for plenty of soul as well! There was something different about some of these great LA groups from the 50s – a ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best records we've heard in years from Medeski, Martin, & Wood – a searing batch of grooves that really gets back to the trio's original brilliance, and which features some wonderful production from the Dust Brothers! There's a lean, hard, and funky sound to the set that ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
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An incredible record from the Danish scene of the late 60s – beautifully spiritual, and a set that we might well place next to our classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The album grabs us right away – not just because leader Carsten Meinert begins the record with aversion of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Melanie ... CD Buddah/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy ...
A seminal self-titled set from Melanie – an album that's still proudly folk in some parts, while also embracing some of the more hard-edge styles of some of her contemporaries too – echoes of soul in some of the rhythms, a bit of grit in the instrumentation – which really seems to ... (Rock) read moreCD
Insane music that's unlike anything else on Blue Note – and unlike anything else we can describe! Gile Melle was a baritone sax player who was heavily involved with the Blue Note label in the early 50's. He recorded four 10" LPs, and one full length album for the label – and he ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing little album from the legendary Gil Melle – a set that's billed as the first album of "electronic jazz", and which features Gil working with his Jazz Electronauts combo! Although Melle's perhaps best known for his baritone sax modern sides of the 50s for Blue Note and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A trio of lovely ladies from the Philly scene of the 70s – heard here in a surprisingly great contemporary recording! The Mellow Moods grew up in the same generation as bigger Philly female trios like First Choice or Three Degrees – and although they never hit the heights of those ... (Soul) read moreCD
A tremendous collection of French film soundtracks – all penned to accompany the famous work of Jean-Pierre Melville, and all nearly as integral to the movies as the image itself! Melville is a very sound-conscious director, and the music for his films is a key force in guiding the actions ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the legendary classics from the Philly International years of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a time when the group was featuring the tremendous lead vocals of the great Teddy Pendergrass! The set's a stunner all the way through – one of the best Philly mixes of smooth, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Quite a compelling album from Sergio Mendes – one that was never issued in the US, and which is a nice contrast to his American records of the time! The vibe here is maybe a bit more Brazilian, and a bit more jazzy, than some of the more soul-based sounds that Sergio was cutting in LA – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Way past the hits, and into some really great territory – a move that makes the record one of our favorite Sergio Mendes sets for A&M! The sweeter bossa pop style here is undercut with a bit more influence from late 60s Brazilian grooves – some of the more baroque turns that Sergio' ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sergio Mendoza is a mighty cool cat – a musician who can handle keyboards, vibes, percussion, and other instruments with effortless ease – all in the retro-styled take on Latin sounds that you might expect from the album's cover! The record has a very unusual vibe – not straight ... (Latin) read moreCD
A series of duet and trio pieces recorded live by pianist Misha Mengelberg – in the company of saxophonist Steve Potts, trumpeter Thomas Herberer, tuba player Michel Godard, and percussionist Achim Kremer – all in ways that are often spare, and graced with the strong feeling of each ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Misha Mengelberg & ICP Orchestra —
Japan Japon ... CD DIW (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A stunning early 80s performance from pianist Misha Mengelberg – working here with the ICP Orchestra, and at a level that's completely fresh and very striking – at a mode when the Dutch jazz approach was something very new indeed, and handled here with a wonderful balance between ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Manuel Mengis —
Pond ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2008. Used ...
A rare psychedelic set from late 60s Reprise – the only one we've ever seen from Mephistopheles – a nice mix of hard charged and fuzzy sounds with gritty vocals – and lighter moments flavored by flute and keys! The drums hit pretty hard and sound great and the electric guitar ... (Rock) read moreCD
Jose Merce —
Lio ... CD Virgin, 2002. Used ...
Completely incredible work from The Merced Blue Notes – a key combo in the pre-funk years on the California scene! The Blue Notes had a sound that was a major bridge between funk and earlier R&B – and played with a hard-hitting groove that made them crowd favorites throughout most ... (Soul) read moreCD
Merge ... CD RCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ...
Funky grooves merge into sweet soulful moments – on this wonderful debut from an obscure Chicago group! The music is clubby at points, but also mellows out at others – mixing bassy grooves with spacier moments that have an especially nice vibe – and which really showcase a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band —
Wede Harer Guzo ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Maybe the coolest music we've ever heard from Ethiopian keyboard legend Hailu Mergia – a late 70s session that has his organ lines sounding even groovier than ever, on some sweet tracks that also bring in a fair bit of funk to the grooves! The style is much more in an Ethiopiques vein than ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Daniel Meron & Maia Karo —
Sky Begins ... CD Rabbit Rabbit Rabit, 2016. Used ...
The complete A&M recordings of The Merry Go Round and later solo act Emmitt Rhodes – lesser-remembered pop treasures from the end of the 60s, really sparkling nicely in this well-done set! The Merry Go Round's heard here on their one and only album for A&M – a self-titled set ... (Rock) read moreCD
Heavy soul by one of the funkiest groups of all time – New Orleans mighty Meters, a group who forever set a new standard with the classic singles featured in this package! The Meters are an instrumental group at their core – with a moody blend of heady basslines, bubbling organ, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
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A really wonderful little record from Pat Metheny – quite possibly our favorite by the man, thanks to some really inventive sounds that still resonate strongly in the groove scene today! Pat's skirting nicely here between the sound-based quality of earlier records, and some of the more fluid ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Groovy folk funk from mid 70s Korea – mad, pulpy tunes from Kim Jung Mi – possibly her best work ever! This wonderful self-titled set is a pretty deep left turn from her other material that we've been lucky enough to get our hands on – this one really goes deeper into the ... (Rock) read moreCD
A folk funk masterpiece from Korea – sung with breathy brilliance by female singer Kim Jung Mi, and featuring some great fuzzy backgrounds from guitarist Shin Jung Hyun! Although not in English, the record has a very similar feel to some of the hippest British female work of the same period ... (Rock) read moreCD
Kim Jung Mi —
Wind ... CD World Psychedelia (Korea), 1973. New Copy ...
A tasty, trippy little set of Korean psychedelic folk from Kim Jung Mi – another wonderful little batch from a great run of work in the early-to-mid 70s! Wind has a breezier, more meditative approach on some numbers – with some strings and a fair stripped down sound supporting her ... (Rock) read moreCD
A spooky cover, and some spooky music to match – served up by the lesser-known Italian composer Luciano Michelini! The soundtrack's from the late 70s, but it's got a full, orchestral feel that reminds us a lot more of Italian work from a decade before – especially some of the more ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A sweet electric score from Luicano Michelini – and one that we might almost point to as an early entry in the keyboard sound of Italian horror films! The style's not as proggy or rockish as Goblin – and Luciano borrows maybe a bit of funk from some of the cop/crime scene – yet ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful portrait of Monday Michiru – one of our favorite singers of the past 20 years – equally well-versed in jazz, soul, and Brazilian modes – all of which come together on this collection of very well-chosen and overlooked tracks! The special 2CD package brings together ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Monday Michiru – quite possibly her greatest album in years, and one that really draws together all the best elements of her style! The vocals are wonderful – soaring, fluid, and filled with soul – almost more confident than ever – and set to these ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A very cool combo – one that features the trombone of Massimo Morganti, tenor of Barend Middlehof, and piano of Nico Menci – all working together without any other instrumentation at all! The style means that the piano handles as much of the rhythm as it does the melody – making ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Glorious gospel soul from Mighty Clouds Of Joy – with some great live material and studio recordings from later years – truly joyous and soulful in the truest sense! The live material is especially wonderful, as the group really works best with an audience of believers to soak it all in. ... (Gospel) read moreCD
Mighty Clouds Of Joy —
It's Time ... CD ABC/Safety Zone, 1974. New Copy ...
A landmark blend of gospel spirit and 70s soul – and one of the greatest moments ever from The Mighty Clouds Of Joy! Like so many other soul artists before them, these guys have voices that are steeped in the best traditions of gospel – but rather than giving up their roots and going ... (Gospel) read moreCD
Mighty Clouds Of Joy —
Kickin ... CD ABC/Safety Zone, 1975. New Copy ...
Kickin it is – as the album's way more than just the typical gospel you might expect – and is a perfect example of the way the Mighty Clouds Of Joy helped cross the bridge between secular and spiritual sounds in the 70s! The record has a groove that most other mainstream soul acts ... (Gospel) read moreCD
A Mighty Diamonds album at the core, but one that often pushes the group's vocals off to the side – to allow for plenty of dubby interplay in the instrumentation! The real stars of the set are a Compass Point lineup with drums by Sly Dunbar and horns by Tommie McCook – all mixed and ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A Polish duo with a really wonderful approach – one that mixes acoustic trumpet and drums with some excellent electronics! Mixing jazz and electronics is nothing new in the Polish scene – and we remember some great experiments of this nature from trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, a possible ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest singers of the postwar R&B era – the amazing Amos Milburn, arguably a huge influence on later rock and soul too! Like a few other key contemporaries – such as Wynonie Harris and Roy Brown – Milburn had a great way of hitting topics that were honest, open, ... (Soul) read moreCD