This legendary trio of singers go back to their Philly Soul roots of the 70s – and come across surprisingly well in the process! We'll be the first to admit that we were a bit wary, given the cover and length of time since the group's classic releases – but Three Degrees really step up ... (Soul) read moreCD
Three Degrees —
Three Degrees ... CD Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Smooth female soul from one of Philly's hottest female trios – Gamble & Huff's big answer to First Choice, and an equally important force in 70s female soul! The album's got a nice mixture of Philly groove and tighter crossover arrangements from the likes of Norman Harris, Bobby Martin, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Form ... CD WeJazz (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic set from drummer Teppo Makynen – an artist whose work you might know from the Five Corners Quintet or The Stance Brothers – but who moves here in a style that opens up whole new territory for the Scandinavian scene! The core sound comes from a trio – with Makynen on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Percy Thrills Thrillington (Paul McCartney) —
Thrillington ... CD Capitol, 1971. New Copy ...
One of the strangest records in the solo career of Paul McCartney – an all-instrumental reworking of his album Ram – issued here under the name of the mysterious Percy Thrillington! The album circulated very poorly at the time, but is a real tribute to the growing genius of McCartney ... (Rock) read moreCD
The title might seem like a joke – given Throbbing Gristle's reputation for intense noise and dark sounds – but at another level, it's actually a great fit for the spirit of the record too! The sound here is a lot leaner than before – almost as if TG is focusing in on the best ... (Rock) read moreCD
Thundercat with OG Ron C & The Chopstars —
Drank ... CD Brainfeeder, 2018. New Copy ...
A chopped-up take on Thundercat's album Drunk – handled here by OG Ron & The Chopstars – who provide a surprisingly sensitive take on the music! The album's billed as "chopped not slopped" – and that claim definitely seems right – as the music here is mostly ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Classic! The third LP from the Time, and last before Morris Day went off and started his solo career – though by this point Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis had departed the group. Nonetheless, the sound is still tight modern funk, with Jesse Johnson and crew keeping things in the great post-Prince ... (Soul) read moreCD
The second essential LP from the Time that would solidify Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' position as a force to be dealt within commercial R&B for years to come, cut during the early 80s, when Minneapolis seemed like it was exploding at the seams with great music. With Morris Day's nice extended ... (Soul) read moreCD
Not the sort of stodgy affair you might think from the "concert" in the title – and instead a relaxed, nicely-grooving little set – recorded by Cal Tjader in the very familiar territory of the Blackhawk night club in San Francisco! The recording quality is less live than ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A double-length set that features 2 Latin dates by vibist Cal Tjader! First up is Demasiado Caliente – one of Cal's lesser-known Latin sessions from his Fantasy Records years – a nice little cooker with some great arrangements from Eddie Cano, who also plays piano on the set! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A 2-in-1 Latin jazz spectacular from the mighty Cal Tjader! First up is the album Ritmo Caliente – one of Tjader's first Latin-tinged sessions for Fantasy Records – and a really wonderful batch of tracks recorded with a shifting array of very hip players! In addition to Cal's vibes, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 totally great Cal Tjader electric albums – both recorded originally for the Skye label, and back to back on one CD! Cal Tjader Plugs In is a beautifully plugged-in, turned-on session from Cal Tjader – one that features the funky vibist alongside some sweet Fender Rhodes! The session ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very groovy! This is a nicely packaged reissue of one of Cal's great Verve sides from the 60's, and the whole package nicely captures the tight light lively feel of the original release – by packaging the cuts in a cool little gatefold with excellent sound! As with most of Cal's best, the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few albums issued by Theodore "T" Life as a leader – right around the time he was handling grooves for a handful of other artists too! The style here is like some of the best modern soul albums coming out on Arista at the time – funky soul, but a cut above – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hidefumi Toki & Samba Friends —
Brasil ... CD Sony (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Hidefumi Toki works here with his "Samba Friends" – a great group of mixed Japanese and Brazilian players, all grooving in the style you'd expect from the title! The sound is a wonderful blend of Japanese fusion and Brazilian jazz – headed by Toki's excellent work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Don't confuse this one with Charles Tolliver's album on Strata East of the same name – because this session's a completely different one for Enja, but equally great! The group here is a quartet – not Tolliver's usual Music Inc lineup, but a combo that features Alvin Queen on drums, Ron ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of a few large group sessions recorded by Charles Tolliver during his years on Strata East – and an amazingly spiritual effort that really brings together the best strands of sounds running through the underground at the time! The format's a bit similar to Tolliver's previous Music Inc ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty great group of long-haired German musicians from the early 70s – one that's got the kind of freaky, freewheeling vibe you'd expect from the cover! The songs here aren't totally prog or Krautrock, but they're also not that far off, either – as they bring in lots of jazzy ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredible celebration of a decade of music from the team of Toquinho and Vinicius De Moraes – not a greatest hits collection, but instead a set that features new reworkings of their classics – all interwoven together in this really great way! The raspy vocals of Vinicius and the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great bossa combo from Tokyo – and one who get help from a few Brazilian artists too – including the lovely Joyce, whose vocals really make one song sparkle! The core sound is already great enough, though – bossa piano jazz, but maybe a bit more laidback and expressive than the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of Mel Torme's hippest albums of the 60s – and a strong shift towards more swinging material after some of his mellower work for other labels! There's a bit of electric piano in the mix, and plenty of that Atlantic records pop/soul jazz approach – a take on soul jazz that's similar ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
TNT ... CD Thrill Jockey, 1998. Used ...
Tortoise's third album, and pretty remarkable creative leap for the inventive Chicago ensemble – now with the great guitarist Jeff Parker in the fold! Like the earlier records, Like their earlier records, TNT features an incredibly haunting mix of percussion, electronics, and jazz-oriented ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Tortusa & Inge Breistein —
Mind Vessel ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy ...
One of the deeper, darker sets we've heard from the Jazzland label in recent years – a set that blends the saxophone of Inge Weatherhead Breistein with lots of layered electronics – at a level that takes us back to our favorite records from the early days of the label! Things here are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the better late solo efforts from the former Wailer, with him toning down the politics a bit and falling back into a mellow groove. There's some nice backing vocals courtesy the Tamlins, and some nice rhythms courtesy Santa Davis, Gibby Morrison and Sly and Robbie. Includes "Mama ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Produced by Tosh himself, band includes Keith Sterling, Santa Davison, Fully Fullwood, Sticky thompson, Skully Sims and others. 8 tracks in all, including "No Nuclear War", "Nah Goa Jail", "Fight Apartheid", "Vampire", "In My Song", "Lesson In ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Toto La Momposina —
Pacanto ... CD World Village (Germany), 2001. Used ...
This one's mighty hard to pin down – but we really like it! Totonho's working here in a quirky mix of styles from Northeastern Brazil and electronics – effortlessly mixing modes in the manner of some of his Trama Records labelmate – in a boundary-crossing style that never panders ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A more joyous, upbeat side of Mali blues singer and guitarist Sidi Toure – and maybe his best yet for Thrill Jockey! Backed by a tight group featuring Boubou Diallo on backing vocals, Djadke Traore on guitar, Ousmane Dagnon on n'goni, Baba Traore on bass and Mamadou Kone on drums, Sidi soars ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Excellent work from New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – and a set that may well be his funkiest album ever! The set features 12 tracks from the early 70s – a time when Toussaint was mixing a bit of funk into the heavy soul mix that he'd had from his early days in the Crescent ... (Soul) read moreCD
A bit of a change for Allen Toussaint – the kind of an album that makes good use of all the connections he was making during the early 70s, when he was becoming the darling of the Warner Brothers scene in LA. Overall, Allen's getting pretty smooth by this point – so smooth that even ... (Soul) read moreCD
Damn great work from Allen Toussaint – a record that was cut at a time when he'd really made his way into the mainstream of American music, yet could still come across with a hard New Orleans groove! The title cut, "Southern Nights", is a perfect illustration of this fact – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by Allen Toussaint – his legendary Toussaint album for Scepter (aka Whisper To A Scream) – plus some rare late 60s singles that have never been on CD before! The core album is amazing – Allen Toussaint's first big move as a solo act, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautifully overstuffed collection of early work from New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – a set that not only includes many of his key recordings from the scene in the 60s, but also some of his important productions for other artists too! The package begins with Toussaint in the lead ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tower Of Power are back in Oakland, after recording their previous album down south – cooking up plenty of East Bay grease with their horn-heavy groove at the height of its power! These guys were always a cut above any other band who tried for this territory – and this early version of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic first album from Pete Townshend – one that showed the world that he was a hell of a force to be reckoned with, even away from The Who! There's some elements here that link back to Pete's work with the band, but the music here is already showing lots of new ideas brewing in his ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wonderful early work from The Trammps – recorded before the group got a bit too bogged down in their own disco fame, when they were still capable of hitting that tight, right Philly club groove! The album's got a simple brilliance that sparkles almost more than the Gamble & Huff work at ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tribalistas (Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, & M —
Capa Provisoria ... CD Universal (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ...
Beautiful work from Tribalistas – that groundbreaking group forged from three Brazilian stars who rose in the 90s – Arnaldo Antunes, Marisa Monte, and Carlinhos Brown – who somehow found a perfect way to come together, and make their music even more special as a trio! We've ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Deluxe edition of the first Tricky album – benchmark trip hop from one the true innovators – and one of pivotal albums of the past couple decades! Along with the work of Portishead, Tricky circa Maxinquaye sort of established the blueprint for the whole mid 90s guy-with-sludgy-beats-mee ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A totally cool trio from the 70s Spanish scene – one who have Andalusian roots, but work here in a sweet mix of funk and soul! The group trade vocals back and forth in a very cool way – two guys and one gal, really sounding like even more than that as they sing – and the ... (Latin) read moreCD
Two and a half album's worth of improvising genius from the UK scene – served up here in a package that includes the complete Dawn Records albums by this legendary group! First up is the self-titled Trio album – a groundbreaking bit of free jazz from the UK scene at the start of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trio 65 1/2 —
66 67 ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 1966/1967. New Copy ...
Obscure work by an excellent trio from the Danish modern scene of the 60s – a combo who were strongly influenced by Bill Evans, but took his inspiration in very fresh new directions! Supposedly, their unique name comes from the album Bill Evans 64 – which was an inspiration to pianist ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trio Tekke & David Rose —
Zivo ... CD Trio Tekke (Cyprus), 2017. Used ...
Armando Trovajoli —
Lovemaker ... CD Pentamusic (Italy), 1969. New Copy ...
A great late 60s score from the mighty Armando Trovajoli – penned right in the middle of his golden years, and with a similar vibe to some of his best sex-drenched soundtracks of the time! There's elements here that remind us a lot of longtime Trovajoli favorites – like Dramma Della ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Sweeping strings, African themes, and one of the most beautiful Armando Trovajoli soundtracks of the 60s – a real standout from the already-great Italian scene of the time, and filled with beautiful tunes that are pretty new to our ears! The set's got plenty of those great Trovajoli bossa ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Killer cop/crime music from the Italian scene of the 70s – a famous genre soundtrack from composer Armando Trovajoli, who's usually known for his work in warmer, sexier styles! The grooves here are right up there with the best that Italy has to offer from the time – full, jazzy ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Think what you want about Andrea True – the former porn star works here with some super-sharp help from the mighty Gregg Diamond – who makes the record sound a lot more tight and groovy than other crossover disco efforts of the time! In fact, there's plenty of elements here that match ... (Soul) read moreCD
The white witch Andrea True weaves her magic spell nicely here – using her sexy style to great effect amidst backings from a tight core combo! The work's got that Euro disco approach that was growing in the 70s mainstream at the time – although some cuts are handled with even more ... (Soul) read moreCD
Livin' the "Bon Bon Vie", with this classic uptempo groover from T.S. Monk! You'd hardly guess that this guy was Thelonious Monk's son – but who cares about his roots when the album grooves so hard? This Monk plays drums, not piano, but the best tracks on the record have a tight ... (Soul) read moreCD
Gust William Tsilis & Alithea —
Pale Fire ... CD Enja (Germany), 1988. Used ...
With Arthur Blythe on alto, Allen Farnham on keyboards, Anthony Cox on bass, and Horacee Arnold on drums! (Jazz) CD
A sweet swing revival set from 80s Japan – served up here by clarinetist Yasutaka Tsutsui – a player we don't really know at all, but who gets a nicely classic vibe on the set! Instrumentation is relatively laidback – usually a smallish combo mode, with piano and guitar providing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tuca ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
A sweet Brazilian groover from Tuca – a singer we only know from this unusual post-bossa session from the 60s! The instrumentation is great – with arrangements from Mario De Castro and Oscar Castro Neves – who both bring in lots of playful elements that keep things compelling ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The Tuff Crew burst out of the Philly scene with this overlooked gem from the end of the 80s – an album that may not be top of the history books, but which still has all the raw creative energy of those great indie years before the first big assault on hip hop by the major labels! The ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)
Beat-heavy work from the Tuff Crew – a group who definitely live up to their name on the bottom end! Much of the work here is very drum machine-heavy – in a style that was maybe used more widely a few years before in hip hop, but which still gives this album by the group a nice sense ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)
An underground Philly hip hop classic – and a set that's got the same raw edge as the best early work by Schooly D! The Tuff Crew work here with the Krown Rulers – in the kind of record that almost feels like the kind of late nite, party-heavy vibe that made east coast hip hop radio so ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)
Slinky sax with a touch of funk – served up here by Fabio Tullio at a level that's way nicer than you'd expect from the title! At some level, the record's clearly trying to evoke earlier eras of Italian instrumentalists on the sax – such as the long run of 60s and 70s albums by Fausto ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Great stuff – and the only truly funky album that Ike Turner ever recorded! This set's a batch of obscure funky instrumentals – and sounds like a strong compilation of rare 45s, filled with hard funky drums, nice breaks, and plenty of super-tight grooves. Nearly every cut's a winner ... (Soul) read moreCD
Steve Turre's one of those players we always look out – especially as a leader, because albums like this are always some of our favorites! And although years back, we might have thought of Turre as a player with a gimmick, we've really come to appreciate his subtle sense of soul – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine albums of the time – a quality that goes beyond Stan's already soulful approach to the tenor, and which brings in some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album of subtle genius and stellar soul from the great Stanley Turrentine – an over looked quartet date that plays with the sharper edge of some of his earlier work for Blue Note, but which also shows the growing sense of color and tone he'd picked up during the 60s! The group here is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stanley Turrentine's a hell of a soloist in a large ensemble setting – and there's possibly no better place to hear that talent at work than on this classic 60s date for Blue Note! The format's a bit different than other Turrentine records of the time – no small group romping, nor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest Stanley Turrentine albums ever – a hard-blown session that's been one of our favorite Blue Notes for years! Turrentine's tone here is amazing – really raspy and earthy, with a quality that never shows up much in later recordings – a mode that's incredibly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A bit hit for Stanley Turrentine – and a pretty darn nice record of extended groovers, with a harder sound than you might expect from the tongue-licking cover, and a title of Sugar! The record's only got three cuts – one of them Stanley's famous version of "Sugar", the other ... (Jazz) read moreCD