A late 70s side from Elvin, and he's still playing with an energy and fluidity that betrays his talent at making complicated polyrhythms sound natural. The band includes the unheralded Chicago alto great Bunky Green, who wrote most of the tunes in the set, as well as Frank Foster, Ryo Kawasaki, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible trio album – not just for the powerful drums of the great Elvin Jones, but also for amazing work on reeds by a young Joe Farrell! Farrell's in his pre-CTI years here, and really lets loose in the space of the album's open setting – a trio that just features Jones on drums ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a small cut corner.)
Elvin Jones & Richard Davis —
Heavy Sounds ... LP Impulse, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Heavy Sounds, indeed – a beautiful little set of dark-edged soul jazz from the mid 60s – co-led by bassist Richard Davis and drummer Elvin Jones! The sound here is a bit different than any work ever released by either player as a leader – and is almost more in the vein of Blue ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing fancy, but a nice back to basics session from Etta – recorded with backing by a small combo that includes husband Houston Person, and done in the laidback style that always seems to bring out the best in her singing. Other players include Idris Muhammad, Jimmy Ponder, and Sonny ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark stuff – a killer session of funky guitar jazz, and the record that gave Ivan "Boogaloo" Joe Jones his nickname! The set's a full-on wailer that really blows away Joe's first two on Prestige – breaking out ouf the box with a killer lineup that includes Rusty Bryant on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover is has waviness and stains from moisture, some splitting and pen.)
Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones steps forward strongly on this second set for Prestige Records – working with a nicely unified combo that includes the great Harold Mabern on piano, plus a bit of electric piano too – alongside tight rhythms from Peck Morrison on bass, Bill English on drums, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A masterpiece of New Jersey soul, and probably the greatest record ever from this much-underrated diva! The album's got stellar production by George Kerr and Slyvia Robinson, and lots of great cuts like "Don't Go", "Behold", "Not On The Outside", and a great remake of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've never seen an original pressing of "Volume 2" of this LP, so we're assuming this is a Japanese-only vinyl issue of outtakes from those sessions. The original side's a very swingin', very groovy early album from Quincy – a big band recording, but handled with soulful touches ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(With obi, in the original plastic outer sleeve with hype sticker.)
One of Quincy Jones' best soundtracks of the 70s – filled with some great slick electric funky crime tracks, perfectly played by LA jazzers that include Clare Fischer, Paul Humphrey, Arthur Adams, David T Walker, Milt Holland, and Jerome Richardson. A few cuts feature vocals by Little ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quincy Jones —
Dude ... LP A&M, 1981. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Quincy just never stopped putting out classic soulful albums! This one, from the early 80s, features a smooth jazzy blend of tracks, with a strong nod to the kinds of souped-up studio sounds that were being used by groups like The Crusaders, but also with a lot of the kind of soulfulness that made ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy stuff from Quincy – a mix of jazz, soundtrack, and popular themes, all done in that soulful swinging style that Quincy virtually helped invent back in the 60s! The album's got plenty of great groovers that take a popular tune and kind of turn it on its ear – takes on tracks ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent Quincy Jones score that stands head and shoulders above the soundtrack to the first film in this series, In The Heat Of The Night. Q is in fine fine form with this material – adding in a lot more funk than before, to fit the uptown theme of the film. There's lots of nice jazzy ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear & a cut corner.)
One of the strongest statements ever recorded by bassist Sam Jones – a wickedly soulful session that cooks on all burners! The album's got a rich depth that far surpasses most of Jones' trio sessions – and is a full quintet album, with Terumasa Hino on cornet, Bob Berg on tenor, Ronnie ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued bottom seam, a sticker spot, and some light wear.)
A great little set from this solo member of the Jones Girls – and one of the strongest new sets on Philly International in the 80s! Shirley delivers a warm set of sparkling modern soul tracks that really show the growth and the maturity of the Philly sound in the 80s – getting way past ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Orchestra —
Monday Night ... LP Solid State, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Genius work from the Jones & Lewis group – easily one of their best albums! If you've ever wondered why these guys got the chance to make so many records, check out this excellent early set and hear them at their finest. The group's a kick-ass one – with a host of all-star players ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from end of 60s Blue Note – and a record that might easily be passed up because it's a collection of work by various artists! Don't, though, because the set's wonderful – and features some smoking live recordings from some of Blue Note's best talents of the 60s, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album from Thelma Jones – and a real standout set from mid 70s Columbia! The record is a sweet blend of southern and modern soul, with some fantastic arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who also produced the set in a wonderful way that lets Jones retain the deeper qualities of her ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Japanese-only collection of vocal group work by The Joneses – all recorded before their years with Mercury in the mid 70s, with excellent production by Glenn Dorsey and Lee Valentine in an indie east coast mode! (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Kazimierz Jonkisz —
Tiri Taka ... LP Polskie Nagrania/Musa (Poland), 1980. Near Mint- ...
Soulful fusion from Poland – a group led by drummer Kazimierz Jonkisz, and featuring piano, soprano sax, bass, and a bit of electric violin! The groove is a bit in the Michal Urbaniak mode – although not as way out, with a good focus on ensemble modes on the heads of each tune – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sipho Jonson —
Bad Friend ... LP Cool Spot (South Africa), 1990. Very Good+ ...
Herbert Joos/Wolfgang Czelusta/Bernd Konrad —
Blow ... LP FMP (Germany), 1977. Near Mint- ...
An obscure late 70s FMP trio – with Joos on trumpet, Czelusta on trombone, and Konrad on baritone, soprano sax, and bass clarinet! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Janis Joplin —
Pearl ... LP Columbia, 1971. Very Good+ ...
The sound of a legend – a raw rocking classic from Janis Joplin – arguably the most perfectly-formed record from her all-too-short run in modern music! There's a focus here that's even sharper than before – and a rising of the funky undercurrents that Janis always had in her ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark session that features two of the greatest tenor talents to emerge from the rich Chicago scene of the 50s! Jordan was well-known to jazz fans, or would be within a few years – but Gilmore's rarely heard in this sort of setting, as most of his recording career was spent in the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has some sticker remnants.)
Clifford Jordan & Sonny Red —
Story Tale ... LP Jazzland, 1961. Near Mint- ...
A brilliant collaboration between Clifford Jordan and Sonny Red! At the time of this recording, Jordan was one of a number of firey young tenor players from Chicago – all of them hard-blowing, with a nice soulful bottom that opened up a bop sound to more moods and emotions – but Jordan ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has some yellowed tape remnants on front and a small peeled spot on back.)
A great tribute to the Chicago jazz scene of years back – a reunion of important players from the 50s, recorded in the laidback jam session style you'd expect to hear in an older club! The set was lovingly put together by pianist Norman Simmons, who arranged the tracks on the record – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Acetate in a plain cover, with info written in marker.)
Margie Joseph's really hitting on all burners here – thanks to sublime production from Lamont Dozier, working at the height of his mid 70s powers! Joseph's earlier deep soul vocals are given a nice sense of focus and righteous energy from Dozier's production – a fullness that somehow ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful sounds from the Chicago underground of the late 70s and early 80s – music that isn't really punk, or power pop, or any of the styles that seemed to break big on the Windy City at that point – but instead a really personal batch of homegrown recordings from John Henry Timms IV! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(With green back cover. Includes the insert and DVD.)
A wild bit of tripped-out Latin soul! These guys were a Florida group – and they sing a mix of Miami funky tunes and mellower soul styled vocal numbers – all with some mad production that mixes organ, synthesizer, a bit of vibes, and some occasionally very nice beats into a very catchy ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a partially split bottom seam.)
Ji ... LP Mercury, 1982. Very Good+ ...
The standout classic from Junior Giscombe – one of the more unique soul artists of his generation! The set's probably best known for its huge hit single "Mama Used To Say" – a killer cut with an incredibly catchy hook, and a groove that's lasted for years on 80s groove ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raoul K —
Mande ... LP Still Music (Germany), 2012. Sealed 2LP ...
Cool compressed grooves from Raoul K – music that's offers up a really unique blend of African roots and contemporary club – but in ways that are a lot more abstract than others working in the genre! Raoul really abstracts the instruments in his music – so that the core elements ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cage's favorite keyboardist plays a good set of modern compositions for organ. He plays solo on two tracks by Mauricio Kagel (Improvisation) and Christian Wolff (For 1, 2, or 3 People), and then picks up the bandoneon on Gordon Mumma's "Mesa", which also features Mumma playing with the ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The New York in the title is very apt – as the album's got a lot more soul, and a lot more solid club groove than some of Kano's other albums from the 80s! The overall feel is really great – moving along in a post-disco groove that's mostly based around spare rhythms, simple ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, tracklist sticker, and a center split on the spine.)
A spy film – and with a mix of jazz and orchestral themes that's similar to some of Henry Mancini's work from the same time. The main theme is nice and jazzy, with some good guitar, and a great crime theme sound. Two other nice tracks are "The Pussy Willow Club" and "Pussy ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful grooves from this great Japanese jazz singer – with arrangements by Richard Evans, and tracks that include "Being In Love", "Along The Nile", "We Can Fall In Love", "In Common", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
An important early album of compositions by Fred Katz – recorded at the time when he was the cello player in Chico Hamilton's groundbreaking late 50s group! The tunes are distinctly more modern than even his work with Chico – and are played by Hamilton-esque players that include Paul ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful bit of insanity by one of the greatest talents to ever grace the Catskills – and key proof of why we love Mickey Katz so much! Mickey's on the front cover in a nice rumblin' "rocker" outfit, and on the record, he performs a hilarious batch of song parodies, done in a ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual little record – a set that's a bit "fake" in its pedigree, but which still comes across with some wonderfully vivid results! Fred Kaz is a Chicago pianist, but he works here on a set of original compositions based on his readings on Near Eastern cultures – dubbed ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light stains.)
One of the great John Keating electronic LPs from the 70s – blending his cool big band style with lots of work on Arp, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards all played by Francis Monkman and Johnny himself! This one's got straight electronics all the way through, except for the rhythm section, ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert. Record has some light surface marks from the old inner sleeve.)
A rich blend of breezy orchestrations and an early rock opera narrative from Keith – and ambitious set of groovy psychedelic pop songcraft that's light years away from his earlier hit – and an underappreciated gem that more or less capped off his young career! The record has some ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tight little groover from Wynton Kelly – one of a few mid 60s gems done for Verve in a style that's harder-hitting and more focused than some of Kelly's other work! The record's got an approach that's a bit pop, but plenty darn soulful too – a style that focuses the already-great ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Midnite is right – as the session's a moody, mellow late nite one – just spare trio material by Wynton, played in a group that features Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums! The titles are all nice and long – and really let Kelly stretch out on the keys – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove rainbow label pressing. Cover is in nice shape)
One of Wynton Kelly's greatest albums, and an all-star hardbop session that includes Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. With Philly Joe on drums, and Morgan and Shorter, the LP almost has the feel of a classic Art Blakey session for Blue Note, but Kelly's piano gives ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing, with deep groove, in the mis-spelled cover, with split seams and some surface wear.)
A sweetly soulful set that proves that Wynton Kelly working for Verve was a heck of a great idea! There's a cohesion and direction to the session that's missing from some of Kelly's other work of the 60s – even though the format is mostly the same, with trio backing that includes Paul ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Eddie's classic dancefloor groovers for Tamla, with production and arrangements by the hit team of Frank Wilson and Leonard Caston! The album keeps Eddie's hit "boogie" groove going strong – grooving mostly in a midtempo smooth soul style that would become a dominant ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary album from the great Eddie Kendricks – a set that not only has the singer soaring on the kind of sublime old school vocal numbers he always did so well – but one that also has Eddie stepping out into some great dancefloor modes that would have a huge impact for years to come! ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soaring set from the great Eddie Kendricks – and a record that brings his Detroit roots into play with the best Philly grooves of the time – thanks to production from the mighty Norman Harris! Harris works with the cream of the crop of the Sigma Sound scene, and cooks up these ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and a name in pen. Labels have a name in pen.)
Eddie certainly was the "hit man" on this one – a tight album of hard stepping soul tracks, mostly cut in Eddie's famous "boogie" mode of the mid 70s! The cuts mix wonderful soul vocals with some tight jazzy instrumentation – laid down by players like Wah Wah Ragin, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked solo gem from Eddie Kendricks – recorded at a time when he was years past his solo Motown fame, but still burning strong on Atlantic Records! The set was recorded down in Alabama, and gives Eddie a slightly different setting – one that unlocks some really rich aspects of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal work in the development of the American jazz avant garde, and one of the most "out" records that Kenton (or Capitol) ever released! The whole album is based around two startling compositions by Robert Graettinger – "This Modern World" and "City Of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Kenton's greatest records, and the one in which he proves his dedication to Latin styles, by serving up a killer batch of Afro-Cuban tracks with an incredibly authentic feel. The great Johnny Richards handled the arrangements, and the tracks are long and drawn out, with plenty of solo space ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Back cover has some minor staining.)
A collection of some of Kenton's early 50s hits, presented here as "encores", with most of the tracks arranged by Pete Rugolo. 11 tracks in all, including "He's Funny That Way", "Painted Rhythm", "Journey To Brazil", "Somnambulism", "Chorale ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual session for Robin Kenyatta – featuring the leader on alto and flute, plus Wolfgang Dauner on clavinet and piano, Arild Andersen on bass, and Fred Braceful on drums. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure Italian session from guitarist Barney Kessel – with Giovanni Tommaso on bass and Daniel Humair on drums – and a set of unusual tracks that include "Reflections In Rome", "Caliente Blues", "Carlo's Dream", "The Opener", "Free ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic Kessel album for Contemporary – one that features Barney's guitar in a set of slightly larger backings, all arranged by Barney himself! The approach is a bit different from some of Kessel's more stripped-down albums of the time – as Barney works with instrumentation that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing with deep groove.)
Given Barney's touch on the guitar, you can bet that a record like this hardly could claim "not to swing" – and the session's a tight groover done in a way that clearly marks Kessel as one of the best guitar talents of his generation! The recording quality of the album is wonderful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the spine.)
Much more interesting than some of Barney's earlier records – possibly because he's working with a hip, flexible combo – one that includes Marv Jenkins on piano and flute, Jerry Good on bass, and Stan Popper on drums. The tracks are a mix of groovers and mellow numbers – with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the top seam, some sticker remnants on front, and an old price sticker on back.)
A really unique album for Chaka Khan – one in which she teams up with a host of jazz artists to craft a classic-styled set of vocals! Given that Chaka was at the height of her 80s groove solo career at the time of this one, the move is a surprising one – but also a great chance for ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album