Hugh's first album for Uni – and one that really lets him open up his groove! The record moves way past the short trumpet instrumental sound of earlier albums – into a complex groove that mixes Afro soul, LA funk, and loads of nice jazzy bits! The record's got a sound that's nicely ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The sensuous soul gem from Barbara Mason – a sweetly soulful groover all the way – and one of her strongest records! Give Me Your Love gets our love for a bunch of reasons, but especially for the title track – which is reworking of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Mason's first solo album – and a pretty a great one! Alone Together wasn't a huge hit back in the day, but man is a ever a pleasing set. It's rich with blues & soul steeped lead vocals and sweet backing harmonies and bed of acoustic guitars at the core of most of the tunes – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few full albums ever cut by The Masqueraders – a stellar vocal group who recorded some excellent singles in the 60s, and were fortunate enough to be pulled into the big time by Isaac Hayes for his Hot Buttered Soul imprint on ABC! The band mixes their smooth Memphis style with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the south's best 70s vocal groups, recorded here in their debut for CBS, produced by James Stroud with a surprisingly sweet mellow modern soul sound. Includes the nice stepper "Starry Love", plus "I Love You, I Want You, I Need You", "Into Your Soul", and " ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has an unglued top seam, a promo stamp, and some light wear.)
Sweet grooves from Mass Production – a great little set that goes way beyond ensemble funk and boogie! The set begins with a slightly mellower, more laidback feel than some of their other records, and that really sets the scene for the rest of the album – keeping a more well-rounded ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later production by Norman Whitfield – and one that almost returns to the simpler harmony soul of 60s Motown! Masterpiece have a style that's much more fragile and sweet than other groups on the Whitfield label – which was mostly dedicated to fuller and dancefloor soul. The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Mastersounds seem to take a page from the book of the MJQ – especially with a title like this – but as usual, the end results are a fair bit hipper! The album features the classic lineup with Buddy Montgomery on vibes, Monk Montgomery on electric bass, Richie Crabtree on piano, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a press flaw bump that clicks a bit on "Monk's Ballad".)
A rare early album of Merengue tracks on the Gema, recorded by Joseito Mateo, the self-proclaimed King Of Merengue – with titles that include "El Timacle", "Atacala", "Bailaba", "El Loro", and "Mi Silencio". (Latin) LP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a strip of tape on the bottom seam & some moderate wear.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the slickest of Dave Matthews' funk records from the 70s – but still pretty darn nice! Matthews was the mainman behind the legendary funk group The Grodeck Whipperjenny, and a key arranger in James Brown's sound of the Polydor years – but by this time, he moved into smoother ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and unglued bottom seam.)
A really nice set from Ian Matthews – who cut his teeth a few years earlier with Fairport Convention – and gets a little help here from fellow Fairporters Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson. Ian's warmth in the vocal department really glows here – and the sound overall brings in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label swirl pressing. Cover has a cutout hole & some light wear.)
One of the 2 terrific records ex-Fairport Convention singer-songwriter Ian Matthews cut for the Vertigo label in the early 70s – built around Matthews wonderful vocals and acoustic guitars, but with a tighter rhythmic backdrop the the typical post folk trope! The key here is warmth – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Swirl pressing in the textured cover, with a split seam and peeled spot filled with marker.)
A surprisingly groovy outing from the Chicago scene of the 60s – a garagey group, but one with some soulful touches too! The set was partially recorded at Chess studios, and Eddie Higgins handled some of the arrangements – and the record features versions of "Knock On Wood", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Mayall's definitely getting back to his roots here – and he's also getting help from an all-star cast as well! Mayall's vocals and piano are in fine form – almost with a rough-edged Blues Breakers sort of vibe, but sometimes a bit funkier too – in ways that strongly show the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet and insert. Cover has a cut corner.)
The smoking debut of legendary UK bluesman John Mayall – and a live album at that! Although bluesy, the work here also has a fair bit of US R&B overtones – similar to those showing up in the beat group era work of Zoot Money, Georgie Fame, and others of the time – although ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK pressing! Vinyl is nice, but has some light sleeve marks on the surface from the old plastic inner sleeve. Cover has a small name on back, and one slightly bumped corner, but is nice too.)
Curtis Mayfield, and a heck of a lot of greatness from the Chicago scene of the early 70s – music that comes from a rare TV special that also features guest appearances from Leroy Hutson, Jerry Butler, and Gene Chandler! Don't confuse this one with the 2LP Curtis Live set issued around the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We think this may be his best album ever! Caught live at a small club, with a tight band, Curtis delivers extended, intimate versions of some of his best work, like "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue" and "Stare and Stare". We can't recommend this highly enough, and there' ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real dancefloor set from Curtis – recorded with some sweet Philly production from the likes of Norman Harris and Bunny Sigler – in the sweeping, soaring, strings-heavy mode of the Philly disco records of the time! And yes, this isn't classic Curtis from the righteous years – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & staining.)
Curtis Mayfield —
Rapping ... LP Curtom, 1972. Fair ...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet little promo-only album – one that was issued by Curtom in the early 70s, in an effort to promote the career of Curtis Mayfield! Side one of the record features a radio interview with Curtis – complete with opening song bits, an announcer, and important thoughts from Curtis ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, stains, cutout hole, and split top & bottom seams. Vinyl has some bad marks on side 2, tracks 1-2.)
One of the last great Curtis Mayfield albums – often overlooked, but essential in any collection of his work! The sound is still very much in the classic Curtom mode, with less of the uptempo and disco groovers that were showing up on some of the other records from the time – and more ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of a few records recorded by 50s R&B singer Percy Mayfield during a brief late 60s/early 70s comeback – and actually one of the best of that bunch! The session was produced by Stroud Productions, who were doing some great rootsy work for RCA at the time – and it's got a real ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from R&B legend Percy Mayfield – one of the singer's most obscure sessions, and really more of a soul record overall! The album was done for Brunswick at the end of the 60s – and has lots of work from Chicago soul arrangers like Johnny Cameron and Willie Henderson – ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dynamite stuff – and one of a few excellent comeback albums recorded by Percy Mayfield in his later years! The record really moves past Percy's blues roots – into territory that has some stronger elements of modern sounds, yet which also still preserves all the soulfulness of his ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mixture of bossa tunes and other titles that have a more flowery, more emotional pop approach to them. Maysa's vocals are still quite strong, though, and the best cuts have lightly crafted arrangements that breeze along better than the others. Titles include "Raizes", "Chorou ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a bit of pen on front & back, and light stains inside the gatefold.)
Ana Mazzotti —
Ana Mazzotti ... LP Whatmusic (UK), 1974. Good+ Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
An amazing album of icy Brazilian jazz and sweet electric funk! Singer Ana Mazzotti is at the head of the session – singing with this breezy style that's at once cold and warm, cool and emotive – and she's backed by a small jazz combo with some incredible moog, Arp, and organ from Jose ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lengthy afro-pop numbers and Nigerian grooves, recorded in the mid 70s by Prince Nico Mgbarga and his Rocafil Jazz group. 4 tracks in all: "Sweet Mother", "Wayo Inlaw", "Aki Special" and "Christiana". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, peeling near the opening and staining.)
Mbari (Julius Hemphill) —
Dogon AD ... LP Mbari, 1972. Very Good- ...
A seminal session from the St Louis scene of the early 70s – one that was humming nearly as much as Chicago was with the AACM at the time! As with the larger organization in the Windy City, St Louis had the Black Artists Group – of which Julius Hemphill was a key member, forming fresh ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
MC Lyte's second full length record – a bit overlooked in the grand scheme, if only because the preceding Lyte As A Rock was a tough act to follow – so now's a great time to catch up with it! To our ears, Eyes On This is every bit as nice as the debut, and it that last of Lyte's no ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, promo stamp, and moderate wear.)
Back before Miami bass became a parody of itself, Luke Skywalker records was just another independent label releasing local MCs. Though this isn't groundbreaking, just simple rhymes and Linn drums, it's a respectable late 80s effort, and considering the date, has some half decent scratching ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure bit of funky jazz – cut by drummer Boo Boo McAfee, one of Nashville's most soulful players, and a real wizard on the kit. The record's a good mix of funky tracks with breezy jazzy numbers, and it's got a nice range of material that's all pretty good. The standout cut is the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lannie Spann McBride & The Greater Fairview Young Adult Choir —
Without You Lord ... LP JB, 1981. Very Good ...
A killer little set from Les McCann – one of his greatest records of the 60s, thanks to a fair bit of Latin Soul influences! The album's got a groove that's much grittier than Les' other work – a solid, soulful emphasis on bottom rhythms – which are mostly in a boogaloo and shing- ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wild electric work from Les McCann – an album of free, open sounds that's quite a change from his styles of the 60s – and from most of his other work of the 70s too! Side one features an extended 26 minute track titled "The Lovers" – a slow-building number that has Les ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Les McCann —
Layers ... LP Atlantic, 1973. Very Good- Gatefold ...
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don't ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Play the hits Les does – but in a very groovy way! He's got a nice little combo on the record that includes Plas Johnson and Seldon Powell on saxes, plus some Latin percussion by Johnny Pacheco and Ron Rich. The great Leroy Vinnegar rounds out the group on bass, providing the rich strong ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best of Les McCann's 70s Atlantic recordings, and one that captures him with a lot of fire and funkiness – and none of the looser modes of other recordings from the time! Les sings on about half the cuts – but the focus is still quite strongly on his funky jazz, which makes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul McCartney —
Ram ... LP Apple, 1971. Very Good- Gatefold ...
An early moment of genius from post-Beatles Paul McCartney – a solo set that's wonderfully diverse throughout – filled with the kinds of cool little twists and turns we loved in his late Beatles records, and in his 70s killers with Wings! There's a newly-emerging sweetness going on ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US Apple pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks lightly on side 1, tracks 3-6.)
A sublime set from Alton McClain & Destiny – one of the hippest female soul trios ever – and a group who definitely work at a level that's far above most of their contemporaries! The group's got a jazzy flourish here that really deepens their sound – a strong influence from ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moody set of soul jazz vibes tracks with more of an electric feel than Freddie's albums for Prestige. He's playing out front, and he's backed by Dave Blume on electric piano and organ – while a rhythm combo backs them up, and a vocal ensemble joins in on a few tracks. Titles include "Gi ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the rarest albums ever from vibist Freddie McCoy – and that's saying a lot, given the rarity of most of his records! The set's got a cool sort of Eastern bent – as you might guess from the title and cover – a bit in an MPS jazz-meets-world mode, but with groovier soul jazz ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has two cutout holes, splitting on the spine, some small stains, and discoloration from age.)
A clear follow-up to "The Hustle" (not on this album), with a number of tracks that come close to the genius of that track, but never quite manage it altogether. Van's on lead vocals, and the record's got some good keyboard work by Paul Griffin, Richard Tee, and Leon Pendarvis. Includes ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's Hustle time all the way for Van – working here on a well-done set of smooth disco tunes that replicate the style of his big hit! Van handled all arrangements, production, and conducts the group – and the mix of strings and light disco rhythms is very much in his classic 70s mode. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Turns out, the rhythms of the world are disco – but nobody's complaining, because Van's still riding high on a very "Hustle"-inspired groove! The approach here is similar to his other work of the time – a lush bank of strings and soul, filtered through with some nice jazzy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Miami soul classic from the 70s – and a legendary pairing of George and Gwen McCrae – with results that soar past the individual work by the pair! Gwen's vocals are killer – deep, soulful, and still with the bite of her own TK albums – and the grooves here echo a bit more ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't be put off by the staid sound of "concert" in the title – because the album's a great set of swingin' live McDuff, recorded at his prime, with the classic quartet of George Benson, Red Holloway, and Joe Dukes. The album's filled with screamin' groovers throughout, including a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great groover from Brother Jack! The record is one of a few that Prestige cut matching Jack's hot quartet with the larger arrangements of Benny Golson – and that formula created some real winners that still sound great today! Sure, the formula was initiated by matching Jimmy Smith with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album from Brother Jack – one that has him making a shift from organ to electric keyboards, but in a mode that loses none of his funkiness, none of his soul, and none of his wit! The album's got some wonderfully angular groovers – showing that McDuff was always growing his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of McDuff's fantastic Cadet LPs, and one that features the funky funky organist in a set of crazy arrangements written by him and Richard Evans. An amazing mix of McDuff's soul jazz organ sound with the genius that was the Chess/Cadet studio system of the late 60's – and one that yields ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cut corner, clear tape on the seams, and very light stains on back.)
One of the most amazing, expansive albums ever recorded by Brother Jack McDuff – a session that we'd rank right up there with his classic Moon Rappin for Blue Note – and which has an equally stretched out feel! Although some of Jack's other albums for Cadet in the 70s have a bit more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the records that put a young Brother Jack McDuff on the map – and a perfect example of the rougher R&B roots that first emerged in his early work on the Hammond! The session's got a much more down-n-dirty feel than some of McDuff's tighter 60s quartet work – and offers a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp and NJ address. Cover has some edge wear.)
A killer, and one of three live sides McDuff cut for Prestige during the 60s – a monster session of stretched-out jazzy grooves, with many fine little dancers, and a raw soulful feel throughout! The group's one of Jack's best – as Red Holloway's tenor blows and hollers over the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great funky electronic records recorded by McDuff for Cadet! Includes some excellent groovers with a tight loping funk feel – like "Blue Monsoon", "A Long Goodie", and a nice cover of "Don't Mess With Mister T". Jack plays moog and Fender Rhodes, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing! This fantastic album by Jack McDuff is one of his best from the late 60's, and it almost never turns up on vinyl anymore. The album's a massive set of grooves that pits McDuff's funky organ against some very heavy soul jazz arrangements by Richard Evans. Evans provides a beautiful set ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real killer from Brother Jack McDuff – one of his first truly great albums, and a record that has him breaking from the sleepier R&B organ sound of the 50s – into the leaner, cleaner mode of the 60s! The album's one of the first to have him playing with the incredible drummer Joe ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a Stereo sticker.)
A great little album that has McDuff soloing on Hammond, over larger funkier arrangements – very much in the manner of his sublime Moon Rapping set, also recorded for Blue Note. Arrangements are by JJ Jackson and Jerry Long – and McDuff will blow your mind as he navigates the mix of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty pressing. Label has an ink stamp.)
Wonderful stuff from Brother Jack McDuff – very hip, with a mixture of soul jazz and 60s grooving that's hard to beat! The album's also one of Jack's harder to find numbers on Prestige – and it features tenor work by Red Holloway and Harold Ousely, guitar by Pat Azzara, drums by Joe ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more open-ended sessions that Brother Jack cut for Atlantic – with less of the tight larger soul arrangements that the label usually saddled him with. (Not that we mind those, though!) David Newman plays a variety of saxes, and the group also includes a young Melvin Sparks on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic early set from Jack McDuff – and a record that's very much in his own hands, despite the presence of Gene Ammons as a co-leader! The group's more of a McDuff one than an Ammons ensemble – and features the great Joe Dukes on drums, Eddie Diehl on guitar, and Harold Vick on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and Van Gelder stamp.)
Gary McFarland —
In Sound ... LP Verve, 1965. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the grooviest albums of the 60s – a sublime blend of jazz, bossa, and easy – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The album's probably the most perfect realization of the unique groove that Gary McFarland was going for back in the day – a mix of vibes, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ringwear and a cutout hole.)
Gary McFarland —
Profiles ... LP Impulse, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold ...
A great little jazz record by Gary – very different than his groovy/easy albums on Verve, and with a dark sound that shows his strength as a composer and arranger. The group features McFarland in the lead on vibes, plus reed work by Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, and Richie Kamuca, and lots of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has sticker remnants on front & back, and gloss peeling on the spine.)
A dream of a record from Gary McFarland – lightly jazzy instrumentals with a warm bossa nova undercurrent! The style is incredible – a sweet blend of vibes, guitar, and even some light whistling – often also featuring wordless jazz vocals – scatting along with the groove in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The mellower side of Gary McFarland – a further exploration of the sound first laid forth in Gary's Soft Samba albums – handled here with some added string backings that let the tunes float, shimmer, and listen with an undeniable magic! The core sound is Gary's take on the bossa nova ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
Gary McFarland —
Today ... LP Skye, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ...
Wild stuff – and very different than Gary McFarland's earlier albums! Today was recorded late in Gary's career, and is has him moving a bit away from jazz – into a more sunshine pop feel – one that still retains plenty of the bossa and breezy elements of his Verve work, but which ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch. Vinyl plays with a click on side 1, track 3.)
Gary McFarland & Gabor Szabo —
Simpatico ... LP Impulse, 1966. Very Good- Gatefold ...
An amazing collaboration between Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo – easily one of the grooviest albums either artist recorded in the 60s! The set's heavy on McFarland's great style of arranging – that cool blend of bossa, jazz, and other elements that surfaced strongly on his 60s Verve ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing with a Van Gelder stamp. Cover has notes written in marker, some stickers & tape, and a mark from sticker removal inside the gatefold.)
Very cool stuff – and a very strange record for Gary McFarland! The album features tracks that are a lot more vocal-oriented than his earlier work – but the same great sense of wild arrangements and strange subtle genius is still firmly in place. McFarland, as much as any ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, light staining, and a cutout hole.)
Gary McFarland/Grady Tate/Bobby Scott —
Slaves ... LP Skye, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
An unusual little soundtrack to this obscure pre-Roots film about slavery – handled with some very nice touches from Gary McFarland, Bobby Scott, and Grady Tate! The music is penned by Scott, and is mostly in that hip blend of jazz and soul roots that he was using on some of his own 60s ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent Savoy Records material from Brownie McGhee – with a vibe that's maybe a bit more urban than some of his later work – thanks to tenor from Hal Singer and Pritchard Cheesman! (Blues) LP, Vinyl record album