A surprisingly great little set from Chico Freeman – and a record that seems to hone his best creative energies of the loft jazz years into an even hipper groove! The group here features Freeman on a wide variety of reeds – alongside John Purcell on saxes and oboe, Kenny Kirkland on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the number of great, post-Coltrane sides Chico would cut for India Navigation, with a searching quality that you might anticipate from the title. The group includes John Hicks, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart and fellow former AACM member Famoudou Don Moye. Titles include Horace Silver's "Peace ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's one of the funkiest ever from guitarist George Freeman, and one of the few to really hit that messed-up groove he was working in the clubs before his mid 70s retreat to Chicago! The style here is often all over the map – a mix of soul ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One hit wonders – but oh what a hit! Friend & Lover's "Reach Out Of The Darkness" is a really unique little tune that brings together folksy vocals and funky rhythms – a solid jammer that brushed off the cobwebs of the aging folk scene of the 60s, and sprung into the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Frigo/Jack Brickhouse —
Cub Power ... LP Quill, 1969. Very Good+ ...
A bit of Chicago sports magic, from that mighty Cubs year of 1969! The set features one side of spoken bits, with Jack Brickhouse and others – and one side of songs sung by the Cubs, set to music by Johnny Frigo and the Bleacher Bum Eight – a combo that inlcudes Floyd Morris on piano! (Comedy/Spoken) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some pen imprints on front.)
Rudolph Friml/Otto Harbach/Oscar Hammerstein II —
Rose Marie ... LP MGM, 1936. Sealed ...
Vocals by Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Fernando Lamas, and Bert Lahr. (Soundtracks) LP, Vinyl record album
Each side is a separate recording of live improvisations by Frith on guitar and Ostertag on synthesizer, with a host of tapes, radios, and contact mics. Both performances were recorded at different points in 1981. Phil Minton sings on the second side. Many of the tape samples were recorded in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique album by Curtis Fuller – quite different than any of his other records at the time! The session has Curtis blowing on tunes from the score to Cabin In The Sky – arranged by Manny Albam, and performed by a large group that includes Freddy Hubbard, Hank Jones, and Bob ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Labels have some marker.)
One of the hippest Curtis Fuller albums for Blue Note – and one of the rarest too – a set that was recorded in 1958, but only ever issued on vinyl in this rare Japanese pressing from the 80s! The date's quite unique – as it features "two bones", that is, two trombonists ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert!)
Gil Fuller with James Moody —
Night Flight ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1965. Very Good- Gatefold ...
A newly majestic setting for James Moody in the 60s – thanks to the mighty arranging talents of Gil Fuller! The album's similar to one that Fuller did with Dizzy Gillespie at the same time – a blend of large ensemble backings and soulful work by the solo star – which in this case ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing with deep groove.)
One of Funk Inc's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more together soul-oriented one, heard to best effect on the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An instant classic the day it was released – and a perfect blending of the group's older freaked-out style with a slick late 70s funk sound that started showing up in the work of many other groups. "One Nation Under A Groove" is a monster cut with a hook that won't quit, and the LP ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve, missing the 45.)
One of the harder to find albums by this great east coast group from the 70s (actually, they're all pretty hard to find), and a nice batch of smooth group soul cuts with stunning late Philly production. All the usual hands are in the mix – Gamble, Huff, and Dexter Wansel – and the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve.)
Peter Gabriel —
So ... LP Geffen, 1986. Very Good+ ...
Some of the best material Slim Gaillard ever recorded! Although he's best known for his Verve work, and for his early 40s sessions in LA – these 1959 recordings for Dot have Slim hitting a groove that's far tighter than usual, with a better jazz influence, and a much freer approach to ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dee Dee Sharp Gamble —
Dee Dee ... LP Philadelphia International, 1980. Very Good+ ...
An album that makes us think that after marrying Kenny Gamble, Dee Dee Sharp seemed to inherit his smooth Philly soul style as part of the family – as her records for Philly International are head and shoulders above her earlier work as a girl singer in the 60s! The record has a cool ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gang Of Four —
Hard ... LP Warner, 1983. Near Mint- ...
A bit of an attempt to dive into early 80s mainstream soul – and one that stands the test of time a lot better than we would have expected, despite the super-polished production that all but buries the group's earlier harder-edged style. There's a lot of really nice soulful backing vocals, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mean, lean grooves from The Gap Band – a legendary batch of mainstream funk from the end of the 70s – and a record that really has the trio working at the top of their game! There's a wonderful balance here between funky numbers and mellow ones – the latter of which really help ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cut corner.)
A blazing live set from The Don Gardner Quintet – recorded live a Stockholm's Dans In in August of 1965 – and a pretty great mix of drums and organ-heavy jazz and the Rhythm & Blues Dance Party promised by the titles! The group is fantastic – with Gardner holding down on the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the harder to find Red Garland albums on Prestige, and a trio session recorded with Specs Wright on drums and Jimmy Rowser on bass. This was Prestige's first live night club recording, and it's recorded live on location at the Prelude in Harlem. Red's a little bit less mannered than usual, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove, and RVG stamp. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on Side 2. Cover has some chewing on one corner and light stains on back.)
Red Garland —
Solar ... LP Jazzland, 1962. Very Good- ...
An obscure little quartet session from Red Garland – recorded with Les Spann on both guitar and flute, caught at a time when he was just starting to make waves on the New York scene! The presence of Spann gives the record a decidedly different feel than most of Garland's work on Prestige ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a center split on the spine.)
A war soundtrack – but with some different touches that make it nicer than you'd think! The music was written by groovy French composer Georges Garvarentz, and performed in the KPM studios by Roland Shaw's orchestra – so despite the fact that the setting of the film is a military ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Giorgio Gaslini with Steve Lacy —
Grido ... LP Durium (Italy), Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Features solo work from Steve Lacy, Eraldo Voltane, Sergio Fanni, Dino Poiana, Glauco Masetti, and Gaslini himself! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful stuff – and one of our favorite-ever Marvin Gaye albums! This is the legendary two-record set that Marvin wrote and recorded as an alimony payment to his ex-wife Anna Gordy (the story's pretty long, and we won't get into it here – suffice it to say that when stars get a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record – quite possibly our favorite ever by Marvin Gaye! The album is quite unique – written by Leon Ware, and recorded in collaboration with him – done as a "suite" of tracks based on themes of passion, joy, and new love – all of which were very ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marvin Gaye shows another wonderful side of his talents in the early Motown years – a classy, crooing approach that was perfect for this tribute to Nat King Cole! There's a great mix of jazz and soul going on here that's a bit different than some of Marvin's other Motown work of the 60s ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marvin Marvin Marvin – just when we thought you couldn't impress us any more, you took it to the next level! Trouble Man is a heck of a wonderful surprise from an artist that most folks really only knew as a singer – a fantastically funky blacksploitation soundtrack, conceived and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A gem of a record – easily one of Herb Geller's best, and a set that definitely has the "fire" promised in the title! There's a bite to the record we really love – a quality in Geller's tone that really blows us away – and which has had us going back and re-evaluating ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label stereo pressing, with deep groove.)
An album we come back to more and more over the years – a bit more subtle than some of the other Gabriel-era Genesis records, but in a good way! Titles include "Aisle Of Plenty", "More Fool Me", "Firth Of Fifth", "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A perfectly balanced little set from Gentle Giant – a record that's progressive, but never overly jamming – jazzy, but still rock-based enough to contain some great straight ahead tunes – and whimsical, but never too flowery or hippy dippy! Gentle Giant were one of the few who ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original swirl label pressing. Cover has light ring & edge wear.)
Stunning early work from Stan Getz – the kind of simple but breathtaking sides that he cut before any of his later fame – in a mode that made him one of the most inventive talents on the tenor sax! Stan's caught here right past the first flurry of initial time in the studio – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice and clean overall, and cover is great – a very nice copy!)
A lost chapter in the Stan Getz sound of the 60s – an album that features Stan blowing in front of some beautiful backdrops set by Lalo Schifrin and Claus Ogerman! The sound is super mellow – dreamy, but never sleepy – with Stan blowing in these soulful, magical, exploratory ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little session – and a meeting that was one of the best things to happen to the Oscar Peterson trio during the 50s! Stan's tone fits perfectly with the group here – and his playing next to the guitar of Herb Ellis recalls many of the fine strengths of the early 50s Getz sides ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc label pressing. Cover has wear with a split spine & top seam.)
A classic west coast recording by Stan – recorded at the Shrine Theater in LA, with a group that includes Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, John Williams on piano, Art Madigan on drums, and Bill Anthony on bass. The tracks are long with that mellifluous Getz swing to them – not really modern ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a tear across the front panel held with clear tape.)
The title may be a bit strangely put – as "Steamer" isn't a word that we'd necessarily think to use with the gently flowing tenor tone of Stan Getz – but that doesn't stop the album from being a great one, and perhaps in Getz-like terms, it might well have a bit more steam ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing. Cover has wear and splitting seams.)
Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd —
Jazz Samba ... LP Verve, 1962. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark record – both in 60s jazz and bossa nova – and a set that not only bridged worlds of music, but set the tone for so many other albums to come! By the time of this 1964 set, Stan Getz had already issued a few bossa nova experiments on Verve – but this pairing with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The kind of sweet jazzy mellow stuff that's always been big with the stepper's scene here in Chicago. Ghallab's a keyboardist and vocalist, and the stuff on here could be slotted into a tradition that includes Roy Ayers and Gene Harris, especially their mid-70s fusiony work. Titles include "L ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure album of soulful groovers – one of the odder albums of its type from the time! Given that the record was recorded for Pickwick, the Ghana Soul Explosion were most likely a group of studio players, trussed up in fake Afro garb to look like the real thing – except there's no ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ghost is still probably our favorite solo Wu Tang MC, and if Pretty Toney isn't the bonafide classic that the Ironman and Supreme Clientele albums are, it's still great to have him out there with new material on a powerful label. Tracks include "Biscuits" feat Trife, "Beat The ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While actually not as electrifying as some of Dizzy's other albums from the time, this one's still pretty darn great, and features his great group with Leo Wright on alto and Lalo Schfrin on piano. The band grooves with a subtly Latinish vibe, and the tracks are nice and long long long. Titles ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice 2LP set that brings together some of his most striking sessions of the early 60s recorded for Emarcy. This set includes pieces composed and arranged by Lalo Schifrin played by a large ensemble led by Benny Carter – with Dizzy as the main soloist, and work by players that include James ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dizzy's in Greece, looking very cool in a fez on the cover – and really wailing hard with a larger group that includes Billy Mitchell, Charlie Persip, Lee Morgan, Wynton Kelly, and Phil Woods! The mode here is still quite boppish, despite the larger size of the ensemble – but Dizzy ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Columbia. Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam and discoloration from age on back.)
Beautiful original pressing of this great session that focuses on Diz's committment to Latin and Carribean rhythms. The set features Diz's great mid-60's combo with James Moody (on tenor and Latin flute), Kenny Barron (on piano and bass), and Chris White (on bass and guitar) – plus some ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo deep groove pressing in the extravagant gatefold cover. Cover has some wear, aging and a bit of pen.)
A lost bossa jazz classic from Dizzy Gillespie – recorded at a time when Lalo Schifrin was working in his combo! The record's got a cool, laidback kind of groove – one that's miles away from Gillespie's earlier bop work, and which shows him opening up his rhythmic conception strongly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album