Plenty plenty soul here – as Milt Jackson's moving away from the Modern Jazz Quartet, and working with a great group of players that really expand his sound! The session's a bit like some of Milt's soul jazz work for Riverside and other labels – in that it's got rhythms, timings, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great statement from vibist Milt Jackson – one of his key solo sessions in a great 60s run of recordings away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! Like the classics that followed this one, the vibe is much more soulful than any of Milt's records with the MJQ – kind of an extension of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Milt Jackson & Coleman Hawkins —
Bean Bags ... LP Atlantic, 1958. Very Good ...
A wonderful little record – a real standout in both the careers of Milt Jackson and Coleman Hawkins! The album captures Hawk during his great later years – that time when his sound was even more soulful and inventive than ever – with lots of odd modern undercurrents that really ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
At the end of the 60s, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown cut some very groovy records together – teamed up in a great pairing of styles that pushed both of them way past the more standard sounds of earlier years! This album's one of the best of the bunch – as it features pianist Monty ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some gloss bubbles.)
Milt Jackson & Sonny Stitt —
Loose Walk ... LP Palcoscenico (Italy), 1979. Very Good+ ...
An obscure little live set – recorded at the end of the 70s, at a time that makes it some of Stitt's last work on record. The format is straight and boppish – with some lyrical touches, and a strong open solo mode that goes well with the live setting. Stitt seems to dominate a bit ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Milt Jackson and JJ Johnson – working here together on 1954 session cut in New York – but some of which features contributions from the famous French pianist Henri Renaud! At this point in their career, Jackson and Johnson had a very similar modern swing – and the record makes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shannon Jackson —
Nasty ... LP Moers (Germany), 1981. Very Good+ ...
One of Shannon Jackson's jaunty jazz outings from the early 80's, with a sound that's vaguely similar to some of Ornette's stuff from the same time. The group includes Charles Brackeen, Byard Lancaster, Melvin Gibbs, and Vernon Reid – and has a very Black Rock sound to it. Tracks include ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light creases and a small mark from sticker removal.)
The first of six "comeback" albums that this great Chicago soul singer cut during his second wave of recording during the late 70s! Walter had originally done some amazing work with the great Carl Davis at the Okeh label during the mid 60s – and this album marks a return to their ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unbelievably beautiful work – and possibly the greatest album ever from the mighty Walter Jackson! Jackson was one of the best singers to come out of the Chicago soul scene of the 60s, and his Okeh recordings are a perfect example of the city's sophisticated approach to Iceman soul – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sublime mix of new tunes and re-imagined standards – and a set that takes Walter Jackson into even more sophisticated soul territory than before! The record is proof that the up and coming soul artists of the 60s had a key place alongside the more established mainstream acts on the other ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, Jackson's anything but "cool" as a player – and this album sets his hard wailing tenor in great company with Brother Jack McDuff on organ and Wild Bill Jennings on guitar. The sound is in that gutbuckety early 60s soul jazz style that was showing up on a number of Prestige ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool Japanese-only collection – with a unique cover shot too! 14 tracks in all – including "I'll Be There", "Mama's Pearl", "The Love You Save", "Lookin Through The Windows", "Got To Be There", "Dancing Machine", "I ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jacksons ... LP Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
Great stuff – and a key link between the early work of the Jackson 5 on Motown and Michael's later grooves with Quincy Jones! The Gamble/Huff team give the group a smooth sweet sound – definitely in a dancefloor mode, with some of the bassy riffs of Michael's Off The Wall album, but ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Go Power indeed – as the album's a really stripped down groover, and one that has the tenor of Illinois Jacquet working in spare trio formation with Milt Bucker on Hammond and Alan Dawson on drums! The record's got a sound that's even earthier than some of Jacquet's other work for Argo ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The classic opening salvo from The Jam! In The City finds the band in prime form right out of the, already blending their love of 60s beat and R&B with fast, infectious energy of first wave punk rock. They stood out from the pack tremendously back in the day, and that uniqueness kept the best ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Jam close out the 70s with one of their greatest records – one that shows Paul Weller's songwriting skill in much more impressive light than on their earlier albums! Weller's really come into his own here as sharp-witted chronicler of daily life here, particularly from point of view of a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing, including the lyric sleeve.)
A great later record by The Jam – a little bit of a step back into a rawer sound than they're somewhat slick sounding Setting Sons from the year before – but it's ultimately a pretty big creative step! While the sound a little more raw than on Setting Sons, The Jam is diversely inspired ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic 70s work by Ahmad Jamal – the kind of record you look for for years, and are always disappointed when you end up buying a more straight-ahead session! The album features Jamal on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – working in a trio format, plus percussion, with some ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahmad Jamal —
Jamalca ... LP 20th Century, 1974. Very Good+ ...
After Ahmad spent the 60s playing mellow acoustic piano, he turned into a great jazz artist on the Fender Rhodes – and this album is one of the best he ever made in that genre. The record has some great orchestrations by Richard Evans, and Ahmad's tone is very rich and full, with a great ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unlike Ahmad's other LPs for 20th Century, this one's a fairly straight set of tracks, with (mostly) acoustic piano (although he does play Fender Rhodes on one track). He's backed by a nice combo that features Calvin Keys on guitar, Frank Gant on drums, John Hurd on bass, and Selden Newton on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mostly produced by Parker Lee, with Jamal Ski, Jazzy Nice and Todd Ray. Includes "Jump, Spread Out", "Hangin' Tree", "Poom Poom", "Jah Jah Vibes", "Put It On (Pure Braggadap)" and "Terrible Man". (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Bob James is picking up some extra keyboards here – mixing his usual Fender Rhodes with a bit of Oberheim Polyphonic – but the overall sound of the record is still pretty great, and filled with those warm, spacious tones that make Bob's albums so great! Things are slightly smooth, but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
Mr New York ... LP Tappan Zee/Sony (Japan), 1980. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Sweet Bob James for Tappan Zee – a very cool Japanese-only album! With Eric Gale and Steve Khan on guuitar, Patti Austin on vocals, David Sanborn and Michael Brecker on saxes, and Steve Gadd and Idris Muhammad on drums – on cuts that include "Angela (Taxi)", "Rush ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mellow mainstream fusion classic from the 70s – one that paired the gentle guitar of Earl Klugh with the sweet keyboards of Bob James – in a set that's filled with plenty of warm and laidback touches! The mode here takes off some of the darker edges from James' earlier sound, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unique album from the great Etta Jones – a session recorded down in Muscle Shoals, and not in Chicago – a setting that gives James an extra sort of deep soul power! The backing is nicely different than some of the other Chess material – killer work from the legendary ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover & label have a drillhole through the center.)
Rick James fires it up at the end of the 70s – stepping out at full star power that has him rivaling the strength of Bootsy Collins at Warner, and paving the way for the rise of Prince in the early 80s! As with Prince, James' version of funk here is a bit offbeat – lots of riffing ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tough mid 60s blues from Skip James – recorded by Richard Spottswood – and it's among Skip's best recordings! Greatest Of The Delta Blues Singers features recordings made in 1964 – at a time when James was being celebrated by the folk community – and it's also a time when ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly funky at times – and beautifully produced, too! Titles include "Funk #49", "Woman", "The Bomber", "Closet Queen", "Thanks", "Ashes In The Rain & I", and "Tend My Garden". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Half of the Art Ensemble make a special live appearance for this wonderful late 70s set – recorded in concert in Woodstock, with a loose, open feel that's as much New York loft jazz as it is Chicago AACM. Jarman plays a variety of reeds – including tenor, alto, and sopranino sax, as ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear & some splitting on the seams.)
The Art Ensemble team of Jarman and Moye join with South African bass legend Johnny Dyani in this fantastic set of tracks that's easily some of the best work any of the players recorded during the 70s! The album's got all the free interplay of the classic Art Ensemble work, with some of the edge ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jean Michel Jarre —
Equinoxe ... LP Polydor, 1978. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
A seminal session from 70s French synth maestro Jean-Michel Jarre – his 8-part "Equinoxe" suite, a great bit of electronics that was almost France's answer to Kraftwerk at the time! Jarre's style is a bit warmer and more focused on the melody – and the range of keyboards and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jean Michel Jarre —
Zoolook ... LP Dreyfus (France), 1984. Near Mint- ...
World sounds meet 80s electronics – and the result is a groundbreaking batch of tracks from Jean-Michel Jarre, one that sounds a heck of a lot better today than we remember 20 years ago! Jarre's got a great sound here – dark, evocative, and with enough colonialist tension between the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original French pressing, including the inner sleeve.)
A unique western score by Maurice Jarre, written for this late 60s Pancho Villa thriller that starred Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, and Yul Brynner – who's clearly wearing hair for the film! Jarre's score interweaves more traditional scoring with bits of western and Mexican themes – ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A big one for Al Jarreau – a record that has a groove that's a bit more mainstream than some of Al's previous records, but which still leaves plenty of space for his amazing vocals! Jarreau's working again with producer Jay Graydon, who pitches the instrumentation towards more electric-soundi ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Interesting stuff! We've got to admit, we don't know if this material was legitimately recorded and/or released against Al's wishes – but the album's a nice one, perhaps some of the best soul material you'll ever find by Jarreau! The record features Al covering Bill Withers tunes from the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Al's first major label record – cut when he was an emerging soul jazz vocalist, but before he'd gone totally over the top in super-slick hit mode. The album's got a good 70s LA jazzy backing, with guests like Dave Grusin, Arthur Adams, and Larry Bunker keeping the music moving at a nice pace. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keith Jarrett —
Birth ... LP Atlantic, 1972. Very Good+ ...
A generous 1971 effort from Keith Jarrett – backed up by his incredible, multi-instrumentalist co-horts Dewey Redman (tenor sax, clarinet, bells, percussion and more), Charlie Haden (bass, congas, clappers, steel drum) and Paul Motion (drums and percussion). The pieces cover a pretty far ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keith Jarrett —
Bop-Be ... LP Impulse, 1978. Very Good+ ...
No bebop here, despite what you might guess from the title – and instead an album of much freer lines and wider musical vision, captured with Keith Jarrett's famous group of the 70s! Jarrett plays a bit of soprano sax alongside his piano, and the rest of the quartet features Dewey Redman on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's a nicely warming vibe on this album from Keith Jarrett – a sound that's sometimes a bit more laidback and personal, but which is still carried off with familiar associates Dewey Redman on tenor, Charlie Haden on bass, and Paul Motian on drums! Most of the tunes are shorter ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dark and moody work from Keith Jarrett – a record that builds strongly off his ensemble feeling of the Impulse years, but which also seems to carry a bit more of the introspective vibe he was building up in some of his more stripped down solo recordings! The group's still a great one here ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jarrett's numerous solo piano recordings for ECM, and one that actually predates the watershed Koln Concert set. Ultimately very much in the same vein as that more well known recording, these 3 albums worth of material find Jarrett exploring the piano in a contemplative, lyrical, but still ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
After a long period exploring other approaches to recording, principally solo work and groups featuring horns, Jarrett returned to the trio format with longtime sympathetic sidemen Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette. Here, they interpret a set of jazz standards, with Jarrett's lyrical and spacious ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The J Dilla beats that provided the stellar backdrop for his worthy brother Illa J's rhymes – the instrumentals for the Yancey Boys album – a record that stands up very well against many of the better LPs Dilla produced in his lifetime. It could have gone wrong in a number of ways for ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really transformative record in modern jazz – the first-ever Jazz At The Philharmonic album, issued by Norman Granz on the tiny Stinson label in the years before starting Clef, Norgran, and Verve! The record kicks off the concept with a real bang – offering up soon-to-be-standard ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl reissue pressing in a cover with full image.)
Jazz Corps with Roland Kirk —
Jazz Corps ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
An unusual record, but a great one too – a set that mixes the offbeat reed work of Roland Kirk with some inventive ideas from a group of young west coast players! Some of the group members are names you'll recognize on their own from genre-crossing sessions for other labels – like ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Damn, these cats never stopped! Even though the Crusaders made a number of albums at the Lighthouse over the years – they were all pretty darn great, and they featured the band playing some of their best work on records in the 60s! This excellent set mixes funk and soul jazz – in the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard swingin' British jazz, issued in the US during a brief period when Riverside/Jazzland was toying with import titles. The group's a quintet, with Vic Ash on tenor, Harry Klein on baritone, and Brian Dee on piano. While less famous than some of the other Brit combos of the time, the group's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has masking tape over the spine & top seam, with a partially split bottom and writing on both sides.)
Jazz Group Arkhangelsk —
Pilgrims ... LP Leo (UK), 1989. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most fantastic albums by the JBs – a masterpiece of funky jamming, tight instrumentation, and that free yet tight style of the James Brown 70s years! The tracks are longer than on some of the earlier singles – especially the 8 minute jammer "(It's Not The Express) It's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. NOTE: Cover has splitting & peeling on the bottom 2 inches.)
Another batch of fine, underground sweetness from the Jedi Mind Tricks! Tracks include "Tibetan Black Magicians", "Canibus", "Blood In Blood Out", "The Rage Of Angels", featuring Crypt The Warchild Of Outerspace, "Demonwomb Interlude", "Animal ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bold statement by one of the best underground jazz players of the 70s! Carter Jefferson cut his chops with Art Blakey in the years after Blakey had Billy Harper in the group – and seemed to follow Harper into some of the same highly spiritual, soulful territory at the time! Jefferson's a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The beginning of a whole new chapter of greatness for singer Eddie Jefferson – a record that took his older style of putting words to jazz solos, and updated it nicely for a new generation in the 60s! Eddie's got a rootsy look on the cover, but the sound here is snappingly hip and ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo. Back cover has a DJ stamp & a name in pen.)
Great later work from vocalist Eddie Jefferson! Although the title of this one might be read as a haunting premonition of Eddie's untimely early death, the grooves within show nothing of the tragedy that was to overtake him a few years later. Hard swingin' jazz vocal stuff, put together by one of ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy pop from the one-named Jefferson – a set that boasts some especially swinging production from the legendary John Schroeder! The style here is very much at the peak of Brit pop for the time – sung with a bit of warble on Jefferson's vocals, and supported by some bouncy ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a partially split top seam & some light wear.)
Jefferson Airplane flying high in the late 60s – both a creative and commercial triumph for the band – balancing the tripped out adventurousness of their earlier work, with a more focused approach that brought them to bigger and bigger audiences! Front loaded with moodier, acoustic-base ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the spine.)
A great later album from Jefferson Airplane – done with an allstar roster of fellow counterculture heroes and late 60s icons in the studio – including David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Steven Stills, and Nicky Hopkins! It's an incredible mix of breezy harmonies and killer melodies, but those ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great John Jenkins was one of the lesser-known sax stars to come out of the Chicago scene of the late 50s – but he was also one of the best! Jenkins played alto impeccably – with boppish agility, and a deep sense of soul that worked great on this one and only Blue Note session as a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of angular moments here – a relatively free, improvised session led by Leroy Jenkins on violin, and featuring work by Andrew Cyrille on percussion and Anthony Davis on piano! The record explodes with energy from the start – quite different than some of Jenkins' more sonically-orien ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jerusalem ... LP Deram/Lion, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Feircely rocking work from Jerusalem – a little-known band who cut this great debut for Deram in 1972! The group have a really heavy Black Sabbath sort of sound – with excellent lead guitars from Bob Cooke, and a sinister sound that has the grooves really dipping down into the depths, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful early work from Jethro Tull – a formative set that really has the group deepening both their themes and their music! Titles include "A New Day Yesterday", "Back To The Family", "Fat Man", "Reasons For Waiting", "Nothing Is Easy", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & tan label pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
Jethro Tull's classic prog album–or is it a parody of a prog album? The LP-length "song", filled with dense lyrics, alternates between hard rock, English folk, and classical. (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing early pressing – in the newspaper gatefold cover! Cover has some light staining on the opening.)
Jethro Tull —
This Was ... LP Reprise/Chrysalis, 1968. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Funky bluesy flutey magic from The Tull – includes a wonderful version of Roland Kirk's "Serenade To A Cuckoo" – plus "My Sunday Feeling", "Dharma For One", "It's Breaking Me Up", and "Song For Jeffrey". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US tan & orange label pressing. Cover has some wear.)