A very hip album that mixes gospel and jazz – recorded in 1968 as a tribute to Martin Luther King, but a set that more than stands on its own – at a level that's way different than the usual King tribute records! The album was put together by Jesse Jackson's Operation Breadbasket ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some edge wear & marker on front.)
A solo piano set, with Ibrahim running through a number of motifs, all colored with his great African township feel. Rolling basslines and wonderful chromatic melodies weave in and out of pieces like "Cherry", "Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro", "Kippie", "Little ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Label has some marker. Cover has light tape marks along the opening on back.)
One of Braxton's most complicated works of the 70s – and one of the first times on record you can hear him composing for orchestra. The 3LP set features one long piece – titled with a graphic, like much of his work, written for four orchestras, in a manner that showcases some of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes book – and in great shape! Cover has a promo sticker.)
Nice set that features all of the London recordings that Braxton made in February of 1971. The set's got him playing in the context of his old bandmates in Circle – Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul – along with guest appearances by Kenny Wheeler and The London Tuba ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Braxton plays a wonderful array of saxes – alto, tenor, soprano, sopranino, and C melody – in a quartet with Hugh Ragin on trumpet, Ray Anderson on trombone, and Marilyn Crispell on piano! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Quite free material from Anthony Braxton – the legendary Coventry concert, recorded with a quartet that features the excellent Marilyn Crispell on piano – plus Mark Helias on bass and Gerry Hemingway on drums! The sound here is a lot more open and exploratory than some of Braxton's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton plays a host of horns on this powerful mid 80s set – a batch of numbers all based around his unique imagistic compositions! Braxton's reeds include alto, tenor, sopranino, and C melody sax – plus clarinet and flute as well – and other quartet members include David ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure Japanese session from Braxton – very much in the mode of some of his Arista Freedom work, and recorded with a quartet that includes Masahiko Sato on piano, Keiki Midorikawa on bass, and Hozumi Tanaka on percussion. The album features four tracks notated by Braxton formulas – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Braxton recorded in a number of different settings, all of which are incredibly fruitful. Some tracks feature Braxton with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, and Jerome Cooper; another has him with the core of the pre-WSQ, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett; and one has him playing those ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker, some edge wear, splitting on the top seam, and call letters in marker on front & back.)
An extended performance by the Anthony Braxton Quartet – but one that's made up of a number of shorter abstract compositions! The music here is presented in one long take – featuring Braxton on a variety of reeds, plus Ray Anderson on trombone and "little instruments", John ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton & Gyorgy Szabados —
Szabraxtondos ... LP Krem (Hungary), 1985. Very Good+ ...
A rather obscure side featuring Braxton collaborating in duets with Hungarian pianist and composer Gyorgy Szabados, performing Szabados' compositions "Dance Of Reanimaton", "Commendation To Our Women", "Lament" and "Szabraxtondos II". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked Brecker Brothers gem from the end of the 70s – easily one of their most soulful sets from the Arista years, and a record that's got way more lasting power than the Cold War reference of its title! The Brecker's are still rooted in jazz here, but definitely step out with plenty ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The A&M debut of Brewer & Shipley – and a set that's got a lot deeper sound than the duo's later radio hits! There's a youthful, earnest feel going on here – touched with a bit of sunshine, too – all in that wonderfully fresh feel you'll get from the early A&M forays ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from one of the unsung heroes of 70s soul! The record's a bit rawer than some of Johnny's earlier work – and it's got a sexy cover that puts him more in the camp of Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, at least from a visual perspective! The whole album was written and produced by Johnny ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Julius Brockington – an artist that we know best from his early 70s funk albums, but who is working here in a gospel mode, with the Julius Brockington Ensemble – a very hip group of singers, with a righteous 70s approach to the music. The feel is almost in the mode ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and promo sticker.)
Bob Brookmeyer & Teddy Charles —
Revelation! ... LP Prestige/New Jazz, 1954/1964. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful set of mellow modernist jazz from the unique talents of Bob Brookmeyer and Teddy Charles. The full LP brings together tracks from earlier 10" albums – and the music fits in with that rare breed of mid 50s experimentation that includes Gil Melle and Jimmy Giuffre. Brookmeyer ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear.)
A wonderful small combo set from this unusual team – put together in ways that are somewhere between the Brookmeyer/Stan Getz pairings of the early 50s, and Zoot's work for the Dawn label! The group also features Hank Jones on piano, Bill Crow on bass, and Jo Jones on drums – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Albert Brooks' famous takeoff on the Music Minus One series – and a cracker of a comedy record, too! In addition to the title gag – which even includes a script and mirror so you can be the co-star – the record also features Brooks' excellent "Another Kooky Krazy Kall", ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully hip comedy album from the early years of Albert Brooks – very much in the spirit of the LA Warner scene of which Brooks was a part! The album's got some really great bits that show Brooks' off-kilter sense of humor strongly, in the same manner as early classic films like Real ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice! Tenorist Tina Brooks had one rare album released for Blue Note (the classic True Blue), but he also recorded 3 others for the label which never came out. Although one of them, Back To The Tracks, has since come out in the US, there's 2 more albums on here that have not been released ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 7500! Box and book are in great shape!)
A side each of these two important talents in blues – presented here in a format that makes the record a real double-header! Side one features Big Bill Broonzy in the lead – working with sweet electric lines on guitar alongside acoustic and his own really rich vocals – plus this ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing.)
Brothers In Christ —
Blessed ... LP New Dawn, Early 80s. Very Good ...
Peter Brotzmann —
Alarm ... LP FMP (Germany), 1981. Near Mint- ...
An incredible record that's every bit as bracing as you might guess from the title – a real standout in Peter Brotzmann's catalog of the 1980s, and an album that returns him to the sheer raw power of his late 60s classics! Alarm is a live performance dominated by Brotzmann's composition of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great original pressing!)
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet —
Stone/Water ... LP Okka Disk, 1999. Near Mint- ...
An excellent issue of live material recorded by Brotzmann and some of Chicago's best players! The Chicago Tentet has sprung up as part of Peter Brotzmann's recent fruitful relationship with the Chicago underground jazz scene – and the group's gone on to have a life long past its initial ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title sounds like an old R&B song from the 50s, but the album's a searing collaboration between three of the boldest improvisers in 70s European jazz – Peter Brotzmann on reeds, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums! Although Miller and Moholo can have warmer moments when ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first great sessions from FMP Records in the 80s – and an album that really shows the creative growth at the label since its start! The music is played by a very hip trio – with Peter Brotzmann on e flat clarinet, tarogato, tenor, alto, and baritone – plus Harry Miller ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come —
Journey ... LP Passport, 1974. Near Mint- ...
By this point in his career, Charles has come a long way from his "Drifting Blues" hit of earlier years – but he's still one heck of a singer, and in a modern soul/blues format like this, it's interesting to hear him sound like singers like Mose Allison, on whom he had an undeniable ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked 70s set from the legendary Charles Brown – one that has the famous west coast singer updating his sound a bit from his initial postwar fame – in a mode that comes across surprisingly well throughout! Brown was a hell of a crooner back in the late 40s – one of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty unusual album, by an obscure player who's not to be confused with Charles Brown, the blues singer, or Chuck Brown, the leader of the Soul Searchers. This Charlie Brown is a tenor player – listed as obscure even in the notes to the session, a laidback set of soul jazz numbers which ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear, with center splits on the spine and bottom seam.)
Classic Texas blues from Clarence Gatemouth Brown – with titles that include "Gate's Salty Blues", "She Winked Her Eye", "Just Got Lucky", "You Got Money", "Okie Dokie Stomp", "Just Before Dawn", and "Sad Hour". (Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
Features very early work with Chris Powell & His Blue Flames – on "Ida Red" and "I Come From Jamaica" – plus 3 longer Philly sides from 1956, with Billy Root on tenor and Sam Dockery on piano – on titles that include "Walkin", "Donna Lee" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hard to get Japanese only vinyl issue of alternate takes and a few odd masters that Blue Note had of some of Brownie's nice early 50s sides. Taken from the same sessions that yielded the very nice Memorial Album they issued, the playing here represents Brown at his best, with his crisp bop style ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No longer recording for Polydor or TK after moving to the small Augusta Sound label – James is still sounding pretty good here, at least as good as on any of his late Polydor albums. The cut "Bring It On" is an example of the fast funk sound that James was hitting at the end of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Brother James – a wonderful 60s album that not only includes the incredible title track – one of James' best groovers from the time – but a set that also showcases his talents in so many other styles too! There's a few wonderful ballads – but completely ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A darn hard to find album by James – one with a tight soulful R&B groove that just about never lets up! Even on these early albums, James had a great raw sound, with a kind of funk that wasn't his trademark 70s sound, but which is still nice and tasty. Titles include "Shout & ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great double-length album from James – filled with a wide range of cuts that are brought together only by his genius, creating an insane mix of grooves that's totally entertaining throughout! Features a long version of "Get On The Good Foot", plus other excellent bits like "T ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on the seams & some light staining.)
James Brown —
Hell ... LP Polydor, 1974. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
JB's wildest album, with a crazy cover that shows him running away from the devil, and great gatefold inner photo with him standing amidst a bunch of declarations of "Hell". The record is a double album filled with lots of different styles from James' funky bag. Nicer bits include " ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the stranger James Brown albums from the 60s! The record is one of the only vocal albums he cut for the Smash label – and it was issued during a time when James was strangely contracted to two labels – King and Smash. His dual contract situation was that he couldn't record any ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later reissue of this landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings! As has been told and retold often, King records not only had the genius idea of bringing recording equipment into the Apollo Theater to catch James in a smoking live setting – but they also went out of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings! As has been told and retold often, King records not only had the genius idea of bringing recording equipment into the Apollo Theater to catch James in a smoking live setting – but they also went out of their way to record and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label King pressing. Cover has split seams covered with clear tape.)
James Brown —
Payback ... LP Polydor, 1973. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible early album from James Brown – featuring 16 raw R&B tracks culled from his early years at King – and virtually the blueprint for so many other great things to follow! "Please Please Please" was James' first big hit – and as you probably already know, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the wilder James Brown instrumental LPs from the late King period. The James Brown Band is fronted by a heavy fuzzy guitar sound, which gives the LP a sort of rock break feel, with nice fuzzy electric tones. All tracks are by James and Dave Matthews, and the record is sort of a second ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is lightly stained and wrinkled on the bottom 3 inches and half split seams.)
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those excellent King albums from James that features a wide range of tracks, done in a wide range of styles – including some wonderful obscure numbers that go way past the "hits" promised in the title. The groove runs from sad ballad soul to heavy instrumentals – and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(60s blue label pressing. Cover has some wear & half split seams.)
Kevin Brown —
Rust ... LP Hannibal, 1990. Very Good+ ...
Lawrence Brown's All-Stars With Johnny Hodges —
Inspired Abandon ... LP Impulse, Mid 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Johnny Hodges sits in with trombonist Lawrence Brown and his all-star group that includes Harold Ashby on tenor, Ray Nance on coronet, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and Cat Anderson on trumpet. As you'd expect, this set's got a strong swing vibe and a good Basie groove to it. Tracks are short, with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s Canadian pressing, with a green label. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
It's said been said that the solo performance and recording is the real crucible of improvised music. Marion Brown aquits himself beautifully on this album, recorded live at Environ in New York in July of 1977, proving he is among the foremost improvisors on the alto saxophone of our age. 6 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker remnant in one corner. Label has a peeled spot on one side.)
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marion Brown —
Vista ... LP ABC/Impulse, 1975. Near Mint- ...
A strangely wonderful album from Marion Brown – quite different from his other work on Impulse, with a mellow electric edge that gives it a warm and laidback feel! The approach here is much more soulful than before – with finely crafted tunes that weave Brown's work on alto with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavenly soul by one of the best voices to come out of the New York Uptown Soul scene of the 60s! Maxine's got an amazing style that never stops being soulful, yet which also reaches new levels of sophistication, not often heard from other 60s soul divas. This original Wand LP is a treasure, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cool little compilation of Mel Brown's funky guitar tracks recorded for Impulse during the late 60's, brought together in this cool package with a nice "soul food" cover, and great cuts like "Chunk A Funk", "Good Stuff", "Home James", and "18 Pounds Of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mel Brown's fifth album – as we'd assume by the title – and a pretty darn tasty batch of funky numbers! There's still a bit of the bluesy playing that can sometimes ruin a Mel Brown record –but the best cuts are just super-dope guitar funk numbers, either chopping along at a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Sweet 70s funk from the great Oscar Brown – quite a change from his jazz-based work of the 60s, but a great new sitting for all of his wonderful wit and warmth! Brown's still a hell of a songwriter, and one with a very socially-conscious eye – sharper here than before, with lots of ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rarest of the "time" trilogy albums albums that Brubeck started with Time Out – and the most compelling, too! The classic quartet is in excellent form here – and drummer Joe Morello is especially excellent, as he's working in new rhythms and new percussive modes that you'd ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic album from Dave – recorded at Oberlin College, the mid-Ohio haven of bohemiana, and a growing hotbed of jazz activity centered around students in the college's conservatory of music. Dave and crew made the trip at the request of the kids – breaking from their mostly San ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has thick white tape on the top seam, some tape remnants on the bottom seam, and an old price tag on one corner.)
New York's a mighty big place, but it's got a nicely intimate feel in this 60s set from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – one of the combo's overlooked gems from their years on Columbia! The music is all from the TV show Mr Broadway, but there's hardly a showtune feel to the set – and instead ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Brubeck —
Riddle ... LP Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good ...
Easily the crowning moment of genius for the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet – the moment when all things came together magically, and the group somehow elevated themselves to a whole new level in jazz! At the time of the set, Brubeck, Paul Desmond, and the rest had already been making plenty ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove on one side. Cover has some surface wear and a half split top seam.)
Really early work from the team of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond – cut years before their hit fame at Columbia, when Brubeck was first cooking up his modernist combo, and recording for Fantasy Records on the west coast. This harder to find set's got Brubeck mostly working on turning out new ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kind of a meeting of two different generations of Dave Brubeck – as the group here features Paul Desmond's alto sax, a key force in Dave's early recordings – and the baritone sax of Gerry Mulligan, a player who'd worked often with Brubeck in the late 60s and early 70s! The blend of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bumped corner, and sticker spots.)
A surprisingly wonderful solo album from Jack Bruce – one that's got a tighter approach to the songwriting, and done in a strange jazz-rock-folk style that at times recalls the early work of Roy Wood, or some of the later work of Tim Hardin. The album's got a strangely personal feel – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible Lenny Bruce concert from the mid 60s – recorded before a very friendly Berkeley audience, at a time when Bruce was being heavily persecuted by the authorities for his groundbreaking style of humor. Although many of Bruce's performances during this time lapsed into a dullness ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album