A classic bit of Black Rock from James Blood Ulmer – and a record that was issued by Rough Trade in the UK, giving it a surprising influence on the post-punk scene of the time! In a way, Ulmer's groove here has a lot of punky-funk in the mix – thanks to some heavy electric bass from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light razor mark on front and clear tape on the spine.)
One of Joan Armatrading's real classics of the 70s – a record that perfectly blends her acoustic soul with some slightly tighter arrangements – but all at a level that still feels really personal and spontaneous! Joan's unique singing style is very much upfront – that individual ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Despite the title, most work here is from the mid 70s – from excellent Xanadu sessions that feature Jimmy Raney, Jimmy Heath, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Criss, Sam Most, Charles McPherson, Mickey Tucker, Sam Noto, and Ronnie Cuber – among others. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Less of a standard Duke Ellington tribute than you might expect – as trumpeter Clark Terry works here in some wonderfully loose formation – on tunes that are more of an extrapolation of Ellington ideals than simple copycat versions! The lineup features some especially great piano from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool compilation that features one album of new recordings of older Dinah Washington hits – done in 1961 with backings by Quincy Jones – and another record that features some of Dinah's best bits for Mercury from the late 50s and early 60s! (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove, in the textured cover, with light edge wear.)
With Stanton Davis, Malachi Thompson, Bruce Purse, and Bowie on trumpet – plus Craig Harris and Steve Turre on trombone, Vincent Chancey on French horn, and Phillip Wilson on drums. Titles include "Coming Back Jamaica", "Nonet", "When The Spirit Returns", and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and clear tape on the spine.)
The Rascals' last album for Atlantic Records – and a set that has the combo relying more than ever on the talents of organist Felix Cavaliere! There's a great New York blend of rock and soul going on in the set – a confident, soaring sort of approach to the tunes that's past caring ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best jazz rock combos to grace the Harvest label in the early 70s – a German trio who've got plenty of proggish inflections, and who really serve up some great keyboards and guitar over heavy drums! There's a bit of vocals on the set, natch, but the best tunes feature lots of ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real standout set from the 80s years of trumpeter Woody Shaw – a solidly burning live set that blows away most of his studio work from the time! The album's noteworthy first of all for the presence of Bobby Hutcherson on vibes – whose soulful spiritual approach of the period ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and clear tape on the spine.)
Oscar Peterson & Milt Jackson —
Very Tall ... LP Verve, 1961. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Milt Jackson joins the Oscar Peterson Trio – helping the group to hit some great new space with his magical work on vibes! Jackson's got an open, airy feel – an approach that almost lets Peterson punctuate the tunes a bit more with his piano – while the pair get strong rhythmic ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Damn anthemic rock from Thin Lizzy – one of the few 70s groups who seemed to get better as they got older! The album's a stone killer – ripping away with tremendous power on guitar and vocals, but hitting an extremely tuneful approach that opens up each new song with some really ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)
A definite love storm from Tavares – a set that has the group's vocal approach honed to perfection – really soaring high with some sweet clubby arrangements from Freddie Perren! The album came at a time when the group was riding high on mainstream disco fame – but it's hardly a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on all sides. Labels have some pen.)
A strange little record, but a great one too – a posthumous album that took older Wes Montgomery sides and souped them up a bit after his death! The core material here is quartet recordings done in 1965 – Montgomery's guitar in a hip group with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit of a mystery session – clearly recorded in the late 40s, but without as many session details as we might like! Still, the work's great – early Milt Jackson with a nice boppish edge, recording here with Sonny Stitt on alto, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, and Russell Jacquet on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant date from the later years of Woody Shaw – an album that equally shows Woody's own talents, and those of his key group of younger players too! Shaw's trumpet is perfect in both modes here – the hard-blown righteous numbers Woody first gave the world from his start, and the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and clear tape on the spine.)
Quincy Jones meets Henry Mancini – and the result is an album that's as groovy as it is jazzy – every bit as wonderful as you might expect, and with a few surprising touches as well! Given that Mancini's tunes are already pretty darn great on their own – and plenty jazzy too ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Back cover appears to be autographed.)
Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet bridge between Quincy's big band recordings and his groovier soundtrack work of the mid 60s – as the record combines straight jazzy grooving with some of the cooler elements of Quincy's soundtrack scores, like stepping strings, wordless voices, and a breathy mellow groove that floats ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pink label mono promo with deep groove. Cover has a promo ink stamp.)
Eddie Palmieri —
Sueno ... LP Capitol/Intuition, 1989. Near Mint- ...
An excellent session – very much in the mode of Eddie's groundbreaking work from the early 70s, when he was mixing together some incredibly complicated piano lines with newer styles of Latin jazz. The album's about half vocal, half instrumental – with a very strong jazz component that's ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Average White Band & Ben E King —
Benny & Us ... LP Atlantic, 1977. Very Good+ ...
Ben E King joins the Average White Band for this sweet 70s set – a killer record that not only stands as one of King's best efforts of the decade, but one that also gives the group a great new frontman! Ben's not the only singer on the record, but his presence here can definitely be felt ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued top seam, light wear, and a cutout notch.)
A fantastic LP by Betty Carter – and one of the first she issued on her own Bet-Car label, which she formed after years of being screwed by the music industry! The groove is extremely soulful – and backing is by Norman Simmons on piano, Lisle Atkinson on bass, and Al Harewood on drums. ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ray Barretto's not looking too "irresistible" on the cover of this one – thanks to a too-white costume and sock-less espadrilles – but the record's still a great one, with a nicely jazzy vibe throughout! The album was Ray's last for Fania, but it's by no means a contract-fille ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modern Jazz Quartet —
Space ... LP Apple, Late 60s. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautifully spacey work from the Modern Jazz Quartet – a record that more than earns its enigmatic title! The session's an odd one – in that the MJQ are recording for the Beatles' famous Apple label – but that fact is also one of the best aspects of the record, as it seems to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Buck's follow up to his smash Bakersfield sound classic "No one But You/Before You Go" LP. And while the songwriting isn't as strong as that release, it does still have the beautiful stylistic flourishes that the Buckaroos had mastered at this point: Bucks proud vocal stylings, twanging ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & some discoloration from age.)
An album that reunites Natalie Cole with the smooth soul team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey – the team who did such a great job with Natalie's Capitol debut, and who really continue the groove here too! The album's got a rock-solid approach through and through – a quality that has ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on both sides. Labels have some pen.)
One of Braxton's first recordings of his work for larger ensembles, and a masterpiece that gives a good example of the kind of early ideas that have informed some of his recent work in the same style. The orchestras vary from track to track, but they all include excellent players like Roscoe ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)
One of the freest, most exploratory albums ever recorded by John Coltrane – and a unique session done with an expanded group of some of the most important avant jazz players of his generation! The format here is similar to Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz album – in that the music is freely ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Modal Coltrane at its finest – a record that almost returns the great one to the territory explored at the end of his years at Atlantic Records, but which still incorporates all of the new ideas learned afterwards! The album's actually one of the straightest that John Coltrane cut after 1964 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Coltrane plays the blues, but in a way like nobody else – stepping off of the deeply soulful sound of his late Prestige years, and moving into even more open and exploratory space for Atlantic! The setting is bare bones and simple – and many of these numbers begin with the sort of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
One of Jean's classic Philly albums, recorded after she left Doug Carn, and started to make records as a solo artist. The record's got stellar production by Gamble & Huff and Dexter Wansel, and features a nice mix of up-tempo cuts and mellow ones. With the monster "Don't Let it Go to ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
A great entry in this ultra-cool series – one that brings forth a host of spare electronic tracks from the early 80s underground – including a number of obscure 7" singles, and other cuts that were only issued on cassette! Includes work from both sides of the Atlantic – and ... (Funky Compilations) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly wonderful recent album from Stanley Cowell – soul jazz piano of the 70s, but sounding equally great here in his later years! Cowell is playing acoustic piano in a trio with Tarus Mateen on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums – and his tones are round, warm, and very rhythmic ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hyper Magnum Sound pressing, with obi and insert.)
Drummer Takeshi Inomata in a set of duo tracks – with players who include Ichiroh Masuda on vubes, Shigeharu Mukai on trombone, Toshiaki Yokota on flute, and Kohnosuke Saijoh on tenor! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)
Katrina & The Waves —
Waves ... LP Capitol, 1986. Near Mint- ...
This is a repackaged version of an album that was originally issued under Cecil Taylor's name, under the title Hard Drive (and later Stereo Drive, or something like that). The record brings together two of the late 50's most promising modernists – Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane – in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly great after all these years – maybe more so, given that the buzz on these guys finally died down – and has kept this one out of heavy rotation in coffee shops and cafes! (Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Elektra. Cover has a promo stamp, cutout notch, and hype stickers.)
Fantastic early work from John Prine – exactly the kind of sounds that made him so different from both the 60s generation of folksingers, and most of his hip 70s contemporaries too! In one breath, Prine manages to embrace musical worlds that run from New Orleans up through the Mississippi ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A special collection done for the US market after the first great run of albums by The Smiths – a double-length set that's partly a best-of, and mostly a collection of all the wonderful songs the group issued on their various singles and EP releases in the UK – none of which were ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boy ... LP Island, 1980. Near Mint- ...
Janis Joplin —
Pearl ... LP Columbia, 1971. Near Mint- ...
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
(70s pressing. Cover is in great shape, with clear tape on the spine.)
Jean Luc Ponty —
Aurora ... LP Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ...
One of the hippest of Jean Luc Ponty's mainstream efforts from the 70s – a tightly jamming album that's made even better by plenty of keyboards from Patrice Rushen! Rushen's sound really brings a warmer, more soulful groove to the record – stretching out with flowing solos that remind ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album – and one of the most revolutionary rock albums of the late 60s! The Who recorded this one as a tribute to mainstream radio at the time – linking together some solid stand alone tunes with shorter, wittier tracks that were recorded as commercials for products that ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner and clear tape on the spine.)
Great cuts from the second decade of Marvin Gaye's career at Motown – really magic numbers pulled from that 70s period when he was really taking off with his music! There's a righteous undercurrent here that goes way beyond the simple soul of the 60s – and the set offers a great cross-s ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A super huge hit for George – the record that took him from being a funky jazz guitarist into an R&B superstar! The album features George playing and singing over arrangements by Claus Ogerman – some of Ogerman's best of the 70s, ones that mix together his trademark pillow of sound ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great 80s groove from Cameo – but one that's still done in the group's best early funk ensemble mode! There's maybe a bit more emphasis on the basslines and keyboards than before, but the sound of the music is still wonderfully full and spontaneous – very much in keeping with the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear, writing in pen, and scribbles in marker. Labels have some pen.)
One of Flora Purim's 70s classics – an album recorded with that soaring breezy vocal style that she virtually invented – heard here before it got too old, and too copied by other singers! The set's a live one, filled with lots of energy – and recorded before a very enthusiastic ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent 70s album from Horace Silver – one that's often overlooked, but which yields of listening joy, once you open it up! The set's got some wonderful modal/spiritual numbers – in a mode that would make the record highly prized if it were issued on Strata East, and which is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)
Undisputed Truth —
Smokin' ... LP Warner/Whitfield, 1979. Very Good+ ...
The Undisputed Truth are still going very strong at the end of the 70s – working with original producer Norman Whitfield, in a groove that's every bit as wonderful as their early years! There's a killer mix of funk and deeper soul here that few other acts could handle this well – a way ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on both sides & a cutout notch. Labels have some pen.)
A great little record by Jimmy Heath – arguably one of his best, and a real no-nonsense session that lets him shine as the tenor star that he is! The group's a small one – with Wynton Kelly, Kenny Burrell, and Paul Chambers – and Heath's right out front, blowing up a storm, in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has light wear.)
LJ Reynolds' sounding great on his own here – stepping strongly away from his work with The Dramatics, and emerging as one of the best male soul acts of the early 80s! The groove here is a nice extension of his earlier group work – still produced by Don Davis in a mode that's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a large name in marker on both sides, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)
The first 12" LP to compile Bud Powell sides for Blue Note – nearly all of which were some of his best work of the 50s! The incredible pianist is caught here in the company of a few different trios – with drummers like Roy Haynes or Max Roach – and there's also a few nice ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing.)
Anthony Braxton with Muhal Richard Abrams —
Duets 1976 ... LP Arista, 1976. Very Good+ ...
The rich tones of Muhal's piano provide a perfect foil for Braxton, and one that gets him playing a wide range of styles on sopranino, clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto. The whole album resonates with a soulfulness that's not always apparent in Braxton's other work from the time – and the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the spine.)
Hannibal Marvin Peterson & The Sunrise Orchestra —
Hannibal ... LP MPS, 1975. Near Mint- ...
A spiritual jazz classic from trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson – done with a long-flowing vibe that's captured perfectly by the MPS label! The set features the leader also handling a bit of koto and singing just a bit – and the group features the sublime Michael Cochrane on piano, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure genius – like just about every other early Motown album by the Jackson 5! The vocals are sublime – almost even more perfect than on the first few records – and the group have some great help in the studio from arrangers like The Corporation, Willie Hutch, Johnny Bristol, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear & a cutout notch.)
We love this record! Although Gato Barbieri has put out a few snoozers in his career, this amazing first chapter of his Latin venture for Impulse is an incredible record throughout – one of the greatest Impulse sessions of the 70s! Gato returns to his native Argentina for the session – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)
Milt Jackson & The Monty Alexander Trio —
Soul Fusion ... LP Pablo, 1977. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Milt Jackson joins the Monty Alexander Trio – bringing a new level of sound to the group that had already been winning our hearts with their 70s work on MPS! The style here is easygoing and soulful – that flowing Alexander groove that reached its zenith in the 70s – and Milt ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key later album from alto saxophonist Benny Carter – one that has him at the helm of a largeish group, but playing with a nicely focused sort of groove! In addition to Benny's alto, the record also features tenor sax from Charlie Rouse and Coleman Hawkins, plus one more alto from Phil ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing in a non-gatefold cover, with clear tape on the spine.)
A tremendous little album from Brainstorm – funky and clubby at the same time – yet delivered with this righteous energy that few of their contemporaries could ever hope to match! There's a perfect melding of modes going on here that may well rival Earth Wind & Fire at their best ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An beautiful set of jazzy vocal numbers featuring backing from players who aren't often heard n this setting, by Benjamin, one of a small number of shining lights on the jazz vocal scene in the 80s. The group here includes Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Carlos Ward on reeds ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The heavy soulful trumpeter hits the Belin Jazz Festival in this classic MPS recording from 1976. He's backed by a sextet that includes George Adams on tenor, Diedre Murray on cello, and Michael Cochrane on piano – and the set is a lot straighter than usual, but still with the good spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album