Nobody deserves the title of King Of the Tenors more than Ben Webster – as his warm soulful style influenced countless players in his day, and stil sounds pretty darn great today! This early Verve LP features some excellent small combo work by Ben, playing as the main soloist in smaller ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has white tape on the bottom seam, and some light wear.)
Teddy Pendergrass —
Teddy ... LP Philadelphia International, 1979. Very Good+ ...
Proof that Teddy Pendergrass was a fantastic solo act – and some of the most godlike work that he ever recorded! The record shows Teddy moving into territory all his own – with wonderfully smooth quiet storm arrangements offsetting the deeply soulful vocals he forged with Harold Melvin ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic 1979 album from Phyllis Hyman! Hyman was one of the few female singers who started in the pre-disco years and managed to move through the disco years with a good groove – but never get totally swamped by the production styles of the day. She stuck close to her roots as a jazzy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some marker on one corner.)
One of the best albums ever by this crack soul jazz combo – the mighty Jazztet, an early 60s group led by Art Farmer and Benny Golson! The set was recorded in Chicago, and it features the group hard-grooving through some really well-arranged numbers – lively tunes with a snapping, in-th ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small cutout hole in the corner.)
Ship Ahoy ... LP Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ...
A pivotal album from The O'Jays – and an undeniable Philly classic! The record was the third the group cut for the Philadelphia International label – but it was really the first one that pushed their strong righteous soul agenda, sort of a mix of message-oriented lyrics and heavy soul ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ohio Players —
Honey ... LP Mercury, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the best albums the Ohio Players cut during the years at Mercury! Most folks go for their big hit "Love Rollercoaster", but we've always been partial to the smooth, mellow funky track "Sweet Sticky Thing", served up here in the cool long version, which has a groove that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker and some pen. Labels have some pen.)
Eddie certainly was the "hit man" on this one – a tight album of hard stepping soul tracks, mostly cut in Eddie's famous "boogie" mode of the mid 70s! The cuts mix wonderful soul vocals with some tight jazzy instrumentation – laid down by players like Wah Wah Ragin, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record – despite the fact that the album was one of the factors that buried the Curtom record label! After the success of Superfly, the company thought another Curtis Mayfield soundtrack would be a sure million-seller – and really went to town on the record. Well, the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy's most classic albums for Blue Note – and a key example of why his solo skills on the organ surpassed most of his contemporaries! The record's got a stripped-down trio group of Jimmy, guitarist Quentin Warren, and drummer Donald Bailey – working through mostly familiar ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd St pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, and ear, in the cover with yellow text. Cover has some tape on the seams, mostly noticeable on back.)
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cut corner, edge wear, and bent corners.)
It's the end of the 70s, and the Isleys are still going strong – keeping it real by dropping some of the fake funk of a few years before, and going for a smooth soul sound that would be one of their biggest strengths during the early 80s. This sound can be heard to perfection on the tracks ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, large name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)
A great version of the Hair soundtrack – with instrumentation that's way groovier than any of Don Kirshner's throwaway pop work from later years! The set features some of Galt MacDermot's best tunes from the musical – done in a tripped-out style that reminds us of Hugo Montenegro's ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Curtis Mayfield —
Curtis ... LP Curtom, 1970. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Curtis Mayfield's first solo album after leaving the Impressions, and it's a firey album of political soul that shows just how much he was holding back when he was with the group. The tracks are longer, angrier, more experimental, and a lot more funky. Standout tracks include "If There's a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jack McDuff's first albums as a leader – and a really solid cooker that also features vibes and tenor sax! Given that McDuff hardly ever recorded with vibes again, the session's got a real standout sound that deserves to be heard – as Jack's smoking work on the Hammond comes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp!)
Dexter Gordon —
GO ... LP Blue Note, 1962. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Seminal stuff – and one of Dexter Gordon's excellent Blue Note sessions with pianist Sonny Clark! Sonny's in fine fine form for the record, and in our opinion, he seems to be the most relaxed and inventive when accompanying Dexter Gordon – even over other Blue Note horn players, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Liberty pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover and label have some light wear.)
Hard funky soul album that features half Moments tracks and half O'Jays tracks. The O'Jays stuff is the stuff that they recorded before going to Philly International, like "Peace" and "Be My Girl" – real sweet soul gems, if you don't know them. Our fave, though, is the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little session by The Three Sounds – and one that features the band grooving away in a style that's a lot more lively than some of their studio recordings from the time! The whole thing was captured live at the legendary Lighthouse – and Gene Harris plays both piano and organ, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some light wear, and back has a mark and a bit of pen.)
Kenny Dorham —
Matador ... LP United Artists, 1962. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant album from Kenny Dorham – one of his more far-reaching efforts, with the expansive compositional style that he started bringing to some of his Blue Note work of the early 60s. The record features a group with Jackie McLean on alto, Bobby Timmons on piano, Teddy Smith on bass, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on King, with insert! Record is almost perfect, but does have a light mark that clicks for a few minutes on "Melanie" – even though the rest of the record is great.)
Brilliantly funky! This is the greatest album they cut for Warner Brothers – and it's one of the few that ever really approaches the genius of their early work for Josie. The record features the incredible breakbeat cut "Just Kissed My Baby" – worth the price of the album ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eight Atlantic albums, and The Spinners are still going strong – sounding really wonderful here, thanks to Philly backings from the great Thom Bell! The album's not filled with hits, but that's a big part of its charm – as the group still sounds great, with smoother than smooth vocals ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and unglued bottom seam.)
Totally great work from a young Eric Kloss – grits, gravy, and a whole lot more! About half the record has Kloss blowing with a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – going for a style that's more towards the soulful end of Byard's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This album does not have some of the country elements that Simon is usually associated with but it does have some bluesy, soulful vocals. The record is really an attempt at a disco-y album and has some pretty decent mid to up-tempo numbers including a barely recognizable version of the Rolling ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first few albums from Slave – and a wickedly tight batch of funk that helped set a new level for countless other groups to come! Slave have an impeccable groove here that's free from some of the over-indulgent jamming and too-bassy funk that wrecked so many other groups at the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Slave – an album that's still got the hard funk of earlier years, yet which also has the group sweetening up their sound in a great sort of 80s groove way! Most tracks kick along with that great rolling bass sound that the group practically invented – and which has ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By this point in her career, Marlena has shed most of her roots as a jazz singer – but she's still singing with a lot of class and poise, bringing a sophistication to modern soul that made her one of the better singers on Columbia at the time, even if it probably did keep her off the charts. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear and tracklist sticker.)
Jr. Walker's deep soulful tenor graced many a Motown hit back in the 60s – including the dozen featured on this tasty "best of" compilation, put together back in 1968, from singles that were issued earlier in the decade. Includes the huge hit "Shotgun", plus "Home ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Probably the best album Ray, Goodman, and Brown cut after they dissolved The Moments, and moved to Polydor. Despite some more modern soul production than their classic recordings, their harmonies are excellent, and their voices are in totally top form. The LP includes their classic "Happy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Rotary Connection albums for Cadet – with an incredible baroque spacey soul sound that still feels very fresh today! The group's vocals are especially eerie – and float around these wild arrangements by Charles Stepney, peppered with strings, soul, fuzzy guitars, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe our favorite-ever album from Minnie Riperton during the 70s – a sweet, smooth jazzy gem that really makes some of the best use of her vocals! There's a sophistication here that's a great 70s counterpart to Minnie's earlier work with Charles Stepney – served up here in a very ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that wasn't initially conceived as a full album by Gil Scott-Heron – but one that's come to be an essential part of his catalog, thanks to the always-relevant title theme! The album's actually a classic collection of work from the early years of Gil Scott-Heron at the Flying Dutchman ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare Italian set from Chet Baker – with a cool group that features Glauco Masetti on alto, Rene Thomas on guitar, Franco Cerri on bass, and Gianni Cazzola on drums – plus an unknown flute player too! Includes Chet's own "Theme For Freddy" – and a version of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title says it all – one of Chet's last recordings, in that cool European group that featured guitar and flute from Nicola Stilo – plus Marc Abrams on bass and Luca Flores on piano! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Killer work from Ben E King – not his overdone hits, but some very cool material from the mid 60s Atlantic years! Titles include "The Way You Shake It", "Not Now", "Don't Take Your Love From Me", "What'cha Gonna Do About It", "Get In A Hurry" ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Italian pianist Armando Trovajoli is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for the many many groovy soundtracks he's scored, he began his career as a talented jazz musician, as you'll hear here on this rare session from 1959! The set's a nice cooker at times – but also lays ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from this famous Cuban combo! Titles include "Respetame", "Oye Mira Y Calla", "Si Mas Tuviera Mas Te Diera", "Gente Chevere", and "Suave Suavecito". (Latin) LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a few very small notes in pen.)
Alceu Valenca —
Vivo ... LP Som Livre (Brazil), 1976. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A great live presentation of the 70s genius of Alceu Valenca – one that really keeps the organic feel of his best work in the studio, while adding in some of the spontaneity and warmth of a concert! Valenca plays acoustic guitar and sings amidst a smallish group that includes Ze Ramalho on ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A relatively straight score by Schifrin, done for this over-cast mid 70s film that starred everyone from Orson Welles and James Mason down to Katharine Ross and Ben Gazzara! There's a vaugely historical feel to the work, done in an orchestral mode with some slight exotic themes from time to time ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare session for 2 luminaries of the French jazz scene of the 60s – flautist Bobby Jaspar and guitarist Rene Thomas, both working here with a set of Italian players on rhythm – Amedeo Tommasi on piano, Maurizio Majorana on bass, and Franco Mondini on drums. The feel of the material ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of hard percussion tracks from congolero Guem – recorded in Sao Paulo in 1982, with accompaniment on djembe, bonga, and assorted other percussion instruments. The tracks are spare, but very driving – with tight rhythms on all cuts, which has made the album quite ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of crispy cool jazz from the LA scene of the 50s – one that features the octet of Bill Perkins recorded live in Hollywood, but in a "special hi-fi theater recording" that has sound as sublime as his studio work! The group includes Perkins on tenor, Bud Shank on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible early work from the legendary T Bone Walker – very early recordings of the electric guitar in blues, and maybe still some of the best! Walker's already a master here – playing with this hard tone on the strings, but one that also has a surprising amount of sensitive jazz ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing! Cover has some light aging, but is great overall.)
One of the more obscure John Coltrane albums for Atlantic – but a beautiful batch of spiritual numbers that really show him pushing towards the sound of A Love Supreme! The date on the album's 1966, but the material was recorded earlier – in that key turning point year of 1960, when ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller pressing – in great shape!)
John Coltrane —
Crescent ... LP Impulse, 1964. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Sharp-edged John Coltrane at his best – a record that we'd rank right up there with Love Supreme, and which is a key transition point in Coltrane's musical ideas! There's a very strong edge to Coltrane's tone here – and even on the mellower ballads, he plays with a sound not always ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Classic modern samba material by one of Brazil's greatest exponents of the genre! Martinho Da Vila has a voice that's incredible, and incredibly hard to describe – but it grabs you fiercely, and leads you through the album's rich jaunty arrangements and heavy percussion tracks. This first ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing! Back cover has some very light aging, but this is a great copy overall.)
An unusual group that we only know from this one Italian soundtrack – and a combo who's not nearly as electronic as you might guess from their Kraftwerk-sounding name! Instead, the approach here is a bit like that of Goblin on their horror scores from the same time – a style that uses ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dark and moody folk-psych from the American underground – a record once included on a list of "Top Ten Records Most Likely To Be Owned By A Serial Killer"! We're not sure if the set's as nasty as that might imply – as there's actually a heartfelt, almost earnest quality to ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Elton back when he was genius, and unlike anyone else – with titles that include "Ballad Of A Well Known Gun", "Son Of Your Father", "Burn Down The Mountain", "Love Song", and "Where To Now St Peter". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including booklet. Cover has light wear and a small sticker.)
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s UK pressing with HTM etch, including the insert.)
Dinah Washington —
Jazz Sides ... LP Mercury, 1950s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
Milt Jackson's working here with his "Big 4" group – a quartet (natch) that includes Oscar Peterson on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – all opening up nicely in this laidback live environment! Despite the Montreux hype of the 70s, the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No bummer here, as the set's a really great one – filled with late 50s Chess Records sides by Sonny Boy Williamson – a number of which are previously unissued! The package does a great job of reviving this material for a newly-informed blues audience of the modern age – giving ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. This copy was sealed, but opened to determine pressing and remains unplayed. Cover has a cut corner.)
An insanely wonderful first album from Randy Newman – and a perfect example of the way his unique style was a key confluence of all the best elements simmering underneath both late 60s LA and late 60s Warner Brothers! There's an instantly nostalgic quality to the record, but one that's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & tan label stereo pressing. Cover has a promo sticker, WGN marker on back, and some tape remnants on the spine.)
One of the more heavily brooding albums ever cut by Leonard Cohen – and also one of the best – the iconic Songs Of Love And Hate from 1971! Cohen's aptly titled third LP, with the nice spare approach to production that most of his early work had, even more stripped down, with voice and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album of jazzy tracks that features the hard left-hand piano of Ray Bryant over sweet soul arrangements by Richard Evans, in the same style that Cadet used for some of Ramsey Lewis' best work from the time! Ray also arranged a few of the cuts, in a mode that's just like Evans' – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove.)
Nancy Wilson —
Easy ... LP Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good ...
Killer 60s work from Nancy! Despite the "easy" in the title, this record's a perfect batch of pop soul tunes – arranged by Jimmy Jones with a breezy style that works perfectly for Nancy's voice. The record features her big hit "Face it Girl, It's Over", which was ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a small split in the bottom seam.)
An excellent record of smooth soulful instrumental grooves – done by Cecil Holmes with a bit of vocalizing, and a deep subdued funk sound that's a bit like Barry White – but a fair bit funkier! Cecil could be a hokier arranger on other albums – but for this record, he's really on ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bent corners, a hole punched at the opening, and half split bottom seam.)
A great one from Nancy Wilson – a set that has the singer working with full arrangements from Billy May, who's got this surprisingly subtle approach at times that works really well with the soulful currents in Nancy's vocals! The approach is almost more like Oliver Nelson, especially with ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
French pop meets LA production – and the result is some of the best work ever recorded by A&M Records – a gently groovy, slightly sexy sound that really helped define the label in its early years! Claudine Longet's got a gentle Parisian style of singing that's perfect, simply ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Doin Allright? Dexter's doing great on this one – working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with excitement! The group on the set's an all-star lineup that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful solo piano from Chick Corea – almost in a Keith Jarrett mode on ECM – mostly original improvisations, plus extrapolations on work by Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has clear tape on the spine, light wear, and a sticker spot.)
A very cool mixing of acoustic modes – a set that features the famous jazz violin of Stephane Grappelli joining the rootsy group of mandolin man David Grisman! The mix of modes is quite haunting – and Grappelli's old school lines really do a lot in the company of Grisman's new acoustic ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the spine and a cutuout notch.)
An excellent collection of Clifford Brown material for Mercury from the 50s – including work with his Max Roach group, material with strings, and sessions with Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(In the heavy gatefold cover with booklet. Cover has light wear and aging.)
The first of Basie's excellent Dance Session albums for Verve – no-nonsense albums that really get at the high-grooving side of the group, and which feature the kind of compelling and catchy tunes that always made them a favorite on the dancefloor! The Count manages to play a bit of organ on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Later genius from Dexter Gordon – an album recorded upon his return to the US in 1976, and done in a style that breaks the bounds of some of his sessions in Europe! Gordon seems to take new life in the recording – moving past the simple role of main soloist on familiar tunes, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes the printed inner sleeve, with a poly liner attached. Cover has clear tape on the spine and promo stamp.)
One of the greatest of Barry's scores for the James Bond films – early enough to be raw, but confident enough to change up the mood nicely! The theme song features vocals by Tom Jones – and the rest of the tunes almost reads as a who's who of hipster influences, as so many of them have ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dizzy Gillespie —
Dizziest ... LP Bluebird/RCA, Late 40s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Great great 2LP set that features some of Dizzy's incredible late 40s work for Bluebird! The set not only includes some killer bop material, of the sort that made Dizzy an instant fave, even with folks who hated Bird – but it also includes some of Dizzy's early cubop recordings, which mixed ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the spine and a cutout notch.)
Hard edged jazz stuff, featuring the great tenorist in a spare (and rare) setting away from Duke Ellington's band. Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Nat Adderley, and Sam Jones lay down a nice soulful groove with a deep bottom, and Gonsalves plays with warmth and imagination throughout. The set includes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)
Shankar was one of the few flying the flag of jazz/Indian music crossovers in the 80s – pushing the genre a bit farther forward at a time when most other players had abandoned it! Given that his instrumentation here is violin and drum machine, the sound's a bit different than some of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker and clear tape on the spine.)