Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band —
Kogun ... LP RCA, 1974. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Brilliantly bold work from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – an artist who's really coming into her own for the 70s – stepping out in a big band format that would win her a wide new audience on both sides of the Pacific! The album's one of the first to feature the ensemble co-led with husband ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not necessarily a complete "history" of the man – but a classic "best of" compilation that includes some of his greatest tracks ever! Titles include "Security", "Mr Pitiful", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", "Try A Little Tenderness" ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A live record of a couple of shows from 1971 in Boston and New York. The lineup includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Clifford Solomon playing saxes, Ron Selico on percussion, Larry Taylor playing bass guitar, Freddy Robinson on guitar and Mayall plays harmonica, guitar and piano. The first side ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A good collection of work from Miles' early days at Columbia working with Coltrane, up through the pre-Bitches Brew years with the classic Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams lineup. Titles include "Walkin (live)", "All Blues (live)", "Someday My ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
About as classic as you can get with the Staple Singers! The record was cut at that perfect moment when the group was forging an electric soul sound that would bring them high in the charts in the 70s – filled with all the righteousness of their gospel years, but also touched with elements ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty silly little album, cut by border radio DJ Wolfman Jack, with funky soul and rock backing from southern California! Wolfman talks his way through most cuts – even when he's doing a cover of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" – but the instrumentation is pretty nice on ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best ever albums by Joe Simon – a classic set of country soul that transformed a generation of singer! Joe Simon emerged from relative southern soul obscurity with the classic "Chokin' Kind" title track to this one, and served up a nice batch of Nashville soul tracks ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice record, and one of the rarer sides by Gene Ammons. We can't remember the exact story behind this, but we know that the material was recorded by Jug during the early 60's, when he was violating his contractual agreements with a number of labels, and recording sessions for just about ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Solid ... LP United Artists, 1975. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A tasty set from Mandrill – one of their first records away from the Polydor label, but every bit as great as later efforts for that company, especially Mandrilland. The overall sound is a bit smoother than some of their full-out funky albums – but in a way that really helps blend ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – and as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and righteousness at a level as tight as Gil Scott-Heron's first album! The group here is the key second lineup of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Goofy set of ersatz pop tracks by this lost kid actor from the 70's. Gosh, we can remember when he was everywhere – showing up on The Odd Couple, Merv Griffin, and shows like that. Now, you can only see him on the cover of this LP, a neat gatefold with a die-cut flap. Includes a surprising ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of their best, and a real masterpiece of 70's group soul. The arrangements are sweet, but the group is as hard as they ever were, but free to soar in their singing with the massive arrangements provided by the Detroit Groovesville crew. Ron Banks and LJ Reynolds are in perfect form, and this ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Albert King hardly has to make the statement in the title – as the record's plenty funky throughout, and has that great mix of blues with hipper 70s styles that you'd find in his best material for Stax Records! King's at the core, both on vocals and guitar – but the set also features ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole & some moderate wear.)
Flock ... LP Columbia, 1969. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Far-reaching sounds from The Flock – a group who were maybe one of the best American acts at the end of the 60s to blend trippy rock with the big new wave of jazz fusion! These guys definitely use horns in a way that link them to the chunky groove of early work by Chicago or Blood Sweat & ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
One of the superest of the late 60s supergroups – with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech! Titles include "Had To Cry Today", "Presence Of The Lord", "Do What You Like", "Sea Of Joy", and "Well All Right". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has light wear & a small spot of tape.)
Mike Bloomfield, AL Kooper, & Steve Stills —
Super Session ... LP Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Titles include "Albert's Shuffle", "Stop", "Man's Temptation", "This Holy Modal Majesty", "Really", and "Season Of The Witch". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Overlooked 70s work from Jimmy Giuffre – a hip trio session that has all the free elements of his earlier recordings, but possibly an even greater focus on tone! Jimmy plays a range of reeds here – tenor, clarinet, and flute – and he works with bass and drum accompaniment, but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dexter Gordon certainly was a tower of power by this point – as his lengthy 60s stay in Europe helped him to work work work, and season his playing considerably – to a point at which he emerged as a masterful soloist far beyond the limits of his early bop recordings! This session ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A warmly collaborative effort from Dexter Gordon – one of his most satisfying albums from the late 70s Columbia revival, thanks to the presence of a hip array of guest artists! The album was recorded both live and in the studio – but the feeling is relatively spontaneous throughout ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)
Spare duets between Haden and Hawes – just bass and piano, with nothing else to hold them up! The tracks are long and wonderfully introspective – a good example of how much Hawes' sound had grown in the 70s, and really offering some nice moody work from Haden on bass. Titles include ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
More hit magic from the Brothers Johnson – still working with Quincy Jones at this point, and virtually setting up the blueprint for jazzy soul in the 80s! Backings are by an all-star team, and Rod Temperton's helping out Quincy with arrangements – going for that snapping groove ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Hicks with Bobby Hutcherson —
John Hicks ... LP Theresa, 1986. Very Good+ ...
A wonderful session that really gets at the lyrical beauty in the playing of John Hicks! The session's quite spare – and features only Hicks on piano, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, and Walter Booker on bass. Hicks' piano carries most of the rhythm for some of the tracks – stretching out ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest solo albums ever issued by Latin jazz trumpeter Luis Gasca – a set that really expands on his debut for Atlantic Records, and which brings in a whole host of early 70s west coast Latin influences! The style here is very laidback and open – a bit like some of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ben Webster plays live in Harlem – not the uptown scene in New York, but the Dutch city that became a surprisingly strong showcase for American players overseas! The date's got that easygoing style of some of Webster's best late live performances – a laidback rhythm trio, and Ben ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly larger group, which gives Johnson a chance to show off his arranging skills – but a set that also leaves plenty of room for solos too! Features JJ Johnson on trombone, Clark Terry on trumpet, Ernie Watts on tenor and alto, and Pete Jolly and Billy Childs on keyboards! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from Natalie Cole – a set that still has her working strongly with songwriter Marvin Yancy, who really helped her find her sound and style during the early years of her career! Natalie actually helped with writing a fair bit on the record herself – sometimes with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
9 tracks in all, including "Rudy & The Snake", "The Uhh! Song", "What's A Skeezer?", "Just Chillin' (part 1)", "Stop To Start", "Don't Push Me", "She Only Rock & Rolls", "Just Chillin' (part 2)" and "For ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few 70s albums as a leader from reedman Ronnie Cuber – a player who'd already been making some great appearances on studio sessions with giants like George Benson, Mongo Santamria, and Lonnie Smith – as well as even a few Steely Dan records! But despite that ability to sound ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An 80s soul classic – and one of those records that never seems to get old! The set's the first album from Juicy – recorded when they were more of a group than a studio duo, and working here with production from Deodato – who gives their sound some nice jazzy touches! That's no ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is still in the shrinkwrap with a hype sticker.)
Malo may be evolving a bit, but they're still right in the pocket as far as we're concerned! This excellent west coast Latin ensemble mixes together jazz, funk, soul, and slight touches of Chicano rock – into a heavy groove that was one of the best-conceived at the time. Jorge Santana lays ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great ones from the end of the 70s for George Duke – a ridiculously fertile period for Duke, which is a great thing – because he closed out the decade on a wave of excellent releases! On Follow The Rainbow, George is grooving just a bit more smoothly than before, and it's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 70s classic from The Crusaders – and a record that has the group perfectly poised between the rougher soul jazz of their roots and some of the tighter styles they brought into play during the 70s! The sound here is heavily electric – thanks to great keyboards from Joe Sample ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —
Heat Wave ... LP Gordy, 1965. Very Good+ ...
Wonderfully romping grooves from one of Motown's first great groups – a stunning set of tracks that really put The Vandellas on the map! The title cut's one of those stormers that played for years on both sides of the Atlantic – and was a key inspiration to the UK soul scene too – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label Gordy pressing with deep groove. Back cover has a name in marker.)
A great collection of work by Lee – mostly from the mid 60s, packaged together here as a Memorial Album issued by Blue Note as part of a long tradition of such albums for jazz labels (more famous examples include those released for Wardell Gray or Clifford Brown by Prestige). Titles include ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear.)
Classic bit of Chicago soul by a group that always gets a bit overlooked in the city's soul history, probably because they weren't on a local label, like Curtom. The record includes their wonderful version of "Lucky Fellow", recorded a few years before Leroy Hutson's version, plus the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sunset issue of some of the sides that the O'Jays cut for Minit in the mid 60s – sounding quite different here than on their later Philly hits! They're working here in a more rough soul harmony style – sung with an incredible depth, and recorded with backings that really let the vocals ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Richard Groove Holmes —
Misty ... LP Prestige, 1966. Very Good+ ...
One of the biggest hits of the 60s for Richard Groove Holmes – and for good reason too, given the title single of the record! After the success of Groove's version of "Misty" – originally issued in long form on the Soul Message album, but presented here as a shorter single ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from Latimore – possibly the king of the Miami soul scene of the 70s! The record's got him moving away from the blusier sound of his earlier days – in keeping with the direction he started on his second album – and it's got a lot of great electric piano riffing, plus ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crisp, but funky set from Sister Sledge – produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic, who also lead the studio band – tight funky soul grooves all the way! After the dizzying heights of We Are Family, there might have been nowhere to go but down commercially, but Love ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-done showcase of Aretha's best early work for Atlantic Records – a collection that really gets at the deepest soul side of her style, and focuses on the transformation of sound that occurred when Franklin moved over to the label from Columbia. The set's overflowing with greatness ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
THE lasting classic from Gloria Gaynor – the record that contains her tremendous hit "I Will Survive", and a great batch of disco grooves overall! The album's got a simple, honest sort of approach, despite its release in an era of overblown dancefloor sets – and arranger ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of early soul instrumentals from Monk Higgins! We've always had a soft spot for Monk Higgin's goofy arrangements of funky tracks – and this LP is a great mix of original material, plus Jimmy Webb songs, as might be implied by the title, and the cover photo, which has Monk ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a bit of marker.)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes —
Black & Blue ... LP Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Classic Philly soul from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a killer batch of studio tracks, despite the live image of the group on the cover! The album's got a slightly more expansive feel than some of the other Teddy Pendergrass-era albums by The Blue Notes – almost a mini-symphony ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest power pop albums ever recorded – a blistering batch of tight little rocking tunes that took pop music back to basics at the end of the 70s! The group have an almost Beatles-esque flair for the short catchy tune – but have also pumped up things nicely with a smoothly ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing, with RVG Stereo stamp.)
A landmark album from Nina – one that broke down countless barriers with the classic tune "Four Women" – a righteous portrait of 4 different women and their struggles, unique for its time, and a key part of the early Women's Liberation movement! The rest of the album has a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard swinging orchestral session that's basically an Oliver Nelson project – and it's one of his best, we might add! The "Jazzhattan Suite" is a suite of tracks written as a tribute to New York. Titles of passages include "The East Side/The West Side", "125th & ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? Trane's work for Atlantic is still some of his best – and the versions of tunes on this album remain as some of the best-remembered tracks in his rich rich bag of songs. Titles include "Giant Steps", "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Equinox", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Rockefeller pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Herbie Hancock —
Thrust ... LP Columbia, 1974. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Killer electric work from Herbie Hancock – right on par with his groundbreaking Headhunters set, but a bit spacier too! The album features a Headhunters-solid lineup – with Bennie Maupin on saxes, Paul Jackson on bass, Mike Clark on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion – all ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hank Crawford turns his back on the cover of this sweet little set from Kudu – but the groove itself is very upfront, strongly in the best mix of funky jazz and club the label had going down into the late 70s! Arrangements are by David Matthews, who keeps things lean and mean, even when the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Cedar Walton with Abbey Lincoln —
Maestro ... LP Muse, 1980. Very Good+ ...
A very unusual set for Cedar – one that has him working with vocalist Abbey Lincoln, in a session that marks a high point for both of them at the time! Cedar's group on the set is in a very Eastern Rebellion mode – with Bob Berg on tenor, Billy Higgins on drums, and David Williams on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jamal's recorded here live at the Blackhawk in San Francisco – a club that always gave a warm welcome to pianists of any nature. The trio features Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – and tracks include Jamal's own "Night Mist Blues", plus "The Best ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has moderate wear.)
Forget the "blues" in the title – because the set's as much a soul jazz cooker as any of Groove's classic records for Prestige! The format's a bit different than usual – in that Groove solos on Hammond over large arrangements by Onzy Matthews – in a sweet organ/big band ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet funky Crusaders – one of the first records the group made after dropping the "Jazz" from their name, and a soulful electric set through and through! The group still have that tightly-crafted soul jazz sound that made their late 60s recordings so great – but they're also ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Jazz Crusaders —
Uh Huh ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Killer Jazz Crusaders material – exactly the kind of record that really had the group coming into their own in the second half of the 60s – finding a rich new groove that few other combos could match! The record captures the group at a perfect time – a point when they were ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great lost 70s sides on the Xanadu label – and a nice set of bop material from west coast pianist Dolo Coker. Coker had a brief resurgence in the mid 70s, thanks to records like this, and he's grouped nicely with Harold Land on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Leroy Vinnegar on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
70s album that compiles some of Clifford Brown's best moments for Blue Note – including sides that were recorded under the leadership of JJ Johnson and Lou Donaldson, plus a few from sessions under Brown's own name. Titles include "Wail Bait", "Hymn Of The Orient", "E ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A double-length set that features 2 Groove Holmes albums for Groove Merchant! First up is Night Glider – an album that has Groove's funky organ riffing nicely over some tight larger arrangements! The style is really great, and a nice departure from the smaller combo Groove Holmes sound of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterful tribute from one bad cat to another – and easily one of Miles Davis' greatest electric albums ever! The album's got a powerful, epic sort of feel – a renewed focus after the looser style of Bitches Brew, and the 70s live albums – and one that mixes a deeper funky ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & some wear along the top seam.)
One of our favorites by King Crimson – and a record with a lot more jazz than some of their others! Players include Mel Collins on lots of flutes and saxes – plus guests Keith Tippett on piano, Mark Charig on cornet, and Harry Miller on bass! (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
A great set of Stevie's best tracks for Motown! 3 LPs deep, with 40 tracks in all, mostly from the late 60s, with a handful of numbers from the early 70s, including a few goodies that are getting tougher to find on wax. Includes "Hey Love", "Angie Girl", "Yester-Me, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear & splitting. Vinyl plays with some clicks & crackles.)
Easy to dance your ass off with music this great – a fast, firey form of funk that's very much in the best Bohannon mode – that unique groove that was unlike anything else to hit the American scene for years to come! The record's a locomotive right from the start – a completely ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible batch of electric funk from Grover Washington Jr – easily one of his best albums ever! The record really picks up from the sweet CTI sound of the 70s – taking Bob James arrangements with a lot of space and electric keyboards, and letting Groover blow some wonderfully ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great American-only album from the Rubber Soul generation – the last one made specifically for the US market because of the different release patterns in the US and UK – with a number of their greatest songs of the period! Features a bunch of classics, and it ultimately holds together ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has some wear & aging.)
Sublime modern jazz from Teddy – right up there with the best mid 50s work of other groundbreakers like Charles Mingus or George Russell, to whom Charles acknowledges more than a bit of inspiration! Charles plays vibes like no one else – especially at this point in his career, when he's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a cutout notch & a gold promo stamp.)
Beautiful late work from alto genius Benny Carter – still sounding superb well into the 70s! Carter's deft work on his horn is a treat throughout – an alto that's almost handled with the fluidity of a clarinet – which was the more dominant reed instrument at the time that Benny ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Benny Carter meets Oscar Peterson – two older giants from the Verve jazz scene of the 50s, recording here in loose quintet format three decades later! The album's got a format that's similar to some of the easy-flowing Verve dates from years back – no surprise, given that Norman Granz ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. White label promo. Cover has a gold promo stamp.)
Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon —
Meeting Vol 1 ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Near Mint- ...
A great meeting of two generations of jazz – and one that really blows the top off some of Dexter Gordon's other European sessions of the time! The setting here is definitely one that's more a Gordon-based date – long tracks with rhythm backing from a trio with Kenny Drew on piano, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner.)
Obscure material by Stanley Turrentine – recorded in 1967, but not issued until 1979, and then only briefly! The album's got Stan working strongly in the Joyride style of his previous Blue Note hit – with larger arrangements from Duke Pearson, in a groove that sets Turrentine's tenor ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp – two key modern figures of the 60s, working here together in a seminal session recorded at the start of the decade! The album's approach is definitely dictated by Taylor – as the tunes have a piano-driven quality that's quite different than most music ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wickedly funky work from the Jazz Crusaders – a pivotal set that has them electrifying their groove a bit more from the 60s, yet still not hitting the smother sound of later years! The core soul jazz mode of the group's start is still nicely in place – hard-hitting grooves from Wayne ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Donald Byrd's second foray into the "with voices" genre – done with the same arranging talents of Coleridge Perkinson, the lyrical modernist who made Donald's A New Perspective such a success! The group that plays with Byrd is excellent, and includes Freddie Roach, Herbie Hancock, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful late work from Woody Shaw – perfectly honed, in the strident, stretching, soulful exploratory style of his best work in the 70s! The group's a quartet with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Stafford James on bass, Tony Reedus on drums, and Steve Turre joining Woody in the frontline – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slice of genius from Michel Legrand – one of his brilliant late 60s soundtracks, not as well remembered as, but cut during the same period as The Thomas Crown Affair. The soundtrack is probably best remembered for the incredible theme "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life" ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album