Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although this one was issued as part of the cheesy Arthur Murray dance series on Capitol, it's actually got a great set of rhumba tracks played by Chuy Reys and his orchestra. The overall sound is nothing fancy, but the instrumentation is quite tight, and the whole album's a strong no-nonsense ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Buddy Rich/Lionel Hampton —
Transition ... LP Groove Merchant, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ...
A mixed bag of work from Buddy and Hamp – part straight jazz, and part sweet electric funk! The first two-thirds of the album features Rich and Hampton with Terry Wilson on piano, Zoot Sims on tenor, and George Duvivier on bass – grooving hard in that open-ended way of some of Hampton's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nelson Riddle —
Harlow ... LP Warner, Early 60s. Sealed ...
Some of the grooviest Nelson Riddle albums recorded for Capitol – both of them swinging sets based around popular TV themes of the 50s and 60s! Nelson's no stranger to that sort of work, and both albums are warm, wonderful, and filled with plenty of jazzy touches that open up the tunes ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Coer has wear, aging, split top & bottom seams with some marker.)
Released after Minnie's untimely death – and way more than just a greatest hits compilation! Apart from the expected great hits and songs – like "Here We Go", "Inside My Love", "Memory Lane", "Lovin' You", and "Adventures In Paradise" ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ritchie Family —
Brazil ... LP 20th Century, 1975. Very Good+ ...
A standout set of tropical disco tunes – one that takes its groove in 2 different ways! The whole thing was put together by producer Jacques Morali – and part of the album's got a style that nicely updates older Latin themes with a funky 70s disco groove – one that uses larger ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light staining.)
Danny Rivera —
Alborada ... LP Graffiti, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
Rocky's definitely hitting the 80s groove a lot harder here than on some of his earlier albums, but the record still features work by Richard Evans – whose arrangements and production made some of Rocky's earlier records so nice! Evans handles about half the record, and the other half's in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few records ever cut by James Robinson – a smoothed-voiced singer who should have been one of the bigger ballad stars of his time! Robinson's got a deep range to his style – and works here in some gently-stepping numbers that really stand head and shoulders above most of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smokey's a little bit off course here – heading into a range of mellow pop soul styles that are clearly inspired by artists who were inspired by Smokey's own majestic solo turn in the 70s – but who never manage to match his quality. And since Smokey's taking inspiration from the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly more-grooving record than some of Smokey's others from the time – done in a style that rolls around in a mostly-midtempo mode. There's almost a gentle 80s groove approach at times, although some of the tunes on the set are definitely in that stone mellow love song style that was ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Like the sticker on the cover says – 2 record album, 22 hit songs! This one's got just about all you'd need from the early days of Smokey & The Miracles – perfect falsetto harmony soul that shaped a generation of singers, and which was some of Motown's greatest work in the early ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2 globes pressing. Cover has some wear and a bit of marker.)
Charlie Parker may live again in the title of this set – but given the strengths of the group, the album would be great even without a reference to Bird! The setting's a bop one, as you'd guess – but there's also a lot more going on here too, given that some of the tunes are longer and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Sprint ... LP Elektra, 1983. Very Good ...
A tremendous live performance from the group co-led by Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – two players who really bring a lot to each other's music! There's a mode here that really blows us away – a careful, sensitive approach that allows each horn player to hit their most lyrical moments ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's many facets of Roger – and they're all pretty darn funky! From this vantage point, all we can think of is that Roger Troutman must have had some sort of crystal ball to see into the hip hop sampling future – either that, or he was busy cooking up west coast gangster funk drones ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, light stain on the top 2 inches, and some peeling on back.)
Crisply popping grooves from Roger – a great solo record from the voice of Zapp! The Saga Continues finds Roger still rocking his trademark effects laden vocals and vamping guitar work into the middle of the decade – with even tighter syncopated percussion, funky keys, and sharp synth ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever from the mighty DJ Rogers – one of the most positive, powerful voices in 70s soul music! The set's a sublime Rogers showcase all the way through – as DJ wrote, arranged, and produced the whole record – in partnership with the Earth Wind & Fire ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hip take on the famous score – played here with jazzy arrangements from Shorty Rogers, and a lineup that includes Frank Rosolino on trombone, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Art Pepper on alto, Richie Kamuca on tenor, and Bill Holman, Bud Shank, and Bill Perkins on additional reeds! There's also ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A big one for Norman Whitfield – who found in Rose Royce what he'd been lacking for years – a hit group ready to handle a number of styles, all well, and all with an adventurous style that would break them past the legions of lackluster funky soul groups of the late 70s. The record ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the all-out chaos you might expect from the title, but a hell of a great 50s session from trombonist Frank Rosolino – produced by a young David Axelrod, and possibly one of Frank's greatest albums of the time! The group's got a bit more bite and a lot more soul than some of Rosolino's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations —
Together ... LP Motown, 1969. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Motown's second pairing of its two biggest groups of the late 60s – a massive 7-voiced meeting in soul music, with results that are surprisingly great! Frank Wilson produced the whole set, and he does a good job of keeping all players in check – never letting the whole thing get too ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strange title, but a great little record – and a real righteous step forward for David Ruffin! Given Ruffin's work for Motown – both as a solo act and in The Temptations – we're hardly likely to associate him with rock and roll – but we can say that the record has David ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)
Nicely grooving work from David Ruffin – working here with arrangements and production by Van McCoy, sparkling with a strong pop soul approach that hits hard on all burners. Includes the big hit "Walk Away From Love", one of David's sweetest numbers – plus the tracks "Who ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of light wear.)
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan —
Ask Rufus ... LP ABC, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of our favorite albums ever from Rufus and Chaka Khan – a sublime 70s set in which the group's sound totally comes together, and finds a really special sound that's all its own! The blend of elements here is perfect – the group's funky jazz instrumentation, and Chaka Khan's warm ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy Rushing's last truly great albums – a jazz-tinged session of bluesy material, one that gets at his best work of the 50s! The arrangements are by Al Cohn, and have a fluid swing that pushes Jimmy past cliche – working with players that include Zoot Sims, Budd Johnson, ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing.)
George Russel & The Living Time Orchestra —
African Game ... LP Blue Note, 1983. Near Mint- ...
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Titles include "Organic Life On Earth Begins", "Surival Game", "Human Sensing Of Unity With Great Nature", "African Empires", and "The Future". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Slyly seductive work from Brenda Russell – a singer who's clearly in a class of her own here, and sounding wonderful on this classic album from the early 80s! Brenda's style is nicely diverse – part balladry, part sophisticated soul, part modern mellow groove – all wrapped up in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)
An obscure early album by Gene Russell – the funky soul jazz pianist who later was the guiding force behind the Black Jazz record label during the 70s! This one's kind of a "soul instrumentals" effort – with Gene's piano over the top of larger arrangements, ala the Young-Holt ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Library copy – cover has tape along the spine & a check out card on the front.)
A brilliant first album from Marc Sadane – an artist who never hit big at the time, but who really shines here in a set of mellow and modern soul tracks that's completely sublime! Sadane gets great production help from the team of Mtume and Reggie Lucas – who set his wonderful vocals ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear & a cutout notch.)
A great album of tightly produced R&B-tinged fusion, headed up by keyboardist Joe Sample, riding high here on the fame of The Crusaders. The other members of the group drop in on the album, and the whole thing's very similar to their best work from the late 70s – but with more of a focus ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easy going soul from Esther Satterfield – a session that has some righteous undertones, but which comes off with a smooth contemporary feel overall. As with her first album, Chuck Mangione is arranging and producing – giving the whole thing a warmly jazzy feel that's similar to his own ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best LPs by this orchestral team whose talent ranged from wildly nutty to beautifully subtle. This LP covers both territories, and includes tracks like "Chant of the Weed", "In A Mist", "Rockin Chair", and "Liza". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
A seminal third stream recording – the height of late 50s modern jazz in all of its seriousness! The album features works written by Schuller, John Lewis, Jimmy Giuffre, and JJ Johnson – all of them larger, serious jazz-meets-classical type numbers – performed by the Brass ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has moderate wear and some splitting on the seams covered by clear tape.)
Goofy swingin' stuff from the great bandleader who also managed to arrange music for cartoons, invent his own instruments, and come up with wild studio techniques. This LPs got 16 tracks of hard to find 78 rpm material. The groups are pretty small, and feature some great unknown players. Tracks ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has some aging and a bit of pen.)
A simple formula, but one of Shirley's best records from the mid 60s, and a tight batch of quartet tracks that also features Stanley Turrentine on tenor. The title cut's a classic jazz stepper in Chicago, with a subtly loping groove that works pretty darn well. Other tracks include "Blue ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC pressing. Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)
Early work from reedman Tony Scott – recorded in the years when he was much more of a regular on the New York scene – before he started working in trippier styles for the 60s! The album features Scott in a host of different settings – from quartet, to tentet, to orchestra ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has a bit of pen on back.)
Johnny's "heartwarming loveletter to America", the album is made of well known patriotic songs like "God Bless America", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "America", and "Star Spangled Banner", and songs penned for this album like "Day For ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great post-Mahavishnu work from guitarist John McLaughlin – the debut of his excellent Shakti combo, a group who mixed Indian music with some tighter fusion moments! The style here is a lot leaner than some of McLaughlin's previous experiments – a small group lineup with violin from L ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key album in the legendary 80s run of Shalamar – and a set that gets a tremendous amount out of a very stripped-down sound! The sound of Shalamar builds from a bit of bass, some snapping drums, waves of keyboards, and especially great vocals – warm and sweet, but never too commercial ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album