A wonderful album from Muhal – with all the soulful spiritualness of his best 70s work, more stripped down than later orchestrated efforts, and with a gentler more intimate approach than earlier work. The set is mostly solo piano – although Abrams also plays some occasional percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cut corner and a promo sticker.)
Strong dancefloor funk from ADC Band – one of the tightest combos of their generation, and a group who manage to skirt the worlds between 80s club and more jamming funk. There's a much smoother sound here than the group had in their roots, and the focus here is on plenty of bass and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cannonball Adderley with Ernie Andrews —
Live Session! ... LP Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good ...
An excellent jazz vocal album by one of the lost greats! Ernie Andrews was always a musician's singer – in that he never cracked the masses, but did have tremendous respect among jazz players in the 60s and 70s. Here, in one of his best albums, he's caught live, working with Cannon's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Sonny Fortune on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Includes a great version of "Book's Bossa" – plus "Blue Autumn", "Tallahassee Kid", "Fifth Labor Of Hercules", and "For Duke & Cannon". LP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Check E ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Fair ...
A nice side of JuJu from the originator of the Afro-pop style, with layers of gently bubbling guitars and percussion underneath some sweet pentatonic melodies. 8 pieces in all on the African only release, including "Omo Se Koko", "O-Wo-Wo Obele", "Odun Titun" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Jealousy ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1987. Fair ...
A set of 8 classic Horace Silver tunes – recorded by a trio that features Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – and issued as part of the Jamey Aebersold jazz instruction series! Think of the record as Kenny Barron tribute to Horace Silver – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second Horace Silver album on Jamey Aebersold – with Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums! Titles include "Peace", "Nutville", "Gregory Is Here", "Jody Grind", and "Song For My Father". LP, Vinyl record album
An early masterpiece from the team of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – big band tracks written and arranged by Toshiko, and played to perfection by a group that includes Bobby Shew, Don Rader, Mike Price, Dick Spencer, and the great Gary Foster. Titles include "Opus Number Zero" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band —
Road Time ... LP RCA, 1976. Very Good+ 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
A great little live set from the glory days of the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band – a series of performances from Japan, recorded in 1976, all featuring the ensemble at its best! The double-length nature of the record takes the group even farther than usual – really letting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's compelling – and kind of makes you think that this might be one of the pair's more avant-leaning albums – but the overall groove is heavy big band swing, in the manner that Tabackin and Akiyoshi did best together. The record features 6 longish tracks, all with a strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest albums ever from Brit Easy pianist Ronnie Aldrich – filled with groovy late 60s tunes, and handled with some slightly funky and mod-styled backings that make the album groove a lot more than most of Ronnie's other work! The set's played by Ronnie and his "two ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monty shows off his Carribean roots on this one – working in a quintet format that includes steel drums by Othello Molineaux! The mixture of soul jazz piano and steel drums is a surprisingly fresh one – making for some grooves that have a sweet west coast sort of feel – a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The famous author/disc jockey/comedian/talk show host lays down an album of moody jazzy piano, with light tinkling ivories over a lush large orchestra. The music's mostly standards, but there's a couple Steve Allen originals: "Tonight", "Candlelight" and "Stay Just a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bossa guitar, dreamy orchestrations, and a wonderful American take on the Brazilian sound of the 60s – served up with sparkling Capitol Records production in a set that's easily one of the greatest by guitarist Laurindo Almeida! Almeida's guitar is matched here with some lightly jazzy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
SRO ... LP A&M, 1966. Very Good ...
A standing room ovation in the A&M Studios – certainly the kind of reception we'd imagine Herb would get during these glory years of his career! The set's one of the most no-nonsense Tijuana Brass sessions of the 60s – a tightly crafted album that has a bit more jazz than usual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The genius of this set is summed up in the tune "Magic Trumpet" – perhaps one of the best estimations of Herb's talents we could think of! The tune, like the entire album, is a fluid bit of magic that takes an older brass-driven mode into the far groovier styles of the 60s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a peeled spot on back from the promo stamp being removed.)
A very unique outing – a set that mixes the sweet harmonies of The Ames Brothers with wild backings from Esquivel! Most of the tracks are in Spanish, and have Esquivel doing a standard Latin sound, but which also approaches his own solo work in some of the more unusual moments! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine.)
24 tracks that perfectly illustrate all that was great about Gene Ammons in his early days – a set of singles and 78s recorded for Chess in the late 40s and early 50s, featuring players that include Tom Archia, Matthew Gee, Junior Mance, Sonny Stitt, and Bill Massey. Titles include "Do ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and a couple of small stains.)
One of the greatest albums to come from the New York underground of the early 80s – even if it was a relatively big "hit" on a major label! Laurie Anderson is in perfect form here – drawing on a strong tradition of avant garde performance, but without any of the indulgences ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 60s girl group classic if there ever was one – and the only standout album from the lovely Angels! The group were known, of course, for the title hit "My Boyfriend's Back" – a quick-stepping number that was a runaway pop hit at the time. That tune kicks off the album, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Apollo 100 —
Joy ... LP Mega, Late 60s. Very Good ...
A real treat for the 2001 generation! Apollo 100 takes Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring", and gives is a jazzy electric keyboard reading – kind of a perfect bit of fluffy pop for a generation that was already digging the classical/easy experiments of the Swingle Singers and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horacee Arnold —
Tribe ... LP Columbia, 1973. Very Good+ ...
A very soulful batch of fusion tracks from drummer Horacee Arnold – here leading a group that includes reed talents Billy Harper and Joe Farrell, percussionist Ralph McDonald, guitarist Ralph Towner, and Dave Friedman on vibes and percussion. Tracks are long and spiralling, with a spiritual ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ashford & Simpson don't need to ask at this point – their in full 70s soul stride here, and it's not good, it's great! By this point in the late 70s, Nick and Valerie are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
Great stuff! From Motown songwriters to world-class superstars, the trip was a well-deserved one for Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford – and this album's perhaps their crowning achievement in sophisticated club soul! The record's got a great groove that offers a more soulful version of disco ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Radiant grooves indeed from Atlantic Starr – a group who really make things sparkle throughout this magnificent set! The group are at the height of their powers here – skirting a perfect line between mainstream soul and upbeat club – never falling too much into one style or the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A EP of unreleased, underground material from Slug & Ant! Sad Clown Bad Spring is the 12th (!!!) in the seasonal EP series from Atmosphere – available on the crew's tours, and released to shops by popular demand. Get it while it lasts! Tracks include "Less One", "Good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great grooves from Aurra – a group with a sound that's rooted in the late 70s funk of Slave, but which is given a whole new life at Salsoul by fearless leader Stephen Washington! The album's tight and right on the money at the very first note – heavy on bass, but not in a way that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime mid 70s work from The Average White Band – and a record that really has the group deepening their groove a bit – moving past the heavier funk of their roots, into some mellower grooves that are totally great! There's a great undercurrent of jazz in some of the playing here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album by Roy Ayers – one that features none of his hits, which means lots of fresh material – and which has great examples of both sides of Roy's talents at the time! The dancefloor side of Roy kicks in with "Love Will Bring Us Back Together", an extremely ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner, some waviness, and an unglued bottom seam.)
Roy Ayers in a seductive mid 80s mode – his first for Columbia – and a record with some incredibly nice moments that blow away most of his contemporaries! The synth soul and drum machine era might seem like an odd fit for Roy's jazzy vibes, but it actually works really well here! You ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
From the female singer in the obscure group Chapter 8, Anita went onto become one of the biggest selling soul music acts during the 80s – and this album's her first effort as a solo act. The record's a smooth sophisticated batch of soul tunes, with lots of nice jazzy touches, and a classy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Man, these guys really know how to groove – and even on a bigger label, with a more commercial image, they still manage to come up with a tight little set! There's a key ear for a bassline and beat that keeps The Bar-Kays standing stronger than most of their contemporaries – a sense of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What a warm, wonderful record from the Bobby Bare family and Shel Silverstein – the long buried, deeply underappreciated Singing In The Kichen album from 1974! Though originally released as a children's LP, this one works for our adult ears just as well as the far more celebrated Lullabies, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album