(Out of print, some writing in pen inside booklet & on traycard artwork.)
Party Boys ... CD Dash/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
About July 18, 2018
Ish and the Foxy crew still going strong at the end of the 80s – although here, they seem to have dropped some of their Miami disco approach and are going for a sound that's got more of a New York new wave influence overall! There's almost some Ze Records touches on a few numbers – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees attempt to recreate the magic of the late Beatles – on a set that also features performances by Steve Martin, Dianne Steinberg, Donald Pleasence, Stargard, Earth Wind & Fire, and Billy Preston! (Soundtracks) CD
Xenia Franca —
Xenia ... CD Agogo (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ...
A wonderful mix of Brazilian roots and contemporary soul from Xenia – a singer with previous experience in the groups Alafia and Capadoxe – but much more compelling on her own in the spotlight! The music has the kind of roots/futurist vibe you might expect from the cover – a very ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Phil France —
Swimmer ... CD Gondwana (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
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Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A massive look at the music of Franco – the guitarist whose music really helped transform the sound of Africa in the 60s and 70s! The career-spanning set features tracks from three different decades – beginning with some very rough early sides, then moving into a rich array of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Amazing music from the last decade of Francois Luambo Makiadi – aka Franco – the kind of music that made him one of Africa's greatest musical exports of the time! Although Franco and his TPOK Jazz group were riding high during these years, they still were really breaking great new ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of the greatest groups to ever hit the Baltimore scene – and one who've never fully gotten their due, given that they recorded for a variety of different labels, on a career that never saw them issuing a full length LP! This set nicely corrects that fact, as it brings together cuts by ... (Soul) read moreCD
Vocals by Aretha Franklin – taken to whole new territory in this unique mixing of modes! The set brings together core elements from classic Atlantic Records songs by Aretha – classics recorded during her late 60s/early 70s heyday for the label – and adds in these larger charts by ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great double-header from Aretha Franklin – her first 2 Columbia albums back to back on a single CD! Electrifying Aretha Franklin is one of the first albums she cut with John Hammond at Columbia, and although it's not in the classic soul mode of the Atlantic sessions, it's a darn nice batch ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet overview of the early years of Aretha Franklin's career – her formative days at Columbia Records, when she was working in a variety of styles before heading over to bigger fame at Atlantic! Even at this early stage, Aretha's one hell of a singer – and, despite what folks who ... (Soul) read moreCD
A hip little live date from Aretha Franklin – one that's got a very jazzy feel, and some great small combo backings! The album's almost a distillation of the jazzy styles on Aretha's first albums for Columbia – taken into even leaner territory here, in ways that really set Franklin ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lost funky work from one of the soulful sisters of Aretha Franklin! Erma's got a hard-hitting style that's right up there with Aretha's best for Atlantic – and on this album, she's working in Chicago with Johnny Pate, Sonny Sanders, and Willie Henderson – for a harder-hitting sound ... (Soul) read moreCD
Killer work from Henry Franklin – one of his greatest records in years, and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his other recent albums! The set features Franklin in tight company with reedman Azar Lawrence, who makes the record burn brightly with his sharp-edged sound – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest moments ever from west coast bassman Henry Franklin – a set of soaring, spiritual power – and a key demonstration of his rich energy as a leader! Franklin heads a wicked lineup here – playing both Fender and acoustic bass amidst other players who include Bill ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fully-formed genius from the amazing Rodney Franklin – one of the best keyboard stars to emerge from the late 70s scene! Franklin's got a great talent for balancing influences from jazz and soul in ways that are similar to contemporaries George Duke and Bobby Lyle – and like both of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of totally wonderful albums from sound library composer Mladen Franko – both originally released by the Sonoton label in Germany, and presented here as a single CD! Franko's less well-known than some of his bigger European contemporaries, but has a similarly deft hand with a groove in ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Frantique ... CD Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
One of the more unusual albums to come from Philly International in the 70s – a set of Euro disco tracks by a French group, and not the usual homegrown talent who usually recorded for the label! The vibe here is maybe a bit more like some of the Prelude Records material of the time – ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first album in many years from Caesar Frazier – the organist you might know from his early 70s funk classics on Westbound Records – still very much at the top of his game in this small combo set! Frazier's very well-recorded here – given the care and respect that we love from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rhett Frazier here sounds better than ever – dropping the "Inc" that was part of his name on other recordings – and working in a groove that's maybe even more classic soul than before! The music is heavy on horns that seem to draw from a Memphis soul legacy – but the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Pinata ... CD Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ...
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A hip assortment of hard-wailing tunes all put together by New York DJ Alan Freed – part of his brief recording career for Coral Records, where he worked with some surprisingly hip artists! Most of the material here was originally issued under the names of Alan Freed Rock N Roll Big Band or ... (Soul) read moreCD
Nnenna Freelon —
Home Free ... CD Concord, 2010. Used ...
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Classic tunes, in the hands of Nnenna Freelon – wonderfully transformed with a soulful spirit that's really wonderful! The approach here is still jazz at the core, but there's a freshness to the arrangements that makes the versions way more than just simple standards – the kind of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Chico Freeman plays tenor sax and flute and is joined by Hilton Ruiz on piano, Junieeh Booth on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and Jumma Santos doing percussion. The first side features two Muhal Richard Abrams' songs called "Two Over One" and "Excerpts". There are two Freeman ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Chico Freeman —
Focus ... CD Contemporary, 1995. Used ...
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
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Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A legendary bit of funk – and a killer record from one of the most unique guitarists ever! George Freeman's got a sound and a style unlike any other player we can think of – an approach to funky guitar that's often got a really hard touch on the strings, and which gets nice and noisy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the rarest albums on the Pacific Jazz label from the 50s – featuring a side apiece of trio material by pianists Russ Freeman and Richard (aka Dick) Twardzik. Both players were known as accompanists of Chet Baker during his sublime mid 50s run at Pacific Jazz – and although ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Von Freeman the way we like to hear him – live! Although Von's recorded output has been quite low until recent years, the fantastic tenorist has been playing around Chicago for the past 50 years – working in regular gigs that are still some of the best shows you could ever hope to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Friends & Neighbors —
What's Wrong? ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. Used Gatefold ...
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Friends & Neighbors come on even stronger here than on their previous record – with a blistering array of sharp-edged notes that really live up to the Ornette Coleman legacy that inspired their name! The group's incredibly deft – free, but never unstructured – able to turn on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of overlooked albums from this sweet harmony group – back to back on a single CD! Love Can Make It Easier is a record that really has Friends Of Distinction stretching out nicely – maybe moving past some of the simpler pop of their roots, and hitting some sophisticated soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title's a great one here – as Gerardo Frisina has been one of the few contemporary artists trying to find a fresh voice for Latin Jazz – which he does beautifully by blending classic albums and a more current sense of club! The 2CD package brings together unreleased material with ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Fritts Family —
Dust ... CD Mountain Music & Arts, 2001. Used ...
You might know Fabio Frizzi from his more famous horror work of the 80s – but this set's a comedy through and through – as you can probably guess from the cover! Frizzi's using lots of short, whimsical little melodies – sometimes played on keyboards, sometimes a bit of 80s-soundin ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Long before the Sharknado phenomenon hit the small screen, this sweet Italian film came along to woo the world with its wonderfully cheesy representation of aquatic terror! The 1984 date will give you a good idea of what to expect on the screen – and the music by Fabio Frizzi very much ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
That's a pretty creepy looking kitty on the cover, and the soundtrack's got an equally creepy sound to match – very much in the best 80s horror mode of the maestro Fabio Frizzi! The soundtrack's definitely got the keyboards and fuzzy compressed guitar lines you'd expect – but there's ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Three full album of romping organ work from Wynder K Frog – plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Sunshine Superfrog – a record with a Donovan reference in the title, but a much more mod set overall – thanks to searing Hammond work from organist Mick Weaver, who was maybe ... (Rock) read moreCD
Fantastic percussion pieces from this ultra-cool New Zealand ensemble of the 70s – a group who take their name and inspiration from the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew – but who also work in a more intimate setting, with lots of instruments of their own creation – with a ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Frozen Explosion may not look as dope here as some of his NYC contemporaries – but the blue-eyed MC has the honor of being one of the few folks from the Chicago scene to cut a full length hip hop set back in the 80s! The record disappeared almost immediately upon release, even though it was ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)
Wonderful work from this hip Japanese ensemble – a largeish group who draw on big band modes from earlier generations, yet find a youthful way to create rich new colors, tones, and timings! The set's got a really beautiful reed-heavy approach – one that has all the poetry you might ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Long-spun sounds from this Japanese avant collective – a group that's got the lineup of a jazz orchestra, but which often comes off with a smaller, more intimate feel! The recordings here are mostly live – and feature the group's reed-heavy lineup moving in very compelling ways – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
These guys just get better and better with each release – finding a tightness they never had before, yet still keeping all of their sharp edges intact! The sound here is nicely focused, and very heavy on both saxes and brass – bursting forth in kind of an old school mode, yet set to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Yuko Fujiyama Quartet —
Re-Entry ... CD Creative Improvised Music Projects, 2001. Used ...
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