All Categories — All

$



Items/page

Sun Trio Edit search Phrase match

 
Sort by
Close matches: 3
Close matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ FCT Trio Meets Carlo AttiFrom Sun Ra To Donald Trump ... CD
Clean Feed, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
With a title and cover like this, we had to check the record out – and the sound within doesn't fail to disappoint! The song titles themselves are extremely political, but the music has a very universal appeal in the freer side of the spectrum – almost a poetic take on the world of free improvisation, with as much tunefulness as unbridled sense of exploration in the musicians! Players include Simone Graziano on piano, Gabriele Evangelista on bass, and Francesco Cusa on drums – working with guest Carlo Atti on saxes. Titles include "Delivering A Load Of Musical Boxes To Wall Street", "Adam Smith Counts Every Penny", "Fiscal Regime In The Life Of The New York Taxidriver/Jazzman", "Sun Ra Vs Donald Trump", and "Accelerating From The Global Society To The Foamed Society". CD

Close matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Svein FinnerudComplete Released Works 1968 to 1999 (3CD set & DVD) (Svein Finnerud Trio/Plastic Sun/Multimal/Thoughts/Travel Pillow/Egne Hoder) ... CD
Plastic Strip Press (Norway), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 3CDs/DVD ... Out Of Stock
An amazing tribute to the genius of pianist Svein Finnerud – a package that features 6 full albums of music, plus a bonus DVD of live, TV, and radio performances and interviews! The music starts in 1968 – with Svein's groundbreaking self-titled trio record – a masterpiece of understatement, one that takes the spare, lyrical style of the Bill Evans generation, and moves it into even more mellow, contemplative territory. The album's recorded with bassist Bjornar Andresen and drummer Espen Rud – who are frequent partners with Finnerud on other records in the collection – dates that include Plastic Sun (1972), Multimal (1971), Thoughts (1984), Travel Pillow (1994), and Egne Hoder (1999). DVD features performances from the late 60s, a TV show from 1970, and even some bonus slides and radio interviews too. CD

Close matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Frank Cunimondo TrioFrank Cunimondo Trio Introducing Lynn Marino ... CD
Mondo/Under One Sun (UK), 1971. Used ... $2.99
A beautiful set of hipster jazz vocals! This legendary album by Pittsburgh pianist Frank Cunimondo has always been a favorite for the jazz-dance groover "Feelin Good" – a cut which has an incredible drum and bass riff, and which has been sampled more than a few times over the past few years. But even above that track, the whole album's pretty darn great – and it features an excellent set of vocals by the lovely Lynn Marino, a very unique vocalist with a sweet style that's sort of like Blossom Dearie. The whole album's got a lovely light groove, with some heavy rolling piano lines from Frank, tight rhythm backing by the trio, and a great sweet sound from Lynn. A real treasure, and impossible to find on the original vinyl. Titles include "Beyond The Clouds", "Pretty Pretty", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life", "Love So Fine", "A House Is Not A Home", and the incredible "Feelin Good"! CD
(Out of print UK pressing.)
 
Possible matches: 22
Possible matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good ... $6.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker.)

Possible matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
SunWanna Make Love/Sun Power/Sunburn ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1976/1977/1978. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
A trio of records from Sun – an excellent funk ensemble from the end of the 70s! First up is Wanna Make Love – one of the greatest records ever cut by Sun – a group whose records never made the charts as strongly as their contemporaries, but not for lack of quality! This set's a great batch of heavy ensemble funk with an edge that's not always heard on other Sun records – lots of razor-sharp guitars riffing away in saw-cut modes, striking hard at the grooves of the record, and chilling out nicely for the mellower cuts. The blend is wonderful – totally tight, and totally top-shelf all the way through – yet never in a commercial way at all. Titles include "Wanna Make Love", "My Woman", "Live On Dream On", "The Show Is Over", "Love Is Never Sure", and "They're Calling For Me". Sun Power is a solid smoker from Sun – the kind of tight funk set that made the group one of the greatest soul acts on Capitol Records during the late 70s! There's a wicked Ohio vibe going on throughout – everything focused together, and right on the money – even despite the large size of the ensemble – and touched with a slightly jazzy undercurrent that carries strong echoes of Earth Wind & Fire! Rhythms are nice and tight, with keyboards, guitar, and brassy horns over the top – and on the mellower cuts the vocals have a nicely compressed quality. Titles include "Conscience", "We're So Hot", "Organ Grinder", "She Lives Alone", "Time Is Passing", and "Light Me Up". Last up is Sunburn – a tightly crafted batch of dancefloor funk that reminds us of some of our favorite work from Fantasy Records at the time – especially some of the more righteous groups that blended equal parts jazz and soul! Sun's got a tightness here that's amazing – right up there with Earth Wind & Fire at their best, but not as commercial overall – and instead, always delivered with a nice sense of righteous energy! The set kicks off with the wicked "Sun Is Here", a guitar-driven groover with a very famous sample riff – and a sound that's somehow more stripped-down and jazz funk-driven than a lot of the group's other tunes. Other cuts are pretty great too, with lots of warm bubbly soulful moments – and titles include "Dance", "Long Drawn Out Thang", "I Had A Choice", "Sun Of A Gun", and "You're The One". CD

Possible matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Sun RaPlanets Of Life Or Death – Amiens '73 ... CD
Art Yard/Strut (UK), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkesta – and a set that's every bit as great as Ra's self-released albums on Saturn Records in the 70s! The performance is a well-recorded date from France in the early 70s – and the Arkestra are at their richest, most expressive – often working with a strong spiritual vein that really sets this period apart from other periods of their work! There's still plenty of outside moments – both free reed solos, and some especially incredible mini-moog electronics from Ra himself – but the whole performance also has this cohesive sensibility that really expresses his vast, cosmic vision with great power. The group features John Gilmore on tenor, James Jacson on bassoon and flute, Danny Davis on alto and flute, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpet, June Tyson on vocals, and the very cool Space Ethnic Voices trio on added vocals. Comes with full notes on the session – and titles include "Lights On A Satellite", "Enlightenment", "Love In Outer Space", and the especially mindblowing "Discipline 27-11/What Planet Is This". CD

Possible matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... CD
Columbia, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD
Also available Sun Goddess ... LP 6.99

Possible matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Fred Lonberg-Holm TrioOther Valentines ... CD
Atavistic, 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really great follow-up to Fred Lonberg-Holm's Valentine For Fred Katz – the 2002 session dedicated to the groundbreaking cello work done by Katz on the LA jazz scene of the 50s! Like that set, this one has Lonberg-Holm playing in a straighter jazz vein than usual – one that uses the cello as a keenly melodic instrument for improvisation, delivered over a set of tunes that range from originals by Fred to numbers by Sun Ra, Syd Barrett, and Gil Scott-Heron! The group's a trio – with bass and drums backing Lonberg-Holm's moody cello – and titles include "East Of Uz", "Winter In America", "Arnold Layne", "Fool", "Flo", "Almost Mid-Day", "To My Buddy Buddy", and "Jesus, Etc". CD

Possible matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousTo Love Somebody – The Songs Of The Bee Gees 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Right from the start, the brothers Gibb were recognized as some of the most striking songwriters of their generation – a fact that's sometimes lost, due to the trio's later disco fame in the spotlight – which obscures their huge impact as songwriters from the early years! This set finally does justice to that legacy – and not only includes the rock and pop covers you might expect, but also a fair bit of soul tracks too – showing a remarkable appeal that the Bee Gees had early on for a soul audience – an influence that began long before the days in which they helped bring disco to the mainstream. There's some really wonderful tunes here – maybe less hits overall than in the usual Ace Records "songwriter" series – and the set features 24 tracks that include "To Love Somebody" by James Carr, "I've Gotta Get A Message To You" by Percy Sledge, "I Can't See Nobody" by Nina Simone, "Give A Hand Take A Hand" by The Staple Singers, "World" by Sharon Tandy, "Massachusetts" by Tommy Roe, "I Started A Joke" by Pat Kelly, "Spicks & Specks" by The Status Quo, "And The Sun Will Shine" by Paul Jones, "He's A Thief" by April Byron, "Town Of Tuxley Toymaker (part 1)" by Jon, "Morning Of My Life" by John Holt, "First Of May" by Jose Feliciano, "Words" by Bettye Swann, and "New York Mining Disaster 1941" by Velvett Fogg. CD

Possible matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Lorez AlexandriaDear To My Heart ... LP
Trend, 1987. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An obscure 80s session from the great Lorez Alexandria – and a record that beautifully shows how alive her style was in these later years! The album was recorded with full group backings from the band of saxophonist Gordon Brisker – in a style that's slightly fuller than some of her mellower trio sides from the decade, and which further emphasizes the range and swinging power of her voice. Lorez sings things sweet and warmly – but never in a way that's too mellow, nor too "stock" – always fitting her phrasings to the changing modes of the tunes, and sliding in perfectly alongside the instrumentation of the group. Titles include "Yellow Days", "Without A Friend", "When The Sun Comes Out", "Zanzibar", "Why Was I Born", "Speak Low", "As Long As I Live", and "Where Have You Been". LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches11
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
DelegationIn Love's Time – The Delegation Story 1976 to 1983 ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A career-spanning look at the music of Delegation – one of the few UK soul groups of the 70s who could go head-to-head with the best American acts of the time! Delegation have this razor-sharp style that almost prefaces 80s groove – a mode that was born in the disco generation, but which is much leaner overall – and really well-suited to the vocal approach of the trio – who themselves are maybe tighter and hipper than a good deal of their contemporaries! By the time the 70s were drawing to a close, Delegation had really grown into something wonderful – and you'll hear a great evolution in sound and style on this massively-packed set – which includes early work for the State label, plus bigger sides for Ariola and Mercury – including a few single mixes too. 33 titles in all – with tracks that include "Turn On To City Life", "12th House", "It's Your Turn (12" mix)", "Heartache No 9 (12" mix)", "Oh Honey (12" mix)", "Stand Up", "Sho Nuff Sold On You", "Let Me Take You To The Sun", "Mr Heartbreak", "Gonna Bring The House Down", "Feels So Good", "Dance Prance Boogie", "Singing (12" mix)", "I Figure I'm Out Of Your Life", "I Wantcha Back", "Tell Her", "Welcome To My World", "We Can Make It", and "Someone Oughta Write A Song". CD

Possible matches12
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
DelegationPromise Of Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
State/Big Break (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The classic first album from Delegation – a great male soul trio from the late 70s, and one who sound great on both sweet mellow tunes and more upbeat ones! Delegation have a sound that's quite unique, especially on this album – a groove with slightly tropical traces on some numbers, and a way of putting over a tune that borrows a bit from the earlier east coast harmony scene, but which wraps things up in a completely different style of production. The balance is hard to describe accurately, but it's definitely a standout for the time – and a real maturation of an earlier male soul group mode. Titles here include the famous break track "Oh Honey", plus "The Promise Of Love", "Mr Heartbreak", "Where Is The Love", "Soul Trippin", and "Let Me Take You To The Sun". CD features new mastering – and bonus tracks – including "Love Is Like A Fire", "Honey I'm Rich", "Baby You're My Mystery", "Oh Honey (12" mix)", and "It Only Happens When I Look At You". CD

Possible matches13
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Rose EllisLike Songs Like Moons ... CD
Zennez (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
The only thing we like more than a great jazz singer is a great jazz singer who can write their own words – and Rose Ellis definitely fits the bill with her wonderful work on this set! This album is Rose's first, and we're betting it will be the start of a great legacy to come – as the lady's a hell of a singer, with a vocal approach that's distinctly her own – as are the words she brings to her tunes, which hold on both to a jazz tradition, but also have an appeal that can stretch way beyond that sometimes-shrinking world too – and which could well make Ellis a singer to reach out and grab a whole new generation. Rose hails from the Netherlands, but now makes her home in New York – where she recorded the album with a trio that features Glenn Zaleski on piano and Rhodes, Pablo Menares on bass, and Ross Pederson on drums – on titles that include "Satellite", "Rise With The Sun", "Early In The Morning", "Let Go", "Don't Be Afraid", and "I Wish I Could Have Skipped Today". CD

Possible matches14
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Jose FelicianoThat The Spirit Needs/Memphis Menu/Compartments ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1971/1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
A trio of wonderful albums from Jose Feliciano – all brought together here in a single set! First up is That The Spirit Needs – a sublime one from Jose! The record pushes past the easy Latin pop style of the late 60s, and features Jose working through hip rock tunes – both of his own creation, and by writers like Elton John and Cat Stevens. The real highlight of the album is an incredible reading of "Wild World" – done with a mix of fast guitar, strings, and even a bit of Brazilian-tinged scatting that breaks down in the middle and always makes us stop cold! The rest of the record's almost as good, and titles include "Daytime Dreams", "Mellow Feeling", "Come Down Jesus", "Pay Day", and "Only Once". Memphis Menue is an excellent album from Jose Feliciano – recorded with a lot of Memphis soul influences, as the title indicates, but still with that beautifullly jazzy style that he was using in his earlier LA recordings. Steve Cropper helped produced and arrange with Jose, and the Memphis Horns back up the group on a number of tracks. The real charm, though, is Jose – whose breezy vocals and sweet guitar work is right up there with his best work of the time, a sublime mix of soul, strings, jazz, and Chicano grooves. Titles include "River Song", "Magnolia", "One More Mile", "Never Leave You", "It Doesn't Matter", "Where Is My Woman", and "Movin". Compartments is sparklingly soulful work from Jose Feliciano – a key early 70s effort, and one that shows the growing sensitivity in his music – the move way past simple covers of other people's songs, even though those were pretty great too! Jose's voice has gotten even more compelling in the process, and he's also developing a bit as a songwriter too – most notably on the album's title track, which was co-written with Bill Withers. Steve Cropper helped produce, but the album's way more in Jose's bag than Cropper's – and titles include a great version of "Yes We Can Can", plus "Simple Song", "Compartments", "Sea Cruise", "I'm Leavin", "Things Are Changin", "Peace Of Mind", "Hey Look At The Sun", and "Don't Fail". CD

Possible matches15
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Iguanas (Iggy Pop)Iguanas ... LP
Norton, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Some of the earliest work you'll ever hear from the young Jim Osterberg – material that features the famous Stooges frontman playing drums, and doing a slight bit of singing! The group sound a fair bit like you might expect from the cover – a tight, sharp, local combo who do a great job both with their own material, and some of the well-chosen covers they recorded – the kind of stomping garagey material that would have been a hit in the small Michigan clubs at the time! Most vocals are by guitarists Nick Kolokithas and Jim McLaughlin, the latter of whom formed the group with Iggy – and Osterberg does sing lead on a pretty great version of "California Sun", and also contributed the original composition "Again & Again" – a tune that definitely points the way towards The Stooges, and is one of the creepiest things on here. Other titles include "Mona", "I Don't Know Why", "Slow Down", "Walk Don't Run", "Out Of Limits", "Surfin Bird", "Things We Said Today", and "Wild Weekend". Collection features a great range of material – even some early 1963 demos, when the group with just a trio! LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches16
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Keith JarrettTribute ... CD
ECM, 1989. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
A great early trio moment from Keith Jarrett – a set that steps off some of his previous Standards albums for ECM, but which also has more of a personal flavor as well! The group here is that great combo with Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – both really open, fluid players who make the music really sparkle alongside Jarrett's piano – offering up tunes that are mostly standards, but in really unique variations! The album's a tribute to key musical heroes – Lee Konitz, Jim Hall, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, and others – but the overall sound is pure Jarrett all the way through, on titles that include "Lover Man", "Solar", "Sun Prayer", "Little Girl Blue", "U Dance", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", and "All The Things You Are". CD

Possible matches17
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Soft Soul TransitionSST (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Transition/Beatball (Korea), 1970. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Not SST as in the LA hardcore label, or the sound of a jet – but SST, as in Soft Soul Transition, a very groovy group with a Sunshine Pop sort of sound! The trio has some wonderful harmonies in their music – echoes of more familiar pop of the late 60s, but presented here in a cool, stripped-down sort of way – with a quality that's similar to some of the best work by Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends – intimate enough to get past some of the more commercial modes of the time. Many cuts are originals by the group – and singer Chris Demilo plays a lot of great keyboards on the grooves – creating a wicked sound that would have been right at home in the A&M scene of the late 60s. Titles include "Gotta Move Along", "Soft Soul Transition", "Put Love First", "Don't Turn On Me", "It's Love", "Happy With You Girl", and "Lights Of Freedom". CD features 7 bonus tracks too – including "Dreamweaver", "Banyan Bay", "Goodbye Sunshine", "Losing Control", and "I Can Take You To The Sun". CD

Possible matches18
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Kunihiko SuganoOpa Brazil ... CD
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
A really groovy album from pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a set that has the leader working on Fender Rhodes, but often with a touch that has the sharpness of an acoustic piano – which is then underscored by some strong use of acoustic percussion as well! The album's definitely got the bossa flavor promised in the title – kind of a post-bossa version of the bossa jazz trio style of the 60s – a bit like the records that Tamba Trio and Milton Banana were cutting in the 70s, but maybe even better overall! The percussionists are all great – the album features five of them, all Brazilian – and they work alongside bassist Toni Botero and drummer Elis Siabo. Titles include "Samba Medley", "Mood Island", "UFO", "Midnight Sun Never Set", and "Diane". CD

Possible matches19
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousDust On The Nettles – A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967 to 1972 (3CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $22.99
British folk music got really weird and wonderful at the end of the 60s – light years from the crew cut versions of The Kingston Trio, or the twangy modes of Bob Dylan wannabees – but also very different from the more rockish directions that American folk acts were taking at the time! If anything, the British artists showed an even deeper commitment to acoustic modes – and far more ancient ones than American groups had access too – a thousand year legacy of British Isles music, but reworked into an often-trippy style would find more famous iterations in groups from Fairport Convention through Current 93, and even in the Wicker Man soundtrack as well! Most of the music here is much more obscure than those references – groups that were big in the UK, but maybe didn't have as much of an impact over here during the period – which makes this 63 track box set a real treasure trove of discovery – filled with many tunes we'd never heard before, and put together in a very special way. Titles include "Black Girl" by Mary Anne, "Till The Morning Comes" by Dando Shaft, "Roses For Columbus" by Mark Frhy, "Love Is A Funny Thing" by Spyrogyra, "Come All You Travellers" by Wight, "Willow's Song" by Nagnet, "Cruious Crystals Of Unusual Purity" by Bridget St John, "Prisoners Victims Strangers Friends" by Paper Bubble, "Gabilan" by Duncan Browne, "Meeting By The Moonlight Mill" by Dry Heart, "Silence Returns" by Beau, "Me & My Kite" by Fuschia, "The Colour Is Blue" by Country Sun, "Welcome To The Citadel" by Marc Brierley, "Garden Song (demo)" by Bill Fay, and "Upon Reflection" by Heron. CD

Possible matches20
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Carmen McRaeLive & Wailing ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wailing live material from the great Carme McRae – material recorded at the same sessions that yielded the Village Gate album from the same time – and equally great! There's a loose, soulful swing here – different from both the poise of Carmen's earliest records, and the fuller arrangements to come in the late 60s – and at the Gate, the lady's in perfect form – really working in this hip-stepping style with effortless ease – backed by the trio of Norman Simmons on piano, Victor Sproles on bass, and Stu Martin on drums. Titles include "You Better Go Now", "Love For Sale", "Traveling Light", "Midnight Sun", "Miss Brown To You", "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight", and "Perdido". CD

Possible matches21
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Medeski, Martin & WoodDropper ... CD
Blue Note, 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
A return to funky grooving for Medeski, Martin, & Wood – and a slamming set that really captures the energy of the group in performance! The trio move effortlessly through tight Hammond grooving and off-beat jazzy piano work, riffing hard in the jam-band mode that's made them a huge favorite with the funky jazz crowds in the US. The album's got some great production that pastes together a wash of soundscapes between and beneath the group's playing – never getting in the way at all, and really bringing out some of the stranger sides of their tones. Titles include "Shacklyn Heights", "The Dropper", "Philly Cheese Blunt", "Sun Sleigh", "We Are Rolling", and "Big Time". CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode.)

Possible matches22
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Christian SandsReach ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Christian Sands is a mighty warm piano player – a musician who's clearly got a great reach and range on the keyboard, but always comes across with a very personal, spontaneous sort of vibe! Sands could clearly overstate his case if he wanted – but he's also one of those pianists who know just how to hang back in the right way – letting the space around the notes do just as much work as the notes themselves – in a beautifully-linked core trio that includes Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Marcus Baylor on drums. Other elements come into the music at times – tenor and bass clarinet from Marcus Strickland, guitar from Gilad Hekselman, and percussion from Cristian Rivera – but it's the core cohesion of the trio that really makes the record sparkle – a fantastic setting for Sands' well-timed, well-chosen notes. Titles include "Song Of The Rainbow People", "Armando's Song", "Gangstalude", "Use Me", "Reaching For The Sun", "Freefall", and "Oyeme". CD

Possible matches23
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Tamba 4Samba Blim ... CD
CTI/A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible album by the Tamba 4 – one of 2 albums the Brazilian bossa combo did in the US for A&M Records, during the brief time when they were expanded to a quartet from the original Tamba Trio lineup! The set is completely sublime – a wonderful mix of the group's trademark harmony vocals and crackling bossa rhythms, with the warmly flowing CTI production style of the time – not funky like the CTI sound of the 70s, but a bit more sophisticated than the style Creed Taylor had been using earlier at Verve. Tracks are short, breezy, and often very lively – bossa grooving warmed in the California sun – and titles include "Samba Blim", "Watch What Happens", "Pregao", "San Salvador", "Know It All", and "Palladium". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
 
Partial matches: 116
Partial matches26
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
BlackoutBlackout ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1967. New Copy ... About January 5, 2018 (delayed)
Wonderful work from one of the grooviest groups going in mid 60s Poland – a combo with a sound that shares some of the best tendencies of German and British groups of the time, but which also has a hipper, more complicated vibe overall! Instrumentation here is heavy on Hammond organ and guitar, and the drums are especially romping, and almost funky at times – but the real charm of the record comes from the lyrics, which are penned by poet Bogdan Loebel, and often sung by a trio of vocalists that includes bandleader Tadeusz Nalepa, plus an additional male and female voice. Singers step out on their own from track to track, always singing in Polish – and titles include "Dzy Znasz Ten Zwyczaj", "Pozwolcie Nam Zyc", "Anna", "Wyspa", "Te Bomby Leca Na Nasz Dom", and "Uwierz Mamo". CD

Partial matches27
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
John Carter TrioEchoes From Rudolph's (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ibedon/No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an incredible dexterity and sensitivity in sound – much looser and more open to sudden shifts of inspiration than his music with Bradford – with accompaniment from Stanley Carter on bass and William Jeffrey on drums and percussion! The style is free, but never indulgently so – and Carter finds this way to always reach for melodic moments even at his most intense – creating the kind of magic that few other musicians might with his instruments. Titles include "Echoes From Rudolph's", "To A Fallen Poppy", "The Last Sunday", "Armin", and "Angles". 2CD set adds in a whole disc of extra material from the trio – with a 19 minute "Echoes From Rudolphs/To A Fallen Poppy", and a very long stretch of different improvised passages! CD

Partial matches28
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Chick Corea, Joe Farrell, Elvin Jones, & OthersJazz For A Sunday Afternoon Vol 4 – Live At The Village Vanguard ... LP
Solid State, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $5.99
Excellent stuff – and quite possibly our favorite entry in this criminally overlooked series on Solid State! The format is simple: take some great players, and have them work out in a relaxed afternoon jam session, playing long album-side tracks that show them playing in a pop-free manner that was quite radical for 60s jazz recordings (especially in comparison to the rest of the material on Solid State!) This set has an incredible group – a sextet with Chick Corea, Joe Farrell, Marvin Stamm, Elvin Jones, Richard Davis, and Garnett Brown – all working together perfectly in a blend of Corea's Tones Joans Bones style, and the sharper grooves that Jones was forging in his trio with Joe Farrell. Side one features a Farrell original – "13 Avenue B" – and side two has a great reading of "Stella By Starlight" which runs for 18 minutes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a split on the top seam, and a promo stamp.)

Partial matches29
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ SupremesLet The Sunshine In ... LP
Motown, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groovy late 60s work from Diana Ross & The Supremes – a record that has them breaking the Motown mold a bit, and hooking up with a nice variety of modder soul and pop modes! Tracks on the set include a few Motown-penned numbers, but the trio also tackle hits like "Everyday People", "Hey Western Union Man", "Let The Music Play", and a great Hair-inspired medley of "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In"! But the Motown material here is almost even better – and titles include the slightly funky "No Matter What Sign You Are", which has a nice kick in the bottom – as well as "Discover Me", "The Composer", and "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

Partial matches30
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Arthur BlytheElaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine In It ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – brought together in a 2CD set! First up is Elaborations – a beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at commercialization! The album's a great summation of all the ideas that reedman Arthur Blythe was cooking up in the 70s underground – performed here with a hip group that includes Blythe on alto, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bobby Battle on drums, Bob Stewart on tuba, Wilbur Morris on bass, and Mohammad Abdullah on congas – some of them players who you might never have expected to be recording for Columbia Records! And yet the setting of the record doesn't interfere with their creativity at all – and instead, really seems to give Blythe and the group the sort of focus that only makes their ideas even better – on titles that include "Elaborations", "Metamorphosis", "Sister Daisy", "Shadows", and "The Lower Nile". Light Blue is a wonderful record from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – a set that features his group working through a number of tunes by Thelonious Monk – but with very different arrangements and instrumentation that change things up completely! The set came at a time when Monk was receiving a lot of new attention in the world of jazz, and at a time when Arthur's star had risen too – and the meeting of forces is wonderful – as Blythe brings all sorts of new rhythms and tonal combinations to play with familiar tunes that really transform in the process. The group is a familiar one for Blythe – and features Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Bobby Battle on drums! And while you might scratch your head at the tuba, the instrument is often used in ways that might follow older bassline styles – but with a quality that bridges the alto and cello in a great way. Titles include "Nutty", "Coming On The Hudson", "Light Blue", "Epistrophy", and "We See". Put Sunshine In It is a record that really seems to live up to its title – as the sound here is maybe a little bit sunnier than on some of Arthur Blythe's previous albums! The record features heavy contributions from Todd Cochran – aka Bayete – who plays keyboards on most numbers, and introduces more of an electric vibe to the album than previous Blythe outings. The style isn't entirely fusion, but it's definitely warm and sunny – and Arthur responds as such with his solo work – a tight tighter and less edgey, but still nicely soulful. The album features a nice remake of the tune "Sentimental Walk" – from the movie Diva – plus the tracks "Uptown Strut", "Silhouette", "Put Sunshine In It", and "Tumalalumah". CD

Partial matches31
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Bill EvansSunday At The Village Vanguard ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Bill Evans' landmark sessions with the young bassist Scott LaFaro – a player who made key contributions on every record he touched, then left this earth far too soon in his career! The live session's a perfect demonstration of the way that the Evans trio format not only re-worked the use of the piano in jazz, but also the bass and drums as well – as LaFaro's deeply evocative playing is paired with the equally fresh drum work of Paul Motian – heard here at his youthful early best, before some of his contributions to jazz had become cliche in the hands of other players. The session was caught live at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 25, 1961 – and titles include longish takes on "Solar", "Jade Visions", "Gloria's Step", and "Alice In Wonderland". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

Partial matches32
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Kay DennisSunny/Walk On By ... 7-inch
Pearce, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jazzy takes on two familiar tunes – both of them pretty darn nice! Kay Dennis' version of "Sunny" begins with a spare take on the vocal from Kay, then steps into this midtempo groove with a breaking drum at the bottom of the trio – as piano takes the lead with a warm, soulful bassline along for company! The same approach works well on the flipside – as the backing trio almost give Kay a sort of Young/Holt groove – which is great for the Bacharach tune! 7-inch, Vinyl record

Partial matches33
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Bixio-Frizzi-TemperaI Quattro Dell-Apocalisse/Sella D'Argento (Four Of The Apocalypse/Silver Saddle) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1975/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A strange soundtrack to an even stranger-sounding film about some crazy drifters in the old west! The film's got lots of groovy guitar-based tracks with kind of a light spacey sound, and some weird hippieish vocals in the background – a lot more tripped out than you might expect for the usual sort of spaghetti western, and almost handled with an approach that's lime some of the hipper American work of the mainstream at the time. The music is performed by Cook & The Benjamin Franklin Group – clearly a small group with guitars and keyboards, recorded in a way that's not entirely rockish, but which has some great sunny harmony vocals on a few of the best tracks. There's almost a Warner/Reprise vibe to the record at times – and titles include "Slow Violence", "Movin On", "Chaco", "Stubby", "Bunny Love Song", and "On The Traces Of Chaco". Silver Saddle is late entry into the Italian spaghetti western scene – and one of the few films of the genre directed by mostly-horror director Lucio Fulci! Fulci's working here with trio of composers Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera – who did such great work on the Four Horsemen soundtrack – as well as Canadian folk singer Ken Tobias, who sings in English on the title tune "Silver Saddle". The overall style is gentler and slightly more sentimental than the usual western score – penned with some complicated orchestrations from time to time, but usually an approach that features isolated guitar, harmonica, and percussion stepping out in western-styled themes. Titles include "A Cowboy & A Kid", "Silver Saddle", "Hot Lands", "In The Desert", "Two Friends", and "Cantina Guitar No 2". Each CD has a nubmer of bonus tracks, too! CD

Partial matches34
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Brides Of FunkensteinNever Buy Texas From A Cowboy ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A tremendously soulful session from the late 70s P-Funk empire – sung by a group who were George Clinton's answer to Three Degrees, First Choice, and other female club trios of the time! The sound here is hardly as disco as those other groups, though – and there's plenty of funky Clinton touches in the mix – including rumbling basslines, raspy guitars, and a tightly focused groove that has the singers Dawn Silva, Sheila Horn, and Jeanette McGruder working equally with the larger group of musicians on the record. Production is by Bootsy Collins and Clinton, with horn arrangements by Fred Wesley – which makes for some great Horny Horns funk touches on most tracks! The title cut – "Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy" – runs on as a long P-Funk groove for about 15 minutes, but other tracks are shorter, and titles include "I'm Holding You Responsible", "Smoke Signals", "Party Up In Here", and "Didn't Mean To Fall In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label, an old price sticker, and a bumped corner.)

Partial matches35
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
DE3 (Duane Eubanks/Eric McPherson/Dezron Douglas)DE3 – Live At Maxwells ... CD
Sunnyside, 2016. Used ... $6.99
Vital live recordings with the DE3 trio – trumpeter Duane Eubanks, drummer Eric McPherson and bassist Dezron Douglas – recorded at Maxwell's Drum Shop in NYC! Captured over 2 dates in spring and summer 2015, it's an impressive snapshot of the group playing with boundless energy and creative freedom in an intimate space. The songs are mostly in the 5 to 6 minute range, and are held tight by one compositional thread or another – be it a revolving bass line, trumpet or drum pattern, but with lots of space for improvisation. As much as we loved the Duane Eubanks quintet work in the previous couple years, something about this trio setting clicks even stronger for us! Includes "Brainfreeze", "A Slight Taste", "Little Johnny C Blues", "Saturday Moanin'", "Strokish", "Ebony Slick" and "Little Rock". CD

Partial matches36
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Pierre FavreDrum Conversation ... LP
Calig (Germany), Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A nice little album of solo drum tracks from Pierre Favre – one of the few players who can hold our attention with this sort of a session, truly expressing the "conversation" mode of the title as he runs through drums of a number of different shapes, tones, and tunings. Titles include "Rainbow", "Where Is It?", "Madame Boss", "Dance Number One", "Still Waiting", and "Swiss Sunday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on Trio!)

Partial matches37
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Gene Harris3 Sounds/Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds ... CD
Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1971/1972. New Copy ... $6.99 13.98
A pair of killers from keyboardist Gene Harris – both recorded for Blue Note, and back to back on a single CD! First up is Gene Harris/The 3 Sounds – the last Three Sounds album for Blue Note – and the funkiest too – thanks to lots more electrification than usual, and some killer arrangements from the mighty Monk Higgins! Monk's really at the top of his game here – going past even his great previous work for the group, and working with a tight, sharp edge that recalls his funky 45 brilliance of the 60s – yet tuned a bit more towards the electric Cali jazz of early 70s Blue Note! Gene Harris plays loads of funky piano lines – and in addition to the trio's core electric bass and drums, the set also features some added work on percussion from Paul Humphrey – who really brings in a kick – plus added guitar, congas, and even a bit of Hammond from Higgins too! Some cuts even have a bit of vocals too – sung in this offbeat way that's a wild approach to soul. There's some killer breaks on the set – including the massive "Put On Train" and "What's The Answer" – but the whole set smokes, and other cuts include "I'm Leaving", "You Got To Play The Game", "Your Love Is Just Too Much", "Did You Think", "Hey Girl", and a mad version of "Eleanor Rigby". On the second album – Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds – Gene really steps into the solo spotlight – moving away from his work with the Three Sounds trio, and headed into even more righteous territory – as you might guess from the trippy image on the cover! The set features Harris mostly on acoustic piano, but amidst larger arrangements from Wade Marcus that really round things out with a warm, soulful edge – mixing guitar from Sam Brown and Cornell Dupree with Gene's lines on piano – and giving things an extra kick at the bottom with drums from Freddie Waits, and percussion from Johnny Rodriguez and Omar Clay. The record echoes Harris' older roots at some points, yet comes across with a richer 70s vibe too – a hip 70s style that's strongly due to the contributions of Marcus' arrangements. Tracks include a great remake of "Listen Here", which begins with a great funky break; a sweet steppers version of "Killer Joe"; and the tracks "Lean On Me", "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Django", "Emily", and "C Jam Blues". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

Partial matches38
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Michel LegrandLes Demoiselles De Rochefort (Young Girls of Rochefort) (50th Anniversary 5CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1966. New Copy 5CD ... $29.99
A dream come true – a special 5CD box set, based around one of our favorite soundtracks ever – with a huge amount of added music! The core score is presented on CDs 1 and 2 – fantastic music from the film Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (aka Young Girls Of Rochefort) – a jazzy swinging ode to love found and love lost – all penned by the legendary Michel Legrand! The work was composed in collaboration with director Jacques Demy for his 1966 film of the same name – and, like the previous Demy/Legrand collaboration, Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, the movie's a story in song – one that has much of the dialogue presented as sung lyrics to the tunes. The mode takes off from a Hollywood musical style, and pushes the genre into territory that's much hipper, very French, and with a soaring approach that's filled with plenty of mod 60s jazz grooves. Legrand's genius has never sparkled so brightly – and his ability to interweave different themes, stories, and grooves is simply amazing! This double-length set presents the expanded original score – with many songs that were not on the original single version of the soundtrack, plus key bits of dialogue to help transition the tunes. Titles include "Chanson Des Jumelles", "Chanson De Delphine", "Nous Voyageons De Ville En Ville", "Chanson D'Andy", "La Femme Coupee En Morceaux", and "Marins Amis Amants Ou Maris". CD2 also features 11 more tracks – the Instrumental version of the score, directed by Legrand in 1966. CD3 features a beautiful English Language version – with the voices of Jackie Ward, Sue Allen, Earl Brown, and others – all singing English versions of the songs, done by Earl Brown and Julian More. CD4 features work tracks that are wonderful – many with just Legrand at the piano and singing lyrics, others with orchestral tracks – a total of 21 tracks in all. CD5 features remakes and other versions of songs from the film – done by Bud Shank, Chico & The Gypsies, Johnny Griffin, Phil Woods, Trotter Trio, Brigitte, Claude Parent, Bill Evans, Yuri Buenaventura, and others. The whole thing comes with a huge booklet of notes – with lots of information on the film and its music. CD

Partial matches39
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Ennio MorriconeGood, The Bad, And The Ugly – Original Soundtrack ... LP
United Artists, 1966. Very Good- ... $19.99
One of the first big moments of global fame for the legendary Ennio Morricone – and a record that still stands as one of his landmark albums all these many years later! The set's famous for its haunting theme – that "wah-wah-wah" melody that led to countless covers and samples over the years – but the whole thing's a lot more complex than just that tune – with lots of the same sense of space and brooding that Morricone brought to his music for Once Upon A Time In The West – with careful use of key instruments on a track by track basis, and these floating lines that almost signaled a whole new way of recording music for a film soundtrack. And yes, there's certainly key western elements like guitar or harmonica – but maybe more striking are all the points at which these obvious tropes disappear – to leave us with those really unique Morricone sounds that go way beyond music! Titles include "The Sundown", "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly", "Marcia", "The Desert", "The Strong", and "The Trio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing.)

Partial matches40
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Steve NelsonFuller Nelson ... CD
Sunnyside, 2004. Used ... $6.99
A gentler sort of session from vibist Steve Nelson – one that doesn't have some of the edges of his earlier work, but which still comes off quite nicely! Nelson's working here in a broad palette of tones and sounds – using the vibes with an approach that seems to ring out afresh on each new tune – exploring that rich tonal range that's always made us love his work, and doing so without some of the overly-aggressive modes of other sets. The group's a trio, with Kirk Lightsey on piano and Ray Drummond on bass – and titles include "Original #2", "Laila In Blues", "Kirk's New Delight", and "Song For Justine". CD

Partial matches41
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of FriendsSuburbia Suite Presents Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends (9 x 7 inch single box set) ... 7-inch
A&M/Universal (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy 9 x 7 inch ... $109.99
A fantastic tribute to some of our favorite music of the 60s – the legendary run of A&M sides by the great Roger Nichols! The sounds here are landmark 60s pop that we'd easily rank with the best work by Brian Wilson, Millennium, Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, or any of those other California sunny-eyed hipsters – done in the best A&M Records mode of the time, with an emphasis on groovy harmonies in a male/female style that reminds us of We Five or The Free Design – but a lot hipper too, as its more adult in its themes – with this way of bringing innocence into play with mature thoughtfulness, but in subtle modes that are perfect for the unique album's placement on A&M! Nichols would later be known for his songwriting with Paul Williams, and was also part of a core group of underground LA pop luminaries that included the whole Warner crew under Lenny Waronker – and this material definitely has some of the sly undertones of some of the hippest late 60s Warner work as well. The package features nine 7" single replicas of Roger's work for A&M – all mono, some issued under the Small Circle Of Friends, some as the Roger Nichols Trio – a few as replicas of promo-only 45s. The whole thing comes with original label and sleeve styles, wrapped in a special box with a groovy booklet with notes in Japanese. Titles include "Love Song Love Song", "Snow Queen", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Our Day Will Come", "Kinda Wasted Without You", "Didn't Want To Have To Do It", "Just Beyond Your Smile", "I'll Be Back", "Let's Ride", "Love So Fine", "With A Little Help From My Friends", "The Drifter", "Trust", and "Cocoanut Grove". 7-inch, Vinyl record

Partial matches42
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Johnny O'NealLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Pianist Johnny O'Neal is a mighty warm talent – and a hell of a singer too, working with this raspy tone that's very much his own – and definitely on the bluesier side of the jazz spectrum! This excellent live set has Johnny working at the height of his charms – shifting effortlessly between instrumental numbers and vocal tracks sung with his trio – in a mode that we honestly didn't think was being done this well anymore! The record's got the old school approach of work from the 60s Prestige Records generation – but also has a more open sensibility that's really in keeping with the Live At Smalls series – live tracks that are very spontaneous, but never too loose either – some of the best production that Johnny's ever had on record. The group features Paul Sikivie on bass and Charles Goold on drums – and titles include "I'm Born Again", "Uranus", "Goodbye", "Where Is The Love/Overjoyed", I'll Be Tired Of You", "Blues For Sale", and "Sudan Blue". CD

Partial matches43
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Johnnie RayIn Las Vegas/'Til Morning ... CD
Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
The fragile genius of Johnnie Ray is beyond compare! Johnnie had this weird wispy voice that was quite uncommon for male singers of the time (although it probably paved the way for countless falsetto acts of the past two decades) – and his strange way of putting over a song was often misunderstood in his day, but still managed to grab quite a few ears at the time. This set features material from two of Johnnie's harder to find albums – In Las Vegas, a nice live set that has him opening up a bit more than usual, and Til Morning, a jazzier set cut with the Billy Taylor Trio. There's a total of 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Coquette", "As Time Goes By", "Shake A Hand", "Just Walking In The Rain", "The Little White Cloud That Cried/Cry", "My Ideal", "I'm Confessin", "Hands Across The Table", and "Day By Day". CD

Partial matches44
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Sonny Stitt & Red HollowayJust Friends (UK pressing) ... LP
Affinity (UK), 1977. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A great session of 70s bop revival from the team of Sonny Stitt and Red Holloway – working here in the warm and sunny style of the great Catalyst label! The album Forecast has the two hornmen blowing to acoustic accompaniment from a trio that includes Art Hillary on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Clarence Johnston on drums – jamming in boppish formation on tunes that include "Lester Leaps In", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Forecast: Sonny & Red", and "All God's Chillun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

Partial matches45
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Caterina Valente/Alaide Costa/Maysa/Dolores DuranWomen Of Bossa Nova Vol 1 (Bossa Classica/Joia Moderna/Tom Jobim For Maysa/Dolores Duran & Her Interpreters) ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
A very cool collection of female bossa nova records – one that really goes way past the usual! First up is Bossa Classica by Caterina Valente – a German singer by birth, but one who was really open to new styles from around the world – including lots of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes too! The set was recorded in Germany, with backings by Werner Muller – but the style is right up there with the best bossa charts of the time – set up with acoustic guitar in the lead, some light strings, and often some cool woodwind touches that spark the tunes with color while Valente sings in Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, and English. Titles include "Fale Baixinho", "Bruxeira", "Aquarela Do Brasil", "Bahia", "Samba Di Una Nota", "Chanson Sur Un Seule Note", and "Le Chapeau De Paille". Next up is the Joia Moderna album by Alaide Costa – served up in that wonderful mix of jazz, samba, and bossa that makes her 60s recordings so great! There's a nice current of melancholy to the music at times – one that almost links Costa to an earlier generations of singers – but many numbers have light and lively instrumentation that really sets her vocals free – creating a lightness in the music that's also carried through in the lyrics – at a level that made Alaide a very important influence at the time, even though she might not be as well-remembered all these many years later. The set features musical help from Baden Powell and Oscar Castro Neves – and titles include "Samba De Nos Dois", "Se Foi Passado", "Ponto Final", "Encontro Com A Saudade", "Cancao Do Amor Sem Fim", "Gosto Do Seu Olhar", and "Lagrima". Next up is a full album of Antonio Carlos Jobim songs by Brazilian singer Maysa. The sound here is sad and dark – almost in the mode of some of the more obscure US vocalists of the late 50s, the post-June Christy crowd who took bits of jazz woven with their own sadness, and worked in a much darker style than the pop singers of the day. In a way, Maysa sounds best of all in this mode – and we almost like these albums more than some of her later, more famous work. Orchestrations are a mix of strings and woodwinds, handled by Enrico Simonetti – and titles include "Dindi", "Caminhos Cruzados", "As Praias Desertas", "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar", "Por Causa De Voce", "Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Voce", and "Meditacao". Last up is a selection of tracks sung by and inspired by Dolores Duran – an important Brazilian singer in the pre-bossa years – but one who continued to have an impact on that generation too. Dolores sings "Solidao", "Estranho Amor", "Por Causa De Voce", "Fim De Caso", and "A Noite Do Meu Bem" – and the set also features eleven more songs written by Duran, sung by artists who include Maysa, Lucio Alves, Trio Irakitan, Dick Farney, and Elizeth Cardoso. CD
 
 
 



⇑ Top