2 early experiments by Cannonball Adderley – both of which feature him as the main soloists in front of larger backings! Jump For Joy is an interesting early side by Cannonball that captures him before he'd really found his voice – and when the folks at Mercury still didn't really know ... read moreCD
Ernestine works her way through a set of bluesy tunes with a spot of jazz – with backing by Ernie Wilkins orchestra, with players that include "Hank Jones, Tate Houston, Yusef Lateef, Ernie Royal, and Clark Terry. Titles include "My Kinda Love", "See See Rider", ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Comes in a nice 5" paper sleeve – shaped just like a tiny record cover – very cool!)
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players ... read moreCD
Overlooked genius from Brook Benton – moving past his simple hit style here to work with arranger Belford Hendricks in a set of tunes that's a bit more "singerly". The tracks are mostly ballads and slower, sadder numbers – sung by Brook in a style that's slightly emotive, but ... read moreCD
A funky little record from Chuck Berry – one that has him picking up a bit of Memphis soul, but in ways that are nicely different from the sound of Stax and Hi Records! Berry's guitar work still gets plenty of play, but there's also a nice current of deep soul in the overall arrangements ... read moreCD
A Native Tongues classic from 1991 – one that sounded great way back when, and has held up beautifully over the years – and rightly considered amongst the greatest hip hop albums ever! Wolf In Sheep's Clothing is playful rap at it's best, with funky and and funny cuts galore – ... read moreCD
A stellar bit of boogie from Con Funk Shun – produced to perfection by Skip Scarborough, and done in a style that has lots of jazzy elements! The album was recorded well into the group's time on the Mercury label, but it's a real standout from the rest – thanks to an extremely well-writ ... read moreCD
One of our favorite records ever from the legendary Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – and a rare later date, recorded after their more famous albums for Chess! The lineup here is a bit unusual – in that a young Grachan Moncur III is in the combo on trombone – really adding some ... read moreCD
Bernard Herrmann —
Vertigo ... CD Mercury/Varese, Mid 50s. Used ...
Bernard Herrman's classic spooky score to this great Hitchcock thriller. The music is often very intense, to perfectly suit the film's tone – and has that great jagged edge that Herrman brought to some of his other best soundtrack scoring. The tracks are long, and have a pretty edgy sound ... read moreCD
Very groovy stuff from Quincy – a mix of jazz, soundtrack, and popular themes, all done in that soulful swinging style that Quincy virtually helped invent! The album's got plenty of great groovers that take a popular tune and kind of turn it on its ear – takes on tracks like "What' ... read moreCD
A key early album from reedman Roland Kirk – at set that really has him strongly finding his voice in jazz, and transforming most of modern music in the process! The set's a perfect illustration of the way that Roland could swing with soul, yet still reach out with bold new ideas too – ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Alive! ... CD Casablanca/Mercury, 1975. Used 2CDs ...
One of THE classic double live albums of the 70s – with titles that include "Black Diamond", "Watching You", "Deuce", "Strutter", "Hotter Than Hell", "Got To Choose", "Firehouse", "Nothin To Lose", "She" ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Nara Leao —
Millennium ... CD Mercury (Brazil), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ...
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20 classic tracks – including "A Banda", "O Barquinho", "Odara", "Desafinado", "Meu Ego", "Proposta", "Telefone", "Alem Do Horizonte", and "Diz Que Fui Por Ai". CD
From their inception in late 1956, Ramsey Lewis and his famous Young/Holt-era trio were destined for great jazz fame. This 1958 session on Mercury (then based in the group's native Chicago) catches the trio right at the beginning – when they were taking tunes that were pretty well known, and ... read moreCD
A relatively recent effort by singer Jon Lucien – quite different than his 70s work, but not in a bad way! Jon's voice is smooth and mellow, as always, and the arrangements are equally so – perhaps not as challenging as his early 70s work, but with a gentle and jazzy groove that still ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Hugh Masekela —
Grrr ... CD Verve/Mercury, 1965. Used ...
Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South ... read moreCD
One of the last sessions Oliver Nelson ever recorded – a genius batch of work recorded for the Japanese East Wind label, and maybe one of his greatest albums ever! The set's a wonderful link between the sophisticated large group sounds that Nelson did for Impulse Records in the 60s, and some ... read moreCD
This one hardly gets mentioned in the same breath as the maniacal self-titled debut – but it probably deserves to be! The songs on Too Much Too Soon may be a bit tighter than the ones on the first album. They're more about succinct, hard and catchy blasts in the aural vein of their great Bo ... read moreCD
Patti Page is working here to class up her image from the country waltz sound of her biggest hit – and is going instead for a waltzing mode that's more traditional, and which brings out the duskier side of her vocal talents! Don't get us wrong, there's not a lot of Strauss in the mix – ... read moreCD
A pretty obscure Sarah Vaughn album – and a nice one! The album's got Sarah singing with arrangements by Hal Mooney, who'd done work for her before in a more standard way, and who here is opening up a bit, at times almost hitting a groovy late 60s mode. Players in the group include Bob ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi, which has a cutout mark.)
Arrangements by Thad Jones and JJ Johnson – with titles that include "Sposin", "I Left My Heart In San Francisco", "All Alone", "The Sweetest Sounds", "On The Other Side Of The tracks", "I Had A Ball", and "I Want To Be ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Caetano Veloso —
Singles ... CD Mercury (Japan), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ...
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Amazing! This is a very cool 19-track CD that brings together all of the Caetano Veloso singles from his first 10 years, and it's a great batch of material that includes many tracks that haven't been on LPs, or any of the CD reissues we've been stocking! As with any major artist like this, the ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection – 46 tracks that run from blues to jazz – showing the amazing development of Dinah Washington over her too-short career! CD
Dinah Washington & Brook Benton —
Two Of Us ... CD Mercury/Verve, Early 60s. Used ...
The set features only 4 duets between Brook & Dinah – "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)", "I Do", "I Believe", and "A Rockin Good Way (To mess Around & Fall In Love)", which is probably the best track on the LP. Other titles are by Dinah alone ... read moreCD
Very nice 3 CD box set that includes just about every one of Barry's big hits, plus some nice extra bonus – like his duet with Lista Stansfield on "All Around The World", the "Sweet Seduction Suite" with Quincy Jones, the 12" single version of "My Sweet Summer ... read moreCD
Includes music from the Four Jumps Of Jive, Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings, Julia Lee & the Tommy Douglas Orchestra, Myra Taylor, Sunnyland Slim & His Sunny Boys, Ray Snead, Big Bill Broonzy, Roy Byrd & his Blues Jumpers, Luther Stoneham & more. CD