A holy grail of jazz – Roy Ayers' first album as a leader, and a near-lost session that's simply sublime! The record was cut at the same time that Roy was working in LA with pianist Jack Wilson – and it's got an approach that's a bit similar to some of the Wilson/Ayers sessions for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A compelling album of twin-piano lines – one in which Bill Evans and Bob Brookmeyer play head-to-head, in a spiraling modernist style that brings out the best in each player! Although Brookmeyer's best known as a trombonist, he's pretty great here on piano – and the album's a real ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A real corker from Benny Carter's revival period at the end of the 50s – a large group session recorded with a very strong horn section, arranged and produced by Benny himself! The album's got a "calendar" gimmick – in that each of the 12 songs feature a month in the name ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best records ever cut by jazz vocalist Betty Carter! Why? Well, because the session's got a tight stripped-down feel – but not as stripped down as some of Carter's mellower records – and it's also one of the first to show her in the straight jazz setting that would become ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A pair of solo albums from actress Patty Duke – back to back on a single CD! Don't Just Stand There is surprisingly sweet pop from kid actress Patty – a set cut at a time when the right sort of studio backdrops could make just about any sort of voice into a hit record! The main ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
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Money Jungle ... CD United Artists/Blue Note, 1962. Used ...
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Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
12 nice tracks of modern soul from the United Artists albums that Enchantment cut during the mid 70's. The focus here is more on their midtempo stuff, which is great, because we really dig that stuff the best. Includes the LP version of their great stepper "Gloria", plus other nice ones ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tell Him ... CD United Artists/Collectables, 1963. Used ...
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One of our favorite girl soul albums of all time – and a set that's way more than just the usual female pop group of the 60s! The Exciters are three gals and one guy, but they draw their main strength from lead vocalist Brenda Reid – who's got a deep soul vibe that's years ahead of its ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tremendous large group material from Art Farmer – 2 rare United Artists albums back to back on one CD! First up is Brass Shout – a record that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title – but then found out was ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A later entry in the Pink Panther soundtrack series – but one that's still got plenty of great Henry Mancini touches! Themes are plenty playful, and also have some slight electric moments alongside the orchestral scoring – although most of the album's best instrumentation comes out in ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A great early moment for composer Stephen Sondheim – but a score that's made even groovier here by the film work of Ken Thorne! Thorne brings out a sprightly quality to the music that's maybe missing from the original stage score – and his few instrumental passages are especially great ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD