One of the rarest and greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – the sly, funky and spiritual masterpiece He's Coming from 1971 – really the beginning of the funk years from Roy Ayers Ubiquity! This one's a totally solid mix of soulful jazz, jazzy soul and righteous funk – and it's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful live set from 1972 – and a very unique album from Roy Ayers' Polydor years! The album originally was never issued in the US – clearly done for a hipper European market at the time – and it's got more of a jazz vibe than some of Roy's other work on Polydor, with sounds ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused ... (Soul) read moreCD
Late greatness from Albert Ayler – two Impulse albums back to back! New Grass is one of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A set that brings together six tracks from Albert Ayler's Hilversum Radio sessions from 1964 – plus an additional three tracks recorded in Denmark a few months earlier! The first six titles are a famous performance by a famous group set loose on a European tour in 1964 – Ayler on tenor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare work from French songwriting giant Charles Aznavour – the talent who penned so many great songs for Edith Piaf, then went on to his own tremendous career as a singer! This set brings together lots of obscure tracks from Charles – including some recorded in the 60s and 70s, ... (French) read moreCD
Outubro ... CD Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
Wicked early work from Azymuth – one of the albums that the group recorded when they were really starting to take off on the global scene – burning strong with a soulful fusion vibe, lots of Brazilian rhythm currents, and always hitting all the right notes in their music! The sound ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An album with a horse on the cover, and a sound that's maybe even more soulful than the first mighty outing by Babe Ruth – quite a lot, given the strength of that debut! Female singer Jenny Haan seems to have an even greater presence here – working some nice currents of color through ... (Rock) read moreCD
There's few groups who could ever hope to wrap together influences from Stax Records, Ennio Morricone, and Curtis Mayfield – and whole the whole thing could ever turn out well – but the mighty Babe Ruth do exactly that, and still find time for some of their own unique grooves as well! ... (Rock) read moreCD
A group so great and so groovy, they ended up having a huge influence on the early sound of hip hop – thanks to a wonderfully funky sound at the core of their progressive rock groove! Babe Ruth have this rhythmic impulse that's really amazing – a way of working bass, drums, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great solo work from Baby Consuelo – a singer who first got her start in the hip group Os Novos Baianos, but who's stepping out on her own by the time of this late 70s solo set! The record's still got a nice sort of edge – some of the rootsier currents that Consuelo used with her ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the funkier, groovier soundtracks we've heard from maestro Luis Bacalov – a very cool 70s score that includes sweet keyboards, funky flute, wah wah guitar, and even a bit of whistling too! The tunes have more depth and pacing than a standard cop/crime film of the period – and ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A slow-building score from Luis Bacalov – one that really demonstrates the well of sentiment and gentle emotion that he would tap into for his work of the 80s and 90s! The music here is partly period, but mostly mellow themes that have Luis unfolding piano and strings in a spare, but ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A richer, more complex soundtrack than you might expect for a spaghetti western – scored by maestro Luis Bacalov with some of the fuller qualities he'd bring to his more famous international work in later years! There's almost a sentimental quality to the record at points – these ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
An obscure early soundtrack from Italian composer Luis Bacalov – penned for a western that begins with a nicely playful tune that almost echoes American western film music, but which soon moves into the deeper, darker tones that belie Bacalov's resume as a much more sophisticated ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Luiz Bacalov —
Django ... CD Rambling (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
A dark little western soundtrack from Luis Bacalov – one that's quite brooding overall, despite a rather catchy vocal tune on the title! There's some very odd instrumentation here – watery piano lines, floating bits of guitar, off-tuned strings – all used at different intervals, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
IV ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2016. New Copy ...
Badbadnotgood have always been pretty damn great, actually – and never better than on album IV – a remarkable step forward for the group! As ever, they take inspiration from some of the best prog, jazz, funk (and proggy jazz funk...they blend) of the 70s and beyond, but weave it into ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Please note that there is a crease on the digipack spine.)
Tremendous work from trumpeter Benny Bailey – a musician who doesn't always get the chance to record as a leader, but one who always blows us away when he does! Benny in this setting is way different than in his work with bigger bands like the Clark/Boland Big Band, or the Quincy Jones ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hard to have any feet in the gutter when you sound this great – as the album's a killer batch of hardbop, led by drummer Dave Bailey during his classic short run on Columbia! The lineup here is amazing – a rock-solid sextet with Clark Terry on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor, Curtis ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Heavy duty hardbop – one of three amazing Epic Records sessions cut by drummer Dave Bailey! Dave didn't ever cut many sessions as a leader – but when he did, they really cooked hard – with a quality level and sharpness of vision that easily rivals the best on Blue Note or ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Duck Baker —
Outside ... CD Emanem (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
We've heard Duck Baker play guitar before – and we're not necessarily the woman in the photo would be standing still if he was making music behind her – as the sound of his instrument is always pretty intense, and sometimes not for the faint of heart! Yet there's also a more personal, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A solo set from John "Balderdash" Herron – a singer who'd worked previously as part of the duo of Bondoggle & Balderdash – but who maybe sounds even better here on his own! The album's got a nicely strong focus on John's raspy vocals and songwriting – and backs his ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very different set than the last album from Rossano Baldini – as the record not only bills him as playing piano, but also working on "sound design" too – which is a great way to describe the spacious, textural feel of the set! The album's still a piano jazz record, but with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jon Balke —
Warp ... CD ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Jon Balke's billed on the cover as providing piano and "sound images" – the latter an especially appropriate term, even when Jon's playing acoustic piano – as his sense of tone is very visual, and one of the most evocative we've heard on an ECM record in years! There's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of our favorite work ever from the legendary Hank Ballard – a key figure in early R&B, and a singer who cut some big hits with his group The Midnighters – but one who also continued to do some wonderful work for King Records long after his hits – most of which is included ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet little set from the Baltimore Syndicate – a group we've only seen on this one late 80s session produced by pianist Makoto Kuriya, who works here in an excellent lineup that includes Alex Norris on trumpet, Steve Wilson on alto and soprano sax, Gary Thomas on tenor and flute, Dave ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet later work from bossa jazz drummer Milton Banana – a set of tunes delivered as a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim, but done very much in the spirit of Banana's best 70s work! The style here is a bit more expansive than Milton's harder-edged sets of the 60s – core trio work ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Way more than just another kiddie soundtrack – or an album for a childish TV show – as the set's a surprisingly groovy little record, almost Sunshine Pop in its best moments! We're not sure about the nature of the players or the singers – but arranger Jack Eskew put the whole ... (Rock) read moreCD
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
With a singer this obscure, you might take the word "essential" in the title a bit loosely – but the set is a stunning batch of work from this popular Thai vocalist of the 70s! Dao Bandon's voice is amazing right from the start, even if you can't understand the language (although ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A special box set of work from this key member of Os Mutantes – one that looks at all the many facets of his compelling solo career! The first album in the set is the landmark Loki – an incredibly crazy and messed-up album of tracks cut by Arnaldo Baptista after the breakup of Os ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
El Pampero ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great live performance from Gato Barbieri – recorded at a time when he was maybe sounding a bit smoother in the studio, but could still come across with a lot of fire in a concert setting like this! The group has a nice lineup – some sweet electric piano and guitar, but also some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice lean set from Barclay James Harvest – a record that gets more to the core of their sound after the larger arrangements of some of their albums for Harvest Records – in a way that also seems to bring out more of an edge in their songwriting, too! The shift is somewhat subtle, but ... (Rock) read moreCD
Gianni Bardaro & Pierluigi Villani —
Next Stop ... CD Verve (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
A great group from the contemporary Italian scene – a combo co-led by Gianni Bardaro on alto and soprano sax, and Pierluigi Villani on drums – but which features really bold colors from all members of the group! All tracks are originals, composed by the leaders – and they've got ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little live set from one of our favorite French singers – recorded in 1983, with backing by a small Japanese combo, very much in the manner of work on his album Le Pollen. Given that the album is such a studio-oriented session, it's interesting to hear the style of the work performed ... (French) read moreCD
Pierre Barouh —
Vivre ... CD Core Port/Saravah (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
Rare late 60s work from the legendary Pierre Barouh – a set that's possibly one of his greatest albums ever, and one that really shows the love of jazz and Brazilian music that he explored on his groundbreaking Saravah label! The instrumentation here is relatively simple on most tracks ... (French) read moreCD
It must have cost Barrabas plenty to make the heart-shaped manhole on the cover of this album – but given the sound of the grooves, the money was well worth it! The set's a fair bit tighter than their earliest work from Spain – but also a great direction for their styles – one ... (Soul) read moreCD
There's never been another pianist like Kenny Barron – and after all these years, he's still one of the few players who can grab our ears right away with each new album – and remind us again why each of his records seems so essential! Barron comes on strong and soulfully right from the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the best moments from Kenny Barron's early 90s run on Candid Records – a stretch that really set the stage for the pianist's big return to the limelight in the latter part of the decade – but still retained all the relaxed, easygoing charm of his less-recorded 80s years. Barron' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gary Bartz —
Bartz ... CD Arista/FTG, 1980. New Copy ...
Sweet jazzy soul from Gary Bartz – proof that he always sounds great, no matter what the setting! Production is by the team of Mtume and Reggie Lucas – in a style that has all the jazzy sophistication of their own work – a nice extension of Gary's work at Capitol with Larry ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Larry Mizell! This is Gary Bartz's second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz artist, then expand it using additional ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the last Gary Bartz albums for Prestige – and a really unique session with a different feel than some of his earlier work! Gary's still got plenty of angular funk in his sound here – thanks to some edgey keyboards from Hubert Eaves – but he's also tightened things up a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest Tony Bennett albums you could ever hope to buy – a really wonderful album that features backings by the Count Basie band, in the best swinging mode of their Roulette Records years! Tony always had a lot of jazz in his sound, but this album's a really special one ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most soulful gospel albums ever issued by Chess – the debut of singer Martha Bass, and a set that can almost stand up to other 60s label classics by artists like Mitty Collier or Fontella Bass! Gene Barge handles the arrangements, and things are nice and lean – just a bit of ... (Gospel) read moreCD
Batida ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
A sweet bit of Brazilian fusion from this great Dutch group! The album has the feel of some of the excellent Brazilian jazz sides coming out of the Bay Area during the late 70s – a mixture of electric and acoustic instrumentation, with lots of tight percussion, warm jazzy flourishes, and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An early 70s solo singer-songwriter effort from Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders Of The Purple Sage member Skip Battin – really doing his own thing here, with a barbed wit and distinctive sound – on songs purportedly co-written by Kim Fowley! Skip sings, plays bass and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Incredibly obscure sounds from the German electronic scene of the 70s – the only recording ever made by the duo of Wolfgang Baumann and Ata Koek – done at the legendary studio of Conny Plank, and only ever issued on a handful of quickly-lost, self-pressed copies! The sounds here remind ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the greatest records of all time – and don't you forget it! Despite the countless lines of type that have been written about this record, nothing does it full justice like an all-through listen – something we're reminded of every time we put this one on the turntable, which is a ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the greatest records of all time – and don't you forget it! Despite the countless lines of type that have been written about this record, nothing does it full justice like an all-through listen – something we're reminded of every time we put this one on the turntable, which is a ... (Rock) read moreCD
The complete Modern Records sessions by Jimmy Beasley – done for the famous LA label, but all recorded in Beasley's home town of New Orleans – with a very raw, early Crescent City vibe! Many of these cuts were done with the group of Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo's Studios – and they' ... (Soul) read moreCD
Genius work from The Beau Brummels – two albums that no fan of underground 60s rock should be without! First up is Triangle – a tremendous album from The Beau Brummels – one of the lesser-remembered groups from the late 60s Warner hipster heyday! At some level, the group's a ... (Rock) read moreCD
A classic album of stripped-down disco grooves – featuring spacey keyboard work from Boris Midney, and lots of heavy congas by Larry Washington! The real focus here is the instrumental work – those long, stretched-out grooves that seemed to be the trademark of the Miami scene in the ... (Soul) read moreCD
(This is an on-demand title printed in limited quantities.)
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fantastic work from Archie Bell & The Drells – an important record that bridges their earlier and later sounds! It's a key transitional album for the crew – as most of the album's in the harder rawer Texas funk groove of earlier year, but some of it features newer production by ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stormer from Archie Bell & The Drells – one of our favorite soul albums ever, and a masterpiece of mid-tempo soul! Archie Bell & The Drells sound amazing here – light years from the rougher funk of their earlier years, yet still with a groove that's undeniable – an ... (Soul) read moreCD
An incredible bit of southern funk – the first landmark LP by Archie Bell & The Drells, and the first big burst of energy from the Texas scene of the 60s! The album's incredible – with Archie up front on rough-hewn vocals, the band grooving in a mad tangle of guitar, bass, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great return to form for the legendary William Bell – one of the first singers to make the Stax Records label so great back in the 60s – finally back on the imprint, working here in one of the best settings he's had in decades! The album was recorded in New York, not Memphis – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Jorge Ben —
23 ... CD WEA (Japan), 1993. New Copy ...
Jorge Ben continues to take his samba soul groove into the future – working here on a sweet 90s variation of his earlier mode, complete with his own wonderfully soulful vocals in the lead! Instrumentation is a bit more electronic, but as with most Brazilian soul from the time, there's a lot ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Funky, soulful, and totally wonderful – a wicked late 70s live set from Jorge Ben – and one of his few post-Philips albums that really holds onto the best energy from earlier years! The date's a live one, and the group grooves in a style that's got plenty of Africa Brasil touches ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A landmark recording that is one of Jorge Ben's best albums ever! The album is a perfect realization of the way that Jorge mixes Brazilian rhythms with choppy Afro grooves – and the result is a masterpiece that yeilded some of his biggest tracks ever. Included here is the great choppy funk ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
A pivotal album from Jorge Ben – a set that's got the singer back on top of the international market – showing the world the wonderfully soulful sounds he was cooking up in Brazil during the 80s! The record's got the same fluid bounce of his Som Livre sets from a few years before ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Benny Sings —
Studio ... CD Jakarta (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of later gems from Brook Benton – back to back on a single CD – and with a bonus track too! First up is Home Style – wonderful work from Brook Benton – and the kind of record that always gets overlooked in discussions of southern soul, but which is proof that Benton's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great run of music from a really key point in the career of the great Brook Benton – a time when all the country soul ideas he'd been brewing for years were finally able to hit a level of mature, modern expression! The music here begins with a few late 60s singles for Reprise Records ... (Soul) read moreCD
Don't think "rock", think "groove" – because oud player John Berberian takes his instrument into some very groovy territory here – mixing its Mid-East roots with a sweet array of modal rhythms and psychedelic elements – all of which make for an album that's ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Bob Berg's always been a heck of a great tenor player, but he sounds especially great on this early album as a leader – a tight and soulful session cut with Cedar Walton on keyboards, Al Foster on drums, and Tom Harrell on trumpet! The groove here is freewheeling but straightforward – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tremendous work from the great Josh Berman – one of the most important musicians on the Chicago underground scene of the past decade or so – not just for his work on cornet, but also for his warmly collaborative and supportive spirit! That quality really comes through here – on a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Keyboardist Warren Bernhardt was always a key part of the fusion scene in the late 70s – but he was also a musician who was maybe a bit apart from it, too – as he would allow himself some more introspective moments than some of his contemporaries – even while turning out some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Elmer Bernstein/Vikki Carr —
Silencers ... CD RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1966. New Copy ...
The groovy groovy soundtrack to the first Matt Helm film – starring Dean Martin as a 60s master of intrigue! Elmer Bernstein handled the soundtrack with a really great approach – jazz, swinging, and with plenty of mod 60s bits – very much in some of the same territory as Lalo ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Peter Bernstein —
Let Loose ... CD Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy ...
Guitarist Peter Bernstein lets loose wonderfully here – opening up those ringing tones we love so much in his playing – chromatic hues that illuminate the record right from the start, given soulful underscoring from the trio of Gerald Clayton on piano, Doug Weiss on bass, and Bill ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The great second chapter of the career of Richard Berry – a west coast singer who first started out in a raw R&B mode, here making a bit of a shift to early soul styles – with plenty of help from producer Gary Paxton! The set brings together late 50s sides with The Pharoahs, all ... (Soul) read moreCD
Raunchy R&B from the great (and vastly underrated) Richard Berry! Berry was a key singer in the west coast scene of the 50s – with a style, sound, and raw sense of power that makes him as important a pre-soul figure as Johnny Guitar Watson and Larry Williams! The set's got 28 cuts in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mindblowing music from Harry Bertoia – a sculptor, but one who was equally concerned with sound as he was with material structures! Most of Bertoia's objects were designed to be as musical as they were structural – often created of metal, and designed to create sound – either ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
One of Maria Bethania's best albums of the 80s – a set that has the singer almost hitting a more personal, more intimate mode – working with music from Caetano Veloso that helps bring in a closeness that Bethania was sometimes missing in her sound! The approach is a bit jazzy at times ... (Brazil) read moreCD
It's a long long way from Destiny's Child – as Beyonce comes on here with a righteous power she's never had before – much more message-oriented, and with larger agenda than the catchy pop of her youth! The album got quite a buzz before release, and definitely lives up to that promise ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade film!)
Bilal gets some amazing help this time around from super-hip producer Adrian Younge – who really helps the singer reinvent his sound! The album's got a funky depth we've never heard from Bilal before – lots of those old school, 70s-styled soundtrack funk touches that Younge's so great ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Nat Birchall —
Creation ... CD Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Reedman Nat Birchall has been delighting our ears for almost a decade now – and during all that time, we've just grown more and more in love with his music – and continue to feel that he's one of the crowning jazz talents of our generation! Birchall belongs in the same spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Walter Bishop Jr —
Old Folks ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A lost little session from pianist Walter Bishop – one that has the pianist working at an all acoustic level, and in a trio format that's a bit different than his other 70s sessions – but still totally great! The group features wonderful work from Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hard-burning Afro Funk combo from Brazil – a group who play in a style that's definitely got the best of both worlds in the mix – still going strong on this excellent third album! The set's got way more going on than usual in the rhythms – enough straight qualities to link the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Franco Bixio —
A Pugni Nudi ... CD Cinevox/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A funky soundtrack for this film about fist fighting – scored by the great Franco Bixio with the same sense of punch and power he brought to his crime and cop scores! The music's got this great blend of strings and pulsating passages – a sense of drama that's never overdone, and which ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Solid hip hop soul by BJ The Chicago Kid – featuring support from a star-studded guest roster that includes Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Big Krit and more! It's fitting that BJ should get a high profile headlining effort of his own – on Motown, of all labels – after years of ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Bill Black and his classic combo – but with a sound that's a lot more Stax Records than usual! The grooves are gritty right from the get-go – no surprise, given that the back cover notes begin with an anecdotal definition of funk – one that Black and his group clearly seem to ... (Soul) read moreCD
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A totally great group – all hip leaders who've given us great records on their own in recent years, working together here as a combo with a really fresh sound of its own! The music draws on the strengths of the individual members, but also really pushes forward, too – as their unified ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The third album from Black Heat – and quite possibly the funkiest of the bunch – thanks to an even tighter sound than before, and lots of emphasis on the bottom of the groove! The group's got a few more members than before, but their sound is somehow even leaner – a really tight ... (Soul) read moreCD
Two of the later Blackbyrds LPs on one CD! Action is a great little sleeper from the Blackbyrds – a record that never gets as much due as their earlier records that have a hard funky feel, but offer instead a tasty batch of smoother jazz funk numbers that show the group still continuing to ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great album of funky dancefloor tunes! Originally issued in 1978, and clearly for the New York dancefloor crowd – the record takes the earlier work of funk group The Blackbyrds, and remixes the tracks slightly to pump up the groove a bit for the dancers. While the approach might not sound ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sallie Blair never cut many records back in the day – but she's a hell of a great singer, and one with a really memorable approach! As you might guess from the image on the cover, Sallie's got a fair bit of personality – a way of putting over a tune that's really compelling, and a lot ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Ran Blake —
Film Noir ... CD Novus/International Phonograph, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ...
One of the most evocative albums we've ever heard from pianist Ran Blake – a set that's got all the sharp edges of some of his most adventurous solo work, but one that also has Ran working in a few different settings, often with a very poetic feel! The set's not a hokey retro-crime record ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tenorists Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek return again with their Reeds Ramble group – although the name of that lineup's a bit misleading – given the strong direction and focus we hear in both players! In fact, there's hardly a sense of "ramble" at all – as the solos are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Blakey —
Cu-Bop ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
A rare Jubilee Records album from Art Blakey – one of his non-Blue Note sets from the late 50s, cut during the year of 1957 – a time when the Jazz Messengers were hopping around a lot of different labels! This version of the group is searing and soulful – and features Johnny ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An obscure Jazz Messengers session – but a great one! The album is ostensibly a set of jazz versions of tunes from the musical Golden Boy, and the group this time is a larger one than usual – a total of 10 players, led by Blakey – and playing beautifully over arrangements from ... (Jazz) read moreCD