Bang have opened up their lineup a bit since their tight debut as a trio – but the core energy of their music is very firmly still in place – right down to the excellent sound they get recording down at the Criteria Studios in Miami! These guys are one of those groups that should have ... (Rock) 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 haunting little record that's way more than the romantic tunes you'd guess from the title – as Yishak Banjaw is a really fantastic keyboard player – and works with sounds here that sound more like outerspace electronics than any love songs we've ever heard! There's definitely ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Late Bar-Kays – when the group were getting the "rock" out of their grooves, hitting the bass a lot heavier than before, and opening up in that slicker funkier style of the late 70s. Given that the group had a big hand in defining the sound and style of mainstream funk in the years ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 killers from The Bar-Kays – a heavy funk spectacular all the way through! First up is Gotta Groove – amazing work from the new version of The Bar-Kays – a group who reformed to become a combo as heavy as any of the best funky groups from Detroit, LA, or New York at the time! ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first-ever full length collection of work by Memphis singer Barbara Brown – a vocalist who appeared both as a solo act, and with her sisters – on a variety of singles for labels like Cadet, Atlantic, Tower, and MGM in the late 60s and early 70s! Barbara's got a deep, rich voice ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ayu ... CD Mr Bongo (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Very cool sounds from this unique Brazilian group – an ensemble whose music mostly comes from their voices and percussive sounds made on their bodies! The approach is surprisingly great – and maybe not nearly as squishy as you'd expect – as there's a clean, clear sound to the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
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
One of the greatest moments ever from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – and that's saying a lot, given that by the time of this recording, he'd already had a great 60s run as an avant jazz musician, and started the 70s with a string of albums that criss-crossed jazz and South American musical ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Saul Barbosa may be on the cover, but the record's got a really wonderful female singer on most tracks – a sophisticated Brazilian vocalist who's perfect for the complicated, jazzy vibe of the tunes! The singer almost reminds us a bit of Joyce at times – especially in the way her ... (Brazil) 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 trio of albums that pair RCA country star Bobby Bare with some of the label's female singers – all brought together with bonus tracks too! Tunes For Two is one of the magical pairings of Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis – both rising stars in the RCA country lineup of the 60s – ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Genius early work from Pierre Barouh – the artist best known for his contribution to the film A Man & A Woman, but also the owner of the legendary Saravah Records label – one of the grooviest imprints around! The set is a real move forward from Barouh's earlier material, which was ... (French) 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
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
Vincente Barreto —
Cambaco ... CD Guara (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from Vicente Barreto – an artist who's been making music for decades in Brazil, but maybe has never sounded this fresh or exciting before! The set's got a surprisingly sharp edge – much more like some of the much younger indie records from the scene, but with a depth ... (Brazil) 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
Kenny Barron —
Innocence ... CD Wolf/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
Sweet electric keys from Kenny Barron – one of those few excellent 70s albums that have the pianist hitting some Fender Rhodes! The record has Kenny playing electric on most of the set – in a mode that's as open, and spiritual as his best work for the Muse label – maybe even ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent collection of work from the great John Barry – one that focuses on his famous contributions for the James Bond films – but also includes other soundtrack and instrumental material as well! The set begins with the John Barry Plays 007 record – a brilliant album that ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wicked set from the great Gary Bartz – one done after his mid 70s association with Larry Mizell – but still very much in a similar groove! The album's a great blend of Gary's soulful alto work with sweet electric backings – often put together with that angular stepping mode he ... (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
A perfect illustration of the genius of guitarist Robbie Basho – a set recorded early in his career, but with music that's light years ahead of most of his contemporaries! Although a set of solo acoustic guitar tracks, the music isn't really folk – nor is it the sort of acoustic ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A great one from Basia – a record that has the Polish soul singer hitting even warmer, jazzier territory than before – as her style matures nicely with help from keyboardist Danny White, who co-wrote most of the material on the set! There's a nice current here of the best UK soul of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Late niceness from Count Basie – and a set that definitely lives up to its name – a really high energy set, and one of the few times that Basie ever recorded for the MPS label! The group here works with sharp arrangements from Chico O'Farrill – who's got that punchy groove he was ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from William Basinksi – an artist with an approach that's like nobody else we can think of, and which makes these two tracks sound very much in keeping with his famous Disintegration Loops project! As with that masterpiece, the work here revolves around the use of tape loops ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Franco Battiato —
Clic ... CD BMG (Italy), 1974. New Copy ...
Short works for voice and electronics – courtesy of Italian minimalist Franco Battiato! The greatest experimentalist is working here on piano, organ, metal, crystals, and vocals – with occasional help from other players – in a mode that reminds us of some of Brian Eno's more ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
One of the most bizarre early works by Italian composer Franco Battiato – a record with a fetus on the cover, an inside image of his paper-mache mother, with a walk-in birth canal, and a subtitle that reads "return to the new world"! The musical style mixes Battiato's mid 70s ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Haunting fragmented soundscapes by one of Italy's most compelling modern composers – the great Franco Battiato! Unlike his later, more rock-oriented work, this album is a set of spare tracks featuring piano, violin, and his ever alluring voice – a haunting blend brought together in a ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
A fantastic lost performance – only recently discovered by Peter Brotzmann in his tape archive – and a long-overdue presentation of a series of live duets with trombonist Johannes Bauer! The pair work together in a way that's almost like the best early spare sets on FMP – really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Baumann —
Romance 76 ... CD Virgin/Bureau B (Germany), 1976. New Copy ...
Mario Bauza, Paquito D'Rivera & Jorge Dalto —
Afro-Cuban Jazz ... CD Caiman/Yemaya (Spain), 1986. New Copy ...
One of the first records to return Mario Bauza to the glory of his initial years in Latin jazz – a set that's a real back-to-basics outing – with Bauza's alto at the head of a super-sharp group! The production style is a bit more modern than on the cubop sides of the late 40s, but the ... (Latin) 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
Tripped out folk and funk from Caroleen Beatty – singing here with backing from both Mushroom and Heavy Friends! The feel of the set is a bit like that of some of Mushroom's work – but more more song-based, given that Caroleen's in the lead on vocals – and as with Mushroom, there' ... (Rock) 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
Excellent early work from Gilbert Becaud – one of the most important French songwriters and singers of the late 50s and 60s – captured here in a live setting that's a nice change from the studio sounds of some of his bigger hits! The first half of the set is especially interesting, as ... (French) read moreCD
A cool little album from Joe Beck – very different than most of his other work! Although Beck's best known for his guitar work on funky 70s jazz records, this early album has him working in a mixture of rock, jazz, and folk styles – all cast in the hipster mode of Verve's Forecast ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty wild album – and a really wonderful mixture of funky fusion and Spanish guitar, featuring tunes written by flamenco guitarist Sabicas, backed by arrangements handled by funky guitarist Joe Beck! The sound is pretty darn incredible – way better than you might think, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Burak Bedikyan —
Awakening ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ...
A rock-solid set from pianist Burak Bedikyan – a player who seems to grow tremendously in the space between each new album! This set features all original material by Burak – songs that can be dark one minute, quietly sensitive the next – with a beauty that's not just captured by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album with a very evocative title – and a very evocative sound to match – just the bass of Jacek Benarek and the flute of Krzystof Zgraja – working together to make some hauntingly beautiful music! The approach might be considered jazz, but the sound is also quite loose and ... (Jazz) 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 fantastic collection of work from the overlooked Ego label – four rare albums, originally issued only overseas! First up is Dwellers On The High Plateau, by pianist Vince Benedetti – soaring, spiritual soul jazz! The set's built around the piano and compositions of Vince Benedetti ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare Tony Bennett material from a really unique source – a series of recordings that originally appeared on the Let's Go To Town radio show – a program sponsored by the National Guard, and never issued on any sort of commercial recordings! Bennett is at a wonderful point in his career ... (Vocalists) 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
A sweet funky classic from guitar genius George Benson – and a record that features some surprising soul arrangements from Pee Wee Ellis – also known for his classic work with the James Brown Band of the late 60s! Pee Wee's got a tighter groove here than on some of George's earlier CTI ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Blu-Spec CD pressing!)
George Benson —
Goodies ... CD Verve (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
A sweet set of goodies from the young George Benson – one of the early albums from a time when George was really taking off as a solo artist – and setting the world on fire with his new approach to jazz guitar! Arrangements are from the mighty Horace Ott – who also handled a lot ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic contemporary performance from Girma Beyene – a key artist in the golden age of Ethiopian, working here with the excellent Akale Wube quintet! Girma's one of a number of singers who went into exile during the changing political climate of the 70s – but in recent years, he'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
Jerry Bergonzi —
Lineage ... CD Red (Italy), 1989. New Copy ...
Low-burning tenor from Jerry Bergonzi – a player we grow to appreciate more and more as the years go by! Jerry starts this set off with a great reading of Joe Henderson's "Inner Urge" – which is a very apt choice, as Bergonzi's tenor has all the deep soul and modern edges we ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The tunes may be standards, by tenorist Jerry Bergonzi makes them into something else entirely with his performance here – taking these really open-ended runs on the familiar numbers, in these beautiful waves of soul and sound with Hammond organist Renato Chicco! The two work together at a ... (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
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
One of the weirdest Chuck Berry albums ever – and one of the greatest, too! The sound here is very different than the hard rockin Berry of the early days – and the record's got kind of a laidback, trippy, and slightly bluesy approach – one that has Chuck singing in these homey ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pretty fierce, full-on performance from this trio – improvised freely, and with a lot of intensity – in a way that you might expect from drummer Steve Noble and reedman Martin Kuchen, more than you'd guess from bassist Johan Berthling! Yet together, the three are a fantastic trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first new record in years from the legendary Sonambient label – the musical home of sculptor Harry Bertoia, whose creations were always made with their sonic properties in mind! The two pieces here are from Bertoia's tape archives – and both feature his unusual sound sculptures in ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
The beautiful image on the cover is a great summation of the sound of this set – as the live performance has all the power and majesty that Maria Bethania brought to her work, right from the start – but also maybe a bit more warmth than we'd normally expect! That spontaneous smile that ... (Brazil) 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
One of the earliest standout albums on MPS – a killer mid 60s session from pianist/vocalist Elsie Bianchi – working here in a very tight trio mode! Elsie only sings on about half the tracks, but all those are very very nice – done in a style that's got some of the cool touches of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A dream of a record from the LA spiritual underground of the 70s – and one of the only records we've ever seen from reedman Gary Bias! The date's got a soulful depth that makes it one of the most compelling albums on the legendary Nimbus label – a rhythmic pulse that's often modal, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
More of a journey than just a straight record – as this incredible 3CD set brings together all the recordings that went into Big Star's amazing Third (or 3rd if you please) – one of the best one-time lost rock albums of the 70s! How this could have ever been thought of as anything less ... (Rock) read moreCD
A masterpiece from Bilal – the record we knew he had in him all this time since 1st Born Second came out nearly a decade prior! Earlier in his career, Bilal was one of those distinct voices you'd hear assisting myriad singers and MCs on their singles, someone you knew should be a superstar ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Binker & Moses (Binker Golding/Moses Boyd) —
Dem Ones ... CD Gearbox (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
Just tenor and drums, coming together beautifully – the former from Binker Golding, the latter from Moses Boyd – a contemporary London duo who step out here in a soulful, almost spiritual mode! The music is loose, and very exploratory – yet never too free to swing – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A slightly different album than usual from saxophonist David Binney – a set that still features plenty of the leader's great work on alto sax, but which also includes a few electric textures, and sampled sonic moments – elements used sparely, on short tracks before the main instrumental ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest artists working on the French music scene in recent years – and one of the few who can really take us back to the days of older giants like Serge Gainsbourg or Jean-Claude Vannier! Biolay's got a reputation that's every bit as strong as both of them – two decades of ... (French) read moreCD
(Comes in a cool slipcover, with bonus poster too!)
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 ...
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 —
Coral Keys ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
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
An album with a very unusual vibe – one that showcases the Cape Verdean style of funana – a fast-moving groove that features accordion in the lead! That instrument is played here by Bitori – who was 57 years old at the time of the recording, but plays with the deft energy of a ... (Global Grooves) 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
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 ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A tremendous trio from the Italian soundtrack scene of the 70s – Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi, and Vince Tempera – all great talents on their own, but a real powerhouse of grooves when they got together on work like this! The Bixio-Fizzi-Tempera name always meant something extra-groovy ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Fantastic funk from the Italian scene – penned for a cop movie that was also known over here as The Hired Gun! The style here is even more of a cut above than usual for Italian crime – really on a par with the best American work of the period, particularly some of the extra-hip stuff ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Very unique artwork too – very cool!)
Bill Black —
Smokie ... CD Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
One of the earliest albums on Hi Records – and a full set of heavy instrumentals from the Bill Black Combo! The groove is more R&B than Memphis soul – and is especially heavy on the sorts of rolling rhythms you'd hear from New Orleans – a sound that had obviously filtered ... (Soul) 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
Their name may be a mouthful, but the Black Children Sledge Funk Band have a groove that's nice and lean – a wicked blend of basslines, percussion, and lots of riffing guitar – plus these very cool keyboards that wander over the grooves and give the whole thing a sweetly spacey vibe! ... (Global Grooves) 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
A lost bit of ensemble funk from the end of the 70s – served up in a mix of bass-heavy club and boogie styles! The group have a rolling groove that's a bit like some of the work by Instant Funk or other clubby funk acts – but the overall feel is a bit tighter and more small group-orient ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in ... (Hip Hop) 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
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Remastered edition – completely new version taken from the original source master tapes!)
A strange bit of soul from the later years of CTI – and one of the few albums we've ever seen from the enigmatic John Blair! Blair is an artist with a bit of a cosmic vibe – kind of a spacey sense of soul that maybe fits his appearance on the cover – and which is couched here in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tim Blake looks like he's sitting at the helm of a spaceship on the cover – and in a way, that's what his music was at the time – a way of taking off to the skies on waves of electronics, in the kinds of sounds that Blake first created in his Crystal Machine project, but which have an ... (Rock) read moreCD
5 classic Blue Note albums from Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers – packaged in a single set, with tiny LP-styled covers! First up is one of a number of Art Blakey albums titled after "Night In Tunisia" – and most likely the best! The tune is a perfect fit for the Blakey ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer work from this overlooked Art Blakey stretch of the mid 70s – a time when the drummer was getting back to basics, and re-igniting his music with help from some key younger players! This set sparkles with sharp tenor from the great David Schnitter – already a powerhouse out of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An Art Blakey double-header – two different groups, both recorded at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1987! Blakey was still completely on fire well into the 80s – and CD1 documents a great performance with an excellent group of young Jazz Messengers, all players who'd go onto great fame ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most stunning later sets from the great Art Blakey – a record that reminds us that although Blakey had a great talent for picking key younger players to work with during the 80s, he could also still be one hell of a drummer as well! The tracks here are incredibly long and open ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An explosive moment of greatness from the legendary Art Blakey – a record that takes off immediately, thanks to help from a young lineup that features Bobby Watson on alto, Valery Ponomarev on trumpet, and Dave Schnitter on tenor – three talents who would go onto become jazz legends in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Key proof that Art Blakey was still going strong in the late 70s – continuing his 60s legacy of working with the best young players he could find, in a setting that was bristling with sweet soul jazz energy! This version of The Jazz Messengers includes some tremendous players – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great Art Blakey lineup here, as usual – filled with fire from younger musicians who are really finding their voice in the Jazz Messengers – a group that includes Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Donald Harrison on alto, Jean Toussaint on tenor, and Mulgrew Miller on piano! Miller's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
There's nobody like Bobby Blue Bland on Duke Records – especially during the early years that are featured on this collection! Bland came out of Memphis with a very unique, really amazing sound right from the start – an approach to blues that was a lot more sophisticated than most of ... (Blues) read moreCD
Sweet 70s fusion from guitarist Toto Blanke – a set done a bit after his better-known record for Vertigo, and with a very similar vibe! The sound is very electric, and very much in the proggier end of jazz fusion – and Blanke gets superb help from keyboardist Jasper Van't Hof and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Theo Bleckmann —
Elegy ... CD ECM (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Theo Bleckmann's a singer unlike any other we can think of – a vocalist who moves in these moody, mysterious waves of sound – often quite dark, even on lighter material – and maybe one of the few male singers who's attempted to get anywhere near the modes of some of the more ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A gem of a record from Bliss Band – a group that features lead vocals and Fender Rhodes from Paul Bliss – who also turns out to be a hell of a songwriter too! Bliss has this sweet way of crafting a tune – AOR tight, but never too slick – that really special moment of the ... (Rock) read moreCD
These guys may have a name that evokes a Bob Dylan album, but their sound is something else entirely – a magical blend of simple instruments in a really unique way – and a songwriting voice that really sets these guys apart from the rest! There were so many great UK groups at the end ... (Rock) read moreCD
That's a really trippy cover on this second album from Blonde On Blonde – and the sound is nicely trippy, too – a bit more complex than on their debut album – with just the right dose of psych elements thrown into the mix of their well-crafted songs! Acoustic guitar actually gets ... (Rock) read moreCD