One of the greatest moments ever from bassist Miroslav Vitous – a very cool album recorded for the trippy Vortex label! The lineup here has Miroslav working with key help from the American underground – piano from Herbie Hancock, tenor from Joe Henderson, and drums from Jack DeJohnette ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of wonderful records from this legendary soul group – back to back on a single CD! First up is the Voices Of East Harlem album – masterpiece of sweet group soul! This was the first secular record cut by The Voices Of East Harlem – a group who'd had an earlier gospel-tinged ... (Soul) read moreCD
VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al) —
Five Stars ... CD Sony/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ...
A killer album by this legendary jazz supergroup – a Japanese-only set that we'd rank right up there with some of Herbie Hancock's Japanese albums from the same time! The group features Herbie on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bennie Wallace with Chick Corea —
Mystic Bridge ... CD Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1982. New Copy ...
Tenorist Bennie Wallace has a rock-solid group here – a quartet that features pianist Chick Corea hitting some of his more hard-edged acoustic modes – alongside the excellent bassist Eddie Gomez and Charles Mingus' drummer Dannie Richmond! The lineup is almost unusual, but works ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from bop legend George Wallington – one of the last records in an initial run of 50s strengths from the pianist – and a set that features some great original compositions of his own! The set's a bit unusual for Atlantic Records at the time – almost more of a Prestige ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great electric set from Cedar Walton – and a set that moves beyond his previous Mobius album, in case you couldn't guess from the title! The style here is a bit more tightly arranged – with some backup vocals on a few cuts, which underscore the core jazzy elements from Walton on a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet lost set from the mighty Cedar Walton – material recorded at the end of the 70s, and served up with feel that definitely matches that time! Cedar's playing Fender Rhodes on two of the album's seven tracks – and he uses the electric piano in this wonderfully blocky way – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cedar Walton —
Mobius ... CD RCA (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A real revelation from pianist Cedar Walton – an unusual electric album from the 70s – quite a surprise, given the mostly-acoustic sound of most of Cedar's other records! The album's a killer, though – and has this fresh, full take on funky jazz for the time – not the usual ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album that not only broke the bossa big in the US – but a set that also really helped transform the sound of the organ in jazz! Not only is the record a key meeting of bossa rhythms and jazz organ – transplanted hugely to the US after a big initial Wanderley run in 60s Brazil – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Ellen Andrea Wang —
Blank Out ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy ...
Compelling vocal work from Ellen Andrea Wang – a singer who also plays acoustic bass alongside her lyrics, which seems to unlock a jazzy current in the music! Wang's a new addition to the Jazzland label – and like some of the imprint's other work, there's a real genre-bending style ... (Rock) read moreCD
Gigantic genius from the late David S Ware – heard here in an unreleased performance from the final years of his time – at a time when his saxophone greatness was still very much in full flower! The group is a trio – with William Parker on bass and Warren Smith on drums – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent work from Dee Dee Warwick – Dionne's more soulful sister, and a heck of a singer! The record's got a mix of uptown soul production and deeper soul styles, with a sophisticated style that reminds us of Chicago work by singers like Joann Garrett, Marlena Shaw, or Ruby Andrews – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Albert Washington with Lonnie Mack —
Blues & Soul Man ... CD Fraternity/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
An overlooked genius who could easily stand next to the biggest talents of the Memphis scene – but who never totally got his due, given that Albert Washington mostly worked and recorded in Ohio! Yet that farther setting still also gave him a great home in the Fraternity label, who did a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A modern day spiritual jazz treasure – completely wonderful all the way through, and a set you might well file proudly next to your classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The record's as epic as it promises in the title – a three volume journey in jazz, headed by tenorist ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pure fantasticness from the great Kamasi Washington – a set that's much more compact than his sprawling Epic, but which has an equally wonderful vibe overall! The album features material that Washington performed at the Whitney Biennial – to accompany paintings by his sister – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kenny Washington —
Moanin ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Not the jazz drummer Kenny Washington, but a singer with the same name – really stretching out nicely here in a live set recorded in Copenhagen! Kenny's got a warm glow to his style, which gets a nice edge on the long performances here – recorded with an overseas trio that features ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The most righteous cover we've ever seen on a record from reedman Salim Washington – and a great indication of how righteous the music inside is as well! Salim has quietly been giving us genius over the past 20 years or so – and this album really continues that legacy – reaching ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Sadao Watanbe's excellent late 60s bossa albums – beautifully rich, but mellow readings of bossa nova numbers – in a way that takes music that had already been introduced to Japan a few years earlier, and gives it even wider exposure with Sadao's wonderfully soulful, jazz-based ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful bossa nova from 60s Japan – groundbreaking work from the young Sadao Watanabe! Like one of his obvious influences, Stan Getz, Watanabe had a great role in bringing the bossa nova out of Brazil – taking a music that had already been introduced to Japan a few years before, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A totally wonderful little record from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe – and maybe one of his funkiest albums too! There's a groove here that you don't always here on Watanabe's records – a nice modal bounce on the first cut, some fierce funky fusion at other points, and even a return ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful bossa from the Japanese scene of the 60s – a live set from saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, cut during a run of excellent Brazilian inspired sessions at the time! The group on the set is a sextet with Masabumi Kikuchi on piano – and although a few tracks appear to have additional ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Haunting early work from Japanese reed legend Sadao Watanabe – an artist who makes the record way more than just a set of familiar ballads! True, the set's a bit more mellow than some of Watanabe's other work of the time – but his work on alto and flute really have this subtle sort of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really great setting for the reed talents of the young Sadao Watanabe – as the music of Burt Bacharach and The Beatles give him a fresh showcase for his sound! The Bacharach material is handled a bit like Watanabe's take on bossa tunes – with fuller backings, but a strong focus on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really great meeting of talents – legendary reedman Sadao Watanabe, who'd already done plenty to bring the bossa nova to Japan by the time of this record – and a host of Brazilian musicians who further help him expand his groove! The combo is listed as Sadao's Brazilian 8 – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic collaboration between two very different reed talents – Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, and Boston legend Charlie Mariano – each of whom seemed to always push each other to new heights in their music! That's definitely the case here, as Charlie lets his growing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic album from saxophonist Sadao Watanabe – and one that stands at a real back-to-basics effort at a time when he was often recording in a more electric mode! The set has Sadao on alto, playing with the Great Jazz Trio of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Johnny Guitar Watson at the height of his 70s powers – working here on a fantastic live date that's a perfect showcase for his unique blend of soul, jazz, and blues – all delivered with a nicely hard edge! The set even begins with an instrumental workout, which gives the whole thing a ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 of Johnny Guitar Watson's best albums ever – back to back on a single CD! First up is Listen – quite possibly the rarest of all Johnny Guitar Watson albums – and his first from the 70s – a mindblowing batch of trippy soul tunes that sounds far different than much of his ... (Soul) read moreCD
A funky fusion classic from guitarist Wah Wah Watson – his only album as a leader, despite countless appearances as a sideman on 70s soul, jazz, and pop sessions! The album's got a really wonderful sort of west coast groove – one that takes bits of spacey fusion, bassy funk, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from Weather Report – an album that has them picking up a bit more soul than before, and shaking off some of the experimental sounds of their roots – yet all in a way that still makes them one of the most revolutionary fusion combos of the time! There's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Doug Webb with Walt Weiskopf & Joel Frahm —
Triple Play ... CD Posi tone, 2015. New Copy ...
A triple-tenor powerhouse – as Doug Webb invites Walt Weiskopf and Joel Frahm in for the sessions – and things really begin to cook! The trio get this raw, spare accompaniment from Brian Charette on Hammond and Rudy Royston on drums – which leaves the tenors plenty of room to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A later set from the great Jimmy Webb – the crucial late 60s songwriter who created so many hits for other people before finally stepping out on his own! Jimmy's got a sound here that's a bit like his late 70s albums on Atlantic – well-produced, with maybe an undercurrent of soul ... (Rock) read moreCD
Frank Weber's a heck of a songwriter – maybe not the kind who will change your life, but the sort who can definitely pen a sweet little song that's just right for the AOR generation! These songs are surprisingly personal, but also have a nice sort of polish, too – never trying too hard ... (Rock) read moreCD
Excellent work from Frank Weber – maybe not the biggest name from the AOR generation, but maybe that's also what makes him so great! Frank wrote all the songs, and plays piano and Fender Rhodes in the small combo on the set – and there's a strength and focus here that's quite different ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great late life performance from Ben Webster – played in that sharp, raspy tone that makes some of his 70s live recordings so great! The setting is pretty easygoing and laid back – and Ben's working with a Dutch group that features Irv Rochlin on piano, Rob Langereis on bass, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joel Weiskopf —
Message ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist Joel Weiskopf has been making records for a number of years – but with each recent release, he seems to be honing his craft even more – able to balance darkness and light with effortless ease, but often in a way that never calls too much attention to itself, or to its maker! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Walt Weiskopf is fast becoming one of our favorite contemporary tenorists – a musician who's not just strong on his own instrument, but able to place himself amidst a very fresh setting with each new release! This set has Walt working with a top-shelf lineup of Positone labelmates – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tenor, vibes, and organ – a great combination here in the hands of leader Walt Weiskopf, who also wrote most of the tracks on the record! Walt's records have been some of our favorites on the Posi-Tone label in recent years – and here, he works with label heavyweights Behn Gillece on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Wellington – one that shows us that the 70s spirit of artists like Roy Ayers and the Mizell Brothers is alive and well – as long as you know where to look! The record's contemporary, but has a really classic blend of jazz and soul – one that ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Very cool package – a complete 72 page, hardcover book – with loads of notes on the band, and a huge amount of vintage images too!)
Bugge Wessltoft returns to a style that made us first fall in love with him many years back – a hip blend of jazzy instrumentation and more cosmic 21st Century touches – all wrapped up in that sweet style that first put Norway's Jazzland label on the map! Bugge's at the helm on Fender ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Previously unreleased live and studio material from Bugge Wesseltoft – more than a decade's worth of recordings, served up here on 3CDs! The package is a great testament to Bugge's sharp edge over the years – the sounds he first made at the forefront of the underground in the mid 90s, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
West Wing —
West Wing ... CD 20th Century/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A darn nice record, and one of the few rare side projects that Barry White handled while working with 20th Century Records – done during the same stretch as his other album projects with Danny Pearson, Tom Brock, and Gloria Scott! West Wing are an LA-based vocal group, with a sweet harmony ... (Soul) read moreCD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Diggin Universal Music – supervised by DJ Muro.)
Mike Westbrook live, and also a bit more stripped-down than on some of his earlier albums – less of the high concept presentation overall, and more in the mode of the sharper edges of the British scene of the time! The tracks are all longish, and nicely open at points – flowing with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A whole new side of genius from the mighty Andrew White – a set that offers some saxophone quintet and sextet performances in which the reedman sometimes seems to work by himself, using overdubs, sometimes in unnamed groups – with a sound that's really amazing! The work here is partly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A flurry of incredible sounds from saxophonist Andrew White – material that has the musician at his most experimental, and his most personal too! The package features lots of different pieces composed by White – performed in ways that sometimes feature solo saxophone, sometimes a sax ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maybe the richest volume so far in this excellent series of works by saxophonist Andrew White – a massive batch of recordings that features White working with a big band, a woodwind quintet, and even a string quartet – all to offer up amazing variations on his music! Almost all the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album that reveals a surprising side of the talents of saxophonist Andrew White – his ability to mix jazz and more "serious" music – heard here on tracks that blend jazz performance with string, woodwind, and chamber music modes! White plays oboe, alto, and English horn ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first CD in this great series – which marks the long-awaited CD debut of some of Andrew White's own albums from the 70s! First up is the oddly-titled Saxophonitis – and if saxophonitis is a disease, we're ready to catch it – especially when it's reedman Andrew White who's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of great records from saxophonist Andrew White – back to back on a single CD! First up is I Love Japan – a great second set from Andrew White's One Step series – a record dedicated to jazz listeners in Japan, but featuring some core elements from the American scene of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare tracks from reedman Andrew White's own label – almost all recorded during that mid 70s stretch when White was really on fire, and making some important contributions to the DC jazz scene! White's a hell of a player, and if you've never heard him before, this set's a great place to start ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Barry White was one of the undisputed geniuses of 70s soul – a completely new force that helped the music find even more soul and sophistication than ever before – all while still sounding plenty funky too! And while Barry's albums of the decade were mega-hits – as were his ... (Soul) read moreCD
Barry White was one of the undisputed geniuses of 70s soul – a completely new force that helped the music find even more soul and sophistication than ever before – all while still sounding plenty funky too! And while Barry's albums of the decade were mega-hits – as were his ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stunner of a soundtrack from the maestro Barry White – his only entry into the blacksploitation film genre of the 70s, and a complete doozy throughout! For the album, Barry's stripped down the bigger space of his own records, and his Love Unlimited productions – into some shorter ... (Soul) read moreCD
The complete Vocalion and Okeh Records 78s of the great Bukka White – a blues singer who was maybe a few years later than some of the first big stars from the Mississippi scene – but who's gone onto have a legacy and impact that will last for years to come! Bukka's got a very strong ... (Blues) read moreCD
Drummer Lenny White was one of the strongest talents on the kit to emerge during the 70s fusion years – a player who was every bit as tight and powerful as Billy Cobham, and maybe even more far-reaching in his style – as you might guess from the cosmic image on the cover! The album's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two early albums from Barrence Whitfield & The Savages – both on CD for the first time! First up is Dig Yourself – a mid 80s set that hearkens back to the years of 60s soul and garage – served up by one of the hardest working Boston bands of the time – a real precursor ... (Soul) read moreCD
A funky soul double-header – one that features live material both by Osaka Monaurail and the legendary Marva Whitney! The set starts out with a few tracks by OM – playing in that razor-sharp, James Brown-inspired groove that we love so much – easily the greatest contemporary JB-dr ... (Soul) read moreCD
(CD comes in slimline case, but with full artwork insert, and professionally printed CD art. Also features some bonus video material too!)
Let's just begin by saying that this album features a 33 minute version of "My Generation"! We probably don't even need to say more, but we will exclaim that this is a searing little live set from The Who – one that comes on with the same sort of power as their legendary Live At ... (Rock) read moreCD
The complete singles of The Who – but a set that's way more than just a greatest hits package, as it features lots of unusual b-sides that weren't on the famous albums by the group! The package features 86 tracks in all – almost a surprisingly small number, given the importance of The ... (Rock) read moreCD
Sublime spiritual sounds from reedman Chip Wickham – part of the new revival of soulful 70s modes that we see in the music of Nat Birchall and Matthew Halsall! Chip lists both of these musicians as key influence in the notes, and we can definitely hear that in the music, too – which is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jurg Wickihalder/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli —
Beyond ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2017. New Copy ...
Reedman Jurg Wickihalder is definitely the star of the trio here – really setting the tone with his fast flurry of notes and sounds on soprano, alto, and tenor sax – often blown with a deftness that's amazing, especially when he hews to more tuneful territory! Drummer Lucas Niggli can ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the records that really put saxophonist Scott Hamilton on the map – a well-matched set with reedman Bob Wilber, and a date that has each player taking a different end of the sonic spectrum! Wilber blows alto, soprano, and clarinet – often with a style that maybe hints at trade, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A timeless jangly country rock album from a band that didn't sound like it was setting out to reinvent the wheel, even if they ultimately almost did! At the time, pressure was pretty high to live up the preceding legacy of Uncle Tupelo and the contemporaneous debut of Son Volt, but in hindsight, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A modern country rock masterpiece. Wilco's second album, an unlikely (for its time) major label double album does an incredible job of showing stylistic breadth and sprawl behind lyrical and emotional consistency, arrangements-wise recalling the best of the band's more adventurously rootsy forbears ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wild Cherry may have been one-hit wonders – but MAN, what a hit! At the time of release, "Play That Funky Music" was seen as a joke on the disco movement – but all these many years later, a quick dip into this self-titled album will show you that Wild Cherry were actually the ... (Soul) read moreCD
An under-discovered combo from the best Brit psych years of the 60s – finally given their due here, in a collection that brings together their rare few singles, plus lots of other unreleased material – all handled by UK maestro Shel Talmy in the studio! The group are really different ... (Rock) read moreCD
Jack Wilkins —
Windows ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Beautiful work from guitarist Jack Wilkins – maybe one of his cleanest, coolest records of all time – and a set that really demonstrates the rich chromatic power of the young musician! The album's a trio date – with Mike Moore on electric and acoustic bass, and Bill Goodwin on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Will Sessions featuring Amp Fiddler —
Kindred Live ... CD Sessions Sounds, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic step forward for Detroit's hip Will Sessions combo – a set that's every bit as funky as their previous work, but also has a soaring fusion vibe as well! Amp Fiddler's with the group on keyboards – and with his help, they hit sort of a Bitches Brew vibe here – a style ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Andy Williams like you've never heard him before – singing jazz, and doing a hell of a job of it, too! Sure, Andy was known as a mainstream singer from his TV show of the 60s – but he could also work well in a jazz mode, too – especially with great small combo backing like this! ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Charles Williams —
Stickball ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Full-on funky backings for saxophonist Charles Williams – a set that almost has him in the same territory as Stanley Turrentine during his late 70s years on Fantasy Records, or Hank Crawford over at Kudu! The style here is a bit more lush than some of the other Mainstream Records dates of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little groover from saxophonist Charles Williams – possibly his strongest album ever, and a set that features some rare funky work from a young Don Pullen! There's a slightly bluesy undercurrent to a few cuts – thanks to organ from Pullen and guitar from Cornell Dupree – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A treasure trove of work from Deniece Williams – one of the coolest, classiest soul singers to hit the mainstream at the end of the 70s! Williams has roots that go deep in the Chicago scene – including young work under the name of Deniece Chandler – but this set picks off from ... (Soul) read moreCD
A seminal set in the career of Deniece Williams – a set that really helped her find the voice she'd use more strongly in the 80s, but one that still holds onto all the best strongly soul styles of her earlier work! There's a catchy bounce here that's quite compelling – but the overall ... (Soul) read moreCD
A killer batch of clubby soul from Esther Williams – done with a great New York sound that' perfectly mixes funk and soul! Esther's maybe best known for some of her funky 45 material, but she sounds great here storming the modern dancefloor too – often coming across with a glow that's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic rare slice of work from the legendary Hank Williams – very stripped-down recordings that are pulled from home demos and radio appearances – and which stand strongly next to Hank's more famous singles of the time! The presentation of the music is surprisingly strong – ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Joe Williams & Harry Sweets Edison —
Together ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
A gem of a record from this pair of Basie-ites – one that allows Joe Williams to hit some different modes than on his fuller records with the Count – set up here in a nicely relaxed groove with trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, but are more laidback than ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A rare funk album from west coast legend Larry Williams – very different than his heavy R&B of the late 50s, or the brief soul comeback he had with Johnny Guitar Watson in the 60s – and instead a heavy groover with a trippy Cali sound! The record's got a sharp groove right from the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderfully weird record from the mighty Mason Williams – a set that's filled with lots of cool little surprises at each new twist and turn – yet which also comes across with a really solid, tuneful feel overall! The album's got a bit of folk, a bit of moog, and a bit of kitsch ... (Rock) read moreCD
A fantastic early soundtrack from the great Pat Williams – cut around the same 60s stretch that he was doing his wonderful albums for Verve – in the years before he'd break bigger with TV work for The Bob Newhart Show and other 70s programs! The tracks have loads of easy, bossa, and ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A soundtrack for a very silly movie – and one of the oddest albums ever recorded by the great Paul Williams – who both sings and stars in the movie as the phantom in the title! The tunes have a surprisingly heartfelt quality that really comes out when you hear them away from the movie ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Tony Williams Lifetime —
Emergency ... CD Polydor/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ...
A seminal jazz rock statement from drummer Tony Williams – one that has him stepping out quite far from his original "new thing" recordings of the mid 60s! The album's got a genre-forming sound that's incredibly fierce – a power trio churning of Williams drums, John ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A full-on sonic assault from the version of Tony Williams' Lifetime that featured guitar from the pyrotechnic Allan Holdsworth – holding the spot in the group that John McLaughlin had famously taken at the end of the 60s – and pushing the combo with even more dynamic range than before! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the only early full albums from Viola Wills – a soul singer who'd been bubbling under for years, but hardly ever got her time in the sun! Most tracks here are older numbers, redone in a sweet disco groove – and the sound is surprisingly strong, and hardly what you'd expect from ... (Soul) read moreCD
We've always loved Spike Wilner as a pianist, but this set's also a great reminder that he's a hell of a composer too – as all the tracks, save one, are originals by Wilner – and played by a strong quintet of all-stars from the Smalls club that he manages himself! The album's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Five full Blue Note albums from singer Cassandra Wilson – all packaged here in tiny LP-styled sleeves! First up is Blue Light Til Dawn – a beautiful early album from Cassandra Wilson – a singer who already had a really deep sound, right at the start – and definitely hit her ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Pianist Jack Wilson is one of our favorite underdiscovered talents of the 60's – and we treasure all of the albums we can find by him. His lyrical writing and playing are extremely refreshing, and he manages to spin out long free lines on the piano, while also still keeping a very soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Phillip Wilson with Olu Dara —
Esoteric ... CD Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy Gatefold ...
Percussionist Phillip Wilson's got his name on the cover, but the set's a very collaborative outing with trumpeter Olu Dara – recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson with a very free-thinking, open style that bridges both American and European modes of free jazz at the time! Wilson plays both a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Solo work from Precious Wilson – the singer who'd spent most of the late 70s fronting the group Eruption – but is out here in the lead, with support from the group Sky Train! The style's somewhat similar to Wilson's work with Eruption – especially with the focus on her very ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hammond hero Reuben Wilson's on Broadway – and he hits a massively soulful groove that's light years from the cliched sounds of the great white way! The set's one of the tightest cookers from Wilson's early years on Blue Note – and has a vibe that's a bit different than the rest, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Norma Winstone won us on this album right away – with a leadoff take on Michel Legrand's "His Eyes Her Eyes" – which is then followed by a range of well-selected songs from film soundtracks! In keeping with Winstone's long legacy in music, the choices and presentation are ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from vocalist Norma Winstone – a set that really helps bring her talents into sharp focus! Like Karin Krog, Annette Peacock, Sheila Jordan, and other female jazz singers of her generation, Winstone was always pushing the boundaries of her craft – taking ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Four full albums from legendary Texas Rocker Edgar Winter – all of his solo material recorded away from his White Trash group during the 70s, plus bonus tracks too! Winter starts this run with music that's a nice refinement of blues rock roots – sometimes a bit more personal than his ... (Rock) read moreCD
A huge collection of work from Edgar Winter's White Trash group – a groundbreaking funky blues rock group, and one that maybe pushed Edgar's music even more strongly than that of his brother Johnny! Winter draws on strong Texas roots here – blending blues and psych elements with a hard ... (Rock) read moreCD
Diane Witherspoon —
Live ... CD Life Force Jazz, 2016. New Copy ...
A very hip singer, and one of the most righteous jazz vocal albums we've heard in while! Diane Witherspoon has family ties to Jimmy Witherspoon, but her style here is completely different – in that mode of jazz singing that's way past torch, way past standards, and in much hipper territory ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Early work from Jimmy Witherspoon – but the kind of sides that show that Jim had something different to offer, even from the start! The music's partly in the hip R&B mode of LA in the postwar years, but there's also a deeper sort of sound too – a bit of jazz swinging amidst the ... (Blues) read moreCD
Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Woima Collective —
Tezeta ... CD Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2010. New Copy ...
An amazing set of Ethiopian-styled grooves – recorded recently, but with a sound that's right up there with some of our favorite Mulatu albums of the 70s! The group here really know their stuff – and they work in a beautiful blend of bottom-heavy percussion and unique horn phrasings ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The cover looks contemporary, but Raven Wolf plays in a style that goes back through generations – mostly blowing wood flute here, often over spare percussion – on tunes that have a slightly mystical, slightly spiritual current overall! The album's hardly got any other ornamentation at ... (Jazz) read moreCD