An overlooked set of samba jazz from the 60 – one that features three different groups, each with a very hip approach! The bulk of the album features the Aecio Flavio Sextet – a group that has some wonderful vibes and piano, used in ways that echo some of the best Elenco Records styles ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The album that brought the excellent, but heretofore underappreciated duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks into the band – and pretty much changed the fabric of 70s rock! Older fans of the Peter Green and Bob Welch Brit blues eras of Fleetwood Mac may have been in for a shock initially, ... (Rock) read moreCD
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A pair of albums by The Flock – with bonus tracks too! First up is the group's self-titled debut – far-reaching sounds from The Flock – a group who were maybe one of the best American acts at the end of the 60s to blend trippy rock with the big new wave of jazz fusion! These ... (Rock) read moreCD
Floratone (Matt Chamberlain & Bill Frisell) —
Floratone ... CD Blue Note, 2007. Used ...
2 Burritos LPs back-to-back on one CD! Gilded Palace Of Sin is truly a country rock masterpiece – one of the greatest rock(ish) albums of the late 60s – with traditionally structured nuggets that still manage to venture fully into the soulful, exploratory capacities of sunny 60s pop. ... (Rock) read moreCD
Henry Flynt in 1981, but sounding much more like some lost minimalist performance from the New York scene of the 60s – like sounds that might have come from John Cale or Tony Conrad – from the instrumentation right down to the spooky vibe of the production! The set features one long ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
A rare French funky set from the 70s – recorded in Paris, but apparently put together by Brazilian groovemeister Waltel Branco! The style is heavy on percussion – very funky, with plenty of jazz undercurrents too – in the best rare Brazil mode of the time – but given a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Roberto Fonseca —
ABUC ... CD Impulse, 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from pianist Roberto Fonseca – a set that deeply digs back into an older Afro-Cuban sound – as you might guess from the title's backward-spelling of Cuba! The music here is surprisingly rich and full – not just Cuban flavoring ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic work from Zelia Fonseca – singer, songwriter, and acoustic guitarist – working here in a special space that reminds us of some of our favorite female talents from the Brazilian scene of the 60s and 70s! The sound isn't bossa, nor any sort of easy mode to label – a bit ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Fools Gold are the duo of Denny Henson and Tom Kelly – two singers who have a great way of harmonizing together, and starting in a mode that might be a bit country at the core, but which gets a great AOR polish on this early 70s set! The vibe is both personal and well-crafted – all ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great material from the sessions for Jimmy Forrest's album All The Gin Is Gone – recorded by Delmark back in their early days, and done with an underground groove that Jimmy didn't always get on record! The core group on the album features players Jimmy was working with under the leadership ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Forro In The Dark sound better here than ever before – working with producer Kassin, on a set of tracks recorded both in Brooklyn and in Rio – with a vibe that's maybe more faithful to their Brazilian inspiration than any of their previous records! The core trio handle a fantastic ... (Brazil) read moreCD
With Jerry Gonzalez, Robin Eubanks, Kenny Barron, Wayne Dockery, Ronnie Burrage, Billy Hart and Steve Berrios. 9 numbers in all, including "Mind Games", "Laying It Down", "Awakening", "A Swing Touch", "Never Again Is Such A Long Time", "It Ain' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An obscure session by Sonny Fortune – but a great one, and the kind of record that delivers all the promise of his best 70s work! The session's a stripped down, back-to-basics one that has Fortune moving past the fusion modes of the mid 70s, and working with a quartet that includes Kenny ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully obscure set of jazzy soul from keyboardist Billy Foster – a musician who's been making waves on the scene in Gary, Indiana for many decades – but has never fully gotten his due! This project captures a younger Billy – working in a soul-based mode that blends vocals ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked set from the Gary scene – one of a handful of albums by pianist Billy Foster – a musician, radio host, and educator – with a legacy that almost makes him the Ramsey Lewis of his hometown! Billy cut some more keyboard-heavy albums in the 80s, but this record's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant work from a great player who never stopped growing! After a 70s career laced with some free and spiritual playing, Foster moves back to basics here by teaming up with pianist Horace Parlan and some European rhythm accompaniment – in a set that concentrates on tone, sound, and color! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Magical work by one of the greatest harmony groups ever! Four Freshmen & Five Saxes is one of our favorite sides by this excellent 50s vocal group – a tightly swinging batch of tracks with a really moody, modern edge! Half the set is arranged by the great Pete Rugolo, in the manner of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A masterpiece – and possibly the greatest record ever by the Four Freshmen! The album is arranged by Kentonite Pete Rugolo, who gives it a very dark feel – similar to his amazing work on June Christy's Something Cool album (which is a perfect complement to this one) – and he's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Late Capitol work by the Four Freshmen – 2 albums that are some of the most obscure in their catalog! More 4 Freshmen & Five Trombones is a fitting follow-up to the group's original album – one of the best in their 50s catalog, thanks largely to Pete Rugolo, who makes a return ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A totally fresh post-millennium take on the electric jazz sound of the late 70s & early 80s from Atlanta-based quartet 4 Korners – inspired by the funky fusion era, but really putting it in a timeless light of their own! We've always loved the sound that provides inspiration here – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Four Tops —
Singles ... CD Motown/BR Music (Holland), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ...
There's lots of great guitar/tenor interplay in this live set from Joel Frahm – a date that's recorded with a wonderfully warm feel that almost makes it top any of Frahm's studio sessions! Tracks are nice and long, and really balance a lot of Frahm's snaking tenor lines with the guitar of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful keyboard lines from Phil France – served up here in a mode that's partly jazz, maybe partly more laidback – and often in the kind of slow-building style we love on other records on the Gondwana label! There's almost a meditative vibe to the music – somewhere in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest groups to ever hit the Baltimore scene – and one who've never fully gotten their due, given that they recorded for a variety of different labels, on a career that never saw them issuing a full length LP! This set nicely corrects that fact, as it brings together cuts by ... (Soul) read moreCD
Aretha Franklin has a really classic sort of look on the cover – which is quite fitting, as the album's maybe one of her most classic records in years! The album has Franklin taking on songs by other famous female singers, but reworking nearly all of them in a style that's all her own – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Vocals by Aretha Franklin – taken to whole new territory in this unique mixing of modes! The set brings together core elements from classic Atlantic Records songs by Aretha – classics recorded during her late 60s/early 70s heyday for the label – and adds in these larger charts by ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 important early Aretha Franklin albums – back to back on a single CD! Runnin Out Of Fools is the birth of Aretha Franklin's soulful sound – a real change from the jazzier sound of her first two albums for Columbia, and a set that really shows some great sides of her talents! ... (Soul) read moreCD
Not much of a cover, but a great package of Erma's rare work from the early 60s! Most tracks on here are from the years 1961 or 1962, and appear to be the ones recorded around the time of Erma's rare Her Name Is Erma album – a debut effort cut for Columbia during the same stretch that her ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Henry Franklin —
Skipper ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
One of the greatest moments ever from west coast bassman Henry Franklin – a set of soaring, spiritual power – and a key demonstration of his rich energy as a leader! Franklin heads a wicked lineup here – playing both Fender and acoustic bass amidst other players who include Bill ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Remastered with updated artwork and new liner notes.)
Rodney Franklin's learning to love – and he's learning to groove, too – by adding in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of totally wonderful albums from sound library composer Mladen Franko – both originally released by the Sonoton label in Germany, and presented here as a single CD! Franko's less well-known than some of his bigger European contemporaries, but has a similarly deft hand with a groove in ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Drummer Nick Fraser leads the group, but we're in love with the contributions of all the individual members – including saxophonist Tony Malaby, who's at his creative tonal best – and the mix of Andrew Downing on cello and Rob Clutton on bass – performing together here in a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rhett Frazier here sounds better than ever – dropping the "Inc" that was part of his name on other recordings – and working in a groove that's maybe even more classic soul than before! The music is heavy on horns that seem to draw from a Memphis soul legacy – but the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Sam Frazier Jr —
Take Me Back ... CD Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess, Late 70s. New Copy ...
Rare and unreleased late 60s/early 70s Birmingham, Alabama soul by the great Sam Frazier Jr! Sam came to be better known as a bluesman over the years, but perfectly nails it here in a southern soul mode, recorded at Neal Hemphill's Sound Of Birmingham studio early in the 70s. It's really up there ... (Soul) read moreCD
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib —
Pinata ... CD Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ...
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Great tunes by two of our favorite jazz vocal composers ever – Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg, both of whom bring a wonderful sense of wit to their work! The session's a really loving tribute to these two great songwriters – and brings together material penned from the 50s onward, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A pair of albums from this lesser-known German improv group from the start of the 70s – two rare albums that are as free as their name, and which were both initially pressed in small runs of just a few hundred copies! The quartet have a surprisingly lyrical approach to their music at times ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Free Radicals (Kanno/Poll/Pett/Shorr?MacDonald) —
Free Radicals ... CD Leo (UK), 2017. Used ...
Chico Freeman —
Tangents ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ...
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic "discovery" of tenor saxophonist Von Freeman – one that was already relatively late in his career, but a key appearance on Atlantic under the auspices of Roland Kirk! The setting here is as loose and laidback as Von needs to really do his thing – backing by a trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little set from Friedman – a vastly underrated pianist who's working here as a bright young modernist in a trio with Chuck Israels on bass and Pete LaRoca on drums. The tracks have a freedom that reminds us a lot of Bill Evans' early work, with a warm lyricism that never gets too ... (Jazz) read moreCD
There's nothing "flashback" about this one – because the record's about as in-the-moment as you could be for jazz piano in the early 60s! Don Friedman's a really tremendous player at this point in his career – a sometimes unsung hero in the space between Bill Evans and Keith ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of overlooked albums from this sweet harmony group – back to back on a single CD! Love Can Make It Easier is a record that really has Friends Of Distinction stretching out nicely – maybe moving past some of the simpler pop of their roots, and hitting some sophisticated soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title's a great one here – as Gerardo Frisina has been one of the few contemporary artists trying to find a fresh voice for Latin Jazz – which he does beautifully by blending classic albums and a more current sense of club! The 2CD package brings together unreleased material with ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Fred Frith & Hans Koch —
You Are Here ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2017. New Copy ...
Stunning duets between two musicians who could been seen as sonic specialists as much as jazz improvisers – guitarist Fred Frith and reedman Hans Koch – both working here together in a set that's awash with unusual textures and tones! The performance is live, and features Frith on ... (Jazz) read moreCD