Nicely angular work from drummer Tony Arco – a trio set that swings along with some really dynamic energy! Tony's got a way of leading a trio that puts his drums on an even par with the piano – played wonderfully in this case by Roberto Tarenzi, a player who almost has as much rhythmic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The landmark first album from Joan Armatrading – a singer who's almost a genre unto herself! The album's awash with Joan's early collaborations with songwriter Pam Nestor – pairing hear with Armatrading at a level that's almost like that of Bernie Taupin and Elton John during the same ... (Soul) read moreCD
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A surprising gem from Louis' later years – most famous for the title hit, but a great album all the way through! Louis is more of a singer than a musician on the set – and he's working with arrangements steeped in warmth and nostalgia – going for an instantly-ancient sound that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful little samba harmony group – one with a sound that recalls the best groups of the genre from late 60s Brazil! Arranco De Varsovia blend together male and female voices in a wonderfully warm sort of way – recalling the work of Conjunto Sambacana with their lively approach to ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Fantastic funky soul from Steve Arrington – the drummer who got his start in Slave, then really exploded on his own with a host of great records in the 80s! This batch of tracks is from those key initial solo years – and the set not only features all the key cuts that Steve recorded ... (Soul) read moreCD
A nice batch of salsa tunes from Arroyo. Tracks include three originals – "Llanto Ven LLanto Va", "Fuego" and "El Monstruo" and others such as "Mueve Un Pie", "Tania II", "Tumanye", and "El Sapo". (Latin) CD
(Out of print.)
Lucas Arruda —
Solar ... CD Favorite (France), 2015. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Stunning work from Lucas Arruda – a record we love even more than his first – and we totally loved that one to death! The sound here is prime Brazilian 70s at its best – that magical moment when jazz, fusion, and older bossa-schooled styles all came together in a really unique ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A seminal moment for the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – one of their first albums for a widely-distributed label, and an exceptionally strong live performance that really gets to the core of the group's unique approach! The material was recorded at the Ann Arbor Festival in 1972 – and has ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible package – and one that features three of the most important records ever cut by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! All three albums were recorded at the Saravah Studios in the summer of 1969 – during a time when the Art Ensemble of Chicago were making big waves on the Parisian ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Zoyd —
Haxan ... CD Atonal (Germany), 1996. Used ...
A great debut from Arthur Lee Harper – an artist who might have been a folk singer a few years before, but who sounds a lot trippier on this rare album for Lee Hazelwood's LHI label! Harper was a minor hanger-on during the LA scene of the 60s, but was championed by Hazlewood – who ... (Rock) read moreCD
Killer work from this Chicago soul group – a set that brings together all the beautiful best the Artistics recorded for Brunswick Records! At the label, the group had that soaring, lilting vibe that virtually defined the Chicago group sound at the end of the 60s – a bit more punch than ... (Soul) read moreCD
The songbird that keeps The Inc afloat returns! This third full length is once again produced by the Inc staff of 7 Aurlelius, Chink Santana and features appearances by Ja Rule and TI. Tracks include "Still Down" feat TI, "Only U", "Focus", "Don't Let Them" ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the grooviest Dorothy Ashby albums of the 60s – a set that has her already-great jazz work on harp backed by Chicago soul arrangements from Richard Evans – all in a blend that's somewhere in the territory of the Soulful Strings, but even groovier! And as an added bonus, Odell ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great stuff by the grooviest artist ever to play a harp! Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of in terms of bedtime lullabies, she actually makes it swing nicely, and with a soulful sound that draws back to traditions of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great follow-up to the previous collaboration between pianist Ehud Asherie and tenorist Harry Allen – this time titled after a darker corner of downtown New York! As with the other date, this one features no other instrumentation at all – just warmly expressive duets on piano and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothing too high-toned here, despite the title – as the set's a nicely mellow batch of duets between pianist Ehud Asherie and tenorist Harry Allen – caught in a laidback, open-ended style that's mighty nice! As with some of Allen's best work, there's a strong sense of nostalgia going ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut ... (Soul) read moreCD
Darn solid work from Ashford & Simpson – one of the duo's biggest albums for Capitol Records, and a great set from their 80s run for the label! The groove here is a bit more heavy on keyboards and beats than before, but the pair still keep things plenty soulful with their positive, ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really amazing set of recordings – vocal sessions done by Fred Astaire in the later season of his career – recorded in the studio with intimate backing by a Verve group that includes Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Charlie Shavers, and Flip Phillips! The material features lovely new ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great little compilation from Aswad – issued the same year as their mighty, mighty New Chapter set! Showcase collects Aswad's early singles and documents their formative years very nicely. The sound of these 6 longish tracks has all the militancy that would fall away in their later pop ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Ata Kak —
Obaa Sima ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy ...
Rare work from an artist who was born in Ghana, spent time in Germany, and recorded this underground cassette-only release in Toronto during the early 90s! The music has this very odd pan-national style that references Ata Kak's Ghanian roots, but also brings in some cool electronics that must ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Includes bonus download code.)
Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance Band —
African Carnival ... CD Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s/1980s. Used 2CD ...
Funky African work from Fred Fisher – a Nigerian trombonist who crafted his own unique groove at the end of the 70s! Fred both sings and plays trombone – the latter with a Fred Wesley-like soulfulness – and his rhythms here are really wide-ranging, and embrace a host of new ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The title's certainly right on this one – because Atlantic Starr serve up a really brilliant blend of electro funk and mainstream soul – balanced with that near-perfect sound that made them one of the best groups of their generation! Despite the size of the combo, the sound is ... (Soul) read moreCD
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one ... (Soul) read moreCD
Quite possibly the greatest album to date from Atomic – a set that steps out with a bold, rich sound right from the start – giving the whole thing the feel of some lost classic slice of avant jazz, but with a freshness that definitely marks the set with plenty of Atomic energy too! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's a great one, as the album may well be the clearest musical vision we've heard from Atomic so far – a wonderful record that has the group at a level that's slightly more tuneful and straightforward, but all without losing any of their previous edge! There's still some key free ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maybe the most brilliant work so far from Atomic – and definite proof that this Swedish ensemble just keeps getting better and better with each new recording! Every player in the quintet is a star in his own right – Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and baritone sax, Magnus Broo on trumpet, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful record from Miguel Atwood Ferguson – an artist we first came to love for his work with the Carlos Nino spiritual jazz scene on the west coast – really stretching out on his own as a leader! Miguel plays viola, violin, and cello on the record – plus some piano as well ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Excellent work from Aurra – one of the most soulful acts on the legendary Salsoul label, a Slave offshoot group with a very similar groove! The set brings together 24 tracks that Aurra recorded for Salsoul – the bulk of most of their albums, plus some additional tracks from 12" ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet little album of funky instrumental guitar! The record's one of the most obscure on the Westbound label – and it features guitar player Donald Austin going to town on 13 short little cuts with a tripped-out funky groove – sometimes fuzzy, usually funky, and always with that ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Comes in a great little cardboard slipcase – replicating the old LP sleeve!)
Smooth jazzy soul from Patti Austin – pulled from her classic late 70s recordings for CTI! Patti brought a new sophistication to soul music during the time, working in a generation with singers like Jean Carn and Marlena Shaw to forge a whole new style of modern R&B. Some of Patti's ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Luis Eduardo Aute —
Aire ... CD Virgin, 1998. Used 2CD ...
Not a surf record, but a ski record – one recorded in a style that's very much in the best surf instrumental mode of the time – with guitars from Tommy Tedesco and Billy Strange, plus super-tight drums from the legendary Hal Blaine! Given the power of the group in the studio, the sound ... (Rock) read moreCD
The first chapter in the career of the Average White Band – presented here on 3 mighty albums, plus bonus tracks! First up is Show Your Hand (also issued in the US as Put It Where You Want It). Average White Band are most clearly associated with Atlantic Records during the 70s – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Soaring spiritual sounds from bassis Omer Avital – a musician we love more and more with each new record, and one who only seems to be honing his vision even more strongly over recent years! The material is all original by Avital – performed by a core quintet that features sparkling ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mirage ... CD Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer set of Danish modern jazz – recorded at the start of the 60s with a really searing lineup! The set's go-led by pianist Bent Axen and tenorist Bent Jaedig – two guys with a very hip approach to their music, an a keen ear for the sharper sides of jazz at the time – a blend ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Murat Aydemir & Salih Bilgin —
Neva ... CD Golden Horn, 2004. Used ...
A wonderful departure for Kevin Ayers – an album that's a lot lighter and more whimsical than his original fame with Soft Machine! The tunes are extremely playful, and often quite catchy – almost a Donovan-esque blend of folksy roots and jazz inflections – but tuned a bit more ... (Rock) read moreCD
An amazing set of tracks from one of our favorite artists ever – a whopping 33 track, 2CD compilation of some of the best of Roy's work for Polydor! Given the title, you can expect a very hip bent to the tracks picked for the set – lots of righteous politics and hip cultural themes ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stellar sounds from the great Roy Ayers – an early 80s album for Polydor, but a set that's still got the wonderfully tight, wonderfully groovy feel of his late 70s albums for the label! Roy's really perfected his sense of balance by this time – and does a great job of balancing ... (Soul) read moreCD
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