Apollo Brown —
Grandeur ... CD Mello Music Group, 2015. New Copy ...
A winning effort from one of the finer post-Dilla Detriot hip hop producers – gritty and soulful on the beats, brightly accented and moody on the more atmospheric touches, diverse and underground star-studded on rhymes! Guests include Oddisee, Reks, Sean Price, MOP, Evidence, OC, Wordsworth, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A Cali soul classic from the 70s – an album recorded totally live in the studio, with no heavy production or overdubs at all – all touches that are hardly needed, given the sharpness of the group! Aposento Alto have an approach that mixes some of the more Latin-inflected soul styles of ... (Soul) read moreCD
The mad look of artist Karel Appel on the cover is a very fitting image for this set – as the music moves around in so many insane ways – often with the kind of dynamic, explosive vibe of Appel's famous paintings! We're tempted to call the set an audio version of abstract expressionism ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers ... (Soul) read moreCD
Neil Ardley's New Jazz Orchestra —
Camden 70 ... CD Dusk Fire (UK), 1970. New Copy ...
A never-issued live set from the legendary Brit leader Neil Ardley – recorded right during his classic years, and featuring a host of leading jazz luminaries of his scene! The material features both original compositions by Neil, plus some surprising other inclusions as well – all ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool Croatian combo with a very soulful sound – a quartet with guitar, alto, bass, and drums – served up with a sound that has the guitar and saxophone sharing equal presence in the frontline! Guitarist Vjekoslav Miling has a warmly chromatic sound, which is a nice contrast to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An obscure album of southern funky soul from Chuck Armstrong – an artist we know from his earlier funky 45 work in Chicago, but who sounds quite different on this set! The album was produced by George Kerr in New Jersey, but it's got a rolling, vamping approach on most cuts – a sound ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dreamy 60s pop from Ginny Arnell – a sweet-voiced singer working in a very echoey space! There's a nicely weepy quality to Ginny's music – not in a way that's overly emotive, but which comes from the odd mix of guitar lines, bubbling bass, and heavy echo used to record the music – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A surprisingly great set of work from countrypolitan giant Eddy Arnold – 1970 sessions that have him both reforging his strengths with producer Chet Atkins, and taking up a whole new groove with the great Lee Hazlewood! The Atkins material can be heard here on the album Love & Guitars ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Previously unissued material from the great Harry Arnold – excellent mid 60s big band sessions, as creative as they are hard-swinging! Arnold's group here is at the top of its form – working together with a rich array of tones and colors that show the best legacies of 50s modern jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Horacee Arnold —
Tribe ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1973. Used ...
A very soulful batch of fusion tracks from drummer Horacee Arnold – here leading a group that includes reed talents Billy Harper and Joe Farrell, percussionist Ralph McDonald, guitarist Ralph Towner, and Dave Friedman on vibes and percussion. Tracks are long and spiralling, with a spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dayme Arocena —
Nueva Era ... CD Brownswood (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
A wonderful record from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who first emerged as part of Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, although Gilles himself had been following her music since she was a child! This debut full length is wonderful – and really pushes past the initial modes of ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A lost chapter in the career of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – an obscure early 70s album, issued by the mostly-blues Paula Records label in Louisiana, and one of the hardest to find albums in their catalog! The album features 3 long tracks – "Chi-Congo", "Enlorfe", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Duo material from the late 60s British folk revival – nice stuff from Dave & Toni Arthur – resonating versions of traditional folk numbers – many with just voices and no instrumental accompaniment! It's pretty endearing stuff, the kind of thing you wish pubs full of people ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A stunning early set from The Artistics – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were one of the best Chicago soul groups at the end of the 60s! The harmonies are wonderful – smooth, but with a rough undercurrent too – balanced at a level that few groups could touch ... (Soul) read moreCD
A seminal bit of funky Afrojazz from the DC scene of the 70s! The album features work by percussionist Okyerema Asante, and also includes sax work by Plunky Nakabinde – best known as the leader of the group Oneness Of Juju. Plunky's influence can really be felt strongly on the set – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from this legendary duo – easily one of the most meditative, hypnotic acts of the Krautrock scene of the 70s! The music was scored for the film Le Berceau De Cristal, but has had a life long past the images on the screen – thanks to the sublime workings of organ and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Harold Ashby's a tremendous tenorist – almost like Von Freeman or Buck Hill, in that he had years of experience before getting a bit of wider experience on records – thanks to albums like this! The set's got Ashby's great raspy tone in perfect formation with a trio led by pianist ... (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
Heavyweight gold from guitarist Chet Atkins – two albums back to back! Solid Gold 68 is a sweet set that has the guitar of Chet Atkins taking on the big hits of the year – with surprisingly groovy results! The arrangers here are Bill Walker and Cam Mullins, and a number of the tunes ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Two late 60s RCA albums from Chet Atkins – back to back on a single CD! On Yestergroovin, Chet Atkins is groovin, but in a yesterday sort of way – hence the title of this sweet set from the start of the 70s! The record still has plenty of that excellent Atkins guitar work right up ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A fine entry in Atmosphere's Sad Clown Bad series – this one with a laidback, funky sound fleshed out by some piano tinkering and live bass. A worthy EP from Minneapolis's finest – a crew whose low key "soft" releases are tighter than most of the high profile product out there. ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The indefatigable Atmosphere returns with its sixth proper album (and 198th if you include their always worthwhile vinyl only, web only, and otherwise underground releases – what's in that lemonade, anyway?) – and the dynamic duo is as hard hitting and cathartic as ever! Beatmaker Ant ... (Hip Hop) 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
A Chicago-based singer who rivals the rich talents of European greats of the 60s and 70s – like Karin Krog, Urzula Dudziak, and Monica Zetterlund! As you can tell by her name, Grazyna's got her roots in Poland – and her style stretches back to the glory days of the European fusion ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A sweet change in sound from Kylie Auldist – an artist we know mostly for deep funk work with The Bamboos on backup – but who steps out here in a style that's got much more of an 80s soul vibe overall! The arrangements are full, funky, and beautifully suited to Kylie's voice – ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Tracks include "A Better Tomorrow", "King Of NY", "I Want Da Mic", "Cartoon Capers", "It's Over Now", and "A Better Tomorrow Part 2", all featuring Kool Keith, as well as "4:17", "Buck Buck", "Sleep" and more. (Hip Hop) CD
David Axelrod —
Heavy Axe ... CD Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
A great back-to-basics solo album from the legendary David Axelrod – cut in the mid 70s for Fantasy Records, after higher-concept projects like The Auction and Messiah! This set gets right to the core – and focuses on the funk currents that were always part of Axelrod's larger ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever – and also one of his deepest, too! 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 ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful live set from 1972 – and a very unique album from Roy Ayers' Polydor years! The album originally was never issued in the US – clearly done for a hipper European market at the time – and it's got more of a jazz vibe than some of Roy's other work on Polydor, with sounds ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused ... (Soul) read moreCD
Albert Ayler —
Bells ... CD ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1965. Used ...
A seminal live set by a young Albert Ayler – an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that harly leaves room for complaints about the shortness of the album! The single track "Bells" was performed at Town Hall by Ayler with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Late greatness from Albert Ayler – two Impulse albums back to back! New Grass is one of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal ESP work from Albert Ayler – a unique session done as a soundtrack to a short (and weird!) film from experimental director Michael Snow! The lineup is a bit different than some of Ayler's other ESP albums – and features Don Cherry on trumpet and cornet, John Tchicai on alto, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A seminal Albert Ayler session from the 60s – recorded at the legendary Judson Hall with an incredible sound! There's a bold, righteous feel to this record that possibly even tops other Ayler classics for ESP – and the spacious setting makes the notes echo, rebound, and come back ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning live recordings from Albert Ayler's European tour of late 1966 – during a peak creative period for Ayler – while working with an incredible group! This excellent CD captures them in Stockholm for Swedish radio on November 10, 1966 – followed by an equally well ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Soaring and soulful work from Geraldo Azevedo – a nearly lost treasure from the mid 70s, but a record we'd rank right up there with the best from Lo Borges or Milton Nascimento from the time! As with those two, there's a blend here between intimacy and majesty – simple, poetic lyrics ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Rare work from French songwriting giant Charles Aznavour – the talent who penned so many great songs for Edith Piaf, then went on to his own tremendous career as a singer! This set brings together lots of obscure tracks from Charles – including some recorded in the 60s and 70s, ... (French) read moreCD
Charles Aznavour —
You & Me ... CD Angel (Netherlands), 1995. Used ...
A first ever release of this killer B-52s live set – recorded in 1979, shortly after the release of their first record – opening for the Talking Heads in Boston! The band is in peak early form here, really throwing a hell of a great party on stage, with a set that's heavy on classics ... (Rock) read moreCD
A group so great and so groovy, they ended up having a huge influence on the early sound of hip hop – thanks to a wonderfully funky sound at the core of their progressive rock groove! Babe Ruth have this rhythmic impulse that's really amazing – a way of working bass, drums, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great solo work from Baby Consuelo – a singer who first got her start in the hip group Os Novos Baianos, but who's stepping out on her own by the time of this late 70s solo set! The record's still got a nice sort of edge – some of the rootsier currents that Consuelo used with her ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the funkier, groovier soundtracks we've heard from maestro Luis Bacalov – a very cool 70s score that includes sweet keyboards, funky flute, wah wah guitar, and even a bit of whistling too! The tunes have more depth and pacing than a standard cop/crime film of the period – and ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A slow-building score from Luis Bacalov – one that really demonstrates the well of sentiment and gentle emotion that he would tap into for his work of the 80s and 90s! The music here is partly period, but mostly mellow themes that have Luis unfolding piano and strings in a spare, but ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A richer, more complex soundtrack than you might expect for a spaghetti western – scored by maestro Luis Bacalov with some of the fuller qualities he'd bring to his more famous international work in later years! There's almost a sentimental quality to the record at points – these ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
An obscure early soundtrack from Italian composer Luis Bacalov – penned for a western that begins with a nicely playful tune that almost echoes American western film music, but which soon moves into the deeper, darker tones that belie Bacalov's resume as a much more sophisticated ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Luiz Bacalov —
Django ... CD Rambling (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
A dark little western soundtrack from Luis Bacalov – one that's quite brooding overall, despite a rather catchy vocal tune on the title! There's some very odd instrumentation here – watery piano lines, floating bits of guitar, off-tuned strings – all used at different intervals, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A beautifully faithful reading of Bach's Goldberg Variations – performed here by Anthony Newman on a harpsichord based on the original Hieronymus Hass design – part of a great return to original instruments during this creative wave in the 70s! The performance is quite striking in ... (Classical) read moreCD