Landmark work by one of the greatest jazz outfits of the early 60s! Art Farmer and Benny Golson were both known as well-composed players during the 50s – strongly soulful, but often with a fine sense of arrangement that usually tended towards the lyrical side of things. With this group, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing.)
Farmers By Nature (Cleaver/Parker/Taborn) —
Love & Ghosts ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2014. Used 2 CDs ...
A killer set from Joe Farrell – one of the 70s greatest reed players, and an always-exciting talent who was one of the first artists to really use the extended CTI format to break into a whole new level! The set's a drawn-out quintet side, with Chick Corea on electric piano, Buster Williams ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful post-CTI material from saxophonist Joe Farrell – a set that has the reedman still going every bit as strong as on those classic records, but an album that's also a lot more obscure! Joe plays tenor throughout – and still has that compellingly sharp tone on his horn – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Massive music from funky reedman Joe Farrell – quite possibly our favorite of his legendary 70s run for CTI – and that's saying a lot, given how great those records are! There's a lean, edgey groove to the set that's totally great – a lot more bite than usual for CTI, thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Fat Babies seem to get better and better with each new record – really refining and perfecting their approach to classic jazz – at a level that's surprisingly authentic in both the performance, and the recording quality! The set's a CD, but feels almost like a batch of old 78s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
14 Karat ... CD Spring/Southbound (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
Beats, bass, and a whole lot more – the perfect evolution of Fatback into a street funk combo for the 80s! The sound here is more early 80s than some of the group's classic work, but it's still very much in the best mode of its generation – almost coming across with the old school ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fatback are plenty fired up and kicking here – setting the scene for countless funky imitators in years to come, but still doing it better than anyone else! The group is bigger and the sound is fuller than before – but still plenty focused on the instrumental jamming of the group, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Gigolo ... CD Spring/Southbound (UK), 1981. New Copy ...
Tight 80s grooving from Fatback – kicking it large with the bass-heavy dancefloor sound they virtually invented! There's a really solid feel to the whole set – as brother Bill Curtis and crew go for an uptempo style of funk that never sells out for cheap gimmicks, and which knows just ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hot Box ... CD Spring/Southbound (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
Man, it must have been something to hear this record blasting out of a boombox back in the old days – especially if it was the magenta-hued one on the cover! The groove here is strong and loud – plenty of bass and beats at the bottom, and even a few surprising early electro touches ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tasty Jam ... CD Spring/Southbound (UK), 1981. New Copy ...
A definite Tasty Jam from Fatback – a set that bumps along wonderfully with lots of the bassy bottom grooves that made the combo so great! The style here's tightened up from the past, but still plenty great – almost a reinvention of the group's 70s funk for the old school scene – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A glittering collection of groovy soulful gems – 31 tracks by the legendary Fatback – featuring work from the group's first few years as a funk band through their 70s transformation into one of the tightest club acts around! The package features work from the group's earliest years on ... (Soul) read moreCD
Quite possibly the last really hard-hitting funk album from The Fatback Band – and although their first record on the Event label, a set that cooks every bit as hard as their first few for Perception! The style here is funky 45 soul at its best – lots of hard crackling drums, funky ... (Soul) read moreCD
Raising Hell indeed – as Fatback were really burning up the dancefloor by the time of this set, well earning the demonic sexy image on the cover! All the sharp funk elements of the group's roots are still in place, but they're also given more focus for the rising club scene of the east coast ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fatback Band —
Yum Yum ... CD Event/Southbound (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Yum Yum indeed – because the groove on here is pretty darn tasty! Fatback are definitely shaking off the rougher edges of their funkiest years on this set, but the sound is still plenty great – a jamming dancefloor groove that's still filled with plenty of tight live instrumentation, ... (Soul) read moreCD
A lost classic from Father's Children – the group's only album ever, but an impeccably produced set – thanks to the efforts of Wayne Henderson's At Home Productions team! The groove here is similar to that forged by Henderson over at Fantasy – soul, but inflected with plenty of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pierre Favre —
Now ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2016. New Copy ...
Percussionist Pierre Favre is at his most tuneful here – working in that mode that's still freely creative, but which also makes him one of the more melodic players on the European avant scene – a distinction that's made us really look out for his records over the years! Favre's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pierre Favre Singing Drums —
Souffles ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 1998. Used ...
The complete Bethlehem recordings of Francis Faye – a dusky-voiced 50s singer with a style that was a bit different than others of her generation, and had a boozier quality that was more in keeping with vocalists of the 60s and 70s! The first half of the set features Faye singing jazz ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lorraine Feather —
Ages ... CD Jazzed Media, 2010. Used ...
A totally amazing little package – every single album recorded by Fela Kuti, served up in tiny LP-style sleeves, and brought together in one excellent box set – with a bonus movie as well! The collection features a total of 51 albums, most of which are paired up with crucial ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A richly expanded version of this key Fela album from the 80s – one that adds in a full extra bonus album's worth of material! The CD contains the full 30 minute version of "Army Arrangement", a great mid 80s tune that was one of Fela's strongest political tracks – an ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Fela and Africa 70 are honed to razor-sharp perfection on these 2 albums from 1976! There's some incredible work on tenor sax on some of the cuts – especially "Ikoyi Blindness" and "Kalakuta Show", both of which begin with incredibly well-wrought solos that show Fela as ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Does not include the outer slipcase in the image.)
2 albums that show Fela totally at the top of his game! Both albums hail from 1976, a key year for Fela – both musically and politically, as you'll hear on the CD's 4 extended tracks. "Monkey Banana" is a scathing attack on the status quo, and on the futility of working for ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Brilliant stuff! Roforofo Fight hails from 1972 – an early full-length Fela LP, filled with 4 tight groovers that stand with his best work! "Go Slow" begins with this mad trumpet solo that you'll recognize from a famous sample, especially as it mixes in with keyboards; "Rofor ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Two albums on one CD – and they both have killer long tracks that are released here in their entirey, without the cutting up that you'd get if they were split out over both sides of an album. "V.I.P." stands for "Vagabonds In Power", and the track was recorded live by ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of Fela's greatest albums – augmented here by 2 bonus tracks! "Zombie" shows Fela at the height of his powers – grooving away in incredibly fast, incredibly tight Afro Funk lines, weaving guitar, sax, and keyboards together with a speed that still leaves us breathless. ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Sure, think what you want about Feldman's weak records from the US during the 50s – but this stuff is great! Feldman's playing here in his native England – in a number of different groups, septets to quartets to larger groups, with players that include trumpeters Dizzy Reece and Jimmy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although Victor Feldman's work in the US was usually pretty snoozy, his career in his native London found him to be one of the cornerstone's of the city's emerging bop scene – as you'll hear on these 1956 sessions, cut in the company of players like Jimmy Deuchar, Derek Humble, Tubby Hayes, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Victor Feldman —
Young Vic ... CD Esquire/Solid (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ...
Victor Feldman's a musician who rose to later fame (and a fair bit of studio work) on the American scene – but here, he's heard back in his native England – on a set of early recordings that showcase his talents on piano, vibes, and drums! The first five tracks are with John Dankworth ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer album of soul jazz piano instrumentals – produced by James Brown! The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. They backed James on one record, but their big moment was this album – which had ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two Spanish language albums from Jose Feliciano – back to back on a single CD! First up is El Fantastico – one of the first albums ever from the young Jose Feliciano – and a set that shows that he was already on his way to huge international fame! The lyrics here are all in ... (Soul) read moreCD
An unusual later album from Memphis rocker Narvel Felts – a singer who's best known for the hard-edged rockabilly of his youth, but who's stepping out here in a melancholy country mode on this obscure album for Hi Records! The set's got a vibe that's almost more mid 60s Nashville than the ... (Rock) read moreCD
A pair of Columbia classics from trumpeter Maynard Ferguson – back to back on a single CD! First up is an album titled Ballad Style, but there's no sleepy ballads here – thanks to hip backings from British arranger Keith Mansfield – who also worked with Maynard Ferguson on some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A double-length set that features from both original albums recorded in the 50s by Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band – a dream band indeed, as the set features Maynard working with some excellent players who manage to come together tightly as a unit, then break out in really strong and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maynard Ferguson's blowing full steam ahead here – working with an octet that's heavy on horn parts, but in a richly creative way! Ferguson nicely shows off some of his best influences from the 50s large group scene in LA – and gets some key help on the record from Bill Holman, who ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Put aside your reservations about Maynard Ferguson, because this is a very hip little record – one of Maynard's excellent early sessions for Roulette Records, and like the rest, done with a group that's overflowing with top-shelf players! Ferguson's definitely got a great ear for putting ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maynard Ferguson's got a message from Newport – and that message is loud, proud, and pretty darn compelling – one that states a whole new level of genius for Maynard in years to come! Ferguson had previously already been a strong soloist and a good arranger – but here, he really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two great albums from a time when Maynard Ferguson was really hitting his stride – back to back on one CD! New Sounds is a really nice set, and very much in the best spirit of the excellent early 60s albums that Maynard cut for Roulette! As with those, there's some great players working in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A western soundtrack with a different twist – one that definitely shares some of the darker aspects of the crime score work by Gianni Ferrio! There's a few hard-driving themes, but most of the tracks are pretty spare, short, and moody – almost melancholy at points, with great spare ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A much more comedic Italian western than most of the scene's other mid 60s movies – as you might guess from the image on the front cover! The music here is kind of a blend of the usual spaghetti western modes with traces of early 60s Italo-comedy scoring – acoustic guitar, harmonica, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Two sweet 70s soundtracks from maestro Gianni Ferrio – both of them penned for light and lively Italian comedies! Travolto Dagli Affetti Familiari has an especially playful sound – really cool keyboards that make these wonderfully squishy waves of sound – wrapped around a melody ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pair of disco gems back to back in a 2CD set – with great bonus tracks too! First up is Evita, a loving take on the hit 70s musical – one that serves up all the best tracks in a sweet disco mode – and moves the sound from Broadway to the main floor of Studio 54! Festival ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title's a long one, but the music here is short and peppy – a set of really lovely little melodies from the great Nico Fidenco – pulled from a film score in the time before he'd moved over to completely sex-drenched soundtracks! There's some nice whimsy at times – melodies ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pair of groovy Italian comedy scores from the 60s – back to back on a single CD! 2 Samurai Per 100 Geishe has a cover that almost looks like a Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis film poster – and the music is reminiscent of some of the scores for their movies, too – a series of playful ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A beautiful little score from Jerry Fielding – jazzy at times, funky at others, and often a fairly complex as well! The music's different from Lalo Schifrin's soundtrack for other Clint Eastwood/Harry Callahan films of the 70s – a bit more "human" at times, with a rich feel ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jerry Fielding —
Lawman ... CD Intrada, 1971. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly poignant score – especially when you consider that it was written for a film that was known for its graphic violence! Jerry Fielding's at his height here – drawing on his earlier work in jazz, yet weaving together colors and tones that work with really bold imagistic ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A really fantastic album from the legendary Lee Fields – a set that blows us away every bit as much as his stellar My World album! Like that set, this one's got kind of a moody early 70s vibe – almost a New Jersey soul approach at times, but tinged with more southern modes – ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
The first-ever full length collection of work by The Fiestas – a really wonderful vocal group who worked for the Old Town label at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – and who were maybe one of the greatest acts to work for that legendary imprint! The group can be plenty soulful ... (Soul) read moreCD
An amazing little package of classic late 60s 5th Dimenion – with the complete Up, Up And Away, Magic Garden, Stoned Soul Picnic and Age Of Aquarius LP, back-to-back on 2CDs – and bonus tracks, too! Up Up & Away is the fab first album – and as groovy a batch of pop soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
A never-heard soundtrack for a never-seen film – and a record that's every bit as funky as better-known sets from the blacksploitation era! Final Solution were a small time group from Chicago's west side in the 70s, but on this wicked little soundtrack they sparkle just as brightly as Isaac ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mike Finnigan's put in plenty of time as a session musician over the years – but here he steps out on a rare album as a lead act – a date that features both his own vocals, and Finnigan lines on piano, organ, Fender Rhodes, and clavinet! Mike's got a pretty strong presence on the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Maybe the best album ever from the Fire trio – a record that seems to have the group really finding a way to fit all their individual pieces together perfectly, and come up with a massively meaningful sound in the process! The group here really hit a new level – one that's hard to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson) —
Ritual ... CD Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Maybe the fullest, most ambitious project so far from the Fire Orchestra of reedman Mats Gustafsson – one that continues his strong legacy in avant jazz, but also reflects his deep understanding of other styles too – as the record weaves together vocal passages, noise, electronics, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best records ever cut by this soulful Philly female trio! The album's one of the first on Salsoul's Gold Mind subsidiary – and it features sparkling club production by the Harris/Baker/Young team – a landmark force not only in Philly disco, but 70s female soul as well – ... (Soul) read moreCD
The great debut from First Class – an east coast harmony group from the 70s, and one who work proudly here in some of the more uptempo styles of the time! Tracks here are often a bit extended, and filled with warmly clubby touches that are a nice All Platinum answer to the sound of Philly at ... (Soul) read moreCD
A strange little record recorded by Fischer (actually, aren't most of his pretty strange?) – kind of a piano-and-woodwinds session, cut in Hollywood in the early 80s. Clare's in the lead mostly on concert grand piano, occasionally switching to a digital Yamaha model – and he's backed ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Clare Fischer —
Manteca! ... CD Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1966. Used ...
One of our favorite albums ever from the great Clare Fischer – and one of the first to really show his special talents at their best! The sound here is a wonderful blend of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes – and in addition to piano, Clare plays plenty of organ on the date – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early trio work from pianist Clare Fischer – definitely surging ahead at this point in his career! The set's got a bit more of a freewheeling sound than some of Fischer's later, more arranged material – lots of tight piano from Clare in the lead, swung with a good blend of soul jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Clare Fischer —
Waltz ... CD Discovery, 1969. Used ...
A pretty darn nice CD – one that compiles tracks recorded by Fischer's big band in 1969, and which we almost passed up because of a silly-looking cover! The CD appears to include most of the material that appeared on Fischer's album Thesaurus for Atlantic, plus a wealth of additional tunes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band —
Intenso ... CD Clavo, 2016. Used ...
Clare Fischer with 2+2 Plus —
Free Fall ... CD Discovery (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early Pablo recordings from Ella Fitzgerald – captured in performance in Nice in 1971, with a trio led by Tommy Flanagan on piano! The set's got a nice medley titled "The Bossa Scene" – almost worth the price of the record alone! (Vocalists) CD
Something groovy always happens to Ella Fitzgerald in London – and in the 60s and 70s, the city became home to some of her best post-Verve recordings! This date's a compelling live performance recorded at Ronnie Scotts in 1974 – with backing by a quartet that includes Tommy Flanagan on ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Ella's performing songs written by or associated with Duke–what could be better? Titles include "Rockin' In Rhythm", "Caravan", "Take The A Train", "Clementine", and "Perdido", all performed with the with the big band. (Vocalists) CD
Ella Fitzgerald at the height of her powers – heard here on a set of Jazz At The Philharmonic recordings that feature the singer really stretching out in a small group setting! The tracks are all live, and not only feature Fitzgerald charming the crowd with her presence, but also ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A long-overdue look at this much-neglected part of the 5 Royales career – material cut after their departure from King Records at the start of the 60s – just as the group's influence on soul was starting to take hold with a larger audience! The King sides by the 5 Royales are the stuff ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent collection of work by The 5 Royales – a 50s vocal group, but one who had a huge impact on soul music in the 60s! The Royales worked in a style that was harder-hitting and a bit more focused than some of their contemporaries – often using the voices in a very rhythmic way ... (Soul) read moreCD