With Warne Marsh on tenor, and Jimmy Halperin on second tenor on a few tracks – plus Barry Harris on piano, David Williams on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. Titles include "Back Home", "Heads Up", "Good Bait", and "Two Not One". (Jazz) CD
A killer set of 50s cool jazz – a bridge between the east coast Konitz-based style, and the LA mid 50s sound, hence the two cities in the title. Marsh is working here with Ted Brown on tenor, Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums – and the album's one of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Warne Marsh & Kenny Drew Trio —
Ornithology ... CD Venus (Japan), 1994. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Mid 70s magic from the team of Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz – playing together here with an even sharper edge than their recordings of two decades before! The recordings are all live – done at the Club Montmartre in December of 1975 – but they've got a clarity that's almost studio-w ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not a string band as in "strings" – but a unique Chicago blues record that features work on guitar, mandolin, and violin – plus some harmonica from John Wrencher – and vocals from all the members of the group! (Blues) CD
Cool 2-fer that brings together 2 hard to find albums by Dean Martin from the early 60's. Dino features some lush warm arrangements of Italian songs, including many of the Neopolitan favorites that Dino made his stock in trade, like "On An Evening In Roma", "Return To Me", ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Two of Dean Martin's greatest early albums for Capitol on one CD! Dino was always more of a singles artist than an LP artist – but these two albums are some of his few fully-conceived albums, much more in the Sinatra 50s mode than some of the other "hits plus filler" or "songs ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A sweet live set from guitarist Pat Martino – recorded with a nice gritty feel, and just the right blend of organ and tenor that Pat would get on his Prestige Records dates of the 60s! The tracks are all nice and long, with the kind of open, freewheeling energy that we love back in the 60s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Erika Martins —
Modinhas ... CD Coqueiro Verde (Brazil), 2014. Used Gatefold ...
This album was produced entirely by Kutmasta Kurt, featuring rhymes by Kool Keith and Motion Man. Yep, ANOTHER Kool Keith project! This one has it's hilarious moments, as they all do, but Kutmasta Kurt's the star of the show this time around, with head nodding production throughout. Includes ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
2 lost sides of soul jazz – both of them rare gems on vinyl, and back-to-back here in one nicely priced CD package! Doin The Thang is an excellent bit of lost soul jazz piano work – featuring the highly underrated Ronnie Mathews, with a quartet that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful backings from Nelson Riddle – every bit as jazzy and swinging as his 50s charts for Frank Sinatra, with some playful touches at points too – all of which really helps Johnny break from some of the more familiar modes of his bigger singles. That Mathis voice is in wonderful ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Two wonderful early 60s albums from Johnny Mathis – both quite fresh, compared to his better-known hits! I'll Buy You A Star features wonderful backings from Nelson Riddle – every bit as jazzy and swinging as his 50s charts for Frank Sinatra, with some playful touches at points too ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the rawest albums we've heard from Cubop in a long time – and an excellent session that teams up west coast Latin percussionists Bobby Matos and John Santos! The album's got a majesty that's remarkable – blending Afro Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, and a strong sense of swing ... (Latin) read moreCD
A pair of albums from French maestro Paul Mauriat – back to back on a single CD! C'Est La Vie is from a generation when so many other artists were moving their easy instrumental styles into disco grooves – but Paul Mauriat nicely finds his own path forward, and instead keeps things ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Two obscure 80s albums from Paul Mauriat – back to back on a single CD! Transparence is from the mid 80s – a time when the hit easy listening maestro Paul Mauriat was really trying to reinvent himself – mixing in some of his earlier slink with tunes that might be a bit more ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
John Mayall's Blues Breakers —
Bare Wires ... CD Deram/London/Rebound, 1968. Used ...
Another great step forward for the legendary John Mayall – proof that he was never just content to copy American blues modes, and always willing to bring something new to the table! Although steeped in sounds from the delta on up to Chicago, the record's also got a hipper, almost trippier ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promotional stamp.)
Maysa (Maysa Leak) —
Maysa ... CD Blue Thumb, 1995. Used ...
The soulful vocalist of Incognito strikes out on her own – serving up an excellent debut LP! This one's got a bit more of a modern R&B approach than the jazzier work of Incognito – but still stays in the hip London soul mode, thanks to some great production work by Ray Hayden of ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Sweeeeeet work from the wonderful Maysa Leak – quite possibly her best album so far! The record has a really warm original feel – far steps from the earlier Incognito-influences sound of past records (not that that was a bad thing, mind you – but it's even better to hear Maysa ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Les McCann —
Comment ... CD Atlantic/Collectables, 1970. Used ...
A very hip record of vocal tracks – done in the same sort of spiritual soul style that Les introduced on Roberta Flack's first album, and which was also showing up on some of Donny Hathaway's work for Atlantic. While the record is not on of McCann's funkiest, it more than makes up for that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mindblowingly baroque funk from Brother Jack McDuff – an album that takes the initial Blue Note tripped-out groove of Moon Rappin, and pushes it to a whole new level! Jack's working here with arranger Ray Draper to come up with some tunes that are miles away from the earlier McDuff albums on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice bit of funky organ work from Jimmy McGriff! The record's recorded with a slightly larger than usual band – but that's a good thing here, as players like Horace Ott, Cliff Davis, Richard Evans, and Everett Barksdale provide a strong bouncy groove, which Jimmy uses to solo over the top ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hard and heavy Hammond jazz classic – and one of Jimmy McGriff's greatest recordings of the 60s! The title track's a new rendition of Ray Charles' famous tune "I've Got A Woman" – recorded here in a rolling, vamping groove that must have blown the woofer out of countless ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An early 70s gem from Jimmy McGriff! Jimmy's grooving with a larger group here – but in a funky 70s mode that makes for a great update of the rawer sound he laid out on some of his Sue sides in the 60s. The best tracks are the covers of 70s soul material – like "Shaft", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jimmy McGriff —
Worm ... CD Solid State/Blue Note, 1968. Used ...
Heavy funk from Jimmy McGriff – a monster set of grooves that ranks with his best of the late 60s! The tracks are short and sock-hard – Jimmy wailing on Hammond, over rhythms that have plenty of sharp edges, and lots of nice drum work – all recorded in a mode that's a heck of a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous set from Jackie McLean – perfectly poised between his hardbop and modern years, with a set of compositions that are as great as the performances! The lineup on this one's a bit unusual – with Walter Bishop on piano, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pivotal session from the late 60s – one that has Jackie pulling things back a bit from his "new thing" period, and turning towards the spiritual soulful groove that would characterize his early 70s work! The album bristles with excitement – still very much informed by a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
McLean's Scene is a strong one – as the young Jackie is really coming into his own at the time of the session, blowing and growing with a soulful command of the alto sax that would emerge even more strongly in the 60s. The album's got McLean working in a slightly open-ended way – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing album – simply groundbreaking, and a key turn for Jackie McLean! The record features a group of hip young players – including a very young Tony Williams, plus Grachan Moncur III, Bobby Hutcherson, and Eddie Kahn – all playing in a spare contemplative modernist mode ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jackie McLean cut some of his best bop sessions for Blue Note – and this is one of them! The record is amazingly precise, and features Jackie as the sole horn soloist in a group with Walter Bishop on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – a crack rhythm combo that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rough little killer from Jackie McLean – less well-formed than some of his Blue Note sides, but in a way that really gives him a great soulful edge! There's an open-blowing quality to the record, one that's almost a blowing session, but a bit tighter overall – a hint of the energy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The amazing debut of Ronnie McNeir – a 70s soul maestro we'd rank right up there with Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware – but one who's possibly even more impressive, given that he cut this record when he was only 22 years old! The album's quite heavy on keyboards – ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print, some writing in pen on traycard artwork)
Joe McPhee —
Trinity ... CD Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1971. Used ...
One of Joe McPhee's strongest early albums – and a real breakthrough from his sound on Nation Time (also issued as part of the Unheard Music Series.) The group here is a trio – with Mike Kull on electric and acoustic piano, and Harold E Smith on percussion – and the lack of a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully warm, deeply creative session from Charles McPherson – a set that moves way past his boppish roots, into a new zone of lyricism and imagination! Cedar Walton's on piano, and he adds some extremely important touches to the record – those lyrical, almost modal lines that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, radio call letters in pen on booklet cover.)
A great set of soul jazz from McPherson – recorded live, with a rolling groove that's in the Blue Note mode of the mid 60s – but even more open overall! The group's got a lot of hometown talent from McPherson's native Detroit – including Barry Harris on piano, Lonnie Hillyer on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A gimmicky album – but a nice one! Carmen sings a set of "bird-related" songs – like "Skylark", "Bob White", "Flamingo", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and "Baltimore Oriole" – and while the idea of such a record might be painful, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Great early work from Carmen McRae – small combo, jazzy, and a nicely different set than some of her other work of the 50s! Backings are by two groups – one headed by accordionist Mat Mathews, the other by saxophonist Tony Scott – both quartets, and both of them working with a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of Carmen McRae's best records of the 60s – an album done with beautiful arrangements from Peter Matz, who's probably best known for his work with Barbara Streisand at the time – and who really helps McRae take her music to the next level! Carmen was already one of the most ... (Vocalists) read moreCD