A really unique singer from a time when male jazz singers were almost fading from view! David Allen has a sense of phrasing that's different than mainstream crooners – an approach to tunes that's a bit more personal, especially on the sadder, mellower tunes, which he really does nicely. It's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(This is an on-demand title printed in limited quantities.)
A lovely little Brazilian-styled set from tenorist Harry Allen – and one that features vocals and guitar from the wonderful Joyce! Almost all titles are originals by Antonio Carlos Jobim – as you'd guess from the title – but Allen's deep-voiced approach moves them into very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's not a metaphoric one – or at least not entirely so, as this set of original tracks by JD Allen draws strong inspiration from the art of bullfighting – but then also moves on to deeper musings on movement and choice – cast out perfectly by the expert trio on the set! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Extremely angular work from tenorist JD Allen – working here with a quartet that's as loose on rhythms as he is on his saxophone solos – coming together in a style that's freewheeling and open-minded! The group features a strong element in the guitar of Liberty Ellman – used in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little spy spoof soundtrack – up there with the best of the 60s, with a sound that's a lot hipper than anything else Steve Allen has ever done! The music was written by Allen, but arranged and conducted by Ronald Stein – and it's got a groovy "Our Man Flint" kind of ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Terry Allen – one of the key underground Texas talents who were helping transform the style of country music in the 70s – and one of the few who maybe never fully got his due! Terry's from the same scene as David Allen Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, and Guy Clark, but his ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Terry Allen – one of the key underground Texas talents who were helping transform the style of country music in the 70s – and one of the few who maybe never fully got his due! Terry's from the same scene as David Allen Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, and Guy Clark, but his ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen never lets us down – and even though he's well into the first decade of his "comeback" years, an album like this still has the same sort of fresh, urgent feel that got him noticed again by a whole new generation of fans! There's definitely lots of Allen's roots with Fela ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The Allenko Afro Funk series keeps on grooving hard! "Allen Fresh" is a really great number with a heavy Tony Allen groove – lots of snapping drum work, a slow building sound, and a bit of spaciness that keeps the cut interesting, and which adds a bit of a psychedelic finish! ... (Global Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The last single in the epic series of Allenko Brotherhood releases from Comet – featuring two wonderful sides that are very much in keeping with the series' best work! "Brotherhood" pits Tony Allen against the Cinematic Orchestra – who weave a wash of sound around Tony's ... (Global Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Groovy 20 track "best of" CD compiling tracks from his Atlantic recordings of the late 60's and early 70's, with loads of his usual cool hipster jazz vocals and New Orleans piano playing. Cuts include "Seventh Son", "Swingin' Machine", "Your Mind Is On ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mose Allison is one of the coolest, grooviest singers ever to grace the face of jazz – a voice you'll recognize instantly, even if you don't know his name – and an artist who had a huge influence on the sound of the London scene in the 60s! Mose was mod before mod was a thing – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Two early, rootsy Mose Allison sides, brought together by Milestone/Prestige in the 70s for this repackage. Most of this set is instrumental bluesy piano trio numbers, but Mose busts out with some vocals and even a spot of trumpet on a couple numbers, including an early version of his signature ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not only a wonderfully weird vocal record – but a set that's also one of the first albums produced by the legendary David Axelrod! David's hardly the star here, though – as the whole thing's really the brainchild of singer Sheldon Allman – more of a nightclub singer than the folk ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, taped seams, and large stickers on front.)
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble —
It's Time ... CD Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. New Copy ...
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A smooth little set from reedman Justo Almario – the player who cut some great work with Roy Ayers, and who's also been a key force in Latin jazz on the west coast! The set's got a sound that's a bit more mainstream fusion than some of Justo's other work – but a groove that's still ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Fabian Almazan & Rhizome —
Alcanza ... CD Biophilia, 2017. Used ...
Breezy bossa nova – Hollywood 60s style! The album's one of the best cut for Capitol by guitarist Laurindo Almeida – and has a sweet groovy little style that features Laurindo's lovely guitar work over some lightly dancing small combo backings that include flute, harmonica, organ, ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Original 10" LP featuring the second set of historic duets between Brazilian guitarist Almeida and the great LA alto player Bud Shank. This is the stuff that supposedly ended up back in Brazil and inspired the wave of musicians involved in the bossa nova momement. It's been repackaged a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is in great shape. Cover has some light aging, but is nice overall.)
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert —
Beyond ... CD A&M, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ...
An incredible later record from Herb Alpert – working in a soulful funky fusion mode that really is well beyond the style that made him famous in the 60s! We love the easy breezy 60s sound of Herb & The Tijuana Brass too, but he really stepped up his game in exciting ways on records like ... (Soul) read moreCD
Herb Alpert seems to have lost his shirt on the way to the photo shoot for the album – but it looks like he's still got his trumpet to keep him warm! Joking aside, the album's a great one from the later Herb – one of those sets that has him turning his strong talent for a trumpet solo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Rise ... LP A&M, 1979. Very Good+ ...
A whole new level of genius for Herb Alpert – a record that's light years away from his earlier work with the Tijuana Brass, and which has the trumpeter stepping strongly into the world of smooth jazzy fusion! The title track here went platinum the minute it was released – and became ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert —
Summertime ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
Late 60s brilliance from the legendary Herb Alpert – one of a few key records that has him reinventing his style for a whole new generation! Herb name-checks Gil Evans, Miles Davis, and Ahmad Jamal in the notes – and he's definitely opening up the style of his arrangements here – ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Masterful live set by Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela – recorded at The Roxy in LA in 1978! Both their studio record from the same year and this massive live recording work incredibly well – as they're both geniuses at blending distinctive global influences – but they really cook in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pairing of classic A&M talents Herb Albert & Lani Hall – covering well known numbers by Van Morrison, Peggy Lee, The Beatles and comparably lesser known gems with vibrant, genuine passion – clearly doing it for purely for the love of great music after all these years! The ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A surprisingly great take on the Tijuana Brass sound of the 60s – one that offers up new remixes of classics, but which is nicely respectful of the original Herb Albert groove! Unlike other remix projects of this type, which sometimes clutter up the tracks with too many extra bits – or ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
Foursider ... LP A&M, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Wonderfully jaunty and jagged work from trumpeter Herb Alpert – and a session that has him opening up the Tijuana Brass groove a bit more than usual! There's clearly an influence here of the Brazilian sound that was showing up strongly at A&M Records at the time – heard to greatest ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
Warm ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ...
A fantastic record from the late 60s years of Herb Alpert – a time when the trumpeter was really opening up his sound, and starting to hit some of the same cool styles of his other great acts on the A&M label! Gone are the trademark Cali-Mex arrangements of the early Tijuana Brass ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
Warm ... LP A&M, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
A fantastic record from the late 60s years of Herb Alpert – a time when the trumpeter was really opening up his sound, and starting to hit some of the same cool styles of his other great acts on the A&M label! Gone are the trademark Cali-Mex arrangements of the early Tijuana Brass ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpety magic from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – a record that's known not only for its classic cover of a model dipped in whipped cream, but also for it's tremendously groovy groove! The Tijuana sound is very firmly in place by the time of this set – Mexican-inspired, but ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet mid 70s work from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – still at the height of their powers on Coney Island – rolling effortlessly between upbeat, jazzy numbers and more laidback and melodic ones! This one has a pretty big sound overall, all produced and arranged by Herb, who is ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice one from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – working with arranger Quincy Jones! You Smile – The Song Begins comes at a pretty interesting point in which Herb was still working in the Spanish-inflected, jazzy instrumental groove of earlier years – but in a fresh way after a ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A great showcase for the instrumental talents of Jamaican saxophonist Roland Alphonso – one of the key players who helped transform the sound of the scene in the 60s! But despite Roland's name on the front, the album's more of a group affair overall – directed by Boris Gardinier, and ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Roland Alphonso —
ABC Rocksteady ... LP Gay Feet/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A great showcase for the instrumental talents of Jamaican saxophonist Roland Alphonso – one of the key players who helped transform the sound of the scene in the 60s! But despite Roland's name on the front, the album's more of a group affair overall – directed by Boris Gardinier, and ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Altona ... CD RCA/Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A great album from a time when the German prog scene was getting a bit tighter than before – going for shorter tracks and more focused instrumentation – but all without losing any of the sharpness that first got them going! There's lots of jazzy changes at the core of the album – ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great album from a time when the German prog scene was getting a bit tighter than before – going for shorter tracks and more focused instrumentation – but all without losing any of the sharpness that first got them going! There's lots of jazzy changes at the core of the album – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums ever from sambista Ataulfo Alves – with titles that include "Leonar", "A Nova Aurora Raiou", "Salve A Bahia", "Foi Covardia", and "Batuca No Chao". (Brazil) LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful bossa groover from Lucio Alves – recorded during the height of the Elenco label genius, with music by Roberto Menescal and Ronaldo Boscoli! Alves' sad and dreamy vocals are matched by some really nice acoustic guitar – making for the soft and gentle type of album that's ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – heavy vinyl and cover!)
Wild & beautiful! This album's impossible to describe accurately, and it's the only record we've ever seen by the enigmatic Latin-tinged duo Alzo & Udine! The groove has a tight jangly feel, with nice lows, very catchy hooks, and amazing vocals from Alzo & Udine that kind of feel like ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
Loads of great electro sounds here – bassy keyboards, splashy beats, and some cool moogy moments – all wrapped up in the kind of heavy funk we've always loved from Shawn Lee! This cool collaboration with AM furthers the pair's step into the best sounds of the 80s – modes that ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Rodrigo Amado/Goncalo Almeida/Marco Franco —
Attic ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy ...
Sometimes tone is the name of the game when it comes to improvisation – especially when you've got musicians on different instruments, really trying to find the right way to come together! That especially seems to be the case with the work here of Goncalo Almedia on bass and Rodrigo Amado on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amanar De Kidal —
Tumastin ... LP Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2016. New Copy ...
Great work from one of the darkest groups working on the current Tuareg scene – an ensemble who can vary their tone nicely, and produce a range of emotions and compelling sounds that really make this set stand out from the pack! Sure, there's plenty of offbeat guitar work with lots of snakey ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Armand Amar —
Hors La Loi ... CD Long Distance/Harmonia Mundi (France), 2010. Used ...
Amazing work by a group that you've probably never heard of! The Ambassadors are an incredible Philly soul harmony group – of the sort that never made it out of the city in the pre-Philly International years, but who had a polish and quality that was every bit as great as bigger-name acts ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stunning new work from Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – whose Simigwa album was one of the Afro Funk treasures of the 70s – still sounding great here in the company of some excellent younger musicians! The set's an update of Ambolley's earlier style – a bit in the way that Tony Allen's ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff – and proof that there's way more to America than just their classic singles! The sound of the trio is the sweet sound of 70s pop at its best – wonderful harmonies, with a heartfelt quality that's never cloying at all – produced to perfection, yet never too slick, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear. Cover & labels have a name in marker.)
Warm wonderful work from America – keenly collaborating here with producer George Martin, who helps them take their already-great sound into a whole new dimension! Martin's got a wonderfully smooth touch on his studio work here – cool, compressed, and just right for the group's harmony ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Quadradisc pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)