Nothing fancy – but some great straight-ahead blowing from Stitt and Jug! The album's a quintet session, with John Houston piano, Buster Williams bass, and George Brown drums providing all the rhythm. But the real focus is on the twin-sax frontline – with Sitt taking up the alto on a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, seam spllitting, and staining, with some splitting and tape on the top and bottom seams.)
The brain trust of soul jazz in the early 60s – led by tenorist Gene Ammons on both albums! Soul Summit Volume one features Ammons and Sonny Stitt on tenor, plus Jack McDuff on Hammond – a definite soul summit for the time – with 3 top-shelf players in the lead, all getting ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great set that brings together some great lost material that was originally recorded for Chess (or Aristocrat as it was called back then), and which was only ever released on 78s. Gene Ammons plays here with the lost Chicago tenor talent Tom Archia (who never made it out of the city as much as ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and an old price sticker on front.)
A gripping set of breakbeat tracks – with strong shifts of mood from track to track, encompassing an array of groove styles that runs from breesy bossa, to modal big band, to pumped up breakbeats. Titles include "Sordid", "Bridge", "Reanimator", "People ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
An incredible full length set from Amp Fiddler – and the kind of record that's well worth all the hype it's been getting! Think of this one as Stevie Wonder for the 21st Century – keyboards and vocals taking off in a rocketship for the future, yet packed to the brim with all the best ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A great version of "It Sure Is Funky" – a tune originally done as a vocal number by Ripple, but presented here by Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers in a mad bit of steel band funk! The echoey steel is wonderful – and really gives the tune a mighty unusual vibe! Mr Thing re-edits ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
An enigmatic set of modern jazz – recorded by the Amram-Barrow Quartet – an obscure group led by tenor saxophonist George Barrow and horn player David Amram, the latter of whom would go onto great fame in the 60s and 70s for his groundbreaking arrangements, soundtrack work, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has light surface marks, but the heavy Decca vinyl still plays well. Cover is nice!)
A series of longer tracks from 70s Nigerian artist Alhaji Amuda – served up in two extended song medleys that both feature lots of low-end percussion and chanted vocals! Given the lack of real liner notes, it's hard to say what's going on here – but overall, the music is a fair bit ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
An excellent number from organist Paul Bryant and tenor genius Curtis Amy – a sweet stepper with a lean soul jazz feel – gliding magically, and presented here in a 2-part version with room for everyone to solo! (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
Ananda Project —
Release ... CD Nite Grooves, 2000. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Soulful house from the Ananda Project – a nice blend of styles that works together well. Sensuous, slinky, and deeply grooving – in the manner of recent work from Naked Music, and other leading lights on the NYC scene! Titles include "In", "Glory Glory", "Strai ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Sweet trumpet work from one of Duke Ellington's best sidemen – done for Mercury in 1958 with some very tight arrangements by Anderson and Ernie Wilkins – all in a mode that show's a bit of Cat's Ellington association, but which also opens up in some other swinging modes – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, a couple of small seam splits, the remnants of a sticker, and a stain on the back.)
Fred Anderson in very comfortable territory – working at his own Velvet Lounge, in the company of some great younger Chicago players who represent the scene-crossing energy of Anderson's music in recent years! The group's a quintet – with Anderson on tenor, Maurice Brown on trumpet, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
For years, AACM tenorist Fred Anderson labored in obscurity – playing the better part of the 70s and 80s with little or no recognition of his strong inventive talent, and of his never-ending committment to expanding his horizons as a musician. Fortunately, Anderson's been greatly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, & William Parker —
Blue Winter ... CD Eremite, 2005. Used 2CD ...
A beautiful tribute to the strengths of these players working together in a trio – the sense of respect and patience they each have for each other – letting the sound come at just the right moment in just the right way, as things build together in this amazing way – then leap ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, K Jordan & W Parker —
2 Days In April ... CD Eremite, 1994. New Copy 2 CDs ...
Two great days in April – each featuring some very free improvisation from a group that includes Fred Anderson and Kidd Jordan on tenors, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – a quartet with boundless energy, and a really rich sense of each other's place within the sound! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The debut album from Brazilian jazz singer Leny Andrade – a wonderful session that's equal part scatting vocals, samba jazz, and smoky ballads! Andrade was one of the few Brazilian singers to really get the sound of American jazz from the start – and works here in a style that has lots ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Later work from Ernie Andrews – a singer we mostly know from his early 60s albums on Dot and Capitol – standout west coast jazz sets that marked Ernie as one of the real up-and-comers on that scene. The format here is a bit mellower than those records, but still pretty darn great ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous ... (Soul) read moreCD
Okay. . .okay, there may be a few other singers we like to hold up as our favorite (like Jimmy Cliff), but for real, Horace Andy's at the top of the heap. Maybe it's because we're from Chicago and have a soft spot for sweet falsetto a la Eugene Record or Curtis Mayfield, though we'd never claim ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Just to get things straight: Ann's the Beauty and Al's the Beard – and they're paired together in this surprisingly tasty set that stands as one of Ann's jazziest albums for RCA! Part of the strength is from arranger Marty Paich, who has Al's trumpet and Ann's voice working with a small ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing – in great shape! Back cover has a promo sticker.)
Another Day —
Uh-Oh ... LP Vinyl Siding, 1986. Very Good- ...
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(Cover has a cut corner and some ring & edge wear, with some marker and light stains on the back.)
Anoushka's a duo, as you might have guessed from the image on the cover – and a great one at that, with these sublime spacey soul vocals from Victoria Port, mixed with her own keyboards and more beats and keys from Max Wheeler! The music's got a lean quality, but also soars with a cosmic ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The kind of harmony soul cut we die for! "It Was Real" is a fantastic early 70s mellow ballad tune – begins with a swell of strings, a bit of talking, then slides into some incredible harmonies that are wrapped up in love! The tune's got that kind of "soaring to the ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Stunning Afro Funk from this incredible combo – as great as anything from the 70s, and maybe even better! The album's the second full length release from New York's Antibalas Liberation Orchestra – and like the first, it's an insanely wonderful batch of funk tunes that follows fiercely ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A nice little spacey club soul EP on Brownswood – actually the duo of singer/songwriter Victoria Port and producer Max Wheeler – and it's very promising stuff! Brownswood has a been a vital source for burgeoning progressive dancefloor talent for years now, and the depth continues to ... (New Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A killer lost disco album – a way better club set than you might expect! The group looks extremely silly on the cover – ridiculously so, in fact – but the record's a stunning batch of jazzy club tracks with a mostly instrumental groove, and a very tight feel – not at all ... (Soul) read moreCD
Aorta ... LP Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ...
A lost heavy rock classic from the Dunwich Production team – recorded in Michigan, but with extra orchestral backing in Chicago – for an approach that gives the record a slightly pop quality that tempers the harder rock sound nicely. The songs are actually pretty catchy, in a post-Summe ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and a crease across the front.)
The no longer hibernating Aphex Twin follows up 2014's excellent Syro LP with the appropriately-titled Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2 EP – a coolly experimental project that's a lot different that his other recent work, but it's a worthy left turn! It's indeed played with a ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Aphex Twin —
Syro ... CD Warp, 2014. New Copy ...
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complica ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complica ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(3LP gatefold on heavy, high quality vinyl. Includes download.)
Apollo 100 —
Joy ... LP Mega, Late 60s. Very Good ...
A real treat for the 2001 generation! Apollo 100 takes Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring", and gives is a jazzy electric keyboard reading – kind of a perfect bit of fluffy pop for a generation that was already digging the classical/easy experiments of the Swingle Singers and ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a small light stain.)
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass —
Blasphemy ... CD Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ...
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass team up – with guest appearances by Royce Da 5'9, Xzibit, Slaine, Sean Price, Pharoahe Monche and others. Includes "Next Caller", "How To Kill God", "Humble Pie", "Giraffe P**sy" with Royce Da 5'9, Xzibit & Bishop Lamont ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A beautiful musical discovery that we'd somehow never managed to hear all these years – the debut of (and possibly only album by) Appaloosa, a group who mix together gentle folk and a bit of strings – in a mode that's strongly resonant with some of Tim Hardin or Tim Buckley's best work ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, a partially split bottom bottom seam, and a sticker on the back.)
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the ... (Rock) read moreCD
The second album by Argent – Rod Argent's project immediately after the breakup of the Zombies! There's plenty of Zombie-like ideas here – particularly those floating around the Odyssey and Oracle album, but they're also done without the dreamy pop style of Colin Blunstone's vocals, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has some wear and partial seam splitting.)
A spare funky number, but a great one too – just these catchy vocals, a great bassline, and percolating percussion – all with a feel that's somewhere in the territory of a lost number by Joe Quaterman! (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
A sweet session of 70s electric jazz – recorded as a unique live all-star outing by a group of Arista's best jazz players at the time! The group's an octet, but plays together in differing formations throughout the record – with Warren Bernhardt on keyboards, Michael Brecker on saxes, ... (Jazz) read moreCD