Beautiful work inspired by the tragic landscape of contemporary Iraq – music that's full of dark corners and melancholy passages performed by Rahim Alhaj on oud, with backing by a string quartet and a bit of percussion! The string quartet shapes the currents of most of the tunes, while the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Rashied Ali, Louis Belogenis & Wilber Morris —
Live At Tonic ... CD DIW (Japan), 2001. Used ...
The second album by this excellent all-female San Francisco jazz combo – a live date that's even more cooking than their debut! As before, there's a sweetly breezy style to the record – that hip SF sound of the 70s – with echoes of Braziliana and soul amidst the group's jazzier ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Our favorite tracks from the Likwidation LP. The production here is what makes the record dope – spare beats with a staccato piano line throughout plus the sound of rolling bottles as percussion. With some nice verses from ODB, and it's good to hear him rhyme over some non-Wu beats. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
From Tree House Rock. Spit It is produced by Memo, with Spotlite, cap D, and Prime. Virgo is produced by Memo with Mr Greenweedz and Rita J. Rocks 4 You is produced by PNS, with Daily Planet, cap D, Prime, and Rita J. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Davie Allan & The Arrows' second album of music for the Wild Angels series of biker films – and even better than the first! This set features an all-Arrows set of tracks – with only one vocal number, and all the rest instrumentals, done in that tripped-out, souped-up style that ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from the rock-solid rhythm section of drummer Carl Allen and bassist Rodney Whitaker – two players who set up a wonderful groove for the set, then open the door for a host of wonderful guests! Most instrumentation is acoustic – save for a bit of guitar and Hammond at points ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Eddie Allen was a relatively young trumpeter at the time of this date – but he's got some very solid grounding from a mature trio that features Kenny Barron on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Carl Allen on drums! On another label, like Muse, the set might have a rougher sort of feel – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tasty R&B material, recorded on Prestige's short-lived Tru-Sound subsidiary. Ernestine had some earlier fame under the name Anisteen Allen, and this record's got a similar sound to her late 40s work – with lots of smoky vocals, touched by a warm jazz sensibility that gives the material a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Intimate piano work from Geri Allen – a set of solo performances, inspired by the music of Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock! There's definitely strong traces of Tyner and Hancock – given Allen's usually soulful undercurrent – but there's also a heavy dose of Taylor, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very cool set from pianist Geri Allen – one of the most forceful, rhythmic albums we've heard from her in years – thanks to some very tight bass and drum work, and a bit of tap percussion too! The core trio grooving is already great – bass from Kenny Davis and drums from Kassa ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Way way more than you might guess from an album with Motown in the title – and instead, a set that may well be one of the best we've heard from Geri Allen in years! Yes, the tracks are mostly numbers from the classic years of the famous soul label – but the presentation is quite ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really wonderful take on the music of Jimi Hendrix – an all-piano trio headed by Geri Allen, and one that presents Jimi's songs in a wonderful new way! There's a completely different feel to these recordings than any famous Hendrix sides – and Allen really does a great job of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite a powerful little record from JD Allen – billed in the notes as a "blues record", but a set that's got an undeniably spiritual feel – so much so, it might be one of Allen's best records to date! The setting is a trio – with Gregg August on bass and Rudy Royston on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sharp tenor from the great JD Allen – a very striking set that's filled with all original compositions – work that really shows the way that Allen's grown strongly as both a writer and player in recent years! There's a sense of darkness to the record right from the start – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautifully sensitive set from Tex Allen – mostly a trumpeter, but also a singer here on two numbers – working with a laidback approach that's totally great! Tex blows with a bit of Miles Davis space in his trumpet – early Miles, not late – and his singing has a warm, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning work from superdrummer Tony Allen – light years ahead of his original Afro Beat recordings with Fela! Tony's a consummate artist who's never stopped growing, and he's taken the energy of the Afro Funk revival of recent years, and used it to inspire him in new creative directions. ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real back to basics set from Tony Allen – much more strongly in his Afro Funk groove of the late 70s than other recent work, and recorded in Lagos with an earthy approach that's totally great! All the experiments and odd flourishes of recent sets have been stripped away – and Allen ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
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
Smoking Afro Funk from the legendary Tony Allen – recording during an incredible world tour in 2004, in a lean, mean groove that stands as a nice counterpoint to his studio sessions of the past few years! Tony's working here with a stripped down quintet – led by himself on drums and ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Fantastic Afro funky! This set lovingly repackages 2 early albums by Tony Allen, best known to the world as the drummer in Fela's legendary Africa 70 group! Both records have a distinctly Fela-sounding groove – which isn't surprising, as they were produced by Fela, feature Fela, and have ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Pivotal Afro Funk tracks from Tony Allen – a masterpiece! Allen is recording here as the leader of the Afrika 70 group, but with Fela in the band, and handling production chores as well. The groove is very similar to Fela's, but with the drums higher in the mix, and a bit more of an ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Tony Allen & The Afro Messengers —
No Discrimination ... LP Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
Tony Allen steps out onto his own – moving away from the Afrika 70 group who accompanied him on his first three solo albums – nicely cooking here into a whole new groove! The tracks are a bit shorter than the side-long jams of previous records, but no less funky – as Tony somehow ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark material from the legendary Nigerian percussionist! NEPA is a great little album from Tony Allen – recorded in the mid 80s, but with a chunky groove that's very much in the style of his 70s Afro Funk work! The title track is one of Allen's best cuts ever – a really anthemic ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
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
A hipster vocal jazz classic – a full length Prestige album that brings together all of Mose Allison's vocal numbers from his initial run a the label! Mose started out as a pianist, but quickly won even greater attention with his down home, New Orleans-influenced way of singing – a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some moisture staining and peeling in one corner.)
Classic work from one of the hippest jazz singers of all time – and a hell of a pianist too! Mose Allison began his recording career laying down piano on jazz sessions for Stan Getz and a few others – but here, he emerges as a fully-formed talent of his own – steeped in modes ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes a download code for a digital version of the album plus additional remixes.)
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
5 years after they made their first set of groundbreaking Braziliany jazz tracks together, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida went back into the studio to record another great batch for Pacific Jazz. That second set of sessions is captured here in its entirety, and it features Shank and Almeida ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Laurindo Almeida/Charlie Byrd —
Tango ... CD Concord, 1985. Used ...
Yekte ... CD Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ...
Unusual sounds from Alpay – an artist who perfectly shows the unique east/west crossroads that ran through the Turkish scene of the 70s! At one level, Alpay's as Western as you might guess from his look on the cover – and attempts here to serve up rockish tracks aimed at the mainstream ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert —
Bullish ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1984. New Copy ...
A funky little set from trumpeter Herb Alpert – part of that second chapter move into the soul fusion territory that was taken up by some of the younger generation – and which turned out to be a surprisingly nice fit for Herb! The Tijuana Brass is listed here on the cover, but there's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
Two top trumpet talents – coming together beautifully on this groovy late 70s set! Both Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela had a big rise to fame in the 60s – Herb, for his Tijuana Brass albums on A&M – and Hugh, for the way that he brought South African jazz currents to the ... (Jazz) 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 beautiful live set from these two legendary A&M Records talents – united for years at a personal level, and working beautifully here at an artistic one as well! The setting is a small combo one – a jazz quartet led by Herb's trumpet, and mostly featuring Lani's wonderful vocals ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
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 TJB —
Coney Island ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ...
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 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
Epic, polyrhythmic instrumentals from Alto! – ambitious, hypnotic and danceable stuff, going way beyond what you might expect from Portland-based experimental/instrumental rock trio! They carry a world of influences, from West African and Ethiopian sources as much a European and American ones ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Altona ... CD RCA/Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
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
One of the few sides led by drummer Altschul, during a period when he was associated with some of the heavier players in the European and American avant scenes! On his preceding Muse LP, Altschul had been joined by some of his cohorts in Circle – but here only bassist Dave Holland remains, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Barry Altschul —
Brahma ... CD Sackville (Canada), 1980. Used ...
A really sweet trio set from Barry Altschul – and one that lets him stretch out beautifully on a wide range of percussion! In addition to traditional drums, Altschul handles quica, bowed cymbals, waterphone, shakers, bells, cymbals, wood block, and lots more on the record – also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Core piano lines from the Helio Alves trio – a group with a nicely deep sound, and one that's touched by a few Brazilian jazz elements too – especially on some of the tracks with guest instrumentation from trumpeter Claudio Roditi and guitarist Romero Lubambo! Most of the tunes here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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!)
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