Great sounds from percussionist Jeff Ballard – a nicely loose trio session that features loads of great work from Lionel Loueke on guitar and Miguel Zenon on alto sax! The record's got a style that's a bit more open and organic than some of Loueke's own recordings – and provided a very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ballin The Jack —
Jungle ... CD Knitting Factory, 1999. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Tight bossa tracks from one of Brazil's best drummers! We've got to admit, we're not exactly sure when this one's from. Although the copyright date says 1993, we think that this stuff's from the 70s from the production sound – and has been repackaged in a dateless compilation by RCA. The ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The debut as a leader from bassist Harrison Bankhead – long an important figure on the Chicago jazz scene as a sideman, really stepping forth here with a bold new vision of his own! The album's got a very free, open sort of vibe – definitely in the spirit of the AACM, but with some 70s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic 2 CD set compiling the tracks from Gato's first two LPs for Impulse, plus 5 previously unreleased tracks, and full length versions of tracks that were edited on the original albums. In case you don't know this stuff, it's amazing. Gato went down to Argentina to record the stuff, and it's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice return to form for Gato Barbieri – still somewhat smooth, as in his later years – but with some great Latin backings on a number of the tracks! Barbieri's tenor still has those sharp edges we love, and even when things get a bit more soul-based on some of the cuts here, the feel ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Carlos Barbosa Lima —
O Boto ... CD Concord, 1997. Used ...
Excellent lost funky work from Italy! The Barigozzi Group were one of these obscure little combos that churned out tight funky tracks for bigger outfits – very much in the style of I Gres, Marc 4, or some of the other great Italian groups that are being discovered lately. Their strength was ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
It must have cost Barrabas plenty to make the heart-shaped manhole on the cover of this album – but given the sound of the grooves, the money was well worth it! The set's a fair bit tighter than their earliest work from Spain – but also a great direction for their styles – one ... (Soul) read moreCD
A lost gem in the 70s catalog of Ray Barretto – a fantastic album with some really wonderful tracks! Although Ray's clearly in his salsa mode here, he's also got a very strong jazz approach to the tracks – picking up the changes, tones, and colors used on his Other Road album, and ... (Latin) read moreCD
A smoking later session from Ray – one of his best albums of the 80s and 90s, and recorded with a snapping Latin fusion groove that we really love! The sound is straight Latin jazz all the way – arranged with lots of dark overtones that dip and turn in a style that almost reminds us of ... (Latin) read moreCD
A great little jazz album from Ray – more so than most of his earlier work from the 60s and 70s, and performed here with a great batch of players that include guest appearances by Kenny Burrell, Steve Turre, Eddie Gomez, and Joe Lovano. Adam Koller is in Ray's regular group – and he ... (Latin) read moreCD
Taboo is a great all-acoustic outing from Ray Barretto – a set recorded with a stripped-down combo that features trumpet, tenor, flute, piano, bass and drums – all stretching out in a soaring, exploratory Latin jazz mode! The feel is much more open and loose than on some of Ray's 80s ... (Latin) read moreCD
Ancestral Messages is a bold, proud record that really lives up to its title – a batch of tunes that has Ray leading a strong combo with Ray Vega on trumpet and Jay Rodriguez on tenor and flute – both tightly woven into a strong-voiced frontline that gives the record a tremendous amount ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit —
Contact! ... CD Blue Note, 1997. Used ...
An incredibly groovy soundtrack that's also one of the best-ever scores written by John Barry – a masterpiece of jazzy scoring that never gets old! There's some wicked use of Hammond in the main theme – played by Brit jazzer Alan Haven – a catchy little groove that dances nicely ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Barry & The Remains —
Remains ... CD Epic/Legacy, Mid 60s. Used ...
Gary Bartz —
Shadows ... CD Timeless (Netherlands), 1991. Used ...
The 90s were a really wonderful decade for reedman Gary Bartz – a time when he seemed to go back to basics, and find a way to open up whole new corners in his music! This album's a key illustration of that moment – as Bartz blows with a sense of darkly brooding power that we never ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Verve Master Edition, mark through digipack barcode & sticker remnant on spine.)
Way before Sinatra first grabbed the "Chairman Of The Board" title for his own musical persona, Basie laid great claim to the tag with this tight little album for Roulette! The album's got the 50s Basie band working at the height of their powers – with original compositions written ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Basie and Basie-ites – recorded at Newport in 1957, in a number of varying groupings with players that include Lester Young, Thad Jones, Frank Wess, Joe Newman, and Frank Foster. Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on the track "Sent For You Yesterday & Here You Come Today" – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Master Edition. Sticker over barcode.)
Count Basie rewrites history – updating his older work for the Roulette Records years, in this hip collection that features lots of new arrangements from Frank Foster – and rich performances from his great group at the time! The recordings are all new, as are the conceptions of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Basie hits the hits of the 50s and early 60s – working here with some tight Billy Byers arrangements that really help transform the tunes! The groove is upbeat, bright, and brilliantly soulful – that punctuated Basie groove first formed when Neal Hefti was with the group, still carried ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A late 60s swinger from The Mills Brothers – with the aging vocal group get some great assistance from the Count Basie Orchestra! By the time of this sessions, The Mills Brothers had been recording for at least 4 decades – and although their early hits had gained the group a great deal ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. 20bit K2 HQ CD pressing! Includes obi!)
An early gems from Shirley Bassey – recorded before her worldwide "Goldfinger" fame, in a mode that's got a lusher, more serious feel! Let's Face The Music has Nelson Riddle at the head of the orchestra – and gives Shirley the kind of full backing and rich sound needed to ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Chris Bates/Jay Epstein/Chris Olson —
Framework ... CD Gone Jazz, 2009. Used ...
Guitarist Billy Bauer will long be remembered as one of the key players who helped create Lee Konitz's icy sound of the mid 50s – but apart from his work with Konitz, he barely made any other recordings, and this one album on Verve is the only one we know that has him as a leader! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A collection of three pieces in this series of the complete works of Francois Bayle. The first, "Jeita", was composed in a cave in 1970, and the other two pieces are later reworkings of it. (Out Sound) CD
A wealth of rare work by The Beach Boys – 25 tracks from the soundtrack to the film Endless Harmony, almost all of which have never been issued before! The CD's like finding an extra extra bonus disc of material from their box set – as it includes some great rehearsal and demo sides, a ... (Rock) read moreCD
A surprisingly great comeback for The Beach Boys – working here with Brian Wilson at the production helm, in a mode that really recalls the glory of the group's post-Pet Sounds years! We'll be honest that we were initially cringing at the title – and expected the worst – but ... (Rock) read moreCD
The complete Modern Records sessions by Jimmy Beasley – done for the famous LA label, but all recorded in Beasley's home town of New Orleans – with a very raw, early Crescent City vibe! Many of these cuts were done with the group of Dave Bartholomew at Cosimo's Studios – and they' ... (Soul) read moreCD