An Afro Funk treasure from the 70s – a rare album recorded by Pax Nicholas, a singer and percussionist who was part of Fela's legendary Africa 70 band! The album's got a sound that definitely echoes that heritage, but with a groove that's pretty weird too – more stripped down than most ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever recorded by pianist Herbie Nichols – an incredible player with a sound and sense of modern expression that rivaled the best 50s work of Thelonious Monk and Elmo Hope! This session is Herbie's only one for the Bethlehem label – but it stands nicely next to his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mad music from the Nihilist Spasm Band – a group who really live up to their name from the very first moments of the record! The set begins with "Destroy The Nations" – a track that's meaner, nastier, and more mindbending than anything you'll ever hear from any of the wildest ... (Rock) read moreCD
Paal Nilssen Love & Hakon Kornstad —
Schlinger ... CD Smalltown Supersound, 2004. Used ...
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Teus Nobel —
Legacy ... CD Flyin High (Netherlands), 2014. Used ...
The cover's got a very moody look, but the record opens up nicely with a warmer vibe than you might expect – an airy blend of the trumpet of Teus Nobel, who's got a way of phrasing that can sometimes bite hard, sometimes lay back with a much more fluid approach! There's a slight ECM style to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing work from Nomo – their greatest album so far, and an incredible step forward in styles! Nomo started out as an already-great Afro Funk combo – but over the past few records, they've picked up a really hip range of musical influences – spiritual jazz, electronica, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Great stuff from global funk phenoms Nomo – deftly blending Afro steeped funk with an astral reach – with more of a spiritual jazz influence and off kilter avant touches! Invisible Cities arrives just about a year since their breakthrough Ghost Rock opened so many doors, and although ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Mindblowing work from one of the greatest new groups we've heard in years – Michigan's mighty Nomo, easily one of the greatest Afro Funk combos going! Nomo's got a tightness that surpasses most other heirs to Fela's throne – an intensely focused energy that's really tremendous – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Great lean grooves from vibist Red Norvo – exactly the kind or record that shows why he was such an amazing talent on his instrument in the 50s! The album has Red working without piano or drums – just the guitar of Jimmy Raney and bass of Red Mitchell – both players who are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Biggie's masterpiece – remastered! There's very little we could possibly say about this east coast landmark that isn't already etched in stone in the annals of hip hop history. Biggie's a master storyteller, whether he's spinning tales of violent street nihilism, his skills beneath the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(In a cardboard slipcase. Please note that the CD looks exactly like the image shown, except it is on a black background instead of white on the outer sleeve.)
The first album in many years from pianist Larry Novak – a Chicago pianist who worked with giants like Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan many decades back, and who's remained a committed stylist after all these years! In fact, the set's got a depth of feeling and sensitivity that might be more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
After Hal Russell passed away, his group the NRG ensemble decided to soldier on, and recorded this disc for Delmark. The group maintains the same frenetic energy and Hal's well known sense of humor, with Ken Vandermark joining on reeds in Russell's place. Includes "Hyperspce", "Whir ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Groundbreaking work from Laura Nyro – exactly the kind of record that sums up the unique genius in her music! The record's not folk, not pop, not soul, nor jazz vocals – but a new sort of style that draws a bit from all those genres, and comes up with a bold new approach that opened ... (Rock) read moreCD
Bill O'Connell & The Latin Jazz All Stars —
Heart Beat ... CD Savant, 2016. Used ...
You can hear the heart beat from the very first note of this set from pianist Bill O'Connell – a warm pulse that stakes out the action, and calls the rhythms into play – which in this case include the strong array of percussionists you'd expect from the Latin All-Stars tag! Bill ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hip Finnish take on soul jazz – headed up by drummer Matti Oiling! The groove here is tight and very straightforward – almost an amped-up European groove based on American soul jazz of the 60s – similar to some of Charly Antolini's excellent work for Saba/MPS! Instrumentation ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Shuya Okino —
Destiny ... CD Village Again (Japan), 2011. Used ...
Timeless club soul from Kyoto Jazz Massive groover Shuya Okino – who recruits an all star line up of guests for Destiny – and crafts dancefloor ready, string-sweetened soul and jazzy boogie styled numbers that are nice as just about anything he's done to date! Most impressively, Okina ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print. Deluxe booklet packaging, too! Book has some light wear.)
A contemporary salsa group, but one with a really classic New York vibe – a no-nonsense approach that focuses both on the excellent vocals of leader Jose Conde, and on the rhythmic interplay from the members o fthe group! The lineup features two trombones – in a bold, soulful style ... (Latin) read moreCD
The title's an apt one – as the record's the most earthy and stripped-down effort we've heard from Jair Oliveira so far – a real change from his more beat-centric albums for Trama, and a set that unlocks an especially soulful side in his music! In a way, there's a style here that's a ... (Brazil) read moreCD