Arktis ... LP Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A different combo than usual for the German scene of the early 70s – a group who were maybe a bit more straightforward than some of their Krautrock contemporaries – really working some great hard rock fuzz on their solos, alongside a female lead singer who's got a pretty bold style! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from this obscure German group – and one that definitely gets the title right, as the material here is pulled from recordings the band made on their own – woodshedding in the studio away from the mainstream! Despite their obscurity, Artkis has a sound that could have ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ambassador Satch is a key statement of Armstrong's global power in the postwar years, a time when the State Department was using his talents to mend fences and open doors after WWII. The material is Armstrong at his best comeback stretch – and most of these recall the classic sound of his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mid 50s, and Louis is going back to his roots – playing a set of compositions by WC Handy – working with a small combo that includes Barrett Deems on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass, Trummy Young on trombone, and Barney Bigard on clarinet. Vocals are by Louis and Velma Middleton – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing. Cover has a small mark from price sticker removal.)
Mid 50s, and Louis is going back to his roots – playing a set of compositions by WC Handy – working with a small combo that includes Barrett Deems on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass, Trummy Young on trombone, and Barney Bigard on clarinet. Vocals are by Louis and Velma Middleton – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great 50s material from Louis Armstrong – 4 vintage albums recorded for Columbia Records, packaged up in a single box, but with cool individual record-style sleeves! The material is Armstrong at his best comeback stretch – and most of these sets recall the classic sound of his early ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A cool California concert from Louis Armstrong – surprisingly intimate, despite the setting – and recorded with a less-polished feel than some of his other 50s live dates! There's a relatively spontaneous quality to the music, and the album really helps keep the spirit of the concert ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Walter Zuber Armstrong & Steve Lacy —
Call Notes ... LP World Artists, 1979. Near Mint- ...
Side one features a duet between Armstrong and Lacy, recorded in Holland in 1979 – on "Call Notes" – which features Lacy on soprano sax, and Armstrong on soprano flute and Bolivian wood flute. Side two just features Armstrong – on "Lost Lagoon", on soprano ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tightly arranged, but very swinging big band jazz tracks from Swedish leader Harry Arnold – best known for his American album with Quincy Jones – an arranger from whom he clearly seems to have taken a tip! The playing is tight and crisp, in the best Swedish mode of the 50s – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Atco pressing with deep groove. Cover has some pen on back.)
Dayme Arocena —
Cubafonia ... CD Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
The deepest work we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer we first discovered in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, but one who's really gone onto find her own strong musical paths in recent years! This set has Dayme working with Dexter Story on production – and ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A record that you might spend a week trying to pronounce, but one that will grab you right away with its sound! Arp Life stick strongly in their best clubby modes here – mixing the keyboards of their name with some sweet disco-styled rhythms, and the occasional female chorus vocal, in a ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble —
Le-Le ... LP AJE, 1987. Near Mint- ...
Very cool Philly work from the 80s – played by a group who've got the same spiritual vibe as underground artists from the decade before! The combo features excellent vibes from Billy Lewis – plus Lamont King and Steve Murphy on saxes, Warren Oree on bass, Greg Jones on drums, and Ed ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A self-released album from Chicago funnyman Manuel Arrington – with long routines that include "That's My Van", "Black Bart", "Live From Bruno's", and "Live From Aire Crown". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes in a plain white sleeve.)
Art Ensemble Of Chicago —
Bap-Tizum ... LP Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ ...
A seminal moment for the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – one of their first albums for a widely-distributed label, and an exceptionally strong live performance that really gets to the core of the group's unique approach! The material was recorded at the Ann Arbor Festival in 1972 – and has ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small cutout notch.)
A lost chapter in the career of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – an obscure early 70s album, issued by the mostly-blues Paula Records label in Louisiana, and one of the hardest to find albums in their catalog! The album features 3 long tracks – "Chi-Congo", "Enlorfe", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago's all-time classics! If you've ever bought an Art Ensemble album and said "Hmm, what's all the fuss about?", get this one. It'll change your mind. The band is in perfect form – and hits an incredible blend of free thinking modernism and soulful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key later session from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a record that gained them global exposure through the ECM label, and which has them working in a beautifully subtle sense of sound, space, and tone! The work is less all-out challenging than some of the group's earliest recordings – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Art Ensemble Of Chicago —
Paris Session ... LP Arista, 1969/1973. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
Nice 2LP set that brought the US some of the great recordings cut by the Art Ensemble while they were in Paris (some of which have also come out under the Black Lion imprint). All of the material was recorded in the Polydor Studios in Paris in 1969, and the tracks include "The Spiritual" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's hard to imagine a more exciting single from the early 80s – as both sides of this one completely changed our way of listening to music, and set the tone for a generation of sounds to come. "Moments In Love" is that breathy slow stepper, presented here in long and short ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
An amazing electronic score – put together for an equally amazing film – Edward Artemiev's wonderful music for Andre Tarkovsky's Solaris – sounds that are as riveting as the images on the screen! Artemiev beautifully blends analogue keyboard lines with strings, sometimes creating ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-titled set from one of the greatest soul groups to ever come from Chicago – a sublime quartet who had a way of voicing their tunes that was really head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! This killer record showcases The Artistics' genius right from the start – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really breakout moment for The Artistics – and the start of a really sublime run with the great Brunswick Records! The group had already broken a bit on Okeh a few years before – securing a top spot on the Chicago scene with their bouncy northern soul groove – a love of rhythm ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cesar Ascarrunz —
Cesar 830 ... LP Flying Dutchman, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Lost Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and an album that may well blow away better-known work by groups like Malo, Azteca, or El Chicano! The album's near-perfect right from the start – and brings in plenty of New York elements to the groove, thanks to the inclusion of a ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ash Borer —
2009 Demo ... LP Vendetta Records (Germany), 2009. Very Good+ ...
Atmospheric black metal from California – great stuff. (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
The Murder Inc. chanteusse returns with another tight batch of chart soul/r&b, with the same sorta rough edges that made the first one stand out. Tracks include "Shany's World", "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)", "Breakup 2 Makeup", "I Found Lovin'", "Carry ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums from this legendary duo – Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson's first album for Warner Brothers, and compared to the numbers moved by biggest hits, you could call this one a hidden gem – filled with near perfect mellow soul jams and more sweetly soaring ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Near-perfect work from Ashford & Simpson – really grooving in full powerhouse mode here, and never missing a beat! By all rights, the team should have run out of steam by this point, but the album's another winner from their sublime Warner years – caught in a unique space between ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is cracked at the bottom. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Sublime vocals from Clarice Assad – a singer who's got some ties to older Brazilian traditions, but who also really makes things all her own – with a dynamic sense of phrasing that's perfectly backed up by some equally great instrumentation! Clarice handled all the arrangments – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Excellent live work by The Association – quite different than their earlier pop hits, but still with the same great harmony feel! The style here is in the rougher, more guitar-based mode of albums like Birthday and Stop Your Motor – and the band really sounds great in this live setting ... (Rock) read moreCD
Fantastic dreamy pop! Despite the fact that this one yielded the super-huge hits "Windy" and "Never My Love", the album's also filled with great 60s pop tunes that you've probably never heard before – all as fantastically well-crafted and delicately strung-out as the big ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 50th Anniversary pressing – mono version on red colored vinyl – in a heavy paste-on cover like the original pressing.)
Fantastic dreamy pop! Despite the fact that this one yielded the super-huge hits "Windy" and "Never My Love", the album's also filled with great 60s pop tunes that you've probably never heard before – all as fantastically well-crafted and delicately strung-out as the big ... (Rock) read moreCD
A really amazing set of recordings – vocal sessions done by Fred Astaire in the later season of his career – recorded in the studio with intimate backing by a Verve group that includes Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Charlie Shavers, and Flip Phillips! The material features lovely new ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Lost sound library genius from Fabio Fabor – working here under the name of The Astral Dimension – which is a very good tag for the sound on the set! Although recorded in 1981, the record has all the warmth of some of Fabor's 70s material – lots of swirling, spacey keyboards ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit funky, a bit progressive – and a choppy fusion session led by reed player Clive Stevens, who uses electric and acoustic tenor, and soprano sax on the session. Other players include Billy Cobham, John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner, and Steve Khan – and titles include "Nova ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and radio station notes on front & back.)
Long lean groovers from Brian Auger and the Oblivion Express group – recorded with a slightly freer feel than some of the group's earlier albums, and an approach that has them stretching out nicely! Brian still sings a bit on some tracks, but there seems to be more of a focus than before on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brian Auger & Julie Tippetts —
Encore ... LP Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ...
An overdue reunion for Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll (now billed as Tippetts) – and a late 70s session that sounds quite a bit different than their mod soul of the 60s! The format here is still somewhat in a soul-based vein – but the sound is much more 70s, and much more "adult&qu ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Is this the same group that went onto become Aurra and record disco records for Salsoul? We don't think so, but folks tell it that it is. Whatever the case, though, the record's a great batch of funky rock tracks, with some really hard groovers that crossover to a funky soul market – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, clear tape along the seams, and some wear.)
Fantastic Hawaii funk from the end of the 70s – two great tracks by a group you shouldn't confuse with the Aurra group on Salsoul! "Magic Lover" has a blend of jazz and funk underneath the soulful lyrics – horns bursting and bubbling, and a tight bassline that almost gives ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A great lineup – with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, George Duke on keyboards, and even the Brecker Brothers too! Titles include "Baffled", "Intrepid Fox", "Bahama Mama", and "Home Stretch". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(In textured cover, with insert. Cover has light water wrinkling, and so does insert. Vinyl has a short click in one spot.)
An unreleased gem from Aurra – served up with all the tight, groovy sound that made that duo so great! The basslines are right up front in the mix – snapping along with excellent keyboards – and the trademark mix of female and male vocals from the duo really make the lyrics shine! (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record