With Malachi Thompson, Steve Turre, Stanton Davis, and Frank Lacy. This LP features covers of pop hits, such as "Saving All My Love For You", "Oh, What A Night", "Crazy", & "Blueberry Hill", as well as compositions by Steve Turre and Lester Bowie, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Stanton Davis, Malachi Thompson, Bruce Purse, and Bowie on trumpet – plus Craig Harris and Steve Turre on trombone, Vincent Chancey on French horn, and Phillip Wilson on drums. Titles include "Coming Back Jamaica", "Nonet", "When The Spirit Returns", and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lester Bowie/Phillip Wilson —
Duet ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Improvised duets between Bowie and percussionist Phillip Wilson – recorded by Paul Bley in the loose, free style of the Improvising Artists label. The tracks are all quite long, but also very tight – much more rhythmic and swinging than you'd expect, in a manner that actually makes the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure little album of jazz vocals – but a great one! Janet Brace has a style that's similar to Jackie Cain or Chris Connor during the same time – kind of light and floating, but with a deeper sadness that makes the tracks stand out from the usual vocal fluff – a rich sort of ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, a corroded stain on one corner, and split seams held with clear tape.)
Joanne Brackeen —
Keyed In ... LP CBS/Tappan Zee, 1979. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
With Eddie Gomez & Jack DeJohnette. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Joanne Brackeen's at the top of her game here – working in a unique set of duets with bassist Eddie Gomez – at a level that matches the fire and fury of any of her work with a larger group! Brackeen's got this tremendous command of the keyboard right from the start – a wide sweep ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy open-ended tracks from pianist Joanne Brackeen – with a spiritual sound that almost reminds us of Alice Coltrane's best work on Impulse. That's no surprise, as the rhythm's by Cecil McBee and Billy Hart, who work behind Brackeen to drive her solos into a searching post-Coltrane kind ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unlikely, but amazing meeting of the avant jazz minds – a classic set that has LA trumpeter Bobby Bradford coming into play with the UK Spontaneous Music Ensemble, led by drummer John Stevens! The material was recorded, almost spontaneously, on a holiday trip Bradford made to London in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clea Bradford —
Now ... LP Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good ...
On earlier recordings, Clea was much more of a bluesy singer with a strong R&B sound. On this one, arranger Jim Tyler nicely uncovers a sweeter, more sophisticated side to her singing – and sets her voice in some larger arrangements with a very mellow sound. In a way, the overall ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album from Ruby Braff – simply blown in a small combo setting, with a strong focus on Braff's sparkling tone on the trumpet! The groups vary throughout the course of the set, but all players are pretty darn great – and tunes include guitar from Steve Jordan, vibes by Don ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
Dollar Brand playing solo – but with a vibrancy that hardly makes you miss the other instruments at all! Most of the record features solo piano, but there's also a bit of bamboo flute as well – leading off the set and establishing this great organic vibe to the whole thing, which is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great LP that features two side-long tracks – "Cape Town Fringe" and "The Pilgrim" – played by Dollar Brand and a quintet that includes Basil Coetzee on tenor and Robbie Jansen on alto and flute. "Cape Town Fringe" has a beautiful rolling sound, with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
South African pianist Dollar Brand was still going strong into the 80s – as this excellent quartet session will attest! The record features a group with Carolos Ward on alto sax and flute, playing next to Brand's own piano and occasional soprano sax, backed by the bass of Essiet Okun Essiet ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laura Branigan gets some help here on arrangements from Harold Faltermeyer – who makes things a bit funkier than you might expect – although still very much in the kind of poppy style he used famously on some big 80s soundtracks! The mode works well for Laura – whose approach is ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice set that features all of the London recordings that Braxton made in February of 1971. The set's got him playing in the context of his old bandmates in Circle – Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul – along with guest appearances by Kenny Wheeler and The London Tuba ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Braxton's first recordings of his work for larger ensembles, and a masterpiece that gives a good example of the kind of early ideas that have informed some of his recent work in the same style. The orchestras vary from track to track, but they all include excellent players like Roscoe ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Anthony Braxton —
Dona Lee ... LP America (France), 1972. Near Mint- ...
Quite possibly our favorite of Anthony Braxton's key French recordings – largely because the record captures him at a point when he was easily skirting between freer and more traditional styles! The group on the set is a quartet with Michael Smith on piano, Oliver Jackson on drums, and Peter ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton plays a host of horns on this powerful mid 80s set – a batch of numbers all based around his unique imagistic compositions! Braxton's reeds include alto, tenor, sopranino, and C melody sax – plus clarinet and flute as well – and other quartet members include David ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton —
For Trio ... LP Arista Freedom, 1978. Near Mint- ...
This beautiful record features 2 different recordings of an extended piece that Braxton wrote especially for a trio ensemble – and one recording features Braxton with Henry Threadgill and Douglas Ewart, the other features him with Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman. Both recordings feature ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Anthony Braxton – an album that has him playing straight ahead jazz – but at a time when he was also making some of his most complex recordings of the 70s! The approach here is sublime – as Braxton's reputation has ears already anticipating some far-out ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
If you've never heard Anthony Braxton play straight jazz, you owe it to yourself to check out this performance – it's a delight, like some of his few straight sets! With Hank Jones on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. Titles include "Joy Spring", "You Go ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton with Muhal Richard Abrams —
Duets 1976 ... LP Arista, 1976. Near Mint- ...
The rich tones of Muhal's piano provide a perfect foil for Braxton, and one that gets him playing a wide range of styles on sopranino, clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto. The whole album resonates with a soulfulness that's not always apparent in Braxton's other work from the time – and the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton/Derek Bailey —
Duo 1 ... LP Emanem, 1974. Near Mint- ...
Two of the most important talents to emerge in avant jazz in the 70s – working here together in a really groundbreaking performance! Both saxophonist Anthony Braxton and guitarist Derek Bailey were already making some huge waves in their respective scenes of Chicago and London – but in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Parisian recording from the legendary Willem Breuker – pulled from the most inventive years of his legendary group of Dutch avant musicians! The set captures the maestro at his best – working with a classic lineup of the Kollektief that includes Leo Cuypers on piano and vocals, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
American greatness from this seminal Dutch ensemble – a set recorded in the US when the group were really hitting on all burners – linking together rich strains of modern jazz in the course of a single performance! There's a great blend of tight concepts and freer solos going on here ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums as a leader from pianist Ronnell bright – a player who's best known for his work behind singers! The lineup is a trio – with the young Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Leonard Gaskin on drums. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – hard to find in any format!)
Great stuff from one of the unsung heroes of 70s soul! The record's a bit rawer than some of Johnny's earlier work – and it's got a sexy cover that puts him more in the camp of Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, at least from a visual perspective! The whole album was written and produced by Johnny ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent smooth soul from Johnny Bristol – working here in territory that's a lot more sophisticated than his earlier work, in the same vein as smooth modern soul singers like Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, or Prince Phillip Mitchell! The album's got a sweet warm feel – and the richness of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked treat recorded at a time when Verve was briefly exploring the jazz orchestra format in the early 60s – through recordings by Stan Getz, Jimmy Guiffre, and here, Bob Brookmeyer. The record features a set of tracks written and/or arranged by Brookmeyer, with help from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent early modern work from Brookmeyer – emerging here during a brief period when he was really taking changes as a leader, and making a strong name for himself on both valve trombone and piano. Stepping out of the shadow of his years as a sideman, Brookmeyer expresses a clear vision ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red and purple label label pressing. Cover has light wear and some pen on the back.)
A beautiful guitar/trombone session that features Jim Hall, Jimy Raney, and Brookmeyer – with titles that include "Arrowhead", "Street Swingers", "Hot Buttered Noodling", "Musicale Du Jour", and "Jupiter". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Very nice! Tenorist Tina Brooks had one rare album released for Blue Note (the classic True Blue), but he also recorded 3 others for the label which never came out. Although one of them, Back To The Tracks, has since come out in the US, there's 2 more albums on here that have not been released ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 7500! Box and book are in great shape!)
Brothers Johnson —
Blam ... LP A&M, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ...
Blam is right – an all-out batch of funky tracks from The Brothers Johnson – captured here right in the middle of their classic period with Quincy Jones! The Q's at the helm on production for the set, and the record's a great extension of their earlier efforts with the man – but ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky classic from the Brothers Johnson – sweet funky soul, done with a polish few could match! The pair are still working with Quincy Jones at this point, and the record's filled with lots of tight jazzy grooves that certainly show Quincy's touch – and which set the record apart ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most important documents in the history of avant jazz – and the seminal 1968 recording that forever put Peter Brotzmann on the map! The session is a landmark meeting of 8 important talents on the European free scene of the 60s – Sven Johansson on drums, Peter Kowald on bass, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a smallish crease on one corner.)
Peter Brotzmann & Bill Laswell —
Low Life ... LP Celluloid, 1987. Near Mint- ...
Hard-handed work from the duo of Peter Brotzmann on reeds and Bill Laswell on bass – a set that's kind of a side project of the Last Exit quartet, and one that comes across with a similar sense of power! Laswell's handling a fair bit of basses here, often with a bit of processing – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hot Lotta ... LP Blue Master (Finland), 1973. Near Mint- ...
A rare chapter in the career of Peter Brotzmann – and a very smoking set cut on the Finnish scene of the early 70s! The quartet features Brotzmann on tenor and alto – playing alongside the tenor and flute of Juhani Alaltonen – both of them completely all-out and unbridled, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features very early work with Chris Powell & His Blue Flames – on "Ida Red" and "I Come From Jamaica" – plus 3 longer Philly sides from 1956, with Billy Root on tenor and Sam Dockery on piano – on titles that include "Walkin", "Donna Lee" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early 50s material recorded by the late Clifford Brown – issued here in a classic "memorial" package slightly after his death in 1956! And while Brown never recorded much for Prestige – and never really as a leader – these sides are still a great example of his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clifford Brown only recorded a handful of sides for Blue Note – but all of the best ones are included in this excellent album – a full length set that culls together Brown's material from the 10" years, issued as a memorial to his early death in 1956! Side one features Brown with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
First volume pulled together in the early 80s of Brownie's remarkable work with a smoking quintet that would record some of the finest bop sides issued on the Emarcy label. He's working here with Max Roach, George Morrow and Richie Powell and Harold Land as Brown's foil in the front line. 14 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work by the team of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – a seminal hardbop album that was one of the few to bridge the east and west coast scenes! The set was recorded in LA under the joint leadership of Brown and Roach – and features the classic quintet lineup that included Harold ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic material from the team of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – and a set that features the west coast hardbop group that included Harold Land on tenor, George Morrow on bass, and Bud Powell's brother Richie on piano. Tracks are short, and played with great boppish fire and fury – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An 80s collection of some of James' best King funk singles from the late 60's – with a monster set list that includes "I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me", "Don't Be A Drop Out", "Let Yourself Go", "Bring It Up", "Lickin Stick", "Give ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lot less disco than you'd guess from the setting – still very much in that fast-funk mode that James was using at the end of the 70s – a style that was his answer to club music, but which was still largely forged out of a soulful funk-based groove! Titles include "Sex ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
James Brown —
Hot ... LP Polydor, 1975. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the lesser-known albums from the mid 70's, and one that includes a mix of remakes of old stuff, and some faster tracks that seem to be aimed at the dancefloor. Dave Matthews arranged a number of tracks, including "Hot", "So Long", and "(I Love You) For Sentimental ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown gets a new injection of life at the end of the 80s – thanks to a collaboration here with Full Force, who wrote, arranged, and produced the album! The groove here is often more in a Full Force mode than you might expect from James – a full-on 80s urban sound, filled with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 70s James, and a little bit more up-tempo and clubby funky, but still some decent stuff from The Godfather. Includes "Don't Stop the Funk", "Let the Funk Flow", "Stone Cold Drag", and "Are We Really Dancing". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Subtitled "Live At the Apollo Vol 3", but waaay better than any of the earlier volumes, this monster 2LP live set has James and the JB's wailing away in a freewheeling live set of hard hard hard funky grooves. Excellent work by the band, and a great way to see how sharp they were out of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting. Labels have a bit of pen.)
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear and a split top seam.)
Massive early work by James Brown – one of his first few albums for King, and a soulful delight that hits plenty hard all the way through! The sound here is razor-sharp – still very much in the R&B mode that Brown began in the 50s, but already showing this sense of edge and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – great vinyl, and with obi!)
A sublime set that's built strongly around solo contributions from players that include Buddy DeFranco, Terry Gibbs, Frank Rosolino, Zoot Sims, Don Fagerquist, and Ronnie Lang – all players who are quite comfortable in a large group setting, but really know how to make the most of their solo ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Label has a sticker spot. Cover has a center split on the top seam.)
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really hip record from the team of bassist Ray Brown and vibist Milt Jackson – a swinging large group record that has them fronting arrangements from Oliver Nelson and Jimmy Heath! Nelson and Heath are both mighty hip cats at this point in their career – and bring a soulful swing to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An interesting set for Brown, working in more of a jazzy/bluesy style rather than the R&B vein for which she was mainly known. The album was arranged and conducted by Peter Matz with fairly lavish orchestrations accompanied by Brown's mainly mellow vocals. Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Barry ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker on back.)
Sheree Brown —
Music ... LP Capitol, 1982. Very Good ...
One of the two beautifully sweet albums of soul that the lovely Sheree Brown cut for Capitol in the early 80s. This one has less of a smooth jazzy sound than her first one, but it compensates by adding some tracks in a nice 80s groove mode – pushing the sound a bit further than before. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot.)
Toni Brown & Terry Garthwaite —
Joy ... LP Fantasy, 1977. Very Good+ ...
Great stuff from the early days of the Brubeck/Desmond alliance – when Dave's piano had first met up with Paul's alto, with incredible results that would soon transform the face of popular jazz. The set's mostly standards – but it does include 2 strong originals, "Crazy Chris" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam.)
Dave Brubeck —
Cut Above ... LP Direct Disk, 1978. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Sublime early work from pianist Dave Brubeck – already recording here with the amazing Paul Desmond on alto sax – in the kind of magical blend that would bring both players great fame by the end of the 50s! Even at this early point, the subtle modern touches are perfectly in place ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has a split top seam, half split bottom seam, and a piece of clear tape on the spine.)
A 12" LP that brings together early 50s tracks from Dave Brubeck's trio – back when the group included a young Cal Tjader on drums and vibes. Tracks are short and sweet – less time-change oriented than Brubeck's later work – and titles include "Perfida", "Avalo ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic early live material from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – already humming along nicely with some great alto sax from Paul Desmond! The group's in fine form here – a bit more relaxed and open than on their Columbia recordings – with plenty of creative piano lines from Dave, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album