One of the most all-out comedic efforts from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – a set that strongly shows their frequent association with the Monty Python crowd – and which comes off with a very similar sense of humor! The post-modern pastiche is in full effect here – as snippets of ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original die-cut cover – missng inner sleeve with eyes. Cover has light wear.)
Memphis goes to California – with surprising results! The album's one of a few that Booker T cut after splitting with the MGs – of legendary Stax Records fame – and it's completely different than his earlier sides, and not in a bad way! Book recorded the set in California with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on the seams & some light wear.)
Much mellower than the previous duet effort from Booker T & Priscilla Jones – a set that almost echoes Book's Memphis roots, but in ways that are different than the familiar soul of Stax! There's lots of sweet organ lines in the instrumentation – but they're played with a style ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Booker T's definitely into a great new groove here – one that really extrapolates his Memphis roots through the haze of early 70s California – coming up with some wonderful sounds along the way! There's a definite A&M vibe to the record – that mix of rootsy modes and hipster ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a promo imprint on front, edge wear, and some creases.)
Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky with this one – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label pressing. Cover has split seams and some peeled spots from tape removal on front.)
One of the greatest albums ever from Booker T & The MGs – and very different than their early work! The record has Book & Co taking off with a stretched-out jazzy sound – carving expanded grooves that are filled with sweet organ solos, choppy guitar riffs, and some incredibly ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cutout hole, ring & edge wear, and and a name written twice in pen on front.)
Very hip work from Booker T & The MGs – an album that has them standing out under a pier by the ocean on the cover – clearly a long way from their Memphis roots! The sound here still has a good dose of those roots, though – but it also shows them picking up some hipper ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole & light wear.)
One of Bostic's best – played with a group that includes Stanley Turrentine and John Coltrane, although you'd never know it, because Earl's alto sax is right up front in the mix. There's no problem with that, though – and as you'll hear from his tone, it's more than likely that Trane ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing, with deep groove.)
Well, it's not really bossa nova . . . it's more kind of Latiny backgrounds with a percussive and guitar sound, over which Earl Bostic solos in his beautifully raw style. Who cares about the true bossa-ness, though? We always love Bostic, and his alto sound is impeccable. Titles include "Cha ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groovy little kid – and he plays a mean guitar! Boulou's the kind of artist you think you should hate when you see his smirking face on the cover, but he's actually pretty darn great – and the album's got a surprising amount of charm! A real part of the album's strength is the way ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the headiest albums on the BT Puppy label – a really fuzzed-up sound that's underground psyche at its best! The group have a pretty dark feel overall – and even when the vocals get a bit sweet, there's an undercurrent of sadness – which is followed through even more ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two great settings for this Art Ensemble trumpeter – The One & Only is a solo set, and All The Magic features bowie with Ari Brown on tenor and soprano sax, Art Matthews on piano, Fred Williams on bass, Phil Wilson on drums, and both Fontella Bass and David Peaston on vocals! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
One of the excellent avant sides for Muse from the early 70's, and a record that features Lester Bowie playing in a number of different settings – all with a sound that's different from his Art Ensemble recordings, and from his work for ECM. One track has him playing a duet with pianist John ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
With Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Branford Marsalis on alto and soprano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Al Foster on drums. Titles include "Zingaro", "Dr Chang", "Cosmonaut", and "Estilo Magnifico". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
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
Surprisingly great work from The Brady Bunch – a sextet of kids on early 70s TV, but who also got some very strong Sunshine Pop help for their records at the time! There's a sunny, sing-song feel to most of these tunes – but a vibe that goes past other kiddie pop of the period, like ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover & labels have a bit of marker.)
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
(Cover has a few strips of clear tape.)
Dollar Brand —
Zimbabwe ... LP Enja (Germany), 1983. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Sublime second generation soul from Brenda & The Tabulations – a sweet set of Philly grooves, recorded at Sigma sound with help from Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, and John Davis! The album's every bit as groove-heavy as you'd expect from work by those dancefloor heavyweights – and the ... (Soul) 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
Brewer & Shipley —
Tarkio ... LP Kama Sutra, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Classic work from Brick – a group who went onto become surprisingly successful during the 70s with a hot Atlanta blend of funky soul and uptempo club grooves – absolutely killing it early on with this self-titled second album! Brick has a feel that would be taken up heavily a few years ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's few truly soul-based records – recorded during a brief break from jazz at the end of the 70s, and done with some sweetly grooving from Thom Bell! The sound here's a bit like that of some of the later Philly International work from the same stretch – a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the lyric sleeve. Cover has a gold promo stamp, few creases, and an ink stamp on front.)
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!)
An all-star soul affair produced by Quincy Jones, and featuring the talents of studio greats like Harvey Mason, Billy Cobham, Toots Thielmans, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, and many others – not to mention the Brothers themselves! We'll be honest, though, in saying that we really think it's the ... (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