One of the coolest, most unusual albums ever from the great John Cale – a set that draws strongly on his roots in the New York underground of the mid 60s – including time spent with Tony Conrad and other experimentalists! The record is almost all instrumental – and has Cale ... (Rock) read moreCD
Damn! These guys just keep getting better and better with each new release – to the point where they're way more than just a combo dedicated to classic soundtrack modes – and instead have found a fuzzy funky space that's all their own! Both the instrumentation and rhythms are sharper ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The great early Califone album – originally issued on the group's own Perishable label in 2001! Califone was essentially born when Tim Rutili & company shed much of the heaving, murky rock riffery that characterized their earlier work in the 90s Chicago heroes Red Red Meat for more ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two rare early gems from UK arranger John Cameron – both of which show some really unique sides of his talents! Cover lover is one of the weirdest records we've ever heard from the UK scene of the 60s – and a set that actually features John Cameron singing a bit – adopting this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful live set from trumpeter Roy Campbell – a piece of music that's every bit as majestic as its title, and handled by Roy in a wonderfully spiritual way! The album's a real high point – not just in Campbell's career, but in that of the associated group members too – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
It's hard to imagine anyone making music for as many years as the legendary Candido – nor anyone who might still sound as great after so many decades in music! This set's definitely well-titled – as the congolero works here with a gorup of Latin jazz musicians, on an album that's one ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of the best 50s albums from trumpeter Conte Candoli – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how often Conte recorded during the decade! The set's got an edge you don't always find on other Candoli sessions – especially some of the large group material – and the group's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Arguably one of the best records cut for the short-lived Mode label in the late 50s – and easily one of the best from trumpeter Conte Candoli too! For the session, Conte front a quartet with Vince Guaraldi on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – and Guaraldi's piano ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the better of Bethlehem's west coast sessions from the 50's, and a split LP that brings together 2 different sessions – one by trumpeter Conte Candoli, and one by drummer Stan Levey (both sessions, we think, were issued on 10" originally). The Candoli session features a quartet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An early 70s set from Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – but one that was actually recorded in the mid 60s – a bit before the classic Trout Mask Replica! The set shows Beefheart and the band at their most unbridled – really jamming with bluesy roots, but into the very ... (Rock) read moreCD
This record set the high water mark that all crazy, wacked out rock must be measured by. A classic. Tracks include "Dachau Blues", "Hair Pie", "Moonlight On Vermont", "Sweet Sweet Bulbs", "China Pig", "My Human Gets Me Blues", and "D ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of best ever records by gonzo rock genius Captain Beefheart and his incredible Magic Band – the proper follow up to Trout Mask Replica – and they;re still at the height of their powers! Art Tripp's marimba and percussion gives the group an extra rhythmic complexity, not that they ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very groovy batch of early rock tunes from Roberto Carlos! The overall sound is a lot more stripped-down than his later work, and the dominant instrument is a cool tinny organ, with a very "Question Mark & The Mysterians" sort of feel to it. The tracks are mostly all originals ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A real gem from guitarist Larry Carlton – a set that's very jazzy, but which also shows the strong focus he'd developed on his rock session work in the 70s – including some famous recordings with Steely Dan! There's a sharpness to Carlton's guitar that cuts through some of the sleepier ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Judy Carmichael —
Trio ... CD C & D, 1989. Used ...
One of the darkest vocal jazz albums of the 50s – packaged with a great title and cover image that features a lone lit window in a New York skyscraper! Helen's got some incredible backing on the record – a small combo that includes Charlie Mariano on alto sax, Don Fagerquist on trumpet ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A key later album from alto saxophonist Benny Carter – one that has him at the helm of a largeish group, but playing with a nicely focused sort of groove! In addition to Benny's alto, the record also features tenor sax from Charlie Rouse and Coleman Hawkins, plus one more alto from Phil ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Digipack cover has a promo sticker. Barcode has some marker.)
A great represenation of some classic jam session work recorded in the early days of the Verve/Clef enterprise – a marathon studio session that featured players that include Harry Edison, Benny Carter, Willie Smith, Buddy De Franco, Wardell Gray, Stan Getz, Count Basie, and Freddie Green. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Benny Carter/Bill Coleman/Henri Chaix —
Three ... CD Sackville, 1957/1958/1968. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant live set by Betty Carter – originally issued on her own Bet-Car label in 1980, and a perfect summation of the underground soul that was bubbling through her work in the 70s! The Betty you hear here is way different than the Betty of earlier years – freer, more soulful, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A helluva set from saxophonist James Carter – smoking numbers recorded live in Detroit at Baker's – featuring some of the hottest soloing we've heard on a recently recorded set! It's an all around great showcase for Carter and guests like David Murray and Johnny Griffin (who both blow ... (Jazz) read moreCD
James Carter/Cyrus Chestnut/Ali Jackson/Reginald V —
Gold Sounds ... CD Brown Brothers, 2005. Used ...
A spare session, but never a sleepy one – given the inherent complexity in the music of both bassist Ron Carter and pianist Cedar Walton – and the way they can swing even in the most mellow moments! There's only a few of those on the record, though – as most of the tunes have an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
With all the cultural weight being assigned to rural American music of decades ago, thanks to a little soundtrack album you may have heard of, it's tough to think of nice words to say about groups like the Carters that you haven't already heard ad nauseam. So we'll just say that it's stark, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A surprisingly strong set of previously unreleased Johnny Cash – recorded with producer Billy Sherrill, mostly in 1984, but with a couple sessions from '81 – and it's honestly as great, and a heck of a lot better than a bunch of Johnny's music that actually DID see commercial release ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Killer early soul from Jimmy Castor – material that's mostly from the years before his better-known Smash Records and RCA sides – done in a wickedly-grooving style! The work here is a mix of upbeat dancefloor numbers and mellower harmony cuts – and even at this early stage, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet bossa-tinged grooves from the 70s – but recorded in Switzerland, not Brazil! Guitarist Pierre Cavalli had plenty of experience with the scene in Brazil during the late 60s – and for these 70s sides, he really tries to recreate the best sounds of Rio from a few years back – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic lost album by the great Gene Chandler – and one of his most sophisticated soul documents! The record was Gene's last album for Brunswick – issued shortly before Gene scored big once again on Mercury, which is why it's probably often lost in the shuffle of time. The record's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rumble ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. Used ...
One of Jubilee Records' excellent collections of earlier vocal group material – served up in a cool covered package with some nice Scorpio Rising overtones! The collection doesn't exactly come across with the violence implied by the name, and most material here has a style that's older than ... (Soul) read moreCD
An amazing look at the jazz side of Ray Charles – with 4 full albums on one 2CD set! The core featured album is Genius + Soul = Jazz – a wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles, and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great holiday album from Ray Charles – recorded in the 80s, but with a sound that's pretty classic all the way through! Ray's vocals are excellent – with that raspy intimate quality that persists all through his later years – and the sweetly jazzy arrangements work perfectly ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
(Out of print 50th Anniversary Collection pressing.)