Terence Blanchard —
Bounce ... CD Blue Note, 2003. Used ...
Warmth and magic from Terence Blanchard – an album of simple beauty and timeless soul that's one of the best we've heard from him to date! The set features a group that includes tenor, guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes, and organ – and overall, it's got a soulful depth that reminds us of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
That's Billy Bland, not Bobby Bland – a really great singer who's got a wonderful range of material – equally able to sing jump blues, R&B, and even a bit of New Orleans soul – all of which is featured in this excellent collection of his work for the Old Town label! Billy cut ... (Soul) read moreCD
A nice little record from Bobby – quite different from his 60s sides for Duke/Peacock, and recorded in California (as you might guess from the title!) with a smoother more soulful approach. The style works well for Bobby – and kind of gave him a new lease on life during the 70s, as he ... (Blues) read moreCD
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts ... (Blues) read moreCD
Features Blanding on tenor, with Ryan Kisor on trumpet! (Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)
Theo Bleckmann —
Elegy ... CD ECM (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Theo Bleckmann's a singer unlike any other we can think of – a vocalist who moves in these moody, mysterious waves of sound – often quite dark, even on lighter material – and maybe one of the few male singers who's attempted to get anywhere near the modes of some of the more ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Theo Bleckmann —
Love Song ... CD Winter & Winter (Germany), 2015. Used ...
Classic piano tracks by one of the most agressive modernists of the keyboard. Bley plays in a razor sharp trio with Steve Swallow on bass and Pete La Roca on drums. The cuts are either originals by him, or his (then) wife Carla, plus one Ornette Coleman composition. Titles include "Vashkar&q ... (Jazz) read moreCD
With players like these, the life of a trio must be a great one – and the album's one part of a two-day recording session done by pianist Paul Bley, bassist Steve Swallow, and saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre! The "trio" tag is somewhat misleading at times – because the album's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This great session that was recorded in 1958 at the Hillcrest Club in LA, and which features Ornette Coleman's classic group, with Paul Bley sitting in on piano. The record is released here strangely under Bley's name, but it's really an Ornette session, with Bley sitting in on piano. The tracks ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Collected work by Blo – a hip Nigerian funk ensemble from the mid 70s! The group have a more complicated sound than some of their contemporaries – adding in dubbier stylings and bits of psychedelic guitar to the more common Afro-Funk percussion – in a mode that almost sounds like ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Another really strong effort from Blockhead – one that follows his equally good Music By Cavelight! It's feels like a tribute to NYC, in an atmospheric way, full of crackly melodies, terse moments, and compelling soundtracky hip hop beat craft. Tracks include "Expiration Date", ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
These guys may have a name that evokes a Bob Dylan album, but their sound is something else entirely – a magical blend of simple instruments in a really unique way – and a songwriting voice that really sets these guys apart from the rest! There were so many great UK groups at the end ... (Rock) read moreCD
That's a really trippy cover on this second album from Blonde On Blonde – and the sound is nicely trippy, too – a bit more complex than on their debut album – with just the right dose of psych elements thrown into the mix of their well-crafted songs! Acoustic guitar actually gets ... (Rock) read moreCD
Extremely spare work from Jaap Blonk, Mats Gustafsson, and Michael Zerang – and a record that really gets at the subtlest talents of all three artists! Blonk's vocals are much more restrained than on some of his other albums from the period, and Gustafsson's work on reeds is varied, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Latin Bird, but way more Latin than Bird ever was – if that makes any sense! In other words, TK Blue really steps out nicely with this album – doing way more than just a Charlie Parker tribute, and certainly not rehashing the cubop elements of Bird's early 50s sides – and instead ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet little set that's every bit as wonderful as its cover – an obscure slinky sex score from the Italian scene of the 70s – and one that's got some key funky moments, too! Music is billed to the Blue Marvin Orchestra, but written by maestro Alberto Baldan Bembo – and the ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A key link in the early career of Blossom Dearie – and a fab album of jazzy vocal tracks throughout! Before Blossom recorded some of her 50s sides for Verve in the US, she was living in France and working with The Blue Stars – a cool male/female jazz vocal group that went onto become ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great set from Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album's a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett's studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in 1983 – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Four great albums from reedman Arthur Blythe – all together in one collection! First up is Lenox Avenue Breakdown – a stunning Columbia Records debut from Blythe! At the time of the date, Blythe had already spent years working in the jazz undergrounds on both coasts – developing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Arthur Blythe/David Eyges/Bruce Ditmas —
Synergy ... CD In & Out (Netherlands), 1997. Used ...
Early early work by Eddie Bo – most of it predating his more famous funk recordings, and done in an older style of New Orleans R&B. Eddie still sounds pretty darn great, though – singing in a raspy voice and laying out endless piano triplets over shuffling rhythms, forging the ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Note: CD appears to have been mastered from vinyl sources – and although printed professionally, it's a bit low-budget in terms of the packaging. CD may not play well on all players. Out of print.)
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great ... (Soul) read moreCD
An obscure album by Willie Bobo – and a great one too! The session predates Willie's more famous work on Verve, and it catches the percussionist as he's coming off of some very successful years in the Cal Tjader band – a place where he really picked up a flair for jazzy and lyrical ... (Latin) read moreCD
2 late 70s gems from Willie Bobo – 1978's Hell Of An Act To Follow and 1979's Bobo – on a single CD! Hell Of An Act To Follow is really nice stuff from Willie – maybe not as hard and funky as his early 70s work, but very nice in kind of a Latin Club mode, thanks to some great ... (Latin) read moreCD
Lars Gunnar Bodin —
En Face ... CD Phono Suecia (Sweden), 1990. Used ...
An early batch of tracks from French arranger Claude Bolling – probably best known for his later "jazz meets classical" work, but heard here in a great straight set from the 50s! The album features Bolling at the head of a largeish group that features Parisian players Roger Guerin, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist Luiz Bonfa! Most of Bonfa's previous recordings were done in a very spare or solo mode – and this set makes a nice change by adding in some larger ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print. Cutout mark through digipack case.)
Federico Bonifazi with Philip Harper —
East 74th Street ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Federico Bonifazi is great pianist, and also a hell of a writer too – one with a very fully-formed voice in jazz – able to fit complex ideas in a very tight space, while still very much letting the soloists do their thing! And yet Federico also seems to bring out a new depth in his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Perennial indie folk rock bar raiser Bonnie Prince Billy has done it again with Wondershow Of The World – his third truly excellent album to be released in the stretch of a couple years, not even including the charming vinyl-only live LP – this time co-captaining the vessel with Emmett ... (Rock) read moreCD
A tribute to the great Merle Haggard, and one of Will Oldham's best albums yet – as Bonny Prince Billy, or as any of his other noms de plume – and truly as warm and honest of an homage to Hag as we'd ever hope to hear! Merle Haggard is best known to the masses as an icon of classic ... (Rock) read moreCD
It's like a dream come true – the kind of much-needed set for those of us who've always wanted more music from the too-short years that Booker T & The MGs were recording for Stax Records! This CD contains 25 tracks of unreleased Booker T & The MGs material – cut during their ... (Soul) read moreCD
All the important early work of the man who took rock and roll into the American living room – an early pop genius, represented here by all his original mono recordings, his stereo re-recordings, and 88 previously-unissued tracks – including a planned but never-issued album! Also comes ... (Rock) read moreCD
Maybe one of the best-remembered albums from the legendary 70s run of Joao Bosco – a set that manages to bring together jazzy instrumentation, samba rhythms, folksy elements, and a whole new level of songwriting – all in a blend that beautifully announces Bosco's genius to the world! ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Beautiful work from one of our favorite Italian jazz musicians in recent decades – trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, who we'd easily rank next to some of our top talents in the US! This set captures Bosso in a wonderfully open, unadorned setting – working with a great quartet, on a double-lengt ... (Jazz) read moreCD