The hazy, hook-heavy debut of Blur! The group's next couple of records would prove to be so influential, it's all too easy to overlook Leisure's strengths nowadays despite the massive popularity of the biggest singles at the time, but it's a real gem – setting a mood as strongly as anything ... (Rock) read moreCD
Maybe the boldest of Arthur Blythe's albums for Columbia Records – as the set bristles with newly creative energy right from the start, and provides a great showcase for some of the criss-crossings of styles and rhythms that were taking place on the New York scene at the time! The lineup ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stunning Columbia Records debut from Arthur Blythe – recorded at a time when the label was really sinking its teeth back into quality jazz, and helping artists like Arthur get some great new exposure! At the time of the date, Blythe had already spent years working in the jazz undergrounds ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
BNSF (Adam Diller, Matt Crane & Jason E Anderson) —
Object 6 ... CD Locust, 2004. Used ...
The Bo-Keys have been a rock-solid force on the Memphis scene for a number of years – and here, they take an even deeper step into the city's rich soul history – by making space on the record for performances by classic Memphis soul singers Percy Wiggins, Don Bryant, and The ... (Deep Funk) 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
Hard soulful Latin from the great Willie Bobo! The record's an extremely tasty blend of cuts that mix hard Latin grooving with a swinging 60s pop feel – all filtered through the crossover genius of late 60s Verve. There's lots of great boogaloo groovers, shing-a-ling rhythms, and a tight no- ... (Latin) read moreCD
Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Tiabate —
Mali Music ... CD Honest Jons/Astralwerks, 2002. Used ...
That Damon Albarn's a busy guy! When he's not busy being a rock star or mock rock star, he's off on holiday in some exotic locale – but making another record at the same time, like this one, recorded in Mali. We have to admit, though we were predisposed towards the bare field recordings ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Karel Boehlee —
Switch ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
You may not know European piano player Karel Boehlee, but you'll definitely sit up and take notice after hearing this sweet little set – because he's a hell of a pianist, with a wonderfully lyrical touch! The album's got a masterful sound right from the start – a confident approach to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Contemporary music from German maestro Martin Boettcher – but sounds that are often done in his best groovy style of the 70s! The work here is all from a relatively recent TV show, but has this bright, swinging style that's like the grooviest German easy listening or sound library ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A massive amount of fast funk groovers from the mighty Hamilton Bohannon – just the kind of skittish, upbeat, and totally amazing tracks that have made him a legend for years! The sound is really stripped down – usually just bass, drums, and guitar – wrapped together in this ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hamilton Bohannon was completely unique in the world of soul and funk. He had a tight uptempo style that was sort of pre-disco and club oriented, yet which also had lots of choppy elements that made the groove a lot different than other artists of his time. Hard to pin down, but this selection of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A trio of amazing records from the legendary Francy Boland – sessions done away from his big band work with Kenny Clarke, and in a groove that breaks nicely from that group's more famous style! The sessions here are still very much in Clarke/Boland Big Band territory – as Francy's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)
Claude Bolling —
Awakening ... CD Entracte/Quartet (Spain), 1980. New Copy ...
Quite a rich score from Claude Bolling – more orchestral and less jazz-based than some of his other soundtracks of the 70s – but very well suited to this tale of Egyptological horror! Bolling unfolds his instruments in a very nice way – sometimes starting with very low-end sounds ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Some of the coolest, grooviest soundtrack work we've ever heard from Claude Bolling – quite different than some of his more famous experiments with classical music, or his boogie woogie sides! La Mandarine is really wonderful – almost funky at points, and a set that has Claude Bolling ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Rare soundtrack work from French composer Claude Bolling – best known for his "jazz meets classical" recordings, but equally great at penning a compelling score! The tracks on the set have a mix of styles that includes some Mexican-styled instrumentals mixed with more dramatic ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Some of the grooviest work we've ever heard from Claude Bolling – a wicked 60s score for a film that featured Serge Gainsbourg on screen, and a host of mod singers on the soundtrack! Bolling brings in a great range of jazzy modes – hardly the trad or classical-styled sounds you'd know ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A tight little combo from the Italian scene – one that features the piano of Salvatore Bonafede in the lead, working through a range of soulful and lyrical modes! Some numbers have a bold force that really grabs us nicely, but these are offset by some softer, more sound-sensitive tracks that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful set of psych soul from Kadhja Bonet –with a dreamy quality unlike anything else we've heard lately! After an intro that feels almost like it's setting up an experimental hip hop instrumentals set, The Visitor quickly turns into a beautiful showcase for Kadjha Bonet's gentle, ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
All hail Moog Maximus – that mighty instrument that first got going back in the 60s, handled here by Nasser Bouzida, aka Bongolian – in a mad mix of funky instrumentals! The moog's not the only thing going on here, as Bongolian brings in lots of other groovy elements too – a bit ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Federico Bonifazi with Eric Alexander —
You'll See ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016. New Copy ...
A fantastic record from Italian pianist Federico Bonifazi – one that comes out of time recently spent in New York city, where he developed a fast friendship with bassist John Webber – whose work on the set really sounds tremendous! At some level, the record might be thought of as one ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 moreCD
Booker T & Priscilla —
Home Grown ... CD A&M/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
The Beatles had Abbey Road – and Booker T & The MGs had McLemore Ave, the main street running outside the Stax studios, and a fitting title for the album that has them playing tunes from The Beatles' incredible Abbey Road album. If you've ever thought that Abbey Road was a soft-rock ... (Soul) 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
You know, we always hated the term electronica, but somehow it's an oddly fitting description for this sort of thing – forward looking, hip hop influenced instrumental beat collages. Some tracks on here verge on the atmospheric or more downtempo style, while others dip into an abstract ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the most soulful voices in Jamaican music – presented here in a wonderful collection that includes some of Ken Boothe's early rocksteady material, then runs through his bigger famous cuts of the 70s! Ken wasn't nearly as big a hit over here as artists like Jimmy Cliff or Bob Marley, ... (Reggae) read moreCD
These guys must have been one of the coolest combos going in Germany during the 60s – especially as they were working behind the wall in West Berlin, cooking up some mighty soulful sounds to rival the best British beat groups of the time! In truth, these guys could easily be mistaken for the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Massive work from Bootsy Collins – one of his best-ever solo albums, and a perfect summation of the P-Funk groove – focused strongly through Bootsy's own sense of stardom! George Clinton worked with Collins on production, and the album's as tight as the best Parliament or Funkadelic ... (Soul) 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
A mix of lively samba and mellower moments from Joao Bosco – and a set that mostly sticks to the best acoustic spirit of his 70s classics! Joao's one of those Brazilian singers that's always able to grab us, even though we can't understand the language – and there's a personal quality ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
Bossa 4 —
Repeteco ... CD Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ...
An obscure bossa combo, but a great one too – featured here on a rare 60s album for the Equipe label, which was also home to some of Dedoato's earliest work! The feel here is a bit like some of those better-known records – with organ lines stepping out over some lively samba and bossa ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sweet African funk from Jagger Botchway – a musician with roots in The Barons, Hedzoleh Soundz, and Kelenkye Band – stepping out here on his own in a heady brew of percussion, guitar lines, and horns! Some of the cuts are vocal, some are instrumental – and the mix of melody and ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Dennis Bovell —
Mek It Run ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some ... (Reggae) read moreCD
David Bowie's late career peak arrived just days before he left us! The preceding record The Next Day was a solid reminder of Bowie at his fuzz guitar-graced 70s best, while still standing firm in the here-and-now, yet we still sort of wished for more creatively daring work. Here it is! Once again ... (Rock) read moreCD
Some really incredible years in the career of David Bowie – served up here in a massive package that's overflowing with rare and obscure material! The years 1974 to 1976 were a time of great fame for Bowie – post Ziggy Stardust, in the middle of this Thin White Duke years, and showing ... (Rock) read moreCD
David Bowie/Original Cast —
Lazarus ... CD Columbia, 2016. New Copy 2CD ...
The last great work that Davie Bowie gave the world – a live theater performance based around some of his most compelling tracks – one created and supervised by Bowie himself during some of his final moments on the planet! The music here is a mix of older classics, re-performed by ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the hipper Lester Bowie sides from the 90s, but still cut very much in the horn-heavy groove of his Brass Fantasy years! The set's a live one, recorded in Switzerland in 1992 – and the group features Bowie at the head of an all-brass lineup of trumpets, French horn, tuba, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)
Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy —
Serious Fun ... CD DIW (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
One of our favorite albums from Lester Bowie's big solo run of the 80s – and a set that has some of the more dynamic energy of his Brass Fantasy group, but maybe also a bit more depth as well! The album's part of a handful that the Art Ensemble Of Chicago did with the DIW label at the time ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The rare second album from Bobby Boyd – a set that's even more soulful than his first, and which is filled with funky gems! Boyd's vocals are wonderful – tight, but with an earnest quality that almost pushes him more towards a Bill Withers vibe than some of the other funky singers of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Seminal work from Alex Bradford – exactly the kind of tracks that made him one of the most influential gospel artists of his day! The set features a mix of hits and unissued tracks recorded for the Specialty label in the mid 50s – and Bradford's really at the top of his game – ... (Gospel) read moreCD
A soulful set of jazz vocal tracks from singer Carmen Bradford – an underground talent that we've loved for years! Carmen's got a style that's in the tradition of some of the classier soul singers of the 70s – a mixture of jazz and touches of modern soul, peppered with a bit of old ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Original pressing – out of print.)
Charles Bradley —
Changes ... CD Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy ...
Jaw-dropping work from Charles Bradley – a stunning album that's maybe his best so far – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the quality of his previous work! There's a focus and power here that really puts Charles on top – from the bold statement at the start of the record, ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
George Braith —
Musart ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ...
One of our favorite-ever albums on Prestige Records from the 60s – and a set that's a fair bit different than most of the other work on the label! The set's an unusual outing for saxophonist George Braith – cut after his famous albums for Blue Note, and in a mode that's quite different ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the grooviest work ever cut by Brazilian trombonist Waltel Branco – a set that's very different than just about anything he ever put on record, and which is also material used in an early 70s TV series as well! The sound here is kind of a criss-cross between some of the cool ... (Brazil) read moreCD
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 moreCD
Beautiful early work from Dollar Brand – recorded live at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen in 1965. The group is a trio that features Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on drums – and the tracks are long spiraling originals, showing Brand's fragmented approach to rhythm, laid ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful duets between pianist Dollar Brand and legendary bassist/Blue Notes member Johnny Dyani – two great South African jazz musicians who should have recorded more together in a format like this! Brand's open-ended rolling piano lines bring out the best in Dyani's bass – which at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet slices of work from a hell of a jazz festival – the 1963 Antibes performances, served up here in some incredibly hip material! The set begins with early work from pianist Dollar Brand – whose trio sounds moody and amazing on "Antibes Jam", then gets joined the great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A surprisingly charming little set, from a unique Chicago jazz talent! Joel Brandon's pictured on the cover playing a flute, but he's also a vocalist – and even more surprising, a whistler! He's got a style of jazz-based whistling that's really weird – and almost has a Roland Kirk-like ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer bit of female soul by a very short-lived group – one with a great sound that comes out of some real criss-crossing of styles – some deep soul currents, but some hipper modern soul touches at the top! The set was produced by Brad Shapiro, and has a good blend of his modern and ... (Soul) read moreCD