Herbie Mann returns to a Brazilian groove – a vibe that's slightly different than his bossa recordings of the 60s, but still mighty nice! During the previous decade, Mann was one of the biggest proponents of the new bossa sound – and worked on some really classic sides with key ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A gem of a record from a time when flute Mann Herbie was really taking off – a set that shows his growing love of Latin rhythms, which are used to wonderful effect throughout! Mann had been recording straighter chamber jazz a few short years before, but there's a nicely unbridled feel to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sprightly early work from the great Herbie Mann – key proof that Herb was always a hell of a talent on his chosen instrument! Mann blows both conventional flute and alto flute on the record – with a deftness of notes that may be the most fluid recorded at that date in jazz – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label deep groove pressing. Cover has light surface wear and a name stamp on back.)
Never-heard music from one of the hippest groups ever led by flute man Herbie Mann – a killer lineup that includes Roy Ayers on vibes, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, and Steve Marcus on tenor! The tracks here are all previously unreleased – pulled from the same recordings that gave the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herbie Mann's groove is mighty darn great here – a rich refinement of his earlier flute jazz styles, into the tighter sound that really sparkled with soul during the Atlantic Records years of the 60s! Most cuts mix Latin rhythms with some very soulful inflections in the overall ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has moderate wear.)
Herbie Mann got a standing ovation for this performance – at least if the title is to be believed – and considering the grooves on the set, it was all for very good reason! The album's one of the few to feature Mann in the company of pianist Chick Corea – who steps out here with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has gloss wrinkles.)
Herbie Mann & The Bill Evans Trio —
Nirvana ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
A sweet set of tracks that goes way beyond the usual Herbie Mann album! Herbie's playing with Bill Evans' trio that included Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums – and the group's got a nice groove that, while not exactly modal, still hits a nice open-ended stretch that works well ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herbie Mann/Charlie Rouse/K Burrell/M Waldron —
Just Wailin' ... LP New Jazz/Prestige, 1958. Good+ ...
Just Wailin is right – as the album's a real cooker in the classic Prestige mode of the late 50s – and a record that shows lots of early bite from a young Herbie Mann! Mann's in the frontline, working alongside the heavy tenor of Charlie Rouse – and in company like that, it's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Status pressing. Cover has a taped spine and split top seam. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
Twin-flute magic from the quintet of Herbie Mann and Sam Most – both of whom play the long, thin instrument here – in intertwining lines of sound that are totally great! There's a style here that's often a bit more frenetic than usual for Herbie – one that's possibly picked up ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shelly Manne/Monty Alexander/Ray Brown —
Fingering ... LP Atlas (Japan), 1981. Near Mint- ...
One of the great recordings in this Japanese-only series – a set of albums that returned to the west coast scene in the late 70s – and found that it was alive and well! The group features Shelly Manne on drums, Monty Alexander on piano, and Ray Brown on bass. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
A weird little record from the Finnish scene of the 70s – the only full set recorded by roots rocker Tommie Mansfield – whose work here is almost like some unusual avant take on early American rock and roll! The tunes are by Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and other familiar figures – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer bit of Latin jazz from the 70s – one of the first records issued under the name of percussionist Ray Mantilla, and a really smoking set that features funky flute from Jeremy Steig, bass from Eddie Gomez, and both drums and keyboards from the mighty Joe Chambers! The tunes have a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with some click & crackles.)
Essential old school electro rap from Mantronix and MC Tricky Tee! Includes the classic original version of "Needle To Groove" backed by "Fresh Is The Word" in the flip, each nearly 6 minutes of benchmark old school 808 crafted excellence. (Hip Hop) 7-inch, Vinyl record
Really adventurous early solo work from Ray Manzarek – bursting with creativity and a world of ideas on The Golden Scarab! Lots of oddball instrumentation, particularly in the percussion – with bongo, wood block, congtas, tuned cowbell, whistles, cabassa and quica – plus Ray ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing cold here, just love sick honky tonk from Joe & Rose Lee Maphis – from waltz pattern dusty duo numbers and more from one of the great husband & wife teams in the 50s country racket! The traditional honky tonk style is done wonderfully by these two, and Joe's country guitar ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Vintage Memphis instrumentals from The Mar-Keys – a record cut at a time when the group were still rising up with the same power as Booker T & The MGs! There's a very similar vibe going on here – tight rhythms and no-nonsense combo instrumentation that's heavy on organ and tenor, ... (Soul) read moreCD
The birth of the Memphis instrumental sound – a classic album from The Mar-Keys, who were one of the leading early groups on Stax! The group was a unique assemblage of musicians from both sides of the Memphis tracks – coming together in the studio with a hard-wailing mix of soul, rock, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has initials in marker on front, otherwise looks nice.)
Not just a book on Motown – despite the image of The Supremes on the cover – but a story of Detroit itself – told as a series of intersecting paths that include the famous soul music label, as well as all the manufacturers, cultures, communities, and political forces that were ... (Books) read moreBook
Righteous work from Marc Mac – a set that's got a bit more of a hip hop rhythm at the core than some of his projects with 4Hero – but a sound that's no less spiritual overall! The beats are layered at the bottom to support a mix of keyboard passages, basslines, and sound samples over ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oh for the days of the Cold War comedy – a 60s mode that was practically a genre unto itself – and which is carried on here in a lesser-known Italian entry from 1969! The music has this very unique blend of east and west – some numbers that are almost an Italian comedy parody of ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A great one from Gianni Marchetti – the Italian composer we know best for his work on The Wild Eye, but who sounds equally great on this set too! The best tracks have a heavy rhythm at the bottom – not really funky, but kind of mod, and a bit more off-kilter on the slower numbers ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Marcus (Rusty Evans) —
Marcus ... LP Kinetic, Late 60s. Very Good ...
A rare album that Rusty Evans cut as Marcus for the Kinetic label – a beautifully produced set of lushly-accent psych folk! Evans may be best remembered for his San Fransisco Sound production work, late 60s psychedelia that's a perfect encapsulation of the Haight-Ashbury scene of the time. ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some center splitting in the bottom seam.)
A really cool solo album from Arif Mardin – the arranger who turned out so much wonderful work for soul singers in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – a legacy that includes some of the most important recordings for Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan! Yet here, Arif's out on his own in an instrumental ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wicked little solo set from one of Atlantic Records' hippest talents in the 70s! Arif Mardin's best known for his work supporting some of Atlantic's best soul starts – Aretha Franklin most famously, and a host of others – but here, he steps out as a maestro on his own – working ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker with some pen, a cutout notch, light wear, and smudges around the edges.)
Rick Margitza —
Color ... CD Blue Note, 1989. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Wild is hardly a word we'd use to describe Tania Maria – mostly because we love her smooth jazzy approach to Brazilian material, one that's been honed to a "T" by this point, but never dampened in enthusiasm and honesty. The set's a great one with a strong acoustic group – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)
Sublime work from our favorite time in Tania Maria's career – the time she spent in Paris, where she learned to weave her bossa jazz style with lightly breezy influences from European jazz! Fender Rhodes make up a bit part of the grooves here – as Tania plays both electric and acoustic ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Treasure Trove reissue pressing from the late 90s, but long out of print!)
Mariachi Brass with Chet Baker —
Hats Off ... CD World Pacific/EMI (Japan), 1966. Used ...
A short detour in the 60s career of Chet Baker – one that we sure like a heck of a lot! This side is one of a couple that were recorded as an answer to the big success of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – with Chet's trumpet was backed by jaunty, brassy arrangements penned by Jack ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Excellent early bossa work from pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano! Cesar's probably best known for his funky fusion work of the late 70s, and for his accompaniment of Elis Regina on some of her classic Philips sides in the same decade – but back at the time of this recording, he was leading a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A fantastic bit of funky fusion from Brazil – one of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from keyboardist Cesar Mariano! Mariano had a long legacy in music that included great arrangements for Elis Regina – but this set is completely different than most of his other work ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Insanely wonderful early work from Charlie Mariano – some of the freshest, cleanest alto sax work of its time – blown with a tone and sense of soul that goes way beyond some of Mariano's contemporaries at the time! The album was recorded for Bethlehem Records, and is relatively ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant early work from Charlie Mariano – key proof of his genius, and one of the main albums we'd recommend by him! The album has Charlie coming of his years in the Boston scene – boppish at some level, but blowing with a raspy soulfulness that really opens up his horn into new ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Teena Marie changes things up a bit for the 90s – picking up a bit more beats than basslines, and almost getting a dose of the syncopated groove that was showing up in work by Sybil and Soul II Soul! No surprise, Jazzie B helps out a bit on the record – although Lady T still handles ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mark IV —
Mark IV ... CD Mercury/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ...
A group soul treasure from the 70s – and one with a very unique feel! The Mark IV are more of a southern soul group than some of the bigger east coast acts that were dominating the charts at the time – and they get some wonderful production here from Roy C, who keeps them in the same ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the weirdest funk records you'll ever hope to own – an obscure concept album on the life and loves of a Las Vegas hustler! The set's got the gritty street-level vibe you'd expect from its cover – a very stripped-down, homegrown studio effort that features vocalist Marvin Neroes ... (Soul) read moreCD
Early genius from Pigmeat Markham – a classic performance at the Apollo Theater, recorded by Chess in a style that would set the tone for countless imitations to come! The cover has kind of a "sad clown" sort of look, but Pigmeat's in full force on a series of routines that include ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Markko Polo Adventurers —
Orienta ... LP RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ...
A lost lounge gem from the RCA catalog – with a dreamy exotica feel that's right up there with the best of the bachelor pad era! Gerald Fried arranged and conducted this ersatz studio group, and his overall approach has lots of sweeping woodwinds and percussion, similar to the great Les ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a partially split top seam.)
Bob Marley dubs from the Island vaults – most of which were never released in the album format before this set! It's very well done, with a tight collection of numbers that feature spaced out, tripped up and otherwise echoey, dubby versions of the iconic Marley songbook! The original ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A sweet set of sides cut by the Wailers under Lee Perry's production. Crucial early roots versions of some of Marley's strongest material, like "Mr. Brown", "Soul Rebel", "Duppy Conqueror", and "400 Years" rendered in a raw Kingston soul style! Give us this ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic double live album from Bob Marley & The Wailers – presented and packaged at a level that's really a cut above the usual set of that nature from the time! The group's in excellent form in a concert setting – and there's more than enough magic here to warrant the extended ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A classic double live album from Bob Marley & The Wailers – presented and packaged at a level that's really a cut above the usual set of that nature from the time! The group's in excellent form in a concert setting – and there's more than enough magic here to warrant the extended ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great package – heavy vinyl, and a design that replicates the die-cut style of the original record and inner sleeves!)
A great global showcase for the growing power of Bob Marley – an excellent live set recorded in London in 1975, and a date that shows Bob and The Wailers working with the crowd in this really universal spirit! The group's almost got a funkier current here than on some of their studio record ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A great global showcase for the growing power of Bob Marley – an excellent live set recorded in London in 1975, and a date that shows Bob and The Wailers working with the crowd in this really universal spirit! The group's almost got a funkier current here than on some of their studio record ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
10 tracks: "There She Goes", "Put It On", "How Many Times", "Mellow Mood", "Chances Are", "Hammer", "You Can't Do That To Me", "Touch Me", "Treat You Right" and "Soul Rebel". (Reggae) LP, Vinyl record album
While we're not big on career retrospective best of's, especially artists like Marley, whose been collected over & over, this is actually a respectable set, and the deluxe edition includes a full CD of bonus tracks, all remixes from the 80s. Don't worry though, we know there's clubby remixes ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A righteous classic from the legendary Bob Marley – and a set that really pushed the roots reggae sound strongly into the mainstream – almost making the mode the defining global understanding of Jamaican music, thanks to the power and presence of the album! All the Marley Tuff Gong ... (Reggae) read moreCD
The follow up to the Lee Perry/Bob Marley collaboration Soul Rebels, this set presents many Marley classics in their early raw forms. Though Marley and Perry would both go on to greater success, these early sides are some fo their finest moments. Much, more than an early glimpses of a superstar ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Righteous sounds from Rita Marley – a set that's one of her best-remembered albums, and done in a well-crafted style that definitely lives up to the Marley family name! The set was recorded at Tuff Gong, with a lean quality and laidback groove that lets Rita really step out front on vocals ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andre Marques/John Patitucci/Brian Blade —
Viva Hermeto ... CD Boranda, 2015. New Copy ...
The music of Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal, turned into a sweet set of jazzy trio numbers from Andrew Marques on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Brian Blade on drums! The group really hit the right sort of essence for Hermeto's tunes – that open, fluid, yet highly rhythmic vibe that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wailing organ jazz from the great Hank Marr – and possibly his greatest album! The record's got a very strong jazz feel – without as much as the R&B of some of Marr's other albums on King – and the tracks are a well-composed batch of originals that capture all the excitement ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bristling, crackling, completely charming set from Bruno Mars – and a record that lives up to all the best promise he has to offer! We don't know the man personally, but Bruno seems like a hell of a guy – warmly confident, upbeat, and positive – all qualities that really come ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The set definitely lives up to the name here – as the album bristles with plenty of energy, and goes way beyond the singular star power of its leader! Instead, the quartet action is very equally weighted – rhythms as angular as the reeds from Branford – and piano from Joey ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wynton Marsalis' second date for Columbia Records, and an album that already has him stretching out from the first! Unlike before, when Wynton was given a few older players to help establish his sound, the group here is all Marsalis' own – with brother Branford on tenor and soprano sax, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob Marsh/Theresa Wong/Bryan Eubanks —
Luggage ... CD Last Visible Dog, 2006. Used ...
Milton Marsh —
Monism ... CD Strata East/Manufactured, 1975. New Copy ...
Rare spiritual jazz by reed player Milton Marsh – one of the harder-to-find albums on Strata East – and one of just a couple incredible records to Marsh's name! Obscurity aside, this is prime Strata East – with some sprawling moments in a larger band formation that go just far ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A collection of recordings by Milton Marsh – a hell of a visionary jazz composer and arranger, and one of the few talents of the underground to be able to blend strings and spiritual currents with effortless ease! Marsh's music here is very pure and organic – inspired by ambitious ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Genius, pure genius – and one of the few key sides by Warne Marsh as a leader! The album follows on Marsh's appearance with Lee Konitz on an earlier Atlantic album, but it really breaks free from the Konitz mode – and has an open, laidback sound that is instantly captivating – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Genius, pure genius – and one of the few key sides by Warne Marsh as a leader! The album follows on Marsh's appearance with Lee Konitz on an earlier Atlantic album, but it really breaks free from the Konitz mode – and has an open, laidback sound that is instantly captivating – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of pen on back.)