One of our favorite albums ever from Muhal Richard Abrams – a deeply spiritual set that moves past some of the more academic tones of other earlier sessions! The sound is often quite spare at times – built up in a creatively compelling AACM way that's almost more Art Ensemble than ... read moreCD
An incredible piece by composer John Adams – easily one of his most important works ever, and one that rivals Einstein On The Beach for its transformation of older operatic forms! The subject matter is quite unique – President Nixon's famous visit to China in the early 70s – ... read moreCD
2 lost Atlantic recordings by Cannonball Adderley's trumpeter brother, back to back on one CD at a nice low price! The records aren't that easy to come by in the original, and they're both nice 60's soul jazz sessions that take Nat's earlier trumpet sound, forged with his brother's classic late 50' ... read moreCD
A well-done collection of some of King Sunny Ade's first recordings in Nigeria – presented in a package with great sound, and a heck of a lot of music overall! The work here has been reissued on other CDs by African Songs in the UK, but this collection is much more all-encompassing – ... read moreCD
A searingly hot Afro Funk combo – and from Montreal, of all places! Afrodizz have a great name and a wicked sound that more than lives up to their moniker – burning with a tight and funky groove that's clearly inspired by Fela's work in the 70s, yet which also has some leaner, more ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Sophie Agnel, Lionel Marchetti & Jerome Noetinger —
Rouge Gris Bruit ... CD Potlatch (France), 2001. Used ...
Akinyele keeps up the potty-mouthed sex raps that put him on the map first go 'round, but this LP's only got 2 beats by Large Pro (plus one by Lord Finesse, and one by Buckwild), which is what made the first album worthwhile. But it does have the huge hit "Put It In Your Mouth", plus ... read moreCD
(Out of print. CD case and barcode have a cutout hole.)
Toshiko Akiyoshi —
Kogun ... CD RCA (Japan), 1974. Used ...
Brilliantly bold work from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – an artist who's really coming into her own for the 70s – stepping out in a big band format that would win her a wide new audience on both sides of the Pacific! The album's one of the first to feature the ensemble co-led with husband ... read moreCD
An early masterpiece from the team of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – big band tracks written and arranged by Toshiko, and played to perfection by a group that includes Bobby Shew, Don Rader, Mike Price, Dick Spencer, and the great Gary Foster. Titles include "Since Perry", ... read moreCD
There's a rich array of great solo work on this album by the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big band – performances by Gary Foster, Bill Reichenbach, Tom Peterson, Emil Richards, Steven Huffstetter, and Tabackin and Akiyoshi themselves. The album's a set of original tracks by Toshiko, and ... read moreCD
One of the earliest albums ever from Anna Maria Alberghetti – and a set that still really shows the singer's strong Italian roots! The style here is a mix of later vocal modes and earlier operatic ones – and Anna Maria definitely shows off her well-documented range throughout – ... read moreCD
Double jazz guitars from these two contemporary players – one recorded in the left channel, one in the right – for a very cool approach that really expands past the usual sound of a trio set! The album's got bass and drums in the group, too – but it's honestly the guitars that ... read moreCD
An instant classic from Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander – one of the greatest jazz singers working today – and an artist we'd easily rank right up there with old school talents like Shirley Horn or Lorez Alexandria! Dee can sometimes be far-reaching in her style, but here she steps back ... read moreCD
A hokey kind of cover, but a great little album – another easy winner from the team of Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern, easily one of the greatest pairs working together in jazz for the past decade or so! Alexander's got a tremendous tone on the tenor – finely-honed with the maturity ... read moreCD
Sweet Chicago blues from Linsey Alexander – a relative newcomer to the Delmark label, but a musician who's been working the north side clubs for years – and has really honed his sound into a tight electric groove! The style here is tight, but never too slick – with some slight ... read moreCD
A very cool set from pianist Geri Allen – one of the most forceful, rhythmic albums we've heard from her in years – thanks to some very tight bass and drum work, and a bit of tap percussion too! The core trio grooving is already great – bass from Kenny Davis and drums from Kassa ... read moreCD
Marshall Allen/William Parker/Drake/Jordan/Silva —
All Star Game ... CD Eremite, 2000. Used ...
The title definitely gets it right – as the quintet's an all-star lineup that features Marshall Allen on alto sax, Kidd Jordan on tenor, Hamid Drake on drums, and both Alan Silva and William Parker on bass! The twin basses are really wonderful – and have this deep texture that really ... read moreCD
Vick's definitely chosen the title on this one well – as the set's got a great style that takes an older southern soul mode, and updates it a bit with a few modern R&B touches! Vick's vocal modes and themes recall those of an earlier Malaco generation – but the overall production ... read moreCD
No looking back for Ebony Alleyne – at least not after a great album like this! The set's got a really unique feel – a full sound that's almost a return to London soul of many years back – with some of the jazzier touches of the Sade/Swing Out Sister era, but a more contemporary ... read moreCD
A rare early Mose Allison album – a mostly-instrumental outing that focuses on Allison's wonderful talents on the piano – already honed by this time through participation in a number of key sessions with other leaders! Side one of the album features the beautiful "Back Country ... read moreCD
Breezy bossa nova – Hollywood 60s style! The album's one of the best cut for Capitol by guitarist Laurindo Almeida – and has a sweet groovy little style that features Laurindo's lovely guitar work over some lightly dancing small combo backings that include flute, harmonica, organ, ... read moreCD
Laurindo Almeida/Charlie Byrd —
Tango ... CD Concord, 1985. Used ...
A lost album from Alzo – best known as one half of the Latin/folk/free soul duet Alzo & Udine – but sounding equally great on his own! The tracks are from sessions that Alzo recorded with arranger/producer Bob Dorough (who cut some of his own great work at the time) – and ... read moreCD