Sweet modern soul with a sound that would get picked up on years later by the LA G-Funk scene. The album's produced by War's Far Out production team – and it's got a smooth sound that's mixed with moogy keyboards and compressed instrumentation on the best cuts. Some tracks are a bit too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Juhani Aaltonen —
Etiquette ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Freely creative work from Finnish saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen – easily one of the most "out" sessions we've heard on the Love label, but also a record that has some of the strongly soulful undercurrents as other Love sessions. Juhani's working here with a shifting array of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Juhani Aaltonen & Otto Donner —
Strings ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful "with strings" session from 70s Finland – one that features the tenor and flute of Juhani Aaltonen alongside larger backings from Otto Donner! Altonen's got a really powerful approach to his instruments that works beautifully with the set – a voice that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant mix of jazz and world music! Abdul-Malik was the legendary bass player from the fifties who mixed straight jazz playing with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms – and although he most famously recorded albums with Monk as a regular bassist, his albums on his own are amazing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff from Ahmed Abdul-Malik – one of the early 60s most enigmatic jazz talents! Malik was Thelonious Monk's bassist for a few years, but by the time of this record, he was working in a very sophisticated cross-cultural mode – pulling together many different strands of jazz and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crowning moment of achievement for trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah – a record that draws on his rich experience working with Sun Ra, but focuses the energy into a warmer, more spiritual jazz setting overall! The album's a lost treasure from the US scene of the late 70s – a perfect melding ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni & Her Group —
Omi Yale ... LP Leader (Nigeria), 1980. Good+ ...
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(Cover has some wear and wide tape along the top seam.)
Alhaja Queen Salawa Abeni & Her Waka Moderniser —
India Waka ... LP Kollington (Nigeria), 1984. Poor ...
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(NOTE – Vinyl is in POOR condition. Cover has some stains and a chewed corner.)
Alhaja Mutiat Amope Omo Abioro —
Mamser ... LP Mut Iganmode (Nigeria), 1989. Very Good ...
Hardly the blues that you might expect from the title – although knowing Muhal Richard Abrams, there's no doubt some sort of blues influence lurking in the background of his complicated orchestrations for the date! The album's a suite of original compositions by Abrams – all numbers ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful album from Muhal – with all the soulful spiritualness of his best 70s work, more stripped down than later orchestrated efforts, and with a gentler more intimate approach than earlier work. The set is mostly solo piano – although Abrams also plays some occasional percussion ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cut corner and a promo sticker.)
A wonderful album of spare duets that recalls some of our favorite work by Muhal from the 70s! Abrams solos with a wide range of emotions and colors, working around soulful basslines from Cecil McBee that bring out the warmer side of his playing. All tracks are long, and titles include "Roots ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare, soulful work from reedman Idris Ackamoor – recording here in a set of duets with pianist Hakeem Muhammad – in a manner that's a bit more free than some of Idris' other records, but no less spiritual! Muhammad's command on the keys is bold and spirited – at some points ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We know reedman Idris Ackamoor best for his initial work in the Pyramids, and his later spiritual jazz sessions on the San Francisco scene – but here, he works in a mode that's much more free jazz – blowing alto sax with his Paris Quartet – in a live performance recorded in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Ackerman on reeds, Claude Johnson on piano, John Adams on bass, and William Richardson on drums. Titles include "Wasp's Waltz", "Pharoah's Gold", "Blues For Chick", "Altismo", and "Black Ebony". LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure soul group, but a great one – equally at home with a fragile harmony tune as they were with more uptempo groovers for the dancefloor! This one and only album from Act One is a perfect illustration of the best two sides of the east coast indie soul scene of the early 70s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful collection of small group material from tenorist George Adams – a musician who really took the mantle from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, and continued to spin out some very spiritual sounds well into the 80s! This set captures George at a key point in his career – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes box and book – save for a little edge wear on the box, this package is in great shape!)
An overlooked gem from Pepper – with piano by Roland Hanna, bass by George Mraz, and drums by Billy Hart! Titles include "Reflectory", "Etude Diabolique", "Claudette's Way", and "That's All". LP, Vinyl record album
Strong dancefloor funk from ADC Band – one of the tightest combos of their generation, and a group who manage to skirt the worlds between 80s club and more jamming funk. There's a much smoother sound here than the group had in their roots, and the focus here is on plenty of bass and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive funk from the ADC Band – some lesser-known cats from the early 80s scene on Atlantic Records – but a group with a sense of soul and power that knocks over most of their contemporaries! For those who've ever doubted the influence of P-Funk on the rest of soul music, you only ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy dancefloor funk from ADC Band – grooving in a bass-heavy mode that almost seems like a mainstream take on P-Funk – but which also has some really great mellow soul elements on the mellower tunes! There's a great ensemble Detroit groove going on overall – and as an added ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early work from Cannonball Adderley – recorded way before the funky years, when he was a hard-wailing soulful soloist with a lot of bop in his style! Cannon's paired here with brother Nat, a good companion even at this early stage – and the two of them solo in front of a large ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing. Cover has wear and splitting. Vinyl has oxidation that causes surface noise.)
An album that definitely lives up to its title – given the great change and evolution in the style of Cannonball Adderley's music – definitely pointed towards the soul jazz fame to come in the 60s! The group here has Adderley's alto in the company of some all-stars who may not be his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cannonball Adderley with Ernie Andrews —
Live Session! ... LP Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good ...
An excellent jazz vocal album by one of the lost greats! Ernie Andrews was always a musician's singer – in that he never cracked the masses, but did have tremendous respect among jazz players in the 60s and 70s. Here, in one of his best albums, he's caught live, working with Cannon's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Sonny Fortune on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Includes a great version of "Book's Bossa" – plus "Blue Autumn", "Tallahassee Kid", "Fifth Labor Of Hercules", and "For Duke & Cannon". LP, Vinyl record album
A lost chapter in the David Axelrod/Cannonball Adderley tradition – and one of Nat's best albums from the 70s! Nat's funky trumpet sits nicely in moody arrangements by David Axelrod and Jimmy Jones – and the group features electric piano by George Duke, plus guest playing by Cannonball ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Library copy – cover has a check out card, tape along the spine & seams, and a split top seam.)
One of the best-ever Nat Adderley albums, and a damn funky set of tracks that has a tight soulful feel! The session's got a similar feel to some of the other rare late 60s Milestone albums (like the 2 killers by Bobby Timmons!) – especially in that it's got a group that plays with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Sunny Ade —
Saviour ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1985. Good+ ...
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(Cover has some wear.)
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Bobby ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1983. Very Good ...
Like so much of Sunny Ade's work released in Africa, this album has a much less slick approach than those released in the US. The familiar elements of JuJu are all here, gently percolating percussion underneath layers of gently arpeggiated guitars, with some wonderful melodies fluttering over top. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Check E ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Fair ...
A nice side of JuJu from the originator of the Afro-pop style, with layers of gently bubbling guitars and percussion underneath some sweet pentatonic melodies. 8 pieces in all on the African only release, including "Omo Se Koko", "O-Wo-Wo Obele", "Odun Titun" and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Jealousy ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1987. Fair ...
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(Cover has wear and some peeled spots.)
Prince Gbenga Adeboye —
Discovery ... LP Ogo Oluwakitan Trading Co (Nigeria), 1991. Good+ ...
We already love the music of Florian Pellisier from his excellent albums on the Heavenly Sweetness label – but we're really over the moon with the group here as they work alongside American singer Shola Adisa Farrar! Shola hails from Oakland, but has a globe-spanning sound to her music that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set of 8 classic Horace Silver tunes – recorded by a trio that features Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – and issued as part of the Jamey Aebersold jazz instruction series! Think of the record as Kenny Barron tribute to Horace Silver – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second Horace Silver album on Jamey Aebersold – with Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums! Titles include "Peace", "Nutville", "Gregory Is Here", "Jody Grind", and "Song For My Father". LP, Vinyl record album
The swaggering, hard grooving and hard rocking debut of Aerosmith! While "Dream On" gets as much or more rock radio play than any song should ever need, it's actually pretty easy to overlook just how good the rest of the record is. They may borrow the bluesy swagger of the Stones and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing with the larger group photo cover.)
Aesop Rock —
Labor Days ... LP Def Jux/Block Block Chop, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Aesop's poetic genius shines like florescent lights in the basement – pessimistic, hopeful, and fierce, reflecting on the evil repetitiveness of day to day labor in the city of New York. Critically acclaimed from the get go, this one-time Def Jux release is now an indie hip-hop classic. 4 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant sounds from the On-U side of the universe – one of those key records that forever helped establish the production talents of Adrian Sherwood – and the unique blend of music he had to offer! The group here are a key part of the music – their blend of exotic percussion, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from the On-U Sound label – and a record that perhaps provides one of the most lasting illustration of the label's genius! African Head Charge work in this unique blend of Jamaican dub, British post-punk electronics, and some earthier textures that might be more at home in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from the obscure African Music Machine – a southern funk combo led by bassist Louis Villery – a legendary batch of funky singles, finally brought together as a full album! The band has a very unique sound that involves a lot of rolling bubbling basslines, spacey organ ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heady project from the duo of Heiroglyphic Being and Noleian Reusse – a very future-seeing album that's cosmically blends older strands of Chicago house with a whole host of new electronics for the 21st Century! The result is maybe a bit darker than you'd guess from the spiritual currents ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features spoken passages by John Watusi Branch, Abu Muhammad, and Yusufu O Waliyaya – plus tenor and flute by Michael G William, guitar by Clint Mendoza, and additional percussion! LP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible compilation of classic era dub work from King Tubby's – played by producer Bunny Lee's legendary Aggrovators band and showcasing the mixing skills of Tubby, Prince Jammy, Scientist and others! This is prime era hypnotic dub of the finest caliber – originally issued on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dub album as powerful as the image on its cover – mixed to perfection by Ossie Hibbert, with a nearly sci-fi blend of darkness and electricity! The core tracks were laid down by the Aggrovators and Revolutionaries at King Tubby's studio in Kingston – but it really seems to be Hibbert ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An essential session from the Threadgill/Hopkins/McCall trio from Chicago. The album features long compositions in the group's best tradition – and a good mix of out playing with more spiritual concepts, in a strong AACM tradition. Titles include "Chicago Breakdown", "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of their early classics, and still one of the greatest groups with roots in the Chicago AACM scene. Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall play modern experimental versions of compositions by Jelly Roll Morton and Scot Joplin – plus Threadgill's own "Paille Street". LP, Vinyl record album
The AACM torch is still held proud and firm in this great recording by Air from 1980. Mssrs. Threadgill, Hopkins, and McCall play in a manner that blends freeness with soulfulness and a nice dash of creative humor – which results in a trio of tracks that are essential listening for fans of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The legendary AACM trio makes a memorable appearance at the 1978 Montreux jazz fest, captured live here by Novus. The trio of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall are at their best here – and the set features 3 great original compositins ("Suisse Air", "Let's All ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic AACM material from Chicago, strangely issued on Arista, but produced by Michael Cuscuna with all the care of a small-label session. The classic lineup of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall is firmly in place – and they band interacts with a sense of humor and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Air going strong in the late 00s – still riding at a creative peak, years after breaking through – balancing inventive soundscapes and gratifying hooks as great as they've done since Moon Safari! Includes a couple a few tracks featuring and/or co-written by Jarvis Cocker – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White vinyl pressing, including the heavy inner sleeves.)
Rare singles from this ultra-cool Turkish singer – including many tracks that are b-sides of vintage 45s, and maybe even trippier than the album material we've heard before! The work was recorded in the mid 70s, but there's much more of a late 60s vibe going on here – from the trippy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 80s album from Turkish legend Edip Akbayaram – served up in a style that's more keyboard-oriented than some of the guitar-based Arabesk rock of the 70s – but in a mode that's still pretty darn trippy overall! The keyboards have an approach that's maybe a bit more understated, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 "Opus Number Zero" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band —
Road Time ... LP RCA, 1976. Very Good+ 2LP ...
A great little live set from the glory days of the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band – a series of performances from Japan, recorded in 1976, all featuring the ensemble at its best! The double-length nature of the record takes the group even farther than usual – really letting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's compelling – and kind of makes you think that this might be one of the pair's more avant-leaning albums – but the overall groove is heavy big band swing, in the manner that Tabackin and Akiyoshi did best together. The record features 6 longish tracks, all with a strong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very heavy stuff from guitarist Jan Akkerman – almost more rock than jazz, with a hard-on jamming style that was the heaviest the European scene had to offer at the time! Some tracks have a bit of funky rhythm, but the real focus here is on the guitar – not only the jamming electric, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kamuran Akkor —
Kamuran Akkor ... LP Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the coolest Turkish singers we've heard so far from the 70s – an artist who's maybe a bit more funky and a bit less fuzzy than some of her contemporaries – blessed with a heavenly vocal style that's often set to these very groovy arrangements! The language is beyond the reach of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner from the Afro Funk scene of the 70s – and the kind of record that makes us realize just how much greatness there is to discover! Years back, we thought we'd heard all the good cuts from the sub-Saharan continent – but a record like this really makes us sit up and take new ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from arranger Manny Album – Manny's entry in RCA's Jazz Workshop series – a set of tunes that are shorter, and arguably a bit more modern than some of his later work – tracks done definitely in that Jazz Workshop blend of west coast cool and east coast modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam.)
Damn! Alchemist & Oh No's debut as Gangrene was no fluke, seeing as this second dose is even better than the first! This is psychedelic underground hip hop soundscapes paired with no nonsense rhymes – and that style works incredibly well for these dudes. This one's gonna be standing ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strong return to the infectious Gangrene duo project for Oh No and Alchemist! Exciting stuff from these two – beats that pair a somewhat ominous tone with heavy headnodding beats and busy rhymes . You Disgust Me arrived during a tireless period for Alchemist, who released a handful of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code – plus a 24-page photo book!)
One of the grooviest albums ever from Brit Easy pianist Ronnie Aldrich – filled with groovy late 60s tunes, and handled with some slightly funky and mod-styled backings that make the album groove a lot more than most of Ronnie's other work! The set's played by Ronnie and his "two ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully mad grooves from the great Alessandro Alessandroni – and a set that seems to draw on all of his mighty talents at once! Some numbers have a soul jazz groove, with great lead piano from the maestro – others have cool wordless vocals, or maybe even a bit of whistling – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums we've ever heard from Italian soundtrack genius Alessandro Alessandroni – a set that's heavy on the vocal interplay of his I Cantori Moderni group, but which also features lots of dark musical elements as well! The blend is incredible – soaring harmonies on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those sound library records that you know is going to be great, right from what you see on the cover – not just the name of Alessandro Alessandroni, who's always given us great music – but also the Italian descriptions of the tunes – which are listed with phrases like " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album