Del The Funky Homosapien & Amp Live —
Gate 13 ... CD IOT, 2018. Used ...
Mic legend Del The Funky Homosapien doing his inimitable thing with far-reaching production Amp Live – taking Del's voice to realms we've never heard him in! Kicking with with a Cali G Funk steeped intro that's something of a comfort zone for Del, it goes from there to lean synth funk, to ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Two rare jazz classics from the Atlantic catalog! Handle With Care is one of the first recordings by the legendary Clark-Boland Big Band – and although it was a pre-MPS session released by Atlantic, all the core elements of the band's classic sound and style are present. Gigi Campi produced ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best solo albums ever recorded by the great Kenny Barron – a set with so much life, so much cover, you really don't need any other instruments at all! Kenny's at a key point in his career here – really stretching out as an individual talent, and getting plenty of room to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ruben Blades Y Son Del Solar —
Live! ... CD Elektra, 1989. Used ...
There's a really great combination going on here – the lively, soaring piano lines of Antonio Ciacca, and the harder-blown tenor tones of the legendary Steve Grossman! We've not heard much from Ciacca before, but we really like his groove – especially on the title track, which is a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really wonderful little record – equal parts jazz and soul, and recorded with the same warmly flowing vibe as the best recent work from Carmen Lundy or Dee Dee Bridgewater! The style is jazz vocal, but it's definitely got a hip sort of twist – one that inflects each tune with a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A groovy batch of early 70s soul tunes – featuring some great group soul tracks, and some harder to find gems from the west coast, with an occasional Chicago track thrown in for good measure! Titles include "I Need You Baby" by Jesse James, "A Man That Isn't Free" by The ... (Soul) read moreCD
Funky guitar legend Melvin Sparks – still going strong in these recent revival years! The album's not as hard-hitting or as freaky as some of Melvin's earlier classics for Prestige, but it's also still pretty strong overall – solidly put together with a clear, clean approach to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maybe one of the greatest albums ever from trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a set that has him really stretching out as a musician – not just showing off that impeccable sense of tone that marked his important records of the 50s, but also coming up with new ways of phrasing, and a sometimes-uniq ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A twin-tenor classic from the team of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims – one of the duo's best-remembered albums from their 50s years at RCA – and a perfect blend of their talent for individual improvisation and unified ensemble energy! The album boasts 2 different groups – one with Hank ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant work from Joe Chambers – one of those jazz players who never seems to get the full credit he's due, but who keeps on making amazing music nonetheless! Joe first caught our ears with his famous Blue Note work with Bobby Hutcherson – and we've dug his sound on some key sides ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great straight set from Chick Corea – one that has him playing acoustic piano throughout, and reclaiming some of the bolder jazz territory he first forged in the 60s! The tracks are long and soaring – very soulful in their construction, and played in a dynamic way that's surprisingly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few great records that Paul Chambers made as a leader, and a haunting set of somber hardbop recorded with Horace Silver, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, and John Coltrane. The writing is great, and the group has a nice dark edge that gives the session a slightly different sound than other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic bit of soulful hardbop – recorded in the mid 90s, but with the spirit of classic sides from the 60s or 70s! This hip underground LA group got high critical acclaim at the time, but never really made it as big as some of their contemporaries – which is ok by us, as it kept ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most obscure of the Paul Chambers albums on Blue Note – and one of the most interesting as well! Although best known for his solid rhythm work on late 50s hardbop recordings, Chambers breaks out here with a more introspective, more exploratory style on the bass – using the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great early work from one of the hippest bassists of his generation! Paul Chambers cut this obscure little album in LA, featuring a "jazz delegation from the east" that included Philly Joe Jones on drums and John Coltrane on tenor – plus pianist Kenny Drew, who had already been ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A brilliant set of Latin jazz from Poncho Sanchez – proof that he was one of the few musicians who really kept the classic sounds going during the 80s! The album's got a tight small group format that benefits from some especially great horn work from Gene Burkert on alto and tenor, Sal ... (Latin) read moreCD
Mulgrew Miller & Wingspan —
Sequel ... CD Maxjazz, 2002. Used ...
A great follow-up to Miller's Wingspan album – recorded back in the 80s, and one of his strongest albums ever! The original album had an angular and soaring quality that's different from some of Miller's other records, and slightly more adventurous – and this session really keeps the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest Donald Byrd albums ever – a smoking live performance spread out over two different records – all with some of the tightest, most grooving work that Byrd ever recorded in his early years on Blue Note! Part of the strength of the set is the group – as Don's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sharp-edged John Coltrane at his best – a record that we'd rank right up there with Love Supreme, and which is a key transition point in Coltrane's musical ideas! There's a very strong edge to Coltrane's tone here – and even on the mellower ballads, he plays with a sound not always ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very appropriate title for a very cooking little album – one of Lee Morgan's first efforts as a leader, cut back during his first years of late 50s fame! The style here is a bit less Morgan-esque than some of Lee's later 60s classics – but the record is rock-solid throughout, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest early moments from Dianne Reeves – a set that's still steeped in plenty of jazz, but one that also has the singer coming across with a more personally poetic vibe as well – a quality that opens up Reeves in ways we never would have expected a few years before! ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Great great stuff – and for some folks, THE album by Kenny Burrell! This classic set features the guitarist in a quintet with Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Major Holly on bass, Bill English on drums, and the great Ray Barretto on conga – a really great lineup that sparkles with soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful stuff – and one of the best Donald Byrd albums of the 60s! The album is a killer all the way through – recorded with a group that Byrd maintained for 2 years, one that featured Sonny Red on alto sax, Cedar Walton on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great stuff – most likely the most hardbop oriented of all Paul Chambers' sessions for Blue Note, and a great little album that has the famous bassist fronting a group that includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Elvin Jones on drums! Chambers' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print US Connoisseur Series pressing, not a CDr.)
One of those hard-wailing all-star sessions that Jimmy did so well for Blue Note! The album features an amazing array of top-line players – like Tina Brooks, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Lou Donaldson, Art Blakey, and Kenny Burrell – and they all play with Smith in differing combinations ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very early date as a leader from drummer Roy Haynes – already showing some very strong ability on the overseas scene – where he works here with some of the cream of the crop of the Paris scene of the 50s! The album's a surprising effort that has Haynes at the helm of some great horn ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nothing fancy, but a wonderfully stripped-down session that has an early Wes working with his original group that included Mel Rhyne on organ. The album's one of the few from the time that allow you to hear Rhyne grooving away in a down-home Indiana style – and the set list is made up of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer record from the late 50s – and one that hints at all the sides Stan would take in later years – his bossa sides, his vibes quartet with Gary Burton, and the playful lyricism of his recordings with Chick Corea. The set was recorded in San Francisco, when Stan had that great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)
Kalaparusha & The Light —
Moment ... CD Entropy Stereo, 2001. Used ...
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre – a session that unites the reedman with two younger musicians in a very strange trio formation! The group features Kalaparush working with drums and tuba – the former of which is handled in a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early work by Wes – cut with his early trio that included the wonderful Melvin Rhyne on organ! The sound is tight and freer than some of Wes' later recordings – a bit more in the pocket, too, showing the roots of the Indianapolis scene from which Wes was just emerging at the time. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A crackling date from Jackie McLean – a set that's much more hardbop than some of his other Blue Note work – filled with fire, far from the 50s – and really pointing the way towards his new directions to come! There's a hint of modernism in the mix, mostly on the tone from McLean' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Julie London couldn't look sexier on the cover – reclining in bed, on the telephone, breast falling out of her nightgown, with the suggestive title emblazoned across the top – almost like some sleezy ad from the back pages of a local newspaper! The music more than delivers on the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Marku Ribas —
Samba ... CD Tratore (Brazil), 2016. Used ...
A great return to form from the legendary Marku Ribas – an artist we love for his Brazilian funky classics of the 70s – still sounding great after all these years! Marku's always had a very deep vocal approach – at the bottom end of the sonic spectrum, which not only makes for a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of those great sessions that was originally issued on the Warwick label during the early 60s, and repackaged with less notes during the early 70s. As with most of the Warwick jazz sessions, this one's excellent – and features a mixture of hardbop and soul jazz modernism that's totally in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Probably the 45 King's best lp with "The Flavor Unit Assasination Squad" featuring Queen Latifah, Lakim Shabazz, Lord Alibaski, Apache, and Double J. Also Lakim Shabazz: "Hands Of Fate", "Passin The Mike (with Apache)", Apache: "Smooth Yet Hard", "I ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the most compelling entries so far in the all-great Congotronics series – a set of highly percussive work from this unique ensemble! The Kasai All Stars is a collective of members from six other groups – all working here in Konono-like territory that's heavy on distorted rhythms ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Digipack & booklet are slightly wavy, but clean.)
Kanye West —
Ye ... CD Def Jam, 2018. New Copy ...
Pop culture baggage aside, pretty mesmerizing stuff from Ye! Ye the album, if his persona hasn't turned you off by now, is a compelling effort from what we'll dub Kanye's "puzzle period" – this strange era of his recorded output that's a long time since his creative and popular ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
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Ray Bryant —
MCMLXX ... CD Atlantic/Collectables, 1970. Used ...
Sweet funky piano from the mighty Ray Bryant – one of his excellent albums for Atlantic Records, a label who really seemed to give him an extra push in the groove department! The record's got a nicely laidback sort of feel – core grooving from a trio that features Bryant on acoustic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An unusual combination of records – both pretty darn great! First up is Jazz Tropical from Jonah Jones – one of the coolest albums ever from this legendary trumpeter – a set that's got a strongly Latin flavor, and which provides a very unique setting for Jonah's horn! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD