A great album of gospel-styled soul – from a group who's clearly designed to sit on the fence between secular and spiritual music! The record has the feel of work at the time by the Art Reynolds Singers, or maybe a bit of the Edwin Hawkins Singers – two groups who both had secular fame ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & tracklist sticker.)
Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla —
Kirkastus ... CD Tum (Finland), 2015. Used ...
A beautiful setting for the talents of Finnish reedman Juhani Aaltonen – as the legendary musician works here alongside pianist Iro Haarla, who composed all the selections on the set! The record's got a spacious sound that's a fair bit different than Aaltonen's earlier work – often ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Greg Abate's working here with a hell of a great rhythm section – one who give the set enough soulful sparkle to take it far from the straight bop promised in the title! Abate's certainly got plenty of bop chops on his reeds – which include tenor, alto, soprano sax, and flute – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Earth Beams ... CD Bellaphon (Germany), 1980. Used ...
A firey session from the quartet of George Adams and Don Pullen – a set that has the group stretching out in some of their most spiritual modes, yet still finding plenty of time to swing as well! Adams is tremendous on tenor – a very fresh voice in the post-Coltrane world, with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from one of the most compelling players on the Chicago scene of the past few years – vibist Jason Adasiewicz, a player whose sound is really taking the instrument one step further in its evolution! The group here features some equally fresh-voiced Chicago talents too – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown —
Varmint ... CD Cuneiform, 2009. Used ...
The second album from Chicago vibist Jason Adasiewicz and his Rolldown group – giving us some of the best vibes-led jazz in years! The group features players from the Chicago scene that are truly at the forefront of an exciting wave of modern jazz in the city, and anywhere else on the planet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Prime material from Cannonball and David Axelrod – and despite the biblical leanings of the title, the record is pretty darn funky! As they did for the Zodiac, Cannonball and Adderley take a trip through a host of cultural milestones – stopping along the way to turn each one into a new ... (Jazz) 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 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully intimate set from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – quite different than her bigger band records of the 70s, but equally great in its own way! The album's a great throwback to the earliest days of Akiyoshi on record – as it has the pianist really opening up in a trio setting, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lesser-known gem from this mighy orchestra – with contributions from Bobby Shew on trumpet, Rick Culver on trombone, Gary Foster and Dick Spencer on alto, and Tom Peterson on tenor. Titles include "Sumi-E", "Hang Loose", "Quadrille Anyone", and "A 10 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly great work from Steve Alaimo – hardly just the album of simple twist covers that you might expect, although there's definitely a twisting vibe to the record too! Like some of the better twist-related projects of the early 60s – particularly those from soul and R&B ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edge wear, a few light creases, and the die-cut on back removed.)
Alan Parsons Project —
I Robot ... LP Arista, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet —
10 ... CD Zoho, 2015. Used ...
A great little record that celebrates a decade's worth of music from the Afro Peruvian Sextet – but which also brings in a host of other jazz artists for the festivities too! The core sound is from the group led by trumpeter Gabriel Alegria – a well-balanced combo that begins in ... (Latin) read moreCD
A beautiful mix of gospel soul and heavy Memphis production – and the kind of heavy soul album that made Rance Allen one of Stax's best new artists during the 70s. David Porter produced and arranged, and the album has some great electric keyboard work by Rance that provides a perfect ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mose Allison's last album for Prestige Records – before moving onto even bigger fame at Columbia and Atlantic during the 60s! Unlike Allison's later sets, this one is mostly instrumental – but there are a few sweet vocal tracks that bring out the hip, rootsy lyrical modes that would ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
10 tracks that perfectly illustrate all that was great about Gene Ammons in his early days – a set of singles and 78s recorded for Chess in the late 40s and early 50s, done in a laidback and soulful style that had a tremendous influence on the work of other tenor players at the time! The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early tenor work from the legendary Gene Ammons – an early Prestige 10" LP that features one side of shorter bop tracks, and one side that has a longer number in which Ammons "battles" Sonny Stitt! Players aren't listed, but titles include "Jug", "Echo ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Record is "good" with clicks and crackles. Cover has wear, splitting and a name in marker.)
The album's only got two long tracks – but both of them are more than enough to make it great! "Kalabuley Woman" takes up all of side one – and the tune's got this wickedly dubby approach to funk – almost like Cymande at the start, but then filled up with all these ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Apricot Music Pit Band —
Jazzmania ... LP Orion, Early 70s. Very Good- ...
This is a nice album of funky jazz dance tracks, cut for the tiny Orion label, which specialized in musical themes for dance arrangements by Gus Giordano. The tracks on here are short, hard, and funky – and most of them are covers, redone with a tight groove just right for a jazz dance scene ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams.)
Aquarian Dream —
Fantasy ... CD Elektra (Japan), 1978. Used ...
Righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they ... (Soul) read moreCD
Duets between Armstrong and Lacy, recorded in Holland in 1979. The album features one long track – "Alter Ego" – which features Lacy on soprano sax, and Armstrong on bass and bass clarinet. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful debut from PP Arnold – the American soul singer who first really made her mark in England, thanks to some key support from The Rolling Stones and other 60s rockers! Despite the British nature of this record – and despite the fact that production is by Mick Jagger, ... (Soul) read moreCD
A classic set of British soul by PP Arnold – LA native, and a onetime member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue who ended up staying behind in the UK after a mid 60s tour! The album's got a very interesting approach that's quite a bit more sophisticated than the sound of the Ike Turner group ... (Soul) read moreCD
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a sticker.)
A wonderful little record – one that's filled with subtle charms and surprising moments of beauty – played by an intimate group of musicians who include Lol Coxhill, David Bedford, and Mike Oldfield! In a way, the record's a bit of a precursor for some of the experiments to come from ... (Rock) read moreCD
Quite an unusual jazz session – one that features lead lines from Baby Laurence, who's a tap dancer and not a musician! The approach sounds odd, but it works surprisingly well – thanks partly to the group who backs Baby up on the different sessions on the record – players who ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius work from violinist Billy Bang – easily one of his best LPs, and the kind of set that will blow away any expectations you had about jazz violin! There's a sense of soul and spirit here that's really amazing – proof that Bang is easily one of the most inventive talents on his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the greatest modern jazz ever recorded! Tenorist Bill Barron is like no other – and although he's softened a bit in recent years, during the early 60s he was working with trumpeter Ted Curson to forge a bold new sound that was different from much of what was happening at the time. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little set – despite our initial fears! We'll admit that we're the first ones to shy away from anything that says "Kansas City" in the title – as we expect a lot of hoke – but this album's a surprisingly great batch of tunes, original numbers written by Benny ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hilarious! This is the soundtrack to a goofy late 60s shocker film about the time when hippies and young folks would take over America. Les Baxter handled the musical score for the film, but the real treat is the schlocky rock tracks – written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, with ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The BCG is the Bob Crewe Generation – a sweet 70s disco ensemble led by the 60s soundtrack king. Here, they've got a tightly percolated sound that reminds us of Barry White at his best – strings soaring over strong syncopation, with some chorus female vocals bubbling in amidst the ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record