A solid modern soul debut from Gregory Abbott – leanly grooving midtempo production on par with some of the biggest stars at the time – with deeply sinking hooks and beautiful vocals from Gregory! He has that way of rolling from laidback, effortless energy to a sweet falsetto and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic early stuff from Muhal – and one of his most beautiful albums! Side one of the LP, and first up on the CD is an extended performance of Sinatra's big hit "Young At Heart" – but the track's played solo by Abrams, and it's completely transformed into a long ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cannon's left his usual soul jazz combo for this album – and he's recording on the west coast with an all-star group that includes Wes Montgomery on guitar, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The sound's a bit different than usual – with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pounding groover from the Africanism series! "Les Enfants" has a skipping groove that's very catchy – plain and simple, like the Afro Funk that inspired it, with some strange floating instruments in the mix, sounding a bit like didgeridoo! The "theme" version is nice ... (New Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Rob Agerbeek/Ruud Brink Quartet —
Pardon My Bop ... CD Blue Jack Jazz (Netherlands), 1989. Used ...
Sharp-edged work from a cool Dutch combo – one co-led by pianist Rob Agerbeek and saxophonist Ruud Brink – both great players, even if they're not well known over here in the US! Agerbeek's got years of jazz work under his belt by the time of this set – and he plays with a sound ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Akimbo may not be a household name, but the group's members have played with Brand New Heavies, Soul II Soul, and Jamiroquai – and they've got a sound that more than lives up to that heritage! In a way, the groove here really takes us back to the best styles of the early days of Acid Jazz ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A stone classic from pianist Monty Alexander – a live date recorded for MPS in the mid 70s, and a set with even more fire than his studio sides for the label! The sound here is quite freewheeling at times – not funky, but in a very romping, gutbuckety mode that marks Alexander as a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
From Tree House Rock. Spit It is produced by Memo, with Spotlite, cap D, and Prime. Virgo is produced by Memo with Mr Greenweedz and Rita J. Rocks 4 You is produced by PNS, with Daily Planet, cap D, Prime, and Rita J. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic Afro funky! This set lovingly repackages 2 early albums by Tony Allen, best known to the world as the drummer in Fela's legendary Africa 70 group! Both records have a distinctly Fela-sounding groove – which isn't surprising, as they were produced by Fela, feature Fela, and have ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Barry Altschul —
Brahma ... CD Sackville (Canada), 1980. Used ...
A really sweet trio set from Barry Altschul – and one that lets him stretch out beautifully on a wide range of percussion! In addition to traditional drums, Altschul handles quica, bowed cymbals, waterphone, shakers, bells, cymbals, wood block, and lots more on the record – also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great reissue of this excellent bit of Chicago female soul, performed by the great Ruby Andrews, and with arrangements by some of the best local talents in the city. Ruby sang with a voice that was pure deep soul, but she had arrangements that were in the best Chicago tradition of the time. The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Long out of print on vinyl. Cover has light wear.)
The Apples present a pair of Kings – a nice little project the finds the nine piece collective in collaboration with masters of their styles – funk pioneer Fred Wesley on a quartet of tracks and Israeli percussion titan Schlomo Bar on 4 others! The Apples are such a stylistically ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A key album in the career of Louis Armstrong – one that helped him forge the fourth or fifth great comeback in his career! As you'd guess by the title, the album's built around Louis' hit version of "Hello Dolly" – sung in a mode that at one level stretches back to his roots ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest pairings of American and Swedish players of the 50s happened under the guidance of bandleader Harry Arnold – the top Swedish jazz orchestra leader of the time, and an artist who also managed to get a few American releases at the time! The tracks on this set are pulled ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost fusion classic from the early 70s – one of the only records cut under the leadership of drummer Horacee Arnold, but a heck of a great little set with a soaringly righteous sound! The style here is plenty full-on, but a bit less rock-leaning than some of the other Columbia fusion of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The third single released on Bobbito's Fondle 'Em records, during the salad days of independent hip hop, with a jazzy rolling bassline, and the posse cut style approach, plus the darker, harder flip, "Halloween". (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
An aptly-titled album, as it sprung the genius of The Association fully onto the world – and forever changed the rules for dreamy vocal pop music! The album's a wonderful blend of sweet harmonies, LA production, and the kind of slightly-trippy song stylings you already know from The ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title track from the one and only album by B&G Rhythm – a nicely snapping number with great Wayne Henderson production, and a spacey blend of jazz and funk that would be right at home on Fantasy Records! Lots of nice keyboards in the mix here, but the tune's also got some warmer ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Cover has a light stain along the bottom seam, which is split.)
Bang proves once again that he's one of the few jazz players who can make the violin work without being too flowery or too overindulgent – in a manner that almost makes you forget the instrument he's using, because you're so caught up in the waves of sound! The group features some prime NYC ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of Mercury Records gems from the Bar-Kays – back to back on a single CD! Light Of Life is proof that even a move to a major label couldn't keep the Bar-Kays down – as the group are working here in a great groove that's wider, fresher, and stronger overall than any of their Stax ... (Soul) read moreCD
Brigitte Bardot —
BB (1964) ... LP Philips (France), 1964. Very Good (reissue)...
One of the grooviest Brigitte Bardot albums ever recorded – a stellar set of tracks with some ultra-chic arrangements from the great Alain Gouraguer! The album swings like the best of Paris pop in the 60s – tight and outta site, with loads of jaunty pop tunes that bring out the best in ... (French) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charlie Barnet —
More ... CD Everest/Evidence, 1958. Used ...
Later work from swing sax giant Charlie Barnet – but every bit as tight as his classics! If anything, the style here is even more sophisticated than before – as the Barnet groove is updated with some nice 50s arrangements from Bill Holman. Numbers include "Flying Home", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Punch through barcode & sticker remnant on boolet cover.)
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
John Barry/Elephant's Memory/The Groop/Nilsson —
Midnight Cowboy ... LP United Artists, 1969. Very Good ...
A sublime soundtrack from John Barry – common, to be sure, but also a wonderfully-crafted set that goes way beyond the stereotypes of his work for the James Bond films! The record is probably best known for Nilsson's famous version of the Fred Neil tune "Everybody's Talkin" – ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
UK West Indian ex-pats in vaguely sci-fi looking outfits team up with Martin Hannett for a blistering set of post punk guitar slashing that sadly seems to have become mostly a side bar in the history of the 80s UK scene. None of the dubby effects of their singles and little of the reggae influence ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A repackaged version of material from Count Basie's excellent Dance Session albums for Verve – no-nonsense albums that really get at the high-grooving side of the group, and which feature the kind of compelling and catchy tunes that always made them a favorite on the dancefloor! The Count ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Exciting 6 here are the Basso-Valdambrini Sextet – one of Italy's hippest jazz combos of the 60s, heard here in a batch of groovers from the later half of the decade! The tracks are short, but they all pack plenty of punch – filled up with modal rhythms on piano, soaring horn parts ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The start of an amazing legacy in Brazilian music – and a record that really lives up to its title! Jorge Ben completely reinvents the samba here – and comes up with his own new groove in the process – by blending sharp acoustic guitar lines with rootsy percussion – all at ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Benjamin Biolay —
La Superbe ... CD Naive (France), 2011. Used 2CD ...
Just Sold Out!
Definitely superb work from Benjamin Biolay – the kind of instantly seductive sounds that have made him one of the most compelling French artists since the Serge Gainsbourg generation! This double-length set really has Biolay taking off from his earlier EMI recordings – at some points ... (French) read moreCD