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
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
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
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
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
(Out of print. Includes obi!)
Luis Eduardo Aute & Silvio Rodriguez —
Mano A Mano ... CD BMG/Ariola (Spain), 1998. Used 2 CDs ...
My God – they finally did it! After all these years of hearing about the legendary Smile album from The Beach Boys – hearing snippets on other albums, studio bonus tracks, re-recordings, and all the other sources they've dangled in front of us for decades – Capitol's finally gone ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great Tony Bennett LP – very different than others from the time (or any time!) in that the format pairs the master vocalist with the "who's who" of drummers and percussionists of the late 50s – including Art Blakey, Jo Jones, Candido, and Sabu. The sound is as majestic and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A nice little 2CD set – one that features the full 1962 Carnegie Hall concert by Tony, with a second CD that gives the album enough space to add in a huge amount of previously unreleased tracks! The performance has Tony singing with both the trio of Ralph Sharon, and a larger orchestra ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A 60s classic from Tony Bennett – a record that sported a huge title hit, but which also stands strongly as a really unified album! Tony's at his maturing best here – still working with core jazz inspiration from the Ralph Sharon Trio, but also getting fuller strings from George Siravo ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A warm little live set from Andy Bey – quite possibly one of the most personal and unassuming albums of his recent comeback career! The set's a trio one, recorded at the end of the 90s – and it features Andy on both vocals and piano, plus Peter Washington on bass, and either Kenny ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The queen of hip hop soul takes it back to the gutter with guest spots by Jay-Z and P-Diddy on "Love & Life", 50 Cent on "Let Me Be The One", and Method Man on "Love @ 1st Sight", but overall this one has Mary in a better mood than the last album! You've probably ... (Soul) read moreCD
Excellent vocal jazz from postwar Paris! The Blue Stars were a legendary combo that were led by Blossom Dearie, and which featured a host of great vocal talents that would later go onto form groups like Les Double Six or The Swingle Singers, including Mimi Perrin and Christine Legrand, as well as ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Nice and smooth, straight ahead mid-90's hip hop, maybe similar to the mellower side of the early Pharcyde. Includes their best track "Recognized Thresholds Of Negative Stress" that uses just a bit of looped noise under the otherwise smooth production to keep things moving. Also ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the most creative albums we've heard from Dee Dee Bridgewater in years – a set of tracks recorded with a host of Malian artists – in a unique cross-cultural mode that's unlike anything else Dee Dee has ever recorded! The core style here is still very firmly rooted in Bridgewater' ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great new set from Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom – an excellent player, who, apart from a few albums on Artista in the early 80s, has never really gotten his dues! In the intervening years since those albums, Broom's increased his capabilities tremendously – taking off from his Grant ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Solo Byard including the tracks "Hollis Stomp (Mr Piano Man)", "Flight OF The Fly", "Aluminum Baby", "One Two Five", Dian's Melody", and "Jaki's Blues Next" – 10 tracks all Jaki Byard compositions! (Jazz) CD
Weird and wonderful work from Can – still standing out way ahead of the pack, even in the late 70s! The album's a great bridge between generations – and an inspiration for some, as well – not as heavy as the early years, but still filled with fuzz and spacey sounds, refined with ... (Rock) read moreCD
A lost west coast gem from the 50s – a unique quintet session for Atlantic Records, cut by a group co-led by trumpeter Conte Candoli and pianist Lou Levy! There's a bit more fire here than in some of the other sides from the time by the players – especially Levy – and in a way, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the best work ever recorded by bassist Paul Chambers – one of the greatest bass players in jazz! This excellent 3CD box set features the bulk of albums that Paul Chambers recorded for Blue Note as a leader, plus an earlier gem recorded for the Imperial label, and another session for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Numbered, limited edition of 5000! Still sealed with original book and slipcase!)
Way more than just another Hammond combo record – as Brian Charette uses the B3 in these really fresh, really unique ways – working here with an especially compelling mix of reed players too! In addition to Charette's organ and the drums of Jochen Rueckert, the group features four ... (Jazz) read moreCD