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 ... (Jazz) 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 ... (Jazz) 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". (Jazz) LP, 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 – ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes box and book – save for a little edge wear on the box, this package is in great shape!)
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 ... (Soul) 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 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing. Cover has wear and splitting. Vinyl has oxidation that causes surface noise.)
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 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... (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
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". (Jazz) LP, 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 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam.)
Monty shows off his Carribean roots on this one – working in a quintet format that includes steel drums by Othello Molineaux! The mixture of soul jazz piano and steel drums is a surprisingly fresh one – making for some grooves that have a sweet west coast sort of feel – a bit ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent early album by one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time! The session's a very hip affair – recorded with the Ramsey Lewis Trio backing her up on one side, and a group led by Frank Foster on another – both playing in a tight soul jazz mode that works perfectly for ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Argo pressing. Cover has some marker on back.)
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a peeled spot on back from the promo stamp being removed.)
Nancy sings some sweet Latin groovers in Spanish – backed by groovy 60s arrangements from Joe Sherman! The feel here isn't quite as driving as on her classic "Mas Que Nada" album – but it does have a similar style – sort of blending easy 60s vocals with swinging pop ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just an album with Gene Ammons as a leader – and instead, a set that truly earns the "all stars" listed on the cover – thanks to a great array of supporting players, and a very loose, open-ended jam session style that lets everyone get in plenty of solo space! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a center split on the top seam held with clear tape.)
Anacostia make the move to Tabu Records for this sweet second set – and they seem to have picked up more of a groove along the way! The same elements as before are firmly in place here – production by Charles Kipps, with supervision from Van McCoy – but the groove is a bit more ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, light wear and a tracklist sticker that is mostly removed.)
One of a number of excellent self-produced albums by Vince Andrews – sax player, singer, and all around entertainer from the Ohio scene! The album's got Vince working in a variety of styles – from mellow soul to straight jazz, often augmented with unique touches – and although ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 60s girl group classic if there ever was one – and the only standout album from the lovely Angels! The group were known, of course, for the title hit "My Boyfriend's Back" – a quick-stepping number that was a runaway pop hit at the time. That tune kicks off the album, and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horacee Arnold —
Tribe ... LP Columbia, 1973. Very Good+ ...
A very soulful batch of fusion tracks from drummer Horacee Arnold – here leading a group that includes reed talents Billy Harper and Joe Farrell, percussionist Ralph McDonald, guitarist Ralph Towner, and Dave Friedman on vibes and percussion. Tracks are long and spiralling, with a spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best post-Paris live dates by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – recorded right on their southside home turf in Chicago, as something of a homecoming after their years abroad! The performance is really one continuous piece, divided up into chapters – and it starts off with an ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Artists Jazz Band —
Double Album ... LP Music Gallery (Canada), Mid 70s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
70s avant jazz from Canada – by a group that includes work from filmmaker Michael Snow! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Looks Like Snow", otherwise NM-.)
Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, John Cale, Nico & others —
June 1, 1974 ... LP Island, 1974. Near Mint- ...
A British art rock jam session, more or less, pulled together by Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers, who recruited Eno, John Cale and Nico, former bandmate Robert Wyatt, the enigmatic Rabbit (John Bundrick) on keyboards – more well known for his work with the Who – plus Mike Oldfield on ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Palm tree label UK pressing. Cover has light corner wear.)
Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Barrister —
Pomposity ... LP Omo Aje (Nigeria), 1985. Very Good- ...
A great collection of Ayler's late work for Impulse – some of his most unusual sides ever cut to wax, and very different from his work on labels like ESP. The general feel is one of searching – as Ayler works in a number of different modes to try to reach new audiences, and hit new ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic early material by Albert Ayler, recorded in New York in 1964, but originally issued only in Europe! The session features Ayler with the obscure trumpeter Norman Howard, plus Henry Grimes on bass and Sonny Murray on drums – and has all the crackle and imagination of Ayler's ESP ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from trumpeter Benny Bailey – a musician who doesn't always get the chance to record as a leader, but one who always blows us away when he does! Benny in this setting is way different than in his work with bigger bands like the Clark/Boland Big Band, or the Quincy Jones ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Banda Black Rio —
Maria Fumaca ... LP Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice set from these latter day Detroit free music explorers, with a spiritual vibe and a varied approach to improvisation that isn't afraid to groove at moments, but also involves some nice textural dynamic playing in a very post AACM mode. Anthony Holland plays reeds, Tani Tabal tablas and trap ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking work from the modernist jazz team of Bill Barron and Ted Curson! The album's one of a few rare gems that Barron cut for the Savoy label early in his career – a mixture of Mingus-like angular jazz compositions, outfitted with a freer sense of soloing, and a deeply soulful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and a sticker spot.)
Edgey moody quintet session featuring the great Bill Barron, plus brother Kenny, Jimmy Owens, Ben Riley, and Ray Drummond. Bill's writing is excellent here, and his playing is up to the usual very high standards. Tracks include "September 1979", "Swingin' In Bushnell Park", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very fluid later work from Count Basie – a set that has that nice open-ended Pablo Records approach, but which still comes across with that brilliant Basie groove that first emerged most strongly in the 50s! Players are a mix of young and old, and the group includes Grover Mitchell and Booty ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful early Verve recording by Basie – one that's packaged here in a great David Stone Martin cover, with a red and blue watercolor of Basie himself. Players include Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Ernie Wilkins, Marshall Royal, Joe Newman, Thad Jones, Bennie Powell, and Freddie Green – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label Clef pressing with a trumpeter logo & deep groove! NOTE – Vinyl is in FAIR condition. Cover has discoloration from age, some surface wear, and a bit of pen on back.)
Classic Verve work by The Count, and a session in which the Basie group plays for dancers – in a style that continued to make them one of the most popular bigger bands of the 50s! Tracks are short, tight, and highly rhythmic – played by a group that features Ernie Wilkins, Marshall ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label Clef pressing with a dancer logo and a deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam.)
One of the deepest albums that Count Basie ever recorded – thanks to some great arrangements and backings by Oliver Nelson! Nelson's working in the same groovy mode he used with Jimmy Smith's excellent Verve sessions – and although the record doesn't have the same sort of star soloist ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 1975 reunion from the Beau Brummels – recorded after the ill-fated solo career of vocalist Ron Elliott, but done in a way that definitely shows some of the deeper themes of those later years as well! The style's a bit more polished than the group's previous Warner albums – but not in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the top seam and a light stain at the bottom.)
A great little Kudu set from guitarist Joe Beck – a player who's sounding a lot tighter here than some of his odd psychedelic experiments of the 60s – but still pretty darn great overall! The style is smooth, as you'd expect from Kudu, but Joe's still got plenty of edges in his guitar ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of 70s indie blues – issued at the end of the decade, but with a sound that's much more old school overall! The album was cut at a time when Buster was a key underground figure on the Chicago scene – and it's got a solid, classic approach that's very much in the 60s ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi & insert.)
Anders Bergcrantz Quintet —
Touch ... LP Dragon (Sweden), 1987. Very Good+ ...
Classic 30s work from trumpeter Bunny Berigan – served up here in a great 50s LP package that showcases his talents on the horn! There's a warmth and raspy charm to these sides that instantly shows why Berigan was a standout player at the time – an artist who could hit the hard notes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Elmer Bernstein serves up some of his most famous soundtrack themes – but in a style that's even more jazz-based than the original! The group here is a large one, filled with great west coast players – and Bernstein's tunes sparkle even more in this rich setting than they did in their ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Big Black's better LPs for UNI, and one that features stripped down conga groove with spare flute playing by Black "Melody" Harold. Side one is a long 3 part track, divided into "Problem", "Cause", and "Cure". Side two's got three long tracks: " ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Graham Bond Organization —
Sound Of '65 ... LP Columbia (UK), Mid 60s. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Seminal early work from this legendary Brit beat group – a band of hard wailing players inspired by American R&B and organ jazz, particularly the work of players like Jimmy McGriff or Ray Charles. The tracks are tight little numbers, snapshots of groovy little Mod numbers, a mix of soul ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album