The title's a bit of a mouthful, but a good description of the way Cannonball was presented in the years before his soul jazz groove firmly kicked in! The "hi fi" is a bit overstated – as the album's pretty much of a straight jazz record, featuring Cannon blowing lead solos in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam, partially split top and some writing on the back.)
There's a rich array of great solo work on this album by the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big band – performances by Gary Foster, Bill Reichenbach, Tom Peterson, Emil Richards, Steven Huffstetter, and Tabackin and Akiyoshi themselves. The album's a set of original tracks by Toshiko, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure album by Lorez, with a mix of jazz and pop stuff, and arrangements (mostly) by pianist Ronell Bright. Bright plays in the group backing Lorez, as does the great tenor player Teddy Edwards. The legendary Paul Gayten produced, and the track list includes "Play Me The Blues", " ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and staining. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, tracks 3 & 4.)
Avant jazz meets The Blues, as Rashied Ali and combo back up singer Royal Blue on this set of tracks released on Ali's own label. Blue's style isn't as heavy-handed as you'd expect, and at times, it shares a bit with 70's singers like Joe Lee Wilson. The band includes Marvin Blackman, Charles ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small peeled spot and a small sticker in the top right corner.)
Excellent work from Laurindo – a truly wonderful album, played with small combo backing, which gives the set a jazzier feel than usual! Players include Jimmy Rowles on organ, Bob Cooper on tenor, Howard Roberts on guitar, and Shelly Manne, Milt Holland, and Chico Guerro on percussion – ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laurindo Almeida —
Flamenco ... LP Sutton, Early 60s. Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Not a Hawaiian band, as you might think from misreading the title – but a very cool early 80s German electronic duo – one with an equally great ear for tuneful melodies and darker moments! The music here rivals the best of the German new wave of the time – and shares that scene's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
SRO ... LP A&M, 1966. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A standing room ovation in the A&M Studios – certainly the kind of reception we'd imagine Herb would get during these glory years of his career! The set's one of the most no-nonsense Tijuana Brass sessions of the 60s – a tightly crafted album that has a bit more jazz than usual ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing. Cover has a promo sticker on back.)
Ernestine Anderson —
Hot Cargo ... LP Mercury, 1956. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
A great early set from singer Ernestine Anderson – material recorded in Sweden with a sound that's even more sweetly swinging than some of her American albums of the time! The backings on most tracks are by Harry Arnold – one of the hippest Swedish leaders of the time, and an arranger ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam and partially split top.)
Pure burning soul from The Animals – a nicely stripped-down set that revels in older R&B styles – cooked up with a version of the group that features Dave Rowberry on Hammond and lots of screaming vocals from Eric B! The original Animals vibe is opened up a bit more with some ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Shrinkwrap has sticker remnants. Cover has a cutout hole.)
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
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a streak of marker on front.)
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
One of Burt Bacharach's finest moments, and a soundtrack that we never tire of hearing! Burt wrote all the tunes – and the album's a wonderful romp, with lots of odd twists and turns that are quite different from Burt's usual bag (baby!), but which still have all of the charm of his best ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly obscure album from Chet Baker – a real standout on the Crown label! Titles include "Extra Mild", "Halema", "Jumpin Off A Cliff", "The Route", "Pawnee Junction", and "Lucius Lou". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has an edge chip, but play is not affected. Cover has splitting on the seams and spine.)
Looking for classic Chet Baker vocal tracks? This is the stuff! 14 tracks of haunting vocals by a young Chet, sung with small groups from the LA scene, and featuring trumpet solos next to his vocals. Titles include "That Old Feeling", "Look For The Silver Lining", "There ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove Pacific Jazz pressing. Cover is in nice shape.)
A stunner from Bill Barron! The set's one of the few rare sides that Barron cut as a leader during the early 60s – and it ranks right up there with work by Ornette Coleman or Joe Harriott for sheer raw modern power! The group's a quintet – with Barron and Booker Ervin on tenor, Larry ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80's pressing, with previously unissued track "Billie's Bounce". Cover has a cut corner and a name in pen.)
One of the most obscure releases by this already-obscure singer – a smooth bit of modern soul tracks with an 80s groove on the more uptempo numbers. As usual, Keith is better on the sweeter tunes and the ballads – where his church-inspired vocals really have more room to roam. The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early Basie material, packaged in a nicely done 50s LP format – supposedly with some remixing to improve the sound quality of the tracks. Players include Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Herschel Evans, Freddy Greene, Walter Page, and Jo Jones – and titles include "Jumpin At The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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.)
A great little set – despite our initial fears about the package – and a really wonderful pairing of the talents of Count Basie and Benny Carter! 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 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sharp-edged session of tremendous trumpet and tenor interplay – served up by the legendary quintet of Gianni Basso and Oscar Valdambrini! The album's got a sound that's as hip as it looks – a great approach to 50s modern jazz, done in a style that's equally influenced by west coast ... (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
You gotta give Gary credit for getting two 60s dance crazes in a 3 word title! The album's a pretty good one, though – some nice 60s groovers with a slight Latin feel on some numbers, and more straight rock and roll on others. Titles include "Dear Lady Twist", "Naughty Little ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, it's not really bossa nova . . . it's more kind of Latiny backgrounds with a percussive and guitar sound, over which Earl Bostic solos in his beautifully raw style. Who cares about the true bossa-ness, though? We always love Bostic, and his alto sound is impeccable. Titles include "Cha ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lester Bowie/Phillip Wilson —
Duet ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Improvised duets between Bowie and percussionist Phillip Wilson – recorded by Paul Bley in the loose, free style of the Improvising Artists label. The tracks are all quite long, but also very tight – much more rhythmic and swinging than you'd expect, in a manner that actually makes the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set of trio work from pianist Evans Bradshaw – an obscure player we only know from his two rare dates for Riverside Records! Bradshaw's got a nicely angular approach to the piano – and a romping left hand that reminds us a lot of the hipper pianists working in Chicago at the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions with deep groove.)
An album that was issued in the US, but which actually features excellent work that Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand recorded for the Gallo label in South Africa – the kind of edgier work that we often prefer next to some of his solo and trio material! The key force here is the horns – as ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton plays a host of horns on this powerful mid 80s set – a batch of numbers all based around his unique imagistic compositions! Braxton's reeds include alto, tenor, sopranino, and C melody sax – plus clarinet and flute as well – and other quartet members include David ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Parisian recording from the legendary Willem Breuker – pulled from the most inventive years of his legendary group of Dutch avant musicians! The set captures the maestro at his best – working with a classic lineup of the Kollektief that includes Leo Cuypers on piano and vocals, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Peter Brotzmann —
Nipples ... LP Calig (Germany), 1969. Near Mint- ...
A legendary early album from German reedman Peter Brotzmann – a set that wasn't issued on the FMP label, but which is every bit as important as Machine Gun or other classics from the time! The album's got a bold statement right from the very first note – introducing new jazz freedoms ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with fold-out on the cover, in amazing shape!)
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear and a split top seam.)
Great early work from Oscar Brown Jr – a hip mix of jazz and soul, working in Brown's unique sense of showmanship, and his almost beat-like flair with a lyric! Ralph Burns and Quincy Jones handled the arrangements – and the album's filled with great original tracks by Brown, including ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some light stains on back.)
A wonderful album of breezy jazzy soul from the sweet voiced Sheree Brown! The record is one of two that Brown cut for Capitol, and it was produced by Richard Rudolph – husband and collaborator of the late Minnie Riperton – in the immediate years after Minnie's death, leading us to ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
Just about every piece of early genius from The Buzzocks in one sweet package – including "Orgasm Addict", "What Do I Get", "Ever Fallen In Love", "Promises", "Everybody's Happy Nowadays", "Harmony In My Head", "Noise ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has "fp" stamps on back.)
2 LP set of haunting piano stuff by Jaki Byard, recorded in his early days on Prestige, and not too long after his association with Mingus. He's backed here by some great trio players, including Ron Carter, Roy Haynes, and Pete La Roca, and the set has a lot more going on than the usual piano jazz ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Donald Byrd's second foray into the "with voices" genre – done with the same arranging talents of Coleridge Perkinson, the lyrical modernist who made Donald's A New Perspective such a success! The group that plays with Byrd is excellent, and includes Freddie Roach, Herbie Hancock, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and ear.)
As the notes say, "this album is a series of aural and spatial fantasies evoking the spirit of American patriotic music" – and the whole thing's recorded on electronic keyboards. Given that this one's on Takoma, you can guess the kind of hippy-dippy folksist influence it might have ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great one from The Byrds – who deliver an iconic mix of breezy country rock and folk harmonies, over songs that range from laidback to soaring! The Byrds seemed to always be in a state of flux, line-up wise, and that actually seems to bring out a pretty great mix of styles on their best ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Shirley Caesar & The Caesar Singers —
Invitation ... LP HOB, 1974. Very Good- ...
The second album by this great French funk collective! The album's tighter than the group's first one – with lots of wah-wah guitar jamming, spaced out production, and some excellent soul vocals that must have been some of the best recorded in Paris in the 70s! The whole thing sparkles like ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real corker from Benny Carter's revival period at the end of the 50s – a large group session recorded with a very strong horn section, arranged and produced by Benny himself! The album's got a "calendar" gimmick – in that each of the 12 songs feature a month in the name ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove, titled "Jazz Calendar" on the label. Cover has clear tape on all seams, and extensive notes written on back.)
Philip Catherine —
Nairam ... LP Warner, 1976. Very Good+ ...
A pastiche of ambient electronics, earthy elements, and aural atmosphere from Caural – a record that defies any clear categorization and often pretty pleasing to adventurous ears! Tracks include "All These Todays Just Melt Into Tomorrows", "Stick To Modeling", "Campho ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A return to soulful disco for Cerrone – recording here in New York, with some killer lead vocals by the great Jocelyn Brown! A few cuts still retain the Euro disco approach of earlier records, but a number of the album's best cuts are much more in the style of early 80s New York club tunes ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most legendary albums on Blue Note – or maybe THE most legendary albums on Blue Note – a stunning session that shows what the label was capable of when it was really hitting on all burners – from the lineup to the music to the production – and even the classic ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album