That's Ron Baker, Norman Harris, and Earl Young – one of the greatest rhythm sections in Philly soul of the 70s – stepping out here on an amazing album of their own! The record's got a great pedigree right out of the gate – given that Norman Harris had already arranged some of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, promo stamp, and a bit of marker.)
This is the kind of killer small group material that is making Chicago's avant scene jump with energy these days! The set features the soon-to-be legendary trombonist Jeb Bishop in a trio with heavy-duty bassist Kent Kessler and up-and-coming drummer Tim Mulvenna. The set's a no-nonsense batch of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Michael Bisio & Eyvind Kang —
Mbek ... CD Meniscus, 2000. Used ...
Bill Black —
Smokie ... CD Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
One of the earliest albums on Hi Records – and a full set of heavy instrumentals from the Bill Black Combo! The groove is more R&B than Memphis soul – and is especially heavy on the sorts of rolling rhythms you'd hear from New Orleans – a sound that had obviously filtered ... (Soul) read moreCD
Not the Black Ice you might know as a funk group from the 70s – but a killer deep house outfit from Chicago – part of that great second wave of Windy City house music that was much richer than the first! Black Ice seem to re-borrow club elements that the New York scene was using during ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Sweet mellow soul meets the burgeoning east coast club soul sound – and the results are incredible! Leroy Burgess arranged the rhythms and Patrick Adams arranged the strings and horns – both masterfully – but it's this warm, emotionally resonant and supremely soulful Black Ivory ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the lyric insert. Cover has wear, a split top seam, center split spine and a promo sticker in the bottom left corner.)
One of our top 10 dub albums of all time! This album bridges the gap between the the low-fi, down and dirty excursions of the 70's dub era, and the later high tech dub revolution brought on by On-U, Mad Professor and Jah Shaka. The rhythms here are all first rate, drawn mostly from their Chill Out ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Black Uhuru —
Now ... CD Mesa, 1990. Used ...
Ran Blake in a trio format with David Knife Fabris on guitar, and James Merenda on alto, interpreting Horace Silver numbers. 14 tracks in all, including "Horace-Scope", "The St Vitus Dance", "Speculation", "Song For My Father", "Knowledge Box", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(In a nice gatefold cardboard sleeve. Out of print.)
A killer pounding session from Blakey! The record was recorded during Blakey's bright flash of genius in 1964, when the Jazz Messengers were briefly revisited by Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, with the added horn of Curtis Fuller to add new colors to the group. Cedar Walton's on piano, and his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a split top seam, a name in pen, and some moderate wear.)
Fantastic stuff, like all of Bobby's early Duke albums, and a breathtaking mix of soul and R&B, with some nice jazzy touches in the arrangements. Tracks include "Wouldn't You Rather Have Me", "Ask Me Nothin' About The Blues", "Gotta Get To Know You", and "You ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and a bent corner.)
A compelling new project from Nobody – quite different from his previous work, and very much in tuneful territory – thanks to help from vocalist Niki Randa! The style here is somewhat subtle – well-crafted tunes that shimmer in shadows of soundshapes – almost atmospheric, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Paul Bley —
Sonor ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Near Mint- ...
An unusual album – piano from Paul Bley, with additional percussion from George Cross McDonald! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Jaap Blonk, Jan Nijdam & Bart Van Der Putten —
Improvisors ... CD Kontrans (Netherlands), 1996. Used ...
Performances by Jaap Blonk on vocals, Jan Nijdam on double bass, and Bart Van Der Putten on alto saxophone and clarinet. (Out Sound) CD
(Out of print.)
Hamiet Bluiett —
Resolution ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1977. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Searingly soulful work from Hamiet Bluiett – easily one of his greatest sessions of the late 70s, and a record that has a sense of focus that's sometimes missing from his other work! The group on the set includes Don Pullen, Fred Hopkins, Billy Hart, and Don Moye – coming together with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tremendously tight grooves from Hamilton Bohannon – tunes that have this amazing way of wrapping together the bass, drums, and guitar – all in this fast-chugging style that's plenty funky all the way through! Bohannon was one of the most minimal of his 70s funk contemporaries – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the coolest, grooviest soundtrack work we've ever heard from Claude Bolling – quite different than some of his more famous experiments with classical music, or his boogie woogie sides! La Mandarine is really wonderful – almost funky at points, and a set that has Claude Bolling ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Nice stuff – a lot better than you might think, from what we remember about Gary! The tunes are nicely grooving numbers with a hard sock-soul approach – a bit of twist, a bit R&B, and all jumping around in a lively style that makes for a good listen all the way through. Plus, most ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You know, we always hated the term electronica, but somehow it's an oddly fitting description for this sort of thing – forward looking, hip hop influenced instrumental beat collages. Some tracks on here verge on the atmospheric or more downtempo style, while others dip into an abstract ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
These guys must have been one of the coolest combos going in Germany during the 60s – especially as they were working behind the wall in West Berlin, cooking up some mighty soulful sounds to rival the best British beat groups of the time! In truth, these guys could easily be mistaken for the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Seminal work from Alex Bradford – exactly the kind of tracks that made him one of the most influential gospel artists of his day! The set features a mix of hits and unissued tracks recorded for the Specialty label in the mid 50s – and Bradford's really at the top of his game – ... (Gospel) read moreCD
A masterpiece of new music for guitar from the legendary Glenn Branca – a set that both draws on all the minimal experiments on the New York scene of the 70s, and the big wave of underground music at the end of the decade! Branca effortlessly fuses the rock and compositional communities here ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vocalist Ann Rhodes joins Anthony Braxton for this set – a 2CD package that features some pretty compelling improvisations by the pair! The first disc features "Composition 339" – a work that begins almost tentatively, with eerie non-verbal vocalizations by Rhodes moving ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two of the most important talents to emerge in avant jazz in the 70s – working here together in a really groundbreaking performance! Both saxophonist Anthony Braxton and guitarist Derek Bailey were already making some huge waves in their respective scenes of Chicago and London – but in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible collection of work from Bob Brookmeyer – tracing the development of his sound in the 50s through a variety of different settings! The package begins with material from an original 10" LP session in 1954 – featuring Brookmeyer on trombone with backing by the John ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Limited, numbered edition. Slipcase and jewel cases have cutout notches along the spines.)
Breakout brilliance from Bobby Brown – the album that really showed the world he could stand on his own strongly after leaving New Edition! Given the tight production from LA & Babyface, among others, the sound here is hardly cruel – and instead, the album's got a catchily ... (Soul) read moreCD
A nice album compiling of some of the less-collected work by Clifford Brown – 1953 recordings done in Europe for the Metronome and Vogue labels, recorded with a great larger group. Sides feature Brown working with Quincy Jones, Gigi Gryce, Anthony Ortega, Juimmy Cleveland, and others ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stone classic from Brother James – a wonderful 60s album that not only includes the incredible title track – one of James' best groovers from the time – but a set that also showcases his talents in so many other styles too! There's a few wonderful ballads – but completely ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two very unusual numbers from James! His version of "I Loves You Porgy" is a great one, with a fantastic monologue that takes up nearly half the track, and which starts it off on a great note. "Yours & Mine" is a weird instrumental – with a mix of strings and vibes ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
James Brown cooking it live – recorded (as the cover says) "at home in Augusta, Georgia with his bad self"! The groove here is a nice extension of earlier Apollo modes – one that shows the increasing funkiness of the James Brown Band, captured with a raw power that few other ... (Soul) read moreCD
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Marion Brown —
Vista ... LP ABC/Impulse, 1975. Near Mint- ...
A strangely wonderful album from Marion Brown – quite different from his other work on Impulse, with a mellow electric edge that gives it a warm and laidback feel! The approach here is much more soulful than before – with finely crafted tunes that weave Brown's work on alto with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(A beautiful copy! Cover has a small cut corner.)
Oscar Brown Jr —
Mr Kicks ... CD Jazz Line (Italy), Early 60s. Used ...
24 tracks that include "Work Song", "Excuse Me For Living", "Mr Kicks", "Afro Blue", "Signifying Monkey", "Dat Dere", "Hazel's Hips", "Opportunity Please Knock", "Elegy (Plain Black Boy)", and"But I Was ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)
One of the few albums ever as a leader from alto saxophonist Pete Brown – a less-remembered talent of his times, but a key link between the generations of bop and swing! The set was only issued as a 10" LP, but packs the full punch of most longer albums – sublime alto from Brown ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An early version of the quartet – with Paul Desmond on alto, Bob Bates on bass, and Joe Dodge on drums. Titles include "Audrey", "Jeepers Creepers", "Stompin For Mili", "A Fine Romance", and "Brother Can You Spare A Dime". (Jazz) CD
A classic album from Dave – recorded at Oberlin College, the mid-Ohio haven of bohemiana, and a growing hotbed of jazz activity centered around students in the college's conservatory of music. Dave and crew made the trip at the request of the kids – breaking from their mostly San ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has thick white tape on the top seam, some tape remnants on the bottom seam, and an old price tag on one corner.)
Classic craziness from wierdo singer/songwriter Brute Force (not the OH funk combo with the same name) on the underground gem Confections Of Love – leftfield pop rock unlike anything from else the time! It's tuneful and catchy in a way that could have busted out in big way if the fates ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some staple holes in one corner.)
A real lost treasure on Hi Records – one of the few albums ever cut by Don Bryant, a singer whose talents seemed to be eclipsed by the rising stars of Al Green and Ann Peebles – but who was every bit as great! Bryant's got a sound here that's still firmly in the Hi style forged by ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sublime guitar from the great Jimmy Bryant – equally rocking and twanging, with cuts that include "Peach Grove Express", "Elena Goodbye", "Buggy Ride", "Lonesome", "Fender Bender", and "Model 400 Buckboard". (Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
(Stetson Records pressing from the UK, from the early 80s – in great shape!)
A great little batch of instrumentals from one of the greatest country guitarists of the 60s! As the title might imply, one side of the record features "laughing guitar", with upbeat lively numbers, while the other features "crying guitar", sadder slower songs with a mellow ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of our favorite albums by Tim Buckley – and a record that really opens up with some key jazzy touches! Buckley's still got his roots in folk here, and his vocals are yet to hit the extremes of Starsailor or Lorca – but there's also a new sense of inflection to the way he ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Butterfly label pressing. Cover has light wear & a some staining.)
Amazing sounds from a rare Swedish film – noteworthy not just for the end result, but for the lineup of people who were part of the process! The movie itself starred rising soul star Johnny Nash – in the lead in a tale about interracial romance – and although Johnny sings on the ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another gem from The Animals' overlooked late 60s years on MGM – a time when the group were easily making some of the most inventive music on the label! The styles here are even wider than before – definitely an attempt to showcase "every one of us" that made up the group ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album