An obscure early soundtrack from Italian composer Luis Bacalov – penned for a western that begins with a nicely playful tune that almost echoes American western film music, but which soon moves into the deeper, darker tones that belie Bacalov's resume as a much more sophisticated ... read moreCD
JJ Band (El Chicles & Chakachas) —
JJ Band ... CD Polydor/Sonorama (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
Incredible funk, soul, jazz, post psychedelia and funk rock from the JJ Band – recorded in Brussels and featuring core players who were also integral members of Chakachas & El Chicles! The JJ Band find a hard grooving style steeped in horns, with heavy drums, bass and percussion, fuzzy ... read moreCD
Standards live, but swung the Lee Konitz way – which means that the tunes are always filled with nice little twists and turns – and some of those plenty sharp edges we've always loved in Lee's alto! Konitz is really a rare breed – a player who's made amazing music for over 50 ... read moreCD
Ron Miles/Bill Frisell/Brian Blade —
Circuit Rider ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
Airy work from this well-crafted trio – the cornet of Ron Miles mixing with guitar from Bill Frisell and drums from Brian Blade – two bigger-name players who both work at the more subtle side of their spectrum, which allows Miles to really shine in the spotlight! The approach seems a ... read moreCD
A real standout in Ennio Morricone's roster of great work from the time – a record with all the best elements in place – including vocals by Edda Dell'Orso and orchestrations by Bruno Nicolai – but an overall format that's a bit different than usual! Most of the tracks here are ... read moreCD
Never-heard work from the legendary bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded at a time when he was making some very big waves on the European scene! During the 50s, Pettiford not only helped revolutionize the role of the bass in jazz, but also helped bring that instrument to new possibilities in ... read moreCD
A great recasting of the older four brothers jazz modes – that four horn chorus and solo format first created by Woody Herman with Stan Getz – given a much more modern twist here by a top-shelf lineup of players! The group has the American genius Lucky Thompson on soprano and tenor ... read moreCD
Smooth southern soul from the 70s – the kind of collection that really opens up our ears, and takes us past deep and hard soul cliches that can overwhelm other sets! The package is tremendous – offering a range of work recorded in Atlanta and Birmingham from the early part of the 70s ... read moreCD
Overlooked Northern Soul from LA's Renfro label – one of the smaller indies of the 60s, but a real treasure trove of high-quality material! The work here was mostly issued on small Renfro label releases, and a few more were leased to bigger labels like Amy or Bell – but overall, the ... read moreCD