A smoking twin-tenor session for MPS – one that reunites the mighty talents of Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis! The album was done as an offshoot of both players' work for the Clarke Boland Big Band at the time – and the set was not only produced by CBBB impresario Gigi Campi, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German MPS pressing. Cover has a spot of tape on the spine.)
Michael Davis & Bill Reichenbach —
Bonetown ... CD Whirlybird, 1999. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A strange mix of material – but some great work overall! Most of the record features Miles Davis recording with a quintet that includes Thelonious Monk on piano, Milt Jackson on vibes, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on longer versions of "The Man I Love" (in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Gary Bartz, Keith Jarrett, Michael Henderson, Leon Ndugu Chancler, Don Alias, James Mtume Foreman, Jack DeJohnette, Jumma Santos and Airto Moreira. Recorded in Vienna November 5, 1971 and San Francisco, October 17, 1970. Titles include "Directions", "Honky Tonk", "Wha ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Spencer Davis Group —
Heavies ... LP United Artists, 1969. Very Good+ ...
A beautiful treasure from Blossom's years at Verve – oddly tagged as a "hits" collection, but more an album of lesser-known Broadway tunes – arranged with a full and swinging sound by the great Russ Garcia! Garcia's backings make a nice contrast to Blossom's smaller combo ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A nice little Georges Delerue score to this quirky and sentimental film from the mid 60s. The tunes are all relatively short – and a mixture of Delerue's usual French-tinged themes with other tracks that have a bit more of a regal composure, in keeping with the performance of Alan Bates in ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album in Denny's legendary Exotica trilogy – a set of records that provided the extreme definition of the small sub-genre that today has become the stuff of legend! Denny's still working here in his classic format – a small group with heavy piano lines, playful percussion, ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting and a bit of pen on back.)
Dion ... CD Laurie/Ace (UK), 1968. New Copy ...
A key later album from Dion – and a set that shows a newly maturing style in his music! The album was something of a follow-up to Dion's huge single "Abraham Martin & John" – the bittersweet track that was a surprise late 60s hit for the singer – and which allowed ... (Rock) read moreCD
An excellent collection of Dixon's under documented mid 70s work, featuring the circumspect trumpeter performing in a number of settings. Dixon's spacious concept works beautifully whether it is accompanied by an orchestra, as on "Orchestra Piece" or simply by drums as on two takes of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-titled tune from Djinji Brown – given the heavy club vibes of the groove! There's a blend here between older New York club and some of the earthier percussion of the Yoruba label – but one that's much more focused than some of the imprint's other tracks, with a loping rhythm ... (New Grooves) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A sweet folk pop set from Bonnie Dobson – recorded at the famous Nashville Sound Studio in Nashville, and eking out every bit of warmth it could provide, most likely in spite of RCA's intent to polish her up for mass consumption! There's a bright and buzzing sound on a number of tunes that ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from Eric Dolphy – a record that's come out on a number of different labels, under a number of different names – but which is one of his most perfectly-realized sessions of the 60s, and one of his most spiritual albums ever! The record features a shifting lineup of players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Michel Doneda —
Not ... CD Victo (Canada), 1999. Used ...
Issued under Kenny Dorham's name, but actually a session led by the obscure tenor player Rocky Boyd, who fronts this (otherwise) all star session that features Kenny Dorham, Ron Carter, Pete La Roca, and Walter Bishop. The record was recorded for the short-lived (and excellent) Jazztime label, but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Library copy, with old tape over all seams with a checkout card in one corner with a bit of marker.)
A fantastic bit of lost hardbop – an obscure ABC album that has Kenny Dorham working with his Jazz Prophets group! The combo's a quintet with a unique lineup that includes Dick Katz on piano, JR Monterose on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, and Arthur Edgehill on drums – and the whole set's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, & The Trinity —
Streetnoise ... LP Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
Some great funky grooves by this legendary British ensemble – featuring excellent keyboard work by Brian Auger, recorded during the period when he was really beginning to stretch out a bit, and hit a much more open-ended kind of sound. Julie Driscoll is still on vocals, singing in her raw ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing on Polydor. Cover has edge wear and split seams.)
Solid 80s modern soul from the team of Dunn Pearson and Bruce Gray – two session players and songwriters, with experience on a lot of other records – brilliantly breaking out on their own as a lead act! Official Business has a great modern soul approach – a bit similar to ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brad Dutz/Bob Mair/Dave Karasony —
Submedia ... CD 9 Winds, 1990. Used ...
A sweet set of vocal group tunes from the Dynamic Superiors – arranged with a bit more of a high stepping groove than some of the other Motown work of the time. Backings are handled by a range of talents that includes Paul Riser, William Eaton, Al Gorgoni, and Horace Ott – but the real ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare live set from Charles Earland – recorded pre-Prestige, and probably illegally, by Paul Winley. The sound of the set has plenty of crowd noise up front – not necessarily from bad recording, but from an approach that seems to create this "live lounge" kind of feel, one ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing! Earth Wind & Fire's ultimate moment of the 70s – and a perfect blending of all their influences that stands as a lasting tribute to their super-huge effect on soul music! The record features all aspects of the band coming into perfect cohesion – bassy funk, mellow soul, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Who'da thought the great jazz vocalist would end up recording for Motown late in his career? Still, the album's not a bad one in a pop vocal sort of way, and includes Billy doing versions of 60s hits like "Once In A Lifetime", "My Way", and "Talk To Me". Other nice ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pulpy twang guitars from Duane Eddy at the start of the 60s – with Eddy doing his electric twang thing on hits of the day and originals devoted to the ladies – with groovy female whoo, ahhh and ohhh vocal choruses, rollicking pianos, blurting sax and some more laidback numbers, too! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure! "King Kong" starts out with electric guitar riffing, then leaps into a catchy midtempo track with female vocals. "Nothing Between Us" is more of a ballad, and both cuts were never on LP. (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
An excellent and oft-overlooked 50s session from Duke – recorded in Chicago as a one-off for the Bethlehem label, and done with a lush, rich sound that's really tremendous! The group's nicely restrained and very moody – playing here in a mellow late nite mode that offers a good focus ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing with deep groove, and Sample Copy stamps. Cover has a center split on the bottom seam, with Sample stamps and some pen on back.)
An overlooked gem from the 60s – Duke Ellington work that was recorded as part of the famous Duke & Ella At The Cote D'Azur album, but issued separately, under the name Soul Call! The stunning thing about the record is that, working on a live date in front of a European audience, with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two takes on the famous tune "Fever" – both mighty nice! Barbara English sings the cut in a 60s soul mode – still with the snapping groove of the original, but with more soul on her vocals – and from the backing trio who joins her for the track! Earl Grant brings that ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
2 nice bongo numbers from Preston Epps – very much in the mode of his early work, with kind of a guitar-driven groove that has the bongos soloing out front – almost as if Michael Viner was working with the Ventures! The sound's not funky, but it is very groovy – in a mod kind of ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A tremendous non-Prestige moment from tenorist Booker Ervin – one of his first albums ever as a leader, and a record that bristles with 60s modern energy! The group here is only a quartet – with Horace Parlan on piano – and the album's got Booker's amazing tenor right out front, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Barnaby pressing from the 70s. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Ellery Eskelin, Andrea Parkins, & Jim Black —
Kulak, 29 & 30 ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1997. Used ...
Tremendous work from Bill Evans – one of his rare non-trio sides of the 60s – and a stunning batch of tunes with backings from the mighty Claus Ogerman! Most of the tunes here are of classical origin, but they're recast by Evans and Ogerman with almost a soundtrack sensitivity – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM mono pressing with deep groove. Cover light wear.)
Magical music from the very first note – the kind of record you need to hear if you've ever doubted the genius of Bill Evans! The sound here is subtle, and supple – but still often more revolutionary than that of the countless albums it inspired in years to come – and Evans is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Back cover has a name in pen.)
Sweet homespun space soul by wunderkind Peven Everett – transcending the neo soul scene into a hugely catchy, warm realm all his own! As with the best of his other records, Peven's way of spiraling a fairly basic groove into something HUGE is nothing short of amazing. The tunes here have a ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)
A very unique project from underground soul maestro Peven Everett – a selection of shorter tracks that work almost as songpoems – written by Peven and Chris Ellis, and spoken over backings that have the mellow groove of Peven's other recordings. There's a great late night style that's ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print. Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)