A spare and sweet little set from the team of Eddie Costa and Vinnie Burke – one of the best of the east coast chamber jazz groups of the mid 50s! The pair's trio has Eddie on piano and vibes, Vinnie on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – all working together to craft light, rhythmic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A damn surprise to our ears – a record that shouldn't work well, but which succeeds tremendously – bringing all the best part of Elvis Costello and The Roots into play perfectly – with a sound that's unlike anything either of them have ever done before! Costello has way more bite ... (Rock) read moreCD
A messed-up bit of soulfulness from Cliff – one of the vocal numbers off his Do It Now album, with lots of bass thumping around the bottom, and some mad stoned-out vocals over the top! (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
Early samba work from the mighty Martino Da Vila – music recorded with help from some key contemporaries in the underground scene, in the years before his big albums of the 70s! The sound here is nice and raw – and very spontaneous, too – as the artists come together in a very ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An early session from German pianist Wolfgang Dauner – one with a sound that's every bit as great as you'd expect from the title! The "dream talk" component here is one that comes from Dauner's gentle, yet modern approach to the keys – one that's clearly learning lessons from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lew Davies & His Orchestra —
Delicado ... LP Command, 1963. Very Good Gatefold ...
(Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny Griffin —
Tenor Scene ... CD Prestige/OJC, 1961. Used ...
Lockjaw and Griff were a mighty team together – and their records from the 60s cook with incredible intensity. This great set was recorded at Minton's Playhouse in Harlem, on January 6, 1961 – as part of a marathon live session that was a big seller for Prestige. The group's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Eddie Lockjaw Davis/Coleman Hawkins/Arnett Cobb/Bu —
Very Saxy ... LP Prestige, 1959. Very Good- ...
The title's terrible, but the album's a great one – a really classic-styled jam session, of the sort that the Prestige label hardly ever recorded! The session features 4 tenor giants of slightly older vintage – Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Arnett Cobb, and Buddy Tate – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has some wear, a few light stains, a bit of seam splitting, and some pen on the back.)
Massive double-length Miles from the early 70s – some of his most inventive long form work of the time, and some of his funkiest too! The album stretches out with almost an improvised jamming sort of quality – tunes that begin sparely, then have the musicians stepping in as the groove ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, and small seam splits.)
Wilbur DeParis may be working at Symphony Hall in Boston, but the sound here is pure New Orleans jazz all the way through – played in a tight small combo setting that features Wilbur on both slide and valve trombone, alongside Sidney DeParis on cornet, Omer Simeon on clarinet, Sonny White on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has remnants of a small sticker.)
A great one from Buddy DeFranco – exactly the kind of record that will make you understand why jazz collectors have always prized his Verve Records work so much! Although Buddy's given instrument, the clarinet, was one that was handled by so many others at the time in kind of an outmoded way ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Newly serious work from Demetrius – a record that has him shedding some of the rock idol mode of previous albums, and moving into slightly mature male pop! Arrangements are by Georges Lupin, who brings a bit of drama to the mix with fuller strings and woodwinds – which really helps ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sandy Dennison —
Jazzed! ... CD Sandy Dennison Records, 2007. Used ...
Maybe the greatest set so far from Raheem DeVaughn – an artist we loved way back in his early mixtape days, and one who's grown tremendously in recent years! The set's filled with wisdom and knowledge – and comes across with this deeply soulful feel that's rooted in the righteous era ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
One of William De Vaughan's greatest tracks – even if it was issued after his only 2 albums! The cut's got a sweet, warm, smooth steppers feel – gently gliding in a deeply soulful style that's every bit as great as William's more famous earlier work! (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Concept album/compilation from label co-founder DJ White Lightning features rappers forgoing their "MC" personalities to take on the persona of "criminals" in today's society. The characters personified range from Ted Turner/Jesus to an art dealer taking advantage of young ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
One of the best solo records to come out of the wake of The Mamas & The Papas – a folksy effort from Denny Doherty, touched with elements of A&M country, in kind of an LA outlaw mode. Titles include "Hey Good Looking", "Watcha Gonna Do", "Neighbors", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, small splits on the top and bottom seams, a cutout hole, and some fading on the spine.)
Excellent funky work from Lou Donaldson – and a groundbreaking record that was the first to feature him playing on Blue Note with drummer Idris Muhammad – who is listed on the session under his birth name, Leo Morris! Muhammad gives the album that crackling funky bottom sound that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has wear, aging and splitting.)
Warmly acoustic soul from Tomas Doncker – an artist who sounds even better here than on his last release, with a slightly folksy undercurrent that reminds us a bit of Terry Calier! Doncker's songwriting is even more personal than before – really taking some chances that are a nice ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Kenny may be quiet, but he's never muted – and the record is far from the sleepy session you might guess from the title! The album's a real standout in the Dorham catalog – a set that let's Kenny's trumpet sparkle beautifully in a quartet that includes piano from Tommy Flanagan, bass ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully free-thinking set by Kenny Dorham – and a record that really breaks from his earlier work! The album's not exactly experimental, but it features longer tracks with a looser approach than some of Dorham's sweeter shorter work – more in a rhythmically progressive mode that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob Dorough is always great, no matter what format he chooses for self-expression – but we especially love him in a setting like this, a back-to-basics jazz album recorded in the mid 60s, before the heyday of his years at Schoolhouse Rock. The album features a number of great original tunes, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has soeme wear, with some staining, waviness, seam splitting, and peeling along the bottom. Label has a small peeled mark.)
Harry Sweets Edison & Eddie Lockjaw Davis —
Jawbreakers ... LP Riverside, 1962. Near Mint- ...
Edison and Davis team up for this record that features Edison on trumpet, Davis on tenor sax, Hugh Lawson on piano, Ike Isaac on bass and Clarence Johnston on drums. Tracks include three Edison originals "Oo-ee!", "Jawbreakers", and "Moolah". The album also contains ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While not as sublime as Edwards' first solo LP, this second set from him is still a great set of mellow modern soul, with a very 80s approach to the production and arrangements. That said you know it's got a good bit of polish and some of the synth touches that are precisely that type of groove we ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album