Mindblowing work from Alice Coltrane – an album of incredible beauty that easily sits with the best of her classic early recordings for Impulse! The album's got a spare, contemplative quality, but it's also never sleepy – and instead steps forth with the tonal building and modal moving ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first Impulse album issued after the early death of John Coltrane – and one of his last sessions for the label as well! The record's got a somber, introspective quality that almost hints at the darkness to come – a new way of reaching the spiritual planes that Coltrane was striving ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ravi Coltrane —
Mad 6 ... CD Eighty Eights/Columbia, 2002. Used ...
Straight, clear, and soulful work from Ravi Coltrane – one of the best albums of his we've ever heard, recorded with an uncluttered brilliance that shows how much he's grown as a player! The format's similar to some of the classic 60s Wayne Shorter albums on Blue Note – tenor, piano, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Insanely wonderful orchestrations by Frank Comstock – the man perhaps best known to the world for his groovy work with the Hi-Los, but who's here trying to evoke "the music of whirling satellites, brilliant galaxies, streaming comets, mysterious planets, and the eerie reaches of space in- ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
An incredible samba combo from the 60s – and one that features work by Elton Medeiros, Ze Keti, Jair Do Cavaquinho, and a young Paulinho Da Viola! The sound here is hard and rootsy – with lots of heavy percussion on the bottom, playful acoustic guitar and cavaquinho, and warmly ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A very festive, spontaneous-feeling samba set from Conjunto De Ouro – working here with great help from Aracy Cortes and Clementina De Jesus! The record has a quality that's almost like a set of friends sitting around late at night – working through some samba standards on their own, ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Chris' Craft is a great one here – beautifully simple and straightforward jazz vocals, served up at a level that few other singers can match! The album's one of our favorites from Connor's classic years with Atlantic – as it's got a mellow, moody approach that's filled with the darker ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A beautiful title for a beautiful record – one that sums up the subtle sense of sadness that makes the work of Chris Connor so great! There's a sense of longing here that steps out from the very first tune – one that's beautifully moody, without being overindulgent or too emotive. ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily the greatest album to date from Cooly's Hot Box – a group that's tighter, hipper, and more stripped down than ever before – really just a duet by this time, featuring vocals by Angela Johnson and drums and additional voice from John-Christian Urich – but working here with a ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The Cramps at their early 80s best – and quite possibly their best ever album! Psychedelic Jungle finds The Cramps-style trashy, ghoulish garage-punk-surf-abilly stomp in full headed glory. Their slow, slinky style at it's most lucid, really – Lux doesn't sound like he's getting ready ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool cooker from altoist Hank Crawford – cut in a tightly-grooving ensemble mode that really reflects his roots with Ray Charles! The tunes are mostly short, but have a great sense of personality – a vibrant approach that comes not just from Hank's lead solos, but also from the group ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)
Gold ... CD Polydor, Late 60s. Used 2 CDs ...
A really mixed bag of grooves from the Crusaders – but still an album that's quite tasty if you dig their work on the Chisa label! The record appears to be a greatest hits collection – with the "best" in the title – but it's more a summation of the styles they'd been ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set of hipster jazz vocals! This legendary album by Pittsburgh pianist Frank Cunimondo has always been a favorite for the jazz-dance groover "Feelin Good" – a cut which has an incredible drum and bass riff, and which has been sampled more than a few times over the past ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic work from the team of Ted Curson and Bill Barron – a rare French session from 1964, one that captures all the brilliance of their American work from the early 60s! The set features the pair playing in an extremely fragmented mode – no doubt inspired by the recent loss of Eric ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from the later years of Moreira Da Silva – an album that really shows Da Silva hitting a mature sort of stride! The timing was perfect for this set – as improved studio techniques in Brazil really brought a lot out of the rootsier samba modes that Da Silva had been ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
21 classics by one of Brazil's greatest samba singers, including the titles "Samba Do Trabalhadaor", "Meu Off Rio", "Cuca Maluca", "Mulheres", "Quem Me Guia", "Meu Boi Vadiou", "Cidada Brasileira", "Meu Homem", and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
2 LP set featuring some of the best work of this funky Australian big band! Tracks culled from most of their 70's albums, including their version of "Shaft" and the hard swingin' "Col's Dilemma". And we should warn you – the inside of the gatefold cover features the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A world of rhythmic, danceable sounds from George Danquah – the legendary Ghanaian guitarist, composer and bandleader who had earlier played and/or toured with Benya Beats, Blue Monks and Uhuru Dance Band and other brilliant groups – and this rare mid 70s set is the only album billed to ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost treasure from A&M – a very hip set of big band jazz from LA, played by a group that's stuffed with great underground players. Hal Blaine is on drums, as is Paul Humphrey, and other players include Joe Pass, Dennis Budimir, Don Menza, Larry Carlton, and other likely suspects from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another platter of Southern hits from David Banner. The real treat here is the B-side "Might Getcha" produced by Lil Jon. Everything you'd ever hope for in a crunk beat- sinister keys, skittering hi-hats, snare rolls for days. Truly a highlight amongst the ever expanding Lil Jon ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Charles Davis is one of those players that always grabs our attention – and this 80s set for Nilva is one of the best records he ever cut! Davis' has a way of setting an edge in his saxophone right away – marking his sound, then his solos, as quite different from the rest – full ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
During the early 60s, the team of Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Johnny Griffin was one of the most exciting unions in jazz. The two tenorists came from two different camps – Davis, the gutsy R&B soloist, Griffin, the hardbop powerhouse with a flair for the modern. Their pairing was an ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Silver & black label pressing with Van Gelder/Stereo stamps. Cover has light wear.)
Miles Davis/Stan Getz/Lee Konitz/Gerry Mulligan —
Conception ... LP Prestige, 1951. Near Mint- ...
Excellent early modern material – pulled together from the earlier years of Prestige, and packaged here with an excellent 50s abstract cover! Titles include "Ezzthetic", "Odjenar", "Yesterdays", and "Hibeck" by Lee Konitz with Miles Davis and others; ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest records ever recorded by Nathan Davis – an incredibly soulful reed player who's one of our favorite jazz artists ever! This one was cut in Paris in 1967 – a few years after his straighter sides for Saba/MPS, and a few years before his more funky and spiritual albums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from Tyrone Davis' under-recognized years at Columbia Records – a wonderful set of mature modern soul numbers that really let the singer find a whole new groove! The whole thing's nicely free of any sort of commercial overtones – and instead, the album has Davis really ... (Soul) read moreCD
Guido e Maurizio De Angelis —
Sandokan ... LP RCA (Italy), 1976. Near Mint- ...
Quite a groovy soundtrack – even though it was recorded for a cheesy Sinbad ripoff! The work is by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis, and the tracks mix exotic themes with more of a 70s instrumentation style – which makes them slightly funky at strange places. There's some nice Mandingo- ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight stuff! These guys mix together samba grooves, funk instrumentation, and a collective style of performance that reminds us of African groups of the 70s or Troublefunk's GoGo work of the early 80s. Not that the music sounds like any of those references, though – because it's a blend of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Benito sings kind of a lounge version of samba, with tight jazzy piano lines, and warm backing by a small combo and a vocal group. The best cuts get pretty lively, and the record's got some nice groovers buried in the mix. Titles include "Vou Cantar Vou Sambar", "Meu Enredo", ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam and some waviness from moisture.)
Great 70s work from one of the most inventive talents on the vibes – the mighty Walt Dickerson! Like some of his other sessions from the time, this album has a beautiful open feel – very sparse and free-ish, but never jumping off the deep end too far into the new thing. There are 2 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has light wear.)
A pretty sweet uptempo groover – lots of choppy basslines and riffing before the lyrics come in, all popping around with deft instrumental touches in a nice funky mode. The vocals are more in the "funky call" type – but come off nice and catchy overall. (Funky 45's) 7-inch, Vinyl record
3 of Djavan's best early albums – in one nicely priced box set! The records are all truly great – a wonderful blend of the soulful, jazzy, and baroque – stepping off a tradition of MPB started by Milton Nascimento, and handled with a sound that's a bit more ambitious, and which ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Luz ... CD Epic/Sony (Japan), 1982. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Djavan is looking nice and young on the cover image – and the record's got a relatively youthful feel, too – that approach that made Djavan one of the most important talents to emerge from Brazil at the end of the 70s, and one of the few to follow a global path of his own! This album's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the greatest Blue Note funky jazz sets of the late 60s – an all-out soul fest headed up by funky Lou Donaldson, and featuring some incredible work on drums from Idris Muhammad – who was still calling himself Leo Morris at this point! Muhammad's work on the drums is fantastic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg are two of the most enigmatic singers in jazz – both carving out a strange little space for themselves in the hipster crossover scene of the late 60s, and continuing to grow tremendously through the seventies as both writers and performers. Both have a perfect ... (Vocalists) read moreCD