John Lindberg & Hugh Ragin —
Team Work ... CD Cecma (Italy), 1980. Used ...
Both John Lindberg and Hugh Ragin are players who really seem to thrive best in an open, unstructured setting – which makes this album of spare duets a perfect outing for both of them! The tunes are always nicely thought out – open-ended, yet never just free for free's sake – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bjorn Jayson Lindh —
Sissel ... LP CTI/Metronome, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the best albums of funky flute you could ever hope to find! Swedish flute player Jayson Lindh is working here with an excellent small combo – one with very hard drums, tight guitar and keyboards, and even a bit of vibes. The groove is very much in the best mode of the funky flute ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Barbara Long —
Soul ... LP Savoy, 1961. Near Mint- ...
A very hip album of vocal jazz – recorded by the underground singer Barbara Long, a righteous east coast talent who cut a very small amount of work during the 60s. This set's got Long backed by a small group that includes Booker Ervin, Billy Howell, and Nat Phipps – and Ervin's tenor ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese King pressing, from 1990 – great vinyl and cover!)
Out Here ... LP Blue Thumb, Early 70s. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ...
A strange album when put next to Love's Elektra records – and one that's not without its weaknesses – but the band's got a kick-ass drummer, and the record's filled with more than a few tasty moments that have a bit of funk in them. Layered with Arthur Lee's hip guitar, the sound is ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has some wear and a split top seam.)
A beautiful album from Jon Lucien – one that's been far too neglected over the years! This was Lucien's second album for Columbia – and it's a wonderfully strong effort that fuses together jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles, in a manner that recalls some of his best work for RCA – ... (Soul) read moreCD
The last album ever issued by the enigmatic studio collective Mandigo – a batch of British musicians, but recording here in the best Afro Rock mode of the 70s sound library scene! As with some of the best British projects of this nature, there's a lot of different elements at play in the mix ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really great little album on the short-lived, Bob Thiele-run Contact label – an early 60s set that collects rare early work by Shelly Manne from 1944! The set features a series of New York recordings with Shelly – 4 tracks with the Barney Bigard Trio with Eddie Heywood on piano; 4 ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly modern little record – despite an old-timey title, cover image, and track list! Charlie Mariano and Jerry Dodgion work here to open up some older chestnuts from many years back – recasting familiar tunes as surprisingly great vehicles for jazz improvisation, in a way ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam and spine.)
Really beautiful music for the George Clooney remake of Solaris – sounds that are quite different than those used in the Tarkovsky original, and which have a surprisingly pleasant feel at most moments! Light orchestrations are mixed with some key minimal passages on piano – resonating ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Melodic, warm and pretty wonderful early 70s soft rock from Mason – featuring Ian "Tich" Amey and John "Beaky" Dymond of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mich & Tich in wholly softer mode! It's a record that should have come out on Dawn/Pye in '73, but was never released ... (Rock) read moreCD
East coast chamber jazz from Mat Mathews – a committed modernist who was always working in new groupings of unique instruments, to craft a new sound for 50s jazz that was at once freshly new, but not overly complicated. This set has him working with like-minded players – including ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a strip of tape on the bottom seam & some moderate wear.)
The strongest album to date from Chicago saxophonist Nick Mazzarella – a trio set that has the leader's alto blazing out in brilliantly soulful spirit, alongside robust bass from Anton Hatwich and magical drums from Frank Rosaly! The group have a cohesion that we might not have expected from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early work from Les – recording at the Jazz Workshop in SF, with his famous trio that included Herbie Lewis on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums. The album's pretty standard fare – short soul jazz piano numbers, with more than a bit of church in the grooves. Titles include "Come On ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Another one of Freddie's tight soul vibes records for Prestige, with a lot of good cuts that have a rollin' soul instrumental sound to them, and a band that includes Wilbur Bascomb on trumpet, Wally Richardson on organ (?), and Joanne Brackeen on piano. The title cut's the standout track on here, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy blues from Jimmy McCracklin – a set of tracks recorded for the Modern label in the mid 50s, with a sound that's much rawer and raunchier than his 60s soul sides! The quality of the set is excellent – with wonderful restoration that makes the tunes crackle with even more raw ... (Soul) read moreCD
The Diamond Touch here is from Gregg Diamond – who brings a real Bionic Boogie feel to this album for George McCrae – a sound that shifts slightly from the Miami soul approach of earlier records, moving George up to New York for the session, and coming up with a strong disco groove ... (Soul) read moreCD
A warm soul classic from the great George McCrae – his first album after cracking big with Rock Your Baby – and a surprisingly deep effort that goes past the obvious cash-in TK mode of the time! KC & The Sunshine Band back up George on most of the record, and the album's got that ... (Soul) read moreCD
An underground gem from Gwen McCrae – and the record that first set the tone for her dancefloor classics for Atlantic in the 80s! The album has Gwen shaking off some of the southern soul of her roots – stretching the genre out to hit notes that are much more in tune with modern soul of ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent album from Brother Jack – one that has him making a shift from organ to electric keyboards, but in a mode that loses none of his funkiness, none of his soul, and none of his wit! The album's got some wonderfully angular groovers – showing that McDuff was always growing his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'll be the first to admit that for years, we never forgave Clyde McPhatter for leaving The Drifters – but as time has gone on, hearing records like this really have made us appreciate his greatness on his own! The record's a non-stop testament to McPhatter's vocal talents – a perfect ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Carmen McRae —
I Am Music ... CD Blue Note/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Carmen McRae really opens up on this sweet 70s set for Blue Note – expanding past the traditional jazz of her roots, and even some of the groovier work of her Atlantic years – into a sweeping, contemporary sound that's all adult, all the way! The vibe is great – in the same ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Features swinging arrangements from Buddy Bregman – and titles that include "All Through The Night", "A Wonderful Guy", "Something Wonderful", "Hello Young Lovers", "Give A Little Get A Little", and "If This Isn't Love". (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging.)
Jack McVea & His All Stars —
New Deal ... LP Jukebox Lil (Sweden), Mid 40s. Sealed ...
Brilliant tenor work from the mighty Jack McVea – a key figure in the shift from jazz to R&B in the late 40s! Jack blows nice and soulfully – and some trcks feature vocals by either Rabon Tarrant, Sammy Yates, Gene Phillips, or Arthur Duncan. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Quite an unusual concept – a pair of pianos at the same time, played by John Mehegan and the late Eddie Costa – with just a bit of bass from Vinnie Burke! Titles include "Laura", "Blues For A Set", "Cheek To Cheek", "Mambo Inn", and "Intermis ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp! Vinyl and cover are nice.)
An amazing little album from the legendary Gil Melle – a set that's billed as the first album of "electronic jazz", and which features Gil working with his Jazz Electronauts combo! Although Melle's perhaps best known for his baritone sax modern sides of the 50s for Blue Note and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great funky Philly! "Let's Clean Up The Ghetto", features a great instrumental working of a track that was also known by a more famous vocal version. This instrumental has some great percussion breakdowns, nice warm keyboard lines, and some sweet horn solos. (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Mia Doi Todd —
Gea ... CD City Zen, 2008. Used ...
A set of sweetly spun psych folk tunes from Mia Doi Todd – really intimate stuff that's hypnotic and moving all the way! Mia's working here in a earthy story song mode, playing guitars and a gentle wave of harmonium all the way through the record – laid down wondfully by producer ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Miracles move to Columbia Records – and pick up a whole new groove in the process – a much richer sound than previous records on Motown, with a soaring style that really works great for the harmonies! Billy Griffin's vocals are really coming into their own – as is his ... (Soul) read moreCD
Miracles ... CD Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
An overlooked groover from The Miracles – a late 70s set for Columbia Records, and one that's got a sparkling sound throughout! The album really has the group hitting some great modern soul modes for the set – arrangements by David Foster that push them forward even more, and which ... (Soul) read moreCD