One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by Ahmed Abdul-Malik – and that's saying a lot, since all of his albums are pretty darn great! The set's got a style that's very strongly in keeping with the "eastern moods" of the title – with less of a jazz sound than some of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition – on clear heavy weight vinyl!)
Abdul Majeed Abdullah —
Rayeg ... CD EMI (United Arab Emirates), 1997. Used ...
Incredible early work from this Japanese reedman – a player who emerges with a thunderous tone right from the start, then keeps up with an intensity that's simply mindblowing! The album's relatively free, but Abe mixes Brotzmann-like power with more personal, Evan Parker-like passages – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This album's hardly a monologue – given that Aaron Abernathy's got some great help on the whole thing – from artists who include Phonte, Zo, and Deborah Bond – each of whom add a special slice of their talents to a tune! Yet undeniably, Aaron's the main man on the whole thing ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful suite of tracks from Muhal Richard Abrams – filled with those amazing colors and tones that really developed in his music during the 80s! The ensemble here is a bit larger than most of the other large groups Abrams was using during the decade – a great assemblage of horn ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some waviness.)
Muhal Richard Abrams/George Lewis/Roscoe Mitchell —
Streaming ... CD PI Recordings, 2006. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Wickedly hip work from Cannonball Adderley – and one of his real standout sessions for Capitol Records in the 60s! The set lives up to its "Africa" promise right from the very first note – and features a set of loud, proud tunes that really bring out the righteous sounds of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great session from 1959 – one that features John Coltrane playing with the Adderley group, recorded in Chicago when they were stopping through the city with Miles Davis' combo at the time! In fact, since the rhythm section includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic work from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of their greatest performances from the seminal early 60s years! The band at this time includes Cannon on alto, Nat on cornet, Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – and although Feldman's not as ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cannonball Adderley's enroute to a great jazz legacy here – stepping out in a groove that begins to show some of the soul jazz modes he was forging at the end of the 50s – a great change from the straighter bop styles of his early years! The lineup here is a wonderful early expression ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Back cover has staining.)
A hardbop classic from Cannonball Adderley – and one of his harder to find albums from the Riverside days! The set has Cannon playing without his usual group, in the context of an all-star batch of players that includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – who he worked with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with deep groove & microphone logo. Cover has split seams held with thick masking tape.)
Excellent early 60s work by Cannonball Adderley – retitled here for release in the late 60s, but with a rock-solid soul jazz sound all the way through! The album features Cannon's sextet with Yusef Lateef and Joe Zawinul – and they're playing a number of Lateef compositions that have ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smoking live set from Cannonball Adderley – one recorded in a space between his famous concert albums for Riverside and Capitol Records – and equally as great as any of them! The group's got a slightly unique lineup – in that Charles Lloyd is in the combo on tenor sax – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark album – even if it was the only session that Cannonball Adderley ever cut for Blue Note! The album was recorded at a time when Adderley was working with Miles Davis – and as such, the session features a group that includes Miles, blowing in a cool tone that's a perfect ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing with deep groove, RVG stamp, and ear. Cover has some edge wear, a small split on the bottom seam, and a stain at the bottom on back.)
An excellent batch of soulful bop tracks – recorded as Nat's first – and featuring a group that includes brother Cannonball, plus Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, and Paul Chambers. The set's got a lot more fire than some of Nat's recordings from a few years later, probably because of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic package of rare soul from the Detroit scene of the 70s – all of the extremely rare singles by Aged In Soul, brought together in an excellent triple 45 collection! The music here has a very spare, indie sort of clubby vibe – a bit like the groove over at P&P Records, but ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Olli Ahvenlahti —
Bandstand ... LP Love/Svart (Finland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Sweet keys from 70s Finland – a great little set that's filled with jazzy work on electric piano and clavinet! Keyboardist Olli Ahvenlahti has a touch that's as warm and soulful as some of his counterparts on the American fusion scene – an approach that's not nearly as jamming or rock-i ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band —
Road Time ... LP RCA, 1976. Very Good+ 2LP ...
A great little live set from the glory days of the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band – a series of performances from Japan, recorded in 1976, all featuring the ensemble at its best! The double-length nature of the record takes the group even farther than usual – really letting ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Akrobatik is back with a nice hardcore feel on Coup D' Tat. Features production work by Beatminerz, DJ Revolution, Diamond, Fakts One, Edan and others. Tracks include "Balance", "Wreck Dem", "Front Steps", "Remind My Soul", "Always Bet On Ak", ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Fawzi Al-Aiedy —
Tarab ... CD Flat & Sharp, 1992. Used ...
You might know Viv Albertine as a member of The Slits – and that role enough would be more than enough to make this book exciting – but Albertine also gives us a surprisingly rich, surprisingly long tapestry of her life in music – one that begins years before The Slits came ... (Books) read moreBook
One of the coolest albums we've ever heard from Italian soundtrack genius Alessandro Alessandroni – a set that's heavy on the vocal interplay of his I Cantori Moderni group, but which also features lots of dark musical elements as well! The blend is incredible – soaring harmonies on ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition of 500 copies.)
Alessandro Alessandroni, Marco Di Marco, Franco Ta —
La Natura E L'Uomo ... LP Nereide/Intervallo (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A beautiful little record, and one that's got way more heart and soul to offer than you might expect from the rather understated packaging – which hides an album that's full of sparkling 70s keyboard magic! The music here is by a mix of Italian soundtrack and jazz talents – the latter ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by saxophonist Harold Alexander – and a nice little live date that has the leader really stretching out on soprano sax and flute! The tracks are super-long – and in addition to great read work from Alexander, the set also features smoking piano from Neal ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early In The Morning, a gem – right up there with her best work ever! An excellent early album by one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time! The session's a very hip affair – recorded with the Ramsey Lewis Trio backing her up on one side, and a group led by Frank Foster on ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Tasty R&B material, recorded on Prestige's short-lived Tru-Sound subsidiary. Ernestine had some earlier fame under the name Anisteen Allen, and this record's got a similar sound to her late 40s work – with lots of smoky vocals, touched by a warm jazz sensibility that gives the material a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from one of the hippest jazz singers of all time – and a hell of a pianist too! Mose Allison began his recording career laying down piano on jazz sessions for Stan Getz and a few others – but here, he emerges as a fully-formed talent of his own – steeped in modes ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(CSP pressing. Cover has light staining & waviness.)
The Allman Brothers at their best – and a key 70s set that may well have the group working at their peak! All their best southern roots are firmly tied together here – not just the country-touched approach to rock that was the group's calling card, but also their ties to some of the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert —
Beyond ... CD A&M, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ...
An incredible later record from Herb Alpert – working in a soulful funky fusion mode that really is well beyond the style that made him famous in the 60s! We love the easy breezy 60s sound of Herb & The Tijuana Brass too, but he really stepped up his game in exciting ways on records like ... (Soul) read moreCD
Herb Alpert seems to have lost his shirt on the way to the photo shoot for the album – but it looks like he's still got his trumpet to keep him warm! Joking aside, the album's a great one from the later Herb – one of those sets that has him turning his strong talent for a trumpet solo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really sweet riff on western soundtrack styles by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, though still in Herb's breezy 60s style – wonderful stuff, and a set that's a bit overlooked in his classic A&M canon! The way the bright and sunny Herb Alpert jazzy pop instrumental style melds so ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Bullish ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1984. New Copy ...
A funky little set from trumpeter Herb Alpert – part of that second chapter move into the soul fusion territory that was taken up by some of the younger generation – and which turned out to be a surprisingly nice fit for Herb! The Tijuana Brass is listed here on the cover, but there's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Rise ... LP A&M, 1979. Very Good+ ...
A whole new level of genius for Herb Alpert – a record that's light years away from his earlier work with the Tijuana Brass, and which has the trumpeter stepping strongly into the world of smooth jazzy fusion! The title track here went platinum the minute it was released – and became ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear & splitting along the bottom seam.)
Two top trumpet talents – coming together beautifully on this groovy late 70s set! Both Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela had a big rise to fame in the 60s – Herb, for his Tijuana Brass albums on A&M – and Hugh, for the way that he brought South African jazz currents to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
Warm ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A fantastic record from the late 60s years of Herb Alpert – a time when the trumpeter was really opening up his sound, and starting to hit some of the same cool styles of his other great acts on the A&M label! Gone are the trademark Cali-Mex arrangements of the early Tijuana Brass ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Nice one from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – working with arranger Quincy Jones! You Smile – The Song Begins comes at a pretty interesting point in which Herb was still working in the Spanish-inflected, jazzy instrumental groove of earlier years – but in a fresh way after a ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley —
Simigwa ... LP Academy, 1975. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Jug, playing in a laidback open-ended blowing session, with other strong Prestige players – like Coltrane, Jerome Richardson, Paul Quinichette, Art Taylor, and Mal Waldron, who always seems to be the driving force between most Prestige sides like this. The album has only 4 tracks, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of funky killers from tenorist Gene Ammons! Black Cat is one of the great funky albums that Gene Ammons cut for Prestige at the start of the 70s – quite different than his earlier work for the label, and a very different showcase for his tenor genius! The whole lineup here is amazing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Classic mellow Jug – from a time when Prestige discovered that Gene Ammons would sell equally well to the mellow jazz crowd as to the jukebox jumpers. Most of the cuts feature Gene with a deep soulful tone that could qualify as "velvet", but which still has enough of a rough edge ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a light stain along the opening.)
A studio album, but one that really has Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt recreating some of the bold energy of their live shows – coming across with a vibe that's much more Prestige Records than Verve, thanks to the presence of the Don Patterson trio on the set! Backing is by Don on Hammond, Paul ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The complete recordings of a wonderful soul singer who never fully got her due – Detroit diva Carol Anderson, best known for a few tracks that broke big on the UK Northern scene – but finally presented here with the full scope of her work in one set! Carol had a great approach that was ... (Soul) read moreCD
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... CD Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Horace Andy's holding an acoustic guitar on the cover, but the record's got some searing electric lines in the mix – really bringing this sharp edge to the already-great rhythms behind Andy's famous vocals! Horace is one of the few cats who can sing in the higher end of the vocal register, ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Tremendous work from Anglo Saxon Brown – a Philly group who started out their recording career as Ujima on Epic, where they issued a handful of well-remembered singles – then changed their name and cut this one and only full length set for Atlantic! The album's a stunner all the way ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliantly baroque psych from Aphrodite's Child – a stone classic cut while the group was in exile in Paris – heavy on drums, and with soaring keyboards that really work wonders with the vocals! Given that the group features a young Vangelis and Demis Roussos, there's plenty of raw ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Louis takes on Fats Waller, with wonderful results! The group features vocals by Armstrong and Velma Middleton – plus work by Trummy Young on trombone and Barney Bigard on clarinet. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and splitting.)
A really classic-styled set from the Art Ensemble – a bit different than some of their other DIW recordings, in that there's no special features or guest stars – just the core classic lineup of the group, playing a brilliant array of sounds and styles in a live setting! Joseph Jarman ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key later session from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a record that gained them global exposure through the ECM label, and which has them working in a beautifully subtle sense of sound, space, and tone! The work is less all-out challenging than some of the group's earliest recordings – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Like the other Art Ensemble record on Nessa, Les Stances A Sophie, this one was recorded in France on the beautiful July 7, 1969 during one of the most fruitful periods for the group. Unlike that one, though, this one is a very different recording musically. The LP features one long track, the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & white label pressing in a yellow cover.)
A surprisingly great little album – recorded on the occasion of the Ensemble's third decade in music, and a record that sounds a lot better than we remember! At the time of release, we kind of "pooh poohed" this one because of its divergence from some of the group's other styles ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A second pairing of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the Amabutho Male Chorus – one that's indicated not just in the title of the record, but in a changing of the group's name! The sound here is even more Afro-styled than the previous effort – coming across right from the start with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby has always had one of the most unusual sounds around – and even though it might sound a bit crazy at first, her mix of harp playing with tight jazzy backing is always a winning combination. This early album has Ms Ashby playing with a groovy little combo that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Obscure fusion from the Chicago scene – played by a group with heavy guitars from Vince Ashby and wailing keyboards from Dennis Ostermann! The sound is jamming, but with some nice tight moments that almost get funky. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful little record from bassist Lisle Atkinson – a player who really flourished strongly in the late 70s on sessions for other musicians, but hardly ever got to work out front as a leader! This set's got Lisle both plucking and bowing his bass – in a quartet that also features ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A mid 80s classic from Atlantic Starr – at the height of their catchy commercial fame – bouncing along with rhythms that crossover nicely to the mainstream, yet still keep a bit of their previous funky edge intact! The groove here is almost in the style that Atlantic Starr inspired in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The face of Harlem has been constantly changing for decades – but it may well be facing its greatest change in recent years – as waves of gentrification and development spread uptown in Manhattan, and may well forever alter the landscape of one of the most unique communities in America. ... (Books) read moreBook
Charles Austin & Joe Gallivan —
Timeless ... CD New Jazz, 1998. Used ...
Sublime mid 70s work from The Average White Band – and a record that really has the group deepening their groove a bit – moving past the heavier funk of their roots, into some mellower grooves that are totally great! There's a great undercurrent of jazz in some of the playing here ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has an unglued top seam.)
The genius of Roy Ayers knows no end – and as this set of unreleased work from the 70s proves, Roy was always working at top form back in the day – even above and beyond his classic albums from the time! The grooves here are tremendous – funky, soulful, jazzy, and every bit as ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautifully packaged reissue of this rare set from 1964 – an early example of the genius of Albert Ayler, recorded in The Netherlands for a small audience in a Dutch radio studio! The setting is a wonderful one – a mix of the live freedoms that would really let Ayler stretch out ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare set from 1964 – an early example of the genius of Albert Ayler, recorded in The Netherlands for a small audience in a Dutch radio studio! The setting is a wonderful one – a mix of the live freedoms that would really let Ayler stretch out – especially when playing overseas ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential stuff! This 2 CD set includes the entirety of Albert Ayler's Live In Greenwich Village album – plus a huge amount of previously unreleased live material, played by the Ayler group in New York, during 1966 and 1967. Ayler's brother Don is on trumpet, and other players include Joel ... (Jazz) read moreCD