2 young trios at the forefront of contemporary improvised music lock heads, horns and ideas on this double trio session. 3 extended improvisations, both in their technique and the length of their exploration, at times a full on wall of sound, others more angular and oblique. One Vandermark ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We used to love this single back in the day! Soulful vocals over an electro/seminal house groove, served up here in a radio edits and dub versions. (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear & light staining.)
Muhal Richard Abrams —
Mama & Daddy ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite albums ever from Muhal Richard Abrams – a deeply spiritual set that moves past some of the more academic tones of other earlier sessions! The sound is often quite spare at times – built up in a creatively compelling AACM way that's almost more Art Ensemble than ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The only full album from Johnny Ace – a key figure in the Memphis scene of the 50s, and one of the first great casualties of rock and roll! Johnny was one of the first singers to record for the legendary Duke label, and worked in a mode that helped transform the smoother style of the west ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original purple and yellow label pressing. NOTE – Vinyl is in POOR condition. Cover has split seams.)
A standout session from bassist Ray Brown – one of a few 60s big band sessions recorded for Verve, featuring some searing solo work from Cannonball Adderley! Brown's name as a leader is possibly more as a compadre than the main driving force of the record – as the arrangements here are ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 60s repackaging of the album Introducing Nat Adderley – an excellent batch of soulful bop tracks, recorded as Nat's first, and with a group that includes brother Cannonball, Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, and Paul Chambers. The set's got a lot more fire than some of Nat's recordings from a few ... (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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later non-gatefold pressing. Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)
Cannonball Adderley recorded this nice little groover in 1962, when American musicans were just getting on the bossa tip, and still keeping things pretty authentic. The record was cut in New York with Sergio Mendes' early Bossa Rio group – the legendary Brazilian jazz ensemble that featured ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jazz versions of classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim – all done by a group arranged and directed by guitarist Mario Adnet, and featuring guest work from Joyce, Helio Delmiro, Romero Lumbambo, and others! The sound here is really fresh – not merely just a reworking of Jobim's original ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great follow-up to the first Jobim Jazz set from guitarist Mario Adnet – and in many ways, an even better-conceived version of the project! The difference this time around is that Adnet's been working through the concept in a live setting for a few years – and has come up with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Years back, guitarist Mario Adnet gave us a great album of symphonic takes on the tunes of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and here, he strongly expands on that idea by working through some jazz orchestra arrangements – done in collaboration with the younger Paulo Jobim! The music is beautiful ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago trio – a great example of the way that records on the Nessa label can really get to the heart of artists' intentions! The trio of Henry Threadgill on reeds, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on percussion have never sounded better ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's compelling – and kind of makes you think that this might be one of the pair's more avant-leaning albums – but the overall groove is heavy big band swing, in the manner that Tabackin and Akiyoshi did best together. The record features 6 longish tracks, all with a strong ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reedman Harold Alexander cut very few albums as a leader – and this is one of the best! You're likely to hear Alexander's work in the background on other sessions, but at the time of this record he was also a visionary leader – perfect for the open, freewheeling vibe allowed by the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Tenorist Harry Allen serves up a great French lullaby of his own – crafted together from the work of famous Parisian songwriters like Michel Legrand, Charles Trenet, and others – and delivered here in a small combo instrumental mode! The setting is great – as Allen's deep tenor ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen —
Source ... LP Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the coolest records in years from the legendary Tony Allen – and that's saying a lot, given that his legacy includes famous work as a drummer with Fela Kuti, and a much more recent run of very experimental recordings! This set has Tony soaring out on Blue Note – and working with ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jug's big and bad here in tone – and the style is nicely complicated at times – a bit more open-ended and electric than before, with a sound that's almost like the shift that Stanley Turrentine was making during his years at CTI! There's still a bit of the previous Prestige funk in the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jug's funkier albums from his time back out of the pen, and a tasty electric session with Billy Butler on guitar and Sonny Phillips on organ. Pretty Purdie plays drums, and he kicks it nice and lean on the great groover "Jungle Strut". The album also features a nice version of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a faded name in marker.)
A double LP set pulled together in the mid 70s of Jug's bluesy bop sides cut in the late 40s for Mercury. Sidemen include Junior Mance, Albert Ammons, Israel Crosby, Gene Wright and lesser known Chicago locals like Wes Landers, Leo Blevins, Jess Miller and Ernest McDonald. As you'd expect the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gene Ammons —
My Way ... LP Prestige, Early 70s. Near Mint- ...
Although late in the Prestige jazz funk years, and not in the small combo mode of some of Ammons' best early 70s sides, this is still an excellent batch of tracks – thanks to hip arrangements from Bill (William S?) Fisher! The format's almost in a Kudu/CTI mode, as larger arrangements ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt go head to head in this classic album of tracks that perfectly captures the joy and fury of their live performances from years before! The record was cut in Chicago with a very hard rhythm section that includes John Houston on piano, Charles Williams on bass, and George ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great late work by Jug and Sonny – recorded as one of those excellent concerts thrown by Baltimore's famous Left Bank Jazz Society. The format is simple – with both soloists up front, and a crack rhythm section that includes Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins – and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lovely work from guitarist Marcos Amorim – light, lyrical, and filled with gentle dips and turns – a really great blend of Brazilian and American acoustic sensibilities! The music's not exactly jazz, yet has plenty of jazzy inflections – and the overall sound is warm and laidback ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet —
Landfall ... LP Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy 2LP ...
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anderson Paak —
Malibu ... LP Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy 2LP ...
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – released months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most important electro-acoustic music to come from the Brazilian scene in the 60s – recordings that are every bit as powerful as similar experiments from Europe at the time, particularly the revolutionary talents working in Paris! Jorge Antunes takes a big page from their book, ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual set from the Italian scene of the 70s – a record that still has some of the proggish traces of the underground at the time, but which also is clearly reaching out for new levels of expression too! There's definitely a lot of fusion in the mix – these long passages that ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally groovy French soundtrack from the 60s – one that features a few very cool instrumental tracks, mixed with vocal numbers by a variety of different French rock artists – who almost give the set the vibe of an AIP soundtrack from the US at the time! Nicole Croisille does a ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has some light aging. Front is great.)
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
One of the best psych treasures on late 60s Mainstream Records – a sunny, fuzzy album that's beyond compare! The Art Of Loving have a mixed male/female vocal style at their head – a sound that's somewhere in the Mamas & Papas mode, but a bit more stripped down – and crafted ... (Rock) 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
Always-great work from the team of Ashford & Simpson – the kind of a record that has them at the top of their game, even though they'd changed their overall sound over the years! The vibe here is more in an 80s groove mode than some of the duo's Warner albums, but they've still got an ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ashford & Simpson don't need to ask at this point – their in full 70s soul stride here, and it's not good, it's great! By this point in the late 70s, Nick and Valerie are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clarice & Sergio Assad —
Reliquia ... CD Adventure Music, 2016. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Really lovely sounds from the father/daughter team of Clarice and Sergio Assad – a pair who would already be great as a musical duo, even without a family connection! Sergio plays acoustic guitar throughout – with a fullness of sound, but also the lighter, lyrical sensibility that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Mid 70s funk rock from Aura – the psych Sativa from the San Francisco group – a dense blend of funky horns & rhythms, chorus vocals, organ fuzz and heavily -layed piano, lumbering drums and blazing electric guitars! This is a group that cared not for stylistic boundaries and they ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully warm soul from the great Patti Austin – a key artist in the late 70s, and one who really helped push the music forward with a new sense of sophistication! Patti's got a strongly jazzy vibe here – and works with David Matthews arrangements that are really well put-together ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure magic from the height of Roy Ayers' classic 70s run on Polydor – a record that's filled with warm, jazzy grooves – all served up in that unique style that Roy was forging at the time! The album perfectly balances dancefloor tracks with mellower numbers – stepping out one ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful live set from 1972 – and a very unique album from Roy Ayers' Polydor years! The album originally was never issued in the US – clearly done for a hipper European market at the time – and it's got more of a jazz vibe than some of Roy's other work on Polydor, with sounds ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – and one of the rarest! The record is right in the same vein as Roy's groundbreaking He's Coming LP – a righteous mix of soul jazz, subtle funk, and some of the cosmic wisdom that Roy was spreading among the jazz funk underground – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has heavy wear on the spine, light surface wear, and a peeled spot from sticker removal on back.)
Alhaji Wasiu Ayinde Barrister & His Talazo Fuji Co —
Tala Disco 85 ... LP Omo Aje (Nigeria), 1985. Very Good- ...
An amazing record – one that we love to death over the years – and which never lets us down! There's a darkness here that goes way past any simple cliches you may have associated with the band – a haunting feel that transcends most of what they were ever capable of in later years. ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great thriller soundtrack – by one of the Italian masters of the 60s! Bacalov's score for the film mixes jazzy numbers with more suspenseful orchestral ones – but the best cuts have a jaunty groovy quality, of the sort you dig these old Italian soundtracks for! Bruno Nicolai ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Burt Bacharach's finest moments, and a soundtrack that we never tire of hearing! Burt wrote all the tunes – and the album's a wonderful romp, with lots of odd twists and turns that are quite different from Burt's usual bag (baby!), but which still have all of the charm of his best ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal record from one of the most important hardcore bands to walk the earth – and DC underground classic that hit the scene like a lightning bolt to the White House – that cover art speaks the truth! Bad Brains (the album) was originally issued on the then cassette-only ROIR label ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Erykah Badu —
Baduizm ... LP MCA, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
A landmark debut from the mighty Erykah Badu – a record that really set the world on fire when it first appeared – and which continues to blow our minds all these many years later! There's a simple, straightforward grace to the album that comes through immediately – as Erykah ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice one from Badu – one with a depth of feeling and genuine soulful vibes that live up to its title, despite the fact that she records for one of the world's biggest media conglomerates! It's all about the vibe here. Erykah rolls her syllables, scats and emotes feelings more than an ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cool moody work from Chet Baker – a very unusual set that has him blowing with a larger group than usual! The set's real star is Jack Montrose – the great west coast arranger who had a perfect talent for taking horns and locking them up tight to create a sound full of gloss and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some obscure but great 60s work by Chet Baker – and one of 5 albums recorded under the guidance of Richard Carpenter, best known as the author of "Walkin", but also Chet's manager at the time. The record's got a lot more soulful feel than some of Chet's other work – thanks to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Final material from Chet Baker – featuring some performances with a small combo that includes Walter Norris on piano and John Schroeder on guitar – and a few with the NDR and Radio Hannover ensembles. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(In nice shape! US pressing.)
Chet Baker —
Peace ... LP Enja (Germany), 1982. Near Mint- ...
A pretty nice later Chet Baker album – thanks to vibes by David Friedman, who really seems to be the driving force of the set! The album was cut during the same time that Friedman himself was a leader on Enja – and it's got a very similar feel to much of Dave's work – with vibes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later date from CTI – proof that the label still had its magic going on well into the 80s! The session's a larger group effort headed up by Don Sebesky, and featuring key solos by Chet Baker, Jim Hall, and Hubert Laws – all of whom get plenty of room to do their thing on the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's two sorts of heavenly bodies on the cover – but the real charms of the record lie inside, as the set's overflowing with incredible early theremin recordings! The album features spacey orchestral settings arranged by Warren Baker, and conducted by Andre Montero – plus fantastic ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great step forward for The Bar-Kays – an album that actually has them taking on a few mellower moments, amidst the heavy funk you might expect – yet all without softening their groove at all! The album's very much in the best spirit of the group's Mercury debut – still recorded ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has large letters in marker, a cutout hole, and some wear. Labels have some pen.)
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the horizonal text cover, with a touch of marker in the bottom right corner.)
A vivid biography of one of our favorite musical talents of all time – filled with details about the life and struggles of Gil Scott-Heron that we might never have learned otherwise! If you know these pages, then you'll definitely know Gil's music – a groundbreaking mix of jazz, soul, ... (Books) read moreBook
Gato Barbieri —
Bolivia ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Soaring, searing sounds from the young Gato Barbieri – one of his classic albums for the Flying Dutchman label, and very much in the vein of his first few for Impulse Records! The Latin element isn't as strongly stated in the music as you might guess from the title, but the inspiration is ... (Jazz) read moreCD