Revolutionary work from one of the most important talents you never heard of – 2 jazz/world classics from the amazing Ahmed Abdul-Malik! The CD begins with The Music Of Ahmed Abdul Malik from 1961 – a record that has the bassist working in a very sophisticated cross-cultural mode ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ahmed Abdul-Malik —
Spellbound ... CD Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1964. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Sublime sounds from the always-amazing Ahmed Abdul-Malik – a jazz bassist at heart, but also a musician with a great ear for Eastern instrumentation as well! Ahmed cut a few key records at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – and this spellbinding set may well be one of his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two great duet recordings – each featuring Muhal Richard Abrams with a fellow member of the AACM! CD1 features what may well be the last recording of tenor giant Fred Anderson – a performance recorded late in 2009, with Abrams on piano and Anderson blowing some wonderfully tentative ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A masterpiece of east coast harmony soul – and worth it for the title cut alone! Ace Spectrum are always pretty great, but on this album, they really bust out of the box with some of the most wonderful harmonies they've ever recorded – set to impeccable arrangements by Patrick Adams, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a radio station tracklist sticker, light wear, and some discoloration from age.)
George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet —
Life Line ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
A strong outing from this key post-Mingus collaboration – and a record that really shows both Don Pullen and George Adams really coming into their own! Pullen's piano can have plenty of edges, as can Adams' tenor – but there's also some warmer, lyrical moments that really round things ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pepper Adams never fails to blow us away in a small group setting – and here, on a killer quartet date from the early 80s, he really wins us over all over again! The album's one of those great ones from Adams – in which he's really let loose to open up and blow some extended, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a FREE punch out on one corner.)
Cannonball Adderley —
Big Man ... LP Fantasy, 1975. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the last albums ever issued by the great Cannonball Adderley – and one of the most ambitious, too! The set's a concept album – done in close collaboration with David Axelrod, in a similar spirit to some of Cannon's projects on the zodiac or the bible – but this time turned ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rock-solid live material from the classic Cannonball Adderley Sextet – a combo who could usually groove even better on a concert date then they could in the studio! The album's one of a number of key live sides from Cannon in the 60s – and although it pre-dates his work on Capitol, it's ... (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
(Liberty stereo pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam, some wear, and clear tape on the spine.)
Stunning work from the glory days of the 50s horror comic – issues of the legendary publication Adventures Into The Unknown – one of the first and most important comics to plumb the depths of supernatural and science fiction! The publication inspired countless imitators, but was always ... (Books) read moreBook
Great work by one of the grooviest groups on the LA 60s scene! The Afro Blues Quintet have a blend of soul jazz and Latin styles that's similar to the best 60s work by Cal Tjader, or to records by small combos like the Quartette Tres Bien or The Latin Jazz Quintet. Lots of grooves have a nice ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a Stereo sticker and a small name in pen on back.)
Loads of funky drums on "Fiebre En La Jungla" – a cut that's a remake of "Jungle Fever" by Chakachas, but done with a groove that's faster and more frenetic – even the sensual moanings by the female vocalist on the track! "Tipit Hayed" has this core rootsy ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Great early work from arranger Manny Album – Manny's entry in RCA's Jazz Workshop series – a set of tunes that are shorter, and arguably a bit more modern than some of his later work – tracks done definitely in that Jazz Workshop blend of west coast cool and east coast modern ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the soundtrack to the popular TV drama of the same name – but a set that returns tenorist Eric Alexander to all the fire he brought to his early years on the Chicago scene! Alexander's set up here with a key range of players from this years – longtime associates Harold Mabern on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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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
Trumpety magic from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – a record that's known not only for its classic cover of a model dipped in whipped cream, but also for it's tremendously groovy groove! The Tijuana sound is very firmly in place by the time of this set – Mexican-inspired, but ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazones De Guinee/Moussa Doumbia —
Samba/Samba ... 7-inch Mr Bongo (UK), 1978/1983. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Two different tracks with "Samba" as the title – both very different than the usual samba groove! Amazones De Guinee play a sweet groove with this rumbling bassline at the core, and lots of deft guitar flaring out over the top – while a female lead singer brings the groove ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Nice and cool, but not in a west coast way – and instead a set that's got Gene Ammons working some wonderfully soulful magic on a set of gentle ballads! The set's got a brilliant late nite sort of feel – one of those tenor albums that seems to sound even better in the space past ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 60s girl group classic if there ever was one – and the only standout album from the lovely Angels! The group were known, of course, for the title hit "My Boyfriend's Back" – a quick-stepping number that was a runaway pop hit at the time. That tune kicks off the album, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Julian Priester —
Brass ... LP Chevron, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
A very unusual album – issued for schools by the Chevron Oil company, with performances by Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Julian Priester, Joyce Johnson, and others – most of whom are interviewed too! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(With booklet. Cover has remnants of a sticker on front.)
A lost fusion classic from the early 70s – one of the only records cut under the leadership of drummer Horacee Arnold, but a heck of a great little set with a soaringly righteous sound! The style here is plenty full-on, but a bit less rock-leaning than some of the other Columbia fusion of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has masking tape on all seams, adhesive remnants on front, and some pen on back.)
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dorothy Ashby —
Hip Harp ... LP Prestige, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)...
Great stuff by the grooviest artist ever to play a harp! Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of in terms of bedtime lullabies, she actually makes it swing nicely, and with a soulful sound that draws back to traditions of ... (Jazz) 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 moreCD
Excellent work from Ashford & Simpson – with some modern soul groovers that are among the best they ever did! Send It twists, turns and grooves with all the elements we love most about Ashford & Simpson in the mid-to-late 70s – memorable songs with the right mix of sultry ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the funkiest cuts ever from the legendary Mulatu – a tune that's got very heavy drums on the bottom, romping through a rhythm that's got plenty of appeal to fans of American funk – while the man himself serves up this moody organ line alongside a weird, exotic reed solo! "Ye ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Rare work from an artist who was born in Ghana, spent time in Germany, and recorded this underground cassette-only release in Toronto during the early 90s! The music has this very odd pan-national style that references Ata Kak's Ghanian roots, but also brings in some cool electronics that must ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
AWB's first for Atlantic – and a nice slice of funk that proves that they can mix it up with the best groups of the 70s! The record's got plenty of sweet electric keyboards over smooth funky basslines – and as the years go by, the band's white boy vocals don't sound nearly as bad as we ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has discoloration, light wear, and a promo sticker.)
One of the rarest and greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – the sly, funky and spiritual masterpiece He's Coming from 1971 – really the beginning of the funk years from Roy Ayers Ubiquity! This one's a totally solid mix of soulful jazz, jazzy soul and righteous funk – and it's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A far-reaching early gem from Roy Ayers – a set that's much more jazz-based than his later work, and a record that has him touching base with the Blue Note and Strata East sides of the jazz spectrum! The lineup here is incredibly hip – a mix of players that includes a young Charles ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A double-length set that brings together 2 key early live sets by Albert Ayler – both recorded on the New York scene of the mid 60s! Bells was an unusual one-sided record that featured only 20 minutes of music, performed with an intensity that harly leaves room for complaints about the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print original pressing with a black and white cover.)
Stunning live recordings from Albert Ayler's European tour of late 1966 – during a peak creative period for Ayler – while working with an incredible group! This excellent CD captures them in Stockholm for Swedish radio on November 10, 1966 – followed by an equally well ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Electric Brazilian funk from Azimuth – the mighty "Manha", a great cut from the group's earliest years – and a sweet-stepping Fender Rhodes masterpiece! "America Latina" has sublime harmony vocals from Quarteto Forma – coming together and soaring over this ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Christie Azumah & The Uppers International —
Din Ya Sugri ... CD Production Dessinee (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
Great Ghana grooves from the 70s – a smoking set that features some lead vocals from Christie Azuma, but lots more sweet sounds from The Uppers International Dance Band – a really well-titled combo, given the positive spirit of their music! The tunes bubble along wonderfully in this ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Fantastic jazzy funk! This is the second record by Azymuth – and it's way way better than anything they ever cut in America! It's got a wonderful vibe that mixes Brazilian fusion influences with the tight grooves of a Maurice White-inspired generation – and the result still sounds ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great little album from Baby Brother – a group who share a name with a famous funky track by War, but who come on here with a completely different sound altogether! The group are a funk ensemble at the core, but they have this really special way of weaving their instruments together – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential compilation of Burt's original recordings on Kapp, from the mid 60's. The production's got vocal choruses, large orchestrations, and lots of cool tinkly piano – and the groove is 100% Bacharach, with lesser-known versions of tracks that were bit hits for other pop stars. A fair ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hard-jamming bit of jazz rock – with lots of free solo work on alto and soprano sax by Ron Aspery, and a pretty strong power-trio instrumental format from Tony Hicks on drums and Colin Hodgkinson on bass. The album's more jamming than it is funky, but there's some pretty great playing on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a bumped corner, a promo sticker, and some light wear.)
Philip Bailey hits a great groove here – working with Nile Rodgers, who gives him a lean, clean sound that works perfectly with his vocals! The sound is a nice change from the direction Bailey was heading in previously – a return to the focused soul of the later Earth Wind & Fire ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Ballister trio is hardly worse for the wear this time around – and instead, the group seem to have a new sort of fire, and one that has them sounding even bolder than ever! Dave Rempis is searing on alto, tenor, and baritone sax – playing at times with a style that makes us wonder ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Although Barrabas began their career mostly as a soulful rock band, by this album, they're sort of heading in an uptempo funky club style – not really funk, or disco, but kind of an early blend of both, along with some of their older rock leanings. The record includes the funky tracks "S ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker, a cutout notch, and some light wear.)
"Head Sounds" is a heck of a great way to describe this album – as it's filled with some of Ray's most mind-expanding cuts! The album kicks off with the tune "Acid", which you probably know from the album of the same name, but which still really does a great job of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice jammer from the "second wind" period of CTI – and a strong return to Latin jazz for Ray! The set's a great mixture of smooth CTI electric funk and Latin-oriented grooves – and it features work by Ray on congas and percussion, plus a list of players that includes Tito ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer material from the mid 60s – recorded for United Artists after Ray's initial watusi work for Tico – and in a similar style that has mixes together Ray's Charanga Moderna sound with some more boogaloo and Latin Soul numbers! The record's a key bridge between these two chapters of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Barry/Elephant's Memory/The Groop/Nilsson —
Midnight Cowboy ... LP United Artists, 1969. Sealed ...
A sublime soundtrack from John Barry – common, to be sure, but also a wonderfully-crafted set that goes way beyond the stereotypes of his work for the James Bond films! The record is probably best known for Nilsson's famous version of the Fred Neil tune "Everybody's Talkin" – ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Barry/Shirley Bassey —
Goldfinger ... LP United Artists, 1964. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
The soundtrack that put John Barry over the top – and to many, THE James Bond soundtrack! The album chills from the first notes of the haunting title theme – the majestic "Goldfinger", sung by Shirley Bassey with a tone that's as dangerous as a razor-sharp hat spinning ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from guitarist Robbie Basho – a player who finally seems to be getting the same sort of due as his sometime-labelmate John Fahey! Basho's style is quite different, but equally sublime – this effortless cascading of notes on the acoustic guitar – played at a level ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hardly the hits promised in the title – and instead a whole host of wonderful tunes from the Count Basie band – including a fair number of original compositions by Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Thad Jones, and other members of the group! The sound here is that perfect Basie sound on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer set from Count Basie – recorded during the height of his years at Roulette! The back cover of the record proclaims that "Basie Is Back Home" – clearly a bit by Birdland to lay claim to being the Count's home address, which is a bit of a challenge to his KC roots! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most hard-hitting Count Basie albums from the Roulette Records years – and that's saying a lot, given the power of Basie at the time! The set was recorded in Sweden, with a kind of triple-time energy that really has the whole thing burning right from the start – as the group' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The genius of Basie meets the genius of Quincy Jones – a 60s pairing that's every bit as great as the 50s pairing of Basie and Neal Hefti! Jones and Basie worked together in a number of settings during the 60s – including a very successful album for Frank Sinatra on Reprise – but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Way before Sinatra first grabbed the "Chairman Of The Board" title for his own musical persona, Basie laid great claim to the tag with this tight little album for Roulette! The album's got the 50s Basie band working at the height of their powers – with original compositions written ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Count Basie rewrites history – updating his older work for the Roulette Records years, in this hip collection that features lots of new arrangements from Frank Foster – and rich performances from his great group at the time! The recordings are all new, as are the conceptions of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the lesser-remembered Basie sessions for Roulette – but one of the best ones too! The album follows nicely in the "dance" style of Basie's earlier albums for Clef – by offering a set of work that was typical of that the group might have performed on one of their more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Frank Foster is one of our favorite talents in jazz – an excellent tenorist who spent some of his key years in the Count Basie orchestra, but a player who also had a very rich career on his own as well! This album features Frank's talents really coming to the forefront of the Basie group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little set – despite our initial fears about the package – and a really wonderful pairing of the talents of Count Basie and Benny Carter! We'll admit that we're the first ones to shy away from anything that says "Kansas City" in the title – as we expect a lot of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Benny Carter was really on fire in the 60s – a saxophonist who was not only re-asserting his role as a soloist, but also a growing new talent in the field of arranging, as well – on records like this killer outing with the Count Basie group, and a host of other excellent albums to come! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sublime blending of modes – the sound of the excellent Count Basie band during their Roulette Records years, mixed with a bit of strings for a very moody sound! Don't worry about any too-commercial or pop modes going on here – as the arrangements are all super hip, and handled by ... (Jazz) read moreCD