Really exciting, invigorating, energetic stuff from Ahmed Abdullah's Ebonic Tones – the veteran NY jazz trumpeter and his impeccable group – featuring jazz violin legend Billy Bang, baritone sax player Alex Harding, bass player Alex Blake and drummer Andrei Strobert. The group brings ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ahmed Abdullah, Alex Harding, Masa Kamaguchi —
Actual Proof ... CD Creative Improvised Music Projects, 1999. Used ...
EP with 6 full-length tracks and 3 interludes/edits, with the nice deep West Coast funk production like their first LP, not like the later G-funk droning keyboard style: "Playlude", "Play Your Game", "Dose of The Megaflex", "4 The Funk Of It", "Wicked&qu ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Hardly the blues that you might expect from the title – although knowing Muhal Richard Abrams, there's no doubt some sort of blues influence lurking in the background of his complicated orchestrations for the date! The album's a suite of original compositions by Abrams – all numbers ... (Jazz) 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 moreCD
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A swingin' Japanese concert by one of Cannonball's best groups from the 60's. Joe Zawinul's on piano, brother Nat's on cornet, Sam Jones is on bass, and Louis Hayes is on drums. But the real treat here is Yusef Lateef, who does some excellent reed work on tenor, flute, and oboe – and who's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
An album that definitely lives up to its title – given the great change and evolution in the style of Cannonball Adderley's music – definitely pointed towards the soul jazz fame to come in the 60s! The group here has Adderley's alto in the company of some all-stars who may not be his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent jazz vocal album by one of the lost greats! Ernie Andrews was always a musician's singer – in that he never cracked the masses, but did have tremendous respect among jazz players in the 60s and 70s. Here, in one of his best albums, he's caught live, working with Cannon's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)
The cover of this one makes it look like a no-name leaderless session, but this one actually features some great work by some very hip players! Half the album features vibist Teddy Charles leading a group of modernists that includes Hal McKusick, Frank Socolow, Bill Russon, Bob Brookmeyer, Mal ... (Jazz) 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
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
A lost treasure from the glory days of the LA soul jazz bop scene of the early 60s! Alto player Earl Anderza has this crazy tone that's unlike anything we've ever heard – and he plays with a calculated approach to atonality that hints at later work by Ayler and others – but which comes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing bit of Brazilian funk – and the best album ever by this exciting soulful duo! The record's their first, and it's got a crackling intensity that you don't always find on their other albums – a groove that mixes hard samba with bass-heavy funk, with a sound that makes them one ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Art Ensemble Of Chicago —
Meeting ... CD PI Recordings, 2003. Used ...
An incredible return to form for the Art Ensemble of Chicago – as the return of Joseph Jarman to the group really seems to have given them a new sense of focus, purpose, and direction! There's a tunefulness here that's really wonderful – a sense of lyrical interplay that's especially ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best records we've heard by the Art Ensemble of Chicago in years – and a wonderful tribute to departed bandmate Lester Bowie! The work is performed by the trio of Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors, and Don Moye – and the music is much more in the spirit of some of their ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Includes original slipcase.)
Assemblage 23 —
META ... CD Metropolis, 2007. Used ...
Fantastic music by one of the all-time greats – easily one of our favorite soul artists of the 70s, and a hell of a jazz musician too! The tracks here are all from Roy Ayers' landmark run at Polydor Records – a place where he turned his straight jazz sound of the 60s into a mix of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Abed Azrie with Pedro Aledo —
Suerte ... CD L'Empreinte Digitale (France), 1994. Used ...
Warm, wonderful, and incredibly far-reaching in scope – possibly the most ambitious record cut by Azymuth in recent years – a perfect blend of jazzy fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and some of the London broken beat culture that the group have come into contact with through their label, Far ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sublime recent work from Brazilian fusion trio Azymuth – a combo possibly known best in the US for their 80s recordings in California, but who sound even better here on this collection of tracks done in the past decade for London-based Far Out Recordings! Far Out has a respect of Azymuth's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A classic album of vocal tracks from Chet Baker – working here with a core group that features piano by Russ Freeman and flute by Bud Shank – plus additional arrangements on some tracks by the likes of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, and Frank Campo. The album's classic Chet all the way ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of our favorite work ever from the legendary Hank Ballard – a key figure in early R&B, and a singer who cut some big hits with his group The Midnighters – but one who also continued to do some wonderful work for King Records long after his hits – most of which is included ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hard-swinging work from trombonist Mike Barone – heard here on a really cooking big band session from the late 60s! We'll be honest in saying that we know little of Barone's work in this format, but we can say that after hearing the CD we're mighty big fans – because his way with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Guitarist Billy Bauer will long be remembered as one of the key players who helped create Lee Konitz's icy sound of the mid 50s – but apart from his work with Konitz, he barely made any other recordings, and this one album on Verve is the only one we know that has him as a leader! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully wicked album – one that sold so many copies that it's sometimes hard to remember how great it is! George takes on all of Abbey Road – or just about all of it – as he runs through some of the most beautiful tracks The Beatles ever wrote, like "Golden ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful setting for the great Jane Birkin – working here with a full symphony orchestra, in very fresh interpretations of the classic songs of her onetime partner, Serge Gainsbourg! The orchestrations are wonderful – never sleepy, and always nicely light – so that Jane's ... (French) read moreCD
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Art Blakey —
Mosaic ... CD Blue Note, 1961. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
An explosive session from an expanded edition of the Jazz Messengers – recorded at a key point when Art Blakey moved the group up to six members instead of five! Although bigger than the group on most Jazz Messenger Blue Notes, the sextet have an energy that's almost tighter – a sense ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Phenomenal live material from the sextet-era version of the Jazz Messengers! This 2-volume CD series takes a small amount of live material that was originally issued under the 3 Blind Mice title, and adds a huge amount of previously unreleased tracks to expand both CDs into a whopping batch of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal work from Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers – recorded at a time when that group was really coming together! After a slightly wayward year of 1957, when the Messengers had a different lineup away from Blue Note, Art re-forged the group for the end of the 50s with a rock-solid array ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham – one of the earliest and purest versions of Blakey's hardbop vision, touched with the slightly exotic lyricism of Silver, which gives the tracks a wonderful edge. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham. Hard hard hard bop, cracklin' with energy, and a great example of the kind of playing that made the group an instant success. Tracks on this second volume include " ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Ritual ... CD Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ...
A hard-swinging cooker from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – recorded during the landmark year of 1957 – when Blakey's group was open to recording for a number of different labels, in a number of different settings! The set was originally done for the west coast stalwart Pacific ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet little set that's every bit as wonderful as its cover – an obscure slinky sex score from the Italian scene of the 70s – and one that's got some key funky moments, too! Music is billed to the Blue Marvin Orchestra, but written by maestro Alberto Baldan Bembo – and the ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Hamiet Bluiett —
Ebu ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Used ...
Deeply soulful work from Hamiet Bluiett – a set that's a bit more inside than some of his other work, but still with a great sort of edge overall! There's a hip swing to most numbers here – thanks to a mostly-inside rhythm trio that features John Hicks on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers. Out of print.)
One of the hipper Lester Bowie sides from the 90s, but still cut very much in the horn-heavy groove of his Brass Fantasy years! The set's a live one, recorded in Switzerland in 1992 – and the group features Bowie at the head of an all-brass lineup of trumpets, French horn, tuba, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums from Lester Bowie's big solo run of the 80s – and a set that has some of the more dynamic energy of his Brass Fantasy group, but maybe also a bit more depth as well! The album's part of a handful that the Art Ensemble Of Chicago did with the DIW label at the time ... (Jazz) read moreCD
"Expanse" is a mighty big name for the group that David Boykin uses on this record – especially given that the combo's only a quintet – but that's ok with us, because the sound here is more than large enough to warrant the name! Boykin's working with a great batch of players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Damn, we love David Boykin! His music's always been rewarding – but he's also grown tremendously over the years – really hitting new heights with a record like this, which seems to have all the best elements of previous years put together even better than before! Boykin's still very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work as a leader from Don Braden – a set that was one of his last before moving onto bigger-label fame, and one that's very firmly rooted in the soul jazz underground! Don's got a really classic sound on his tenor – blowing with focus, poise, and a hell of a lot of soul – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Look out is right – because the album's a killer and one of the few sides ever cut by Michigan pianist Evans Bradshaw! Bradshaw's got a hard-hitting approach to the keys that was relatively fresh in the early years of soul jazz – and unlike some of his more famous contemporaries, he ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer set of trio work from pianist Evans Bradshaw – an obscure player we only know from his two rare dates for Riverside Records! Bradshaw's got a nicely angular approach to the piano – and a romping left hand that reminds us a lot of the hipper pianists working in Chicago at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's greatest jazz albums, and a very important record in her career – as it marked a shift back to straight jazz vocals, after years of working in a more R&B inflected mode. The album's recorded in Paris, where Dee Dee's spent an awful lot of time over the years, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A modern classic from Dee Dee Bridgewater – one of her hippest albums of the later years, thanks to a great choice of material, and some really wonderful execution! The album's a beautiful set of straight jazz vocal readings of some of Horace Silver's best compositions, and it also features ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A groundbreaking album – not only for Cannonball Adderley, but for the jazz concerto format, used to strong effect here in this excellent modernist composition by John Benson Brooks! The album's based on a number of historical and mythical southern themes – and although it gets a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A swirling blend of soul, funk, and jazzy grooves – and a super-rare album that we've never seen in the original! Supposedly, backing on the record is by the British Afro-Funk group Assagai – which sounds right to us, because there's a nice rolling conga groove on many of the tracks. ... (Soul) read moreCD