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
A large group session from pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, but one that often has enough of a quietly individual feel to warrant its "view from within" title! The players are very well balanced here – often given a bit of direction, but usually playing free – although still ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful work from reedman George Adams – a set that has him blowing some great tenor, plus a bit of flute and soprano sax too – on a set of laidback tracks served up with a great quartet! George's horn is definitely the star attraction here – but the combo's got just the right ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
A wonderful tribute to the music of Baden Powell – way different than the simple solo acoustic set that you might normally get – and instead, a cool batch of larger arrangements that showcase a totally different side of Powell's tunes! The album's a great reminder that amidst some of ... (Brazil) read moreCD
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Akido ... CD Mercury/Kismet (UK), 1972. Used ...
An obscure Afro Funk combo from the early 70s – produced by Ronnie Lane of The Faces, who may very well have been inspired by Ginger Baker's love of the style! The record's got some pretty heavy guitar work, and there's lots of funky rock running through the grooves – so those African-i ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A nice collection of Dee Jay numbers from Dennis Alcapone, done up in his signature sing-jay style, over some choice easy rockin' riddims. If your looking for toasting with a smoother approach than some of the rough and gruff mic rockers out there, you'll do no better than Alcapone's laidback ... (Reggae) read moreCD
An early classic from this standout salsa star – a record that really sparkles wonderfully, thanks to Tito's great vocals! The instrumentation is great too – soaring jazzy 70s salsa, arranged by Louie Ramirez and Marty Sheller, and produced to perfectionby Ramirez with that nice sense ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of those 70s salsa albums that grabs us right from the very first note – with warm piano lines and this strong sense of rhythm that hooks us even before the vocals come in! Then, Tito Allen comes into the mix and shows us why he's always been such a standout singer – bringing this ... (Latin) read moreCD
Barry Altschul/Paul Bley/Gary Peacock —
Virtuosi ... CD Improvising Artists Inc (Italy), 1967. Used ...
The legendary Jamaican keyboards and piano groover – a pivotal player in classic ska, rocksteady and reggae – divering a surprisingly wonderful vocal album in the early 80s! Being a longtime vital player by this point, we know Gladdy was wise enough that he wouldn't of done this if he ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Anderson Paak —
Malibu ... CD Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy ...
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – release 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 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 moreCD
Paul Anka may be hiding his balding pate under a hat on the cover, but the album's got the singer being very open with his style – and hitting a great AOR mode for the 80s! Anka may have hit a few clunky spots in the 70s – but he's maturing nicely on this overlooked album from the ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Arashi (Akira Sakata/Johan Berthling/Paal Nilssen Love) —
Semikujira ... CD Trost (Austria), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ...
Reedman Akira Sakata is one of the most spiritual players to ever come out of the Japanese scene – one of the few saxophonists who can really match the richer soul of a Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders, but also able to open up with the freer jazz styles of later generations too! This recording ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from this legendary duo – easily one of the most meditative, hypnotic acts of the Krautrock scene of the 70s! The music was scored for the film Le Berceau De Cristal, but has had a life long past the images on the screen – thanks to the sublime workings of organ and ... (Rock) read moreCD
The title's a great one, as the album may well be the clearest musical vision we've heard from Atomic so far – a wonderful record that has the group at a level that's slightly more tuneful and straightforward, but all without losing any of their previous edge! There's still some key free ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Axelrod —
Heavy Axe ... CD Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ...
A great back-to-basics solo album from the legendary David Axelrod – cut in the mid 70s for Fantasy Records, after higher-concept projects like The Auction and Messiah! This set gets right to the core – and focuses on the funk currents that were always part of Axelrod's larger ... (Jazz) read moreCD
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The ... (Soul) read moreCD
Outubro ... CD Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1980. New Copy ...
Wicked early work from Azymuth – one of the albums that the group recorded when they were really starting to take off on the global scene – burning strong with a soulful fusion vibe, lots of Brazilian rhythm currents, and always hitting all the right notes in their music! The sound ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An album with a horse on the cover, and a sound that's maybe even more soulful than the first mighty outing by Babe Ruth – quite a lot, given the strength of that debut! Female singer Jenny Haan seems to have an even greater presence here – working some nice currents of color through ... (Rock) read moreCD
There's few groups who could ever hope to wrap together influences from Stax Records, Ennio Morricone, and Curtis Mayfield – and whole the whole thing could ever turn out well – but the mighty Babe Ruth do exactly that, and still find time for some of their own unique grooves as well! ... (Rock) read moreCD
A group so great and so groovy, they ended up having a huge influence on the early sound of hip hop – thanks to a wonderfully funky sound at the core of their progressive rock groove! Babe Ruth have this rhythmic impulse that's really amazing – a way of working bass, drums, and ... (Rock) read moreCD
It's the mid 60s, and although Chet's lost the classic sound of his early recordings, he does a pretty nice job in this small group session that has him playing fluegelhorn in place of a recently-stolen trumpet. The sound is nice and compressed, with a tightly restrained feel that works well with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gato Barbieri —
El Pampero ... CD Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great live performance from Gato Barbieri – recorded at a time when he was maybe sounding a bit smoother in the studio, but could still come across with a lot of fire in a concert setting like this! The group has a nice lineup – some sweet electric piano and guitar, but also some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first albums ever cut as a leader by reedman Gato Barbieri – and a very sharp-edged session that's quite different than his better-known work in the 70s! Barbieri's tenor here has an incredible tone – as deeply soulful as Pharoah Sanders or late John Coltrane, and blown with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little live set from one of our favorite French singers – recorded in 1983, with backing by a small Japanese combo, very much in the manner of work on his album Le Pollen. Given that the album is such a studio-oriented session, it's interesting to hear the style of the work performed ... (French) read moreCD
A soul record we'd put up there with some of our favorite ones that the city of Chicago produced in the early 70s – and it's literally a soul record – a beautiful gospel set by Pastor TL Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir, of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, on the city's south side! ... (Gospel) read moreCD
A great one from Ray – billed on the cover as the "El Watusi Man", and recorded with a similar Charanga Moderna sound to that big hit. The grooves are tighter than those on most of his contemporaries, and the charanga sound is expanded here with a range of influences, and even a ... (Latin) read moreCD
A wicked set from the great Gary Bartz – one done after his mid 70s association with Larry Mizell – but still very much in a similar groove! The album's a great blend of Gary's soulful alto work with sweet electric backings – often put together with that angular stepping mode he ... (Jazz) read moreCD
AThe game-changing Def Jam classic from the mid 80s – and still possibly the greatest album by the Beastie Boys – even though they'd grow up a whole lot after this! The Beasties later distanced themselves from much of the attitude of this album, and you can't fault the Boys for ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The Beatles at their late best – 1968's self-titled set, now immortalized as The White Album! The White Album capped offed a period of intense creativity for the band with a double that's as freewheeling as anything they'd ever release. It's got raw rockers with wry lyricism, tender ... (Rock) read moreCD
The complete final recordings of the late great Jesse Belvin – a singer who could have been as huge as Nat King Cole or Sam Cooke, had he not died young in a tragic auto accident! In fact, Jesse's work can be seen as a key bridge between the smooth R&B of Nat's early years, and the early ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great session by one of the most enigmatic players to ever record for the Bethlehem label! Bassist Max Bennett displays a wonderful ear for unique phrasing and compelling small combo leadership – working with a group that includes Carl Fontana on trombone, Charlie Mariano on alto, Nick ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet stepping soul from George Benson – a batch of tracks that wraps up his wonderful vocals and guitar with some great contemporary rhythms! The vibe here is nicely laidback – never too smooth, nor some of the more commercial territory that Benson was trying for a decade before ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The long-awaited full-length from Mos Def and Kweli. Maybe not every cut is up to the standards they set with their amazing string of singles together, solo, and with others – but it's still strong underground hip hop that takes on the ghetto fabulous themes ruling hip hop these days. Stand ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Really amazing early work from pianist Ran Blake – an artist who's continued to blow our minds in more recent years, but who sounds especially outstanding hear in an early session for the ESP label! The album's quite different from some of the freer, bolder music you'd normally associate ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful solo piano work from Ran Blake – played at a time when he was really hitting the height of his powers on the keyboard – wonderfully balancing modernist inclinations with a sensitivity that never let things get too stark or cold! Blake's tone here is very odd – quite ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A drum-heavy spectacular – featuring four of the top hardbop drummers of the late 50s, all recorded live at Birdland, soloing back and forth in larger groups that really make the whole thing cook! Although the cover and title might make you think the record's a novelty, it's way more than ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing second chapter of the legendary Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland – and one that might even have more percussive power than the first! As before, the lineup features four key talents on the drum kit for the time – Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, and Philly Joe Jones ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder —
At Night ... CD Songlines, 2007. Used ...
Paul Bley, Franz Koglmann, Gary Peacock —
Annette ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 1992. Used ...
Paul Bley returns to important territory from earlier years – the compositions of Annette Peacock, which often offered up some of his best musical moments during the 70s! The format here is different than the ECM years, though – a bit edgier, in that the piano of Bley and bass of Gary ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mary J Blige broke through well over a decade ago, but Breakthrough is an apt title for her eighth album – as it not only busts up the morass of mid 00s urban radio fodder – it also breaks through MJB's own creative doldrums – adding up her best work in years! It's certainly not ... (Soul) read moreCD
The grand dame of hip hop soul returns – and it's hardly a growing effort, it's got some of her best work of the decade! Growing Pains is a restless set of tracks that roll from hard hitting funky soul, to laidback sophisticated jams – working with a number of producers who are all ... (Soul) read moreCD
As the subtitle says, a retrospective of the queen of hip hop soul's street and radio friendly commercial R&B with 15 tracks in all, including a few songs that were new at the time of the collection: "Reflections (I Remember)", "We Ride (I See The Future)", "You ... (Soul) read moreCD
As much as Mary J represents a lot of what we just can't stand about contemporary radio soul, there's always a few cuts on every LP that we can't resist. Includes "Everything", "Share My World", "Can't Get You Off My Mind", "Missing You", "Our Love" ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mary J Blige has grown from a symbol of resilience to an unstoppable force in contemporary r&b over the years – and Stronger With Each Tear is tight cap on another decade of strength and success from the queen of hip hop soul! Mary J is as sharp as they come, both embracing and bucking ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early ... (Latin) read moreCD
Hamilton Bohannon was completely unique in the world of soul and funk. He had a tight uptempo style that was sort of pre-disco and club oriented, yet which also had lots of choppy elements that made the groove a lot different than other artists of his time. Hard to pin down, but this selection of ... (Soul) read moreCD
The second half of Bowie's Thin White Duke years in the studio – slightly less sublime as his Young Americans outing in Philly with Luther, but still surprisingly soulful nonetheless! The format here is much more compact – with a small group working alongside Bowie in an effort to ... (Rock) read moreCD
Bassist Mario Pavone makes for a surprisingly great choice to duet here with the reeds of Anthony Braxton – as Pavone's got a richly responsive way of improvising, one that almost creates these little shadows of sound behind Braxton's lead! The approach is extremely resonant – really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second smash hit record in a row by Toni Braxton, and one of biggest and best of the mid 90s – the secret was out by this point to say the least! If the pressure was high to match the sales and creative strengths of the self-titled solo debut, Toni, composer/producer Babyface and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – an enigmatic musician who worked briefly with Sun Ra, and continued an exploration of the sonic heavens on his own! This rare 1975 album features Ahh's Sound Awareness ensemble – a 25 piece group that features a host of voices set to percussion, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very trippy album from the enigmatic Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern, former member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and also a lecturer on the east coast! This album's his first, originally issued on the Strata East label – and a spacey mixture of other-worldly sounds. The first long track ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brother Ahh & The Sounds Of Awareness —
Key To Nowhere ... CD Manufactured/Divine, 1983. New Copy ...
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ahh's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann/Peter Uuskyla Duo —
Born Broke ... CD Atavistic, 2008. Used 2 CDs ...
Just Sold Out!
Great duets between saxophonist Peter Brotzmann and drummer Peeter Uuskyla – a record that really recalls some of the best energy of Brotzmann's late 70s and early 80s recordings for FMP! The sound here is somewhat more open than other Brotzmann records of late – really ready to take a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
If there's one thing we can expect from this trio of players, it's that they're never going to be too sentimental – as a group like this is always moving forward into the future, opening up new ideas with every moment of their music, and continuing to blow us away after all their many years ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(CD and vinyl version have unique track listings – we recommend buying both!)
Pure genius from the mind of Pete Brown – and a seminal slice of sound from the Harvest Records empire – a record that's every bit as messed up as you'd guess from the title – and we mean that in the best way possible! The album flies its freak flag high, but never in a messed up ... (Rock) read moreCD
Long hair, jazzy riffing, and all the best hope that the early years of prog had to offer – all coming together on a record that's years ahead of its time! It's really hard to put a label on Pete Brown's sounds with Piblokto – music that's maybe more poetic than most of its ... (Rock) read moreCD
Some of the greatest work from the early years of R&B – all presented here with incredible sound, in a collection that also includes 17 never-issued tracks! Roy Brown's music for King Records is the stuff of legend – some of the rawest, raunchiest, most hard-swinging material of ... (Soul) read moreCD
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The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Beautiful Chicago soul! Billy Butler and Major Lance had had previous hits working on the Okeh label in town, and when that one folded, they moved over to Brunswick, where Carl Davis was cutting some amazing sides of male vocal soul, with other great local artists, like Otis Leavill! This ... (Soul) read moreCD
Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams —
Out Of This World ... CD Warwick/Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain), 1961. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Some of the best recordings that Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams ever did together! The material here was recorded for the short-lived Warwick label in the early 60s – with a tight tight rhythm section that includes Jimmy Cobb on drums, Laymon Jackson on bass, and a very young Herbie Hancock on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wicked lost album of righteous funk and poetic knowledge from the great Gary Byrd! Gary began his life as a soul DJ in New York, but by the early 70s, he was using his rich voice to create recordings designed to educate as much as entertain. That said, the album is as funky as it is strident, ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the smoothest sets to ever come from the Muscle Shoals scene – an early 80s gem that's as much an AOR charmer as it is a modern soul groover! Vocals are by Robert Byrne, with close help from Brandon Barnes – working here with hip production from Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford, ... (Rock) read moreCD
Lucia Cadotsch —
Speak Low ... CD Yellow Bird/Enja (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
Such a cool little record – one that's quite different than the usual sort of jazz vocal session, thanks to some very "mouthy" tenor work from Otis Sandsjo, who almost acts as a second sort of singer on the set! Lucia Cadotsch is in the lead, with just the bass of Petter Eldh as ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Stunning funky soul by California Playboys – a heck of a record that should have made the Playboys a huge combo at the time! It's a shame the group didn't become millionaires – but the obscurity of the record is maybe also one of its charms – the kind of small label set that ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of killers from Cameo – back to back on a single CD! Cameosis is full-on frenetic funk from Cameo – one of the group's tightest albums, yet still without any of the too-slick sounds of later years! The sound here is amazing – and we always find ourselves wondering how a ... (Soul) read moreCD
The historic album by Can – capping off their classic early 70s trilogy that includes Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi – and the last one with Damo Suzuki in the line up! While very similar to Ege Bamyasi, Future Days takes a step away from their more experimental sounds and has more of the ... (Rock) read moreCD
A massively soulful album from legendary producer Patrick Adams – and a key transitional set that bridges his earlier work on the east coast harmony scene, and his later club classics for P&P! Caress have a sweetly breaking vocal style that's simply wonderful – as great as any of ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print. Spine and booklet have cutout notches.)
A landmark recording – one of a handful of early documents of the avant garde LA scene, featuring a nimble quartet headed up by the inventive frontline of John Carter on reeds and Bobby Bradford on trumpet, over the fluid rhythm team of Tom Williamson on bass and Chicago expatriate Bruz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The complete 70s works of Matthew Larkin Cassell – an artist who's been really rediscovered and revived in the past decade or so, now finally getting his full due in a lavish Stones Throw package! Cassell's music is sweetly jazzy, and with a nice undercurrent of soul – one that's ripe ... (Soul) read moreCD