The best work ever from the great Johnny Adams – a Crescent City soul singer with a hell of a lot of power, brought into wonderfully strong focus here on these early recordings for the Ric & Ron label! Johnny recorded later in Nashville and Jackson, but he's never sounded better than on ... (Soul) read moreCD
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hokey kind of cover, but a great little album – another easy winner from the team of Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern, easily one of the greatest pairs working together in jazz for the past decade or so! Alexander's got a tremendous tone on the tenor – finely-honed with the maturity ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Breezy bossa nova – Hollywood 60s style! The album's one of the best cut for Capitol by guitarist Laurindo Almeida – and has a sweet groovy little style that features Laurindo's lovely guitar work over some lightly dancing small combo backings that include flute, harmonica, organ, ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Gene Ammons & Dodo Marmarosa —
Jug & Dodo ... CD Prestige, 1962/Early 70s. Used ...
The first-ever issue of material recorded in Chicago in 1962 – a rare session by pianist Dodo Marmarosa, one that was to be his last on earth! Dodo's working with a trio that includes Sam Jones on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – in a sad, almost bluesy style that's a wonderful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A gripping set of breakbeat tracks – with strong shifts of mood from track to track, encompassing an array of groove styles that runs from breesy bossa, to modal big band, to pumped up breakbeats. Titles include "Sordid", "Bridge", "Reanimator", "People ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
An incredible full length set from Amp Fiddler – and the kind of record that's well worth all the hype it's been getting! Think of this one as Stevie Wonder for the 21st Century – keyboards and vocals taking off in a rocketship for the future, yet packed to the brim with all the best ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Fred Anderson in very comfortable territory – working at his own Velvet Lounge, in the company of some great younger Chicago players who represent the scene-crossing energy of Anderson's music in recent years! The group's a quintet – with Anderson on tenor, Maurice Brown on trumpet, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous ... (Soul) read moreCD
Okay. . .okay, there may be a few other singers we like to hold up as our favorite (like Jimmy Cliff), but for real, Horace Andy's at the top of the heap. Maybe it's because we're from Chicago and have a soft spot for sweet falsetto a la Eugene Record or Curtis Mayfield, though we'd never claim ... (Reggae) read moreCD
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Darn solid work from Ashford & Simpson – one of the duo's biggest albums for Capitol Records, and a great set from their 80s run for the label! The groove here is a bit more heavy on keyboards and beats than before, but the pair still keep things plenty soulful with their positive, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ashford & Simpson may have gotten their start at Motown, but they really found their groove at Warner Brothers – as you'll hear on this massive collection of tracks from their landmark late 70s years at the label! Even many decades later, the strength of this music is undeniable – ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Bachir Attar with Elliott Sharp —
In New York ... CD Enemy (Germany), 1992. Used ...
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
(CD has a cutout hole.)
Ab Baars & Mariette Rouppe Van Der Voort —
Veer & Haul ... CD Stichting Wig (Netherlands), 2002. Used ...
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Ab Baars & Terrie Ex —
Hef ... CD Terp/Atavistic, 2002. Used ...
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 moreCD
Mid 70s revivalist swing by Parisian tenorist Gerard Badini – recorded in a loose and free format that almost recalls the glory days of Verve's 50s recordings of the style. Badini's blowing here with a quartet that includes Raymond Fol on piano and celeste, Michel Gaudry on bass, and Sam ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A previously-unissued treasure from the Chet Baker tour of Europe in 1955 – a rare live performance that features some of the last recorded work by pianist Dick Twardzik! The concert is presented here in its near-entirety – complete with an announcement from promoter Gigi Campi, and a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Shorty Baker & Doc Cheatham —
Shorty & Doc ... CD Prestige/Swingville/OJC, 1961. Used ...
With Baker and Cheatham on trumpets – plus Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and JC Heard on drums. Titles include "Good Queen Bess", "Night Train", "Baker's Dozen", and "Chitlins". (Jazz) CD
More ... CD Schema/Fez (Italy), 1999. Used ...
Incredible! Although the first album by Balanco had a definite Italian bossa sound (which was very popular in their acid jazz scene a few years ago), this great second album by the group breaks into whole new territory – like French and Italian soundtrack grooves, particularly in the vein of ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Pretty hip stuff – recorded in Paris, but featuring some leading lights of American bohemia! The first half of the CD features work by a quartet led by bassist Buddy Banks, and featuring work by American players Bob Dorough on piano and Roy Haynes on drums, as well as the French musician ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A 13-track collection that brings together Ray's work for Fania from the late 60s and early 70s – pivotal sides in the development of salsa, all done with Ray's uniquely jazzy flair on conga. The set's a great introduction to Ray's best work, as it features some of his greatest recordings! ... (Latin) read moreCD
Groundbreaking work from the modernist jazz team of Bill Barron and Ted Curson! The album's one of a few rare gems that Barron cut for the Savoy label early in his career – a mixture of Mingus-like angular jazz compositions, outfitted with a freer sense of soloing, and a deeply soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful little date from pianist Kenny Barron – one that has him working in drumless duo mode, with only the bass of Buster Williams for accompaniment! The tunes are often quite long, and it's beautiful to hear the way Kenny stretches out on the keys – buoyed up warmly by Williams' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Basie was getting all over the place during the 50s – and this set's a great little concert recorded in London! The album's classic Basie for Verve – with Joe Williams on vocals on 3 tracks, and a tight group that includes Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Benny Powell, Matthew Gee, and Frank ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great dip into a lesser-documented side of Basie's career – small group sessions he recorded for Norman Granz in the early 50s, plus a few larger group sides with his more famous orchestra! Tracks on the set all date from the year 1952, and feature Basie working in quintet, sextet, nonet, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of THE seminal Basie albums of all time – and a masterful pairing between the Count and arranger Neal Hefti! Hefti has an amazing ear for the Basie groove, and he works here to re-fit the overall sound of the group with a tighter, more fluid approach – one that ensured that they'd ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Except for their crossover attempt, "Give Me Tha A**", Juju and Les (minus Al Tariq) use loads of David Axelrod samples to create more of the classic Beatnuts sound. "Thinkin' Bout Cash" features Hostile and Poet of Screwball (yep, it's the same MC Poet from "Beat You ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The Beatnuts didn't have a whole heckuva of a lot in the way of lyrical ideas by '01, but this underrated LP for Loud is well worth the purchase price anyway, thanks to the 'nut's continued mastery of beats and samples. They virtually ignore perfunctory trends and stay firmly rooted in the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Produced by the hotter-than-Mercury Neptunes, Dave Kelly, Irv Gotti, Taxi (Sly & Robbie) and others. 13 tracks in all, including "Feel It Boy" with Janet Jackson, "Fresh From Yard" with Lil Kim, "Street Life", "Pure Pretty Gal", "Bossman" with ... (Reggae) read moreCD