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
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
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!)
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
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
(Out of print. Booklet has light wear.)
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
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
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
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
Gato Barbieri —
El Gato ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A great summation of the Gato Barbieri recordings for the Flying Dutchman label – and a set that includes a key new composition too! Some of the record features older Barbieri tracks for Flying Dutchman, but the highlight here is the extended 13-minute suite, "El Gato" – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
An excellent set from the great Gato Barbieri – one of the gems from his earlier years on record, and an album that's very much in the best spirit of his sides for Impulse in the early 70s! There' definitely some Latin currents in the rhythm – not as strongly stated as on his Latin ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
Gato Barbieri —
Yesterdays ... CD Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
A beautiful record from Gato Barbieri – almost a return to more traditional forms, but still graced with the searching, burning quality that made most of his early 70s sides so great! The tracks are all long and exploratory – and have Gato blowing with that tremendous tenor tone – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)
The only album ever by The Barrino Brothers – a stellar early 70s harmony group, and one who could sing with the best of the east coast scene of the time! The whole set's got a feel that's very much in the best mode of groups like The Modulations, Soul Generation, and even The O'Jays – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Although Archie Bell & The Drells had recorded earlier with Gamble & Huff on Atlantic, this is their first album for the team's own label – and it's a killer! In a way, Archie and group were sort of responsible for getting Gamble & Huff their own famous imprint in the first place ... (Soul) read moreCD
Unusual work from the great George Benson – a wonderful session that was recorded by CTI during George's classic years for the label – but issued only briefly a number of years later, and slightly lost amongst the rest of his catalog! The material's great, though – and has George ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
Really beautiful work from legendary jazz composer/musician Karl Berger – a set that's maybe more "serious" than some of his early material, and definitely fits the "music with" title of the set! Berger's playing piano here with a string sextet – bass, violin, two ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A massive meeting of vibes and percussion – and easily one of the best albums we've ever heard from Karl Berger! The proceedings here are very open and improvised, yet also have a rhythmic pulse too – that quality you'd definitely expect from Blackwell, which brings in structure even ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The classic first solo album by Big L – with bedrock DITC production by Buckwild, Showbiz and Lord Finesse – perfectly framing the rhymes by Harlem's finest. Big L didn't leave a huge wealth of recordings before he was taking away from the world, but he started out strong, and this ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Big Star firing on all cylinders as a trio soon after Chris Bell split, in a surprisingly great sounding live recording – raw and unvarnished in the best, most authentic kind of way – and doing a terrific job of bringing then underappreciated/now classic songs to what sounds like a ... (Rock) read moreCD
(CD comes with a bonus download code for an unissued interview with Alex Chilton & Andy Hummel.)
A massively jamming LP of funky jazz – recorded in 70s Rio by British bank robber Ronnie Biggs! Ronnie's story – including his fugitive status in Brazil – was the inspiration for the tracks on the set – and although he was the producer of the set and tells a bit of his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tripped out funky soul from the great Edwin Birdsong – a rare indie album released between his years at Polydor and Philly International! The set's got a wilder sound than any of his other work – kind of a righteous funk set for the dancefloor – recorded with lots of weird ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great album of funky dancefloor tunes! Originally issued in 1978, and clearly for the New York dancefloor crowd – the record takes the earlier work of funk group The Blackbyrds, and remixes the tracks slightly to pump up the groove a bit for the dancers. While the approach might not sound ... (Soul) read moreCD
Proof that the genius of Art Blakey never falters! This obscure gem was recorded in the mid 80s – but rarely saw proper issue until the time of this CD – and it features Blakey leading a hip group of young lions with all the care and confidence of some of his best Jazz Messenger sides ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer work by Art Blakey from the last years of his life – and proof that the drummer still had an amazing ear for the best young talent in jazz! The session's got Art working with (then) up-and-comers Steve Davis on trombone, Brian Lynch on trumpet, Geoff Keezer on piano, and Javon Jackson ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer album – one of Art Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides, and a blinding set of hard-driving jazz that well earns its title! The group is one of Blakey's pre-Timmons/Morgan/Shorter ones – with Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Angular Monk meets hard-driving Art Blakey – in a session that's quite unique, and which has gone onto become one of the best-remembered Atlantic jazz sessions of the late 50s! The album features Blakey in that key non-Blue Note year of 1957 – a time when he was working with a variety ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic late 50's material by the Jazz Messengers, released back to back on one nicely priced CD! The album Hard Bop is virtually an introduction to the genre from which it takes its name, and it features beautifully raw stuff from Blakey's group that included Jackie McLean, Bill Hardman, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/Loue —
Our Point Of View ... CD Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Thin White Duke turns to the east – and gets a whole new sound with help from Brian Eno! The album is an amazing departure from some of David Bowie's previous work – a set that's sparer, more spacious, and which is often instrumental – quite a statement, given Bowie's ... (Rock) read moreCD
A brilliant soul album! That's right, we said SOUL album! Bowie was at the height of his Ziggy Stardust fame when this one was recorded – a drastic left-turn in styles, forged during a point in his American tour when he could take a break, head to Philly, plug in at the Sigma Sound Studios, ... (Rock) read moreCD
That's the middle finger of David Boykin on the front cover – bidding a bold farewell to the year of 2016 – with a record that offers up some of the most soul-nourishing sounds we've ever heard from the reedman! The album's got a sharper, almost funkier sound than some of Boykin's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great lost performance from David Boykin's Expanse group – one of the boldest forces in Chicago underground jazz a few years back! The lineup here is great – with Boykin on tenor, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, and Myron Cherry on drums – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Comes in an LP style sleeve.)
David Boykin Expanse —
Solar Suite ... CD Sonic Healing Ministries, 2006. New Copy ...
A set recorded many years back by Chicago spiritualist David Boykin – but one that's finally getting its debut on record, as part of the ever-evolving rich tapestry of sounds that Boykin's been giving us since the 90s! The set here captures David at a key moment – when he was maybe ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two of the most important talents to emerge in avant jazz in the 70s – working here together in a really groundbreaking performance! Both saxophonist Anthony Braxton and guitarist Derek Bailey were already making some huge waves in their respective scenes of Chicago and London – but in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer debut from Brick – the start of a massive run at the end of the 70s, a time when the group was easily one of the biggest acts to come out of the up-and-coming Atlanta scene! Like some other Atlanta acts of the time, Brick had a way of fusing older funky soul on a tighter modern ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful turn in direction from the legendary jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater – a return to some of the soul-based modes she used in the 70s, but served up here as a tribute to Memphis soul of an earlier generation! The set was recorded in that fine southern city, at the Royal Studios ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann —
More Nipples ... CD Unheard Music Series/FMP, Early 70s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Lost work from early in the career of Peter Brotzmann – rare 1969 recordings that were done at the same time as his legendary Nipples album! The work here crackles with the same sort of fire as that famous LP – the kind of hard-blown, late 60s European work that really puts the "fr ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent recording produced in Chicago in 1994 by Brotzmann and Drake, with help from jazz journalist John Corbett. Brotzmann plays a host of reed instruments – including tarogato, e-flat clarinet, alto, and tenor – and Drake plays his trademark frame drum, plus tablas and a regular ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet —
Signs ... CD Okka Disk, 2004. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A companion to the Images disc, recorded at the same time, this set likewise features the international 10 piece featuring Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Mars Williams, Peter Brotzmann, Fred Londberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake running through three ... (Jazz) read moreCD
D An inspiring set from pianist Donald Brown– working here in a group that features some especially nice work from Gary Bartz and Eddie Henderson! Bartz plays soprano and alto sax, Henderson trumpet and flugelhorn – and both players fill the album with soulful colors and well-spun ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the stranger James Brown albums from the 60s! The record is one of the only vocal albums he cut for the Smash label – and it was issued during a time when James was strangely contracted to two labels – King and Smash. His dual contract situation was that he couldn't record any ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dennis Budimir —
Creeper ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
One of the coolest albums ever from guitarist Dennis Budimir – a player who worked on countless sessions for other artists, but hardly ever got time in the spotlight in a setting like this! The album's nice and dynamic, and has Budimir playing with a great mix of tones – sometimes a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the biggest releases of the 70s from the underground dancefloor team of Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael – a duo best known for their cutting-edge work on their own P&P label – but who still sound equally great here on a much bigger label! As with the P&P grooves, the ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most hard-hitting sessions ever recorded for the Bethlehem label – and a rare date for the imprint by the team of trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Pepper Adams! The style here is similar to work the pair recorded for Riverside and Blue Note at the same time – razor-sharp ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great one from The Byrds – who deliver an iconic mix of breezy country rock and folk harmonies, over songs that range from laidback to soaring! The Byrds seemed to always be in a state of flux, line-up wise, and that actually seems to bring out a pretty great mix of styles on their best ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wonderful work from a group who are equally great on the funky tip, and on the mellow side of the spectrum – a small southern combo from the mid 70s, but one with a feel that's a lot more like some late 60s funky 45s! The funky cuts are almost all originals here – handled by Earl with ... (Soul) read moreCD
Michael Carvin —
Camel ... CD Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy ...
A real gem of an album – the kind of spiritual 70s soul jazzer that we never tire of putting on the turntable! Drummer Michael Carvin heads a great group that features Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Sonny Fortune on alto and soprano, and Ron Burton on piano – and the ensemble grooves in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wickedly fuzzy funk! Jimmy Castor recorded in a lot of different styles during the 70s – but the one he used on this album is still his best! The record's a non-stop guitar-heavy batch of classic funk tracks – and it features the storming break track "It's Just Begun", the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A totally great collection of work from French guitarist Philip Catherine – a very unusual player on the European jazz scene of the 70s, and one with a style that's quite different than most of his American contemporaries! Catherine works in electric modes often, but usually with kind of an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is definitely at the core – but the set also features wonderful contributions from Vincent Bowens on tenor and soprano sax, Jerome LeDuff ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet little take on the TV theme world of the 60s – served up by Brit maestro Frank Chacksfield at a level that's maybe a little bit more groovy than some of his other records from the time! Frank's still working with a very full orchestra, but the songs themselves have an inherently cool ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A wonderful collection of work – one that not only features all the albums by this legendary soul group, but also solo projects by each member, and a host of rare bonus tracks too! The individual albums come in small LP-styled sleeves – and include Give Me Just A Little More Time, In ... (Soul) read moreCD
Chakachas ... CD Avco/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy ...
The coolest, funkiest, and most soulful set ever issued by Chakachas – a record that's way different than most of their Latin-based music – with a strong American funk vibe all the way through! There's still lots of percussion in the mix, but it's often used in ways that echo more of a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sublime soul from Change – an Italian combo who got some great American help on their early 80s for Warner Brothers! The Change groove is totally great – a stripped-down blend of beats, bass, and keyboards that was head and shoulders above much of the clunkier 80s soul of the time ... (Soul) read moreCD
A massive set from the legendary Chic – and a set that has the dancefloor combo coming down perfectly throughout! Riffing Nile Rodgers guitars really make the tunes cook – as does the superb production – and although the record played plenty in discos and radios of the mainstream ... (Soul) read moreCD
Never-issued material from a cool Ohio group from the 60s – a group whose family tree leads to later fame in groups that include The James Gang and Raspberries – but who come across here with the youthful look you'd expect from the cover! The sound is garage rock maybe inflected by a ... (Rock) read moreCD
Neo-classic hip hop of the highest caliber, courtesy Pro Era collective MC and producer Chuck Strangers in his solo debut! As much as we always have and always will love dusty soul and jazz sample hip hop, it takes real finesse these days to work in that realm without sounding self-consciously ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
American jazzmen, playing in Paris – and working in the sort of all-star jam session mode you'd know from the Jazz At The Philharmonic recordings of the 50s! The format here is similar – some key players, in modes that run from swing to bop to more modern jazz – all brought ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A surprisingly dark, smoky set of tunes from Rosemary Clooney – a rare set for Reprise, and her last new LP to appear until the late 70s! Rosemary cuts a number of well known numbers here, which is not a surprise, but the number of searingly bleak tunes here does make it a bit of a jolt ... (Vocalists) read moreCD