John Abercrombie —
Arcade ... CD ECM (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A record full of rich tones and cascadingly lyrical lines – and a set that features the wonderful pairing of John Abercrombie's guitar and the piano of Richie Beirach! Beirach seems to ground Abercrombie even more than usual – still letting John have those atmospheric qualities in his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An obscure soul group, but a great one – equally at home with a fragile harmony tune as they were with more uptempo groovers for the dancefloor! This one and only album from Act One is a perfect illustration of the best two sides of the east coast indie soul scene of the early 70s – ... (Soul) read moreCD
RIP ... CD Honest Jons (UK), 2012. Used Gatefold ...
A tremendous moment for the great George Adams as a leader – a record that won the reedman widespread attention after some key work in the bigger groups of Gil Evans and Charles Mingus! Adams is a searing, soulful player right from the start – stepping out strongly on tenor at the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cannonball Adderley —
Big Man ... CD Fantasy/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ...
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 moreCD
A classic from Cannoball and producer-partner David Axelrod – truly great stuff and maybe even better than the Zodiac set Cannonball did for Capitol! The formula is similar to that one – with David Axelrod producing, electric keyboards by Hal Galper and George Duke, spacey solos by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nat and Johnny Griffin front The Three Sounds in this easy-going soul jazz session with a nice rolling groove. The set's got a couple of originals – "Sister Caroline" and "Branching Out" – plus versions of "Well You Needn't" and "I've Got Plenty Of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second issue of this track, when MoWax picked it up and helped really put Air over as one of the leading lights of the new French beat movement. The original is a spacey, atmospheric trip hop classic, while notches the beat up a bit, but maintains the chill vibe, as does Cam, who drops a ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Powerhouse soul from singer Doris Allen – who made a bit of a splash in the late 60s southern soul scene with duet partner Big John Hamilton – but who's own work from that time and a couple decades later have been under acknowledged in the digital era until now! The first half of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Damn powerful work from tenorist JD Allen – working here in a trio format that really puts the reedman out front, and which gives him plenty of propulsion from the team of Gregg August on bass and Rudy Royston on drums! Royston's an especially present force on the record – snapping ... (Jazz) 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
Guitarist Laurindo Almeida returns to a bit of his roots here – but he also shows off a lot of the jazz experience he's picked up along the way! The album features Almeida working solo on acoustic guitar – although possibly overdubbed alongside himself at times – and while the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A long-overdue second album from Sunshine Anderson – the protege of Macy Gray who first broke big a number of years ago, then dropped from view until this release! The set's still got the upfront and positive sound of Anderson's debut – but there's also a deeper groove going on, and ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Pure burning soul from The Animals – a nicely stripped-down set that revels in older R&B styles – cooked up with a version of the group that features Dave Rowberry on Hammond and lots of screaming vocals from Eric B! The original Animals vibe is opened up a bit more with some ... (Rock) read moreCD
A pretty huge, innovative step for Beans, Priest and Sayyid! Arrhythmia is all about the sound, and on that level it's a near masterpiece. Completely futuristic electronic washes are the trademark of the record – the rhymes are for the most part laid back and part of the scenery. That's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Anti Pop Consortium is back after a lengthy hiatus – and it's a blast – laser cauterized funk beats, squealing synth funk, and innovative rhymes from Beans, Blaize, Hi Priest and Sayyid! The crew is in a unique position for this comeback record, in that they can pick up pretty close to ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Antony & The Johnsons —
Lake EP ... CD Secretly Canadian, 2004. Used ...
A three track EP including "The Lake", "The Horror Is Gone" & "Fistful of Love". (Rock) CD
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers ... (Soul) read moreCD
A completely charming vocal session from Louis Armstrong – done in the later pop years of his life, but a record that's not nearly as well known as his bigger hits for Kapp! Louis works with arrangements from Dick Jacobs – the Brunswick arranger who first provided the early charts for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great follow-up to the previous collaboration between pianist Ehud Asherie and tenorist Harry Allen – this time titled after a darker corner of downtown New York! As with the other date, this one features no other instrumentation at all – just warmly expressive duets on piano and ... (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
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
An archetypal album by Roy – and one that really shows him at the turning point! Gone are the trippier jazz funk moments of earlier albums – and in their place are some tight grooves and wonderfully spacey soul. Roy hits the dancefloor with one of his first uptempo funk numbers "B ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best early soul albums by Roy Ayers! Roy's working here with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Edwin Birdsong, William Allen, Harry Whitaker, and other hip players – a perfect crew to forge Roy's unique blend of jazz and soul. This is perhaps the first record to really have Roy stretching out ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the first big moments of Albert Ayler's work in the jazz mainstream – and a record that doesn't dim his greatness at all from the earlier sides recorded for ESP! The album's got a sharply angular sound that more than lives up to its vibrant cover image – a well-honed approach to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible lost work from the LA scene of the mid 80s – not punk, not metal, not paisley underground, and instead something completely different altogether – a spare acoustic set with a moody vibe that's instantly timeless! The duo of David Kauffman & Eric Caboor are almost an ... (Rock) read moreCD
An obscure and wonderful chapter in the career of Burt Bacharach – material penned for a 1967 TV musical starring Rick Nelson and Joanie Sommers – all of it perfect 60s Bacharach pop all the way through! The plot of the musical is a bit silly, but the performance isn't – tightly-c ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A classic album of classy vocals – one that helped set a whole new tone in 80s soul music! Anita had already gained a bit of experience on the soul scene before this set, but with this record she emerged as a full-formed diva who could effortlessly blend jazz and soul into a magnificent new ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tightly grooving work from The Bar-Kays – a set that's light years away from the sound of their Memphis roots, but still plenty darn funky overall! The album's got a tight bass-heavy approach to the music – the well-forged ensemble sound that graced the later years of the Bar-Kays' ... (Soul) read moreCD
Gary Bartz —
Shadows ... CD Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1991. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The 90s were a really wonderful decade for reedman Gary Bartz – a time when he seemed to go back to basics, and find a way to open up whole new corners in his music! This album's a key illustration of that moment – as Bartz blows with a sense of darkly brooding power that we never ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Count Basie picks his own set of "winners" – tracks pulled from the pop charts, and re-arranged by Billy Byers to give them the true Basie touch – that soaring, syncopated groove that makes the Basie band so great at this stretch in their career! The set features a number of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Count Basie's definitely in the bag on this one – not so much as strong of a jazz bag as in classic years, but instead this very cool blend of soul and funk styles with his Kansas City roots! The record should be thought of more as a hip instrumental album – kind of in the jaunty 60s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer work from an incredibly productive (and soulful!) period in Count Basie's career – mostly recorded between 1958 and 1962! Features material from a huge number of albums – including rare tracks from some Roulette compilations and samplers, and records with Joe Williams and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print – limited and numbered! Very nice shape, too.)
One of the great Count Basie albums recorded during his short late life stay on Dot Records – a label who really helped him focus his energy and keep up that classic Basie "punch" in his grooves – but all without sacrificing the growth the group had gone through over the years! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A groovy Les Baxter album from the pre-exotica years – a set that showcases all the lively, jaunty styles that Les brought to his initial instrumental run on Capitol Records! The mix of sounds is as colorful as the title might imply – some Latin modes, wordless vocal passages, and ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
14 tracks in all, including "Nothing Like It", "Beanie (Mack B****)", "So What You Saying", "Get Down", "I Don't Do Much", "For My N****", "Think It's A Game", "Gangsta, Gangsta", "Tales Of A Hustler", and ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
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Beanie Sigel —
Truth ... CD Roc-A-Fella, 2000. Used ...
14 tracks in all including "The Truth", "Raw & Uncut", "Anything", "Mac Man", "Who Want What", "Playa", "Everybody Wanna Be A Star", "Stop & Chill", "What A Thug About", and "What Ya Life ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Beans hits the dirt first – here's the first post Antipop solo project. Like that crew's later work it's a lot better than us sample-loving hip hop purists want to admit – pretty much a continuation of Ahrythmia without the rest of the group. When Beans is rhyming – and for most ... (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
A strangely wonderful Latin set with a very drum-heavy approach! Cuban percussionist Walfredo plays in a large group with Louie Belson on the regular kit and "moog drum" – and the rest of the group features strong Latin players like Francisco Aguabella, Clare Fischer, Emil Richards ... (Latin) read moreCD
Karl Berger & Kirk Knuffke —
Moon ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy 2 CDs ...
Beautiful duets – wonderfully warm, open, and very personal – thanks to well-placed work from the great Karl Berger on vibes and piano, and these well-blown, openly-flowing lines from Kirk Knuffke on cornet! The duets are never too outside – and instead, Berger and Knuffke find ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Antoine Beuger & Jurg Frey —
Dadalus ... CD Potlatch (France), 2013. Used ...
Beautiful recent work from Andy Bey – a singer who seems to get better and better as the years go on! As the title might indicate, the set's a collection of classic American songs – 20th century standards and evergreens, done by Bey in his wonderfully dusky style of singing – and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Benjamin Biolay & Chiara Mastroianni —
Home ... CD Virgin (France), 2004. Used ...
A wonderful record that rivals the best traditions of Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – and quite possibly the strongest to date from French producer/songwriter Benjamin Biolay! The set was co-produced by Benjamin and his wife Chiara Mastroianni – done in a mellow approach that ... (French) read moreCD
A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record ... (Soul) read moreCD
A very nice set of avant synth sounds from The Bird Show Band – featuring Ben Vida on Moog Voyager and some of the most adventurous accompaniment a guy could ask for – including Jim Baker on ARP 2600, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass and a pair of Tortoise players on drums, John Herndon and ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Out of print. Barcode has the word "Promo" written in marker.)
A moving tribute to the late, great Serge Gainsbourg – served up in a mix of film and songs from his famous partner Jane Birkin! The set features a DVD directed by Jane – a 40 minute documentary filled with private images of Serge, laid out in a very loving tribute – and it's ... (French) read moreCD
A rare early date as a leader from pianist Walter Bishop Jr – cut for a tiny east coast label that folded almost as soon as the record was issued – but a date that's gone onto great fame over the years, thanks to circulation in a few different formats! Bishop's got a really maturing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing achievement for Ruben Blades – a full suite of tracks conceived and composed by Ruben as a "disco drama" on wax! The work isn't the disco-styled album you might think from this description – and is more of a mini-opera or concept album by Blades, one that features ... (Latin) read moreCD
(Out of print original Fania pressing.)
Ruben Blades —
Mundo ... CD Sony, 2002. Used ...
Just Sold Out!