Baritone madness, and a lot more too – a set that's full of surprises, and which may well be one of the most striking records on the Beehive label from Chicago! The date not only features twin terrors on baritone sax – Nick Brignola and Pepper Adams, both blowing at the height of their ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first solo album from Johnny Bristol – a genius soul talent who did a bunch of great work for Motown as a writer and arranger, breaking out here on his own! Like so many other behind-the-scenes talents from the late 60s, Johnny turned out to be an excellent soul artist in his own right ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reissue of the rare Vik album by trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, originally recorded in 1956, with a number of different groups that include players like Al Cohn, Milt Hinton, Nick Travis, Hank Jones, and Gene Quill. The approach is typical to the RCA jazz releases of the 50s – lots of tight ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very unusual session – especially considering Bob Brookmeyer's more modernist modes of the 50s! This album has Bob going back to roots you might not guess that he had – picking up bits of a Kansas City sound that (as he tells in the liner notes) clearly inspired him in the early days ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and tape on the back.)
Roy Brooks —
Beat ... LP Workshop Jazz, 1964. Very Good+ ...
An amazing record – one of the best on Motown's short-lived Workshop Jazz subsidiary! The album is the first to feature Roy Brooks as a leader – and the super-hip drummer from Detroit really knows what to do with the opportunity! He's working here with a hip group that includes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Bobby Brown's out to put his New Edition past firmly behind him here – stepping out in a range of pop soul numbers that still have a sound that's as fresh as his late teen look on the cover! The Brown cliches haven't settled into full effect here yet – and there's a boyish charm on ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch & light wear.)
70s album that compiles some of Clifford Brown's best moments for Blue Note – including sides that were recorded under the leadership of JJ Johnson and Lou Donaldson, plus a few from sessions under Brown's own name. Titles include "Wail Bait", "Hymn Of The Orient", "E ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard to get work by Clifford Brown – 1953 recordings originally done in Europe for the Vogue label! Brown's working here with Gigi Gryce in front of a Parisian quartet that features Henri Renaud, Pierre Michelot, and Benny Bennett. There's 12 tracks in all, including 2 takes each of "Al ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Prestige Historical series pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)
Quite possibly THE key example of the magic of Clifford Brown and Max Roach on record – a brilliant studio session that really has the group "incorporating" their sound – forging a bold musical statement that would forever leave its imprint on jazz for years to come! The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has moderate wear with red electrical tape over all seams. Vinyl plays with numerous clicks & crackles.)
Errol Brown —
Orthodox Dub ... LP Roots International/Dub Store (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
There's nothing orthodox about this 70s dub gem from Erroll Brown – as the album's an unusual set from start to finish – even in an era when so many dub records were being produced! There's an extra-raw sound to the whole thing – which might be hinted at by its cover image – ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An enduring classic from James Brown – quite possibly the strongest of his late 70s albums, and a record that nicely balances the harder funk of the early part of the decade with a more sophisticated style that almost gets slightly jazzy at times! The vocals are planted strongly at the top ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not socking soul, but laidback jazz – an under-acknowledged side of James Brown's career, presented fully in this excellent collection of work from the 60s! The package shows a growing sophistication in James' music as the 60s moved on – not just in his vocals, which were surprisingly ... (Soul) read moreCD
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same ... (Soul) read moreCD
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, a bit of pen, and clear tape on the bottom seam.)
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great bassist Ray Brown proves that any instrument can swing – here picking up a cello, and grooving wonderfully in a very warm setting! The album features arrangements by Russ Garcia – slightly modern, and with lots of space, so that Ray can play both bass and cello with room to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Inside of digipack has a store stamp and some writing in pen.)
A really hip record from the team of bassist Ray Brown and vibist Milt Jackson – a swinging large group record that has them fronting arrangements from Oliver Nelson and Jimmy Heath! Nelson and Heath are both mighty hip cats at this point in their career – and bring a soulful swing to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An interesting set for Brown, working in more of a jazzy/bluesy style rather than the R&B vein for which she was mainly known. The album was arranged and conducted by Peter Matz with fairly lavish orchestrations accompanied by Brown's mainly mellow vocals. Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Barry ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful later work by the Dave Brubeck Quartet – an overlooked gem from their 60s Columbia sessions, and an album that features interpretations of tunes written by the great Matt Dennis! Dennis had a way with a tune that often put dark corners in the back of lovely melodies – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice little album from Brubeck – one that's mostly comprised of old-fashioned type tunes, but which all take on a hip new light in the hands of his classic quartet! As usual, Paul Desmond's one of the main assets of the set – working with Brubeck to forge a slightly off-b ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet live set from Dave Brubeck's early years on Columbia Records – recorded in New York, but with all the calculated cool and modern tones Brubeck first forged in the San Francisco scene of the 50s! Paul Desmond's on board on alto sax – really getting a lot of space to stretch out ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Exactly the kind of record that makes us love sound library records so much – and definitely the sort that sets the style apart from anything else we can think of! Both Sandro Brugnolini and Giorgio Carnini turn in some great work here – a mindblowing mix of modes over the space of ten ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
An Italian funk double-header – a sweet little set from the end of the 60s, and one that features killer cuts from both Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi! We love either artist on their other own records, but there also seems to be something about putting them together here that makes ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk and super-tight horns – all wrapped up in the kind of a groove that made BT Express one of the hottest club acts of the 70s! The group are at the height of their powers here – working with excellent arrangements from Carlos Ward – a jazzman at heart, and a talent who ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first of Branford Marsalis' two LPs to venture into the "acid jazz" or "hip hop crossover" genre, however you choose to look at it. Fortunately, he gets a helping hand from Premier on a number of cuts. Includes "Breakfast At Denny's", "Some Cow Fonque", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
An album recorded in the Netherlands, but a set that hits right to the heart of RL Burnside's Mississippi roots – thanks to a beautifully spare, careful presentation of the music! Most numbers feature just Burnside on vocals and guitar – with a vibe that's similar to the field ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl – includes download! Limited edition Fat Possum Records 25th Anniversary pressing!)
Kenny Burrell —
Freedom ... LP Blue Note (Japan), 1963. Very Good+ ...
A rare set of work by Kenny Burrell – recorded for Blue Note in 1963, but unissued until the time of this early 80s Japanese-only release! The work is amazing – quite different than some of Kenny's other work for Blue Note, in that the tracks are shorter, and apparently recorded with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Japanese pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)
Great great stuff – and for some folks, THE album by Kenny Burrell! This classic set features the guitarist in a quintet with Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Major Holly on bass, Bill English on drums, and the great Ray Barretto on conga – a really great lineup that sparkles with soulful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty stereo pressing. Back cover paste-on is unglued in some places and has a small tear.)
John Butcher & Matthew Shipp —
At Oto ... CD Fataka (UK), 2012. New Copy ...
A record that's less a set of duets, than a set of musical moments from two great players – reedman John Butcher, and legendary pianist Matthew Shipp! The set begins with two solo pieces from Butcher – tenor on "Curling/Charred", which has this sublimely raspy edge – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Key solo work from Charlie Byrd – a record that features his playing on acoustic guitar, and no other accompaniment – bravely recorded at a time when most players of his nature were shifting towards larger arrangements. And yes, Byrd was also working in that format at the time, too ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went on to forever change the face of jazz funk! After rumbling around for a few years attempting electric styles that really didn't fit his mode, Donald wisely hooked up with Larry, and hit a groove here ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Donald Byrd —
Fuego ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
One of Donald Byrd's first albums on Blue Note – tight, soulful, and a firm statement of hardbop truth – a record that showed that Byrd was firmly on the map! The ensemble features Jackie McLean on alto, and the rhythm section includes Duke Pearson, Doug Watkins, and Lex Humphries ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic album that mixes trumpet and voices in a swirling soulful sound that worked very well for Byrd's career! Byrd's sparkling trumpet fronts a tight septet that includes Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, and Kenny Burrell – and which is backed by arrangements by Coleridge Perkinson and Duke ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and center splitting.)
An essential bit of jazz funk from Donald Byrd and Larry Mizell! The groove's very similar to their classic Places & Spaces LP, and the record's got loads of cool spacey tracks with hot funky trumpet from Donald, and cool waves of synth and sound from Larry. The title cut's a great groover, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album, and unlike anything else Donald Byrd ever recorded – almost mad hodgepodge of the styles Byrd used at Blue Note, as the session brings together funky soul jazz with vocal backings – linking the groove of At The Races with the choral stylings of A New Perspective! The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare bit of David Byrne from the best years of the Talking Heads – tunes commissioned by Twyla Tharp for an offbeat piece of dance entitled The Catherine Wheel. A few of the tracks are vocals, and feature some of Byrne's most compelling lyrics from the time – and others are ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very very very cool stuff from Italy in the 70's. This tight little combo featuring Fender Rhodes, electric bass, and congas lays down some super tight grooves with a very deep, very funky, very laid back feel. Originally intended for soundtrack use in TV and commercials, this disc has finally ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Cables —
My Muse ... CD High Note, 2012. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Stellar sounds from pianist George Cables – the kind of fluid, soulful set he's been serving up for years – but one with a bittersweet undercurrent too! The "muse" in the title is Cables' late partner – for whom he wrote a few key tracks on the set, showing us that his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The pairing of Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb is probably one of the greatest ideas ever in the history of pop music – as you'll hear on the album's title track, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Glen's original hit version of the song – written by a wee Jimmy at a young age ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Has there ever been a pop tune as sublime as "Wichita Lineman"? We don't think so – and Glen's original version is still the best that's ever been recorded! That track kicks off a great set that includes some other wonderful pop covers – like "If You Go Away", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic mambo and cha cha material from the Fiesta label of New York. Nothing fancy, but the tracks have a tight groove, and some nice electric guitar as part of the rhythm instrumentation. Titles include "Fantasmas", "Vampire", "More Smoke", "Mark I", and ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bunny Sigler produced this one by Carl, and it's definitely got a lot of Bunny's Philly disco influences running through it. You won't find any "Bad Mamma Jamma" tracks on here – but you will find a lot of up-tempo cuts with a dancefloor sound. Titles include "Live For ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime alto work from Benny Carter – a masterpiece of tone and timing that shows him at the height of his powers! Carter's sound alone is enough to sell the record, and it's wonderfully recorded by Norman Granz – but the rest of the group is a good fit too, and features Oscar Peterson ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Norgran pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a sticker spot on each side, center split bottom seam & wide clear tape on the spine.)
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has wear and splitting.)
Excellent early work from Clarence Carter – recording here with production and arrangements by Rick Hall – in that sweet Muscle Shoals style that never sounded better than it did with Clarence! Carter had a way of working with Hall that was really beyond some of the cliches that crept ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most off-beat albums we've ever heard from saxophonist James Carter – a really unusual album done in collaboration with organist John Medeski! Although Carter's groove is usually traditional, Medeski's presence gives the album lots of fresh twists and turns – kind of a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Carter —
Fields ... CD Gramavision, 1988. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of John Carter's great 80s dates for Gramavision – and one that really recaptures some old school energy, thanks to the presence of Bobby Bradford's cornet in the group! Other players include Benny Powell on trombone, Marty Ehrlich on bass clarinet and flute, Fred Hopkins on bass, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lovely little record from John Carter – and a record with an even more sensitive feel than some of his other work of the time! The group's a quintet – with longtime associate Bobby Bradford on trumpet – yet the sound is in a much more different space than some of the other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A haunting album of solo clarinet work from Carter – with a good deal of introspection, and a focus on moods that he doesn't always get to express with some of his larger groups. Titles include "Star Bright", "Johnetta's Night Song", "A Country Blues", and " ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing collection of music – some of the hippest jazz to ever come out of the west coast scene, and a legendary pairing of trumpeter Bobby Bradford and saxophonist John Carter! Both players have really gone onto leave their mark in later years – but honestly, they almost reached ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, limited edition of 5000. Includes original book and slipcase.)
John Carter/Bobby Bradford New Art Jazz Ensemble —
Seeking ... CD Revelation/Hatology (Switzerland), 1969. Used ...
An amazing debut from the John Carter/Bobby Bradford New Art Jazz Ensemble – one of the most powerful voices in jazz on the west coast at the end of the 60s! In a way, the quartet's sound is a culmination of the underground changes that had been bubbling under during most of the 60s on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet electric work from Ron Carter – subtle magic in the best CTI mode! Ron arranged the set himself, but he's working with a core group of CTI players that includes Bob James and Richard Tee on electric piano, Hubert Laws on flute, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, and Billy Cobham on drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the massive Ron Carter albums from the mid 70s – and a set of 4 open-ended modal tracks that hit a similar Latin/but not Latin approach as the tracks on Coltrane's great Ole album. The group's a small one – featuring Carter on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, Jay Berliner on guitar, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful album by Ron Carter – and quite rare, too! The record features a group that's got a nice 70s modal soul jazz sound – with players that include Herbie Hancock on acoustic and electric piano, Hubert Laws on flute, Sam Brown on guitar, and both Billy Cobham and Grady Tate on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful session of indie soul jazz from the 80s – done at a time when Muse Records was one of the last great outlets for such work! Carvin sparkles here both as a player and a leader with the same kind of energy brought to his classic Camel album from the 70s – and the tracks are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Michael Carvin —
Camel ... CD Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1975. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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
Michael Carvin's one of those players who always makes us sit up and take notice – not just for his own dynamic work on drums, but also for the way that he manages to lead a group with such soulful fire! This album's a great example of that skill, as Carvin brings together a mix of players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The music of Michael Carvin is always a revelation – a joyous, soulful outpouring of feeling that never fails to move us – and which always makes us wonder why more folks don't treasure gems like this that he made as a leader! Carvin's drum work is filled with energy from the get-go ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest live albums ever, and probably THE best album Johnny Cash ever recorded! In 1969 Cash had more angst than you could shake a stick at – he just kicked drugs, and he hadn't had a big hit in years, so his respectful and thoughtful empathy for the audience of inmates not only ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album