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A rare electric outing from legendary altoist Jackie McLean – and one that comes off surprisingly well, given that the move was quite a shift for the reedman! The album's got a spiritual current that McLean developed in some of his earlier 70s material – like his gems for the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of early work from this razor-sharp group – the young Texas-bred lineup that features Wilton Felder on tenor and alto, Wayne Henderson on trombone, Joe Sample on piano, and Stix Hooper on drums – all grooving hard in the years before they just became The Crusaders! ... LP, Vinyl record album
A really unique chapter in the career of Ornette Coleman – an album that he produced by himself in 1962, away from any other label – as an effort to showcase the newly freer sounds of his music! The recording's the first in a really groundbreaking stretch for the 60s – and it was ... LP, Vinyl record album
The scene may be changing, but nothing can dampen the fire of the great Bud Powell – and, if anything, this fifth installment in Blue Note's "Amazing" series may well have the pianist at his mature best! The rhythm duo are wonderful – more late 50s modern hardbop than some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bay Area organist Merl Saunders gets some help from rock-famous friends Tom Fogerty and Jerry Garcia in this surprisingly listenable album of groovy little tunes with a San Francisco jazz funk sound. The record has a few bad rocky bluesy moments – but there's a surprising amount of nice ... LP, Vinyl record album
Another bold new direction for the legendary Miles Davis Quintet of the 60s – a set that has some of the angular styles of earlier albums, but also a bit more of the flowing grace to come in the electric years! A key illustration of this is the leadoff track "Prince Of Darkness" ... LP, Vinyl record album
Possibly the best instrumental album that James Brown cut for Smash! Unlike some of the other albums, this one features a set list that's mostly originals – and a number of tracks have a longer groove than usual, which lets James and the band stretch out instrumentally. Titles include " ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pure brilliance from The Futures – a group who were already a standout on the east coast vocal scene, but one who really took off once they met with the talents of Philadelphia International! The Gamble & Huff approach really opens up the sound of the group – taking their warm ... LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album from this powerhouse Cuban group of the 70s – their first record issued formally to an American market, and quite possibly their greatest effort of the decade! The sound here is a lot more focused than on the group's Cuban sessions from previous years – not commercial ... LP, Vinyl record album
A 2LP set, released in the mid 60's as a "Capitol Record Club Exclusive" – and one that compiles some of Baxter's best work for the label. The inside of the cover has some good notes on Baxter's career, and the record contains many nice moments like "Dancing Diamonds", ... LP, Vinyl record album
The stuff of Latin legends – one of Pacheco's first few albums for the Alegre label, and a masterpiece in the charanga format! The group bounces along with a tight compressed energy that all but blew the cha cha to bits – firery piano by Hector Pellot, flute by Pacheco, and vocals by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bossa nova meets organ jazz – a real classic from the great Walter Wanderley, recorded right on the heels of his famous Rain Forest album for Verve! This set's in a very similar format to that one – core trio grooving with organ, bass, and drums – sometimes augmented with added ... LP, Vinyl record album