Great live work from this famous jazz harmonicist – a player who often gets standout moments in larger ensembles, or on well-known recording sessions – but who we especially like in a small combo mode like this! The CD features two different live sets – recorded a year apart, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from Herlin Riley – a drummer with plenty of New Orleans in his roots, but also a jazzman who never tries to hit you over the head with that legacy either! There's definitely a complexity in the rhythms that reflects Herlin's background – but the modes of expression are more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really nice take on the music of New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – a record that sets things up in new jazz-based arrangements that open up whole new sides of the songs! You'll know most of the numbers here – especially if you've got any of Toussaint's classic albums or ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A spiritual surprise – and a record that we really didn't expect! Joey DeFrancesco's really got a great edge this time around, thanks in part to some incredibly strong saxophone work on the album from Troy Roberts and the legendary Pharoah Sanders! We'll be honest in saying that we first ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early work from Swedish jazz singer Alice Babs – and a set of recordings that feature the vocalist in the wonderful company of leader/arranger Erwin Lehn! Lehn's got a really fantastic sense of color – which we know most famously from his album on MPS – and that approach works ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Bassist Christian McBride works here with a mighty striking group – a quartet that features Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor and bass clarinet, and Nasheet Waits on drums – all players who give this record an edge that we're not used to hearing from Christian! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nicely-priced introduction to the very cool MPS record label – easily one of the hippest jazz imprints going in the 60s and 70s – and one of the few that was able to reach around the planet, and unite styles from all over the globe! This set brings together key cuts that made MPS so ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two of the more important pianists of recent years, performing here together in a set of live duets – most of which have a relatively improvised, relatively free approach – maybe even more than more familiar albums from either player! There's definitely a sense of ECM space in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most widely-circulated albums in the early years of Wadada Leo Smith – an ECM session that not only gave the trumpeter the kind of exposure he wasn't getting with his independent and import albums – but also a record that reminded the world that the label also had a strong ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really great album as a leader from bassist Dave Holland – a musician who was really coming into his own at this point in his career, and using all the talents he'd developed in looser settings to help bring new focus to a group! The lineup here is exceptionally strong, and a really great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic gift from the gods – a lost live performance from one of our favorite trumpeters of all-time – and a set that has him really stretching out in all of his genius! Woody Shaw is really at the peak here – working in that soaring, spiritual mode that he virtually helped ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tank and the Bangas roll in with a mighty heavy groove – their own special spin on contemporary soul, which seems equally informed by elements of hip hop and underground funk! The group hail from New Orleans, but have a sound that's way more 21st Century than most of that city's musical ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
RC & The Gritz just keep getting better and better with each new record – to the point where they've found a way to fully state their own sound, yet work with a sort of generosity that opens up the door for plenty of great collaborations! That's definitely the case here – as the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
These are definitely toxic times, and we're happy we've still got the Last Poets on hand to transcend them – especially as the group here sounds maybe better than we've heard them in a long, long time! There's as much music as there is poetry to the record – some of the songforms they ... (Soul) read moreCD
Michael Whalen plays a range of keyboards here with the Fire Brigade – a crack fusion ensemble with a hard-jamming style that takes us back to some of the bigger electric jazz albums of the 70s! Whalen's in the lead on Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clavinet, and other keys – and the group's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Teodross Avery – a set dedicated to the legacy of John Coltrane, and which definitely has the spirit of the master alive and well in Avery's solos! The tracks are all classics from the Coltrane songbook – performed by a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible debut from vibist Joel Ross – an artist who's already given us great moments on records with Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, and others – but who's completely his own man here right from the start! Ross instantly emerges as a major creative force – leading the combo, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic music from 9th Creation – an album that was recorded in the early 80s, but never issued at the time – which is a heck of a shame, as it's some of the best work we've ever heard from the group! The album's got a great blend of funk and soul – with a deepening of both the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic document of this breakout moment for the legendary John Coltrane – every single Prestige Records recording from the important year of 1958, a time when the tenorist really emerged as a leader, while still also sharing his talents in collaborative sessions too! This isn't the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mark De Clive-Lowe —
Heritage ... CD Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ...
We've loved the music of Mark De Clive-Lowe for many years – and he's really rewarded us with a continuing evolution of his sound and style – to a point where a record like this is nothing that we might have expected over a decade ago! The set's a live jazz performance, but still ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Fantastic funk from 9th Creation – a group who really tighten up their sound for this record, but still stay as wonderful as before! There's a totally right-on-the-money vibe to the whole thing – like the best Wayne Henderson/At Home productions from the late 70s – or maybe that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Damn funky work from 9th Creation – a group who recorded this set for the mostly-disco Prelude label, but who still serve up the same heavy sound as their earlier work! There's a tightness here that few other groups can touch – that special magic that you can hear when a larger funk ... (Soul) read moreCD
A funky little record from reedman Michael Blake – dedicated to the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, and served up with just the right sort of gritty style to match! Blake plays mostly tenor on the set, in a combo that has some electric touches on guitar, bass, and keyboards – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A motherlode of cop and crime soundtracks from the 70s – none of which have ever been commercially released before! All the music here comes from the mighty holdings of Quinn Martin Productions – the wellspring of so many great hour-long TV detective shows in the 70s – often well- ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
An amazing little soundtrack – one that's as spooky and eerie as the film for which it was written, and which was also one of the few American recordings issued by Polish jazz great Krzysztof Komeda! The core of the album is an especially haunting theme – one hummed as a lullaby by Mia ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Limited to 3000 copies.)
Shafiq Husayn —
Loop ... CD Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy ...
It's been many years since Sa-Ra have expanded our minds with their revolutionary blend of hop hop and soul – but fortunately, Shafiq Husayn has carried on the group's legacy – and has reached an even higher plane with music like this! Husayn brings all the fantastic production skills ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Edward Vesala —
Lumi ... CD ECM (Germany), 1987. New Copy ...
Drummer Edward Vesala has his roots in the more dynamic Finnish fusion scene of the 70s – but here, he's working in the spacious ECM mode that really defined the second half of his career! The group's a relatively large one, heavy on saxes and flute – with reed lines from Pentti Lahti, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ralph Towner —
Diary ... CD ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A beautifully personal album from Ralph Towner – a set that's maybe got more going on than just a diary – as the whole thing has a very poetic approach to the sound, one that's really in keeping with the new modes of expression that Towner helped bring to ECM! There's a bit of overdub ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A real standout in the classic catalog of ECM – not only because the record's got a slightly different inspiration than most, but also because it seems to unlock some especially beautiful moments from players who could sound different in other settings on the label! As the title indicates, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nicely mature album from trumpeter Enrico Rava – one that really explores the space between the notes, and which has Rava in the company of a very well-matched quintet! Enrico always had a sense of "less is more" in his horn, right from the start – but that quality only ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Julian Priester (Pepo Mtoto) —
Love, Love ... CD ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
An excellent bit of spacey funk from Julian Priester – the Chicago hardbop trombonist who grooved mightily in the late 50s and early 60s with the likes of Sun Ra and Max Roach, but who here is reemerging as a 70s electric funk maestro, in the lineage of Herbie Hancock. Here, he's working ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Steve Kuhn —
Trance ... CD ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A really fantastic ECM moment from pianist Steve Kuhn – one that brings a new sort of focus to the decade's worth of music he'd been recording for other labels – in the company of a quartet that features Steve Swallow on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Sue Evans on percussion! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A record that offers up one slice of a key live moment in the career of Keith Jarrett – his return to work in a New York club after the space of more than a decade! The group here is Jarrett's fantastic Standards trio – Gary Peacock on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums – working ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really fantastic trio record from this legendary bassist – one that has Dave Holland working with the great Jack DeJohnette on drums, and some especially fantastic alto from a young Steve Coleman! There's a dynamic energy here that takes off right from the start – that unbounded ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Warm and wonderful sounds from saxophonist Jan Garbarek – and a record that brings together so many strands at once! There's of course the obvious atmospherics you might expect from a 70s set on ECM – but there's also some sharply modern moments too – that harder sound that the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A seminal statement from drummer Jack DeJohnette – a musician who'd already made a pretty big impact in the years before this set – but who really seemed to take off with his New Directions group on ECM! Every player in the lineup is a key sonic pioneer on their instrument – John ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Darling —
Cello ... CD ECM (Germany), 1992. New Copy ...
An album that certainly lives up to the promise of its title – as the set features sublime solo cello from David Darling – who plays both the standard acoustic version of the instrument, and an unusual 8 string electric hybrid! Both instruments are used in ways that resonate strongly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the more vivid albums we've ever heard from guitarist Bill Connors – a set that has his sometimes-subtle talents balanced out with a trio of ECM heavyweights – Jan Garbarek on saxes, Gary Peacock on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! Some songs have those quieter modes that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell —
El Corazon ... CD ECM (Germany), 1982. New Copy ...
A really great album from these two giants of the Ornette Coleman generation – and one that also shows just how much space both musicians had traversed since the 60s! Don Cherry plays his familiar pocket trumpet in the lead, but also brings in piano, melodica, organ, and doussn gouni – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mellow vibes and spacious piano – a 70s classic from the team of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, serving up some of their finest work of the decade! The style is a bit mellower and more contemplative than some of Chick's harder-hitting fusion of the time – and he seems to nicely borrow a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic 70s album from Gary Burton – a set that definitely has the "new" promised in the title, as it takes off more from some of Gary's work in previous years! The record's got this explosive sense of color that really comes through in Gary's vibes – and in the way the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nicely varied live set from this trio of key ECM players of the 80s – captured here with the same sense of sound as some of their studio recordings – which must have been something amazing to hear in person! Abercrombie's still very chromatic at this point in his career – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the spookiest soundtracks ever crafted by one of our favorite film composers of all time! Francois DeRoubaix always had this amazing style to his music – unlike anyone else, especially in the way he could blend together spare acoustic elements and unusual sonic and electronic touches! ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Merle Haggard isn't just one of the greatest country singers of all time – he's also a hell of a songwriter, too – one who emerged fully-formed into the glory of his Capitol Records years – releasing album after album that were full of amazing original compositions! Merle's own ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A very different picture of the British scene than you might know from the worlds of classic rock and chart hits of the early 70s – as this collection focuses on a really special sort of sound that hints at the bleaker, less satisfying sides of English life – often with a slightly ... (Rock) read moreCD
There have been lots of Lowrider soul compilations on the market over the years – documenting the great of of mellow cuts on the LA scene of the 60s – particularly the kind that could move slow, but with a heavy groove at the bottom – perfect for chilling out in the back of a car ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of late 60s albums from the great Dana Gillespie – back to back on a single CD! First up is Foolish Seasons – a great little album from vocalist Dana Gillespie – one that's done in a style that's much sweeter than some of her later work, and which features superb ... (Rock) read moreCD
The lost third album from CJ & Co – that totally groovy, totally tight group who were one of the best things going on Westbound Records in the late 70s! CJ & Co had a groove that was just right for the new club world of the time – but they also had a sharp instrumental approach ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sammy Davis Jr is looking pretty darn hip on the cover – and all the artists inside are sounding pretty darn hip as well – coming together during the glory days of soul jazz, at a time when blues, vocals, and R&B were also criss-crossing into other styles too! There's an upbeat, ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Funky soul from one of the less-discovered scenes in the south – the hotbed of small labels that were making some mighty great grooves in Atlanta during the 70s! The Peachtree city isn't nearly as well-cited as a soul music source in comparison to places like Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and even ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A never-issued album by funky guitar legend Melvin Sparks – recorded right after his final record for the Westbound label, and appearing here for the first time ever! Sparks first rose to fame via funky work with Lonnie Smith and Lou Donaldson in the late 60s, the cut some killer albums of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rich collection of work from the Trident Productions imprint – a mid 60s company based in San Francisco, and home to a great array of really groovy artists! The sounds here are a fair bit sweeter than more famous SF work of the late 60s – often a mix of folk rock and jangle-pop that's ... (Rock) read moreCD
A fantastic late 70s album from guitar genius John Fahey – his first after a number of years away from the recording studio – and a real back to basics effort overall! There's none of the "orchestra" trappings of other 70s records – nor some of Fahey's more longer-form ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by Allen Toussaint – his legendary Toussaint album for Scepter (aka Whisper To A Scream) – plus some rare late 60s singles that have never been on CD before! The core album is amazing – Allen Toussaint's first big move as a solo act, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A true pleasure indeed – easily one of the greatest records ever by the Ohio Players, and a perfect summation of all things great in their groove! The album's a landmark effort – even for the heady days of the early 70s – as the Players manage to bring together a fair bit of jazz ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mindblowing funk from The Ohio Players – the group's debut album for Westbound Records, and a landmark batch of tracks that never gets old! The sound here really has the group stretching out a lot – working on tunes that are extended, but never as overindulgent as their labelmates ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rough and funky piano from Googie Rene – one of the hippest cats on the LA scene of the 50s and 60s! Googie first got his start laying down boogie-styled R&B numbers, but as the 60s moved in, Googie moved onto a whole new batch of grooves – picking up bits of beatnik jazz, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Funky female soul galore – a killer set of rare tunes that's one of the best sets of this type we've ever stocked! The SuperFunk crew at BGP have gone through the rich array of labels handled by the company – pulling out some massive tunes that really push our understanding of female ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Jazzy 45s galore – and a huge dip into the vaults of Prestige Records! This tasty set brings together 18 classics recorded in the heyday of the jazz funk years at Prestige – the late 60s and early 70s, a time when the soul jazz sounds of previous years were being forged into a leaner, ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Maybe the funkiest album ever cut for the legendary Westbound label in Detroit – and that's saying a lot, given that the company was the initial home to Funkadelic! Yet on this stunning full length set, The Counts maybe do that famous group one better – pushing aside their vocals for ... (Soul) read moreCD
We really love all the different volumes in the Mod Jazz series from Kent Records – they've been instrumental to our musical education over the years – so we're always happy to have "Mo", especially with a collection this great! The material comes from a number of different ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Wicked work from the legendary Melvin Sparks – 2 of his rare post-Prestige sides for the short-lived Eastbound jazz label! Texas Twister is one of Melvin's funkiest albums ever – done in a style that's even harder and rawer than his work for Prestige! The sound is lean and often a bit ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of killers from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – back to bck on a single CD! First up is Heat – a record that's beyond definition – as it combines Latin, soul, jazz, and even a few funky touches – all into one totally amazing sound! This one really gets all the ... (Latin) read moreCD
A pivotal session from the late 60s – one that has Jackie pulling things back a bit from his "new thing" period, and turning towards the spiritual soulful groove that would characterize his early 70s work! The album bristles with excitement – still very much informed by a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – The 80 Works" series! Ultimate HQ CD pressing.)
An album titled after the creator, and a set that's maybe the most spiritual to date from Tuareg guitar genius Mdou Moctar – a record that comes across with a strong sense of focus right from the start, and which seems to have Mdou's guitar sounding even better than ever! The drums are maybe ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Volume 1 on in the Soft Machine Turns On compilation series of early recordings from the mid-to-late 60s. Includes "I Should've Known", "A Certain Kind", "Clarence In Wonderland". " Hope For Happiness", 'We Know What You Mean", "She's Gone", ... (Rock) read moreCD
Pieces ... CD Sonic Past/Voiceprint (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A nice, nice, nice collection of grooves from the Millennium vaults! As y'all already must know, the group's monumental Begin was the only official album by the Millenium AS the Millennium (Boettcher, Mallory, Salisbury and co. recorded other projects together and individually) leaving a wealth of ... (Rock) read moreCD
Takehisa Kosugi —
Catch-Wave ... CD World Psychedelia, 1975. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Mindblowing avant work from Takehisa Kosugi – an artist most folks known as a founder of The Taj Mahal Travelers, but who here emerges as an electronic experimentalist – with a style to rival some of the best records of the Italian scene of the 70s! The album features improvised lines ... (Rock) read moreCD
Planet Mod is a pretty groovy place – a spot in the solar system where rock, blues, and soul effortlessly blend together – thanks to the mighty talents of the legendary producer Shel Talmy! The set here is a great dip into the farther reaches of Talmy's records of the 60s – way ... (Rock) read moreCD