Purdie Good! (180g LP)

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In between being one of the most recorded studio drummers of all time (the “Purdie Shuffle” graced everything from Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan), Bernard Purdie squeezed in a few sessions of his own. Purdie Good! was recorded early in 1971 by legendary engineer and audio obsessive Rudy Van Gelder at his bespoke studio, and it masterfully balances three Purdie-penned originals with …

Heavy Axe 180g LP

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Legendary composer & producer David Axelrod’s solo album Heavy Axe is a jazz-rock opus that encapsulated the preeminent sound of the of the mid ‘70s. With a little help from legendary players like Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Cannonball Adderley and George Duke, Heavy Axe crisscrosses between lush funk sounds and full, round low end and majestic orchestral flourishes that made Axelrod’s …

Top Shelf Double Feature Bundle (Heavy Axe & Purdie Good!)

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This Top Shelf Double Feature bundles our first two releases of 2023, David Axelrod’s Heavy Axe, and Bernard Purdie’s Purdie Good!  Both albums were cut from the original analog tapes by Kevin Gray and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI, and come packaged in a tip-on jacket.

Joyous (180g LP – Jazz Dispensary Exclusive)

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Details Produced by Wayne Henderson (The Jazz Crusaders), Pleasure’s 1977 cult-classic album delivers instant party vibes, thanks to a lively blend of soul, funk, disco, and jazz. Returning to vinyl for the first time since its original release, Joyous is limited to 2,000 copies on 180-gram black vinyl, exclusive to the Jazz Dispensary and Craft Recordings stores. <> The album was …

Gears (180g LP – Jazz Dispensary Exclusive)

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Details Limited to 2,000 copies on 180-gram black vinyl, exclusive to the Jazz Dispensary and Craft Recordings stores. Marking Johnny Hammond’s first album with Milestone Records, the jazz-funk opus Gears garnered critical acclaim upon its release and was a Top 40 hit on Billboard’s Jazz chart. Single “Los Conquistadores Chocolatés” was a crossover success, landing in the Top 5 of …

Jungle Fire! (180g LP)

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Details Joined by hard-grooving cohorts Neal Creque (keys), Bernard Purdie (d), Billy Butler (g), Eddie and Al Pazant (horns), Joe Armstrong (congas), and Billy Bivins (v), Pucho demonstrates on Jungle Fire! why he’s considered the absolute master when it comes to combining Latin, soul, funk, and jazz into a signature, danceable sound. The drum-driven double team of Pucho and Purdie delivers a crackling backbone of groove throughout on this incendiary set. Tracklist Side A 1 Fire …

Fire Eater (180g LP)

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Details An unsung monster in the pantheon of exceptional soul-jazz outings from the Prestige catalog, Fire Eater finds Bryant grooving hard in a combo that featured Idris Muhammad on drums, Wilbert Longmire on guitar, and both Bill Mason and Leon Spencer Jr. on organ. Included in this stretched-out, funky set of four originals is the title track, “Fire Eater,” which …

Afro-Disiac (180g LP)

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Details Flanked by a who’s-who of exceptional talent, which includes Bernard Purdie on drums, Jimmy Lewis on electric bass, Grant Green on guitar, and Houston Person on tenor saxophone, Charles Kynard turns in a soulful and sublimely understated set of purely grooving soul-jazz fare. Long out of print and never reissued in the U.S. on vinyl since its original release …

Vibes Of Truth (180g LP)

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Details A true is a masterpiece of genre-bending groove, Vibes of Truth covers all the bases: from silky-smooth R&B, to politically conscious jazz-funk grooves, Vibes of Truth has it all.  Long sought-after by collectors for the three club friendly tunes within its grooves, “Backed Up Against The Wall,” “Concrete Jungle,” and “I Need You Girl,” this lost classic from the Fantasy catalog represents the very …

Bridge Into The New Age (180g LP)

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Details Long out-of-print, this is an absolute masterwork from Azar Lawrence (ts). Expansive, forward-leaning, richly textured, and powerfully knotty, this spiritual-tinged outing features heavyweights Julian Priester (tb), Woody Shaw (t), Ray Straughter and Hadley Caliman (f), Arthur Blythe (as), Joe Bonner (p), Clint Houston and John Heard (b), Billy Hart (d), Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, Mtume, Guillerme Franco, and Kenneth Nash (per), Woody Murray (v), and the inimitable Jean Carn (voc). Essential.   Tracklist Side A 1 Bridge Into The New Age2 Fatisha3 Warriors Of Peace Side B 1 Forces Of Nature2 The Beautiful And Omnipresent Love Features …