DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo —
Ki-Oku ... CD Apollo (UK), 1998. Used ...
While most collaborations between hip hop producers and jazz players have been mediocre at best, neither really being able to get invloved enough in each other's music, this collaboration between Kondo and Krush is almost entirely successful. Kondo's played in just about every style from all out ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A solid set of straight up hip hop from Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs and top shelf west coast underground MC Planet Asia – the slow rolling, gritty boom bap of Pain Language! It's a tough, gritty batch of tracks, as you'd guess from the title – with a hazy funk beat aesthetic to the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The west coast producer behind Snoop, Cube and Too Short steps out on hisown and gets help from Roger Troutman, Charlie Wilson, Mista Grimm, Kam, Threat and others. 15 tracks in all, including "Bump Yo Speakers", "No Idea", "Whoop! Whoop!", "Get Money", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
DJ Vadim comes with another slice of underground Soviet style hip hop, and in keeping with the trajectory he's been on, leaves his more abstract, slow-mo sound in the past, opting instead for hard hitting beats over his atmospheric loops and collages. As per the last couple of LPs, he recruits the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Tracks include "It's Funky Enough", "Beautiful But Deadly", "Lend Me An Ear", "Portrait Of A Master Piece", "Let The Bass Go", "No One Can Do It Better", "The D.O.C. & The Doctor", "Mind Blowin", and five more. (Hip Hop) CD
Eric Dolphy's second album as a leader – and already a bold step forward from the first! The format here changes from the more standard lineup of before – as Dolphy drops out other horn players, loses the piano, and brings the cello of Ron Carter into the frontline! Backing is by the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Eric Dolphy's first album ever as a leader – recorded almost immediately after his arrival on the New York scene! The sound here is already bolder and stronger than the Dolphy experiments on the west coast – sharp-edged and freely exploratory, in a way that pushes the playful lyricism ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The creepy creepy soundtrack to Carrie – penned by Pino Donagio with a wonderful mix of the sweet and the sickly! Things start out lush, almost romantic at points – setting us up for a big fall as the darker, more horrific moments come into the mix – put together with some great ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lou Donaldson —
Cosmos ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. Used ...
An overlooked funky gem from Lou Donaldson – a later date for Blue Note, done in a style that's a bit expanded from his small combo sets of the 60s – but still filled with plenty of soul and groove! The lineup features core key players Leon Spencer on Hammond, Melvin Sparks on guitar, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic 60s soul jazz from Lou Donaldson – and one of the first albums that has him working with Grant Green on guitar and Baby Face Willette on organ! Both players were discovered by Lou and brought to New York for Blue Note – a move that not only helped give the Donaldson sound a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite an unusual Lou Donaldson album for Blue Note – much more open-ended than his other sets, with a really hard-jamming sort of sound! Unlike some of Donaldson's tighter dates of the time, which feature more bop-based, song-based shorter tunes – this one's more of a long-form blowing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hard wailing! Poppa Lou's caught right at the height of his early Blue Note powers here – recorded in 2 different groups on this set of unreleased sessions from the early 60s! Both sets have Lou in a guitar/organ soul jazz setting – with backing by Grant Green on guitar, and either ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from one of the hippest jazz contemporaries of the late 60s – trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a player who was really coming into his own by the time of this album! The record has Kenny with a nice sort of edge – not as boldly experimental as his 60s work for Blue Note, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully free-thinking set by Kenny Dorham – and a record that really breaks from his earlier work! The album's not exactly experimental, but it features longer tracks with a looser approach than some of Dorham's sweeter shorter work – more in a rhythmically progressive mode that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet mellow groover from the mighty Lamont Dozier – a set that's not nearly as well known as his earlier work of the 70s, but one that has the Motown man still riding strong! In contrast to the fuller, clubbier grooves of Dozier's ABC work, most of the tunes here are a bit more laidback ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most creative club acts of the 70s – the mighty Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band! Before starting his Kid Creole & the Coconuts combo, August Darnell worked to great fame with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – kind of a campy, jazzy ensemble – one that ... (Soul) read moreCD
The battle ready return of Dr Dooom – we were skeptical, but guess what, it's pretty good – with ominously funky boom bap beats by Kutmasta Kurt – and obscenity spewing, pop culture slaying rhymes by Kool Keith. Titles include "Simon", "The Countdown", "RI ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
In the universe of Kool Keith projects, this one is maybe closest to the Sex Style LP lyrically – but the production is better than both Sex Style and Dr Octagon. We're guessing the reason is that Kool Keith had more to do with the production on this one. There's more variety in the beats, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Hamid Drake & Bindu —
Bindu ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2005. Used ...
Really righteous work from the Chicago scene – a very hip album that features some especially nice guest work on flute from Nicole Mitchell! The group is headed up by percussionist Hamid Drake, who really sounds great here – almost more relaxed and organic in his handling of drums and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second album from the legendary Nick Drake – one of those records we could never ever live without – and a true piece of genius that's been turning on generations of listeners since Nick first recorded it back at the start of the 70s! The format is folksy, but the execution is ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Drifters' one and only album for Arista Records – and, like their previous Bell albums, a UK-only set that continued their revival years overseas! The production's a bit smoother than before – mostly in keeping with the shifting styles of soul at the time, with a few more uptempo ... (Soul) read moreCD
A nice, moody hip hop/funk album from one of the deepest talents on the Stones Throw roster! Dudley came to underground hip hop fame as Declaime, but really stepped forward as a durable, innovative artist with the Dudley Perkins singles that have dropped thus far – and A Lil Light soundly ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Another great little left coast leftfield nusoul effort from Dudley Declaime Perkins, who we like to think of as the ODB of neo classic soul. Just as you might hope, Dudley leans a little more heavily on a healthy dose of rhyme vocalese rather than smooth crooning on this crispy little album that ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the great ones from the end of the 70s for George Duke – a ridiculously fertile period for Duke, which is a great thing – because he closed out the decade on a wave of excellent releases! On Follow The Rainbow, George is grooving just a bit more smoothly than before, and it's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A real breakthrough album for George Duke – one of his earliest for the Epic label, and an album that took him from the space funk underground to the top of the jazz charts! The album's got a great sound that mixes together all of Duke's influences – Latin rhythms, electric keyboard ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first album, and a bit more straight folksy than later work – but still with some amazing young flashes of genius! Titles include "Highway 51", "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean", "Song To Woody", "Man Of Constant Sorrow", "Fixin To Die", ... (Rock) read moreCD
A masterpiece of early electric Dylan – featuring classics like "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Maggie's Farm", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Gates Of Eden", "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", "It's Alright Ma", and "Bob Dylan's 115th ... (Rock) read moreCD
Bob Dylan —
Desire ... CD Columbia, 1975. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Titles include "Hurricane", "Isis", "Joey", "Romance In Durango", "Sara", and "One More Cup Of Coffee". (Rock) CD
Bob Dylan and his great band whip up a moody, yet darkly humorous Tempest – and while the overall greatness of his records came down just notch or two after Love And Theft – this one goes the other way and comes pretty damn close to his late-era peaks! Lyrically, it's definitely better ... (Rock) read moreCD
Earth Wind & Fire —
Raise! ... CD Columbia, 1981. Used ...
Earth Wind & Fire hits the 80s – and never misses a beat! Turns out that the group's older style of jazzy funk was a perfect fit for the boogie-styled rhythms of the post-disco era – heard here on the megahit "Let's Groove", and followed up by a beautiful batch of ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 early 70s sessions from Billy Eckstine – both recorded for Stax Records! First up is Senior Soul – a well-titled set not only given Billy's age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Edan returns with a new set of his sample heavy wizardry – this time out steeped heavily in late 60s pysch out flourishes, yet still sporting the thickest breakbeats available. His rhyme style is both ridiculous and genius – with tongue twists that pay homage and blast forward ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Edwards Hand —
Stranded ... CD Wizard/Grapefruit (UK), 1970. Used ...
A great second album from Edwards Hand – one with a rougher-looking cover than the first, but a sound that's still as sweet overall! George Martin's still helping the pair out on production, and their Brit pop harmonies are still out front in the mix – but this time around, the songs ... (Rock) read moreCD