A great live set by Mondo Grosso – recorded in Europe with a tight backup group, and a really straight pure funky sound! The record features some vocals by Monday Michiru – and in a way, it's similar to her Delicious Poison album, recorded around the same time, with a similar back-to-ba ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A great bit of messed up funk from the Beastie Boys' keyboard player. Lots of nice organy choppy funky grooves, quirky pop tunes and even a few weird vocal bits. Titles include "Sixth Sense", "Pretty Pain", "Ba Ba Ba Boom", "Don't Miss The Boat", "Insec ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A landmark in jazz – easily one of Thelonious Monk's greatest albums ever, and a magical crossroads of talents that brings together a variety of jazz traditions! The work is performed by an ambitious Monk septet that includes both Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane on tenor – and if you' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A full length set that compiles earlier sessions cut under either the name of Thelonious Monk or Sonny Rollins – most of them together in the same group! At the time of recording, Monk was an established figure on the bop scene, but Rollins was still a fresh voiced up-and-comer – yet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic outing of solo piano by Thelonious Monk – a format that wasn't used often, but which always made for some really compelling work! Monk in this mode is often different than the bolder leader of a trio or larger group – and there's a more introspective quality to the record ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An unlikely pair, but a great one here – and the record's one of those few magical moments where bringing together unusual partners actually works! Mulligan's cool hardly seems a match for Monk's angular modernism, but together the players seem to strike a middle ground that resonates with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
When this album was first issued in the mid 90s by EMI, it quietly glided onto the market, with very little effect. Over the past few years, though, the record has slowly been championed by a large number of American critics and musicians, and has come to be one of the most critically acclaimed ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A real departure for Marisa Monte – an album of samba tunes done in mostly traditional modes! The style here is often simple and classic – bits of guitar, percussion, cavaquinho, and slight use of keyboards to warm things up a bit – but mostly in a way that allows for the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Ah for the genius of the Montgomery Brothers – a sweet combo from the Indy scene that featured Wes Montgomery alongside brothers Monk and Buddy! Wes is on guitar, natch, Buddy plays piano, Monk bass, and Bobby Thomas joins the group on drums – all grooving in a style that's a bit like ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Last Train From Overbrook, a wonderful album from Moody – one of his "comeback" albums for Chess/Argo, recorded after his release from the Overbrook institution, hence the title. By this point, Moody was writing and playing with much more of an edge than during his bebop days ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Moon Pool —
Eclipse ... CD Distinction, 2010. Used (pic cover)....
Another wonderful conceptual effort from pianist Jason Moran – perhaps the most exciting young musician recording for new millenium Blue Note! Artist In Residence features compositions that Moran and collaborators have done for exhibitions at New York's Dia:Beacon museum, Minneapolis's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet American recording from the unique Brazil/Japan trio of Paula Morelenbaum, Jacques Morelenbaum, and Ryuichi Sakamoto! As on other albums, the trio features Paula on voice, Jacques on cello, and Ryuichi on piano – but the group's also expanded here with a bit of extra guitar from Luiz ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of Lee Morgan's most sparkling sessions from the early years – a record that already shows a sense of depth and imagination that would take Lee way beyond simple hardbop solo work! There's a sensitivity here that owes something of a debt to Clifford Brown, yet which is much more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sock-solid sextet session from the mighty Lee Morgan – recorded for Blue Note at the height of his mid 60s powers, and carried off in a beautiful blend of soul jazz and some slight modern touches! The group here is top-shelf all the way through – Jackie McLean on alto, Hank Mobley on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A unique session by Lee Morgan that not only has him playing with a strong quintet that includes Joe Henderson and McCoy Tyner – but which also features two tracks by a larger band conducted by Oliver Nelson, swinging hard in a really soulful style! Nelson's arrangements on these two tracks ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tremendous work by Lee Morgan – easily one of his greatest albums, and a soaring session of modal energy that easily rivals the best work of the Impulse era! The album's got a slightly different feel than usual for Blue Note – a sense of freedom, joy, and soaring energy that's totally ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing set by Lee Morgan – and one that was recorded in the 60s, but not issued until many years later! The album has this really weird sound, which is a combination of Morgan's trumpet, Wayne Shorter's tenor, Herbie Hancock's piano, and Bobby Hutcherson's vibes – the last of which ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful late work from Lee Morgan! The last five years of Lee's life saw him really stretching out to do some fantastic writing, playing, and leading – and this record stands today as one of the best examples of that period – a pure act of genius, with a sound that really takes off ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lee Morgan —
Taru ... CD Blue Note, 1968. Used ....
Unreleased genius from Lee Morgan – a key session from the later years of his too-short life, but one that wasn't issued until nearly a decade after his death! The sound here is completely sublime – a mix of the best later Morgan modes – soulful, lyrical, and modal – played ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A second volume of reworkings of vintage Morricone – this time with an even more profound club bounce than the first! The unofficial theme of the set can pretty much be found in the phrase "Cinematic For The People!" – and that mantra hits home with mixes by a wide, wide ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Ennio Morricone & Others —
U Turn ... CD Epic, 1997. Used ....
Mos Def brings a veering diversity to New Danger – his first album in five years – a record that hits on tried-and-true Rawkus flavored beats and rhyme schemes, slow-rolling, smoked out soul & blues, and Quickness era Bad Brains-esque arena rock! Of course our favorite cuts are the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Another Chocolate release that defies categorization: Mos Def and Diverse are joined by the genre poundin', beat twistin' producer Prefuse 73 to churn out another memorable song from the Urban Renewal compilation, plus Def Jux producer RJD2 remixes and redopifies the track with a harder, more ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Soulful low fi cheer from Peoples Potential & Mr. Mellow – fun, groovy soul recorded live at the keyboards my Mr Mellow – charming little keyboard jams, soul covers and warm, soulful, good natured vocals! There set is compiled from George Smallwood's own vinyl records, tape ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
An incredibly beautiful album from Mark Murphy – proof that his recent resurgence on Verve is a very very good thing! As with his previous album for Verve, Mark's working here with Till Bronner handling production – and the presence of this younger talent really seems to help Murphy ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the greatest gifts of the Soul Note label was the way that it could take sessions with avant-oriented players, and make them turn out straighter jazz material – but with a really nice edge! This session's a perfect example of that legacy – as it features David Murray at the head ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Murray & Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra —
Jazzpar Prize ... CD Enja (Germany), 1991. Used ....
David Murray Octet —
Home ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1982. Used ....
A great leap forward for David Murray – an album recorded at the start of the 80s, and one that showed he really had some great new directions going on in his music! The album's got all the warm tones and complicated sentiments you might expect from a title like "Home" – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A full length collabo from Nas & Damien "Jr Gong" Marley – who've worked together in the past on a track two – and overall it's a win that goes well beyond simple hip hop/dancehall fusion! The duo samples Mulatu, collaborate with K'Naan , Dennis Brown, Stephen Marley and ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A beautiful batch of work from pianist Jovino Santos Neto – a very wide range of duets, spread out over one CD recorded in the US, and another in Brazil! Neto's sound here is quite rich, and quite varied – changing up nicely to fit the mood of the artist he's paired with on each track ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Scott Neumann Neu3 Trio —
Blessed ... CD Origin, 2013. Used ....
The legendary vocals of Aaron Neville – heard here in one of his most old-school sessions in years! The songs are all vintage R&B – material that even pre-dates Neville's famous years in New Orleans soul, and which goes back to a late 50s/early 60s genre that seems to fit Aaron's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Nice collection put together in the 80s by this huge funk collective for RCA. Lots of great Harvey Fuqua produced tracks here, filled with funky guitar and keys. Includes "I Can Understand It", "It's Been A Long Time (full version)", "Do It Again", "Wildflower ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Nilsson's best ever albums – with a more streamlined overall sound than some of his wildly eclectic earlier LPs – really putting a tight focus on both his vocal and songwriting genius! There's an easygoing charm to the album that's pretty much unrivaled in his catalog (and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Brilliant stuff – and the place to start with Nilsson! Long before his style had become cliched, Nilsson cut these mad albums of wonderful little songs – sort of a cross between folksy singer-songwriter work, and more baroque-oriented styles, like those of Scott Walker. The key ... (Rock) read moreCD
CD reissue of this very goofy "story" album by Nilsson from the early 70's. The record's a weird tale of a kid whose head was differently shaped than the rest of his townsfolk (hey, we're not making this up!), which leads him to go on a Yellow Submarine-esque psychedelic odyssey to sort ... (Rock) read moreCD
A relatively dramatic score – written by Alex North, and conducted by Lionel Newman. The work is in the style of North's other work from the time – mostly serious, with a fair bit of string heavy passages and dark overtones. Cover has a photo of Yul Brynner (with hair!) kissing Joanne ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
North Mississippi Allstars —
51 Phantom ... CD Tone Cool/Artemis, 2001. Used ....