Sublime work from a truly amazing artist – one who both sings and plays acoustic bass – all in a captivating blend of jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles! Esperanza Spalding has a fresh, unique feel that's all her own – the warmth of a jazz singer like Carmen Lundy, the sharper ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Classic work by one of the greatest gospel/soul groups ever! A very righteous vibe pervades, and the harmonies soar right out of church into the neighborhood – on tracks that include "Respect Yourself", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "Oh La De Da", "Long Walk To ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 key solo albums by Mavis Staples – back to back on a single CD, and with a bonus track too! First up is the self-titled Mavis Staples record – a set that really expands the Stax sound nicely with a bit of strings to sweeten up the groove! Steve Cropper's at the production helm, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Paul Stapleton & Simon Rose —
Fauna ... CD pfMentum, 2011. Used ....
Moodier music than you might guess from the lush image on the cover – a really evocative mix of acoustic and electronic elements – filtered together in ways that lie somewhere between the world/jazz experiments of 70s Sweden, and some of the more creative moments at ECM! The music's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Funky grooves, psychedelic sitar, and mod Hammond organ – a magnificent blend that's every bit as dynamic as the image on the cover – served up as the long-awaited debut album from this cool European combo! The album's got a feel that's somewhere between 60s spy soundtracks and Brit ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A classic from Stetsasonic – who truly were On Fire in their prime! It seemed like Stet were the group that could do it all in the early days, with live instrumentation, beat boxing, and Prince Paul on the 1's and 2's. This LP's a classic of bygone days, will we ever feel this vibe again? ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Blue moods and mellow grooves from Keni Stevens – an overlooked slow jam from back in the day! The tunes all move along nice and easy – never pushing things too far, and even keeping the beats, when used, to a minimum – leaving lots of space for Keni's slinky vocals in the mix, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Keni Stevens —
You ... CD FTG, 1988. Used ....
Slow-stepping soul from Keni Stevens – an artist who always seems to have a better way with a ballad than he does with a groove! The music here is often nicely laidback – late nite stuff, but in an 80s sort of way – given that most of the rhythms and instrumentation are electric, ... (Soul) read moreCD
A strong second set by Angie Stone – with production work by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Raphael Saadiq, Rufus Blaq, and others – warmly wrapped up in a NuSoul orgy of beats, smooth instrumentation, and gutsy soul vocals. Titles include "The Ingredients Of Love" with Musiq ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The Stooges second and best album – and one of the greatest rock albums ever! On Fun House Iggy & the Ashetons took what essentially started as blues-based guitar skronk, set it on fire and shot it straight into the stratosphere. As if the instrumental maelstrom wasn't enough, Iggy's ... (Rock) read moreCD
Strange Pursuit —
Zone ... CD Red Hook, 1993. Used ....
Stroke ... CD Mirage/FTG (France), 1985. Used ....
The bass gets plenty of stroke on this mid 80s set – a record that hangs somewhere between 80s groove and Prince-era funk – but with a bit of quiet storm feel at times too! The tunes are pretty lean, not nearly as excessive as they could be – and often, a key instrumental element ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dave Stryker/Steve Slagle Band —
Scene ... CD Zoho, 2008. Used ....
One of THE classic Motown Christmas albums – featuring the Supremes at their height, with production by Harvey Fuqua and arrangements from Gene Page, HB Barnum and Ernie Freeman. The whole thing's incredibly soulful – and the only thing separating this from the Supremes other efforts ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
A collection that betrays the fact that though the Pyramids would go on to become best known under their other name, Symarip for their huge hit "Skinhead Moonstomp", they could deliver all kinds of other great numbers under the ska and rocksteady banner! One of the first West Indian ... (Reggae) read moreCD
When Mos Def came out swinging with Black On Both Sides and we were all left both hot and cold, it seemed maybe Black Star should've never went their separate ways. But then, out came this burning set of dope joints, we all found out Talib could stand solid on his own, with the help of Hi-Tek's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Beautiful colors from pianist Horace Tapscott – playing here in a straighter trio format than usual, but still with all the depth of soul and creativity we've come to love in his music! All tracks are nice and long, and they've definitely got an undercurrent of the spiritual styles that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Capitol's biggest soul bands of the 70s – and a strong sweet group who made the shift from mellow soul to the disco years. Includes the band's massive "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel", but we prefer their mellower stuff – like their sublime version of "She's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A real stormer! This was one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the great hardbop drummer Art Taylor – and it's one of the best from the Blue Note catalog at the time! The band is a heavily smoking one – with Dave Burns on trumpet, Stan Turrentine on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Cecil's 2 Blue Note recordings, and a large group session that includes Eddie Gale, Jimmy Lyons, Ken McIntyre, Henry Grimes, and Andrew Cyrille. The record's probably one of the most out recordings ever on the label, and tracks are based on a system of energy and impulses described by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lean, mid 80s pop soul and funk from Tease – funky and nicely thumping work from a group that features singer and songwriter Kipper Jones! Kipper would go on to bigger and brighter prospects as a hit songwriter for other artists, but, both of Tease's self-titled sets in the 80s – this ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great later jazz set from Toots Thielemans – recorded half in New York and half in LA – as you might guess from the title! The sound is still very much Toots' own, though – no easy nods to styles from either city in earlier years – and despite the fact that the record is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A heady set of work from THP Orchestra – two full albums, and bonus tracks too! First up is THP #2/Tender Is The Night – the second album from THP, and the set that really broke them out of the box – thanks to some tuneful tracks that definitely played big in the clubs – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A nice little set from Henry Threadgill – one of the albums that gave him greatest exposure to a bigger audience, and a set that pushes the sound of his work nicely! The record's got some of those touches from a time when the AACM was reaching out with its sound from earlier years – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little session by The Three Sounds – and one that features the band grooving away in a style that's a lot more lively than some of their studio recordings from the time! The whole thing was captured live at the legendary Lighthouse – and Gene Harris plays both piano and organ, ... (Jazz) read moreCD