Definitely the sort of album to make you feel better – given the tight, soulful sounds of Ndugu Chancler and this Chocolate Jam Company! The album's got roots in jazz – Ndugu's a drummer with work on countless other albums – but also steps out with plenty of soul, too – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pretty obscure stuff from Don Nelson – a hip swinging jazz vocalist who we only know from this one album on Mode! Like some of the best obscure titles on Mode, this one takes a under-documented player from the LA scene of the 50s pairs him with a nice backing combo, and cuts a few ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The Neptunes, who did the beats for ODB's "Got My Money" & Mystikal's "Shake Ya A**" before they became the huge producers of the moment drop the first release under their own pseudonymous name. The music and verses are completely different from their big hits (and any hip ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
An excellent group that features David Weiss on trumpet and flugelhorn, Mryon Waldon on alto and flute, Jimmy Greene on tenor and soprano sax, Steve Davis on trombone, and Xavier Davis on piano! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
New York Unit (Pharoah Sanders, John Hicks, etc) —
Naima ... CD Evidence, 1992. Used ....
A sweetly soulful set of tracks from The New York Unit – a solid quartet featuring Pharoah Sanders on tenor, John Hicks on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Tatsuya Nakamura on drums. The album's very much in the late 50s Coltrane mellow mode – Hicks shading in the tunes with some warm ... (Jazz) 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 ....
The start of a legendary run for vocalist Alexander O'Neal – and a set that really helped redefine the sound of male soul in the 80s! O'Neal got his start in an early version of The Time, and he's working here with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – but the sound of the record is way deeper ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the crowning achievements of Alexander O'Neal – a set that uses cool little intro tracks to help structure the standout songs on the set – giving the whole thing a much more well-conceived approach than other mainstream soul albums of the time! Some of the cuts draw from O'Neal's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Anita sings it swinging and simple – working with a smallish combo to back her up, and vocalizing in a relatively uncluttered style that's in keeping with her best mode at Verve! The tunes are mostly standards, sung in a way that bridges swing and later styles of jazz vocalization – no ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Buddy Bregman's doing the arrangements on this one – and he brings a great jazzy flair to the backings, helping Anita O'Day open up in her most dynamic mode! The whole set swings nicely, but without any sort of hoke – and Bregman manages to highlight specific instruments in the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The Bastard's 2nd album is a little more schizophrenic, twisted, and under the influence than his first. It sounds a little more inspired by George Clinton and Flavor Flav, as raw dog as a hip hopper can shimmy without getting arrested. Tracks include "Cold Blooded", "Rollin Wit ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Will Oldham —
Joya ... CD Drag City, 1997. Used ....
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The first record in years from these Afro Funk giants – but don't hold it against them, as the whole thing's pretty darn wonderful! There's a rich, vibrant sound here that really lives up to the group's legacy from years back – and production is right on the money to keep things right ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of the most incredible African collections we've ever heard – almost more amazing than the African Scream Contest set from the same label! The package focuses on work by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – a group who really live up to their name, by bringing in a host of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Proof that one of the greatest saxophonists of the 21st Century is still going strong – and an essential entry in the all-too-small catalog of the amazing Anthony Ortega! The set's a recent one, but it's got the same flowing spirit and creative energy of Ortega's best post-50s work – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although there's been a few "best of" collections out already by this legendary Brazilian rock group – this volume still stands as the most nicely-selected batch of tracks, and it comes complete with great liner notes that help you really navigate and understand their music. There's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Hard-wailing work from the legendary Johnny Otis – and an overstuffed collection of his early 50s recordings for the Mercury and Peacock labels! These sides aren't reissued as often as some of Johnny's other work – especially his Savoy and Capitol recordings – so the CD's a bit ... (Soul) read moreCD
A look at the earliest solo work by Shuggie Otis – tracks cut at a time when he was stepping out of the shadows of his father Johnny, and recording for Columbia both as an emerging star on his own, and as one of the best elements of the larger Otis Show enterprise! The tracks here focus a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A huge creative leap forward from the debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, with crazy free flowing, intelligent rhymes and soulful outer space grooves that still manage to stay grounded enough to aptly reflect the darker realities of the ATL. Most tracks have a laid back southern fried groove, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A nice retrospective of the ATL's Yin and Yang – but only essential if you don't already own at least two of the proper albums. The set does include three brand new tracks – "The Whole World", "Funkin' Around" and "Movin' Cool (After The Party)" plus 13 ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Insane grooves from arranger Mustafa Ozkent – an artist who was to Turkey what Lalo Schifrin was to the US in the 70s! Like Lalo, Mustafa had a great ear for mixing funkier rhythms and fuller orchestrations – often with odd instrumental twists and turns that bubble over with a fair bit ... (Rock) read moreCD
A percussion heavy, club jazz-lovin' mix of programmed beats & spacey downtempo atmospherics from Ubiquity! There's more than a little bit of early-to-mid 70s space jazz in the equation, too. Another fine release from the great Ubiquity Records – definitely something to check out if you ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Pacifics & Illmind —
Case EP ... CD All Natural, 2006. Used ....
Inventive rappers KP, Strike 3 & Norm Rockwell, aka The Pacific, join up with the increasingly impressive producer Illimind – delivering an EP that equals the best work we've heard by either party! The EP format works really well, in that there's more than a handful of great tracks, with ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Rare Florida soul from Betty Padgett – a 70s singer who didn't chart nearly as high as some of her sunshine state contemporaries, but who sounds equally great on this rare self-titled debut! Like Gwen McCrae, Betty's got a great way both with mellow, soul-drenched tunes, and with funkier ... (Soul) read moreCD
Jazzy goodness from Eddie Palmieri – a recent set that shows him still burning strong after a stunning 50 years in Latin music! The arrangements are spare, but extremely creative – well-penned jazz charts that allow Eddie plenty of modern moments on the keys of the piano, but which ... (Latin) read moreCD
A seminal bit of 70s Latin from Eddie Palmieri – a full, rich session that really earns the "sun" in its title! Eddie's working here in that complicated approach to jazzy rhythms from the later Tico years – inflected by a bit of straighter salsa rhythms – in a style ... (Latin) read moreCD
James Pants returns with his self-titled set for Stones Throw – and it's an appropriate time to call an album James Pants, we think – no one really mixes fuzzed out electronics flavored funk, soul and post punk strangeness into a strangely cohesive flow as Pants does! The songs are are ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A 80s groove treasure – one of the few albums cut by Paradise, a hip little combo who were plenty heavy on the keyboards! The style here is really great – very stripped down, but never too much so to ever be cold or electric – and instead always warm and soulful, thanks to great ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the better of the many posthumous albums that Savoy issued after Bird's death. The set combines master takes and alternates of classic Parker material for the label, and includes pivotal bop tracks like "Parker's Mood", "Constellation", "Ah-Leu-Cha", "Perha ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Well, it's not the whole Charlie Parker Story – but the album does feature some great material from a very famous session, recorded on 11/26/1945, originally issued on 78s, along with extra tracks, compiled here in one of Savoy's posthumous Bird LPs from the early 60s. The group includes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic 4CD set – featuring all of the historic Charlie Parker recordings for the legendary Dial label! The sessions were recorded in the years 1946 and 1947, and they comprise some of Bird's best work – as they include original recordings of classics like "Ornithology", ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A jazz treasure chest – the 73 original recordings by Charlie Parker issued by Verve Records, all packaged in a special box with loads of great extras! The package strips down the Bird sides that have been issued by Verve over the years – going for just the original releases issued in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic Blue Note album – with one of the label's most compelling cover images ever! The "three" in this case refers to pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Al Harewood – all of whom jam nicely on this classic soul trio album from Blue Note! The record ... (Jazz) read moreCD