A crucially important record in Sonny Rollins' career – one that had him breaking out of the straight bop sound, and emerging as a major power on the tenor sax – one with limitless creative power! The set features Rollins working with only drum and bass accompaniment – played by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Sonny Rollins' classic sides for Blue Note from the 50s – all of which are excellent! For the set, Sonny's working in a relatively free quartet format, with Wynton Kelly on piano, and rhythm from the team of Doug Watkins and Philly Joe Jones. Overall, the session's got a bit more of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Sonny's brilliant west coast sessions for Contemporary – records that shouldn't sparkle as much as they do, but which actually stand with his best work of the 50s! Sonny's blowing in front of a session of "leaders" that includes Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A crackling bit of hardbop from Sonny Rollins – and a session that has Sonny playing with the Max Roach/Clifford Brown group that included Bud Powell's brother Richie on piano! Sonny had already made a strong name for himself on albums issued under the Roach/Brown tag at the time, and here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The rarest of all the Sonny Rollins Blue Note sessions – and possibly the best! The record captures Rollins at a key turning point – emerging from his firey bop years, moving into a much more complicated, introspective tenor style that was a perfect showcase for his developing genius ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very unique album from Sonny Rollins – one that features him blowing tenor over some Latin-based rhythms that have a tight uptempo feel. The core group on the album features Jim Hall on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – but they're augmented by larger ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A perfect batch of classic and should-be classic girl group soul from The Ronettes – a set made of the prime era Phil Spector recordings – with the legendary, unshakable (for good reason) couple of biggest hits and a whole bunch of lesser-remembered gems that are just as brilliant! ... (Soul) read moreCD
A less tense and caustic Roots than the crew that hit us on the majority of Rising Down a couple years earlier – and this one's as strong of an album as they've delivered since moving over to Def Jam. In truth, we were a little scared when we saw some of the guests credited – Monsters ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Solid work from Roots Manuva – a diverse range of styles, most of it fairly immediately engaging and not as all out experimental as some of the past couple records – with some moody, string-backed atmosphere and more straight forward thumpers. Roots Manuva's been one great, most ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Essential peak solo material from Diana – her aptly self-titled set from 1976, showing Ms. Ross stretching out stylistically with incredible style and with beautiful vocals! Diana '76 is among her best work of the 70s – and that's saying something! It opens with the gorgeous "Them ... (Soul) read moreCD
The stunning debut of Ursula Rucker – the vocalist/poetess who's worked over the past few years with The Roots, Silent Poets, and 4 Hero! The album's got a sly dark edge – part NuSoul, part downtempo beats, and on most of the tracks, Ursula recites her lyrics in a slightly cold voice, ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Roswell Rudd with the Mongolian Buryat Band —
Blue Mongol ... CD Sunnyside, 2005. Used ....
Quite possibly the strongest of Roswell Rudd's recent jazz/world experiments – a really haunting session that has his trombone coming into play with a host of Mongolian musicians! Given the depth of Rudd's approach to the trombone – and his exploratory sense of sound shapes and silence ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An important late recording in the life of Chicago reedman Hal Russell – performances done overseas with the always-energetic NRG Ensemble, at a time when Hal was finally getting his due after years working in the Windy City underground! The larger group sound better here than on just about ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Robert Rutman —
1939 ... CD Pogus, 1998. Used ....
An excellent sampling of tracks from Sade's albums Diamond Life, Promise, Stronger Than Pride, and Love Deluxe. 16 tracks in all, including "No Ordinary Love", "Like A Tattoo", "Cherish The Day", "Kiss Of Life", "Your Love Is King", "Hang Onto ... (Soul) read moreCD
Think what you want – we think this is a damn great soul album! Sure, the record was a crossover classic that got played to death back in the 80s – but give it a listen now, and you'll be stunned to hear how fresh it sounds, and how much it reminds you of all the British soul acts that ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet little live set by Sade – done with the subdued warmth of her later work, but also featuring a few key songs from earlier years! There's a nicely understated quality to the record, in keeping with Sade's own presence – and we're quite pleased to hear how these songs hold up ... (Soul) read moreCD
A tremendous live set from pianist Teru Sakamoto – a session that soars with all of the life, soul, and imagination of McCoy Tyner at his 70s best! The record's got a feel that's quite open – long tracks, with plenty of solo space for Sakamoto on the piano – but the sound is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautifully mature recording from Monica Salmaso – a live performance, done in that same blend of sophistication and moody darkness that you might find in some of the best concert albums from Maria Bethania! There's a similar sort of complexity here – in both the emotions of the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Dino Saluzzi & Jon Christensen —
Senderos ... CD ECM, 2002. Used ....
Pharoah Sanders is working here with some excellent horn players in the frontline – Woody Shaw on trumpet and Gary Bartz on alto sax – both of whom really bring a lot of power to the record! As with some of Sanders' other Impulse albums of the period, the record only features two long ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Digipack has remnants of an old sticker.)
One of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great arrangements and compositions here – not just from leader Idan Santhus, but also from a whole host of other artists as well – a good number of whom work here in the ensembles on the set! The approach is wonderful – large lineups of players, but handled with a style that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent obscure jazzy groovers from the groundbreaking team of Cicci Santucci and Enzo Scoppa! Cicci plays trumpet and Enzo plays tenor – and the pair had chops sharp enough to play with the best of the Italian jazz scene of the 70s, but which also graced more than a fair share of private ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Classy grooves from the Texas scene of the early 80s – a lost little album of modern soul, boogie, and bits of jazz! Savoir-Flair are headed by Roger Boykin – a keyboardist who'd recorded in a straighter jazz mode on other records, but who turns his talents here towards that great ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some more groovy German electronica from Sonig and Thrill Jockey by Schlammpeitziger, aka Jo Zimmermann. Simplesongs brings together work from five different lps dating back to 1994, with some tracks mixed by Jan St. Werner of Mouse On Mars. Tracks include "Keine Sitar", "Elektronis ... (Rock) read moreCD
Steffen Schleiermacher, Eberhard Blum, Jan William —
New York School 2 ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1993. Used ....
Compositions by Earle Brown, John Cage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff. ... (Out Sound) CD
Jacques Schwarz-Bart —
Abyss ... CD ObliqSound (France), 2009. Used ....
Rhythmic, percussive jazz from Jacques Schwarz-Bart – who plays tenor & soprano sax, as well as some percussion & vocals – not all a dense, sonic or emotional murk you might be expecting from the title Abyss! It's actually quite affirmative experience, with earthy percussion ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really amazing record – even more incredible than you might guess from the cover and title! The whole thing's definitely a "party" in sound – as the record takes lots of familiar instrumentation and mixes it with odd sound effects and weird production tricks – ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A great step forward for trumpeter Christian Scott – a set that really delivers all the promise we've always seen in his music – and really pushes things into rich new territory too! The title and cover look rootsy, but the rhythms are really futuristic – soaring, spiraling bass, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tom Scott gets his apple juiced in this sweet live set – a concert performance from the early 80s, and a record that's got a sharper edge than some of Scott's studio work of the time! The group's nice and tight, with funky energy that really brings out the most soulful tones of Tom's sax ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 versions of "Gimme The Light" plus "Get Busy" and "Like Glue", need we say more. 19 tracks in all, also includes "Shout", "I'm Still In Love With You", "International Affair", "Top Of The Game", "Ganja Breed", "C ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Search I ... CD Philly World/Boogie Times (France), 1981. Used ....
Early 80s funky soul from Search – a tight little group with a wickedly sharp edge! The combo is led by Les Paul Roque, fresh from his stint with Kool & The Gang – and the vibe here is similar to that group, but with a smaller combo approach overall – lots of bass at the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great step forward for Seawind – as the combo's working here in a style that's a bit leaner than before, but still every bit as warm and jazzy – a perfect foil for the soulful vocals of singer Pauline Wilson! The tunes have this wonderfully breezy feel that really befits the group's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A monumental achievement for Atlanta's Seek – their greatest record to date, and an instant soul classic! The group have really come together wonderfully for this set – hitting on all burners, from the sweet smooth instrumentation of the tracks, to the great lead vocals by singer Lisa ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD