A strange one, and from this perspective, it seems like a crazy decision to pair modernist tenorist Sonny Rollins with a set of large brassy arrangements. Oddly, though, the idea works, and works nicely – as Rollins' edgey solos cut through the heavy arrangements with ease, creating some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... (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
A groundbreaking album from Rollins, largely for the extended track "Tenor Madness", which runs on for 13 minutes, and features him and Coltrane blowing head to head – redefining the sound of the tenor sax in jazz through the course of that amazing track! Backing is by the Red ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic set that brings the east coast tenor of Sonny Rollins into contact with a west coast rhythm section of Ray Brown and Shelly Manne! Despite Rollins' silly look on the cover, and the album's overall "western" theme, the session's a brilliant one – right up there with Sonny's ... (Jazz) 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
A standout session from Willie Rosario – an album that has him introducing singer Junior Toledo, who really makes the record sparkle with his vocals! The grooves here are in those warmly jazzy styles that kept Rosario on top well into the 80s – an approach to salsa that has a bit more ... (Latin) read moreCD
Adonis Rose —
Unity ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 1999. Used ....
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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
Surprisingly nice album from the late 80's, with nice Marley Marl production that sounds great on tracks like "Knockin' Hiney", "Fatal Attraction", "Go On Girl", and "Live On Stage". 14 tracks in all. ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The incredible second album from Roxy Music – picking up right where the self titled album left off – ratcheting up the excitement even more thanks to Ferry's extra dramatic songs, Eno's unpredictable synthesizer and tape manipulations, and a driving approach to the performances by the ... (Rock) read moreCD
The startlingly brilliant debut by Roxy Music – one of the most unique rock & roll albums of the early 70s, and a standard bearer for much of the art rock to come! From the group's flashy appearance, to their celebration of subverted rock & pop cliches, it's the kind of record that ... (Rock) 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
Home ... CD Big Beat, 2013. Used ....
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The classic self-titled LP that changed hip hop (and much of modern pop) forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record. Run DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap the bust out of the inner cities and into consciousness of an entire ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A key album of 80s southern blues from Bobby – done in the slightly electrified, slightly modern style that was coming out of the Jackson scene at the time – in a way that helped find a home for so many artists after the decline of southern soul in the 70s! Material like this made ... (Blues) read moreCD
Patrice Rushen —
Posh ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1980. Used ....
Nothing Posh about this one – as the album's an all-out all-access affair! Patrice is at the height of her powers here – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in a sublime blend of 70s jazz funk and Minnie Riperton-esque soul! The whole album's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Although issued with a title and cover that might make you think it's a record of bachelor pad music, this set by modernist George Russell is one of his finest recordings of the 50s, and it features some wonderful work in odd tones and scales, executed by players like Bill Evans, Paul Bley, Hal ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
A great new chapter for the Salsoul Orchestra – a set that has them working with underground legend Patrick Adams, who gives them an even cooler sound than before! There's more keyboards in the mix than on previous albums – some of those cool and moogy touches that Adams brought to his ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dino Saluzzi & Jon Christensen —
Senderos ... CD ECM, 2002. Used ....
One of the strong albums that David Sanchez cut for Columbia in the 90s – clean, simple, back-to-basics playing, done with a strength and confidence not exhibited by most other young players of his generation! The album mixes together modern and Latin jazz modes – all graced by Sanchez' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
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
A whole new dimension in deep funk – Brazilian-tinged tunes served up by members of The Heliocentrics and Quantic Soul Orchestra! The sound here lives up to the best Samba Soul modes of 70s Brazil – grooves that are rooted in American traditions of funk and soul, particularly those of ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Blue-eyed soul from Boz Scaggs, with a decidedly Philly influenced sound to the production, which we'd hazard a guess comes more from the Hall & Oates side of town than the Sigma Sound axis. Still, this is a solid album with the irresistible hit "Lowdown", still a favorite around ... (Soul) read moreCD
A rare 70s session from improviser Dieter Scherf – heard here on a variety of saxes, clarinets, and piano! Scherf's working here in a mode that recalls the playful spaciousness of some of the second-generation classics on FMP – improvising freely alongside bassist Jacek Benarek and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic to end all classics – and the record that showed the world that the kung fu genre could be every bit as funky as American crime and action films! Lalo Schifrin's at the height of his powers on this set – working in a blend of raw guitars, rolling bass, and choppy rhythms that ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Pure 70s genius from Lalo Schifrin – and the lost soundtrack to the second Dirty Harry film! Magnum Force never received a proper soundtrack album at the time – and although we've waited over 30 years, this overstuffed package finally gives the Schifrin score it's due – serving ... (Soundtracks) 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
A nicely old school set of vocal work from Jonathan Schwartz – quite traditional, especially given the time of the recording – done in a way that makes you feel like you're catching Schwartz working the backroom at some New York club in the wee small hours of the morning! Piano ... (Vocalists) 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
Working man's funk, soul and hip hop spun by Scott Down & DJ Cutler – an epic mix of tunes from the funky Buffalo scene! Blue Collar Funk is a massive blend of rare soul, funk, hip hop and even some psychedelia produced in the blue collar burgh over the past few decades. The mixed cuts ... (Deep Funk) 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