Great work from Marcelo D2 – one of the best Brazilian hip hop producers of the past decade or so – and one of the few who've really kept things interesting over the years! The music here probably has more links to American hip hop than the mainstream rhythms in Brazil – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Charlie Mariano —
Mirror ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. Used ...
A seminal electric session from Charlie Mariano – one recorded after his shift from bop-based work into trippier, more psychedelic influences – and one of his few American dates from the time! The record has Charlie working on soprano and alto sax, with a group that includes Pat ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Heavy funk from Teena Marie – a self-produced killer for mid 80s Epic Records – done with some even bolder grooves than before, in ways that definitely show the hallmarks of the Prince generation! The 80s was a hell of a good time to be a female funk artist on her own – and Teena ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite Wailers LPs – as solid a statement as Marley had made, and to our ears, the finest moment of his later career. The album features classics like "Natural Mystic", "Three Little Birds", "One Love/People Get Ready" and the excellent, driving ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Live! ... CD Island/Tuff Gong, 1975. Used ...
A smoking live set from '75, recorded not too long after the I-three's replaced Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer. Totally burning versions of "Trenchtown Rock", "Burnin & Lootin", "Them Belly Full", "Lively Up Yourself", "No Woman, No Cry", "I ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Marley Marl —
Re Entry ... CD Beat Generation/BBE (UK), 2001. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Marley Marl returns – and it's like he's never been gone! The album's a brilliant batch of tunes produced with a sound that recalls the glory days of Marley's years at Cold Chillin, but which also shows a tremendous respect for changes in underground hip hop over the past few years. Marley's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The last chapter in Wynton Marsalis' Soul Gestures trilogy of the early 90s – and like the others, it's a set with its own sort of sound and feeling – another illustration of the many talents of Marsalis at the time! Despite the "levee" reference in the title, the work's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This is the album that yielded Hugh's big hit "Grazin In The Grass", and it's got a lot of other nice pop Afro soul tracks in a similar vein, played by Hugh and his tight little quartet! Tracks include "Stop", "Bajabula Bonke", "There Are Seeds To Sow", ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Smooth soulful jazz from Harvey Mason – one of his strong 70s winners for the Arista album, and a record that really brings a new level of class to his sound! There's less of the grit in the grooves than you might expect from the down-home reference of the title – and in a way, the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A strangely compelling montage of tracks from the musical Kismet. Brothers Buddy and Monk Montgomery are joined here by brother Wes – then an emerging star on guitar, and a strong addition to the set, one who expands the sound past the usual exotic chamber groove laid down by the combo. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent bit of modern soul – a smooth seductive album that fits perfectly with an older mellow groove, but which also sparkles with the best recent efforts of the past decade. Maxwell's got a wonderful vocal style – reminding us a bit of classic Isley Brothers, Leon Ware, or O'Jay ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Stormin' R&B stuff by this lost 50's artist – best known for the stormin' doo-woppy groover "Village of Love"! The 21 tracks on here all have a similar feel to that one – that is, stripped down, with weird instrumentation, and a kind of almost tribal feel in parts. Wild ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pure genius from Curtis Mayfield – and a record that's got all the righteousness and political power you might guess from the cover! The album burns with a sense of empowerment that's every bit the best strength of Curtom in the 70s – a sublime blend of heavy soul, funky undercurrents, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Curtis Mayfield's lasting classic – and an album that the world will remember forever! Apart from being his hugely successful entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack field, this album's also a monster set of grooves that includes some of Curtis' funkiest work ever – a record that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wonderful stuff – and one of Curtis' last great songs! "Tripping Out" has a stepping midtempo approach – one that features snapping beats at the bottom, sweetened strings over the top, and a really solid Curtom production job – all slowly grooving and snaking around, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Maysa (Maysa Leak) —
Maysa ... CD Blue Thumb, 1995. Used ...
The soulful vocalist of Incognito strikes out on her own – serving up an excellent debut LP! This one's got a bit more of a modern R&B approach than the jazzier work of Incognito – but still stays in the hip London soul mode, thanks to some great production work by Ray Hayden of ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Chicago Underground Trio (Mazurek/Ajemian/Taylor) —
Chronicle ... CD Delmark, 2007. Used ...
Great big Dee-troit rawk, like no other group of madmen could have ever created! This is the album that established the Motor City as the capital of late 60s/early 70s gonzo psychedelic rock, and still stands as probably the most massive live recording of the era. Pile-driving outer space noise ... (Rock) read moreCD
Brilliant new work from Paddy McAloon – ex-lyricist/vocalist for Prefab Sprout, stepping out here in a set that's nearly all instrumental! The album is a masterpiece of strings and light instrumental touches – recorded as a suite of tracks based around the idea of one woman reviewing ... (Rock) read moreCD
Toussaint McCall stands as one of the best southern soul singers of his time – and one that is painfully overshadowed by the better known singers on Atlantic and the larger labels. His hit "Nothing Takes The Place Of You" is well known as a soul classic – but Toussaint ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sugar sweet pop rock from Paul McCartney & Wings – much more adventurously arranged than most of McCartney's post Beatles releases, Wing-ed or not – and to our ears (and many others), it's also his best post-Beatles album! There's plenty of rave up rock & roll leading into to ... (Rock) read moreCD
The nearly-lost debut album from Janice McClain – a singer who probably burned brightest in the mainstream with her late 70s single "Smack Dab In The Middle", but who really stands out here as a much more mature artist overall! There's definitely a few groovers on the record, but ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Jimmy's funkiest albums ever – a sweeeeet batch of short, hard, and funky cuts – and a record that ranks right up there with the mighty Soul Sugar for sheer funkiness! Jimmy takes an upbeat and easygoing approach to the late 60s funk sound, with a nice, rubbery bass and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tightly grooving, jukebox thumping, hard wailing organ jazz from the great Jimmy McGriff – one of his best albums for the Sue label! Jimmy's got a sound here that's a lot rawer than earlier work – especially on the album's originals, like "Spindletop", "One Of Mine" ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most spiritual albums to come from the young AACM movement in Chicago – a session that's somewhat equal in expression to some of the best post-Coltrane work on Impulse Records! Maurice McIntyre plays here with a sound that's already fully formed – an approach to the tenor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible work from Carmen – one of her last great albums! The set was recorded in 1988 – but it's got an "instant classic" feel that makes it one of the best vocal jazz albums of its generation. Carmen's working with a small group that includes Charlie Rouse, Larry Willis, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Bold, boozy work from Carmen McRae – a wonderfully mature album from that great time when her style was equal parts jazz and soul – put together here by arranger/producer Arif Mardin, a perfect choice for the record! There's a care to the overall presentation not heard in some of McRae' ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An overlooked gem from Carmen – one of her few albums for Columbia from the 60s, and a wonderfully swinging small group session that's got a much more relaxed feel than some of her earlier sets! The album's ostensibly a tribute to Billie Holiday – but it's taken in a way that's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Medaphoar shortens his moniker to the less cumbersome Med for his full length debut Push Comes To Shove – a strong album that's more in tune with a tighter, straighter hip hop sensibility than many of the more tripped out efforts on Stones Throw! With smart, dexterous rhymes by Med, and ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
John Medeski, Robert Randolph, North Mississippi A —
Word ... CD Ropeadope, 2001. Used ...
A return to slightly funky work for MMW – lots of organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and other groovy keyboards from John Medeski driving the set, backed by some excellent rhythm work by Billy Martin and Chris Wood. This is probably their most compelling album in years – at least to our ... (New Grooves) read moreCD