Sweetly jazzy soul from George Benson – a key classic from his great run at Warner Brothers Records, and the kind of record that George did better than anyone else at the time! Back in the 60s, we'd never have guessed that Benson's sweetly crackling vocals would dominate popular jazz more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's a great one for this album – not just because tenorist Jerry Bergonzi always seems to have this forward-thinking, linear quality about his work – but also because his talents here intersect strongly with the alto sax of Dick Oatts! The pair really create some magic here ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal Chicago sounds from cornetist Josh Berman – and a record that's not just a key example of his talents, but of the whole energy of the Windy City scene as well! There's a nice gag in the "His Gang" on the cover of the record – but it's also somewhat well put, too ... (Jazz) read moreCD
80s recording – conducted by Bernstein, with vocals by Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras. (Soundtracks) CD
(Domestic CRC pressing.)
Maria Bethania —
Mel ... CD Philips (Brazil), 1979. Used ...
A gentler, more laidback album that some of Maria Bethania's more dramatic efforts from the early 70s – but still a pretty great little record, served up with a sense of poise and power that few of her contemporaries could match! Backings are arranged by Perinho Albuquerque, in a way that's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Although we've been fans of Andy Bey for years (ever since his early 60s recordings with Andy & The Bey Sisters), we've got to admit that we're stunned at how successful his recent revival has been! This CD is probably the main reason for Andy's success – as it's a compelling batch of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Big Boi's got plenty of help this time around – a huge array of guest talents that includes Sleepy Brown, Phantogram, TI, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Killer Mike, Bosko, and many others – but there's still a nicely unified feel to the set – a strength of vision that holds on even in ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Forget this guy's name – which makes you think he's a blues singer – because the album's one of the best new male soul records we've heard in years! Big Brooklyn Red has a sweetly grooving style that's really unique for a male singer – never overdone, never caught up in the realm ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Mario Biondi —
Sun ... CD Sony, 2013. Used ...
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A collection of many of the best tracks by the Diabolical Biz Markie – one of the most unique MCs in the history of hip hop – and one of our favorites then, now and forever – plus a bunch of his best videos on this CD/DVD hybrid! It's hard to argue with the tracks selected for ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Spine has cutout notch. NOTE: this is a hybrid disc, with the CD on one side and DVD on the other. It is not region specified, so we cannot guarantee the DVD features with work in all regions.)
The official full length debut of Blacastan after the promising teaser mix set that dropped a bit earlier – living up to the potential for timeless, gritty and raw underground hip hop with sharp rhymes! Blacastan brings a busy flow of rhymes, with producers Colombeyond and others well ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Amazing British pop! Forget Petula Clark, forget Sandie Shaw, forget Shirley Bassey – we love Cilla Black like no other! Cilla's got an incredible voice – deep, gutsy, and not without a touch of soul. Her early sessions for EMI during the 60s are some of the finest British vocals ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Black Dog Productions —
Bytes ... CD Warp/Wax Trax, 1993. Used ...
Later work from Black Ivory – but still plenty darn great – and a record that hits nicely on both upbeat groovers and mellow ballads! Given that Leroy Burgess had moved on well before the time of this record, we're not sure who's driving the train – but the album is a good update ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rhymes and production from Detroit's Black Milk! The best cuts have solid, unpredictable and funky beats – rollicking, anthem style backdrops from the rhymes of Black Milk and guests such as Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Ty & Kory and others. Titles include "Popular Demand", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Bonus CD includes Broken Wax instrumentals & 3 non album tracks!)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club —
BRMC ... CD Virgin, 2001. Used ...
(Booklet has a sticker.)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club —
Howl ... CD RCA, 2005. Used ...
We'll admit it's not as dope as the first LP but in our opinion, it deserved more attention than it got. Not as clever as you might hope both in the production and lyrics, but this LP still has its share of jazzy beats and whimsical but memorable rhymes from Dres and Lawnge, with a little extra ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A collection of tracks released in the US under the name Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, probably Black Uhuru's finest moment, their first set after they made the transition from working with Jammy to Sly & Robbie's forward looking sound, and the first set to include the great Puma Jones as the ... (Reggae) read moreCD
It may as well be 1973, from the sound of this session! Bassist Blake's group grooves like some of Pharoah's later work on Impulse – with John Hicks filling in all the spiralling spiritual piano lines that Lonnie Liston Smith might have handled, Alex Blake taking the place of Cecil McBee, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer live material! Although the Jazz Messengers often recorded at Birdland (aka The Jazz Corner Of The World), the two albums on this disc are some of their best – and rarest – from that venue! The set features both volumes of these rare releases – which caught Blakey's group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare Art Blakey performance from a tour in Tokyo – featuring a crack 1961 lineup with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all grooving together nicely! The set was recorded in Sankei Hall on January 2, 1961 – and titles include "The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare Art Blakey performance from a tour in Tokyo – featuring a crack 1961 lineup with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all grooving together nicely! The set was recorded in Sankei Hall on January 2, 1961 – and titles include "Nelly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hardly a free for all at all – as the album's a masterpiece of focus and direction, and a classic set from the sextet lineup of the Jazz Messengers! The album's a real feather in the mid-60s cap of Art Blakey –and features an expanded sound from the quintet era of his group – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Art Blakey's first true moments of genius! This transitional version of the Jazz Messengers included two parts – Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons – of the holy Morgan/Shorter/Timmons trilogy, and it's also got the added bonus of Benny Golson on tenor, who was at the height of his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of a number of Art Blakey albums titled after "Night In Tunisia" – and most likely the best! The tune is a perfect fit for the Blakey Jazz Messengers format – long, rhythmic, really stretching out, yet allowing plenty of space for the horn players to solo. Players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(This is an XRCD24 pressing, with higher fidelity and imporved audio quality. Barcode has some marker.)
An excellent live set by the Jazz Messengers – recorded in Paris in 1958, but with a hard heavy groove that's right up there with their best Blue Note work. The group at this time – Blakey, Bobby Timmons, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, and Jymie Merritt – plays hard, heavy, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer album – one of Art Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides, and a blinding set of hard-driving jazz that well earns its title! The group is one of Blakey's pre-Timmons/Morgan/Shorter ones – with Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides from the time – and a killer album that sports a late 50's lineup of the Jazz Messengers that included Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, and Bill Hardman. The three of them sparkle and shine with the sort of brilliance that Blakey's leadership brings to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Blakey's soundtrack to this fantastic French film is one of his best non-Blue Note albums ever – and it's got the additional bonus of featuring performances by the great French tenor star Barney Wilen! The tunes here are way more than just short scene-setting soundtrack numbers – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Angular Monk meets hard-driving Art Blakey – in a session that's quite unique, and which has gone onto become one of the best-remembered Atlantic jazz sessions of the late 50s! The album features Blakey in that key non-Blue Note year of 1957 – a time when he was working with a variety ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Terence Blanchard —
Bounce ... CD Blue Note, 2003. Used ...
Warmth and magic from Terence Blanchard – an album of simple beauty and timeless soul that's one of the best we've heard from him to date! The set features a group that includes tenor, guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes, and organ – and overall, it's got a soulful depth that reminds us of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Terence Blanchard Group —
Choices ... CD Concord, 2009. Used ...
Core grooves from trumpeter Terence Blanchard and combo – but mixed with some compelling words from Cornel West and Bilal! The record's a jazz album at its core, but the presence of West and Bilal makes for a bit of a change, too – kind of an added level of consciousness on top of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts ... (Blues) read moreCD
Beautiful solo piano work from Paul Bley – spare, stark, and almost lovely – and a real contrast to some of his more aggressive experiments of the late 60s. The Bley here has almost a hint of sadness and longing, especially on the numbers that have him revisiting tunes he'd done on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)
Paul Bley & Paul Motian —
Notes ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1988. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
(Out of print. Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)
The queen of hip hop soul takes it back to the gutter with guest spots by Jay-Z and P-Diddy on "Love & Life", 50 Cent on "Let Me Be The One", and Method Man on "Love @ 1st Sight", but overall this one has Mary in a better mood than the last album! You've probably ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print. Limited edition CD version comes with a bonus DVD with more than 40 minutes of video footage!)
Mary J's second LP, and every bit as fine as the first. She's still working with Puffy and Chucky Thompson here, staying true to the commercial R&B formula that has been Blige's mainstay over her entire career. 13 tracks of the fine Brooklyn soul sound, plus a couple of interludes, including ... (Soul) read moreCD
As much as Mary J represents a lot of what we just can't stand about contemporary radio soul, there's always a few cuts on every LP that we can't resist. Includes "Everything", "Share My World", "Can't Get You Off My Mind", "Missing You", "Our Love" ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mary's first album did so well, they followed it up with this remix set – a very high profile affair that features efforts from some big name talents at the time! Features Puffy remixes of "Real Love", "Love No Limit", "You Remind Me", "Reminisce", ... (Soul) read moreCD
One man psychedelic funk jams from Blue and his Bluefunks project – bass player for the ATL's hip hop funk band (who backed Outkast live) – doing his own thing here on HomeCookedTapeHissInfestedFunks! Blue's heavy bass groove leads the way, boundlessly straddling genres and making his ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD