Tracks recorded back in 1955. Adderley and his alto sax are joined by Donald Byrd on trumpet, Nat Adderley on cornet, Jerome Richardson on tenor sax and flute, Horace Silver on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums. The tracks include "Bohemia After Dark", "Chasm&quo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jazz versions of classics by Antonio Carlos Jobim – all done by a group arranged and directed by guitarist Mario Adnet, and featuring guest work from Joyce, Helio Delmiro, Romero Lumbambo, and others! The sound here is really fresh – not merely just a reworking of Jobim's original ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great follow-up to the first Jobim Jazz set from guitarist Mario Adnet – and in many ways, an even better-conceived version of the project! The difference this time around is that Adnet's been working through the concept in a live setting for a few years – and has come up with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Ok, ok – so it's from the Sofia Coppla movie (based on a pretty great book) – but in all fairness this is a really great album from this groovy French combo, and probably one of their straightest (we mean that in a good way). While some tracks channel Pink Floyd a bit, many of their ... (Rock) read moreCD
A lovely title, and a lovely little record too – every bit as poetic as its promise – with haunting trumpet lines by Ambrose Akimusire, nestled nicely in an acoustic quintet that also features Gerald Clayton on piano and Walter Smith III on tenor! There's an understated quality to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
More dark and twisted beat science from Amon Tobin, filled with alien tones and coloristic washes of sound. Continuing to develop from his earlier work, Tobin continues to expand outward on this release, a challenging excursion into the outer limits of the new beat scene, with some complicated ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Ruby Andrews —
Ruby ... CD Goldwax, 1993. Used ...
A surprisingly nice later album from Chicago soul singer Ruby Andrews – quite different than her famous work of the late 60s, but proof that she's still a heck of a singer in the long run! The style here is mostly in a modern southern soul mode – the style used by the revived Goldwax ... (Soul) read moreCD
A massive collaboration between Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle – a well-titled second set in Strut's Inspiration series, and one that brings both artists into some really fresh, new territory! Andy handles most of the vocals, and Beedle's working rhythms that are somewhat in his Black Science ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, & Marisa Monte —
Tribalistas ... CD EMI, 2002. Used ...
3 of Brazil's most important artists of the past 10 years team up in this Tribalistas project – a genre-blurring set of tracks that recalls similar efforts of the Tropicalista generation, updated to reflect the styles of the 3 artists involved, with some nice complicated production touches ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Mid 50s, and Louis is going back to his roots – playing a set of compositions by WC Handy – working with a small combo that includes Barrett Deems on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass, Trummy Young on trombone, and Barney Bigard on clarinet. Vocals are by Louis and Velma Middleton – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Masters Edition digipack version.)
Artvark Saxophone Quartet with Claron McFadden —
Sly Meets Callas ... CD Zennez (Netherlands), 2012. Used ...
Soprano voice and four different saxophones – a really unusual combination, with sparkling musical results! The title's a bit hokey, but the record's got a wonderfully fresh feel – angular lines from this Dutch sax quartet – very much in the best spirit of 80s experiments in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Spiritual soul from Ascendant – a brilliant little EP that's the greatest thing they've done so far! The sound is sublimely righteous – set to some soaring jazzy backdrops that make the vocals sound really wonderful, and which really help get across the message in the music – a ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
AWB's first for Atlantic – and a nice slice of funk that proves that they can mix it up with the best groups of the 70s! The record's got plenty of sweet electric keyboards over smooth funky basslines – and as the years go by, the band's white boy vocals don't sound nearly as bad as we ... (Soul) read moreCD
More Def Jux-spawned robot hop from Embedded – with production by RJD2 and MF Doom. Tracks include "I Need To Be", "SpecialFX", "The Clock Song", "Birds", "Space", "One Shot", "Broke Down", "Dope", "Crumby&qu ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Babkas (Krauss/Schoeppach/Alexander) —
Fratelli ... CD Songlines (Canada), 1996. Used ...
Really lovely work from Susana Baca – more of an EP than a full-length set, but a record that has more than enough depth in each tune to make up for its brevity! Baca's vocals are wonderful – even more filled with feeling than the last time we'd heard from her – and the ... (Latin) read moreCD
James Rhodes' solo performance from 2011 including Bach's "Chaconne" from his Violin Partita No 2 In D, Grieg's "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" from Peer Gynt Op 23, Chopin's "Romanza" from the Piano Concerto No 1 In E Minor Op 11, and Moszkowski's "Etude In F ... (Classical) read moreCD
A strange title for a first record – but quite fitting, given the impact that Erykah Badu has had on soul music! The record defines a whole new style of expression – "Baduizm", if you will – one in which Erykah sings with a depth that stretches back through a century's ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Great stuff from Eryka Badu – sweet, mellow, soulful, and with a very righteous vibe! The record's got some impeccable production – and the best cuts have a stripped-down groove that mixes keyboards and vocals in a way that's similar to recent work by D'Angelo and Jill Scott. Eryka's ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A nice one from Badu – one with a depth of feeling and genuine soulful vibes that live up to its title, despite the fact that she records for one of the world's biggest media conglomerates! It's all about the vibe here. Erykah rolls her syllables, scats and emotes feelings more than an ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The pinnacle of classy crossover soul at the end of the 80s – and a landmark album that's probably still helping Anita pay her bills! The feel is mellow and laidback without being too cheesy or too adult contemporary – drawing from mellow soul traditions of the 70s, and filtering it ... (Soul) read moreCD
A tasty bit of political funk by one of the best groups on Stax! The record's got that heavy guitar-driven funk sound that was the group's calling card at the time – but it's also infused with a righteous sense of social consciousness, clearly influenced by Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone. ... (Soul) read moreCD
A surprisingly nice late 90s effort from Gato Barbieri – at the time, his first new album in over a decade – and a set put together with a nicely contemporary feel with help from keyboardist Philippe Saisse! Saisse produced the set, and he really gives the record some of the warmly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal work from the lovely Basia – and an album that's a wonderful hybrid of jazz, soul, and pop – all put together at a level that really goes beyond most of her contemporaries! There's a vibe here that's almost like Swing Out Sister at their best – catchy, but never cloying ... (Soul) read moreCD
A repackaged version of material from Count Basie's excellent Dance Session albums for Verve – no-nonsense albums that really get at the high-grooving side of the group, and which feature the kind of compelling and catchy tunes that always made them a favorite on the dancefloor! The Count ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Count Basie plays the piano and Joe Williams sings in his bluesy way and they are backed by a slew of musicians who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Ben Powell on trombone, Frank Foster on tenor saxophone, Sonny Payne on drums and many, many others. Frank Foster did all of the arrangements and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(BMG music club pressing.)
Pascal Battus —
Pick-Up ... CD Amor Fati (France), 2005. Used Gatefold ...
An amazing little CD – one that features 2 of the best post-Smile Beach Boys albums in one package, plus some excellent bonus cuts too! Friends is a completely incredible record – one that's built around small, short, sweet songs that are almost an adult take on themes of relationships ... (Rock) read moreCD