Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge team up for this intriguing collaboration – one with a promising concept and they deliver on it in full – shadowboxing their way to a knockout! On the mic tip, Ghostface is in his comfort zone here – spitting lyrics laced with martial arts, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
An excellent live set – featuring great work by some of Dizzy's best sidemen of the late 50's! The ensemble is razor sharp, in that hip post-bop way that Dizzy was developing in the 50s, before moving into his Latin groove years of the early 60s. Benny Golson, Billy Mitchell, and Wynton ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great lost chapter in the Larry Mizell story – a record that's not nearly as well known as Mizell-produced jams for Bobbi Humphrey or Johnny Hammond, but which is every bit as great! Roger Glenn's a funky flute player with a really great groove – California groovy, with just a touch ... (Jazz) read moreCD
What can we say? Most of the biggest hits, and many of the very best tracks cut in the prime of Al Green's career – which is to say some of the very best Memphis soul ever recorded! It's just one of these Greatest Hits packages of pure, inarguable perfection – with "Call Me" ... (Soul) read moreCD
Al Green and Willie Mitchell return for another soul treasure – delivering on the promise of 2003's wonderful I Can't Stop as strongly as we could have hoped for! This one may be credited to The Reverend Al Green rather than just Al Green – but that's the biggest difference between ... (Soul) read moreCD
A stunner! Al Green returns to the glorious, exuberant soul brilliance of the Hi Records years for his Blue Note debut – an amazing return to form that we could kick ourselves for not anticipating! Al Green asserted long, long ago that he had no intention of ever making another secular soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
Burton Greene —
On Tour ... CD ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1966. Used ....
Pretty far out work from pianist Burton Greene – working here on recordings pulled from the famous ESP tour of New York in the mid 60s! The performances feature Greene on piano and piano harp – in trio format with Steve Tintweiss on bass and Shelly Rusten on drums – both of whom ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Surprisingly striking work from Burton Greene – an album of solo work, but one that's filled with all the tones and sounds that justify the "orchestra" in the title! Greene plays piano and keyboards, working in an evocative style that overflows with the kind of exploratory energy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Guillermo Gregorio/Mats Gustafsson/Kjell Nordeson —
Background Music ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 1998. Used ....
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No mellow background music here, but a definitely more restrained session than you'd expect from the three members of the trio! The set's a really moody, atmospheric one – recorded live on Chicago radio in the late 90s, and awash with great textures on reeds – both from Gustafsson's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A surprisingly modern set from Johnny Griffin – a rare major label session that's based around some really wonderful tunes penned by Johnny himself – arranged beautifully for a very hip septet! In addition to Griffin's tenor, other players include Steve Turre on trombone, John Clark on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Group LE (Lyrikal Etherians) —
LE Mental ... CD Etherian Media, 2003. Used ....
Merle's debut album, and a benchmark in the history of country and popular music! Hag's role as country's most mournful outlaw hadn't fully evolved at this early point in his career but the seeds are planted, with the single "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "The Worst Is ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
The follow up to Herbie's groundbreaking hit album Future Shock. There's some rehashing of themes here, with the remake of "Rockit" called "Hardrock" here – basically the same number with some heavy guitar added and a few different solos – plus similar numbers that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent batch of rare material by vocalist Johnny Hartman, and a very strong set of tracks that shows a side of his work that's often ignored! Usually, Hartman gets cited for his slow, moody, syrupy sound – such as that which he used in his classic recordings with Coltrane. However, we ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Roy Haynes —
Te Vou ... CD Dreyfus (Canada), 1994. Used ....
An great second set from Heather Headley – well on her way to becoming one of the best mainstream soul divas in years! It's been a few years since we last heard from Heather, but in that time she's sharpened her talents greatly – really deepening her sound and going for a more mature ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
One of the classics of the first wave of the New York punk scene. We doubt there' s much more we need to say about this album, except every household needs a copy. Tracks include "Love Comes In Spurts", "Liars Beware", "Blank Generation", "Walking On The ... (Rock) read moreCD
You probably know the music – as the record got a lot of press when it came out – but in case you don't, some tracks feature Herbie Hancock and Christian McBride backing Joe up, and others have Eliane Elias and Oscar Castro-Neves. Titles include "Boto", "Felicidade" ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Late work from the tenor legend Joe Henderson – his last album for Verve – leading an impeccable core combo and guests through the Gershwins' classic Porgy & Bess! The players including Jon Scofield on guitars, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Stefon Harris on vibes, Dave Holland on bass, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album of grace, poise, and lyrical beauty – surprisingly soulful, and filled with original compositions that make the album really stand out from the pack! Herring's at the height of his powers here – and possibly higher at those heights than we've ever heard him before – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An early moment of brilliance from Vincent Herring – and just the sort of set to make him one of the strongest young talents to emerge in jazz during the 90s! There's a rock-solid feel to the set – an approach that's steeped in classic hardbop modes, but which has traces of modernism ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A full CD that compiles Billie's famous sides for the Commodore label in New York – recorded between 1939 and 1944, with accompaniment by the Eddy Heywood group and/or orchestra. Titles include "Strange Fruit" (the original 1939 version), "How Am I To Know", "Fine ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Dave Holland's sounding great on this late 80s set – a straighter effort than his early days, but in a really wonderful way overall! The group's got a lot of soulful power – thanks to alto from Steve Coleman, drums from Marvin Smitty Smith, and guitar from Kevin Eubanks – all ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Solon ... CD Irma/Suonaphone (Italy), 2003. Used ....
The debut release by Honeymunch – a really great group from the current European underground, dedicated to performing club music with live instruments! The record's got the feel of work by Hipnosis, Sleepwalker, and a number of other recent groups who've been playing live jazz for the ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD