Wonderfully jazzy work from Tito Rodriguez – and further proof that his live albums are often some of the best he ever recorded! The set's got an earthy feel that's quite different than some of Tito's studio albums – still that tight groove he brought to Latin music at the end of the ... (Latin) read moreCD
Tito Rodriguez returns to the Palladium – in a smoking set that's got all the great jazzy touches of his first volume at the famous club, but a bit more of a charanga groove overall! The core combo elements that make Tito great are firmly in place – that strong sense of rhythm and ... (Latin) read moreCD
Maybe the greatest work we've heard so far from Chicago bassist Jason Roebke – a key player on so many sessions for other jazzmen in recent years, but a hell of a visionary leader on his own! Roebke composed all new material for the record – and the set's performed by an octet that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lucky seventh album from Roberto Roena and his groundbreaking Apollo Sound combo – a set that's filled with spectacular arrangements and a new level of sophistication for the group – yet one that's still firmly pointed towards the dancefloor! There's a richness here that's really ... (Latin) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from the mighty DJ Rogers – one of the most positive, powerful voices in 70s soul music! The set's a sublime Rogers showcase all the way through – as DJ wrote, arranged, and produced the whole record – in partnership with the Earth Wind & Fire ... (Soul) read moreCD
Yipes! They didn't do a very good job on packaging this set, but it is an official release of some of DJ's stellar soul sides for Columbia from the late 70s. DJ's voice is fantastic on the material, with a deep rich baritone that we'd rate right up there with singers like Jon Lucien or Jerry ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pretty sweet 80s synth/pop/funk/R&B set by Evan Rogers – a few years after his time in the funky soul group Dayton (which is what we know Evan best for around here) – a mid 80s album that's heavy with the synthy sounds of the era and highlighted by some catchy songs and Evan's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful album of Latin grooves from Shorty! The record is one of his best, and features a whopping array of percussionists – including Carlos Vidal, Modesto Duran, and Mike Pacheco all coming into play with Shorty's west coast style of arrangements, tweaked greatly here to pick up an ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really unique little chapter in the career of Shorty Rogers – and a near-lost record that's one of his best from the 60s! As you might guess from the title, the set was recorded as a sort of "stereo dynamics" album – post-bachelor pad, but in a mode that was very concerned ... (Jazz) read moreCD
These two records for Atlantic represent some of the best Shorty Rogers work of the 50s! Unlike his RCA sessions, which could get a bit too formulaic, both of these are a bit more open-ended, with slightly longer tracks than usual, and with different groupings of west coast players (Jimmy Giuffre, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous tribute to the tenor talents of Sonny Rollins – live material from two different decades, all of it illustrating his continuing commitment to creative improvisation in a performance setting! Sonny's one of those guys you've always got to catch when he comes to town – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great set of Sonny Rollins Road Show material – recorded in Japan and NYC in the fall of 2010 – the latter from the Sonny Rollins @80 Concert at The Beacon Theatre! The set is bookended by the Japanese recordings – a nearly 15 minute "They Say It's Wonderful" live in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The continuing exploration of the greatness of Sonny Rollins in a live setting – a format that's really made these Road Shows records more interesting than most of his studio work in recent years! The set features key live performances by Rollins from the past decade or so – all long ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Aldo Romano & Paolo Fresu —
Canzoni ... CD Enja (Germany), 1992. New Copy ...
A warm little set from drummer Aldo Romano and trumpeter Paolo Fresu – working here in spare, spacious ways that groove along gently! The group here's a quartet – with piano from Franco D'Andrea and bass from Furio Di Castri – and the session features a fair bit of Italian ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An collection of some of the best funky numbers from Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom – a loose assemblage of players headed by organist Ron Levy, and featuring funky legends Karl Denson and Melvin Sparks on a few tracks! The set pulls together a dozen tunes from Levy's self-released CDs – ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
The Roots still delivering the goods after all these years! And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is seemingly one of their more uncompromising efforts, which is saying something for this crew. Their career arc to this point is as fascinating as ever – going from backing up and sharing credit with ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Two of our favorites off the "Illadelph Halflife" LP. "Sections" features a smooth organ line throughout. "Clones" uses a spare piano loop and harder rhyme styles, off set by the very brief, very mellow break. (Hip Hop) CD
We never know whether we should call this their second album or not. We know it's their second, but their first was so poorly distributed for years, and besides, this one's light years ahead of that in both the approach to production and rhyme style. A modern hip hop essential, that blew our ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Their second major US release after two import/indie LP's and the awesome debut, Do You Want More?, though this is the one that put them over. One on the few current hip hop acts that are able to do a proper live show and it's hard to choose which is better: live, LP or 12" remixes. 14 full-l ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A landmark effort from the Legendary Roots Crew – one that a lot of folks hail as their greatest album – and there's a strong case to be made for that! Jazzy soul backdrops and lyrics that both personally and culturally reflective – and it's also the best produced Roots album to ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The Roots make kind of a return to their own roots with the Tipping Point – a loose, funky, hip hop soul opus from the legendary Philly crew! The record's got a much more streamlined and focused ambition than Phrenology or Things Fall Apart – and it's a brilliant extenuation of their ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Solid work from Roots Manuva – a diverse range of styles, most of it fairly immediately engaging and not as all out experimental as some of the past couple records – with some moody, string-backed atmosphere and more straight forward thumpers. Roots Manuva's been one great, most ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A rare 60s album by the lovely Sonia Rosa – lots of sweet bossa tunes, handled with a very light touch! The set's got Rosa singing and playing acoustic guitar in front of larger backings by Chiquinho Moraes – nice and jazzy on most of the tracks, with a sound that pushes Rosa past the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A key 70s set from Willie Rosario – soaring salsa done under the direction of Louie Ramirez, with a sharpness and sense of groove that's sometimes missing from his later albums! The horns here are all very tightly crafted – four trumpets undercut with a baritone sax, which creates some ... (Latin) read moreCD
A big one for Norman Whitfield – who found in Rose Royce what he'd been lacking for years – a hit group ready to handle a number of styles, all well, and all with an adventurous style that would break them past the legions of lackluster funky soul groups of the late 70s. The record ... (Soul) read moreCD
Josh Roseman —
Cherry ... CD Knitting Factory, 2002. Used ...
Includes Lester Bowie, John Medeski, and Joey Baron. (Jazz) CD
Josh Rosen & Stan Strickland —
Instinct ... CD Ziggle Zaggle, 2012. Used ...
A great early moment for pianist Renee Rosnes – and a set that has her really bursting out with help from a top-shelf lineup of musicians! The core trio features Ron Carter on bass and Lewis Nash on drums – although Renee also plays without them on two numbers – and the tunes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best albums ever cut by trombonist Frank Rosolino – an open-ended quartet session that really lets him do his thing! The tracks are long, with plenty of room for solo space, and Frank's working with a really great quartet that includes the legendary Sonny Clark on piano – a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
A smoking live performance from Diana Ross – a double-length set that offers up the lady in all full aspects of her glory! Ross sings not just in the clubby soul mode that made her a huge act at the time, but also brings in echoes of older Motown moments, plus a fair bit of jazz inspiration ... (Soul) read moreCD
Diana Ross in the sweet clubby 70s – working here in a set of upbeat groovers that really show off her talents as a disco diva! The tunes are mostly upbeat, and surprisingly fresh – not nearly as disco cliched as you might expect, and handled in just the right way to take advantage of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A massive 2CD set that brings together most of the best work recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes for Motown – done in the lavish style that Motown used in these deep Anthology series in the 70s! Each side of each record has a different theme, and the package also features dates for ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic group of well-matched players – one we've heard together often on albums for other labels, but who really find a new sort of energy here in the Smalls Live series! Trumpeter Jim Rotondi's joined here by equal frontmen Eric Alexander on tenor, David Hazeltine on piano and Fender ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charlie Rouse —
Yeah! ... CD Epic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ...
Thelonious Monk's legendary tenorist steps out on his own in this fantastic (and rare) hardbop session from the early 60s! The album's quite different than some of the work Charlie Rouse cut with Monk's classic quartet at the time – more in a hardbop mode that takes us back to his late 50s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really great little album – featuring some of the best small combo work by tenorists Charlie Rouse and Seldon Powell! The album is split into two parts – one part featuring work by Rouse with a trio that features Gildo Mahones on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jimmy Rowles has always been one hell of a musician, but he really seemed to hit a special stretch in his work during the 70s – a time when he was able to balance his traditional roots with plenty of fresh ideas – all expressed perfectly here in a trio with Buster Williams on bass and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The fourth album from Roxy Music – and quite possibly their best to date! The album has the group moving strongly past the Eno years, into a tighter framework that still contains many of the darker themes of earlier records. Ferry's lead vocals are incredibly majestic – rising to ... (Rock) read moreCD
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Gonzalo Rubalcaba —
Blessing ... CD Blue Note/Somethin Else, 1991. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio —
Diz ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1993. New Copy ...
A wonderful tribute to Dizzy Gillespie – featuring songs penned by Diz, or played by him famously – presented by the fluid fingers of Gonzalo Rubalcaba, who takes Gillespie's inspiration into a whole new realm with his trio! Rubalcaba's got lots of sharp notes on hand – able to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
10 tracks in all, including "Day Dreaming", "Young Wings Can Fly", "Our Everlasting Love", "Does He Really Care For Me", "Baby Come Home", "When You're Young & In Love", "My Summer Love", "Our Day Will Come", and ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early 70s Motown from David Ruffin – a pair of albums on a single CD! First up is a self-titled set from Motown giant Ruffin – and a record that pairs him with producer Bobby Miller, who'd worked some real late 60s magic with The Dells! As with that group, Miller has a wonderful way ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first two solo albums by David Ruffin – back to back on a single CD! My Whole World Ended is a great start as a solo act for the legendary David Ruffin – stepping out here from The Temptations with a wonderfully heartbreaking style! The title of the record really sums up the feel ... (Soul) read moreCD
Warm and wonderful soul from David Ruffin – key proof that the singer could keep on going strong, long after his earlier fame at Motown! The record's got a new sense of sophistication that really breaks David into new territory – a style that's nicely different than the backings Ruffin ... (Soul) read moreCD
Killer solo work from Jimmy Ruffin – a selection of 10 tunes pulled from his 60s solo recordings for Motown, plus one tune cut with brother David, when they were working briefly as the Ruffin Brothers. Titles include "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted", "I've Passed This Way ... (Soul) read moreCD
A definite masterjam from Chaka Khan and Rufus – one of the group's last key efforts together – produced to perfection by the mighty Quincy Jones! Chaka's vocals are sublime right from the start – taking on the soaring majesty she'd use on her initial solo recordings – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Jorge Lopez Ruiz —
Cuarteto ... CD Acoua (Argentina), 2011. New Copy ...
Beautiful recent work from this legendary Argentine bassist – heard here in the company of a quartet of young players who really know how to follow his lead! Half the tracks are originals, and half are jazz standards – but all are given a very fresh spin by the bass of Lopez – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The teen Queens Of Noise tearing it up live in Tokyo! From the beginning, the jaibait cultural baggage tended to cast a larger shadow than their music, which is damn shame, because The Runaways are badass, killer rock & roll band – and they prove that here in epic fashion – ... (Rock) read moreCD
Todd Rundgren —
Healing ... CD Rhino/Bearsville, 1981. Used ...
Sweet vocals and jazzy keyboards – a combination we couldn't like better if we tried! The Rurals have always been one of the most soulful groups coming out of the UK underground in the past few years – but on this set, they really open things up and deliver a record of near-classic ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
We're not normally the biggest fans of remix albums, but this set is pretty darn great – and stands equally nicely next to the regular full length sets by The Rurals! Given that the Rurals groove is one that's already pretty tuned towards the dancefloor, their work makes them a perfect ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Mario Rusca —
Reaction ... CD Dynia World/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from pianist Mario Rusca – a really open, fluid sort of set – and one that features electric bass in the trio, which really gives things a different sort of vibe! Mario plays acoustic piano throughout, but the use of electric bass (played by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Patrice Rushen —
Pizzazz ... CD Elektra (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Brilliant work from Patrice Rushen – one of the records that not only helped break her out of the jazz funk ghetto, and right into the mainstream – but a set that also had a pretty profound influence on the progression of soul in the early 80s! Rushen sings as well as plays keyboards ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pivotal record for Patrice Rushen – a set that has her really tightening up the groove from previous albums on Prestige – heading much more towards the focused soul-drenched grooves of her Elektra Records years! The set's a stunner – still very much with the hip, west coast ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of 80s classics from the great Patrice Rushen! First up is Straight From The Heart – a huge album for Patrice Rushen – thanks largely to the track "Forget Me Nots", which is a perfect blend of jazz and soul, in that warm sweet style she was forging after her early days ... (Soul) read moreCD
Patrice Rushen, Ndugu Chancler, Alphonso Johnson, —
Meeting ... CD GRP, 1990. Used ...
A killer album by Jimmy – and certainly one of his best later records! The album includes the amazing track "Russian Lullaby", done in a totally swinging jazz version with Ray Bryant, Buddy Tate, and Sir Charles Thompson on organ. The track's incredible, and still sends shivers ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Two beautiful albums of spacey jazz funk! Eddie Russ was a 70s keyboard genius – right up there with Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock in our book, although he never reached the fame of either of those players. See The Light is one of Eddie's best albums – and it's got a smoothly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An avant dancefloor work of genius by Arthur Russell – the frantically beat-heavy, sunny and psychedelic single "Let's Go Swimming" that's from 1986, but it's really a unique piece of work that exists out of place and time – here in 3 distinctive versions along with a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Music beyond description – a unique blend of disco, funk, avant garde, and dub – the wonderful world of the late Arthur Russell! Russell was a bass player by trade, but he was schooled in both classical and Eastern music forms – and brought an incredibly fresh vision to his work ... (Rock) read moreCD
Sweet funky jazz from pianist Gene Russell – one of the hippest albums he ever recorded! Russell's a pianist with a wonderfully fluid touch – used here to near perfection in a small combo date that really stands out from most of his other albums – just the kind of effort we'd ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A resurgent Leon Russell returns – and on Blue Note for Life Journey – on which covers a lot of stylistic territory that the man himself describes a musical journey through his own life experience! If you know a thing about Leon, you know he's one of the rock and roll era's most ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great work from the key years of British guitarist Ray Russell – a previously-unissued tape, but one that stands right up there with his best albums of the time! The style here is quite free at times – Russell's guitar working in a quintet with Harry Beckett on trumpet and flugelhorn, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the more obscure soundtracks from Carlo Rustichelli, and a set that's done in a playful blend of regional Italian styles and more dramatic elements! Many tunes here feature light pipe melodies – skipping around jauntily with the festive feel of the cover – while others have a ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Two previously-unissued performance from this seminal trio of British improvisers – Paul Rutherford on trombone, Barry Guy on bass, and Philipp Wachsmann on violin – working here on sessions that also feature a bit of electronics from both Guy and Wachsmann as well! All material is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nice collection of grandly arranged, 60s Brit pop from Barry Ryan – coupling the 2 LPs plus bonus tracks – on a single CD! 1968's Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan is, you guessed it, a batch of tunes in which Barry singing the tunes of his twin brother and former co-headliner Paul! The ... (Rock) read moreCD