12 tracks, and 4 skits, with E Double's newer hot sound in the beats, and Keith Murray and the Funk Doctor Spock joining him on the mic, including "Countdown", "Full Cooperation", "Rhymin Wit Biz", "The Game (Freestyle)", "Can You Dig It?", "No ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Wonderful work from Buddy DeFranco – one of the few jazz musicians who can make us love the clarinet in the post-swing years! Buddy plays with a wonderful style that's got plenty of bop – a great hard edge in the group that you might not expect, but which comes through brilliantly once ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(With the original US obi – which has a cutout mark on the barcode.)
Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition —
Album Album ... CD ECM (Germany), 1984. Used ...
A record that really dives deep with a rich mix of creative rhythms and inventive horn lines! The album still has Jack DeJohnette staying true to his more avant roots – working with tenor from David Murray, alto and soprano sax from John Purcell, baritone and tuba from Howard Johnson, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The great Chico Freeman really shines here with drummer Jack DeJohnette – lending his tenor, flute, and bass clarinet to the album – and helping make it a really reed-heavy affair! John Purcell's also in the frontline with Chico – playing alto, baritone, and flute – and in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Moody, kind of sultry and pulpy Cambodian rock, LA style – perhaps the best record yet from Dengue Fever! The backdrop of keys, horns, guitars, percussion and bass has never sound as measured, loose and assured as it does on Venus On Earth – with Chhom Nimol reminding us of the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
2 beautiful later albums from Deodato – back to back on one CD! Knights Of Fantasy is smoth and jazzy – done in an LA late 70s style that's kind of like work by Joe Sample or The Crusaders, but a bit more R&B oriented, and with a deeper soul style overall! You can definitely hear ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)
Great keyboard funk from Deodato – one of his excellent mid 70s sessions for MCA, all of which are sometimes eclipsed by his CTI work, but still equally groovy! As with most of the other MCA records, the songs here are shorter than before – but in a way that allows for even more punch ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pivotal mid 80s Depeche Mode – the record where the lyrical heaviness started to really define where the group would go from here – marrying emotionally raw words with nascent darkness tinged dance pop – and some eerie slower songs, too. Includes "Black Celebration", ... (Rock) read moreCD
A huge one for Depeche Mode – an album that laid the ground work for pretty much all their big records to come! Some Great Reward has a couple of the group's best remembered songs, and it holds up really well. Itt's a record that helped them further strengthen a devoted fan base that would ... (Rock) read moreCD
Incredible stuff – and a record that grows more and more important to us over the years! Desmond's best known as the icy alto behind Dave Brubeck's big records of the 50s, but by this point in his career, he'd developed a keen interest in Brazilian music – and was working at a level ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stunning 70s set from the great Paul Desmond – one that has the tremendous alto player finding an even fresher groove than before – yet all without losing any of the class and control that made him so great in the 50s and 60s! Don Sebesky arranged the set, but most of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Digipack has remnants of an old sticker.)
A cool jazz classic from altoist Paul Desmond and guitarist Jim Hall! The album was recorded under Desmond's name, but Hall's the guitarist throughout, and his playing lends an indescribably wonderful edge to the set, making the album a real team effort! Unlike other RCA sides by Hall and Desmond ... (Jazz) read moreCD
MC Breed's crew steps out on their own, with production by Breed, Warren G and DJ Slip, and guest spots by MC Eiht and Bushwick Bill lets you know this LP's got a very street level approach. Includes "Caps Get Peeled", "Things In Tha Hood", "Digga Bigga Ditch", 'Roll ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Extremely nice work from soul singer Dessy Di Lauro – a warm and wonderful 6 track ep that's overflowing with sweet jazzy influences! Dessy recorded the set with keyboardist Ric'key Pageot, who really brings a special sound to the record – taking Dessy's already deeply soulful vocals, ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Diga Rhythm Band —
Diga ... CD Round/Shout Factory, 1976. Used ...
One of Mickey Hart's first forays into the world music genre – and way way better than his later Planet Drum recordings! The Grateful Dead's drummer plays with, and produces, an all-percussion ensemble that includes tablas, marimbas, talking drums, timbales, and congas. All the melody parts ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The laidback classic! The Digables certainly weren't the first or the most innovative hip hop group to rely upon cooled out jazzy grooves for the backbone of their sound, but they really brought it home with a hugely endearing and long enduring vibe – and this is their masterpiece! All ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Dilated Peoples —
20/20 ... CD ABB/Capitol, 2006. Used ...
Dilated Peoples return with another split release with longtime home ABB Records and big ol' Capitol Records! Overall this is a stronger album then the previous Neighborhood Watch, with some standout moments. Produced by Evidence and Babu, with a couple slots reserved for the mighty Alchemist. ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The Peeps take a huge, unapologetic step into the mainstream with Neighborhood Watch, combining their tried-and-true indie Cali sound with simpler, pounding beats by Alchemist. Features the much hyped single with Kanye West "This Way" plus "Marathon", "Neighborhood ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Dining Rooms —
Tre ... CD Schema (Italy), 2003. Used ...
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms (in case you couldn't guess by the title!) – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Dinosaur Jr —
Farm ... CD Jagjaguwar, 2009. Used ...
Directions ... CD Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1975. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the rarest soul records on Brunswick! This one was cut during the mid 70s – when the label was really having some rough times financially, but also was cutting some of its most groundbreaking soul work. The Directions are a tight harmony quintet – equipped, it appears, with ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tripped-out downtempo breaks from the days when Coldcut were still involved with DJ Food! Lots of blunted beats and bassy grooves – and titles include "Dark River", "Scratch Yer Hed", "Spiral", "Fungle Junk", "Brass Neck", "Akaire", ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
DJ Honda —
HII ... CD Relativity, 1998. Used ...
13 tracks (plus 5 interludes) produced by DJ Honda with vocals by Mos Def, De La Soul, KRS, Beatnuts, Al Tarik, Black Attack, Problems, No ID, Syndicate with tighter production than his first US album. The best cut here is "Travellin Man" by Mos Def. It has a sprawling, orchestrated ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Sweetly stepping grooves from the Chicago scene – one of the greatest albums to come from the Windy City in a while, and easily the best so far from DJ Inc! The group have a mellow bottom groove that's totally great – spare beats and basslines that never lapse into the too-slick, or ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Japanese import version of this DJ Krush LP, featuring the turtablist maestro working with a host of other guest DJs, including Shawn Period, DJ Sak, DJ Kensei, DJ Hazu, and Mista Sinista of the Xecutioners. Tracks include "Crimson", "85 Loop", "Escapee", "Delta ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Fantastic early work from DJ Krush – first released in 1995, but still way fresher than the generation of beatheads it inspired! Krush does an amazing job with production – mixing together chunky beats and tactile bunches of sound, lifted off a million old scratchy discs, and reworked ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
14 tracks including "Only The Strong Survive", "What's Behind Darkness?", "Meiso", "Most Wanted Man", "3rd Eye", and "Duality". (Hip Hop) CD
DJ Krush & Toshinori Kondo —
Ki-Oku ... CD Apollo (UK), 1998. Used ...
While most collaborations between hip hop producers and jazz players have been mediocre at best, neither really being able to get invloved enough in each other's music, this collaboration between Kondo and Krush is almost entirely successful. Kondo's played in just about every style from all out ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A solid set of straight up hip hop from Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs and top shelf west coast underground MC Planet Asia – the slow rolling, gritty boom bap of Pain Language! It's a tough, gritty batch of tracks, as you'd guess from the title – with a hazy funk beat aesthetic to the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The west coast producer behind Snoop, Cube and Too Short steps out on hisown and gets help from Roger Troutman, Charlie Wilson, Mista Grimm, Kam, Threat and others. 15 tracks in all, including "Bump Yo Speakers", "No Idea", "Whoop! Whoop!", "Get Money", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
It seems like when this came out, critics, promoters, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
(Limited edition in an oversize gatefold paper sleeve. Outer slipcase has edge wear.)
DJ Vadim comes with another slice of underground Soviet style hip hop, and in keeping with the trajectory he's been on, leaves his more abstract, slow-mo sound in the past, opting instead for hard hitting beats over his atmospheric loops and collages. As per the last couple of LPs, he recruits the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Tracks include "It's Funky Enough", "Beautiful But Deadly", "Lend Me An Ear", "Portrait Of A Master Piece", "Let The Bass Go", "No One Can Do It Better", "The D.O.C. & The Doctor", "Mind Blowin", and five more. (Hip Hop) CD
Eric Dolphy's first album ever as a leader – recorded almost immediately after his arrival on the New York scene! The sound here is already bolder and stronger than the Dolphy experiments on the west coast – sharp-edged and freely exploratory, in a way that pushes the playful lyricism ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The creepy creepy soundtrack to Carrie – penned by Pino Donagio with a wonderful mix of the sweet and the sickly! Things start out lush, almost romantic at points – setting us up for a big fall as the darker, more horrific moments come into the mix – put together with some great ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Lou Donaldson —
Cosmos ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. Used ...
An overlooked funky gem from Lou Donaldson – a later date for Blue Note, done in a style that's a bit expanded from his small combo sets of the 60s – but still filled with plenty of soul and groove! The lineup features core key players Leon Spencer on Hammond, Melvin Sparks on guitar, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic 60s soul jazz from Lou Donaldson – and one of the first albums that has him working with Grant Green on guitar and Baby Face Willette on organ! Both players were discovered by Lou and brought to New York for Blue Note – a move that not only helped give the Donaldson sound a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite an unusual Lou Donaldson album for Blue Note – much more open-ended than his other sets, with a really hard-jamming sort of sound! Unlike some of Donaldson's tighter dates of the time, which feature more bop-based, song-based shorter tunes – this one's more of a long-form blowing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An unusual session from the heart of Lou Donaldson's return to Blue Note in the late 60s – a mellower date that stands in strong contrast to his funkier albums of the time! As you might guess from the title, there's a lusher feel going on here – one that has Lou's alto sax augmented by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hard wailing! Poppa Lou's caught right at the height of his early Blue Note powers here – recorded in 2 different groups on this set of unreleased sessions from the early 60s! Both sets have Lou in a guitar/organ soul jazz setting – with backing by Grant Green on guitar, and either ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the best recent albums we've heard from this masterful Brazilian pianist! The record's a straight trio set, done with Claudio Slon on drums – and an excellent mellow bossa groove that's a lot harder than some of Joao's other recent sets. The record's nice and long, too – with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print, teeth inside digipack case are missing.)
Early work from the great Joao Donato – a classic set of piano trio sides, featuring a group with Milton Banana on drums, and some extra percussion on a number of tracks! The style here is more stripped down than on a lot of Joao's other albums – spare bossa tunes, nicely grooving with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
3 chapters in the career of Joao Donato – one of our favorite Brazilian artists! This nicely priced, 28 track, 2CD set features tunes from Joao's 1956 recordings for Odeon, his classic 1973 Quem E Quem LP, and his recent set recorded for the World Pacific label in 1995. The early tracks ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Joao Donato & Eloir De Moraes —
Cafe Com Pao ... CD Lumiar (Brazil), 1997. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the first straight jazz albums Joao Donato has cut in years, and a nice mellow set of bossa tracks by this great Brazilian pianist! Joao's playing here with drummer Eloir De Moraes, and some tracks are spare trio ones, while others have added instrumentation by guests like Robertinho Silva ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully free-thinking set by Kenny Dorham – and a record that really breaks from his earlier work! The album's not exactly experimental, but it features longer tracks with a looser approach than some of Dorham's sweeter shorter work – more in a rhythmically progressive mode that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet mellow groover from the mighty Lamont Dozier – a set that's not nearly as well known as his earlier work of the 70s, but one that has the Motown man still riding strong! In contrast to the fuller, clubbier grooves of Dozier's ABC work, most of the tunes here are a bit more laidback ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most creative club acts of the 70s – the mighty Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band! Before starting his Kid Creole & the Coconuts combo, August Darnell worked to great fame with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – kind of a campy, jazzy ensemble – one that ... (Soul) read moreCD
The battle ready return of Dr Dooom – we were skeptical, but guess what, it's pretty good – with ominously funky boom bap beats by Kutmasta Kurt – and obscenity spewing, pop culture slaying rhymes by Kool Keith. Titles include "Simon", "The Countdown", "RI ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
In the universe of Kool Keith projects, this one is maybe closest to the Sex Style LP lyrically – but the production is better than both Sex Style and Dr Octagon. We're guessing the reason is that Kool Keith had more to do with the production on this one. There's more variety in the beats, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD