A compelling group who reference the Motor City in their name, but who also have a bit of a UK groove in their music – a sweet blend of American soul styles with the best electro bits that were coming to our shores from the British scene of the time! The keyboards are used in a way that are ... (Soul) read moreCD
Always-great work from Raheem DeVaughn – an artist who seems to spin out records with effortless ease, but always makes music that sounds totally wonderful! There's a flurry of song snippets and sound at the start of this one – almost as if Raheem's shuffling through his emotive memory ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A comedy about Atilla The Hun – and one that's scored with a pretty groovy mix of modes for the time! The duo at the helm aren't a usual pair we know from the Italian soundtrack world – and they seem to bring some elements of playful pop into the mix at times, including a wonderfully ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A very rootsy set of Cuban bata – and a record that almost feels like a vintage session for Folkways than some of the more contemporary music on the Motema label! The album's got a strong Yoruba bend – and features spoken passages between most of the percussive tracks – ... (Latin) read moreCD
Overlooked work from the mighty Manu Dibango – material that comes after his first initial wave of hits in the 70s – and which shows that he was still going strongly in pursuit of a groove! Some of the cuts here have a more contemporary clubby rework of his Cameroon roots, while others ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Manu Dibango —
Home Made ... CD Fiesta/Africa Seven (UK), 1979. New Copy ...
A late 70s killer from Manu Dibango – recorded in Nigeria, and with a style that mixes his own sax-heavy funk with some of the leaner Lagos grooves of the time! The tracks are all nice and long – longer than most on any of Manu's other late 70s albums – and they stretch out in ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Sweet 70s Afro Funk from the great Manu Dibango – a record that adds in a bit more of a full production sound than on his earlier albums, but still sounds pretty darn wonderful overall! There's definitely more of an uptempo club groove going on – and the band has a lot more players ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Snotty New York proto-punk with more than just an undercurrent of comedy running through the beefy tunes, and a heavy dose of good ol' swagger! The Dictators are truly, completely punk – even if Go Girl Crazy pre-dates the genre classification by a year or so – and even if their groove ... (Rock) read moreCD
Dillinger Vs Trinity —
Clash ... CD Burning Sounds (UK), 1977. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A classic album in the "clash" style of the late 70s – in which two different reggae artists go head to head from track to track on a record – yet a set that also feels a lot more unified than the rest, almost as if Trinity and Dillinger support each other strongly, and only ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Maybe the hippest album we've ever heard from The Dining Rooms – something we probably could have guessed from their evocation of Sun Ra in the title! And while that title seems a bit obtuse – maybe even a joke – the music here is right on the money, and some of the most serious, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Really compelling work from the enigmatic Dino – a set recorded with slow, slinky backings from the Montevideo Blues combo! The album's a lot less blues than you might guess from the group's name – and in a way, the approach is almost more folksy, or singer/songwriter overall – ... (Rock) read moreCD
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
Timeless hip hop from the legendary Diggin In The Crates crew – whose best cuts remain as fresh and urgent as ever – reworked with respect and honor by incredible roster of guest producers on this top shelf worthy remix project! DITC classics are given some love here by 9th Wonder, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Divine may best be known for her stunning early performances in the films of John Waters – but the 80s also saw the actress emerging as a surprisingly big force in the clubs, too – coming on strong in a post-disco mode, and really helping keep a campy club spirit alive and well at the ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first-ever set to bring together these sublime sides by the great Floyd Dixon – a blues pianist and singer with roots in Texas, but a rich legacy of sounds on the California scene of the postwar years! Like a select few of his contemporaries, Dixon does a great job of taking the Texas ... (Blues) read moreCD
Ghana-born singer Sena joins the ever adventurous DJ Vadim on Grow Slow – who lays down eclectic backdrops of beats for Sena's righteously soulful, expressive voice! Production wise, it's a fairly crisp, thumping, timeless hip hop soul effort from Vadim – who recently to a left turn ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A great album from Djavan – quite ambitious and sophisticated, but in a way that leans heavily on his amazing vocals and great songwriting skills! As on most of his best albums from the time, he's working with a small core group of jazz players – sensitive musicians who provide some ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An incredible run of music from Djavan – one of Brazil's best singer/songwriters of the past few decades – represented here by a massive box set of 20 different albums! The package brings together all of Djavan's wonderful records – each with original artwork – truly some ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Spare, simple work from Djavan – the kind of soulful set that made him one of the most dramatic mainstream talents in Brazil at the start of the 80s – and one of the few of his generation to reach out to a larger global market! The album's got a very Milton Nascimento sort of vibe ... (Brazil) read moreCD
If there's one rule about Brazilian music that seems truer and truer over the years – it's that greats from the 70s never seem to flag at all – and instead just keep getting better and better as time goes on! This album from Djavan is great proof of that rule – as the singer has ... (Brazil) read moreCD
DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson —
T'Es Qui ... CD Hot Casa (France), 2015. New Copy ...
French vocals, funky rhythms, and loads of sweet keyboards – a contemporary album, but one that really takes us back to our favorite global crossover years of the 70s! These guys almost have a vibe that reminds us of Seu Jorge at his funkiest – and certainly share this universal appeal ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Rare work from this important Guinean combo – music recorded in Lisbon at the start of the 80s, and issued here on vinyl for the first time ever! The work has all the sharp, rootsy edges we love in their other releases – but there's also a clarity of recording that really lets some of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Dokkerman & The Turkeying Fellaz —
Illegal Move ... CD Tramp (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
A modern funk melting pot from Hungary! Group leader Tamas "Dokkerman" Michelberger is on keyboards, leading a great 9 piece group strongly rooted in gritty 70s funk – heavy drums and fierce bass grooves, and horns that show some love to JBs style funky soul as well as strains of ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
One of the greatest vocal groups of the postwar years – an incredible combination of voices that really paved the way for soul styles in years to come! The Dominoes were great right from the start – a group who blew away all the hoke of The Mills Brothers or Ink Spots – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
That's a sexy little image on the cover of this Italian soundtrack from the 80s – and the music of Pino Donaggio really lives up to the picture! Pino's at his erotic best here – working off the moody, mellow, slow-stepping modes you'd find in Italian sexy film scores of the 70s, but ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Funky funky Lou Donaldson – and one of the first albums to feature the tight drum work of Idris Muhammad behind Lou's horn – so early, in fact, that Muhammad's listed here on the label as Leo Morris, which was his original name! The group also features Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Jimmy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest singers you'll ever hope to hear – and an artist who's still incredibly wonderful, always fresh, and completely charming – even after decades of recording! Bob Dorough works here in a trio with his own piano, the bass of Tony Marino, and alto of Michael Hornstein ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Massive work by Lee Dorsey – recorded years after his classics in the 60s, and even funkier overall! Lee's really cooking on all burners here – working with the production team of Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn, and getting some incredible backing from The Meters – who are ... (Soul) read moreCD
The box has "bossa nova" in the title, but Agostinho Dos Santos is the kind of singer who also offers up what came before the bossa as well – a wonderful male singer from Brazil, and one who really bridges the sound of different generations with these records! The approach is ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Textbook precise mid 90s G Funk from Long Beach group The Dove Shack – with their full length bow on Def Jam – following their showcase spot on Warren G's landmark Relegate...The G Funk Era the year before! Includes "Smoke Out", "This Is The Shack", the standout hit ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from legendary UK reedman Bob Downes – tracks released in a relatively unassuming package, but with a vibe that makes the set one of Bob's most soulful, spiritual records ever! The title's a bit of a gimmick, but it works perfectly here – as Downes blows a variety of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Reedman Bob Downes has always been a player willing to experiment in a wide range of styles – from his early jazz-rock experiments on the UK scene, to a wealth of spiritual and avant sides he's given us in the decades that followed! But this time around, he may be giving us his weirdest, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob Downes Open Music —
Five Trios ... CD Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ...
Amazing work from British reedman Bob Downes – a host of previously-unissued 70s recordings, all of them trio numbers with a wonderfully stripped-down feel! Downes is possibly best known for his larger group experiments of the Open Music years – but here, he comes across as much more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob Downes Open Music —
Flashback ... CD Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ...
More amazing work from the legendary Bob Downes – the British reedman/arranger/composer who's getting really rediscovered these days – represented here in a host of previously unissued tracks! Bob put together the package from his vaults, and we've got to say that the music here is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A brilliant 70s session from UK reedman Bob Downes – one of his most compelling records ever, even if it wasn't widely issued at the time! The set's based on Downes' impressions of New York in the 70s – and it's got a really expansive vibe – surprising undercurrents of funk on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the more unusual artists on the Philly-revival label Society Hill – a singer who's younger than most of their roster, and who also has roots in the Caribbean too! Production and arrangements are by Butch Ingram, who gives the set a similar modern soul update to other projects for the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A great little disco set from 70s Japan – one that's got a bit of a cartoony look on the cover, but a sound that's rock-solid underneath! This set's one of the few Japanese disco efforts we've heard from the time – and it's got a vibe that's somewhere between Euro disco and New York ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dr Dre —
Compton ... CD Interscope/Aftermath, 2015. New Copy ...
Dr Dre's first proper album in 15+ years, and you just know he wouldn't even bother if didn't have something solid to put there, right? Sky high expectations aside, it's a damn strong effort. Dre is in ringmaster and super-producer mode here, bringing in a diverse roster of vocal players and doing ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Some of the funkiest work you'll ever hear from the great Dr John – all packed together in one ultra-cool collection! The tracks here are all short, tight, and extremely groovy – maybe even more than the genius albums that the doctor was recording at the same time – as they've ... (Soul) read moreCD
Incredibly great work from The Dramatics – the kind of record that hits on all burners instantly, and just keeps on cooking all the way through! The set kicks off with the title funky cut "Shake It Well" – done in a mode that the group handle surprisingly well, thanks to some ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic album by The Dramatics – with a harder funkier sound than you'll find on most of their other records of the time – a gritty gem from the group's early years, and a record that really deserves its placement on the Stax label! The record has the group moving into a post-Tempta ... (Soul) read moreCD
A totally wonderful bit of psychedelia from the late 60s scene in Norway – and the only album ever from a group that featured a young Terje Rypdal on guitar! Terje's much better known for his atmospheric jazz work in the 70s – but at this point in his career, he had a wonderful touch ... (Rock) read moreCD
The essential first album from Dream Syndicate – one of the great rock albums of it's time and the very foundation for many other great ones to follow! Moody and real, this is ranscendent stuff that ignored the rock and pop trends of the early 80s, production wise, and carried stronger ... (Rock) read moreCD
A largely unsung, but classic level early 90s set of jazzy soul reverent hip hop from Dred Scott – a brillant record that really deserved to break out in a big way! It's a testament to Dred's love for classic sounds that he's waxing nostalgic on the opening track "Back In The Day", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the first full albums by the legendary Drifters – all early material cut for Atlantic Records in the immediate years after Clyde McPhatter left the group, and the quintet opened up into a wonderful second chapter of their career! Some tunes still have that raspy lead vocal standout ... (Soul) read moreCD
Krzystof Duda —
Altus ... CD GAD (Poland), Early 80s. New Copy ...
Very cool sound library work from the Polish scene of the 80s – played on a host fo great keyboards, and in a highly electronic way that rivals some of the best soundtrack material of the time! Krzystof Duda may not be as well known as American or European keyboard giants of the period, but ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Psychedelia from early 70s Tijuana – the excellent Los Dug Dug's set from Dug Dug's – with English lyrics this time (the group had earlier made a go of it in NYC and didn't bust out as they'd hoped) and a great mix of spacious, echoey psychedelia and songs as great as post psych ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the most playful soundtracks ever penned for a film by Jean-Luc Godard – a really lovely batch of music scored by Antoine Duhamel, and featuring a bit of vocals from Anna Karina! The main instrumental score is almost tongue-in-cheek at times – kind of a Godardian parody of more ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Some of the greatest female soul from the southern scene at the start of the 70s – two monumental albums from singer Doris Duke, both produced by Swamp Dogg and packaged here with some rare bonus cuts too! Doris' work has always been some of our favorite from the deep soul scene – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A dream of a set – at least to our Brazilian-loving ears – a special package that brings together all the best Brazilian-flavored cuts from George Duke's late 70s run on Epic Records! The package is filled with wonderfully sunny grooves throughout – tunes that sparkle and soar ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from Zelia Duncan – a set of tunes that are rooted in samba, but take on lots of jazzy elements too – thanks to the arrangements and guitar work of Marco Pereira, who's a key component of the set! Zelia's vocals are as great as ever – really classic, and with a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but ... (Soul) read moreCD
The best collection we've ever seen of the work of funky soul legends Dyke & The Blazers – a double-length set that features full, unedited versions of their classics – plus a whopping batch of previously unreleased tunes! Dyke & The Blazers had a groove that was mighty solid ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pinch yourself – you've gotta be dreaming – because Columbia Records just unlocked the vaults, and unearthed a treasure trove of never-heard recordings from the sessions from some of Bob Dylan's greatest records – Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On ... (Rock) read moreCD
Dynamic Sounds Orchestra —
DSO ... CD Dynamic Sounds Orchestra, 1976. New Copy ...
The never-issued album from The Dynamic Sounds – a tight 70s funk group who worked as the live backing group for The Chi-Lites, and who sound equally great here on their own! The record clearly shows the chops the group developed during their time on the road – wicked big group funk, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great work by a Motown group who never really got their due – a quintet with some really wonderful vocal interplay, and a massive way of putting over a groove! The vocal range is really amazing – really living up to the "dynamic" in the group's name – especially on the ... (Soul) read moreCD
The debut album from Ronnie Dyson – presented here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! The core of the set is the long-titled album – If You Let Me Make Love To You Why Can't I Touch You – a wonderful first album from Ronnie Dyson – a set that's mostly soul, but also ... (Soul) read moreCD
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Charles Earland's sweet albums from his years at Columbia Records – done in a mode that's much more R&B than his earliest work, but in a style that's still A-OK with us! The groove here is greatly helped out by arrangements from Tom Washington, Weldon Irvine, and Marcus Miller ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The woman on the cover's got a look of shock on her face – maybe because she's just seen the Flasher promised in the title, or maybe just because she's surprised at how groovy this album really is! The set's an obscure late 70s Japanese disco outing – one that's very faithful to the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A really beautiful album of harmony soul – and a set that we'd already love for its music, even if the group didn't have an interesting story! Edge Of Daybreak are part of a small sub-culture of 70s soul groups – an ensemble who existed behind prison bars, like Power Of Attorney or The ... (Soul) read moreCD
Harry Sweets Edison & Eddie Lockjaw Davis —
Opus Funk Vol. 2 ... CD Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Twin titans coming together wonderfully here – with a depth of soul and tonal vibrancy that may well beat most of their other sessions from the time! Eddie Lockjaw Davis is tremendous right from the start – boldly-blown tenor, with all that raspy edge we've always loved in his style ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Teddy Edwards —
Feelin's ... CD Xanadu/Elemental, 1974. New Copy ...
A great 70s comeback album from tenorist Teddy Edwards – done after a number of years away from the studio, but with a rock-solid sound that may well be his classics from the 60s! Teddy's tone is amazing on the record – more laidback and confident than on his earlier albums, and a lot ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning work from Eighth Blackbird – easily one of the most important groups on the Chicago scene in recent years – and instrumental in bringing modern music out of the ivory tower, and back into a much more vibrant public presence! These guys are forging a legacy that rivals that of ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
A really great little record, and one that's far less gimmicky than you might expect! Yes, the tunes here are all from classic videogames – and yes, there's a bit of electricity in the instrumentation – but most of the sounds come from a core quartet with piano, bass, drums, and guitar ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Drummer Harris Eisenstadt's been giving us some wonderful records in recent years – and this well-conceived quartet session certainly continues that tradition! The group's perfectly matched here – a very friendly lineup that includes Tony Malaby on tenor, Jason Roebke on bass, and Jeb ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really wonderful recording from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar and his Ritual Trio – a set that features our favorite incarnation of the group – with the mighty Malachi Favors on bass, and Ari Brown on both soprano sax and piano! Tracks are all nice and long, and build in that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
El-P and Killer Mike finally deliver a killer duo record! We knew that this one would be a win, considering how great the El-P produced RAP Music album by Killer Mike turned out to be, how versatile the El-P futuristic production vibe is and how timelessly inventive each rapper is on their own. ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Trombonist Vic Dickenson is more of a trad player in most settings – but here, he swings things nicely in a combo with Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Budd Johnson on tenor, and Tommy Flanagan on piano! The group's led by drummer Eddie Lock – who works with Major Holley to create some fluid, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the more obscure 70s albums on the legendary Cramps Records label – recorded by a group who are more rock than others on the imprint, but still more than creative enough to be in their company! The tunes often have English language lyrics, and some acoustic guitar currents to warm ... (Rock) read moreCD
A group that's as heavy as its name – working here in a wonderful array of keyboard sounds from Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, mellotron, and minimoog – all set to some nicely lumbering rhythms, and topped with guest guitar from Reine Fiske! The style's a mix of spacey moments and funky ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of albums from Yvonne Elliman – back to back in a single set, with some bonus tracks too! Night Flight is a record that gave Yvonne Elliman one of her biggest solo hits – the huge disco crossover cut "If I Can't Have You" – but a set that also features a nicely ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most globally-conscious albums ever recorded by jazz singer Kurt Elling – a set that draws on material from around the world, and which takes Elling far past his usual mix of covers and original tunes! Kurt's voice is wonderful throughout, but really takes on fresh flavors in the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A rare live performance from Duke Ellington – recorded in 1969 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, when Duke was taking a European tour to celebrate his 70th birthday! The cover art is maybe a bit misleading – given that the album isn't really the sort of righteous political statement that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the Duke's greatest jazz recordings – and an album that features some incredible solo work on piano – at a level with other modernist small group sessions in the Ellington catalog, like Money Jungle or Live at the Whitney! As the title says, Duke's piano is very much in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brian Ellis & Brian Grainger —
At Dusk ... CD El Paraiso, 2015. New Copy Gatefold ...
Moody sounds from Brian Ellis and Brian Grainger – a set that's got all the cosmic touches of Ellis' other recent material, but a vibe that's maybe a bit more guitar-based too! The tracks are all instrumental, and still have this sort of spiritual flow – but acoustic guitar figures ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A contemporary set from the west coast scene – and one that's got a similar feel to the soaring, spiritual sounds we've heard from some of the projects of Carlos Nino – but a quality that's maybe a bit more tripped-out overall! All tracks are long, and very jamming – with loads ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty tasty little album from trumpeter Don Ellis – his first funky outing for Columbia Records, and a groundbreaking batch of funky big band material! The set's quite different from some of Don's earlier recordings – in that it's a bit less academic, and has a focus more on a strong ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Herb Ellis & Charlie Byrd —
Guitar/Guitar ... CD Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1964. New Copy ...
A nice early set from jazz guitar greats Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd – who would work together much more frequently in the years to come – but sharing a rare early 60s joint set on 1964's Guitar/Guitar! This is one of the earliest, if not the earliest pairings on record for these guys ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the first-ever recordings from keyboardist Keith Emerson – a totally straight jazz trio set, and done in a style that's quite different than his famous prog work in ELP! Here, Keith is young, but already a hell of a pianist – working in a style that's drawn plenty from the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the greatest female soul groups of all time – served up here in a career-spanning anthology that finally gets at the full range of their talents! The tracks here start in the trio's early years on Stax Records, move through their sublime 70s hitmaking years at Columbia, with lots of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sunbeam ... CD Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
A great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey ... (Soul) read moreCD
A much-needed collection of work from The End – an ultra-hip British group who issued one famous album for Decca, with production from Bill Wyman, and a sound that's gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years – finally heard here in the full scope of all the other material they ... (Rock) read moreCD
Probably the best of the Brian Eno/Cluster collaborations – and a damn great record that's probably one of Eno's last great efforts of the 70s! The record has a beautifully spacey sound, with spare analog electronics that have a perfect German 70's feel – flowing out with an Eno-tuned ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wonderfully groovy soul from The Entertainers – a group who's recording here strongly for the beach music scene in the Carolinas, but who have an appeal that's much more universal! The tunes are mostly in an upbeat, midtempo mode – with a gentle bounce and a nice sort of step in the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Melodic, barbed postpunk from suburban Chicago's Epicycle – rare material from '79 to '81! Chicago's punk scene was a disparate community back in the day, with very few bands breaking out and finding a broad fanbase. That in mind, it shouldn't be so stunning that Epicycle is ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the last great soul albums on the Westbound label! Eramus Hall have a vague P-Funk connection – and according to legend, the band were given their name by George Clinton, who had seen a building in Chicago named Eramus Hall – but the sound is a lot smoother than any of the P-Funk ... (Soul) read moreCD
Torun Eriksen —
Visits ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ...
A beautiful record from singer Torun Eriksen – one based around a selection of older songs that are some of her favorites, but which are done with the slight mix of electricity we love in her other work! The core of the album features Torun's lovely vocals with lots of great keyboard work ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the most strongly jazz-based records we've heard from singer Torun Eriksen – an album done in collaboration with Froydis Grorud, who plays saxes, flute, and organ on the record! The arrangements still have that spare, almost icy style of Torun's other records – but the ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A compelling split album – both a performance by and a tribute to the legendary tenorist Booker Ervin – issued after his death, but also featuring a rare European performance from the 60s as well! The album features one long track by Booker – "Blues For You" – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We haven't heard from Shaun Escoffery in years – but damn, it's really been worth the wait! This album really knocks it out of the park from the very first note – and pushes Shaun way way farther than his previous work, which we really loved a lot – into some kind of sublime ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Levon Eskenian/Gurdjieff Ensemble —
Komitas ... CD ECM (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
A wonderful project from the Gurdjieff Ensemble – a group who initially formed to play the music of the composer of the same name, but who here take on the compositions of Komitas – an Armenian scholar from the same generation, and one whose sounds have an even more other-worldly vibe! ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Standout early work from the mighty Esquerita – an artist you might initially write off as a Little Richard copycat, but one who also delivers a whole lot more in the end! The groove here is rough R&B, inflected with a touch of early soul – and the piano lines are worth the price ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hi-fi heaven from the legendary Esquivel – two albums back to back on a single CD! Latin-Esque is quite possibly our favorite Esquivel album ever – a tremendous little session that was recorded for RCA's Stereo Action series – with incredible sound that leaps back and forth ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
David Essex —
Rock On ... CD Columbia/7T's (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
The debut full length set from David Essex – a singer who'd been working on the London scene for many years before the record, and who steps out here with a sound that certainly shows that legacy! At some moments, Essex can be an old-school rocker, at others he can be a bit of a balladeer ... (Rock) read moreCD
A rocksteady classic from The Ethiopians – but a set that also has plenty more going on as well! The duo work here as a Jamaican counterpart to American soul groups – one of the first and best to hit the Kingston scene – but they also open themselves up to lots of other ideas in ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A damn great album from trumpeter Duane Eubanks – soaring, soulful, and tremendously powerful right from the very first note! The album's got Eubanks working with an excellent lineup that includes Abraham Burton on tenor, Marc Cary on piano and Fender Rhodes, Steve Nelson on vibes, Dezron ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet 70s grooving from Brazilian singer Eva – a bit of soul, a bit of easy, all styled together nicely by orchestrations from the magical maestro Gaya! Gaya's work here is similar to his best backings for other artists in the Blue Brazil generation – a mix of American pop, post-bossa ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from Bill Evans – an amazing session of Fender Rhodes material that's quite different than most of his other work! The sound here is incredibly gentle – Bill barely hitting the keys of the Rhodes to send out spare, shimmering notes amidst larger ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Magical live material from Bill Evans in the early 70s – a double-length collection that showcases a time when Evans had an especially fluid, open touch on the keys of the piano! The group here features the great trio with Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell on drums – and unlike some ... (Jazz) read moreCD