It's easy to give the great Freddie Redd due respect – especially when the pianist sounds every bit as wonderful here as he did on his classic Blue Note albums from decades back! Freddie's a hell of a pianist, with a very unique vibe – able to be modern in conception, but lyrical in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Every single album from the legendary Otis Redding – presented here in a single box, with each record in a tiny LP-styled sleeve – almost as if you've bought an entire Otis Redding collection at once! The late, great Otis hardly needs any introduction around these parts – simply ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dewey Redman's struggle is our success – as the album's one of the strongest from the ECM catalog at the time, and a simple, clean statement of the Redman talent at its best! The setting is a quartet one – in a group that includes Charles Eubanks on piano, Mark Helias on bass, and Ed ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the boldest albums ever recorded by trumpeter Dizzy Reece – a session recorded in Paris in 1970, with some amazing tenor sax from the great John Gilmore! The pairing of Reece and Gilmore is a bit of a surprise – a strikingly avant choice for the former, and a rare date away from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Eli Reed's sitting in his corner of the ring on the cover – ready to step into the fray with a fiercely soulful sound, right from the start! Reed has gotten plenty of press for his old school soul approach in the past – but he maybe sounds better here than ever, and is recorded in this ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A cascadingly rhythmic set from drummer Mike Reed – maybe not the kind of record you'd play at any sort of a conventional dance, but definitely an album of forward moving tunes that really take advantage of Reed's dynamic work on the drums! The approach here reminds us a bit of Ornette ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mike Reed's been an important figure on the Chicago scene for many years now – but he's a musician who's also got some ties to Amsterdam, which has served as a second city in his life – hence the title of the set! The album pays tribute to some of the avant and improvising greats of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great small club date from singer Della Reese – recorded early in her career, and maybe one of her best albums from the time! There's a relaxed, easygoing charm that Della has on stage – maybe more personality than on some of her studio albums, to match her undeniable skills as a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Reflexionen (Leimgruber/Friedman/Burri/Allouche) —
Reflexionen ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ...
One of the more freewheeling groups we've ever heard recording for the Timeless label – especially during the 80s stretch in which this set was recorded – a free-thinking quartet that features Urs Leimgruber on soprano, tenor, and bass saxophone – plus Don Friedman on piano, Bobby ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal sounds from the last few years of the legendary Elis Regina – brought together in one box set! First up is the album Elis Essa Mulher – really great late work from Elis – recorded in the company of arranger Cesar Mariano, whose masterful touch made for some of Elis' best ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A wonderful live set from the great Elis Regina – recorded right around the same time as her classic concert album at Montreux, and done with some similar jazzy currents! Elis' vocals are great, and have a style that's more personal and spontaneous than on some of her studio albums from the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Regine may look a bit cheesy on the cover, but she's a very hip French singer who recorded a fair bit of Serge Gainsbourg songs back in the 60s – a good number of which are in this set! Regine's approach is a cool link between more popular French styles of the immediate postwar years, and ... (French) read moreCD
A tremendous reading of the music of Steve Reich – served up in a set of minimalist compositions with a very percussive vibe – and a record of quality that may well match Reich's classic recordings of Drumming or Six Marimbas! Chicago's Third Coast Percussion Ensemble are tremendous ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Brilliant minimal work from Steve Reich – pre-fame performances that really get to the core of minimalist composition from the start of the movement – played by a hip small group of musicians that includes Reich, Steve Chambers, Art Murphy, and Philip Glass! "Four Organs" is ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
A tremendous tribute to the classic Blue Note team of Hank Mobley and Grant Green – served up here with the tenor of Eric Alexander and guitar of Helmut Kagerer! Mobley and Green were a hell of a combo back in the day – a team that graced some of our favorite records ever for Blue Note ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dieter Reith —
Knock Out ... CD MPS/Edel (Germany), 1975. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A very heavy-duty electric jamming session – and possibly one of the best records that keyboardist Dieter Reith ever cut for the LPs label! Reith was one of the label's first stars – and initially recorded some great acoustic piano albums for their Saba offshoot in the 60s – but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A bold return to form for The Relatives – a legendary gospel funk group from the 70s Texas scene – finally brought back to their former strengths on this contemporary set! The approach is very old school – a strong focus on the excellent vocal interplay of the group, and the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dave Rempis/Josh Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker —
Perihelion ... CD Aerophonic, 2016. New Copy 2CD ...
Two different sets from this sharp Chicago trio – both in a wide-open style that allows for plenty of organic sound shaping and improvisation! CD1 features "Enceladus" – a 43 minute live set by the trio, which begins with sublime bass notes from Josh Abrams, whose embrace of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Double drums give this set a heck of a lot of energy – work on the kit from Frank Rosaly and Tim Daisey – in a quartet that also features Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Dave Rempis on alto, tenor, and baritone sax! The drums get things cascading right from the start – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Marta Ren's a sharper singer than some of the other female vocalists fronting deep funk combos – and she's got this nice edge that makes her lyrics come across in a really great way! The style here is definitely vintage funky soul, but Ren's more concerned with being her own singer than just ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Line Renaud —
C'Est La Vie ... CD Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
Unusual work from singer Line Renaud – a vocalist that most people know from her famous French work, but one who also sings here in German – on a run of singles done for that market in the 50s and early 60s! The style here is a slight variation on the postwar French pop that Renaud was ... (French) read moreCD
Never-heard recordings from Brit folk legend John Renbourn – tapes that lay in an attic for many decades before discovery, but music that easily ranks with some of Renbourn's best albums for the Transatlantic label in the 60s! The music here isn't rough or unformed, and instead shows John to ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Massive soul from Wendy Rene – one of the lesser-known talents from the Stax Records scene of the 60s, and an artist who's finally getting her due! We're not sure why Wendy never hit bigger at the time – because her singles here are wonderful – excellent female soul that not only ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first couple Rene & Angela records for Capitol – together for the first time on this great CD from Expansion! First up, is the great self-titled debut from Angela Winbush and Rene Moore as a duo – a tight batch of modern soul that sounds great to this day! There's a mixture ... (Soul) read moreCD
Mighty nice live work from Chick Corea's legendary Return To Forever combo – a special set recorded "live in studio" to promote the group's No Mystery album! The performance has the group as a quartet – Chick Corea on a range of keyboards, Al DiMeola on guitar, Stanley Clarke ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Explosive work from Eric Revis – a record that, at times, seems to have an especially strong focus on the bold piano improvisations of Kris Davis, but which also have Eric's bass playing a very firm role in the lead as well! The group's a trio – with Gerald Cleaver on drums – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Burning dub, indeed – as The Revolutionaries turn out a stellar set of instrumentals on this classic from the 70s! The album's got a totally top-shelf sound right from the start – excellent production from Junior English, who knows how to keep things clean and natural at just the right ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Late 70s dub from producer Donovan Germain – served up through a wicked batch of instrumentals from The Revolutionaries – who play here at their tripped-out best! The tunes have an offbeat feel that's different from more conventional dub – very little ties to any sort of initial ... (Reggae) read moreCD
The third album of fierce, funky dub from The Revolutionaries – music that's great enough on its own, even without its promise of undressing your dance partner! The work here is in the best territory of classic dub – clear, clean rhythms that have a power in their starkness – ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A record that really lives up to its title – as it comes on with a sound so strong, so fierce, it can certainly be called an "attack"! The dub here isn't just the lazy-stepping, head-nodding variety – but very much on point and on the money – with the studio used almost ... (Reggae) read moreCD
The complete early recordings of Jody Reynolds – an artist who's probably best known for a famous early entry in the "death rock" genre, but one who's got a heck of a lot more to offer than just that one tune! Reynolds is a west coast rocker, and works here in a beautiful blend of ... (Rock) read moreCD
Marku Ribas —
Samba ... CD Tratore (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ...
A great return to form from the legendary Marku Ribas – an artist we love for his Brazilian funky classics of the 70s – still sounding great after all these years! Marku's always had a very deep vocal approach – at the bottom end of the sonic spectrum, which not only makes for a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
In case you're wondering, they DO still make 'em like they used to – at least when it comes to classic-styled soul records, like this St Louis effort from Kenny Rice! Kenny comes from a world that might be more blues than soul, but there's definitely a lot of southern soul styles at play on ... (Soul) read moreCD
A surprisingly great one from Buddy – full of live, liveliness, and energy – but also coming across with a depth that goes beyond simple Rich big band sounds. The album was handled by producer Norman Schwartz, and looks like it was originally recorded for his Gryphon label, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic bit of "Eastern" tinged jazz – and a real musical Journey To Bliss on its own! Vibist Emil Richards has always been totally groovy in our book – but he really outdoes himself here – working in an exotic mode that features lots of weird percussion over choppy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Logan Richardson —
Shift ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
The Blue Note debut of alto saxophonist Logan Richardson – an up-and-coming player you might know from a few previous records, or his work with Jason Moran, Gerald Clayton, or the Next Collective! This set may well surpass all those other projects, though – as Richardson's really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful work from Max Richter – a sublime album that mixes his own electronics and keyboards with contributions from a small group of string players – all in that post-classical approach that's made Richter such an important force in recent years! Robert Wyatt also provides readings ... (Classical) read moreCD
A wonderful collection of Latin recordings from postwar France – all recorded by Cuban native Filiberto Rico, an artist who moved between Havana and Paris in the early part of his life – and seemed to leave quite a musical legacy in the process! Rico was part of seminal Cuban ... (Latin) read moreCD
Stephen Riley & Peter Zak —
Haunted Heart ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
The tenor of Stephen Riley wins us over right on the very first notes of this set – thanks to a soulful, seductive reading of Billy Strayhorn's "Isfahan"! That track – and the rest of the album – features only the piano of Peter Zak alongside Riley's raspy tenor – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really rich second album from Ripple – a group who took awhile to return to the studio, but really developed a lot in the process! The combo started out as a straight funk act – but here, they really take off with a tight approach to their instrumentation – razor-sharp work on ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet dancefloor soul from an early 80s line-up of The Ritchie Family – this one featuring Linda James, Jacqui Smith-Lee and Vera Brown – going All Night All Right on a strong batch of synth flavored grooves! The bigger hits of the commercial disco boom were well behind them by this ... (Soul) read moreCD
Excellent early work by Lee Ritenour – tight and soulful, but not as slick or commercial as later records! The album's an all-star, all-soul fusion effort – with work by Harvey Mason on drums, Dave Grusin and Patrice Rushen on keyboards, and Tom Scott on reeds – and the whole ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sam Rivers —
Lazuli ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from reedman Sam Rivers – and a set that's surprisingly soulful, given that most of his other work from this stretch is much more outside! The album's got a laidback groove on most numbers – with rhythm from Daryll Thompson on guitar, Rael Wesley Grant on bass, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Riverside (Dave Douglas) —
Riverside ... CD Greenleaf, 2014. New Copy ...
A really great project from trumpeter Dave Douglas – a group dedicated to the legacy of reedman Jimmy Giuffre, and which certainly follows the spirit of his smaller combos without any piano! Riverside featuers the trumpet of Douglas and saxes and clarinet of Chet Doxas – a player who's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic from Italian comedic maestro Walter Rizzati – a late 70s score with just the right sort of vibe you might expect from the cover! The music is sometimes sexy, sometimes goofy – handled with disco-era instrumentation that includes wah-wah guitar, funky flute, and some nice ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A totally wonderful jazz ensemble from Japan – one who definitely work in some of the older modes you'd guess from the "legacy" in their name, especially the hippest funky big band styles of the 70s – yet a group who also have a very fresh, individual vibe of their own! These ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal work by drummer Max Roach – recorded in 1960, at the time when he was leading one of his best groups ever! The material was recorded live in Germany with a quintet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, and Julian Priester on trombone – and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Robert & Kenny Barron —
Good Life ... CD Somethin Cool (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
Not the first pairing of alto saxophonist George Robert and pianist Kenny Barron – but a set that may well be their best together – as it's got this tonal, textural depth that really gets at the maturing talents of both artists involved! And that's not to say that the previous DIW date ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Robert and Johnny certainly belong together – as you'll hear on this classic set of duo recordings for the Old Town label! The pair have a mode the echoes the vocal group styles of the doo wop generation, but also prefigure the male duo mode style that would be huge in the 60s soul years ... (Soul) read moreCD
Smokey Robinson —
Smokey ... CD Tamla/Elemental (France), 1973. New Copy ...
Fantastic solo work from Smokey Robinson – recorded a few years before his monumental Quiet Storm album, but with a very similar high level of quality! Willie Hutch co-produced the album with Smokey, and working with arrangements by Hutch and Gene Page, they transform Smokey's sound into a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Irv Rochlin —
Qurne ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
One of those records that makes you sit up and say "Hey, who the hell is this guy?" – because the music's so great, right from the start – the record really grabs you by the ears and makes you take notice! Pianist Irv Rochlin never recorded much as a leader, but he's really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nile Rodgers is working here away from Chic – but his sound here is definitely in that classic lean, mean mode – lots of compressed guitar bits riffing over the rhythms, every bit as catchy and captivating as ever! The grooves break out nicely from the standard Chic mode – almost ... (Soul) read moreCD
The trippiest project we've ever heard from JJ Whitefield – an artist you might know better for his funkier work in Poets Of Rhythm and Karl Hector & The Malcouns – but who here goes back to the best modes of early 70s krautrock – reviving his German heritage with some ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Spirit Within ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ...
Really beautiful work from the team of Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – hardly the sort of stuff we might have heard from the players a decade or two before – and a sophisticated batch of tunes that has them stretching out in rich musical directions! There's little of the boppish roots of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Sprint ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1983. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A tremendous live performance from the group co-led by Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – two players who really bring a lot to each other's music! There's a mode here that really blows us away – a careful, sensitive approach that allows each horn player to hit their most lyrical moments ... (Jazz) read moreCD
There's many facets of Roger – and they're all pretty darn funky! From this vantage point, all we can think of is that Roger Troutman must have had some sort of crystal ball to see into the hip hop sampling future – either that, or he was busy cooking up west coast gangster funk drones ... (Soul) read moreCD
The birth of the Troutman sound – an early example of Ohio funk at its best, recorded years before Roger and company started having such a bit influence on the west coast scene! The groove here is filled with plenty of the bass you'd expect from Troutman – but given that the date of ... (Soul) read moreCD
DJ Rogers —
DJ Rogers ... CD Shelter/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ...
Mindblowing music from the great DJ Rogers – his first record, and a rootsy album of spiritual soul, right up there with the best 70s work by artists like Donny Hathaway, Rance Allen, or Stevie Wonder! Like all of those giants, DJ's got a deeply soulful vocal style that's more than ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wonderful sounds from Rey Roig – a leader who works here in a mode that recalls the bigger Latin ensembles of the 50s and early 60s, but with a lean vibe that really reflects the changes taking place on the New York scene! The album isn't as much of a hard salsa effort as other Salsoul Latin ... (Latin) 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
Michel Roques —
Chorus ... CD Saravah/Core Port (France), 1972. New Copy ...
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two generations of Brazilian singer/songwriters – coming together here in a special live performance! As you probably know, we're huge fans of the great Lo Borges – and have loved his music from his early collaborations with Milton Nascimento through his great run of solo records too ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An overlooked 80s moment from Rose Royce – a set recorded after the group had stepped away from their famous association with Norman Whitfield, but were still very much at the top of the modern soul game! The production here is maybe a bit more 80s than before, but the group continue to keep ... (Soul) read moreCD
An overlooked later gem by Rose Royce – a funky Norman Whitefield production released shortly after the similarly strong Golden Touch – a mix of funky numbers, more spaced out cosmic keys inflected grooves and a couple of mellow jams! The funkier numbers come earlier in the set, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
An overlooked late 70s set from Rose Royce – not as hitmaking some of their other albums, but actually pretty darn great – thanks to some rock-solid production from Norman Whitfield! The album's a perfect illustration of the way that Whitfield expanded his earlier funky sound with the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rose Royce are certainly plenty strong at this point in their career – working with a tight modern soul groove on Epic Records – away from their previous placement on the Whitfield label, even though Norman Whitfield's still very actively handling production here! The album does a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Michael Rosen —
Sweet 17 ... CD Via Veneto (Italy), 2016. New Copy ...
Guitarist Lage Lund is consistently one of our favorite contemporary musicians on his instrument – and even though he's not the leader on this set from tenorist Michael Rosen, his performance really helps shape the overall sound of the album! Lund's got this way of arching into the groove ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from pianist Renee Rosnes in a long time – a set that features Rosnes working at the head of a very hip quintet with Steve Nelson on vibes and Steve Wilson on alto, flute, and soprano sax! Both of the Steves really open up the sound here – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful blend of jazz and poetry – sometimes sung, sometimes spoken – and served up in a set of very hip UK albums from the early 60s! First up is Loguerhythms/Songs From The Establishment – a solo set by singer Annie Ross, done after she left the company of Jon Hendricks and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A rare 50s soundtrack from Renzo Rossellini (brother of director Roberto) – penned for an all-star Italian cast that included Alberto Sordi, Sophia Loren, and Vittorio De Sica! The music here has that mix of unusual string and woodwind flourishes that marked the great shifts in Italian ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A great little album from trumpeter Jim Rotondi – a set that delivers on all the promise we've always heard in his music – and also brings forward a bit more too! The album has Jim blowing in a quintet with some excellent vibes from Joe Locke – a player who really helps give the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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 pair of late 70s albums from Demis Roussos – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Demis Roussos album on Mercury – one of the best-remembered albums from Greek singer Demis Roussous – a soulful 70s set that's quite a change from his early material in the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two late 70s albums from this enigmatic Greek singer! Universum is from 1979, and has Demis Roussos at the end of the 70s – a decade that began with his trippy work in Aphrodite's Child, then had the singer hitting the clubs with disco soul, and ended with Demis becoming a huge international ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Rova Sax Quartet channel the sound of John Coltrane's legendary Ascension album – then take it into a whole new territory of expression, thanks to help from an international assortment of improvisers who join in on the performance! The group famously reworked the piece in 1995, and have ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic harmony soul from Philly! This set features work by two lost Philadelphia groups – The Royal Five and The Informers – both 60s ensembles with a tight harmony approach that's in the best style of the city's rich soul heritage – staying strong on the uptempo cuts, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Really wonderful work from the Texas scene of the 60s – not the heady psych or garage usually associated with the state, nor the more Latin-inflected modes from the border – but instead a unique batch of music that feels more like work from either coast, and which comes across with a ... (Rock) read moreCD
Royals featuring Charles Sutton & Hank Ballard —
Federal Singles ... CD Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ...
The early roots of Hank Ballard – and the vocal group that eventually transformed into the Midnighters! Don't get these Royals confused with the 70s Jamaican group of the same name, or their 50s contemporaries on King Records, The 5 Royales – because this quintet was a sweeter-styled ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rudy Royston —
303 ... CD Greenleaf, 2014. New Copy ...
The first album as a leader from drummer Rudy Royston – a player we've enjoyed for years in the company of others, and one who emerges here with a really fresh voice of his own! Rudy's drums are bold, but also have this way of opening up and allowing magical interplay between all the other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Ruffin teams with Van McCoy for this sweet little set – and the result is a great batch of grooves that swell with Ruffin's soulful sound of the 70s, but sway with the warm McCoy dancefloor modes of the time! Van wrote nearly all the tracks in the set – and handled all ... (Soul) read moreCD
David Ruffin —
Who I Am ... CD Motown (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
David Ruffin at the height of his solo powers – working in that mature mix of soul and strings that made him one of the more sophisticated Motown talents of the time! The set's produced and arranged by Van McCoy – at a level that's maybe more Philly soul than the Detroit sounds of ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of those records that everyone seemed to own, back in the day – and for good reason, too – as Rufus and Chaka have a way of opening ears of folks who dig so many different styles – from soul to rock to funk and jazz – but all with a groove that's totally their own! The ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the last albums that Rufus and Chaka Khan ever recorded together – and one of the best, as well! The set's a surprisingly great blend of live material and studio cuts – concert material taking up three sides of the 2LP set, and studio tracks on the last side – working ... (Soul) read moreCD
A freewheeling live date from Hilton Ruiz – recorded in Paris at the start of the 80s, with an excellent rhythm section that features Art Davis on bass and Walter Perkins on drums! Perkins' drum work is especially nice – as sprightly and dynamic as Ruiz's piano – beautifully tied ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Killer work from the mighty Bobby Rush – a cat that most folks know as a blues artist these day, but a singer who also worked in a fair bit of funk and soul modes over the years! This set is filled with loads of rare singles from Bobby – including some great early work from the 60s, ... (Blues) read moreCD
Arthur Russell —
Corn ... CD Audika, Early 80s. New Copy ...
Never-heard work from the legendary Arthur Russell – a treasure trove of material from the vaults, finally issued all these many years after his untimely early passing! The work is a bit like some of the material on World Of Echo – spare tunes that often mix cello with keyboards and ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredible chapter in the Arthur Russell story – and one that's not nearly as well-known as his club singles and art rock work of the 80s! The 2CD package presents some long-lost longer form work by Russell – instrumental pieces composed and recorded in the 70s and early 80s, most ... (Rock) 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
A wonderful set of unreleased Arthur Russell songs – great tunes that he cut in more of an eclectic singer-songwriter approach than some of his other work – emotionally upfront, understated material that is simply beautiful! The songs range from very stripped down and folksy on the ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredibly beautiful set of work from Arthur Russell – one of the few records to be issued under his own name during his tragically short life – and a hauntingly spare blend of vocals, hand percussion, and solo cello – recorded with more than enough echo to live up to the title! ... (Rock) read moreCD
Slyly seductive work from Brenda Russell – a singer who's clearly in a class of her own here, and sounding wonderful on this classic album from the early 80s! Brenda's style is nicely diverse – part balladry, part sophisticated soul, part modern mellow groove – all wrapped up in ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title here kind of leaves you hanging – but it's also a great invitation to dip into the sound of the album, and witness all the great artists who accompany John Russell on the performance! The tracks were all recorded as part of a birthday celebration for the British guitarist – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lightly whimsical score by Carlo Rustichelli – penned for an unusual 1972 Italian film that starred Dustin Hoffman! The tracks are all relatively short – most are between 1 and 2 minutes long – and offer variations on the main theme of the film, which is done in the Rota-esque ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A bold little score from Carlo Rustichelli – much moodier and darker than some of his lighter comedic soundtracks from the 60s – and a set that shows us a rich new side of his talents! The story is a wartime narrative – and the music mixes dramatic action passages with brooding, ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A brilliant collection of work from this seminal Brit avant trio of the 70s – a really striking collaboration between trombonist Paul Rutherford, guitarist Derek Bailey, and bassist Barry Guy! Both Bailey and Guy play their instruments with some amplification, which expands out their unusual ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful work from the Chicago scene – a timeless effort with titles that are Chicago and Illinois prairie-centric in theme – and compositions musically rich enough to touch on some diverse strains of small combo jazz, from bluesy to bossa-steeped! Second Impression makes a heck of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the coolest, most compelling work we've heard in years from Wanda Sa – a very spare, stripped-down session that really gets back to the roots of her music from the 60s! Wanda Sa has been reviving her bossa sound for the past decade or more, but most of those recordings often have a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A beautiful set of Brazilian vocals – inflected with a bit of bossa inspiration, but coming off a lot more freely overall! Wanda Sa and Celia Vaz sing dual vocals on a haunting set of tracks that have a strangely spacey sound, thanks to the lilting loveliness of the ladies' voices. The ... (Brazil) read moreCD
This guy's neither the Sabu who played congas on Blue Note, nor the long-haired hard rocker from later years – but Selar Shaik Sabu, an early Indian film star heard here on a dramatic recording from the 40s! The core part of the CD features a young Sabu reading selections from Rudyard ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
A hell of a record from Polish organist Krzsystof Sadowski – one that mixes his own Hammond with wordless vocals, reeds, and rhythms – all in a style that really fits the spacey image on the cover! Key to the record is singer Liliana Urbanska – a vocalist with that higher range ... (Jazz) read moreCD