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Brand New HeaviesBrother Sister ... CD
Delicious Vinyl/Rhino, 1994. Used ... $3.99
The group's second real album, and one that never manages to totally capture the groove of the first – but which still has some pretty great writing and playing that set it apart from most of the soul of its generation! The cut "Dream On Dreamer" is one of those early 90s groovers that we still delight in hearing on the radio, or in a surprise mix at a club – and the record's got lots of other nice moments, too, like "Snake Hips", "Fake", and "Keep Together". CD

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Brand New HeaviesDream Come True (extended, inst, single, strip down version)/Gimmie One Of Those ... 12-inch
Delicious Vinyl, 1991. Very Good+ ... $4.99
4 mixes of the title cut – extended, instrumental, single, and strip down version. Also includes the track "Gimme One of Those". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Anthony DavidAs Above So Below ... CD
Rolling Mojo/E1/Purpose, 2011. Used ... $5.99
Anthony David doing his own thing for his own Rolling Mojo imprint for E1 and Purpose – sounding re-energized here after what we thought was a terrific run on Universal! Anthony works just as well with crackling hop hop soul beats and keys as he does with acoustic guitar and otherwise more stripped down backdrops. We need to spend some time with it, but this may be some of our favorite work he's ever done! Titles include "As Above So Below", "Let Me In", "4Ever More" feat Algebra & Phonte, "Girlfriend", a surprisingly effective and soulful cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" with Shawn Stockman of Boys II Men, "Backstreet", "Body Language", "Get Around" and more. CD

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Miles Davis & Robert GlasperEverything's Beautiful ... CD
Legacy, 2016. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
Robert Glasper takes on the music of Miles Davis – in a set that's way more of Glasper's own than you might guess from the presentation! True, the tracks are all based around Miles Davis material from the Columbia Records vaults – but Robert really opens things up right away with his own sort of vibe, and uses the Davis elements to weave into a much larger fabric – one that incorporates a range of hip contemporary styles, in the manner of his great Black Radio projects! So while you will hear some of Miles at times – both playing and (even cooler) speaking – the real strength of the record lies in Glasper's amazing keyboards, especially Fender Rhodes, and the wonderful bass work of Derrick Hodge, whose bottom currents really make the whole thing glow with a subtle, soulful fire! And we haven't even gotten to the guests – a great lineup that rivals the sorts of folks that Robert had on the Black Radio project – as the record includes contributions from Stevie Wonder, Bilal, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Illa J, John Scofield, Ledisi, and King. Titles include "They Can't Hold Me Down", "Ghetto Walkin", "Right On Brotha", "Milestones", "Song For Selim", "Little Church", "Violets", "Maiysha", and "Silence Is The Way". (Jazz, Neo Soul) CD
Also available Everything's Beautiful ... LP 18.99

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Miles Davis & Robert GlasperEverything's Beautiful ... LP
Legacy, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 20.98
Robert Glasper takes on the music of Miles Davis – in a set that's way more of Glasper's own than you might guess from the presentation! True, the tracks are all based around Miles Davis material from the Columbia Records vaults – but Robert really opens things up right away with his own sort of vibe, and uses the Davis elements to weave into a much larger fabric – one that incorporates a range of hip contemporary styles, in the manner of his great Black Radio projects! So while you will hear some of Miles at times – both playing and (even cooler) speaking – the real strength of the record lies in Glasper's amazing keyboards, especially Fender Rhodes, and the wonderful bass work of Derrick Hodge, whose bottom currents really make the whole thing glow with a subtle, soulful fire! And we haven't even gotten to the guests – a great lineup that rivals the sorts of folks that Robert had on the Black Radio project – as the record includes contributions from Stevie Wonder, Bilal, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Illa J, John Scofield, Ledisi, and King. Titles include "They Can't Hold Me Down", "Ghetto Walkin", "Right On Brotha", "Milestones", "Song For Selim", "Little Church", "Violets", "Maiysha", and "Silence Is The Way". (Jazz, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Everything's Beautiful ... CD 7.99

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Shirley Davis & The SilverbacksBlack Rose ... CD
Tucxone (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
There must be something funky going down in the water in Spain – because in recent years, the nation's scene has given us some mighty hard-hitting funky artists – the best of whom may well be featured on this set! Shirley Davis isn't one of those easy retro soul singers – and instead steps out strongly as a voice that we're sure that we're going to hear plenty from in years to come – thanks to a righteous way of putting over a tune, and a classic sound that really lives up to the spirit of the album's cover! Davis is backed by Madrid's Silverbacks combo – a tight funk group who really hit all the right currents to really let her soar out in the lead – with a power that's much stronger than on her previous single with Deep Street Soul, which is the first time we heard her sing. Most tunes here are originals by the group – and titles include "Black Rose", "Two Worlds", "Pay For Your Love", "My Universe", "Burial Of A Dead Star", and "Make My Day". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) CD
Also available Black Rose ... LP 13.99

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Shirley Davis & The SilverbacksBlack Rose ... LP
Tucxone (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 19.98
There must be something funky going down in the water in Spain – because in recent years, the nation's scene has given us some mighty hard-hitting funky artists – the best of whom may well be featured on this set! Shirley Davis isn't one of those easy retro soul singers – and instead steps out strongly as a voice that we're sure that we're going to hear plenty from in years to come – thanks to a righteous way of putting over a tune, and a classic sound that really lives up to the spirit of the album's cover! Davis is backed by Madrid's Silverbacks combo – a tight funk group who really hit all the right currents to really let her soar out in the lead – with a power that's much stronger than on her previous single with Deep Street Soul, which is the first time we heard her sing. Most tunes here are originals by the group – and titles include "Black Rose", "Two Worlds", "Pay For Your Love", "My Universe", "Burial Of A Dead Star", and "Make My Day". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Rose ... CD 12.99

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AkikoHit Parade – A Tribute To London Nite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2009. Used ... $13.99
Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you might expect from her other albums – some of the heavier modes picked up on her R&B tribute, but a lot sharper overall! There's less jazz in the mix than before, replaced by guitars that fit these tunes well – and there's almost a new wave feel to the record at points. Titles include versions of "Breakaway", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "Sugar Baby Love", "Video Killed The Radio Star", "99 Red Balloons", "Wake Up Boo", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", and "Goody Two Shoes". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Includes obi.)

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Beady BelleOn My Own ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2016. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
Beady Belle's not really on her own here – just working away from her regular group, with an all-star batch of musicians that includes Bugge Wesseltoft on piano and Fender Rhodes, and the mighty Joshua Redman on tenor sax! The album's got even more of a jazz core than some of the other Beady Belle albums of the past decade or so – thanks especially to some strong rhythmic lines propelled by the drums of Gregory Hutchinson and bass of Reuben Rogers, who work really well with Bugge's always-great keyboard lines – especially that strong sense of soul that he's developed in his acoustic playing in recent years. The set was recorded both in Oslo and New York – maybe making the record one of Beady's most international in approach, and maybe appeal as well – which (we hope!) will finally give this amazing Scandinavian soul singer the American fame she deserves. Titles include "Traffic In Mumbai", "Castle", "On My Own", "Bury", "Almost", "Marbles", "Lost Face", "Dear Hope", and "The Clouds". LP, Vinyl record album

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Columbia NightsIn All Things ... LP
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really expansive sound – built from bass, synths, keys, percussion that lifts it to cosmic heights – in a perfect mix of atmospheric instrumentals and vocal-led tracks. The sound carries influences from soaring 70s soul jazz, to post millennium electronic soul – which mingle seamlessly, and carry a real depth of genuine soul, however spacey the composition! The guest vocalists are top notch, including Diggs Duke, Aaron "AB" Abernathy, Vaughan Octavia and others, and titles include "Sphere", "Cerulean", "In All Things", "Circle", "Now" with Diggs Duke, "The Rhythm" with Sarai Abdul-Malik, "Coming Home" with Aaron "AB" Abernathy, "Neverend/All For You" feat Siara Shawn, "Ever Between" with B Jamelle and "Glide" with Vaughan Octavia. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ N'Dea DavenportN'Dea Davenport ... CD
V2/Sony (Japan), 1998. Used ... $4.99
The former lead singer from the Brand New Heavies breaks out on her own for this debut LP. The tracks have a straighter, less jazzy approach than you might hope for, and the album was largely self produced, though Dallas Austin contributed a few tracks. Though there's some material that verges on being commercial, (maybe she was trying to get over on the radio) there's a lot of nice touches like the rich trumpet lines on the opening track "Whatever You Want", the dark neo-classic soul of "When The Night Falls" with it's light wah guitar and the crisp but spacious groove of "In Wonder". Also includes the jazzy number "Bulsh*ttin" in both it's original version and with Mos Def. CD
(Out of print.)

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James DayRepertoire ... CD
James Day Songs, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99
The repertoire here is as great as the lineup – positive, upbeat soul songs all written by James Day – and performed with help from a huge cast of talent from the contemporary and classic soul underground – including Maysa, U-Nam, Glenn Jones, Trina Broussard, U-Nam, Donnie, Audrey Wheeler, Tony Terry, Cool Million, Gavin Christopher, and others! Some of these are folks we haven't heard in years – and certainly not in a setting this great – as Day works with U-Nam, who co-produced the set, in a mode that's got the same warm mix of classic and contemporary that you'd find in the best music by Incognito! Titles include "Considered Delivered", "We Dance", "Don't Waste The Pretty", "Dance Again", "Repertoire", "Rewind", and "RSVP". CD
 
 
 



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