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✨✧ Dee AlexanderWild Is The Wind ... CD
Blujazz, 2008. Used ... $9.99
Amazing work from singer Dee Alexander – a wonderfully soulful album of jazz vocals, and one that we'd rank right up there with our favorite records by Carmen Lundy or Dee Dee Bridgewater! Dee's a singer who's worked in Chicago for years, but we've honestly only begun to appreciate her talents of late – possibly because she's really hipped up her sound a lot over the years, picking up a range of spiritual, soulful influences that push her music to a whole new level – as you might have heard on her recent collaboration with IG Culture. The music on the set is wonderful too – work by Chicago players we know, but have never heard this strongly before – grooving in modal and soulful modes behind Dee's great vocals, with a lineup that includes Miguel De La Cerna and Michael Logan on piano, Harrison Bankhead on bass, and Leon Joyce on drums and percussion. Titles include versions of two tunes by AACM member Henry Huff – "Live" and "You & I" – plus the Alexander originals "Long Road Ahead", "Rossingnol", "Butterfly", and "C U On The Other Side". (Vocalists, Neo Soul) CD

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Carmen LundyCode Noir ... CD
Afrasia, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
Fantastic work from Carmen Lundy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time, and an artist who keeps on giving us her best as the years go on! This album's definitely some of Carmen's best – as it features the singer working with a wonderful group that includes Jeff Parker on guitar, Patrice Rushen on piano, Ben Williams on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums – a tight core combo who really find a way to push Lundy's energy even more than usual – while Carmen herself handles other keyboards with her vocals, and serves especially righteous material! There's a bit more politics here than on previous records – perfect for the spirit of the moment – but Carmen also mixes a lot of warmth and love into her music as well. Titles include "Black & Blues", "Afterglow", "Whatever It Takes", "I Keep Falling", "The Island The Sea & You", "Have A Little Faith", and "Another Chance". (Vocalists, Neo Soul) CD

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Miles MosleyUprising ... CD
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push his vocal range – on material that's nicely open and expressive, maybe more so than other singers of this nature. There's some larger arrangements at times – but most of the energy seems to come from the core combo, of which Miles is definitely in the lead – on tracks that include "LA Won't Bring You Down", "Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others", "Your Only Cover", "More Than This", "Reap A Soul", and "Young Lion". CD
Also available Uprising ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Terrace MartinVelvet Portraits ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic inspiration of the 70s era, but with a distinctly 21st Century execution – with crispy edges, cosmic currents, and a chunky approach to rhythm that makes the whole thing come across with a really subtle sort of power! The album's overflowing with guests – including Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Kamasai Washington, Keyon Harrold, and Laylah Hathaway – but there's also a core energy that's all Terrace's own, with lots of snakey keyboards that weave these magical tonal patterns in a wonderful way. Brilliant, and completely captivating – with tracks that include "Push", "Curly Martin", "Never Enough", "Turkey Taco", "Tribe Called West", "Think Of You", "Bromalia", and "Valdez Off Crenshaw" – a nice remake of the Donny Hathaway classic "Valdez In The Country". CD

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✨✧ Mike PhillipsUncommon Denominator ... CD
Hidden Beach, 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
A tasty little set from Mike Phillips – soulful sax blown in a nice mellow style, and given enough of a Hidden Beach twist to push the record nicely away from any smooth jazz cliches! There's a lilt, bounce, and deep enough R&B feel to the set to make Phillips way more than just a vacuous smooth sax player – a mode that draws on the best soul-based fusion styles of the 70s, but gives them enough of a contemporary update to appeal to link up to the Hidden Beach sound. A few cuts have vocals, but Mike's saxophone is center stage on most numbers – and titles include "Uncommon Denominator", "We Are One", "Minnie", "Heartbeat Of The City", "Crazy", "Flow", "Brent's Bounce", and "If U Had A Heart". CD
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Positive Flow featuring Donna GardierCan U Feel It? ... CD
Shanachie, 2004. Used ... $5.99
The debut set from Positive Flow – a duo that teams keyboardist/producer Jesse Reuben Wilson with singer Donna Gardier – ex-lead vocalist of Raw Stylus, and an artist we've loved from her previous work on Dome Records! The match is a good one for both – as Jesse's cool and laidback style of production helps give Donna a strong style to work with, one that pushes her sound away from the more mainstream groove of British soul. And Jesse's pretty darn lucky to have a singer like Donna fronting his tunes – as the depth of her vocals really brings a lot to the set, and makes for an album that's far more than just "singer meets beats and keys". Titles include "The City Streets" (in remixed versions too)", plus "Natural", "Can U Feel It", "Red Light Emergency", "Sunflower", and "Come Fly With Me". CD
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ThundercatDrunk ... CD
Brainfeeder, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Fantastic work from one of the most compelling mainstream talents in recent years – an artist who can get wide fame and acclaim, yet keep on pushing the boundaries into fresh new cosmic territory! This album may well be Thundercat's masterpiece – not just a summation of all the ideas and areas he's explored in the past, but also kind of a re-filtering of other modes as well – including the more spiritual and jazz-based territory that he's moved towards, especially when working with others! Yet there's nothing here that's an easy copy of another style, or another's work – as the whole thing bristles with a personal newness that's wonderful – even when Thundercat is getting help from guests who include Kamasai Washington, Flying Lotus, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, and Kendrick Lamarr – as well as some especially nice work from AOR legends Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. Titles include "I Am Crazy", "3AM", "Rabbot Ho", "Bus In These Streets", "Lava Lamp", "Jethro", "Show You The Way", "Drink Dat", "Jameel's Space Ride", and "Tokyo". (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD

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