A stone cold classic from Teddy Riley! Forget what you might think about the cliches of New Jack Swing, because this record is a landmark of modern soul, one of the freshest R&B albums from the 80s, and it still sounds great today. After starting things out with Wrecks N Effect, Riley moved ... (Soul) read moreCD
Early work from The Litter – the Minneapolis psych quintet who first broke big on their Emerge album for ABC/Probe – but who are heard here a year earlier, with a sound that's maybe even more trippy and powerful overall! The back of the album carries the message "play at the ... (Rock) read moreCD
2 of John Lewis' non-MJQ albums of third stream jazz for Atlantic. Both records feature Lewis working with Gunter Schuller, and they both share Lewis and Schuller's keen ambition to move jazz into the sophisticated world of the concert hall. Although not always successful in their endeavors ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 Atlantic sessions from Mose – back to back on one CD! I Don't Worry is one of Mose's first albums for Atlantic – a great set of soulful jazz vocals, done in a rootsy style that has some slight New Orleans touches – and a nice sort of beat undercurrent! The sound of the set ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Mickey Hart/Airto/Flora Purim —
Dafos ... CD Ryko, 1983. Used ...
One of the most unified albums we've ever heard from Greyboy – an excellent little set that perfectly bridges his two loves of funk and hip hop! The core style is in the hip hop-infused mode of earlier years – with lots of programming and scratches by Greyboy himself – but there's ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Noel Rosa is of a vintage that's a bit older than a lot of the other Brazilian artists we honor here, but his work is lovingly updated in this beautiful set of "songbook" performances by some of the greatest modern talents in Brazilian music. There's 22 cuts in all, with work by Tom ... (Brazil) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Ronnie Cuber —
Airplay ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Great tenor sounds from Wayne Escoffery – set to an excellent groove that mixes Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano! The album's one of the best we've heard from Escoffery in years – a date that really sets his horn free, yet also has a soulful focus, too – one that definitely comes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet little double CD – one that had some folks saying that Stevie should have stayed away from the "2LP syndrome", but for us a real treasure with lots of hidden gems. Besides the hits "Isn't She Lovely" and "Sir Duke", which were more than enough to carry ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fantastically funky – and probably the best comp of studio music we've ever heard! Sure, there's lots of other albums that have dipped into the massive KPM library of comercially produced sound library music – but the folks at Strut have outdone themselves this time, and have come up ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A wonderful album recorded by Caetano in Italy – one performed live as a tribute to Fredrico Fellini and his wife Giuletta! The tracks are a stunning mix of older Veloso originals, older bossa tunes, and wonderful Nino Rota tunes originally written for Fellini films. Veloso's voice is ... (Brazil) read moreCD
This set of Beatles and Bacharach tunes is a perfect setting for the sharp reed sound of the young Sadao Watanabe. He plays soprano and alto on a very cool, very tight set of grooves that runs way past the usual mix of stuff – with groovy covers of "Magical Mystery Tour", "I ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Don't think "British rock", think "electric jazz" – as the set features some long, jamming instrumental workouts that are more in a heavy fusion mode overall! The group's a quintet – led by drummer Kiyoshi Tanaka, and featuring organ, guitar, bass, and some very ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print, includes obi. Blu-spec CD pressing.)
One of the greatest albums ever cut by Swedish vocalist Monica Zetterlund – a landmark album that has her singing with the Bill Evans Trio! The album was recorded in 1964, with a spare sound that's quite different from most of Monica's other work. As usual, her vocals are wonderfully cool ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A pivotal album from Jorge Ben – a set that's got the singer back on top of the international market – showing the world the wonderfully soulful sounds he was cooking up in Brazil during the 80s! The record's got the same fluid bounce of his Som Livre sets from a few years before ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sinatra's final album for Capitol – a contemplative set of tracks that reunites him with arranger Alex Stordahl, a frequent partner during the Columbia years, and an artist who's matured as much as Frank by this point, making a perfect fit for the sadder tone of the material. Tracks are in ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Numbered, limited editon hybrid-SACD pressing. Penmark through barcode.)
An early gem from Ghana legend Ebo Taylor – a smoking little set with a really hypnotic feel overall! The tracks here are all nice and long – and build energy with kind of a minimal layering of sound – an approach that's different than some of the longer Nigerian jams you might ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD