A huge document of this early UK punk group – in a special set that includes their first two albums, BBC material, a live set, and even bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Pure Mania – the first and best album by the Vibrators, a band that maybe can't really be considered as ... (Rock) read moreCD
The music of Ennio Morricone – completely recast into a jazz setting by drummer Arthur Vint and his associates! The project's maybe a bit like the famous John Zorn reworking of Ennio Morricone music from decades ago – but the approach here is more unified, and has as much ear for the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pure pop from the Polish prince – a classic Christmas set issued during the height of Bobby Vinton's 60s years on Epic Records! The album's got this quality that makes similar use of Vinton's vocals as some of the Johnny Mathis magic on similar Christmas records – a style that still ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
One of the greatest moments ever from bassist Miroslav Vitous – a very cool album recorded for the trippy Vortex label! The lineup here has Miroslav working with key help from the American underground – piano from Herbie Hancock, tenor from Joe Henderson, and drums from Jack DeJohnette ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Voices In Latin (Barbara Moore) —
Something Cool ... CD Pulsar/Beatball (Korea), Late 60s. New Copy ...
An incredibly groovy record from The Voices In Latin – a one-off studio project headed up by sound library legend Barbara Moore! The set is one of the few commercially-released albums that Moore ever did – and as you might guess from the group's name, the record's got a style that ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A pair of wonderful records from this legendary soul group – back to back on a single CD! First up is the Voices Of East Harlem album – masterpiece of sweet group soul! This was the first secular record cut by The Voices Of East Harlem – a group who'd had an earlier gospel-tinged ... (Soul) read moreCD
You may not know the music of bassist Finn Von Eyben – but if you're as blown away by the record as we were, this set may well make you a fan for life! The collection brings together unissued studio and radio performances by this Danish modernist of the 60s – material that's balanced ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fantastic funky work from the Japanese scene of the early 70s – rare gems from singer Akiko Wada, who often works with these really mod-styled grooves! The lyrics are all in Japanese, but the presentation of the music has plenty to offer for any fan of groovy styles from the late 60s – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Prime greatness from Porter Wagoner – a set that offers up a few of his hits, but also includes some overlooked gems from his important 60s years on RCA! Wagoner's been well-served with other "hits" collections on the market, but this set is something else entirely – put ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
The first five solo albums from Scott Walker – an incredible run of music that we'd never part with – ever! These record are tremendous – the kinds of overlooked gems that have gone onto become classics over the years – continuously rediscovered by new generations, who ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great work from bop legend George Wallington – one of the last records in an initial run of 50s strengths from the pianist – and a set that features some great original compositions of his own! The set's a bit unusual for Atlantic Records at the time – almost more of a Prestige ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great electric set from Cedar Walton – and a set that moves beyond his previous Mobius album, in case you couldn't guess from the title! The style here is a bit more tightly arranged – with some backup vocals on a few cuts, which underscore the core jazzy elements from Walton on a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cedar Walton —
Mobius ... CD RCA (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A real revelation from pianist Cedar Walton – an unusual electric album from the 70s – quite a surprise, given the mostly-acoustic sound of most of Cedar's other records! The album's a killer, though – and has this fresh, full take on funky jazz for the time – not the usual ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album that not only broke the bossa big in the US – but a set that also really helped transform the sound of the organ in jazz! Not only is the record a key meeting of bossa rhythms and jazz organ – transplanted hugely to the US after a big initial Wanderley run in 60s Brazil – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A sweet sweet set from the mighty War – and maybe the record that really has the group coming into their own! The record's got a stronger vocal presence than earlier War efforts, which is a really great thing – kind of a blend of sweet soul, heavy funk, and Chicano modes – all ... (Soul) read moreCD
Greg Ward's group here is named 10 Tongues – a great label for an ensemble that's overflowing with individual voices on their instruments – less a big band than a combo that can bring together so many different tones and colors at once! Ward himself is wonderful on alto, but maybe even ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gigantic genius from the late David S Ware – heard here in an unreleased performance from the final years of his time – at a time when his saxophone greatness was still very much in full flower! The group is a trio – with William Parker on bass and Warren Smith on drums – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An massive tribute to the genius of Leon Ware – a figure who was as important to the sound of Motown in the 70s as Marvin Gaye – and a singer, producer, and songwriter whose talents touched the careers of countless others in the decade too! Ware had an undeniably mature, sensual style ... (Soul) read moreCD
Albert Washington with Lonnie Mack —
Blues & Soul Man ... CD Fraternity/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
An overlooked genius who could easily stand next to the biggest talents of the Memphis scene – but who never totally got his due, given that Albert Washington mostly worked and recorded in Ohio! Yet that farther setting still also gave him a great home in the Fraternity label, who did a ... (Soul) read moreCD
An album issued after the too-early passing of Dinah Washington – and a set that makes us realize just how great she still was at the end! Washington started in a bluesier mode, but over the course of the 50s – and especially during her early 60s years at Roulette – she was ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A trio of classic live albums from Gene Washington & The Ram Jam Band – a group who really opened up in a concert setting! First up is Hand Clappin Foot Stompin Funky Butt Live – filled with sockin soul from Geno Washington – an ex-American marine who recorded to big fame in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pure fantasticness from the great Kamasi Washington – a set that's much more compact than his sprawling Epic, but which has an equally wonderful vibe overall! The album features material that Washington performed at the Whitney Biennial – to accompany paintings by his sister – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kenny Washington —
Moanin ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Not the jazz drummer Kenny Washington, but a singer with the same name – really stretching out nicely here in a live set recorded in Copenhagen! Kenny's got a warm glow to his style, which gets a nice edge on the long performances here – recorded with an overseas trio that features ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A well-remembered fusion date from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe – and one of his first to get larger circulation with an American audience too! The set has Watanabe blowing sharp and strong on alto, soprano sax, and flute – and working alongside heavyweight American fusion giants ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic album from saxophonist Sadao Watanabe – and one that stands at a real back-to-basics effort at a time when he was often recording in a more electric mode! The set has Sadao on alto, playing with the Great Jazz Trio of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
2 of Johnny Guitar Watson's best albums ever – back to back on a single CD! First up is Listen – quite possibly the rarest of all Johnny Guitar Watson albums – and his first from the 70s – a mindblowing batch of trippy soul tunes that sounds far different than much of his ... (Soul) read moreCD
The raw sound of the young Johnny Guitar Watson – music that has a much harder bite and nastier groove than some of his later 70s funk recordings! The music here comes from a west coast R&B tradition – and has Watson really going nuts on the guitar, while also singing in a ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from Weather Report – an album that has them picking up a bit more soul than before, and shaking off some of the experimental sounds of their roots – yet all in a way that still makes them one of the most revolutionary fusion combos of the time! There's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Doug Webb with Walt Weiskopf & Joel Frahm —
Triple Play ... CD Posi tone, 2015. New Copy ...
A triple-tenor powerhouse – as Doug Webb invites Walt Weiskopf and Joel Frahm in for the sessions – and things really begin to cook! The trio get this raw, spare accompaniment from Brian Charette on Hammond and Rudy Royston on drums – which leaves the tenors plenty of room to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A later set from the great Jimmy Webb – the crucial late 60s songwriter who created so many hits for other people before finally stepping out on his own! Jimmy's got a sound here that's a bit like his late 70s albums on Atlantic – well-produced, with maybe an undercurrent of soul ... (Rock) read moreCD
Dramatic music, but pretty darn groovy music as well – served up here in a set of work from the under-reissued Chappell sound library in the UK! The work here is full of jazzy currents, but often set to tight larger arrangements that have all the best appeal of the sorts of soundtrack ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Frank Weber's a heck of a songwriter – maybe not the kind who will change your life, but the sort who can definitely pen a sweet little song that's just right for the AOR generation! These songs are surprisingly personal, but also have a nice sort of polish, too – never trying too hard ... (Rock) read moreCD
Excellent work from Frank Weber – maybe not the biggest name from the AOR generation, but maybe that's also what makes him so great! Frank wrote all the songs, and plays piano and Fender Rhodes in the small combo on the set – and there's a strength and focus here that's quite different ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great late life performance from Ben Webster – played in that sharp, raspy tone that makes some of his 70s live recordings so great! The setting is pretty easygoing and laid back – and Ben's working with a Dutch group that features Irv Rochlin on piano, Rob Langereis on bass, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joel Weiskopf —
Message ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist Joel Weiskopf has been making records for a number of years – but with each recent release, he seems to be honing his craft even more – able to balance darkness and light with effortless ease, but often in a way that never calls too much attention to itself, or to its maker! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tenor, vibes, and organ – a great combination here in the hands of leader Walt Weiskopf, who also wrote most of the tracks on the record! Walt's records have been some of our favorites on the Posi-Tone label in recent years – and here, he works with label heavyweights Behn Gillece on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
David Weiss & Point Of Departure —
Wake Up Call ... CD Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Trumpeter David Weiss never fails to give us amazing music, no matter what the setting – and here, he's working with his Point Of Departure group – an ultra-hip lineup that features Myron Waldon and JD Allen on tenor sax, each taking on different parts of the record – plus guitar, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fully righteous work from singer Maxine Weldon – working here with bigger backings from Ernie Wilkins that mix in a bit of blues, soul, and funk! The style's never too polished, and almost has a similar feel to some of Esther Phillips' work on the Kudu label during the early 70s – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Wellington – one that shows us that the 70s spirit of artists like Roy Ayers and the Mizell Brothers is alive and well – as long as you know where to look! The record's contemporary, but has a really classic blend of jazz and soul – one that ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
An incredible slice of Chicago blues – and maybe one of the most important contributions Delmark ever made to the Windy City scene! The album captures Junior Wells in all his rough and raw brilliance – working in territory that's quite similar to the Chess Records vibe of the early 60s ... (Blues) read moreCD
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
(Very cool package – a complete 72 page, hardcover book – with loads of notes on the band, and a huge amount of vintage images too!)
One of the best entries in the Commodore Series on Mainstream – a collection of obscure mid 50s recordings by flute and tenor player Frank Wess, done in small group settings with a variety of players that include some of his bandmates in the Basie group! There's a more tightly arranged feel ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible work from The Whatnauts – easily one of our favorite soul vocal groups ever! The trio work in the same sweet soul modes as more famous early 70s contemporaries on the east coast scene – like The Delfonics or Stylstics – but they've also got a special approach that's ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first CD in this great series – which marks the long-awaited CD debut of some of Andrew White's own albums from the 70s! First up is the oddly-titled Saxophonitis – and if saxophonitis is a disease, we're ready to catch it – especially when it's reedman Andrew White who's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two rare albums from the self-released label of saxophonist Andrew White – back to back on a single CD! First up is Fonk Update – a tasty little set from Andrew White – not as "fonky" as you might think from the title, but an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes that rank ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of great records from saxophonist Andrew White – back to back on a single CD! First up is I Love Japan – a great second set from Andrew White's One Step series – a record dedicated to jazz listeners in Japan, but featuring some core elements from the American scene of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare tracks from reedman Andrew White's own label – almost all recorded during that mid 70s stretch when White was really on fire, and making some important contributions to the DC jazz scene! White's a hell of a player, and if you've never heard him before, this set's a great place to start ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stunner of a soundtrack from the maestro Barry White – his only entry into the blacksploitation film genre of the 70s, and a complete doozy throughout! For the album, Barry's stripped down the bigger space of his own records, and his Love Unlimited productions – into some shorter ... (Soul) read moreCD
The complete Vocalion and Okeh Records 78s of the great Bukka White – a blues singer who was maybe a few years later than some of the first big stars from the Mississippi scene – but who's gone onto have a legacy and impact that will last for years to come! Bukka's got a very strong ... (Blues) read moreCD
The complete singles of The Who – but a set that's way more than just a greatest hits package, as it features lots of unusual b-sides that weren't on the famous albums by the group! The package features 86 tracks in all – almost a surprisingly small number, given the importance of The ... (Rock) read moreCD
Sublime spiritual sounds from reedman Chip Wickham – part of the new revival of soulful 70s modes that we see in the music of Nat Birchall and Matthew Halsall! Chip lists both of these musicians as key influence in the notes, and we can definitely hear that in the music, too – which is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jurg Wickihalder/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli —
Beyond ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2017. New Copy ...
Reedman Jurg Wickihalder is definitely the star of the trio here – really setting the tone with his fast flurry of notes and sounds on soprano, alto, and tenor sax – often blown with a deftness that's amazing, especially when he hews to more tuneful territory! Drummer Lucas Niggli can ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the records that really put saxophonist Scott Hamilton on the map – a well-matched set with reedman Bob Wilber, and a date that has each player taking a different end of the sonic spectrum! Wilber blows alto, soprano, and clarinet – often with a style that maybe hints at trade, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A timeless jangly country rock album from a band that didn't sound like it was setting out to reinvent the wheel, even if they ultimately almost did! At the time, pressure was pretty high to live up the preceding legacy of Uncle Tupelo and the contemporaneous debut of Son Volt, but in hindsight, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A modern country rock masterpiece. Wilco's second album, an unlikely (for its time) major label double album does an incredible job of showing stylistic breadth and sprawl behind lyrical and emotional consistency, arrangements-wise recalling the best of the band's more adventurously rootsy forbears ... (Rock) read moreCD
Wild Honey —
Untamed ... CD TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
An obscure disco trio from the Miami soul scene of the 70s – working here in a way that's maybe like a deep soul take on some of the Philly female trios of the same time! The strings are soaring and the grooves are tight – but there's maybe a richer vocal approach from the group than ... (Soul) read moreCD
An under-discovered combo from the best Brit psych years of the 60s – finally given their due here, in a collection that brings together their rare few singles, plus lots of other unreleased material – all handled by UK maestro Shel Talmy in the studio! The group are really different ... (Rock) read moreCD
It's no secret that some of the greatest jazz soundtracks ever were recorded in Paris – and this CD contains 2 of them! First up is the landmark Un Temoin Dans La Ville – recorded under the leadership of tenor sax player Barney Wilen, who had made such a huge contribution to Miles ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Forget the "hard mother blues" of the title – and think "funky big band grooves", because that's what the album's all about! Ernie really steps out on this one – sounding a lot funkier and more soulful than on some of his 60s outings – and working with a mix ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jack Wilkins —
Windows ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Beautiful work from guitarist Jack Wilkins – maybe one of his cleanest, coolest records of all time – and a set that really demonstrates the rich chromatic power of the young musician! The album's a trio date – with Mike Moore on electric and acoustic bass, and Bill Goodwin on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Few folks have a voice as great as Andy Williams – and it sounds especially nice on these early sides done for the Cadence label! First up is the Andy Williams self-titled LP – a record that mixes Williams warm vocals with some slightly rocking arrangements – bits of Caribbean ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A treasure trove of work from Deniece Williams – one of the coolest, classiest soul singers to hit the mainstream at the end of the 70s! Williams has roots that go deep in the Chicago scene – including young work under the name of Deniece Chandler – but this set picks off from ... (Soul) read moreCD
A seminal set in the career of Deniece Williams – a set that really helped her find the voice she'd use more strongly in the 80s, but one that still holds onto all the best strongly soul styles of her earlier work! There's a catchy bounce here that's quite compelling – but the overall ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic rare slice of work from the legendary Hank Williams – very stripped-down recordings that are pulled from home demos and radio appearances – and which stand strongly next to Hank's more famous singles of the time! The presentation of the music is surprisingly strong – ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Joe Williams & Harry Sweets Edison —
Together ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ...
A gem of a record from this pair of Basie-ites – one that allows Joe Williams to hit some different modes than on his fuller records with the Count – set up here in a nicely relaxed groove with trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, but are more laidback than ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A rare funk album from west coast legend Larry Williams – very different than his heavy R&B of the late 50s, or the brief soul comeback he had with Johnny Guitar Watson in the 60s – and instead a heavy groover with a trippy Cali sound! The record's got a sharp groove right from the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fantastic work from Mary Lou Williams – the American pianist who first rose to fame in the 40s, but who's working here on the London scene – on two sessions originally issued as 10" LPs back in the 50s, plus bonus tracks too! Both records feature Williams in a quartet, with the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully weird record from the mighty Mason Williams – a set that's filled with lots of cool little surprises at each new twist and turn – yet which also comes across with a really solid, tuneful feel overall! The album's got a bit of folk, a bit of moog, and a bit of kitsch ... (Rock) read moreCD
A soundtrack for a very silly movie – and one of the oddest albums ever recorded by the great Paul Williams – who both sings and stars in the movie as the phantom in the title! The tunes have a surprisingly heartfelt quality that really comes out when you hear them away from the movie ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Tony Williams Lifetime —
Emergency ... CD Polydor/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ...
A seminal jazz rock statement from drummer Tony Williams – one that has him stepping out quite far from his original "new thing" recordings of the mid 60s! The album's got a genre-forming sound that's incredibly fierce – a power trio churning of Williams drums, John ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderfully fresh change for the mighty Nicole Willis – who works here with the decades-old UMO Jazz Orchestra – who have been as important to the Finnish scene as Willis has with her music in recent years! The sound is still in that mix of soul and funk that Nicole's given us on ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A great collection of work from some of the unsung geniuses of the 60s trucker country years – the Willis Brothers trio, who cut some wonderful work for Starday Records back in the day! The group had a nicely folksy feel at times – not really bluegrass, as they used a more electric ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Pianist Jack Wilson is one of our favorite underdiscovered talents of the 60's – and we treasure all of the albums we can find by him. His lyrical writing and playing are extremely refreshing, and he manages to spin out long free lines on the piano, while also still keeping a very soulful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hammond hero Reuben Wilson's on Broadway – and he hits a massively soulful groove that's light years from the cliched sounds of the great white way! The set's one of the tightest cookers from Wilson's early years on Blue Note – and has a vibe that's a bit different than the rest, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two later moments from Zamrock legends Witch – both of which show the group moving into a much more soulful groove! Movin On has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows Witch picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
An incredible set from Bill Withers – a record that's part of his "second chapter" of 70s soul, when he was working for Columbia Records, and dropping a bit of the acoustic vibe of his start – yet still sounding completely sublime, and head and shoulders above most of his ... (Soul) read moreCD
Diane Witherspoon —
Live ... CD Life Force Jazz, 2016. New Copy ...
A very hip singer, and one of the most righteous jazz vocal albums we've heard in while! Diane Witherspoon has family ties to Jimmy Witherspoon, but her style here is completely different – in that mode of jazz singing that's way past torch, way past standards, and in much hipper territory ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The cover looks contemporary, but Raven Wolf plays in a style that goes back through generations – mostly blowing wood flute here, often over spare percussion – on tunes that have a slightly mystical, slightly spiritual current overall! The album's hardly got any other ornamentation at ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album that's got a lot deeper vibe than you might guess from its cover – a contemporary set, but one that's recorded in a nicely stripped-down style that feels more like some lost set from the 70s – as most of the album is just improvised flute and sax over raw percussion! Reedman ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful reimagining of the music of Thelonious Monk – one that's done in a melange of jazz and contemporary elements – in a style that's very similar to the time that Madlib visited Blue Note over a decade ago! As with that set, there's a real 21st Century vibe here – a ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A great collection of work from west coast soul singer Brenton Wood – longtime Northern Soul favorite, and one of the most unique singers of his time! Brenton has a great voice that's both sweet and raspy at the same time, cracking slightly on the hooks of his hits – in a way that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lyman Woodard Organization —
Dedicacion ... CD Corridor/Uuquipleu, 1985. New Copy ...
A great little set from keyboardist Lyman Woodard – and one that's definitely got some of the Latin flavor promised by the spelling in the title! Woodard's still playing some mighty nice organ and electric piano lines, but the group here also has some added Latin percussion at the bottom ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A recent live set from the legendary Lyman Woodard – and a record that's every bit as great as his killers from the 70s! Woodard's lost none of his funky touch on the organ – and really burns amazingly well throughout – as does his group, which is less of an "orchestra" ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hypnotic organ funk from Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the shining lights of the 70s Detroit scene! This is amazing, amazing stuff – Woodard's electric piano, organ and occasional mellotron and Norma Bell's alto saxophone lend a cosmic funk aspect ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hypnotic organ funk from Lyman Woodard – an old bandmate of Dennis Coffey, and one of the shining lights of the 70s Detroit scene! This is amazing, amazing stuff – Woodard's electric piano, organ and occasional mellotron and Norma Bell's alto saxophone lend a cosmic funk aspect ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Mad funky vibes from The Wooden Glass – a group led by vibist Billy Wooten – an obscure player in the history books, but one who has had a huge influence on 21st Century groove! Billy's got a hard style on the vibes that's like Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers at their soulful best ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jamila Woods —
Heavn ... CD Jagjaguwar, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic debut from Chicago soul singer Jamila Woods – the kind of artist that makes us very proud to be located in the Windy City! Woods is an extremely inventive lyricist – strongly inspired by poetry, but also immediately trying to communicate in a wider spectrum with her sound ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
One of the most ambitious records we've heard from Nate Wooley in a long time – a single extended performance that features the trumpeter in a sextet – with additional trumpet from Ron Miles, piano from Cory Smythe, double drums from Rudy Royston and Devin Gray, and some especially nice ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The final album from Working Week – a cool British group who mixed up soul and jazz years before Sade – but never got the fame they deserved! The sound here is a bit fuller than on the previous records – maybe more soul touched with jazz than the other way around – although ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lizz Wright —
Grace ... CD Concord, 2017. New Copy ...
Lizz Wright teams up with producer Joe Henry on a tribute to the grace of the American south – on a record that may well be her strongest to date! The set's got a warm core that really suits Wright's vocals – and the strength of her presentation here is so rich, she hardly needs any ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
OV Wright at the top of his game – working here with classic Memphis production from Willie Mitchell, and a sound that should have knocked Al Green right off of the charts! Wright's vocals have a rougher edge than Al's, and the record's really dripping with deep soul feeling – a slow-bu ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wu Tang Clan veterans, affiliate and guests unite under the Wu banner for The Saga Continues – largely produced by the capable, long-serving Mathematics and executive produced by RZA – who appears on the mic as does Inspectah Deck, Ghostface, Meth and Raekwon – plus guests Redman, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A huge look at British pop singer Mark Wynter – an artist who's always been remembered for different projects here and there, but who's never fully gotten coverage like this! Wynter's a heck of a talent – one who never broke on these shores, but who gave the UK an early blue-eyed pop ... (Rock) read moreCD
Stunning new work from Kourosh Yaghmaei – the Iranian rock legend whose trippy sounds of the 70s have become the rage of global collectors – a style of music that Kourosh continues strongly with this new record! The album took over a decade to record – due to all the censorship ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A fantastic debut from Gili Yalo – an important artist on the current Tel Aviv scene, but one with roots in Ethiopia, too – a mix of cultural modes that he works to great effect on this album! The sounds here definitely echo some of the hippest Ethio sounds of the 70s – but the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of THE spoken word classics of the 70s funk years – an amazing album based around the poetry of Camille Yarbrough – set to some amazing funky backings! The sound here is incredibly righteous – almost a more sophisticated version of Betty Davis – done with a stark, spare ... (Soul) read moreCD
Reedman Pete Yellin is really on fire here – swirling up in this soaring, spiritual blend of sounds – with great work throughout from Kenny Barron on electric piano, Eddie Henderson on trumpet, and Billy Hart on drums! The album's got the kind of soaring majesty that Henderson brought ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet 70s work from saxophonist Pete Yellin – a set that's almost as noteworthy for its electric piano lines by Hal Galper as it is for Yellin's solos on alto and flute! Galper's warm keys really help add a lot to the session – bringing in a slightly righteous tone, even when tunes are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Satoshi Yoshida with Takuya Kuroda —
Mememto ... CD Pirates (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
A great little set that follows strongly in the mode of some of the best recent Blue Note work from the spiritual funk underground – such as releases by Robert Glasper and Takuya Kuroda – the latter of whom plays on most of this set! The album's leader is guitarist Satoshi Yoshida, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first-ever album from Reggie Young – quite long overdue, given that Reggie's been in a force in music for almost sixty years – with a huge amount of important work on the Memphis and Nashville music scenes – including classic sessions with Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley, ... (Rock) read moreCD