A real classic from Sammy Davis Jr & Carmen McRae! Given Sammy's great talent for personal interaction on the stage, as heard often on his key Rat Pack recordings, he's a real natural for this sort of duet mode – as he manages to talk and sing his way through the tunes beautifully, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Christmas came early this year – because this is one of the best presents we've gotten in ages! Sammy D's always been one of our favorite singers ever – but some of his best work has always been buried on soundtracks, rare live recordings, and other oddball sources that never get ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Doris Day & Andre Previn —
Duet ... CD Columbia/Sony, 1962. Used ...
Beautiful work from singer Doris Day – and a record that may well be her jazziest for Columbia – thanks to backing from the Andre Previn trio! The pianist is still at the height of his early jazz powers here – able to solo boldly when needed, but almost more equipped as a painter ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Cory Daye —
Cory & Me ... CD New York International/Gold Legion, 1979. Used ...
A dark little groover from the later days of disco – key crossover work from Cory Daye, and a great bridge between a number of different club camps at the time! There's clearly a mainstream diva influence going on here, but the overall quality of the music is a lot more complicated and ... (Soul) read moreCD
By this point, De La Soul seemed to be looking for a direction, after "Three Feet High..." was the Daisy Age and "De La Soul Is Dead" was the death of the daisy age, though they hadn't split with Prince Paul yet. Still, they manage to come up with some nice, if underrated, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Vital live recordings with the DE3 trio – trumpeter Duane Eubanks, drummer Eric McPherson and bassist Dezron Douglas – recorded at Maxwell's Drum Shop in NYC! Captured over 2 dates in spring and summer 2015, it's an impressive snapshot of the group playing with boundless energy and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A 70s soundtrack from Guido & Maurizio De Angelus – their work for 1975's A Mezzanotte Va La Ronda Del Piacere – a cool one that covers a lot of stylistic territory! This soundtrack is built with fairly stripped down sounds for the most part – small combo material with some ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A great album from Blossom Dearie – done with a soaring jazzy groove that makes it one of her best! Blossom's working here with Capitol arranger Jack Marshall – and he gives the album a much more upfront approach than some of Blossom's sparer sides for Verve – a groove, a bounce, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A magical exercise in understatement – and one of Blossom's best albums for Verve! The late 50s session features Blossom back in the US and working with a small combo that includes Bobby Jaspar on flute, Ray Brown on bass, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Ed Thigpen on drums – all grooving ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great one from Buddy DeFranco – exactly the kind of record that will make you understand why jazz collectors have always prized his Verve Records work so much! Although Buddy's given instrument, the clarinet, was one that was handled by so many others at the time in kind of an outmoded way ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Blistering rocksteady from the man largely responsible for bringing Jamaican soul to the rest of the world with his huge hit "Israelites"! 31 outstanding jams from Dekker, produced by Leslie Kong for his seminal Beverley's label, non stop easy rockers all culled from Dekker's crucial late ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A beautiful presentation of this haunting score by Georges Delerue – penned for a later project from the team of Jules Dassin and Melina Mercouri, and maybe some of the best music the duo ever had for one of their films! Delerue's at his evocative best here – working with the kind of ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Tasty set that includes many of the Delfonics' best moments from their classic Philly Groove years! This is the kind of heavenly east coast group soul that never gets old – and it's no wonder this stuff keeps cropping up in movies and samples over the years. Titles include "Tell Me ... (Soul) read moreCD
Forget Dionne Warwick, and think Burt Bacharach – because on this sublime little set, The Dells are singing some of Burt's greatest tunes ever – all set to impeccable arrangements by the legendary Charles Stepney! The album's more wonderful than you might even expect – a true ... (Soul) read moreCD
Matt Dennis is best-known to most as the composer of the classic evergreen "Angel Eyes" – but he's also a pretty great singer and piano player, with an easy and hip style that's a lot like Bobby Troup. This album's one of the few he ever cut in this mode – and is a great ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever recorded by Matt Dennis – a cool-voiced vocalist who was equally known as a songwriter! Matt's style here is nicely laidback – supper-club jazz, but with a nice hip twist – the kind of singer who could be playing a room with a gently swinging ease, but ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Dreamy vocals from Matt Dennis – a set of Rodgers & Hart numbers, performed in a sweetly swaying style that has plenty of warm touches. Unlike some of Matt's smaller combo records, this set's got larger backings from the orchestra of Harry Geller – using some light strings and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A reunion of sorts for Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan – given that the pair had played together on record 5 years before, in a similar session for Verve! This album's almost lighter and more airy than the previous one – as it's done in a mode that echoes strongly with Desmond's own ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two cool jazz classics from altoist Paul Desmond and guitarist Jim Hall! The records were recorded under Desmond's name, but Hall's the guitarist on both sides, and his playing lends an indescribably wonderful edge to both records. Desmond Blue features the pair with larger string backings by Bob ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Second great volume of doo wops by the legendary Nolan Strong and his Diablos. Heavenly stuff, and one of the few groups to come out of the motor city in the fifties and make as big an impact as the groups from the east coast. Cuts include "Harriet, It's You", "Remember Me", ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pure genius from one of our favorite players ever – and proof that some of the freshest modern jazz of the 60s was being recorded on vibes! Dickerson's tone, timing, and sense of composition alone are enough to make the set a great one – but he's also working here with a really great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic bit of work by one of the most unique players in jazz! Dickerson's got an amazing tone on the vibes, and he's working here with pianist Austin Crowe, who creates beautiful spiralling piano lines that ring out in glorious tones next to Dickerson's darker metallic ones. The album's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke —
Fierce Silence ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. Used Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant pairing of drums and cornet – and a record that's every bit as bold as the musicians who created it! Drummer Whit Dickey punctuates the sound here in great ways – sometimes snapping the kit with an infectious pulse, sometimes moving into gentler sonic realms – but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Bo Diddley/Muddy Waters/Little Walter —
Super Blues ... CD Chess/MCA, 1967. Used ...
A Chicago blues trifecta – and the first time ever that Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Little Waters ever worked together! The set's got a raw power that definitely lives up to the title – a wicked mix of raw guitars, rough rhythms, and some wonderfully soulful vocals – all served ... (Blues) read moreCD
An incredible full album from Dinosaur L – the legendary New York dancefloor project of Arthur Russell! The group's a punky, funky, chunky amalgam of bass thumping, guitar riffing, keyboard filling, and sax honking – all very much in the spirit of Russell's best quirky club work of the ... (Soul) read moreCD