Great stuff from global funk phenoms Nomo – deftly blending Afro steeped funk with an astral reach – with more of a spiritual jazz influence and off kilter avant touches! Invisible Cities arrives just about a year since their breakthrough Ghost Rock opened so many doors, and although ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Ken Nordine —
Colors ... CD Philips/Ashodel, Mid 60s. Used ...
This is Asphodel's wonderful reissue of "word jazz" maestro Ken Nordine's classic mid 60s ode to the sultry side of the common, the uncommon, and some seemingly made up colors. ("Muddy" anyone?) Billed as "A Sensuous Listening Experience" – and truly living up ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
The first album in many years from pianist Larry Novak – a Chicago pianist who worked with giants like Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan many decades back, and who's remained a committed stylist after all these years! In fact, the set's got a depth of feeling and sensitivity that might be more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Crispy grooves from Novalima – a set of work rooted in older Afro-Peruvian traditions, but spun out here with a wealth of global influences! The set's got a sound that's almost rootsier than the group's previous effort for Mr Bongo – one that's often somewhat spare, and based around ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
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Spacey, downtempo, and seductive grooves from Brazilian producer Apollo Nove – graced here with some extra vocal help from Seu Jorge, Cibelle, Ceu, and Tita Lima! The sound's relatively airy throughout – kind of a Brazilian exploration of modes that have been filtering out from the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Novi Singers & Aleksander Mazur Quartet —
Bacharach ... CD Muza (Poland), 1976. Used ...
A dream come true – our favorite vocal group performing work by our favorite composer! The Novi Singers, in case you don't know them, were a totally hip Polish vocal quartet – with a sound that was part scatting vocalese and part groovy 60s, very different than that of many of their ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
70s samba magic from Clara Nunes – one of those singers who managed to make an already deep genre sound even better! The set's got a simple and honest approach that's really fresh, and never too overblown – allowing Clara to be expressive without falling into cliche, very much in the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Spare electronics from Finland – played live in the studio, and recorded direct to analogue tape. The tunes have a great early analogue synth quality to them – very dark, turgid, and popping around with little other accompaniment. Kind of reminds us of the way we played around when we ... (Rock) read moreCD
A tremendous singer – finally getting his due! Brooks O'Dell may not be one of the best-known names in 60s soul, but he's got a really incredible voice – one we'd rank right up there with Walter Jackson, Garnet Mimms, and other shining stars of that generation. His approach often has ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lovely work from Anita O'Day – a relatively obscure session that has her working with west coast arrangements from the pen of Bill Holman. The sound of the album's almost in the mood of a classic 50s Capitol album by June Christy – with a sophisticated and jazzy sound that O'Day didn't ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A wonderful reworking of a wonderful record – as Root Soul take on all the tracks from Shuya Okino's Destiny record – and delivery them with an old school funky club sound! The instrumentation is great – live and very spontaneous, with an energy that takes us back to vintage ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
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Martin Fondse Oktemble & Ernst Reijseger —
Ere Ibeji ... CD Bvhaast (Netherlands), 2000. Used ...
A classic session of pounding percussion – quite possibly the most successful entry into this earthy genre that hit the recording scene at the end of the 50s! Babatuned Olatunji is joined here by a great assemblage of players – including Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The still solid second album from Original Flavor – a classic level snapshot early 90s east coast rap! Most people aren't really up on Original Flavor these days, but it's pretty much where Jay-Z got his start (though he had done a few small spots on with Big Jaz prior to this). Ski, the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The long awaited return of Brazilian iconoclasts Os Mutantes – featuring original Mutante Sergio Dias and a great new band – plus songwriting contributions from Tom Ze and Jorge Ben – a forward looking endeavor, not at all a nostalgia trip! It's been around 30 years since the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The second set of madness from the legendary Os Mutantes – and like the first, an album done in close collaboration with arranger/producer Rogerio Duprat, whose talents add a new level of genius to the record! The album's got a compelling mix of styles that strikes out on the very first tune ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A legendary album! This previously unreleased album by Os Mutantes was supposed to be their breakthrough album to an English speaking market – but for years it's only been talked about in hushed whispers, and has only been heard by a lucky few! The record was recorded in Paris in 1970 ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Greg's first big set for Blue Note – a new groove spectacular, with a blend of funky jazz and hip hop sensibilities. Titles include "Raise", "3D Lifestyles", "Hardcopy", "Street Jazz", "Intelligent Madness", "Flow To The ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Wild stuff! Yoshihide Otomo plays an incredibly strange batch of tracks by Japanese composer Takeo Yamashita – with no discernibly uniting style in sight, except madness! The tracks are noisy, jazzy, cartoony, and extremely adventurous – with a sound clash/collage of influences and ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
George Otsuka —
Page 1 ... CD Takt (Japan), 1969. Used ...
The start of a great run from the trio of Japanese drummer George Otsuka – a player who really brings an imaginative style to the piano trio mode! Otsuka's got a way of stretching out while also swinging – a bit more conventional here than on later records, but still already quite ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Out Of The Blue —
OTB ... CD Blue Note, 1985. Used ...
One of the greatest discoveries of mid 80s Blue Note – a key group filled with bold young players who'd really go onto make some big waves in jazz for years to come! The musicians state their presence strongly right from the start – with just the sort of energy you'd expect from a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Still the Atlanta duo's high water mark – and yes, we did love Stankonia. Relentless hype, Grammys, and the Village Voice be damned! Tracks include "Rosa Parks", "Skew It On The Bar-B" featuring Raekwon, "Aquemini", "Synthesizer" featuring George ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Brassy LA sunshine big band from Marty Paich – with plenty of subtle, grooving twists & turns, too – with lots of lighter touches and late 50s Hollywood style! Marty is better remembered for his studio arrangement and production genius than as a band leader, but shows a really ... (Jazz) read moreCD