We never tire of the saxophone work of Sonny Criss – and this mid 70s gem is a perfect example of his brilliance! Sonny's sound on alto here is completely his own – raspily, soulful style that's really unique – and which draws strongly from Criss' rich life experience, including ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The great altoist Sonny Criss is one of our favorite-ever reed players, and this beautiful session from his late 60's "comeback" period is a loving portrait of the wide range of his deep deep talents! On the surface, the record is deceptively simple, and only features Criss' work on alto ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trumpeter Theo Croker definitely hits escape velocity here – using electric touches to push his music deep into the cosmos, but all while still holding onto the earthy soul at the core! Theo blows straight trumpet sometimes, and processes his horn at others – but never with any sense ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second LP from Cypress Hill, and as far as we're concerned, the last good one. Muggs' beats get a bit darker on this album, but are still sharp enough to cut through even the thickest clouds of smoke. 14 tracks in all, including "I Wanna Get High", "I Ain't Goin' Out Like ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
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Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi —
Rome ... CD Capitol, 2011. Used ...
Sonic adventurer and avant pop mood-setter Danger Mouse teams up with Italian composer and soundtrack guru Daniele Luppi for the atmospheric Rome – a rewarding effort that demonstrates once again how pretty much no one is taking as many brilliant creative risks on a major label than Brian ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Although Bobby Darin cut most of his big early hits on Atlantic, his move over to Capitiol in the early 60s yeilded a nice share of groovy tracks that rightly pull on his strength as a jazz-inflected vocalist. This very nicely selected set of 20 tracks will give you some of the most swingin' Darin ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
The title's terrible, but the album's a great one – a really classic-styled jam session, of the sort that the Prestige label hardly ever recorded! The session features 4 tenor giants of slightly older vintage – Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Arnett Cobb, and Buddy Tate – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Legendary work from Miles Davis – large group sessions that virtually define the "cool" in cool jazz! The work's quite different from Davis' earlier bop sides with Charlie Parker – and show a distinct influence from modernists like Gerry Mulligan (who is on the recordings) ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few cases in jazz where an oft-played classic still resonates with power! The record itself is a key cap to Miles Davis' already-groundbreaking years of the 60s – a bold step forward, not just for his nascent electric sound, but also for jazz in general – and the benchmark ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A seminal session from the team of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – not nearly as "cookin" (at least in a blowing session way) as you might guess from the title, but instead a beautiful example of the lyrically modern explorations the pair created together! Rhythm is by the trio ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Miles Davis —
ESP ... CD Columbia, 1965. Used ...
An album of dark and subtle beauty – and still one of our favorite Miles Davis albums of all time! The set's not as earth-shattering as some of Davis' other work of the 60s, but that's why we like it so much – because the emerging genius of the group with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Thelonious Monk may have written the title tune, but Miles Davis makes it all his own here – blowing with a subtle moody magic that makes the album one of his true treasures from the early Columbia Records years! John Coltrane's along on tenor sax – helping Davis expand the sound the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Another bold new direction for the legendary Miles Davis Quintet of the 60s – a set that has some of the angular styles of earlier albums, but also a bit more of the flowing grace to come in the electric years! A key illustration of this is the leadoff track "Prince Of Darkness" ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An early pairing of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – one of the duo's mid 50s classics for Prestige, as you might guess from the verb in the title! And although "Steamin" might be a word that's a bit too firey to describe the action going on here, the album's got a tremendous ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the four essential quintet sides Miles Davis cut for Prestige in the mid 50s – all modern jazz classics by anyone's measure, along with Steamin', Relaxin' and Cookin'. These quintet sides established Davis and John Coltrane as a significant force to be reckoned with, and helped set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare early side of Miles Davis – recorded in postwar Paris in the company of Tadd Dameron! The group's a quintet – with Miles on trumpet and Tadd on piano – and although the overall vibe certainly shows a lot of bop generation spirit, there's also a strong indication of the ... (Jazz) 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
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 beautiful Buddy DeFranco album from the 70s – one that really shows a lot of change in his style since his better-known sessions of the 50s! The album's got Buddy using the clarinet in different ways than before – with snakier lines, and more exotic tones that get past the straighter ... (Jazz) 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
The complete Bethlehem Records recordings of vocalist Joe Derise – a lesser-known, but really great singer from the 50s – easily one of the standout vocal talents on the label! Joe's got an easily swinging style that's a bit in the mode of other 50s male singers, like Bobby Troup or ... (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
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
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot more than simple tricks and gimmicks. ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt —
Night ... CD Sony, 2013. Used ...
Excellent early 80s live set recorded in Switzerland, by a trumpet player who has truly established his own unique and beautiful vocabulary within the world of progressive improvised music. Like many of the New Thing players from the 60s, Dixon seemed to languish largely unrecorded throughout the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince —
Homebase ... CD Jive, 1991. Used ...
12 tracks in all, including "I'm All That", "Summertime", "The Things That U Do", "This Boy Is Smooth", "Ring My Bell", "A Dog Is A Dog", "caught In The Middle (Love & Life)", "Trapped On The Dance Floor", "Who ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD