Maybe the hippest album we've ever heard from The Dining Rooms – something we probably could have guessed from their evocation of Sun Ra in the title! And while that title seems a bit obtuse – maybe even a joke – the music here is right on the money, and some of the most serious, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Great work from Paulo Diniz – a near-lost samba soul singer from the end of the 60s – working here on an amazing little record for Odeon/EMI! Paulo's work has a very unusual style – in that it's a bit soulful, with some touches of folk, but is also often handled in a baroque mode ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Here's the reason why we love reissue CDs – because they offer an incredible look at groups that have nearly been forgotten in the pages of music history! The Diplomats were an east coast group who never cracked the top of the charts, but who made some excellent work during the 60s – a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Timeless hip hop from the legendary Diggin In The Crates crew – whose best cuts remain as fresh and urgent as ever – reworked with respect and honor by incredible roster of guest producers on this top shelf worthy remix project! DITC classics are given some love here by 9th Wonder, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Divine may best be known for her stunning early performances in the films of John Waters – but the 80s also saw the actress emerging as a surprisingly big force in the clubs, too – coming on strong in a post-disco mode, and really helping keep a campy club spirit alive and well at the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Amazing sounds from the legendary Bill Dixon – 2CDs worth of solo trumpet performances, all recorded at Bennington College in the early 70s! Dixon's a player we've always found to be richly creative – but here, working without any other instrumentation at all, he really blows our mind ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing! One of the few rare records cut by Bill Dixon during the 60s, and a perfect example of "new thing" jazz in action. Trumpeter Dixon plays in 3 different ensembles – a nonet, a quintet, and a duet – with players like Byard Lancaster, Reggie Workman, Robert Pozar, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal "new thing" work by Bill Dixon and Archie Shepp! The album is divided in two – so that one side features work by Dixon, playing in a group with Ken McIntyre; and the other side features Shepp leading a combo that includes Ted Curson, John Tchicai, and Don Cherry. Both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first-ever set to bring together these sublime sides by the great Floyd Dixon – a blues pianist and singer with roots in Texas, but a rich legacy of sounds on the California scene of the postwar years! Like a select few of his contemporaries, Dixon does a great job of taking the Texas ... (Blues) read moreCD
DJ Kentaro —
Enter ... CD Ninja Tune (Canada), 2007. Used ...
DJ Kentaro straddles the line between the spaciest of modern hip hop with a wildly splintering broken beats on DJ Kentaro – with stellar line up of guests include Spank Rock, Fat Jon and the Pharcyde! Titles include "Enter The Newground", "Keep On" feat Pharcyde, "Fre ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Sublime early work from Djavan – a bit of jazz, a bit of samba, and a bit of soul – all wrapped together in wonderfully warm arrangements! The sound here is sophisticated without being sleepy, and there's still a lightness to Djavan's music at this point – a style that manages to ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Lilas ... CD CBS (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
The cover definitely reflects that 80s origin of the album – but as usual with Djavan, there's a lot more depth here going on than most of his contemporaries ever had to offer! The singer's less a Brazilian artist than a global soul star – singing in Portuguese, but with a quality that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Luz ... CD CBS (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
Djavan is looking nice and young on the cover image – and the record's got a relatively youthful feel, too – that approach that made Djavan one of the most important talents to emerge from Brazil at the end of the 70s, and one of the few to follow a global path of his own! This album's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Spare, simple work from Djavan – the kind of soulful set that made him one of the most dramatic mainstream talents in Brazil at the start of the 80s – and one of the few of his generation to reach out to a larger global market! The album's got a very Milton Nascimento sort of vibe ... (Brazil) read moreCD
If there's one rule about Brazilian music that seems truer and truer over the years – it's that greats from the 70s never seem to flag at all – and instead just keep getting better and better as time goes on! This album from Djavan is great proof of that rule – as the singer has ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Rare work from this important Guinean combo – music recorded in Lisbon at the start of the 80s, and issued here on vinyl for the first time ever! The work has all the sharp, rootsy edges we love in their other releases – but there's also a clarity of recording that really lets some of ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Heraldo Do Monte's been playing guitar on the Brazilian scene from the late 60s onward – and over the years, his work on the instrument has really hit the level of the sublime – as Heraldo's able to effortlessly turn out flurries of notes with very individual phrasing – which ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The classic album by the DOC from glory days of Ruthless Records – really up there in excellence with NWA in the gritty west coast canon – with timeless production by Dr. Dre! Nice mic skills paired with tight, funky production from Dre when he still hungry and on the ascent. 13 tracks ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A great trip through the early years of Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams – a motherlode of early R&B and soul singles that show Williams as a really well-developed artist even before his 70s Swamp Dogg fame! The styles here are a bit more conventional than later years – less ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dokkerman & The Turkeying Fellaz —
Illegal Move ... CD Tramp (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
A modern funk melting pot from Hungary! Group leader Tamas "Dokkerman" Michelberger is on keyboards, leading a great 9 piece group strongly rooted in gritty 70s funk – heavy drums and fierce bass grooves, and horns that show some love to JBs style funky soul as well as strains of ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
One of the most soulful sets we've ever heard from pianist Niels Lan Doky – an album recorded live, with long tracks that really bring out the best in both the leader's piano, and the tenor of Bob Berg! Berg always seems most at home on records like this – especially those cut on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost treasure from German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger – one of his best records from the 60s, recorded at a key point when he was really shifting his style! The set's still got Klaus working with keyboardist Ingfried Hoffmann, whose work on organ made his early records so great – but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing work from Eric Dolphy – a record that's come out on a number of different labels, under a number of different names – but which is one of his most perfectly-realized sessions of the 60s, and one of his most spiritual albums ever! The record features a shifting lineup of players ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the most striking Eric Dolphy work we've ever heard – a set of live performances from the years 1962 and 1963 that feature Dolphy in a free-thinking mode that surpasses even the modernism of his classic studio sides! The recordings feature Dolphy amidst a variety of players – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Forro accordion meets the jazzier side of Brazil in the 70s – coming together in a great blend of acoustic roots and warmer electric touches that's not unlike some of the best material by Sivuca at the time! Dominguinhos plays with a wonderfully deft approach – fast and fluid, with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the greatest vocal groups of the postwar years – an incredible combination of voices that really paved the way for soul styles in years to come! The Dominoes were great right from the start – a group who blew away all the hoke of The Mills Brothers or Ink Spots – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Better than you might think – and a sparkling selection of recent exotica work that's very much in the best tradition of Martin Denny or Les Baxter, but which also goes far beyond that style, into a wealth of groovy modes that also hits some great 60s soundtrack moments! The first few tunes ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A wonderful double-length set from this bossa piano legend – and a set that doesn't just feature the familiar standards promised in the title, but includes a number of bossa classics too! Joao's piano is right out front in the mix – working in a jazzy quartet that also includes really ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Darkly brilliant – and one of Joao Donato's most fantastic records! The set was recorded during Joao's time in America in the mid 60s – cut in New York with lofty backings by Claus Ogerman, in a pillowy soft mode that fits perfectly with Joao's light bossa piano lines, and which has ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Beautifully mature work from Brazilian piano legend Joao Donato – an album that draws on his rich legacy of musical expression from the bossa years onward, presented here with a few surprising twists and turns! The core format is piano trio – Joao on the acoustic keys, with Luiz Alves ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Michel Doneda —
Not ... CD Victo (Canada), 1999. Used ...
Dope gems, indeed – as the album's filled with fierce funky tracks that take us back to the 70s heyday of CTI Records and blacksploitation soundtracks! Yet the sound here isn't just fake retro funk, either – it's really well-crafted, jazz-heavy work that's filled with sweet vibes, ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A fantastic bit of lost hardbop – an obscure ABC album that has Kenny Dorham working with his Jazz Prophets group! The combo's a quintet with a unique lineup that includes Dick Katz on piano, JR Monterose on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, and Arthur Edgehill on drums – and the whole set's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A Kenny Dorham-billed version of the only full album ever issued by tenor player Rocky Boyd – but a set so great, it's definitely made a name for him over the years! Boyd's got a wonderful tone on the set – sharp and soulful, with an approach to the tenor that almost reminds us of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest singers you'll ever hope to hear – and an artist who's still incredibly wonderful, always fresh, and completely charming – even after decades of recording! Bob Dorough works here in a trio with his own piano, the bass of Tony Marino, and alto of Michael Hornstein ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Massive work by Lee Dorsey – recorded years after his classics in the 60s, and even funkier overall! Lee's really cooking on all burners here – working with the production team of Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn, and getting some incredible backing from The Meters – who are ... (Soul) read moreCD
The box has "bossa nova" in the title, but Agostinho Dos Santos is the kind of singer who also offers up what came before the bossa as well – a wonderful male singer from Brazil, and one who really bridges the sound of different generations with these records! The approach is ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Double Edge (Edmund Niemann/Nurit Tilles) —
US Choice ... CD CRI, 1992. Used ...
The Double Edge piano duo of Edmund Niemann and Nurit Tilles play compositions of Morton Feldman, Meredith Monk, Ellington & Strayhorn, and more. (Out Sound) CD
A wonderful title for this killer from trumpeter Dave Douglas – as the record's one of the boldest, most on-target sets he's had in years – a record that takes us back to his roots, as Douglas works with a quintet of well-chosen younger players. The lineup features Jon Irabgon on tenor ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dave Douglas is a man of many colors – all of them great, and painted with the rich hues we've come to expect from his work on trumpet! This time around, Dave's got a group with a fair bit of electric elements – so much so, that the few acoustic elements come from Douglas' work on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bold lines from this great late 90s group – handled in a way that's both rhythmic, yet freed from its obvious constraints – with energy that almost takes us back to Ornette Coleman at the start of the 60s! The quartet features some wonderful interplay between trumpeter Dave Douglas and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer set from the Dave Douglas Quartet – a very unified sound from the lineup that features Douglas on trumpet, Chris Potter on tenor, James Genus on bass, and Ben Perowsky on drums! Working here without any piano, the four have a way of folding into a groove together beautifully – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful big band project from trumpeter Dave Douglas – done in close collaboration with Jim McNeely, acting as artist in residence and conductor for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band! The ensemble's got a hell of an artistic approach – and they work perfectly here in re-imagining ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The complete Spark Of Being trilogy from Dave Douglas & Keystone – music made in a partnership with experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison as a reinterpretation of the Frankenstein story – each CD excellent in its own right, and it's all even better as a whole! The first entry is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Three views – all of them great, and all a rich testimony to the always-inventive sounds of trumpeter Dave Douglas! The package features three very different albums, wrapped up in a multi-faceted demonstration of Douglas' talents – the first a compelling session titled Rare Metals ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print. Includes original box and postcards!)
Dave Douglas/Monash Art Ensemble —
Fabliaux ... CD Greenleaf, 2015. New Copy ...
Trumpeter Dave Douglas works here with a special group of musicians from Monash University in Australia – a larger array of reed, brass, and string players who really let Dave's music take off in rich new dimensions! The sound of the tunes is still very Douglas-like, but the execution is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Textbook precise mid 90s G Funk from Long Beach group The Dove Shack – with their full length bow on Def Jam – following their showcase spot on Warren G's landmark Relegate...The G Funk Era the year before! Includes "Smoke Out", "This Is The Shack", the standout hit ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from legendary UK reedman Bob Downes – tracks released in a relatively unassuming package, but with a vibe that makes the set one of Bob's most soulful, spiritual records ever! The title's a bit of a gimmick, but it works perfectly here – as Downes blows a variety of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Reedman Bob Downes has always been a player willing to experiment in a wide range of styles – from his early jazz-rock experiments on the UK scene, to a wealth of spiritual and avant sides he's given us in the decades that followed! But this time around, he may be giving us his weirdest, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob Downes Open Music —
Five Trios ... CD Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ...
Amazing work from British reedman Bob Downes – a host of previously-unissued 70s recordings, all of them trio numbers with a wonderfully stripped-down feel! Downes is possibly best known for his larger group experiments of the Open Music years – but here, he comes across as much more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bob Downes Open Music —
Flashback ... CD Bob Downes Music/Openian (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ...
More amazing work from the legendary Bob Downes – the British reedman/arranger/composer who's getting really rediscovered these days – represented here in a host of previously unissued tracks! Bob put together the package from his vaults, and we've got to say that the music here is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two albums in one package – both of them featuring excellent work from groundbreaking British reedman Bob Downes! Mixed Bag is nothing like you might expect from its title – because while the set does feature a variety of different sessions from Downes, it's also got a very unified ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A brilliant 70s session from UK reedman Bob Downes – one of his most compelling records ever, even if it wasn't widely issued at the time! The set's based on Downes' impressions of New York in the 70s – and it's got a really expansive vibe – surprising undercurrents of funk on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer classic from grooveman Don Downing – the kind of indie disco record that really broke big in the 70s – but which hardly ever got the longer-term fame it deserved! The grooves here are straight and simple – the best early east coast club modes of the mid 70s – more ... (Soul) read moreCD
A special project from the great Will Downing – the male soul singer's tribute to all the great female artists that have inspired him over the years – a lineup that includes Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carn, Randy Crawford, Deniece Williams, and others – all of whom get a nod in the song ... (Soul) read moreCD
Will Downing sounds wonderful here on this late 80s set – standing out instantly from most of his contemporaries, with a deep-toned, classic vocal approach that's simply tremendous! Even though some of the backings smack of 80s mainstream production, there's a depth here that goes beyond ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sterling set from the great Will Downing – and a record that definitely has the master at the top of his game throughout! The package features some songs from his recent trilogy of EP releases – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – but also includes five new songs too – and ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of Lamont Dozier's true 70s classics – an amazing album of baroque soul with an undeniable groove – kind of the best aspects of Detroit soul, wrapped up together! The arrangements here are fantastic – a mix of strings and soul that surpasses any of Lamont's previous albums, ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the more unusual artists on the Philly-revival label Society Hill – a singer who's younger than most of their roster, and who also has roots in the Caribbean too! Production and arrangements are by Butch Ingram, who gives the set a similar modern soul update to other projects for the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Dr Dog —
Fate ... CD Park The Van, 2008. Used ...
The battle ready return of Dr Dooom – we were skeptical, but guess what, it's pretty good – with ominously funky boom bap beats by Kutmasta Kurt – and obscenity spewing, pop culture slaying rhymes by Kool Keith. Titles include "Simon", "The Countdown", "RI ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD