Sweet 70s fusion from guitarist Toto Blanke – a set done a bit after his better-known record for Vertigo, and with a very similar vibe! The sound is very electric, and very much in the proggier end of jazz fusion – and Blanke gets superb help from keyboardist Jasper Van't Hof and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant work from Blaze – one of the greatest groups ever in house music, never failing to please at any point in their rich 15 year history! This set has the group a long way from their New Jersey roots – grooving hard in a London mode, with strong elements of spacey soul layered ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Incredible work from Blaze – one of their most soulful records in years! In a way, the album's a return to the group's roots in the New Jersey garage scene of the late 80s – a smooth blend of styles that has the feel of an instant classic club record – pumping forth majestically ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Theo Bleckmann —
Elegy ... CD ECM (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Theo Bleckmann's a singer unlike any other we can think of – a vocalist who moves in these moody, mysterious waves of sound – often quite dark, even on lighter material – and maybe one of the few male singers who's attempted to get anywhere near the modes of some of the more ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Fantastic early work from pianist Paul Bley – and exactly the kind of album that shows why he was so different than so many of his contemporaries! Not only is Bley's sense of phrasing and timing completely fresh, but the music is as well – as the songs mostly are originals by Paul or ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the hippest groups of the Nigerian scene of the 70s – presented here in two classic albums, back to back on a single CD! Chapter One is a landmark set of African grooves – very unusual in both conception and execution – with a feel that's unlike anything we can think of! ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A killer late set by Bloodstone – one that holds on to all the excellent harmonies they brought to their 70s work, but which pushes their groove forward in a whole new direction! There's a warm modern glow to the set – one that works perfectly with the vocals – and the quintet ... (Soul) read moreCD
Classic level indie hip hop from Blu & Exile – soulful craft from the first decade of the millennium, from the same sessions that produced the modern classic Below The The Heavens – material that struck us timeless at the time, and still holds true all these years later! Just a ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The start of a tremendous run from Blue Magic – easily one of the greatest harmony groups of the 70s, a quintet we'd place in a rare class with heavy hitters like The Stylistics or The Moments! The album's smooth and sweet, but never slick – perfectly arranged by the great Norman ... (Soul) read moreCD
Blue Note All Stars (Akinmusire/Glasper/Hodge/Loue —
Our Point Of View ... CD Blue Note, 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
A brilliant update of the older Blue Note All-Stars concept – a set that features a tremendous lineup of the contemporary talents who've helped shape the new sound of the label in recent years – including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, keyboardist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost treasure – never-issued material from the legendary Blue Notes combo – and a set that really helps fill some space in their all-too-small recorded catalog! The set captures the group at the end of the 70s, working in their most openly-creative mode – a style that partly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – back to back in a single set! Da Da is a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the mainstream! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early ... (Latin) read moreCD
2 late 70s gems from Willie Bobo – 1978's Hell Of An Act To Follow and 1979's Bobo – on a single CD! Hell Of An Act To Follow is really nice stuff from Willie – maybe not as hard and funky as his early 70s work, but very nice in kind of a Latin Club mode, thanks to some great ... (Latin) read moreCD
A great late 80s comeback for Angela Bofill – and the kind of record that shows that she was still head and shoulders above most of her contemporaries! There's a richness here that most of Angie's contemporaries couldn't muster at the time – a style that stretches back to her deeper ... (Soul) read moreCD
A soaring classic from Angie Bofil – a record that stands as one of the most perfect demonstrations of her upbeat, positive approach to soul! There's a stile here that seems to be a bit in the legacy of Minnie Riperton – especially the way that Narada Michael Waldon brings in some ... (Soul) read moreCD
A tribute to the legendary trombonist Melba Liston – served up here by a female Japanese duo who greatly continue her legacy in jazz! Like Liston, both Yuu Uesugi and Itsumi Komano can act both as soloists and arrangers – working here in a way that weaves their horns together ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Boneshaker (Williams/Nilssen-Love/Kessler) —
Thinking Out Loud ... CD Trost (Austria), 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
Plenty of bone-shaking going on here – thanks to work by this heavy power trio, recording in Chicago with all the harder-burning energy of the scene! Visitor Paal Nilssen-Love is on drums and percussion – playing with all the incredible twists and turns that always make his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Federico Bonifazi with Philip Harper —
East 74th Street ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Federico Bonifazi is great pianist, and also a hell of a writer too – one with a very fully-formed voice in jazz – able to fit complex ideas in a very tight space, while still very much letting the soloists do their thing! And yet Federico also seems to bring out a new depth in his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Recent work from Janice Borla – a Chicago-area singer who's never gotten the national credit she deserves, but who's made some really great music in and around the Windy City over the past few decades! The album's way more than just your standard set of jazz vocals – given Janice hip ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Maybe the strongest album so far from Bosq – and certainly one of the most wide-ranging too – given that the group have a strong global bent to their groove, and they've also made space for a host of guest stars who include Nicole Willis, Bruno Morais, Monolog, and Kaleta! The music is ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Tremendous work from the legendary Bossa Tres – one of the coolest, sharpest combos of the 60s bossa generation – working here on a rare session from the legendary Forma label! The mighty Roberto Quartin produced the set – and gives it the sense of space you'll find on other ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A holy grail of bossa nova! This album's one of the rare few ever cut by the fabulous Bossa 3 – the tight groovy combo led by genius pianist Luiz Carlos Vinhas – a record that's far too wonderful to turn up so rarely over the years! It's got a nice mix of straight jazz cuts with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Four friends in Bari, making really beautiful music together – a lineup that features sparkling trumpet from the great Fabrizio Bosso, plus guitar from Guido Di Leone, bass from Giuseppi Bassi, and drums from Mimmo Capanale! The set's got all the subtle charm of Bosso's best work in recent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The complete recordings of a group departed all too soon – the wonderfully catchy, completely groovy Bow Wow Wow – a great breath of fresh air at the start of the 80s! The group were a new project of Malcolm McLaren after the Sex Pistols – but they clearly had plenty going for ... (Rock) read moreCD
The title and cover here are super-simple, but the sound is anything but – a continuing evolution of the talents of tenorist Ralph Bowen, who just seems to grab us more and more with each new album! The core of the record is the long "Phylogeny Suite", which has some of the most ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second great entry in the Changes series from David Bowie – and, like the first, a well-chosen array of tracks that really get at his creative genius as a pop star – which includes a few great titles from his post-Berlin years! The set does a great job of spanning the 70s – ... (Rock) read moreCD
A fantastic live set from David Bowie – recorded on tour in 1974 for the Diamond Dogs album – and a very much at the height of his mid 70s powers! The album's very well-recorded, and the performances are great – not muddy mixes of hits, but razor-sharp readings that crackle with ... (Rock) read moreCD
Amazing music from one of our most-treasured stretches of David Bowie's career – that creatively-fertile time when he escaped to West Berlin, hid from the mainstream, and made some groundbreaking records with Brian Eno – then returned to the limelight to remind us all that he was still ... (Rock) read moreCD
A fantastic set of duets – and the kind of spare, stripped-down improv album that the Sackville label could do so well – very much in the spirit of their classic records with Roscoe Mitchell and George Lewis! The feel here is similar to both the Mitchell and Lewis solo records – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Lester Bowie as a leader – and a set that stands in importance right next to the early Delmark AACM sides by Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell! Plus, the album's almost an early Art Ensemble of Chicago effort, given the lineup – which ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Clea Bradford —
Now ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
A nice step forward for singer Clea Bradford – an artist who started out in bluesier territory that maybe reflected her St Louis roots – but who works here with arranger Jim Tyler, who sets her up in a sophisticated mix of jazzy styles! Bradford's vocals are quite dynamic – you ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
With "It Says Here", "Love Gets Dangerous", "From A Vauxhall Velox", "The Saturday Boy", "Island Of No Return", "St Swithin's Day", "This Guitar Says Sorry" and "Strange Things Happen". 11 tracks in all. (Rock) CD
An incredible debut from trumpeter Jaimie Branch – an artist who seems ready to be one of the boldest new voices in jazz on the Chicago scene! Branch works here at a level that both lives up to an AACM legacy of experimentation, and the rich exploration in new jazz forms that we love from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
N'Dea Davenport returns to the Brand New Heavies – and the result is one of the greatest records from the group in many many years! The sound's here is totally wonderful – a real return to the classic funk of the Brand New Heavies' roots – and having N'Dea back in the vocal chair ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Paul Brandle/Andre Schwager/Guido May —
Simplicity ... CD Organic (Germany), 2017. Used ...