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
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
A huge step forward for the mighty, expansive Exploding Star Orchestra – having recruited free jazz trumpet titan Bill Dixon as a band member and featured composer, if not the de facto leader – on this incredible second album for Thrill Jockey! The previous Exploding Star Orchestra set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
DJ Cheb I Sabbah —
MahaMaya ... CD Nation/Six Degrees, 2000. Used ...
DJ Jazzy Jeff returns – with a top shelf roster or MCs doing justice to his Philly soul reared, bedrock beatcraft – including Big Daddy Kane, Method Man, Rhymefest, Jean Grae, Kardinall Offishall, CL Smooth, Pos of De La Soul and more – underground spitters and mic icons alike! ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A great tribute to the music of Djavan – one of Brazil's biggest artists of the past few decades! Although he's more often thought of as one of Brazil's greatest performers of the past 25 years, Djavan's also been one of the country's foremost composers – as you'll see in this sharp 3 ... (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
Dilon Djindji —
Dilon ... CD Riverboat, 2002. Used ...
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
Tracks include "Sometimes", "School Street", "Who We Be", Trina Moe", "We Right Here", "Bloodline Anthem", "Shorty Was Da Bomb", "Damien III", "When I'm Nothing" featuring Stephanie Mills, "I Miss You" ... (Hip Hop) 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
An insane collection of work from one of the most important percussionists in Brazil during the second half of the 20th Century – an artist who more than earns the king of rhythm title of this set! Jackson Do Panderio's so great at his work, he was nicknamed after his instrument – the ... (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
Wonderful early electronic works by Tod Dockstader – with a turgid sound that's very reminiscent of some of the early French Musique Concrete recordings from the 50s. Waves of sound collide and clash, opening up dark modern soundscapes that seem to point towards an outside referent – ... (Out Sound) 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
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
From the title, to the cover, to the gritty grooves way down in the wax – this has got to be one of the funkiest Blue Note albums ever – a real landmark from the legendary Lou Donaldson! The set kicks off with a hard and heavy groove from the very first note – thanks to some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A glorious return to electric modes for the legendary Joao Donato – a set that has him playing the kind of sweet funky Fender Rhodes lines we love in his 70s work – alongside some Farfisa, Moog, and Clavinet too! Donato definitely takes the "eletrico" in the title seriously ... (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
Michel Doneda —
Not ... CD Victo (Canada), 1999. Used ...
A real gem from the AOR underground – territory in the sub-basement below Steely Dan and other big artists of the time – but a record that's put together with just the same sort of perfection! Dan Donohue's got a real way with a tune – not just penning the lyrics, but singing ... (Rock) read moreCD
Christy Doran's way more than a conventional guitarist on this set of recordings from the start of the 90s – playing in these fastly fluid ways, and often using a bit of delay as well – but to create even more sonic intensity for his work on the strings! Unlike some of his generation ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra —
Giraf ... CD Dacapo Records (Germany), 1998. Used ...
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with ... (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
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
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
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
Great work from Dave Douglas and his High Risk quartet – a group who definitely step into dark territory here, in a heady blend of electric elements and Dave's bold frontline work on trumpet! The group electric bass, electric drums, and more electronics – plus some acoustic drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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
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
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
Incredibly great work from The Dramatics – the kind of record that hits on all burners instantly, and just keeps on cooking all the way through! The set kicks off with the title funky cut "Shake It Well" – done in a mode that the group handle surprisingly well, thanks to some ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ray Draper with John Coltrane —
Tuba Jazz ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
Fantastic work – and one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by Ray Draper, a jazz tuba player, with an approach to the instrument that's a lot better than you might think! Draper plays the tuba like the best baritone saxophonists – using the lower registers of the instrument to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
They may sing like angels, but the Dreamers also bring out plenty of devil as well – given the slinky, soulful sound they hit here on an assortment of important recordings from mid 50s LA! The group later morphed into The Blossoms – who had some great soul records of their own – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dreams ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy ...
A nice little funky fusion set by Dreams – who were basically the Brecker Brothers, before they stepped out on their own and started calling themselves by that name! The fusion super group actually hews a little closer to the rock side of the fusion game at times, but there's no shortage of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A funky fusion classic – the second Columbia set from this killer group of all-star players! The style's like the first Dreams album – a bit rock-influenced at times, but filled with jazzy instrumentation by players who include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Michael Brecker on saxes, Don ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kenny Drew's looking a bit hipper than usual on the cover – and he's sounding a bit hipper, too – really stretching out in a way that's different from some of his other albums of the 70s! The set's an overlooked gem from Drew – recorded in the easygoing manner of the Xanadu label' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first full albums by the legendary Drifters – all early material cut for Atlantic Records in the immediate years after Clyde McPhatter left the group, and the quintet opened up into a wonderful second chapter of their career! Some tunes still have that raspy lead vocal standout ... (Soul) read moreCD