A whole new level of genius for Herb Alpert – a record that's light years away from his earlier work with the Tijuana Brass, and which has the trumpeter stepping strongly into the world of smooth jazzy fusion! The title track here went platinum the minute it was released – and became ... (Soul) read moreCD
Aquarian Dream —
Fantasy ... CD Elektra (Japan), 1978. Used ...
Righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they ... (Soul) read moreCD
Attica Blues/Shinichi Osawa —
Oh La La La ... CD Toys Factory (Japan), 1998. Used ...
A wonderful bit of funkiness from Attica Blues and Shinichi Osawa from Mondo Grosso! The CD's a 7 track e.p. – with 6 mixes of the heavenly soul cut "Oh La La La", a remake of Tina Marie's classic, done with heavy hip hop beats, great warm instrumental samples, and excellent female ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Luis Eduardo Aute & Silvio Rodriguez —
Mano A Mano ... CD BMG/Ariola (Spain), 1998. Used 2 CDs ...
An excellent live set by the Jazz Messengers – recorded in Paris in 1958, but with a hard heavy groove that's right up there with their best Blue Note work. The group at this time – Blakey, Bobby Timmons, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, and Jymie Merritt – plays hard, heavy, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Quite an unusual record from Art Blakey – a rare big band session, recorded with a lineup that's quite different than the usual Jazz Messengers! Turns out, Blakey's quite good in this setting – and has the same firey energy to direct a larger ensemble that he has when working with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The queen of hip hop soul takes it back to the gutter with guest spots by Jay-Z and P-Diddy on "Love & Life", 50 Cent on "Let Me Be The One", and Method Man on "Love @ 1st Sight", but overall this one has Mary in a better mood than the last album! You've probably ... (Soul) read moreCD
Another nice collection of left-of-center jazz for the digital age from piano/synthesizer maestro Matthew Shipp & co. for his hungry Thirsty Ear label! This set features frequent collaborators William Parker on bass, Daniel Bernard Roumain on violin, Evan Ziporyn on clarinet and others. The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A masterpiece of new music for guitar from the legendary Glenn Branca – a set that both draws on all the minimal experiments on the New York scene of the 70s, and the big wave of underground music at the end of the decade! Branca effortlessly fuses the rock and compositional communities here ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Hard to get work by Clifford Brown – 1953 recordings originally done in Europe for the Vogue label! Brown's working here in front of a Parisian trio that features Henri Renaud, Pierre Michelot, and Benny Bennett. There's 12 tracks in all, with multiple takes of "I Can Dream, Can't I?&qu ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kenny Burrell, Thad Jones & Others —
After Hours ... CD Prestige/OJC, 1957. Used ...
After Hours jamming the way it should be – recorded in a very relaxed, open-ended setting! The album's a classic Prestige Records jam session from the late 50s – one that features Kenny Burrell on guitar, Thad Jones on trumpet, Frank Wess on tenor and flute, Mal Waldron on piano, Paul ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An important album by Nat King Cole – one that presented him in a live format, working in front of a very relaxed crowd at the Sands, expressing himself in a way that's quite different than some of his studio albums. The staid sound of Cole is opened up a bit here in the live set – a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD