One of the earliest albums ever from Anna Maria Alberghetti – and a set that still really shows the singer's strong Italian roots! The style here is a mix of later vocal modes and earlier operatic ones – and Anna Maria definitely shows off her well-documented range throughout – ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A series of longer tracks from 70s Nigerian artist Alhaji Amuda – served up in two extended song medleys that both feature lots of low-end percussion and chanted vocals! Given the lack of real liner notes, it's hard to say what's going on here – but overall, the music is a fair bit ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Dreamy pop goodness all the way through! The Association are one of our favorite bands from the 60s – a harmony pop act that carried the tradition of The Four Freshmen or The Hi Los into the rock era – penning some incredible mellow tunes and livelier pop gems that still sound better ... (Rock) read moreCD
Genius work from one of the greatest arranger/producers ever! David Axelrod isn't what you'd exactly call a household name, but over the past 40 years, he's had an undeniable influence on modern music! This set documents some of Axelrod's greatest work – his time at Capitol records during ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great return to form for Chet Baker – his first record in a number of years away from the studio, and proof that his genius could adapt to just about any setting! The album's got a tight focus that's probably one of the keys to its success – a set of arrangements by Don Sebesky that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A heady trio performance from Chicago – recorded live at The Hideout with a really wonderful sound! Chi avant players Dave Rempis and Fred Lonberg-Holm are joined by the heavy drums of Paal Nilssen-Love – and together create a sense of energy that really goes beyond the expected – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bana Maquis —
Leila ... CD Dakar Sound (Netherlands), 1990s. Used ...
Rousing soukous from Tanzania! Throughout east Africa Congolese rumba remains a major force, Dar Es Salaam, in particular, has long been a hotbed for those Cuban-tinged sounds and the great Bana Maquis represents one of the best contemporary exponents of the tradition. Singer and band leader ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
An excellent second album from the Belfi/Grubbs/Pilia trio – with a more strongly song-based vibe than we expected after their looser, though no less rewarding debut! Andrea Belfi is on drums, percussion and electronics, David Grubbs is on electric guitar, keys and some vocals, and Stefano ... (Rock) read moreCD
An obscure 50s session from bassist Aaron Bell – one of the player's few dates as a leader, cut at a time when he was working in Duke Ellington's group of the decade! As with some of Duke's other bassists, Bell's got a strongly pronounced tone – one that came through great in big group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Sandra Bell —
Net ... CD IMD (New Zealand), 1995. Used ...
Chuck Berry makes the same London move as some of his other Chess Records contemporaries – and the result is one of Chuck's best albums from the later years! The set's not as star-studded as other efforts of this nature – but that's fine with us because Chuck really shines as the lead ... (Soul) read moreCD
Maria Bethania interprets the lyrics of Vinicius De Moraes – in a great little set that goes way beyond the usual, and features some nice surprises! The arrangements are lush, but light – in the manner of some of Maria's recent aging work, and in a mode that seems to lighten her vocals ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Biz's second LP from 1989 – what can we tell you about the Biz that you don't already know? As far as we're concerned there are a lot of MCs that could still learn a lesson or two from the Biz, and producers too! Good time mid school hip hop, with nice sample based production and a great ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Keyboardist Wil Blades always gets our attention – but here he somehow sounds even better than before – working in a sweet funky trio with a deeply soulful feel, and maybe some of the funkiest guitar we've ever heard from the great Jeff Parker! Parker's probably best known for some of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lindsey Blair Quartet —
New Dawn ... CD Lindsey Blair, 2014. Used ...
A big, heady mix of electroclash & favela funk – heavy bass & buzzing beats – party bounce & pottymouth vox from Brazil's Bonde Do Role! Bonde Do Role have a frenetic sound – not always directly comparable to the baile funk of recent years, but with a similarly ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Katendu ... CD Celluloid/Melodia (France), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used ...