Years back, guitarist Mario Adnet gave us a great album of symphonic takes on the tunes of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and here, he strongly expands on that idea by working through some jazz orchestra arrangements – done in collaboration with the younger Paulo Jobim! The music is beautiful ... read moreCD
Sweet salsa with a very jazzy vibe – very much what you'd expect from the brace of trumpets pictured on the cover! Ernie Agosto's really got his groove on here – and has honed and sharpened his energy from earlier recordings – to a point where he's got this soaring vibe that ... read moreCD
Eric Alexander is in familiar company here, but he also seems to be using the setting to open up a bit more in terms of his color and groove – sometimes with a looser groove, sometimes with even a gentler approach to his phrasing – but always with that never-ending sense of imagination ... read moreCD
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Killer Christmas work from Tony Bennett – a set recorded in the 60s, but a classic that endures strongly over the years! Tony's vocals are superb here – that nicely matured style that's kept him in front of younger ears over the years – and the backings are somewhat traditional, ... read moreCD
Our hometown Chicago lost trombonist Jeb Bishop a few years ago – but he seems to have found a great home in North Carolina, as you'll hear here in a set of duets with violist Dan Ruccia! The interplay of trombone and viola is wonderful – Jeb blowing with those well-shaped sounds that ... read moreCD
Raw grooves from the Jamaican scene of the pre-reggae years served up here in a blend of early ska, jump up soul, and other jazzy styles of the time all handled by Sonia Pottinger, who was the first female producer on the Kingston scene! There's a nice mix of modes going on here, and ... read moreCD
Have a funky funky Christmas with the great James Brown – an artist who has a surprisingly great way with a Holiday tune! James was always great all the other months of the year – but at Christmas he really stepped things up, and cut a whole host of excellent Holiday singles and albums ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from reedman Marion Brown – an unissued live set from the mid 70s, and one that features a whole new side of his talents! The music is definitely the improvisations promised in the title – but never in a free jazz sort of way, as Brown is working with a group, who have a ... read moreCD
Tim Buckley live – in a really amazing performance from 1969 – one that really shows how much jazz impulses he had in his music! The tracks here are all quite long – and although in the folksy mode of Tim's studio work, also seem to have more improvisation too – both on the ... read moreCD
Tony Burkill might be making a goofy face on the cover, but the album's a dead-serious effort from a saxophonist we hope to hear more from in years to come! The style here is a solid, soulful mode that really hearkens back to the best modal moments of the late 60s and early 70s – rhythms ... read moreCD
An obscure Hammer horror score from the 70s – one that's handled in an array of groovy modes by John Cacavas! We know Cacavas both for his sound library material and for famous scores for American films – and he seems to draw on the best of both modes here, by going for some tracks ... read moreCD
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Michael Carvin —
Camel ... CD Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy ...
A real gem of an album – the kind of spiritual 70s soul jazzer that we never tire of putting on the turntable! Drummer Michael Carvin heads a great group that features Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Sonny Fortune on alto and soprano, and Ron Burton on piano – and the ensemble grooves in ... read moreCD
A wonderful collection of work – one that not only features all the albums by this legendary soul group, but also solo projects by each member, and a host of rare bonus tracks too! The individual albums come in small LP-styled sleeves – and include Give Me Just A Little More Time, In ... read moreCD
An incredible set of funk from the legendary Dennis Coffey – an unissued live performance from the hip Detroit scene of the late 60s – featuring Coffey's amazing guitar with the Hammond of Lyman Woodard! Together, the two are a pair of funky terrors – steeped in all the best soul ... read moreCD
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from Norman Connors – a musician who first started out playing drums in spiritual jazz groups at the start of the 70s, then moved on to take over the worlds of funk and soul! Connors' material of this time was essential at bringing a new sort of depth to soul ... read moreCD
An amazing package – a pair of rare avant jazz albums, presented here together! The first album is Peace In The World – maybe the only album issued under the name of Michael Cosmic – but a set that's part of a key legacy with his brother, reedman Phill Musra! The set has Cosmic ... read moreCD
A great little live record, and one that shows that pianist Stanley Cowell never had to answer to anyone else – as he's able to handle so much in such a tight setting – from classic bop numbers, to reworked standards, to the kinds of spiritual compositions that made him such a standout ... read moreCD
Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco —
De Nuevo ... CD Vaya/Uniko (Canada), 1985. New Copy ...
It's hard to stop the duo of Celiz Cruz and Johnny Pacheco at this point in their careers – as the two Latin legends really seem to have found a perfect way to work together – at a level that makes their albums together some of the high points of their later careers! Johnny's groove is ... read moreCD
Harold Danko sounds wonderful here with his long-established trio – a group so well-matched, most of the songs on this set arose from collective improvisations during the recording sessions! Yet these aren't outside, avant tunes – in which all players roam freely in space – and ... read moreCD
A compelling exploration into the use of the music of Miles Davis in film – one that begins with a famous French soundtrack from the new wave generation, then moves onto vintage Miles tunes that were used in other movies over the years! The core of the record features Davis' score to the ... read moreCD
We've always loved albums by Hamilton De Holanda – but here, it really feels like there's something different and special going on – maybe in part because the songs are all classics by Milton Nascimento, but also because there's this fantastic core energy of the group – which ... read moreCD
A gorgeous tribute to the genius of the great Pixinguinha – headed by bandolim player Hamilton De Holanda, and featuring a top-shelf array of guests that includes Richard Galliano, Chucho Valdes, Omar Sosa, Stefano Bollani, and Wynton Marsalis! Given Pixinguinha's more familiar expressions ... read moreCD
A strong score for one of the classic Ringo films of the spaghetti western scene – served up here in a great mix of dramatic elements and a few more punctuated passages! The music is practically archetypal spaghetti scoring throughout – with great use of slow-strummed electric guitar, ... read moreCD
Fantastic vibes all around – a double set of work from the team of Walt Dickerson and Richard Davis! First up is the album Divine Gemini – a set that has some incredible interplay between the vibes of Walt Dickerson and bass of Richard Davis – both players who've already had a ... read moreCD
A pretty amazing little record from Dion DiMucci – especially if you only know his earliest rock and roll hits! Dion was always a cat who was hipper than most of his mainstream contemporaries – as evidence by the surprisingly deep turn he'd take at the end of the 60s – but during ... read moreCD
Key work as a leader from Johnny Dyani – the legendary bassist from the pioneering South African combo The Blue Notes – recorded with a great quartet featuring Don Cherry, Makaya Ntshoko, and Dudu Pukwana! The album features a wonderful extended tune, running for all of side two, ... read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from one of our favorite groups of all time – a jazz/soul combo born in our hometown of Chicago, and one who soared out to the masses in the 70s – to bring a message of pride and spirit to the world! This 3CD set features a huge amount of material from ... read moreCD
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right ... read moreCD
Cheo Feliciano —
Cantando ... CD RMM/Uniko (Canada), 1991. New Copy ...
Great work from the legendary Cheo Feliciano – working here with these soaring salsa arrangements that are a perfect match for the majesty of his voice! The horns and percussion are great – and bubble along with a jazzy groove on most tracks, creating complicated changes in the rhythms ... read moreCD
Really lively 80s work from Cheo Feliciano – a set produced with a bit of a modern vibe, but also with lots of jazzy instrumentation in the arrangements! Louis Garcia handled the musical direction of the set, and he does a great job here of keeping Feliciano in the kind of setting that shows ... read moreCD
80s ballads from Latin legend Cheo Feliciano – sung in the kind of style that made him a huge attraction from the early years onward! Instrumentation is a mix of acoustic and electric elements, often with a laidback, warm style that fits the mellow tunes nicely – and titles include ... read moreCD
A set that brings together key moments from these two great singers – with a nice array of surprises along the way! The package appears to feature some live tracks as well as studio numbers – and there's definitely some great Charlie Palmieri touches in the arrangements, too – ... read moreCD
A pair of albums by The Flock – with bonus tracks too! First up is the group's self-titled debut – far-reaching sounds from The Flock – a group who were maybe one of the best American acts at the end of the 60s to blend trippy rock with the big new wave of jazz fusion! These ... read moreCD
Henry Flynt in 1981, but sounding much more like some lost minimalist performance from the New York scene of the 60s – like sounds that might have come from John Cale or Tony Conrad – from the instrumentation right down to the spooky vibe of the production! The set features one long ... read moreCD
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Brilliant work from a great player who never stopped growing! After a 70s career laced with some free and spiritual playing, Foster moves back to basics here by teaming up with pianist Horace Parlan and some European rhythm accompaniment – in a set that concentrates on tone, sound, and color! ... read moreCD
Some of the lushest, most melodic material from Four Tet yet – straight up beautiful for the most part – and a pretty strong contender for his best to date! He's blending electronics and more natural sounds in ways that aren't out of character given his past work, but the title is ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from the Gospelaires – a group from Dayton, Ohio – but one who recorded most of the music here down in Houston – where they issued some tremendous singles for the Peacock label! The group are incredible – and sing with a hard-edged frenzy that's maybe more ... read moreCD
Fantastic unreleased work from one of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene from the late 50s onward – and one of the few players who could match the depth and soul of American jazzmen on the instrument! Dusko Goykovich has given us so much great music over the years – in small ... read moreCD
A pair of late 70s Tom T Hall albums – back to back on a single CD! New Train Same Rider is a set that has Tom T Hall maybe bringing a bit more sentiment to the mix than before – hitting some of those tunes that are still as reflective as his other work, but maybe a bit less pointedly ... read moreCD
It's the end of the 70s, but Tom T Hall's still going strong – as you'll hear here on this pair of albums for RCA! Old T's In Town has Tom spinning out the kind of tunes that nobody could do as well as him – some sorry songs, some message tunes – but all delivered with wink and ... read moreCD
A spiritual jazz classic from the hip LA scene of the late 70s – led by saxophonist Billie Harris, and featuring a group that includes Horace Tapscott on piano! We don't know much about Harris, but he's got a freewheeling spiritual sound that's very much in the Coltrane-inspired mode, yet ... read moreCD
A hard-smoking set of female funk – with backing from the mighty Osaka Monaurail combo! Years ago, Martha High was something of a "lost" female soul figure – an artist who worked with James Brown in the 60s, recorded a bit of disco in the 70s, but never fully got her due. ... read moreCD
Toninho Horta & Nicola Stilo —
Duets ... CD Adventure Music, 2005. New Copy ...
The guitar of Toninho Horta is always a treat, but on this album it's made even better by some lyrically light flute work from Nicola Stilo! The set's got a dreamy quality that really gets at the gentler sound of Horta's work on guitar – and a few tunes even feature his vocals, singing in a ... read moreCD
A massive tribute to one of our favorite soul singers of all time – one of the hippest cats of the 70s, and an artist that we never tire of hearing! Leroy Hutson got his start working with Chicago soul legends Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield, but he quickly became a strong force on his ... read moreCD
A beautiful collection of work from the legendary Phyllis Hyman – a set that not only includes her groundbreaking records as a solo act, but also a big range of her famous collaborations with jazz artists who include Norman Connors, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington! Hyman ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – a group who've matured tremendously in the time that they've been giving us music – and who almost seem ready here to take on the legacy of their musical father – the late Kelan Phil Cohran! There's a complexity to the horn work ... read moreCD
Great lost work from the UK scene of the early 80s – self-produced, self-released work from I Benjahman – an artist who was strongly inspired by the more righteous side of the Kingston scene of the decade before! Most of these tracks have a groove that's mighty lean, and beautifully ... read moreCD
Plenty of Impact from this great Philly group – a soaring quartet who harmonize with some great Bobby Eli arrangements – at a level that shines as strongly as the best 70s work by Blue Magic or The Spinners! Impact never broke the big time as strongly, but they're a great group in the ... read moreCD
A fantastic statement from pianist Vijay Iyer – an album recorded with a sextet who really seem to help the artist leap forward strongly with a more spiritual vision than ever before! The group is great – with Graham Haynes on cornet, Mark Shim on tenor, Steve Lehman on alto, Stephan ... read moreCD
Khan Jamal Quartet —
Dark Warrior ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1984. New Copy ...
A sweet little set – and a strong international meeting of talents, of the sort European labels were fond of putting together at the time! The group has a cohesive sound, as all have experience in both out and more swinging styles – and the great, and under-recorded, Charles Tyler ... read moreCD
Jazz Tribe (Bobby Watson) —
Everlasting ... CD Red (Italy), 2009. New Copy ...
Bold, beautiful music from the Jazz Tribe of Bobby Watson and Ray Mantilla – proof that the partnership first forged years back can still be the source of some wonderfully soulful music! The album's one of the best we've heard from Bobby in years – almost a return to the simple, ... read moreCD
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – ... read moreCD
A pair of Quincy Jones soundtracks – both quite different, but working well together here in a single package! First up is Mackenna's Gold – a western soundtrack – but one that's groovier than you might expect, given that the music was done by Quincy Jones with some vocals by ... read moreCD
One of the strongest statements ever recorded by bassist Sam Jones – a wickedly soulful session that cooks on all burners! The album's got a rich depth that far surpasses most of Jones' trio sessions – and is a full quintet album, with Terumasa Hino on cornet, Bob Berg on tenor, Ronnie ... read moreCD
There was something wonderfully freaky going down in the Finnish jazz scene of the 70s – as you'll hear on these two rare performances by fusion combos of the time! First up are the Jupu Group – a sextet led by violinist Juhani Poutanen, who really opens up his instrument in ways that ... read moreCD
An obscure album from the mighty Kako – issued in the 80s, but with the sharp percussive crackle of his earlier work! The album lists Ismael Rivera as the singer, and also credits Josto Betancourt, Menique, and Tito Allen as chorus singers – and the vocals are matched perfectly to the ... read moreCD
Eero Koivistoinen —
Illusion ... CD Svart (Finland), 2017. New Copy ...
The continued rebirth of Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who cut some legendary records in the 70s, and still sounds wonderful here in a more contemporary setting! Eero's maybe not as way-out as back in the day, but he's balanced that out with an even more emotive sound ... read moreCD
No sonic labyrinth here – just a great set of hard-blown grooves from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen! The session's a well-focused effort that has Eero working in quartet formation with acoustic piano, bass, and drums – blowing beautiful tones and colors with a slightly angular approach ... read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... read moreCD
A huge amount of unreleased tracks from the Finnish scene of the 70s! Jazz Liisa 11 features some of the deepest work so far on this excellent series of Finnish jazz from the 70s – a set that begins with some strong work from saxophonist Pentti Lahti – who works here with a cool combo ... read moreCD
Andy Laverne —
Faith ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ...
Pianist Andy Laverne is really showing us all sides of his talents here – not just his wonderful skills on the keys of the piano, but also his strong ear for fresh compositions as well! All the tracks here are originals by Andy, and they're beautiful tracks that sparkle nicely with dark ... read moreCD
Violinist Pupi Legarreta was one of the key players of the earlier charanga scene – and here, he gets a great update on his older sound in a sweet 70s session put together by Johnny Pacheco! The style of the grooves hasn't changed much from the early 60s, but the music also shows the growing ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the ... read moreCD
A landmark album of hard-rocking soul – and a record that broke open both genres for a generations to come! The set's about as classic as you can get for Little Richard – filled with killer numbers that jump around boldly in some heavy New Orleans piano-led grooves – all topped ... read moreCD
The legendary music of Maxayn – finally given its due, and presented here in a great 3CD box, with all albums in tiny LP-styled sleeves! First up is Maxayn – the debut album from a funky female talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same territory as Betty Davis and Yvonne Fair! ... read moreCD
Jackie McLean & Gary Bartz —
Ode To Super ... CD Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A great meeting of these two alto giants – and a wonderfully soulful session that matches Gary Bartz's own great work from the same time! The overall feel of the session is quite spiritual – as Bartz and McLean seem to egg each other on, into far-reaching lines and freespirited grooves ... read moreCD
The first-ever full length collection of work by the mighty Timothy McNealy – the Texas funk genius who only issued a few rare funky 45s back in the day – but has gone onto achieve legendary status over the years! McNealy's music is completely unique right from the start – funky ... read moreCD
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Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band —
Wede Harer Guzo ... CD Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1978. New Copy Gatefold ...
Maybe the coolest music we've ever heard from Ethiopian keyboard legend Hailu Mergia – a late 70s session that has his organ lines sounding even groovier than ever, on some sweet tracks that also bring in a fair bit of funk to the grooves! The style is much more in an Ethiopiques vein than ... read moreCD
A wonderful portrait of Monday Michiru – one of our favorite singers of the past 20 years – equally well-versed in jazz, soul, and Brazilian modes – all of which come together on this collection of very well-chosen and overlooked tracks! The special 2CD package brings together ... read moreCD
The Dave Miller Set look a bit mod on the cover – but the sound of these tracks is maybe in the best pop psych mode of the time – with nice bits of fuzz around the edges, very groovy lyrics, and some really cool production on some of the best tracks! The group are quite overlooked, but ... read moreCD
A real standout album from Jackie Moore – and a noteworthy comeback after some mellower southern soul recordings in the mid 70s! Jackie's recording here in a style that worked extremely well for Columbia at the time – who had also done successful "southern/modern soul" ... read moreCD
Mike Moreno —
3 For 3 ... CD Criss Cross (Holland), 2017. New Copy ...
Great tones from guitarist Mike Moreno – a player who sounds even more chromatic here than we remember from previous records – working in a nicely loose trio that features Doug Weiss on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums! The record's got a nicely individual vibe – and it's clear ... read moreCD
A lost spiritual jazz classic from pianist Nate Morgan – maybe the musician's best-remembered moment, and for good reason too! The set's got this soaring, spiritual vibe that's much more early 70s than you'd guess from the date of recording – a post-Coltrane spirit with lots of modal ... read moreCD
Great soul jazz from the LA underground! Pianist Nate Morgan plays in the tradition of McCoy Tyner and Stanley Cowell, with a swirling spiritual feel that's deeply rooted in a Love Supreme tradition. On this LP, he leads a quintet with Jesse Sharps on reeds and Danny Cortez on trumpet – and ... read moreCD
A tremendous score from Ennio Morricone – one that has a number of links to earlier Italian soundtrack modes, but which still has some undeniable touches of the maestro! There's passages here that evoke the warmer, sometimes more romantic styles used in Italian films in the earlier part of ... read moreCD
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push ... read moreCD
Some of the most enigmatic music ever recorded by Bill Nelson – and sounds that are completely different than his work with Bebop Deluxe just a few short years before! The music here is Nelson at his most introspective – sounds recorded all on his own, in his home studio – with a ... read moreCD
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, ... read moreCD
Dick Oatts has a wonderful group here – a well-chosen quintet of musicians who really seem to open up the possibilities in each others' sound, especially when it comes to tone, texture, and color! Oatts is always great – his raspy alto is deft, but always very personal too – and ... read moreCD
A fantastic soul trio, and one who turned out to be a fair bit more classy than some of their club contemporaries in the late 70s – with an ability to change things up in a great way as time moved on, and really keep their groove fresh for the 80s! This set brings together almost every one ... read moreCD
A lost later album from the Oiling Boiling combo of drummer Matti Oiling – an artist who's best known for his funky work earlier in the 70s! The set's a bit more straight jazz, but is still quite soulful overall – and the group stand as a nice contrast to some of the more far-out ... read moreCD
Riz Ortolani scored most of his bigger fame in the 60s – a time when some of his soundtracks hit huge global success – but the maestro kept on doing great work into the 70s, including this overlooked gem from the middle part of the decade! Ortolani sounds quite different here than on ... read moreCD
Eddie Palmieri & Cheo Feliciano —
Too Much ... CD Uniko (Canada), Late 70s. New Copy ...
A collection of the great work that Eddie Palmieri did with singer Cheo Feliciano at the end of the 70s – music that was a perfect showcase for the growing sophistication that Palmieri brought to his instrumentation, which also seemed to give Feliciano a whole new spectrum of expression! As ... read moreCD
Joey Pastrana —
Joey ... CD Cotique, Late 60s. New Copy ...
Brilliant early work by one of the sharpest bandleaders of the Latin Soul era! A young Joey Pastrana leads his sharp little combo through a stunning mix of Latin jazz, Latin soul, and descarga tracks – all with the kind of hard playing, jazzy grooves, and dark edges that characterized a lot ... read moreCD
Great work from tenor legend Houston Person – that kind of rock-solid, in-the-pocket sound that he's been giving us for decades – cut to a very crisp edge on this contemporary set! The album's got Houston's tenor very much out front in the mix, but it's warmed up in the background by ... read moreCD
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A great little score from Piero Piccioni – penned for a late 60s Italian film with a relatively sentimental vibe – but handled by the maestro with a quality that's far deeper than you might expect! The leadoff melody certainly echoes the story, but it already has some of those unusual ... read moreCD
The third Ramones album, one that a sizeable chuck of the most zealous fans believes to be their very best – and they might be right! As rightfully heralded as the self-titled debut is for being the trailblazing blast and unimpeachable punk rock epiphany that it is, The Ramones really their ... read moreCD
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Two great later albums from guitar legend Jimmy Raney – back to back in a single set! First up is Stolen Moments – a sweet set that has Jimmy's guitar matched with that of son Doug – both players working rhythm and melody, and skipping around each other in this joyous way that's ... read moreCD
A great little album from Jeannie Reynolds – and her lasting contribution to underground soul! Jeannie's vocals are nice and deep – with hints of southern diva phrasing, filtered through some of the tighter soul styles coming out of Chicago and other points north at the time! Detroit ... read moreCD
A fantastic addition to the catalog of Terry Riley during his most influential years – a set that features two long, extended organ performances by the minimalist – both on a par with his best records of the time! The similarity in title to Riley's classic Rainbow In Curved Air album ... read moreCD
Unreleased work from Terry Riley – recorded in the WDR studios of German Radio, and a tremendous addition to his catalog! The first half of the music here features Riley on piano and electronics, in duet with Krishna Bhatt on sitar and tabla – in a mode that further unlocks the ... read moreCD
Ismael Rivera —
Oro ... CD Tico/Uniko (Canada), 1979. New Copy ...
Pure 70s gold from Ismael Rivera – the kind of music that shows why he was one of the best vocalists of the growing salsa scene! The set collects together some of the best tracks from Rivera's work in the 70s Fania empire – all arranged with very sharp arrangements from Joe Cain, ... read moreCD
A great meeting of talents in the studio – as Ismael Rivera sings lead vocals for Kako's smoking combo, complete with congas by Patato Valdez! The sound here is a great – rootsy and highly percussive on the bottom, yet smooth on the top thanks to Ismael's vocals – sung here in a ... read moreCD
A classic example of the power of the male vocalist in 70s New York Latin – as Ismael Rivera represents himself as a simple working class Puerto Rican on the front and back covers of the record, but steps out with a tremendous sense of majesty on his vocals for the set! The instrumentation ... read moreCD
Very cool sounds from Jay Whitefield of The Whitefield Brothers – an artist you might know from his funky work in that group, and in the excellent Poets Of Rhythm and Karl Hector & The Malcouns – three combos that were always dedicated to reworking the best funky styles of the 60s ... read moreCD
A trio of albums from Roger – with bonus tracks too! On the first album, there's Many Facets Of Roger – and they're all pretty darn funky! From this vantage point, all we can think of is that Roger Troutman must have had some sort of crystal ball to see into the hip hop sampling ... read moreCD
The lively return of Brancaleone – the Italian comedic hero from The Crusades – whose musical journey is often a mix of different modes! Carlo Rustichelli handled the music, and the styles here are a mix of the jaunty march numbers that marked the heroe's main theme on his debut – ... read moreCD
A dramatic soundtrack for L'Armata Bracaleone – a mid 60s Italian fantasy action film that starred Vittorio Gassman in a strange setting that was sort of a twisted version of the Middle Ages! The tunes on the set are often orchestral and mood-setting – but a few of the more standout ... read moreCD
Daniel Santiago —
Metropole ... CD Adventure Music, 2009. New Copy ...
A jazz album at heart, but one with some distinct Brazilian touches too – a warm blend of the guitar lines of Daniel Santiago with reeds from Josue Lopez and piano from Vitor Goncalves – all wrapped up in a set of rich flowing rhythms! There's some of the sensitivity here that you ... read moreCD