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Midnight Run (1989)
As the title (perhaps inspired by the DeNiro film of the previous year) suggests, "Midnight Run" has a decidedly late-night feel to it. It's full of the sort of '60s Southern soul and blues songs you might hear in a ...
This was released in Japan under the title of "Moon Riding" by the group "Cruise Control".
Released in 1986, this album not only stands as a genre-defining primer on what has become known as smooth jazz, but it also helped launch ...
Definitive Buddy Guy (2009)
The label- and era-spanning anthology THE DEFINITIVE BUDDY GUY lives up to its title, painting as spot-on a portrait of the legendary Chicago blues axeman as one could ever want in a single disc. It includes both his soul-on-fire slow-blues ...
Celine Dion (2008)
Track Listing: Love Can Move Mountains; Show Some Emotion; If You Asked Me To; If You Could See Me Now; Halfway To Heaven; Did You Give Enough Love; If I Were You; Beauty And The Beast; I Love You, Goodbye; ...
Good Love! (1996)
GOOD LOVE! finds the veteran R&B singer updating his style while maintaining the rich, soulful quality that has served him throughout his 35-year solo career. Taylor is in a somewhat schizophrenic mood on this release. Many cuts take a modern ...
Drop of Water (1987)
If "spiritual smooth jazz" were an accepted musical subgenre, pianist Keiko Matsui would be its reigning queen. Her music possesses a faint otherworldliness that co-exists harmoniously with frisky jazz-pop and deeply felt ballads about matters of the spirit and the ...
All Night Wrong (2002)
Guitar hero Allan Holdsworth often performs with his peers. Such is the case with this live setting recorded at a venue in Japan during a 2002 tour. On this release, the guitarist leads a trio featuring longtime musical associates, drummer ...
Personnel: Oz Noy (acoustic guitar); Jim Beard (Fender Rhodes piano); George Whitty (organ); Shai Bachar (synthesizer); Jimmy Johnson , James Genus, Will Lee (bass guitar); Anton Fig, Keith Carlock, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Matt Houser (sound effects).
So Many Roads: Live in Concert (1978)
Recorded live at Hibiya Park, Tokyo, Japan on July 20 & 29, 1975. Includes liner notes by Steve Tomashefsky.
This album, recorded live in Japan in 1975, features legendary Chicago axe-slinger Otis Rush in top form. While the personnel, which includes ...
Exciting Wilson Pickett (1966)
Recorded in Memphis, Tennessee and Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1965 and 1966. Originally relased on Atlantic (8129). Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
Let's be frank--Wilson Pickett's voice could strip the chrome off a Buick. Gritty, raw, and capable of ...
Lifetime (2000) Top Seller
Track Listing: DISC 1: I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This; Heaven Is My Home; Love of God, The; Out on a Hill; Until Then; When The Gates Swing Open; Never, Never; Rome; Dance What You Wanna; Baby, We've Got Love; ...
World of Brazil (2005)
Guitarist Lee Ritenour has long been associated with Brazilian styles (especially after playing with Sergio Mendes's Brasil '77 in the '70s), and 2005's WORLD OF BRAZIL continues that association to excellent effect. Ritenour's smooth, soulful style lends itself perfectly to ...
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Hey Santa! (1993)
Carnie and Wendy Wilson, formerly of pop combo Wilson-Phillips, deliver corny sugarplums on Hey Santa. Except for the co-penned title track (with guest vocal appearance from uncle Carl Wilson), it's all standard material ranging from "Little Drummer Boy" to "Jingle ...
A true masterpiece, Secrets is the massive culmination of Allan Holdsworth's years-long legato technique and SynthAxe development. Conceptually inspired by but significantly different from the electric guitar, the SynthAxe is not a guitar-controlled synthesizer; it's a completely unique instrument of ...
Habitacion Doble (2008)
On their third album, Habitación Doble, the Pérez sisters come up with another handful of Latin pop gems amid an otherwise solid album. Hanna and Ashley Pérez, the American-born twentysomething sisters comprising Ha*Ash, also continue to refine their own particular ...
Catchin' Up (1993) Top Seller
Includes a fair reprisal of Clarence Carter's "I Smell a Rat." Latimore's smooth, low tenor delivers the goods best on the midtempo love songs, "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness," "Lay Another Log on the Fire!" or "Meet Me in the ...
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Sad Street (1995) Top Seller
SAD STREET was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
One of the most sumptuously produced of Bland's '90s album, SAD STREET features a lush string section, as well as the impeccable rhythm section of bassist David ...
Rhythm & The Blues (1982)
Led by Z.Z. Hill's second immediate standard -- the Denise LaSalle-penned "Someone Else Is Steppin' In" -- Hill's third Malaco album, The Rhythm & the Blues is another consistent effort, if not quite the blockbuster that his previous effort was. ...
James Taylor has never been afraid of covers--some of his biggest hits include relaxed versions of the soul classics "How Sweet It Is" and "Handy Man," as well as his sensitive acoustic take on Carole King's "You've Got A Friend"--but ...
Against the Clock: The Best of Allan Holdsworth (2005)
Allan Holdsworth's guitar prowess is well known in music circles, but he remains something less than a household name. His large and sometimes uneven discography has floated in and out of print, making it difficult for curious listeners to know ...
Night Sessions (2001)
At the precise moment when a corporate reshuffling and a reduced roster led to death knells in the press for Columbia Records' jazz division, Chris Botti was signing on after three albums at rival Verve, the jazz arm of Universal. ...
Hits 1 (1993)
THE HITS 1 includes two previously unreleased tracks, extensive liner notes, track annotations, recording information and photographs by Herb Ritts.
Upon their release in 1993, the shorthand descriptors were that THE HITS ONE contained the "clean" songs while THE HITS TWO ...
Stax Profiles (2006)
The Staple Singers' trio of major chart successes, the inspirational "I'll Take You There," "Respect Yourself," and "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)," are only the tip of the iceberg of this collection, which also includes the gospel group's ...
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Complete Vanguard Recordings (2000)
Originally released as two separate LPs: JAIL (1975), SASSY MAMA (1975) and includes the previously unreleased BIG MAMA SWINGS.
This wonderful three-disc set brings together everything Willie Mae Thornton recorded for the folk music label in the mid-'70s. It's comprised of ...
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After All (1986)
From 1986, AFTER ALL was the follow-up to Bobby Bland's MEMBERS ONLY, which started his long relationship with the Jackson, Mississippi-based Malaco Records. While not as celebrated as its predecessor, AFTER ALL finds Bland in fine voice throughout.
He works his ...