Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (1982) {Castle Records}

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (1982) {Castle Records}

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (1982) {Castle Records}
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Genre: Old-School Rap, Funk, Soul

1982's The Message has a good claim to being the greatest rap album of the old school years. It was the first politically radical rap album of its era exploring the various inequalities of 1980s America. No rap act at that point had channelled the mood and struggles of the streets onto record. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five became the first to address the reality of inner city life in New York's boroughs. Tracks such as the renowned "The Message" certified them as one of the most influential groups in hip-hop's history. This Expanded Edition of their classic album now includes additional bonus such as "The Message II", "New York New York", the instrumental of the "Message" plus "The Adventure Of Grandmaster Himself", a cut up of various classic breaks that only appeared 20 years after the original recording. Also included are new extended sleeve notes and brand new photos.

Charlie Haden / Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti - Folk Songs (1981) {ECM 1170}

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Charlie Haden / Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti - Folk Songs (1981) {ECM 1170}

Charlie Haden / Jan Garbarek / Egberto Gismonti - Folk Songs (1981) {ECM 1170}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Ethnic Fusion

One of the better ECM recordings, this collaboration by bassist Charlie Haden, Jan Garbarek on tenor and soprano, and Egberto Gismonti (switching between guitar and piano) is filled with moody originals, improvisations that blend together jazz and world music, and atmospheric ensembles.

Xênia França - Xenia (2017) {Agogo Cultural}

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Xênia França - Xenia (2017) {Agogo Cultural}

Xênia França - Xenia (2017) {Agogo Cultural}
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Genre: Latin, Funk, Soul, World, MPB

Xênia França (Candeias, 27 de fevereiro de 1986) é uma cantora e compositora brasileira.Nascida no Recôncavo Baiano, passou a adolescência em Camaçari e mudou-se para São Paulo em 2004. Trabalhou como modelo até 2008, quando começou a cantar em bares. Conheceu Emicida, que a convidou para participar das gravações do EP Sua Mina Ouve Meu Rep Tamém e do álbum Emicídio, ambos de 2010. No ano seguinte, entrou para a banda Aláfia, com Pipo Pegoraro e Lucas Cirillo.

Red Sun & SamulNori - Then Comes The White Tiger (1994) {ECM 1499} [Repost]

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Red Sun & SamulNori - Then Comes The White Tiger (1994) {ECM 1499} [Repost]

Red Sun & SamulNori - Then Comes The White Tiger (1994) {ECM 1499}
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Genre: Ethnic Fusion, Avant-Garde Jazz

The group SamulNori, which takes its name from the selfsame style of Korean folk music and was founded in 1978 by Kim Duk Soo as a means of expanding the music’s compass of awareness, combines its namesake’s balance of ritual and humble beginnings with contemporary leanings. Samul nori is at heart a percussive genre. Its four instruments are the jing (large gong), the kkwaenghwari (small gong), the janggu (hour-glass drum), and the buk (barrel drum). Each is its own element—wind, thunder, rain, and clouds, respectively—and brings a fertile sound to bear upon a range of ecologically minded texts, both recited and sung. SamulNori members have worked with, among others, Bill Laswell and Kodo, but perhaps most notably with Red Sun.

Eric Burdon & War - Love Is All Around (1976) {Avenue}

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Eric Burdon & War - Love Is All Around (1976) {Avenue}

Eric Burdon & War - Love Is All Around (1976) {Avenue}
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Genre: Psychedelic Soul, Funk-Rock

An odd collection of live tracks and what sound like cuts from the two Eric Burdon and War albums released at the turn of the '70s, 1976's LOVE IS ALL AROUND was probably a contractual obligation album. That said, it's a pretty terrific collection of long, loose War jams, which sound marvelous. Limber rhythms and dead-on horn and harmonica accents made this L.A. band one of the premier funk outfits of the '70s. Unfortunately, as was usually the case with Eric Burdon and War, their free-flowing funkiness and his more constricted, blues-based singing style don't always mesh as well as they might, as on the slightly awkward verses of the title track. But when War opens up and lets loose, it's hard to imagine a better band.

Pat Metheny - Selected Recordings (2004) {ECM rarum IX}

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Pat Metheny - Selected Recordings (2004) {ECM rarum IX}

Pat Metheny - Selected Recordings (2004) {ECM rarum IX}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Post-Bop

The Rarum series on the ECM label is unique in that it issues "best-of" compilations picked by the artists themselves. While this can be a double-edged sword (oftentimes what an artist and his or her own fans enjoy are two different things), in this case it turns out to be a blessing. Metheny is obviously a fine judge of his own work, both from artistic and popular points of view. The selections are accompanied by an album-by-album overview by Metheny in the liner notes.

Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life (1976) {ECM 1073}

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Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life (1976) {ECM 1073}

Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life (1976) {ECM 1073}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

BRIGHT SIZE LIFE, his first solo album, is an anomaly in the Pat Metheny discography. Rather than inaugurating a new era in his music, it celebrates the end of another. Of the eight superb arrangements that make up BRIGHT SIZE LIFE, only the gentle ballad "Unity Village" (an overdubbed duet between electric 6- and 12-string guitars) made it to the Pat Metheny Group repetoire. And yet, some 20 years after documenting the music of his first working group, BRIGHT SIZE LIFE endures as among the finest, freshest trio recordings in the history of jazz.

Pat Metheny - Passaggio Per Il Paradiso (1996) {Geffen}

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Pat Metheny - Passaggio Per Il Paradiso (1996) {Geffen}

Pat Metheny - Passaggio Per Il Paradiso (1996) {Geffen}
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Genre: Jazz, Soundtrack

1996 release on Geffen featuring Pat Metheny's original soundtrack to Italian director Antonio Baiocco's film 'Passagio Per Il Paradiso'. Passaggio Per Il Paradiso songs Metheny plays all of the instruments on the album's 13 tracks, which include 'Marta'sHouse Story', 'Wolf Story' and 'Learning On The Road'.

Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek - Upojenie (2008) {Nonesuch}

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Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek - Upojenie (2008) {Nonesuch}

Pat Metheny & Anna Maria Jopek - Upojenie (2008) {Nonesuch}
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Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz

Originally released in 2002 in Europe and Japan, Upojenie (Ecstasy) is a collaboration between Pat Metheny and superstar Polish vocalist Anna Maria Jopek. It came into being after Jopek approached the guitarist at a jazz festival in Warsaw in 2001. Her original idea was to perform some of her own work, some of Metheny's, and some Polish folk songs (exactly what happened). The collaboration was recorded over four months in Poland; it is something wholly other than the sum of its parts might suggest. Co-produced by composer Marcin Kydrynski (Jopek's husband) and Metheny.

Bob James Trio - Espresso (2018) {Evosound}

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Bob James Trio - Espresso (2018) {Evosound}

Bob James Trio - Espresso (2018) {Evosound}
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Genre: Post-Bop, Fusion, Smooth Jazz

Bob James-Grammy Award-winning Jazz keyboardist, arranger, record producer, record executive, and founding member of Fourplay, returns with a new album, Espresso, his first solo-led project in 12 years. Album tunes, penned by James, reflect the same inventiveness and musical fluency that persuaded Quincy Joines to become his mentor and champion back in 1963. His expressiveness through both writing and performance permeates the rocking minor-key blues of "Bulgogi," the definitive cool jazz of "Topside," the funk strut of "Submarine," the whispered beauty of "Promenade," the turbulent, more complex yet supremely listenable "Mojito Ride" and every other moment on Espresso.

Regina Carter - Something for Grace (1997) {Atlantic Jazz}

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Regina Carter - Something for Grace (1997) {Atlantic Jazz}

Regina Carter - Something for Grace (1997) {Atlantic Jazz}
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Genre: Post-Bop, Smooth Jazz

Regina Carter (who has a beautiful tone and a swinging style) is one of the top new jazz violinists of the 1990s, and the more memorable selections on this CD are so strong that they almost allow one to overlook the three throwaway pop/R&B songs. Unfortunately, the opening "Downtown Underground" is one of the losers, and the Nicki Richards vocal piece "Late Night Mood" (which recording executive talked Carter into recording that turkey?) is so lightweight that it should have been released on another album. In contrast are near-classic renditions of Eddie Harris' "Listen Here" and Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes"; Carter's haunting ballad "Reflections" deserves to become a standard. A mixed bag, but overall this CD is recommended, with reservations.

Herbie Hancock - Magic Windows (1981) {PTG}

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Herbie Hancock - Magic Windows (1981) {PTG}

Herbie Hancock - Magic Windows (1981) {PTG}
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Genre: Jazz-Funk, Funk, Soul

Herbie Hancock’s Magic Windows (1981) is one of his numerous album issues in the period between the 70’s and 80’s. During these years Hancock released nearly 2 albums per year. On this jazz fusion album Herbie Hancock plays EMU Polyphonic Keyboard, Clavitar, Prophet 5, Yamaha CS80, Rhodes Piano and a variety of synthesizers, including Minimoog and a Modified Apple II plus Microcomputer, Sennheiser Vocoder …and much more. There are no strings, brass or other orchestral instruments on this album. Although Magic Windows is a funk album it is also his most pop-oriented album of this period. The album is an enjoyable adventure in synthesized funkness. Herbie starts out with "Magic Number" with lead vocals of Sylvester, but he must have had a vision of the future, playing "Everybody's Broke".

Michael Mantler - Review (2006) {ECM 1813)

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Michael Mantler - Review (2006) {ECM 1813)

Michael Mantler - Review (2006) {ECM 1813)
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Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

Michael Mantler offers a review of his career (so far), in an anthology that follows his path from the creative heyday of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra through the body of work he has recorded for JCOA, WATT and ECM. Whether juxtaposing players from the worlds of jazz, classical music and rock, setting remarkable words for remarkable voices, composing for instrumental forces from duo to symphony orchestra, or soloing as trumpeter, Mantler sounds like no one else. If the range of his work is its hallmark, his tone, as player and writer, is unmistakably his own.

Michael Mantler - Cerco Un Paese Innocente (1995) {ECM 1556}

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Michael Mantler - Cerco Un Paese Innocente (1995) {ECM 1556}

Michael Mantler - Cerco Un Paese Innocente (1995) {ECM 1556}
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Genre: Jazz, Classical

Michael Mantler’s Cerco Un Paese Innocente (I search for an innocent land) pays tribute to the father of modern Italian poetry, Giuseppe Ungaretti. Subtitled “A Suite of Songs and Interludes for Voice, Untypical Big Band and Soloists,” this seamless construction feels anything but untypical in the comforting plush of its instrumentation and attention to soundscape. The present recording is also significant for bringing Copenhagen-born vocalist Mona Larsen back together with the Danish Radio Big Band, who debuted her as soloist in the seventies to wide renown.

Mintzer / Brecker - The Saxophone Feat Two T's (1993) {Novus}

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Mintzer / Brecker - The Saxophone Feat Two T's (1993) {Novus}

Mintzer / Brecker - The Saxophone Feat Two T's (1993) {Novus}
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Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

Bob Mintzer and Michael Brecker appear together and individually on this date for Novus from the early '90s, joined by a fine rhythm section consisting of pianist Don Grolnick, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Peter Erskine. Mintzer is the dominant voice on the CD, playing without Brecker on six of the nine tracks and contributing five originals. His moving ballad "Tenorman's Lament" is a warm tribute to Wayne Shorter, while the driving blues "The Saxophone" is bursting with energy.