LARRY CORYELL / ALPHONSE MOUZON – BACK TOGETHER AGAIN
A famous set of crossover fusion – one with lots of heavy drums from Alphonse Mouzon, and plenty of sweet guitar from Larry Coryell! This set definitely plays to the rockish side of the fusion crowd, but still has some funky undercurrents too – thanks to lots of bold lines from Cobham, who could easily sit on both sides of the fence at this point in his career! The rest of the group is equally tight, too – and includes the great John Lee on bass, who really keeps things deep, plus Philip Catherine on additional guitar, sometimes acoustic. Mouzon sings on the cut "Reconciliation", but all others are instrumental – and titles include "The Phonse", "Transvested Express", "Rock N Roll Lovers", "High Love", "Mr C", "Get On Up", and "Beneath The Earth". ~ Dusty Groove
RAY CHARLES - ANTHOLOGY
This 3 cd set is packaged in a specially embossed sea shell shaped metal tin. 45 tracks from the legend himself. Highlights include Kissa Me Baby #8 R&B 1952 Hallelujah-#5 R&B 1956 What I'd Say(Live) #1 R&B 1959 Georgia On My Mind(Live) #1 Pop 1960/ #3 R&B 1960 Hit The Road Jack(Live) #1 Pop 1961/#1 R&B 1961 You Are My Sunshine(Live) #7 Pop 1962/#1 R&B 1962 Crying Time-#1 AC 1965/#5 R&B 1965 Let's Go Get Stoned(Live)-#1 R&B 1966 and many other favorites. Also includes I Don;t Needno Doctor, One Mint Julep, That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day), That Lucky Old Sun, Unchain My Heart,, Eleanor Rigby and others.
JON HENDRICKS – SALUD! JOAO GILBERTO
A rare bossa treat – and one of the best albums ever recorded by jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks! The album came out only briefly, at the start of the bossa craze in the US – and it features Hendricks singing a batch of tracks popularized by Joao Gilberto, translated into English, and backed by arrangements by Johnny Carisi and Johnny Mandel. The album's way more than just a bossa cash-in session – as Jon was comitted to Brazilian sounds from the start, and really presents the material here in a wonderful way – mixing his fragile vocal style with lightly jazzy arrangements, in a manner that's both in keeping with the greatness of bossa recordings from Brazil, yet also infused with all the soulfulness of America. Tracks include "Jive Samba", "Chega de Saudade", "Outra Vez", "O Pato", "Bolinha De Papel", and "Coisa Mais Linda".~ Dusty Groove