Reissue. Features the latest remastering. Includes a Japanese description, lyrics. Features original cover artwork. The 1950s had largely been a waste for Howard McGhee, as drug addiction had taken its toll on his playing. But he is in good form for this 1961 studio session for Bethlehem, leading a septet with baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, trombonist Bennie Green, and tenor saxophonist Roland Alexander, with a top-notch rhythm section of Tommy Flanagan, Ron Carter, and Walter Bolden an added bonus.
Two lost smokers from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – back to back on a single CD! The Soulful Rebel is lost early 70s set from Lytle – totally funky, but in a way that's very different than his famous 60s work! The album's got a sweet electric groove that comes not only from Johnny's vibes, but also from the sweet Hammond and Fender Rhodes of Billy Nunn, and the smoking guitar of David Spinozza – who really wails away here, and brings in a cutting edge to the tunes that's a lot sharper than some of his later work! Lytle's vibes are wonderful throughout – filled with that sense of space, soul, and timing that's always made him one of the grooviest players ever on the instrument – and this time around, he seems to have an even greater ear for unusual tones – in a way that makes the album sparkle strongly throughout!
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. Arrangements are by the legendary Rogerio Duprat – who effortlessly shifts the backings between stark electronics, sweet bossa, gliding strings, jazzy piano, and baroque orchestrations that dance around with a surprising amount of grooves! Tunes include some classics by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Gilberto Gil – served up in amazing new versions by Gal and Duprat! Titles include "Nao Identificado", "Lost in the Paradise", "Que Pena", "Sebastiana", "Namorinho De Portao", "Divino Maravilhoso", and "Deus E O Amor".
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his "Cost Of Living" group – a combo who only recorded this one album, and which includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bad Bascomb on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, and both Houston Person and Pee Wee Ellis on tenor sax! Most cuts have some sort of vocals – sung by either Sammy Turner or Kenny Williams, both of whom really fit the badass spirit of the record, and bring in a nice range of deeper themes from the 70s.
Dusty Springfield recorded so much good material that it's hard to summarize her very best recordings in the space of a 12-track collection. Nevertheless, 20th Century Masters does a good job of squeezing several of her biggest songs – "I Only Want to Be With You," "Wishin' and Hopin'," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "The Look of Love" – onto this collection. There are notable omissions, such as "Son of a Preacher Man" or anything from Dusty in Memphis, but that does not belong to the Universal Recording group that released this album – consequently, this only concentrates on Phillips-era recordings, and it's a pretty good snapshot of that time which, after all, gave Dusty her very biggest hits.
Originally released in 1964, Break Through is a superb, if obscure, hard bop solo debut by trumpeter Gene Shaw. Born in Detroit, Shaw is best known as a member of bassist Charles Mingus' ensemble in the late '50s. Recorded in Chicago, Break Through finds Shaw joined by tenor saxophonist Sherman Morrison, pianist James Taylor, bassist Sidney Robinson, and drummer Bernard Martin.