Soul Is... Pretty Purdie

Bernard Purdie and his solo masterpiece Soul Is… Pretty Purdie

In early March and late June of 1972, Bernard Purdie took some time to record his own album, Soul Is…,…

November 21st, 2014 | | Re:Discovery
Jorge Dalto Chevere

Argentine pianist Jorge Dalto, who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and George Benson, released his debut solo album Chevere in 1976

Jorge Dalto Chevere (United Artists) 1976 In June 1980, seven years before his untimely death at just 38, Jorge Dalto…

August 12th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery

Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis didn’t want to record a Beatles cover album.

February 17th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery

Booker T. and the M.G.’s

…gives the Beatles the Stax treatment that they wanted so badly…

February 14th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery

George Benson

Fifty years ago this month, the Beatles debuted in America on The Ed Sullivan Show.

February 13th, 2014 | | Re:Discovery
White Xmas

Rudy Ray Moore

By this time of the season, I’d bet a lot of people want to stab themselves in the brain with a sharpened candy cane every time “Christmas Shoes” comes on the radio.

December 23rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Phil and Ronnie Spector

Christmas music is mostly about childish exuberance and innocence, which turns a lot of people off. Where’s the darkness? Where’s the emotional complexity?

December 16th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

The Ramsey Lewis Trio

I don’t understand people who say they don’t like Christmas music. I think part of the problem is that for one month a year, everyone tries to cram it down your throat.

December 9th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery


Powerline was a young septet from North West London…

August 15th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

The Jacksons

In January of 1980, the Jackson Bros. went into the lab to begin work on their fourth CBS/Epic release, Triumph

August 2nd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Danser’s Inferno

I convinced an older friend to drive to the Salvation Army one rainy afternoon…

August 1st, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Tyrone Washington

An air of mystery shrouds Perception Records like morning mist on the Hudson River.

July 11th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Bobby Bland

Drummer John “Jab’O” Starks thumps his way through a Latin-tinged shuffle behind Bland’s trademark growl. In Issue 5, Jab’O, later…

June 23rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Bobby Bland

On this early ’70s side, Bobby Bland—who was a member of Memphis’s Beale Streeters with B. B. King and Junior…

June 23rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery


This single is taken from the last of these records, 1977’s puzzlingly named Cuban Soul 18 Kilates, which I’ll go ahead and proclaim his best.

June 21st, 2013 | | Re:Discovery
Os Brazoes

Os Brazões

Brazilian airwaves were ruled by two distinct powers in the late ’60s: the verbose political rhetoric of a military regime hell-bent on keeping Communism out of Brazil by any means necessary, and the advent of tropicália.

June 20th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery
Gil Scott-Heron (1980) Brian Jackson - 1980

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson

The record features Jackson on the TONTO, an amalgamation of classic and custom modular synthesizers built by creator Malcolm Cecil…

June 11th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

94 East

One of the earliest recorded examples of Prince’s musicianship is the Minneapolis Genius record, credited to 94 East.

June 7th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

C. K. Mann & His Carousel 7

It began in Africa. That much seems unassailable, at least when you’re talking about the roots of rhythm-based music…

June 6th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery


Whether Goodbye Brains was ahead of its time or not, it certainly flew under the radar.

June 6th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

Curtis Mayfield

Think things are bad now? America was going through them changes in 1975.

June 3rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery


Disco Soccer, the album, has moments of supreme Afro-disco intensity—“I’m Ready,” “It’s What’s Happening,” “Hard Times”—but “disco soccer,” the concept, was not quite as sound.

June 3rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery
Captain Rapp

Captain Rapp

“Bad Times” is a record that confounds categorizers, claiming classic status in the disputed territories of disco, electro, and rap.

May 28th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery
Johnny Jenkins

Johnny Jenkins

The Allman Brothers Band always came off as less redneck than many of their Southern rock-and-roll counterparts. This had a lot to do with the presence of founding member, African American drummer and percussionist Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson.

May 24th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery