Abbey Lincoln – A Turtle’s Dream (1995)

The great Abbey Lincoln has been slated for some attention on this blog for years. At various points I have had one or another record from her early career lined up in the proverbial queue and yet they somehow missed the train.  I’ve had a bit of melancholy and existential blues lately and her music is just the right thing for it.  The title track in particular may become my new anthem. The album also features a cover of “Nature … Continue reading

Reginaldo Rossi – Nos Teus Braços (1972) (CBS – 137777)

The song “Ser ou não ser” may not be Shakespeare, but Reginaldo Rossi sure did sing some catchy tunes in his heyday. Rossi was the city of Recife’s contribution to the Jovem Guarda music style of Brazilian 60’s pop-rock in the era when electric guitars were considered too low-class and “foreign” by music critics.  Although the cover of this 1972 Reginaldo Rossi album looks like it was created by an intern while the graphic arts department was on strike, Rossi … Continue reading

Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Virgo Red (1973) (Polydor PD-6016)

Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Virgo Red 1973 Polydor PD-6016 Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | Art scans at 300 dpi An underrated Roy Ayers Ubiquity album, Virgo Red has to overcome the fact that it leads off with its weakest track, a cover of the Hot Chocolate song “Brother Louie”, which became a #1 hit for Stories and was ruined for all perpetuity by disgraced comedian Louis C.K. Blame it on his time playing with hirsute Herbie Mann if you … Continue reading

Arrow – Hot Hot Hot (1982) (Arrow Records-019)

Arrow Hot Hot Hot 1982 Arrow Records ARROW-019 According to my well-placed sources, there was a time where you couldn’t go to a party in the Caribbean without somebody playing this record, or at least the title cut.  Monserrat native and Pillies fan Arrow (Alphonsus Cassell) had been releasing calypso and soca albums since the early 70’s, but most people outside the region will probably know the title track from the tepid “Buster Poindexter” version by David Johansen.  It’s a … Continue reading

Rubens da Mangueira – Eu Sou Assim (1978) (Copacabana COLP – 12225)

Rubens da Mangueira Eu Sou Assim 1978 Copacabana COLP – 12225 The Mangueira escola de samba has produced no shortage of delights in terms of composers, singers, and musicians, and they are still going strong today.  Understandably, with eternal titans like Cartola and Nelson Cavaquinho associated with the institution, other sambistas were destined to forever walk in their shadows as mere mortals, and were proud to do so.  This record by Rubens da Mangueira opens with the funky, humorous Estrangeiro … Continue reading

Ned Doheny – Hard Candy (1976) (2014 Be With Records 180g reissue)

Ned Doheny – Hard Candy Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | FLAC |  Art scans at 300 dpi 1.4801GB (24/192) | 714MB (24/96) + 238 MB (16/44) | 2014 Be With Records BEWITH003LP | Genre:   Soul, Funk, Rock I’m not sure that the release of Ned Doheny’s 1973 album sold enough copies to inculcate anything much in the way of expectations, but anybody who had happened to own that album could be forgiven for wondering if his second record in … Continue reading