Wayne Shorter – The Best of Wayne Shorter (1988, Blue Note)

Wayne Shorter The Best of Wayne Shorter BLUE NOTE CDP 7 91141 2 Released 1988 I had a different blog post planned for today, but the world lost one of the great forces in jazz yesterday with the passing of Wayne Shorter.  If you don’t know why you should care about that, you can read one of his obits in the Old Grey Lady, The Atlantic, or the BBC.  It’s the kind of loss that has us checking the internet… Continue reading

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969, 2011 High Resolution Remaster)

Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul Original release 1969 on Enterprise Records I’ve posted about this album before, in the early days of this blog, and will probably post about it again.  It’s just a class act through and through.  I had originally wanted to prepare something romantic for Valentine’s Day, even though I don’t personally care about it, and then considered one of Dione Warwick’s albums to commemorate the passing of Bacharach.  But bad luck and trouble came knocking… Continue reading

The Manhattans – The Manhattans Sing For You And Yours (1968)

The Manhattans – The Manhattans Sing For You And Yours Reissue CD on Collectables (COL-CD-5136) Original release Carnaval Records CLPS 202 The Manhattans were a soul vocal group from New Jersey who stayed true to that format through thick and thin, while incorporating new elements into their sound.  Sometimes those elements clashed – for example, some tracks on this collection feature utterly unnecessary congas, played rather poorly. They get props from me for keeping their visuals on point: matching suits,… Continue reading

Joe Cuba Sextet – Bustin’ Out (1972, Venezuela pressing)

The Joe Cuba Sextet – Bustin’ Out Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | mp3 320 kbs & FLAC |  Web scans | Latin, Salsa, Soul 1972 Tico Records CLP-1300 || Venezuelan Pressing, Bob Ludwig laquer Is “Put-Da-Din” the Latin American equivalent of “Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus”? Well, probably not, but maybe it could be. The big take-away here is that this is one of the best records Joe Cuba ever made, and I think it was the last to… Continue reading