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Unity   [sound recording] CD Unity [sound recording]

Young, Larry, 1940-1978.

This superb '65 set from organist (5 years before his participation in Miles Davis' legendary "Bitches Brew" sessions) Young is stellar hard-bop with an occasional left turn into more avant-garde, experimental territory. Features Elvin Jones on drums (moonlighting from the John Coltrane band), and trumpet and tenor soloing (from Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson, respectively) that goes from swinging to soulful to abstract, and back again.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

The ArchAndroid   [sound recording] CD The ArchAndroid [sound recording]

Monáe, Janelle.
CD M MON2256

"'The ArchAndroid' is an 'EMOTION PICTURE' brought to you by Janelle Monáe and the Mad Minds of the Wondaland Arts Society. The star-studded featured cast includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra."

Some of the freshest and fun music I've heard in a while!

Suggested by Dawn

The bluegrass diaries   [sound recording] CD The bluegrass diaries [sound recording]

Lauderdale, Jim.

The Bluegrass Diaries picks up where Bluegrass left off allowing Lauderdale to indulge in his passion for intricate picking and foot stompin' with his friends. The album includes Jesse Cobb on Mandolin, Richard Bailey on Banjo, Jay Weaver on bass, Cody Kilby on guitar and Aaron Till on fiddle as well as many other special guests. On The Bluegrass Diaries Lauderdale blends bluegrass chops with his signature turn of phrase. At root, the album is a metaphor for Lauderdale's entire career; switchblade-sharp, honest and starkly American.

If you enjoy bluegrass, you will love this album!

Suggested by Dawn.

The sidewinder   [sound recording] CD The sidewinder [sound recording]

Morgan, Lee, 1938-1972. cmp prf

A superbly swinging hard bop session from December '63, and one of the best Blue Note albums of the 1960's. While Morgan's soulful trumpet is center stage for all tracks, the backup players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Barry Harris on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums) are fantastic as well. Harris's solo on "Totem Pole" is particularly fine.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

The best of Louis Jordan   [sound recording] CD The best of Louis Jordan [sound recording]

Jordan, Louis, 1908-1975. prf

This great compilation collects the very best of Jordan's swinging (and often hilarious) Decca-label sides from the 1940's and 1950's. One of the great unsung forefathers of rock and roll, Jordan was a primary influence on - among many others - Chuck Berry and B.B. King (who has recorded an entire album of Jordan songs).

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

Bebel Gilberto   [sound recording]. CD Bebel Gilberto [sound recording].

Gilberto, Bebel.

Gilberto's 2nd album (from 2004) combines a warm, jazz-inflected Brazilian pop with sophisticated electronica. Bossa Nova for the 21st century.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

Valleys of Neptune   [sound recording] CD Valleys of Neptune [sound recording]

Hendrix, Jimi. prf

Great compilation of previously-unreleased material from 1968 and (mostly) 1969, detailing the gradual transformation of Hendrix's sound from the psychedelia and blues of his Experience-era albums to the jazzier, more soulful sounds of his later recordings.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

Happy trails   [sound recording] CD Happy trails [sound recording]

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Great 2nd album by these kings of the 60's San Francisco ballroom scene. Particularly recommended is their amazing interpretation of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" (which filled up an entire side of the original LP), which prominently features the stinging, metallic guitar of the late John Cipollina.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

The complete OKeh sessions 1952-'55   [sound recording] book The complete OKeh sessions 1952-'55 [sound recording]

Big Maybelle, d. 1972.
On Order

Maybelle's raw, gutsy r&b vocals - by turns aggressive, celebratory, and surprisingly vulnerable - are on full display in this fantastic collection of her mid-50's recordings for the Okeh label.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

The exciting Wilson Pickett   [sound recording] CD The exciting Wilson Pickett [sound recording]

Pickett, Wilson.
CD M PIC6336

Pickett's second album (from 1966) is superlative soul. This is an especially fun album as it mixes the more familiar hits ("Land Of 1000 Dances" and "In The Midnight Hour") with some less familiar material (the jaw-dropping "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)" is a favorite of mine) and some excellent cover (great versions of Don Covay's "Mercy Mercy" and Robert Parker's "Barefootin'").

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

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