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The best of Rosa Passos   [sound recording]. CD The best of Rosa Passos [sound recording].
Despite the fact that this is a hodgepodge of Rosa tracks from throughout her career, there's a consistently relaxed feel to this collection of samba and MPB.

Recommended by David

Passos, Rosa. prf

Amorosa   [sound recording] CD Amorosa [sound recording]
Diana Krall, watch your back! Brazilian music isn't known for its powerhouse vocalists, so Rosa Passos' delicate murmur is perfect for this romantic collection, and it's a treat to hear her cover some of the same songs that Diana Krall has made her fortune with.

Recommended by David

Passos, Rosa.

Merriweather post pavilion   [sound recording] CD Merriweather post pavilion [sound recording]
It's been quite a while that a CD made me sit up and take notice like this one. Because I'm a geezer, I've been listening to music since they recorded on shellac, so the influences I can hear run the gamut from the Beatles and the Beach Boys to My Bloody Valentine and even My Morning Jacket. What I find so appealing is that all these combine in new ways, and you never know what'll bubble up into the mix next.

Suggested by David


Song for my father   [sound recording] :   (cantiga para meu pai) CD Song for my father [sound recording] : (cantiga para meu pai)
I got into Horace Silver in a backwards way; listening to "Song for My Father" on a Blue Note anthology, I thought "Pretty cool that old guy slipping in a Steely Dan reference!" Then I read that Silver recorded the track in 1964... If you listen to "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" by Steely Dan, the first few seconds are a direct lift/tribute, and rightly so, it's a great jazz album.

Recommended by David

Silver, Horace, 1928-

Preludes for piano, books 1 & 2   [sound recording] CD Preludes for piano, books 1 & 2 [sound recording]
While many composers wrote "pure music", Debussy never shied away from painting specific pictures with his melodies, and some of his most ethereal are in this collection.

Recommended by David

Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918.

Getz CD Getz
After Miles Davis, Stan Getz is the definition of cool in jazz, and this classic recording features his breakout song "The Girl from Ipanema". Put this on and summer begins...

Recommended by David

Getz, Stan, 1927-1991.

Santogold   [sound recording]. CD Santogold [sound recording].
Listening to the first few tracks, I thought, "Oh, another Two-Tone revival!" But Santogold have more up their collective sleeves than ska/reggae influences -- this is a fun grab-bag of diverse styles.

Suggested by David

Santogold. prf

Beat this!   [sound recording] :   the best of the English Beat. CD Beat this! [sound recording] : the best of the English Beat.
This is a great collection by The (English) Beat, who were on the other end of the ska revival in Britain in the late 70's. Features half of their 5 star first album "I Just Can't Stop It" plus some later, less infectious singles -- but you get the bonus dub of "Stand Down, Margaret", alone worth the price of admission.

Recommended by David


On the corner   [sound recording] CD On the corner [sound recording]
Man, was this album trashed upon its initial release! Miles was accused of dumbing down his sound in an attempt to cash in on the way more lucrative rock market. I confess I avoided this one at the time, but listening to it now, I hear the template that Herbie Hancock simplified and then took to the bank a year later with "Head Hunters". In Miles' version, the sound is densely layered over a dynamite rhythm section; still Miles all the way.

Recommended (way too late!) by David

Davis, Miles.

Rising Down CD Rising Down
Long one of the most creative forces in hip-hop, this 2008 release ranks among the best The Roots have produced. Dark, entrancing songs compliment the rapping of Black Thought, as well as several strong guest MC appearances. The social commentary on this album is biting and insightful. Worth a serious listen by anyone who enjoys rap and hip-hop.

Recommended by Chy

The Roots
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