Miles Davis: Dark Magus: Live At Carnegie Hall [2-CD SET]
Compellingly pissed-off music that's lluminating and inspiring; sure it's ugly in places and totally improvisational but it keeps drawing me back into its anger and rage (and moments of beauty).
Various Artists: Memphis Boys - The Story Of American Studios
Virtually a Memphis Greatest Hits compilation, this ACE records comp of tracks recorded at American Studios has some great tracks sung by singers famous or otherwise. Great CD for long drives.
Caesar Frazier: Hail Caesar! / '75
Comp CD of two albums from this relatively unknown Detroit Hammond wizard. Some originals blend with well-chosen covers from his days on Westbound/Eastbound Records. "Hicky Burr" a classic, as good as the original.
Isaac Hayes: Shaft (Hybid SACD)
My favorite soundtrack album of all time, sounding even better in SACD format. Great performances and tracks, adding greatly to the vibe of the film. "Cafe Reggio's", "Do Your Thing", and (of course" "Theme From Shaft" are the highlights of this double album.
Love & Revolution
Nicola Conte: Love & Revolution
Conte is making some of the most consistently enjoyable records I've heard lately. This one features some great vocal performances and the band is in fine form. This sounds almost like a continuation of his "Details" record, albeit with some slight personnel changes. Highly recommended.
Real Life Stories
Donald Harrison: Real Life Stories
Talk about an album that grows on you, I don't remember how I ran across this one but I'm happy I did. Great playing (albeit with lots of restraint), the song selection is excellent and it's nicely recorded. Recorded over 10 years ago, it still sounds vital and fresh.