Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan In Hi-Fi

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The title was heralding the newest technolgy, high fidelity, a sonic wonder that preceeded stereo, and Miss Vaughn was an early subject of this technoligical breakthrough. Recorded for Columbia spanning the years 1949 to 1952, this is a wonderful recording of Miss Vaughn’s. She recorded eight selections in 1950 with an octet that included trumpeter Miles Davis, trombonist Benny Green, the remarkably cool clarinetist Tony Scott and tenorman Budd Johnson. This CD adds alternate takes to seven of the numbers, increasing the discography of both Sassy and Miles. This version of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is a true classic (with memorable eight-bar solos by each of the four horns); “Mean to Me” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” are gems, and the other performances are not far behind. In addition, Vaughan sings two versions of “The Nearness of You” in 1949; there is also a previously unknown recording of “It’s All In the Mind,” and three orchestra numbers from 1951 and 1953 wrap up the outstanding reissue. Sassy has rarely sounded better. Highly recommended. (allmusic)

Personnel includes: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Hymie Schertzer (alto saxophone); Artie Drelinger, George Kelly, Budd Johnson (tenor saxophone); Stan Webb (baritone saxophone); Russ Bazer, Harold Feldman (saxophone); Billy Butterfield, Taft Jordan, Miles Davis, Jimmy Maxwell, J. Milazzo, Red Solomon (trumpet); Will Bradley, Bennie Green, Jack Sattersfield (trombone); Tony Scott (clarinet); Jimmy Jones (piano, guitar); Lou Stein (piano); Al Cailoa, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe, Art Ryerson (guitar); Eddie Safranski, Billy Taylor, Jr., Frank Carroll (bass); Cozy Cole, J.C. Heard, Terry Snyder (drums).

Tracklist

01. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)
02. Nice Work If You Can Get It
03. Come Rain Or Come Shine
04. Mean To Me
05. It Might As Well Be Spring
06. Can’t Get Out Of This Mood
07. Goodnight My Love
08. Ain’t Misbehavin’
09. Pinky
10. The Nearness Of You
11. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
12. Ooh, What-Cha Doin’ To Me
13. It’s All In The Mind
14. The Nearness Of You (Alternate Take)
15. Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Alternate Take)
16. Goodnight My Love (Alternate Take)
17. Can’t Get Out Of This Mood (Alternate Take)
18. It Might As Well Be Spring (Alternate Take)
19. Mean To Me (Alternate Take)
20. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Alternate Take)
21. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon) (Alternate Take)
22. Pause Track

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J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding – The Great Kai And J.J.

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This Impulse set (which was given the catalog number of A-1 when it first came out) was the first recorded reunion of trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. Given a straight reissue on CD the music still sounds fresh and lively. With pianist Bill Evans, either Paul Chambers or Tommy Williams on bass and Roy Haynes or Art Taylor on drums, the two trombonists are in melodic and witty form on such tunes as “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” “Blue Monk,” “Side by Side” and the “Theme from Picnic.” Recommended.

Personnel: J.J. Johnson (trombone); Kai Winding (trombone); Bill Evans (piano); Roy Hayes, Roy Haynes, Art Taylor (drums).

Tracklist

01. This Could Be The Start Of Something
02. Georgia On My Mind
03. Blue Monk
04. Judy
05. Alone Together
06. Side By Side
07. I Concentrate On You
08. Theme From Picnic
09. Trixie
10. Going, Going, Going!
11. Just For A Thrill

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Grant Green – Blue Breakbeats

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In the ’70s, guitarist Grant Green turned to an R&B and funk style in order to keep up with the times and invite as wide an audience as possible. At the time, critics cried foul at what they called “selling out” and disavowed Green from their critical radar. Fast forwarding to the ’90s, this period of Green’s career became in great demand as the “acid jazz” craze came into vogue. Blue Breakbeats collects some of Green’s more revered works from this period. These are the tracks that DJs constantly sample and loop to form new electronically manipulated works.

To be sure, the grooves here are gritty and the melodies, what little there are, are simple and brash, but the determined mood and downright funkiness is nothing to sneeze at. Cuts like James Brown’s “Ain’t It Funky Now” and the immensely popular “Sookie Sookie” are staples in any self-respecting DJ’s arsenal. The driving beats of Ben Dixon’s “Cantaloupe Woman” and the stunning “The Final Comedown” offer plenty of fertile sampling opportunities as well. Overall, though, this is a celebration of Green’s late-period talent that didn’t get its just desserts in his time. (cduniverse)

Personnel: Grant Green (guitar); Phil Bodner (woodwinds); Harold Vick (soprano saxophone); Claude Bartee, Jr. (tenor saxophone); Irwin “Marky” Markowitz, Marvin Stamm, Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Clarence Palmer, Emanuel Riggins (electric piano); Neal Creque, Ronnie Foster (organ); Richard Tee (keyboards); Billy Wooten, William Bivens (vibraphone); Chuck Rainey, Gordon Edwards , Jimmy Lewis (electric bass); Grady Tate, Idris Muhammad (drums); Ray Armando, Joseph Armstrong, Candido Camero (congas); Richard Landrum (bongos); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).

Tracklist

01. Ain’t Funky Now
02. Cantaloupe Woman
03. The Windjammer
04. Sookie, Sookie
05. Ease Back
06. The Final Comedown

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Joy Denalane – Maureen

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Born and raised in Berlin as the daughter of a German mother and a South African father, Joy Maureen Denalane has sung lyrics in various languages, including English and German as well as the South African languages Xhosa and Shangan. Although her stylish vocals and sounds are clearly influenced by artists ranging from Letta Mbulu to Lauryn Hill, her inspiration to do music, period, originates from hip-hop, especially that of female firebrands Salt-N-Pepa and Roxanne Shanté, which began seeping into Germany in the late ’80s.

“MAUREEN” is a skilful blend of all the elements that made Joy”s previous two albums (“Mamani” and “Born & Raised”) so unique: clear, direct and yet complex lyrics which strike the balance between being lyrical on one hand and effortlessly cool on the other, strong tracks and outstanding production which lies somewhere between modern soul, powerful funk and impressive hip-hop beats.

For more info and buy check: www.joydenalane.com

Tracklist

01. No More
02. Free
03. Time To Make a Change
04. Should Have Never (ft. Bilal)
05. Still Im a Woman
06. Where Do We Go
07. Picture Me
08. Steppin Up
09. Save a Little Love
10. Happiness
11. Roses
12. Roses
13. You Are Not The Only One
14. Chemical

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Freddie Joachim – “When You Sleep”

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thanks everyone who purchased WAITING.  here’s a free download as my appreciation for your continued support.

purchase WAITING. Fiberglass Kisses coming in October 2012.

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Ta-ku – Cutting With Textures (Ode To Chet Faker)

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Spent the weekend cutting/sampling/chopping the homie Chet Faker’s latest EP “Thinking In Textures”. No stems. Just vibing off Chet’s vocal stabs and melodic chords. These four edit tracks are an ode to the man himself.

Enjoy

Tracklist

01. Everything
02. I’m Into You
03. Love & Feeling
04. Terms & Nujabes

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Damu The Fudgemunk – Damumelo

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I listened “Redef Remix” on Saturday and then i spent the whole Sunday afternoon listening to my favorite instrumentals and beats released by Damu in last years, i was annoyed to play the “skip game” (yep the funny game when you start to hit the skip button to find your favorite track) so i decided to select like a 60 minutes of instrumentals and beats to put into my mp3 player…. then this morning i was thinking: mmm i’m gonna do a “cover” (a photo with not a good title… yep) and i’m gonna post this to the blog…. here it is.

If you want more > www.redefinitionrecords.com

Tracklist

01. Pulse – Fudgemunk Instro 2006
02. The Beat Goes On
03. You Know Who! (2006)
04. All Green
05. Never Off (On & On)
06. How Many Of Us
07. Wonka Beat 5
08. Coffee Table – 2005
09. Boomerang Luck (2007)
10. Peace I’m Out the Door
11. Prosper
12. Killin’ Time Rhyme
13. Not So Young Anymore (2005)
14. Colorful Storms – Official Mix
15. Time Leak (Redef Remix)
16. Tea Thyme (2005)
17. Gettin’ & Steppin (2006)

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Lee Morgan – The Procrastinator

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In 1961 Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter formed the frontline of one of the greatest versions of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In 1967 they had a reunion for The Procrastinator, showing just how much they both had grown through the years. Morgan, who had a major hit with “The Sidewinder” a few years earlier, had broken away from the Clifford Brown trumpet tradition to become a brash, adventurous and consistently stunning soloist who perfectly symbolized the era. Morgan’s brand of forward-looking hard bop was influenced by free jazz and put a premium on uninhibited self-expression. Shorter sounded unlike anyone else and wrote highly original compositions. Playing in a sextet with Bobby Hutcherson and Herbie Hancock, Morgan and Shorter contributed all of the songs which include the funky “Party Time” (which could have been a hit for Horace Silver) and other pieces that push hard bop to its limit. The results are exhilarating, vital and timeless.

Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Herbie Hancock (piano); Ron Carter (bass); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Billy Higgins (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Procastinator
02. Party Time
03. Dear Sir
04. Stopstart
05. Rio
06. Soft Touch

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Charles Mingus – Let My Children Hear Music

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One of Charles Mingus’ most ambitious efforts and among the finest albums from the last stage of his career, this 1972 recording features extended compositions for jazz orchestra. Let My Children Hear Music songs It’s serious, sophisticated, modernist music that still swings hard. Soloists include Charles McPherson, James Moody, and Sir Roland Hanna, with arrangements and orchestrations beautifully handled by Sy Johnson. Mingus called this his personal favorite among all his recordings.

Personnel includes: Charles Mingus (acoustic bass); Sy Johnson, Alan Raph, Teo Macero (conductor); Charles McPherson (alto saxophone); James Moody, Bobby Jones (tenor saxophone); Snooky Young, Lonnie Hillyer, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Julius Watkins (French horn); Charles McCraken (cello); Sir Roland Hanna (piano).

Tracklist

01. The Shoes Of The Fisherman`s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
02. Adagio Ma Non Troppo
03. Don’t Be Afraid, The Clown’s Afraid Too
04. Taurus In The Arena Of Life
05. Hobo Ho
06. The Chill Of Death
07. The I Of Hurricane Sue

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Parliament – Mothership Connection

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George Clinton was the leader of a collective of funk musicians in the 70s who mostly recorded under two names: Parliament and Funkadelic. Together they were known as the P-funk collective, or Parliament-Funkadelic. The collective included several defectors from James Brown’s backing bands – including Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker – who would go on to successful solo careers. They were also well-known for their theatrical live shows, which involved spaceships, light-shows and outrageous costumes. The P-Funk musicians would become a huge influence on hip-hop, and artists like Prince and Rick James.

Parliament mostly recorded for Casablanca, and while Funkadelic had a rockier sound, Parliament went all-out deep funk, with horns, keyboards and the bass guitar featuring prominently. Their most acclaimed album is Mothership Connection.

Personnel: Bootsi Collins, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins, Gary Shider, George Clinton, Glen Goins, Grady Thomas, Ray Davis (vocals); Bootsie Collins, Gary Cooper, Jerome Brailey, Tiki Fulwood (drums); Bootsie Collins, Cordell Mosson (bass); Bootsie Collins, Gary Shider, Glen Goins, Michael Hampton (guitar); Boom, Freed Wesley, Joe Farrell, Macco Parker, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker (horns).

Tracklist

01. P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
02. Mothership Connection (Star Child)
03. Unfunky UFO
04. Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication
05. Handcuffs
06. Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
07. Night Of The Thumpasorus Peoples

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José James – It’s All Over Your Body EP

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New stuff from José James,  small preview from his upcoming album “No Beginning, No End” out early next year on Blue Note Records. For more info and buy check: www.josejamesmusic.com

Personnel: José James (vocals); Robert Glasper (piano, fender rhodes); Takuya Kuroda (trumpet, flugehorn); Corey King (trombone); Pino Palladino (bass); Chris Dave (drums). Emily King (vocals, guitar).

Tracklist

01. It’s All Over Your Body
02. Trouble
03. It’s All Over Your Body (DJ Spinna Remix)
04. It’s All Over Your Body (DJ Spinna Remix) [Instrumental]
05. Come To My Door (Acoustic Version)

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Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes

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New Flying Lotus’ fourth full length album features an all start cast including, Erykah Badu, Thom Yorke, Niki Randa, Laura Darlington and Thundercat. For more info and buy check: www.flying-lotus.com

Tracklist

01. All In
02. Getting There feat. Niki Randa
03. Until the Colours Come
04. Heave(n)
05. Tiny Tortures
06. All the Secrets
07. Sultan’s Request
08. Putty Boy Strut
09. See Thru to U feat. Erykah Badu
10. Until the Quiet Comes
11. DMT Song feat. Thundercat
12. The Nightcaller
13. Only if You Wanna
14. Electric Candyman feat. Thom Yorke
15. Hunger feat. Niki Randa
16. Phantasm feat. Laura Darlington
17. me Yesterday//Corded
18. Dream to Me

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0hbliv – blkcodes.ep

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New stuff from 0hbliv, enjoy!

Tracklist

01. siriusly_b
02. transmutate
03. don’t take my love for granted
04. ubaye(don’tchalook)

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B. Bravo & Teeko – The Starship Connection EP

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The Starship has finally landed with this instant classic from B. Bravo and Teeko! West coast-inspired Funk meets classic analog electronics, with a true emotional appeal lacking from many of todayʼs contemporaries.

For more info and buy check: www.fritenite.com

Tracklist

01. The Roll Out
02. More Than Just A Dream
03. Just Like Magic feat. Amalia
04. Double Up (K Murda’s Theme)
05. More Than Just A Reprise feat. Bob Menacho and Daren Grant

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The Gaslamp Killer – Breakthrough

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Breakthrough is the debut full-length album from the Gaslamp Killer, a manic and mystic trip through the mind of a madman. Resident DJ and co-founder of the mythic Low End Theory club night in Los Angeles, the Gaslamp Killer is known across the globe for his impeccable turntable skills and high-energy performances. He delivers the same fire to Breakthrough, a project pulled from within his soul that is his strongest musical statement yet.

For more info and buy check: www.thegaslampkiller.com

Tracklist

01. Breakthrought Intro
02. Veins feat. Gonjasufi
03. Holy Mt Washington feat. Computer Jay
04. Father
05. Critic feat. Mophono
06. Dead Vets feat. Adrian Younge & MRR
07. Flange Face feat. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
08. Fuck
09. Apparitions feat. Gonjasufi
10. Impulse feat. Daedelus
11. Peasants, Cripples & Retards feat. Samiyam
12. Meat Guilt feat. RSI
13. Mother
14. Nissim feat. Amir Yaghmai
15. Keep It Simple Stupid feat. Shigeto
16. 7 Years Of Bad Luck for Fun feat. Dimlite
17. In The Dark…

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HH BeatTapes – September

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Who is HH Beat Tapes? i have no idea but this is good music! … no i’m joking! They are 6 italian beatmakers, Gsq, Irhu, Bonbooze (maybe you know these guys as Bluesteady Triptik) plus Bertobeatz, Kam and Sonakine. What more can i say? well… they just released “September” which is a compilation full of good beats, enjoy!

For more info check: www.hhabitatrecords.com

Tracklist

01. Bonbooze – Toastkey
02. Gsq – So Far
03. Fulvio Kami – Sum Mer
04. Bonbooze – Dee Redlp
05. Fulvio Kami – You & I
06. Sonakine – Loudness Bay
07. Irhu – Jazzy Snad
08. Bonbooze – Alone
09. Sonakine – Natural
10. Irhu – Lazy Afternoon
11. Gsq – Se Te Ne Vay
12. Bertobeatz – Missouri
13. Sonakine – Red Powder
14. Bertobeatz – Illa
15. Fulvio Kami – Eva
16. Irhu – Sea Waves
17. Bertobeatz – Moon
18. Gsq – Metti Una Sera

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Stanley Turrentine – Jubilee Shout!!!

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Jubilee Shout!!! is an album compiled from two sessions recorded for the Blue Note label, the first performed by Turrentine with his brother Tommy Turrentine, Horace Parlan, George Tucker, and Al Harewood in 1961 and a 1962 session with Kenny Burrell added and Sonny Clark and Butch Warren replacing Parlan and Tucker.[2] The 1961 tracks were also issued with additional material from the session as Comin’ Your Way.

Personnel: Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Tommy Turrentine (trumpet); Sonny Clark (piano); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Butch Warren (bass); Al Harewood (drums).

Tracklist

01. Jubilee Shout
02. My Ship
03. You Said It
04. Brother Tom
05. Cotton Walk
06. Little Girl Blue

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Reuben Wilson – Blue Mode

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If Love Bug skirted the edges of free jazz and black power, Blue Mode embraces soul-jazz and Memphis funk in no uncertain terms. Opening with the cinematic, stuttering “Bambu” and running through a set of relaxed, funky grooves — including covers of Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood” and Edwin Starr’s “Twenty-Five Miles” — Blue Mode isn’t strictly a jazz album, but its gritty, jazzy vamps and urban soul-blues make it highly enjoyable. Reuben Wilson has a laid-back, friendly style and his supporting band — tenor saxophonist John Manning, guitarist Melvin Sparks, and drummer Tommy Derrick — demonstrate a similarly warm sense of tone. While none of them break through with any improvisations that would satiate hardcore jazz purists, they know how to work a groove, and that’s what makes Blue Mode a winner. (allmusic)

Personnel: Reuben Wilson (organ); Melvin Spakrs (guitar); John Manning (tenor saxophone); Tommy Derrick (drums).

Tracklist

01. Bambu
02. Knock On Wood
03. Bus Ride
04. Orange Peel
05. Twenty-Five Miles
06. Blue Mode

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Monk Higgins – Extra Soul Perception

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Extra Soul Perception is one of Monk Higgins’ better pieces of work. He starts off with a moody build up with the title track that has strings hovering in the background while the sax and guitar play a little bit over the top. That leads right into the excellent Soul-jazz piece called The Look Of Slim with a nice drum and bass intro before the head nodding rhythm comes in. It’s by far the best tune. Then there’s the light and upbeat A Good Thing, a nice re-arrangement of Watermelon Man, the slow groove of Straight Ahead, the 60s sound of Collision In Black, and Poker Chips that sounds a bit like a Prestige Soul-Jazz number. (soulstrut)

Personnel: Monk Higgins (tenor, organ); Jim Horn (flute); Miles Grayson (piano, percussion); Alan Estes (vibes, percussion); Dee Ervin (percussion, organ); John Guerin (drums); Bob West, Ron Brown (bass); Jerry Williams (conga); Thomas Scott, William Peterson (trumpet); David A. Duke (french horn).

Tracklist

01. Extra Soul Perception
02. The Look Of Slim
03. A Good Thing
04. Watermelon Man
05. Straight Ahead
06. Canadian Sunset
07. Collision In Black
08. Just Around The Corner
09. Little Green Apples
10. Poker Chips
11. Sittin’ Duck
12. Doing It To Deff

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Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Vibrations

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Whenever someone makes the transition from jazz instrumentalist to R&B singer, he/she is bound to be lambasted by jazz purists and denounced as a sellout. Roy Ayers was no exception — like George Benson, George Duke, and Patrice Rushen, Ayers was frequently attacked by jazz’s hardcore in the late ’70s for turning away from instrumental jazz and making vocal-oriented soul and funk his main focus. But what didn’t interest jazz snobs excited R&B lovers, who found a lot to admire about Vibrations and other Ayers albums from that period. This 1976 LP boasted the moody hit “Searching,” which has jazz overtones but is essentially an R&B song, and the title track which has become nothing less less than a funky soul classic. Ayers and his band Ubiquity are also quite appealing on gems that range from the sweaty, driving funk of “One Sweet Love to Remember,” “Moving Grooving,” “Higher,” and “Domelo (Give It to Me),” to mellow quiet storm numbers like “Baby, You Give Me a Feeling” and “Baby, I Need Your Love.” With Vibrations, Ayers reminded us that jazz’s loss was certainly soul/funk’s gain. (allmusic)

Tracklist

01. Domelo (Give It To Me)
02. Baby I Need Your Love
03. Higher
04. The Memory
05. Come Out and Play
06. Better Days
07. Searching
08. One Sweet Love To Remember
09. Vibrations
10. Moving Grooving
11. Baby You Give Me A Feeling

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