A Charlie Brown Christmas [2012 Remastered & Expanded Edition]
Manufacturer: Fantasy Records
A newly remastered edition of one of the most popular and beloved holiday albums of all-time. This special 2012 edition of the multi-platinum selling classic includes THREE BONUS TRACKS that did not appear on the original 1965 LP.
Import vinyl LP pressing of the debut album from the British Rock/R&B diva and gossip column favorite. Frank achieved fantastic critical and commercial acclaim. Rarely out of the Top 40 since January 2004, it has been certified double platinum and was one of the UK's fastest selling albums of 2007 despite the fact that it was released three years earlier. Universal. 2008.
Reissue of Amy Winehouse's debut from 2003, when she was 20 years old. An explicit version special edition two CD set. With contributions from Hip Hop producer and keyboardist Salaam Remi, Winehouse's amalgam of Jazz, Pop, Soul and Hip Hop received rave reviews. The album was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize as well as two Brit awards, but its lead single, "Stronger Than Me," won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song.
Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Grammy winning trumpeter Chris Botti has returned in top form with Italia, his most lushly romantic and expressive album to date. Featuring duets with some of today's biggest international stars including Andrea Bocelli, Paula Cole, and Dean Martin, Botti's rich and articulate musical collection is truly beautiful, enchanting, and understatedly elegant.
Dave Koz is joined by a front line of top-notch horn players (Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot & Gerald Albright) to re-interpret an array of powerhouse horn-heavy songs made famous by Tower of Power, Chicago, EW&F, James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone, Ronnie Laws, Blood Sweat & Tears and others. Three of the world's best horn arrangers are contributing their talents: Greg Adams (Tower of Power) and Tom Scott. Topping it off is a sax-only rendition of "Take Five" with Gordon Goodwin offering his arrangement to the quartet.
The latest studio release from the modern trumpeter. Chris has steadily built up a fan base in the last several years. He has toured with Sting, Shawn Colvin and many others as well as appearing regularly on the Caroline Rhea Show. This will be the break-through POP album fans have been waiting and wanting him to do. Includes many standards you know, and several "new standards" that are destined for classic status. Featuring gorgeous string arrangements on most tracks. Produced by Bobby Colomby and Engineered by Grammy Winner Al Schmidt. Guest vocalists include: Sting (1 verse on 1 track) & Paula Cole (Lead vocals on 2 tracks). This is not the typical example of an artist from another genre jumping on the crowded standards-and-ballads bandwagon. When I Fall in Love instead represents an instrumental stylist busting out of a box to find a much more suitable platform for his craft. These tracks are the fruits of an obvious labor of love for everyone from the featured musicians to the arrangers to the engineers. The arrangers, particularly Billy Childs and Gil Goldstein, give Botti's trumpet a broad-brushed orchestral backdrop that allows him to emerge from the swirling strings and bouncy horns with bold strokes of creative improvising. Some tracks are obvious nods to Gil Evans and the lush arrangements of 1970s CTI recordings. Even the guest vocalists, Sting and Paula Cole, let his trumpet sing first before their respective cues on "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" and "What'll I Do." The only blemish here is the obvious attempt at smooth jazz airplay with Sade's "No Ordinary Love." --Mark Ruffin
Manufacturer: Atlantic Off Roster
Certified at 5 million units by the RIAA. (2/01) Soul has been through a lot of changes of late, and if there seems to be an oversupply of young divas-in-waiting today, you can probably thank Anita Baker for it. Baker was one of the few singers that bridged the old school to the new, and this 1986 album was--and is--a true soul classic. An inspiration for everyone from Whitney Houston to Toni Braxton, Baker carved the way with soaring vocals and an effortless style on tracks like "Sweet Love" and "You Bring Me Joy." "Caught Up in the Rapture" was the anthem for many a lovestruck couple, and Baker sums it up best herself in the same song: "Nothing else can compare." --Rebecca Wallwork
The Way Up represents, in the words of guitarist Pat Metheny himself, "our most ambitious undertaking ever as a group"-a single, brilliant 68-minute piece composed by Metheny and his collaborator of 28 years, Lyle Mays. Metheny has likened the creation of The Way Up to making a film, and in some respects, the album feels like a vividly rendered journey, its moods shifting like scenes glimpsed from a fast-moving vehicle. For nearly 30 years, guitarist Pat Metheny and his longtime musical cohort, pianist/keyboardist Lyle Mays, have covered an incredible amount of diverse material. On their debut recording for this label, they and their international group--bassist Steve Rodby, Mexican drummer Antonio Sanchez, Vietnamese trumpeter Coung Vu, and the Swiss-born harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret--distill that diversity into a continuous 68-minute opus. The challenge here lies in sustaining the melodic narrative thread while keeping the sound of surprise. Thanks to Mays's evocative pianisms and Metheny's array of acoustic, electric, and synthesized guitars, the group pulls it off. For Metheny fans this disc contains elements of his most acclaimed recordings, from the straight-ahead swing of Question and Answer and the folk-fusion of Offramp, to the Afro-Latin tinges of We Live Here, the atonally adventurous Zero Tolerance for Silence, and the Asian impressionism of Secret Story. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
Manufacturer: Word Entertainment
Brand: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CE
A virtual Who's Who of contemporary African-American music interprets Handel's 250-year-old oratorio. The roster includes Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Patti Austin, Boys Choir of Harlem, Andrea Crouch, Edwin Hawkins, Al Jarreau, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Phylicia Rashad, Vanessa WIlliams, Stevie Wonder and the Yellowjackets.No Track Information AvailableMedia Type: CDArtist: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CETitle: HANDEL'S MESSIAH-SOULFUL CELEBStreet Release Date: 08/15/1995