JariBu Afrobeat Arkestra —
Mediacracy ... CD Tramp (Germany), 2012. New Copy ...
Hard-wailing Afro Funk from JariBu – a group who not only continue the best musical legacy of the 70s, but the political one as well! There's a tightness to the group that we really love – a way of starting a tune right on the money, and making you feel like everything is exactly where ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Al Jarreau pays tribute to the great George Duke – on a set that's got the same sort of collaborative vibe as some of Duke's classics from the 70s and 80s! Al's lead vocals are superb – and they're given some great jazzy touches with production by Stanley Clarke, Boney James, Marcus ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful presentation of this incredible live material from Keith Jarrett – some of his most important solo piano recordings ever, on a par with the classic Koln Concert album, or his performances in the Sun Bear box set! Jarrett's at his warmest and most lyrical here – spinning out ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden —
Last Dance ... CD ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden have been playing together for many decades – growing together in each other's musical lives, and continuing to find rich new ways of expression – even on more subtle sessions like this! The duo take on some of the standards territory that Keith's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wickedly wonderful solo set from Chris Jasper – cut in a mode that's right up there with the best 80s material he did with the Isley Brothers! Jasper's voice sounds surprisingly great in the lead – maybe not as powerful as that of Ernie Isley, but with a sense of individuality that ... (Soul) read moreCD
An irresistible classic from Miles Jaye – possibly his best-known album, bouncing along with plenty of beats at the end of the 80s! The rhythms are plenty programmed, but Miles' vocals provide a great warm sense of contrast – soaring out with fluid, mature tones that are mighty nice, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Jazz A La Mode Trio —
Less Is More ... CD Cinedelic (Italy), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ...
A sweet Italian combo, and one who's got a very classic soul jazz sort of feel – a 60s-styled blend of Hammond and tenor that's mighty nice, and very much in the spirit of the vintage look of the cover! The record's got a great no-nonsense feel – just the right production to fit the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The trumpet of Jeremy Pelt really makes this album sparkle – blown with a mixture of lyrical tones and sharper edges, and getting great support from a lineup that features Anthony Wonsey on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! The solo horn in the lead also gives the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent set that's a fitting tribute to the genius of the West Coast Latin Scene! For as many years as New York's been a hot city for Latin jazz, Los Angeles has also had an excellent scene, filled with many talented players – but it's always been eclipsed in the history books because ... (Latin) read moreCD
An excellent batch of Latin Jazz – and a great second chapter in this series from LA, one that's possibly even better than the first one! The Jazz On The Latin Side All-Stars is a crack group of players that includes old masters and fresh new talents – with a lineup that includes ... (Latin) read moreCD
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in ... (Soul) read moreCD
An incredible album – quite possibly our favorite record by the JBs, ever! The set starts with a wonderful conversational bit – rapping and musing on the idea of "Damn Right, I Am Somebody" – showing the group in a political and righteous mode for the first time ever. ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most fantastic albums by the JBs – a masterpiece of funky jamming, tight instrumentation, and that free yet tight style of the James Brown 70s years! The tracks are longer than on some of the earlier singles – especially the 8 minute jammer "(It's Not The Express) It's ... (Soul) read moreCD
A different groove than usual from The JBs – but still pretty darn nice, and way better than just about all the other funky combos on the market! It's the late 70s, and James Brown's head is a bit addled – he thinks he's the guy who invented disco, and he starts turning his extended ... (Soul) read moreCD
Smooth and sweet soul from Jeffree – an unsung 70s vocalist with a really great approach! Jeffree, aka Jeff Perry, is the brother of Greg Perry – and works in a similar style to his more famous brother – warmly grooving soul with a fluid, mellow approach – served up with ... (Soul) read moreCD
Dick Jensen —
Dick Jensen ... CD Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the strangest albums ever issued on Philly International – a set of tunes by Dick Jensen, who was part blue-eyed soul singer, part easy male vocalist – sounding here as if he'd almost hit the market about 5 years too late to make a difference. The record's the kind that would be ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet, astral hip hop from Jneiro Jarel – a Brooklyn born producer and MC with one foot firmly set in mid 90s, leftfield NYC reverent beats and rhymes, and one foot in the world of atmospheric, cosmic electronic groove! It's a really ambitious set, never getting too far out, but with just ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
An insanely big amount of music from these two key Swedish jazz talents of the 60s – a 2CD package that features loads of trio material from pianist Jan Johansson, plus sides done in collaboration with guitarist Rune Gustafsson, and a few more tracks by Rune on his own! CD1 is overflowing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The crowning achievement of a young Elton John – and the record that took an already-great run of earlier records, and pushed it even further with a new depth of songwriting and imagination! The double-length set isn't exactly a concept album – at least not one with a unified narrative ... (Rock) read moreCD
The crowning achievement of a young Elton John – and the record that took an already-great run of earlier records, and pushed it even further with a new depth of songwriting and imagination! The double-length set isn't exactly a concept album – at least not one with a unified narrative ... (Rock) read moreCD
Every new album from Angela Johnson turns out to be a treasure – but this set may well be one of the best she's done in years – and a really strong step forward for the singer! The music has this full, rich style that almost feels like classic soul at times – not a retro 60s vibe ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star De Dakar —
Live A L'Etoile ... CD Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1969. New Copy ...
Seminal sounds from Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson – a rare late 60s concert that captures him at the height of his powers – soloing brilliantly over the Latin grooves of Super Star De Dakar! The group was one of the best in Dakar to take on elements of Cuban music – and ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Max Johnson/Ingrid Laubrock/Mat Maneri/Tomas Fujiw —
Prisoner ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ...
Bassist Max Johnson is the leader on this set – but the energy comes equally from all members of the group – including Ingrid Laubrock on tenor, Mat Manieri on viola, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums! At some points, all the other players seem to really get themselves in the same sonic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Osie Johnson looks a bit blurry on the cover, but the music on the record is razor-sharp – a great demonstration not only of Johnson's skill on the drums, but also his rare talents as a leader! Osie graced countless top-shelf sessions in the 50s, but only got a rare few chances to work up ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wicked early work from Roy Lee Johnson – a hell of a guitarist, and a soulful singer as well! The package brings together a whopping 30 tracks from Johnson's years at Okeh Records, and runs up to some sweet sides for Philips as well – tracing a great evolution from the late R&B ... (Soul) read moreCD
Samuel Jonathan Johnson —
My Music ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ...
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! ... (Soul) read moreCD
An incredible new version of Syl Johnson's classic album Is It Because I'm Black – packaged here with a huge number of bonus cuts in a collection designed by Syl himself! The core album is one of the best ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great work from one of the grooviest pianists of the 60s – a player who could always keep things lively and swinging, even in a small combo session! The album's one of Pete Jolly's gems for the Ava label – a follow-up to his semi-hit Little Bird, and like that one, a record done with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A legendary group, working here with a legendary singer too – presented in raw, earthy brilliance in this set of recordings by Alan Lomax! Lomax first encountered the Georgia Sea Island Singers a few decades before these tracks – but when he reunited with the group in the late 50s, ... (Gospel) read moreCD
Faux film, furious funk – the further adventures of Jimmy Ruckus via Big Pimp Jones – gritty drums, killer bass lines, slammin' sax and thematic bits of dialogue – bridging the 70s funky exploitation soundtrack oeuvre and hip hop era breakbeat funk just as deadly for this sequel! ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Darius Jones & The Elizabeth Caroline Unit —
Oversoul Manual ... CD Aum Fidelity, 2014. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from Darius Jones – so much so that the record doesn't feature the instrumentalist at all – just his own ideas and compositions performed by a very unique vocal quartet! The album is dedicated to all the singers who've influenced Jones ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stunning early work from the young Davy Jones – an obscure solo album cut in the years before he joined The Monkees – and done with a style that's a really great mish-mash of different Brit Invasion styles! Jones is definitely more pop than rock, and the backings here from Hank ... (Rock) read moreCD
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Elvin Jones —
Genesis ... CD Blue Note (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Elvin Jones rose to fame in the company of one of the greatest saxophone players ever – the mighty John Coltrane – and his post-Coltrane work like this really continues a keen respect for the role of the reeds in jazz – and really does a lot to push it forward as well! There's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Proof that Elvin Jones wasn't just riding on the laurels of the Great One during his years with John Coltrane – as the album's a breakout date that has Jones firmly establishing his own voice in jazz! There's an explosive power here that makes us think that Elvin must have really just been ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The great George Jones in all his glory – heard here on some seminal sides for the Musicor label – a place where Jones really started to come into his own! These are the cuts that made Jones a legend – music that helped the singer refine some of his east Texas rough edges, but ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Excellent work by Glenn Jones – even if the original record was only a 5 track EP! The set is one of those strange little records issued in the early 80s, when the music industry was trying to figure out a way to make money between the ever-escalating cost of the LP and the less-popular ... (Soul) read moreCD
Not the normal trio set you might expect – because on half the tracks, Hank Jones plays Fender Rhodes – which makes for a very different sound than usual! The record nicely alternates between Jones on acoustic and electric – and Hank manages to give some of the Rhodes tracks this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones —
Black Whip ... CD Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
Amazing stuff from Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones! Unlike some of the other players on Prestige during the early 70s – who often got a bit weaker as the decade moved on, thanks to the departure of some of the better forces arranging and producing the records – Jones kept on playing hard, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great 2-in-1 CD that combines the last two albums that Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones cut for Prestige! Unlike some of the other players on Prestige during the early 70s – who often got a bit weaker as the decade moved on, thanks to the departure of some of the better forces arranging and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joe Jones is a heck of a compelling singer here – way more than you might expect if you just know the title hit – even though that track's a gem too! The approach is early New Orleans soul, but also a bit more freewheeling than more familiar work of the time – with small combo ... (Soul) read moreCD
Not the Jonah Jones of Capitol Records crossover fame – but a different version of the player who's even leaner and meaner overall – set up here in a cool combo for this rare 50s date for Bethlehem Records! Jonah's still got some bright tones in his trumpet, but the whole group really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An unusual combination of records – both pretty darn great! First up is Jazz Tropical from Jonah Jones – one of the coolest albums ever from this legendary trumpeter – a set that's got a strongly Latin flavor, and which provides a very unique setting for Jonah's horn! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Trumpeter Sean Jones's best album yet for Mack Avenue – a quartet set that finds him taking a conscious step into a more spontaneous style – and it works incredibly well! It's not that Jones has suddenly left his classic hard bop influences behind for a raw, free jazz aesthetic. There' ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tremendous work from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – a set that took a bit longer to hit the racks than expected, but which really shows a richness that more than makes up for the delay! Sharon's a singer who's always been great – but she steps out strongly here with a sense of ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
New recordings from Willie Jones – a singer who's been working in soul music since the late 50s – first as a key member of The Royal Jokers, and more recently as a solo artist on his own! Willie got his start in Detroit, but the style here is more deep soul overall – done with a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A strong early 90s comeback from The Jones Girls – working with a roster of rising UK producers from the time, including Errol Henry and Soul II Soul's Jazzie B, which shows that the girls weren't living in the past! The leadoff title cut is a pretty radical change of pace for the legendary ... (Soul) read moreCD
A seminal set from The Joneses – and a record that really set a whole new style for soul vocal groups in the 70s! The group soar into new heights with some of the growing sophistication of the east coast scene – bits of strings, tighter charts, and some cool pre-disco grooves – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stones Throw's innovative upstart Jonwayne steps up big time with Rap Album One – which is, technically his first proper above ground rap album after a sprawling limited edition instrumentals release and some now hard-to-find cassettes – and it more than lives up to promise! When we ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A gem of a record from the young Duke Jordan – a set recorded in France, as part of a big postwar effort by the Vogue label – but one that also really captures the fresh, boppish energy that Jordan brought to his work on the US scene at the time! Duke's razor-sharp here – a deft ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Deeply soulful work from legendary reedman Kidd Jordan – an important figure on the New Orleans scene for many years, but one who's only finally getting his full exposure on recent records of this nature! The set features Jordan in duets with drummer Hamid Drake – as well as a solo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful showcase for the soulful tenor talents of Kidd Jordan – a player with a style that takes us back to some of the richest, most expressive musicians of the loft jazz scene of the 70s! Jordan's got a way of spinning out a long, personal statement on his horn – one that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Anthony Joseph —
Time ... CD Naive/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ...
Anthony Joseph has always sounded great – but this time around he's got some stellar help from Meshell Ndegeocello – who wrote, arranged, and produced the entire album! The result is the best material we've ever heard from Joseph – a completely righteous record that gives his ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
We love the piano work of Tizian Jost – a player with a really special way of ringing out his tone on the keys, often with this sort of joyful flow that comes across right away! A few notches either way, and Jost might be too sentimental or too smooth – but instead, he's got this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet sound library funk from Joy Unlimited – an early 70s German combo heard here on their rarest record ever! As with the group's commercial releases, there's a wicked blend of funky jazz and hard-riffing instrumentation – and unlike other records, this one's got an even leaner, ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Curriculum ... CD Discobertas (Brazil), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Rare early work from Joyce – a much-needed collection that brings together all the hard-to-find early bits recorded by this fantastic Brazilian singer – songs from compilations, live albums, singles, soundtracks, and other obscure sources! The 20 track set is a real treasure trove if ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Damn – what a great album! This is Joyce's second solo album – and it's a landmark in Brazilian music, stretching way past the bossa styles of her first release, into a groove that's free, jazzy, and open-ended, a real shift towards the genius of her work in the 70s and 80s. ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The first album by Joyce – one of our favorite Brazilian singers ever! The album's a wonderfully lyrical batch of tracks – many written by Joyce herself, plus a few by Brazilian songwriters Jards Macale, Toninho Horta, and Marcos Valle – and the orchestrations are by Gaya, and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the few Joyce albums ever issued in the US – a breezy outing from the end of the 80s, recorded with a bit more jazz than usual, and a number of English-language lyrics that were clearly intended to help break her into a wider market! Joyce is still very much in a comfortable setting ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The album's a recent one, but the legendary Joyce also returns to her roots a bit – hence the title – working here with a bit of help from the great Roberto Menescal, who brought the singer into the studio for her first bossa session 50 years ago! The format is laidback, warm, and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Really sublime, really unique piano trio work from Manolo Juarez – an obscure 70s session that has a feel that's unlike anything else we can think of! The set was done for the Trova label in Argentina, but it's got echoes of other South American modes throughout – maybe a bit of bossa ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really lovely bit of jazz from Argentine pianist Manolo Juarez – and a set that's completely different both from the usual jazz piano trio album, and from other South American jazz of the time! There's a sense of lyricism that seems inherited from the bossa nova generation in Brazil – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of the greatest blacksploitation soundtracks of the 70s – and one of the rarest too! The album's a crowning achievement for the mighty Don Julian – an artist who's best known for his earlier LA soul with The Larks, but who steps out here with a hip, hard-grooving sound that's ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the clubbiest African records of the 70s – and a set that would be equally at home on a New York dancefloor as it would back in Lagos! Orlando Julius was always a funky cat – an artist with one ear keenly tuned to the American funk and soul underground, and ready to fuse those ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics —
Jaiyede Afro ... CD Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A great counterpart to the legendary self-titled album from July – material recorded in a private setting, to predate that psych masterpiece – but every bit as stunning overall! The quality of this work goes way beyond its origins as demo material – as the sound is wonderful, the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Jungle By Night —
Hunt ... CD Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy ...
Fierce Afro Funk from this overlooked group – a Dutch combo with a groove that's every bit as fierce as some of the larger ensembles from the US and UK – and a dark edge that's very much in keeping with their name! The drums are massive, and usually fall right in line with the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A heady sound from Jungle Fire – a group who seem to be equal parts 70s Afro Funk and Latin – with percussion that rivals the best of the latter, and horns and guitar that match the best of the former! The group's got a super-sharp approach, but one that's never slick or commercial ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
The standout classic from Junior Giscombe – one of the more unique soul artists of his generation! The set's probably best known for its huge hit single "Mama Used To Say" – a killer cut with an incredibly catchy hook, and a groove that's lasted for years on 80s groove ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most unique Afro jazzy soundtrack you could ever hope to hear – African drummer, keyboard player and composer Remi Kabaka's soundtrack to Black Goddess! The film is from Nigerian director Ola Balogun, but was actually cast and shot in Brazil – and this soundtrack is really ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A completely charming Christmas album from The Gunter Kallmann Choir – a German group with a sweet easy feel – but working here in English throughout! The ensemble features a mix of male and female vocals – recorded with a sweetly swinging style that's somewhere between the Mike ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
A top notch soundtrack to this classic spy film by Sol Kaplan – and with a mix of jazz and orchestral themes that's similar to some of of our favorite Henry Mancini soundtracks from the same period! The main theme is nice and jazzy, with some good guitar, and a great crime theme vibe to it. ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Cem Karaca —
Nem Caldi ... CD Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1975. New Copy ...
Mad sounds from the legendary Cem Karaca – one of the hippest things going in mid 70s Istanbul – and an artist whose unique sound has gotten a great deal of global rediscovery in recent years! The music is a compelling mix of psych, funk, and more local styles – and although ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A great pianist in a really great trio – on a record that's wonderful not just for the piano lines of Fumio Karashima, but also for the bass of Isao Suzuki and drums of George Otsuka! All three players were really reinventing the sound of jazz on the Japanese scene of the 70s – and all ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very weird little record from Finnish singer Acre Kari – not really jazz, but not really not jazz either – almost a postmodern pastiche of a range of different styles, all wrapped up in a really playful sort of way! Kari really lives up to his swaggering, smirking image on the cover ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most sad-eyed covers we've ever seen from Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai – but a sweet little record that's one of her most soulful sessions of the 70s! The set's done in collaboration with the great Bobby Scott – who also plays some excellent Fender Rhodes on the record, and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great set from Japanese vocalist Kimiko Kasai – recorded live with spare backing by the Cedar Walton trio, in a mode that's quite different than her better-known 70s electric set with Herbie Hancock! If anything, Kimiko's sound here is more dynamic than the Herbie session – as the ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Pop psych from the UK scene of the late 60s – a group who clearly draw lots of inspiration from the American generation that includes The Left Bank, Association, and Yellow Balloon – working here in a fantastic debut album that's as rare as it is groovy! The sound is right on the money ... (Rock) read moreCD
Japan's legendary drummer steps out here with a killer combo – definitely a "big 4", given that the group features excellent tenor work from Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto, plus Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Hideo Ichikawa! Kawaguchi's famous sense of swing really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
KC & The Sunshine band definitely live up to the title here – doing it good, and doing it funky with a great early Miami funk groove! The sound has a lot more sharp edges than their later hits – but is still already plenty darn infectious – a wicked bouncy groove that never ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tryan Keberle's a trombonist, but one with a very light touch on his instrument – so much so that he blends wonderfully with the trumpet of Mike Rodriguez in this quartet – dancing along in a flurry of rhythms and colors with a bright, joyous sort of vibe! Like other albums on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great great work from Keith – one of those overlooked pop talents of the 60s, but one who really came across with a great sound at the time – kind of a mix of Burt Bacharach arrangements with a pop psych sort of edge! The tunes are sweet, but swinging too – and Keith's got this ... (Rock) read moreCD
The never predictable, always endearing spacey pop soul chanteuse Kelis's debut for Ninja Tune – working with producer Dave Sitek – and it's her best record in years! We've loved Kelis from get-to around here, going back to when her vocal presence grounded the spacier sounds of the ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Kanautis Smith and Blackspade team up for All Natural, Inc! There's often a soul music reverent vibe on records that come on on All Natural, and this one succeeds strongly on that front – as well as holding up as one of the finer producer/MC co-headling records we've heard in a while. There' ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A legendary album from the great Eddie Kendricks – a set that not only has the singer soaring on the kind of sublime old school vocal numbers he always did so well – but one that also has Eddie stepping out into some great dancefloor modes that would have a huge impact for years to come! ... (Soul) read moreCD
A soaring set from the great Eddie Kendricks – and a record that brings his Detroit roots into play with the best Philly grooves of the time – thanks to production from the mighty Norman Harris! Harris works with the cream of the crop of the Sigma Sound scene, and cooks up these ... (Soul) read moreCD
Eddie Kendricks —
Love Keys ... CD Atlantic/Real Gone, 1981. New Copy ...
An overlooked solo gem from Eddie Kendricks – recorded at a time when he was years past his solo Motown fame, but still burning strong on Atlantic Records! The set was recorded down in Alabama, and gives Eddie a slightly different setting – one that unlocks some really rich aspects of ... (Soul) read moreCD
Siegfried Kessler with Archie Shepp —
Invitation ... CD Impro (France), 1979. New Copy ...
One of the coolest sets we've ever heard from pianist Siegfried Kessler – not just because it features Archie Shepp on two great tracks, but also because it's filled with some of his most dynamic energy on piano! Shepp begins the set by stepping out strongly on a sublime reading of "Invi ... (Jazz) read moreCD
No need to be cautious here – as the album's the sort you can jump into right away – thanks to some wicked grooves from legendary guitarist Calvin Keys! Calvin's had a great revival in recent years, but this album's the stuff that first put him on the map – a brilliant early date ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic ragas from Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Kahn and Ustad Amir Khan on this compilation from El UK! The earlier material on Psychedelic India predates the psychedelic rock movement by nearly a decade, but the trance inducing sitar atmosphere is obviously an important precursor, and always amazing ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Chaka Khan —
Chaka ... CD Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as ... (Soul) read moreCD
Always-great work from Kindred The Family Soul – the unassuming duo who've really kept things strong over the years – and who always win us over with records like this! The pair sing together wonderfully – with a vibe that's rooted in spiritual modes, but turned towards very ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A 60s set from Memphis bluesman BB King – but one put together with a very distinct Chicago touch as well! The set's produced by Johnny Pate, and recorded live with a vibe that's similar to King's classic recording at The Regal – but it's almost got even more of a soulful punch, thanks ... (Blues) read moreCD
BB King hips up his groove a bit here – picking up some of the crossover soul and rock touches used by contemporaries over at Chess/Cadet, and expanding his sound with a range of guests that include Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, and Carole King! Despite the presence of these bigger names, the set' ... (Blues) read moreCD
One of the first records to feature BB King's famous guitar, Lucille, in the spotlight – an instrument he'd played for years, but which took on legendary status over the decades! The guitar's handled perfectly here by King – with a tone that still holds on to all the gritty edges of ... (Blues) read moreCD
Ben E King goes into a sweet sweet music trance – that late 70s dancefloor mode that really helped transform his sound, and breathe new life into his career! The style's not really disco, but is more an upbeat take on modern soul – a groove that still broke big on plenty of dancefloors ... (Soul) read moreCD
An overlooked gem from the later years of Ben E King – a sweet little set that shows that the singer was every bit as well suited to 70s funk as he was to the uptown soul of his roots! Ben's sweet voice soars wonderfully over bass-heavy grooves that draw on club and funk, but which also have ... (Soul) read moreCD
All the best work from Evelyn Champagne King's years at RCA Records – including some rare single mixes and album tracks – all wrapped up with a special 24 page booklet filled with notes, photos, and an exclusive interview too! Evelyn always had a special focus in her music at this time ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful gem from Evelyn Champagne King – her third effort with the great producer T Life, who always helped bring out the most soulful elements in King's music! Life's got a way of grooving, but never going for modes that are too easily commercial – still lots of disco and club in ... (Soul) read moreCD