Trumpet player Christian Scott really steps into his own realm of excellence on Yesterday You Said Tomorrow – his best work yet for Concord – a nice mix of moods ranging from sweeter melodic modernism with a rawish, but tight underbelly to heavier, more searing sounds! Here Scott is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jimmy Scott —
Source ... CD Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy ....
A unique moment from the legendary Jimmy Scott – a one-off album cut for Atlantic Records – recorded after his initial 50s fame, and decades before he'd finally get his due, much later in his life! The album's got a style that's a bit more mature than Scott's initial sides – a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great set by this American organist – famous for her French recordings, of which this is one of the best! Rhoda's working here in a live setting – in a trio with Joe Thomas on tenor and flute, and Cornelius Kranenberg on drums – and the tracks have a much harder groove than ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the grooviest albums ever from organist Rhoda Scott – a hip, double-length set recorded at the Club Saint Germain in Paris – often with a good deal of funk in the mix! Rhoda's working here in a slightly expanded version of her usual format – her own Hammond organ in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A standout early session from organist Shirley Scott – noteworthy in that it's a quintet recording, different than Shirley's mostly-trio output from the time! Here, she's working in a group that includes Oliver Nelson on tenor sax and Joe Newman on trumpet – and Nelson's edgey tone ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A groovy groovy electric set from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that really kicks things up in the rhythm department, in a way ties the album as much to Atlantic Records soul of the 60s as it does to some of Scott's earlier work for Prestige! There's a great pulse at the bottom of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tom Scott gets his apple juiced in this sweet live set – a concert performance from the early 80s, and a record that's got a sharper edge than some of Scott's studio work of the time! The group's nice and tight, with funky energy that really brings out the most soulful tones of Tom's sax ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A trio of classics from the mighty Tom Scott! First up is the landmark Tom Scott & The LA Express – a real breakout moment for reedman Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great later work from Tom Scott – an artist who cut funk records at the start of the 70s, worked on some great soundtrack jazz, and really spun things out strongly in later years too! Despite Tom's placement here on the GRP label, which was then home to a lot of smooth jazz – the Scott- ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gil Scott-Heron —
1980 ... CD Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1980. New Copy ....
A great one from Gil Scott-Heron – and another wonderful collaboration with Brian Jackson – who handled all the arrangements on this set, and gave the record that sweet jazzy sound that makes Gil's work from this time some of his best ever! There's loads of excellent electric piano ... (Soul) read moreCD
Avant folk rock from Seaven Teares on the Northern Spy label – and pretty compelling mix of tripped out acoustic folk sounds and more experimental touches! The vocals of Charlie Looker and Amirtha Kidambi are right out front and the mix – backed by their own guitar, harmonium and a bit ... (Rock) read moreCD
A beautiful set of 70s soul jazz flute tracks – featuring work by flautist Adele Sebastian, with backing by a hip group that includes Billy Higgins, Ricky Kelly, and Roberto Miranda. The tracks have a nice mellow Strata East/Black Jazz kind of sound to them – and the production is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible live performances from this legendary Senegalese singer – a vocalist with a sensibility that goes way past the boundaries of language and culture – with a sound so expressive, we have to keep reminding ourselves we can't understand the lyrics of the songs! Mar Seck was a ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A seedy psych Future – as it was foretold by The Seeds, circa '67! The Future kicks off with a dreamy intro – Sky Saxon waxes on with some spoken word backed by gentle, harp-like strings a little bit of organ before it takes flight – a heady clue that this one's gonna amp up the ... (Rock) read moreCD
A groundbreaking debut from The Seeds – one of those albums that seemed to come out of nowhere back in the 60s, then went onto have an undeniable influence on music for decades to come! The music is gritty and garagey right from the start – but also has a sinister focus that really ... (Rock) read moreCD
Fierce and funky grooves from the glory days of the NuYorican scene! The album's a killer – filled with uptempo tracks that mix together Latin funk, jazz, and salsa – into an electrified groove that burns mightily across all the tracks! The album's got a great blend of electric keys ... (Latin) read moreCD
Plenty of flavor here – a really well-crafted brew that's heavy with searing saxophone from Mike Selesia – mixed with other rootsy instrumentation in a very groovy way! Mike plays soprano, tenor sax, and flute on the set – clearly inspired by the John Coltrane generation, yet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rare Afro Rock from Nigeria's Semi-Colon group – and it's an astonishingly strong record! It's got fuzzy guitar grooves and spacey electic piano that are indebted to the global psych soul and rock scenes of the late 60s and early 70s – but the rhythmic sensibility, percussion and ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Innovative hip hop for on Plug Research – spacey, tripped out textures unlike anything else, paired with classic early 90s influences circa Soundbombing – a nice pair of modes, if you ask us! Features appearances by Blu, Coss, Denitia Odigie and others. Includes "The Feel ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Cosmic hip hop soul with a love for classic keyboard-flavored jazz funk – and a heck of a convincing debut from Seravince! Seravince is the latest – and to date greatest project from Vincent Helbers – whose earlier work with Flowriders was excellent, too. That said, this is real ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Wonderful sounds from a very groovy group – a mixed male/female ensemble who come off here with a surprisingly cool sound – kind of a mix of Sunshine Pop with some surprisingly dark undercurrents that definitely nod at the psych image on the cover! A few years earlier, these guys might ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the coolest Latin combos cooking today – a group who are heavily influenced by the funky Latin sound of the 70s, and who work here in a Parisian studio playing only on vintage instruments! If that sounds like too much hype, don't worry – because it's really just our way of ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
7 Days Of Funk (Snoop Dogg & Dam Funk) —
7 Days Of Funk ... CD Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy ....
Dam-Funk and Snoopzilla, aka Snoop Dogg, teaming up as 7 Days Of Funk – and it's not merely a new day for the timeless G-Funk sound – they're packing a whole week of it! Producer Dam-Funk and MC/singer Snoop couldn't be a better match – Snoop delivering laidback rhymes and easy ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A key album in the legendary 80s run of Shalamar – and a set that gets a tremendous amount out of a very stripped-down sound! The sound of Shalamar builds from a bit of bass, some snapping drums, waves of keyboards, and especially great vocals – warm and sweet, but never too commercial ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the greatest albums of Brazilian jazz that Bud Shank ever recorded – done with a style that's a lot more like some of the best bossa albums from Rio at the time! Bud's recorded in other bossa settings before – but there's something about this record that really gets the whole ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bud Shank's second Beatles-titled album of the 60s – and a set that's even groovier than the first! The record features a wonderful jazz-based approach to "second chapter" Beatles – with arranger Bob Florence providing superb arrangements for post-Rubber Soul tunes, which are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sublime little set all the way through – an early 60s date from the west coast scene – and one that was almost as important to that side of the country as the Verve bossa records were to New York! Bud Shank's in the lead on alto sax – no flute at all this time around – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Insanely fantastic! Ananda Shankar was one of the hippest sitar players of the 60s – an artist who was not only steeped in the strongest traditions of Indian music heard in other more mainstream players, but one who also had a keen ear for modder and funkier grooves of the time! This rare ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A unique set by the great Ravi Shankar – one of his trippiest albums ever, and originally recorded as a soundtrack for the film Viola! There's plenty of elements that resonate with some of Shankar's other studio work of the 60s – but there's also a much darker feel overall – ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A surprisingly trippy record by Del Shannon! The set is way different than the simpler pop you may know from Shannon's bigger hits – and the album's a rare late 60s gem with great British touches that include production by Andrew Loog Oldham and backings by Arthur Greenslade! There's a ... (Rock) read moreCD
The amazing return of the Shaolin Temple Defenders – a group who've really deepened their sound since we last heard from them! On previous albums, the Defenders were a razor-sharp funk combo – a French ensemble who'd really studied the funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
One of the few albums as a leader cut by pianist Ralph Sharon – a player who's best known for his years supporting singer Tony Bennett, but who sounds really wonderful here in an instrumental setting too! Sharon's got a way of coming up both with a punch and a fluid sort of groove – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jesse Sharps Quintet/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Sharps & Flats ... CD Nimbus, 1979/1985. New Copy ....
Soaring spiritual soul jazz from the LA scene – a CD that features a beautiful performance by the Jesse Sharps Quintet, plus a longer extended track from Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! We'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard of Sharps before this CD – but he's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sonny Sharrock & Nicky Skopelitis —
Faith Moves ... CD CMP (Germany), 1991. Used ....
Charles Bobo Shaw & The Human Arts Ensemble —
Junk Trap ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1978. New Copy ....
A wonderfully focused record from drummer Charles Bobo Shaw – a set that shows the new fire his music had gained in the latter part of the 70s! The lineup still strongly shows Shaw's roots – a creative combo that features Joseph Bowie on trombone, Luther Thomas on alto sax, James Emery ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent set of sophisticated soul cuts from Marlena Shaw – and a album that more than lives up to the title! Marlena really sparkles here – thanks to impeccable arrangements by Wade Marcus that perfectly mix together jazz and soul – finding that unique space that Shaw and a ... (Soul) read moreCD
Soaring soul from Marlena Shaw – her last recording for Blue Note, and a set that points the way towards her bigger fame to come at Columbia Records! Like some of her previous sets, there's definitely still some jazzy elements in the mix – yet the overall sound is much more fully ... (Soul) read moreCD
At last! Someone's finally gone and put together a real collection of Marlena Shaw's fantastic jazzy soul work! Sure, there's been other compilations out on the market – but this one's the real deal, and spans her years at Chess/Cadet, Blue Note, and Columbia – years that saw Marlena ... (Soul) read moreCD
A real standout set from the 80s years of trumpeter Woody Shaw – a solidly burning live set that blows away most of his studio work from the time! The album's noteworthy first of all for the presence of Bobby Hutcherson on vibes – whose soulful spiritual approach of the period ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A brilliant date from the later years of Woody Shaw – an album that equally shows Woody's own talents, and those of his key group of younger players too! Shaw's trumpet is perfect in both modes here – the hard-blown righteous numbers Woody first gave the world from his start, and the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A heavenly album, and easily one of our favorite George Shearing records of the 60s – thanks to some sweet bossa arrangements by a young Clare Fischer! Fischer's got a better ear for this groove than just about anyone else – and he beautifully mixes light woodwinds with bossa rhythms ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful work from a group that's filled with some of the freshest talents on the Chicago underground today – that great wave of players who are almost making for a second generation of avant expression, even in this modern era! Saxophonist Aram Shelton leads the group, and also plays ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful third album from Elizabeth Shepherd – possibly her best yet – taking the stripped down, yet adventurous jazzy soul intimacy of the debut and the deeper, dreamier sound of her Parkdale album, and coming up with a lovely, unique and wholly excellent sound on Heavy Falls The ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
An overlooked killer from Archie Shepp – a set that almost recalls some of the spiritual moments of his later Impulse work, and which definitely has him moving past some of the straighter sounds of this period in his career! Things are never too outside or free, but there's a balance with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite records from Archie Shepp's "new traditionalism" years – a set of understated brilliance and beauty, and proof that Shepp's tenor could sound every bit as great on the inside of jazz as it did on the out! The group here is a quartet – with Ken Werner on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous bit of jazz history – 2 classic Archie Shepp albums on 1 CD! Yasmina features Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot of pan-African influences! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A teeny-bopper Christmas from Bobby Sherman – all wrapped up and ready to go! The record features Bobby doing quickie readings of Christmas hits, plus a few new tunes – an obvious joy for his fans at the time, if not as timeless as other Holiday efforts over the years. Titles include ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
A totally fab set of obscure and rare Australian dub sessions from the early 80s! You read that right, lost dubs from down under! Sherrif Lindo was the dub pseudonym of experimental music purveyor Anthony Mayer, and this collection of dub tracks was originally issued on his own label Endless ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first European recordings from Sahib Shihab – a classic set that's the start of an amazing 60s run on the continent! Shihab here is quite different than his American dates of the 50s – bolder, and blowing with a really open, fluid sort of groove that marks a great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sahib Shihab —
Seeds ... CD Vogue/Rearward (Italy), 1968. New Copy ....
A legendary album from saxophonist Sahib Shihab – a record that's gone onto become the birth of all things modal and club jazz in the current scene! Shihab always sounded great, no matter what the setting, but there was definitely something magical going on with this session – a one-of- ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An amazing meeting of two of the most revolutionary talents on the European jazz scene of the early 70s – American expat Sahib Shihab, blowing some of his most exotic reeds ever – and pianist Jef Gilson, working here on electric keys and ondioline! The album's got a sound that echoes ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Hideo Shiraki —
Fiesta ... CD Teichiku/Think (Japan), 1961. New Copy ....
A brilliant early album from Japanese drummer Hideo Shiraki – a jazz session that bristles with the same intensity as key late 50s work by Benny Golson or Gigi Gryce! Although Hideo's leading the group on drums, his work on the kit is remarkably subtle – done with the snappingly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not sure what they mean by "Ameriachi" in the title – but from the sound of the music, there's definitely a great A&M Records-styled mix of jazz, Latin, and South American modes! The set begins with a set of cookers from drummer Hideo Shiraki – working with an excellent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Shokazulu (Kaidi Tatham) —
Shokazulu ... CD 2000 Black (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
A brilliant bit of business from the 4 Hero side of the musical universe – some very cosmic grooves from Kaidi Tatham – filled with complex rhythms and soaring keyboards that mix together equal parts jazz, funk, and London broken beat! The tunes are stripped-down, but never spare at ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A great later date from Dinah Shore – one that pays tribute to her initial rise to fame on the Lower Basin Street show – but which actually comes across much more in a groovy 60s style overall! Jack Elliott handles the arrangements, and he brings in a punched-up sort of rhythm that ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Genius, pure genius! Like all of Wayne Shorter's Blue Note sessions from the mid 60s, this album's a beautiful blend of hard bop ideas with a modern spiritual soulful consciousness – as important in its own way as Coltrane's work of the time – an incredible precursor for sounds from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Beautiful – simply beautiful – one of the greatest Wayne Shorter albums for Blue Note, and one of our favorite jazz albums ever! The record is a masterpiece of lyrical delight – soul jazz mixed with slight touches of experimentalism – but still warm, swinging, and personal ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album of incredible beauty – and one of the key early sides that Shorter cut for Blue Note! It's nearly impossible to describe the genius of these records without playing them – and upon playing, all words disappear in the brilliance of Shorter's incredible tone, solo imagination, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Avante ... CD Mais Um Discos (UK), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ....
Sublime sounds from Siba – a contemporary Brazilian artist, but one who comes across with all the charm of the 70s MPB generation! Instrumentation on the set is relatively spare, but very inventive – guitar lines and viola from Siba – mixed with quartet instrumentation that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Rare Canadian funk from the 70s – played by a hip little group who've also got a jazzy flavor too! The Sidewinders are a bit like American ensemble funk acts of the time – in that they can have an upbeat, tight approach to the groove when they want – but they also have a great ... (Soul) read moreCD
An incredible record from Labi Siffre – spare, simple, and totally beautiful – in a space beyond category! The album is the sort that should have been a real standout in the 70s – early work by one of the freshest songwriters to hit the British scene, sung in a style that's a bit ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best of Bunny Sigler's disco albums – a classic pairing with a the group Instant Funk, and a record that helped define the second generation of the Philly groove! Bunny's still got some of the sweeter touches of earlier years, but he also comes across with a much fuller vocal ... (Soul) read moreCD
A totally great little set from Sign Of Four – a project of Miles Newbold from the Natural Yogurt Band – served up with an approach to exotic jazz funk that's even trippier than his previous work! Miles plays a load of live instruments here – vibes, flute, guitar, percussion, and ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
70s action film-styled funk from the Italian scene from Signor Wolf – one that certainly lives up the experience promised by the title! The Signor Wolf approach is much more styled after the pulpy funk era soundtracks of the 70s than many of the JBs-born funk revival projects out there ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A pair of Alfie Silas albums for RCA – back to back on a single CD! First up is Alfie – filled with sweet crossover grooves from Alfie Silas – a singer with the same hook-heavy approach used by other 80s female singers like Denice Williams or Cheryl Lynn – set up here with ... (Soul) read moreCD
Silva leads his Celestrial Communication Orchestra, one of the best of the loose collectives playing around the Paris scene of the 1969/1970 era – and a group that includes Grachan Moncur III, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors, Dave Burrell, and Bernard Vitet. The group was one ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Alan Silva's usually best known as a bassist – but here he sets that instrument aside for a set of duets with William Parker – really rich music that has a much fuller feel than you'd expect from just a pair of players! The piece was entirely improvised – spontaneously composed ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Susana Santos Silva & Torbjorn Zetterberg —
Almost Tomorrow ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ....
A really compelling blend of sounds – the trumpet and flugelhorn of Susana Santos and the bass of Torbjorn Zetterberg – all coming together in ways we really wouldn't expect! The tracks each seem to have a very different flavor – not just a trumpet solo over a bassline, but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great mix of contemporary acoustic and Brazilian jazz modes – heard here on an album recorded in Rio, but with a fair bit of American guitar influences as well! The production is great, and really gets at the rich sound of Ricardo Silveira's guitar – and backing ranges from acoustic ... (Brazil) read moreCD