Mindblowing work from the early years of Schema Records – a set that really helped set a whole new tone for a generation – and which still sounds wonderful all these many hears later! Balanco work up a perfect blend of bossa rhythms and soulful jazz – all wrapped up with the kind ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the most soulful albums we've heard from Schema in many years – a brilliant batch of jazzy tracks from singer Andrea Balducci – served up with backing by a great lineup of players from both the Ricky Tick and Schema worlds! The core approach is jazz, but many of the songs are ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Braen's Machine —
Underground ... CD Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A swirling blend of soul, funk, and jazzy grooves – and a super-rare album that we've never seen in the original! Supposedly, backing on the record is by the British Afro-Funk group Assagai – which sounds right to us, because there's a nice rolling conga groove on many of the tracks. ... (Soul) read moreCD
Very very very cool stuff from Italy in the 70's. This tight little combo featuring Fender Rhodes, electric bass, and congas lays down some super tight grooves with a very deep, very funky, very laid back feel. Originally intended for soundtrack use in TV and commercials, this disc has finally ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A long-overdue collection of all the mixes, side-projects, and rare "Nicola Conte version" tracks that have cropped up in the past decade or so – work that's every bit as great as the material Conte includes on his own albums and singles! Nicola Conte's not a remixer – he's a ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A killer set from Finnish trumpet genius Jukka Eskola – a bossa-styled outing with a sweet 60s groove – but one that's quite different from his earlier hardbop recordings! The "orquesta" in the group is mostly just a string quartet – but they shade in spaces wonderfully ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Gerardo Frisina —
Hi Note ... CD Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy ...
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Hi Note, indeed! Gerardo Frisina's latest is awe-inspiring – a completely seamless blend of Italian and Latin jazz, bossa rhythms and percussion, and some of the most tasteful and naturally blended electronic elements you could ever expect to hear on an album so steeped in a genuine affinity ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The Latin Kick – with a jazzy groove! Gerardo Frisina's long been one of our favorite talents on the international groove underground, and like his labelmate and sometime musical partner Nicola Conte, he's got a way of crafting tracks that are awash in classic jazz touches. Frisina himself ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Group (Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza) —
Feed-Back ... CD RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ...
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One of the best records ever from the Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an obscure side project of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers – working here in a freaky, psychedelic setting! The album mixes sonic experiments with fuzzy guitars, freaky keyboards, and some ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
The sound of Ricky Tick hits Schema Records – with a whole new groove in the process! Tenorist Timo Lassy has won our ears strongly with his previous records for Finnish label Ricky Tick – hardbop groovers that are filled with soul and life, and lots of spontaneous live jazz playing. ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Guido Manusardi —
Introspection ... CD Schema/Rearward (Italy), New Copy ...
Around October 20, 2014
A great debut from an ultra-jazzy combo from the Finnish scene – one with the same sort of fire and crackle as the best groups on the Ricky Tick label! The tracks have a blend of 60s hardbop with some later soulful elements – and leader Kari Setala's got a mighty great touch on both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gianni Oddi —
Style ... CD RCA/Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy ...
Sweet keyboards galore – a wonderful sound library set from the Italian scene of the 70s – filled with Fender Rhodes throughout! The tunes are a mix of funky and mellower numbers – but all sport these really great keyboard lines up top – always rhythmic, even when moving ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
A 60s album recorded in Italy – but with a groove that's midway between Memphis and the mod sounds of the London scene – thanks to a heavy dose of Hammond and horns! The tunes are all instrumental, and leap right into the fray with these romping rhythms that often snap along in the ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Classic-styled funk from Alex Puddu – not only the greatest record we've heard from him so far, but a set that's definitely worthy of its "golden age" claim in the title! The music is all new, but it was done for a series of short Danish porno films from the 70s – and Puddu ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A great step forward for Alex Puddu, and a real return to form for the legendary Edda Dell'Orso – that sublime soundtrack singer from the 60s and 70s who made magic with Ennio Morricone and some of his best Italian contemporaries! Puddu's always had a cinematic vision to his music, but he ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Revelations ... CD Help/Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet sound library set from the early 70s Italian scene – the only album ever issued by The Revelations – a one-off studio combo with a very funky approach to electric jazz! The album's dripping with plenty of soul – and in a way, feels more like a sweet European take on late ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Nothing lost here at all – as the album's a standout set of new material from S-Tone, plus remixes of a few older nuggets – and may well be his best so far! There's a soulful depth to the music that we don't remember from before – a quality that mixes the jazzy and bossa-inflected ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A great little combo with a mighty sharp sound – one that's already topped by very soulful tenor and soprano sax from leader Alessandro Scala – but which also features some great guest trumpet from Fabrizio Bosso as well! The group's got all the sharp changes and strong sense of rhythm ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Toco just gets better and better with each new record – to a point where it's almost impossible to separate the sound of this recent release with Brazilian classics from the 70s! The vibe is great – not a bossa rehash, but kind of a post-bossa style that's almost more in the territory ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Tommasi Trio —
Zamboni 22 ... CD Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1960. New Copy ...
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Heavily grooving Italian jazz from 1960 – featuring the piano of Amedo Tommasi, and the twin-horn team of Cicci Santucci and Enzo Scoppa! Santucci plays trumpet and Scoppa plays tenor, and together, the pair were one of the tightest front lines working south of the Alps. We've stocked sets ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lorenzo Tucci & Luca Mannutza —
Lunar ... CD Schema (Italy), 2012. New Copy ...
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Pretty great work from the team of Lorenzo Tucci and Lucxa Mannutza – two artists we normally associate with much straighter jazz material, but who really take off here together! The format is still definitely jazz, but the energy is quite free a times – just drums and effects from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sublime work from saxophonist Eraldo Volonte – a rare mid 60s session recorded in Italy, and totally hip work all the way through! Volonte's got a tone here that's really tremendous – clearly Coltrane-influenced, especially on the tenor selections – but also stretching out with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The 5th volume in this great series is bigger than ever! Back when volume 1 first came out, the idea of modern bossa dancefloor tunes was a strange concept – now, thanks to the work of the Schema crew, in releases like this one, the groove is here to stay – and strongly! The set ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Beautiful bossa groovers galore – and one of the greatest entries so far in a series that never lets us down! Years back when Break N Bossa first started, the concept of older Brazilian modes and contemporary dancefloor rhythms was something of a new idea – but over the years, with the ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A fantastic collection of rare bossa material from Italy! The set's one of the best we've ever seen of this type, and it's a completely fresh batch of tunes that breaks past a lot of the other Italian compilations of recent years. Some of the artists are familiar names – like Morricone, ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A low price, but a really great package – one that's overflowing with some of the best recent work from the mighty Schema Records! If you read these pages at all, you'll know we think that Schema's one of the greatest things going these days – a modern label, but one that's committed ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A rich document of the growth in the Italian jazz scene in recent years – a great leap forward not just for individual musicians, but also for the Schema label as well! Schema first began in the 90s with a relatively programmed approach to jazz – a style that loved the classics, but ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A legendary set of sound library grooves – and actually one of the first to kick off the genre! The package brings together rare tracks from the small Italian Octopus label – not nearly as well-known as De Wolfe, KPM, or other sound library giants – but an equally great source of ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Stunning compilation of Italian grooves from the early 70's – and one that has a slightly different twist than some of the other one's we've been stocking. The folks at Schema have put this one together, and the set's got a feel that's similar to some of the newer releases they've been ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD