John Stubblefield —
Prelude ... CD Storyville (Denmark), 1978. Used ...
Hardly a prelude – as the album's a fully-formed, fully-stated set right from the start – easily one of the best moments ever for reedman John Stubblefield – and an overlooked spiritual classic from the 70s! There's a vibe here that rivals the Strata East scene at their best ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Guitarist Havard Stubo is one of the freshest talents working in the contemporary Scandinavian scene – and that's saying a lot, given the great company he's had on some of his recent releases! This date has a great balance between free ideas and straight ahead swing – a groove that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the first great moments of the Munich disco scene of the 70s – an electric batch of soul served up in support of Donna Summer's landmark title hit! The set features the full 16 minute version of "Love To Love You Baby" – done as a monumental suite that dips, turns, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Righteous club from Joey Negro and his legendary Sunburst Band – a contemporary group, but one who sparkle with a really classic 70s feel! The tunes here are completely sublime – upbeat, soulful, and soaring with an energy that few other groups can match – hardly a too-forced ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A soaring batch of boogie from the Sunburst Band – the group's long-awaited second album, and just as incredible as the first! Dave Lee's really gone all out for this session – dipping back into his classic references to feature vocals by older club singers that include Norma Jean and ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A record that might be easy to write this off as a mistake or inessential session – but thanks to some great arrangements by HB Barnum, Paul Riser, and Gene Page, plus great vocals by the groups, the record shines as much as any other Motown set from the time! The vocals are traded back and ... (Soul) read moreCD
The early 70s glam masterpiece from T Rex – setting the standard for the sounds to come – and pop landmark status aside, it's probably the best album Bolan, Mickey Finn and the group ever cut! On Electric Warrior, T Rex resurrects the primitive spirit of the seediest rock of their ... (Rock) read moreCD
A soaring stormer from T-Connection – and a set that has them sounding even better than before! There's a perfection here the group didn't have with earlier releases – a quality that goes way past indie funk ensemble, into the realm of some of the best mainstream acts on the bigger ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hip hop like we don't hear on the major labels any more – minimal soul based samples, midtempo grooves, thoughtful, often sung vocals, and beats by Jay Dee and the Herbaliser! This one is a groover from beginning to end, kind of reminding us of Tribe's Midnight Marauders in overall feel. T-L ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
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Lew Tabackin & Netherlands Metropole Orchestra —
Pyramid ... CD Koch (Austria), 1999. Used ...
It's been pretty hard to keep up with Nobukazu Takemura lately – Assembler is the second of 3 albums he's geared to release in as many months – but there are rewards aplenty for the dedicated souls that attempt to stick with him! Assember/Assembler 2 is probably the most abstract and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Tamba Trio —
Avanco ... CD Philips/Soul Jazz (UK), 1963. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A seminal set from one of the greatest bossa combos ever – a group who could boast sharp instrumentation and warm vocal harmonies too! The mix of sounds is completely sublime – jazzy piano trio sounds at the core, topped by soaring harmonies from the members of the trio – a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A collection of warm and wonderful bossa work from guitarist Sebastiao Tapajos – most of it recorded with a sweetly jazzy sound! The work here is from the late 70s and early 80s – and it features Tapajos on guitar on all numbers, joined by a shifting array of guests who include Paulo ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Although Howard Tate's work on Verve has gotten a lot of acclaim lately – thanks to an excellent CD reissue – this later album for Atlantic still remains in the ranks of soul obscurities. The album's perhaps not as great as Tate's Verve work – in that the arrangements don't fit ... (Soul) read moreCD
Cecil Taylor —
Indent ... CD Freedom (Germany), 1973. Used ...
A beautiful solo piano set by Cecil – recorded live in Ohio in 1973, and originally released on his own small Unit Core label. The work is a perfect example of how Cecil was stretching himself at the time – working in a mode that was part free jazz, part 70s spiritualism, opening up ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great quartet date from Cecil Taylor – one that begins with a slightly more subtle approach than some of his other performances from the time – then builds strongly into the energy we've come to expect in his music! The set features one long improvisation, running over an hour in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An indie soul classic from Gary Taylor – his first full album, originally issued in 1987 for Virgin! The set's got a style that's very much in the 80s mellow soul groove – a fair bit of electronics in the backing, but a smooth, round style in the tunes that snakes out with a good late ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A great little album of modern soul, cut by Johnnie Taylor years after his early raw Stax recordings, and about half a decade after his hit with "Disco Lady". The record's a surprising treat, and has Johnnie singing with smooth slick arrangements, in a warm mellow style, given a nice ... (Soul) read moreCD
Johnnie Taylor's first album for Stax – and a tremendous little set that easily stands as one of his greatest records ever! Sure, we love Johnnie in all his incarnations – but there's a special sort of something here – a rawness and earnestness – that makes the whole thing ... (Soul) read moreCD
It's been four years since Lewis Taylor's stunning debut album – but it's been worth the wait! Few recent singers have grabbed our attention so much – and we'd put Lewis into an "instant classic" soul category that would include the elite group of Omar, Monday Michiru, ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Richard Teitelbaum with Anthony Braxton —
Time Zones ... CD Freedom, 1976. Used ...
One of Braxton's most compelling albums of the 70s – a series of sonic explorations recorded with electronic music artist Richard Teitelbaum! Together, the pair laid down some excellent sax/moog improvisations that still sound pretty incredible today – and Braxton's icy tone is a great ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Certified dopeness from Dego and Mark Mac, who you might otherwise know as 4Hero, as well as a half dozen other aliases (Manix, Nu Era, Jacob's Optical Stairway, etc). Laidback hip hop grooves, with a decidedly jazzy feel. 14 tracks in all, including "The Friday Takeaway Order", "Wh ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD