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Rare gems and revived classics!


Sun Ra Arkestra

Live At Pit Inn Tokyo 1988
DIW/Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1988. (reissue)
A classic Arkestra live set from the end of the 80s – beautifully recorded, and put together with a lot more dynamic energy than some of the less professional Sun Ra live dates from the time! The set runs for nearly an hour in length, and tracks are long, but often quite focused – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Cuca/Numero, Late 1960s. 2LP Gatefold
A treasure trove of overlooked soul tracks from the scenes in Wisconsin and Chicago back in the day! The legendary Midwest label Cuca is maybe best known for a string of great rock recordings in the 60s – searing instrumentals and raw garage tracks that firmly established their name with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Bethlehem, 1954. (reissue)
A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Faraj Suleiman

As Much As It Takes
Two Gentlemen (France), 2024.
Beautifully spiritual work from Palestinian pianist Faraj Suleiman – an artist we love in a solo mode, but one who really expands his sound here in a variety of different formations! The album features duo, trio, quartet, and quintet performances – with the haunting piano sound of ... CD (Jazz CD)
WeJazz (Finland), 2024.
The Worldwide on the cover is a reference to the long-running radio show served up by DJ Gilles Peterson – a figure who's influenced us in countless ways over the years – from his late 80s work on the London scene, to his Talking Loud label in the 90s, his Brownswood projects in the ... Magazine (Magazine)

Terumasa Hino Quintet

Hi-Nology
Takt/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
A pivotal recording from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – done in a crackling electric mode that's a real departure from his earlier work! Terumasa's probably gotten a bit of inspiration here from Bitches Brew (as you might guess from one of the titles, "Like Miles") – but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Verve, Late 1950s. (reissue)
A classic Verve album from Sonny Stitt – one that's become very well-remembered over the years, even though the setting's a bit different than you might expect! As with a few of Stan Getz's Verve albums of the time, Sonny's blowing here with a west coast group – a quartet that features ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Gathering (Jesse Sharps)

Healing Suite
Village LA/P-Vine (Japan), 2022. 2LP
A really powerful project from the LA underground – served up by a group led by Jesse Sharps, who you may remember from classic albums on the Nimbus label – and done at a level that unites the sound of his generation with some of the best currents of more contemporary years! The lineup ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Numero, Late 1970s.
A cool condensed version of the larger 4LP box set of work from the legendary Laraaji – a set that features passages from both his debut album and parts of six more extended tracks that were never issued at the time! That debut album is his legendary Celestial Vibrations – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Age LP)

Conjunto Papa Upa

Fruta Madura
Music With Soul (Netherlands), 2024.
A really cooking combo, and one who sound even better here than they did on their last album – working in a style that revisits older Latin and tropical grooves, yet tweaks the sound slightly to open up new corners – all while sticking to a very classic vibe overall! This isn't a Latin ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. 2CD
A set with old school breakdancers on the cover, but one that features music from the generation before – a whole host of 70s funky nuggets, all of which might provide the right sort of beats and grooves for spinning on a piece of linoleum on the sidewalk! There's just a slight touch of hip ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Delroy Wilson

Good All Over
Coxsone/Studio One, 1969. (reissue)
A classic album from Delroy Wilson – cut right at that key time when Studio One were maybe one of the strongest labels on the Kingston scene – at least in terms of putting out rock-solid full length albums like this, where a singer like Wilson gets just the right sort of groove to match ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Verve, 1959. (reissue)
One of the standout Dizzy Gillespie albums of the 50s – a record that perfectly sums up all the new energy that Diz had picked up in the generation – delivered in an album that really shows the trumpeter at the top of his talents! Gillespie was one of the key founders of bebop in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Seeco/Charly (UK), Mid 1960s.
A really rare slice of work from the great Bobby Pauneto – easily one of our favorite artists on the New York Latin scene of the 60s! Bobby's best known for a rare album on the Mardi Gras label in the late 60s, and two groundbreaking 70s albums of Latin jazz – and the material here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Two Gentlemen (France), 2021.
Stunning solo piano work from Faraj Suleiman – served up in a style that seems to evoke both the longform creations of Keith Jarrett and some of the more mystical currents of the music of VI Gurdjieff – all while staying in a jazz-based mode that fits the Montreux Jazz Festival setting ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1964. (reissue)
A jazz classic if there ever was one – and the best-selling album ever by Lee Morgan, thanks to the use of the title track in a car commercial! Sure, you've probably heard "The Sidewinder" enough that you think you know the album already – but the rest of the tunes really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 1960s/1970s/Early 1980s.
A really incredible compilation, and one that's a great reminder of why we love the Analog Africa record label so much! Sure, there's been collections of Congolese music before – but this one's got that special something extra that Analog Africa can bring to play – an ear for just the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Giovanni Guidi/James Brandon Lewis/Thomas Morgan/Joao Lobo

New Day
ECM (Germany), 2024.
Pianist Giovanni Guidi sets a really wonderful scene here for the tenor of James Brandon Lewis – a record that lets the saxophonist show us yet again what a wonderfully diverse player he can be! The quartet features two familiar partners for the pianist – bassist Thomas Morgan and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Spirits Rejoice

Spirits Rejoice
Jo'Burg/Frederiksberg (Netherlands), 1978. (reissue)
A great South African jazz session from the 70s – and one that's got all the soulful currents you might expect from the group's name! There's definitely a spiritual jazz approach here at times – but the group also picks up the groove at other points too, and almost seems to resonate ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Habibi Funk (Germany), Late 1970s.
Sublime soundtrack work from Ahmed Malek – an artist who works here in modes that are very different than European and American film score styles of the time! Ahmed hails from Algeria, and he blends lots of regional elements in with more contemporary instrumentation that includes keyboards, ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Studio One, Early 1970s. (reissue)
Jennifer Lara's a hell of a singer – maybe not the biggest name on the Jamaican scene at the time of the recording, but a vocalist who can easily go head to head with some of the hipper American soul vocalists of the time! Jennifer's got this way of sounding righteous and laidback at the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Gwigwi Mrwebi

Mbaqanga Songs
Honest Jons (UK), 1967. (reissue)
Sax-heavy South African instrumentals – recorded in the London scene of the 60s, and a great example of the strong musical benefits of the post-colonial years! The group's a sextet with both group leader Gwigwi Mrwebi and ex-Blue Note Dudu Pukwana on alto sax – both of them trading ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Zanja All Stars

Cuban Jam Session Volume 1
Zanja (UK), 2024.
A killer set that really lives up to the classic jam session style of the Havana scene – but one that features a mix of contemporary singers and musicians, all coming together in a very vibrant way! The recording style is great – more open than on some of the classics, with this sense ... CD (Latin CD)

Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells

Together (original mono master)
Motown/Elemental, 1964. (reissue)
A great start to the Marvin Gaye duet mode of the 60s – an early pairing with Mary Wells, done back when she was one of the leading female singers at Motown! The style here is a bit more old school than some of the later Gaye duo albums – but there's plenty of charm in the tunes, as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Riverside/Craft, 1961.
Beautiful early work from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that's quite different than most of his better known sets from the time! The album's more spare and stripped-down than usual – with Cannon's alto in a quartet alongside Bill Evans on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Motaxis/Now Again, 1977. (reissue)
An album of righteous power from the great Paul Ngozi – every bit as important on the 70s Zamrock scene as contemporaries Witch and Musi-O-Tunya – but an artist who's maybe also more powerful and personal as well! As you might guess from the title, there's a lot of politics in the mix ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
P-Vine (Japan), 1977/1979.
A huge musical treasure – a full unreleased album by Weldon Irvine, plus a bonus material as well! The music is from the stage play Young Gifted & Broke – a short-lived production by Weldon, and one that's done with some of the same hip modes he was bringing to his own music of the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

Whisky A Go Go 1968 (180 gram pressing)
Zappa, 1968. 2LP Gatefold
Mindblowing music from a really legendary evening – June 23, 1968 – a date on which Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention promised to deliver five hours of unprecedented sounds at the Whiskey A Go Go! The music is a mindblowing mix of jazz and rock, years before fusion – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Montell Jordan

This Is How We Do It
PMP/Rush, 1995. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A huge 90s album from Montell Jordan – one that formed a big bridge between the worlds of hip hop and R&B, and which has had some surprisingly strong legs in the years after it was first crafted! Plenty of folks blended hip hop elements with soul, but Montell may well have been one of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jackie Mittoo

Evening Time
Studio One, Late 1960s. (reissue)
A Studio One classic from keyboardist Jackie Mittoo – and a set that's one of his funkiest solo sets as well! The album has Jackie on both piano and organ – the latter of which he handles as if he's the Stax-era Booker T to the sound of Studio One – which is delivered here with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Louis Armstrong

Louis In London
Verve, 1968.
A never-issued performance from the great Louis Armstrong – recorded late in life, and a tremendous testament to the way in which Armstrong had become so much more than just a standard jazzman in his final years! The set was recorded by the BBC, where Louis and the group performed in a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Verve, 1959. (reissue)
Oscar pays tribute to Frank – but he uses his keys, not his voice – to come up with some great renditions of tunes from Sinatra's classic Capitol years! It's true that Peterson was known to vocalize on some sessions (most notably on his tribute to Nat King Cole, recorded a few years ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Orquesta Akokan

Caracoles
Daptone, 2024.
A contemporary record, but one with a very timeless vibe – music that seems to evoke a vintage Havana, almost in the years before the revolution – as Orquesta Akokan deliver a wicked mix of percussion, basslines, and horns – all topped with fantastic vocals from Kiko Ruiz and a ... CD (Latin CD)
Verve, 2024.
A great summation of the decades-long genius of Brian Eno – served up here in tracks that were chosen to accompany the documentary on the man and his music, in a lineup that also includes a few key collaborations and even some unreleased titles too! The set brings together early vocal ... CD (Rock CD)
Something Weird/Modern Harmonic, Late 1960s/Early 1970s.
A great trip back to the glory days of grindhouse cinema – served up here in a host of trailers and music from films of the legendary David F Friedman! Friedman was one of the kings of exploitation of the time – and worked heavily in the pre-porn years of raunchy cinema, then dabbled ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Supraphon/GAD (Poland), 1966.
Fantastic 60s material from the great Gustav Brom – an artist who famously recorded for the MPS/SABA label, but who's already taking off wonderfully here! The album's not the jazz mass you might expect, and instead it really has Brom breaking from some of the straighter styles of his earlier ... CD (Jazz CD)
EMI/BGO (UK), 1971.
One of the most creative albums ever from UK composer Neil Ardley – and that's saying a lot, given the complexity of his other work! The set's got a wonderful blend of jazz arrangements and some freer passages – scored by Ardley with some of his most sensitive, most beautiful music ... CD (Jazz CD)
Clean Cuts/Sundazed, Early 1980s.
Dr John at his rootsy best – working here on just piano and vocals, in a stripped-down mode that almost provide the Crescent City history that he never had in the first place! As most folks know, the doctor first started working as a studio talent on the LA scene in the 60s, then drew on his ... CD (Soul CD)

Snoop Dogg

No Limit Top Dogg
Priority/Capitol, 1999. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Snoop was definitely top dogg by the time of this set – as his 90s rise to fame had him standing as a mainstream superstar far from the hip hop underground from which he emerged – yet the record is actually maybe a musical step back towards his roots, thanks in part to some key ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Nubiyan Twist

Find Your Flame
Strut (UK), 2024.
Nubiyan Twist just keep on getting better and better with each new record – finding a sound that pushes way past their roots, and which uses the bold energy of their large London ensemble to unlock a new way of linking together jazz, soul, and Afrobeat! This album introduces singer Aziza ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Grand Prix/Italian Golden Mondo (Japan), 1971.
The sound of industry, circa 1969 Italy – which means that everything sounds a heck of a lot groovier than you might expect! Soundtrack genius Alessandro Alessandroni handled the album – and it's completely fantastic right from the very first note – nothing like an industrial ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Deram/Universal, 1972. (reissue)
Wonderful work from the early Thin Lizzy trio lineup – a record that has all the power of their later records, but which also mixes in some airier moments that really help shape the sound! These guys are already setting themselves apart from their psych or blues rock predecessors – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Gino Vannelli

Nightwalker
Arista/BGO (UK), 1981.
Gino Vannelli still going strong well into the 80s – hitting this sweet blend of soul, rock, and crossover vibes – all in a style he virtually invented for himself in the 70s! The long perm look may have kept Gino out of crates in later years, but there's a top-quality feel to the ... CD (Soul CD)
Mood Mosaic (Italy), Late 1960s/Early 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Forget the cheesy cover, as the set's overflowing with great grooves – a mix of jazz and soul from very obscure sources, all served up with an ear that goes way past the obvious! The Mood Mosaic series has been giving us well-chosen cuts for over 20 years – the kind of special cuts ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Rogue Art (France), 2024. 4CD
A tremendous tribute to the genius of bassist Joelle Leandre – an artist who's celebrated here in a set of recordings that were mostly done at the Vision Festival in New York, where Leandre was presented with a lifetime achievement award, and celebrated with brilliant performances with a ... CD (Jazz CD)
GAD (Poland), Mid 1960s.
Never-issued work from one of our favorite Polish jazz musicians of the 60s – vibist Jerzy Milian, an artist whose modern sounds were almost as much an important part of the scene as the piano of Krzystof Komeda! Here, Milian works in two different small groups – one a quartet with the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
One of the first true moments of genius from tenorist Joe Henderson – his debut as a leader for Blue Note, and a set that already has him knocking it out of the park, and setting a tone for a whole new generation! Right at the start, Joe was as distinct a saxophonist as recent predecessors ... CD (Jazz CD)

Herb Pilhofer

Olympus One
Good Sounds/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
An unusual set of grooves from the farther reaches of the TK Records universe – a set of all-instrumental tracks from arranger Herb Pilhofer – best known as a sound library talent, but one who works here in a funky jazz style that's not unlike some of the material you'd find on Kudu ... CD (Jazz CD)
Maledetta Discoteca (Italy), Early 1980s.
A much-needed look at a hip subgenre of Italian music – the influence of reggae on the scene during the 80s, where the laidback grooves of the globally-reaching style were a perfect mode for the easygoing spirit of the sunny Mediterranean scene! The tracks here are less straight reggae than ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Clifford Jordan

Beyond Paradiso 1969
Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands), 1969.
An incredible live performance from the great Clifford Jordan – one recorded overseas, with a batch of non-American player – but a set that already shows the spacious, spiritual territory that he would open up in the 70s! Even when swinging in more familiar jazz territory, Jordan's got ... CD (Jazz CD)

Flamingo Group feat Marie Rottrova & Peter Nemec

This Is Our Soul (with bonus tracks)
Supraphon/GAD (Poland), 1971.
A killer from the Czech scene of the early 70s – and a set that clearly draws its inspiration from the sound of mid-60s London – especially artists who mix jazz and soul, like Georgie Fame or Zoot Money! The core combo is totally great – with a very R&B-drenched vibe – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Bumblebee Unlimited

Sting Like A Bee
RCA/No Music No Life (Italy), Late 1970s. (reissue)
One of the biggest releases of the 70s from the underground dancefloor team of Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael – a duo best known for their cutting-edge work on their own P&P label – but who still sound equally great here on a much bigger label! As with the P&P grooves, the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Amour/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
One of a handful of great records from this smooth soul group from the end of the 70s – one who certainly know some of the clubby modes of the era, but who also seem to embrace some of the warmer group soul from a few years before! There's some great help from like-minded talents on the ... CD (Soul CD)

Wlodzimierz Nahorny

Z Tamtej Strony Teczy
GAD (Poland), 1972.
A film soundtrack, but one that represents the pinnacle of Polish jazz experiments at the time – given that the music was composed by the great arranger Wlodzimierz Nahorny, and performed by a group led by the inventive jazzman Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski! The music moves effortlessly between ... CD (Jazz CD)

John Coltrane

Ole (180 gram pressing)
Atlantic/Rhino, 1961. Gatefold (reissue)
A magnificent record from John Coltrane – one of his earliest expressions of unbridled spirituality, and a session that we've treasured for years! As you might guess from the title, there's a slight Latin focus to the record – but not one that has congas and bongos creating choppy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Decca/BGO (UK), Late 1960s/Early 1970s. 2CDs
Killer work from the great Conway Twitty – caught right here in the key years of his rising rebirth as a country singer! As is well known, Conway started out as a young rockabilly singer, but wisely made the shift to country in the second half of the 60s – a move that seemed to suit ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Far Out (UK), 2024.
A great take on a wonderful record – as Joaquin Joe Claussell serves up a fresh mix of the excellent Umoja album from Italian jazz maestro Nicola Conte! Claussell's been a huge name in house music for decades, but he's also got a very organic approach – which means that he never tries ... CD (New Grooves CD)
BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. 2CDs
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... CD (Jazz CD)
CJRO (UK), 1950s/Early 1960s.
A romping collection of postwar work – not just blues, but R&B as well – all mixed together in a way that really holds up a groove! These aren't the moody, slow, late nite blues cuts that you might expect – and instead, most of them have romping rhythms, great guitar, and ... CD (Soul CD)
Dexterity/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
A gem of a live set from Dexter Gordon – one that features a nice change from some of his more familiar records of the time! The set features Gordon recording away from Cafe Montmartre, with an excellent Dutch rhythm trio – the fantastic Rob Agerbeek on piano, plus Henk Haverhoek on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fantasy/Real Gone, Early 1980s. 2CDs
Two full albums from this legendary duo – plus rare bonus tracks too! First up is the self-titled album Two Tons O Fun – seminal work from singers Martha Wash and Izora Armstead – better known by their later name as The Weather Girls, but already pretty darn great here as Two ... CD (Soul CD)

Derek Bailey/Will Gaines/Simon H Fell/ Mark Wastell

Virtual Company
Confront (UK), 2024.
A live recording, done at London's Cafe OTO, but one that's also got a virtual component too – as two of the performers were beaming into the club from the outside! The in-person players are Mark Wastell on cello and percussion, and Simon H Fell on bass – joined by guitarist Derek ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1970. (reissue)
A very unusual album for Wayne Shorter – recorded right around that 1970 point when Duke Pearson was exploring formats for Blue Note artists that included larger, often electric arrangements, pointing the way towards some of the later 70s soul jazz work on labels like Kudu or CTI! This set, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971. Gatefold
A never-heard third Dusty Springfield album for Atlantic Records – issued here for the first time ever, and very much in the same soulful spirit as her other records for the label! Springfield tackled Memphis and Philly soul on her previous two albums for Atlantic – and here, she hits ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Vertigo/BGO (UK), Early 1970s.
Two great solo records from Ian Matthews – plus bonus tracks too! First up is the initial If You Saw Thro My Eyes – a great set! Ian Matthews got his start in Fairport Convention, but a record like this makes it clear that Matthews always needed to be a mainman of his own – as ... CD (Rock CD)

Piero Umiliani

Orgasmo
Four Flies (Italy), Late 1960s.
A wonderfully lovely soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – a record that's got a lot more depth and richness than you might guess from the title, or the salacious image on the cover! The set begins with a fantastic vocal number sung by Lydia MacDonald – "Fate Had Planned It ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
P-Vine (Japan), 2024.
A very cool collection – and one that's hardly the ambient set you might expect from the title! Instead, think of these tracks as mellow jazzy gems – tracks both vintage and contemporary, but with a laidback vibe and a nicely offbeat way of approaching the music – so that the ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Topic/P-Vine (Japan), 1971.
A lost gem from Anne Briggs – one of the lesser-known artists of the British underground folk scene at the end of the 60s – but a singer we'd rank right up there with the great Sandy Denny! Briggs works here in an ancient-sounding batch of material – the kind of tracks that ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Vroommm/Italian Golden Mondo (Japan), 1973.
A rare television soundtrack from Italian jazzman Sandro Brugnolini – easily some of his most hard-hitting work, and a mighty cool record to boot! Brugnolini mixes small combo jazz and some darker orchestrations in a shifting palette of sounds from track to track – which means that ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Anthony Braxton

Solo Bern 1984
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1984.
A really great setting for the reedwork of Anthony Braxton – and a record that reminds us that although he can be a great composer and a really inspiring leader – at the heart of it all, he's still a masterful musician on the alto saxophone, one whose improvisational skills are maybe ... CD (Jazz CD)

Zdzislaw Szostak

Pokusa
GAD (Poland), 1960s/Early 1970s.
Very obscure film music from Polish composer Zdzislaw Szostak – and very wonderful as well – music that follows a similar stretch to some of the period in which the Czech new wave was really taking off – and delivered with a style that has an equally striking mix of modern modes ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Archie Shepp

Poem For Malcolm
BYG/Charly (France), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
Beautiful work from Archie Shepp – a record that's filled with meaning and power, and which really stands out as a freer expression of his ideals while working on the European scene! The players here are an array of other BYG/Actuel luminaries – including Burton Green on piano, Grachan ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

JJ Whitefield & Forced Meditation

Infinity Of Nothingness
Jazzman (UK), 2024.
You might know JJ Whitefield for his funky work, especially in Poets Of Rhythm – but here, he's opening up a very different side of his musical palette – working in a spiritual jazz mode that comes as a nice surprise! The tracks are spacious and open – mostly rhythmic and modal, ... CD (Jazz CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 2024.
Sweet jazzy hip hop from Edbl – a set that's got a definite London vibe, thanks to appearances from Lazy Eyes, JayaHadaDream, Manik MC, Turt, Superlative, Quinn Oulton, and others! As with other releases, the beats are nicely laidback with a warm current that provides a perfect backdrop for ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Andrew Hill

Nefertiti
East West (Japan), 1979.
One of Andrew Hill's best records of the 70s – a soulful trio recording performed with Richard Davis on bass and Roger Blank on drums – and a real return to the glory of his 60s material! Hill's piano still has that fresh angular modern approach of his Blue Note sides – but the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Virgil Anderson

On The Tennessee Line
County/Mississippi, 1980. (reissue)
A record that sounds as ancient as the appearance of its cover – and even though the set was originally released in 1980, it feels more like a Folkways Records release of Appalachian music from the postwar years! Virgil Anderson plays banjo and sings in this fantastic voice – with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Henryk Kuzniak

Seksmisja
GAD (Poland), 1984.
Wild work from a Polish comedy of the 80s, but a set that offers way more than you'd expect – sounds that are very different than other European comedic modes of the period! There's a space setting for the film, which allows for some cool electronic bits – but not in the thin, keyboard- ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

William Parker/Cooper Moore/Hamid Drake

Heart Trio
Aum Fidelity, 2024.
A record that's full of heart – and one that features the great bassist William Parker handling a whole host of other instruments as well – ney flute, shakuhachi, bass dudek, Serbian flute, and ngoni – all of which stretch out and show the way that his sense of spirit can inhabit ... CD (Jazz CD)

Nino Ferrer & Radiah

Nino & Radiah (with bonus tracks)
Barclay/Universal (France), 1974.
CD...$9.99 16.99
A really great chapter in the career of French singer Nino Ferrer – an artist who was already delivering some funky work in the 60s, and who really opened up with an even stronger sense of soul in the 70s! Here, Nino's singing with Radiah Frye, and the pair are working with some very groovy ... CD (French CD)
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A fantastic collection of really rare club cuts – music we'd never have heard otherwise, all brought together in a package that remind us that any time we think we know a lot about classic funk and soul – we realize we still have plenty to learn! The previous volumes in this series ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Numero, Late 1960s/1970s.
A randomly-numbered, expertly-selected set of deep funk and soul from Numero – modeled after underground compilations that came out in the wake of the peak Wu-Tang/Shaolin sample era –and a killer selection that both celebrates and straight up transcends the theme! The tracks here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Alvin Queen

Feelin Good
Stunt (Denmark), 2024.
Alvin Queen is one of the few old school drummers who seems to keep on giving up greatness, year after year – maybe recording more these days than he ever did back during his early, classic stretch – and proving that at that level, he's become as strong of an overseas leader as the ... CD (Jazz CD)

John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Tony Oxley, et al

Jazz In Britain 1968/1969
Decca/Endless Happiness (UK), 1968/1969/1972. (reissue)
A rare 1972 album that brings together (then) previously-unissued material from the cutting edge of the late 60s British jazz scene – five longish tracks that feature different and unique groupings of musicians that include John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Mike Osborne, Harry Miller, Kenny Wheeler ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1960.
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their ... CD (Jazz CD)
Detour (UK), Late 1960s.
Don't let the 21st Century in the title fool you – as these are all vintage 60s tracks, all with a great little groove – most of which are so obscure, they've never gotten the right sort of love until decades after they were recorded! The set's filled with treasures that have been ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin
Bell/Sommor (Spain), 1970. (reissue)
An excellent rock album with lots of funky breaks, and some very very heavy drums by Rupert Baer! The set was put together by Shel Talmy, but he also got some help from the great Alan Hawkshaw, of funky KPM and Serge Gainsbourg fame – who seems to hone the record into a groove that goes way ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Something Else featuring Vincent Herring

Soul Jazz (with bonus track)
Smoke Sessions, 2024.
A mighty nice record from an all-star group – one that pays tribute to Cannonball Adderly with the name of the combo, and who also open up in a much wider array of soulful jazz modes too! The leader is altoist Vincent Herring, working with a superb mix of players who include Jeremy Pelt on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dollar Brand

African Breeze
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974.
Dollar Brand playing solo – but with a vibrancy that hardly makes you miss the other instruments at all! Most of the record features solo piano, but there's also a bit of bamboo flute as well – leading off the set and establishing this great organic vibe to the whole thing, which is ... CD (Jazz CD)
Riverside/Jazzman (UK), 1960s/Early 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
A set that looks at the surprisingly strong contribution to spiritual jazz from the Riverside Records label – a company best known for their late 50s/early 60s classics from Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and others – but one who also allowed enough artistic freedom for other artists on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Elvin Jones with Jan Hammer & Gene Perla

Elvin Jones Is On The Mountain
PM/Solid (Japan), 1975.
An overlooked gem from Elvin Jones' mid 70s years – and a sweet fusion jammer that has the best kick of the classics on the PM label! The group's a trio, with Jones on drums, Gene Perla on bass, and Jan Hammer on drums – and Elvin may be the leader of the set, but the real strength of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Leonardi/Italian Golden Mondo (Japan), 1975.
America's never sounded better than in the hands of Italian sound library talent Daniela Casa – who does a great job here of serving up all these cool tracks that would have been right at home in a film set during the 70s! The music is a mix of themes that evoke different slices of the ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Vault, 1970. (reissue)
A record with a sound that's as wonderfully swirling as its cover – material from a short-lived Cali group of the early 70s, and one who deliver this set with all the best elements of the big groups of the time – but with a much more laidback vibe! Their harmonies can really be ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Johnny Burgos & Jeremy Page

All I Ever Wonder
LRK (UK), 2024.
The cover image here is maybe a bit unusual – as Johnny Burgos kicking back on the hood of a car looks more like one for a country record – yet the set is rock-solid soul all the way through, thanks to strong production help from Jeremy Page! Johnny's vocals are great in a contemporary ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Takeo Moriyama

Green River
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
Drummer Takeo Moriyama is best known to our ears as one of the key forces in the trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita in the 70s – and he definitely continues that strong legacy here, but with a vibrant voice that's all his own! The session is maybe more pitched towards the spiritual side of the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Acid Jazz (UK), 1960s/Early 1970s.
A second set of tracks chosen by the hip British duo of Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller – the former a well-known actor, the latter the man who founded the Acid Jazz label many years back! In some way, the set's similar to some of the compilations that were first showing up in the early ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Kohsuke Mine

Sunshower
East Wind (Japan), 1976.
Lots of funky keys and choppy sax passages – on this sweet Japanese fusion session headed up by reedman Kohsuke Mine! Mine plays both soprano and tenor on the record, and it's got a feel that's halfway between some of the harder jamming European fusion sides of the 70s – like mid 70s ... CD (Jazz CD)
Warner/Rhino, 1986. Gatefold (reissue)
A pivotal late album from Miles Davis – and a set that helped him find a whole new direction for his electric expressions in the 80s! Davis was still sounding great on his later records for Columbia, but he takes a nice turn here, working in collaboration with bassist Marcus Miller – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Timeless/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1985.
Chet Baker did so many wonderful things in his later years, which are often sadly overlooked except for those in the know – and one of the best was to start working with guitar more often, instead of piano – using the gentleness of the instrument to really change his style and the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Detour (UK), Late 1960s.
This great series just seems to be getting better and better with each new release – maybe digging deeper than back with the first volume – as the label's knowledge and understanding of rare mod and freakbeat grooves really expands past the classics! This volume features some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Chris Bryars

Boptics
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2024.
A set that's way more than the bop reference in the title might imply – as Chris Byars offers up this really unique interweaving of horns – instruments that swing and solo with a bebop inspiration, but with a complexity that also echoes an older west coast modern sound too! Byars blows ... CD (Jazz CD)

Abena Koomson-Davis

Where Is Love
WJ3, 2024.
Singer Abena Koomson-Davis has a legacy of work that includes time in the cast of the Fela musical – yet she sings here with the intimacy of a classic jazz vocalist – working with excellent small combo backings, in a group that also features plenty of strong trombone work from the great ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis

Squadra Antifurto
Four Flies (Italy), 1976.
That's the great Tomas Milian on the cover – looking like a slightly comedic undercover cop – which is a good way to highlight the music on this soundtrack! The work is definitely in the cop/crime territory of the Gudio and Maurizio DeAngelis team, but there's also a lighter feel to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986.
A really fantastic setting for the tenor genius of Pharoah Sanders – and a record that's very different than just about anything else he ever recorded! As the title implies, the album's a duo recording with pianist John Hicks – just his piano and Pharoah's tenor – working ... CD (Jazz CD)

Albert Beger/Ziv Taubenfeld/Shay Hazan/Hamid Drake

Cosmic Waves
No Business (Lithuania), 2023.
There's plenty of full-on frenzy here – with Albert Berger blowing tenor next to the bass clarinet of Ziv Taubenfeld, both players who really seem to drive each other to new heights over the long live tracks recorded on the set! The tone of the clarinet often creates a woodier, earthier one ... CD (Jazz CD)

Grateful Dead

Reckoning
Arista/Grateful Dead, 1981. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the key live Grateful Dead albums from the 80s – a set that's a bit of a partner to Dead Set, as the tracks were recorded around the same period – and a record that definitely showcases the love of acoustic roots that had really been foregrounded in the group's music by the end ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Sam Morrison

Dune
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1977.
A pretty great little fusion set from saxophonist Sam Morrison – as slinky, sloping, and seductive as the title – and a record that might have been right at home on CTI! The album features all original tunes by Morrison – played with a very cool group that includes Al Foster on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cuneiform, 1971. 4LP
LP...$117.99 129.99
A stunning live performance from this legendary group – presented here in its entirety for hte first time ever – spread out over a total of four discs that really let the lineup stretch out and do their thing! Soft Machine are at their jazz/rock best here – with Mike Ratledge on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Skye/Sundazed, 1969. 2CD
Wendy and Bonnie Flower were just teens when they cut this late 60s gem – but they've got a way of singing together that's extremely haunting, and which has made the album a unique musical treasure since the moment it was released! The pair get some very hip help in the studio from jazz ... CD (Rock CD)
Som Livre/Far Out (UK), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Rolando Bruno Y El Grupo Arevalo

Cosas Raras (with bonus download)
Peace & Rhythm, 2024.
Cool contemporary cumbia from this hip Argentine group – one who add plenty of their own great touches to the classic grooves from the past! There's a strong sense of electricity to the record – not drum machine beats or samples, but instead this great use of fuzz and electronics ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Verve, 1958. Gatefold (reissue)
Blues-a-plenty, but still pretty darn jazzy too – as the "blues" in the title is just Verve's code for the way the album's put together – loose, unstructured, and a great format for Johnny Hodges to do some wonderful blowing on alto sax! The album also features strong work ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Zacchae'Us Paul

Jazz Money
Candid, 2024.
A groundbreaking blend of jazz and soul from Zacchae'Us Paul – an artist who's bound to be at the top of the listening stack for years to come – or at least we hope so, if the world has any justice! Imagine the vibe you first felt when discovering Gregory Porter, or hearing the Black ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rehman Memmedli

Azerbaijani Gitara Vol 2
Bongo Joe (Switzerland), Late 1990s/Early 2000s.
Rehman Memmedli may look a bit square on the cover, but he plays some really wild guitar on the record – tracks from a big moment in Azerbaijan culture – when music like this was able to flow forth with a surprising amount of power! Rehman uses as much fuzz as a Tuareg guitarist, but ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Ebos/Numero, 1972. (reissue)
"Now you can experience transcendental consciousness without spending 10 years in a Tibetan monastery" – or so the liner notes proclaim – a pretty great description of what's bound to happen after making your way through this very trippy album from the early 70s! The set's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Ana Frango Eletrico

Little Electric Chicken Heart
Mr Bongo (UK), 2019.
A record with a wonderfully personal vibe – a set that echoes some older strands of Brazilian music, like bossa nova or 70s MPB – but in a way that's very much Ana's own, and with this stripped-down vibe that really makes it feel as if the singer's working without a net – really ... CD (Brazil CD)

Art Blakey with Barney Wilen

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Fontana/Universal (France), Late 1950s. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest non-blue Note albums ever recorded by Art Blakey in the early days – an album that was originally only ever issued in France, as the material here was done for a great new wave film directed by Roger Vadim! The vibe here is nicely different than some of the more familiar ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Strata/BBE (UK), 1974. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Sweet reeds and lots of Fender Rhodes – a lost 70s album from the Detroit underground, and one of the best-ever sets from saxophonist Larry Nozero! Larry's working here in close collaboration with keyboardist Dennis Tini – whose Rhodes and Clavinet work really make the album sparkle, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Master Wilburn Burchette

Transcendental Music For Meditation
Burchette Brothers/Numero, 1976. (reissue)
Two side-long jams from the great Wilburn Burchette – each of which work together to make for a mad journey in sound that's every bit as spooky as the image on the cover! This is one of those sets that has Burchette using eerie keyboards and electronics as even more than his more familiar ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Universal (France), 2024.
Nino Ferrer made some great music with singer Radiah back in the early 70s – and one of those classic tracks is reworked here in some mighty hip ways – all put together by producer Guts, but with key contributions from Bruno Patchworks and Florian Pellissier – the former an artist ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
Ankh Arts/Native Rebel (UK), 1985. (reissue)
A really fantastic take on the tradition of spoken word in reggae – a set that's got a much rootsier vibe than you'd expect from the release date, and instrumentation that's very acoustic overall – mostly strong use of percussion to back up the righteous words of AnkAnum! The set has ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Two Piers (UK), 1960s/1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Dreamy sounds in many styles – and a collection that's way more than you might guess from the title! The tunes are by artists who are maybe more familiar than you'd guess from any "celestial" reference – not folks from the new age underground, but instead a mix of jazz, soul, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Boiled/Mexican Summer, 2019. (reissue)
Sessa starts with a very intimate place here – at the core just working with his own vocals, a nylon guitar, bass, and shakers – yet somehow, he creates a sound that's full of life and feeling, with a richness that tops work by much bigger groups! There's a quality here that takes us ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Two Piers (UK), Late 1960s/1970s/1980s. 2LP
The ultra-cool Two Piers label has been quietly revolutionizing the art of the compilation – bringing together songs from a surprisingly wide range of sources, often in ways that aren't tied to a specific scene, label, or sound – yet somehow finding a way to resonate together in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Gregory Groover

Loveabye
Criss Cross (Denmark), 2024.
The tenor of Gregory Groover sounds mighty nice here – especially next to the vibes of Joel Ross, who is an equally strong star of the set! And in fat, the whole group might be great – Aaron Parks on piano, Vincente Archer on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums – coming together ... CD (Jazz CD)
International Anthem, 2024.
A live performance of material from Tom Skinner's album Voice Of Bishara, but one that comes off in a very different way – in part because the set adds in material inspired by avant cellist Abdul Wadud, but mostly because the way the players come together is really beautiful, personal, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Mexican Summer/Anthology Editions, 2024.
A really beautiful portrait of a really beautiful musician – the late great Arthur Russell, a New York talent whose groundbreaking work touched so many different scenes in the 80s, before he was taken away from our planet all too soon! Russell's music has lived on and flourished in recent ... Book (Book)

Various

AfroMagic Vol 2
Everland (Austria), Late 1970s/Early 1980s.
Great cuts from that special space where African funk comes into play with American club – a genre that was especially popular on European dancefloors in the late 70s and early 80s – a place where many of these tracks would have found a very welcome home! The music here isn't the raw ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Gingko Press, 2020.
A fantastic book for any fan of rare Italian soundtracks – particularly the work of the great Ennio Morricone – whose genius here is portrayed in the style of an album cover art book, with full color reproductions of cover of hundreds of rare and classic albums! The book does have some ... Book (Book)

Stevie Wonder

Music Of My Mind
Tamla, 1972. Gatefold
A pivotal album from Stevie Wonder – one of his first really heady records, and a tremendous little set from start to finish! The Wonder heard here is light years from the simple pop of the early days – really stretching out both as a songwriter and musician – coming up with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Hiatus Kaiyote

Love Heart Cheat Code
Brainfeeder, 2024.
Great work from Hiatus Kaiyote – one of those bands who seem to have found their own spot in music, and just keep digging in deeper – to a point where they've got a style and approach that's very much their own! There's a shimmering soulfulness to the album that's instantly captivating ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Kent (UK), Late 1960s/1970s/Early 1980s.
A crucial collection of Philly Soul – all handled by the great Thom Bell, a studio genius who did as much for the music as Gamble & Huff at the time! Unlike that duo, who mostly made magic on their own labels, Bell had a hand in countless cuts for different companies – a really ... CD (Soul CD)
Two Piers (UK), Late 1960s/1970s/2024. 2LP
Killer French pop – both old and new, but with an especially strong focus on that magical 60s generation that really made the music shine so strongly – which is then followed through with later work that still continues a vintage spirit! The set's got an ear for tunes that have had ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Citrus Sun (Bluey)

Anaconga
Dome (UK), 2024.
Great work from the Incognito side project Citrus Sun – a set that's already got some great original material, then follows up with some ultra-hip covers of 70s soul and funk gems! If you know the work of Bluey, or the groove of Incognito, you'll definitely get the vibe here – and ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Faye Richmonde

Girlesque
Davis/Everland (Austria), Late 1950s. (reissue)
Faye Richmonde's a singer who really has a way with a naughty tune – the kind of material that you might expect from her see-through nightie on the cover! The instrumentation is relatively lean – usually just piano, with jazzy currents – hardly the sex-drenched sound you might ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Shunzoh Ohno

Bubbles
East Wind (Japan), 1975.
Sweet electric funk – and a really great, long-lost Japanese fusion session from the 70s! The album's headed up by Japanese trumpeter Shunzoh Ohno, but it also features work by American players like Reggie Lucas on guitar, Sam Johnson on keyboards, and Roy Haynes on drums – all of whom ... CD (Jazz CD)

Joe Armon Jones

Wrong Side of Town EP
Aquarii, 2024.
You might know keyboardist Joe Armon Jones for his groundbreaking work on the London jazz scene – and for this special EP, he celebrates a different side of his city's music – the huge influence of Jamaican music and the legacy of dub! The tracks here are played by a core group of jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

William Parker & Ellen Christi

Cereal Music
Aum Fidelity, 2024.
A really beautiful, really unique album from William Parker – a set that still features some work on bass, but which also opens up with some spoken passages that unlock a new sense of poetry and spirit that we've never heard this strongly! The record's a collaboration with Ellen Christi, who ... CD (Jazz CD)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
A very cool setting for Japanese vocalist Mari Nakamoto – a unique trio outing that features guitar from Kazumi Watanabe and bass from Isao Suzuki – both really creative players who push the album way past the usual! The mix of guitar and bass is wonderful – gentle, but still ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Tony Oxley Quintet

Angular Apron
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1992.
A brilliant album-length improvisation headed up by drummer Tony Oxley – done at a time when he was serving up some of his best recordings on the European scene – a legacy to which this never-issued performance can be added! The set is completely on fire throughout – Oxley at his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Parlophone, Early 1970s.
CD...$127.99 139.99
A very cool package, and one that might be sub-titled "The Road To Ziggy Stardust" – as the whole thing provides this progression of work that eventually led up to one of the best-known albums from David Bowie! As has been documented elsewhere, Bowie's partnership with guitarist ... CD (Rock CD)

Magic In Threes

Magic In Threes
GED Soul, 2011. (reissue)
Magic In Threes are a trio, as you might guess from their name – but they've got a nicely expanded sound that goes way past the standard grooves of a funky trio – almost sound library at times, in the way they approach the music – with especially strong use of organ, keyboards, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Boban Petrovic

Zur/Zora
Discom/Everland (Austria), Early 1980s.
A pair of rare Yugoslavian gems from Boban Petrovic – back to back in a single set! First up is Zur – an early 80s groover from Boban Petrovic – one of the stars on his scene in Belgrade, even though most of the rest of the world were unable to hear his work at the time! Boban's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Edsel/Demon (UK), Late 1970s/Early 1980s. 2CD
Don't worry about the discharge, and don't let the fever get you down – as this set's the cure, not the cause – a really well-done collection of disco gems from the glory days of the US scene – not pop cuts or radio hits, but the kind of underground tracks that kept things burning ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Ace (UK), Late 1970s/Early 1980s. 2LP Gatefold
A really cool set that documents the rise of the synthesizer in sound library music – not the weird, offbeat electronics that were getting recorded in the late 60s – but more tuneful, keyboard-based modes that really transformed the scene at the time, and helped change up the way sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Sundazed, Mid 1960s.
Never-issued work by a very cool Bay Area combo – one who deliver some very searing guitar-driven instrumentals – almost more Northwest garage at times than some of the surf rock promised in the title! Guitarist Richard Frost is young here, but already on fire at the level that would ... CD (Rock CD)
Crown/P-Vine (Japan), 1963. (reissue)
Something of a full-length debut for the great Ike Turner – and a set that brings together some of his key moments working as a powerhouse for the RPM/Crown label in the 50s! Ike's on guitar on most of these tracks, and he sings too – but he's also a force at the helm of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
BBE (UK), 2024.
A stunning volume that may well serve as the greatest introduction to Japanese jazz records we've ever seen – a huge, full-color book that features hundreds of rare Japanese-only releases, most in 12" square pages that replicate the original size of the cover too – along with label ... Book (Book)

Dizzy Gillespie

Soul & Salvation
Tribute/Liberation Hall, 1969.
A damn funky record from Dizzy Gillespie – not the bebop of his early years, nor the longer Latiny tracks of the 60s – but instead this great set of short, tight instrumentals that are all arranged by funky genius Ed Bland, then topped with some wicked solos from Dizz! The group also ... CD (Jazz CD)

Akira Miyazawa

Noyuri
CAE (Japan), 1992.
A wonderful later album from Japanese tenor giant Akira Miyazawa – one of the players who really helped the scene find its own sound back in the 60s, still sounding wonderful here decades later! Miyazawa's tone and timing are superb – and the album's a set of duets with the pianist ... CD (Jazz CD)

Joe Yamanaka & The Wailers

Reggae Vibrations
Teichiku/Jamdung (Italy), 1982. (reissue)
One of the most unusual chapters in the career of The Wailers – a set that has the group backing up singer Joe Yamanaka – an artist born in Japan, but with Caribbean roots – and one who's famous for his earlier time in the Flower Travellin Band! The set was recorded at Tuff Gong, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
HoZac, 2024.
The EP is a very special sort of record – not a single, but also not a full LP – and instead this package that often features a short but powerful burst of creativity – almost as if the artist had just put out a small release with all their best tracks at the time, instead of ... Book (Book)

Sade

Promise
Portrait/Legacy, 1985. Gatefold (reissue)
The second fantastic album from Sade Adu and crew – a record that continues the wonderful style of jazzy soul they forged on their debut – and which really sets a new tone for sophisticated soul in the 80s! At a moment when so many others were thinking that maturity meant throwing away ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Xaver Hellmeier

X-Man In New York
Cellar Live, 2023.
A killer set from jazz drummer Xaver Hellmeier – recorded in New York and produced by drummer Joe Farnsworth – a mentor of the younger player, and maybe the force for bringing together the top-shelf group on the date – a wonderful lineup that features Eric Alexander on tenor, ... CD (Jazz CD)

David Murray

Francesca
Intakt (Switzerland), 2024.
A really fantastic album from David Murray – a no-nonsense session that's a real return to the kind of fresh tenor genius he was bringing the world in the 80s! This is a set with a quartet that swings – and Murray blows tenor and a bit of bass clarinet with the kind of raspy warmth and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Flying Dutchman/Acid Jazz (UK), 2023.
A great return to form for the legendary Flying Dutchman label – born anew here with a killer album of righteous soul from the legendary Billy Valentine! Billy's no stranger to music, but he sounds better than we might have expected – in part because he gets backings throughout from a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Hat Art (Switzerland), Late 1960s.
Two classic Albert Ayler albums – back to back on a single CD! First up is Live In Greenwich Village – one of the first big moments of Albert Ayler's work in the jazz mainstream – and a record that doesn't dim his greatness at all from the earlier sides recorded for ESP! The ... CD (Jazz CD)
Joint International/Weekend (Germany), 1981. (reissue)
A stunning set of dub from the legendary Keith Hudson – a record that was recorded late in his too-short life – at a time when he was living in America, where he teamed up with Bullwackie Barnes for this groundbreaking record! The album features vocal numbers followed by dub companions ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Tristan Honsinger

From The Broken World
CAE (Japan), 1992. 2LP
Fantastic work from a time when Tristan Honsinger was really making some genre-breaking music – playing cello here in a free jazz-styled setting – in a trio that features the great trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, and pianist Shibuya Takeshi, who also plays organ too! As with the other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Margo Guryan

Words & Music
Numero, Late 1960s/Early 1970s. 2CD
A really fantastic set of work from the wonderful Margo Guryan – songwriter of some of the hippest tunes of the late 60s scene, and one who only gave the world one full album of music before stepping aside from the studio! Margo's got roots in jazz, but also comes across with a cooler, more ... CD (Rock CD)

Takao Uematsu

Come From With
CAE (Japan), 2024.
A really unique later album from Japanese saxophonist Takao Uematsu – a player you might know from famous work on the Three Blind Mice label during the 70s – sounding nicely different here! The album was produced by the Japanese singer Maki Asakawa, and has a tuneful vibe at most ... CD (Jazz CD)

Staples Jr Singers

Searching
Luaka Bop, 2024.
A long-overdue second album from this very spiritual group – one recorded almost 50 years after their first, and with a sound that's maybe even deeper overall! Over the course of decades, it's clear that the Staples Jr Singers have lived a lot of life – which really comes through in ... CD (Gospel CD)
Jackpot/VP, 1983. (reissue)
An early dancehall classic from Don Carlos – a set that shows just how much the style was linked to the roots generation at the start – as Don sings here with some great backings from The Aggrovators, which are then filtered through all sorts of cool styles that really reflect the fresh ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
RCA/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972. (reissue)
One of Willie Nelson's last albums for RCA, and a set that definitely hints at some of the musical changes to come on his albums for Atlantic and Columbia! The sound's a bit different here than on Nelson's 60s RCA material, as Felton Jarvis is handling production, and letting Willie do his thing a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s.
CD...$8.99 11.99
All the coffee-themed cuts you could ever want in a single compilation – a package that's a great reminder that when the Bear Family takes on a topic, they do a way better job than just about anyone else! This isn't one of those simple Starbucks-themed collections from years ago – and ... CD (Rock CD)

Kapsoul

Ascent
P-Vine (Japan), 2024.
Japanese beatmaker Kapsoul has clearly found his creative vision while living in LA – where he's opened the door to contributions from a whole host of very hip artists from the scene! There's a few instrumentals here that are great – jazzier numbers, with a great sense of warmth and ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Epic/Legacy, 1988. (reissue)
A beautiful record, and one that continues the "less is more" approach that works so well for Sade! The record really puts the vocals at the forefront, while still also finding the right kind of lean groove to make them work so well – important, as the breathier style of singing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Grapefruit (UK), Late 1960s/Early 1970s. 3CDs
Three rare albums from this overlooked UK singer/songwriter – presented here with lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Message To A Harlequin – heady pop from Tim Hollier, who's working with some especially nice arrangements from John Cameron – all in an orchestral pop mode that ... CD (Rock CD)

Ennio Morricone

Cosa Avete Fatto A Solange
Quartet (Spain), 1972.
A beautiful illustration of the balance of light and darkness in the best work of Ennio Morricone – and an obscure soundtrack that dances between both sides of the spectrum! The main theme is incredibly sweet – one of those lightly drifting Morricone numbers that features wordless ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Enterprise/Big Pink (South Korea), 1970.
One of the few rare rock albums issued on the Enterprise sub-label of Stax – and like a lot of the rest, a set that was produced by the legendary Don Nix! The groove here is a rootsy blend of rock and R&B influences – served up with heavy Hammond amidst fuzzy guitar, bass, and ... CD (Rock CD)

Boban Petrovic

Zur
Discom/Everland (Austria), 1981.
An early 80s groover from Boban Petrovic – one of the stars on his scene in Belgrade, even though most of the rest of the world were unable to hear his work at the time! Boban's clearly got some inspiration from disco here, but also picks up on some of the leaner styles of the early 80s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Cadet/Big Pink (South Korea), 1970.
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the ... CD (Rock CD)

Chet Baker

Signature
Red (Italy), 1985.
Completely sublime late work from the great Chet Baker – recorded in the kind of stripped-down setting that we love so much from Chet during these years! Some folks were often claiming that the worn-out Baker would drop out some of the elements used in a quintet or bigger group because he ... CD (Jazz CD)

Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few

Almighty
Division 81, 2024.
An album that really lives up to its title – as the record sets out to prove to the world that Isaiah Collier is one of the most almighty talents on the saxophone in recent years! The album has a spiritual majesty that tops even the previous album with the Chosen Few group – as in ... CD (Jazz CD)

Les Sympathics De Porto-Novo Benin

Les Sympathics De Porto-Novo Benin Vol 2
Albarika Store/Acid Jazz (UK), Mid 1970s. (reissue)
Excellent work from a hard-riffing combo – a smaller group from Benin who work in this wonderful blend of guitar, bass, and percussion – topped with very cool organ lines that sometimes almost have a horn-like sort of vibe! Tracks are all nice and long, and have some familiar West ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Codiscos/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 1960s/1970s/Early 1980s. 2LP
The triple use of "cumbia" in the title is very well-put – as this package is overflowing with classic cuts in the famous Colombian genre – all pulled from the wide-ranging catalog of the Codiscos label – a company who was only second to Discos Fuentes in turning up the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Paula/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. (reissue)
Harmony soul heaven – and the only full album from The Montclairs! The group were a sublime vocal group from the 70s – one with a sound to rival The Whatnauts or The Moments, but which also had a bit more of the super-dope touches you'd expect from their look on the cover of the record ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Roy Porter

Generation
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1994. (reissue)
The last album ever recorded by funky drummer Roy Porter – and a really unique set that seeks to combine his older grooves from the 70s with contemporary elements from the 90s hip hop scene! The approach is a lot better than you might expect, and has lots of the best true school elements ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
A&M/Big Pink (South Korea), 1969.
A sweet bit of Island-inspired pop – recorded here by an LA group of the late 60s, with inspirations drawn from the Carribean sands and the California sun! The group use a style that mixes together bits of late 60s South African pop, ala Hugh Masekela, a touch of steel band funk, and ... CD (Rock CD)
Blue Note, 2008. 2LP
Pianist Aaron Parks here works with a wonderfully resonant tone – one that's picked up strongly by the work of guitarist Mike Moreno in the quartet – a player who really seems to match Parks in terms of timing, energy, and color! The tunes are of nicely varied length and mood – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Juan Pablo Torres

Super Son
Areito/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A late 70s groover from Cuban trombonist Juan Pablo Torres – a wild mix of Latin, funk, soul, and jazz – a style that's quite unique, and which has made Torres' albums some of the most sought-after Havana grooves of the time! Drums snap hard on some of the best numbers – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Philips/Universal (France), 1971. 3CD
French rocker Johnny Hallyday hits the 70s, with a sound and style that's a bit funky, and a bit touched by some of the crossover American trends coming out of the LA rock scene. This one's arranged mostly by Mickey Jones and Tommy Brown, who'd done some excellent work with Hallyday on earlier ... CD (French CD)
Ace (UK), Mid 1960s.
A killer collection of all-girl rockers from the 60s – work that shows just how early women entered the world of rock and roll with groups of their own – a fact that's sometimes ignored by folks who are only looking at bigger stars or some of the major labels! The set follows ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Nat Birchall Unity Ensemble

New World
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2024.
Spiritual jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall works here with an even more expanded version of his Unity Ensemble – in ways that make for a record that's even more righteous and expressive than ever before! Nat's got this way of spinning out solos over a modal groove that just gets better and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Verve, 1957. (reissue)
Late work from the great Billie Holiday – the kind of mature set that made Verve Records such a perfect home for the singer in the 50s! Where other labels might have pushed too much to try to get Billie into more commercial, or more straightforward modes – Verve just relaxes into the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Ace (UK), Late 1950s/1960s/1970s. 2CDs
A huge run of music that comes together as a secret history of sounds within pop music in the UK and US scenes in the 50s, 60s, and 70s – all hand-picked by writer Jon Savage to accompany his book of the same name! There's some work here that might be what you'd expect – tracks that ... CD (Rock CD)

Monica Lassen & The Sounds

La Jouissance
Sony/Lawson (Japan), Late 60s. Gatefold (reissue)
A totally wonderful little record that's every bit as sexy as you might guess from the cover – and which also has some of the groovy French elements you might expect from the title! The set's got this slinky, erotic vibe that's almost in Serge Gainsbourg territory – save for the fact ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Edsel/Demon (UK), Late 1970s/Early 1980s. 2LP
Way more than just classic disco – hardly the hits package you might expect, and a really well-chosen batch of grooves that gets right down to the music that really mattered on the dancefloor back in the day! As you'd hear in the best clubs of the late 70s, the grooves here come from a range ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Underground Canopy

Uncut Gems
P-Vine (Japan), 2024.
Some definite uncut gems from Underground Canopy – a hip French combo who created these tunes by first jamming together live, then refining things down to a rock-solid groove! There's a nicely spacey vibe to the record – thanks to great keyboards from Jonathan Arena – and drummer ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Modern/P-Vine (Japan), 1950s/Early 1960s.
Mighty nice work from the early years of BB King – tracks from the 50s and early 60s stretch when he was recording for the Modern/RPM label in the years before he hit bigger fame at ABC – really keeping things raw, and showing off the special Memphis side of his music! BB's already ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
Empire/P-Vine (Japan), 2024.
A stunning jazz set from the LA scene – and one that's got even more spiritual, forward-flowing energy than some of the studio sessions recorded by Terrace Martin! The performance continues Martin's strong move into jazz over the past decade plus – with lots of alto solos from the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Holidays (Italy), 1980. 2CDs
A very cool Sun Ra performance from 1980 – recorded in Rome, and a wonderful summation of all the new directions the Arkestra took during the 70s! There's a wonderful balance here between intimate vocal tracks, sung by June Tyson, and some fuller ensemble numbers – mixed up in ways ... CD (Jazz CD)

Various

Funky Collector
Universal (France), Late 1970s/Early 1980s.
CD...$9.99 16.99
A jam-packed set of funk classics from back in the day – maybe not as rare as the "collector" in the title might imply, but a package that's sure to please anyone who loves late 70s soul or early 80s grooves! There's a number of tracks here from Motown, mixed with others from ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Luis Bacalov

Roma Bene
Quartet (Spain), 1971.
A very groovy film about a very decadent scene in Rome – which you might expect from the image on the cover! The music is filled with lots of the best touches that Luis Bacalov brought to his cooler soundtracks of the time – some jazzy bits, some inspired by bossa nova, and then a few ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
BYG/Charly (UK), 1971.
The first album from Gong – and a weird little masterpiece that's left an undeniable imprint over the years! There's a definite proggish feel to the set, and some jazz rock elements too – but the overall approach is considerably madder than most at the time – hardly headed for ... CD (Rock CD)
Riverside/Craft, 1959. (reissue)
John Lee Hooker hails from Detroit, and his postwar work had a huge impact on urban blues – but here, he's recording in a style that's maybe a bit more rural – maybe no surprise, as the album came from the same sessions that yielded The Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker record! This ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
Tribe/Tidal Waves, 1976. (reissue)
One of the most obscure albums on the Tribe Records label from the 70s – and one of the greatest too! The Mixed Bag were a group that featured keyboardist Eddie Russ and reed player Larry Nozero – both of whom worked together beautifully on Russ' classic first album for the Jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Monica Lassen & The Sounds

Woman
Sony/Lawson (Japan), Late 60s. Gatefold (reissue)
A set that's definitely all woman – thanks to the sexy sounds of Monica Lassen on vocals! The singer works at a wordless level here – breezily scatting alongside these slinky, jazzy lines from The Sounds – a Japanese group who've clearly drunk deep from the well of bossa nova and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Ogun (UK), 1988.
A really key moment in the career of drummer Louis Moholo – already a legend for his work in The Blue Notes, and participation in other key projects on the London scene – here starting a new chapter of creation with his Viva La Black combo of younger moments from the diaspora! A key ... CD (Jazz CD)

Brigitte Bardot

BB
Universal (France), 1960s/Early 1970s. 2LP
Breathy, bubbly, and oh so sexy – the amazing Brigitte Bardot is still one of the greatest goddesses of French pop music – and this set of work from is a treasure all the way through – and a double-length package that includes material that's not always on other best of ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 1960s/Early 1970s. 2LP
A killer collection of early work from Studio One – and a set that focuses on the ska and rocksteady that were the initial famous calling card of that legendary Jamaican label! Soul Jazz originally issued a smaller 7" single box set under the same title – but this version is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Bobby Watson

Appointment In Milano
Red (Italy), 1985.
A tremendous little record from Bobby Watson – one of the brightest young artists in jazz back in the 80s! The album features Watson grooving with the Italian Open Form Trio for the session – but all players come together with the cohesiveness of some of Watson's best work with Curtis ... CD (Jazz CD)
BYG/Actuel (UK), 1969. Gatefold
One of the key records that helped establish the genius of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at the end of the 60s – a session that was recorded on the Paris scene, where the early quartet were really starting to rub shoulders with, and influence a range of different European players – maybe ... CD (Jazz CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 2024.
A fantastic little set that looks at the huge wave of top-shelf AOR material recorded in recent years – part of a huge global re-awakening to the charms of the genre – often with results that are even groovier than the classic records of the 70s! One of the compelling things here is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Weldon Irvine

Only Yesterday/Musical
P-Vine (Japan), Late 1970s.
Two great rare tracks from the legendary Weldon Irvine – both from the Young Gifted & Broke album, but making a first-ever appearance here on a funky 45! "Only Yesterday" is wonderful – funky, but laidback and mellow – lots of warm Fender Rhodes from Weldon, and a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Bobby Watson

Love Remains
Red (Italy), 1986. (reissue)
A classic Bobby Watson set from the early solo years of his career – just the sort of standout set that shows why he was one of the brightest new jazz voices of the 80s! The album's got a sound that's even more open-ended and exploratory than some of Watson's US releases – cuts that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

James Williams & Dennis Irwin

Focus
Red (Italy), 1977.
A really beautiful showcase for the piano talents of the young James Williams – done right around the time he joined up with the group of Art Blakey, but in a very different style that really lets you hear the already-sparkling magic that Williams could bring to the keys! The album features ... CD (Jazz CD)
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s. 13CD
A great way to dip into the musical legacy of this legendary figure in French music – an artist who came to fame during the same 60s French pop generation of Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg, but one who was much more of a rocker overall! The set brings together a dozen crucial albums by ... CD (French CD)

Patterson Twins

Let Me Be Your Lover
Commercial/Miles Away (UK), 1978. (reissue)
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Three Blind Mice/Sony (Japan), Mid 70s. 2CDs
A great overview of work on the legendary Three Blind Mice label from 70s Japan – a crucial imprint that gave exposure to the new generation of Japanese jazz musicians who were forging a fresh sort of ideas apart from their counterparts in the US! Three Blind Mice was always a label that was ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Markus Howell

Chosen Path
Posi-Tone, 2024.
Warmly-crafted alto work from Markus Howell – a player with an easygoing, soulful approach – one that almost feels at times like an updated take on territory that Hank Crawford was hitting in the 70s! At times, Howell's solos are a bit more complex than that reference might imply ... CD (Jazz CD)

Catpack

Catpack
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2024.
Soulful sounds from Catpack – a trio that features Amber Navran, who you might know from Moonchild – working here in a very similar west coast blend of jazzy currents and soul-based expression! There's a warm, sunny glaze on most of the record – that kicked-back, Cali approach to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Grey October Sounds

Timeless Lo-Fi Vol 2
P-Vine (Japan), 2023.
Sweet, laidback beats from a producer who really knows his stuff – a set of easygoing grooves that really fit the intimate, late nite vibe of the cover image! The set's an abstraction of the earlier Timeless hip hop compilation – with plenty of lean instrumentals that use very old ... LP, Vinyl record album (Japanese LP)

Benyamin Suaeb

Funky Kromong Vol 1
Lamunai (Italy), 1970s.
A really cool collection of work from Benyamin Suaeb – an Indonesian artist who was as much an actor as he was a singer – a legacy that really comes through in the weirdly offbeat style of this work! The tracks are selected from Benyamin's many albums of the 70s, and they are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Transversales Disques (France), Mid 1970s.
Brilliant work from the always- great Alain Goraguer – a musician who started out in jazz, then did classic arrangements for Serge Gainsbourg, and went on to some killer soundtrack material too! That's what you'll hear, in a package that brings together lost and un-reissued work from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Mississippi, 1930s.
A great set of rural blues and folksy modes, presented here with little in the way of information – which then maybe makes the whole thing a completely delightful musical discovery – as if you've found a whole stack of vintage 78rpm singles with the labels rubbed off, and have to drop ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)

New Regency Orchestra

New Regency Orchestra
Mr Bongo (UK), 2024.
A contemporary Latin group from the London scene, but one who really focus on the strongest modes of the past – as you might guess from the way they interpret songs by older giants like Chico O'Farrill, Tito Puente, and Kenny Graham! The ensemble is large and bold, and work with a great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Denny Zeitlin

Panoply
Sunnyside, 2024.
The great pianist Denny Zeitlin works here in three wonderful ways – solo, duo, and trio – and comes across sounding wonderful throughout! The solo pieces are especially beautiful, as they were captured at a piano studio in the Bay Area, and have a wonderfully resonant sound – a ... CD (Jazz CD)

Nduduzo Makhathini

Unomkhubulwane
Blue Note, 2024. 2LP Gatefold
A trio outing from pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, and one that both shows off a more intimate side of his music, and does a great job of linking his sound back to the older years of the South African jazz scene! The trio features Zwelakhe Duma Bell Le Pere on bass and Francisco Mela on drums – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Akio Niitsu

I/O
Philips/Lawson (Japan), 1978. (reissue)
A totally cool record from Akio Niitsu – a late 70s effort that's a bit before some of the more electronic work of the 80s scene in Japan – and a set that almost feels like a bridge between earlier prog and later electro pop! The tunes are short, but instrumental – and have a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Japanese LP)
678 Records (Netherlands), 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
A definite Dutch treat from a hip jazzy group – a cool combo from the Netherlands, and one that features some superb work on Fender Rhodes and other keyboards from the great Jan Huydts! You might know Jan from other sound library and jazz work – and here he works in a combo with Hans ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Contemporary/Craft, 1971. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A stunning extended set from the great Woody Shaw – a majestic, spiritual album that almost feels more like something that you'd hear on the Strata East label than you might expect from the more straight ahead Contemporary Records imprint! The lineup is as majestic as the music – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Kwame Fenyan Ba

Douvan Douvan
Rebirth On Wax (France), 2024.
Kwame Ba is a pianist, but also a producer with an ear for widely criss-crossing sounds as well – modes that echo his experience growing up in the West Indies, particularly in the rhythms – but which also have all these modes from the contemporary urban scene in France as well! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
BYG/Actuel, 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Markus Holkko

Eye Of The Universe
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2024.
Warm and wonderful work from the Finnish scene – served up by reedman Markus Holkko, and in a way that resonates strongly with some of the best Finnish jazz of the 70s – especially work from the Love Records generation! A key part of the set is the electric piano work of Samuli ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Josh Johnson

Unusual Object
Northern Spy, 2024.
A solo record, but one that's got the sound of more things at once than you might expect – as saxophonist Josh Johnson has this great way of processing the sound from his horns, then layering them with samples and other elements too – but all in a way that's never gimmicky, and really ... CD (Jazz CD)
Sdban (Belgium), 2024.
A nicely expanded edition of this great series – one that still presents the contemporary cuts from the European scene that we loved on the first two volumes, but which also goes beyond jazz-based modes to include some very hip sounds in a variety of styles! The music this time around moves ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Atlantic/ARC (UK), 1968. (reissue)
Fantastic stuff, and a record that was virtually the blueprint for spiritual soul jazz in the 70s! Although Max Roach first rose to fame during the bop years, by the time of this set he'd really stretched out a lot – moving past initial righteous projects in the Civil Rights era, to even ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Burchette Brothers/Numero, 1975. (reissue)
A record that promises meditation as a function, but one that's maybe so unsettling, we'd find it hard to ever really get down to business! For this set, Wilburn Burchette uses a very spare drum machine alongside his electric guitar – not really as beats, but more as these spaced out pulses ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Good Rockin' Charles

Good Rockin' Charles
Mr Blues/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
The only album ever cut by Charles Edwards – a harmonica player who'd been on the Chicago scene since the mid 50s, but only made this full record in the studio during the 70s! The set's got a nice raw vibe – maybe rawer than most other material on the Mr Blues label at the time – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
Ogun (UK), 1989.
The title's a bit hokey, but the group's a great one – a saxophone quartet, led by Elton Dean and augmented by bass and drums, for a very unique sound! The style here is quite different than that of the over-used 80s sax quartet style – as the bass and drums propel the group into a ... CD (Jazz CD)

Khan Jamal

Give The Vibes Some
Palm/SeriE.WOC (France), 1974. (reissue)
Maybe the hippest record ever cut by vibist Khan Jamal – and that's saying a lot, as all of his records are pretty darn hip! This rare date was originally done for the French Palm Records label run by avant jazz giant Jef Gilson – and the approach is very loose and free, but also not ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2024.
A set with a great improvised groove – music that's created on the spot, yet often nicely rhythmic too – although not without some farther-out moments as well! The set really gets a lot from the keyboards of Virginia Genta and guitar of Topias Tiheasalo – both players whose ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Im-Hotep/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. (reissue)
Amazing sounds from drummer Roy Brooks – very spiritual work that's quite a change from his straighter soul jazz of the 60s! The album's right up there with Roy's better-known (though still rare) live performance at Town Hall – or his classic Free Slave session – and like those ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Record Album Frame

Black Record Album Frame
Harbortown,
Beautiful! This is a cool little frame that lets you put a favorite record cover on the wall, without damaging the cover or the record! The frame is much much better than some of the others on the market – and has a black matte aluminum body, with a clear plexiglass front to display the ... Misc (Turntables & Supplies Misc)

Charlie Mariano

Charlie Mariano Quartet
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955.
Insanely wonderful early work from Charlie Mariano – some of the freshest, cleanest alto sax work of its time – blown with a tone and sense of soul that goes way beyond some of Mariano's contemporaries at the time! The album was recorded for Bethlehem Records, and is relatively ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sefi Zisling

Librarian
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2024.
Trumpeter Sefi Zisling has a background in funk, but also really showcases his jazz chops here – in a set that's maybe his deepest, most personal record to date – a set that really takes its time and space to find its voice, not just from the leader, but from the other musicians as well! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dee Felice Trio

In Heat (with bonus tracks)
King/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969.
A killer album of soul jazz piano instrumentals – produced by James Brown! The Dee Felice Trio were a groovy combo from Cincinnati, and James Brown took a shine to them at some point in the late 60s. They backed James on one record, but their big moment was this album – which had ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rick Clarke

Time Keeps Moving On
Raven/Freestyle (UK), 1988. (reissue)
A rare bit of UK soul from Rick Clarke – a sweet little set that's got a nicely lean feel – part of that 80s UK style of R&B that really seemed to set the scene for the coming years that would give the world artists like Omar and Soul II Soul! The groove here definitely echoes some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Horizon/Verve, 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
Bassist Charlie Haden in a really wonderful mode – stepping out here in a set of spare duets, each with a different hip player on each of the album's four long tracks – a masterful setting not just for his own work as an improviser, but also for the collaborative spirit that's always ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ryusei Tomoyose

Dah Nah
Union/Lawson (Japan), 1979. (reissue)
The only album as a leader from this tremendous tenor saxophonist – a player with a very rich tone, and a deeply spiritual vibe – flowing out effortlessly here on a session that really makes us wish he'd given us more record! There's a strong modal sensibility to the record – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands), 1970. 2LP Gatefold
A long-lost performance by Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded in Amsterdam at the start of the 70s, when the group were brought in by avant saxophonist Hans Dulfer for a special performance! This album marks the first-ever issue of the material, from rediscovered tapes that finally present ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Numero, Late 1960s/1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Over a decade back, the Numero Group put out a groundbreaking set of funky 45s – 45 of the little 7" single gems, all packaged in a special case – and billed as the Eccentric Soul Omnibus! Here, the label revisits that limited and long-gone package, but in a Minibus version – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
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The ultimate bag for shopping for records – one that's big enough to handle dozens of pieces of vinyl – yet small enough to fold away easily! The bag is 100% cotton, all natural, with a Dusty Groove logo on one side, and a vintage phone book ad on the other – and it's got a very ... Bag (Dusty Groove Swag Bag)

Terumasa Hino

Into The Heaven
Takt/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
One of our favorite albums ever by this inventive Japanese trumpeter – and a really that really lives up to its title! Terumasa's entering his spacey period here – but not too spacey – and he's playing in a stretched out style that takes his trumpet into warm soulful lines that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra

Live At IUCC 3/25/79
Nimbus, 1979.
A set that's overflowing with genius from the LA scene of the 70s – a larger lineup of key players, all directed by pianist Horace Tapscott at a time when he was doing some of his greatest music on the planet! Tapscott is great in a trio or solo – but we really love him when he's able ... CD (Jazz CD)

Quintessence

Quintessence
Guitorn/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1980. (reissue)
A soulful, spiritual set from the start of the 80s – served up by a group who seem to have only recorded this one rare album, yet who come across like a combo with a much longer legacy! There's a laidback approach to the music that reminds us of similar work from the Cali scene in the 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Janus/Partisan, 1974. (reissue)
Cymande hit some well-deserved heights on this massive third album – working with a complicated groove that's even more compelling than their earlier albums – in a righteous blend of heavy bass and tripped-out guitars that's unlike anything else we've ever heard! The music's a unique ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jimi Tenor & Cold Diamond & Mink

Is There Love In Outer Space
Timmion (Finland), 2024.
Jimi Tenor is always a wonderfully collaborative artist – and depending on his partners on a project, he can effortlessly move between the worlds of funk, club, and spiritual jazz! Here, he works with Cold Diamond & Mink in this beautifully laidback take on soul – music that's got ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Salsoul/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 1970s. 8CD
Vince Montana might look a bit hokey on the cover – but over the course of a few short years, he helped transform the sound of the soulful dancefloor with the huge amount of music on this set – a stunning legacy that's presented here with expanded versions of the group's full albums ... CD (Soul CD)
Cherry Red (UK), 1980s. 4CD
A really deep dive into the darker side of electronic music in the 80s – a package that begins after the first few years of post-punk experiments, and moves into a time when some groups were really helping to find a new global outlet for their sounds! That doesn't mean that the music here is ... CD (Rock CD)
Crown/We Want Sounds (UK), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Wicked funk from Japanese keyboardist Norio Maeda – also a hell of an arranger, too – as you'll hear on this superb set from the start of the 70s! The record's one of those key albums that took a 60s groovy Japanese sound much further into the future – giving the whole thing a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
BBE (UK), 2024. 2LP Gatefold
A really fantastic projects from Jake Ferguson, who you'll know for his work in the Heliocentrics – working here with excellent funky beats from Malcolm Catto, and in a style that's a lot more hip hop than some of his earlier work! There's strong guests throughout – a lineup of singers ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Native Rebel (UK), 2024. 2LP
A record with a fantastically beautiful sound, and one that's fantastically difficult to describe in words as well – which is maybe great praise for the amazing combination of vocals and instrumentation that's taking place over the course of the record! Ganavya sings in Tamil, with this ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)

Remi Kabaka

Roots Funkadelia
BBE (UK), 1979.
Super-soulful work from Remi Kabaka – a set recorded in LA, where Remi added in some great Cali soul touches to his Afro Funk groove! The tracks are longish, and have some sweet riffing guitar, driving percussion, and keyboards and vocals from Remi himself – topped with some guest ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Lee

Reprieve
Lee, 2024.
We've been digging the music of Lee for years, and he just seems to get better and better with each new record – effortlessly working in a mature blend of soul and jazzy currents, in a style that's a real cut above so many of his contemporaries on the indie scene! Lee has a great way with a ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Olli Ahvenlahti

Mirror Mirror
WeJazz (Finland), 2024.
Finnish keyboardist Olli Ahvenlahti cut some wickedly funky work back in the 70s – and here, he's playing Fender Rhodes and sounding completely stunning – on an album that's every bit as great as his classics from back in the day! The record has a lean vibe, with Olli on Rhodes and a ... CD (Jazz CD)

Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra

Live At IUCC 4/29/79
Nimbus, 1979.
Soaring spiritual sounds from this legendary ensemble – finally given a longer look at their famous series of performances at the Immanuel United church in LA! The mighty Horace Tapscott is at the lead of the group on piano – and the list of other players is almost an all-star lineup ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gilbert Holmstrom

Peak
Moserobie (Sweden), 2024.
Swedish tenorist Gilbert Holmstrom is fantastic here – recording decades after his groundbreaking debut album in the 60s, but with a style that's equally vibrant, and still committed to the modern jazz legacy he helped ignite! The tunes have a sense of structure, but one that's very ... CD (Jazz CD)

Core

Roots
Moserobie (Sweden), 2024.
Beautifully hard-driving work from this cool Norwegian combo – a lineup who have a wonderfully unified groove that really sets fire at the start of each new track, before things explode with wonderful solos that really make things soar! The great Kjetil Moster plays saxes on the set, and has ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cadet/Verve, 1969. (reissue)
An amazing album by the great guitarist Eddie Fisher – and completely unlike his later funk records! Eddie plays stripped down jazz with a small combo that includes organ by Robert Selby, bass by Paul Jackson, and some rhythm guitar by Phil Westmoreland – and the twin-guitar approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dave Rempis/Tashi Dorji

Gnash
Aerophonic, 2024.
Very striking improvisations – served up on a record that features the great reedman Dave Rempis on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax – plus Tashi Dorji on some mighty mean guitar! Dorji can improvise like a jazz musician, but he's also got influences from the worlds of punk, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lonnie Smith

Funk Reaction
LRC/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977.
A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he's got a great lean style, perfect for the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Chapman Whitney (Roger Chapman & Charlie Whitney)

Streetwalkers (with bonus tracks)
Reprise/Esoteric (UK), 1974.
A great post-Family project from singer Roger Chapman and guitarist Charlie Whitney – working here in a way that really seems to hone in on the individual charms that both musicians have to offer! Chapman's vocals are every bit as distinct as before, but nicely tuned towards different styles ... CD (Rock CD)

Kyosaku

Kyosaku
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2024.
The name of the group is a reference to Zen culture – but their sound is very different than that might make you expect – as the trio has a very searing, very intense sound on the album's two long tracks – as much an exercise in noise as it is in improvisation! The lineup ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 1980s.
The resurgence of one of the most groundbreaking periods in recent groove history – the almost-forgotten post-punk years in England, a time of incredible musical convergence! In the heady days of the early 80s – a time when much music was being lost under a gloss of big hair, tinny ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Salsoul/BMG (UK), Late 1970s/Early 1980s. 2LP Gatefold
Vibes, strings, keyboards, and vocals – the heavenly sound of the Salsoul Orchestra, one of the greatest disco outfits of the 70s! At the time, the group were ubiquitous on the dancefloor scene – but the amazing thing to our ears is how great these tunes still sound after all these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra

Live At IUCC 9/30/79
Nimbus, 1979.
Beautifully righteous work from this legendary ensemble – and a performance that features vocal work from both Linda Hill and Adele Sebastian – better known as instrumentalists with records on Nimbus from the time, but artists whose voices really bring a special sort of soul to the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Abacothozi

Thema Maboneng
Mavuthela/Jazz Room (UK), 1975. (reissue)
A brilliant set of funk from the South African scene – a record that's very different than some of the other SA jazz of the time, and which maybe has both a bit of influence from The Meters, and some of the organ-driven instrumental work of the Jamaican scene from a few years before! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Bruno Berle

No Reino Dos Afetos 2
Far Out (UK), 2024.
Bruno Berle's titled this album in a way that's similar to his debut – but it's way more than just a "part 2", as the Brazilian singer has really grown a lot since that release! There's a rock-solid sound to the record that takes us back to some of our favorite MPB work of the past ... CD (Brazil CD)

Cal Tjader

Huracan
Crystal Clear/Liberation Hall, 1978. (reissue)
One of the most obscure albums of the 70s from jazz vibes legend Cal Tjader – a set that was originally done as a direct-to-disc session for an audiophile label, but one that has Tjader recording with some of his grooviest modes of the time! The group here is wonderful – and the album ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Enrico Rava & Aga Taura Confab

El Convidado
Svart (Finland), 1975.
CD...$9.99 18.99
One of the most obscure albums ever recorded by Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava – and one of the greatest as well! The set is a rare meeting between Rava and some key players on the Argentine scene of the mid 70s – a great quartet that features Fernando Gelbard on Fender Rhodes, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lau Ro

Cabana
Far Out (UK), 2024.
A wonderfully evocative solo set from Lau Ro – an artist raised in Brazil, working in London, and at a level that really has a sound that both reflects and transcends those roots! You might know Lau from their work in Wax Machine, but the performance here is much more personal and intimate ... CD (Brazil CD)

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes

Cosmic Funk (clear vinyl pressing)
Flying Dutchman/Real Gone, 1974. Gatefold (reissue)
A real gem from Lonnie Liston Smith's early years in the studio – and a record that's perhaps a bit more "cosmic" than it is "funk" – but that's why we like it so much! The session has Lonnie stretching out a bit more than usual – borrowing some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Saturn/Superior Viaduct, 1964. (reissue)
Landmark work from Sun Ra – a rare 1964 performance that features some very early work from Pharoah Sanders, a good deal of which is appearing here for the first time ever! The material was recorded at Judson Hall – and marks a great large venue performance by the Arkestra on the New ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Kevin Figes

You Are Here
Jazz Now (UK), 2024.
A contemporary British jazz combo, but one who pay tribute to some of the modern giants of the past – working here in a set of tracks that includes a number of compositions by Keith Tippett, plus other tunes by Harry Miller, Elton Dean, Dudu Pukwana, Hugh Hopper, and even King Crimson! The ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gastr Del Sol

We Have Dozens Of Titles
Drag City, Mid 1990s. 2CDs
A great addition to the too-short legacy of Gastr Del Sol – that legendary pairing of the young David Grubbs and Jim O'Rourke, at a time when both were poised between earlier work in more rock-based music, and a famous future to come in much more experimental modes! The special balance that ... CD (Rock CD)

Ron Geesin

Basic Maths
Trunk (UK), Early 1980s.
The mad British arranger Ron Geesin has made many crazy records over the years – but this obscure set from the start of the 80s might well be one of his wildest – a batch of very cool, unusual tunes that were recorded for a math education program on British TV! Yet despite any sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Wolfgang Valbrun

Flawed By Design
Jalapeno (UK), 2024.
Wolfgang Valbrun has a sound that's as striking as his image on the cover – an old school sense of majesty in soul music, which he uses to deliver work on some very powerful themes! The production is crisp and tight, but also matches the majesty in the music – with additional singers ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Joe McPhee with Ken Vandermark

Musings Of A Bahamian Son
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2024.
A very different side of the talents of the great Joe McPhee, and a great one too – a set of spoken word passages that are provided with occasional saxophone contributions from Ken Vandermark – all coming together in a way that's maybe even more righteous than some of the instrumental ... CD (Jazz CD)

Herbie Mann/Sam Most

Herbie Mann/Sam Most Quintet
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955.
Twin-flute magic from the quintet of Herbie Mann and Sam Most – both of whom play the long, thin instrument here – in intertwining lines of sound that are totally great! There's a style here that's often a bit more frenetic than usual for Herbie – one that's possibly picked up ... CD (Jazz CD)
Epic/Get On Down, 1974. (reissue)
An insanely wonderful album! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Atak (Takuya Kuroda)

Zazu
Atak (Japan), 2024.
A very cool large ensemble – one led by trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, and with a sound that's very different than his own work as a leader – as the groove here is a wonderful blend of inspirations from older Afro Funk, inflected with more of a sense of contemporary groove – all served ... CD (Jazz CD)

Francis Lai/Pierre Barouh/Nicole Croisille

13 Jours En France
Saravah/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
Genius work from French composer Francis Lai – one of his greatest soundtracks ever, and done during the same period as Live For Life and A Man & A Woman! The feel here is very similar to the work of those films – and was also done for a project directed by Claude Lelouch – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Night Dreamer (UK), 2023. 2LP
A really bold step forward for Chicago tenor genius Isaiah Collier – and maybe the first record to showcase his emergence as a multi-instrumentalist instead of just a spiritual jazz musician! There's clearly a lot of improvisation going on here – not just from the larger ensemble, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
EM (Japan), 1970.
An insane bit of noise from the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s – a legendary performance from Expo 70, one put together by artist Yoshimura Masunobu – who unites the freewheeling fuzz of the Flower Traveling band with the sound of 50 different motorcycles, and some other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

94 East Featuring Prince

Dance To The Music Of The World
Charly (UK), Late 1970s/Early 1980s.
A classic set of grooves from the Minneapolis scene – work that comes from the early days of Prince, when he was an up and coming talent on the scene – and which also continues a bit into early 80s years as well, even after he'd been signed to Warner Brothers! The exact nature of these ... CD (Soul CD)

Finn Rees

Dawn Is A Melody
Mr Bongo (UK), 2024.
Keyboardist Finn Rees works here in a really cool blend of spiritual jazz elements and warmer, more soulful touches – mixing his own work on Fender Rhodes, piano, and other keyboards with some acoustic elements that create a wonderfully swirling, searching sort of groove! The album's a bit ... CD (Jazz CD)
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1961.
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Liberation Hall, 1975.
Cannonball Adderley left the planet all too soon during the year of 1975 – but he's still going fantastically strong in this live date from the same year – a set that maybe shows us what sort of directions that Cannon might have taken had he stuck around for another decade or two! ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1968.
One of our favorite Lee Morgan albums, and one of his least known – a set recorded in the crucial last five years of his life, and a sparkling mix of hard bop, soul jazz, and slight bits of modernism – that magical mix that Lee was hitting as he reached farther and farther with his ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jon Muq

Flying Away
Easy Eye Sound, 2024.
Jon Muq hails from Uganda, and he's got a very unique sound here – singing in English, but with a voice that's different than more familiar soul singers on the US scene – a really fresh approach, and one that's filled with all these really great twists and turns, and a sense of ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Modern Harmonic, 1984.
One of the most unique Sun Ra performances ever recorded – a live date recorded in Atlanta on New Years Eve, 1984 – and one that has the keyboard giant playing a massive pipe organ that was so big, it had its own name! As you might imagine from his work on piano and other more unusual ... CD (Jazz CD)
Beat Rocket, Mid 1960s. 2LP
Searing work from this legendary group – and a set that stands as a stunning tribute to the raw power of the Northwest scene at its best! Don & The Goodtimes cut some material later that was a bit more produced in the studio – but much of the music here is raw, raunchy, and very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Blue Note (Japan), Late 1960s.
Lyrical beauty from trumpeter Blue Mitchell – one of those records that really has him coming into his own, sounding fantastic on Blue Note in a way he never did on his earlier albums as a leader! it's clear that Blue learned a lot while playing in the group of Horace Silver – a way of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Carlos Nino & Friends

Placenta
International Anthem, 2024.
The music of Carlos Nino just seems to be getting deeper and deeper with each new release – and even on a record like this, which has a birthing concept that's tied to its title, the overall sound is much more sophisticated and mindbending than you might expect! Things are still very much in ... CD (Jazz CD)
Relax In/We Want Sounds (UK), 1987. (reissue)
A really enigmatic blend of Mid-East styles and more contemporary modes – and one of the hippest 80s albums from Lebanese artist Ziad Rahbani – a record that seems to cull together all the best albums of previous records, and lift them together to something even more magnificent and new! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Joe Gibbs & The Professionals

State of Emergency
Joe Gibbs (UK), Late 1970s. (reissue)
Crucial work from Joe Gibbs – a set with a social message on the cover, but one that delivers its righteous energy with an all-instrumental groove! The core group here are wonderful – Franklyn Waul and Errol Nelson on piano and organ, Tommy McCook on tenor, Vin Gordon on trombone, Sly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
WJ3, 2024.
A beautiful record from jazz singer Rachel Gould – an artist you might remember for a famous session with Chet Baker many years back – working here in a set that really shows her talents as a songwriter too! The set features many original lyrics penned by Rachel, mixed with a few well-c ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Eric Kloss with Barry Miles

Eric Kloss & Barry Miles – Live In Bremen
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
A really beautiful pairing of talents – saxophonist Eric Koss and keyboardist Barry Miles – both players who'd worked together on a famous album led by Miles, and another studio session on the Muse label – but who sound very different here in the spare space of a live performance! ... CD (Jazz CD)

Art Farmer

Summer Knows
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976.
Gently graceful work from Art Farmer – and a wonderful example of the way he was expanding his talents in the 70s! The set's got a slow burning sensuality that seems to bring even more soul out of Farmer's work on flugelhorn than before – especially on the mellower cuts, which seem ... CD (Jazz CD)

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