Flying Lotus always gives us some pretty fantastic sounds – and this time around, he opens up an even new channel of his genius – serving up a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that were originally designed for use in the anime series Yasuke! There's certainly a touch of the eastern ... (New Grooves LP)
30M (Germany), 2022.
A beautiful look at the contemporary scene in Tehran – music that we never would have heard otherwise, were it not for this well-done set! There's definitely a number of tracks that echo some of the older Iranian sounds you might expect, but those are also mixed with some more contemporary ... (Global Grooves LP)
Steve Lacy & Andre Centazzo
Ictus (Italy), 1976. (reissue)
The title here is very well put – as the record, while not one of "clangs", is certainly ones of sounds as much as music – delivered by the mighty Steve Lacy not just on soprano sax, but also on bird calls, and the electronic cracklebox too! Drummer Andrea Centazzo matches ... (Jazz LP)
Mississippi/Domino Sound, 1960s.
Seminal sounds from SE Rogie – one of the most important palm wine artists to emerge from Sierra Leone in the 60s! Rogie sings in this wonderfully fluid style alongside his well-plucked guitar – which rings out with these bright tones that really illuminate the lyrics, but also ... (Global Grooves LP)
Columbia/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1965. (reissue)
A hip little live date from Aretha Franklin – one that's got a very jazzy feel, and some great small combo backings! The album's almost a distillation of the jazzy styles on Aretha's first albums for Columbia – taken into even leaner territory here, in ways that really set Franklin ... (Soul LP)
Beautifully bold work from drummer Taru Alexander – a musician who was maybe getting some initial attention as the son of saxophonist Roland Alexander, but a player who really comes into his own with this fantastic record! The mighty Antoine Roney is in the group, sounding stronger than we've ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1961. (reissue)
One of the key classics from the Jimmy Smith years at Blue Note Records – a really groundbreaking time for the Hammond organ in jazz, as Jimmy helped take it from backrooms in bars to center stage of jazz with a record like this! The album's about as iconic as you can get for Jimmy at the ... (Jazz LP)
RCA/Be With (UK), 1970. (reissue)
Early work from the great Willie Hutch – a set that's different than his more famous Motown music of the 70s, but which already shows a nicely ambitious approach! Willie's a warmer, sweeter-voiced singer here – working through some great original tunes of his own, plus a few well-chosen ... (Soul LP)
Tum (Finland), 2021. 4CD
A fantastic package from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – one that's billed as "symphonies" in the title, but which instead features quartet jazz performances throughout – as you've maybe guessed by the name of the group! There's maybe a more compositional structure here than on ... (Jazz CD)
Posh Boy/Radiation (Italy),
Hard-ripping genius from Agent Orange – one of the group's first moments on wax, and arguably one of their greatest, too! The set's everything you'd ever want from an LA hardcore record from the glory days – tight, fast, simple, and completely effective – the kind of music that ... (Rock LP)
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s. 2LP
A stunning package of rare and classic soul – very much in the spirit of the other titles on the Cairo imprint, and put together with a huge booklet of notes and images, and a great cover to boot! The approach here is nicely focused, despite the large date range – and most of the music ... (Soul LP)
Red (Italy), 2021.
We loved pianist Isaiah Thompson on his debut, a tribute to the music of Buddy Montgomery – but here, he sounds even more amazing, and very much his own man – bursting forth with a sense of energy and imagination that will no doubt make him one of the key young voices on piano to watch ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1961. 2CD
Hardbop godfather Art Blakey cut some fantastic work in the studio with his Jazz Messengers group – but in a live setting, the group sometimes sound even more amazing than on record – and that's definitely the case with this unreleased live date from the early 60s! Art has a really ... (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 2021.
A fantastic book of images from the early 80s hip hop scene in New York – put together by a photographer who was right on the scene for a number of key years – and snapped hundreds of images of performers, clubs, street scenes, graffiti artists, and all the other forces that made hip ... (Book)
Brownswood (UK), 2022.
Secret Night Gang have a cartoony look on the cover – but the British funk combo play with a richly soulful sound that's overflowing with color and life – and which will definitely mean that they won't be a secret for long! The group mix in a fair bit more jazz than other contemporary ... (Deep Funk CD)
Marmalade/Esoteric (UK), 1967. 3CD
One of the key records that helped the British scene leap forward in the mid 60s – even if the group never fully got their due at the tome! This set by Blossom Toes has gone on to become the stuff of legend – a record that fully embraced, the headiest psych modes of the period, but ... (Rock CD)
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974.
No need to be cautious here – as the album's the sort you can jump into right away – thanks to some wicked grooves from legendary guitarist Calvin Keys! Calvin's had a great revival in recent years, but this album's the stuff that first put him on the map – a brilliant early date ... (Jazz CD)
Ictus (Italy), 1978. (reissue)
An album that's maybe more of a document of the downtown New York scene than the usual European outing we'd expect from drummer Andrea Centazzo – as the group features John Zorn on reeds, Eugene Chadbourne on guitar, Tom Cora on cello, Polly Bradfield on violin, and Toshinori Kondo on trumpet! ... (Jazz LP)
ECM (Germany), 2022.
The special edition title here is very well-put – as the record's a real standout from Enrico Rava – a live session with a sextet, and one that has Rava opening up with even more color and life than usual! From the very first note, there's something really wonderful about the record ... (Jazz CD)
Now Again, 1975. 2 CDs
Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a ... (Global Grooves CD)
Silver Age, 2019.
A thematic rap triumph from the hip hop superhero team of Czarface – already a veritable supergroup featuring Boston underground veterans 7L & Esoteric with the Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck – bringing in Wu MVP Ghostface Killah for the unsurprisingly massive Czarface Meets Ghostface! ... (Hip Hop LP)
Grapefruit (UK), 1970s. 3CD
Two rare albums and lots of bonus tracks from Complex – an obscure British group from the start of the 70s, and one who have a raw, psychedelic sound that feels a lot more like music from the decade before! The set begins with the self-released Complex album – a record that the band ... (Rock CD)
CAM/Sugar, 1974. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A gem of a record from the legendary Nino Rota – one of his best scores for director Federico Fellini – a bit later than some of their 60s classics, but equally great! The music is filled with Rota's trademark interweaving of dominant themes and lighter moments – the kind of ... (Soundtracks LP)
Ayler (Sweden), 2022.
We never stop falling in love with the music of bassist Joelle Leandre – and although we've been listening to her records for many many years, we still always feel newly moved when we encounter music as great as this! The set features both a long live set of solo improvisations, recorded in ... (Jazz CD)
Liuto/Musica Per Immagini (Italy), Mid 70s. (reissue)
An album that really lives up to its title – as the range of experimental electronics on the set really deliver the atmospheres you might expect from the name! Piero Umiliani really pushes himself here – furthering his electronic experiments of the 70s by starting first with recordings ... (Sound Library LP)
RCA/Be With (UK), 1969. (reissue)
Pre-Motown work from Willie Hutch – but a great little record that really points the way towards Willie's famous sides to come in the 70s! Hutch here already sounds pretty darn great – singing with a raspy tone that reminds us a bit of Curtis Mayfield – especially given that ... (Soul LP)
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1969.
One of Ramsey Lewis' best albums of the 60s – a killer Cadet record that stands right up there with classics like Maiden Voyage and Mother Nature's Son! As on those records, arrangements here are mostly by Charles Stepney, who comes up with that righteous blend of soul, strings, and jazz ... (Jazz CD)
Caife/Honest Jons (UK), 1960s. 2LP Gatefold
An incredible look at a very unique legacy of music – sounds from the Caife Records label in Ecuador, a company who was putting out very different music than most other Latin labels in the 60s! The work here isn't the local takes on New York and Cuban styles that were showing up in Central ... (Global Grooves LP)
Yo!/Hip Hop Enterprise, 1990.
Pretty fantastic work from the Bizzie Boyz – an obscure group who get props on the album's back cover from Marley Marl and Chuck Chillout – both artists with a great match for the sound of this set! The group are obscure, but they've got a clever sense of songcraft that puts them up ... (Hip Hop CD)
Lawrence Marable Quartet feat James Clay
Jazz West/Universal (Japan), 1956.
The only album to ever feature drummer Lawrence Marable as the leader of a group – and a cooking little hardbop set that showed the world that LA wasn't just a source for cool jazz in the 50s! The record is quite different than anything you'd hear from Chet Baker or Shorty Rogers – ... (Jazz CD)
Favorite (France), 2021.
A really fantastic second album from this keyboard-heavy combo from France – a set that's even more cosmic and spacey than their first album, as you might guess from the cover – thanks in large part to all sorts of great work from Florian Pellissier, on a host of keys that includes ... (Deep Funk CD)
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), 1969.
Really great work from Audience – one of those groups from the prog/psych generation, but with a sound that's always a bit tough to peg – as they've got this wonderful way of mixing full-on instrumentation with gentler, more personal moments that really make this debut a treasure ... (Rock CD)
State/Big Break (UK), Late 70s.
The classic first album from Delegation – a great male soul trio from the late 70s, and one who sound great on both sweet mellow tunes and more upbeat ones! Delegation have a sound that's quite unique, especially on this album – a groove with slightly tropical traces on some numbers, ... (Soul CD)
Atlantic, 1976. (reissue)
A classic 70s soul soundtrack – and a dream of a combination! Curtis Mayfield wrote the soundtrack and produced the album – and the result is a killer batch of 70s soul tracks that matches Aretha's strong vocals with the hip Curtom sound of Chicago! Aretha was still doing pretty well ... (Soul LP)
Derek Bailey & Andrea Centazzo
Ictus (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
Percussionist Andrea Centazzo really rises to the occasion here – as one might when meeting with the legendary Derek Bailey at a time when he was really at the height of his powers! Bailey works on both acoustic and electric guitars here – and has a way of creating all these amazing ... (Jazz LP)
A searing little group, and one that definitely earns the "big bad" part of their name – as the record steps out with an intensity that almost seems to rival some of the larger improvising ensembles that worked under the name of Peter Brotzmann under the years! The leader is ... (Jazz CD)
Sugar/Decca, 1960s/1970s/Early 80s.
A career-spanning collection of work from one of our favorite Italian soundtrack composers of all time – the fantastic Piero Piccioni, presented here in a wealth of material pulled from the vaults of Cam! Piccioni was one of the most important Italian film music talents of the 60s – ... (Soundtracks CD)
One of the greatest debut albums of all time – a record that hit the world like a comet when it was released, and which will continue to burn brightly for many decades to come! There's few groups who get things so right as Gang Of Four on this set – balancing the sharp edges of UK punk ... (Rock CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1975.
Alberto Verrecchia wasn't the biggest name in Italian soundtracks during the 70s – but he cut some excellent material during the decade, including this gem of a session from 1975! The music has some of the usual funky modes you'd expect from the cop/crime world at the time – but there's ... (Soundtracks LP)
ECM (Germany), 2022.
Bassist Eberhard Weber has recording legacy for the ECM label that goes back decades – and here, he's still very much at his best, working in a solo setting that was initially recorded live in the 90s – with a tremendous sense of tone, control, and phrasing throughout! Weber was one of ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Mid 60s. (reissue)
An early moment of vocal strength from Aretha Franklin – a set in which she takes on the music of the recently-departed Dinah Washington, and really transforms it into her own! If you know other Aretha records on Columbia, you'll know that the label did a great job of opening up the jazzier ... (Soul LP)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021.
Guitarist Craig Bann has a wonderfully rich tone – one that leaps from the record at the very first note, and continues to charm throughout the session – on both upbeat tunes and mellow moments too! Brann handles his chords with a sense of color that's as strong as the masters of the ... (Jazz CD)
Numero, Early 70s. 5CD
A tremendous package of work from this overlooked soul and gospel legend – four classic albums, plus other rare material too – all packaged with detailed notes in the wonderful Numero Group style! First up is Like A Ship Without A Sail – a gospel album from Pastor TL Barrett, but ... (Gospel CD)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 2021.
A really great tribute to the trumpeter Kenny Wheeler – a set of work based on his own compositions, put together by bassist Chris Laurence, at a level that really gets at the subtle genius of his conception of sound! The "gnu" in the title is a reference to some of Kenny's 70s ... (Jazz CD)
Umsakazo (UK), Mid 80s. 2LP Gatefold
Rare work from the lovely Irene Mawela – material that the South African singer recorded for the SABC sound library in the 80s, none of it commercially available at the time! Yet despite that fact, this is material that can go head to head with some of the best SA soul of the time – ... (Global Grooves LP)
Wharf Cat, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A long-overdue look at the Bush Tetras – a group who had a relatively short life span on the New York scene at the end of the 70s, but who were one of the hippest post-punk groups to record at the time! There's some modes here that remind us a fair bit of some of the best UK acts recording ... (Rock CD)
Jorge Rossy/Robert Landfermann/Jeff Ballard
ECM (Germany), 2022.
Maybe the first we've ever heard from vibist Jorge Rossy – a player whose wide-open approach to his instrument makes this trio outing a perfect fit for the ECM label! Rossy plays both vibes and a bit of marimba – often using a sharp attack on the instruments, but in ways that still ... (Jazz CD)
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1980s.
That's not a typo in the title – although the music of Majid Soula is pretty darn amazing – served up here in a collection of work from the 80s, all of which serves to find a new sort of contemporary expression for the Amazigh culture of North Africa! Majid uses a fair bit of keyboards ... (Global Grooves CD)
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971.
One of the few solo albums ever cut by organist Chester Thompson – a player who's known to most as the keyboardist in Tower Of Power, but one who's also remembered by a select funky few for this killer record for the Black Jazz label! The album's a stripped-down quartet session – with ... (Jazz CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970. 2CD
An overlooked treasure from the early days of Trojan Records – a very soulful set that definitely lives up to its image on the cover! Singer Nicky Thomas takes on a host of material from both sides of the spectrum – including some country soul classics from the late 60s, reminding us ... (Reggae CD)
Transition/Universal (Japan), 1956.
A great session – and one of the few lost ones on the legendary Transition label! The album was originally recorded in Boston in 1956, and it features a group led by bassist Doug Watkins, with Donald Byrd on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, and Art Taylor on drums – really a Blue Note ... (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/1980s. 4CD
Something strange happened during the early years of punk – the moment also saw a big return to styles from the mod generation of the 60s – but from a range of different artists who not only took the music in new directions of their own, but also managed to keep on going for years as ... (Rock CD)
Catfish/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970. (reissue)
A wicked little set of tripped-out funky jazz – recorded by Dutch sax legend Hans Dulfer, at a time when he was really expanding his head! The album has Hans on tenor – blowing with a group that includes a young Jan Akkerman on guitar, and lots of Latin percussion – all served up ... (Jazz LP)
Use Vinyl Records (Italy), Mid 70s. 2LP
A really cool mix of cuts – a package that brings together American funk cuts with global touches, European tracks from the post-colonial years, and a few more surprising nuggets from other sources too – all to show the way that African rhythms entered the clubs during the 70s! Many of ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Kansas/Cinedelic (Italy), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
Fierce work from Flashmen – an Italian group who started out in the beat group generation of the 60s, but who turned out to have plenty to offer once the prog years rolled in – including an especially strong use of organ work that really gives this album a surprisingly lofty vibe! The ... (Rock LP)
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1976/1978.
A pair of late 70s albums from electric jazz maestro Jean Luc Ponty – back to back in a single package! First up is Aurora – one of the hippest of Jean Luc Ponty's mainstream efforts from the 70s – a tightly jamming album that's made even better by plenty of keyboards from ... (Jazz CD)
Roundtable (Australia), Late 60s/1970s.
A really great look at a scene that was incredibly strong in the 70s, but almost a secret to the rest of the world – given that most of the records here got wide distribution in Australia, but on labels who had no connection to the rest of the global market! Australian jazz had already ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Beat Rocket, Late 60s.
A very cool little record from a very obscure girl group of the 60s – a trio who recorded this sweet little set in a Nashville studio, then unfortunately had it packaged in one of those cheap "stock" covers that labels would sometimes use – which may be the reason why it ... (Rock CD)
Holiday (Italy), 2021.
A great contemporary setting for the legendary reedwork of Akira Sakata – a Japanese player you'll know from his 70s work in the trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita, and who's gone on to give us a whole host of other great records under his own name too! Here, Sakata blows alto and clarinet, in ... (Jazz LP)
Continental/Altercat (Germany), 1983. (reissue)
A beautiful little record from the Brazilian scene – served up by a trombonist who's got a great ability to mix Brazilian rhythms, jazzy grooves, and American soul! The approach is one that you might recognize from contemporary trombonist Raul DeSouza, who moved to the US in the 70s, and cut ... (Brazil LP)
We've always loved the music of Kahil El Zabar – and over the decades, the work of the drummer/percussionist has made us very proud to be part of the Chicago music scene! Yet recently, Kahil seems to be on fire even more than before – driven with a new sense of purpose and message that' ... (Jazz CD)
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1979. (reissue)
A really great record, and one that was recorded by a smaller version of the Arkestra than usual – done in this spiritual style that's almost a bit like some of the Horo Records material that Sun Ra had recorded just a short time before! There's an intimacy here that's wonderful – and ... (Jazz LP)
My Only Desire (UK), 1975.
A fantastic longform composition from British jazz legend Graham Collier – presented here for the first time ever, and every bit as crucial as his Fontana albums from the late 60s! Here, Collier's at the helm of a large ensemble – with Harry Beckett as the key soloist on trumpet and ... (Jazz CD)
Cavendish/King International (UK), Early 70s. (pic cover)
A trio of fantastic cuts from the Cavendish sound library – pressed up here on a limited funky 45! Johnny Scott begins with "Milky Way" – a track that's got massive drums on the bottom, and this spare spacey keyboard line which is soon intersected by just the right use of ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Dot/Universal (Japan), 1965.
One of the grooviest Herb Ellis albums we've ever heard – an obscure 60s session for Dot Records, recorded with a mix of guitar and organ, in a style that's a bit like that of Howard Roberts at the time! Herb's working here in a surprisingly bluesy mode – playing in a combo with Teddy ... (Jazz CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1976/2021.
A really great little single – one that takes a famous older theme from Italian sound library giant Alessandro Alessandroni, and turns it into a fantastic soul cut with vocals by Jessica Duncan! This isn't a cheapo "soundtrack remix" cut – as the tune's rebuilt right from the ... (Soundtracks 12-inch)
My Only Desire (UK), 1974.
Unreleased work from the BBC Archives of the 70s – a stunning large group session with a very groovy vibe! Dave Gold isn't as much of a giant as some of the other British leaders of the time – but he's got a wonderful way with the group here, and makes the music move with some of the ... (Jazz LP)
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A sweet selection of lovers rock tracks that take on big soul hits of the 70s – tunes that often have a bubbling bit of reggae in the rhythms, but which always feature a strong soul-based singer right up front! The tunes offer up not just a great example of the way that lovers rock could ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Beat (Italy), 1970.
One of the grooviest spaghetti western scores we've ever heard – penned for an early collaboration between Terence Hill and Bud Spencer! The main theme "Trinity" starts off with some cool vocal backing by Alessandro Alessandroni's I Cantori Moderni, singing underneath the English-la ... (Soundtracks LP)
Reprise/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. 6CD
A huge collection of work from one of the most enigmatic groups of the 60s – all of their classic albums for Reprise, plus rare material too! First up is the self-titled Electric Prunes set, in stereo and mono - an early moment of genius from The Electric Prunes – and exactly the kind ... (Rock CD)
Use Vinyl Records (Italy), 1970s. 2LP
You may not know the Arlecchino Disco in Italy, but their DJs have come up with some mighty great grooves for this set – a mix of tracks from around the globe, served up in different styles – but working together here as a great demonstration of all the many colors in the funky spectrum! ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Love/Svart (Finland), 1976. 2LP Gatefold
A killer set from Wigwam – a later record by the group, and one that didn't get as much global play as their first few albums – but one that really shows the group really honing their sound in a wonderful way! Like some of the best of their Finnish scene, Wigwam really draw a lot from ... (Rock LP)
Wide Hive, 2021.
A record with a really special story, and maybe one of the best sessions we've heard from the gang at Wide Hive in many years! The setting is the legendary Studio A at Fantasy Records – where this unique group recorded the album days before the closing of that storied recording spot – ... (Jazz CD)
Trost (Austria), 2021.
Lee Ranaldo is at most wonderfully trippy here – playing guitar with lots of effects and pedals, on these long-drawn tracks that really remind us what a sonic genius he can be in the right setting! He's working here alongside director Jim Jarmusch, who's a surprisingly good partner on ... (Rock CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3LPs
Forget any cliches you might have in mind about Cuban music – that idea that all the "old guys" of the Buena Vista Social Club were responsible for most of the sounds of Havana – because here, you'll hear amazing sounds from the younger generation – an amazing array of ... (Latin LP)
Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s.
The full story of this really unique group – a soulful quartet who hail from San Antonio, but who have a rock-solid boogie sound that's like some of the best acts coming out of the east coast at the time! Horizon only issued a few indie label singles back in the day, but they've got a heck ... (Soul CD)
Beat (Italy), 1974.
One of the grooviest soundtracks we've ever seen for one of the classic Italian comedies from the team of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill – music that's got all the best qualities of Guido and Maurizio DeAngelis really coming to the forefront, without some of the sometimes-cheesy elements they ... (Soundtracks CD)
Frans Elsen Septet with Piet Noordijk
Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands), Early 70s.
That's a Fender Rhodes on the cover, and there's lots of it on the record too – played by Frans Elsen with a wonderful sound, in a range of different settings – all heard here on rare tracks from the 70s that were never commercially issued at the time! Frans has a fantastic sound on ... (Jazz CD)
Ever have a favorite club you could always trust for a good show on your scene – the kind of place that gave you more than a few special nights of music over the years, even if it wasn't the kind of famous venue at a national level? The authors here definitely remember such spots – and ... (Book)
Beatball (Korea), 1974. Gatefold
A rare Roy Budd score for a film that starred Michael Caine – a tipoff that you're likely in for the same territory that Budd handled for Caine's classic appearance in Get Carter! The vibe here is slightly different, but does share some similar great elements – including occasional use ... (Soundtracks LP)
Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1968. (reissue)
A fantastic set from the Peruvian scene of the 60s – issue don the legendary Mag label, and featuring so much of that company's talent, the set might well be billed under the name of the Mag Records Allstars! Maestro Antonio Guerrero is at the helm of the set – and tunes are in ... (Latin LP)
Honest Jons (UK), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
Beautiful work from the Ecuadorian duo of Gonzalo Benitez and Luis Alberto Valencia – a duo who have this wonderfully heartbreaking way of putting over a tune – often working with just spare accompaniment on acoustic guitar, which really lets you focus on the amazing quality of their ... (Latin LP)
Modern Harmonic, 1966.
A wonderfully weird little record – a set recorded in the mid 60s, unissued at the time – and full of horror-tinged tunes that are perfect for the stripped-down garagey delivery of the group! In a way, the blend of monster themes and raw instrumentation has a feel that's almost like an ... (Rock LP)
Northern Spy, 2021.
Strong solo work from saxophonist Darius Jones – a set that really lives up to both the "raw" and the "lone operation" in the title – as Jones blows here in a space that's very much all his own – with raw emotionality in the spotlight all the way through! Yet ... (Jazz LP)
Soulmusic.com/Elektra (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 5CD
A great run of music from Grover Washington Jr – five full albums, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Paradise – one of those records you see so much it's easy to forget how great it is! Grover's a real genius with the sax on this record – taking a "less is ... (Jazz CD)
INA/Blank Forms, 1972. 2CD
An incredible performance from the great Don Cherry – one that's maybe the most perfect summation we've ever heard of his ability to embrace a globe's worth of influences and make them his own! The set was recorded live at a French jazz festival in 1972, and it has a very compelling group ... (Jazz CD)
Far Out (UK), 2021.
Fantastic futuristic fusion from Alex Malheiros – best known as the bassist in Azymuth, but equally great here on his own – and in a completely different sort of way! The set's got heavy contributions from keyboardist Daniel Maunick, of Incognito fame – but the record's ... (Brazil LP)
Columbia (Japan), 1977. (reissue)
Hiroshi Sato's a hell of a keyboardist here – working on a range of sweet electric keys, while also singing a bit – although the album's more of a fusion album overall, with vocals thrown in for nicely soulful touches! Sato's got a different vibe than some of his Japanese fusion ... (Jazz LP)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978.
A previously-unreleased album from guitarist Monnette Sudler – a really compelling player from the Philly scene of the 70s, and one whose greatest fame came from her other two albums on the Steeplechase label! The sound here is a slightly different vibe than those records – as Sudler's ... (Jazz CD)
Venus (Japan), 1994.
Pure genius from Andrew Cyrille – a record that's got a bit more of a soaring, spiritual vibe than some of his more freely improvised work of the past – a set that marks a key chapter in this stretch of the drummer's career, similar to his album on DIW at the same time! The group is ... (Jazz LP)
Matsuli (UK), 2021.
A fantastic project from this contemporary South African performance ensemble – one that seeks to weave together older strands of sound from the nation's rich cultural heritage, and link them to a more contemporary mode of expression, as befits the group's role in the younger generation! ... (Global Grooves LP)
Fonograma/El Palmas (Spain), 1969. (reissue)
A really great album from the Venezuelan scene of the late 60s – a set that was issued around the same time as the younger Latin Soul scene were coming up in New York – delivered with a youthful vibe that certainly matches the spirit of that generation! Frank and his group work in a ... (Latin LP)
Mushroom Hour Half Hour (South Africa), 2021. Gatefold
A really beautiful record from South African trombonist Malcolm Jiyane – a set that's got plenty of the earthy, organic currents of SA jazz from years past – but which also has a very distinct flavor of its own! Malcolm is a player who really uses his instrument to explore sound first, ... (Jazz LP)
Far Out (UK), Early 80s. (pic cover)
Unreleased work from the lovely Ana Mazzotti – a cut recorded in the early 80s, after her two famous full length albums – appearing here for the first time ever! The track's got this lilting groove with maybe a bit more of a current of R&B than before – similar in style to ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Mad About Records (Portugal), 1983. (reissue)
There's a tape box on the cover, and that's a clue to how rare this album is – an obscure funky soul set from early 80s Miami, but one that's very worth discovery after all these lost years! The group have a sound that's nice and lean – more like an uptempo funk group from the mid 70s ... (Soul LP)
International Anthem, 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A hell of a record from Irreversible Entanglements – a group we already loved on previous records, but who really knock it out of the part with this fantastic set! The mix of modes here is a bit hard to put in words – as the group blend acoustic and electric elements in the best ... (Jazz LP)
Plug/Piry Reis (Brazil), 1980. (reissue)
Sublime sounds from Piry Reis – a Brazilian artist with the same lofty vibe as Milton Nascimento and some of his corner club generation – a fantastic mix of acoustic instrumentation, warmer keyboards, and some Brazilian percussion – all produced with this soaring sound that fits ... (Brazil LP)
Mieruba/Deviation (France), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of work from this legendary group from Bamako – an ensemble who mix together strangely-amplified percussion and well-crafted horn charts – all in a style that offers up their own very unique brand of jazz, and one that's got plenty of West African elements in the ... (Global Grooves LP)
A beautiful set of work that shows the more intimate side of composer Arvo Part – not his larger projects or vocal material – but instead a series of contemplative sonatas that feature piano, violin, or cello – or some combination of both! The performances here are handled by ... (Out Sound LP)
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Really wonderful work from Margo Guryan – an artist who was probably known more as a songwriter than a singer – especially for her groovy late 60s pop tunes! This package is heavy on those gems – presented in these great demo takes that are nice and stripped-down – often ... (Rock LP)
Trading Places (UK), 1968.
One of the grooviest soundtracks ever served up by Sandro Brugnolini – an Italian soundtrack artist who first started in jazz, but who here is really taking on some of the cooler, more upbeat modes of some of his 60s contemporaries! Some of the best cuts have a romping, organ-heavy sound ... (Soundtracks LP)
Coloursound Library/Drag City, Early 80s. (reissue)
A really unusual set of sound library work from Joel Vandroogenbroeck – all of it recorded for the Coloursound Library label in the 80s, and with a vibe that's nicely different from some of the more famous library material of the decade before! Here, there's a fair bit of keyboards and ... (Sound Library LP)
Columbia, 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A beautiful live representation of the energy of the Bitches Brew years – one that has Miles Davis and the group really letting loose with free-flowing, modally-inspired lines – cooking up an incredible blend of acoustic and electric sounds at once! There's a bit of funk here, but not ... (Jazz LP)
United Artists/Zappa, 1971. 2LP Gatefold
A pretty striking little record in the Frank Zappa catalog – the double-length soundtrack for the movie of the same name, and a set that explodes the Zappa palette of sound even further than some of his previous albums! A number of tracks feature a full studio orchestra – sounding as ... (Rock LP)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1962.
Fantastic never-issued material from legendary pianist Bud Powell – work from one of his strongest periods in the later years of his too-short life, and music that will win you over right from the very first note! The set begins with five tracks recorded at the Golden Circle in Stockholm ... (Jazz CD)
Uni/Future Shock (Italy), 1968. (reissue)
One of the weirdest, wildest albums from percussionist Big Black – a set that stretches out with a vibe that's a lot trippier and jazzier at times than some of his other work! Part of the album's strength comes from the arrangements – which are partly handled by Phil Moore, an artist ... (Soul LP)
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A huge package of material from The Sorrows – one full album, a wealth of rare singles, and even some solo material by group member Don Fardon too! The set begins with the album Take A Heart – a searing set from the mid 60s wave of the British scene – delivered with this mix of ... (Rock CD)
Gospel Friend, 1950s/Early 60s.
A huge look at the early career of the great Alex Bradford – one of gospel music's rising stars in the 60s, thanks to recordings for Vee Jay and Atlantic – but heard here on an assortment of small label singles from the years before! Even at the start, Bradford has something special ... (Gospel CD)
All Score Media (Germany), 1966. Gatefold
The great Peter Thomas has scored some amazing German films and TV shows over the years – crime stories, sci fi, and lots lots more – including a lesser-known stab at western soundtrack work with material like this! The music here is very different than Italian western scores of the ... (Soundtracks LP)
University Of Central Arkansas, 2021.
A fantastic entry in the Oxford American Southern Music Issue tradition – one that still focuses on music from the south, but which also traces its legacy moving northwards as well – with an especially strong look at shifts in soulful music styles that were part of the Great Migration! ... (Magazine)
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s.
Fantastic work from legendary producer Joe Gibbs – a key force in helping Jamaican music find the darker side of its groove at the end of the 60s, thanks to some groundbreaking work in the dee jay mode, and some other styles that are definitely an earlier precursor to dub! The set brings ... (Reggae CD)
Sunburst/Reel, 1968. (reissue)
A pretty freaky little late 60s set – one that offers up a recipe for chocolate moose on the back cover, with contents that include spiders and butterfly wings – and music that certainly lives up to the wild vibe you might expect from such cooking in the kitchen! Zoo are one of those ... (Rock LP)
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974.
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A quartet of albums from Johnny Mathis – served up here in a special 2CD set! Up Up & Away is Mathis' first set back at Columbia after a brief hiatus – a record that shows a newly mature style that's wonderfully suited for Johnny's amazing voice! Mathis tones are every bit as ... (Vocalists CD)
Tommy Boy, 1991. 2LP (reissue)
The breakthrough second album from Naughty By Nature (who recorded formerly as The New Style) – one of the key groups to emerge from the New Jersey scene at the end of the 80s, and be able to give the world of New York hip hop a run for its money! Queen Latifah championed the group right ... (Hip Hop LP)
Now Again, Early 70s.
Super-heady work from the global psychedelic underground – exactly the kind of work we've come to love from the Now Again reissue projects over the years! The label has its roots in the hip hop and funk world of parent company Stones Throw – and has used that legacy to open up an ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Universal (Japan), 1985. (reissue)
Strong 80s work from the legendary Maki Asakawa – one of the most unique vocalists of her time, but a singer who often didn't get much exposure outside of the Japanese market in which she recorded! This set's got some surprising songwriting contributions from jazz talents Shigeharu Mukai and ... (Rock LP)
Aphrodita/Altercat (Germany), 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic fusion from 70s Spain – a set that's maybe equal part jazz and rock – although very different than some of the more jamming prog of the time! Instead, these guys have a great sense of space – so that the guitar of Napi Carratala is used judiciously, and really gives way ... (Jazz LP)
Mood Mosaic (Italy), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
A very groovy entry in this all-great series – a set of compilations that have been giving us really wonderful funk for many years, and which just seems to get better and better with each new entry! The tracks here are a hip mix of styles – not just familiar funk and soul sources, but ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1982.
Saxophonist Keni Mori really lives up to the spirit of the title here – given that five of the album's six tracks are Charlie Parker compositions – all played by the group with a nicely updated version of bebop roots! The feel of the record is warmer than an older bop session from the ... (Jazz CD)
Stunt (Denmark), 2021.
Alvin Queen has given us some pretty heavy work over the years – but here, the drummer's showing off a different side of his talents – a gentler sense of rhythm that really fits the "night" spirit of the record – as he works alongside Calle Brickman on piano and Tobias ... (Jazz CD)
All Platinum/Be With (UK), 1977. (reissue)
Obscure bit of funky stuff on the All Platinum label! The group's a weird one – a bit jazz, a bit soul, not really sure of what they are, and kind of shifting their style from track to track in a really groovy sort of way! The record has a totally great breakbeat track called "(Assistan ... (Soul LP)
Blue Note, 2021.
A really special album from our hometown hero Makaya McCraven – a set that's the drummer's debut on Blue Note, and which also has him bringing that label some of the magic that he's been cooking up for International Anthem! If you know Makaya's other records, you'll know that he works in a ... (Jazz CD)
ORG, 2021. 2LP Gatefold
Maybe one of the most beautiful albums we've heard from William Hooker in years – and a set that has so much more to offer than just his work on drums! There's certainly some of the freer, more improvised moments on the record that you'd expect from Hooker – but there's also these ... (Jazz LP)
George Kawaguchi's Big 4
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976.
Japan's legendary drummer steps out here with a killer combo – definitely a "big 4", given that the group features excellent tenor work from Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto, plus Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano from Hideo Ichikawa! Kawaguchi's famous sense of swing really ... (Jazz CD)
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. (reissue)
Beautiful bubbling grooves from Vis-A-Vis – a group who've got a very special way with a highlife rhythm, as you'll hear on this classic album from the late 70s! The percussion, bass, and rhythm guitar all percolate together beautifully – with a magical sort of flow that makes the ... (Global Grooves LP)
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A wealth of vocal group work from the LA scene – not big pop hits of the period, but a great mix of doo wop, early soul, and rock harmonies all brought together with the kind of special presentation we've come to love from the folks at Ace Records! Some of these cuts come straight from the ... (Soul CD)
Loma Vista, 2021.
A righteous continuation of the first revolution encouraged by Common in 2021 – and a set that takes all the message and spirit of the initial entry, and opens things up to an even more collaborative project – thanks to guest work from artists who include Seun Kuti, Black Thought, ... (Hip Hop CD)
Universal (Japan), 1985. (reissue)
Maki Asakawa looks as dark and moody as ever on the cover, but there's actually a few moments here that seem to have a spark of positivity – although maybe one that's just in the instrumentation and production, which seem to borrow a bit from some of the darker side of the UK spectrum at the ... (Rock LP)
Sub Rosa (UK), Late 70s/1980s.
Incredibly beautiful work from electronic Michel Redolfi – a set of tracks that aim to take electronic creation out of the studio, and have it interact with a more natural, organic space – in this case the Pacific Ocean, which was nearby to Redolfi's home turf in San Diego! But there's ... (Out Sound LP)
Edison/Modern Harmonic, 1959.
Spare vocals and light guitar – an approach that's quite similar to the late 50s Liberty work of Julie London – and which features vocalist Claudio Thompson singing to great accompaniment from guitarist Barney Kessel! The style here is moody and mellow – not nearly as romantic as ... (Vocalists CD)
Esoteric (UK), 1971. 4CD
British music breaking through – served up here in a set of sounds that really reflect the massive musical year of 1971! As you might guess from the "underground" in the title, the collection's a bit one-sided – as it's not out to document the hits of the time, but instead ... (Rock CD)
Fania/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4CD & 7 inch
A mighty nice little package – one that's overflowing with the special sort of Latin and soul music hybrids that rose up from the Spanish Harlem scene in the late 60s – the kind of cuts that helped establish Fania Records as one of the most important Latin labels around – and one ... (Latin CD)
Music Merchant/Demon (UK), 1972. (reissue)
One of the stranger chapters of the Holland-Dozier-Holland story of the early 70s – and one of the coolest, too! Warlock are a jazzy rock combo with plenty of soul – a bit like a twisted version of Blood Sweat & Tears, but with all the sinister energy you'd guess from the image on ... (Rock LP)
Artists House/Omnivore, Late 70s/Early 80s. 4LP
Four tremendous albums from saxophone genius Art Pepper – presented here in a single box set! First up is So In Love – beautiful late work from Art Pepper – one of his albums recorded for the well-done Artist House label, and a set that's maybe got a different vibe than some of ... (Jazz LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A totally wonderful batch of cuts from the early years of Liberty Records, and related labels – cuts that really bristle with the kind of energy that was exploding in all sorts of styles on the LA scene at the end of the 50s! Liberty may not have the cred as Sun or Chess Records, but the ... (Rock CD)
Universal (Japan), 1983. (reissue)
Blue Note, 2021. 2CD
A really special sort of collection – one that features a fair bit of new material mixed in with some of the key cuts from the Blue Note years of singer Gregory Porter – an artist who started in jazz, but who's clearly had a huge impact on the world of soul music in recent years too! ... (Vocalists CD)
Hot Casa (France), 1980. (reissue)
A funky highlife stunner from the mighty K Frimpong – an artist who always seems to find a way to make a familiar groove sound even heavier than you might expect! That's definitely the case here – as rattling percussion really sets the scene for every track – sometimes with ... (Global Grooves LP)
Blue Crystal (UK), 2021.
A beautiful chapter in the continuing sonic evolution of keyboardist Greg Foat and guitarist Warren Hampshire – working here on a set that's got maybe some of their most complex combinations to date! As before, there's a wonderful ear for overall sound – a quality that comes both from ... (Jazz LP)
Jasmine (UK), Early 60s.
Three gals, one guy, and a really important group on the Philly scene in the early years of soul music – as you'll hear on this collection of seminal tracks from first few years of the 60s! The Orlons have a way of mixing familiar female harmony soul sweetness with a slightly deeper vibe ... (Soul CD)
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A really great collection of work from this legendary duo – a group who really helped bring the sound of the organ into soul music in the early days, thanks to some fantastic recordings like these! The set covers much more space than other Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford collections we've seen ... (Soul CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Surprisingly rocking sounds from Fabian – a figure most folks know as a teen star, both on screen and off – but an artist who comes across here with a sound that's surprisingly strong overall! Of course, part of the strength of these tracks is that they were cut at a time when studios ... (Rock CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977. 2LP
A legendary album on the Black Fire label from the 70s – a set that features Ghanaian percussionist Oykerama Asante working in the same American mix of funk and spiritual jazz as his labelmates Oneness Of Juju! The set was recorded in the same stretch as the best work from that legendary ... (Global Grooves LP)
We always love the work of saxophonist Dave Rempis in a relatively spare setting – and here, he sounds even more amazing than usual – working next to drummer Avreeayl Ra, in a mode that's got a wonderfully organic, spontaneous quality – one that maybe makes for some of the most ... (Jazz LP)
Uni/Big Pink (South Korea), 1968.
The Hook certainly grabs us strongly with this fantastic second album – an overlooked gem from the LA scene, and one that does a perfect job of forging psychedelic instrumentation with more urgent hard rock energy! The record's one of those lost treasures that the Uni label issued at the end ... (Rock CD)
International Anthem, 2021.
The first time we heard Jamire Williams, he was serving up an album of solo work on drums – but here, he's a completely different artist entirely – working at the helm of a large ensemble, and with the sort of jazz futurist spin and righteous vibe that makes this album a perfect fit for ... (Jazz CD)
IRC/Outernational (UK), 1974. (reissue)
A song of Soweto, but served up here by a really unique South African group that also features key work by a number of American players too! The sound is mix of the loping rhythms of SA jazz and some of the bolder elements you'd hear in American funk of the period – but all mixed together ... (Jazz LP)
Father Daughter, 2021.
Tasha hails from our hometown of Chicago, but she's got a sound that's very much her own – a quality that's instantly personal, and a way of putting over a tune that's a bit unlike anyone else we can think of! Her voice can lilt on high notes, but also has a very down to earth quality too ... (Neo Soul CD)
Gabriele Poso's posed with a range of percussion instruments on the cover – and inside on the record, those elements are mixed with a series of rhythm tracks too – making for the same sort of warm blend of acoustic and electric that we love in the Schema Records material of Gerardo ... (New Grooves LP)
International Anthem/Nonesuch, 2021.
Ben LaMar Gay might well be one of the most creatively intense artists on the International Anthem label – and that's saying a lot, given all of the groundbreaking talents who've come to record for the company in recent years! And while Ben's previous record was completely mindblowing, this ... (Jazz CD)
Hot Mule (France), Late 70s/1980s.
Sweet solo work from Teddy Lasry – a keyboardist who first rose to fame as part of the French group Magma, but who's in much more soulful territory here – grooves that are a mix of jazz fusion and sound library modes – all presented with the sort of vintage vibe that you'd expect ... (Jazz LP)
Terrestrial Funk, 1970s/Early 80s.
Armenian grooves, but done with plenty of familiar funk elements as well – including lots of sweet keyboards and some hard-driving rhythms that makes more than a few of these tracks perfect for the clubs! There's not much in the way of notes with the package, and the set is hardly ... (Global Grooves CD)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2021.
Christian Reim is a Norwegian jazz legend, with a legacy of recordings that stretches back to the 60s – but here, he presents new material with two different trios – both of whom have the pianist sounding even more vibrant than ever! The first half of the set features Harald Johnsen on ... (Jazz CD)
Born Bad (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Sweet spacey grooves from Sauveur Mallia – the French electronic genius who was also the founder of the group Arpadys, who you might know from similarly spacey work of their own! The tracks here are all from a point when the European sound library scene was shedding some of the bigger ... (Sound Library CD)
Olufsen/Acid Jazz (UK), 1988. (reissue)
A sublime criss-crossing of jazz modes and percussion – served up here by Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim, an artist who doesn't always record much as a leader, but always gives us something fantastic when he does! The album's from the late 80s, but has a sense of spiritual exploration that's more 70s ... (Jazz LP)
A completely charming soundtrack for an equally charming film – a set that mixes together the instrumental music created by Alexandre Desplat for the Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch, and a number of the full songs that were used as snippets during the movie! Desplat's compositions are ... (Soundtracks CD)
Bethlehem, 1960. (reissue)
A classic collection of work from Bethlehem Records – a package that brings together some of their strongest jazz singers of the time, under a cover image that's similar to the first album by Nina Simone! The difference here is that the record features a killer non-LP track by Nina – ... (Vocalists LP)
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. 4LP
Charlie Parker blew into the world of jazz from Kansas City, and rose to fame in New York – but right from the start, he also left an impact on the scene in Los Angeles – where he recorded his famous Dial Records material, and also worked in some Jam Session recordings too! But the ... (Jazz LP)
Columbia (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
A beautiful little record from 70s Japan – a set that's got the warmly collaborative spirit you'd expect from the image on the cover, and an overall sound that's very much like some of the best material from the Cali scene at the time! Instrumentation is great – a blend of acoustic and ... (Rock LP)
A really cool project from Jarvis Cocker – a set that's inspired by the Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch, with Cocker singing in French throughout – and at a level that really opens up his well-known love of some of the best pop modes of the 20th Century! Jarvis often whispers as ... (Rock CD)
Buda/L'Arome (France), 1970s.
Amazing 70s recordings from Ethiopian singer Alemayehu Eshete – one of the greatest stars of the Ethiopiques series next to Mulatu! The style here is often quite funky at times – a strong James Brown influence in some of the rhythms, hitting hard with a heavy funk groove at the bottom, ... (Global Grooves LP)
Columbia, 1971. (reissue)
One of the more heavily brooding albums ever cut by Leonard Cohen – and also one of the best – the iconic Songs Of Love And Hate from 1971! Cohen's aptly titled third LP, with the nice spare approach to production that most of his early work had, even more stripped down, with voice and ... (Rock LP)
VP/17 North Parade, Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The vocals here are wonderful – a strongly soulful style that really reflects the group members' many years in Jamaican vocal groups – but the rhythms are also key, too – and handled by the Roots Radics with some slight touches of the digital age to come! The balance between ... (Reggae LP)
LMLR (France), 1973. (reissue)
Canned Heat recorded famously with John Lee Hooker during their years on Liberty Records – but here, the blues group is in very different territory – as they work with lead vocals and piano from Memphis Slim, in a Memphis-based setting that also features added work from The Memphis ... (Blues LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1959.
A beautiful album of mellow-grooving tracks from Lou Donaldson – recorded during his rich post-bop late 50s years, and done with a wonderfully warm sound! The group features Horace Parlan on piano, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Laymon Jackson on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums – plus Ray ... (Jazz CD)
Silver Age, 2018.
The Czarface team of Wu-Tang veteran Inspectah Deck and Boston underground hip hop heavyweights 7L & Esoteric are joined by the one-and-only MF Doom – a bonafide supergroup – and one of the finest comic book/sci-fi rap records since Madvillainy! Each one of these characters is so ... (Hip Hop LP)
Buda/L'Arome (France), 1970s.
A stunning set of vocal recordings by Tlahoun Gessesse – one of the most important singers during the golden age of Ethiopian Music – caught here on a set of sides that sadly saw that period coming to an end! The tracks on the set are mostly from the early 70s, a time that saw great ... (Global Grooves LP)
Gorbra/Sonorama (Germany), 1975. (reissue)
The rare debut of tenorist Fitz Gore – a player born in Jamaica, but one who didn't get his chance to shine in the spotlight until moving overseas – where he started his own small label in Germany! The set's a live one – and has Fitz stretching out with a very deep tenor sound, ... (Jazz LP)
A record that's maybe as famous for its cover art, done by comic legend Neal Adams, as it is for the music of The Groundhogs – who are really moving away here from the more blues-based work of their roots! The great Tony McPhee is on vocals and guitar, and also uses mellotron and harmonium ... (Rock LP)
Columbia (Japan), 2003.
A wonderful blend of acoustic soul, gentle jazz, and bossa – a beautiful little album from Ann Sally, who you may remember as the sublime vocalist on Soul Bossa Trio's Dolphins album! The record has Ann working with small combo backing that features an acoustic guitar in the lead – ... (Neo Soul LP)
Proud/Tidal Waves, 1982. (reissue)
A late rare gem from southern soul genius Bobby Patterson – the Texas talent who's best known for his work of the late 60s and early 70s, but who's featured here on a self-released album from the start of the 80s! The approach is a bit like the shift that Malaco Records was making in ... (Soul LP)
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1965.
An excellent gimmick from the United Artists label – a way of mixing their strong run of 60s soundtrack hits with the world of jazz – thanks to Count Basie and his group taking on a whole host of themes from the successful James Bond films! Count Basie brings a soulful swing to the ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia (Japan), 2001.
A great set by Korean jazz singer Ann Sally – recorded with a gentle mellow finish, and some sweet Brazilian touches! Ann sings in both Portuguese and English – running through a host of tracks that includes classics by Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Joni Mitchell, Henry Mancini, and Roberto ... (Neo Soul LP)
A once lost gem! Hudson's voice as a producer remains one of the most unique and idiosyncratic of his era, and this first LP issued under his own name stands as a shining document of his genius. Cut very near the time of his classic dub side Pick A Dub, this album shares the haunting mood that ... (Reggae CD)
Warner (Japan), 1988. (reissue)
We're not sure we've ever heard Carlos Toshiki and Omega Drive before – but the album's a great entry in the Japanese scene of the 80s – a soulful set that really marks a moment when warmer sounds were coming back to the music! The instrumentation is definitely 80s-styled, but used ... (Rock LP)
Mallory-Hall Band (Sanifu Al Hall & Charley Mallory)
IRC/Outernational (UK), 1974. (reissue)
Really fantastic work from this unusual South African band of the 70s – a group who never got much exposure on our side of the Atlantic, but includes key work from some very hip American players of the time! The group is led by trombonist Al Hall and guitarist Charles Mallory – but ... (Jazz LP)
Universal (Japan), 1999.
Beautiful soundtrack work from Joe Hisaishi – done for a 1999 Takeshi Kitano film, and served up in a mix of some of the warmer sentiment he brought to his work for Miyazaki, and some more interesting modes that provide a nice juxtaposition – and which clearly seem right for the madder ... (Soundtracks LP)
Madlib Invazion, 2021.
The first album in many years from German jazz legends Embryo – and a set that hardly has them missing a beat at all from their famous work of the 70s! Part of the strength of the record might be its placement on Madlib's record label – but from the notes, it seems that all the credit ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia (Japan), 1966. Gatefold (reissue)
A very groovy session from Japanese singer Miko – recording here in the US with hip grooves from the Billy Taylor Trio! The style is almost even cooler than some of Billy's own records of the time – as the rhythms are open and flowing, which makes for a really sparkling feel to the set ... (Vocalists LP)
Cosmic Disco Machine (Italy), Late 60s/1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic funky cuts from the glory days of the French soundtrack scene – a moment when some of that nation's film composers were really tripping out, but in a way that's very different than American or Italian soundtrack talents of the time! If you know the funky moments in the work of ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Wide Hive, 2021.
A really great blend of two different sides of the genius Roscoe Mitchell – his ear for composition, and his strong legacy of solo performance too! The "Pieces" in the title of the set might make you think that Roscoe is delivering one of his ensemble creations from more recent ... (Jazz LP)
Paramount/Esoteric (UK), 1970. 4CD
A massive set of work from Affinity – a group who only gave the world one classic album, but have a heck of a lot more to offer too! The set begins with the self-titled album from Affinity – a British rock combo, but one with a distinctly jazzy feel – one that's often quite funky ... (Rock CD)
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), Early 60s. (reissue)
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from the team of Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan – a record that's every bit as groundbreaking in its use of electronics, but even more playful overall! There's a slight touch of jazz at times – almost a Dick Hyman/Moon Gas sort of mode – as ... (Out Sound LP)
Beverly Hills/Liberation Hall, 1973.
A lost little gem from Chet Baker – recorded with a gentle, homey feel that we really like! The album's not one of the standouts in Chet's catalog, but it's got a personal, almost intimate quality that we find really compelling – almost a broken soul sense of playing, with Chet ... (Jazz CD)
El (UK), 1940s/1950s/1960s. 4CD
A heady dip into the musical frontiers of the postwar years – a set that digs deep into avant classical, jazz, and other styles – all to come up with sounds that later provided inspiration for The Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and other landmark groups at the end of the 60s! Yet ... (Classical CD)
HoZac, 1981. (reissue)
A power pop treasure finally gets its due – as this set brings together the full music created by Adam Roth for the early 80s teen trash film Down The Shore! The music more than works away from the film – the kind of brash, upfront, stripped-down sounds that often had the power pop ... (Rock LP)
Quartet (Spain), 1971.
A very spooky score for this film that's also known in America as "The Cat With Nine Tails" – the second collaboration between Ennio Morricone and noted horror director Dario Argento! The album's a bit different than some of Morricone's other work on horror films – and at ... (Soundtracks CD)
Catfish/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. (reissue)
A record that might look a bit hokey on the cover, but which has a tremendous sense of power through and through – especially on side two, where the great Hans Dulfer is joined by some key avant players who were working on the Paris scene in the early 70s! Side one has this very unusual ... (Jazz LP)
Mono Jazz (Italy), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
The first record we've heard in years from Italian pianist Mario Rusca – and a set that really lives up to the strength of all of his classic material from back in the day! The album's a beautifully recorded set – done in mono, which seems to bring an even richer quality to the sound ... (Jazz LP)
Tangential (UK), 2021.
A beautiful side project from Andy Compton – who you might know from his work in The Rurals – recording here in an equally soulful mode, but with a very different vibe overall! For the record, Andy took the trip to LA mentioned in the title – and works alongside Irantzu Pujadas ... (New Age LP)
Husky Pants, 2021.
Beautiful sounds from two modern masters of the guitar – both playing here on a mix of electric and acoustic variations of the instrument, with sonic properties that unfold in wonderful ways throughout the set! Both Grubbs and Walker have a way of doing a lot with just a little – even ... (Rock LP)
Dreamland (Austria), 2021.
Completely stunning music from the marvelous Muriel Grossmann – a saxophonist who's become one of our favorite jazz talents over the course of the past decade – thanks to deeply spiritual work like this! The album's got a Hammond organ, something you're not as always likely to see in a ... (Jazz CD)
RCA, 1971. 4CD
A really special look at the genius of Elvis Presley in the studio – presented here on a set of recordings from a famous 1971 return trip to the studio in Nashville, with material that later came out on a few different records, but expanded here greatly by all sorts of unreleased tracks, and ... (Rock CD)
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Classic work from a time when the soundtrack scene turned heavily to jazz music – when both American and European directors moved away from using larger orchestrations, and focused instead on smaller combos and strong soloists who really gave the music a heck of a lot of feeling! The work ... (Soundtracks CD)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1965.
Crucial early work from British pianist Mike Taylor – an artist who gave the world two classic albums of avant jazz in the late 60s, worked famously with both Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce – then seemingly disappeared for the rest of his time on the planet! This never-issued set predates ... (Jazz CD)
Seventy Seven/Real Gone, Mid 70s. (reissue)
The rare first album by The Brief Encounter – a mid 70s funk group from North Carolina, but one who doesn't feel like a southern soul combo at all – as they work here with a sweet, strong, and jazzy flavor that makes them feel like the best of the California scene in the 70s! The group ... (Soul LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1967.
Beautiful late work from Lee Morgan! The last five years of Lee's life saw him really stretching out to do some fantastic writing, playing, and leading – and this record stands today as one of the best examples of that period – a pure act of genius, with a sound that really takes off ... (Jazz CD)
Stack O Hits/P-Vine (Japan), 1976/1981. (reissue)
A killer little soul group who recorded with John "Monster" Davis in the mid 70s – really soaring with a groove that rivals some of their bigger contemporaries on the east coast group scene! Touch Of Class sing in a style that's sometimes fragile, but often more suited to the ... (Soul LP)
Salaam Records/Gotta Groove, 1969. (reissue)
Amazing spiritual jazz treasure – the only album ever issued by this obscure avant trio from the Cleveland scene – a group that includes a young Abdul Wadud on bass and cello! The style is nicely loose and open, but also very different than the sound of the AACM at the time – ... (Jazz LP)
Death Waltz, 1969. 2LP
A key moment of genius from the legendary Ennio Morricone – a set that marked a huge step forward for his music – at a level that would have a huge influence on other composers (and filmmakers) for years to come! The score is an amazing blend of voices, keyboards, and off-kilter ... (Soundtracks LP)
Right On/Modern Harmonic, 1971.
An amazing setting for the righteous words and message of Nikki Giovanni – as the set has the poet working with backing vocals by the New York Community Choir, who also recorded a great soul album on RCA around the same time – and an overall approach that elevates Nikki's poetry into a ... (Soul CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021.
Tremendous solo work from the great Joe McPhee – recorded alone at home during 2020, as you might guess from the title – but a set that has Joe being wonderfully expressive, in the very personal way that you'd know if you've ever seen him live in performance! McPhee mostly blows tenor, ... (Jazz CD)
Dreamland (Austria), 2016.
A real step forward for saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – as the set seems to have a new sort of fire that wasn't there on her debut – as Grossmann and quartet open up to embrace the world of modal rhythms! The tunes here all have this fantastic sense of pulse – energy that comes ... (Jazz CD)
Bible & Tire/Fat Possum, 2021. 2LPGatefold
A fantastic little session of gospel music – contemporary work, but done in the same sort of "field trip" style of recording that takes us back to Alan Lomax and some of the great southern projects of the postwar years! In this case, the music all comes from a studio in Fountain, ... (Gospel LP)
WeJazz (Finland), 2021.
A really great record from Finnish saxophonist Timo Lassy – and one that's a bit different than you might expect from the title – as the set doesn't just feature Timo blowing with his trio, but also work from a larger set of strings, who really take the record into sublimely soulful ... (Jazz CD)
Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... (Jazz CD)
OGJB Quartet (Oliver Lake/Graham Haynes/Joe Fonda/Barry Altschul)
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Tum (Finland), 2022.
A second great set from a group that's even greater than the sum of its parts – a formation that seems to breathe new life into the talents of the four legendary musicians who make up its core! Not that these players were ever flagging at all – but there's really something special ... (Jazz CD)
Aberrant, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s.
A rare set of disco tunes we never would have heard otherwise – most from the late 70s , and proof that back in the day, the sound of New York had a huge impact around the globe! Vocals on most cuts are in the local language – tracks here are from Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore ... (Global Grooves LP)
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. 3 CDs
A long-overdue look at the short but fantastic 60s legacy of The Artwoods – one of the coolest, hippest groups of the UK mod scene at the time – able to perfectly balance R&B inspirations and newly groovy styles! The group's named after singer Arthur Wood, brother of the legendary ... (Rock CD)
A beautiful look at club culture far from the mainstream – farther flung locales than London, Paris, or Ibiza – presented here in a way that's very different than the hype that's usually associated with the nightclub scene! There's almost a poetic approach to the book at times – ... (Book)
Trunk (UK), 1970.
A pretty fantastic soundtrack from a very unlikely source – a British film based on a 19th century story by Herman Melville, but recast with a scene in London of the swinging 60s! As such, the movie gets a superb score from the great Roger Webb – jazz pianist and sound library genius, ... (Soundtracks LP)
Cherry Red (UK), 1981. 3CD
A huge slice of work from a crucial year in electronic music – all tracks from 1981, a time when the experiments of the 70s were giving way to more tuneful recordings of the 80s – at a level that would soon dominate the world of pop around the globe! Yet although some of these artists ... (Rock CD)