Blue Note (Japan), 1968.
A wonderful session by Andrew Hill – recorded in 1968, but issued only briefly in 1981 – and out of print for years! The session is a key one in understanding Hill's work – as it's a bridge between the arch modernism of his early Blue Note sides, and the more soul-oriented ... (Jazz CD)
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. 2CD
A set that looks at the early years of funk music – at a time when blues, R&B, and jazz were all bubbling together in the first few years of soul – before heavier sounds of later years came in and almost made funk into a genre of its own! The date range in the title is large, but ... (Funky Compilations CD)
EMI/Polysom (Brazil), 2006. (reissue)
Warmly mellow work from Marisa Monte – a record that's issued in conjunction with her samba-styled Universo Ao Meu Redor album, but which has a sound that's much more in keeping with her Memorias Cronicas E Declaracoes set from a few years back! The backings here are often mellow and ... (Brazil LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1977.
One of the only albums ever cut by Maxi Anderson – a hell of a soul singer who's lent her talents to a number of sessions over the years, but who sounds especially great here in the lead! Anderson's got a vibe that's almost like Minnie Riperton at the time – a warmly glowing approach ... (Soul 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)
Concord, 2021. Gatefold
A really tremendous take on the Source album from saxophonist Nubya Garcia – one that has new versions of the tunes served up by some of his hippest contemporaries – at a level that brings together his current work on the London scene with a global underground that has found a way to ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1975.
One more amazing chapter in the mighty development of drummer Chico Hamilton – a killer 70s session for Blue Note – and a record that goes way beyond his earlier experiments of the 50s, modal grooves of the 60s, and funk work for the Flying Dutchman label! The style here is fusion, but ... (Jazz CD)
Sdban (Belgium), Late 60s/1970s. 2CD
A pretty incredible legacy of jazz from the scene in Belgium during the late 60s and early 70s – a place that never got the kind of exposure as the jazz worlds of the UK, Scandinavia, and Germany – but one that was making some really amazing work at the time! Take the "progressive& ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Philips/Superfly (Japan), 1973. (reissue)
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a brilliant quintet outing that features some really great work on tenor and soprano sax! Kikuchi's piano is usually enough to grab our attention, but the album's got a great added bonus in the ... (Jazz LP)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 80s.
Live work from the great Art Blakey – a set that features two different performances from two really great groups! The first two cuts are from 1980 – from a time when the Jazz Messengers features up and coming 80s giants Bobby Watson on alto, Valery Ponomarev on trumpet, Billy Pierce ... (Jazz CD)
Now Again, 2021.
A whole new side of funky genius for Karl Hector – aka JJ Whitefield, of Poets Of Rhythm fame – a set that takes off from his previous Afro Funk albums with The Macouns, but which has an even more stripped-down vibe overall! The group is just a trio – with Ebo Taylor's son Henry, ... (Global Grooves CD)
EMI/Polysom (Brazil), 2006. (reissue)
A real departure for Marisa Monte – an album of samba tunes done in mostly traditional modes! The style here is often simple and classic – bits of guitar, percussion, cavaquinho, and slight use of keyboards to warm things up a bit – but mostly in a way that allows for the ... (Brazil LP)
Numero Group have turned their talents towards 90s reissues in recent years – and that shift is definitely covered in this issue of their magazine – thanks to a variety of well-penned features on some of the bands they've been reissuing! Mac McCaughan talks about Seam in Chapel Hill, ... (Magazine)
ECM (Germany), 2021.
One of the most fantastic records we've heard from bassist Marc Johnson in years – a wonderful solo set that not only furthers Johnson's legacy as a musician, but also ties it to the larger ECM Records tradition – but without having Marc just swim in the same waters as his labelmates! ... (Jazz CD)
Twin Tone/Rhino, 1981. 4CD & LP
The Replacements look a lot more punk rock on the cover than on some of their later albums for Warner Brothers – and they sound a lot more punk, too – packing in 18 short songs on this early set that blisters with their youthful, inventive energy! Even working at a level that's hard ... (Rock LP)
Bold rays of sunlight from Orquesta Akokan – a contemporary group, but one who recorded this set in Havana's legendary Egrem Studios – which is part of the very classic vibe throughout! There's plenty of younger Latin combos that have been serving up old school modes in recent years ... (Latin LP)
Blue Note, 1962.
Moody genius from Freddie Hubbard – a really unusual album that stands out not only from some of his other Blue Note work of the 60s, but also from most of the rest of his catalog as well! Part of the album's uniqueness is its group – an unusual lineup with McCoy Tyner on piano, Wayne ... (Jazz LP)
Brewerytown, Mid 70s. (pic cover, reissue)
Very early work from the legendary Frankie Beverly – a rare Philly recording, done years before his wider fame with Maze – and in a groove that's very hard and funky overall! The tune's got some great horns that punctuate the start, but then rolls into a fierce bass/drum dance while ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Tao Forms, 2021.
That's a pretty enticing title, and the record's got a pretty enticing sound as well – fantastic long-spun lines from the trio of Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and Whit Dickey on drums – all players with a long history together, and a perfectly-matched sound on the ... (Jazz CD)
Philips/Superfly (Japan), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A really landmark album from the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s – one of the key records in which musicians like Takeru Muraoka were helping to discover something new and unique – a fantastic hybrid of modal jazz, freer solo moments, and some nice electric touches on keyboards ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1962.
A killer album that stands as a wonderful complement to Ike Quebec's classic LP sessions for Blue Note – and a set that's even more noteworthy for a rare early appearance of keyboardist Earl Van Dyke! Earl's best known for later famous work at Motown – but here, he plays some great ... (Jazz CD)
Mo Wax/Island, Mid 90s. (pic cover)
A special single, issued on the 25th anniversary of the legendary Endtroducing album from DJ Shadow! The cover art once graced a 12" single of Shadow's back in the day – and it definitely conveys the underbelly of American record stores that were the DJ's stomping ground and key ... (Hip Hop 7-inch)
Blue Note (Japan), 1975.
A beautifully soulful set from Horace Silver – hardly the "with brass" session you might guess from the title, and instead a well-integrated album that really showcases a new level of arranging genius from Horace! The set is heavy on hip horns – with work from Oscar Brashear, ... (Jazz CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
A really beautiful radio performance from pianist Bill Evans – and one with a great special guest on the second half of the set! The core group here is Bill's late trio with Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums – both players who carry forward the subtle sense of ... (Jazz CD)
Astral Spirits, 2021.
A set that's billed as "a sonic Palette of eight re-tuned pitches for piano and saxophone" – and which comes across as a series of beautiful duets between Thollem on piano, and Hafez Modirzadeh on alto and tenor sax! The work often feels more compositional than improvisational ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1975.
Fantastic lean low funky fusion – and a lost Blue Note 70s gem – a set that's way different than any other work from the team of bassist John Lee and drummer Gerry Brown! The set's nice and spare – almost CTI in style at times, but with some excellent production work from Skip ... (Jazz CD)
Munich/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
That's a piano covered in plaster on the cover, but don't let that set the tone of the set – as the great Jack Van Poll is wonderfully vibrant here, and working in a trio that matches his energy perfectly on every single track! You might know Jack from Fender Rhodes material from earlier in ... (Jazz CD)
Old Maid/Ilegalia, 2021.
A sweet little 10" album from the Du-Rites – just a duo, but one who manage to serve up just as much funk as a much larger group! In truth, this time around the pair have a few guest vocalists – although most of the tracks are still instrumentals, with the familiar blend of heavy ... (Deep Funk 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)
Flirt/Holy Basil, 1972. (reissue)
One of those very cool Italian sound library albums that sits at a perfect space between funk and psychedelia – filled with tracks that are as heavy on fuzz as they are on drums – all instrumental throughout, and with a style that's sure to please folks on both sides of the fence! The ... (Sound Library LP)
Omicron/Dialogo (Italy), 1975.
A mystical trip through the south seas – courtesy of Italian soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani, working here in a rare sound library setting! The tracks are moody and ethereal – with lots of spare percussion, and some dreamy island-type touches – like floating voices, isolated ... (Sound Library CD)
TP Orchestra Poly Rythmo De Cotonou
Albarika Store/Acid Jazz (UK), 1974.
Stunning early work from the Orchestra Poly Rhythmo – a set that's titled after a set of rhythms used in voodoo rituals in Benin – echoed here strongly by the heavy use of percussion on the record, which includes a giant drum reserved for use only in ritual performance! The sound is ... (Global Grooves CD)
Cherry Pop (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s. 7CD
Essential work from one of the hippest British groups of the 70s – the amazing Real Thing, one of the few UK acts who could go head to head with soul artists from the US! The Real Thing groove is often heavy on strings and rhythm – a sound that's kind of an English take on the 70s ... (Soul CD)
Universal (France), 1967.
One of the darkest soundtracks ever from the wonderful Francois De Roubaix – a moody, brooding score that really fits the solitary spirit of the main character! There's still plenty of those cool De Roubaix elements in the mix – even some weird melodies on organ and electronics – ... (Soundtracks LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1956.
Incredible stuff – the only full length LP recorded by Gil Melle for Blue Note – after a series of groundbreaking 10" sessions during the early 50s! The album's got a sound that's almost impossible to describe – bringing Melle's modern baritone sax work into play with a ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1973.
A landmark album by Donald Byrd – the first one where he really started to click with jazz-funk producer Larry Mizell! Mizell and Byrd had worked together previously on the Black Byrd album – a soaring bit of futuristic jazz funk that took Byrd's career to a whole new level – but ... (Jazz CD)
Prestige/Craft, Late 50s.
The legendary John Coltrane was a leader on some amazing recordings of the late 50s and 1960s – but right at the start of his career, he also added key contributions to records headed up by other folks too – and some of the best of those moments are collected here in this well-done set! ... (Jazz CD)
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Late 60s.
Two slices of rare work from the legendary British pianist Michael Garrick – one of the key forces driving the sound of jazz forward in the 60s, as you'll hear on this set! First up is a 1967 performance for the BBC Jazz Club – with a sextet that features wonderful work on cornet from ... (Jazz CD)
Compost (Germany), 2021.
Web Web have really deepened up their sound here – much more spiritual than we ever would have expected before – but maybe no surprise, given that the record features guest work from giants like Charles Tolliver, Mulatu, and Brandee Younger! The core group features lots of great flute ... (Jazz CD)
Real Gone, 1971.
Dracula takes on Frankenstein, but we're the musical winners – given the quality of this great 70s horror score from William Lava! The set's a mighty weird one – as odd as the schlocky look of the film – a mix of serious orchestrations with unusual effects, electronics, and more ... (Soundtracks LP)
A fantastic lost moment from vocalist Sheila Jordan – a set that was done a few years before her debut album in Blue Note, and which represents a rare look at this very early chapter in her career! By the 70s, Jordan had emerged as a true modernist in jazz – but here, she's maybe a bit ... (Vocalists CD)
Radio Canada/Return To Analog (Canada), 1974. (reissue)
A gem of a record from the great Sonny Greenwich – an open-toned guitarist with a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a Canadian player who never got much exposure down here in the US, but who really stands apart from most of the jazz guitarists of his generation! There's ... (Jazz LP)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), Early 70s.
A totally wonderful collection of Ethiopian sounds, circa 1972 – all pulled from a moment when the sound of the nation was really beginning to change in radical ways! The tracks here are sometimes funky, sometimes a bit more spiritual – and they showcase that bold new spirit that was ... (Global Grooves LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1956.
Jimmy Smith heard in the kind of setting that spawned him – playing live at Delaware's Club Baby Grand – just the sort of smoky little jazz room that initially fostered his talents! The liveness of the set brings a really nice edge to the album – a sound that's grittier than some ... (Jazz CD)
Malligator/Because (France), Late 70s. 2LP
A tremendous collection of work from the legendary Cerrone – one of the key forces in French disco of the 70s, and an artist who went on to have a huge impact on the sound of the dancefloor for decades to come! Cerrone's a master of minimal, repetitive rhythms – often stretched out on ... (Soul LP)
Stage Productions/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 70s. (reissue)
A really legendary group from the underground 70s scene in Chicago – one who've got all the chops and capabilities of the bigger groups of the time, but who never fully got their due – maybe in part because of the racy image on the album's cover! The group are a sharp funky ensemble ... (Soul LP)
Trova/Altercat (Germany), 1976.
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from this legendary Argentine pianist – a set that has Jorge Lopez Ruiz playing lots of Fender Rhodes, and mixing it in with both rootsy Latin percussion and a number of other keyboards too! The set's almost a South American version of some of ... (Jazz CD)
Spaceman/Fat Possum, 2001. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Instant classic work from J Spaceman – a set that not only includes all the freak and fuzz of the past, but which also opens up with this earnest, honest approach to songwriting that nobody would have expected a few records before! There's some great use of larger orchestrations here – ... (Rock LP)
Feral House, 2018.
The lovely Francoise Hardy is one of our favorite singers in 60s French pop – and here she tells the story behind her music and her long and storied career – all with a voice that's nicely different than the one she uses in her tunes, and which gives us a whole different version of an ... (Book)
Universal (France), Mid 70s.
Two very groovy albums from French singer Nino Ferrer – back to back on a single CD! First up is Nino & Radiah Et Le Sud – a set that's maybe one of Ferrer's most striking records ever – as it features English language lyrics, and a very funky sound overall – thanks to ... (French CD)
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s.
Rare work from a group who maybe never made it from coast to coast during their short time together in the 70s – but who recorded the wonderful tracks on this set, which are served up here in a really great blend of vocal and instrumental numbers! The group have a great way with a mellow ... (Soul LP)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
A great tenor saxophonist from the Japanese scene of the 70s – heard here in one of his hippest settings ever! Seiichi Nakamura really knows how to stretch things out, yet still keep things interesting – working here with a strong sense of rhythm that's really augmented by the use of ... (Jazz CD)
Mushroom Hour Half Hour/Total Refreshment Centre (South Africa), 2021. Gatefold
A really border-crossing set from this fantastic collective – a group made up of jazz musicians from London, Johannesberg, and Dakar – working here on sessions recorded in all three of their home cities! The record bears the mark of London's Total Refreshment Centre, and the set ... (Jazz LP)
World Circuit, 2000.
The legendary Omara Portuondo is one of those Cuban music greats from years back – and one of a handful who were finally given some larger exposure to the American market during the Buena Vista Social Club project of the late 90s! It's not as if Omara had stopped performing – but ... (Latin LP)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Japanese bassist Hideto Kanai – maybe the only one to feature his King's Roar group, a magnificent spiritual avant ensemble who work through two side-long tracks with plenty of amazing moments! There seems to be a nice blend of structure ... (Jazz CD)
Night Dreamer (UK), 2021. 2LP
Drummer Sarathy Korwar has a great reputation for blending together Indian music and contemporary jazz – and in ways that are very different than similar British experiments from the late 60s! That legacy is moved forward a few strong notches here – as Korwar works with his Upaj ... (Jazz LP)
HoZac, Late 70s.
Really blistering work from this lost band from Cincinnati – a group who were part of the incredible Ohio scene of the early punk years, but never saw this material issued back in the day! Yet don't let that stop you from digging in – as the work here is incredible – hard, fast, ... (Rock LP)
22A (UK), 2021.
We're completely in love with the music of Ruby Rushton – and even though this set is only a 4-track EP, it's got a soulful depth that goes beyond so many other groups of this nature! The quartet keep things nice and lean – using Fender Rhodes, flute, trumpet, and drums in a way that ... (Jazz LP)
Cramps/Dialogo (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
A beautiful Steve Lacy album recorded during his fruitful time in Europe during the 70s – and one that's nicely different than some of his other material of the decade! The approach here really fits in with the Cramps Records style of presentation – as Lacy is maybe in a more ... (Jazz LP)
Nature Sounds, 2021.
The last album ever recorded by Gift Of Gab – a set recorded during his final years, which were full of health troubles – but music that definitely sparkles from the inspiration mentioned in the title! Gab's got that razor-sharp quality here that made him such a key part of ... (Hip Hop CD)
Atlantic/Diggers Factory (France), 1978. (reissue)
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – ... (Global Grooves LP)
P-Vine (Japan), Mid 70s.
We don't know much about Bill Brown and his group – but they're a fantastic lost act from the 70s, and one who have a fantastic way of mixing warm soul harmonies with some very sharp grooves! The rhythms are pretty upbeat on most tracks, but the vibe is before the disco and club years – ... (Soul LP)
Enja/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1977. (reissue)
One of the few albums issued as a leader by bassist Cecil McBee – and like all of the rest, a really amazing record that showcases the visionary talent that often made McBee such a key part of other folks' groups! The tracks are long and spiritual, but with slight avant leanings – and ... (Jazz LP)
International Anthem, 2021.
The notes on the cover use the term "Latinx Futurist" to refer to the work of Dos Santos – and that may be one of the best ways we've ever heard to describe their really unique blend of modes – served up here with a sound that firmly places the group at the crossroads of some ... (Latin CD)
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2021.
Maybe one of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from drummer Donald Edwards – a set that states its position strongly with the title, then features a suite of tracks that work together perfectly to deliver Donald's message! The record has a power and focus that's wonderful – ... (Jazz CD)
Cecil Taylor & Sunny Murray
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1996.
A fantastic extended performance from the great Cecil Taylor – and a set that's really striking for a number of different reasons! First, the performance begins with some added voice work from Tristan Honsinger, Dominic Duval, and others – doing unusual vocalizations that are a bit ... (Jazz CD)
Planet Mu, 2021.
DJ Manny's got roots in the Chicago footwork scene, but his sound here is much more soul-based overall – nicely spare, but surprisingly tuneful – served up with a mixture of instrumental moments, sung passages, and a few hip hop lines as well – all at a level that shows just how ... (Hip Hop LP)
Alpha Pup, 2021.
Warm jazzy goodness from Katalyst – a west coast group comprised of musicians who normally back bigger names in soul, jazz, and hip hop – but who here work in a vibe that's all their own, on a set of tunes that are improvised freely, yet still have a groove! The music is often spacey ... (Jazz CD)
Impulse (Japan), 1967/1974.
One of the greatest recordings ever made by John Coltrane in his later years – a record that has him stepping off into really new territory that would have really been something, had he stayed on the planet long enough to make more recordings like this! The vibe is very experimental – ... (Jazz CD)
Die Kosmischen Kuriere (Germany), 1974. (reissue)
A landmark bit of work from the Cosmic Jokers – real heroes of the German prog era, and less a batch of pranksters than some serious prog rock heavyweights – given that the lineup here features Dieter Dierks, Manuel Gottsching, Klaus Schulze, and Harald Grosskopf – all coming ... (Rock LP)
Polydor/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972.
Raw power and righteous energy from James Brown – a set that still has all the best funk elements of his longer-form albums of the time, but which also packs an even stronger political message too! The vibe of the record is clear from the image on the cover – the most powerful since ... (Soul CD)
Philly Jazz/Strut (UK), 1978. 2CD
An amazing album from Sun Ra – a set that's got some of the same soulful focus as Space Is The Place, and a really surprising sense of groove on many moments! The record's actually a bit funky – if you can believe it – and was recorded with electric keyboards, bass, and guitar ... (Jazz CD)
Mosaic, Mid 60s. 5CDs
The start of a legend – a huge amount of material that introduced the world to the tenor genius of the young Joe Henderson – recorded over the space of a few short years, on records that feature Joe as both the leader and a sideman on some of the hippest Blue Note records of the time! ... (Jazz CD)
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1967.
Julie London's shortened her trademark tresses for the cover of this album – but as the title will tell, she's very much in the best sultry territory of her earlier years! This time around, Don Bagley's turned in some near-perfect arrangements that really bring back the London sound of the ... (Vocalists CD)
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
A heady serving of instrumental soul tunes from the center of the 60s – work that really takes off from jazz and R&B modes from a few years before, and serves up music that reminds us that great soul sounds don't always need some lyrics in the lead! There's a nicely gritty vibe on most ... (Soul CD)
Matsuli (UK), 2021.
A beautiful set of solo work from South African pianist Kyle Shepherd – a set that's every bit as poetic as you'd guess from the title – and which has some ties to older work from his scene, but also really stands out as a bold statement of Shepherd's own! Kyle's got this wonderful ... (Jazz LP)
Rolling Stones/Geffen, 1981. 2CD
An album that some thought might mark the final years of The Rolling Stones – as it came out as Mick Jagger was reaching 40 – but one that instead marked a great rebirth of the group and its sound, and set a whole new standard for the group for years to come! The opening lick of the ... (Rock CD)
A&M/BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Two early albums from the great Shawn Phillips – back to back in a single set! First up is Collaboration – beautiful early work from Shawn Phillips – a British singer from that moment when the folk scene was really taking off into all sorts of new currents – but which are ... (Rock CD)
New World, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. 7CD
A rich tapestry of rare work from reedman Julius Hemphill – most of it from a time when he was getting exposure on bigger jazz labels around the world, but here still performing the sort of work that goes right back to his roots on the St Louis scene, as part of the groundbreaking Black ... (Jazz CD)
Sublime Frequencies, 1970s.
A wealth of wonderful work from Baligh Hamdi – an artist who had a huge impact on Egyptian music in the postwar years, even if he's not as well known on our side of the Atlantic! The tracks here all date from a time when Hamdi had been already recording for a number of years – first ... (Global Grooves CD)
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)
Space Age (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Groundbreaking electronic work from the UK – material recorded at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s by Peter Zinovieff, who's working here in as part of the Musys project at the Electronic Music Studio – then the only private composer-owned studio for electronic instrumentation! ... (Out Sound CD)
Universal (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A tremendous tribute to a fantastic moment in jazz – the explosion of new sounds that happened in the British scene from the late 60s onward – a moment of music that barely touched our shores, but which was equally important to the changes taking place in modern jazz in the US! England ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Liuto/Dialogo (Italy), 1972.
A totally wonderful set of sound library work from the legendary Piero Umiliani, working here under the name of Zalla – a set that mixes his great ear for electronic elements with some warm acoustic instrumentation too – a blend of percussion, baritone flute, and even a bit of marimba ... (Sound Library CD)
Instant Composers Pool (Misha Mengelberg, Peter Brotzmann, Evan Parker & Others)
ICP/Our Swimmer (Germany), 1970. (reissue)
A landmark album from this groundbreaking free jazz ensemble – a record that's as important to improvised music as Peter Brotzmann's Machine Gun or Derek Bailey's solo albums! And no surprise, the group features Brotzmann on tenor and Bailey on guitar – alongside Misha Mengelberg on ... (Jazz LP)
J.Bridge/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
A great record – and the kind of lost soul that has group collectors digging through the used bins year after year! Smoke hailed from Kansas City, and they were sweet harmony group in the mode of many of their east coast contemporaries. The record was recorded in 1976, but has a sound that's ... (Soul LP)
Takashi Furuya with the Yoshiaki Otsuka Trio
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
Beautifully moody vocal work from Japanese singer Takashi Furuya – recorded with that special Three Blind Mice label sound of the 70s, which means that the record feels a lot different than more mainstream vocal jazz material of the time! Furuya's got this way of stretching out a word that's ... (Vocalists CD)
Night Dreamer (UK), 2021.
Mogollar are a legendary group in Turkish music – formed in the 60s, with a mission to explore psychedelic impulses amidst more traditional instrumentation – and all these many years later, the combo is still going strong, and with a sound that still beats most of the groups they ... (Global Grooves LP)
Omicron/Dialogo (Italy), 1975.
A second sound library trip to Africa by Italian sound library maestro Piero Umiliani – and one that's even groovier than the first! The music here follows a similar pattern – mixing elements of 70s sound library rhythms with some older exotic modes – a blend of electric and ... (Sound Library 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)
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 guitar, flute, and a lot of added percussion – really jamming away in a ... (Jazz LP)
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1964/1975.
Two of the most unusual albums ever recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford – both small group sessions, with a very different sound than his other material for Capitol Records! First up is Country Hits Feelin Blue – one of the coolest albums ever from the great Tennessee Ernie Ford – a ... (Folk/Country CD)
Perfect Toy (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A great set of work from a space between the genres – music that's often by rock groups, but who have a very soulful sort of sound – serving up tunes that are sometimes their own take on soul hits of the time, sometimes original material – and always with the sort of funk and soul ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Quartet/CAM (Spain), 1969.
Our favorite album ever from French soundtrack maestro Philippe Sarde – and maybe one of our favorite French soundtracks too! There's a really special quality to this music – as rich as some of Sarde's other scores, but maybe linked more towards the new wave of subtle expression that ... (Soundtracks CD)
Robinsongs (UK), 1975. 3CD
1975 was a crucial year in the history of disco music – the moment when sounds that had been bubbling under on the east coast in the early part of the decade finally hit both the radio and the record racks in a really massive way! And while the music might soon be bogged down in ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Decca/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s.
Fantastic work from Syn – a British group who are maybe best-remembered for giving the world future prog giants Chris Squire and Peter Banks – but who are already pretty darn great even without that later legacy of sound! The vibe here is a bit like Tomorrow – the early home of ... (Rock CD)
A creative blend of jazz and other musical styles from David Ornette Cherry – son of Don Cherry, and an artist who really shares a similar sense of boundary crossing as his father! Cherry provides vocals, piano, and "soundscapes" on the record – mixing acoustic and electric ... (Jazz CD)
Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1969.
A seminal live set that brings together two giants of the Tropicalia scene – Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, recorded here in a rough-edged performance from 1969! The format has the artists alternating songs throughout the set, then coming together for a duet at the end – and the ... (Brazil CD)
The legendary Phil Ranelin has been giving us great music for decades – yet he still sounds as fresh and vibrant here as ever – working in a small combo that really lets us focus on his phrasing and imagination on trombone, and his very righteous way of putting over a tune! Phil's ... (Jazz CD)
Show Boat/We Want Sounds (UK), 1975. (reissue)
A beautiful record that finds a great 70s expression of the longstanding love of Hawaiian music that's held fast in Japan for many many years – a set that was recorded in Hawaii by offbeat Japanese musician Makoto Kubota, in ways that offer up his own very personal interpretation of ... (Rock LP)
Atlantic/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 60s. 3CD
A fantastic run of music from a group who were key to the rising sound of soul music on Atlantic Records during the 60s – but who sometimes didn't always get their due! The Sweet Inspirations have roots in gospel – as the famous Drinkard Sisters – and they've also got a legacy ... (Soul CD)
Polydor, Late 60s. 2CDs
A really well-done collection of tracks, designed to accompany the Velvet Underground film from director Todd Haynes – a set that mixes VU classics with some rare moments by the group, and a few tracks by other artists that help set the scene for their sound and inspirations! The package is ... (Rock CD)
Atlantic/Speakers Corner (UK), 1959. (reissue)
An album that certainly lives up to the promise of its title – as it's filled with amazing instrumentation, groundbreaking compositions, and a sound in jazz that few ears could imagine at the time! The groove here is extremely modal – all instruments rolling along on the same rhythmic ... (Jazz LP)
Pink Floyd started out with some weird and wonderful vocal work by Syd Barrett – but after those days, they soon stepped into a more instrumental mode – and have a great legacy of work for films at the end of the 60s – all covered here in the cover story, which looks at their ... (Magazine)
A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints ... (Rock CD)
Wonderfully righteous work from trumpeter Theo Croker – and a set that's really got the sort of majesty you might expect from the cover! Theo's never been a straight jazz artist on other records – but here, he really ups his game on the cosmic soul front – mixing in guest vocals ... (Jazz CD)
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2021.
A really beautiful record from reedman Nat Birchall – a solo set, but one that's got the same spiritual flow as his records with a group – as Nat himself handles a number of different instruments over the course of the set, using overdubs to give the whole thing the same spiritual flair ... (Jazz LP)
Stax/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A stunning selection of work from the legendary Stax records – a package of rare material that includes 11 tracks that appear here for the first time ever! We've been fans of the legendary Memphis soul label for a mighty long time – and, as with Motown, we're always amazed at how much ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Anthony Hamilton's got a very classic look on the cover – and he definitely turns in a classic set here – the kind of righteous, well-crafted soul record that really takes us back to the golden age of the 70s! And yet, the music's not retro at all – it's very contemporary in both ... (Neo Soul CD)
Yo!/Dope Folks, 1990. (reissue)
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 LP)
Decca/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A much-needed collection of work from Tintern Abbey – a group who recorded one famous psych single for the Deram label in 1967 – then seemingly disappeared from the scene before giving the world any sort of a full album! This set corrects that mistake, and then some – as it ... (Rock CD)
Tamla/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976.
Smoking Motown work from Thelma Houston – a great 70s set that catches the singer at the top of her groove! The album's polished, but never in a too-commercial way – and the grooves acknowledge the growing role of the dancefloor in mainstream soul, yet also mostly stay away from some ... (Soul CD)
Mosaic, Late 40s/1950s/1960s. 7CD
A stunning overview of these two key slices of work from Louis Armstrong – material recorded for RCA Records in the mid 40s, and then his huge Columbia Records comeback sides in the 50s – the latter of which is presented here with a huge amount of unissued material and alternate tracks! ... (Jazz CD)
Strut (UK), 2021.
A really great record from the Kondi Band – one of the few groups who can manage to combine the sound of the kalimba with more contemporary styles – and somehow make the whole thing come off without feeling like a gimmick! Sorie Kondi handles both the thumb piano and lead vocals – ... (Global Grooves CD)
Instant Composers Pool/Our Swimmer (Germany), 1977. (reissue)
A landmark record from the Dutch jazz scene – one that takes all the strong 70s years of free improvisation in that world, and helps it find a new sort of focus! As fans of the scene know, ICP stands for Instant Composers Pool – writing while improvising on the spot – a notion ... (Jazz LP)
Acta/Out-Sider (Spain), 1968. (reissue)
These guys are best remembered for their theme to The Brady Bunch – but this earlier album is far far better than that – a tremendous Sunshine Pop gem from the late 60s, baroque one minute, sweet the next – and always filled with a fresh sense of musical surprise! The group get a ... (Rock LP)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1970s. (reissue)
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who ... (Global Grooves LP)
Blue Note, 2021.
The first-ever Christmas album from Norah Jones – done in close collaboration with funk maestro Leon Michels, who also co-wrote some of the songs on the album! The album's still got the jazz-tinged approach of Norah's familiar music – but there's a different spirit, too – maybe a ... (Holiday Music LP)
Numero, Early 70s.
Sweet & rare Memphis single from the early 70s! "Express Your Love" has a beautifully sad, slow sort of feel – two-voice female harmony that steps along at a very gentle pace – mostly just with a bit of blue-tinged guitar backing up the fragile vocals! "Cry ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Geffen, 2021. Gatefold
Great work from a surprisingly durable pairing – one that maybe seemed to be something of an accident at first, but which has gone on to redefine the recent careers of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga! The duo are in as fine form here as on their previous record – swinging with a very old ... (Vocalists LP)
Dudu Pukwana, Misha Mengelberg, & Han Bennink
ICP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1978. Gatefold
A fantastic slice of sound from the legendary Dudu Pukwana – not his work with the famous Blue Notes combo, nor his globally-styled projects – but instead this searing free jazz date cut for the ICP label with Misha Mengelberg on piano and Hank Bennink on drums, clarinet, viola, and ... (Jazz CD)
GAD (Poland), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s.
Fantastic funky tunes that you'd never track down on your own – all pulled from a host of rare Eastern European records from the years when the Iron Curtain kept most of this music from getting out to the rest of the world at large! There's plenty of heavy drums and basslines on most tracks ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Motown/Third Man, 1970. 2LP Gatefold
An incredible lost album from Motown's David Ruffin – material recorded for his third solo album, but unreleased at the time – and presented here with a whole bunch of rare bonus material too! The quality of the work is incredible – done in a soaring style that's a perfect ... (Soul LP)
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1982.
A really fantastic album from the great Akiko Yano – a set recorded in London with help from a whole host of great talents, all of whom make for a record that's even catchier and groovier than some of her work in Japan! Ryuichi Sakamoto co-produced and arranged the record, and really helped ... (Rock CD)
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s.
A fantastic entry in this really groovy series – and one that's filled with even more surprises than the first two volumes! It's been quite awhile since Light In The Attic gave us those sets – and the time's been well-used to dig up a much later batch of tracks from the world of ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Division 81, 2021. 2LP
A long-awaited full length statement from saxophonist Isaiah Collier – a player who's been making magic on the Chicago scene in recent years, and who steps forth boldly here as a leader with a vision that cannot be denied! The set was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio, on John Coltrane's ... (Jazz LP)
Asha/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970. (reissue)
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by DC flutist Lloyd McNeil – and one of the grooviest, too! Lloyd's work is always amazing – stretched-out, spiritual, and filled with life – but this time around, there's a definite groove to the record that's undeniable – an ... (Jazz LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1978. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most ambitious albums ever from pianist Horace Tapscott – a double-length set that has him working with a large lineup of underground musicians from the 70s Los Angeles scene – all united in spirit and power as the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra! Tapscott's piano directs the ... (Jazz LP)
Union/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Part of a great move forward for Japanese drummer George Otsuka in the 70s – a player who'd really made some great waves with his trio material at the end of the 60s, but who found a way deepen his groove with a larger group on records like this – really standing out as one of the most ... (Jazz LP)
GAD (Poland), 1981.
A really great fusion group from early 80s Poland – one who work together here with a style that recalls the tightness and warmth of The Crusaders at their best! As with that group, the sound here is wonderfully soulful – rhythms that are right on the money, but laidback enough to ... (Jazz CD)
Black Fire/Strut, Late 70s.
A sweet set of spiritual jazz funk – a gem of a set from an Ohio group of the 70s, but one that was initially only issued on CD by the Black Fire label many years later! The ensemble's led by singer/pianist Clarence Young – and has a very message-oriented approach – sort of a ... (Soul CD)
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. 9CD
An insane tribute to one of the greatest female soul singers to emerge in the 70s – the magnificent Phyllis Hyman, a vocalist who first began in jazz, then moved to soul music to help chart a whole new sound for the future – a new sort of sophistication that was key to a shift in the ... (Soul CD)
Universal (Netherlands), 1995. 2LP
One of the hippest albums Hank Jones ever recorded – a very unique mixture of jazz and African elements, put together with organist Cheick Tidiane Seck! Jones plays his usual piano, but the strongest elements on the set come from Seck's Hammond work, and instrumentation from other members of ... (Jazz LP)
Zoe's Shanghai (France), 2021.
A really beautiful album from Zoe's Shanghai – a group led by singer Zoe Renie Harris, and one who recorded this debut album out in the countryside in France – a setting that maybe gives the record a wonderfully laidback sort of vibe! Zoe's vocals are wonderful – lyrical, but ... (Neo Soul LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1978. (reissue)
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 LP)
International Anthem, 2021. 2CDs
Trumpeter Jaimie Branch has been giving us great music for a number of years – but honestly, she really knocks it out of the park on this live set – a record that's even more amazing than her previous two efforts with a similar title! The set's a double-length performance – and ... (Jazz CD)
Great work from Abner Jay – an artist who's as timeless as he is unique – working here in a very special blend of blues and folk roots, all served up with the kind of bold personality you might expect from the title! Jay plays acoustic guitar and harmonica, and sometimes adds in a bit ... (Blues LP)
Cordial (UK), Mid 70s.
The overlooked 70s soul legacy of Ruby & The Mudflaps – a group with a name that might sound like a bar band – but who are a wickedly tight soul group through and through! The combo are very obscure – a German act, but with an American lead singer – one who only made a ... (Soul LP)
Elektra/Strut (UK), 1982.
An landmark record from Patrice Rushen – one of those albums that completely cemented her standing in the world of jazz, funk, and soul – and a wonderful summation of everything she'd done in the years before! The young Patrice was already a breakout keyboardist on the west coast scene ... (Soul CD)
Art Yard (UK), Early 60s.
A stunning package of work from the early days of Sun Ra & The Arkestra – three really wonderful tracks that are well-deserving of issue on a 45! "Angels & Demons At Play" is perhaps one of the greatest illustrations of the way that Ra took all of the exotic currents in ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Early 70s/2021.
A very cool idea for a collection – a set that takes all the classic early Al Green material for Hi Records, and adds in some larger orchestrations – all at a level that's way better than you might expect, and with a sound that's very faithful to the originals! The larger charts are ... (Soul CD)
Futura/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. (reissue)
A landmark French avant session from the start of the 70s – and one of the most bracingly brilliant albums ever recorded by saxophonist Michel Portal! Portal's paired here with British reedman John Surman – and the duo play some amazingly complex lines on the date – very ... (Jazz LP)
ECM (Germany), 2021.
A record with a wonderfully evocative title, and a wonderfully evocative sound as well – solo piano material from Craig Taborn that maybe shows off a wider range of sounds and subtle touches than we've heard on other albums in recent years – maybe in part because the whole thing begins ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1964.
One of Eric Dolphy's lasting classics – and possibly the ultimate album of "new thing" jazz from the mid 60s! The record's got an even sharper edge than previous Dolphy recordings for Prestige – a really unique combination of instrumentation that includes Freddie Hubbard on ... (Jazz LP)
No Business (Lithuania), 1981.
Mindblowing music from the great Sam Rivers – and, like the other albums in this essential Archive Series, a performance that appears on record for the first time ever! The set has Rivers working on a live date in Italy from 1981 – really spinning things out in ways that recall some of ... (Jazz CD)
EMI (Brazil), 1982.
A mighty big record for the lovely Rita Lee – very different than anyone might have guessed back when she was a member of Os Mutantes! Here, Rita has risen to the top of Brazilian pop stardom – and is serving up these really catchy little tunes that have her voice sound every bit as ... (Brazil CD)
Gallo/Tooth Factory, 1976. (reissue)
A rare bit of funk from the South African scene of the 70s – a set with a style that's a bit different than American work of the time – maybe a bit more laidback, and with this easygoing vibe that's really great! Saitana don't have to hit you over the head with their groove, but it's ... (Global Grooves LP)
An incredible lost slice of music from the young Bob Marley – an unissued set of recordings done at the Capitol Studios in LA, at a time when the Wailers were just beginning to rise in global power! The session came at an unusual moment for the group – they had come to the US to tour ... (Reggae CD)
Columbia/Big Pink (South Korea), 1970.
A really cool record from Jerry Hahn – a guitarist who's maybe known for his initial work in jazz, but who steps out here with a very groovy mix of those roots and long-haired, lyrical psychedelic sounds too! The set's got vocals on nearly every track, but Jerry still gets in all these ... (Rock CD)
Silver Age, 2021.
MF Doom left our planet all too soon, and he left behind a great legacy of music, too – including a previous collaboration with the Czarface collective, nicely matched by this posthumous set! The balance here is great, and the set brings the metal man of mystery into great play with his ... (Hip Hop LP)
Reprise, 1970. 2CDs
A fantastic slice of work from Neil Young – a rare solo performance done at Carnegie Hall in 1970, and with a very stripped-down vibe that's a wonderful change from some of Neil's studio albums of the time! There's a quality here that gets instantly to the moody, dark-tinged side of Young's ... (Rock CD)
Happy Milf (France), Mid 80s.
Tony Cook is one of the more unusual figures in classic funk – a drummer with a strong resume that included work with James Brown – but a musician who also broke from the pack sometime in the 80s, went underground, and continued to record in funky styles at a time when the music seemed ... (Soul LP)
Naughty Rhythm (Italy), Mid 70s.
A great entry in this very cool series – one that brings together electronic work from the generation after the 60s moog pop record – a time when folks were realizing that new modes of music could work equally well for the dancefloor as for the hi-fi set! The cuts here aren't entirely ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Amaro (Brazil), 2016.
The first album from Brazilian pianist Amaro Freitas – an artist who's gotten greater exposure in the world through albums on the Far Out label, but who already sounds pretty darn wonderful here at the start! As with those records, Freitas has a very rhythmic approach a way of working with ... (Jazz CD)
Freestyle (UK), 2021.
Dan Berkson's had a hand in many different styles of music over the years, but this set is a wonderfully contemporary expression of his keyboard talents in jazz – served up here both on acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes – as Dan works in a "trio plus" mode that has some other ... (Jazz LP)
Jasmine (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s.
Killer cuts from Big John Greer – both a singer and saxophonist, and a postwar force in R&B with a sound that would have been right at home on King Records! Greer recorded most of this material for RCA – a label that never gave him the push he might have gotten from a more close-to- ... (Soul CD)
Quartin/Far Out (UK), 1970. (reissue)
An incredible treasure of Brazilian music – an obscure but landmark set from the great Jose Mauro, and one of the few records ever issued on the legendary Quartin label! There's a soaring brilliance here that easily matches the best early 70s work from Milton Nascimento and Edu Lobo – ... (Brazil LP)
No Business (Lithuania), 1975.
Rare 70s live work from Japanese trumpeter Itaru Oki – a player who also delivers some wonderful flute work on this set, which features five long improvisations with a very cool combo, recorded on a single night in 1975! The tracks have a spiritual current that almost echoes some of the ... (Jazz CD)
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Alexander Von Schlippenbach
No Business (Lithuania), 2021.
The album's a very open field of improvisation – served up here by a great lineup that has the piano of Alexander Von Schlippenbach joining the trio of Rodrigo Amado on tenor, Miguel Mira on cello, and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums! Although a guest, Schlippenbach makes his presence instantly ... (Jazz CD)
Beautiful vocals from Xavier Omar – a singer who maybe takes us back to the classic 70s sound of the Isley Brothers with the way he cascades and flows between the record's gentle grooves – but an artist who's definitely set up here in a much more contemporary mode! Omar's a soul singer ... (Neo Soul LP)
Som Livre/EMI (Brazil), 1975.
Forbidden Fruit from the great Rita Lee – a record that has her working with the Tutti Frutti combo, a line that's decidedly more mainstream than her more famous group, Os Mutantes – but one who also really let Rita focus on her newly-developed title for putting over a very catchy tune! ... (Brazil CD)
Maggot Brain/Third Man, 2021.
Maggot Brain has only been around for a handful of issues – but during that time, the publication has evolved tremendously – and become one of our go-to sources for digging into a really wide range of music! This time around, the cover feature spotlights a set of never-seen photos of ... (Magazine)
Beat/Sonor (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
Emanuelle makes it over to the US – to give our shores a sexy taste of her erotic antics – and as usual, Nico Fidenco's along for the ride, to ensure that the movie's got a very groovy soundtrack! As with other Emanuelle scores of the 70s, there's a blend here of erotic pop styles, ... (Soundtracks LP)
Kitty (Japan), 1977. (reissue)
A really lovely album from 70s Japan – a set that's maybe a bit more understated than some of the more commercial material from the scene, but a record that's still got a wonderfully well put-together vibe! The record begins with a mellow instrumental, then opens up to vocal tracks from ... (Rock LP)
SerMi/Sonor (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
A stunning sound library session from the great Sandro Brugnolini – maybe one of the best records he ever cut, and a set that definitely shows his background in jazz! There's a very strong bossa current taking place in the rhythms – the kind of Italianized take on the music that first ... (Sound Library LP)
Stones Throw, 2021.
Kiefer's got a very solitary look on the cover – and there's mostly a solitary look to the record – that mellow, intimate blend of beats and keyboard work that makes his music a great instrumental bridge between hip hop and jazz! The thing we love about Kiefer is that he's always very ... (Hip Hop LP)
Sharp Flat (Netherlands), 2021.
A really tremendous effort from South African saxophonist Sisonke Xonti – way more than just a straight jazz record, and instead the sort of visionary music we're used to hearing from some of the greats of his scene in years back! Xonti's work on tenor and soprano is a key part of the record ... (Jazz LP)
GDM/Goodfellas (Italy), 1967. (reissue)
A beautiful score from maestro Ennio Morricone – on that's got the perfect balance of solo piano and light orchestrations that we love so much in his music! As usual with Morricone, it's not the instruments, but the way that they're presented – the sense of spaciousness in his ... (Soundtracks LP)
KPM/Def Presse, 2021.
A fantastic album from Damu The Fudgemunk, and a set that kicks off a whole new series in the sound library universe too – one that has contemporary producers getting access to classic samples from the KPM Sound Library catalog, while also adding their own music to the label too! Here, Damu ... (Hip Hop CD)
Blank Forms, 2021.
A much-needed look at a crucial chapter in the career of trumpeter Don Cherry – his overseas time on the European scene, where Don experimented with new organic music forms, alternatives to mainstream society, and a much larger cultural milieu than jazz! Cherry's organic music period has ... (Book)
Justice League/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. (reissue)
Sweet! One of the harder Scratch efforts to track down over the years, one we're always glad to come across! Recorded in the late 70s, when his wigged out follies at the Black Ark had reached their peak –though there's a bit of debate over whether these tracks were actually recorded at the ... (Reggae LP)
Capitol/Sundazed, 1974. (reissue)
There's some creepy guys on the cover – but apart from the title track, most of the record is pure Buck Owens at his best – and not the sort of Halloween album you might think! Buck is at the height of his Capitol powers here – able to turn out the sort of short, catchy tunes ... (Folk/Country LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Wild sounds in a range of different styles – jazz, rock, and more outside modes – all served up in support of a legendary list made years ago by the group Nurse With Wound! The list was a secret guide to all things weird and unusual – put together decades back, and now famous as ... (Rock LP)
Innovative Leisure, 2021.
A really different sort of record from Badbadnotgood – and we mean that in the best way possible, as the group are really maturing and opening up their sound! The core blend of funk and jazz elements is still at play on the record – but there's also a more expansive vibe too, one that ... (New Grooves CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. 2CD
Two soulful reggae classics – issued here back to back in a single set, along with 26 bonus tracks, and a total of 32 titles that appear here on CD for the first time ever! First up is the solo album Build Me Up by Brent Dowe – a sometime member of The Melodians, but one who sounds ... (Reggae CD)
A hell of a record from The Black Pumas – one that maybe stands as a great answer to anyone who might think they're just a flash in the pan! The set was recorded in late 2020, after the group had faced a season of cancelled shows, and life in isolation – which left them heading to the ... (Deep Funk LP)
Slow Boat/We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1994.
A lost chapter in the career of Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – a beautiful solo set recorded quite a few years after his famous early classics – but a set that shows Fukui still every bit as full of imagination as before! There's no bass or drums on the set, but many tunes have Ryo ... (Jazz CD)
Daptone, 2014. 2CD
A fantastic presentation of all that's wonderful with the mighty Daptone label – one of the hippest, funkiest record companies of the past few decades – the company that gave the world Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, and other great artists – all of whom are heard here in an ... (Deep Funk CD)
Columbia/Mr Bongo (UK), 1979.
We've always loved the music of Hozan Yamamoto – the Japanese flute player who really has a way of mixing his instrument with all sorts of weird and unusual modes – from traditional folk styles, to bossa nova, to funk and jazz as well! Here, though, Hozan may well be outdoing himself ... (Jazz CD)
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973.
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would ... (Jazz CD)
180g (UK), Late 70s/1980s.
A really fantastic entry in this really great series – one that shows just how strongly the spirit of invention continued in the world of Japanese music as it moved into the 80s! As with previous volumes, the work here is a unique hybrid of influences from American and Japanese sources ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Golden Pavilion (Portugal), 1972.
A rare funky gem from the Belgian scene of the 70s – served up by a group that features members of the group Placebo, but working here without the keyboards of Marc Moulin! The vibe is much more open than Placebo, but still shares lots of that group's great talent for mixing together jazz, ... (Rock LP)
Blue Thumb/BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Two early albums from this legendary group – back to back in a single set! First up is the self-titled Pointer Sisters – the group's debut, and an album that's a lot deeper than most of their crossover pop from years to come! At the time of the album's release, the trio were a badass ... (Soul CD)
Gallo/Tooth Factory, 1977. (reissue)
Wonderfully weird work from Saitana – one of those 70s South African groups who found a way of mixing equal parts soul, funk, and psychedelic influences – then deliver the music with this languid groove that's all their own! The group has ties to other SA combos of the time – ... (Global Grooves LP)
Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
AJE/Jazz Room (UK), 1987. (reissue)
Very cool Philly work from the 80s – played by a group who've got the same spiritual vibe as underground artists from the decade before! The combo features the requisite saxes and percussion – but they also have this really wonderful use of vibes, played by Bill Lewis – who ... (Jazz LP)
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973.
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players ... (Jazz CD)
Verve/Long Hair (France), 1970.
Fantastic solo work from Peter Bardens – an artist who'd later gain fame as the lead singer of Camel, but who's even more fantastic here on his own – working in a trippy blend of modes that's equally balanced between prog and psych! Bardens plays organ on most of the tracks, but he ... (Rock LP)
World Circuit, 1997. 2CD
A contemporary legend in Latin music – one that was done in collaboration with the film of the same name – organized by Ry Cooder, directed by Wim Wenders, and put forth as a reminder to America that Cuban culture was still going strong, even decades after we turned our backs on the ... (Latin CD)
Chess/BGO (UK), Early 70s.
A pair of 70s albums from the great Chuck Berry – back to back on a single CD! First up is Bio – an overlooked early 70s set from the legendary Chuck Berry – one that has him in a really great setting that shows just how much Chuck continued to grow over the years! Sure, plenty ... (Soul CD)
Jazz Is Dead, 2021.
A special set of all-instrumental tracks – culled together from the sessions that went into some of the previous editions of this mighty great series – including collaborations with Gary Bartz, Joao Donato, Marcus Valle, and Roy Ayers! As the title implies, the cuts here are all ... (Deep Funk CD)
Outta Sight (UK), Mid 70s.
A really fantastic selection of rare soul music from the 70s – not chart cuts that everyone knows, nor too-familiar rare groove numbers either – and instead, a wonderful selection of under-discovered gems that really lives up to the fantastic spirit of the other volumes in the series! ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Mack Avenue, 1959.
A wonderful unreleased live set from the great Erroll Garner – recorded in the open space of a large theater in Boston – a setting that really seems to influence his sound! On some of his studio sets, the vibe can be very backroom and intimate – but here, it's almost as if Garner ... (Jazz CD)
Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
A wonderful album – one of those underground classics that seems to show up in everyone's record collection, even though it was never a huge chart hit. Double Exposure are part of the "second wave" of east coast vocal groups – and like their contemporaries, they mix the sweet ... (Soul CD)
Strawberry (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. 4CD
A fantastic package of work from British singer/producer/arranger Mike Hurst – a huge talent who's not that well known on our shores, but who had a hand in a huge amount of classic recordings in the 60s and 70s! This set is a huge introduction to Mike's many talents – and although we ... (Rock CD)
Caife/Honest Jons (UK), 1960s. 2LP Gatefold
A really beautiful collection of music – and work from a scene that we've hardly heard from before – given that all these tracks were taken from the 60s catalog of the Caife Records label in Ecuador! The music is often an unusual hybrid of modes – older folkloric styles mixes ... (Global Grooves LP)
Crammed (Belgium), 2021.
Really fantastic work from the Kasai All Stars – a group we first discovered years ago, as part of the excellent Congotronics series – but one who here really stretch past their roots, and embrace a mature sound that really lets them spread their wings in fly! There's still some of the ... (Global Grooves LP)
Numero, Early 70s. 5LP
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 LP)
Show Boat/We Want Sounds (UK), 1973. (reissue)
An unusual little set recorded right around the same time as the classic Machibouke album from Makoto Kubota – but one that's done with a very different vibe, thanks to help from a Sunset Gang that includes Haruomi Hosono, Minako Yoshida and Taeko Ohnuki! The style is this unique blend of ... (Rock LP)
Probe/Now Again, 1969.
The one and only album from the enigmatic Steve Morgen – and a set that's gone on to become something of a psychedelic legend over the years! The set is fantastic right from the very first note – with searing guitars, heavy drums, and these insane vocals that make you feel like Steve ... (Rock CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Something weird, and something very cool too – a set that brings together a whole host of strange and unusual tunes from the glory days of exploitation cinema! These cuts are all from a time when the b-movie underground was playing it fast and loose – trying to get more folks into the ... (Soundtracks LP)
Sun/Tooth Factory, 1976. (reissue)
One of the hippest bits of funk we've heard from the South African scene of the 70s – a record that mixes in plenty of currents from spiritual jazz, with a vibe that's very similar to the albums by Oneness Of Juju from the same time! The set's got this very universal appeal – earlier ... (Global Grooves LP)
Demon (UK), 1966.
Really fantastic work from Tim Buckley – early demo tracks that were used as the basis of his getting a contract at Elektra records, and material that's every bit as great as the work that appeared on his first few albums for that label! These aren't spare acoustic cuts with just Tim on ... (Rock LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s.
We're not sure we've ever heard the term "garage funk" before, but it certainly fits the vibe of this sweet little collection – even though all the tracks here were actually recorded in a church! Not that the music is religious, though – the funky sounds within are certainly ... (Global Grooves CD)
Stones Throw, 2021.
Kiefer's a musician who just keeps on getting better and better with each new record – a keyboardist who's moving more and more into jazz-based territory as time goes on – and past the more hip hop oriented material of his earlier work! There's still a love of shimmering production and ... (Jazz CD)
These nuggets are plenty rugged – but they've also got a sharpness that marks the group as one of the most inventive funk acts to emerge in recent years – a combo who know that sometimes you can do more with a lot less – which in this case includes a focus on spare but well-crafted ... (Deep Funk CD)
Archie Ball (France), 2021. 2LP
Fantastic duets between saxophonist Archie Shepp and pianist Jason Moran – a record that really continues a legacy of this sort of work that Shepp has previously done with players like Dollar Brand, Horace Parlan, and Mal Waldron! The strength of Moran's expression here is every bit as ... (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), 1960s.
Here's a set that takes the "More" in its title very seriously – as the package is overflowing with way more rare work than we might have expected – six tracks from the Motown vaults that appear here for the first time ever, and many other that were unreleased at the time ... (Soul CD)
King/Real Gone, Late 50s/Early 60s.
Amazing sounds from one of the all-time greats – the legendary Little Willie John – not only a key inspiration to James Brown, but one of the formative forces in soul music at the start of the 60s! The material here was cut by King Records at the height of its R&B years, but it ... (Soul LP)
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2021.
Fantastic work from Durand Jones & The Indications – a group who've really come a long way in the past few years – in ways that push Durand's vocals to places we wouldn't have guessed on previous records! This set's way more than just a funk band with a soul singer upfront – ... (Deep Funk CD)
A lost jazz treasure from one of the most enigmatic pianists of the 60s – the legendary Hasaan, who recorded famously with Max Roach on Atlantic Records, but who also left behind this rare session that's never seen the light of day until now! Hasaan hails from Philly, where he was a player ... (Jazz CD)
Smithsonian Folkways, Late 70s/1980s/1990s/2000s. 9CDs
A huge dip into the history of hip hop – in a set that's something of a groundbreaking effort from the folks at the Smithsonian! If we're honest, we'll tell you that we're old enough to remember a time when folks thought that hip hop was just a fad – when it was a musical style that ... (Hip Hop CD)
Bible & Tire, 2021.
The first recording in over 50 years from Elder Jack Ward – a Memphis gospel legend whose roots go way back to the early years of the city's soul scene! Ward was a member of both the Christian Harmonizers and Sunset Travelers, then went on to a huge legacy of his own – including work ... (Gospel CD)
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
A deep dig into the farther reaches of the exotica boom of the late 50s – served up with the same sort of focus on unusual tracks that we love on the other collections from Lux & Ivy! Given the raunchy sound of The Cramps, you might not expect the duo to have as strong of an ear for the ... (Now Sound CD)
Emkay/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1979. 2LP (reissue)
A sweet fusion set from late 70s Hawaii – an album recorded with a very open, freewheeling vibe – and a warmly spiritual undercurrent too! The music is quite different from some of the tighter, more crossover material from the Hawaiian scene of the 70s – and these guys work in a ... (Jazz LP)
Archie Shepp & Joachim Kuhn
Archie Ball (France), 2010. 2LP
Beautiful material from the great Archie Shepp – a sublime set of duets with pianist Joachim Kuhn, done at a level that has Shepp playing in an extremely soulful way – long tenor lines that soar out beautifully over just the piano – with no other rhythm or accompaniment, but a ... (Jazz LP)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. 4CD
A great package – one that brings together the four first albums from the fantastic Eastern Rebellion group! First up is Eastern Rebellion 1 – seminal work in the development of the career of Cedar Walton – the formation of his excellent Eastern Rebellion ensemble, a group that ... (Jazz CD)
Fabiano Do Nascimento
Now Again, 2021.
Maybe the most personal album to date from Fabiano Do Nascimento – a set that continues the Brazilian acoustic guitar legacy of players like Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, and some of the older greats – but which finds a way to express its sound in a very contemporary way! Fabiano ... (Brazil CD)
Electric Bird/Holy Basil, 1979. (reissue)
Keyboardist Mikio Masuda cut plenty of great fusion records in 70s Japan – but this set was recorded in the US, with some very soulful help from a great American lineup! David Matthews arranged the set, with a bit of a Kudu Records vibe – which means that Mikio's got lead solos on both ... (Jazz LP)
Sony/Legacy, Early 80s. 2CD
Rare work from a time in Bob Dylan's career when he was maybe giving us too few albums – which makes all the rare material here a great addition to his early 80s run of records on Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque! The tracks here all come from sessions for those records – ... (Rock CD)
Aurita Y Su Conjunto (Aurita Castillo)
Discos Fuentes/Mississippi, Early 60s. (reissue)
One of the most unusual albums ever issued on the legendary Discos Fuentes label – and that's saying a lot, given how many unusual albums the company put out! This set's got a core Colombian groove in the rhythms – very much in the rootsy style that the company was making a name for in ... (Latin LP)
Tangerine, 1960s/1970s/1980s. 6CD
An amazing tribute to the music of Ray Charles – served up here in a special package of tracks from his own Tangerine and Crossover record labels – a fair bit of which haven't been on the market for many many years, and which are presented here with an unreleased live set from the 70s! ... (Soul CD)
44 Records/Roundtable (Australia), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the best albums ever recorded by Brian Brown – an Australian sax player with roots in the country's late 50s hardbop scene, and who here is continuing to grow tremendously, stretching out in a post-Coltrane mode that's touched with electric keyboards and bass, and a very free-wheeling ... (Jazz LP)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), Mid 70s.
A sweet bit of spiritual jazz from the legendary Black Fire scene – the only record ever cut by this group, but a set that stands up strongly next to the label's famous work by Oneness Of Juju!! Southern Energy Ensemble were one of the super-hip combos on the righteous side of the DC scene ... (Soul CD)
Lansdowne/Resteamed (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
Two fantastic albums from the great British pianist Stan Tracey – both the kind of material that has made him one of our favorite players of that scene in the 60s! First up is With Love From Jazz – a beautifully bold statement from the Stan Tracey Quartet – one of the group's key ... (Jazz CD)
Shadybrook/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
Kellee Patterson's amazing first album for the Shadybrook label – a total killer all the way through, and much harder and heavier than any of her later sides for the label! The record's got a nice jazzy vibe that's a good bridge between her earlier work on Black Jazz, and her later, ... (Soul LP)
Sunset Blvd, 1972. 2CD
Rare live work from the great Mance Lipscomb – most of it from that early 60s time when his music was being discovered by a larger audience from the first time ever! Mance was born in 1895 – but as the notes point out, he never got the chance to make records during the early 78rpm ... (Blues CD)
Cutting Edge (Japan), 2003. 2LP Gatefold
A great little record that's as compelling as its package! Sketch Show are a duo comprised of older Japanese musicians Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hosono – but they've got a sound that's fresh and young, with lots of nice twists and turns that are much more contemporary than you'd guess ... (Rock LP)
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as congolero Francisco Aguabella comes on hard, hitting strong throughout – and serving up a wicked blend of Latin, funk, and soul! The mid 70s set is a standout recording from Aguabella – done after he left the group Malo, and one ... (Latin LP)
One of the most important early records by Elvis Costello – and maybe one of a small handful that we'd deem completely essential out of his massive catalog over the decades! Elvis and The Attractions are in perfect form here – coming across with all the biting energy of the punk ... (Rock LP)
Cramps/Dialogo (Italy), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A well-titled record from David Tudor – given the most of the material here is an exploration of space and sound through feedback! The album features two long tracks – "Mix A" and "Mix B" – and both appear to involve spare sounds in space, filtered through ... (Out Sound LP)
The Impulse Records debut of Brandee Younger – an artist who's more than worthy of appearance on that legendary label! As with another famous Impulse musician, Alice Coltrane, Younger's main instrument here is the harp – but she uses the instrument in ways that are very much her own ... (Jazz CD)
Movementt (UK), 2021.
We've loved the previous releases from UK trumpeter Emma Jean Thackray – one of the rising stars on the really inventive contemporary British scene – and this set has her pushing forward even more, in ways that we never would have expected! There's a quality here that we might almost ... (Jazz CD)
LaFace, 1996. 4LPs (reissue)
A landmark album – both for Outkast and the Atlanta scene too – as the set soars forward from the territory of their debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik – with crazy, free flowing, inventive rhymes and soulful outer space grooves that still manage to stay grounded enough to ... (Hip Hop LP)
Capitol, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4LP
A fantastic collection of work from The Beach Boys – a set that features two of our favorite albums from the group, plus lots of unreleased rare material! Sure, we love Pet Sounds and Smile – but year after year, we keep on finding new musical magic in the records Sunflower and Surf's ... (Rock LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
They certainly got the "explosion" in the title right – as these tracks leap right out of the groove from the very first note – very heavy on percussion, and with a much starker, funkier sound than some other West African work from the early 80s! The tracks are all from the ... (Global Grooves LP)
Atlantic/Strawberry (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. 3CD
Way more than just another collection of work by The Drifters – as this 3CD set goes way past all the other greatest hits compilations on the market, and brings together all sorts of wonderful overlooked tracks from their later years on Atlantic Records! At this point, former singer Clyde ... (Soul CD)
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s.
Ernie Freeman was one of those cats who seemed as if he could do anything – a great pianist, a heck of an arranger, and a creative force who touched so many different kinds of music on the LA scene of the postwar years! Ernie's name appeared on countless records – his own big hits for ... (Jazz CD)
Pressure Sounds, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A host of rare gems from the early years of Lee Perry's legendary Black Ark studios – material recorded by Scratch himself, on some cuts featuring The Upsetters, others some close contemporaries – but all nicely unified here by contributions from Lee at just about every level! As with ... (Reggae CD)