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Wallen Bink (UK), 1968/1969. 2LP Gatefold
A treasure trove of work from the European scene – recordings that were unissued at the time, but which feature fantastic performance by American soloists done for Austrian radio! The core group is led by trombonist Eich Kleinschuster – a player from Vienna who never got much notice on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. 4LP
A full three albums by the legendary Pyramids – all packaged together in one complete set, with an unreleased bonus album too! The Pyramids recorded three key records during the 70s – each of them an underground classic, all served up in a wonderful bit of spiritual soul jazz with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Wallen Bink (UK), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A treasure trove of work from the European scene – recordings that were unissued at the time, but which feature fantastic performance by American soloists done for Austrian radio! The core group is led by trombonist Eich Kleinschuster – a player from Vienna who never got much notice on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Various

10th Street
Mighty Eye, 2022.
The vintage Mercedes on the cover is a great indication of what you'll find within – a really great array of funky work from the contemporary New York underground – served up by an array of players from groups that include El Michels Affair, Lee Fields & The Expressions, and The Dap- ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Wallen Bink (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A treasure trove of work from the European scene – recordings that were unissued at the time, but which feature fantastic performance by American soloists done for Austrian radio! The core group is led by trombonist Eich Kleinschuster – a player from Vienna who never got much notice on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Nucleus

Alleycat
Vertigo/We Are Busy Bodies, 1975. (reissue)
Slightly later work from the legendary jazz/rock combo Nucleus, and one of their most obscure records too – sweet mid 70s set that has the band really tightening up – going for a heavy funk approach that has all instruments grooving on the rhythm, stretching out on long tracks that are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Biluka Y Los Canibales

Leaf-Playing In Quito 1960 to 1965
Honest Jons (UK), Early 60s. 2LP Gatefold
Other-worldly sounds from a leaf-playing musician from the South American scene – an artist who takes the leaf of a ficus tree, holds it in his mouth, and creates all these unusual sounds that are very much in the territory of some sort of exotic reed instrument! The leaf solos are mixed ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Calvin Keys

Blue Keys
Wide Hive, 2022.
Guitarist Calvin Keys has really been going strong in recent years, but this album may well be one of the best he's given us in the past decade or so – in part because he's opened the door to some really fantastic guest work on the session! In addition to Calvin's own distinctive guitar ... CD (Jazz CD)
Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
A massive amount of early ska, from one of the first big labels of the genre – presented here with a huge double-length set list, and over 20 tracks that appear on CD for the first time ever! If you've never heard work from the Treasure Isle label before, you're in for a treat – and ... CD (Reggae CD)

Piero Piccioni

Inghilterra Nuda
Quartet (Spain), 1969.
Totally groovy work from the legendary Piero Piccioni – a score for an obscure "mondo" documentary about the sad state of culture in late 60s England! The score is probably best known for its very funky "Black Flower" theme – but it's filled with loads of other ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Nucleus with Ian Carr

Under The Sun
Vertigo/We Are Busy Bodies, 1974. (reissue)
Soaring sounds from Nucleus – one of the few UK jazz/rock combos from the start of the 70s who really found a way to keep growing and changing as the years moved on! Here, the lineup is nice and large – the mighty trumpet of Ian Carr in the lead, next to keyboards from both Gordon Beck ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
The first-ever group-spanning collection of work from the family of Slave – the late 70s funk powerhouse that was also linked to the group's Aurra and Steve Arrington's Hall Of Fame! The package is heavy on work from Slave – that bass-heavy group who really revolutionized the sound of ... CD (Soul CD)
Not Dead Yet, 1980. (reissue)
A set recorded in both Jamaica and Trinidad, and one that shows a great combination of both locations – with straighter reggae cuts at some points, and some more Caribbean flavored club at others! The music has some of the message that you'd guess from the cover and title, but the overall ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
WeJazz (Finland), 2022.
This issue's titled after a classic album from the great Horace Tapscott, and features a wonderful article on the man himself inside – plus great feature on Isaiah Collier, our hometown hero on saxophone – destined to become one of the greatest players in jazz over the next few years! ... Magazine (Magazine)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), Late 90s/2000s. 2CD
A wonderfully wide-ranging collection of work brought together in support of a long-running music festival in France – done here as a double-length set that offers up a "Past" disc of material recorded at the festival in previous years – and a "Future" disc that ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Myra Melford's Fire & Water Quintet

For The Love Of Fire & Water
Rogue Art (France), 2022.
A tremendous quintet of top-shelf improvisers – all coming together here in a reading of a 10 part suite composed by group leader, pianist Myra Melford! The album's easily one of the boldest that Melford has recorded in years – a fantastic reminder of her power when she's really at her ... CD (Jazz CD)
MGM/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s.
An overdue collection of work from the very young brother of the great Bob Wills – an artist who recorded for the same MGM label as Bob in the 50s, but who made some very different music overall! Billy Jack is much more of a rocker than his brother – and the cuts here do a really good ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Noriko Miyamoto with Isao Suzuki

Push
Yupiteru/BBE (UK), 1978.
Warm jazz vocals, and some great instrumentation too – thanks to work from the sublime 70s bassist Isao Suzuki! Singer Noriko Miyamoto's on the cover, but the album's got the same great glow as Isao's other albums of the decade – a really refreshing approach to jazz arrangements, with ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Bruno Berle

No Reino Dos Afetos
Far Out (UK), 2022.
A really lovely little record – one that feels like an instant classic in the world of MPB – the sort of long-overdue new release by a Brazilian artist that we hope we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! As with the elite list of our Brazilian favorites of the past 20 years, ... CD (Brazil CD)
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
A real landmark of bad-walking soul – one of two rare albums cut by vocalist Esther Marrow, easily one of the hardest singing sisters of her generation! Esther's got roots in gospel, but she's singing here in a righteous mode that features plenty of funky undercurrents in the backings – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Tarbaby (Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Nasheet Waits) with Oliver Lake

Dance Of The Evil Toys
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2022.
The great Oliver Lake joins the Tarbaby trio of pianist Orrin Evans – along with a few other players who really help the group knock the record out of the park! There's a vibe here that's different than some of Evans' other Tarbaby sets – not just the presence of Lake's alto, which is ... CD (Jazz CD)
Westbound/Tidal Waves, 1978. (reissue)
A mighty nice solo project from Fuzzy Haskins – one of the many side projects from the P-Funk side of the universe, from a time when it seemed like the influence of George Clinton knew no bounds! As with Bootsy Collins before him, Haskins steps away from ensemble for some great time of his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ace/Kent (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A fantastic entry in this excellent series – in part because more than half of the music here appears for the first time ever! Yet despite the unreleased status of the tracks, they definitely live up to the "masterpieces" promised by the title – great grooves from a time when ... CD (Soul CD)
British Progressive Jazz (UK), 1979.
The great Elton Dean is a musician with a huge legacy in British jazz and rock – including, famously, some time in Soft Machine, where he really helped transform their sound – and long work as an underground hero of the 70s scene, as a key player whose edge never dulled at all! That's ... CD (Jazz CD)
GRT/Reel, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Mindblowing work from Minnie Riperton – her first solo album, cut at the end of the 60s, after a number of years of work with the group Rotary Connection. The album builds off the now famous sound of Rotary Connection – but takes it to the next level, with arch-baroque production by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Quartet (Spain), Mid 70s.
Two incredible soundtracks from this overlooked Italian maestro – a real master of sexy grooves in the 70s! First up is L'Amica Di Mia Madre (aka My Mother's Friend) – one of the greatest moments ever from Italian soundtrack composer Alberto Baldan Bembo – an artist with a great ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1974. (reissue)
An incredibly righteous record from the legendary Andy Bey – an artist who's risen back to fame in recent years as a relatively straight jazz singer – but who was in some very heady territory here in the early 70s! Bey first rose to fame as part of the vocal trio, Andy & The Bey ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Angles

Muted Reality
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2022.
The title's a great one for a number of reasons – first because there's some nicely muted trumpet on the session, played both by Magnus Broo and Goran Kajfes, both players we really love – and secondly, because the energy of the session is nicely muted too – like a fire that's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Doctor Bird (UK), Early 60s. 2CD
Really early work from the legendary Derrick Morgan, and a set that was one of the earliest full length sets in the Island Records catalog – the start of a legendary run of Jamaican music, with proof that Morgan was one of the originators who was there at the start! As you might guess from ... CD (Reggae CD)
Joe Gibbs/Doctor Bird (UK), 1976.
Mid 70s magic from the Mighty Two – the team of Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson, who together here craft a set of tracks that are very much at the top of the roots reggae generation! The work is a nice shift from the more polished styles at the bigger labels – lean energy that comes from ... CD (Reggae CD)

Dario & Alberto Baldan Bembo

Velluto Nero
Quartet (Spain), 1976.
A great combination of erotic sounds and more exotic elements – served up here for an obscure 70s film that starred Laura Gemser of Black Emanuelle fame! Alberto Baldan Bembo had already given the world some wonderfully slinky soundtrack work before this film score – and here, he works ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Olive Branch/Tidal Waves, 1985. (reissue)
Great 80s work from guitarist Calvin Keys – material that's different than his earlier sides for the Black Jazz label – and which shows Calvin really changing up his sound for the following decade! There's a slightly more inside feel to the recording, but the set's still dripping with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Decca/Retroworld (UK), 1969. 2CDs
A legendary album from the Brit psych scene at the end of the 60s – and one of the few records from that time that's still completely mindblowing all these many years later! Twink is John Alden, who'd had already had years of work behind him before putting together this set – including ... CD (Rock CD)

Hans Reichel

Bonobo Beach
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1981.
Pure acoustic genius from Hans Reichel – an improvising musician who rose up in the same generation as Derek Bailey and Fred Frith, but who's got a sound that's maybe much more in the experimental style of American artists like John Fahey or Robbie Basho! We're not saying that Reichel sounds ... CD (Jazz CD)
Union/Teichiku (Japan), 1978. (reissue)
Spare sounds, but beautifully woven together – all in service of these lovely long tracks that really highlight the soulful side of reedman Mabumi Yamaguchi! Each number here takes up half the side of a record – there's only four tracks in all – and Yamaguchi plays these slow-buil ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Bruce Haack

Haackula
Telephone Explosion (Canada), Late 70s.
Mad musings from the legendary Bruce Haack – some of his rarest work ever, recorded in the late 70s during a five year hiatus between formal LPs! The style here is still as jagged and quirky as some of Haack's earlier classics – like his Electric Lucifer album for Columbia – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound LP)
Night Time Stories, 2022.
One of the most soulful sets we've ever heard from the mighty Ron Trent – a full length set that's a fantastic summation of all the genius he's given us on singles over the past decade or so – and a record that marks a real maturation in Ron's music! Make no mistake, Trent was always a ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Whether you're heading to the beach or not, here's a whole host of tunes that will keep the spirit of sand and surf alive – even if you're listening to the set in the middle of winter! The package is way more than just a set of surfy guitar instrumentals – although there's a few of ... CD (Rock CD)
Quartet (Spain), 1974.
A masterpiece of soundtrack scoring from Jerry Fielding – done for Sam Peckinpah's classic Mexico-set thriller with Warren Oates in the lead! Those other two names are more than enough to get us to needle drop the record – but it's Fielding's music that really captivates us – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Philips/RPM (UK), Mid 60s.
Incredibly groovy work from France Gall – easily one of our favorite French singers of the 60s! France has a sound that's really unique – one that comes from the Frenchified pop of the "yeh yeh" generation, but which really packs a lot more punch than her contemporaries ... CD (French CD)

Cecil Taylor

Respiration
Listen Foundation (Poland), 1968.
A hell of a document of what Cecil Taylor could do when he was at his best – just one man and one piano, but a universe of sonic exploration and non-stop energy throughout! The set features a rare 1968 live performance in Poland – done at the nation's famous Jazz Jamboree festival ... CD (Jazz CD)
Deram/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 7CD
A tremendous run of music from the great Keef Hartley – a British drummer who was maybe not the biggest name on the scene, but who created some wonderfully groovy music on the albums in this set! The records are a brilliant blend of jazz and rock elements, but in ways that are so different ... CD (Rock CD)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Katalyst

Jazz Is Dead 13 – Katalyst
Jazz Is Dead, 2022.
The jazz component of this wonderful series just seems to get deeper and deeper with each new release – despite what you might think from the title – and this time around, the presence of LA collective Katalyst really knocks things out of the park! The set's an all-instrumental one ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A great entry in the series that first put the Numero label on the map – their incredible Eccentric Soul exploration of very local scenes! As with previous volumes, this one focuses on a tiny imprint that put out some great music, but which escaped the attention of so many others away from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Ryo Kawasaki

Juice
RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975.
One of the few American releases by this legendary Japanese fusion artist – and a pretty funky little record as well! Ryo Kawasaki plays lead guitar and the very cool "string synthesizer" on the set – making for a sweet mix of electric grooves that has some really great ... CD (Jazz CD)
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1976. (reissue)
Quite possibly the greatest soul band ever to come out of Milwaukee – and a tight little ensemble who've got a really great sound! The overall feel of their work is a bit hard to peg – as the group are equally great at mellow midtempo group numbers as they are at tighter, clubbier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Steve Lacy & Evan Parker

Chirps
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1985.
Steve Lacy has always been a real master of sound, right from the start – a quality that only expanded once he began to make more open, solo soprano sax recordings in the 70s – the start of a great legacy that lasted for decades! Here, that aspect of his music is pushed even further in ... CD (Jazz CD)
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1982.
One of the most mysterious, elusive Sun Ra albums in the legendary Saturn Records catalog – a set that was only ever pressed in small quantities back in the 80s, and often with different tracks for different pressings too! The material here is from a range of different performances, and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2016/2022.
A set that brings together the earliest music by Ghost Funk Orchestra – previously only out there in the digital world and on cassette, and a great start to the legacy of the group! As with some of their recent albums, the vibe here is a spooky take on deep funk – bits of psychedelic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Vaughan Mason & Crew

Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1980. (reissue)
Massive! This is probably the best-ever album of rollerskating grooves – and is the most famous entry into a short-lived funk genre that sprung up around the rollerskating craze of the late 70s and early 80s. The rollerskate sound took a tight stepping funk groove from earlier years, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ikebe Shakedown

Stone By Stone
Ubiquity, 2014.
A really great second album from Ikebe Shakedown – easily the group's best work so far, and a real cut above the usual Afro-styled groove! These guys have a great way of laying back in their rhythms – still keeping things funky, but nicely paced too – so that there's a fresh feel ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Bennie Maupin & Adam Rudolph

Symphonic Tone Poem For Brother Yusef
Strut (UK), 2022. Gatefold
The Yusef here is Yusef Lateef – and reedman Bennie Maupin teams with Adam Rudolph in a set of richly organic numbers that we're guessing Lateef would have really appreciated! There's less "symphonic" and more "tone poem" on the record than the title might imply – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Group NSI

Roger A Ti Wawa
Da'N Records/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1981. (reissue)
NSI stands for "new sounds from the islands" – and that's definitely what you'll get here from this combo who serve up a fantastic blend of Antilles rhythms and contemporary club funk – all very much in the best spirit of the early zouk movement at the time! There's lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Alligator, 1974. (reissue)
One of the better albums on the Alligator Records label from Chicago – a set by Fenton Robinson that's not far different from his earlier work on the 77/Sound Stage Seven label – which means that there's more of a southern soul vibe to the record at times than some of the more crowd-plea ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
Trutone/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1969. (reissue)
A South African jazz set from the end of the 60s, but one with a different vibe than some of the rest – as the group have a lean style that still also seems to mix a fair bit of Township elements in with the jazz – which makes for tracks that have a wonderfully playful mix of modes, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
RCA/Real Gone, Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
That's a country-looking Mike Nesmith on the cover – which is no surprise, as these cuts were all recorded during Nesmith's great early 70s country rock years on RCA – although none of them were issued at the time! Those in the know love Mike's fantastic records with The First National ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
Wonderful work from Leon Thomas – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and a set that was recorded at the same time he was working with Pharoah Sanders! Thomas really rose to fame on Sanders' classic "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – and this set really takes off from that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Bo Diddley rocks – and heck, these early recordings practically helped invent the genre of rock and roll – and still have a heck of a lot more staying power than some of the music of his contemporaries! Right from the start, it was impossible to put Bo Diddley in a simple category ... CD (Blues CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2003. Gatefold
Two reed geniuses, working together in sublime formation – an extended, open live performance setting – which makes for incredible interplay throughout! There's a beautiful balance between unity and conflict going on here – Evan Parker and Joe McPhee both blowing soprano and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Heavenly Sweetness/Pura Vida (France), 2022.
The first-ever solo album from Kweku of Ghana – who you've likely heard as KOG on projects with Nubiyan Twist, Onipa, and others – really sounding great here with a colorful vibe that really fits the image on the cover! The rhythms percolate nicely throughout – lean beats mixed ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
TK/Regrooved (Netherlands), 1979. (reissue)
A really unusual album from the TK Records Miami Soul empire – a set that feels like that label's attempt to go head to head with the sound of Sylvia Robinson! Like Sylvia, Regina James is a singer with a very sexy approach to 70s soul – not afraid to let her desire ooze out into the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Saravah/We Want Sounds (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
One of our favorite record labels of all time finally gets its due – in a wonderful package that not only brings together some of the coolest cuts from the legendary French imprint Saravah Records, but also tells the story behind the company and it's groundbreaking approach to music! Saravah ... CD (French CD)
Soul Bank (UK), 2022. 2CD
A wonderful set, one that's even better than you might expect – and a record that really marks the shift in Mark De Clive-Lowe from club music to jazz – a format that he carries off beautifully here in the company of some very like-minded musicians! The setting is a live one – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Kokoroko

Could We Be More
Brownswood (UK), 2022.
London's Kokoroko are a group with roots in many traditions and global modes – but they've also got a cohesive jazz-based sensibility that really makes the whole thing come together – and makes their music feel fresh and new, instead of a contemporary take on older modes! There's ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ana Mazzotti

Ana Mazzotti (1977)
GTA/Far Out (UK), 1977.
One of two incredible albums from the lovely Ana Mazzotti – a 70s Brazilian singer who could effortlessly blend fusion and soul, Brazilian rhythms and funk – working here with plenty of help from Jose Roberto Bertrami of Azymuth! In fact, the record has a vibe that's a lot like the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Boobie Knight & The Universal Lady

Boobie Knight & The Universal Lady – Earth Creature
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974.
Crazy funk from a crazy-costumed geezer with an equally crazy name – one of those lost rare funky nuggets that's every bit as great as you might guess from the cover and title! Boobie Knight's a killer here – and works in a groove that's somewhere between Sly & The Family Stone and ... CD (Soul CD)

Ural Thomas & The Pain

Dancing Dimensions
Bella Union, 2022.
It's been many years since Ural Thomas recorded his first soul single – and if anything, the passage of time has only made his voice sound even more wonderful – with a contemporary richness that we never would have heard back at the start! The set's not the first "comeback" ... CD (Soul CD)

Soil & Pimp Sessions

Lost In Tokyo
Victor (Japan), 2022.
Soil & Pimp Sessions sound better here than ever – still working with a style that nobody else can touch – but in a way that's also a nice change from some of their previous records too! If anything, these guys have really perfected their ability to step out and soar – with ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Philadelphia Experiment

Philadelphia Experiment
Ropeadope, 2001. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A now-legendary set from the Philadelphia underground at the start of the century – a package that reminds us just how much great music has always been going on in the city, often far from the mainstream! This set corrected that fact, by bringing together a trio of three genre-stepping ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Time Capsule (UK), 1980s. 2LP
A record with a very evocative title, and a sound that's even more so than you'd guess – definitely cosmic, way more than poetry, and filled with rhythms from the native scene of Gratien Midonet! The music was recorded in France, as part of that great cultural criss-crossing that happened in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Capitol/Big Pink (South Korea), 1969.
A really pivotal album for the young Bob Seger – still very much in the Detroit territory of his early years, but already learning how to focus all his inspirations in a really great way! If you know the very young Bob, you'll know that he began as a soul-inspired rocker – but here, ... CD (Rock CD)
Blue Note, 1957. (reissue)
One of the most classic Blue Note sessions ever – and for good reason too! From the cover, to the title, to the hardbopping grooves of the set, this Sonny Clark late 50s smoker is one of the label's best – as pianist Clark is working here at the height of his powers – leading an ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Perpetual, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A really well-done collection – filled with enough funky gems to grab the ears of any sample-conscious listener, but also packing plenty of unusual numbers too – including a few Latin tracks that fit in perfectly with the spirit of the sound! A number of these cuts have definitely been ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Stratavarious

Stratavarious
Roulette/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
A great album of jazzy club tracks – put together by John Usry Jr, who'd done some work with other 70s club acts like Three Degrees, Love Committee, and First Choice. Most of the tracks on the record feature female backing vocals – in the style of work by those other groups – but ... CD (Soul CD)
Transatlantic/Big Pink (South Korea), 1976. Gatefold
A modest classic from the British scene of the mid 70s – and an album that may loom large in the history books, but which has found its way into plenty of record collections over the years! Metro features lead vocals from Peter Godwin and plenty of support from Duncan Browne – the ... CD (Rock CD)
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1972.
A killer bit of early funk from the great Hamilton Bohannon – and quite possibly his greatest album ever – a really unique approach to funky rhythms, with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album's got a slower funk sound than Bohannon's later disco groove a few ... CD (Soul CD)

Monday Michiru

Enso
Sonic Image, 2022.
A set with maybe the most striking cover image that Monday Michiru's given us in years – and a record that really delivers on that promise, too – filled with really captivating tunes that represent a new high level in Monday's already-high career! There's a depth and maturity to the ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Bar T/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. (reissue)
Sweet funky fusion from one of the hippest drummers of the 70s – the mighty Les DeMerle, a player who's given the world plenty of samples over the years! The grooves on the set are some of Les' best – tightly snapping in a warm mix of electric and acoustic playing – with tight ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Light In The Attic, 1970s.
Earl McGrath looks pretty darn cool on the cover, and from all reports he was a pretty darn cool guy in the 70s too – head of Rolling Stones Records, and friend and confidant to some very hip folks in the music industry! After Earl passed, a closet full of unreleased tapes was discovered at ... CD (Rock CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2CD
An amazing collection of electronic music from the German scene of the 70s – easily one of the most exciting, innovative musical worlds of the past century! There was really something special going on in Germany at the time – a confluence of hippie rockers, serious proggers, urban ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Early 80s.
Obscure work from the Nairobi scene in the early 80s – music that's a great reflection of the more stripped-down styles that you'd find in East Africa, in comparison to some of the more commercial work in the west! Most of these tunes are upbeat groovers, with mighty quick rhythms that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Georg Grawe Quintet

Pink Pong
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1977.
A record that's nothing like you'd expect from the title – neither pink nor pongy, and instead a second bold statement from pianist George Grawe – working here with a similar group as on his tremendous debut, but with a style that shows that their playing has already evolved quite a bit! ... CD (Jazz CD)
GAD (Poland), 1964.
One of the greatest modern jazz musicians on the European scene of the 60s – heard here at a moment when his talent was really beginning to burst forth! Pianist Krzystof Komeda is maybe known best to folks on our shore for his soundtrack material – but back in Eastern Europe, he was ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rodrigo Amado

Let The Free Be Men
Trost (Austria), 2021.
A set with two strong horn players upfront – but one that draws some equally fantastic energy from the bottom end of the group too – thanks to wonderful contributions from Kent Kessler on bass and Chris Corsano on drums! The musical qualities of tenorist Rodrigo Amado seem to just ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Sublime Frequencies, Mid 60s.
You may not know the name of Phuong Tam – but you'll definitely get plenty of the surf, twist, and soul promised in the title – a very cool blend of American modes of the mid 60s, filtered through the cultural crossroads of Saigon, and topped with these beautiful vocals that are ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/1970s.
Mad music from Jean-Pierre Massiera – the legendary producer who was steeped in the hippest sounds of the French scene of the 60s, then moved to Quebec to forge a wild style that was all his own! Jean-Pierre rarely ever issued work under his own name – and instead recorded under a host ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Astroscope/Soul Brother (UK), 1973.
A never-issued first album from the mysterious Wood Brass & Steel – one that was recorded for the Astroscope label around the same time the group also participated in the legendary Skullsnaps record! The sound is even heavier than their later work – with music that's hard and funky ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Warner/Righteous (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A trio of classics from this electronic duo – all brought together in a single set! First up is In A Wild Sanctuary – one of the best records ever from Beaver and Krause – largely because there's not so much noodling! This one features the pair on moog and organ, with help from ... CD (Rock CD)
Columbia (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
Electric keyboards galore – and a sweet 70s album from Japan! The set features a large group of Japanese keyboard players – all playing Korg synthesizers, in styles that range from laidback and mellow to upbeat and funky! The group's got core backing by a tight rhythm combo – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. 3CD
A trio of great albums from Babe Ruth – plus bonus tracks too! First up is First Base – the debut of a group so great and so groovy, they ended up having a huge influence on the early sound of hip hop – thanks to a wonderfully funky sound at the core of their progressive rock ... CD (Rock CD)

Ike Noble & The Uptights

Look A Little Higher
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Southern funk from the end of the 60s – served up by a great little combo that features the raspy voice of Ike Noble in the lead, and some great backings from the well-named Uptights! The tracks here are on the rawer side of the Stax Records sound – gritty and groovy, with that great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Directions

Directions
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1975.
One of the rarest soul records on Brunswick! This one was cut during the mid 70s – when the label was really having some rough times financially, but also was cutting some of its most groundbreaking soul work. The Directions are a tight harmony quintet – equipped, it appears, with ... CD (Soul CD)
High Moon, Mid 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A brilliant presentation of the lost legacy of this killer Cali group of the 60s – a quartet that features searing guitar from the young Randy Holden, before he moved onto greater fame in Blue Cheer – and a sneering style that's very much on the sharper edge of the Sunset Strip scene! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Tullio De Piscopo

Sotto E N'Coppa
Carosello/New Platform (Italy), 1975.
Italian drummer Tullio De Piscopo is at his most dynamic here – working with his Revolt Group, in a blend of styles that's very heavy on percussion and electric jazz! At some level, the vibe is a bit like some of the more hard-hitting fusion of the Billy Cobham generation in the US – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Pye/Strawberry (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
Three rare albums from The Foundations – plus a heck of a lot of bonus material too, including solo work by singer Clem Curtis! First up is the From The Foundations album, in both mono and stereo – fantastic early work from this UK group – one who have a wonderful way of blending ... CD (Soul CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
An amazing collection of electronic music from the German scene of the 70s – easily one of the most exciting, innovative musical worlds of the past century! There was really something special going on in Germany at the time – a confluence of hippie rockers, serious proggers, urban ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Born Bad (France), Late 60s.
Really mad music from the French scene at the end of the 60s – work that's even weirder and more wild than some of the big names of the time – as if someone locked up Pierre Henry, Serge Gainsbourg, and Areski in the studio – and told them to come up with something new and unique! ... CD (French CD)
Westbound (UK), 1975.
CD...$9.99 14.99
A killer compilation – one that's every bit as wild and wooly as the famous image on the cover! The set came out in the mid 70s, and it's a perfect summation of all the greatness that Funkadelic had given the group in just a few short years – their brilliant way of blending together ... CD (Soul CD)
Live (UK), 2022.
Sarah Brown's no stranger to the music business, as she's sung backgrounds with a number of big artists – but this set marks her long-overdue debut – and has a quality level that will definitely have Brown shining a lot more in the spotlight in years to come! As you might guess from ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Guy Cuevas

Total Cuevas
Libreville (France), Early 80s.
Funky French club tracks from the start of the 80s – all the brainchild of DJ Guy Cuevas, who has a perfect ear for mixing together dancefloor styles and a nice range of global elements! And sure, lots of folks worked in that territory during the 80s world music boom – but Cuevas was ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Kalita (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. 2LP
A great look at a second generation of groove on the scene in Ghana – music from a time when there was a bit more electricity in the rhythms, but a style that still held very strong to the most righteous modes of the 70s! Many of the cuts here have drum programs, keyboards, and other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Libra 7/P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
A cool quartet with some very groovy vocals – a combo who seem to take some great inspiration from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – as well as other hip vocal groups of the 60s! The lineup features one gal and three guys – often with the gal singer in the lead, supported by warm ... CD (Vocalists CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 2020.
Bootsy Collins may be the last man standing in the P-Funk universe – and certainly is able to more than step up with the kind of magic that first made us fall in love with his music back in the 70s! This set's got a rock-solid, no-nonsense quality that has the legend working alongside a host ... CD (Soul CD)

Junko Ohashi

Magical
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1984. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Great work from Junko Ohashi – one of those Japanese singers who seem to have a very global appeal, even if you can't understand the lyrics! Ohashi's got an expressive style that reaches back into older modes of vocalization in Japanese pop, but delivers the lyrics with this cool, focused ... LP, Vinyl record album (Japanese LP)

Tony Williams

Play Or Die
PS Productions/Made In Germany (Germany), 1980.
An unusual set from an overlooked chapter in the career of drummer Tony Williams – material cut in Germany after his big major label albums of the 70s, but before he'd return to more standard jazz territory on Blue Note in the 80s! The style here is very different than both, and really is a ... CD (Jazz CD)

Globe Unity Orchestra

Hamburg 74
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1974. (reissue)
One of the most ambitious albums ever from the Globe Unity Orchestra – a set that not only features work from some of the key free jazz musicians you'd usually find on their records, but also the choir of the NDR Orchestra – who make all these amazing vocalizations next to the equally ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
P-Vine (Japan), 1976.
A strange name for a group that hardly stood the test of time – but a great record that's well worth discovering! Timeless Legend were a young soul group from Columbus Ohio in the mid 70s – and on this rare LP, they've got a sweet little style that's every bit as great as that of ... CD (Soul CD)

Haki R Madhubuti/Afrikan Liberation Arts Ensemble

Rise Vision Comin
Rise/P-Vine (Japan), 1976.
A legendary album of spoken word and spiritual jazz – put together by The Institute of Positive Education in Chicago, and featuring wisdom and knowledge from the legendary Haki R Madhubuti! The album alternates shorter vocal/musical tracks with longer ones that are pure post-Coltrane jazz ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ember/Soulgramma (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
A rare 70s soul set from Carol Woods – a singer who's done a fair bit of work on the musical stage, but who has plenty to offer in this obscure debut album! The record was mostly cut in New York, yet only issued in the UK – which is part of the reason for its obscurity – and the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Carlos Nino

Extra Presence
International Anthem, 2022. 2LP
The music of Carlos Nino has just gotten more and more spiritual as the years go on – and that's really saying a lot, given how spiritual he was right at the start! But with recent records, Nino has transformed from a jazz-inspired musician to maybe more of a sonic astronaut – able to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Gull/Soulgramma (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
Sweet British harmony soul from this overlooked 70s group – a really wonderful record that continues some of the best mellow group styles of the earlier part of the decade! Dave Collins – of Dave & Ansel Collins fame – is a member of the trio – but the sound here is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Sweet Charles (aka Charles Sherell)

For Sweet People From Sweet Charles
People/Universal (Japan), 1974.
A supremely fantastic album, and one that's always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown's incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often missing from James' singing ... CD (Soul CD)

Chris Bangs & Mick Talbot

Back To Business
Acid Jazz (UK), 2022.
A set with a really well-put title – not just for the artists involved, but also for the Acid Jazz label as well – as the whole thing almost seems to take us back to the glory days of the first few releases from the company back in the late 80s! Chris Bangs was the man to bring plenty ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Paddle Wheel/King (Japan), 1987. (reissue)
A set recorded in Tokyo, but one that has the great Chet Baker working with players from the Dutch and American scenes – all coming together in a quartet session that's maybe one of the strongest records from Chet's later years! The material was recorded live – and Chet's got a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1962.
A real lost chapter in the career of alto genius Herb Geller – a player most folks know for some crucial recordings on the LA scene of the mid 50s – who then dropped away from the studio for quite a few years! Yet this set shines a strong light on one of those lost years – a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1964. (reissue)
One of our favorite-ever albums on Blue Note – a great 60s session that features one of the most unique reed players to ever record for the label! George Braith takes a bit of a page from Roland Kirk – in that he handles a variety of oddly-tuned reed instruments, but with a wonderfully ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Mats Gustafsson

Contra Songs
Actions For Free Jazz (UK), 2003.
Mats Gutstafsson blows here in one of the most haunting settings he's ever had for a recording – alone in a church in the middle of the night – just the musician, a contrabass saxophone, and the open space of the wood and glass enclosure! The resulting sound is very personal, and a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. 2LP
A set that's every bit as funky as previous volumes in this excellent series – but one that also seems to add a nice soul jazz current too – serving up a fair bit of tracks that would have been right at home on some back room jukebox in some old school south side jazz club! Most of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
RCA/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
Really well-done work from Tradition – a UK reggae act of the late 70s who never reached the fame of some of their contemporaries, but who really have a great sound on this album for RCA! As with some of the more commercial UK efforts of the period, there's a nice current of soul in the mix ... CD (Reggae CD)

Piero Umiliani

Preistoria
Omicron/Holy Basil (Italy), 1968. (reissue)
There's a relatively serious cover on this set – at least in comparison to some of the more whimsical work of Italian sound library giant Piero Umiliani – and for the record, Piero seems to respond to the image – often using these richer, deeper styles that almost get back at more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Ugly Things, 2022.
In case you didn't know it, we LOVE Ugly Things – as every issue, the magazine manages to give us maybe more content than we'd find in a single book! That's definitely the case this time around – as the issue has a fantastic feature on the early days of Lou Reed, John Cale, and Tony ... Magazine (Magazine)

Sunny & The Sunliners

Mr Brown Eyed Soul Vol 2
Big Crown, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A second fantastic tribute to the genius of Sunny Ozuna – the Texas singer who cut some amazing soul records back in the 60s, but often with a vibe that reflected his unique Tex-Mex origins too! Those qualities really come through here in this well-done assortment of tunes – tracks ... CD (Soul CD)
Barclay/Sam Records (France), 1955. (reissue)
Fantastic French material from Chet Baker – one of his legendary albums recorded for the Barclay label in Paris – and a set that's noteworthy for also featuring work from modern jazz pianist Richard (Dick) Twardzik – who passed away shortly after the sessions! The pairing of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Numero, 2022.
A beautiful book, and one that's almost as enjoyable as finding a box of rare records from the funk and soul underground of the 60s and 70s! The book is a huge overview of funk and soul from Ohio – starting with the early 60s, and running up to the big years of Ohio funk that rose on the ... Book (Book)
Bold/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
The cover's a silly one, but the record is rock-solid all the way through – a wonderful blend of funky jazz and warmer soul, and a real lost treasure from the 70s TK Records empire! Fat is Fats Gallon – who plays drums on the record, and also sings lead vocals a bit too – with ... CD (Soul CD)

Berto Pisano

La Novizia
Four Flies (Italy), 1975.
A wonderfully warm and slinky soundtrack from 70s Italian maestro Berto Pisano – a set with music that's even better than you might guess from the cover – and a really well put-together vibe that gives the whole record a very unified sound! The music is heavy on these slow-stepping ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
SMH/Numero, 1977. (reissue)
The second album from Lou Ragland – the creative force behind the funk act Hot Chocolate, stepping out here in a great set of mellow soul tracks! The album's quite different from the heavy funk of the Hot Chocolate album – more of a message-oriented approach to soul, in the vein of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
P&P/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
Tremendous grooves from one of the coolest club labels of all time – the legendary P&P family of labels, home to some of the weirdest, wildest, most experimental tracks to ever hit the dancefloor – yet all tracks that are pretty darn funky too! This 2CD collection is heavy on cuts ... CD (Soul CD)
Strawberry (UK), Mid 60s. 3CD
Very groovy work from The Swingin Blue Jeans – a UK quartet who rose up in the same wave that brought the world The Beatles, but one who never fully got their due on our side of the Atlantic! Yet despite that lack, the group's work is wonderful – tight guitars and vocal harmonies, and ... CD (Rock CD)
Numero, Late 70s/1980s. 2LP
A set of tracks that take the new age into the space age – all served up from the Valley Of The Sun label, and presented here in a really well-done compilation! These tracks are the side of new age that's less acoustic and more electronic – some of the music that you might have ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Age LP)

Shawn Lee & Misha Panfilov

Space & Tempo
Funk Night, 2022.
Two contemporary funk legends, coming together in a really wonderful set of tracks – spare, yet full-on funky all the way through – and very much at the top of the game for anything you might expect from both artists! Shawn Lee serves up funky drums, Misha Panfilov handles the bass ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Kibrom Birhane

Here & There
Flying Carpet (UK), 2022. 2LP
Ethiopian keyboardist Kibrom Birhane has played alongside contemporary giants who include Kamasi Washington and Mark De Clive-Lowe – but he sounds even better here at the helm of a set of his own – a beautiful record that mixes older Ethio jazz elements with a cool, contemporary Cali ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Jim O'Rourke & Mats Gustafsson

Xylophonen Virtuosen
Incus/Trost (Austria), 2000.
There's no xylophone here, but there's plenty of other wonderful elements at play – tenor and flute from Mats Gustafsson, guitar and accordion from Jim O'Rourke – and assorted "junk" handled by both musicians! The music is gentler at times than most things we're used to ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 50s. 2CD
A massive amount of music from the Dutch jazz scene of the 50s – a surprising hotbed of modern jazz, and a European spot that rivaled some of the new creations that were also emerging in Sweden and France! There's a mix of modes going on there that moves between California cool and New York ... CD (Jazz CD)
Death Is Not The End, Late 50s/Early 60s.
Stunning sounds from Iranian pianist Morteza Mahjubi – an artist who tunes his instrument in all these very unique ways – so that the strings and the keys come together in ways that are unlike anything at all you'd hear in the west! At times, the instrument almost feels more like a ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Ronnie Foster

Reboot
Blue Note, 2022.
A long-overdue reboot in the career of keyboardist Ronnie Foster – a player who made some real magic on Blue Note in the 70s, then recorded on a number of other different labels – before stepping away from the studio for more than three decades! This set marks a great Blue Note return ... CD (Jazz CD)

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Sugarhill Adventures – The Collection (9CD set)
Sugar Hill/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 9CD
A huge package of work from one of the first true superstars in hip hop – amazing DJ Grandmaster Flash, his MCs in the Furious Five, and a few other surprising guests along the way! Rather than look at the work of Flash on an album-by-album basis – which would quickly take you into ... CD (Hip Hop CD)

Deborah Jordan & K15

Human
Futuristica (UK), 2022.
Deborah Jordan is back, and sounding every bit as wonderful as we might have hoped – continuing her work as a groundbreaking singer in 21st Century soul, as she works here with music put together by Kieron Ifill! The tracks are often quite lean – crisp and focused, in a way that really ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
A great lost legacy in soul music – a killer collection of work that was all put together by Bob Crewe in the New York studios of the mid 60s – a time when Crewe was maybe best known for his brilliant work with the Four Seasons, but still had time to work with a whole host of other acts ... CD (Soul CD)

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Ella & Louis (180 gram pressing)
Verve, Late 50s. Gatefold (reissue)
A legendary pairing of two classic postwar singers – each of whom were really finding their own sort of sound in the 50s, then found a way to make some real magic together on a record like this! Louis Armstrong was very much senior to the younger Ella Fitzgerald – but both had become ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Cheese

Cheese
Good Sounds/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
Nothing cheesy about this sweet little set – a warmly soulful batch of tunes from this lesser-light of the TK Records universe in the 70s – a great group with a beautiful way of mixing compressed rock and tight soulful undercurrents! The approach has echoes of more commercial work of ... CD (Rock CD)

Jasmine Myra

Horizons
Gondwana (UK), 2022.
Really lovely music from saxophonist Jasmine Myra – an artist who's a great fit for the contemporary spiritual sound of the Gondwana label! Myra has great ties to the contemporary British scene, and as with some of her contemporaries, she's far more than just a soloist – as the album ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ra/Mad About Records (Portugal), Early 70s.
The first album from Chicago trumpeter Malachi Thomspon – and the hippest, too! The set was recorded in 1974 – much earlier than anything we've seen from Malachi on record – and it's got a vibe that would be right at home in the Strata East universe – especially in the way ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s. 2LP
The Mr Bongo Record Club just seems to get hipper and hipper as the volumes go on – to a point where this fifth edition in the collection is overflowing with tracks that we might never have heard otherwise! Plus, the scope of sounds here is really great too – a mix of styles from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Brian Jackson

This Is Brian Jackson
BBE (UK), 2022.
A stunning revival for the great Brian Jackson – an artist who's best known as the keyboardist with Gil Scott-Heron in the 70s, but a hell of a singer on his own – as you'll hear in this really wonderful set! The album's not Jackson's first solo effort – but it may well be the ... CD (Soul CD)
Alwest/P-Vine (Japan), Early 80s.
That's underground funk legend Cecil Lyde on the cover – and the music here is very much in keeping with his 80s sense of style – plenty of sweet keyboards, beats, and basslines – all served up in catchy little tunes with plenty of electro elements around the edges! The whole ... CD (Soul CD)

Theo Croker

Love Quantum
Sony, 2022.
Maybe the moodiest record we've ever heard from trumpeter Theo Croker – a set that blends together his earthy Afrofuturist experiments with other electric horn-based modes – maybe currents of 70s Miles or Jon Hassell, but served up in much more soul-based territory overall! Many cuts ... CD (Jazz CD)
Stax, 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
About as classic as you can get with the Staple Singers – an album that was cut at that perfect moment when the group was forging an electric soul sound that would bring them high in the charts in the 70s – filled with all the righteousness of their gospel years, but also touched with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
A hugely expanded version of this classic album from Joe Gibbs – in a 2CD set that adds in 32 bonus tracks, 20 of which appear on CD here for the first time ever! The core album is one that's really telegraphed by the image on the cover – a 1979 gem that brings together a host of ... CD (Reggae CD)

Jan Domenech

Magical Forest Tour
Fresh Sound (Spain), 2022.
Jan Domenech is as much a great composer of fresh material as he is a warmly lyrical pianist – as you'll hear on this really well-done set – a recording that's filled with great energy from younger players on the scene in Barcelona! Yet maybe the first thing that strikes our ears here ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
An incredible record – the kind of album that no fan of funky jazz should be without! This album is far and away one of the greatest ever cut by Brother Jack McDuff – and it's a baroquely complicated batch of funky jazz cuts that's still light years ahead of any other record! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1979. 2LP Gatefold
Late work from Chet Baker on the European scene is always something special – and live dates from Hamburg's Onkel Po's club are always pretty darn special too – so you can imagine the greatness that awaits you on this really wonderful album! The tracks are all very long – even ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Rozenblit/Fatiado (Spain), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
Folksy psychedelia from early 70s Brazil – a wonderful little album by poet/singer Marconi Notaro, done in collaboration with the team of Lula Cortes and Ze Ramalho, with a feel that's similar to their own classic Paebiru! The feel here is quite loose at times – almost improvised ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Elektra/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/1990s. 3CD
George Duke at the end of the century – still going strong with the wonderful mix of jazz, funk, and soul that he pioneered in the 70s – a style that really grows and shifts in mighty nice way over the course of the material in the set! Duke moved from Epic to Elektra and Warner during ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jean-Pierre Boistel & Tony Kennybrew

Percussions Pour La Danse
Left Ear (Austria), Late 80s.
A percussion record, but one with a very different twist – as the set was done both in collaboration with dancer Tonny Kennybrew, and based on his sense of motion – and it was done at the end of the 80s, and features a very cool mix of both acoustic and electric instrumentation! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Anteloper (Jaimie Branch & Jason Nazary)

Pink Dolphins
International Anthem, 2022.
The Anteloper duo of Jaimie Branch and Jason Nazary have a key partner this time around – guitarist Jeff Parker, who also produced and mixed the whole album – really helping to intensify the cosmic creations of the core duo! As before, Jaimie Branch blows her familiar trumpet, but also ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ferkat Al Ard

Oghneya
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1979. (reissue)
The music of Lebanon never got much global exposure during the 70s – but it's clear that Ferkat Al Ard was bringing plenty of the globe's influences to play on this amazing record – mixing together bits of electric funk, Brazilian jazz, and soulful strings at a level that completely ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Julius Brockington

Sophisticated Funk
Today/Octave (Japan), 1972.
Organist Julius Brockington did plenty of work in the church – but he's really at his best in a secular setting like this – where his work on keyboards is able to really open up and groove! The album's got a cool and groovy style that's a bit like the Rueben Wilson albums of the early ... CD (Soul CD)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Jazz Is Dead 11
Jazz Is Dead, 2022.
A very different entry in this always-great series – one that doesn't focus on a specific artist, or just the instrumentation of the two leaders – but instead has this great range of artists coming together in a very jazz-based style! Things here are even more organic and flowing than ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Favorite (France), 1970s/Early 80s.
Fantastic jazzy funk from around the globe – a whole host of tracks that draw heavily on the American electric modes of the early 70s, then take them into all sorts of new and creative directions on their own! The biggest change from US to global modes here is the rhythms – as the cuts ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976/1977.
Capitol greatness from Nancy Wilson – a pair of excellent albums locked together on one CD! This Mother's Daughter is one of Nancy Wilson's hippest albums from the 70s – a great record of smooth mellow tracks produced by Eugene McDaniels, handled with some nice jazzy flourishes, and a ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Numero, 1970s.
The super hits of the 70s – but not in the versions you might know – as the folks at Numero have done a superb job of selecting some really unusual cover versions of classics – all with the great ear for the American underground that's always made their records so great! In a way ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Nduduzo Makhathini

In The Spirit Of Ntu
Blue Note, 2022.
An even more powerful set than the Blue Note debut of South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini – a set delivered in response to all the recent struggles in his nation, and put together with all the righteous energy of similar projects from the 70s! Makhathini is way more than a pianist here ... CD (Jazz CD)

Samurai

Samurai
Greenwich/Trading Places (Italy), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic debut album from Samurai – one of those lost prog classics from the start of the 70s that still sounds years ahead of its time! The group features Dave Lawson on keyboards and vocals – and represents an amazing (and short) evolution of the sound of his music from his time ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s.
Maybe one of the best reggae collections the Soul Jazz label has ever given us – a really rich collection of tracks from the Studio One collection, all with female singers in the lead – a good number of which have never been reissued before! Soul Jazz has been covering the Studio One ... CD (Reggae CD)
EmArcy/Universal (Japan), 1972.
A brilliant pairing of piano talents – and a record that also features some incredible horn work from Billy Harper and Hannibal Marvin Peterson too! Masabumi Kikuchi plays electric piano throughout – working with a large Evans-led ensemble that also includes Harper on tenor and flute, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Penza Penza

Neanderthal Rock
Funk Night, 2022.
A masterpiece in fuzzy funk from this large Estonian collective – a group who work here with sharp production from Misha Panfilov, with a sound that's every bit as weird and wonderful as all the other projects he's given us over the years! The group do a wonderful job of blending psychedelic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Julius Rodriguez

Let Sound Tell All
Verve, 2022.
The brilliant debut as a leader from a young pianist we hope we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come – a great soloist in his own right, and a musician who's also got experience in the worlds of soul and hip hop as well! Yet don't let those ties make you think that Julius Rodriguez is ... CD (Jazz CD)
Edsel (UK), 1970s. 4CD
A very cool little set – maybe not the deepest dive into the decade of the 70s, in that the package isn't full of unissued tracks or super-rare singles – but it does represent a great look at the decade that goes way past the hits, and much farther than the charts – including the ... CD (Rock CD)
Fire/Sunset Blvd, Early 60s.
Arthur Crudup was one of the greats of the postwar years – a country blues artist at heart, but one who really helped lay the groundwork for rock and roll with his raw energy on the acoustic guitar, and his way of really belting out a lyric! Crudup was a famous influence on Elvis, who ... CD (Blues CD)
Morgan Blue Town (UK), 1968. (reissue)
A rare jazz trio set from the UK scene of the 60s – served up by guitarist Judd Proctor, a player with a touch that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Judd's got a way of not just making the notes cascade from his instrument with ease – but also flying off all these tones and colors ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
P-Vine (Japan), 2022.
Really great work from Positive Force – a group who gave the world a rare groove classic back in the 80s, and who return here with fresh material that's every bit as great! The last time around, their lead singer was Denise Vallin – and here, the lovely Leslie Page steps up to the ... CD (Soul CD)
Bongo Joe (Switzerland), 1980s. 2LP Gatefold
A collection of work from one of the biggest bands on the scene in Sao Tome & Principe years ago – combo who rocked the small island nation with a great blend of West African modes and more tropical sounds! The guitar work is often very lively, and percolating strongly with the rhythms ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Weekend

La Variete
Rough Trade/Lantern (Italy), 1982. (reissue)
A classic album of jazzy tunes from the British pop scene of the early 80s – and the kind of work that really helped set the stage for the later Acid Jazz movement in London – but which is equally enjoyable as one of the loveliest moments in the post-punk generation! Weekend's a combo ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Bureau B (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
A set that's even weirder and more wonderful than you might guess from the title – not really psychedelic at all, but music that takes off into the farther reaches of the electronic experiments that were begun on the German scene in the 70s! There's a blend of analog and digital electronics ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Mario Molino

Beat Gregoriano
Leonardi/We Are Busy Bodies, 1971. (reissue)
An album that really takes the "beat" in its title seriously – as the set's got plenty of heavy drums, right from the start – and at a level that's very different than the usual Italian sound library set of the time! The vibe is more rock than jazz or easy – and the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Jones Jones (Larry Ochs/Mark Dresser/Vladimir Tarasov)

Just Justice
ESP, 2022.
A really freewheeling trio of improvisers who seem to have an intuitive understanding of each others' best abilities – a group that features Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino saxes, Vladimir Tarasov on drums and percussion, and Mark Dresser on three different acoustic basses – all with ... CD (Jazz CD)

Petter Eldh & Koma Saxo feat Sofia Jernberg

Koma West (red vinyl pressing)
WeJazz (Finland), 2022.
An even more amazing record than the previous outing from Petter Eldh and his Koma Saxo ensemble – a set that adds in a bit of vocals from Sofia Jernberg, and really has the group pushing their sound to a whole new level! The music is jazz at the start, but is quickly concerned with all ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Teddy Rok

Atonal Drums
WeJazz (Finland), 2022.
A really unusual album from Teddy Rok – very different than the bigger group funk and soul he gave us many years back – and instead a record that's much more on the experimental side of the spectrum! Despite the title, things are never that atonal – and instead, the record mixes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Overlooked work from the underground soul scene in Atlanta – a southern city that wasn't as famous for its music as Memphis or Muscle Shoals, but which really helped the sound of soul step forward at the start of the 70s! The Atlanta groove is a bit different than that of neighboring cities ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

E&S Brothers

Taduma
Blue Tree/Afrosynth (Netherlands), 1985. (reissue)
Sweet keyboard soul from the South African scene of the mid 80s – a record that's got a vibe that's a lot leaner and more electro oriented than some of the bubblegum pop to come! E&S are the duo of Ernest Segeel and Shadrack Ndlovu – and although the tunes are mostly electric, they ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Numero, 1980. (reissue)
A killer set from Archie James Cavanaugh – sweetly soulful, with a groove that easily rivals some of the best west coast efforts of the 70s! Archie's a Native American, and the album's gotten some attention for that fact over the years – but honestly, it's got a warm glow and gliding ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Sonafric/Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. (reissue)
Orchestre Volta Jazz may not play much of the "jazz" in their name – but they do manage to bring together so many other styles of music in a mighty nice groove – a heady West Africa brew of elements from both sides of the Atlantic, served up here in a well-done collection of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Perfect Toy (Germany), 1980. (reissue)
A soulful, spiritual set of jazz from the German scene – but one that's also got some of the freewheeling touches that show up on records from the time that also had a bit of an influence from Brazilian jazz! That latter quality comes through here in the breezy vocals of female singer Lisa ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Asha Puthli

Essential Asha Puthli
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970s.
The first ever career-spanning look at the music of legendary vocalist Asha Puthli – a singer who's maybe best known for her 70s club work on the European scene, but who also has a much wider range of expression – which you'll discover here! There's definitely some of the soul-based ... CD (Soul CD)
Madlib Invazion, 2010. 2LP (reissue)
Formative Madlib beatcraft – music made by 'Lib from 1990-2000 – crafted into a tight full length album that feels as fresh as ever! History Of The Loop Digga features funky hip hop instrumentals made at a time when he was producing underground beat tapes for himself and the Crate ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Beverly Hills/Real Gone, Early 70s. (reissue)
A wild and weird early soundtrack work from the great Melvin Van Peebles – a set of songs composed by the man himself, and put together for an early directorial effort about a white man who wakes up one morning and finds himself black – and has to discover the real version of society ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Nat Birchall

Afro Trane
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2022.
One of the most beautiful, spiritual albums ever from saxophonist Nat Birchall – and that's really saying a lot, if you know his other records! As you can guess from the title, the spirit of John Coltrane looms large on the record – and the tracks are a mix of Coltrane classics and new ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
International Phonograph, 1972/1977. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A seminal session from the St Louis scene of the early 70s – one that was humming nearly as much as Chicago was with the AACM at the time! As with the larger organization in the Windy City, St Louis had the Black Artists Group – of which Julius Hemphill was a key member, forming fresh ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Twin Quest/Frederiksberg, Mid 70s. (reissue)
A hell of a spiritual jazz session from trumpeter Milt Ward – a relatively obscure player who worked on the same 70s Boston underground scene as Stanton Davis – a friend of Milt's and a good comparison to the sound of this one rare album! The vibe is a bit like that of Davis' Ghetto ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Fantastic early work from Martial Solal – a player who's every bit as striking here in larger group recordings as he is in the trio and solo material that's dominated the later decades of his music! The groups are large, and filled with all-star musicians – yet the recording quality ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1958. (reissue)
A pivotal album in the career of saxophonist Lou Donaldson – a set that really has him finding his own groove – a slow-stepping, soul-drenched mode that's a nice change from the bop of his roots! A key part of the record's charm is conga work by Ray Barretto – a player used often ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Decca/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
A massive Fender Rhodes set from early 70s Belgium – the kind of set that never shows up on this side of the Atlantic, and which is pretty darn rare in its home territory too! Keyboardist Jack Van Poll has a wonderful sense of space on this set – a way of letting the tunes build simply ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Linda Hoover with Steely Dan

I Mean To Shine (2022 Record Store Day Drop)
Omnivore, 1970.
A tremendous early chapter in the legacy of Steely Dan – a set that was never issued at the time, and which represents some key work by the team of Donald Fagan and Walter Becker! First off, let us say that singer Linda Hoover is pretty great herself, and contributes some good original ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
BBE (UK), 2022. 2LP Gatefold
An incredible tribute to the legendary Strata Records in Detroit – performed by Jazzanova with a host of other guests – and at a level that's maybe the greatest thing the group has ever given us on record! The vibe here is a lot more Strata and spiritual than the style you'd expect ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965.
A beautiful early album from Sadao Watanabe – a Polydor session recorded before some of his better-known albums for Takt/Columbia, but done with a similar mix of soul jazz and bossa influences! Watanabe's horn has really sharpened up from his already-great earlier sides – and he's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Time Is The Enemy (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. Gatefold
It's no secret that the Italian scene of the 60s had a real love of bossa nova – but the work here is maybe a bit different than the more familiar jazz tracks of the time – as they were all recorded in northern Italy, in the Liguria dialect – which gives the lyrics a very cool ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Various

Brasil Novo
Musica Macondo (France), 2022.
New sounds from Brazil – a really wonderful collection of contemporary cuts that we never would have heard otherwise – were it not for the excellent efforts of the folks who put together the set! And yet when we say "contemporary", these aren't cuts that are heavy on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
EG/Republic, 1982. (reissue)
The kind of Roxy Music album that nobody would have expected back when Brian Eno was in the group – but a set that really helped expose the group to a whole new generation, and find a way to develop that special style that Bryan Ferry had brought to the group in the previous decade! There's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake

From The River To The Ocean
Thrill Jockey, 2007. 2LP Gatefold
A sublime session that's co-led by two of the greatest figures on the Chicago jazz scene at the time of the recording – drummer Hamid Drake and tenorist Fred Anderson – both musicians that had been working in the city for years, but who really seemed to blossom in the new light that the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1968. (reissue)
Fantastic stuff, and a record that was virtually the blueprint for spiritual soul jazz in the 70s! Although Max Roach first rose to fame during the bop years, by the time of this set he'd really stretched out a lot – moving past initial righteous projects in the Civil Rights era, to even ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Dragon (Sweden), 1964.
Never-issued music from a really legendary group – titled in a way that's similar to their famous 60s record for Atlantic Records – but a batch of live material recorded in Sweden with an equally sublime sort of feel! Art Farmer works here on flugelhorn alongside guitarist Jim Hall ... CD (Jazz CD)
Brain/Gronland (Germany), 1971. (reissue)
The groundbreaking first album from Neu – maybe not the earliest record in the Krautrock generation – but a set that certainly set a new sort of standard after it was released! The group mix together slow-building rhythms and plenty of fuzz – all recorded by the great Conny Plank ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Colemine/Transistor Sound, 2022.
Nicky Egan's got a laidback look on the cover, but she's got a surprisingly soulful sound on record – one that comes from both her vocals and work on mellotron – and from the rest of the group, which features members of Antibalas and The Dap-Kings! The cover's got maybe a Laurel Canyon ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
We Want Sounds (UK), 1971. Gatefold
Beautifully slow-building work from Ennio Morricone – caught right at that near-perfect start of the 70s point when he was a master of understatement and spare musical elements! Many numbers begin with a sound that's often very spare – sliding out of the darkness sometimes with just a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Dumisani Maraire & Nyunga Nyunga Mbira

Tichazomuona
Nyami Nyami (France), 1986. (reissue)
An album from the 80s, but one with a very timeless vibe – as the set is heavy on mbiri work from Dumisani Maraire – recorded in a way that mostly just features vocals alongside the sparkling tones of the thumb piano! The mbiri is likely amplified here – as it's got a resonance ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1975.
Lovely work from this overlooked Japanese pianist – a really great player who hits some warmly soulful grooves in this mid 70s set! The album features Kunihiko Sugano's trio working with an extra percussionist – a player who doesn't step in much, but who manages to bring a special sort ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fantasy, 1972. (reissue)
Very righteous work from Esther Marrow – an overlooked soul singer who works with a hell of a lot of pride and power! The set's an overlooked gem in the Fantasy catalog of the 70s, and it's one of only two secular soul albums cut by Marrow – and quite possibly the best of the bunch, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Motown, 1971.
CD...$6.99 14.98
One of the few cases in the history of pop music where the record is worth all the hype! Marvin blew everyone's mind when he unleashed this amazing suite of political soul tunes – not only just because he'd moved past the simple love songs of earlier years, but also because he was working ... CD (Soul CD)
Verve, 1958.
Not the only time that Ella Fitzgerald recorded at the legendary Hollywood Bowl – but a fantastic unreleased set that has the singer serving up a stunning live version of her Irving Berlin Songbook material! The set features backings by Paul Weston, who'd handled the original record – ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Delicious Vinyl, 1992. (reissue)
A pivotal album from the early 90s – one that not only furthered the rebirth of live funk instrumentation at a time when ditigal elements dominated the scene – but also really opened up that mode to a whole new generation of hip hop as well! At a time when the music was all about the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Steve Reid/New Life Trio

Visions Of The Third Eye
Mustevic/Early Future/Finders Keepers (UK), 1979. (reissue)
A lesser-known set from groundbreaking drummer Steve Reid – issued on his Mustevic Sound label after the classic Rhythmatism and Nova sets! Reid's playing here with the New Life trio – a group that features his drum work next to the guitar of Brandon Ross and heavy bass of David ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jamal/P-Vine (Japan), 1970.
A sweetly funky little set from Sonny Stitt – one of his hippest albums ever, and a rare date cut for Ahmad Jamal's short-lived record label! The sound here is a great combination of the late 60s tone that Sonny forged on other east coast indies – and some of the hipper, more open ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sisters Love

With Love
MoWest/Universal (Japan), Early 70s.
The incredible lost album from the group Sisters Love – material slated for release in the early 70s, but never saw the light of day, save for a handful of singles – a mix of rootsier southern soul and impeccable west coast funk styles, finally brought to light! Sisters Love came to ... CD (Soul CD)
Praxis/Strut (UK), 1983.
Really unique recordings from the Sun Ra Arkestra – material recorded in Egypt in 1983 – juxtaposed with sessions from percussionist Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band! The work here has much more of a "jazz meets world" sound than some of Ra's other recordings – and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Art Yard (UK), Late 70s.
Two great tracks here from Sun Ra – both presented in shorter edits that focus on the groovier side of the music! First up is "Dance Of The Cosmo Aliens" – a track that begins with fast percussion that skitters along nicely – while very cool, moody keyboards pepper the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Johnny Pate/Adam Wade

Brother On The Run
Perception/Octave (Japan), 1973.
An incredible funky soundtrack – one of the best of the blacksploitation generation, and one of the rarest too! Johnny Pate did the orchestrations for this excellent lost film, and he brought the same sort of energy to it that he did with his soundtrack for Shaft In Africa. There's some ... CD (Soul CD)

Basso Valdambrini Quintet

Bossa Nova
Giotto (Italy), 1962.
Very groovy work from this legendary Italian combo – but that's maybe no surprise, given that the album's got "bossa nova" in the title! And, as you'd expect, the group takes on the new beat that was grooving the world at the time – fresh sounds from Brazil, given a 60s ... CD (Jazz CD)

Roberta Vandervort & Sally Townes

Roberta Vandervort & Sally Townes
Forager, Late 70s/Early 80s.
A really cool split LP – one that features a side each of work from the two singer/songwriters on the cover – each of whom created their own very groovy styles on self-issued records back in the day! Side one features material from two different albums by Roberta Vandervort – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Dining Rooms

Turn To See Me
Schema (Italy),
LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Deram/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. 3CD
British group Chicken Shack famously first got their start on the Blue Horizon label – but when they moved to Deram Records, they really stretched out and opened their sound – as you'll hear on the three albums on this set! First up is Imagination Lady – a fantastic album from ... CD (Rock CD)

Luis Vecchio

Contactos
Mayra/Altercat (Germany), 1978.
Fantastic keyboard work from Luis Vecchio – a player who was in isolation on the Canary Island when he recorded this album in the 70s – a monstrous bit of space jazz that was supposedly created after contact with aliens! Even without that backstory, though, the set's got plenty to ... CD (Jazz CD)
Selection/Sdban (Belgium), 1975. (reissue)
A sound library album, but one that's got a lot more of a jazz component than most – no surprise, given that Solis Lacus was a combo who recorded other records on their own – led by the great Michel Herr on Frender Rhodes and other keyboards! The tracks are often quite long, most are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
TSG/P-Vine (Japan), 1976.
The debut album from Cynthia Schloss – a reggae singer who'd go on to bring a whole new level of soul to Jamaican music! In fact, the album's maybe half reggae, and half soul – delivered by Cynthia with a range that would have been right at home in American soul in the early 70s, ... CD (Reggae CD)
Tribe/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1972. (reissue)
One of the most classic albums on the Tribe Records label from Detroit – music that was too heavy for most of the world when it was issued in the 70s – but which has gone onto achieve legendary status over the years! Reedman Wendell Harrison leads the group in a set of soaring, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Chocolate Buttermilk Band

No Money No Honey/Mr LSD
Past Due, Early 80s/2021. (pic cover)
Two great tracks from this legendary group – both with a vibe that works perfectly together! "No Money No Honey" is a cut conceived many years back by band leader Larry Akles – finally recorded in 2021, but with a snapping blend of beats and basslines that has a classic ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Elizabeth King

I Got a Love
Bible & Tire, 2022.
There's a great criss-crossing of modes going on here – the best sort of classic and contemporary meeting of modes that we love from the Bible & Tire label – all set as the perfect backdrop for the vocals of Memphis legend Elizabeth King! Instrumentation is by the Sacred Soul Sound ... CD (Gospel CD)
LPG/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 70s.
A killer of an album – a real corker from Lloyd Price, one of those singers who kept on growing tremendously after his early big hits! The album was recorded in Muscle Shoals, but it's got a smooth modern sort of finish – all compressed and slightly funky, in a manner that's partially ... CD (Soul CD)
Tangerine, 1972. (reissue)
A righteous early 70s set from Ray Charles – and a record with a much deeper vibe than you might guess from the image of Ray and some kids on the cover! Arrangements were handled by Quincy Jones, Sid Feller, and Mike Post – and the record is kind of a 70s take on the fuller modes that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Iceberg

Final Thaw
Astral Spirits, 2022.
A record that almost seems to live up to its artist/title promise of an iceberg in a thaw – as the trio really start out in this slow, building territory right at the start – then seem to move in broader ripples of sound once the record moves on – really working on this cyclical ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Rose Royce/Norman Whitfield

Car Wash – Original Soundtrack
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1976.
A solid bit of heavy funk – and one of the last strong-selling soundtracks of the blacksploitation era! Sure, you know the hit "Car Wash", but there's plenty of other great numbers that rank this set right up there with the best of its genre. There's a lot of nice instrumentals on ... CD (Soul CD)

Red Green Blue

End & The Beginning
Astral Spirits, 2022.
A Chicago group with a really great approach to improvisation – long tracks that seem to build out of a slow pulses of energy between the players – finding their "groove" at the start, letting things flow, then really adding a lot of their own voices to the mix! The main trio ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
RGS (Argentina), 1960.
Very early work from this legendary Argentine saxophone player – and a set that already shows the tenor of Horacio Chivo Borraro stretching out in ways that would be come more internationally known in the 70s! The format's a live one, as you'd guess from the title – and the group is ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jothan Callins & The Sounds Of Togetherness

Winds Of Change
Triumph/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1975.
A lost spiritual jazz treasure from the 70s – one of the only records we've ever seen to feature trumpeter Jothan Callins in the lead – a musician who's best known for his work in the Sun Ra Arkestra during the 70s! Here, the vibe is very different – as Callins blows alongside a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Capitol (Italy), 2022.
One of the most ambitious-sounding records we've ever heard from Calibro 35 – but that's no surprise, given that they're taking on the music of maestro Morricone! If you know the group at all, you'll know that they do a tremendous job taking cinematic inspiration to really funky territory ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Verve, 1965. Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic Verve Records material from Bill Evans – a set that follows the no-nonsense trio style of his Riverside material, but which definitely shows the evolving Evans style of the 60s! The group here is a nicely mellow one – bassist Chuck Israels, whose sound is tremendous – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Jorge Navarro

Navarro Con Polenta
Aleluya/RGS (Argentina), 1977.
Fantastic funky fusion from the 70s Argentine scene – a set that begins with a killer take on the Led Zeppelin tune "Black Dog", and only gets even groovier after that! Jorge Navarro leads the group on piano, Hammond, and Fender Rhodes – and the group is a tight combo with ... CD (Jazz CD)
Sub Rosa (Belgium), 2022. 2CDs
An amazing introduction to a world of sound that's hardly been caught on record – a scene that's maybe a bit more underground that familiar gamelan modes from Indonesia, but which uses a similar array of tuned percussive instruments! As you'd guess by the title, the gong is at the center of ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz – a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Stata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression – and we'd easily rank this one ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Metromedia/Sundazed, 1970. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The fantastic debut of Gypsy – a group who blend wonderful harmonies with really well-crafted inspiration – very much in the jazz-inspired jamming of some of the headier California groups, like Spirit or Santana at their best! The group use a swirling blend of organ and guitar next to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1986. 2CDs
A tremendous pairing of players – each stretching out here with even more of a sense of majesty than you might normally hear in their best recordings of the time! The tracks are all nice and long, and really driven by the modal energy of the piano of McCoy Tyner – who's working here ... CD (Jazz CD)

Will Sessions

Electromagnetic Reality
Sessions Sounds, 2022.
A full funky set of tracks from Will Sessions – a record that more than lives up to the group's previous legacy, but also seems to take them into this cool cosmic territory – maybe even the "electromagnetic reality" promised in the title! There was always raw funk energy at ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
MGM/Quartet (Spain), 1974.
A masterpiece of soundtrack scoring from Jerry Fielding – done for Sam Peckinpah's classic Mexico-set thriller with Warren Oates in the lead! Those other two names are more than enough to get us to needle drop the record – but it's Fielding's music that really captivates us – ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

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