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Henry Franklin

Skipper
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972.
One of the greatest moments ever from west coast bassman Henry Franklin – a set of soaring, spiritual power – and a key demonstration of his rich energy as a leader! Franklin heads a wicked lineup here – playing both Fender and acoustic bass amidst other players who include Bill ... CD (Jazz CD)
Daptone, 2021.
The Menahan Street Band are always pretty exciting to our funk-trained ears – but this time around, there seems to be a little something extra in the mix – a sound that has all these great little strange twists and turns around the edges, while still keeping all the mellow funk of the ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Hotlanta/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
One of the greatest albums of southern soul from the 70s – a set we'd put right up there next to the Soul Children albums on Stax, or the new sound that was brewing up down at Malaco! Jimmy Lewis is an artist who never fully got his due – but he wrote and produced the whole set, at a ... CD (Soul CD)

Shintaro Nakamura with Shunzo Ohno

Evolution (2LP x 45rpm pressing)
Street Noise/BBE (Japan), 1984. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Soaring piano lines, burning trumpet solos, and soulful tenor sax – all wrapped together beautifully in this obscure Japanese session from the 80s – a date that has all the free-thinking power and unbounded energy of some of our favorite American soul jazz sessions from a decade before! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Gene Russell

Talk To My Lady
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973.
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
A funny thing happened to British music after the initial explosion of punk in the late 70s – it got surprisingly funky, in all sorts of weird ways that helped the new music cross over to the dancefloor – maybe inspired by American funk and soul, but coming off with a very different ... CD (Rock CD)
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
An ear-opening set of Japanese jazz from a time when that nation's scene was really taking off – a period in the 70s when all sorts of new artists and new ideas were really flying around – and leaving behind a huge recorded legacy that's been mostly out of reach for us in the west! ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Vanguard/Real Gone, 1973. (reissue)
A killer batch of jazzy Brazilian tracks – with a soaring groove that will never let you down! Sivica's a guitarist and accordionist who'd worked in the 60s with artists like Luiz Henrique and Oscar Brown Jr – but in this 1973 session, recorded in the US, he hits a sound that he'd be ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Adrian Younge

American Negro
Jazz Is Dead, 2021.
The most political album we've ever heard from Adrian Younge – a set that stands as a much stronger, much more individual message than anything he's ever given us before! All Adrian's previous instrumental elements are in the mix – heavy funk, with a special soundtrack sort of twist ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Duophonic, Late 90s/Early 2000s. 3LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from Stereolab – an assortment of rare singles and other unusual recordings that were mostly issued on their own Duophonic label, and which are far more obscure than their bigger label albums during the same period! Even though Stereolab gave the world some undeniable ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Black Unity Trio

Al-Fatihah
Salaam Records/Gotta Groove, 1969. (reissue)
Amazing spiritual jazz treasure – the only album ever issued by this obscure avant trio from the Cleveland scene – a group that includes a young Abdul Wadud on bass and cello! The style is nicely loose and open, but also very different than the sound of the AACM at the time – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Chien Chien Lu

Path
Chien Chien Lu, 2020.
Imagine a record that starts with a fantastic reading of a Roy Ayers' tune, then just gets better as things go on – and that's very much what you'll get here, in this sweet set from vibist Chien Chien Lu! The record's got Chien Chien ringing out on these bold, well-placed notes – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Warner/El (UK), Late 60s. 4CD
An amazing set – all four of the legendary Warner Brothers albums by harmony giants Harpers Bizarre – plus bonus tracks too! First up is Feelin Groovy – the fab first LP by Harpers Bizarre! The group were one of the strangest pop ensembles operating in the seminal LA scene of ... CD (Rock CD)

Gaston

My Queen
Hotlanta/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
An incredible record from the southern scene of the 70s – a really unique set that's filled with righteous soul touches, and which really stands out from most other southern soul of the time! The feel here is often in a cosmic mode with plenty of jazz at the bottom – a sound that's ... CD (Soul CD)
Aware/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
The first album by John Edwards – a richly talented vocalist who would go onto become the lead singer of the Spinners in later years, singing on some of their last big hits. This album's a very different effort – and features John singing in a deep Southern Soul style, mixed with the ... CD (Soul CD)

Quincy Jones

Banning
La La Land, 1967.
A really rare soundtrack from Quincy Jones – right up there with his jazziest gems of the 60s, but never issued on record at the time! The music is for an obscure film with Robert Wagner in the lead, and the sounds are a hip blend of the earlier jazz modes of Quincy, with some of the fuller ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Warner, 1980s. (reissue)
Chaka Khan on Warner Brothers – a fantastic second chapter in the career of the singer who already took the 70s by storm with her work in Rufus! Here, Chaka emerges as an even more powerful solo singer on her own – often getting treatment from Arif Mardin in the studio, who elevates ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s.
One of the greatest southern soul talents presents a host of other great talents from his 70s generation – and also throws in a fair bit of his own tracks as well! Sam Dees is one of the all-time greats in our book – a songwriter to rival the best that Stax had to offer back in the day ... CD (Soul CD)
Polydor/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. 10CD
An insanely big collection of work from Level 42 – a British group from the 80s who were equal parts soul and pop, but also had a strongly jazzy current as well! These guys leapt onto the international scene from the British one in the mid 80s – thanks to a soulful core that not only ... CD (Soul CD)
Studio One, Late 60s.
Jamaican Ska, and a whole lot more – a key batch of early Studio One recordings that show just how many styles were criss-crossing in Kingston at the time! There's definitely lots of rhythms here that would make a rude boy happy, but there's also some richly soulful vocals that point the way ... CD (Reggae CD)
Dexterity/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
A gem of a live set from Dexter Gordon – one that features a nice change from some of his more familiar records of the time! The set features Gordon recording away from Cafe Montmartre, with an excellent Dutch rhythm trio – the fantastic Rob Agerbeek on piano, plus Henk Haverhoek on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Nimbus Sextet

Dreams Fulfilled
Acid Jazz (UK), 2021.
A Scottish sextet, but one with a much fuller sound overall – this great blend of funk, jazz, and a bit of soul – the last of which comes up on the album's few vocal numbers! There's really strong ensemble feel that almost takes us back to the glory days of the Japanese club jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Way Down In The Rust Bucket (2CD set)
Reprise, 1990. 2CD
An unreleased live set from Neil Young – recorded in Santa Cruz in November of 1990, and featuring the group hot on the success of their Ragged Glory album! The set features the live debut of many of the record's songs, along with a number of surprises too – tracks that are unexpected ... CD (Rock CD)
Ostinato (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s.
Maybe the first-ever collection of the work of this important group from Djibouti – a huge state-financed ensemble whose performances were captured on tape for radio, but never issued as regular commercial albums at the time! 4 Mars take their name from a key moment of independence in the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Next Door, 2021.
This isn't the first record by Canadian soul singer Tika, but it is the one that may well put her over the top – and gain her a much bigger following in the US as well! At some level, the set's a very old school batch of female soul – with a mellow vibe that's got lots of 80s ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
Weird and wonderful sounds from a very electric man – the mighty Piero Umiliani, an Italian composer who first rose to fame for a set of groundbreaking film scores in the 60s – then moved into even more experimental sound library work in the following decade! This set has Piero working ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Zambezi/Now Again, Mid 70s. (reissue)
One of the moodiest albums we've ever heard from the Zamrock scene of the 70s – a record of slow-building tunes with a very personal vibe – all vocals and most instrumentation handled by Ricky Banda himself – in a style that's more intimate than other Zambian albums of the time! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Group Sounds Four & Five

Black & White Raga
Jazz In Britain (UK), Mid 60s.
A fantastic group from the British scene at mid 60s – music from a time when the UK world of jazz was exploding from the work of artists like Joe Harriott and Tubby Hayes, but also held some other tremendous talents as well! The group here has trumpeter Henry Lowther and tenorist Lyn Dobson ... CD (Jazz CD)
Detour (UK), Late 60s.
There's few folks we'd trust to take us into the mod underground of the 60s more than Rob Bailey – and this series of his always delivers the goods, and reminds us that we've got a heck of a lot more to learn about music like this! Tracks come from rare singles and unreleased acetates – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Atlantic/Rhino, Late 50s. 2LP
Ray Charles didn't start his career on Atlantic Records, but the company definitely helped him find his groove – and opened up a raw side of his talents that forever changed the world! In Ray's later years for the label, he brought in some jazz and the sophisticated styles he'd explore more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Decca/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. (reissue)
Pugh's Place may never have hit our shores in a big way back in the 70s – but damn, these Dutch boys are one hell of a group – and really have a quality that meets or beats some of the best Brit groups of the time! Their style is sometimes hard rock, sometimes prog, and unabashedly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Epic/36 Chambers, 2000.
A fantastic meeting of the minds – as director Jim Jarmusch makes a film that's a nod to the old martial arts films of the 70s that inspired the Wu-Tang Clan in their music – and RZA gets a chance to contribute to the soundtrack, with help from the Clan as well! The music is maybe the ... CD (Hip Hop CD)

Pharoah Sanders

Wisdom Through Music
Impulse (Japan), 1972.
Soaring spirits and joyous jazz-based expression – an overlooked treasure from Pharoah Sanders – and proof that his work on Impulse Records just kept on getting better and better! The style here is a bit tighter than some of the previous Impulse albums – no side-long tracks here ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 80s.
Excellent work from the South African scene of the 80s – music that maybe provides a pathway to the new freedom to come, thanks to a joyous, upbeat sense of spirit – one that's equally wonderful all these many years later! The cuts here are all clubby, but less in the disco mode that ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Reprise, 1990. 4LP, 2CD & DVD
An unreleased live set from Neil Young – recorded in Santa Cruz in November of 1990, and featuring the group hot on the success of their Ragged Glory album! The set features the live debut of many of the record's songs, along with a number of surprises too – tracks that are unexpected ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Columbia/Get On Down, 1959. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1963. (reissue)
One of the first true moments of genius from tenorist Joe Henderson – his debut as a leader for Blue Note, and a set that already has him knocking it out of the park, and setting a tone for a whole new generation! Right at the start, Joe was as distinct a saxophonist as recent predecessors ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Fitz Gore & The Talismen

Soundmagnificat
Gorbra/Sonorama (Germany), Mid 70s. (reissue)
A rare jazz gem from tenor saxophonist Fitz Gore – originally issued on the Gorbra label in Germany in a very tiny quantity! The record's a bit unlike anything else of the time – spiritual jazz, certainly, but with all these different approaches that vary from track to track, as does ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020.
A real standout set from pianist Stanley Cowell – one of his few dates in recent years to feature more than a trio lineup – and recorded in a live setting that really seems to ignite some old school fires in Stanley's music! Make no mistake – Cowell is always wonderful – ... CD (Jazz CD)

JR Monterose

Body & Soul
Munich MS/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
An extremely rare set – recorded in 1970 in Holland, and featuring the tenor of JR Monterose in quintet with Jon Eardley on trumpet, Rien De Graaff on piano, Henk Haverhoek on bass, and Pierre Courbois on drums. The set's a key lost chapter in the career of this enigmatic tenor player – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

I Told You So
Colemine, 2021.
Deeply funky work from one of the hippest Hammond organ combos around – just a trio, but one that's able to pack the punch of so many much larger groups! Delvon Lamarr took all the right lessons from Hammond heroes of the past – not that he's copying anyone's style, because he isn't ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Decca, 1958. Gatefold (reissue)
A wonderful album from George Russell – a refreshing change from his overly-academic modernist work – and a brilliant bit of new ideas with some very down to earth expression! The session's an unusual one – a musical portrait of New York City, performed with an all-star cast who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Giuliano Sorgini & Others

Africa Oscura Reloved Vol 1
Four Flies (Italy), 2021.
A special set of tracks that pays tribute to the original Africa Oscura record from Italian sound library composer Giuliano Sorgini – a fantastic blend of percussion and electronics that was almost a 70s update on older exotica modes, but with a much darker vibe overall! Here, contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Born Bad (France), Early 60s.
A strange mix of Latin rhythms and exotica modes – served up here on a set of recordings from early 60s France that we might not have heard otherwise! Grooves are often in the cha cha mode promised in the title, but other instrumentation is definitely "au harem" – exotic ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)

London Experimental Jazz Quartet

Invisible Roots
Scratch/Roundtable (Australia), 1974. (reissue)
That's London, Ontario – not London, England – which means that the group have an even more far-flung sound than you might expect! The album's a brilliant and overlooked gem from the Canadian scene of the 70s – really mindblowing music by a group who are equally great at grooving ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Kazi & Madlib

Blackmarket Seminar
Below System (Netherlands), 1996/2021.
A rare studio set from Kazi and Madlib – recorded way back in the mid 90s, but with the kind of crispy intensity that would make Madlib so influential for years to come! The title and the occasional skits on the set refer to a search for a "blackmarket seminar" – an ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Def Jam, Late 80s/1990s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Public Enemy at the height of their power – all the best cuts from their early years on Def Jam Records – from a time when they were really helping expand the scope and political power of hip hop! The group were essential in taking the music from the parties in the streets to the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Paisley Park/Rhino, 1984. (reissue)
A fantastic meeting of two generations of soulful music – Sheila E, the daughter of Cali Latin soul genius Coke Escovedo, meets up with the snappingly funky world of Prince – and results in one of the strongest records of Sheila's career! The singer/percussionist had already been ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Aim (Australia), 1966/1969. 2CD
A pair of early sessions from Herbie Hancock – both very different than his Blue Note work of the 60s! The set features 11 tracks from material that Herbie recorded for the Warwick label earlier in the decade – material issued with a title makes it seem like the cuts are from Herbie's ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ronnie Scott with Stan Tracey & Mark Murphy

BBC Jazz Club 1964 to 1966
1960s (UK), Mid 60s.
Really wonderful music from British tenorist Ronnie Scott – working here in the very familiar setting of the BBC Jazz Club, one that's almost as comfortable for Scott as his own nite spot in Soho! The set presents three different performances recorded for radio – all with the great ... CD (Jazz CD)
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. 2CD
A wonderful celebration of the long-running Ecoutez Le Cinema series – a book-styled package that brings together dozens of rare and classic soundtrack tunes, plus a big booklet of notes! The CDs feature titles from across the series – 2CDs' worth of music from dozens of films, handled ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972. (reissue)
A beautiful illustration of the balance of light and darkness in the best work of Ennio Morricone – and an obscure soundtrack that dances between both sides of the spectrum! The main theme is incredibly sweet – one of those lightly drifting Morricone numbers that features wordless ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. (reissue)
One of the darkest, moodiest soundtracks we've ever heard from Ennio Morricone – even in comparison to some of his atonal horror work of the 70s! The vibe here is almost 20th Century avant chamber – a bit like work from Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova, but even more experimental – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Matthew Halsall

Salute To The Sun
Gondwana (UK), 2020.
A gem of a record from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – one of our favorite jazz musicians of the past 20 years, and an artist who just seems to be growing and growing with each new release! This set picks up on the organic, meditative quality of some of Halsall's recent records – but it ... CD (Jazz CD)
Roundtable (Australia), 1972.
A previously unissued album from Indian guitarist Amancio D'Silva – recorded during his legendary run of work at Lansdowne Studios, but making its first-ever appearance here! The work on the set is every bit as far-reaching and progressive as some of D'Silva's official releases – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ample Soul, 2021.
Spare sounds from Fat Jon, but nicely full as well – with more than enough depth to live up to the "ample soul physician" part of his name! Most of the tracks have a relatively straightforward instrumental vibe – a few key elements, but used with a nice sense of juxtaposition ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Giuliano Sorgini & Others

Africa Oscura Reloved Vol 2
Four Flies (Italy), 2021.
A special set of tracks that pays tribute to the original Africa Oscura record from Italian sound library composer Giuliano Sorgini – a fantastic blend of percussion and electronics that was almost a 70s update on older exotica modes, but with a much darker vibe overall! Here, contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Pharoah Sanders

Jewels Of Thought
Impulse (Japan), 1969.
A wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-H ... CD (Jazz CD)
Grapefruit (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
A huge package of work from The Misunderstood – a 60s Cali group who made the scene briefly in London, but never got the bigger exposure they deserved – a damn shame, given that the work here is a masterpiece in blending blues influences with late garage and early psych, all with a hard ... CD (Rock CD)

Out To Dinner (Michael Dease, Behn Gillece, & Others)

Play On
Posi tone, 2021.
Great work from Out To Dinner – an all-star group who certainly weren't out to lunch when this set was recorded – as it's got all the sharp crackle of some of the members' other work on the Posi-Tone label! The lineup is a bit different than the previous record, but every bit as ... CD (Jazz CD)
Black Fire/Strut, 1977. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An intense album of spiritual jazz tracks – played by Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra – maybe one of the only albums we've ever seen by this lesser-known vibist! The album was recorded in 1976, during the height of the Black Fire DC underground scene – and Moshe's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Grapefruit (UK), Early 70s. 3CD
A fantastic collection of tracks from the glam rock generation – not just work by street urchins, but some big names as well – including acts you might know from other modes, all brought together here with a unified aesthetic in the early 70s! Glam was hardly a flash in the pan – ... CD (Rock CD)

Pharoah Sanders

Village Of The Pharoahs
Impulse (Japan), 1973.
An overlooked gem from Pharoah Sanders' years on Impulse – one that has him breaking the pattern a bit, but in a really great way! The session mixes up more shorter songs than before – still all quite spiritual, but also a bit more focused – in a way that packs an incredible ... CD (Jazz CD)

Karl Berger/Dave Holland/Ed Blackwell

Crystal Fire
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991.
A wonderful album from vibist Karl Berger – much more rhythmic than some of his other records – but maybe that's no surprise, given that the trio features Dave Holland on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums! Yet even both of those players have more of a pulse than you might expect – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Joshua Abrams

Cloud Script
Rogue Art (France), 2020.
Tremendous work from Joshua Abrams – a set that's very different than some of his other work in recent years, but every bit as great! The set's got a lean group – Abrams on bass, Jeff Parker on guitar, Gerald Cleaver on drums, and the great Ari Brown on tenor – of Awakening fame ... CD (Jazz CD)
Beverly Hills/Real Gone, 1969. (reissue)
A fantastic sexy soundtrack from Bill Loose – scored for a Russ Meyer Sexploitation film, but handled with a care that goes way deeper than you might expect! Bill brings in some nice jazzy moments on organ and guitar – and there's also some Sunshine Pop-styled vocals at points – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Dominique Blanc-Francard

Ailleurs
Riviera/Lion, 1972. (reissue)
A hell of a record from the French scene of the early 70s – released by an artist who'd worked in the backdrop of many famous productions at the time, but who really bursts forth here with his own sort of special genius! The record is definitely a rock set, but often defies categorization, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Revolutionary music from the young Kris Kristofferson – tunes that really helped set the Nashville scene on fire at the end of the 60s, and which had a surprisingly strong effect on pop and soul as well! Kris was a songwriter long before he was a singer (or an actor!) – and his way ... CD (Rock CD)
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A host of rare and unissued tracks from the glory days of French cinema – a package that features material that didn't even appear in the dozens of CD soundtrack releases from the Ecoutez Le Cinema series! The set is very heavy on material from the late 60s and early 70s – and titles ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
GAD (Poland), Mid 70s.
The cover bills this one as having "stunningly rich Rhodes and brass driven cuts" – and we couldn't agree more, as the group features loads of sweet keyboards from leader Janusz Koman, set up in funky orchestrations with plenty of horns! The approach is a mixture of fusion and more ... CD (Jazz CD)

Calvin Keys

Shawn-Neeq
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971.
A stone classic on the Black Jazz label – and one of the most unique guitar albums ever! We're not sure what the title meant originally – but over the past few decades, it's come to stand for some heavy heavy guitar work from the legendary Calvin Keys – a record that's really ... CD (Jazz CD)

Constant Sound

Constant Sound
Lysergic Sound, 1968. (reissue)
One of those super-rare albums that never went beyond the stage of being a demo, yet which has gone on to be the stuff of legend over the years – maybe in part because it was later discovered to be an obscure side project by the legendary Wrecking Crew of LA 60s studio fame! The approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A really cool collection – one that brings together key songs from a variety of different films from France – some of them the originals from the movies, some of them other very cool interpretations! These aren't instrumentals, as almost all of them have vocals – and the package ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
RCA/Abkco, 1964. (reissue)
Good news galore from the great Sam Cooke – maybe THE album in which he fully shows off his unique contribution to soul music in the 60s – that mix of raw and sweet, easygoing and progressive – a mode that had a huge impact at the time, and went onto become a strong influence for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ipa Boogie

Ipa Boogie
Albarika Store/Acid Jazz (UK), Late 70s. (reissue)
Fantastic funk from late 70s Benin – a set that maybe owes as much to the sound of New York as it does to the West African groove of the time! The album's got a monstrous bassy vibe all the way through – with cuts that often just riff and groove like some of the best clubby funk acts ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Disciples, Late 80s.
Beautiful bedroom sounds from the young Warren Defever – aka His Name Is Alive – working here in the farther reaches of the Detroit suburbs, but with a quality that would soon draw the attention of the 4AD label in London! Even though these cuts are demos, they already have a sonic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Ngozi Family

45,000 Volts
Now Again, Mid 70s. (reissue)
Heady work from the Ngozi Family – a Zambian rock band that was the first to be dubbed as "Zamrock" – a cool fusion of older African rhythms and 70s rockish modes – never too polished, but with a tightness that might have made Anglo groups up in London sit up and take ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Morrissey & David Bowie

Cosmic Dancer/That's Entertainment
Parlophone, 1991. (pic cover)
A pair of groovy covers – served up here back to back! David Bowie and Morrissey take the stage in 1991 for a very cool version of the T Rex tune "Cosmic Dancer" – and the single is backed by Morrissey's great cover of "That's Entertainment" – a tune first ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock 7-inch)

Alostmen

Kologo
Strut (UK), 2021.
Really raw work from this Ghanaian group that emerged from jamming on the streets of Accra – a core quartet that mostly features tuned percussion and stringed instruments – used in a highly rhythmic way along with the vocals! The lineup features kologo, goje, gome, dondo, and kpanlogo ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Misha Mengelberg

Rituals Of Transition
I Dischi Di Angelica (Italy), 2000s.
A stunning set of recordings from Dutch piano legend Misha Mengelberg – selections recorded in a number of different settings in the first decade of this century – all of which work together to show why Mengelberg's a player that's completely different from anyone else! The cover image ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rudolph Johnson

Spring Rain
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971.
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sabu Toyozumi/Mats Gustafsson

Hokusai
No Business (Lithuania), 2018.
Reedman Mats Gustafsson seems to be able to improvise with just about anyone – really shifting his sound and his spirit to match the moment, which is definitely the case here in a set of duets with drummer Sabu Toyozumi! There's a spaciousness here that's very different than some of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Impulse (Japan), 1970.
Pharoah Sanders is working here with some excellent horn players in the frontline – Woody Shaw on trumpet and Gary Bartz on alto sax – both of whom really bring a lot of power to the record! As with some of Sanders' other Impulse albums of the period, the record only features two long ... CD (Jazz CD)

Emmavie

Honeymoon
Fresh Selects, 2020.
A really great set from Emmavie – one of the freshest soul singers we've heard in awhile, and a talent from the London scene we expect to be hearing a lot more from in years to come! Emmavie's got an ear for sound that often has her vocals folded right down into the music – clearly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Atlantic/Rhino, 2000. 2LP (reissue)
Lil Kim's showing plenty of herself on the cover, and on the record too – just her second set, but one that has the MC grabbing the title of Notorious at a time when it might have been a bit too sensitive for most – and jumping into the fray with all-star help from Mary J Blige, Redman, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. (reissue)
A seminal pop psych classic from the UK scene – served up here by a group that seem to borrow a bit of the energy from the late 60s Bee Gees at their trippiest, but who also really have a way for turning out a tune that has a very groovy vibe! Part of the credit might go to producer John ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Fat Beats, 2021.
A definite baker's dozen in this excellent series – the 13th entry in this stellar run of instrumental hip hop, featuring 13 trcks in all! This final volume in the series caps things off with fantastic beats, breaks, and production from a run of top-shelf talents – a lineup that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed

Ritual & The Dance
Astral Spirits, 2021. Gatefold
A fantastic pairing of players – two Chicago legends, both in the sort of setting that really suits them best! Roscoe Mitchell works here on two long improvisations with drummer Mike Reed – blowing a variety of reed instruments, and really taking us back to the groundbreaking work he ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Femi Kuti/Made Kuti

Legacy + (Stop The Hate/Foreward)
Partisan, 2021. 2CD
Two generations of the Fela Kuti legend work here back to back – in a double length set that features one full album from Fela's son, and another by his grandson! Femi is up first on a set titled Stop The Hate – full-on Afro Funk with plenty of message in the music – the older ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

RED Trio & Celebration Band

Suite 10 Years Anniversary
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. 2CD
The core RED trio works here with a very expanded lineup – one that turns their smaller-format free jazz into the mode of an improvising orchestra – all in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the trio! The group features Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano, Hernani Faustino on bass, and ... CD (Jazz CD)
CTI/A&M, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A truly fantastic record, and one that's become the stuff of legend over the years – a rare CTI album that was only ever issued in Japan – and which may well be one of the coolest sessions recorded during the A&M years of the label! Trombonists JJ Johnson and Kai Winding had ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Yuma Uesaka/Marilyn Crispell

Streams
Not Two (Poland), 2021.
This might be the first time we're hearing the work of reedman Yuma Uesaka – who turns out to be a fantastic partner for the always-tremendous piano talents of Marilyn Crispell! Uesaka is as much of a composer as an improviser – and the work here is all composed at the core, but with ... CD (Jazz CD)
Klik/Freestyle (UK), 1975.
Warmly wonderful early work from William Bunny Clarke – billed here under a different name, but the same singer who'd rise to great fame a few years later as Bunny Rugs in Third World! The vibe here is different than his hits with that group – more laidback and mellow, with great ... CD (Reggae CD)

Nate Wooley/Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy/Arkadijus Gotesmanas

Nox
No Business (Lithuania), 2021.
A masterful set of improvisations from a quartet who can move at so many different levels and speeds – sometimes very spacious and sensitive, other times with a ferocity that shows that they've really found their footing together as a unit! Nate Wooley is on trumpet, and is often at his best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger

Force Majeure
International Anthem, 2020.
Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger are two of our favorite jazz musicians to emerge in the past decade – and this set of duets may well be some of the greatest work that either artist has done on record to date! The setting is unique – material pulled from live stream broadcasts that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Capitol, 1970. 2CD
A fantastic classic from The Band – a set that's hardly got them cowering in the corner the way the "stage fright" title might imply – and which instead seems to have the group at their most confident during the early years, effortlessly spinning impeccable musicianship and ... CD (Rock CD)
Light In The Attic, 1980s. 2LP
A much deeper dip into the Japanese scene of the 80s than similar collections of this nature – as the package brings together work with a very specific vibe, and one that's maybe not quite like some of the more mainstream music that was getting exported at the time! Most of these tracks have ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Barry Guy

Irvin's Comet
No Business (Lithuania), 2021.
Solo bass from the great Barry Guy – titled after the painting Comet, by Albert Irving – an image which graces the cover of the record – but served up here in a style of sound that's completely Barry's own! The music has that mindblowing quality that Guy can hit when he's really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Claire Chase

Density 2036 (4CD set)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021. 4CD
Mindblowing work on solo flute – done by a performer who's always captivated us in a live setting, but who really seems to knock things out of the park on this massively extended set! The title of the package is from a work by Edgard Varese for solo flute, first composed in 1936 – and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Gerard/P-Vine (Japan), 1983.
A great little batch of jazzy soul by Vince Andrews – a vocalist and sax player from Columbus, Ohio – which is where he recorded this obscure early 80s set, a record with a vibe that's maybe more 70s overall! The record has a great little groove – kind of that Charles Earland ... CD (Jazz CD)

Instant Composers Pool (Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker & Others)

Incipient ICP – 1966 to 1971
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Rare music from this legendary Dutch free jazz collective – all pulled from the earliest years of the project, when the ICP group were every bit as important to improvised music as combos in the German and French scenes! The core players here are Misha Mengelberg on piano, Han Bennink on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Beverly Hills/Real Gone, 1969. (reissue)
A tremendous soundtrack – nearly perfect in every way, and put together with a heck of a lot more care than the Russ Meyer film it was recorded to accompany! We honestly have never heard another Bill Loose score before, but with this one we'd rank him right up there with our favorites of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Sunset Blvd, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. 2CD
Roy's head looks a bit square on the cover, but he was one of the coolest cats on the Texas scene of the 60s – a rocker with a nicely raw sound, and a fair bit of influence from soul in his music! At some level, Head is a bit like contemporary Doug Sahm – another hard-burning Texas ... CD (Rock CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 2021.
Contemporary cuts, but with a vibe that resonates with the best modes of 70s mellow soul and AOR – an impeccable selection of tracks that we might have missed otherwise, pulled from a range of releases from around the globe! Some of these are artists that have more presence in the digital ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Poeira Zine (Brazil), 2021.
Author Bento Araujo has given us previous examinations of crucial Brazilian records in the 60s and 70s – and this important third volume shows just how strongly the spirit of experimentation continued well into the 21st Century – as the CD era opened up new frontiers for sonic ... Book (Book)

Jaco Pastorius & Rashied Ali

Blackbird
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
One of the most unique albums ever recorded by the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorious – and one of the most outside as well! The set features duets recorded with drummer Rashied Ali for French Radio in 1984 – and as with John Coltrane, Ali is something of a muse here with Pastorius ... CD (Jazz CD)

G/9 Group with Wilson Das Neves & Dom Salvador

Brazil Now!
P-Vine (Japan), 1968.
A lost bit of dreamy bossa from the 60s – recorded in Brazil at the end of the decade, but unavailable to most of the world for years! The session's got a gently snapping, always jazzy approach that easily matches the best takes on the bossa coming out from Rio and LA at the time – and ... CD (Brazil CD)
Record Culture, 2020.
A great issue of this really cool publication – a book-styled journal that's filled with text and photos testifying a real love of records! The format is a bit like the Dust & Grooves book from years back – in that the magazine features interviews with folks amidst their records ... Magazine (Magazine)

Angela Munoz/Adrian Younge

Introspection – Instrumentals
Linear Labs, 2020.
Singer Angela Munoz gets billing on the cover – but since the album's all instrumental, the main talent here is producer Adrian Younge! The tracks are funky, but mellow – nicely tripping with those classic sweet soul touches that have always made Adrian one of the best interpreters of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Afro Soul Prophecy

Heat In The City
Schema (Italy), 2021.
A bright new groove on the Schema Records label – but one that features work from some of the company's real heavyweights in recent years – as the album was conceived and produced by Lucio Cantone (aka Invisible Session), and features tunes written by the funky Alex Puddu – all in ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Symplex/Athens Of The North (UK), 1979.
A rare set issued on a tiny label from Arkansas – but a set that's got all the charm, poise, and sparkle of some of the best deep soul on late 70s Columbia Records! Stuckey's got a touch of southern soul in his voice, with a sweet cracking sound – and that honest approach is mixed with ... CD (Soul CD)

Dylan Baldi/Jayson Gerycz

After Commodore Perry Service Plaza
American Dreams, 2021.
Introspective improvisations from saxophonist Dylan Baldi and drummer Jayson Gerycz – both members of the band Cloud Nothings, but working here in a much more free jazz-styled setting! Side one features an extended track titled "Hermit Thrush/Vat Of Oil" – really building up ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Mandrill

Mandrill
Polydor/Anagram, 1970.
A masterpiece of freeform funk from Mandrill – New York group at the start of the 70s, but one who work here with the best longform jamming styles of the Bay Area scene! The combo draw equal influence from jazz, funk, soul, and Latin – using all elements in a unique hybrid that's all ... CD (Soul CD)
We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1971.
A never-issued live set by one of the coolest European funk bands of the 70s – the legendary Placebo – not the current group, but a vintage ensemble that features wicked work on Fender Rhodes from the mighty Marc Moulin! The 1971 date of the set places it before the combo's famous ... CD (Jazz CD)

David Axelrod

Seriously Deep
Polygram/Get On Down, 1975. (reissue)
An amazing slice of music from the legendary David Axelrod – quite different than his better-known sides for Capitol and Reprise Records – and plenty darn funky overall! Axelrod is at his studio best here – stepping off the funky jazz modes he produced for Cannonball Adderley, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Quentin Coaxum, 2021.
A really lovely album from trumpeter Quentin Coaxum – a player we really loved on his debut, but who's grown tremendously as a writer and leader since that time! Coaxum's working here in a mode that's very well-arranged, but still nicely loose and open – this soulful flow that really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Hallelujah Chicken Run Band

Take One
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s.
Early work Zimbabwe legends Hallelujah Chicken Run Band – a group that was an early showcase for the vocal talents of the equally legendary Thomas Mapfumo! The set's not just a Mapfumo showcase, though – as the sound here resonates strongly from the whole group – nice harmonies ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Asylum/Rhino, 1979. (reissue)
John Prine's got a slightly more stylish look on the cover here, and the record's got a slightly more stylish sound as well – production by Knox and Jerry Phillips (sons of Sun Records' Sam Phillips) – who set up Prine's amazing vocals and songs with a bit of a Tennessee vibe – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Mari Nakamoto

Mari
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
Mari Nakamoto is a jazz singer with a wonderful sense of tone – a musicality in her voice that comes through on the first few notes of the record, then continues throughout as she transforms familiar tunes with that special sort of magic that marks a rare breed of jazz vocalist! Nakamoto ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Ashbury Stabbins Duo (Roy Ashbury/Larry Stabbins)

Fire Without Bricks
Bead/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1977.
An overlooked gem from the British free jazz scene of the 70s – a set issued on the Bead Records label, and one that got very little circulation at the time – but which is equally as mindblowing as work from the period on labels like Ictus and Ogun! The duo here features Roy Ashbury on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Cosmic Eye (Amancio D'Silva)

Dream Sequence (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Roundtable (Australia), 1972. (reissue)
The most mindblowing work we've ever heard from guitarist Amancio D'Silva – a really freewheeling blend of jazz and Indian music, and a set that goes far beyond most of his other albums! The album definitely lives up to the dream sequence promised by the title – as it features one long ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Brunswick/ORG, 1970. (reissue)
Seminal work from one of the 70s greatest groups! The band had always been great at love songs and uptempo numbers – but this record has them moving into more righteous area, picking up on some of the more socially conscious soul of their generation that had been working its way up the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Invisible Session

Echoes Of Africa
Space Echo (Italy), 2021.
There's plenty of Afro Funk influence in this album from Invisible Session – a long-running act who've given us a number of excellent records on the Schema label – but there's also plenty of the group's own spirit too, thanks in part to trombone and keyboards from the mighty Gianluca ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Archie Shepp

On This Night
Impulse (Japan), 1965.
One of the most perfectly-realized early Archie Shepp albums on Impulse Records – a set that brilliantly brings together all the different influences that inspired his sense of creation, but with a lean energy that takes everything far from its roots – and puts the music firmly in the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Jazzman (UK), 2020. 2LP Gatefold
A tremendous entry in this wonderful series – a set that proudly proclaims its contents with the "NOW" on the cover! Back when the Spiritual Jazz series first started on the Jazzman label, the music was mostly relegated to material of the John Coltrane generation and the generation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Shadybrook/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
Kellee Patterson's far from her early jazz roots on the Black Jazz label – but that's A-OK with us, as she's changed up modes with an upbeat soul style that's equally nice – but in a very different way! At some level, the shift is a bit like that made by Jean Carne during the same ... CD (Soul CD)

Hieroglyphics

Hiero Oldies Vol 1
Hiero Imperium, 1990s. (reissue)
Ahh, the 90s and early 00's greatness of Oakland's finest hip hop collective! This set spans the best indie era singles from the longstanding Hiero Imperium – and this volume includes "Souls Of Mischief" by Souls Of Mischief, "It Gets No Better" by Casual & Pep Love, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto

Quatermass Seven
Madlib Invazion, 2020.
A heady mix of fuzzy funk and psychedelic production – served up here as a duet between Little Barrie and Malcolm Catto! Catto's on drums, with the same rock-solid style that we've loved right since his Mo Wax days – and Barrie handles guitar and vocals – with that more ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Vario 34

Vario 34-3
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021. Gatefold
Vario is a great name for this project – as for over four decades, German improviser Gunter Christmann has been getting together various groups of various improvisers – a shifting array that's continued to make some amazing music over the years, most of which has yet to be discovered by ... CD (Jazz CD)
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s.
Deep deep country music, from the glory days of the genres – the kind of tracks that start in the territory of the Louvin Brothers' Satan Is Real, then take off into a whole host of different themes based on sinning, saving, and redemption! The vibe here is every bit as great as the previous ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Decca (UK), Mid 60s. 2LP
To our ears, the UK scene of the mid 60s was much more of a girl pop haven than the US one of the time – and if this set isn't proof of that fact, we don't know what is! The Brit girl sound of the 60s has certainly been well-represented by recent reissues of work by Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Condry Ziqubu

Gorilla Man
CCP/Afrosynth (Netherlands), Late 80s.
A collection of cool 80s South African soul tracks from Condry Ziqubu – served up with plenty of keyboards, and often spinning out in a nice long groove! The set features work from three late 80s albums – and Condry's mixing electro-styled rhythms with warmer South African touches ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Yes Records, 2020. 2LP Gatefold
A searing live performance from Jason Moran – one recorded during his annual residency during Thanksgiving week at the Village Vanguard – a spot where Jason's clearly able to open up and really bring something special to the table! The set has a mix of modes that sometimes doesn't ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Not the trashy kind of passion you might expect from the cover – but instead, one of the most trademark sides of legendary film composer Ennio Morricone – his talent for building a tune up slowly, almost out of nowhere, then letting it flow gently with a wonderful sense of space and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Decca/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
If you only know Lulu from her American recordings of the late 60s, you've got a lot to learn – as the British singer was a real powerhouse right from the start, blasting forth with a strongly soulful sound on these early recordings for Decca! Lulu's got a raspiness to her voice that really ... CD (Rock CD)

Cleveland Eaton

Plenty Good Eaton
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. (reissue)
LP...$22.99 24.99 (CD)
One of the most electric albums on the legendary Black Jazz label – a hip set of funky fusion tracks from bassist Cleveland Eaton, with a vibe that's similar to his album for the Gamble label, and his funky 45 work with The Kats! The record's a good extension of Eaton's roots in the Cadet ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
King/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
A more electric album than usual from pianist Fumio Karashima – but in a great way too! The album has Karashima playing Fender Rhodes, mini-moog, and other keys – in addition to his usual acoustic piano – in a driving quartet lineup with bass from Miroslav Vitous and saxes from ... CD (Jazz CD)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974.
Two amazing works from Belgian electronic genius Alain Pierre – both appearing in this form for the first time ever! Side one features 11 minutes of continuous music that Pierre created for the short film O Sidarta – music that mixes a range of electronics, keyboards, and acoustic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Expansion (UK), 2021. 3CD
A stunning assortment of contemporary soul – all hand-picked by Ralph Tee, the UK DJ/enthusiast who's been turning us on to great music for decades! In recent years, the format of this series has gotten even more important – as so much great music is issue digitally, but doesn't always ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Ex/Superior Viaduct, 1980. (reissue)
The Ex have had an amazing career over their many decades in music – forays into jazz, improv, and even global sounds – but here, right at the start, they're much more in the spirit of political punk contemporaries from the UK – especially Gang Of Four and Crass – both of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Tubby Hayes

Free Flight
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1972. 2CD
British tenor giant Tubby Hayes left the planet all too soon – passing away at the age of 38 in 1973 – but right up to the end, he continued to blow away most of his contemporaries – as you'll hear from this set of unreleased live material from 1972! The recording is from a time ... CD (Jazz CD)
Dread At The Controls/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. (reissue)
Mikey Dread's at the controls, and the album's a classic example of his ability to bring many different creative strands together at once – working the same sort of magic on record that he did on his famous radio show! The record's this wonderful mix of dubby rhythms, spacey production, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Fatback Band/Dizzy Gillespie

Fatbackin/Matrix
Perception/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1973. (pic cover)
Two funky nuggets from the early 70s powerhouse Perception Records! First up is "Fatbackin" – a trademark cut from Fatback Band, right from a moment when they were first starting out, and were a fantastically funky, hard and heavy group! The track's got great riffing guitar, and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Parafono (UK), 2021.
We always love the music of British tenor saxophonist Nat Birchall – but here, he's in an even more amazing setting than usual – really stretching out in a live format, and working with two Greek musicians who really bring a lot to the performance! In addition to these long, spiritual ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Cow Fingers & Mosquito Pie
Okeh/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Mid 50s.
This is the real deal for Screamin Jay Hawkins – the seminal 50s recordings done for the Okeh label, all of which are a lot harder and heavier than some of his later work! The format is simple R&B, but Screamin Jay brings a heck of a lot of himself to the sessions – singing in a ... CD (Soul CD)

Archie Shepp

Mama Too Tight
Impulse (Japan), 1966.
Growing brilliance from the young Archie Shepp – a record that's not just about Archie's own amazing work on the tenor, but also his keen modern vision as a leader! The combo here is an ensemble that features some of the hippest modernists of the 60s – Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur ... CD (Jazz CD)
Bronze/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
A record with a stunning cover by the great Roger Dean – and a stunning sound to match – one of the few sets ever issued by Paladin, a group who are a bit more hard-rocking than the Yes-like cover image might imply – but who also let loose with some great prog touches as well! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Blue Note, 1994. 2LP Gatefold
A tremendous pairing of guitarists – both musicians who first helped change the sound of the instrument in jazz during the 70s, and who somehow come together here at a level that not only brings out the best in both, but also seems to evolve the music too! Scofield and Metheny are masters of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Hamburg Spinners

Skorpion Im Stiefel
Legere (France), 2021.
A tight little quartet from the Hamburg scene – a combo who really get back to basics with a strong focus on organ lines and guitar! The groove is maybe a more complicated take on the territory of Booker T & The MGs – longer tunes, with more variation in the rhythms – but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. 8CD
CD...$198.99 239.99
Think you know anything at all about Alabama? Forget what you know, because this beautiful set will expose the state as a lost musical powerhouse back in the day – home to countless small labels, with a musical legacy that rivals the better-known work from Louisiana and Tennessee at the time! ... CD (Rock CD)

Full Blast (Peter Brotzmann)

Farewell Tonic (with download)
Trost (Austria), 2007.
Full Blast really live up to their name here – as the trio comes on with a searing power that almost recalls the early FMP work of reedman Peter Brotzmann! Brotzmann's part of the group, playing a variety of saxes – alongside the drums of Michael Wertmueller and electric bass of Marino ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Medicine Label/Modern Harmonic, 1999.
Imagine The Ramones turning up in your grandparents' record collection, and this album might be the result – as the whole thing is an unusual blend of famous tunes by the legendary group, and instrumental readings by lounge outfit The Nutley Brass! The group aren't exactly a brass combo ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Lokkhi Terra & Dele Sosimi

Cubafrobeat
Funkiwala (UK), 2020.
Vocalist Dele Sosimi joins this ultra-hip London group – a combo who are equally skilled in African and Cuban elements, hence the title of the record – and one who can also serve things up with lots of jazz-based energy as well! All tracks are nice and long – and in addition to ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Island, 1998. (reissue)
A real standout from Polly Jean Harvey – a set that somehow manages to have all the intensity of her previous records, but which hones things down to a mode that might well be called mellow at times – but which, to us, also seems to really give the music clarity, and maybe a more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Island, 1998.
Demo versions of every single track that appeared on the PJ Harvey album Is This Desire – maybe even more of a match for some of the songs on the record than previous demo releases, given that the standard record has a nicely stripped-down vibe at times! Yet there's also a strong difference ... CD (Rock CD)

Pat Thomas & Matana Roberts

Truth (180 gram pressing)
OTOroku (UK), 2020.
A fantastic meeting between pianist Pat Thomas and alto saxophonist Matana Roberts – recorded live in London, and showing an amazing sense of sympathy between the two improvisers – even though they're normally separated by the space of an ocean! Thomas has these really dark, moody ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Pierre Henry

Un Monde Lacere
Transversales Disques (France), 2008.
The legendary French electronic composer Pierre Henry was 80 when he created this piece – but the sound of the music is very much close to his roots – and recalls the kind of striking combinations that Henry brought to the postwar world of musique concrete! The work was recorded in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Rhino, Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP (reissue)
A great early live set from The Talking Heads – a collection of recordings from the late 70s and early 80s, culled together in a format that almost makes the whole thing come across like a discreet live album! The versions of tunes here are changed up nicely from their studio counterparts ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Trad Vibe (France), 1976. (pic cover)
Two freaky funky tracks from Cortex – the legendary French group from the 70s! "Les Oiseaux Morts" is a rare vocal track from the trio – but it's also one that's filled with the kind of funky riffs and Fender Rhodes that always made their music so great – and the vocals ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Quincy Davis

Q Vision
Qtime, 2021.
Drummer Quincy Davis has a very visionary approach here – music that makes a bold statement for his role as a leader, as Davis works here with three different groups on a strong set of original material! The mix of players is wonderful – shading in and adding voice to Quincy's music in ... CD (Jazz CD)

Holdsworth/Warleigh/Mathewson/Spring

Warleigh Manor – The Ron Mathewson Tapes Vol 1
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1979.
Really unique work from legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth – a return to much more adventurous jazz music after years of famous material in a rock-fusion mode – working here alongside reedman Ray Warleigh – who is also at his most expressive as well! The tapes were recorded ... CD (Jazz CD)
RR Gems (Estonia), 2020.
There's nothing quiet about the way that Muriel Grossman approaches her music – as the saxophonist is one of the boldest, strongest voices in jazz in the past decade – one of the key proponents of the new spiritual underground, and a player who just seems to win us over more and more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Wild Tchoupitoulas

Wild Tchoupitoulas
Island/Jackpot, 1976. (reissue)
A great slice of New Orleans soul from the 70s – a record that replicates the "Indian" culture in the Mardi Gras scene – and which is most notable for featuring work by The Meters as well! The groove here is kind of Meters-styled funk, mixed with some fuller New Orleans mode ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Impulse (Japan), 1971.
Wonderful post-Paris work from Archie Shepp – a record that has him bringing more focus back into his work after sessions overseas – and also making some great use of the legendary Joe Lee Wilson on vocals! There's a feeling here that's a real change for Shepp, but a great one too ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1961. Gatefold (reissue)
A wonderful title for this rare fourth album from Tina Brooks – as the set was recorded by Blue Note in 1961, but had to wait for many decades to finally get reissued! Don't let that put you off, though, as the set's every bit as sublime as Tina's classic True Blue album for the label – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Dark genius from the legendary Ennio Morricone – one of the most important film composers of the 20th Century, and a master in just about any style! The work here represents a shift that Morricone made into darker modes as the 70s approached – sounds that stepped off from some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Z Records (UK), 2020.
Don't think "dance" – think "jazz", but of the sort that's upbeat, groovy, and which might find its way to the dancefloor in a really special sort of club – maybe the old Dingwalls scene of Gilles Peterson in London! These tunes are both contemporary and vintage ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Bureau B (Germany), Late 70s.
Fantastic spacey sounds from Conrad Schnitzler – all recorded at Peter Baumann's Paragon Studios, right around the same time as Schnitzler's trio of Con albums in the late 70s! The music here is similar to those, but more experimental too – very minimal, and played with live electronic ... CD (Rock CD)
Demon (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
Genius work from The Creation at their best – tunes that really get at that special sort of something that set the group apart from so many others in the late 60s scene – a kind of compression of mod, garage, and psych elements into these short little tracks that still have all of their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Rasheed Chappell & Buckwild

Sinners & Saints
Get On Down, 2020.
We first dug the work of Rasheed Chappell through collaborations with Kenny Dope – but this time around, production is by Buckwild, who gives the whole thing a nicely deep, dark, moody sort of vibe – maybe a bit more sinister than the Rasheed from before, all tuned with the right sort ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Yosuke Yamashita & Adelhard Rodinger

Inner Space (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita cut some fantastic work in Tokyo with his trio during the 70s – but he shines equally brightly here on a German session from the decade, but in a completely different way – given that the whole record just features duets with bassist Adelhard Rodinger! ... CD (Jazz CD)

Muriel Grossmann

Quiet Earth
Dreamland (Estonia), 2020.
There's nothing quiet about the way that Muriel Grossman approaches her music – as the saxophonist is one of the boldest, strongest voices in jazz in the past decade – one of the key proponents of the new spiritual underground, and a player who just seems to win us over more and more ... CD (Jazz CD)
Astralwerks, Late 70s/1980s/1990s.
Many years back, Brian Eno gave us a record called Music For Films – a set that came out during his initial run of Ambient recordings, showing us how strong his instrumental creations could be when and if applied to a cinematic mode! The tracks there were half imagined works for film – ... CD (Rock CD)

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Welcome To the Pleasuredome
ZTT/Island, 1984. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Arguably one of the greatest concept albums of the 80s – and the only really strong full length album cut by Frankie Goes To Hollywood! At the time of the set, the group was riding high on the success and controversy of their singles "Relax" and "Two Tribes" – but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Enja (Germany), 1988. (reissue)
One of the last albums that Chet Baker recorded – and a set that changes things up a bit from the smaller combo setting of most of his final decade! The set features some small group work, but also brings in larger orchestrations on a number of tracks – balancing the fragility of Baker' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Gatefold
A beautiful entry in this long-running series – a continuing testament to the darker sides of American life that formed the subject matter for so much of postwar country music! The package brings together some great tunes by bigger names of the time – not entirely hits, but the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
University Of Chicago, 2020.
One of the most unique books to ever look at the music of Sun Ra – and one that's very near and dear to our hearts, given that the role of Chicago is seen as vital to the development of the music! The book digs very deep into Ra's early years – time that isn't covered in as much ... Book (Book)
Vintage League, 2020.
A set that bills itself as "brand new original authentic soul music", but which maybe offers up more than that too – as there's also a fair bit of instrumental funk in the mix, served up by an array of up-and-comers, and some crucial talents you'll recognize from years back! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Miles Bonny

Lumberjack Soul 2
Innate Sounds, 2021.
It's been almost a decade since the first Lumberjack Soul album from Miles Bonny – and in that time, he's grown tremendously – both as a singer and musician, and as an artist who's really in command of his sound! Miles' voice still has the raspy charm we loved before, but the overall ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Mayer Hawthorne

Rare Changes
Big Bucks, 2021.
Think what you want about Mayer Hawthorne, the man's got a way with a catchy sort of tune – and each new record seems to further that legacy, at a level that's always got us wondering why Mayer never seems to get more play in the mainstream! Mayer handles plenty of keyboards, drums, and bass ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Justin Thurgur

No Confusion
Funkiwala (UK), 2021.
Trombonist Justin Thurgur has spend time on the more global side of the scene in London during recent years – and here, he brings that experience to bear on a jazz set with a very unusual vibe! It's not easy to pick the straight influences of the tunes – there's currents of Afro Funk ... CD (Jazz CD)

Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand)

Dream Time
Enja (Germany), 2020.
Beautiful solo piano work from Abdullah Ibrahim – a later set that's got a different vibe than some of his earlier material in the format, in a way that shows the continuing evolution of his sound! There's a gentleness here that we might not have heard back in the 70s – a quality that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fat Possum, 1982. (reissue)
Wonderful live work from RL Burnside – done in that instantly-timeless style that he brought to recordings right from the start – maybe even more so here, as the acoustics are fantastic, and really capture the spirit of the man and his guitar! As most folks know, Burnside was a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)

Patricia Brennan

Maquishti
Valley Of Search, 2021.
Patricia Brennan is a vibist with experience in some farther reaches of avant expression – but here, she stakes her voice in a very beautiful way – with sounds that build slowly, take gentle shapes, and use both vibes and marimba at a level that has the songs opening up like patient ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 2020.
A beautiful book of ultra-rare album cover art – Cuban records from the 50s through the 90s – a fair bit of which were never available here in the US market! The book follows similar projects by Stuart Baker under the Soul Jazz imprint – but this one is maybe even more essential, ... Book (Book)

Terje Rypdal

Terje Rypdal
ECM (Germany), 1971.
A key early ECM set from guitarist Terje Rypdal – a set that moves him from the territory of his more experimental Bleak House album into the kind of moodily expressive field that made the label such an important showcase for his unusual talents! There's still some psychedelic touches around ... CD (Jazz CD)

Javon Jackson

Deja Vu
Solid Jackson, 2021.
A beautiful self-released album from tenorist Javon Jackson – a set that's overflowing with warmth and soul, and which features a really well-chosen array of material throughout! Jackson could sometimes have a colder edge in his youth – and while his sharpness is still present here, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2LP Gatefold
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel LP)
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. 2CD
An overdue look at a very cool record label – the short-lived Gospel Truth imprint, which was an outlet for the more spiritual side of Stax Records in the early 70s! The music is gospel, but often has plenty of the best Memphis soul elements of more popular Stax/Volt work of the time – ... CD (Gospel CD)
How Do You Are, 2020.
A great entry in this excellent and long-running series – one that's given us some sublime mellow soul and AOR work from the late 70s onward – including some fantastic sounds from around the globe! This volume follows on that work, but goes it one further – as all the tracks here ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Gato Barbieri

Bolivia
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
Soaring, searing sounds from the young Gato Barbieri – one of his classic albums for the Flying Dutchman label, and very much in the vein of his first few for Impulse Records! The Latin element isn't as strongly stated in the music as you might guess from the title, but the inspiration is ... CD (Jazz CD)
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s.
A really cool collection of work from the surprisingly deep musical well of Garland Records – a Pacific Northwest imprint that's maybe best known for some garagey gems, but who here display a great ability to cut country-tinged records too! The vibe here is a bit Bakersfield, but filtered ... CD (Rock CD)
Art Yard (UK), 1957/1978. (pic cover)
Two fantastic tracks from Sun Ra – different vintage, but equally great! "Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness" is a mellow, spiritual quartet track – very stripped down, with a beautiful vocal that slides alongside this blue-tinged piano from Ra – surprisingly soulful, and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Big Crown, 2020.
Never-heard work from Elmer Lee Fields – one of the greatest deep soul singers of the contemporary age – an artist who had to wait decades to get the attention he deserves, and one who's never been in better hands than these! The tracks here are unreleased gems from the sessions for ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Pye/BMG, 1970.
An album that maybe marked the close of one chapter of The Kinks, and the start of another – music that still holds on to some of the best elements of their late 60s Village Green era, but which also moves the group into some of the headier territory of their Muswell Hill/RCA years too! Ray ... CD (Rock CD)

Sun Ra Arkestra

Swirling
Strut (UK), 2020.
Sun Ra left the planet a few decades ago, but his Arkestra has been going strong – really carrying the torch that the great one kept burning – and stepping out here in their first studio album in 20 years! The record is really something special – that core Sun Ra spirit, but ... CD (Jazz CD)

Georgie Sweet

Misunderstood
Futuristica (UK), 2020.
Georgie Sweet's just starting out, but we've got a feeling that we're going to be hearing from the singer plenty in years to come – as she's one of the freshest soul music talents we've heard from the UK scene in years – bristling with unique creative energy on this massive debut! ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Victor Chukwu/The Black Irokos

Akalaka/The Power
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s.
Two rare albums from Uncle Victor Chukwu – a hell of a guitarist, and the driving force behind both of these Nigerian gems from the late 70s! Akalaka is a record that's maybe higlife in outward appearance, but which has a very different quality overall – in part because the guitar work ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Pye/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A mad assortment of 60s girl pop from the UK – one that features a huge amount of material pulled from the vaults of Pye Records! If you've always thought that Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw were all that was going on in the UK pop scene at the time, you'll really be blown away by the scope of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Doug Carn

Doug Carn – Jazz Is Dead 5
Jazz Is Dead, 2020.
A great new showcase for the legendary keyboard work of Doug Carn – and a set that's very different both from his famous albums for the Black Jazz label, and some of his organ jazz records in more recent years too! The set's maybe got a more pronounced influence from Adrian Younge and Ali ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Ata Tak/Bureau B (Germany), 1987.
The title translates to "it's a strange and peculiar world" – and there's maybe no better introduction to the mad electronic music of this wonderful German trio from the 80s! Der Plan were part of that special small slice of the German new wave – groups who didn't rely on ... CD (Rock CD)
Elektra, 1995. 2LP Gatefold
A rare all-instrumental version of the very first album from ODB! Pressed up here like a rare promo release – with versions of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya", "Baby C'Mon", "Brooklyn Zoo", "Hippa To Da Hoppa", "Rawhide", "Damage", "Don't ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra

Dimensional Stardust
International Anthem/Nonesuch, 2020.
One of the most ambitious albums ever from Rob Mazurek – and a set that really continues the legacy of community building and world healing that's become such an important part of his music! Rob's a player who was great at the start – a hell of a trumpeter, and a great experimentalist ... CD (Jazz CD)

Nathan Thomas

Still Water
Futuristica (UK), 2020.
Nathan Thomas has penned songs for others, and has bubbled under on the UK scene in recent years – but this full-length debut is the kind of statement that should definitely get him some attention – a great little record that mixes his well-written tunes with crispy production and lots ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s.
A hell of a cool little set – one that begins with obscure country songs about drug use, then moves onto a whole host of songs with themes of suicide, insanity, damnation, and redemption! The music is every bit as great as you'd guess from the title and cover – and the folks at Omni, ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Setenta

Materia Negra
Latin Big Note (France), 2020.
Excellent work from Setenta – a Parisian combo who work with a great blend of Latin roots and funk – served up with lots of percussion at the core, topped with Fender Rhodes and other keyboards from jazz genius Florian Pellissier! The acoustic percussion and electric keys are perfectly ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1977. (reissue)
A spectacular soul album from Holland – but one that's got a much more American groove than some other overseas records of its type! The cuts all feel as if they could have been lifted from indie sides of the east coast scene of the early 70s – and Billy shines beautifully both on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
RCA, 1970. 4CD
The first-ever proper presentation of one of the most legendary Elvis Presley recording sessions – a marathon five day series of recordings done in Nashville, in which Elvis was working with hip backing from the Nashville Cats, and really breaking past some of the stale material that had ... CD (Rock CD)
APS/P-Vine (Japan), 1979.
One of the most soul-based records ever cut by vibist Billy Wooten – a record that's even tighter and more focused than his work with The Wooden Glass or 19th Whole! The album's got Billy and other vocalists singing along with his vibes and marimba – over the top of tightly vamping ... CD (Jazz CD)

Aquiles Navarro & Tcheser Holmes

Heritage of the Invisible II
International Anthem, 2020.
One of the boldest albums so far on the International Anthem label – and that's really saying a lot, given the boldness of most of their records! The set features wonderfully dynamic energy from Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes – the former a trumpeter, the latter a drummer – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Get On Down, 2002. 2LP
An early oughties classic – with an appearance by Tupac from beyond the grave – plus guest work from Alicia Keys, Bravehearts, and Kelis – on tracks that include "Revolutionary Warfare", "Hey Nas", "Zone Out", "Made You Look", "Get ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Omar El Shariyi (Ammar El Sherei)

Oriental Music
Soutelphan/We Want Sounds (UK), 1976. (reissue)
That's a pretty groovy looking keyboard on the cover – and the record's got a pretty groovy sound as well – very different than other organ records or Mid-East instrumental titles of the time, thanks in part to some very dexterous work on the multi-level keys from Omar El Shariyi! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Asylum/Souffle Continu (France), 1976.
Rare funky fusion by this overlooked French guitarist – recorded in New York with a really unusual group, and in a setting that has Alain Bellaiche providing a bit of vocals too! The sound is great – different than some of the more jamming rock fusion of the European scene at mid 70s ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sun Ra

Nidhamu
Saturn/Strut (UK), 1971.
A great lost album from Sun Ra – one of a handful that he recorded on a legendary trip to Egypt in 1971 – live throughout, with that special sort of flavor that the Arkesta picked up while visiting the land of the pyramids! The work was recorded in Cairo – by a lineup that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
Beautiful solo work from John Hicks – one of the few straight pianists that can hold our attention in a setting like this for so long – a record that's maybe a bit more conventional than some of the other releases on the Strata East label from the 70s, but equally filled with a sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Billie Holiday/Sonhouse Allstars

Billie – Original Soundtrack
Verve, 1939/Late 40s/1950s.
A selection of work put together for the well-done documentary on the late, great Billie Holiday – a record that includes classics from Billie's vintage recordings, plus a few new tracks recorded for the film by the Sonhouse All Stars! The Holiday vocal tracks are the main draw – as ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. 2LP
A great look at one of our favorite record labels of all time – a company that was one of the first we ever worked together with, back when we started Dusty Groove – and whose music has been a huge inspiration to us for decades! Black Fire is a really special record label from the DC ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Kellee Patterson

Maiden Voyage
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. (reissue)
The most righteous album ever from Kellee Patterson – her first record, and a set that's way different from her more soul-based sides of later years! The album's got Patterson working in a wonderfully soulful approach to jazz – a style that's not unlike the earliest work by Dee Dee ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

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