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Cosmic/Now Again, 1974. 3CD
An amazing package – a pair of rare avant jazz albums, presented here together! The first album is Peace In The World – maybe the only album issued under the name of Michael Cosmic – but a set that's part of a key legacy with his brother, reedman Phill Musra! The set has Cosmic ... (Jazz CD)
Shawn/Now Again, Early 70s.
The first-ever full length collection of work by the mighty Timothy McNealy – the Texas funk genius who only issued a few rare funky 45s back in the day – but has gone onto achieve legendary status over the years! McNealy's music is completely unique right from the start – funky ... (Soul CD)
Be! (Germany), 1976/1977. 8CD
A heck of a collection – and one that really gets at the amazing array of free-thinking jazz that was brewing up on the European scene during the 70s! The set brings together over eight hours of music recorded during two years of this legendary festival – and each new disc has some ... (Jazz CD)
Capricorn/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. 3CD
The legendary music of Maxayn – finally given its due, and presented here in a great 3CD box, with all albums in tiny LP-styled sleeves! First up is Maxayn – the debut album from a funky female talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same territory as Betty Davis and Yvonne Fair! ... (Soul CD)
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A massive tribute to one of our favorite soul singers of all time – one of the hippest cats of the 70s, and an artist that we never tire of hearing! Leroy Hutson got his start working with Chicago soul legends Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield, but he quickly became a strong force on his ... (Soul CD)
Svart (Finland), 1977.
A lost later album from the Oiling Boiling combo of drummer Matti Oiling – an artist who's best known for his funky work earlier in the 70s! The set's a bit more straight jazz, but is still quite soulful overall – and the group stand as a nice contrast to some of the more far-out ... (Jazz CD)
High Note, 2017.
Eric Alexander is in familiar company here, but he also seems to be using the setting to open up a bit more in terms of his color and groove – sometimes with a looser groove, sometimes with even a gentler approach to his phrasing – but always with that never-ending sense of imagination ... (Jazz CD)
Gospel Friend (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Fantastic work from the Gospelaires – a group from Dayton, Ohio – but one who recorded most of the music here down in Houston – where they issued some tremendous singles for the Peacock label! The group are incredible – and sing with a hard-edged frenzy that's maybe more ... (Gospel CD)
Soul What, 2017.
One of the most dynamic Christmas albums you'd ever hope to buy – mostly because the approach here is based around the frenetic jazz style of the legendary reedman Albert Ayler! The group here is the Witches & Devils group of saxophonist Mars Williams – a combo who take their name ... (Holiday Music CD)
Svart (Finland), 2017.
The continued rebirth of Finnish saxophone genius Eero Koivistoinen – a player who cut some legendary records in the 70s, and still sounds wonderful here in a more contemporary setting! Eero's maybe not as way-out as back in the day, but he's balanced that out with an even more emotive sound ... (Jazz CD)
Talkin' Loud/Universal (UK), 1997. 4CD
An insane moment of vision from the British scene of the 90s – one of the key points when all the scattered energy of the scene's clubs and singles was brought to bear on a full-length records – with results that are still tremendous all these many years later! The album definitely ... (New Grooves CD)
Schema (Italy), 2017. 2CD
The title's a great one here – as Gerardo Frisina has been one of the few contemporary artists trying to find a fresh voice for Latin Jazz – which he does beautifully by blending classic albums and a more current sense of club! The 2CD package brings together unreleased material with ... (New Grooves CD)
Criss Cross (Holland), 2017.
Great tones from guitarist Mike Moreno – a player who sounds even more chromatic here than we remember from previous records – working in a nicely loose trio that features Doug Weiss on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums! The record's got a nicely individual vibe – and it's clear ... (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/1980s. 2CD
An astounding set of heavy vibrations from Soul Jazz – in their ongoing series of collections focusing on great Jamaican music! This bouncing set takes a long, deep look at Dancehall culture, and accompanies a great book by Beth Lesser – sold separately, but a much-needed look at this ... (Reggae CD)
Cadet/Third Man, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
The funk-tinged, pyschedelic soul album from Muddy Waters – one that irritated many a blues purist in its day – but it's finally reaching its earned status as a leftfield gem! You know, in the immediate years after this one (and similar funky blues albums on Chess/Cadet) was released, ... (Blues LP)
Vogue/Sony (UK), Late 40s. (reissue)
A very cool little record – one that's a 12" replica of a rare overseas 10" from the 50s – the original Vogue Records presentation of formative bebop tracks recorded in the US by Dial! The work here is full of heavyweights from the earliest years of bop – and titles ... (Jazz LP)
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. 6CD
A stunning 6CD set – one that's overflowing with rare rockabilly, weird hillbilly, and lots of other raw and raunchy material from the glory days of the indie single! The box brings together all the material from the Rockin Rarities LP collection – a total of 11 full records, presented ... (Rock CD)
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s. 6 x 10 inch
Maybe the rootsiest set so far in this excellent series – and one that almost seems to go back and look a bit at the evolution of the genre! As you probably know from our notes on the previous collections, the term "jukebox mambo" is here used to refer to postwar R&B that's ... (Funky Compilations LP)
CAM/Spettro (Italy), 1969. (reissue)
A definite killer from the great Gianni Ferrio – one of his grooviest soundtracks ever, and a set that's filled with lots of mod 60s touches! There's a bit of electric sitar, cool bubbling Hammond, and even some jazzy horn parts that make for nice flourishes over the top – all changing ... (Soundtracks LP)
Fat Beats, 2017.
Lucky #7 in the Fat Beats Baker's Dozen series – this one put together by Japan's mighty Budamonk – no doubt one of the best, perhaps THE best yet on this top shelf instrumentals LP series to date! Budamonk always delivers hypnotic funk and soul-steeped moodcraft, and does so here in ... (Hip Hop LP)
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