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Music from all corners of the world!


Million Dollar Disco/BBE (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
Classic cuts, made even better by the magic hands of Al Kent – a mixing talent we've trusted for years, and one with an uncanny knack for making the same kind of special sounds you'd hear on a rare club edit from back in the day! These tracks aren't remixed, or bogged down with new musical ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Various

Spring NYC Soul
Spring (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A fantastic look at the Spring Records label in New York – a company that had a few big crossover hits in the 70s, but also issued a lot more rare and obscure material over the years – with a long legacy that even hit the early years of the old school scene! One of Spring's great ... CD (Soul CD)
SSS/Sundazed, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Southern soul killers from one of the most overlooked labels in the business – Nashville's mighty SSS International, home to as much great work in the late 60s as most labels from Memphis or Muscle Shoals! SSS was headed up by producer Shelby Singleton – who had a great ear for up-and-c ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

France Gall

1968
Third Man, 1968. (reissue)
A record as revolutionary as the French year in which it was recorded – an amazing batch of late 60s grooves from Parisian pop madame France Gall! The set's upbeat and jaunty, with plenty of fuzz – almost a psyche pop sound, with lots of groovy guitars that make the album sparkle with ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
Beat/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1980.
A surprisingly sweet soundtrack for a film that deals with cannibalism – one that's scored by Alessandro Blonkensteiner with a mix of modes that rivals some of the 70s greats by composers like Stelvio Cipriani, or the duo of Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis! Like both of those talents, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Dusty Groove Gear, 2019.
The music at Dusty Groove goes way way way back, and here's a shirt that does the same – a lovely image that evokes the feel of a vintage phone book ad – simple, elegant, and very much to the point! The lines are lean, but the image is bold and striking – never overdone, with a ... Clothing (Clothing)

France Gall

Baby Pop
Philips/Third Man, 1966. (reissue)
No baby pop here, as France Gall is all-woman throughout – one of the best of the French female pop singers of the mid 60s, working here with an upbeat, groovy sound throughout! Backings are by the great Alain Gouraguer, who gives the record a tightly jerking kind of feel – a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
Bongo Joe (UK), 1970s/1980s.
Lively grooves from the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – two nations located in the gulf of Guinea – at a unique crossroads that makes for a really wonderful criss-crossing of styles and sounds! The nations are part of the older Portuguese colonial network, and share some sounds with ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Idle Hands

Solid Moments
Posi tone, 2020.
A more than solid septet featuring an all star roster – Will Bernard on guitar, Behn Gillece on vibes, Sam Dillon on tenor sax, Art Hirahara piano, Boris Kozlov on bass & Donald Edwards drums – it's an unshakably strong showpiece for the players, producer Marc Free and the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Odeon/Polysom (Brazil), 1970. (reissue)
An incredible early album by this legendary Brazilian band with a strong late 60s/early 70s progressive flair! While not as countercultural as Os Mutantes or other Tropicalia artists, Som Imaginario shared with them a sense of pure musical inventiveness, and a love of psychedelic flourishes – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Company

Company 1983
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1983. 2LP
Live work from the famous Company of improvising musicians on the UK scene – a performance recorded by the BBC in 1983, and issued here for the first time on record! The lineup of players is fairly large this time around, but comes together with all that careful sense of sound and space that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. 7 LPs
LP...$130.99 149.99
Legendary sounds from the Staple Singers – a set of albums for Stax Records that really helped push the group from the gospel folk underground into the soul music mainstream – and which also helped transform the rest of the scene in the process! The Staple Singers had recorded ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
XL/International Anthem, 2010/2020.
A fantastic tribute to a fantastic record – one that takes all the core lyrical creations of Gil Scott Heron from I'm New Here, then adds in a wide array of new music from drummer/genius Makaya McCraven! The approach is similar to some of Makaya's own albums – which are both performed ... CD (Soul CD)

New York/Paris Reunion Quintet (Joe Magnarelli)

Live At The Bird's Eye Club – Basel
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2020.
A great group of players from both the New York and Paris scenes – coming together here in a live recording that's got a wonderfully classic vibe, right from the start! The best-known player in the group, at least to our ears, is trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, who always sparkles on his solos ... CD (Jazz CD)
Origin, 2020.
Heartfelt yet exciting work from Chicago trumpeter Markus Rutz – heavy on originals, but with some distinctive takes on classics by Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker and another couple of covers – showing love and appreciation for his influences in music and life in general with a wonderful ... CD (Jazz CD)
Virgin, 1988. 3CD
Maybe the crowning moment of genus from the great Neneh Cherry – a record that's a huge evolution from her post punk funk of just a few short years before – and one that really helped her bridge the Atlantic and find a huge following over here at the time! There's a great mix of hip ... CD (Soul CD)
Westbound (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A long-overdue look at the amazing Clark Sisters – a fantastic gospel group, and one with a vocal depth that we'd put right up there next to any of our favorite soul acts of the time! The Clarks are maybe best known for their landmark track "You Brought The Sunshine" – a ... CD (Gospel CD)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 1976.
You've probably never heard of pianist Jan Simonson, but that's also because this gem of a record was never issued at the time – a crime that might have made Jan a much more widely-appreciated player on the European scene of the 70s! The set was recorded in a church in Norway – a good ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Philips/Third Man, 1965. (reissue)
France Gall won the Eurovision song contest with the title track of this one – and for good reason too, given that the tune is totally groovy! The rest of the work here really follows suit – romping, jerking, and grooving in that wonderful mix of mod rhythms that made France's 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
BBE (UK), Late 70s.
Fantastic longform grooves from the Tabansi Studio Band – a cool combo who worked to support Nigerian artists on the Tabansi label, but who have a sound here that's very much their own! These tracks are a lot wilder and more freewheeling than any of the group's music behind a singer – ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Bottom Rhythm Jam

Primitive
Basis (Japan), 2019.
It's been a number of years since we last heard from Bottom Rhythm Jam – but man, these guys have definitely kept things together – and maybe even seem more "bottom rhythm" than ever before! The lineup features drums from Takehiro Shimizu of Indigo Jam Unit – mixed with ... CD (Jazz CD)
Days Of Delight/Sony (Japan), Mid 70s.
A really special slice of Japanese jazz from the 70s – tracks from the sorts of records that make that scene so different than any others we can think of – especially in the way the musicians evolved familiar styles into personal grooves of their own! Instrumentation varies with each ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow

Life Goes On
ECM (Germany), 2020.
Beautiful sounds from pianist Carla Bley – a musician who just keeps on blowing us away as the decades move on – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given how many years she's been making music! There's a really special quality to this record – a warmth and maybe just a slight ... CD (Jazz CD)
MGM/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s. 5CD
A fantastic package of work from The Animals – all their great second chapter albums for MGM, offered up here with bonus tracks too! First up is Winds Of Change, presented in both stereo and mono mixes – one of The Animals' most psychedelic outings ever – and also a bit funky at ... CD (Rock CD)
Blue Note, 1965. (reissue)
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Marcos Valle

Braziliance!
Warner/Mr Bongo (UK), 1967.
One of the most important early albums by Marcos Valle – a set of instrumental tracks recorded with lots of acoustic guitar! Even though Valle was well known as a singer and composer of bossa nova tunes, the set instead focuses on his instrumental work – recording his guitar ala Jobim ... CD (Brazil CD)
Jet Star/Modern Harmonic, Late 60s.
Funky Texas soul from the mighty Bobby Patterson – a singer who also recorded for the Jewel/Paula label in the early 70s, but who's heard here on earlier work for Jetstar Records, plus a few never-issued tracks! Bobby's voice has this great raw style – one that crackles even more as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ville Vannemaa Cassiopeia

Ville Vannemaa Cassiopeia (10 inch)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2020. (pic cover)
A group with players that you probably can't pronounce, but a sound that will grab you right away – a fantastic combination of vibes, saxes, and trombone – all set to some really great modal rhythms! The combo is led by Ville Vannemaa, who blows tenor and bass clarinet – but the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)

Tim Berne's Snakeoil

Fantastic Mrs 10
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020.
That's no snake oil in the bottle, it's fantastic music from this razor-sharp quintet – maybe one of the most fantastic projects that saxophonist Tim Berne has given us in many years, and a group that just seem to get better and better with each new record! There's a combination of reed and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ariola/Big Break (UK), 1979.
A sweet bouncy groover – one of the rare albums of modern soul cut by the group Delegation! The group in this incarnation are a trio – Ray Patterson, Ricky Bailey, and Bruce Dunbar on vocals – stripped-down harmonically, a perfect fit for the album's groove-heavy arrangements. ... CD (Soul CD)

Pleasure Seekers

What A Way To Die
Sundazed, Mid 60s.
A killer compilation of cuts by The Pleasure Seekers – the criminally overlooked teen garage rock girl group with roots in the feral mid 60s Detroit scene! The band's relative obscurity is all the more surprising, given that it's the first band featuring glam rock trailblazer Suzi Quatro ... CD (Rock CD)

Dave Burrell

Only Me
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
Some of the most beautiful work ever recorded by pianist Dave Burrell – a solo session issued only in Japan, featuring Burrell on a Steinway recorded in the wide open space of a performance hall in Tokyo! There's a photo on the back cover that has a pair of suitcases behind Burrell at the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dekula Band

Opika
Sing A Song Fighter (UK), 2020.
New work from Dekula Band – a group with roots in the Tanzania scene of decades back, but who currently reside in Sweden, where they cut this wonderfully intimate recording! The group are relatively lean, but have a great way of criss-crossing their musical elements, so that they actually ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Closed Sessions, 2020. 2 x 7 inch
A killer anniversary release for Chicago-based, though far reaching in scope hip hop creative engine Closed Sessions – celebrating 10 Years with double 7 inch headlined by worldwide hip hop heavies Raekwon & Action Bronson on "Keep It Politics" and "Blackbird"– ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop 7-inch)
Maggot Brain/Third Man, 2019.
The debut issue of a great new magazine on music – one that takes its name from one of the best albums by Funkadelic, the steps out to cover a whole host of hip sounds from the world of jazz, soul, funk, and beyond! Alice Coltrane gets a great cover feature – but the issue also ... Magazine (Magazine)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1970. (reissue)
If there's anyone who could make the idea of Italian westerns and Jamaican grooves come together, it's the young Lee Scratch Perry – the mad musician who always had a great talent for mixing it up! Eastwood Rides Again follows the theme of The Upsetters previous classic, Return Of Django ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2020. (pic cover)
A contemporary Finnish group, and a great one too – a combo who play with the sharp, soulful tones of a Blue Note lineup from the 60s – but all without ever sounding like they're trying to copy that mode too much! Instead, these guys just have a proud, confident sense of their ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)
Stones Throw, 2020.
80s underground soul lives again in the hands of Prophet – an artist who recorded a bit back in the day, but who's reemerged in recent years with great new energy – thanks in part to strong support from the Stones Throw label! These tunes are heavy on beats, keyboards, and a really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Bell/BGO (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
Four full albums from the Box Tops, plus bonus tracks too! First up is The Letter/Neon Rainbow – a powerhouse set from The Box Tops – a 60s group who showed the world that the Memphis scene had as much to offer the world of rock as it did the worlds of blues and soul – thanks to ... CD (Rock CD)
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. 12CD
A huge run of music from the legendary Dionne Warwick – all of it very different than her early work with Burt Bacharach, and brought together as a strong testament to her ability to change and grow over the years! Although Dionne started as a sweeter singer in the 60s, and had a few great ... CD (Soul CD)

Takeo Moriyama

Green River
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
Drummer Takeo Moriyama is best known to our ears as one of the key forces in the trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita in the 70s – and he definitely continues that strong legacy here, but with a vibrant voice that's all his own! The session is maybe more pitched towards the spiritual side of the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jeff Parker

Suite For Max Brown
International Anthem/Nonesuch, 2020.
Mindblowing music from Jeff Parker – sounds that we always knew were part of his core, but which have maybe taken most of his career to emerge! This album follows beautifully from Jeff's previous album for International Anthem – and like that one, it's an explosion of new and old ideas ... CD (Jazz CD)

Village Of The Sun with Binker & Moses

Village Of The Sun/TED
Gearbox (UK), 2020.
The team of Moses Boyd and Binker Golding join up here with Simon Ratcliffe as Village Of The Sun – on two long tracks that take their spiritual jazz leanings to a whole new dimension! Boyd plays drums, Golding blows tenor with a deeply soulful sound – and Ratcliffe provides some ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)

Joe Armon-Jones

Starting Today
Brownswood (UK), 2018.
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Columbia/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. 2CD
Four albums from the classic Columbia Records run of Johnny Paycheck in the 70s – a time when the singer had sprung from the indie underground way into the Nashville mainstream – using his unique vocal approach to stand out both as a budding outlaw talent, and as a surprisingly strong ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Blowfly

Butterfly
Weird World/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s.
The raunchy one is at it again – serving up funky, filthy, and funny parodies of 70s soul and pop songs with more than enough bad language to make even the most street hip hopper turn red! The band is nice and tight on most of the tracks, grooving hard with a funky wah-wah sound underneath ... CD (Soul CD)

Shoji Aketagawa

Yamazaki Blues
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983.
A slightly different album than usual from pianist Shoji Aketagawa, but one that still follows strongly in the best tradition of his offbeat gems for the Aketa's Disk label! This set has Shoji co-credited on piano and vocals – the latter of which aren't really sung lyrics, but maybe more sub- ... CD (Jazz CD)

Family Of Swede

Family Album
Cordial (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A long-overdue full length album from Family Of Swede – not a group from Stockholm, but a funky soul combo that worked in Oakland in the late 70s, but only ever managed to issue one single at the time! This set brings together a nice batch of unreleased music by the group – finally ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Beverley's/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970.
A seminal set from The Melodians – and a record titled after their classic single, which really helped lay the groundwork for the rise of righteous reggae in the 70s! The work here is a key bridge between the soul-inspired work of previous Jamaican trios, and some of the important roots acts ... CD (Reggae CD)
A Chahine & Fils/BBE (UK), 1979.
A really fantastic little record – and one that's even better than you might expect from the title – which itself is already pretty darn fantastic! The set is upbeat and funky, but not entirely disco – more this very groovy blend of Mid-East elements and more familiar keyboards ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1920s/1930s/Early 40s. 3CD
A special set of music that focuses on the role of the legendary trumpeters who worked in the band of Fletcher Henderson – musicians who include Louis Armstrong, Rex Stewart, Bobby Stark, Roy Eldridge, Joe Smith, and Tommy Ladnier – all presented here with well-done remastering that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ketu (France), 1975. (reissue)
Not the famous Faces of Rod Stewart/Ronnie Wood fame, but a really great group from mid 70s Nigeria – one with a spirit as youthful as their image on the cover, and a sound that's a nicely trippy blend of funk, psych, and other West African elements of the time! The group have some really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981.
A very cool set of vocal jazz from early 80s Japan – done in a mode that borrows heavily from the Mark Murphy sound of the Muse years, and which like that work, effortlessly mixes together straight, soulful, and Brazilian-tinged jazz modes! We'll be honest in saying that we didn't know ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
A great look at the Elvis Presley universe – not sounds by the King himself, but music that first inspired his creations – and other songs that have contemporary artists inspired by the records that Presley was releasing during the early years of his career! The collection is fantastic ... CD (Rock CD)

Evan Parker & Paul Lytton

Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee)
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020.
A long-overdue follow-up to the seminal set of improvisations issued as Collective Calls in the early 70s – a legendary record that's echoed beautifully in this new set of duets! And maybe, if anything, the passage of years has shown even more incredible growth in the talents of both players ... CD (Jazz CD)
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s. 2CD
A great double header from Honest Jons – a 2CD set that brings together volumes 7 and 8 of their London Is The Place For Me series! Volume 7 is first – a fascinating look at musical modes in London during the big years of postwar immigration – a time when former residents of the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Mari Nakamoto

Unforgettable
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1973.
Torchy vocals from singer Mari Nakamoto – sung in English, and graced with some really lovely arrangements! The tunes are mostly standards, and Mari's presentation is traditionally torchy – but the backings have a lightly swinging quality that features some of the great touches the ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Aartrud (France), 1975. (reissue)
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from Steven Halpern, and some of the best – a mid 70s set that predates some of his better-known new age records of later years – and which has a sound that's maybe a bit more compressed and focused overall! Steven's still playing plenty of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Juju (Oneness Of Juju)

Live At The East
Now Again/Black Fire, 1973.
A never-issued performance by the legendary spiritual jazz group Juju – the genre-crossing combo who'd later expand to the full Oneness Of Juju ensemble! This set captures the group in more avant formation than their later funky records – more clearly tied to a late Coltrane ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Thompsons

I'll Get Over It
BCW, Mid 70s. Gatefold (reissue)
A tremendous album from a totally hip Philly soul group of the 70s – the kind of quartet who would have been huge, had they recorded in another city – but whose genius was most likely eclipsed by the superstars that were stuffing the Philadelphia scene at the time! These guys have a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Tatham, Mensah, Lord, & Ranks

6th EP
2000 Black (UK), 2020.
The record comes in a plain white sleeve, with little to announce its presence on the front – but that's A-OK with us, because this mighty quartet always make their presence known in the grooves of the record! The set begins with the bristling cosmic energy of "Life After Subway" ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (New Grooves 12-inch)

Dr Rubberfunk

My Life At 45
Jalapeno (UK), 2020.
Dr Rubberfunk's an artist who just seems to get funkier and funkier as the years go on – and this collection of recent singles and recordings is much heavier on the deep funk side of the spectrum than we might have expected! There's still some of the programming and samples of his early work ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Cherry Red (UK), 1982.
The standout classic from Sad Lovers & Giants – one of the more arty bands of the postpunk generation, as if you couldn't guess that from their name! The group still share some of the tuneful qualities of their contemporaries, and a number of songs here are almost creeping towards ... CD (Rock CD)
Daptone, 2019.
A hefty collection of funky numbers from the Daptone Records label – long-trusted source of sounds from the contemporary underground – and nicely evolving past their roots in recent years! Titles include "Ephra" and "The Proposition" by Budos Band, "Dancer's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Freestyle (UK), 1990s/2000s/2010s. 2CD
A huge career overview of the music of Omar Lyefook – one of our favorite soul singers of the past few decades – right from the moment he first wowed the world with a bedroom-produced album that rivaled the greatness of Stevie Wonder! Omar's placement on the UK scene has maybe got him ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Torben Snekkestad/Agusti Fernandez/Barry Guy

Swiftest Traveler
Trost (Austria), 2020.
Three musicians who have a really great way of improvising together – sounds that almost make you feel like one player tripped, and the other two decided to follow – falling through sonic space with all these happy accidents in music – yet somehow making complete sense as they ... CD (Jazz CD)
Hot Casa (France), 2020. (pic cover)
A great little funky single from Franck Biyong – part of his continuing evolution and growth as one of the leading lights in the contemporary Afro Funk underground – an artist who's really moved past some of the slavish styles of years behind! Franck adds in both live drums and rhythm ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (New Grooves 12-inch)
Sonet/Grapefruit (UK), 1970s. 6CD
The lost legacy of Brett Marvin & The Thunderbirds – a group whose name might make them sound like slavish 50s rockers, but who actually have a fantastic amount blues energy at their core! The group began like many Brit acts of the 60s – trying hard to replicate the best styles of ... CD (Rock CD)

Professionals (Madlib & Oh No)

Professionals (plus instrumentals)
Madlib Invazion, 2020. 2CD
A masterful duo project from Madlib & Oh No – Madlib on the beats and younger brother Oh No on the mic, 2 independent hip hop heavies still riding a creative peak after a couple decades in the game! The Professionals moniker is more than earned here. Madlib has been one of the most ... CD (Hip Hop CD)

Soil & Pimp Sessions

Man Steals The Stars
Victor (Japan), 2019.
The cover image is maybe a bit more cosmic than usual for this hip Japanese jazz group – and the sound within definitely follows suit, and maybe makes the album one of the most compelling we've heard from Soil & Pimp Sessions in years! We've loved these guys right from the start, and ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s. (reissue)
One of the most rootsy albums ever issued by the Tabansi label – a set that's quite different than their more familiar electric modes, and which features very raw, tribal sounds by a percussion group that is tied to the Niri Kingdom in Nigeria! As you'd guess from their name, the ensemble is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of sounds from the Nigerian scene at the end of the 60s – music in the apala mode, a highly rhythmic blend of percussion, voices, and thumb piano – served up with a style that's a lot grittier than some of the more commercial music of the time! These tracks are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Umbra

Umbra
Lion, Early 70s.
Fantastic sounds from a Colorado trio who only existed for a few short years at the start of the 70s – and worked in this wicked blend of fuzz and freak, acid and heavy – all with a sound that's really incredible, given the homemade nature of these recordings! The tracks here aren't ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Steve Tibbetts, 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. 3CD
A huge collection of work from Steve Tibbetts – a guitarist who really helped open up the sound of ECM Records in the 70s, then kept on exploring music that was always at the fringes of jazz and other styles too! The package is put together by Steve himself, and features key moments from ECM ... CD (Jazz CD)

Fumio Itabashi

Red Apple
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986.
A nicely biting session from Japanese pianist Fumio Itabashi – a set that rounds out his trio with guest alto sax and guitar on a few of the cuts, which makes for a fuller, more driven sound overall! There's definitely a soulful groove to the set – kind of an 80s soulbop mode overall ... CD (Jazz CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
The kids on the cover might look pretty mainstream, but the sounds on the record are in the best tradition of rockabilly and hillbilly styles of the Bear Family label! The set's overflowing with romping little gems that work equally well far from a dancefloor filled with gals in skirts and guys in ... CD (Rock CD)

Raphael Saadiq

Instant Vintage
Universal/Get On Down, 2002. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A tough title to live up to – but Raphael makes it happen! The album's as wonderful as you might think – all the deeply soulful styles Saadiq worked out with Tony Toni Tone, taken back through a historical range of soul music – firmly planted in a legacy that begins with Stevie ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Original Music/Take It Acid Is, 1987. (reissue)
A set of recordings made in the Somali city of Baraawe, which is a bit south of Mogadishu – all done in the late 80s, but with a quality that sounds far more timeless and ancient! The instrumentation is all acoustic – mostly vocals and a single stringed instrument – used in ways ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
ATA (UK), 2020.
The Sorcerers return, and with a sound that's even deeper than before – a fantastic blend of funk and Ethiopian elements – but with a tightness that also resonates with some of the hipper European sound library work of the 70s! In fact, there's a mode here that's like those few special ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Scott Walker/Jacques Brel

Scott Walker Meets Jacques Brel
Ace (UK), Late 60s.
A really great collection of work – one that shows the strong influence of Belgian songwriting genius on the music of Scott Walker! Scott emerged from the poppy Walker Brothers with a series of albums in the late 60s – records that are now well-respected classics that showed a much ... CD (Rock CD)

Jesper Thilo

Swing Is The Thing
Stunt (Denmark), 2020.
Jesper Thilo's been one of the strongest tenorists on the Danish scene for many years running – and he's still a hell of a talent here, blowing with the kind of old school imagination of Dexter Gordon or Johnny Griffin on their classic Copenhagen recordings! Yet Thilo's very much his own man ... CD (Jazz CD)

Trio Trio featuring Dave Scott & Rich Perry

Nice Treatment
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020.
The tight Trio Trio combo gets some great horn help here – as the trumpet of Dave Scott and tenor of Rich Perry are added to the core lineup of Jacob Sacks on piano, Dave Ambrosio on bass, and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums! The tunes include two older gems by Thad Jones, two more by Herbie ... CD (Jazz CD)
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
One of our favorite early Funkadelic albums – and a real turning point for the group! Gone are the trippier guitar solos of earlier days, and in their place is a tighter approach to funk – one that has the band grooving hard and soulfully on shorter tracks that perfect the dark vision ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Antibalas

Fu Chronicles
Daptone, 2019.
Antibalas take a page from the Wu-Tang book, and add a little kung fu action to their music – with results that maybe make this set one of their freshest in years! All the core energy of the group is very firmly in place – that razor-sharp instrumentation that's made these guys one of ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Dick Hyman

Moon Gas
MGM/Alternative Fox (UK), 1963. (reissue)
One of the greatest albums that Dick Hyman ever recorded – a mad mix of keyboards that more than lives up to its name and its wonderful cover! The album has Dick playing instruments that include electronic organs, keyboards, and ondioline – working in a "moon" oriented style ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound LP)

John Carter

Dauwhe
Black Saint (Italy), 1982. (reissue)
Richly complicated work from reedman John Carter – working here at a level that's a great change from his smaller combo work of the early years! Carter plays clarinet throughout – at the head of an octet with a very cerebral feel – a group who almost bring more of a serious music ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Trilok Gurtu

God Is A Drummer
Jazz Line (Germany), 2020.
We're not sure if God is a drummer, and we're pretty sure that Trilok Gurtu isn't a god – but the drummer more than lives up to his long legacy of music here – blending jazz with bits of funk and a few global currents too all at a level that definitely lives up to his classic work! ... CD (Jazz CD)
Strategic Book Publishing, 2020.
A short but strong treatise from a Chicago soul hero and titan – the great Syl Johnson! Syl is a bonafide legend to deeper digging soul fans around the globe, even if he's less than a household name to the mainstream and many thousands of people (or a couple million?) who bump their heads to ... Book (Book)

Max Romeo & The Upsetters

War Ina Babylon (purple vinyl pressing)
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. (reissue)
Essential stuff, whether you're a fan of roots reggae, Jamaican soul or the otherworldly antics of the Upsetter! Though you might not know it from some of the bitter rebukes Scratch later laid to wax against him, Romeo was clearly his favorite son when it came to vocalists, and got the prodigal ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
A beautiful Japanese-only album from guitarist Barney Kessel – one that captures the giant in a trio setting that's awash in wonderful colors and tones! Kessel's playing live – with Kunimitsu Inaba on bass and Tetsujiroh Obara on drums – and the trio has this very open, gently ... CD (Jazz CD)

Tapiman

Tapiman
Guerssen (Spain), 1971. (reissue)
A heady set of hard rock from 70s Spain – served up by a trio who remind us again that sometimes in the world of guitar-based music, the smaller groups can often make a louder sound than the bigger ones! These guys manage to do plenty with just guitar, bass, and drums – and the album's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Alessandro Alessandroni

Open Air Parade
SR/Sonor (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
A gem of a sound library record from one of the all-time greats – and maybe one of the few artists who gave his equal all, whether he was cutting a full film soundtrack, or just a discreet batch of tracks like these in the studio! The music is as groovy as groovy can be – sometimes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Afro Blue
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Paula/Real Gone, 1972. (reissue)
One of the best soul records to come out on the Paula label in the early 70s – one with a number of beautifully soulful moments – and a few surprisingly funky ones, too! Although Bobby Patterson did a lot of work for other singers, this is one of the few albums he actually cut under ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Calibro 35

Momentum
Record Kicks (Italy), 2020.
Calibro 35 have certainly gained momentum in our book – as the group's given us more than a few albums over the years, and just keep sounding better and better with each new one! This set has the group still strongly in their core territory of Italian soundtrack and sound library funk – ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Nick Walters

Active Imagination
22A (UK), 2020.
We really loved Nick Walters the last time around, and on this set the trumpeter seems to be even more visionary than before – really going for this expansive approach to his music, and serving things up with a vibe that maybe makes him one of the most spiritual leaders on the contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Silver Fox/Sundazed, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A long-overdue collection of work from Silver Fox Records – one of the coolest indie labels in the south at the end of the 60s, part of the Nashville-based SSS empire, and poised at a really unique crossroads of soul! Silver Fox was always a bit funkier than SSS – and often had a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Stanley Cowell & Dave Burrell

Questions/Answers
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
Amazing duo improvisations from two of the hippest pianists of the early 70s – Stanley Cowell and Dave Burrell, coming together here on a rare Japanese-only album – one that features two long tracks that each take up a side of the disc! The vibe is maybe a bit more avant at times than ... CD (Jazz CD)
XL, 2010. 2LP Gatefold
Heavy, soul-baring lyricism delivered with spiritual resonance and wise authority by Gil Scott-Heron – his first album shot in far too many years, and a direct hit – essential listening for longtime listeners and neophytes alike and a well worthy entry in a legendary career! Scott-Heron ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Eddie Gomez

Down Stretch
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Bassist Eddie Gomez hardly ever has a down stretch – especially given all the creative combinations he's worked in over the years – and this rare 70s album from Japan is more of a high point than anything "down" at all! The record's a trio date, with killer work on Fender ... CD (Jazz CD)
CAM/Dagored (Italy), Late 60s. (reissue)
A totally great follow-up to the first Seven Golden Men soundtrack – and one that features an equally wonderful range of jazzy and groovy modes from composer Armando Trovajoli! As before, the music is heavy on cool 60s touches – including some swinging wordless vocals from I Cantori ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
BBE (UK), 1979.
One of the coolest records ever issued by Sidiku Buari – the Ghanian musician who also recorded just as Buari – stepping out here in a very unusual performance recorded live at a club in New York at the end of the 70s! Side one begins with this great crowd frenzy and very cool energy ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Mike James Kirkland

Doin' It Right
Bryan/Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. (reissue)
A tremendous second set of work from the mighty Mike James Kirkland – a west coast soul talent who never fully got his due, but who will forever be legendary for a few key records like this! Mike can give us all the right funky currents when he wants – but this album also displays an ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ubiquity, 2020.
The cover and title might seem a bit trashy, but the music's much richer than they lead you to expect – a sensitively-crafted batch of instrumentals and vocal numbers that seem to tie together a contemporary Cali soul aesthetic with traces of the 80s underground from overseas! Some tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Johnny's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A double-length look at the legendary Johnny's Disk label from Japan – and important indie that forged new ground for jazz at the end of the 70s, and also opened the way towards lot of creative experimentation for years to come! Johnny's wasn't just a jazz label, though – and instead ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Motown/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A fantastic collection of work from Sondra "Blinky" Williams – a hell of a soul singer who recorded a fair bit for Motown Records at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – but an artist whose music ended up mostly spending the next few decades in the label's vaults! Yet ... CD (Soul CD)
Essential, 2019.
Larry "Moogstar" Clemon is no stranger to the world of funk and soul – having worked over the years for groups that include Cameo, Zapp, Lakeside, and The Gap Band – but here, the keyboardist takes off into new territory, by offering up his versions of classic tunes by James ... CD (Soul CD)

Thollem McDonas/William Parker/Nels Cline

Gowanus Sessions 2
ESP, 2019.
Moody sounds from this reunited trio – Thollem McDonas on piano, William Parker on bass, and Nels Cline on guitar and effects – coming together here in a session that, we think, was recorded at the same time as their previous Gowanus album! As before, the music is maybe heavier in ... CD (Jazz CD)

LaRombe

From Philly
Athens Of The North (UK), 1979.
LaRombe Baker hails from Philly, but he's best known for his late 70s work on the LA scene – a place where he was continually bubbling under, but never fully got the chance he deserved! Hearing this set, it's clear that LaRombe was one of the great almost-rans of his generation – an ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Woody Shaw

Lotus Flower
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
Beautiful later work from Woody Shaw – perfectly honed, in the soaring, stretching, soulful exploratory style of his best work in the 70s! The group's a quartet with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Stafford James on bass, Tony Reedus on drums, and Steve Turre joining Woody in the frontline – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1977. 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)
A great little package, and one that features four of the most-remembered tracks from the legendary first album by James Mason! "Sweet Power" has a spacey club groove that's just great – and "Free" is every bit as fantastic, with a soaring, righteous sort of quality! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Tenderlonious

On Flute
22A (UK), 2020.
Soulful reedman Tenderlonious plays flute this time around – but as always, it's the overall sound that makes the record so great – not just the solo bits on flute, but all the keyboards, basslines, and beats – stretched out in this cool 21st Century take on funky fusion! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Nelson/Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s.
Great grooves from this legendary sound library combo from the Italian scene of the 70s – but a set that also features some of their more unusual, offbeat styles too! We've stocked plenty of records by I Marc 4 over the years – and have always loved them for their tight blend of jazz, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Sonny Stitt with the Hank Jones Trio

Good Life
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
A rock-solid late set from the great Sonny Stitt – one that features the tenorist in the kind of sharp, soulful territory that marked his famous earlier albums for Roost Records! Backings are by the trio of pianist Hank Jones – with George Duvivier on bass and Grady Tate on drums ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dining Rooms

Art Is A Cat
Schema (Italy), 2020.
Maybe the best album we've ever heard from Dining Rooms – a set that has the group moving way past just makers of seductive grooves, into wider, fuller territory that definitely puts them at the top shelf level we love from the best at Schema Records! The album balances some of their earlier ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Jim Snidero

Project K
Savant, 2020.
The Project K here is a reference to Korea – a culture that saxophonist Jim Snidero has been engaging with for the past few decades, and which takes a very strong form here in his music! The album is one of Snidero's most compelling in years – and features a group that's already great ... CD (Jazz CD)

Cry Babies

Cry Babies
CID/Far Out (UK), Early 70s. (reissue)
Fast funk and groovy grooves – a really great album of psychedelic tunes from Brazil! The Cry Babies serve up a sound that's beyond compare – American funk and soul influences played on organ, guitar, and sax, filtered through some really wild post-Tropicalia production! The result is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Columbia (Japan), 1970s/1980s/1990s. 2CD
Unusual later work from Norio Maeda – the Japanese jazz arranger who did some very groovy work in the 60s, then went on to handle a whole different array of sounds in the Japanese scene – a good deal of which are collected in this set! The double-length package features Maeda music ... CD (Jazz CD)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
The first album from vocalist Pat Peterson – sister to trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson, and best known for her work as a member of Ray Charles' Raelettes backing group! The sound of the set is miles away from Pat's work with Ray – open, soulful, and done in a sophisticated jazzy ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Fabrizio Bosso & Spiritual Trio

Someday
Warner (Italy), 2020.
A very groovy record from Italian trumpet legend Fabrizo Bosso – one that features a group referred to as his Spiritual Trio, but a combo that's maybe got more of a soul jazz vibe overall – as the lineup features Alberto Marsico on organ and Alessandro Mnetto on drums! The spare format ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love

AMR
PNL (Norway), 2020.
Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love are no musical strangers – having played together for most of the past three decades – so it's no surprise that they leap right out of the gate with boundless improvisational energy here – completely on fire in a live performance recorded ... CD (Jazz CD)

Maria Joao & Aki Takase

Looking For Love
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1987.
Maria Joao is one of the most unique vocal talents in jazz – a singer who's partly inspired by the new freedoms of the more experimental female jazz vocalists of the 70s, but one who also draws a lot from the hippest Brazilian singers too! There's an approach here that mixes together Sheila ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Ultra Vybe/Takt (Japan), 1969.
The album's got a sexy little cover – but that's no surprise, considering that the record's a late 60s "Playboy Manual" from Japan! The format is quite weird – as each track begins with some Japanese spoken bits from Norio Maeda, possibly on the art of seduction – and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Tomeka Reid, Brandon Lopez, & Paal Nilssen-Love

Of Things Beyond Thule Vol 1 (180 gram vinyl)
Aerophonic, 2020. Gatefold
The title's a reference to place once referenced by Edgar Allan Poe – but the music is very firmly grounded in reality, and comes from an improvised performance in Chicago by this very all-star ensemble! The album features one long track – "Quaanaq" – served up with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s. (pic cover)
Funky sounds and offbeat grooves from an obscure French adult film of the late 60s – directed by Jean Rollin under a fake name, and scored by Pierre Raph with the same sort of charm as his work for Requiem For A Vampire! This EP features a number of different styles of sounds from the film ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

James Reese & The Progressions

Wait For Me (with bonus download)
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. Gatefold
A fantastic lost legacy of soul from the South Carolina scene at the end of the 60s – the first-ever full length release of material by James Reese & The Progressions – a fantastic package that brings together all their rare material issued on funky 45s back in the day! Reese was a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Portrait

Afro Trees
Soul Japan (UK), 2019.
The first new album in many years from Portrait – and a great little set that shows a strong evolution of their early 90s groove! The group here just features original members Michael Angelo Saulsberry and Phillip Johnson – working with help from some new members and associates, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Music Box (France), Early 70s. 2CD
Some of the most famous 70s soundtrack work of French jazz musician Claude Bolling – served up here in a double-length CD that's overflowing with bonus material too! First up is the original score for Borsalino – a really lovely little soundtrack for the French film that starred Alain ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A dozen heavy groovers from the legendary Discos Fuentes – pulled from a time when the Colombian label was really finding its sound and strengths – mixing together older strands of Afro Cuban inspiration with a special vibe that would soon make their scene rival the Latin music power of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Virgin, 1988. (reissue)
Maybe the crowning moment of genus from the great Neneh Cherry – a record that's a huge evolution from her post punk funk of just a few short years before – and one that really helped her bridge the Atlantic and find a huge following over here at the time! There's a great mix of hip ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Takeo Yamashita

Black Cats/Black Footsteps
Victor/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960/1961.
Chilling work from Japanese composer Takeo Yamashita – a record that echoes with the shadows of night, blending sound effects, rough percussion, and some slight jazz instrumentation – into a sound that's a bit noir, a bit avant, and very very striking. The album works like one long ... CD (Jazz CD)
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s.
You might know Malaco Records as a hotbed of deep soul during the 70s – but as the decade progressed, the southern label also really opened up to some of the warmer, more sophisticated styles that were brewing up north – all to create a magnificent sort of hybrid that really helped move ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Polydor (Italy), 1975.
Fantastic spacey sounds from Franco Falsini – a record that was originally created as the soundtrack for the film Cold Nose (Naso Freddo) – but which also really works as a link between the early 70s Italian prog scenes, and some of the more longform electric modes of the German scene! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Prince Lasha

Inside Story
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965.
A rare treasure from spiritual reedman Prince Lasha – a session recorded in 1965 in New York, but one that wasn't issued until many years later by the Enja label in Germany! The album is a real revelation – and clearly marks Lasha as one of the key artists unlocking the more spiritual ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gerardo Frisina

Marombo (parts 1 & 2)
Schema (Italy), 2020. (pic cover)
Great work from Gerardo Frisina – the kind of long, Latin-styled grooves we've always loved from this Schema Records legend – still very much at the top of his game after all these years! The track is nice and long – plenty of room for the rhythms to roll out with all the kind of ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (New Grooves 12-inch)

Antonino Riccardo Luciani

Agonia Della Civilta
Flower/Intervallo (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
A sound library record, but one from the much darker side of the 70s spectrum – that special small sub-genre of sound library material that's not groovy, but very experimental – almost as if the composer AR Luciani were able to work with even more freedom than some of the artists who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Enrico Intra

Soundplanets
Taste (Italy), 2019.
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from Italian pianist Enrico Intra – and that's saying a lot, given his legacy of creative sounds from the 70s onward! This set has Intra playing piano, but also has all the spacey elements you'd guess from the cover – a very unusual mix ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Emerald Web

Sound Trek
Trading Places (UK), 1980. Gatefold (reissue)
Dreamy sounds from the enigmatic Emerald Web duo – a pair who've attained legendary status over the years for their sublime blend of keyboard styles and more acoustic elements – an approach that often has flute layered over keys, in a way that's both spacey and organic at the same time! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Big Break (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. 2 CDs
One of the greatest female soul groups of all time – served up here in a career-spanning anthology that finally gets at the full range of their talents! The tracks here start in the trio's early years on Stax Records, move through their sublime 70s hitmaking years at Columbia, with lots of ... CD (Soul CD)

Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, & Others

Great Tragedy – Winter Dance Party 1959 Vol 2
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
The famous Winter Dance Party tour of 1959 cost the world the young talents of Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly, and The Big Bopper – but after those three giants died in a legendary plane crash, it was up to the rest of the cast to carry on! This second volume in the excellent Bear Family series ... CD (Rock CD)

Gerardo Frisina & Toco

Gerardo Frisina Meets Toco EP
Schema (Italy), 2020. (pic cover)
Two great Schema Records talents come together here in one sweet EP – the bossa-inspired vocals and acoustic guitar of Toco, mixed with the Latin-styled rhythms of Gerardo Frisina! The set begins with the long, lively "Tia Na Hora" – starting first with vocals from Toco, then ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (New Grooves 12-inch)
CEM (Italy), Early 70s. (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever from the legendary Cometa sound library – a set that's every bit as weird and wonderful as you'd guess from its cover image of a hand holding a flower with eyeballs on each petal! The music's maybe not as trippy as that picture, but it does have lots of cool ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Leonardo Marletta

Percussioni Ed Effetti
Cenacolo/Intervallo (Italy), 1983. (reissue)
Percussion and effects – wrapped up together beautifully in this rare Italian sound library set! The album's got a groove that's exactly what you'd expect from the title – acoustic percussion mixes with electronics that are sometimes spare and stark, sometimes production effects, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Blue Note/Mosaic, 1960s. 8CD
CD...$135.99 136.00
An amazing run of music – some of our favorite albums ever recorded for the Blue Note label, and the legendary second chapter of the career of tenor genius Hank Mobley! Hank was already a hell of a tenor player when he came on the scene in the 50s – graced with this deeply soulful ... CD (Jazz CD)

Tommy Flanagan

Eclypso
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
A sweetly swinging seventies set from pianist Tommy Flanagan – one of those records that's a perfect balance between the bop-inspired dexterity of his work on the keyboard, and that undeniable warmth he always brought to his best recordings! Tommy's got maybe a bit more bite on the keys, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Bongo Joe (UK), 1970s.
Amazing sounds from a scene we're just beginning to know – the sega music of the islands Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion Island – all located in a very unique cultural cross-current in the Indian Ocean! The music here is often relatively spare and rootsy – guitars that are ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Alessandro Alessandroni

Afro Discoteca Reworked EP
Four Flies (Italy), 1978/2020.
Four fantastic tracks from the Afro Discoteca record by sound library genius Alesseandro Alessandroni – all reworked in contemporary versions, yet in a way that never loses the funky charm of the originals! There's a real respect for classic styles going on here – partly because the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Akiko Yano

Gohan Ga Dekitayo
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1980.
One of the grooviest, catchiest albums from Japanese singer Akiko Yano – a set that features instrumentation from Yellow Magic Orchestra, production from Ryuichi Sakamoto, and lots of warm, wonderful tunes that are perfect for Akiko's amazing vocals! Yano's got a range here that might well ... CD (Rock CD)

Claudia Solal & Benoit Delbecq

Hopetown
Rogue Art (France), 2020.
Really evocative songs from French vocalist Claudia Solal – delivered here with some creative sounds on piano from Benoit Delbecq, at a level that illuminates the words and vocal phrasing quite differently than conventional accompaniment! Solal's songs alone are amazing – written and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sho Nuff

Tonite
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
A southern funky nugget from Sho-Nuff – issued at an early 80s point when the Malaco label was open to other modes besides just blues and deep soul! The record's got a tight clubby crackle that feels like something from the New York indie scene of the time – a lean groove that's very ... CD (Soul CD)
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A soaring batch of disco gems, club cuts, and undiscovered nuggets – all pulled together to make a set that's even better than the first entry in this Disco Wonderland series! DJ Andy Smith and associates bring together a great array of fresh tracks from back in the day – not massive ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Autumn/Trading Places (UK), 1965. (reissue)
The first full album from The Beau Brummels – an early Autumn Records effort before their headier days at Warner – cut with a style that could well make the group a key force to stop the British Invasion of the 60s! There's a great sense of jangle-pop throughout – a slight twang ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Nacka Forum (Goran Kajfes & Jonas Kullhammar)

Sa Stopper Festen (180 gram pressing)
Moserobie (Sweden), 2020.
Fantastic sounds from Nacka Forum – a group with a name that might be a bit unusual, but which represents some of the strongest work on the Moserobie label in recent years! The lineup here is a quartet – Goran Kajfes on trumpet and mellophone, Johan Bethling on bass, Kresten Osgood on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Motown, Mid 60s-Early 70s.
A treasure trove of rare Motown from some of legendary label's most classic acts – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Four Tops, Brenda Holloway, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Originals, Bobby Taylor, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye & The Jackson 5 – prime vintage late ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Mario Molina with Edda Dell'Orso

Ash/Gli Angeli Del 2000
Four Flies (Italy), 1969.
Two of the grooviest tracks from the soundtrack to Gli Angeli Del 2000 – one of the best musical moments from Mario Molina! Edda Dell'Orso sings in the lead on "Ash" – but the tune is funky, and Edda's actually singing real lyrics – not the wordless vocalizations she ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
A huge collection of work from the great Bobby Charles – a sometimes-overlooked figure in late 50s music, but a key force in developing the sound of Louisiana at the time! Bobby hailed from the cajun part of the state, but also drank heavily from the R&B that was brewing up in New ... CD (Rock CD)

Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron

Left Alone Revisited
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2002.
The duo of Archie Shepp and Mal Waldron come together beautifully here – in a mode that echoes some of the duets that pianist Waldron recorded with other reedmen in the 70s and 80s, but which has an especially wonderful contribution from Shepp! Archie blows both tenor and soprano sax – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Folkways, 1960. (reissue)
The sounds of the Tuareg culture have gotten some surprisingly strong global circulation in recent years – thanks especially to a few key guitarists who've gained international attention – but this 1960 recording by Folkways Records may well be one of the first times the music of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Giancarlo Bigazzi & Marco Falagiani

Mediterraneo (clear blue vinyl pressing)
AMS (Italy), 1991.
A really sweet little soundtrack to the 1991, WWII set film Mediterraneo – with warm instrumentation on Greek and Middle Eastern string, percussion and wind instruments – seamlessly blended with drums guitars and saxes! The soundtrack was composed by Giancarlo Bigazzi & Marco ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Rapster/BBE (UK), Late 70s.
The genius of Roy Ayers knows no end – and as this set of unreleased work from the 70s proves, Roy was always working at top form back in the day – even above and beyond his classic albums from the time! The grooves here are tremendous – funky, soulful, jazzy, and every bit as ... CD (Soul CD)

Alhaj Bai Konte, Dembo Konte, & Ma Lamini Jobare

Gambian Griot Kora Duets (180 gram pressing)
Folkways, 1977. (reissue)
A beautiful little record – one that features cascading tones from the strings of the kora, mixed with occasional vocal moments too! The album was recorded in Dakar and Brikama in the mid 70s – and is maybe the start of a great run of later sessions that found a way of taking this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Lord Invader & His Calypso Group

Calypso Travels (180 gram pressing)
Folkways, 1960. (reissue)
The last album ever recorded by Trinidad calypso legend Lord Invader – and a set that really sums up all the genius he brought to his too-short career! At a time when the music was really entering the mainstream in commercial ways, Invader keeps things very spare, stark, and basic here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media

Head Rock (Japanese Record Day release)
Columbia (Japan), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A definite head rocker here – a brilliant bit of funky jazz from Japan, and a record that beautifully balances acoustic and electric elements! Jiro Inagaki plays some heavy tenor and soprano sax on the record – working with a combo that includes electric guitar, electric bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Fumio Itabashi

Impact
Paddle Wheel/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
Pianist Fumio Itabashi's definitely making an impact with this record – pushing his music even farther than before with some inventive, creative arrangements that make strong use of trumpet, trombone, and tenor sax! Itabashi's piano is at the core of the record, but he's moving in ways that ... CD (Jazz CD)

Poncho Sanchez

Trane's Delight
Concord, 2019.
Poncho Sanchez is a genius – one of the leading lights of the west coast Latin scene at the end of the 70s, and a musician who's never failed to give us his best over the decades – so much so, that he may well be one of the few (along with Eddie Palmieri) who've continued to keep the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Nodlew/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
One of the most beautiful records to come out of the early 70s – a tremendous indie effort from a young Weldon Irvine! Irvine put this album together as sort of a musical "time capsule" of his generation – an effort to capture the era's thoughts, feelings, and emotions ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dr John

Babylon
Atco/Get On Down, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
Seminal work from Dr John – one of his key late 60s albums that set the world on fire at the time – and which still stand as some of the doctor's greatest achievements! The approach here is a fantastic abstraction of older New Orleans roots – not nearly as rigid as in some of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A searing live set from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – one of the few talents who could take his instrument into the kind of long-blown, beautifully open territory explored on a double length album like this! Tolliver maybe inherits a late Lee Morgan quality, but also opens up with the Woody ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. (reissue)
A strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a trio that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – even when he's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
A sweet Japanese take on American easy grooves – an album originally issued in 1971 under the title Easy Listening Special, and featuring the vocals of Hiroshi Okazaki! Hiroshi sings in English, with a warm, mellow, and round sort of tone – not exactly soulful, but cool and almost ... CD (Jazz CD)

Fumio Itabashi

Watarase At Watarase
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2011.
A really wonderful live set from Japanese piano legend Fumio Itabashi – a player who exploded in the 70s with a style that was free-flowing yet very rhythmic – one of the best illustrations of the new lyrical heights of the Japanese piano scene – still sounding pretty darn ... CD (Jazz CD)

Electro Keyboard Orchestra

Electro Keyboard Orchestra
Columbia/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975.
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 – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Rampart/Minky, 1960s/1970s. 4CD
A fantastic overview of the legendary Rampart Records – one of the strongest soul labels on the LA scene of the 60s, and a company that did some surprisingly compelling work in the 70s too! Rampart's biggest-ever act was Cannibal & The Headhunters – and the set is titled after ... CD (Soul CD)
Ostinato (UK), Late 90s.
A really amazing criss-cross of musical modes from the island of Cape Verde – a nation that already gave the world many musical hybrids over the years, but really knocked things out of the park with the electrified funana movement in the 90s! The sounds here are ancient at the core – ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Yosuke Yamashita

Tenshi No Koukotu
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
A rare jazz soundtrack from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – best known for his avant recordings of the time, but sounding equally enigmatic here in the film score world! The album's hardly the standard jazz score – as the tunes shift mood strongly from track to track – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Kan Mikami & Ryojiro Furusawa

Syokugyo – Profession
Johnny's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
A pretty amazing record from a time when it seemed like all holds were off on the Japanese record industry – especially on smaller labels like Johnny's Disk, who recorded this album during a period of really intense creativity! The album begins with heavy drums from Ryojiro Furusawa – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967.
Advice on life, love, and all things important – a series of readings by 60s Japanese celebrity Kazuo Yagi that will set your life straight – used as bridges to link together a set of swinging jazz music bits, some of which continue with speaking, others which groove on instrumentally. ... CD (Jazz CD)

Shungo Sawada & Kayo Ishu

Living Bossa – Neo Standards
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968/1974.
Sweet bossa grooves from the Japanese easy scene – a great reissue that brings together a rare 1968 album by guitarist Shungo Sawada and singer Kayo Ishu, as well as some later work from the 70s! The tunes all have a pretty cool approach – mixing jazzy bossa rhythms with light easy ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ann Young &Yuji Ohno Trio

As Well Be Spring
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975.
A lovely set of 70s jazz vocals – recorded by American singer Ann Young, with backing by a Japanese combo led by pianist Yuji Ohno! The sound is pretty darn soulful – tracks that range from modal groovers to mellow ballads, all sung by Ann with a really rich vocal approach, and backed ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Takehiro Honda & Mama T

Misty
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
A rare vocal session from pianist Takehiro Honda – one recorded with Japanese singer Mama T, who sings here in English throughout! Mama's name is one that might make you think she's a blues singer – but her approach is mostly that of a 60s soul jazz vocalist – jazz at the core, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Gondwana (UK), 2009.
Part of a fantastic legacy in spiritual jazz – music that was almost overlooked at the time, but went on to become the start of both a big wave of new energy on the UK scene of trumpeter Matthew Halsall, and a whole global generation as well! The album is Halsall's second, and follows ... CD (Jazz CD)
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
Sho-Nuff deepens their sound nicely for this second set for Malaco Records – still sticking in the lean club funk sound of their debut for the label – but also reaching a bit more on the lyrics and vocals too! Ballads show up a bit more than before, and almost evoke an old school group ... CD (Soul CD)

Musical Breed

Save The Little Children
Dig This Way (Italy), 1989. (reissue)
A sweet set of digital dub from the Nigerian scene – a record that blends drum machine beats with richer, bassier currents – all in a vibe that's like some of the best underground work coming out of Kingston a few years before! Singer/leader Essco Wilson, aka Sharon Dread, features ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Motown/Culture Factory (UK), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
Early Jacksons in all their glory – presented here in a rare Japanese-only live album from the 70s! The set is great – totally kicking with all the best power of the early Jackson 5 – and served up with a spontaneous live quality that shows a whole new side of the group from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Toshinori Kondo

Taihen (with bonus tracks)
Polydor/Solid (Japan), 1984.
One of those really unique records that trumpeter Toshinori Kondo gave us in the 80s – not really fusion, but not avant either all – yet a very unusual criss-crossing of electric and acoustic impulses, with a vibe that's all its own! Kondo's clearly drawing a bit of inspiration from ... CD (Jazz CD)

Tokyo Cuban Boys

Car Men – Guts
Columbia/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
One of the coolest albums we've ever seen from this hip Japanese big band – a record that mixes hot rod sound effects with some funky jazzy groovers! The approach is plenty darn weird, but also pretty darn groovy – as most songs start out with a revving auto engine or other car-styled ... CD (Jazz CD)
BBE (UK), Late 70s.
It's like a dream come true – 13 previously unissued recordings by Roy Ayers, all from the height of his glory years on Polydor! Roy's work from this time is some of our favorite ever – a burning blend of jazz, soul, and funk – handled with impeccable charm, and a level of soul ... CD (Soul CD)

Eiji Nakayama

My Present Song
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
A brilliant bass-led trio session from Japan – a perfect example of that scene's jazz greatness back in the 70s! Japanese piano trios definitely got their nod in the US and Europe, but at the time, the scene also had some equally wonderful combos who were led by bassists, not pianists – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960s/1970s.
Breezy and easy vocals from Japan – a collection of recordings made by singer Kayo Ishu from the late 60s and 1970s – not really "scat" in a conventional style, but cool wordless vocals with a sweet jazzy feel! The 19 track set brings together tunes from a variety of ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Nobuo Hara with Sharps & Flats

Soul Modern Jazz 3 – Members
Columbia/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960.
Hard driving jazz from the Japanese scene of the 50s! The album's one of the best recorded by Nobu Hara and the legendary Sharpes & Flats group – a really swinging set of big band jazz that drives with the power of some of the 60s recordings by the Clarke-Boland Big Band, and which ... CD (Jazz CD)

Bobbi Humphrey

City Beat
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988.
An under-discovered batch of jazzy soul from Bobbi Humphrey – an artist we love for her 70s work on Blue Note and Epic, still sounding pretty great here in the late 80s! The overall style of the album's a bit different than Bobbi's 70s work – more in a Patrice Rushen blend of 80s ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969/1971.
A beautiful little CD – especially if you like dreamy French soundtrack work from the 60s! Kayo Ishu sings a variety of tunes from famous 60s soundtracks, but about a quarter of the set is work by the mighty Francis Lai – done in a moody, mellow style that's right in keeping with his ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Johnny's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
A laidback Japanese jazz set from the start of the 80s – filled with warm piano lines, gentle guitar grooves, and some nice moments on tenor! There's a great mellow feel to the record – a quality that's different than other records we've heard of this vintage – still some of the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet

Voodoo
Black Saint (Italy), 1986. (reissue)
A seminal album from the 80s New York scene – not only because it brought some long-overdue attention to Sonny Clark (whose records were mostly out of print at the time), but also because it reminded the world that John Zorn could blow hardbop! The album features a set of classic Clark ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Toshinori Kondo & Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band

Khuchyu Fuyhu
Polydor/Solid (Japan), 1983.
Trumpeter Toshinori Kondo may have cut some avant-oriented material over the years – but this set is a different sort of record – one that's cut with his Tibetan Blue Air Liquid Band, in a playful mix of rhythms, tones, and jazz! The approach is maybe post-fusion, inflected with a bit ... CD (Jazz CD)

Eiji Nakayama

Aya's Samba
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
Beautiful grooves from a cool Japanese group – one led by bassist Eiji Nakayama, with some great electric piano and tenor sax in the lineup too! The tracks are long, and relatively open-ended – kind of in the Three Blind Mice label style of the period, but with an even more ... CD (Jazz CD)
Now Again, 1970.
A fantastic slice of lost work from the legendary JBs – including the track that first got Bootsy Collins and company the job as James Brown's backing band! The set leads off with that gem of a groove – the fast funky "More Mess On My Thing" – a tune that's got the sort ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Lanquidity (UK), 1986. 2LP
A rare live set from the later years of Sun Ra – and one that maybe goes a bit more outside at points than some of the titles of the time that saw wider commercial release! The set begins with the sort of material that would have been right at home on Saturn Records at the start of the 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Yan Tregger

L'Amour A La Bouche
Omega Productions (France), 1974.
A sweet sexy score from the great Yan Tregger – who you'll also know for his disco and sound library material on the late 70s Italian scene! This music is a bit earlier than some of Yan's sounds that we know from that part of the decade, but all the best roots of his groove are firmly in ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Dorothy Moore

Talk To Me
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
A wonderful record from Dorothy Moore – done at a time when the singer was not only one of the leading lights of the southern soul scene, but also maybe the heir apparent to styles that had previously been handled by giants like Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, or Shirley Brown! Many of the ... CD (Soul CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
A great lost slice of easy from Japan – sweet vocal tracks that are sort of a groovy take on the Hawaiian sound of the 60s! The tracks include a lot of Hawaiian standards, sung by the Living Voices in a mode that's occasionally gentle and dreamy, but which at other times has a surprising ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jazz Defenders

Scheming
Haggis (UK), 2019.
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1960s. 13CDs
An amazing collection of music – the legendary Fontana Records run of albums by tenor giant Tubby Hayes – a key player on the UK bop scene of the 50s, but one who took off in all these great new directions with these classic albums for the Fontana label in the following decade! The ... CD (Jazz CD)
Demon (UK), 1980/1981. 3LP
Three Italian horror classics – packaged here in a single set! First up is Fabio Frizzi's score for Nella Citta Dei Morti Viventi/City Of The Living Dead – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was one of the true masters of Italian horror! The sounds here are a mix of electric ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Motohiko Hino

Toko Flash
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1977.
Really unique work from a trio led by drummer Motohiko Hino, and which features Masahiko Satoh on piano and Nobuyoshi Ino on bass – all players who aren't content to just rest in the usual piano trio modes of the time, and who instead really break open the format with their creative work on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Pye/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. 3 CDS
A huge collection of work by The Honeycombs – a group from the Brit Invasion generation who may well be best remembered for having an excellent female drummer – but one who can also come up with the kind of catchy, tuneful songs that easily match the best work of their contemporaries ... CD (Rock CD)

Dionysos

Change D'Adresse
Return To Analog (Canada), 1976.
A sharp slice of prog from the French Canadian scene of the 70s – served up by a group who realize that they actually do more with less by the time of this third album – a set that's filled with short tunes that have all these wonderfully focused, jazzy instrumental touches! The group ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
De-Lite/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s.
A really rare side of the legendary De-Lite Records – served up here in a range of obscure 45s before the company exploded into bigger fame with the success of Kool & The Gang! The work here puts De-Lite right on the same level as important indies on the east coast at the turn of the 70s ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Yan Tregger

L'Amour A La Bouche
Omega Productions (France), 1974. Gatefold
A sweet sexy score from the great Yan Tregger – who you'll also know for his disco and sound library material on the late 70s Italian scene! This music is a bit earlier than some of Yan's sounds that we know from that part of the decade, but all the best roots of his groove are firmly in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Linda Hill

Lullaby For Linda
Nimbus, Early 80s.
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary Nimbus label – and the only set we've ever seen from pianist Linda Hill as a leader! The set's got the same open-ended, spiritually-expressive sound as Adele Sebastian's record for the label – and Sebastian's also a key part of the group ... CD (Jazz CD)

Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

Alien 2 Sulla Terra (180 gram vinyl)
Beat (Italy), 1980.
A very unusual soundtrack from the Italian team of Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – best known for their crime work of the 70s, but here working on the music for an "unofficial" sequel to the Alien film, done as a low-budget production overseas! In this movie, the Alien has come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Champignons

Premiere Capsule
Return To Analog (Canada), 1972. (reissue)
Mighty funky mushrooms from the Canadian scene of the early 70s – a group who work with a jazzy sort of energy, but also know when to rock out as well – serving up this wonderful blend of saxes, organ, guitar, bass, and drums! The songs are mostly instrumental, and kind of poised ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Gulistan

Oriental Groove
Cactus/Hot Mule (France), 1986. (reissue)
A record with a new wave-looking cover – but with a sound that's a lot more acoustic overall – a really unusual blend of jazz and Balkan styles, recorded on the Vienna scene of the 80s! The group bill their music as "jazz meets the orient" – which is definitely the case ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Gary Bias

East 101
Nimbus, 1981.
A dream of a record from the LA spiritual underground of the 70s – and one of the only records we've ever seen from reedman Gary Bias! The date's got a soulful depth that makes it one of the most compelling albums on the legendary Nimbus label – a rhythmic pulse that's often modal, and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza

Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza (1965)
Cinevox (Italy), 1965. (reissue)
One of the most obscure chapters in the career of Ennio Morricone – important avant garde work recorded in the mid 60s, just at a point when he was beginning to rise in soundtrack fame! The ensemble is a key Italian modernist group featuring Morricone, Giovanni Piazza, Mario Bertoncini, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)

Doug Hammond

Spaces
Idibib/Manufactured, 1982. (reissue)
A spiritual jazz treasure from drummer Doug Hammond – and a set that also features a very unusual group! The lineup features Doug's core trio with Muneer Abdul Fataah on cello and a very young Steve Coleman on alto – the latter of whom is free and fantastic, and maybe looser here in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A really loving look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the Prestige Records label – a company that's famous for giving the world plenty of hardbop and soul jazz in the 50s and 60s, but which also helped lay the groundwork for American spiritual jazz to come! Long before Impulse, Strata East, ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Crashing The Party, Late 50s/Early 60s.
Think Rudy Ray Moore was only the king of 70s raunch? Think again – as Rudy has a heck of a long career, one that stretches back to the R&B years of the 50s! This set does a great job of looking back at that under-documented period of Rudy's career – and features a wonderful batch ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Masayuki Takayanagi & New Direction For The Arts

Free Form Suite
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1972.
A really compelling set from this important Japanese group of the 70s – a quartet headed up by guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi – but which features a very complex balance of work from all the individual members! The set initially begins with a traditional vibe, but then seems to step out ... CD (Jazz CD)

Isao Suzuki

Ako's Dream
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976.
One of the wonderfully creative 70s sets from Japanese stringman Isao Suzuki – an artist who also plays bass, but who works here on jazz cello – for a very unusual approach! The set has Suzuki's work on the light strings matched in a combo with lead guitar from Kazumi Watanabe – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Comet Is Coming

Afterlife
Universal (UK), 2019.
A brilliant blast from The Comet Is Coming – their second album on Impulse in less than a year – and it's as exciting as anything they've done so far! Their core vibe of mixing spiritual jazz with electronic experimentation is here in full force, but they take it new directions. While ... CD (Jazz CD)

Armando Sciascia

Sea Fantasy
Roundtable (Australia), 1972.
A beautiful underwater fantasy of sound library grooves – a set that's almost the Italian equivalent to the Inner Space soundtrack from Australia by Sven Libaek! Like that set, this one uses waves of instrumental energy to create an almost watery vibe – strings mixed with keyboards, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Bingo Miki & Tatsuya Takahashi

Scandinavian Suite
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
A really cool blend of jazz and electronics – done up in some of the ambitious modes of composer Bingo Miki's other work, yet with a style that's a lot more straight ahead overall! The jazz component of the record is served up strongly by tenorist Tatsuya Takahashi – who leads a group ... CD (Jazz CD)

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto Trio

Live At The Misty
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974.
Long tracks and plenty of room to groove – a really great little session from Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, and one with some added conga to boot! Don't confuse this one with Yamamoto's other 70s date with Misty in the name, because this album's a live one – and it comes across ... CD (Jazz CD)

Miquela

I A De Sars
Ventadorn/Finders Keepers (UK), 1977. (reissue)
An album from the mid 70s, but one that's got an almost timeless sort of vibe – given that it was recorded in the ancient language of Occitan, and set to instrumentation with lots of lightly folksy touches, and a fair bit of jazz-styled phrasing too! The mix almost gives the set the feel of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Masahiko Satoh/Sabu Toyozumi

Aiki
No Business (Lithuania), 1997.
The great pianist Masahiko Satoh works here alongside the drums of Sabu Toyozumi – on two long tracks that really show both players at their sonic best! Satoh plays in a way that swings between structure and freedom – and his movements seem to be echoed by Toyozumi on the kit – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Les Masques with Le Trio Camara

Brasilian Sound
CBS/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), Mid 60s. (reissue)
Groovy groovy groovy! Les Masques were a 60s vocal-oriented Brazilian combo from France, and they had a tight jazzy approach that was similar to Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66! That alone would be enough to make them #1 in our book – but they also get some excellent backing from the Trio ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Hiromasa Suzuki

Primrose
Union/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1978. (reissue)
Warm and wonderful work from pianist Hiromasa Suzuki – a real leading light in the Japanese trio scene of the 70s! The album's got a really wonderful vibe throughout – modes initially informed by a bit of Bill Evans, and maybe some Tommy Flanagan too – recorded with warm tones ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Dusty Groove Gear, 2019.
The music at Dusty Groove goes way way way back, and here's a shirt that does the same – a lovely image that evokes the feel of a vintage phone book ad – simple, elegant, and very much to the point! The lines are lean, but the image is bold and striking – never overdone, with a ... Clothing (Clothing)

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