A tremendous single improvisation by this very hip trio – Taqshi Dorji on guitar, Tyler Damon on drums, and Dave Rempis on alto, tenor, and baritone sax! The drums have this very resonant quality at times – almost acting with elements that make up for the lack of a bass at times – ... (Jazz CD)
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 – ... (Jazz CD)
TCB (Switzerland), 1967. 2CD
A really fantastic live performance from the Charles Lloyd group of the late 60s – a double-length set that's a wonderful complement to their classic albums on Atlantic Records! The group is great – a young Keith Jarrett on piano, Ron McClure on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums ... (Jazz CD)
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 – ... (Jazz 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 ... (Jazz CD)
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
An amazing, unjustly obscure bit of southern funky soul – played with kind of a club oriented groove, and a strong nod towards middle-period Earth, Wind, & Fire – a far different vibe than a lot of the southern soul on the Malaco label! The band has some nice harmony vocals over a ... (Soul CD)
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. 2CD
A huge collection of work from the overlooked Gus Jenkins – one of a number of blues musicians who started in the south, then moved out to the west coast during the postwar years – and found a way to change his older style into a great mix of jump blues and raw R&B! Jenkins both ... (Soul 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 ... (Funky Compilations CD)
In & Out (Germany), 2019.
A fantastic performance from the mighty Ron Carter – still a hell of a talent on the bass after all these many years, and heard here in a quartet that really brings out the best of his sound with a group! Ron's done many different styles of recordings over the years – but here, in a ... (Jazz CD)
A lost treasure from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – material recorded as the soundtrack for the Canadian film Le Chat Danse Le Sac – which features new recordings of material that Coltrane had done in previous years, but really updated by the fresh version of this group! ... (Jazz LP)
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. ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
Exactly the kind of record that's got us digging Japanese trio sessions from the 70s so much – a set that's filled with lots of warm, soulful sounds, creatively compelling changes, and fresh rhythms that really keep the tunes interesting! There's a slight undercurrent of funk on most numbers ... (Jazz CD)
Mars/Lucia, 1950s/Early 60s. (reissue)
A stunning set of early work from the legendary Moondog – recorded on the streets of New York, but with a complexity and sophistication that may well beat his famous early albums on Prestige! The sounds here are amazing – the work of a composer who's stripped everything down to the ... (Out Sound LP)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975.
A soaring live set from Fumio Itabashi – one of our favorite Japanese pianists of the 70s, and a tremendous player with a strong McCoy Tyner-like sound! The session features Fumio stretching out on 3 long tracks in trio mode – only bass and drums to back him up, and plenty of space to ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Vocalists CD)
Takehiro Honda & Mama T
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, ... (Jazz CD)
Gondwana (UK), 2009.
A stellar second album from UK jazz trumpet talent Matthew Halsall – with a soulful depth that pushes him to the forefront of the contemporary British scene! There's an easygoing, but wholly passionate feel on his own solos, and to his players that really hits us deep – which include ... (Jazz CD)
Art Yard/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1974. (reissue)
Amazing work from Sun Ra – record that really features a great range of sounds and styles, and a heck of a lot of soul as well! Ra plays some especially nice rocksichord on the set – that freaky, fuzzy keyboard that comes off sounding like a guitar, even though it's played with keys ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Soul CD)
Wilfilms/Dig This Way (Italy), 1984. (reissue)
Sweet boogie groovers from the early 80s Nigerian scene – heavy on warm vocals from Victor Essody and riffing guitar from Claude Dibson – but also warmed up with plenty of basslines and keyboards too! The sound is pretty spare and tight – electro soul, maybe filtered through a ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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)
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 ... (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 ... (Soul CD)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1962.
Fantastic material from an important early tour of Europe by the John Coltrane Quartet – tracks recorded in Graz, Austria – and a perfect example of the group as they were really beginning to stretch out and explore! At some level, the vibe here is like the famous first run of Village ... (Jazz CD)
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 – ... (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 ... (Vocalists CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (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 ... (Vocalists CD)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969.
A fantastic pairing of two key Japanese talents of the late 60s – pianist Takehiro Honda and reedman Sadao Watanabe – both of whom come together here on a record that's one of their most soulful of the time! Honda's clearly drinking deep from the soul jazz modes of Ramsey Lewis, Les ... (Jazz CD)
Mississippi, Mid 50s.
Beautiful sounds from Tanzanian guitarist Frank Humplick – who plays here alongside vocal harmonies from his two sisters – in a mode that's almost like a East African cross between The Carter Family and Andy & The Bey Sisters! The vibe is different, of course – as the raw ... (Global Grooves LP)
Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s/Early 90s.
A great mix of vintage and later work from Abner Jay – a unique one man band in the best rural blues tradition of the south – and who, like some of the best, doesn't ever use his multi-instrument talent as a gimmick! Instead, Jay works here in a mode that's like a stripped-down combo, ... (Blues LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
Straight trio grooving from Takehiro Honda – but pretty darn great work nonetheless! The album's a nice bridge between the harder, more rhythmic pulse of his early soul jazz sessions, and the later, freer sound of his more lyrical trio sides – and the whole album shows Honda opening up ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (New Grooves 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 ... (Soul CD)
Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet
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 ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Dreamland (Austria), 2019.
Tremendous sounds from Muriel Grossmann – a saxophonist who's fast becoming one of our favorite on the planet! As with Muriel's previous records, there's a strongly spiritual vibe going on here – but there's also a difference, too – as the group's expanded to a quintet, with the ... (Jazz CD)
Madlib Invazion, 2020.
A masterful duo project from Madlib & Oh No – Madlib on the beats and 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 adventurous, trend-tran ... (Hip Hop LP)
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 ... (Soul CD)
A great addendum to the famous Augusta, GA live set that was first issued as Sex Machine, then as Live At Home With His Bad Self – extra material from those recordings, brought together here in a special album of their own! The set features some great bits from in and around the sessions ... (Soul LP)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
A great trio date that has Takehiro Honda working with Reggie Workman on bass and Motohiko Hino on drums – an extremely great group that really takes off in this setting! The record is one of the freer sides from Honda at the time – done in the more open, lyrical modes that were coming ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Soundtracks CD)
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 ... (Soul CD)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
Some of the earliest work we've ever seen from Japanese keyboard legend Takehiro Honda – a great batch of trio tracks, recorded with an open spirit and freely soaring vibe! Honda's playing acoustic piano throughout – working in a trio with Yoshio Suzuki and Fumio Watanabe – and ... (Jazz 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 ... (Jazz CD)
Return To Analog (Canada), 1970.
Vintage work from Marius Cultier – a singer with roots in the Antilles, but who found a very welcome audience in the French Canadian scene – where he recorded this great little groover at the start of the 70s! Marius has this rich vocal style that's often best set up next to rhythms ... (Global Grooves LP)
Naked Lunch (Italy), 1963.
Fantastic material from the legendary Polish pianist Krzystof Komeda – best-known as the soundtrack composer on most of the early films of Roman Polanski, including Rosemary's Baby – but also a hell of a jazz modernist in his own right! This live performance captures Komeda right at a ... (Jazz LP)
RCA/Naked Lunch (Italy), 1962. (reissue)
A really landmark album in European jazz – one of those records that always tops the lists of collectors, and for good reason too! The sextet of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the greatest things going in jazz on that side of the Atlantic in the early ... (Jazz LP)
Teensville (Australia), 1960s/Early 70s.
Surprising pop treasures from Barry Gordon – a singer who cracked the charts when very young, with a novelty Christmas hit – and also a young actor in a mix of films and TV shows – yet here, a strong singer of pop material – with a wonderfully huge legacy that finally gets ... (Rock CD)
Cherry Pop (UK), Late 70s. 3 CDS
A wonderful collection of work from the legendary Hot Chocolate – one of the greatest British pop bands of the 70s – and one with a unique sound that was equal parts rock, funk, and soul! Lead singer Erroll Brown is pictured on the cover – and his unique vocal approach is what ... (Soul CD)
ORG, Early 60s. Gatefold
Really great work from The Viscaynes – a unique mixed-race band from the northern end of the Bay Area scene at the start of the 60s – and one that provided an early launching pad for the talents of the legendary Sly Stewart! The group sound different than Sly's Family Stone, but have a ... (Soul LP)
Radio Canada/Return To Analog (Canada), 1973. (reissue)
One of the greatest moments ever from pianist Sadik Hakim – a player most people know for his contribution to the American bop scene of the late 40s – but an artist who grew even more strongly during his later years in Montreal! This album's a real highlight from that overlooked time ... (Jazz LP)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 80s. 2CD
Four Trojan Records albums, all produced by Linval Thompson – and featuring some bonus tracks too! First up is Poor Man Style – a gem of a record from Barrington Levy – done in that laidback, easy-stepping style that always worked perfectly for the singer's vocals! Linval ... (Reggae CD)
A distant star in the Earth Wind & Fire galaxy – and the only album by this sweetly grooving group that owed a lot to the EWF sound! The record's produced by Verdine White, executive produced by Maurice White, and even features a bit of guest vocals by Philip Bailey – and the ... (Soul CD)
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! ... (Jazz CD)
Arista/Muzak (Japan), 1971.
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... (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 ... (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 ... (Soundtracks LP)
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 ... (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 ... (Rock CD)
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 ... (Rock LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1972/1977.
A seminal session from the St Louis scene of the early 70s – one that was humming nearly as much as Chicago was with the AACM at the time! As with the larger organization in the Windy City, St Louis had the Black Artists Group – of which Julius Hemphill was a key member, forming fresh ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Funky Compilations CD)
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 ... (Soundtracks LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), Early 80s. (reissue)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Soundtracks LP)
Altercat (Germany), 2019.
Great diaspora sounds from Afrodyssey Orchestra – a group who bring so much more to their music than most of their contemporaries – in ways that both tap into their native cultural history in Greece, and really open up some of the deeper jazz currents of their songs! Instrumentation ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Rock LP)
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 ... (Global Grooves LP)
Everland (Netherlands), 1970s/Early 80s. 5LP
A special box set that collects all the key early albums from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – including a few rock moments too! First up is Shinchugoku – the earliest album we've ever seen from legendary guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a set that's a bit more pastoral and down to earth, as ... (Jazz LP)
Polydor, 1969. 2LP Gatefold
A rare lost treasure from James Brown – the full, unedited version of a live concert that was cut up and butchered for the Sex Machine album – presented here for the first time ever, with a huge amount of never-issued tunes! Sex Machine was one of those "fake" concert albums ... (Soul LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. (reissue)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
Omega Productions (France), 1982/2002.
Two great female horror soundtracks – both recorded for director Jean Rollin, and done twenty years apart – but with a nicely unified vibe that works well on this CD! La Morte Vivante is from 1982, but avoids most of the keyboard-heavy modes of other horror work of the period – ... (Soundtracks CD)
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, ... (Out Sound LP)
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2019.
A spirited testament to the power of woman – put together by Brazilian singer/songwriters Ana Costa and Zelia Duncan – and done with help from a huge amount of guests who include Leila Pinheiro, Maira Freitas, Simone, Daniele Mercury, Alcione, Aurea Martins, Elbas Ramalho, Mart'Nalia, ... (Brazil CD)
Beat (Italy), 1963.
A much more sensitive western soundtrack than you might expect – one that mixes light woodwind and string melodies with a few passages of more driving action – yet even those seem to have a brightness that's a bit different than usual for the genre! The whole thing is maybe one of the ... (Soundtracks CD)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
Fantastic funk from Dam-Funk – full of heavy bassbits, sweet beats, and plenty of keyboards – all with that stripped-down sound that always helps us focus on the well-chosen elements in his music! The whole thing's instrumental – and relatively spare, but very fulfilling – ... (Neo Soul LP)
Cherry Red (UK), 1985. 2CD
A great later set from The Associates – recorded at a time when singer Billy MacKenzie was more of a solo act overall, but still sounding great – and able to deliver the kind of electro pop charms that helped open the door for a whole new generation in the UK! The Associates never hit ... (Rock CD)
A rare bit of 70s salsa from Luis Santi – a record that was so tied to the local scene in Miami, the pyramid on the cover is filled with ads for lots of that city's small businesses in the Latin community! Luis kicks back on the cover next to a bag of money – possibly revenues from ... (Latin CD)
Society Hill, 2019.
The Society Hill label goes pop, but not in a contemporary way – as the company's always been devoted to the best classic sounds of 70s Philly – which it explores here with the help of three different singers! The tunes include a lot of crossover classics you'd know from 70s radio, but ... (Neo Soul CD)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1976. (reissue)
A record with a lot of visual impact, and one with a fair bit of audio impact too – given that the tracks are a great mix of funk, jazz, and some of the more dramatic styles from the KPM sound library of the 70s! The music is nicely varied, but all in the best KPM modes – as even the ... (Sound Library LP)
Red Star/Norton, 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic slice of work from the Boston scene of the 70s – an overlooked group from the early years of punk, and one who might have gotten much greater acclaim, had they been part of the New York scene down at CBGBs! The Real Kids were formed by lead singer John Felice after parting ways ... (Rock LP)
Krokofant with Stale Storlokken & Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019.
A modern bit of progressive avant jazz from Krokofant – a trio who take us back to some of the European power combos of the 70s, particularly those that could blend together electric styles and outside sounds in the Eastern Bloc scene! The core lineup features tremendous drums from Axel ... (Jazz CD)
Idibib/Manufactured, 1976. (reissue)
Quite possibly the rarest album ever from this great percussionist – and one of the most intimate, too – given that the record only features Doug Hammond on drums, percussion, and piano – alongside flute from Karen Joseph! The percussion alone is great, and handled by Doug with a ... (Jazz LP)
Return To Analog (Canada), 1970. (reissue)
A stunning little instrumental set from trumpeter Billy Martin – a player from the New York scene of the 60s, but who recorded this standout record way up in Canada – where it forever became one of the funkiest records to ever get issued north of the border! Every cut's an instrumental ... (Soul LP)
Leopard, 2019. 2CD
A super cosmic mix of jazz, funk, and soul – served up by keyboardist Bobby Sparks, who plays host to a huge array of guest musicians and singers! In a way, there's a vibe here that almost recreates the spirit of George Clinton's P-Funk – especially the way that Sparks can be such a ... (Jazz CD)
Brunswick/Octave (Japan), Late 60s/1970s.
DJ Muro mixes it up with the catalog of legendary soul label Brunswick Records – really digging deep into output of the mighty imprint – to come up with a wicked pastiche of funky tunes that includes bits of 40 tracks in all! The mix is more complicated than some of Muro's other ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Coloursound Library/Be With (UK), 1983. (reissue)
Percussive underscores, but for the now generation – specifically the one that wants a bit more electronics in their percussion – as most of the set seems to focus more on electric drum styles than the acoustic instruments on the cover! That's hardly a problem, though – as the ... (Sound Library LP)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1975. (reissue)
A really great split album of moods from the legendary KPM Sound Library – two different sides, each with a slightly different vibe! Side one is The Hunter – which features a mix of funky action tunes and moodier, tense moments – almost acting like a mini-narrative in sound, with ... (Sound Library LP)
Treader (UK), 2005.
Charlie Parker made some famous recordings with strings, and many other musicians followed his lead – but here, the alto genius John Tchicai takes the format in a completely different direction – by working not with violins and violas, but other instruments that provide a completely ... (Jazz LP)
Kojima/BBE (UK), 1979.
A masterpiece of spiritual sounds from Japanese drummer Takahashi Miyasaka – one of those sublime 70s records that really carries the Coltrane legacy forward, and finds a whole new channel of inspiration in the universe! The group is led by Miyasaka, but features fantastic horn work from ... (Jazz CD)
Elemental, 1991. 2CD
Marvelous late work from tenorist Barney Wilen – the French reedman who first rose to fame in the late 50s, with crucial recordings with Miles Davis and Art Blakey – then really faded from view for most of the next few decades, before making a fantastic late life comeback, with a sound ... (Jazz CD)
Mass Appeal, 2019.
A sequel to Nas's legendary Lost Tapes with beats by a who's who of post-millennium hip hop production heavyweights and versatile rhymes by one of best ever! The original Lost Tapes was a game changer, a raw showcase for his rhymes style at it's core essence that followed a hit and miss creative ... (Hip Hop CD)
Sun/Ascensionale (Italy), 1979. (reissue)
An overlooked gem of spiritual jazz from the South African scene – a group led by pianist Tete Mbambisa, but one that also features some of the best work we've ever heard from legendary reedman Basil Coetzee! The album features four long tracks, all nice and long – modal numbers that ... (Jazz LP)
High Note/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. 2CD
Two full albums from the lovely Sonya Spence – plus a bonus CD of female reggae tunes by some of her contemporaries! First up is In The Dark – a sublime reggae soul classic from Sonya Spence – a singer with a voice that's maybe a bit lighter than some of her Kingston ... (Reggae CD)
Prestige/Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2LP Gatefold
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, ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Digitmovies/Sonor (Italy), 1975. (reissue)
Very cool sounds from this Richard Conte exorcist film from the mid 70s – a movie that was also known as Naked Exorcism in some corners of the world – and which gets a soundtrack that's every bit as creepy as its title! The music is heavy on organ at times – used in a moody way ... (Soundtracks LP)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1972. (reissue)
A great solo album by this member of Chairmen of the Board – done with some wicked Holland Dozier Holland production, at a level that almost makes Johnson sound heavier here than in his work with his more famous group! The vocals have that same sort of crazy pinched sound that he had with ... (Soul LP)
Barclay/On Sale Music (Italy), 1970.
One of the coolest albums we've ever heard from French funk legend Nino Ferrer – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love his records of the 60s! Nino first started out as one of the few continental cats whose energy could match that of the funkiest soul singers in the US at the time ... (French CD)
Tompkins Square, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A really fantastic collection of rare gospel music – one that's put together with a fair bit of thought, and a great deal of love – even more than most other collections of the music that we usually get our hands on! The selection of songs is as thoughtful as the long, well-crafted ... (Gospel LP)
Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2019.
The first full compilation issued by the Tropical Diaspora label – a relatively young company, but one with a great ear for picking up all the contemporary changes on the global underground! As you'd guess from their name, there's lots of music here that comes from cultures changing as they ... (Global Grooves LP)
Bluesway/Elemental (Spain), 1969. (reissue)
John Lee Hooker gets some great treatment here – working in a loose, groovy style for the Bluesway label – and getting a nice dose of funk right down at the core! The set's produced by Ed Michel – who'd also done some great soul jazz work over the years – and in addition to ... (Blues LP)
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s. 2LP Gatefold
A fascinating look at musical modes in London during the big years of postwar immigration – a time when former residents of the crumbling British Empire were flooding to London for jobs and a better way of life – often bringing along a huge amount of cultural experience in the process! ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Soul LP)
Mad About Records (Portugal), 1976.
Plenty of flavor here – a really well-crafted brew that's heavy with searing saxophone from Mike Selesia – mixed with other rootsy instrumentation in a very groovy way! Mike plays soprano, tenor sax, and flute on the set – clearly inspired by the John Coltrane generation, yet ... (Jazz LP)
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1971.
Killer Hammond from Polish player Piotr Figiel – a player with a really wonderful sort of groove! The album's got a vibe that's halfway between the Hammond antics of Alan Hawkshaw and the freer lines of American jazzmen like Jimmy Smith or Charles Earland – augmented by other cool ... (Jazz CD)
Liam Barker Film Production, 2019.
A great look at the guitar genius of Robbie Basho – a creative guitarist and key contemporary of John Fahey and others on the Takoma Records scene – and a musician who was taken from us all too soon! Basho's got a personality and history that's every bit as enigmatic as Fahey – ... (DVD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Beat (Italy), 1964.
Really groovy sounds from two great Italian film composers of the 60s – Bruno Nicolai and Nino Olivero – both working here to create a wide assortment of different instrumental modes! The film follows in the "Mondo" style of the period – kind of a fake documentary, with ... (Soundtracks CD)
CBS/Pacific Theatre Encore (Australia), 1968.
A fantastic funky set from the Sydney scene of the 60s – one of the coolest, cookingest combos to ever record in Australia at the time – and a group with a mix of mod and soul elements that reminds us of the best organ jazz recorded in London too! The group's led by the mighty Col ... (Jazz CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1975.
A sexy little soundtrack from Nico Fidenco – penned for this mid 70s film about a teenage prostitute who works under the nickname "Blue Jeans"! The music's got a wonderfully whimsical feel – not as electric or Euro-erotic as you might expect from the cover, and often put ... (Soundtracks CD)
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 – ... (Jazz CD)
Trost (Austria), 2019.
Saxophonist Peter Brotzmann is no stranger to the world of solo recording – but this set has a very different vibe than most of his previous outings in that format – as you might guess by the famous standard referenced in the title! Half the record has Peter taking off on his own ... (Jazz CD)
Cabum/Beat (Italy), 1983.
One of the more obscure Ennio Morricone soundtracks of the 80s – done for an erotic Italian film at the same time he was rising to greater fame for big budget scores in Hollywood! Yet despite the less arty setting of the music here, Morricone is completely at the top of his game – not ... (Soundtracks CD)
International Anthem, 2019.
A fantastic record from the contemporary Chicago scene – one that both gives bassist Junius Paul his first showcase as a leader, and underscores the richly collaborative energy in which the musician works! The set was recorded at various points in the Windy City underground – with Paul ... (Jazz CD)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974.
Who cares? We care! And it's hard not to – given the strength of this sweet little set from Japanese bassist Takashi Mizuhashi – a hell of a player who really knows how to keep things exciting throughout! The group's got some tremendous talent in the front – both Fumio ... (Jazz CD)
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A set that definitely lives up to its title – as all the tracks are from the more exotic, unusual side of the Afro Funk spectrum – including some great 70s experiments with American soul, Cuban percussion, and even a touch of reggae too! The package is lean on notes, but has a really ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Sonorama Discos, 2019.
Great work by a sharp-edged ensemble from Mexico City – a group who start out in familiar territory of Afro Funk, then quickly take the music in directions of their own – which includes a bit of the psychedelia promised in the title! Instrumentation features the core Afro Funk modes of ... (Global Grooves LP)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1960.
A pretty rollicking little western score from Gianni Ferrio – one that begins with some more familiar modes, then breaks out into a variety of different styles throughout the disc – from fiddle-driven numbers, to piano tunes, harmonica instrumentals, and other varied bits – an ... (Soundtracks CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1966. Gatefold
That's Goldsnake, not Goldfinger – but the soundtrack here from Carlo Savina is very much inspired by the James Bond music of the 60s – and served up in a great range of spy, mod, and crime jazz styles! The main theme gets a vocal reading at the start, but is transformed into other ... (Soundtracks LP)
OTOroku (UK), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic group dedicated to one of our favorite jazz musicians of all time – legendary bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik, the musician who worked famously with Thelonious Monk, but also recorded some amazing experiments that mixed together jazz rhythms and elements of music from the Mid East! For ... (Jazz LP)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976.
A beautifully spare session from the mid 70s – one that features bass and cello from Isao Suzuki – stretching out here in a sound that's totally unique! The trio's a great one – with Donald Bailey on drums and Tsuyoshi Yamamoto on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes – the ... (Jazz CD)
Atlantic, 1968. 4X7inch
The cover may look a bit scientific – but the music is plenty soulful throughout – a package that brings together four key singles from that momentous musical year of 1968 – a time when Aretha Franklin was really finding her sound at Atlantic Records! The music here represents ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Trunk (UK), 2019.
One of the strangest keyboard records you'll ever hope to own – as this unusual little album features not the musical tones of the keyboards, or the results of computer-programmed music – but instead just features the sound of the keys themselves! That is, each different track features ... (Sound Library 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 ... (Soul LP)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974.
A special live set, dedicated to the head of the unique Three Blind Mice label – and done in the best freewheeling style of pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto! The record's got even more bite than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time – a soulful groove that has lots of left hand action ... (Jazz CD)
Svart (Finland), 1975.
One of the most obscure albums ever recorded by Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava – and one of the greatest as well! The set is a rare meeting between Rava and some key players on the Argentine scene of the mid 70s – a great quartet that features Fernando Gelbard on Fender Rhodes, ... (Jazz LP)
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, ... (Sound Library LP)
Help/Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. Gatefold (reissue)
A killer album of Afro Funk from the Nigerian scene at the start of the 80s – but a set that feels much more like some of the longer-form experiments in Lagos during the decade before! All the titles here are nice and long, and build with this instrumental jamming approach – lots of ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Ram/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. (pic cover)
Really great work from Margaret Lewis – a Louisiana singer/songwriter from the glory days of the indie label 45 scene – and one who works here with a very unique blend of rock, soul, and country modes! It's a bit hard to sum of Margaret's music in words – but lots of this ... (Rock 7-inch)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1971.
A record that's far more beautiful than you'd guess from the "carcass" in the title – a strong set of vocal work from singer Kimiko Kasai – easily one of the hippest Japanese singers of the 70s! Although Kasai's sometimes straight on the album, she also stretches out in freer ... (Vocalists CD)
Trost (Austria), 2019.
A legendary trio, very firmly back in action – and making us feel like it's the late 60s European free jazz scene all over again! The energy of the players here is tremendous – and while we've enjoyed the renewed strengths of saxophonist Peter Brotzmann in recent years, we're equally ... (Jazz CD)
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
The former leader of Ollie & The Nightingale steps out on his own – hitting a wonderfully deep approach to Memphis soul that's even more sublime than his previous group's records for Stax! There's a quiet genius going on here – a simple but powerful take on southern soul that ... (Soul CD)
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Rock LP)
Fontana (France), 1968. (reissue)
An incredible collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – one of Serge's first duet albums ever – and a gem all the way through! In the year before he cut "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus" with Jane Birkin, Serge recorded this great album with Brigitte Bardot in which ... (French LP)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Liverpool is best known as the home of The Beatles – but back in the 60s, the city was overflowing with tremendous musical talent – including a wealth of female groups and singers who added a heck of a lot to the British scene in the decade! This collection digs very deep into that ... (Rock CD)
A tremendous live performance from Marvin Gaye – recorded at the Kennedy Center in 1972, and based around his classic album What's Going On – yet handled in a completely different way! The set's not just a straight reading of the record – as the song order is different, and the ... (Soul CD)
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1960s/1970s.
The voice of June Tyson was a key part of the sound of the Sun Ra Arkestra during the first few decades of its existence – but this is the first time the lady herself has ever gotten a record under her own name – a beautiful collection of Ra-backed, Tyson-fronted tunes that includes ... (Vocalists LP)
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2019.
The legendary George Lewis plays both trombone and electronics here – both of which are a fantastic addition to the core trio efforts of Harald Kimming on violin, Daniel Studer on bass, and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello! These guys are unlike any string trio you might know from the world of ... (Jazz CD)
Sahel Sounds, 1994.
A fantastic album from a West Saharan group dedicated to political independence of the Sahrawi people, but who also work with a great blend of older acoustic styles and a few contemporary electric elements! The music has maybe a touch of Tuareg guitar in the mix, but there's also some powerful ... (Global Grooves CD)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1982.
The Moomins comics have delighted the world for generations – but fewer folks have seen the early 80s Moomins TV show – which is a masterpiece of felt-based, stop-motion animation! And while the images on the screen are amazing, the music for the program is equally great – spare, ... (Soundtracks LP)
Minstrel/Roundtable (Australia), Late 60s. (reissue)
Some of the moodiest, most unusual music we've ever heard from Mario Nascimbene – an artist who's maybe best known for working in the more romantic side of the spectrum, but who here is using a "mixerama" keyboard – which works a bit like the mellotron to sample elements, then ... (Soundtracks LP)
Habibi Funk (UK), 1977.
A really mindblowing set of music from late 70s Lebanon – an ambitious blend of jazzy instrumentation, poetic vocals, and larger instrumental impulses – all with this soaring sort of energy that reminds us of some of the more complex Brazilian records of the 70s, or of some of our ... (Global Grooves LP)
The record that forever put Prince on the map – a legendary set that took him from being an under-appreciated soul singer to a lasting pop music legend! Prince had been around for a few years before 1999 – but the double-length set was the first to really win over the masses to his ... (Soul CD)
Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
A great one from Nigerian bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter King – working in a funkier mode here than on the more jazz and roots based groove of his first record! The highlife sound is still a vital component, but on this one, Peter embraces a harder hitting approach on ... (Global Grooves CD)
Svart (Finland), 1980s/Early 90s.
Finland's been giving us some great funk and soul sounds in recent years, but that legacy stretches back much longer than we might have guessed – to a point that includes all these groovy disco and electronic dance tracks from the 80s! The set's a follow-up to the Satan In Love compilation, ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Masahiko Satoh/Sabu Toyozumi
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 – ... (Jazz CD)
Quartet (Spain), 1989.
A really wonderful jazz soundtrack by Herbie Hancock – recorded at the end of the 80s, a decade when Herbie was spending a lot of time on keyboards – but with a rock-solid older jazz vibe that really fits the vintage Harlem setting of the film! The music mixes larger arrangements with ... (Soundtracks CD)
Atco/Fat Possum, 1980. (reissue)
A totally great album from the early years of the New York punk scene – and a set that will be remembered as the moment of musical glory for the legendary Jim Carroll! As with Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, and Patti Smith – Carroll has roots in writing, but energy that needs music to ... (Rock LP)
Quartet (Spain), 1980.
A sweet Nelson Riddle soundtrack for a Burt Reynolds caper film – served up with a style that updates older Riddle modes for the 80s, but with a surprising current of jazz too! The jazzier modes are emphasized by a few older Ellington tunes in the mix – amidst newer Nelson tunes that ... (Soundtracks CD)
Modern Harmonic, 1966/2019. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really cool combination of modes – a set that brings together a vintage 60s spoken word album on the UFO phenomenon, then adds in a whole set of new instrumental work by some leading lights in the contemporary psych underground! Record one features File #733 UFO – a spoken set from ... (Rock LP)
Pro Musica/Svart (Finland), 1974. Gatefold (reissue)
Very long and extended jamming work from Ave Rock – a hip Argentine combo from the early 70s, and one that rivals the bigger progressive greats of the European scene at the time! Ave Rock are heavy on the keyboard and guitar lines here – really stretching out with a fluid, well-played ... (Rock LP)
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1978. (reissue)
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! ... (Soul LP)
Quartet (Spain), 1976.
Music has always played a great part in the films of Roman Polanski – and that's definitely the case in The Tenant, a film that's got a score that's subtle, but which really fits the spooky mood of the story! Philippe Sarde is in relatively familiar territory here, but darker too – and ... (Soundtracks LP)
Timmion (Finland), 2019.
An excellent group, and one with a really great concept – a fresh take on a format that was big in the 60s soul jazz scene, but spun out in a very unique way – both in terms of instrumentation, and in terms of the groove! Trumpeter Jukka Eskola heads the trio, which also features ... (Jazz CD)
Trojan (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
The fantastic female side of Trojan Records – the legendary reggae label that formed a key bridge between Kingston and London back in the day – and helped introduce generations to the changing styles of Jamaican music in the 60s and 70s! Trojan's maybe best known for some of its big ... (Reggae CD)
Svart (Finland), 1976. (reissue)
Not the funky European group of the same name from the 70s – but an even more obscure hard rock quartet from Buenos Aires – and one who perform here with a non-stop sound that's completely wonderful! These guys have clearly drunk deep of the Anglo world of hard rock – ... (Rock LP)
Blue Note/Slow Down Sounds, 1961. (reissue)
A beautiful little session from one of the greatest guitarists ever! The album's part of Blue Note's tendency to "churchify" Grant Green on some albums – giving his guitar a gospelly groove that has some nicely soulful connotations – but it's also a record that's maybe the ... (Jazz LP)
Aware/Tidal Waves, 1973. (reissue)
Mad funky soul from King Hannibal – a down and dirty singer from the Atlanta scene of the 70s! The notes on the back say "He's black, he's proud, he's arrogant – the combination is powerful" – and we've gotta say that we agree with that assessment, because King really ... (Soul LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. (pic cover)
Two beautiful little songs from the Moomins animated series – one of them issued here for the first time ever! "Woodland Band (parade)" is a gentle number with a sweet flute line over this guitar part that moves up and down in a way that's lightly resonating – before opening ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1977. (reissue)
A cracker of a Colombian session from the 70s – a record that hits equally hard on both the salsa and cumbia sides of the spectrum – and which features vocals from the trio pictured on the cover – Adolfo Echeverria, Manuel Cassinai, and Freddy Cruz! The music bristles with that ... (Latin LP)
Tummy Touch/P-Vine (Japan), 1999.
A massive bit of blue-eyed soul – recorded on the London scene of the late 90s, but put together with a vibe that takes us back to early 70s LA! The sticker on the front of the original record promises links to Steely Dan and Jamiroquai – and the sound of the record definitely lives up ... (New Grooves CD)
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A huge legacy of Detroit soul – all from the masterful hands of onetime Motown maestro Jack Ashford and his Just Productions team! Ashford's had his hands in countless great records over the years – early work with Motown, key Detroit Pied Piper Productions material, and all these ... (Soul LP)
Liston/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. (reissue)
A great set of mellow soul from the start of the 80s – not the Positive Force of "We Got The Funk" fame, but a different groove that has a nicely smooth groove! The style here is halfway between soul and AOR, but handled with an indie charm that really keeps things compelling ... (Soul LP)
Vendemiaire/Digger's Digest (France), Late 70s. (reissue)
Really fantastic work from Cossi Anatz – a 70s French group who play something they term as "jazz Afro-Occitan" – a wonderful hybrid of modes that's even more compelling than you might think! At some level, the record follows from some of the experiments of Jef Gilson along ... (Jazz LP)
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1988. 2CD
Incredible sounds from Japanese composer Yoshio Ojima – music created for the Spiral art center in Tokyo – one of the most beautiful buildings we've ever visited in the city! The spot is a special blend of art and commerce – and the music by Ojima shifts between the sorts of ... (Rock CD)
Red Greg/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978.
A holy grail, and one of the only records ever cut by Donna McGhee – an incredibly soulful club singer who worked with both Patrick Adams and Roy Ayers! This album's her legendary side for the team of Adams and Greg Carmichael – and it's got a sweet and mellow groove that's unlike ... (Soul CD)
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s.
A great slice of work from Chicago soul singer Otis Clay – a collection of his 70s singles for the Hi Records label – a number of which never appeared on his albums at the time! Clay's work was some of the best male soul on the label next to Al Green – and he received a similar ... (Soul CD)
Warner/Real Gone, Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Really great material from Tony Joe White – a never-issued live album recorded during his early 70s stretch at Warner Brothers – done with a raw, stripped-down vibe that offers up an even grittier take on the territory of his early albums for Monument Records! The group is pretty small ... (Rock LP)
Tele Music/BMG (France), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
A heavy-hitting collection of funk and jazz from one of the oldest and grooviest sound library labels on the European scene – the mighty Tele Music, home to a great array of artists and composers with a fair bit of experience in the worlds of jazz and soul! The collection is the first we've ... (Sound Library LP)
Glass Wing/Invisible City Editions (Canada), 1986. (reissue)
A very unusual shift for spiritual jazz in the 80s – a set that combines the acoustic energy of the 70s with some newer electric touches – all in a way that takes off with some soulful elements in the mix! Jeff Majors handles a harp – ala Dorothy Ashby – but the music mixes ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Brazil LP)
Idibib/Manufactured, 1980. (reissue)
A lasting classic from drummer Doug Hammond – maybe one of his most widely-circulated records, even though the whole set is still relatively obscure! That doesn't stop the music from being great, though – and the whole thing is a great bridge between the New York loft jazz years of the ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
Four Flies (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
That's a sexy lady on the cover, and there's lots of sexy sounds within – music from a whole new generation of Italian soundtrack genius – a time when disco influences were being used to transform some of the groovy modes that always made Italian film scores so great! The disco styles ... (Soundtracks LP)
Modern Harmonic, Mid 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A legendary Detroit group that's maybe best known for featuring early work from the young Jim Osterberg – later Iggy Pop – but a combo who's more than cooking on their own, with a searing sound that reminds us that blues-styled rock had a mighty strong power in the 60s! Combos like ... (Rock LP)
Out-Sider (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The sound of the Louisville scene long before the years of Squirrel Bait and Slint – a treasure trove of underground work, most of it previously unissued – all of which documents a searing scene of psych and garage experimentation! There's a tightness to these tracks that's really ... (Rock LP)
Odeon/Polysom (Brazil), 1973. (reissue)
Fantastic instrumental fusion from Brazil – a killer set from the combo who came from Milton Nascimento's scene, and often backed him up in the early 70s! Som Imaginario have a style that mixed the complex jazzy arranging styles of artists like Egberto Gismonti or Edu Lobo with some of the ... (Brazil 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 ... (Jazz LP)
Planet E, 2019.
We don't hear nearly enough from Waajeed as we'd like to – but he really returns to glory here on a stunning mix of underground tracks from the Detroit scene – all contemporaries of Waajeed, and part of that rich electronic legacy that he's given us from his early days on the city's ... (New Grooves CD)
Omniverse (UK), 2019.
Evolve is a great title for this full length set – as Marc Mac is one of the few talents from the 4Hero generation who's really evolved over the years, and who's continued to give us some really incredible music – a jazz-based take on the realm of beats and keyboards, with a cosmic-drive ... (New Grooves LP)
Better Days/We Want Sounds (France), 1978.
An early moment of genius from Ryuichi Sakamoto – the solo start of a fantastic legacy of electronic music, and a record that's still one of our real go-to discs from his mighty large catalog! The record is a great break from some other, earlier modes of Japanese experimentation – ... (Rock CD)
London Calling (UK), Late 60s. 4CD
A really lost slice of work from the legendary Scott Walker – material recorded for his short-lived TV show and specials for the BBC in the late 60s! Scott here is at the height of his powers – the god-like voice from the albums Scott 1 through Scott 4 – working mostly with his ... (Rock CD)
Stunt (Denmark), 2019.
A tight set of Latin jazz, and very much in the spirit of the title – featuring a quartet led by percussionist Eliel Lazo, recorded with some great chorus vocals from the members of the group! The record's not nearly as rootsy or slavishly classic Cuban as others of this nature – which ... (Jazz CD)
Morphine (Netherlands), 2019.
Darker sounds than usual for this cool Italian combo – a set that still has the cosmic elements of their previous record, but a much sharper edge, and a style that feels a lot more improvised and free! Each of the long tunes build up in a way that's organic – free at the start, then ... (Jazz LP)
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't ... (Jazz CD)
A completely different side of Arthur Russell than you might have heard before – and that's really saying a lot, given how many sides Russell has already given us! In his too-short life, Arthur managed to crack both the worlds of New York club and avant garde – but here, Russell ... (Rock CD)
Aum Fidelity, 2019.
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from pianist Eri Yamamoto – in large part because of the presence of the Choral Cameleon vocal group! The mix of piano and voice is wonderful – haunting and powerful, in a way that reminds us of some of the best Vince Guaraldi ... (Jazz CD)
Two long live improvisations by the Radical Empathy Trio – a group that features Nels Cline on guitars, Michael Wimberly on drums, and Thollen McDonas on a variety of keyboards! The sounds here are not unfamiliar if you've heard some of Cline's freer recordings – but even then, the ... (Jazz 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)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. 4CD
A wonderful package – one that brings together five excellent albums from pianist Alan Jean-Marie – an important player on the French scene, but one who never full gets his due on this side of the Atlantic! The set begins with Jean-Marie's first album of Biguine Reflections – a ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Legacy, Late 60s. 3CDs
Rare and unheard material from Dylan's career redefining Nashville era – his post Blonde On Blonde Nashville era to be more specific – when he recorded the poetic story song masterpiece John Wesley Harding, the charming country folk classic Nashville Skyline, sessions that would end up ... (Rock CD)