Cadillac (UK), 2021.
A quartet of improvising greats, coming together hear beautifully – with lots of sharp tenor work from Evan Parker, alongside the drums of Paul Lytton, bass of John Edwards, and piano of Alexander Hawkins! Parker is sometimes very deft, sometimes more in the textural territory of his more ... (Jazz CD)
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1966. 2CD
A double-length package – one that brings together two previous Hat Art releases of live material – Berlin/Stockholm and Lorrach/Paris! The 2CD set features crucial European performances by Albert Ayler in the mid 60s – one that were issued until many years after the recording, ... (Jazz CD)
Okka Disk, 2009. 2CD
Three of the greatest saxophonists of the past few decades, teaming up here as a trio, and working at a level of sonic intensity that few other players could match! The set features Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, and Peter Brotzmann – all blowing tenor, plus a variety of other saxes – ... (Jazz CD)
ECM (Germany), 2020. 2CD
Keith Jarrett in our favorite side of his talents – playing the long, improvised style that first made him a breakthrough artist on ECM in the 70s – and which still remains one of his most important contributions to the history of jazz! Even later years, Jarrett's sense of imagination ... (Jazz CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s.
A massive amount of rare soul work from late 60s Atlanta – a scene that's not nearly as well-known as a hotbed of southern soul, in comparison to Memphis or Muscle Shoals – but a city that created some great work at the time, thanks to the efforts of producer Bill Haney! As you'll ... (Soul CD)
Quartet (Spain), 1971.
Beautifully slow-building work from Ennio Morricone – caught right at that near-perfect start of the 70s point when he was a master of understatement and spare musical elements! Many numbers begin with a sound that's often very spare – sliding out of the darkness sometimes with just a ... (Soundtracks LP)
Jazzland (Norway), 2021.
An album with a really beautiful title – a reference to "My Favorite Things", perhaps – and one that's got a sound that's equally beautiful to match – very different than some of the noisier music we've heard from Eivind Aarset in the past! Yet as with all his other ... (Jazz CD)
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Maybe the grooviest collection of work we've ever seen from the lovely Nancy Sinatra – a set that features some of her hits, but also includes a lot more material that's much more obscure – and which shows that Nancy was a hell of a song stylist, far from the charts! The core of the ... (Vocalists LP)
Rymden (Bugge Wesseltoft/Dan Berglund/Magnus Ostrum)
Jazzland (Norway), 2021.
Very cool work from this hip Norwegian trio – a group that maybe returns keyboardist Bugge Wesseltoft to some of the more rhythmic modes that made us first fall in love with his music! The setup here is familiar – piano, bass, and drums – but there's lots of surprises along the ... (Jazz CD)
Metheny Group Productions/BMG, 2021.
Really beautiful work from Pat Metheny, but a set that showcases his work more as a composer than a performer – two longer tracks that both have a different sound than his regular material! "Four Paths Of Light" is a suite in four parts, performed by acoustic guitarist Jason Vieux ... (Jazz CD)
Jazzland (Norway), 2021.
A really cool little project – and one that's much better than you might expect at first glance! The "Destiny" in the title refers to the songs – as they're all originals first recorded by Destiny's Child, served up here in instrumental jazz readings with some very creative ... (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
A funny thing happened to British music after the initial explosion of punk in the late 70s – it got surprisingly funky, in all sorts of weird ways that helped the new music cross over to the dancefloor – maybe inspired by American funk and soul, but coming off with a very different ... (Rock CD)
Frame Quartet (Vandermark/McBride/Daisy/Lonberg-Holm)
Okka Disk, 2009.
An overlooked group from the Chicago scene of the early century – a group made up of very familiar names from the world of free improvisation in the city, but coming together here with a slightly different vibe! The real difference is the use of electric elements at times – both ... (Jazz CD)
Atco/Friday Music, Early 70s. (reissue)
A classic overview of the too-short career of 70s soul genius Donny Hathaway – issued by Atlantic Records right after Donny was taken from us all too soon! There's a really nice mix of tracks here – album cuts and singles, and tunes that show both the farther reaches of sophisticated ... (Soul LP)
Jazzland (Norway), 2021.
They might have gotten the title wrong, as the loop is very much a part of this record – particularly a loop pedal that saxophonist Hakon Kornstad uses to really flesh out the sound of this beautiful solo album! The set was recorded during lockdown in 2020, but it's one of the warmer, more ... (Jazz CD)
The future's brighter than the recent past – thanks to the spirit embraced here by the folks at Colemine Records – one of many labels who weathered the storm of 2020, and who see much brighter days ahead in the years to come! Colemine survived by stripping things down, and digitally ... (Deep Funk CD)
CBS/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 70s/1980s. 3LP
Seminal work from minimalist genius Philip Glass – a set that was issued during the same decade that saw his important opera box sets define his career – but one that also hearkens back to some of the leaner experimental modes of his early days! Part of the set was recorded in 1979, ... (Out Sound LP)
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Dusty Springfield on Atlantic Records – a match made in heaven, and one that's presented here perfectly in a batch of two dozen tracks that are all served up in their original mono mixes for 45rpm seven inch singles! Dusty had already been one of the most soulful singers on the UK scene in ... (Vocalists CD)
Favorite (France), 2021.
We've loved the music of Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart in all its many forms for years – but over time, this Voilaaa project might well be our favorite – as it really gives Patchworks a way to blend past and present, while also reaching out over the space of the globe! As before, ... (New Grooves CD)
Return To Analog (Canada), 2021.
Really great work from this French Canadian group – a contemporary set, but one that has lots of echoes of the past! There's a vibe here that has plenty of groovy 60s modes filtered through a 90s sensibility – somewhere in the territory of Stereolab, especially given the French lyrics ... (Rock LP)
Moserobie (Sweden), 2021.
A really great change in the music of Swedish guitarist Johan Lindstrom – music that expands the vision of his previous record, and also explores some more song-based territory – while still allowing for lots of musical contributions from other players we love on the Moserobie label! ... (Jazz CD)
A real turning point in the career of Japan – and a set that really shows David Sylvian coming into his own, both as a singer and a songwriter! The sound here is a complete change from the group at the start – these really wonderful tunes that mark Japan as one of the smarter, more ... (Rock CD)
Duke University Press, 2021.
A huge book on the equally-huge creative legacy of bassist William Parker – a musician who first arose in the loft jazz scene in New York during the 70s, but who's gone on to be one of its greatest surviving players, and one who's transformed the inspirations of that world into so many ... (Book)
Reprise, 1990. 4LP
An unreleased live set from Neil Young – recorded in Santa Cruz in November of 1990, and featuring the group hot on the success of their Ragged Glory album! The set features the live debut of many of the record's songs, along with a number of surprises too – tracks that are unexpected ... (Rock LP)
Camille 3000 (Italy), 1961.
Very rare early work from Italian maestro Piero Piccioni – music composed for an Italian TV show at the start of the 60s – served up in a mix of jazz and other groovy styles! The real surprise here is that most of the tunes are vocal numbers, sometimes sung by artists you'll know from ... (Soundtracks LP)
Flicknife/Troubadour, 1983. 2CD
The first magnificent pairing of Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth – a set that's issued under Nikki's name, but which has all the magical energy of their Jacobites recordings together! There's an instantly timeless feel going on here – almost an indie punk refiguration of the best ideas ... (Rock CD)
Jazzland (Norway), 2021.
There's nothing too mechanical about the sound of the piano here – although at some level, there's also some very interesting mechanics involved in the project! The music started out when Benjamin Mork bought an old grand piano that had been painted blue – and rather than try to ... (Jazz CD)
Here's a record that's very close to our hearts – as pianist Jason Moran works here with a core group that includes Chicago saxophone legend Ken Vandermark, some spoken bits from Chicago artist Theaster Gates, and work from the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band – the south side high school that ... (Jazz CD)
Sunset Blvd, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. 3CD
Sure, you've got other Lightnin Hopkins CDs back home in your collection – but this set is will pretty darn essential – as it features a whopping 57 songs in all, including 37 unreleased tracks, and other material that's hard to find on CD! CD1 features some of Hopkins' best work of ... (Blues CD)
Blue Note, 2021.
The great drummer Joe Chambers is one of the few Blue Note greats from the 60s who's still making groundbreaking records for the label – and although we don't hear from him often, each new record from Joe continues to be a delight! This set features Chambers not just on drums, but also vibes ... (Jazz CD)
Fat Beats, 2021. Gatefold
A pretty fantastic chapter in the career of one of the most unique MCs to emerge in recent years – the Ukraine-born Your Old Droog, spinning out tracks here that echo the struggles of his youth as an immigrant in Brooklyn! The set's got a very freewheeling vocal style – the quick-spun ... (Hip Hop LP)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1961. (pic cover)
Never-issued work from the Sun Ra Arkestra – and two tracks that really show just how much the initial wave of their sound tied together with other strands of postwar music! Both cuts here feature vocals from singer Ricky Murray – and as you can tell from the titles, there's a slightly ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Decca (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 17CD
A staggering amount of music from the great Tom Jones – 15 full albums issued over the space of a decade, plus a 2CD set of rare bonus material too! If you've ever wondered if you could ever have too much Tom Jones – the answer is "no" – as the fullness of this set is ... (Vocalists CD)
Sony (Italy), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
Mario Biondi looks a bit angelic on the cover, but his vocals are still nicely down to earth – that wonderfully raspy charm that made us love his music right from the start, and which makes Mario one of the key folks to carry forward the legacy of older jazz singers like Mark Murphy or Mose ... (New Grooves LP)
Jazzland (Norway), 2021.
That's a young Chet Baker on the cover of the record, and the set's a really beautiful experiment based on the music that Chet recorded back in the 50s – a reworking of some of the songs he sung and made his own, turned into versions with lyrics in Norwegian, and instrumentation that nicely ... (Jazz CD)
Daptone, 2021. Gatefold
The Menahan Street Band are always pretty exciting to our funk-trained ears – but this time around, there seems to be a little something extra in the mix – a sound that has all these great little strange twists and turns around the edges, while still keeping all the mellow funk of the ... (Deep Funk LP)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970. 2CD
A massive package – the full rare Undertaker album from Derrick Harriott & The Crystalites, plus an insane amount of bonus tracks too! The core album is instrumental – a wicked set of rhythms from The Crystalites, a group who have a vibe that's right up there with the best of the ... (Reggae CD)
Blue Note, Late 50s. (reissue)
One of the most obscure of the Paul Chambers albums on Blue Note – and one of the most interesting as well! Although best known for his solid rhythm work on late 50s hardbop recordings, Chambers breaks out here with a more introspective, more exploratory style on the bass – using the ... (Jazz LP)
Street Noise/BBE (Japan), 1984.
Soaring piano lines, burning trumpet solos, and soulful tenor sax – all wrapped together beautifully in this obscure Japanese session from the 80s – a date that has all the free-thinking power and unbounded energy of some of our favorite American soul jazz sessions from a decade before! ... (Jazz CD)
Virgin/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1987. (reissue)
A really lovely soundtrack – with some great minimalist pieces by Ryuichi Sakamoto, which rival some of his best work on the Merry Christmas Lawrence soundtrack! The David Byrne tracks are surprisingly great, too – especially the main theme – and the whole thing is a great mix of ... (Soundtracks LP)
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. (reissue)
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the ... (Jazz LP)
Over the years, pianist Jason Moran has been an artist who seems to explore sound as much as music – and that's definitely the case here, as he works in a trio with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Ron Miles on cornet – both musicians who really seem to share Moran's idea for an open, sonic ... (Jazz CD)
Schema (Italy), 2021.
A more spiritual soul-based setting than usual for the talents of Nicola Conte – a long-awaited full length set, served up after a host of 12" single collaborations with Gianluca Petrella! Petrella's presence is felt in the way the tunes unfold – often with strong contributions ... (New Grooves CD)
United Artists/Quartet (Spain), 1966. 3CDs
One of the first big moments of global fame for the legendary Ennio Morricone – and a record that still stands as one of his landmark albums all these many years later! The set's famous for its haunting theme – that "wah-wah-wah" melody that led to countless covers and ... (Soundtracks CD)
Universal (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 8CD Set
A fantastic collection of work from one of the most unique teams in British music during the 70s – Richard and Linda Thompson, first recording here in a romantic partnership, then together in the studio but separate in life – moving through a musical journey that is captured brilliantly ... (Rock CD)
Kudu/Vocalion (UK), 1973.
One of the richest albums from the Kudu years of Grover Washington – a double-length set that shows the full range of his soul and imagination! The album was done in collaboration with Bob James – who arranged and conducted all tracks, and also plays keyboards on the date – and ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Jack Jazz/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986.
Hod O'Brien just like we like him – playing in a relaxed, live setting with a great approach to the piano – one that's never too overstated, but which is filled with continually creative moments that really hold our attention! O'Brien's one of those players that never seems to fully ... (Jazz CD)
Liberty/BGO (UK), 1970/1971.
A pair of Ike & Tina Turner classics – back to back on one CD! First up is Come Together – a key crossover set for the soul duo! Ike and Tina Turner crossed over big by this point in their career – grabbing a lot of ears that were mostly listening to rock music, but who ... (Soul CD)
Broc (Switzerland), 2020.
A great pairing of funky talents old and new – 70s sound library legend Janko Nilovic on keyboards, and the totally hip Soul Surfers combo on rhythms – providing these great backdrops for some surprisingly wonderful work on organ, piano, and Rhodes from Janko! We'll confess, we didn't ... (Sound Library CD)
Amayana/Sconsolato (Germany), 1974. (reissue)
That's Ken Rhodes, not Fender Rhodes – but the acoustic pianist is more than funky enough on his own – even without any electricity in the mix! The set's got this wonderful rhythm duo – drummer George Greene and bassist Joachim Knauer – who often come on with this really ... (Jazz LP)
Tidal Waves, 1963. (reissue)
The first-ever issue of this rare live set from the legendary Thelonious Monk Quartet of the 60s – the same group that cut some incredible albums for Columbia Records, sounding equally great here in a concert setting in Paris! The group features tremendous tenor work from Charlie Rouse ... (Jazz LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A true revolution in Cuban music – not the familiar cha cha and pachanga modes of the pre-Castro years, but instead the huge wave of fresh styles and combinations that sprung up in the years to come! The tracks here aren't the kind of Cuban sounds that are locked in time by the all-star ... (Latin CD)
Born Bad (France), Early 60s.
A really groovy set of tracks – not just the French cha cha promised by the title, but instead this beautiful mash-up of sounds and styles – often with results that are pretty darn unique! Sure, the rhythms are Latin, and the language is French – but there's also strands of crime ... (French CD)
Aware/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
If you only know Loleatta Holloway as a disco singer, you'll be really amazed at this debut album from 1973 – because Loleatta emerges first as deep soul singer with a strong southern vibe – very much in the mode the Atlanta scene did best, before picking up the pace a bit more as the ... (Soul CD)
Hotlanta/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
One of the greatest albums of southern soul from the 70s – a set we'd put right up there next to the Soul Children albums on Stax, or the new sound that was brewing up down at Malaco! Jimmy Lewis is an artist who never fully got his due – but he wrote and produced the whole set, at a ... (Soul CD)
Hot Casa (France), 1987. (reissue)
The title proclaims "highlife is back" – but it's also pretty darn funky here, thanks to a strong dose of influence from American soul music! In fact, the highlife quality is a bit more subdued than usual – still some great guitar lines, criss-crossing in nice ways – ... (Global Grooves LP)
Lightnin/Tidal Waves, 1985. (reissue)
An obscure later set from Texas legend Bubbha Thomas – a drummer you'll know from his work with the legendary Lightmen group in the 70s – working here in an 80s-styled extrapolation of some of the ideas from that previous combo! The music is much leaner than before – heavy on ... (Soul LP)
Tidal Waves, 1979. (reissue)
A classic collaboration between Josi Ndlovu and Andre Abrahamse – both artists who had long roots in a variety of West African groups and projects before this set – and find a way to draw on that work while also finding new energy together in the studio! The tunes have a subtle, ... (Global Grooves LP)
Jazzman (UK), 2021. (pic cover)
A beautiful single – and both sides are great! Shay Hazan's a bassist, and leads the group with a very strong energy on "Berber's Cha Cha" – a modal tune, not a Latin number – building wonderfully with trumpet from Tal Avraham, tenor from Eyal Netzer, and piano from ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Chess/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1960s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A great little collection – one that's really heavy on the hard-hitting soul tracks that Etta James cut for Chess Records in the 60s, plus some nice bits from other years too! Etta's one of those singers that's almost a genre unto herself – like Aretha Franklin, a vocalist with ... (Soul LP)
Sugar/Universal, 1970s. 2LP & 7 inch
An impeccable collection of work from one of the greatest soundtrack talents ever – a package that brings together a range of rare work from the 70s, including a number of previously-unreleased tracks! The music does have some of the dark tinges promised by the title, but this is less the ... (Soundtracks LP)
Island, 2000. (reissue)
PJ Harvey at peak power! This one came at a point in her career when she'd hit such stylistically varied high points earlier on, it's hard to imagine what she could've done to surprise long time fans or impress the critics as much as before – and she hits the mark by diverting expectations ... (Rock LP)
Zappa, Late 60s/1970s/2021. 3CD
A huge package of Frank Zappa music, packed with classics, unreleased tracks, and selections from the score to the well-done documentary on Frank's life and music by Alex Winter! The first 2CDs feature all Zappa music – including some never-issued tracks pulled from Frank's vaults, mixed ... (Rock CD)
Spinefarm/Virgin, 1980. Gatefold (reissue)
The classic debut of Killing Joke – a key set during the post-punk years, and a record that also set the tone for countless dark scenes for years to come! At this point, the group aren't too far from Joy Division – with very stark, almost stiff rhythms, topped with just the right ... (Rock LP)
De Wolfe (UK), 1978. (reissue)
A killer set from the legendary De Wolfe sound library of the 70s – a record that's got all the badass cop/crime vibe you'd expect from its shooting gallery target on the cover! The tracks are nice and lean – cop show funk, but without fuller orchestrations – so that you can ... (Sound Library LP)
Sahel Sounds, 2021.
A record that's maybe a bit misleading in its title – as the Wau Wau Collectif isn't really a fully-formed group, but instead a host of different singers and musicians recorded in a small village in Senegal – then brought together in the studio by bassist/singer Aruouna Kane, then ... (Global Grooves CD)
Tramp (Germany), 1979.
A really obscure little set from a group who recorded in Erie, PA at the end of the 70s – but who never issued this music at the time! Penn Central often have an approach that's tight and smooth enough to be on the coast – maybe indie AOR, with some nice slinky touches – but ... (Rock LP)
Atlantic/Friday Music, Mid 70s. (reissue)
Fantastic work from the second chapter of The Spinners – the moment when the group departed Motown, moved to Atlantic, and got some superb Philly soul treatment at the hands of Thom Bell! Unlike some groups, who maybe sounded best with a Detroit touch, it took the sophisticated Philly ... (Soul LP)
Salaam Records/Gotta Groove, 1969. (reissue)
Amazing spiritual jazz treasure – the only album ever issued by this obscure avant trio from the Cleveland scene – a group that includes a young Abdul Wadud on bass and cello! The style is nicely loose and open, but also very different than the sound of the AACM at the time – ... (Jazz LP)
Chien Chien Lu, 2020.
Imagine a record that starts with a fantastic reading of a Roy Ayers' tune, then just gets better as things go on – and that's very much what you'll get here, in this sweet set from vibist Chien Chien Lu! The record's got Chien Chien ringing out on these bold, well-placed notes – ... (Jazz CD)
Vik/Assencionale (Netherlands), 1961. (reissue)
Great early work from Jorge Lopez Ruiz – an Argentine bassist who we already know for his more experimental recordings in the 70s – already sounding like a committed modernist here at the start of the 60s, in very hip group that also includes a young Gato Barbieri on tenor! The titles ... (Jazz LP)
Aware/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
The first album by John Edwards – a richly talented vocalist who would go onto become the lead singer of the Spinners in later years, singing on some of their last big hits. This album's a very different effort – and features John singing in a deep Southern Soul style, mixed with the ... (Soul CD)
ATO, 2019. 2CD
Soulful sounds from Black Pumas – a collaboration between singer Eric Burton and the great Adrian Quesada – the latter an instrumentalist and producer that you'll know from a variety of different funky projects over the years! This set might well be Adrian's ticket to the big time ... (Deep Funk CD)
Capitol/BGO (UK), Early 80s. 2CD
A pair of 80s pop classics from The Motels – back to back in a single set, and with bonus tracks too! First up is All Four One – a super-huge set from The Motels – and a record that still has the group holding onto a lot of credibility at a time when so much mainstream pop was ... (Rock CD)
Maggot Brain/Third Man, 2021.
The heaviest issue of Maggot Brain throughout – and that's saying a lot for a publication that's out to take the place of Grand Royal, Wax Poetics, and other important magazines from years back! This issue lives up to its namesake – and features a deep look at Funkadelic's 1971 ... (Magazine)
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Gatefold
Trumpeter Terumasa Hino at a level that's quite different than most of his early work in Japan – recording in New York, and using a very spiritual approach – one that's clearly influenced by some of the other players in the session! The album features one long track – a bit ... (Jazz CD)
Warner, 1980s. (reissue)
Chaka Khan on Warner Brothers – a fantastic second chapter in the career of the singer who already took the 70s by storm with her work in Rufus! Here, Chaka emerges as an even more powerful solo singer on her own – often getting treatment from Arif Mardin in the studio, who elevates ... (Soul LP)
Freestyle (UK), 2020.
A beautiful set of spiritual jazz from this hip Australian group – a combo who are headed up by guitarist Lance Ferguson, who you'll know from a host of great funk and soul projects over the years – but who shows a much deeper side of his talents with Menagerie! The group has a strong ... (Jazz CD)
Shadybrook/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
Mighty nice work from Kellee Patterson – a singer who should have been huge, given her range of expression – but who's maybe even better as one of the underground soul stars of the 70s! The music here is really a cut above the commercial at the time – tunes that echo some of the ... (Soul CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s.
One of the greatest southern soul talents presents a host of other great talents from his 70s generation – and also throws in a fair bit of his own tracks as well! Sam Dees is one of the all-time greats in our book – a songwriter to rival the best that Stax had to offer back in the day ... (Soul CD)
Kirk Lightsey & Rudolph Johnson with The All-Stars
Gallo/Outernational (UK), 1974. (reissue)
Maybe the hippest record ever issued by pianist Kirk Lightsey – in part because the set was issued on a South African label, and also because it features tremendous work from saxophonist Rudolph Johnson – who you'll know for his two classic 70s albums on the Black Jazz imprint! The ... (Jazz LP)
Rare work from Sharon Jones – and a record that's a bit different than some of her other work for the Daptone label! The set features the group doing cover versions of tracks by other artists – some that appeared as singles over the years, others commissioned for projects, and a few ... (Deep Funk LP)
PJ Harvey, as much as any artist who has long-earned living legend status, has the kind of work worth cherishing in stages of development – and you probably don't need us to tell you that the Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea demos are much more than a mere companion piece to the ... (Rock LP)
Studio One, Late 60s.
Jamaican Ska, and a whole lot more – a key batch of early Studio One recordings that show just how many styles were criss-crossing in Kingston at the time! There's definitely lots of rhythms here that would make a rude boy happy, but there's also some richly soulful vocals that point the way ... (Reggae CD)
Acid Jazz (UK), 2021.
A Scottish sextet, but one with a much fuller sound overall – this great blend of funk, jazz, and a bit of soul – the last of which comes up on the album's few vocal numbers! There's really strong ensemble feel that almost takes us back to the glory days of the Japanese club jazz ... (Jazz CD)
Ostinato (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s.
Maybe the first-ever collection of the work of this important group from Djibouti – a huge state-financed ensemble whose performances were captured on tape for radio, but never issued as regular commercial albums at the time! 4 Mars take their name from a key moment of independence in the ... (Global Grooves CD)
Next Door, 2021.
This isn't the first record by Canadian soul singer Tika, but it is the one that may well put her over the top – and gain her a much bigger following in the US as well! At some level, the set's a very old school batch of female soul – with a mellow vibe that's got lots of 80s ... (Neo Soul CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s.
Weird and wonderful sounds from a very electric man – the mighty Piero Umiliani, an Italian composer who first rose to fame for a set of groundbreaking film scores in the 60s – then moved into even more experimental sound library work in the following decade! This set has Piero working ... (Sound Library CD)
Zambezi/Now Again, Mid 70s. (reissue)
One of the moodiest albums we've ever heard from the Zamrock scene of the 70s – a record of slow-building tunes with a very personal vibe – all vocals and most instrumentation handled by Ricky Banda himself – in a style that's more intimate than other Zambian albums of the time! ... (Global Grooves LP)
Jazz In Britain (UK), Mid 60s.
A fantastic group from the British scene at mid 60s – music from a time when the UK world of jazz was exploding from the work of artists like Joe Harriott and Tubby Hayes, but also held some other tremendous talents as well! The group here has trumpeter Henry Lowther and tenorist Lyn Dobson ... (Jazz CD)
Detour (UK), Late 60s.
There's few folks we'd trust to take us into the mod underground of the 60s more than Rob Bailey – and this series of his always delivers the goods, and reminds us that we've got a heck of a lot more to learn about music like this! Tracks come from rare singles and unreleased acetates – ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Decca/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. (reissue)
Pugh's Place may never have hit our shores in a big way back in the 70s – but damn, these Dutch boys are one hell of a group – and really have a quality that meets or beats some of the best Brit groups of the time! Their style is sometimes hard rock, sometimes prog, and unabashedly ... (Rock LP)
Epic/36 Chambers, 2000.
A fantastic meeting of the minds – as director Jim Jarmusch makes a film that's a nod to the old martial arts films of the 70s that inspired the Wu-Tang Clan in their music – and RZA gets a chance to contribute to the soundtrack, with help from the Clan as well! The music is maybe the ... (Hip Hop CD)
Impulse (Japan), 1972.
Soaring spirits and joyous jazz-based expression – an overlooked treasure from Pharoah Sanders – and proof that his work on Impulse Records just kept on getting better and better! The style here is a bit tighter than some of the previous Impulse albums – no side-long tracks here ... (Jazz CD)
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 80s.
Excellent work from the South African scene of the 80s – music that maybe provides a pathway to the new freedom to come, thanks to a joyous, upbeat sense of spirit – one that's equally wonderful all these many years later! The cuts here are all clubby, but less in the disco mode that ... (Global Grooves CD)
Columbia/Get On Down, 1959. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of ... (Jazz LP)
Gorbra/Sonorama (Germany), Mid 70s. (reissue)
A rare jazz gem from tenor saxophonist Fitz Gore – originally issued on the Gorbra label in Germany in a very tiny quantity! The record's a bit unlike anything else of the time – spiritual jazz, certainly, but with all these different approaches that vary from track to track, as does ... (Jazz LP)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020.
A real standout set from pianist Stanley Cowell – one of his few dates in recent years to feature more than a trio lineup – and recorded in a live setting that really seems to ignite some old school fires in Stanley's music! Make no mistake – Cowell is always wonderful – ... (Jazz CD)
Deeply funky work from one of the hippest Hammond organ combos around – just a trio, but one that's able to pack the punch of so many much larger groups! Delvon Lamarr took all the right lessons from Hammond heroes of the past – not that he's copying anyone's style, because he isn't ... (Deep Funk CD)
Decca, 1958. Gatefold (reissue)
A wonderful album from George Russell – a refreshing change from his overly-academic modernist work – and a brilliant bit of new ideas with some very down to earth expression! The session's an unusual one – a musical portrait of New York City, performed with an all-star cast who ... (Jazz LP)
Four Flies (Italy), 2021.
A special set of tracks that pays tribute to the original Africa Oscura record from Italian sound library composer Giuliano Sorgini – a fantastic blend of percussion and electronics that was almost a 70s update on older exotica modes, but with a much darker vibe overall! Here, contemporary ... (Sound Library LP)
Born Bad (France), Early 60s.
A strange mix of Latin rhythms and exotica modes – served up here on a set of recordings from early 60s France that we might not have heard otherwise! Grooves are often in the cha cha mode promised in the title, but other instrumentation is definitely "au harem" – exotic ... (French LP)
Scratch/Roundtable (Australia), 1974. (reissue)
That's London, Ontario – not London, England – which means that the group have an even more far-flung sound than you might expect! The album's a brilliant and overlooked gem from the Canadian scene of the 70s – really mindblowing music by a group who are equally great at grooving ... (Jazz LP)
Below System (Netherlands), 1996/2021.
A rare studio set from Kazi and Madlib – recorded way back in the mid 90s, but with the kind of crispy intensity that would make Madlib so influential for years to come! The title and the occasional skits on the set refer to a search for a "blackmarket seminar" – an ... (Hip Hop CD)
Def Jam, Late 80s/1990s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Public Enemy at the height of their power – all the best cuts from their early years on Def Jam Records – from a time when they were really helping expand the scope and political power of hip hop! The group were essential in taking the music from the parties in the streets to the ... (Hip Hop LP)
Paisley Park/Rhino, 1984. (reissue)
A fantastic meeting of two generations of soulful music – Sheila E, the daughter of Cali Latin soul genius Coke Escovedo, meets up with the snappingly funky world of Prince – and results in one of the strongest records of Sheila's career! The singer/percussionist had already been ... (Soul LP)
1960s (UK), Mid 60s.
Really wonderful music from British tenorist Ronnie Scott – working here in the very familiar setting of the BBC Jazz Club, one that's almost as comfortable for Scott as his own nite spot in Soho! The set presents three different performances recorded for radio – all with the great ... (Jazz CD)
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s. 2CD
A wonderful celebration of the long-running Ecoutez Le Cinema series – a book-styled package that brings together dozens of rare and classic soundtrack tunes, plus a big booklet of notes! The CDs feature titles from across the series – 2CDs' worth of music from dozens of films, handled ... (Soundtracks CD)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1972. (reissue)
A beautiful illustration of the balance of light and darkness in the best work of Ennio Morricone – and an obscure soundtrack that dances between both sides of the spectrum! The main theme is incredibly sweet – one of those lightly drifting Morricone numbers that features wordless ... (Soundtracks LP)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. (reissue)
One of the darkest, moodiest soundtracks we've ever heard from Ennio Morricone – even in comparison to some of his atonal horror work of the 70s! The vibe here is almost 20th Century avant chamber – a bit like work from Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova, but even more experimental – ... (Soundtracks LP)
Gondwana (UK), 2020.
A gem of a record from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – one of our favorite jazz musicians of the past 20 years, and an artist who just seems to be growing and growing with each new release! This set picks up on the organic, meditative quality of some of Halsall's recent records – but it ... (Jazz CD)
Roundtable (Australia), 1972.
A previously unissued album from Indian guitarist Amancio D'Silva – recorded during his legendary run of work at Lansdowne Studios, but making its first-ever appearance here! The work on the set is every bit as far-reaching and progressive as some of D'Silva's official releases – and ... (Jazz LP)
Four Flies (Italy), 2021.
A special set of tracks that pays tribute to the original Africa Oscura record from Italian sound library composer Giuliano Sorgini – a fantastic blend of percussion and electronics that was almost a 70s update on older exotica modes, but with a much darker vibe overall! Here, contemporary ... (Sound Library LP)
Impulse (Japan), 1969.
A wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-H ... (Jazz CD)
Black Fire/Strut, 1977. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An intense album of spiritual jazz tracks – played by Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra – maybe one of the only albums we've ever seen by this lesser-known vibist! The album was recorded in 1976, during the height of the Black Fire DC underground scene – and Moshe's ... (Jazz LP)
Impulse (Japan), 1973.
An overlooked gem from Pharoah Sanders' years on Impulse – one that has him breaking the pattern a bit, but in a really great way! The session mixes up more shorter songs than before – still all quite spiritual, but also a bit more focused – in a way that packs an incredible ... (Jazz CD)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1991.
A wonderful album from vibist Karl Berger – much more rhythmic than some of his other records – but maybe that's no surprise, given that the trio features Dave Holland on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums! Yet even both of those players have more of a pulse than you might expect – ... (Jazz CD)
Rogue Art (France), 2020.
Tremendous work from Joshua Abrams – a set that's very different than some of his other work in recent years, but every bit as great! The set's got a lean group – Abrams on bass, Jeff Parker on guitar, Gerald Cleaver on drums, and the great Ari Brown on tenor – of Awakening fame ... (Jazz CD)
Beverly Hills/Real Gone, 1969. (reissue)
A fantastic sexy soundtrack from Bill Loose – scored for a Russ Meyer Sexploitation film, but handled with a care that goes way deeper than you might expect! Bill brings in some nice jazzy moments on organ and guitar – and there's also some Sunshine Pop-styled vocals at points – ... (Soundtracks LP)
Riviera/Lion, 1972. (reissue)
A hell of a record from the French scene of the early 70s – released by an artist who'd worked in the backdrop of many famous productions at the time, but who really bursts forth here with his own sort of special genius! The record is definitely a rock set, but often defies categorization, ... (Rock LP)
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A host of rare and unissued tracks from the glory days of French cinema – a package that features material that didn't even appear in the dozens of CD soundtrack releases from the Ecoutez Le Cinema series! The set is very heavy on material from the late 60s and early 70s – and titles ... (Soundtracks LP)
Lysergic Sound, 1968. (reissue)
One of those super-rare albums that never went beyond the stage of being a demo, yet which has gone on to be the stuff of legend over the years – maybe in part because it was later discovered to be an obscure side project by the legendary Wrecking Crew of LA 60s studio fame! The approach ... (Rock LP)
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A really cool collection – one that brings together key songs from a variety of different films from France – some of them the originals from the movies, some of them other very cool interpretations! These aren't instrumentals, as almost all of them have vocals – and the package ... (Soundtracks LP)
I Dischi Di Angelica (Italy), 2000s.
A stunning set of recordings from Dutch piano legend Misha Mengelberg – selections recorded in a number of different settings in the first decade of this century – all of which work together to show why Mengelberg's a player that's completely different from anyone else! The cover image ... (Jazz CD)
Sabu Toyozumi/Mats Gustafsson
No Business (Lithuania), 2018.
Reedman Mats Gustafsson seems to be able to improvise with just about anyone – really shifting his sound and his spirit to match the moment, which is definitely the case here in a set of duets with drummer Sabu Toyozumi! There's a spaciousness here that's very different than some of ... (Jazz CD)
Fresh Selects, 2020.
A really great set from Emmavie – one of the freshest soul singers we've heard in awhile, and a talent from the London scene we expect to be hearing a lot more from in years to come! Emmavie's got an ear for sound that often has her vocals folded right down into the music – clearly ... (Neo Soul LP)
Atlantic/Rhino, 2000. 2LP (reissue)
Lil Kim's showing plenty of herself on the cover, and on the record too – just her second set, but one that has the MC grabbing the title of Notorious at a time when it might have been a bit too sensitive for most – and jumping into the fray with all-star help from Mary J Blige, Redman, ... (Hip Hop LP)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. (reissue)
A seminal pop psych classic from the UK scene – served up here by a group that seem to borrow a bit of the energy from the late 60s Bee Gees at their trippiest, but who also really have a way for turning out a tune that has a very groovy vibe! Part of the credit might go to producer John ... (Rock LP)
Fat Beats, 2021.
A definite baker's dozen in this excellent series – the 13th entry in this stellar run of instrumental hip hop, featuring 13 trcks in all! This final volume in the series caps things off with fantastic beats, breaks, and production from a run of top-shelf talents – a lineup that ... (Hip Hop LP)
Astral Spirits, 2021.
A fantastic pairing of players – two Chicago legends, both in the sort of setting that really suits them best! Roscoe Mitchell works here on two long improvisations with drummer Mike Reed – blowing a variety of reed instruments, and really taking us back to the groundbreaking work he ... (Jazz CD)
Partisan, 2021. 2CD
Two generations of the Fela Kuti legend work here back to back – in a double length set that features one full album from Fela's son, and another by his grandson! Femi is up first on a set titled Stop The Hate – full-on Afro Funk with plenty of message in the music – the older ... (Global Grooves CD)
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. 2CD
The core RED trio works here with a very expanded lineup – one that turns their smaller-format free jazz into the mode of an improvising orchestra – all in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the trio! The group features Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano, Hernani Faustino on bass, and ... (Jazz CD)
CTI/A&M, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A truly fantastic record, and one that's become the stuff of legend over the years – a rare CTI album that was only ever issued in Japan – and which may well be one of the coolest sessions recorded during the A&M years of the label! Trombonists JJ Johnson and Kai Winding had ... (Jazz LP)
Klik/Freestyle (UK), 1975.
Warmly wonderful early work from William Bunny Clarke – billed here under a different name, but the same singer who'd rise to great fame a few years later as Bunny Rugs in Third World! The vibe here is different than his hits with that group – more laidback and mellow, with great ... (Reggae CD)
Nate Wooley/Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy/Arkadijus Gotesmanas
No Business (Lithuania), 2021.
A masterful set of improvisations from a quartet who can move at so many different levels and speeds – sometimes very spacious and sensitive, other times with a ferocity that shows that they've really found their footing together as a unit! Nate Wooley is on trumpet, and is often at his best ... (Jazz LP)
International Anthem, 2020.
Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger are two of our favorite jazz musicians to emerge in the past decade – and this set of duets may well be some of the greatest work that either artist has done on record to date! The setting is unique – material pulled from live stream broadcasts that ... (Jazz CD)
Capitol, 1970. 2CD
A fantastic classic from The Band – a set that's hardly got them cowering in the corner the way the "stage fright" title might imply – and which instead seems to have the group at their most confident during the early years, effortlessly spinning impeccable musicianship and ... (Rock CD)
Light In The Attic, 1980s. 2LP
A much deeper dip into the Japanese scene of the 80s than similar collections of this nature – as the package brings together work with a very specific vibe, and one that's maybe not quite like some of the more mainstream music that was getting exported at the time! Most of these tracks have ... (Rock LP)
No Business (Lithuania), 2021.
Solo bass from the great Barry Guy – titled after the painting Comet, by Albert Irving – an image which graces the cover of the record – but served up here in a style of sound that's completely Barry's own! The music has that mindblowing quality that Guy can hit when he's really ... (Jazz LP)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021. 4CD
Mindblowing work on solo flute – done by a performer who's always captivated us in a live setting, but who really seems to knock things out of the park on this massively extended set! The title of the package is from a work by Edgard Varese for solo flute, first composed in 1936 – and ... (Jazz CD)
Gerard/P-Vine (Japan), 1983.
A great little batch of jazzy soul by Vince Andrews – a vocalist and sax player from Columbus, Ohio – which is where he recorded this obscure early 80s set, a record with a vibe that's maybe more 70s overall! The record has a great little groove – kind of that Charles Earland ... (Jazz CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Rare music from this legendary Dutch free jazz collective – all pulled from the earliest years of the project, when the ICP group were every bit as important to improvised music as combos in the German and French scenes! The core players here are Misha Mengelberg on piano, Han Bennink on ... (Jazz CD)
Beverly Hills/Real Gone, 1969. (reissue)
A tremendous soundtrack – nearly perfect in every way, and put together with a heck of a lot more care than the Russ Meyer film it was recorded to accompany! We honestly have never heard another Bill Loose score before, but with this one we'd rank him right up there with our favorites of the ... (Soundtracks LP)
Sunset Blvd, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. 2CD
Roy's head looks a bit square on the cover, but he was one of the coolest cats on the Texas scene of the 60s – a rocker with a nicely raw sound, and a fair bit of influence from soul in his music! At some level, Head is a bit like contemporary Doug Sahm – another hard-burning Texas ... (Rock CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 2021.
Contemporary cuts, but with a vibe that resonates with the best modes of 70s mellow soul and AOR – an impeccable selection of tracks that we might have missed otherwise, pulled from a range of releases from around the globe! Some of these are artists that have more presence in the digital ... (Neo Soul CD)
Poeira Zine (Brazil), 2021.
Author Bento Araujo has given us previous examinations of crucial Brazilian records in the 60s and 70s – and this important third volume shows just how strongly the spirit of experimentation continued well into the 21st Century – as the CD era opened up new frontiers for sonic ... (Book)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
One of the most unique albums ever recorded by the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorious – and one of the most outside as well! The set features duets recorded with drummer Rashied Ali for French Radio in 1984 – and as with John Coltrane, Ali is something of a muse here with Pastorius ... (Jazz CD)
G/9 Group with Wilson Das Neves & Dom Salvador
P-Vine (Japan), 1968.
A lost bit of dreamy bossa from the 60s – recorded in Brazil at the end of the decade, but unavailable to most of the world for years! The session's got a gently snapping, always jazzy approach that easily matches the best takes on the bossa coming out from Rio and LA at the time – and ... (Brazil CD)
Record Culture, 2020.
A great issue of this really cool publication – a book-styled journal that's filled with text and photos testifying a real love of records! The format is a bit like the Dust & Grooves book from years back – in that the magazine features interviews with folks amidst their records ... (Magazine)
Linear Labs, 2020.
Singer Angela Munoz gets billing on the cover – but since the album's all instrumental, the main talent here is producer Adrian Younge! The tracks are funky, but mellow – nicely tripping with those classic sweet soul touches that have always made Adrian one of the best interpreters of ... (Neo Soul LP)
Schema (Italy), 2021.
A bright new groove on the Schema Records label – but one that features work from some of the company's real heavyweights in recent years – as the album was conceived and produced by Lucio Cantone (aka Invisible Session), and features tunes written by the funky Alex Puddu – all in ... (New Grooves CD)
Symplex/Athens Of The North (UK), 1979.
A rare set issued on a tiny label from Arkansas – but a set that's got all the charm, poise, and sparkle of some of the best deep soul on late 70s Columbia Records! Stuckey's got a touch of southern soul in his voice, with a sweet cracking sound – and that honest approach is mixed with ... (Soul CD)
American Dreams, 2021.
Introspective improvisations from saxophonist Dylan Baldi and drummer Jayson Gerycz – both members of the band Cloud Nothings, but working here in a much more free jazz-styled setting! Side one features an extended track titled "Hermit Thrush/Vat Of Oil" – really building up ... (Jazz LP)
A masterpiece of freeform funk from Mandrill – New York group at the start of the 70s, but one who work here with the best longform jamming styles of the Bay Area scene! The combo draw equal influence from jazz, funk, soul, and Latin – using all elements in a unique hybrid that's all ... (Soul CD)
We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1971.
A never-issued live set by one of the coolest European funk bands of the 70s – the legendary Placebo – not the current group, but a vintage ensemble that features wicked work on Fender Rhodes from the mighty Marc Moulin! The 1971 date of the set places it before the combo's famous ... (Jazz CD)
Polygram/Get On Down, 1975. (reissue)
An amazing slice of music from the legendary David Axelrod – quite different than his better-known sides for Capitol and Reprise Records – and plenty darn funky overall! Axelrod is at his studio best here – stepping off the funky jazz modes he produced for Cannonball Adderley, ... (Jazz LP)
Quentin Coaxum, 2021.
A really lovely album from trumpeter Quentin Coaxum – a player we really loved on his debut, but who's grown tremendously as a writer and leader since that time! Coaxum's working here in a mode that's very well-arranged, but still nicely loose and open – this soulful flow that really ... (Jazz LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), Mid 70s. Gatefold
Early work Zimbabwe legends Hallelujah Chicken Run Band – a group that was an early showcase for the vocal talents of the equally legendary Thomas Mapfumo! The set's not just a Mapfumo showcase, though – as the sound here resonates strongly from the whole group – nice harmonies ... (Global Grooves LP)
Asylum/Rhino, 1979. (reissue)
John Prine's got a slightly more stylish look on the cover here, and the record's got a slightly more stylish sound as well – production by Knox and Jerry Phillips (sons of Sun Records' Sam Phillips) – who set up Prine's amazing vocals and songs with a bit of a Tennessee vibe – ... (Folk/Country LP)
Bead/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1977.
An overlooked gem from the British free jazz scene of the 70s – a set issued on the Bead Records label, and one that got very little circulation at the time – but which is equally as mindblowing as work from the period on labels like Ictus and Ogun! The duo here features Roy Ashbury on ... (Jazz CD)
Brunswick/ORG, 1970. (reissue)
Seminal work from one of the 70s greatest groups! The band had always been great at love songs and uptempo numbers – but this record has them moving into more righteous area, picking up on some of the more socially conscious soul of their generation that had been working its way up the ... (Soul LP)
Space Echo (Italy), 2021.
There's plenty of Afro Funk influence in this album from Invisible Session – a long-running act who've given us a number of excellent records on the Schema label – but there's also plenty of the group's own spirit too, thanks in part to trombone and keyboards from the mighty Gianluca ... (New Grooves CD)
Impulse (Japan), 1965.
One of the most perfectly-realized early Archie Shepp albums on Impulse Records – a set that brilliantly brings together all the different influences that inspired his sense of creation, but with a lean energy that takes everything far from its roots – and puts the music firmly in the ... (Jazz CD)
Jazzman (UK), 2020.
A tremendous entry in this wonderful series – a set that proudly proclaims its contents with the "NOW" on the cover! Back when the Spiritual Jazz series first started on the Jazzman label, the music was mostly relegated to material of the John Coltrane generation and the generation ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Shadybrook/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
Kellee Patterson's far from her early jazz roots on the Black Jazz label – but that's A-OK with us, as she's changed up modes with an upbeat soul style that's equally nice – but in a very different way! At some level, the shift is a bit like that made by Jean Carne during the same ... (Soul CD)
Hiero Imperium, 1990s. (reissue)
Ahh, the 90s and early 00's greatness of Oakland's finest hip hop collective! This set spans the best indie era singles from the longstanding Hiero Imperium – and this volume includes "Souls Of Mischief" by Souls Of Mischief, "It Gets No Better" by Casual & Pep Love, ... (Hip Hop LP)
Madlib Invazion, 2020.
A heady mix of fuzzy funk and psychedelic production – served up here as a duet between Little Barrie and Malcolm Catto! Catto's on drums, with the same rock-solid style that we've loved right since his Mo Wax days – and Barrie handles guitar and vocals – with that more ... (Deep Funk CD)
CCP/Afrosynth (Netherlands), Late 80s.
A collection of cool 80s South African soul tracks from Condry Ziqubu – served up with plenty of keyboards, and often spinning out in a nice long groove! The set features work from three late 80s albums – and Condry's mixing electro-styled rhythms with warmer South African touches ... (Global Grooves LP)
Yes Records, 2020.
A searing live performance from Jason Moran – one recorded during his annual residency during Thanksgiving week at the Village Vanguard – a spot where Jason's clearly able to open up and really bring something special to the table! The set has a mix of modes that sometimes doesn't ... (Jazz CD)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Not the trashy kind of passion you might expect from the cover – but instead, one of the most trademark sides of legendary film composer Ennio Morricone – his talent for building a tune up slowly, almost out of nowhere, then letting it flow gently with a wonderful sense of space and ... (Soundtracks LP)
Decca/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
If you only know Lulu from her American recordings of the late 60s, you've got a lot to learn – as the British singer was a real powerhouse right from the start, blasting forth with a strongly soulful sound on these early recordings for Decca! Lulu's got a raspiness to her voice that really ... (Rock CD)
King/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
A more electric album than usual from pianist Fumio Karashima – but in a great way too! The album has Karashima playing Fender Rhodes, mini-moog, and other keys – in addition to his usual acoustic piano – in a driving quartet lineup with bass from Miroslav Vitous and saxes from ... (Jazz CD)
Expansion (UK), 2021. 3CD
A stunning assortment of contemporary soul – all hand-picked by Ralph Tee, the UK DJ/enthusiast who's been turning us on to great music for decades! In recent years, the format of this series has gotten even more important – as so much great music is issue digitally, but doesn't always ... (Neo Soul CD)
Ex/Superior Viaduct, 1980. (reissue)
The Ex have had an amazing career over their many decades in music – forays into jazz, improv, and even global sounds – but here, right at the start, they're much more in the spirit of political punk contemporaries from the UK – especially Gang Of Four and Crass – both of ... (Rock LP)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1972. 2CD
British tenor giant Tubby Hayes left the planet all too soon – passing away at the age of 38 in 1973 – but right up to the end, he continued to blow away most of his contemporaries – as you'll hear from this set of unreleased live material from 1972! The recording is from a time ... (Jazz CD)
Dread At The Controls/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. (reissue)
Mikey Dread's at the controls, and the album's a classic example of his ability to bring many different creative strands together at once – working the same sort of magic on record that he did on his famous radio show! The record's this wonderful mix of dubby rhythms, spacey production, and ... (Reggae LP)
Parafono (UK), 2021.
We always love the music of British tenor saxophonist Nat Birchall – but here, he's in an even more amazing setting than usual – really stretching out in a live format, and working with two Greek musicians who really bring a lot to the performance! In addition to these long, spiritual ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1994. 2LP Gatefold
A tremendous pairing of guitarists – both musicians who first helped change the sound of the instrument in jazz during the 70s, and who somehow come together here at a level that not only brings out the best in both, but also seems to evolve the music too! Scofield and Metheny are masters of ... (Jazz LP)
Legere (France), 2021.
A tight little quartet from the Hamburg scene – a combo who really get back to basics with a strong focus on organ lines and guitar! The groove is maybe a more complicated take on the territory of Booker T & The MGs – longer tunes, with more variation in the rhythms – but ... (Deep Funk LP)
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. 8CD
Think you know anything at all about Alabama? Forget what you know, because this beautiful set will expose the state as a lost musical powerhouse back in the day – home to countless small labels, with a musical legacy that rivals the better-known work from Louisiana and Tennessee at the time! ... (Rock CD)
Funkiwala (UK), 2020.
Vocalist Dele Sosimi joins this ultra-hip London group – a combo who are equally skilled in African and Cuban elements, hence the title of the record – and one who can also serve things up with lots of jazz-based energy as well! All tracks are nice and long – and in addition to ... (Global Grooves CD)
Island, 1998. (reissue)
A real standout from Polly Jean Harvey – a set that somehow manages to have all the intensity of her previous records, but which hones things down to a mode that might well be called mellow at times – but which, to us, also seems to really give the music clarity, and maybe a more ... (Rock LP)
Demo versions of every single track that appeared on the PJ Harvey album Is This Desire – maybe even more of a match for some of the songs on the record than previous demo releases, given that the standard record has a nicely stripped-down vibe at times! Yet there's also a strong difference ... (Rock CD)
OTOroku (UK), 2020.
A fantastic meeting between pianist Pat Thomas and alto saxophonist Matana Roberts – recorded live in London, and showing an amazing sense of sympathy between the two improvisers – even though they're normally separated by the space of an ocean! Thomas has these really dark, moody ... (Jazz LP)
Transversales Disques (France), 2008.
The legendary French electronic composer Pierre Henry was 80 when he created this piece – but the sound of the music is very much close to his roots – and recalls the kind of striking combinations that Henry brought to the postwar world of musique concrete! The work was recorded in ... (Out Sound LP)
Rhino, Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP (reissue)
A great early live set from The Talking Heads – a collection of recordings from the late 70s and early 80s, culled together in a format that almost makes the whole thing come across like a discreet live album! The versions of tunes here are changed up nicely from their studio counterparts ... (Rock LP)
Trad Vibe (France), 1976. (pic cover)
Two freaky funky tracks from Cortex – the legendary French group from the 70s! "Les Oiseaux Morts" is a rare vocal track from the trio – but it's also one that's filled with the kind of funky riffs and Fender Rhodes that always made their music so great – and the vocals ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Drummer Quincy Davis has a very visionary approach here – music that makes a bold statement for his role as a leader, as Davis works here with three different groups on a strong set of original material! The mix of players is wonderful – shading in and adding voice to Quincy's music in ... (Jazz CD)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1979.
Really unique work from legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth – a return to much more adventurous jazz music after years of famous material in a rock-fusion mode – working here alongside reedman Ray Warleigh – who is also at his most expressive as well! The tapes were recorded ... (Jazz CD)
RR Gems (Estonia), 2020.
There's nothing quiet about the way that Muriel Grossman approaches her music – as the saxophonist is one of the boldest, strongest voices in jazz in the past decade – one of the key proponents of the new spiritual underground, and a player who just seems to win us over more and more ... (Jazz LP)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Dark genius from the legendary Ennio Morricone – one of the most important film composers of the 20th Century, and a master in just about any style! The work here represents a shift that Morricone made into darker modes as the 70s approached – sounds that stepped off from some of the ... (Soundtracks LP)
Z Records (UK), 2020.
Don't think "dance" – think "jazz", but of the sort that's upbeat, groovy, and which might find its way to the dancefloor in a really special sort of club – maybe the old Dingwalls scene of Gilles Peterson in London! These tunes are both contemporary and vintage ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Bureau B (Germany), Late 70s.
Fantastic spacey sounds from Conrad Schnitzler – all recorded at Peter Baumann's Paragon Studios, right around the same time as Schnitzler's trio of Con albums in the late 70s! The music here is similar to those, but more experimental too – very minimal, and played with live electronic ... (Rock CD)
Demon (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
Genius work from The Creation at their best – tunes that really get at that special sort of something that set the group apart from so many others in the late 60s scene – a kind of compression of mod, garage, and psych elements into these short little tracks that still have all of their ... (Rock LP)
Get On Down, 2020.
We first dug the work of Rasheed Chappell through collaborations with Kenny Dope – but this time around, production is by Buckwild, who gives the whole thing a nicely deep, dark, moody sort of vibe – maybe a bit more sinister than the Rasheed from before, all tuned with the right sort ... (Hip Hop LP)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita cut some fantastic work in Tokyo with his trio during the 70s – but he shines equally brightly here on a German session from the decade, but in a completely different way – given that the whole record just features duets with bassist Adelhard Rodinger! ... (Jazz CD)
Dreamland (Estonia), 2020.
There's nothing quiet about the way that Muriel Grossman approaches her music – as the saxophonist is one of the boldest, strongest voices in jazz in the past decade – one of the key proponents of the new spiritual underground, and a player who just seems to win us over more and more ... (Jazz CD)
Astralwerks, Late 70s/1980s/1990s.
Many years back, Brian Eno gave us a record called Music For Films – a set that came out during his initial run of Ambient recordings, showing us how strong his instrumental creations could be when and if applied to a cinematic mode! The tracks there were half imagined works for film – ... (Rock CD)
ZTT/Island, 1984. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Arguably one of the greatest concept albums of the 80s – and the only really strong full length album cut by Frankie Goes To Hollywood! At the time of the set, the group was riding high on the success and controversy of their singles "Relax" and "Two Tribes" – but ... (Soul LP)
Enja (Germany), 1988. (reissue)
One of the last albums that Chet Baker recorded – and a set that changes things up a bit from the smaller combo setting of most of his final decade! The set features some small group work, but also brings in larger orchestrations on a number of tracks – balancing the fragility of Baker' ... (Jazz LP)
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Gatefold
A beautiful entry in this long-running series – a continuing testament to the darker sides of American life that formed the subject matter for so much of postwar country music! The package brings together some great tunes by bigger names of the time – not entirely hits, but the kind of ... (Folk/Country LP)
Vintage League, 2020.
A set that bills itself as "brand new original authentic soul music", but which maybe offers up more than that too – as there's also a fair bit of instrumental funk in the mix, served up by an array of up-and-comers, and some crucial talents you'll recognize from years back! The ... (Deep Funk LP)
Innate Sounds, 2021.
It's been almost a decade since the first Lumberjack Soul album from Miles Bonny – and in that time, he's grown tremendously – both as a singer and musician, and as an artist who's really in command of his sound! Miles' voice still has the raspy charm we loved before, but the overall ... (Deep Funk CD)
Big Bucks, 2021.
Think what you want about Mayer Hawthorne, the man's got a way with a catchy sort of tune – and each new record seems to further that legacy, at a level that's always got us wondering why Mayer never seems to get more play in the mainstream! Mayer handles plenty of keyboards, drums, and bass ... (Neo Soul CD)
Funkiwala (UK), 2021.
Trombonist Justin Thurgur has spend time on the more global side of the scene in London during recent years – and here, he brings that experience to bear on a jazz set with a very unusual vibe! It's not easy to pick the straight influences of the tunes – there's currents of Afro Funk ... (Jazz CD)
Fat Possum, 1982. (reissue)
Wonderful live work from RL Burnside – done in that instantly-timeless style that he brought to recordings right from the start – maybe even more so here, as the acoustics are fantastic, and really capture the spirit of the man and his guitar! As most folks know, Burnside was a bit ... (Blues LP)
Valley Of Search, 2021.
Patricia Brennan is a vibist with experience in some farther reaches of avant expression – but here, she stakes her voice in a very beautiful way – with sounds that build slowly, take gentle shapes, and use both vibes and marimba at a level that has the songs opening up like patient ... (Jazz CD)
Solid Jackson, 2021.
A beautiful self-released album from tenorist Javon Jackson – a set that's overflowing with warmth and soul, and which features a really well-chosen array of material throughout! Jackson could sometimes have a colder edge in his youth – and while his sharpness is still present here, ... (Jazz CD)
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. 3CD
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who ... (Gospel CD)
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. 2CD
An overdue look at a very cool record label – the short-lived Gospel Truth imprint, which was an outlet for the more spiritual side of Stax Records in the early 70s! The music is gospel, but often has plenty of the best Memphis soul elements of more popular Stax/Volt work of the time – ... (Gospel CD)
How Do You Are, 2020.
A great entry in this excellent and long-running series – one that's given us some sublime mellow soul and AOR work from the late 70s onward – including some fantastic sounds from around the globe! This volume follows on that work, but goes it one further – as all the tracks here ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s.
A really cool collection of work from the surprisingly deep musical well of Garland Records – a Pacific Northwest imprint that's maybe best known for some garagey gems, but who here display a great ability to cut country-tinged records too! The vibe here is a bit Bakersfield, but filtered ... (Rock CD)
Art Yard (UK), 1957/1978. (pic cover)
Two fantastic tracks from Sun Ra – different vintage, but equally great! "Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness" is a mellow, spiritual quartet track – very stripped down, with a beautiful vocal that slides alongside this blue-tinged piano from Ra – surprisingly soulful, and ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
An album that maybe marked the close of one chapter of The Kinks, and the start of another – music that still holds on to some of the best elements of their late 60s Village Green era, but which also moves the group into some of the headier territory of their Muswell Hill/RCA years too! Ray ... (Rock CD)
Strut (UK), 2020. 2LP Gatefold
Sun Ra left the planet a few decades ago, but his Arkestra has been going strong – really carrying the torch that the great one kept burning – and stepping out here in their first studio album in 20 years! The record is really something special – that core Sun Ra spirit, but ... (Jazz LP)
Futuristica (UK), 2020.
Georgie Sweet's just starting out, but we've got a feeling that we're going to be hearing from the singer plenty in years to come – as she's one of the freshest soul music talents we've heard from the UK scene in years – bristling with unique creative energy on this massive debut! ... (Neo Soul CD)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s.
Two rare albums from Uncle Victor Chukwu – a hell of a guitarist, and the driving force behind both of these Nigerian gems from the late 70s! Akalaka is a record that's maybe higlife in outward appearance, but which has a very different quality overall – in part because the guitar work ... (Global Grooves CD)
Pye/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A mad assortment of 60s girl pop from the UK – one that features a huge amount of material pulled from the vaults of Pye Records! If you've always thought that Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw were all that was going on in the UK pop scene at the time, you'll really be blown away by the scope of ... (Rock LP)
Jazz Is Dead, 2020.
A great new showcase for the legendary keyboard work of Doug Carn – and a set that's very different both from his famous albums for the Black Jazz label, and some of his organ jazz records in more recent years too! The set's maybe got a more pronounced influence from Adrian Younge and Ali ... (Deep Funk CD)
Elektra, 1995. 2LP Gatefold
A rare all-instrumental version of the very first album from ODB! Pressed up here like a rare promo release – with versions of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya", "Baby C'Mon", "Brooklyn Zoo", "Hippa To Da Hoppa", "Rawhide", "Damage", "Don't ... (Hip Hop LP)
International Anthem/Nonesuch, 2020.
One of the most ambitious albums ever from Rob Mazurek – and a set that really continues the legacy of community building and world healing that's become such an important part of his music! Rob's a player who was great at the start – a hell of a trumpeter, and a great experimentalist ... (Jazz CD)
Futuristica (UK), 2020.
Nathan Thomas has penned songs for others, and has bubbled under on the UK scene in recent years – but this full-length debut is the kind of statement that should definitely get him some attention – a great little record that mixes his well-written tunes with crispy production and lots ... (Neo Soul CD)
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s.
A hell of a cool little set – one that begins with obscure country songs about drug use, then moves onto a whole host of songs with themes of suicide, insanity, damnation, and redemption! The music is every bit as great as you'd guess from the title and cover – and the folks at Omni, ... (Folk/Country CD)
Latin Big Note (France), 2020.
Excellent work from Setenta – a Parisian combo who work with a great blend of Latin roots and funk – served up with lots of percussion at the core, topped with Fender Rhodes and other keyboards from jazz genius Florian Pellissier! The acoustic percussion and electric keys are perfectly ... (Deep Funk CD)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1977. (reissue)
A spectacular soul album from Holland – but one that's got a much more American groove than some other overseas records of its type! The cuts all feel as if they could have been lifted from indie sides of the east coast scene of the early 70s – and Billy shines beautifully both on the ... (Soul LP)
RCA, 1970. 4CD
The first-ever proper presentation of one of the most legendary Elvis Presley recording sessions – a marathon five day series of recordings done in Nashville, in which Elvis was working with hip backing from the Nashville Cats, and really breaking past some of the stale material that had ... (Rock CD)
APS/P-Vine (Japan), 1979.
One of the most soul-based records ever cut by vibist Billy Wooten – a record that's even tighter and more focused than his work with The Wooden Glass or 19th Whole! The album's got Billy and other vocalists singing along with his vibes and marimba – over the top of tightly vamping ... (Jazz CD)
International Anthem, 2020.
One of the boldest albums so far on the International Anthem label – and that's really saying a lot, given the boldness of most of their records! The set features wonderfully dynamic energy from Aquiles Navarro and Tcheser Holmes – the former a trumpeter, the latter a drummer – ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Get On Down, 2002. 2LP
An early oughties classic – with an appearance by Tupac from beyond the grave – plus guest work from Alicia Keys, Bravehearts, and Kelis – on tracks that include "Revolutionary Warfare", "Hey Nas", "Zone Out", "Made You Look", "Get ... (Hip Hop LP)
Soutelphan/We Want Sounds (UK), 1976. (reissue)
That's a pretty groovy looking keyboard on the cover – and the record's got a pretty groovy sound as well – very different than other organ records or Mid-East instrumental titles of the time, thanks in part to some very dexterous work on the multi-level keys from Omar El Shariyi! The ... (Global Grooves LP)
Asylum/Souffle Continu (France), 1976.
Rare funky fusion by this overlooked French guitarist – recorded in New York with a really unusual group, and in a setting that has Alain Bellaiche providing a bit of vocals too! The sound is great – different than some of the more jamming rock fusion of the European scene at mid 70s ... (Jazz CD)
Saturn/Strut (UK), 1971.
A great lost album from Sun Ra – one of a handful that he recorded on a legendary trip to Egypt in 1971 – live throughout, with that special sort of flavor that the Arkesta picked up while visiting the land of the pyramids! The work was recorded in Cairo – by a lineup that ... (Jazz LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
Beautiful solo work from John Hicks – one of the few straight pianists that can hold our attention in a setting like this for so long – a record that's maybe a bit more conventional than some of the other releases on the Strata East label from the 70s, but equally filled with a sense of ... (Jazz LP)
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. 2LP
A great look at one of our favorite record labels of all time – a company that was one of the first we ever worked together with, back when we started Dusty Groove – and whose music has been a huge inspiration to us for decades! Black Fire is a really special record label from the DC ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), 1968. 2CD
Soul power 1968, but Kingston-style too – served up here in a host of gems from the vaults of Jamaican producer Duke Reid! The material is from a perfect moment in Reid's career – a time when he was changing his well-crafted Treasure Isle groove from ska to rocksteady – bringing ... (Reggae CD)