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Thanks for the great day – a few Record Store Day Drop One titles still left!


We Want Sounds (UK), 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
An incredibly groovy late 60s soundtrack from Michel Legrand! La Piscine may well be one of the last under-reissued scores from Legrand's genius period – that time when he was hitting heavily on soundtracks for The Thomas Crown Affair, Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, and other classics. This one's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Warner/Parlophone (France), Early 70s.
A really cool entry in this ultra-hip series – a volume that moves a bit more into the 70s than previous ones, but still hangs onto all the wonderfully wild touches that makes the music so great! As you'd guess by the "psyche" in the title, there's certainly some psychedelic ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
Platinum City/Luv N' Haight, Late 70s. (reissue)
An obscure set of clubby soul from the Dallas scene – led by the mysterious Round Robin on vocals and percussion! The group hit the speed of some of the disco dancefloor work of the time, but have a lean style that focuses much more on their surprisingly sharp instrumentation – which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Philadelphia International, 1973. 2LP Gatefold
The setting is the Golden Gate, but the sound is pure Philly International – a rare early live performance from the label, featuring some of its key vocal heavyweights working here with live accompaniment from MFSB! Although the instrumental group backed Philly artists often in the studio, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Blank Forms, 1968. 2CD
Here's a summer house we'd really like to visit on our next vacation – a legendary spot in Sweden, where Don Cherry created freely with some of the hippest players on the local scene in 1968! The tracks here were all recorded for later commercial release, which never ended up happening ... CD (Jazz CD)

Mind Maintenance (Joshua Abrams & Chad Taylor)

Mind Maintenance
Drag City, 2021.
Joshua Abrams and Chad Taylor are already fantastic musicians on their own key instruments – bass and drums, respectively – but here, they take up different instrumental modes – and with a result that's every bit as spiritually powerful as their work in other styles! Abrams plays ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Brownswood (UK), 2021.
A truly remarkable book, and unlike anything else we've ever seen – part discography, part photography, part travelogue – and together, an amazing testament to both the human spirit, and the power of music to see us all through! Gilles Peterson put the book together as something of a ... Book (Book)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Blue Beginnings (180 gram pressing)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1964.
Genius early work from this legendary British jazz combo – material recorded right before the release of their classic Shades Of Blue album – which marked a huge watershed in European modern jazz! The tracks here were recorded live on the BBC, and have the group stepping out in their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s.
The sound of soul, served up East LA style – which means that the collection is overflowing with sweet soul numbers that have a very heartbreaking vibe! These aren't the kind of muscle-heavy cuts you'd guess from the image of the car on the cover – and instead, they're fragile and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Record Culture, 2021.
Record Culture is even cooler than ever – as this issue comes with a bonus book as well! But first, the magazine – this issue has the same great format as the others – a book-style package, filled with beautiful full color photos of record collectors, vinyl culture, and other ... Magazine (Magazine)
Record Store Day, 2021.
A limited edition collection put together to benefit black-owned record stores – dedicated to the memory of Chadwick Boseman, and filled with cuts that all have a very righteous vibe! Titles include "Damage" by HER, "Find A Way" by Duckwrth, "Dinosaurs" by Lupe ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Sony (Japan), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
A sweet little set from Japanese keyboardist Masahiko Sato – one that has him playing both acoustic and electric piano, amidst a set of larger backings from Jiro Inagaki and his Big Soul Media group! The sound here is really unique – a bit like some of the fuller American jazz sides at ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Parlophone, 1972.
Rare material from the Flamin Groovies – tracks recorded in England in 1972, originally intended as an album to be issued by United Artists – but most of which never saw the light of day, as the label issued a few singles, saw poor sales, then cut the Flamin Groovies loose! Yet the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Columbia/Denon (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
A really unusual set from the Japanese scene of the 70s – and a record that represents some of the higher pinnacles of their recording technology at the time! The songs here are billed as "Japanese traditional melodies by PCM Recording Systems" – and they are hardly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Eastwood Music Group, 2021. 3LP
A very cool set from the Texas scene – one that's overflowing with new work by some of the hippest soul, funk, and hip hop artists in the Lonestar State – and a few others too! The set features work from Black Pumas, Leon Bridges, N'Dambi, Sha La Das, Holy Hive, Badbadnotgood, Ghost ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
Mindblowing trio work from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – in a group that's equally noteworthy for its incredible reed performances from the mighty Akira Sakata! The pairing of Sakata and Yamashita was one of the greatest things in Japanese jazz in the 70s, and certainly one of that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Def Jam, 2021. 2LP
Not the Let's Get It record, but instead a Thug Motivation collection of classics – a package that's overflowing with hits – including "Trap Star", "And Then What", "Soul Survivor", "My Hood", "Go Getta", "I Luv It", "Lose ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
Percussionist Yoshisaburo Toyozumi – aka Sabu – heads up a brilliant set of creative jazz based on compositions by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – in a record that's clearly titled with a nod to the musical achievements of the AACM! The album's three long tracks are all AEC ... CD (Jazz CD)
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1984. (reissue)
Drummer Takeo Moriyama is best known to our ears as one of the key forces in the trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita in the 70s – and he definitely continues that strong legacy here, but with a vibrant voice that's all his own! The session is maybe more pitched towards the spiritual side of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Doug Carn

Infant Eyes
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971.
CD...$12.99 13.99 (LP)
An undisputed 70s soul jazz classic – and arguably the best album that Doug Carn ever cut for the Black Jazz label! The set is a masterpiece of spiritual jazz – with Carn on keyboards setting up the groove, and wife Jean singing some incredible vocals – very different than her ... CD (Jazz CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014.
The legendary Joe McPhee works here with two more obscure improvisers – Jen Clare Paulson on viola and Brian Labycz on electronics – both musicians who open Joe up to that never-ending stream of inspiration that's made his music so wonderful over the years! McPhee plays pocket cornet ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Starburst/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1976. (reissue)
A Bicentennial groover from The Cult – not the goth group of the 80s, but a funky west coast outfit with plenty of funk! There's a bit of an indie club vibe here, mixed in with the group's riffing and strutting rhythms – which creates a feel that's somewhere in the territory of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble

Live At Bing Theater – Los Angeles 1985
Dark Tree (France), 1985.
A never-issued live performance from the Nimbus Records scene in LA – a spiritual gem that features bassist Roberto Miranda in the lead, working with some key other players from the city at the time! Miranda's always been one of the secret heroes of the underground west coast scene – a ... CD (Jazz CD)

Julian Lage

Squint
Blue Note, 2021.
Guitarist Julian Lage has become one of the more distinct stylists on his instrument in recent years – and this Blue Note debut is likely to cement his role as one of the more important players of his generation! Lage is in a trio here – working with Dave King on drums and Jorge Roeder ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ian Carr Double Quintet

Solar Sessions
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1970.
The group's listed here as the Double Quintet of trumpeter Ian Carr, but the sound is right next to the best work of his Nucleus group for Vertigo Records – a groundbreaking blend of jazz and electric elements, served up in a style that's very different from American work of the time! At one ... CD (Jazz CD)
Mad About Records (Portugal), 1977. (reissue)
A very cool group from the New Mexican scene of the 70s – one who work in the same blend of funk, soul, and Latin elements as more famous acts from the LA scene – but with a freewheeling vibe that's also open to new ideas too! There's a jazzy energy at the core – lots of strong ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Lowell Davidson

Lowell Davidson Trio
ESP, 1965. (reissue)
One of the most obscure 60s jazz sessions on ESP – a really free outing from pianist Lowell Davidson, working here in a trio that includes Gary Peacock on bass and Milford Graves on drums! Davidson's approach to the keys is quite far out, especially for the time – very much in the mode ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Willie Jones III

Fallen Heroes
WJ3, 2021.
Drummer Willie Jones III just keeps on winning us over more and more with each new release – serving up his own music on his own label, and really keeping a strong fire burning throughout! The set begins with a strong drum solo, dedicated to Ndugu Chancler – but right after that, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020. 2LP Gatefold
A record with an unassuming cover, but with a deeply soulful sound that comes across right away – a spare blend of simple beats and well-crafted basslines, topped with vocals that almost seem like they're trying hard not to get in the way of the groove! The approach is great – gently ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Maggot Brain/Third Man, 2021.
The wonderful Raincoats are on the cover this time around, and the issue looks at the way their once-overlooked music has gone on to get the attention it deserved, and keep on having an influence over generations to come! There's lots more too – a very interesting piece that has Terry Riley ... Magazine (Magazine)
BBE (UK), 2021.
Funky sounds old and new – a great collection of cuts that are hand-picked by Jasper The Vinyl Junkie, and which have a way of bridging the best modes of the 70s and some of the best sounds from recent years! The work here all sounds very classic, even if some of it is contemporary – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Bellwood/We Want Sounds (UK), 1975.
Long tracks, lots of open energy, and plenty of freewheeling solos too – just the sort of Japanese jazz album from the 70s we treasure so much! The group here is led by drummer George Ohtsuka – sometimes spelled Otsuka – and features Fumio Karashima on piano and Fender Rhodes ... CD (Jazz CD)
PTG (Netherlands), Mid 80s.
A great entry in this long-running collection – a series that's really evolved over the years, as you'll hear on this CD! Masterpiece was never about straight disco at the start – it always focused on more obscure post-disco tracks from the early 80s – and by the time of this ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Quincy Jones

Dude
A&M, 1981. Gatefold (reissue)
A super-huge album from Quincy Jones – a record that's almost like Quincy's trying to show the whole younger generation that an older master like himself can still deliver the goods! The set was delivered right after Quincy helped out Michael Jackson on Off The Wall – and while it's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Mdou Moctar

Afrique Victime
Matador, 2021.
It's a bit startling to see a record by Tuareg music legend Mdou Moctar on the indie rock powerhouse Matador Records – but that placement is also a great statement to just how much Moctar's guitar and the whole Tuareg scene has become in recent years! The sound is every bit as sharp as on ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Metropoli/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1976. (reissue)
The crazy look of the band on the cover might make you think you're getting something weird and wild, but the album's got a rock-solid sound that's right up there with the best of the South American scene – that vibe that some indie labels had during the 70s, where they were working a few ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Skye, Late 60s. Gatefold
A wonderful album from Gabor Szabo – one with the same freely grooving, slightly-psychedelic sound that he was using on his best records for the Impulse label! Two guitars head up the quintet – those of Gabor and Jim Stewart – and they trade breezy lines throughout, grooving over ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ariel Bart

In Between
Ropeadope, 2021.
CD...$9.99 13.99
A beautiful new voice in the small world of jazz harmonica – one who certainly resonates with echoes of the past, but finds a way to open up the instrument in a setting that's much more spiritual than we might have expected! Ariel Bart blows her instrument with a great sense of color here, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Pastor TL Barrett

Do Not Pass Me By
Gospel Roots/Numero, 1976. (reissue)
A stone classic from this famous Chicago spiritual leader of the 70s – and an album that's got a nice balance between intimate soul numbers and larger tracks that have the whole Mount Zion Baptist Church along for support! The set's definitely got the strongly soulful vibe of Barrett's Like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel LP)

Sandra Sa

Vale Tudo
RGE/Mr Bongo (UK), 1983.
Early work from Sandra Sa – one of the strongest female soul artists to emerge from the Brazilian scene at the start of the 80s – working here on a classic set that's got a groove that's very similar to American R&B work of the time! Tim Maia joins Sandra for a bit on the set ... CD (Brazil CD)

Yoshisaburo Sabu Toyozumi

Water Weed (2021 Record Store Day Release)
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
Two long, beautiful improvisations from a trio led by percussionist Yoshisaburo "Sabu" Toyozumi – and balanced wonderfully with reeds from Mototeru Takagi and bass from Takashi Tokuhiro! The music is very careful and quiet at the start, as each player finds these small, almost ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Eero Koivistoinen

Original Sin
Scandia/Svart (Finland), 1971.
The rare fourth album from Finnish reed legend Eero Koivistoinen – his first on a proper jazz label, but still a pretty darn obscure set overall! Although only 25 at the time, Eero's already showing a real maturity in both his solo structures, and his overall conception of his music – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Slickaphonic

Slickaphonic
Albina Music Trust, 1975.
A never-issued record from the Portland scene of the 70s – served up by a sharp funk ensemble who really know how to groove! Don't confuses these guys with the Slickaphonics jazz group from the 80s – as Slickaphonic are much more funk-based overall (although they probably took their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Michel Magne

Les Tontons Flingueurs
Le Pop Club (France), 1963.
Very groovy work from the mighty Michel Magne – an early 60s soundtrack on the French scene, and one that showed that music like this was soon going to rival all the cool changes going on in Italian cinema too! There's a nice blend of jazzy and mod elements going on here – older ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Ian Carr with Nucleus

Belladonna
Vertigo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972.
One of the heaviest electric sets from UK trumpeter Ian Carr – and that's really saying a lot, given how much heavy work he cut with his group Nucleus! The sound here is a groundbreaking mix of acoustic horns and keyboards – trumpet from Carr, and a mix of tenor, soprano, alto, and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Wadada Leo Smith

Trumpet (3CD set)
Tum (Finland), 2021. 3CD
Fantastic work from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – maybe one of the few musicians who could hold us completely rapt throughout a 3CD presentation of completely solo material! The work was all recorded over the space of a few short days, in a church in Finland – and Smith uses his many ... CD (Jazz CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1973.
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... CD (Jazz CD)

Free Music Quintet

Free Music 1 & 2
ESP, 1968. (reissue)
An unusual album for the ESP label – work by a Dutch group, not the label's usual New York avant scene – and a combo who really play with the free music promised in their name! The album features two side-long improvised tracks – really building up with raw energy, and almost ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ulysses Owens Jr

Soul Conversations
Outside In, 2021.
Drummer Ulysses Owens leads a great ensemble here – a largeish group that he makes swing and soar throughout, driving the whole thing with the kind of fire that Kenny Clarke might have done in a similar setting! As with Clarke in his famous big band, Owens knows that the best sound will come ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jose Mauro

A Viagem Das Horas
Quartin/Far Out (UK), 1970.
A tremendous lost masterpiece from Jose Mauro – a less-remembered figure in Brazilian music at the start of the 70s – but one we'd rank right up there with the best of the time, on a short list that would include Marcos Valle, Milton Nascimento, and Arthur Verocai! Like those three ... CD (Brazil CD)

Jeff Parker & Rob Mazurek

Some Jellyfish Live Forever
Rogue Art (France), 2021.
A great reunion of the Jeff Parker/Rob Mazurek duo – a pair who've only continued to grow strongly in the years since their Chicago Underground classics – and who bring all that sense of energy to play in their music! The sounds here represent the deeper, more mature styles that both ... CD (Jazz CD)

Toshinori Kondo

Blow The Earth – India
Subcontinental/Jet Set (Japan), 2021.
A sweet mix of trumpet and electronics – all served up by the legendary Toshinori Kondo, a Japanese player who's been breaking boundaries in jazz for many years! Kondo handles all instruments on the record himself – a blend of acoustic trumpet, electric elements, and moody rhythms ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Bad Brains

Bad Brains
Roir/ORG, 1981. (reissue)
A hell of a record from one of the key groups who put the "hard" in the American hardcore scene – and a record that's so blisteringly intense, we still sometimes have to check to make sure we've got it on the right speed! Although Bad Brains may fly the flag of the Rastas, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Universal (France), 1968. (reissue)
An incredibly groovy late 60s soundtrack from Michel Legrand! La Piscine may well be one of the last under-reissued scores from Legrand's genius period – that time when he was hitting heavily on soundtracks for The Thomas Crown Affair, Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, and other classics. This one's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra

Nyjah's Theme/Little Afrika
P-Vine (Japan), 2021.
The Nimbus Records spirit lives again – on these two long tracks by the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – a group who are best known for their famous recordings with Horace Tapscott, and who have a spiritual legacy on the LA scene that goes back to 1961! At some level, the record is a ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1969.
Four different albums from Johnny Mathis – all of which have a relatively unique pedigree! First up are the records People and The Impossible Dream – different 1969 albums from Johnny Mathis – both featuring material recorded earlier in the decade, during his time with Mercury ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Vagabond King/Jazzman (UK), 1977.
One of the rarest and most unusual albums to come out of the Philly scene in the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given the unique and obscure quality of so many indie sides on small Philadelphia labels! Ron Everett's a singer, with roots that go back to the doo wop scene of the 50s – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dave Holland/Kevin Eubanks/Obed Calvaire

Another Land
Edition (UK), 2021.
Guitar, bass, and drums – coming together here on a set that lives up to the strong legacy of creative music we've come to expect from the legendary Dave Holland! Holland plays both electric and acoustic versions of his instrument – which makes for a nice shift in the way he interacts ... CD (Jazz CD)

Nat Turner Rebellion

Laugh To Keep From Crying
Philly Groove/Chrysalis, 1969.
The never-issued full length album from Philly funk combo Nat Turner Rebellion – a group led by Joseph Jefferson, who'd later write great songs for others – but who here is standing strong at the head of a very righteous group! Nat Turner Rebellion issued a few singles on the Philly ... CD (Soul CD)

Wadada Leo Smith with Milford Graves & Bill Laswell

Sacred Ceremonies (3CD set)
Tum (Finland), 2021. 3CD
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith teams up here with two different legends in avant jazz – bassist Bill Laswell and percussionist Milford Graves – in a triple-length collection that offers up the music in three different settings! Smith and Graves work together on CD1 – a sublime set of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Clyde McPhatter

Clyde McPhatter Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s.
Killer work from one of the most important singers in the years before soul music – the mighty Clyde McPhatter, who was first a member of The Dominoes, then started The Drifters, and soon became a great solo act on his own! There's a few cuts here from Clyde's vocal group recordings, but the ... CD (Soul CD)
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020.
Sault have always been fantastic, but it also seems that with each new release, they get even more powerful and progressive – opening up a more radical agenda that really comes through in their music! The group don't state their position with the title of the record – which is ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Joao Donato

Joao Donato – Jazz Is Dead 7
Jazz Is Dead, 2021.
A really great entry in this excellent series – one that not only features lots of great Fender Rhodes from Brazilian jazz legend Joao Donato, but also vocals from Loren Oden on almost every track – which makes the whole thing feel like a fantastic hybrid of Joao's genius with a ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Wendell Harrison Tribe

Get Up Off Your Knees
Tribe/P-Vine (Japan), 2021.
Fantastic new music from Detroit reedman Wendell Harrison – working here with a renewed version of the Tribe Records scene, at a level that makes the album one of his best in many years! Wendell blows tenor and bass clarinet, and his group here is mostly younger, lesser-known players – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Impulse, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4LP
LP...$119.99 139.99
A stunning collection of work from the legendary Impulse Records catalog – a double-length set that focuses on the most spiritual side of the label! Red, green, and black are often used together as the colors of righteousness – but the orange and black of Impulse has stood strong as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
United Artists/Loneos Editions (Netherlands), 1970. (reissue)
One of the great space rock records of the 70s – the sublime debut from Embryo – a group who were a lot more unique than most of their contemporaries! Embryo's almost more of a jazz fusion combo than a progressive rock one – and some of their later efforts have them working with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Orchestra Baobab

Mouhamadou Bamba
Syllart (France), 1981. (reissue)
A classic album from the best years of Orchestra Baobab – a time when the group were maybe the greatest thing coming out of Dakar, and really helping to move a whole generation of West African sounds forward into new directions! The instrumentation is still relatively old school – no ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Love/Svart (Finland), 1974. Gatefold (reissue)
You may not be able to pronounce the name of Tasavallan Presidentti easily – but man, they're one heck of a group – a key combo from the Finnish scene of the 70s, and one that effortlessly blends together jazz and rock modes, but with a sound that's very different than most other music ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1968.
Brilliant early work by saxophonist John Tchicai – recorded in Denmark with a larger ensemble, in the years of his European exile after the dissolution of the New York Contemporary Five. Players include Karsten Vogel on alto and percussion, Max Bruel on baritone and piano, and Hugh Steinmetz ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ron Henderson & Choice Of Colors

Hooked On Your Love – Rare Tracks
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s.
Underground soul genius from the great Ron Henderson – one of those great 70s also-rans – a true top talent who never fully got his due, but who cut some really wonderful material back in the day! The set features rare 70s singles and some unreleased tracks – all of which work ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jalen Baker

This Is Me This Is Us
Outside In, 2021.
Jalen Baker is a vibist, and he gets big props in the notes from Warren Wolf – which means a lot to us, as Wolf is one of our favorite contemporary players on the instrument! But it also looks like Jalen might be giving him a run for his money – as the young musician is also a hell of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Okute

Okute
Chulo, 2021.
A contemporary Cuban group, but one who fit easily in the long cultural legacy of Havana – as the combo have a way of taking timeless modes and making them come alive again in all new ways – often really stripping things down to their roots, with an intimate, earthy presentation that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Morisom/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1976. (reissue)
A really heavyweight album from the Brazilian scene of the 70s – recorded by a group of artists who were really helping to transform the sound of jazz at the time! There are elements that are familiar here, but served up in these really fresh ways – changing up the rhythmic and melodic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
BMG, 1951. 2CD
A key slice of work from the too-short career of the legendary Hank Williams – recordings he did for a regular radio show sponsored by Mother's Best Flour in Nashville during the year 1951 – a time when Hank was riding high with his talents, before leaving our planet all too soon! The ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

New York Disco Orchestra

Reverie
Artemis/Espacial (Spain), 1978.
A completely obscure disco session from the New York scene of the 70s, and a great one too – long, well-crafted tracks that clearly draw inspiration from both the work of Salsoul Orchestra and MFSB – and which have a sound that's every bit as great as work from those two famous groups! ... CD (Soul CD)
Jackpot, 1985. (reissue)
Vintage live material from Greg Sage and The Wipers – played with that special intensity that made them such a crucial link in the American underground scene of the 80s – even if they didn't always get their due until many years later! There's a sound here that's almost a bridge ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Brad Mehldau & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Variations On A Melancholy Theme
Nonesuch, 2021.
A really lovely little record from pianist Brad Mehldau – quite different than most of his albums, in that the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is on board to help expand Mehldau's ideas in his music! The statement of the title is an apt one for the set – as it offers up variations on a blue-t ... CD (Jazz CD)
Sire/Jackpot, 1977. (reissue)
A masterpiece of American punk rock – and arguably the greatest moment ever for the legendary Stiv Bators! The album's got an intensity that blows away most of the UK groups who were making waves in the punk scene at the time – a raw energy that's a closer link to the Stooges and MC5 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Ruben Blades

Swing
Ruben Blades, 2021.
Ruben Blades delivers a great mix of jazzy styles here – some tracks that definitely echo the swing era promised by the title and the cover, but always mixed with the soulful sense of inflections he brought to his classic salsa material too! This isn't just some retro vocal jazz album, as ... CD (Latin CD)

Merry Clayton

Beautiful Scars
Motown/Ode, 2021.
A really strong return to form for the legendary Merry Clayton – an album recorded in the wake of an accident that nearly took her life, and seemed to unlock a whole new level of spirituality in her music – presented here on an album that's the first we've seen in Motown's gospel series ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Mike LeDonne

It's All Your Fault
Savant, 2021.
One of the coolest, grooviest settings for the Hammond of Mike LeDonne that we've heard in years – a set that mostly features him working with a larger ensemble, at a level that brings back some of the great 60s sessions from Jimmy Smith and Oliver Nelson! Yet given Mike's touch on the keys, ... CD (Jazz CD)
BGO (UK), Mid 70s.
Four albums that show the continuing evolution of Earl Scruggs in the 70s – with a sound that's very different than his earlier music, and maybe even sharper instrumentation overall! First up is I Saw The Light – a record made after the famous banjo pioneer split with Lester Flatt, and ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Jimmy Castor

From The Roots
Paul Winley/Demon (UK), 1969. (reissue)
Killer early soul from Jimmy Castor – material that's mostly from the years before his better-known Smash Records and RCA sides – done in a wickedly-grooving style! The work here is a mix of upbeat dancefloor numbers and mellower harmony cuts – and even at this early stage, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Svart (Finland), Early 70s. 2CD
Never-issued music from this legendary group – recorded by Finnish radio near the start of their career, and making for a fantastic addition to their classic catalog! Tasavallan Presidentti are even more full-on and jamming than on record – still with some of the shorter songs and ... CD (Rock CD)
Sublime Frequencies, 2021.
Other-worldly voices singing in unison – heard here in contemporary recordings, but with a quality that's very much out of time! The recordings are from three different nations, but unified in style – mostly no instrumentation at all, just female voices raising together in these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Gene Russell

New Direction
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. (reissue)
Sweet funky jazz from pianist Gene Russell – one of the hippest albums he ever recorded! Russell's a pianist with a wonderfully fluid touch – used here to near perfection in a small combo date that really stands out from most of his other albums – just the kind of effort we'd ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s.
A wide-ranging set, and one that really gets at the influence of the music of Lou Reed over the years – as the collection brings together songs penned by Reed from back in the day, but which continue to get new handling by a variety of artists in more recent decades! As some folks know, Lou ... CD (Rock CD)

Clarence Peters

Magnetic Atmosphere
Clarence Peters/SeriE.WOC (Belgium), 1979. (reissue)
A spiritual jazz gem from the Paris scene at the end of the 70s – maybe the only album ever issued with drummer Clarence Peters as a leader, and a set that gets some strong help from the Steve Lacy side of the scene! The tracks are all long, and build up from long-flowing modal energy – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A pair of rare albums from the great Derrick Harriott – with lots of bonus tracks that are appearing on CD for the first time! The set begins with the stunning Greatest Reggae Hits – a set that focuses strongly on the amazing vocal range of Derrick Harriott – a singer who can ... CD (Reggae CD)
Because (France), Early 70s. 2LP
It's Wu-Tang's world, and we just live in it – as we're reminded again by this great series of older funky cuts sampled by the group! As with other volumes, most of these numbers emerged at some point or another in Wu-Tang and related productions – but this set presents the full ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Naked Lunch, Late 50s/Early 60s.
Early work from the legendary Krzystof Komeda – recorded years before he was setting the Polish scene on fire with his inventive soundtracks and modern jazz – but at a level that's still pretty revolutionary overall! The album begins with material from a few different sessions recorded ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Chapter (Australia), 1970s/Early 80s.
An incredible compilation – and a real document of a near-lost strain of music in the 70s – the wealth of underground pro-gay recordings that came out in the wake of Stonewall! The music here is way different than any camp cliches you might know from the 70s – no crisco disco, or ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
The image of a female singer at a piano is nothing new, but it definitely has a very special place in the history of jazz – maybe one of the few spots where a female instrumentalist could really get some time in the spotlight, while also breaking past some of the more standard cliches of ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Tony Allen

There Is No End
Blue Note, 2021.
A very different album than some of the more recent efforts from the legendary drummer Tony Allen – and a set that shows that, as the title proclaims, there is no end to the creative talents of the mighty musician – even after he departed our planet! This set has Allen working with a ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Adrian Younge

American Negro
Jazz Is Dead, 2021.
The most political album we've ever heard from Adrian Younge – a set that stands as a much stronger, much more individual message than anything he's ever given us before! All Adrian's previous instrumental elements are in the mix – heavy funk, with a special soundtrack sort of twist ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1978. (reissue)
A fantastic little record – and very much the kind of set that the Strata East label was created to represent! The music here would hardly have found a home on the bigger jazz labels of the period – not because it's too avant garde or non-commercial, but just because it's so deeply ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Bruton Music/Trunk (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Nothing brutish here – as Trunk Records takes a dip into the sweeter side of the Bruton Records sound library – with a great focus on tunes from the label that are mellow, jazzy, and often filled with these wonderfully laidback grooves! You'll recognize most of these artists from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Pharoah Sanders

Rejoice (180 gram pressing)
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic 80s work from Pharoah Sanders – with a vibe that's a perfect extension of his classic work for the Impulse label! The album has Pharoah working with an amazing group – Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, John Hicks and Joe Bonner on piano, Art Davis on bass, and either Elvin Jones or ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. (reissue)
An overlooked gem from west coast vibist Ricky Kelly – a player who only cut a small number of records, but who was kind of an 80s equivalent to some of the hippest Bobby Hutcherson work of the 70s! This album's a bit different than some of the more avant work on the Nimbus Records label ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Edition Telemark (Germany), 1964/2012. LP & 2CD
Some of the first recordings ever from legendary drummer Sven Ake Johansson – mixed here with a range of other material too – all in one mightily overstuffed package! Side one of the LP features Sven in a setting that's very different than usual – at least compared to later work ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Alex Sipiagin

Upstream
Posi tone, 2021.
Trumpeter Alex Sipiagin has grown tremendously in recent years – and a record like this is a fantastic demonstration of his talents as both an instrumentals and as a composer – and also as a leader of a very well-matched group! The combo is a quartet, but soar out with a spirit that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s/1980s. 2CD
An important part of the long legacy of Enja Records – a label that was based in Germany, but also offered key opportunities for expression to Japanese musicians over the years – especially during the 70s, when Enja released represented some of the few times these musicians were heard ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ruud Bos

De Fabriek
678 Records (Belgium), 1981.
A rare later soundtrack from Dutch composer Ruud Bos – best known for some very funky work at the start of the 70s, and still going strong here a decade later! The score's got a much more mid 70s vibe than you'd expect – like some of the best American cop show work of the early 70s, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Hoodoo Fushimi

Kenka Oyaji
180g (UK), 1987. (reissue)
Pretty great work from Hoodoo Fushimi – a one-man show who provides plenty of hip hop-inspired beats, breaks, and keyboard lines – served up on assortment of instruments recorded in his own home studio in the 80s! To say that the record is straight hip hop might be a stretch – as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Jugoton/Everland (Germany), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Fierce funk from behind the iron curtain in the 70s – a huge selection of tracks from the Yugoslavian record label Jugoton – most presented here to the western work for the first time ever! The music here isn't the usual American funk and soul of the decade – even though the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Buried Treasure (Germany), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s.
Nearth 20 years of work from some of the more obscure sound library labels on the European scene – served up here in a blend of modes that moves between heavy funk, jazzier grooves, and some more atmospheric keyboard-heavy tracks – all of which we're not sure we've ever heard before! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Czarface & MF Doom

Super What?
Silver Age, 2021.
MF Doom left our planet all too soon, and he left behind a great legacy of music, too – including a previous collaboration with the Czarface collective, nicely matched by this posthumous set! The balance here is great, and the set brings the metal man of mystery into great play with his ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), Early 70s. 2CD
A trio of very unusual soundtracks from Stelvio Cipriani – all done for a cycle of films that are billed in the notes as "costume erotic comedies"! The "costume" refers to the fact that the stories are all set in the imagined past – where the erotic styles that ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Columbia/Big Pink (South Korea), 1969. Gatefold
The debut album from this Chicago group – maybe not the biggest act of their day, but one who've got more than enough chops to warrant the release of this excellent album on Columbia! Illinois Speed Press are a guitar-heavy combo who are definitely part of the growing hard rock scene in the ... CD (Rock CD)

Mike Taylor

Mandala
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1965.
Crucial early work from British pianist Mike Taylor – an artist who gave the world two classic albums of avant jazz in the late 60s, worked famously with both Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce – then seemingly disappeared for the rest of his time on the planet! This never-issued set predates ... CD (Jazz CD)
Enterprise/Big Pink (South Korea), 1971. Gatefold
An unusual rock record issued by the Enterprise imprint of Stax Records – the same one that released the Isaac Hayes albums at the time, and maybe a good choice for Ben Atkins, given some of the soulful currents in his music! The ramshackle cottage on the front is maybe a good indication of ... CD (Rock CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Forget the cheapo look of the cover, as the set's a classic batch of gems from the Trojan Records catalog – 2CDs worth of material, with 55 titles that go way past the obvious hits – served up in a great mix of rocksteady and early reggae modes, and filled with the kind of tunes that ... CD (Reggae CD)
Esoteric (UK), 1973.
Duffy look plenty scruffy on the cover – and they sound equally so in their music – which is a rough-edged blend of hard rock and more freewheeling modes! At some points, these guys sound like a 70s refinement of earlier blues rock modes – but at other times, they've got a ... CD (Rock CD)
Jazz Haus (Germany), Mid 60s. 2CD
Incredible early work from German guitarist Volker Kriegel – rare recordings that easily stand strong alongside his classic work for the MPS label – including his trippy sides with the Dave Pike set! A number of tracks here preface his work with Pike – and feature vibes from ... CD (Jazz CD)

Abdullah Ibrahim

Mindif
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988.
A great set that features Abdullah Ibrahim's soundtrack music for the 1988 Clair Denis film Chocolat – some of his best group recordings of the 80s! The feel here is a bit more African-styled than usual – even for Ibrahim – with strong use of reeds to inflect the tunes with the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Michael Stosic

Michael Stosic
P-Vine (Japan), 1982. (reissue)
A really unusual self-released set from Michael Stosic – a singer who moved into more spirit-based music in recent years, but who gave the world this wonderful AOR-styled debut at the start of the 80s! The record's one of those that came out on a title label – Stosic's own – but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1975.
A crazy bit of funk from drummer Roy Porter – a player who first rose to fame during the LA bop years of the late 40s, but who sounds even hipper here in the 70s! The album's got a madly skittish approach to funk – one that's highly rhythmic, but often in unconventional ways – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)

Africa – Tears & Laughter
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
Dollar Brand is always a hell of a pianist, but he also has a way to really make equal magic when working with a horn – which happens here not just with the soprano and alto work of group member Talib Quadr, but also from some soprano work by Dollar Brand himself! The record's got this ... CD (Jazz CD)

David Batiste & The Gladiators

Funky Soul (parts 1 & 2)
Family Groove, Late 60s.
A stunning bit of funk from the New Orleans scene of the 60s – served up here by one of the brothers in the famous Batiste musical family from the city! The tune begins with an instantly-riffing guitar line – coming down hard with snapping drums, bumping bass, and organ all blended ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Glydezone, 2021. (pic cover)
A great little record from Dam Funk – a two-song set that might look like a 12" single, but which features both tunes spinning out for nearly the length of the side of a full length record! "Destination Known" is great – a tune which has the electric urban cityscape vibe ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

DJM Trio

Cave Art
Paxico (UK), 2021.
A jazz trio, but one who serve up tunes from a whole host of different hip hop sources – instrumental readings of cuts originally served up by 9th Wonder, Jurassic 5, Pete Rock, MF Doom, and Tribe Called Quest! The setting is familiar – bass, drums, and either piano or keyboards, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Mid 80s.
A set of Kenyan tracks we've never heard before – all served up with the kind of fast-moving rhythms you'd guess from the title – occasional influences from Cuban music, blended with a spirit that's heavy on the vibrant style of East African music at the time! The "boys" in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. (reissue)
A lost spiritual jazz classic from pianist Nate Morgan – maybe the musician's best-remembered moment, and for good reason too! The set's got this soaring, spiritual vibe that's much more early 70s than you'd guess from the date of recording – a post-Coltrane spirit with lots of modal ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

John Taylor

Pause & Think Again
Turtle/Eargong (UK), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Marvelous work from pianist Mike Taylor – maybe the greatest album we've ever heard from this under-recognized British genius, and a set that's got some of Taylor's most inventive writing and arrangements! The group's larger than some of Taylor's usual settings – and features John ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Akio Sasajima

Humpty Dumpty
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1993.
Tenor genius Joe Henderson joins guitarist Akio Sasajima here – and the album's one of a few great sets the pair recorded together – very vibrant sounds from Joe, at a time when he was really finding his way back to the limelight! The pair have a really unique vibe together – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Giacomo Dell'Orso

Belli E Brutti Ridono Tutti
Beat (Italy), 1979.
A soundtrack that's a sexy and playful as you might guess from the cover – done by Giacomo Dell'Orso for a late 70s Italian comedy, and handled with a number of short tracks that add up to a fair bit of music by the time the record is done! Some tunes follow the whimsical main theme on a ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1967.
The second fantastic album from Tim Hardin – a singer/songwriter classic that's gone on to have a tremendous amount of pull and power over the years – and for good reason too! With songs like these, Hardin set the stage for so many other singers to come – bringing in a lot of his ... CD (Rock CD)
Radio Martiko (Belgium), 1960s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic combination of sounds – as older Greek modes hit the rock and roll years, get electrified, and turn out all these amazing records in the process! Part of the sound here comes from an electrified version of the bouzouki – often used with a deftness that might rival American ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Tony Allen & The Afro Messengers

No Discrimination
Comet (France), 1979. (reissue)
Tony Allen steps out onto his own – moving away from the Afrika 70 group who accompanied him on his first three solo albums – nicely cooking here into a whole new groove! The tracks are a bit shorter than the side-long jams of previous records, but no less funky – as Tony somehow ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Regent Park Songs, 2021.
A genre-setting record from Mustafa – Muslim poet and songwriter, and an artist who approaches his music with a vibe that's unlike anyone else we can think of! The tunes often begin with a gentle slide into a groove – and a gentle groove once things get going – all to support the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Sons Of Kemet

Black To The Future
Impulse, 2021. 2LP Gatefold
Sons Of Kemet borrow a page from the AACM with the title of this excellent album – maybe no surprise, as the work of the London group is every bit as revolutionary as the experiments of the AACM back in the day! As with their previous records, the Sons are working very hard to find a new ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Francesco De Masi

Fuga Dal Bronx
Beat (Italy), 1983.
A sweet little rumble in the Bronx, scored here by Francesco De Masi – the Italian composer who gave us so many great cop and crime soundtracks in the 70s! The vibe here follows strongly from that work, but updates things slightly with a bit of a shift towards 80s keyboards and production ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Mercury, 1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. 2LP Gatefold
A wonderful career-spanning overview of the work of Yello – the wonderfully weird Swiss duo of Boris Blank and Dieter Meier, a pair whose mix of electronics and rhythms were a key part in helping to transform the sound of the global dancefloor at the start of the 80s! The duo were artists ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Doug Carn

Revelation
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973.
The Black Jazz recordings of Doug Carn are always a revelation – some of the most powerful, progressive work on the American underground of the early 70s – music that got Carn into way more record collections than you might expect! The sound here is a perfect summation of Doug's early ... CD (Jazz CD)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A great group recording from pianist Horace Tapscott – recorded in LA in the early 80s, but done with all the righteousness and spirituality of his earlier albums! Tracks are long and exploratory, but also relatively lyrical too – stretching out with a style that's never too "outsi ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Philadelphia International/Legacy, 1970s.
A soaring set of classics from one of the greatest soul labels of all time – the Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff powerhouse of Philadelphia International Records – home to a huge amount of music that was as important to the 70s as Motown was to the 60s! Philly International opened the door ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
RCA/Parlophone, Late 60s. (reissue)
The first truly great David Bowie electric guitar album – an all-out, power-driven set of tracks played by a group that included Mick Ronson and Tony Visconti! Bowie's in prime pre-Ziggy mode here – ripping into tunes that blister with dark energy that are some of the first truly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021.
Drummer Chad Taylor is one of the most versatile performers we know – a drummer who can move easily between a variety of different settings, always finding the right touch for the right moment! Yet here, Taylor may be in one of his most unique settings to date – improvising on two long ... CD (Jazz CD)
Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), Mid 60s. (reissue)
A complete killer from the Peruvian scene of the 60s – a set that shows just how special it is when the leadoff descarga track breaks into a searing saxophone solo within the first few seconds! Things don't let up after that – and Al Valdez keeps things moving and grooving at a level ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Clyde McPhatter

Ballads Of Clyde McPhatter
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Beautiful work from the great Clyde McPhatter – a singer who's often known for some of his hard-rocking work of the R&B years, but who could also be great with a mellower, gentler tune too! Clyde had a fantastic range – so much so, that had he stayed on this planet long enough, he ... CD (Soul CD)

Creative Arts Ensemble

One Step Out (180 gram pressing)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. (reissue)
A great bit of work from the hip LA scene that centered around the Nimbus label at the end of the 70s – a collective who work together here with the same spiritual jazz modes you'd find on labels like Tribe or Strata East! The group features some bigger names from the scene, including some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Acid Jazz/Roots (UK), 2021.
A mysterious set of tracks from producer Jah Thomas – work from his vaults, but served up here with some new musical elements and some guest vocals too – at a level that goes a long way to bridge Thomas' roots in the 70s with his more recent work on the Roots label of Acid Jazz! There's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1966.
The first-ever album as a leader from tenorist Dewey Redman – a set that captures the rising musician at a level that's very full-formed, and which shows some of the roots of his years in Texas with a young Ornette Coleman! The vibe's different here than Coleman's music – at least in ... CD (Jazz CD)
La La Land, 1970.
An obscure American film score from the great Michel Colombier – a talent we're used to hearing behind some of the grooviest French singers of the late 60s! Here, Colombier's in a very different vibe – crafting a superb soundtrack with full orchestrations recorded in Hollywood – ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Marcos Valle

Marcos Valle (1983)
Som Livre/Mr Bongo (UK), 1983. (reissue)
Marcos Valle might look a bit sad and forlorn with all those fruity drinks on the cover – but the record itself is a wonderfully upbeat session, and one that's very much in the same modern soul mode of his 80s groove Vontade De Rever Voce! As on that record, the sound here shows strong ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1965.
Tremendous early work from South African pianist Dollar Brand (aka Abdullah Ibrahim) – exactly the kind of sounds that set him apart from so many other musicians at the time, and which brought him great attention on the European scene of the 60s! The tunes are long and open – strongly ... CD (Jazz CD)

Henry Franklin

Skipper
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. (reissue)
One of the greatest moments ever from west coast bassman Henry Franklin – a set of soaring, spiritual power – and a key demonstration of his rich energy as a leader! Franklin heads a wicked lineup here – playing both Fender and acoustic bass amidst other players who include Bill ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Radio Martiko (Belgium), Mid 60s. Gatefold
Divine reeds, indeed – as the set features a host of rare recordings from Greek clarinet player Tassos Chalkias – recorded here for his own short-lived label! Tassos has a sound that's amazing – rooted in older Greek modes, but filled with the sorts of tones you'd hear from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
ALG/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1980. (reissue)
A salsa smoker from the great Alfredo Linares – recorded at the start of the 80s, and almost a summation of all the greatness Linares had packed into his music during the decade before! Alfredo is on piano throughout – really driving things along with a rhythmic pulse and the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Matt Berry

Blue Elephant
Acid Jazz (UK), 2021.
The music of Matt Berry just keeps getting better and better – to a point where he's almost creating a parallel career to his work on screen – one that's equally great, but which is completely different overall! Berry brought out a wealth of vintage keyboards for the record – ... CD (Rock CD)
JuJu/Broc (France), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A really rare slice of work from the funky genius Janko Nilovic – not the sound library grooves which have gained him fame over the decades – but instead a batch of rare cuts from his own short-lived record label, which he formed in 1968 with soul singer Davy Jones! Nilovic and Jones ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Betty Davis

Nasty Gal
Island/Light In The Attic, 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
The biggest-label release ever cut by 70s funk legend Betty Davis – but a set that's every bit as hard and heavy as the indie dates that preceded it! Davis is at the top of her form here – bad-stepping amidst the heavy drums and freaked-out guitars that easily made her one of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Costeno/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1980. (reissue)
A Colombian record from the start of the 80s, but one that's got a very different vibe than most from the time – almost more lean and stripped-down – at a level that goes back to the roots of champeta, but which also brings in all these other strange touches too! Most of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood

Live
International Anthem, 2021.
Angel Bat Dawid is a completely mesmerizing artist on record, but she's even more mindblowing in a live setting – where she seems to channel the energy of the skies and the planet into her music – brimming over with righteous energy that guides the rest of the group with a hell of a lot ... CD (Jazz CD)

Otis Brown

Southside Chicago
Numero, Mid 60s.
Otis Brown wasn't the biggest name on the Chicago scene of the 60s – but during that decade, he cut some fantastic work for a variety of small labels – and finally gets his due on this complete collection of his rare 45s! Although home to big labels like Chess, Vee Jay, and One-Der-Ful ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Chequers

Check Us Out
Creole/Survival Research (Australia), Mid 70s. (reissue)
An obscure little set from the UK scene – the first full album from a group who started out with more of a Jamaican influence, but soon moved heavily into soul – although served up here with all sorts of very cool, very unusual touches throughout! The groove can be straight, but there's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Manu Dibango

Africadelic
Survival Research (Australia), Early 70s. (reissue)
Incredibly funky work from Manu Dibango – a set that's easily as great as his classic Soul Makossa album – but which is a lot more obscure overall! The work's got a fiercely-jamming quality all the way through – lots of rumbling percussion at the bottom, and also a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Electric Jalaba

El Hal/The Feeling
Strut (UK), 2021. Gatefold
A swirling mix of modes from Electric Jalaba – a group who are first inspired by the hypnotic groove of gnawa music from North Africa, but who also bring a fair bit of contemporary elements to their music – dark strains of electronics that make the whole thing this unusual blend of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Universal (Japan), 1982. (reissue)
One of the wildest sets ever recorded by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – and that's saying a lot, given some of his other work! The vibe here is fusion, but with a definite 80s spacey twist that's hinted at by the cover – as Kawasaki handles most of the instruments himself, mixing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Doghouse & Bone (France), Mid 60s. Gatefold
The La Noire series hits Groove City – and serves up a nice batch of tunes that move between soul, blues, and even a bit of funk – all with the focus on rare 7" singles that has made this series so great! A few of these cuts are well-remembered gems, mixed with other obscurities ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Innov Gnawa

Lila
Daptone, 2021.
A fantastic little record – served up by a group of Moroccan musicians working in New York, where they've clearly found a way to expand their sound nicely from their roots! As you might guess from their name, Innov Gnawa are proponents of the hypnotic grooves you'd find in Moroccan gnawa ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s. (pic cover)
The first-ever single from this lovely female duo – a pair who hail from Colombia, and present early versions of two tunes they'd record again later on! "Fue Una Lagrima" has a warm blend of harmonies and lively instrumentation – an electric bassline that dips nicely at the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Canyon/Alive, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the earliest albums ever from Swamp Dogg – and one of the best as well! The set was cut down at Capricorn Studios in Macon, and has a wicked blend of southern funk and deep soul that Swamp never hit this well ever again – a quality that almost makes us think the album was more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Dick Hyman

Age Of Electronicus
Command/Pleasure For Music, 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the all-time great moog albums of the 60s – served up by pianist Dick Hyman, who'd cut a fair bit of more standard material in the years before – but who also turned out to be a wizard with the new electric instrument, helping it to find a very fresh sound! Unlike some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound LP)
Doghouse & Bone (France), Late 50s/Early 60s.
An unusual little set – one that features some of the soul-styled modes of the other collections on this label, but which also quickly moves into more exotic territory too – a blend that ends up showing some of the more criss-crossed styles in the indie records 7" single ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
AV Disc/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1979. (pic cover, reissue)
A great mix of Brazilian rhythms, jazz, and a hip 70s European sensibility – served up here with lead vocals from the young Salome De Bahia, and lots of great percussion, piano, and guitar interplay throughout! The rest of the group harmonize with Salome at times – and the track starts ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1984.
A game-changing album from Change – a real breakthrough for the early 80s international soul combo! Change Of Heart has some great production by Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis – and on top of that, it's perhaps the best set of songs the group had recorded to to date. Jam/Lewis wrote half the ... CD (Soul CD)
Victor/Lilith (Italy), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
Really heady work from Brainticket – a Swiss trio, and one who serve up this masterpiece at a level that rivals the best Krautrock work of the time! There's a very heady quality to many of the tunes – not full-on jamming, but instead this really compelling use of instrumental elements ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Doghouse & Bone (France), Mid 50s. Gatefold
The great La Noire series hops a Greyhound bus, and takes a musical journey across 50s America – stopping along the way for a great array of R&B singles and early pre-soul gems! The tunes are a well-chosen batch of cuts – lesser-known numbers from that moment when jump blues was ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. 3CD
French vibist Dany Doriz has been making music for many decades – as you can probably guess from the title of this set – and during that time, he's proven to be one of the most versatile musicians on his scene – able to shift between modern and trad jazz modes, hit some Lionel ... CD (Jazz CD)

Wheelup

Good Love
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2021. 2LP
A great evolution of the London broken beat mode – served up here by DJ Danny Wheeler, working here in his Wheelup guise! There's a very strong focus on the rhythms, which are skittish, and graced with all sorts of cosmic touches – ala the best London mode from back in the day – ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Broc (France), 2016.
A really great setting for the talents of French funky sound library genius Janko Nilovic – a set of new recordings that feature Janko on keyboards, alongside some very stripped-down beats and rhythms! Given that Nilovic's music has been sampled often over the years, the approach is no ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Rambling (Japan), 1971. Gatefold
The funkiest version we've ever heard of this great Bruce Lee soundtrack – one that brings together all the sweet instrumental moments by Peter Thomas, with sound that's much better than any other reissue! While previous versions have taken the music along with the dialogue, this gem of a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Aerophonic, 2021. 2CD
Here's a case where the word "covid" doesn't have to be thought of in ways that make you shudder – as the always-inventive reedman Dave Rempis used the dark days of 2020 to find new ways of expression, and make a deeper exploration of different sides of his music! One of those ... CD (Jazz CD)

Byard Lancaster

My Pure Joy
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1992.
A really obscure set from legendary reedman Byard Lancaster – a set that was issued late in the history of the spiritual jazz label Black Fire, but one that's every bit as essential as their music from the 70s! Lancaster works here often with just a bit of percussion in the background – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
DC Records/Tidal Waves, 1980. (reissue)
A rare funky gem from this obscure Florida group – a combo with roots in the more-famous Winstons – that legendary group who gave the world "Amen Brother" at the end of the 60s! The work here is equally funky, but in a different sort of way – tight 70s ensemble funk, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
GAD (Poland), 1963.
Two very early soundtracks from legendary Polish modernist Krzystof Komeda – both very different than his 60s work for Roman Polanski, but equally striking overall! The work for Mam Tu Swoj Dom is performed on short tracks handled by different instrumental groupings – with piano, flute ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Billy Bang

Lucky Man
BBE (UK), 2021.
One of the most compelling albums in years from Billy Bang – and that's really saying a lot, given how much compelling music he's recorded! The set is put together in conjunction with a fascinating documentary on Bang's life, music, and time spent fighting in Vietnam – an experience ... CD (Jazz CD)
Mokomizik (UK), Early 60s. (reissue)
A wonderful little record, and one that certainly lives up to the "fantastic variety" promise of its title! The set features work from Panamanian pianist Alonso Wilson De Briano – and although you'll see the word "calypso" in the title, the overall sound is maybe more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Paris Gadjo Club

Cafe Du Brasil 2
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2021.
A really wonderful mix of styles – the gypsy swing of the Paris jazz world of the 30s, mixed with older tunes from the world of Brazilian music – all presented here in a blend that works surprisingly well together! The groove often takes most of its rhythm from non-percussion ... CD (Brazil CD)

Qur'an Shaheed

Process
Preference, 2021.
A beautiful little record – a relatively short set, one that was recorded over a period of a few years – but which comes across as a fantastic collaboration between singer Qur'an Shaheed and producer Jesse Justice! Justice plays lots of keyboards and drums on the set – often with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Warren Hampshire

Language Of The Birds
Athens Of The North (UK), 2021.
A solo album from Warren Hampshire, recorded right around the same time as his collaborations with Greg Foat, but done with a very different vibe! The set's got a nicely pastoral approach – slow building sounds that are somewhere between spiritual and meditative modes, with work from ... CD (Jazz CD)

Riz Ortolani & Nino Oliviero

Mondo Cane (with bonus tracks)
Sugar/Decca (Italy), Early 60s.
One of the first big international soundtracks to come from the Italian scene in the 60s – the start of a great run that would continue through the decade, although maybe not with results as strongly as this! The score is for a strange documentary-like film (the title means "World Gone ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977.
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 ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ivan Makvel

Family Affair
Sleeperz Recordz, 2021.
Ivan Makvel's wearing his sound well on the cover – a sweet 80s version of old school funky – heavy on bassy bits and keyboards, and served up with an ensemble of guest stars who definitely make the record feel like a family affair! Ivan provides some vocals – sometimes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Lex, 2014.
A solid – and at the time, underappreciated – effort from Bishop Nehru and MF Doom – one we love even more with bit of time on its side! Doom is more or less focused on the production side on this one while the former handles the majority of the rhymes – and having arrived ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1965.
Prime modern work from the great Paul Bley – a pianist who was really expanding his sound at this time – to a level that would soon make him a legend around the globe! The European date is a great chance to hear Bley really opening things up – playing freely, with an amazing ... CD (Jazz CD)

Amanda Whiting

After Dark
Jazzman (UK), 2021.
The harp in jazz is nothing new – Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane both gave us fantastic records on the instrument many years ago – but Amanda Whiting is out to use the instrument in ways that are very much her own, and which bring a whole new sort of role to the stringed sounds in ... CD (Jazz CD)
Impulse, 1960. Gatefold (reissue)
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Cosmic Eye (Amancio D'Silva)

Dream Sequence (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Roundtable (Australia), 1972. (reissue)
The most mindblowing work we've ever heard from guitarist Amancio D'Silva – a really freewheeling blend of jazz and Indian music, and a set that goes far beyond most of his other albums! The album definitely lives up to the dream sequence promised by the title – as it features one long ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Various

Indaba Is
Brownswood (UK), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic overview of contemporary work from the South African scene – most of it jazz-based, and brought together here as a great discovery of underground material we never would have heard otherwise! The set follows in a similar spirit to other Brownswood label explorations of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Frank Derrick Total Experience

You Betcha! – Live At Fiddlers
PS Records/Tidal Waves, 1974. (reissue)
A pretty hip batch of soul jazz tracks – recorded by drummer Frank Derrick live at Fiddler's nightclub in Chicago. Derrick's group plays a bit of everything – from Eddie Harris funky jazz to driving big band numbers to organ-heavy soul jazz numbers – all with a nicely heavy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Chris Potter Circuits Trio

Sunrise Reprise
Edition, 2021.
Some of the most electric work we've ever heard from Chris Potter – a set that has him playing keyboards and sampler, in addition to his more familiar work on saxes and flute – in a group that also has James Francies on keyboards, and Eric Harland on drums! If you're a fan of Potter's ... CD (Jazz CD)

R+R Now (Robert Glasper/Derrick Hodge/Terrace Martin/Taylor McFerrin/Christian Scott)

R+R Now Live
Blue Note, 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A stunning supergroup from the contemporary scene on the west coast – heard here on a live set that's every bit as wonderful as the studio album that marked their debut! You'll probably know every player here from albums under their own names, and the group is every bit as great as the sum ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Steve Reid

Nova
Mustevic Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976.
An underground soul jazz classic – massive grooves from drummer Steve Reid, and exactly the kind of set that's gotten him so much attention in recent years! There's a mixture of freedom and tightness here that's really wonderful – some of the looser elements of the loft jazz generation ... CD (Jazz CD)
Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), 1975.
A searing 70s classic from SBB – a Polish jazz rock powerhouse, and one of the strongest groups to mix fusion inspiration with rock expression on the continent during the decade! The group is a tight trio formation – with strong drums, sharp guitar, and a great mix of bass, piano, and ... CD (Rock CD)
Mute, Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
A great introduction to the work of Telex – the very groovy Euro pop group started by keyboardist Marc Moulin after his early work in Placebo! The sound here is very different than that group – very catchy, very poppy, and upbeat with a ear towards helping the continental scene live ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Sire/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. (reissue)
Killer work from The Flamin Groovies – a group who were already a bit out of time at their start, and who continue that approach here during the late 70s punk years – but at a way that maybe makes them stand out even more than before! The set's got a style that mixes rock roots with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Roger Fakhr

Fine Anyway
Habibi Funk (Germany), Late 70s.
Beautiful sounds from Roger Fahkr – a Lebanese singer/songwriter who recorded most of this music in the late 70s – but with a sound and style that's every bit as compelling as western talents from the earlier part of the decade! The tunes often begin with voice and acoustic guitar, but ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Maria Teresa Luciani

Situazioni Del Terzo Mondo
Cinedelic (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
A really weird little record, and one that maybe gives away part of its approach with its cover – an abstracted version of sounds that are supposed to be more natural and organic, but which are very electronic and pulled far from any sort of instrumental referent! The music is almost a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Archie Shepp, Damu The Fudgemunk, & Raw Poetic

Ocean Bridges
Redef Concept, 2021. 2LP
A really fantastic record – one that takes the whole "jazz meets hip hop" concept to the next level, and maybe finally really gets it right! The set is live – recorded in the studio as improvised collaborations between Archie Shepp on tenor and soprano, Raw Poetic on vocals, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Virgin/Esoteric (UK), 1975.
A record that's maybe best remembered for its sexy 70s cover – which has more of a disco look than you'd expect from the group's sound – a mighty tight summation of British modes from the early 70s, served up by an all-star quartet with plenty of other work under their belt! At the ... CD (Rock CD)

Joe Lovano/Marilyn Crispell/Carmen Castaldi

Garden Of Expression
ECM (Germany), 2021.
Joe Lovano is one of those players who only seems to go deeper at a time when he could be taking it easy – really pushing his talents to new territory, and finding ways to evolve the way that he expresses himself! That's definitely the case here, in his second album with the trio of Marilyn ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Something Weird/Modern Harmonic, 1960s.
A weird and wild collection of work that once graced the films of Doris Wishman – dubbed in the notes as the "pint-sized sleaze queen" of 60s nudist films – with an underground legacy that finally gets its due in this very cool package! The audio component is a mix of film ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Sam Records (France), 1975.
Never-issued live material from one of our favorite jazz musicians of all time – the mighty Billy Harper, a tenor saxophonist who took the initial legacy of John Coltrane, then really ran with it in the 70s! The album is stunning right from the very first note – a perfect encapsulation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Rittor (Japan), 2020.
A beautiful Japanese book about rare Jamaican records from the late 60s – one that's got a fair bit of text in Japanese, but also includes page after page of full color label scans, album artwork, and other great images – more than enough to please your eyes, even if you can't ... Book (Book)
Columbia/Esoteric (UK), 1968.
One of THE greatest experimental rock albums of the 60s – a landmark effort from a short-lived group that included avant musicians Joe Byrd and Gordon Marron! The group's got a really tremendous sound – part psyche, part electronic, and part folk rock – all put together in a ... CD (Rock CD)
Fraternity/Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Lonnie Mack's a hell of a guitarist, and one who never sounded better than on these early recordings for the Fraternity label – presented here in a a set that includes work from his famous album on Fraternity, plus some rare singles and other cuts too! Mack plays with a sense of focus that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Tomato/Sundazed, 1974. (reissue)
Quite a big album for Annette Peacock – and a set that helped break her into a much wider audience than before! The album's got a quirky electric style that's years ahead of its time – a blend of Peacock's older jazz roots with some of the artier styles that would show up much more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Holy Modal Rounders

Indian War Whoop
ESP/Don Giovanni, 1967.
Some of the most tripped-out music ever from The Holy Modal Rounders – and that's saying a lot, given the nature of the group! This unique early album on ESP features two side-long tracks – both of which are mini-suites of sort, and filled with odd sounds, weird themes, and a strange ... CD (Rock CD)
Touch Sensitive (UK), Early 80s.
A really great collection of work – put together by one of the all-time great crate diggers – the mighty Cherrystones, a man who's introduced us to more great music over the years than we might care to admit! The package focuses on unusual cuts from the early 80s scene – work ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
A great overview of the early soundtrack work of Georges Delerue – one of the first great composers to emerge from the French new wave/nouvelle vague generation – and an artist whose music was often a key part of those films! Some of the new wave cinema used music by jazz artists and ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Stella Chiweshe

Ambuya (with bonus tracks)
Piranha (Germany), Late 80s.
Classic work from Stella Chiweshe – a set that gave mbira player Stella Chiweshe much wider exposure than some of her previous records, and a nicely bold sound to match! Stella sings lead vocals, and handles her instrument with amazing dexterity – and also uses a few other percussion ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Kosuke (Kohsuke) Mine

First
Philips/BBE (UK), 1970.
A tremendous first outing as a leader for Japanese saxophonist Kosuke Mine – one of our favorite players of the 70s, already sounding wonderful here right at the start! The album's got a freewheeling vibe – not entirely avant, and maybe more in the modal territory unlocked by Miles ... CD (Jazz CD)

Annette Peacock

X-Dreams
Tomato/Sundazed, 1979.
Pretty wild stuff from Annette Peacock – almost a "no wave" record at times, with lots of quirky art rock overtones next to the jazz vocal stylings that are more of her typical bag. The album's got lots of heavy guitars from rockers that include Mick Ronson, Chris Spedding, and ... CD (Vocalists CD)
ESP/Don Giovanni, 1965.
Some of the earliest music ever from The Holy Modal Rounders – a rare live performance from 1965, recorded at the Chess Mate nightclub in Detroit, and featuring only the duo of Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber! The music here is a bit more folksy and a bit less trippy than some of the Rounders' ... CD (Rock CD)

Armando Trovajoli

Il Vuoto
Four Flies (Italy), 1964.
Early work from the tremendous Armando Trovajoli, but a set that shows that the maestro was already at the top of his game – coming off of some great experience on the Italian jazz scene of the late 50s, and able to blend that experience with more cinematic modes! The vibe here is different ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Ember/Sundazed, 1975.
A strange little set from the 70s – one that has a cover that looks a fair bit like US trucker country of the time, but which comes across with a nicely different vibe! In truth, Mother Trucker are a UK group – all-girls, all-rocking, but with a cool compressed sort of approach that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Abkco, 1982. (reissue)
The first of Bobby's highly successful Poet albums from the early 80s – wonderfully done albums that showed the world that he was still very much on top of his game at the time! The sound here is great – still with that older Womack rasp and warmth, but also done in a slightly smoother ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Svart (Finland), Late 60s.
An incredible collection of modern jazz from Finland – a set that brings together four different releases, all originally issued only as on vinyl as 7" single EPs! First up is an early set from saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen – very freewheeling material that's in a 60s modern ... CD (Jazz CD)

COB (Clive's Original Band)

Spirit Of Love
CBS/Bread & Wine, 1972.
A beautiful little record from the glory days of the acid folk scene in the UK – a set served up by Clive Palmer, who you might know from work in Incredible String Band and Wizz Jones – sounding even more enigmatic here at the helm of a trio who were produced by the legendary Ralph ... CD (Rock CD)
Cometa (Italy), Mid 70s.
Not much of a cover, but that's usually the way it is with the Cometa Sound Library – who provided all the great grooves on this set! Cometa was one of the more obscure sound library labels on the 70s scene – but they also maybe lasted the longest, perhaps because they were small ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Brownswood (UK), 2020.
Gilles Peterson presents the future of music from his very well-regarded perspective – served up here on eight tracks from some real up-and-coming talents on the London underground – working in a blend of modes that's very much in the best Brownswood Records spirit! The tracks move ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Verve (Japan), 1956.
One of the most compelling Verve albums from guitar genius Tal Farlow – a drummer-less trio session, recorded with Eddie Costa on piano and Vinnie Burke on bass – really opening up at a level that lets you hear just how revolutionary Farlow's approach was at the time. Tal's tone is as ... CD (Jazz CD)

Moggi (Piero Umiliani)

News News News News News
Musica Per Immagini (Italy), 1979. (reissue)
A really wonderful record from sound library wizard Piero Umiliani, and one that really takes its title seriously – as most of the tracks here have a very news-worthy sort of vibe! There's a fair bit of keyboards and electronics in the set – and Umiliani moves between numbers that seem ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Harari (The Beaters)

Rufaro/Happiness
Sun/Matsuli (UK), 1976. (reissue)
Seminal South African work from Harari – a group who'd previously recorded as The Beaters, but changed their name after getting a new spiritual awakening while touring Zimbabwe! That new name and new spirit really fits the sound here – an even deeper incarnation of the style they ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Big Crown, 2021.
A sweet little tribute to the great Sunny Ozuna – the soulful lead singer of The Sunliners, who were one of the best Texas soul groups back in the 60s! His original tunes virtually invented the concept of brown-eyed soul, and helped bridge communities in the process – and that spirit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Keith Jarrett

Budapest Concert
ECM (Germany), 2020. 2 CDs
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 ... CD (Jazz CD)
Salut/BBE (UK), 1985. (reissue)
A set of work from Lebanese composer Ihsan Al-Munzer, who you might know from his work with various vocalists – but a record that's all-instrumental, and which almost has the feel of an 80s sound library set overall! Tracks are heavy on keyboards – used in varying ways from cut to cut, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s.
A way cooler set than you might expect – rock and roll from early 60s German that has a voice that's all its own – not slavish takes on American hits, but some really great work that shows that this new generation of musicians are really finding their own sound and style! Sure, there's ... CD (Rock CD)
Long Road Society, 2021.
The title's a bit mysterious, but the book is very very cool – a guide to loads of rare, raw singles – each of which gets a full page devoted to itself! The book is all color, with heavy glossy pages – and each of the rare 45s is presented with a full scan of the record, and a ... Book (Book)
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Igloo Records was a teeny tiny label on the LA scene of the early 70s – but all of its releases turned out to be killers – most handled by the hip-looking Leon Gardner on the cover! The music is often heavy with the kind of deep funk you'd expect from rare singles at the time – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
678 Records (Belgium), 1981.
A rare later soundtrack from Dutch composer Ruud Bos – best known for some very funky work at the start of the 70s, and still going strong here a decade later! The score's got a much more mid 70s vibe than you'd expect – like some of the best American cop show work of the early 70s, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Gogo Penguin

GGP/RMX
Blue Note (France), 2021. 2LP
The sound of Gogo Penguin is always nice and lean – still full of bold sounds and colors, but with plenty of space to be opened up nicely in a remix project like this! The tracks within are a nicely varied lot – handled in many different ways – sometimes with almost a whole new ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
United Artists/Mute, 1973. (reissue)
A mindblowing classic from Can – a set that has the group just getting better with each new record – to a point where it's the early 70s, and they're already in territory that's completely their own! The set features long tracks that spin out beautifully – driven that that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Nathan Bartell

Nathan Bartell
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Fantastic funky soul from a very mysterious figure – Georgia's Nathan Bartell, a singer with a deep soul style, and an under-exposed legacy that mostly involves a few indie label singles, and countless work in the smaller clubs of his state! The blend of music here is a bit different than ... CD (Soul CD)
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Sweet sounds from way beyond the American scene – a range of tracks from global sources, but which are tied to some of the best soulful styles of the Cali scene of the 70s! Don't think the AOR in the title means that these cuts are all commercial hits – as they're well-produced, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Joao Selva

Navegar
Underdog (France), 2021.
Joao Selva has a great way of bridging classic Brazilian modes and contemporary sounds – a quality we loved on his debut, and which seems to be even more fully-formed here on his second release! Maybe that past/present quality is no surprise, though, when you consider that the record's a ... CD (Brazil CD)
Leonardi/Vinyl Magic (Italy), 1972.
An unusual album of underwater sound library music from Egisto Macchi – one that offers up a very unique take on the small genre – like some of Macchi's other records from the 70s! Egisto's ocean is a place of darker moods and deeper currents – not the bright waves of sound or ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Vertigo/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Three full albums from Juicy Lucy – plus bonus tracks too! First up is the self-titled debut from Juicy Lucy – an American act who made a trip to the London scene in the late 60s, where they found a way to forge a whole bunch of influences into a very unique groove! Had they stayed ... CD (Rock CD)

Alessandro Alessandroni/Francesco DeMasi

Lesbo (180 gram limited edition pressing)
Beat/BTF (Italy), 1969. Gatefold
Sexy ladies on the cover, and some equally sexy sounds underneath – served up in a perfect 60s Italian blend of jazz and bossa-based styles! Sweeping strings bring a nice sense of depth to some numbers, while others have a more intimate feel – either via spare guitar, or some jazzy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Music From Memory (Netherlands), Late 80s/Early 90s. 2CD
A very cool collection that opens up who new territory for digging into the wonderful world of Japanese underground music – a set that features titles that were only issued on CD at the time, which might make these cuts even more obscure for those vinyl-centric folks looking into the music! ... CD (Rock CD)
Abkco, 1984. (reissue)
One of Bobby Womack's biggest albums of the 80s – part of a set that helped reintroduce him to the soul music mainstream – and which has him standing tall as the superstar he is – with guest help from George Benson, Patti Labelle, and Wilton Felder! There's a new sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Coultrain

Phantasmagoria
Positive Elevation, 2021.
It's been over a decade since Coultrain first knocked us out with his debut – and during that time, he's really continued to grow as an artist – to a point where his talents are more fully-formed and individual than ever, and served up with an increasingly sophisticated sense of ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Polydor/Geffen, Late 60s. 2CD
An incredible album – and one of the most revolutionary rock albums of the late 60s! The Who recorded this one as a tribute to mainstream radio at the time – linking together some solid stand alone tunes with shorter, wittier tracks that were recorded as commercials for products that ... CD (Rock CD)

Francisco Mora Catlett

Mora/Mora 2
AACE/Far Out (UK), Late 80s.
A pair of great albums back to back – both rare albums from a percussionist who worked with Sun Ra! First up is Mora volume 1 – a legendary early set from percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett – and a really sublime blend of spiritual jazz and Latin rhythms! Mora's percussion is ... CD (Jazz CD)
Klik/Freestyle (UK), 1975.
Warmly wonderful early work from William Bunny Clarke – billed here under a different name, but the same singer who'd rise to great fame a few years later as Bunny Rugs in Third World! The vibe here is different than his hits with that group – more laidback and mellow, with great ... CD (Reggae CD)
Red Hook, 2021.
The last recordings ever made by legendary Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – an artist we first came to love for his albums of the 60s and 70s – and who's still incredibly powerful here in his final years! The feel of the record is different than you might expect – Kikuchi is ... CD (Jazz CD)
Taxi/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1981. (reissue)
Jimmy Riley's definitely rhythm-driven here – given that the set was issued on the Sly & Robbie label Taxi, and also produced by the heavy rhythm duo themselves! Yet Jimmy's also the main star too – singing here with righteous, uplifting vocals that are very much in the best Island ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Logic System

Logic
Express (Japan), 1981. (reissue)
A classic album from this Japanese electronic group – a set that definitely borrows elements from 70s jazz fusion, but winnows them down into a leaner, more compact mode that's very much in the mode of the scene at the time! Instrumentation is heavy on keyboards, guitar parts, and rhythm ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
United Artists/Loneos Editions (Netherlands), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Early prog jazz genius from the mighty Embryo – and an album that perfectly fuses their love of world rhythms and electric jamming grooves – at a level that made them one of the coolest groups on the European scene at the time! Core work here is by a trio – and the percussion by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

B-52s

Wild Planet
Warner/Rhino, 1980. (reissue)
They may look goofy on the cover, but the young B-52s are incredible here – working with this spare sense of power that almost makes us think that we didn't need most of what happened in rock and roll during the 70s – given the way these guys can distill a mood or moment down to just a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, & The London Symphony Orchestra

Promises
Luaka Bop, 2021.
A fantastic record, and one of those cases where the presence of the mighty Pharoah Sanders can really transform the sound of a session! We'll admit that we weren't sure what to expect – but at the core, the record is really a set of duets between Pharoah on tenor and Sam Shepherd on ... CD (New Grooves CD)
RCA/Music Box (France), 1972.
A groovy soundtrack to a film we'd love to see – an obscure thriller that starred Henry Fonda and Yul Brynner – and which, like most of the Morricone-scored films of the period, has dropped from cinematic history, even though the wonderful soundtrack lives on! The style of the music ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
Four great albums from the 70s soul years of Johnny Mathis – all brought together in a single set, and with bonus cuts too! First up is The Heart Of A Woman – on which the voice of Johnny Mathis meets the soulful arrangements of Paul Riser and HB Barnum – all wrapped up with ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Ivan Vandor/Stelvio Cipriani

Bersaglio Mobile
Digitmovies (Italy), 1967.
Very groovy work from Ivan Vandor – one of the lesser-known artists of the Italian soundtrack scene, but getting some help here from 70s giant Stelvio Cipriani – who handles the orchestrations! The music is very striking and groovy – a late 60s update of earlier crime jazz modes, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Acid Jazz (UK), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic compilation of work from one of the grooviest groups on the UK scene of the late 60s – a mod combo with a surprisingly funky undercurrent at times – and a sound that's virtually the definition of the freakbeat groove! The drums here are wonderful – as heavy and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Modern Harmonic, 1986.
Lost material from Mark Sandman – tracks recorded in between his time in Treat Her Right, and his greater fame in Morphine – served up here in the first-ever package of the recordings! The sound is nice and stark – almost the spareness of post-punk work, but with more mid 80s ... CD (Rock CD)
Louder Than Life, 2021. 3LP
Salaam Remi's usually a key talent in the background for others – but here, he acts more like the leader in the spotlight – opening the door to a great array of talents, and really finding a way to express a powerful message over the course of the album! Remi's always had a great ear ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Teaspoon & The Waves

Teaspoon & The Waves
Soul Jazz Pop/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977.
Clubby work from the South African scene of the 70s – but a set that's got a very equal amount of jazz – as you might guess from the group's saxophone-wielding leader on the cover! Tracks are long, and build from an instrumental core first – often leaving out vocals entirely, as ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Antonio Neves

Pegada Agora E Essa
Far Out (UK), 2021.
That's Antonio Neves wielding a trombone on the cover – but the set's got elements that move way past his great work on that horn – drawn from very collaborative contributions from different members of the contemporary scene in Rio! The record's got a jazz basis at the core, but ... CD (Brazil CD)

Andy Ash

Not At Home
Still Music, 2021. 2LP
The full length debut of Andy Ash – a younger UK artist who's been making a nice splash with tracks in recent years, and who emerges here fully formed, with more than enough talent to fill up the double length set! The tracks are nice and long, and occupy this spare, simple space – ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Numero, 2014.
A beautiful little keyboard record – tracks recorded for a 21st Century modern dance performance, but which have lots of great touches of the 80s underground! There's a style here that mixes keyboards, synth, and drum machine elements that might normally be found in the cold wave scene ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Beaters

Harari
Sun/Matsuli (UK), 1975. (reissue)
A landmark album on the South African scene of the 70s – a set that mixes together currents of jazz and funk, but at the start of a sound that would break forth even more in the decade to come! Yet The Beaters were there at the start – a young trio that includes drummer Sipho Mabuse, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
BBE (UK), Late 70s/1980s. 2CD
The legend of Teena Marie lives again, and in a really beautiful way – as John Morales serves up tunes that work together almost as a tribute to the memory of the lady – with these really fresh versions that seem to add a lot of majesty to the sound as well! These aren't easy remixes ... CD (Soul CD)
Ace/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
The reach of Miles Davis is plenty wide – as right from the start, the trumpeter was associating himself with some of the hippest young talent on the scene! Yet the apex of those associations may have come in the late 60s and early 70s, when the newly-electric Miles was experimenting in all ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

George Sauma Jr

George Sauma Jr
Favorite (France), 1985.
A sweet 80s groove from Brazil – a self-released set by George Sauma Jr, a singer who works in some nicely soulful territory throughout! In a way, the vibe here is a bit like the Marcos Valle albums of the early 80s – elements of modern soul and boogie in the rhythms, but given a very ... CD (Brazil CD)
Warner/Jackpot, 1977. (reissue)
The actual film was weaker than the first Exorcist movie, but the soundtrack's a great one – a wonderful Ennio Morricone score, right up there with his better-known classics of the 70s! Some tracks have a full, sweeping style that's sublime – that compressed Morricone approach to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Evan Parker

Saxophone Solos
Incus/OTOroku (UK), 1975. (reissue)
Completely unfettered solo saxophone work from Evan Parker – extremely intense, but not in an all-out blowing kind of way! Instead, Parker's got some incredible control on the valves here – playing with a frenetic sort of mode that's really incredible – freely improvising, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Pharoah Sanders

Jewels Of Thought
Impulse (Japan), 1969.
A wonderful reunion of Pharoah Sanders and vocalist Leon Thomas – and a set that captures a lot of the same energy as the pair's previous record – Karma! Thomas' vocals are in wonderful form for the set – stretching out soulfully on the extended classic "Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-H ... CD (Jazz CD)
Parlophone, 1970. 2CD
A hell of a package, even if you consider yourself a David Bowie completist – as the set brings together different strands of his music from the relatively "lost" year of 1970 – a brief time when Bowie wasn't issuing much in the way of records, yet still staying very alive at ... CD (Rock CD)

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