Polygram/Get On Down, 1975. (reissue)
An amazing slice of music from the legendary David Axelrod – quite different than his better-known sides for Capitol and Reprise Records – and plenty darn funky overall! Axelrod is at his studio best here – stepping off the funky jazz modes he produced for Cannonball Adderley, ... (Jazz LP)
Trojan/Real Gone, 1972. (reissue)
One of the strangest albums ever issued on Trojan Records – a moogy reggae set that's all instrumental, and which is almost a Kingston answer to the music of Perry & Kingsley, and other synth pop experimenters of the time! The set's actually got more Arp than moog, but still follows the ... (Reggae LP)
Light In The Attic, Mid 50s. 2LP Gatefold
Lee Hazlewood is looking a bit nervous on the cover – very different than the swaggering bravado of his mustachioed fame of the late 60s – which is quite fitting, given that these tracks were all recorded very early in his career! The collection presents the debut of a set of early ... (Vocalists LP)
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A really riveting collection of music from a scene that we've hardly heard much from before – upbeat grooves from the island nation of Madagascar, all recorded at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – but with a vibe that sounds much older overall! The one thing that really stands ... (Global Grooves CD)
Reprise/Real Gone, 1965.
A really rare 60s album from the great Keely Smith – one that was only issued in the UK, and which continued her strong solo run after splitting with longtime partner Louie Prima! But although the record was issued in England, the whole thing's got a rock-solid Reprise Records approach ... (Vocalists CD)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic assortment of forward-thinking sounds – music that comes from some of the farthest corners of the postwar experimental underground – and which was all famously cited by the group Nurse With Wound as a big influence on their earliest albums! That reference aside, though, the ... (Rock LP)
Teensville, Mid 60s.
A huge assortment of 60s pop nuggets from the songwriting genius of Roger Geenaway and Roger Cook – a UK team who were the British equivalent of Brill Building duos in the US at the time! Greenaway and Cook have an impeccable ear for a catchy groove and a tight, smart sort of lyric – ... (Rock CD)
Cacophonic (UK), Mid 70s.
Three long, fantastic tracks from Turkish composer Gokcen Kaynatan – all performed on the EMS synthesizer, and awash in unusual tones and textures throughout! The music here is different than some of the colder, more academic electronics of the previous decade – as Gokcen performs the ... (Sound Library LP)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980.
A never-issued session from the legendary Ebo Taylor – recorded right at a time when Taylor was really hitting on all burners! The sessions were done for the Nigerian Tabansi label, but feature Ebo's touring band from Ghana – a tight combo whose crackling rhythms are perfect for his ... (Global Grooves CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Really great work from the Kent/Modern family of labels on the LA scene of the 60s – a company that initially broke big during the postwar years of R&B, but continued to record a huge amount of wonderful artists as the years went on! Because of their ties to R&B in the previous ... (Soul CD)
Now Again, Mid 70s. (reissue)
A really wild album from this Indian psych group of the 70s – a set that's a bit different than their better-known first and second albums, but which is pretty darn groovy overall! The set's definitely somewhere in the "disco" of the title – but not in a slick, commercial way ... (Rock LP)
Astral Spirits, 2019.
Amazing sounds from three great improvisers – two of whom we've known and loved for years, one of whom we're just beginning to discover! The trio features Ken Vandermark on tenor and clarinet, Joe McPhee on soprano sax and pocket trumpet, and Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar – the ... (Jazz CD)
Souljazz Orchestra have been giving us great music for well over a decade, but they also seem to be really refining their sound with this wonderful album – going for more instrumental complexity, and opening up in so many different sonic spectrums – while still holding onto the Afro ... (Global Grooves LP)
Melodies International, 1982.
A great little cut from Don Blackman – one recorded after his famous self-titled album, and with a vibe that's a bit more 80s overall – yet still with all that well-crafted funk we've always loved in his music! The bassline is super-solid, the keyboards mighty sweet, and the hook is ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1970.
One of those groups that should have been huge, and who should have ended up alongside the giants of classic rock to emerge during their generation! For some reason, Frost have always been part of a hipster underground who focus on rare psych and hard rock gems that were just beginning to emerge ... (Rock CD)
EMI/Polysom (Brazil), 1984. (reissue)
Classic work from Legiao Urbana – one of the best Brazilian bands of the early 80s, and a group who've got a sound that easily matches some of the best UK acts of the time – save for the fact that the lyrics are all in Portuguese! The sound here is tight and dark – tuneful songs, ... (Brazil LP)
Ill Considered (UK), 2019.
Here's a group that never lets us down – and one who just seem to get better and better as they move into the farther reaches of their unique approach to jazz! The reeds of Idris Rahman soar out over the top of the sound, and have this edge that almost makes us feel as if they've been ... (Jazz LP)
High Note, 2019.
Fantastic trumpet work from the great Wallace Roney – the kind of record that really lets the legend show his strengths in the best sort of way – with plenty of those trademark long-blown, well-inflected notes that have always graced his music! The set is definitely blue – blue ... (Jazz CD)
Rhino, 1986. 2LP
Great lost work from Miles Davis – early material recorded for Warner Brothers in the mid 80s, and never released at the time – now finally uncovered from the vaults, and presented with a few slight contemporary touches! The core music is prime electric Miles funk all the way through ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note (Czech Republic), 1963. (reissue)
An excellent groover from Kenny Dorham – possibly one of his best ever albums for Blue Note – a record that shows how much he was pushing past his bop roots in his later years! The tracks are extremely long, and done with a complexity in rhythms that mixes Latin elements with hardbop ... (Jazz LP)
A set dedicated to the memory of Antonio Carlos Jobim, but one that's hardly just the usual variation on his classic numbers – as only a few tunes here are actually by the composer, and all of the music has that fresh sort of sparkle that we always love in the Brazilian jazz material from ... (Jazz CD)
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s.
James McKenzie looks a bit down to earth on the cover, but he sounds a lot more high-end on record – a budding blue-eyed soul singer, with a strong penchant for AOR production – but always served up in a homegrown style that's nice and lean! Were he working in LA in the late 70s, James ... (Rock CD)
The third soundtrack that Vince Guaraldi did for The Peanuts TV specials – and maybe the best so far! There's a depth to the music that's wonderful – as Vince's combo works alongside some occasional larger orchestrations by John Scott Trotter, which are still arranged by Guaraldi ... (Jazz LP)
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1967.
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly ... (Global Grooves CD)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. (pic cover)
"Black Cat" is a groovy little tune from Turkish rocker Durul Gence – maybe slightly more Anglo-styled than music from some of his contemporaries, but in a really great way! Lyrics are in English, and the tune's got this great groove that mixes acoustic guitar and fuzz with plenty ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on ... (Global Grooves CD)
Astral Spirits, 2019.
An amazing piece of music from Rob Mazurek – and a real testament to the growth as an artist that he's been experiencing in the Marfa scene! The album is all electronic, but has a different vibe than some of Rob's electronic work in Chicago and Brazil – at one level maybe more visual, ... (Jazz CD)
Soundway (UK), 2000s. 2LP
A fantastic collection of underground club – all hand-picked by South African DJ Esa, who also performs one of the numbers on the set! The music here all represents the huge evolution on that scene from the 90s onward – the change from thinner, tinnier synth pop into modes that are ... (Global Grooves LP)
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968.
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got ... (Soul CD)
Verve/Modern Harmonic, Late 60s. Gatefold (reissue)
A groundbreaking record that was done as something of a gimmick in the late 60s – but which has gone on to be a funky world classic over the years! Producer Alan Lorber was trying to cash in on the big love of "Eastern" styles in the late 60s – sitars, meditation, yoga, and ... (Now Sound LP)
Idlers/Traffic, 1988. (reissue)
The legendary album by the third star in the original Native Tongues trinity! Before the first De La and Tribe LPs, and with hint of all the great stuff that was to come – jazzy beats, nice rhymes,and straight butter all the way through. This double vinyl version includes a bonus track ... (Hip Hop LP)
Universal Awareness/Numero, 1973. (reissue)
The even more obscure second volume to the great soul/gospel classic Do Not Pass Me By – and like the first, the product of a wonderfully spiritual setting on Chicago's south side – music created in the church, but with all the same vibe as the hippest secular soul coming from the Windy ... (Gospel CD)
Blue Note, 1972. (reissue)
Sweet electric funk – in a very trippy style, and very different than the later funky fusion from trumpeter Donald Byrd! Before Byrd hooked up with Larry Mizell and started recording his smooth fusion grooves of the mid 70s – on records like Blackbyrd and Street Lady – he ... (Jazz LP)
SDB Discos, 2019. 2LP
Really great work from a Brazilian combo that somehow manages to work in a mode that's completely rootsy, but also completely contemporary too! The music here mixes together heavy percussion, bits of jazz, and just the right touches on keyboards, beats, and samples – so that the organic and ... (Brazil LP)
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/1970s.
Fantastic funky sounds from TK Records – a Miami soul powerhouse that most folks know for some big disco hits in the 70s, but a company that also cut some killer 45s in the years before that time! Much of the work here is from the earlier funky 45 years of the TK empire – including ... (Funky Compilations CD)
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s.
Famous tracks from the legendary Miami Soul powerhouse TK Records – famous not because they were hits in the 70s, but because they were used in later years as hip hop samples – dug from the deep well of music that TK recorded back in the day, to lay the blueprint for a whole new ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. 2LP (reissue)
A killer double-length set of work from Desmond Dekker – one that's put together by Trojan Records to feature all the lesser-known and unreleased tracks that Desmond recorded during the years of his initial hits! As such, the album's a treasure trove of work that goes way past the oft-issued ... (Reggae LP)
This isn't the first time that vibist Erik Charlston has paid tribute to the music of Hermeto Pascoal – but the set's definitely a cooker that lives up to the strong legacy of Brazilian music and jazz that we've always loved in Hermeto's creations! Songs are mostly by Pascoal, but the set ... (Jazz CD)
Sahel Sounds, 1995. (reissue)
A seminal album in the Tuareg scene – a record that was initially issued on cassette in the mid-90s, and circulated in the underground as a bold statement of freedom and power! Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou has a guitar style that's fantastically complex, but instantly moving – tight lines ... (Global Grooves LP)
Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. 2CD
A great little collection that definitely gets at the mojo of Dr John – the legendary New Orleans soul singer who really sprang forth in the mainstream at the end of the 60s! Much of this set captures the doctor before that time – early tracks from both New Orleans and LA, all of which ... (Soul CD)
Lounge (UK), 2019. 2LP
A really great full length set from Cool Million – a group who don't give us nearly as many records as we'd like – because by this time, they should have a recorded legacy to match that of Incognito or Brand New Heavies! Like both of those groups, these guys have a great way of going ... (Neo Soul LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
A great look at the Elvis Presley universe – not sounds by the King himself, but music that first inspired his creations – and other songs that have contemporary artists inspired by the records that Presley was releasing during the early years of his career! The collection is fantastic ... (Rock CD)
Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki & Tatsuro Yamashita
Victory (Italy), 1978. (reissue)
A really great take on the sound of the Pacific – a set that mixes together the growing electro instrumental world of Japan in the late 70s, with some of the breezier styles put forth in older Hawaiian and island music too! The music is a nice instrumental extrapolation of ideas that Haruomi ... (Rock LP)
Third World/17 North Parade, 1976.
The title's a bit confusing, but Cornell Campbell's essentially saying that he's a stalwart – something we can completely agree with, given his strong legacy in Jamaican music – and the sublime sound of a 70s classic like this! Cornell's got a higher range than some of his ... (Reggae CD)
Everland (Austria), 1987. (reissue)
A late solo set from ex-Supreme Scherrie Payne, and nicely different than the 70s work she did after leaving that famous group! The set's got this great bubbling bounce – part 80s soul, part 80s club – and the record's put together by a host of top-shelf talents – from producer ... (Soul LP)
Soul Step, 2019.
A definite good thing from Parker Louis – a soul singer with a great ear for a mellow groove, and a style that really wraps his vocals up with the wider glow of the overall production! The approach is a bit hard to describe – almost as if Parker's got an ear trained on the sound of 70s ... (Neo Soul LP)
Astral Spirits, 2019.
An extended electronic piece from Rob Mazurek – one that features no trumpet at all, and just has Rob working on a modular synth, which he uses to rework the sound source of electric eels recorded in Brazil! The approach is fantastic – often as breathy and sound-building as Mazurek's ... (Jazz CD)
Capricorn/Mercury, 1973. 2CD
Greg Allman's excellent solo debut – all the more impressive given that it came out just weeks apart from the Allman Brothers' classic Brothers & Sisters – here's a southern rock legend stepping out and showing different sides of his immense talent around the same time his band was ... (Rock CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
A great little set of grooves by organist Lonnie Smith – and one of his best albums ever! The key to Drives is that it finds Lonnie backed by a totally sympathetic group of musicians – including Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Dave Hubbard on tenor, and the great Joe Dukes on drums – ... (Jazz CD)
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s.
The deepest sound of the legendary TK Records label in the 70s – music that shows the way the company was really helping to transform the sound of southern soul in the decade, and also open the door to a whole new range of styles too! The tracks here definitely have a mellow groove, but they' ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Detour (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Killer cuts from one of the coolest compilation series we've ever stocked – the long-running Beat Bespoke collection from mod maestro Rob Bailey – a collector with a surprising ear for a funky groove! The records here are all rare rock singles from the late 60s and early 70s – ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), Early 70s.
A wicked dip into the catalog of 70s powerhouse Mainstream Records – a set that brings together the funkiest tracks from the label – not just from their electric jazz albums, but also their more obscure funky 45s from the same time too! The package is a strong blend of jazz, funk, and ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Marshmallow (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Great overseas material from Stan Getz – tracks that echo some of his work on the Stan Getz At Large album from Sweden, but which also take off nicely in other directions as well! The first half of the set features Stan blowing tenor with piano from Swedish genius Jan Johansson, plus rhythm ... (Jazz LP)
Slash/Run Out Groove, 1980. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The last live stand of The Germs – capturing the band's raw, caterwauling ferocity, underappreciated musicianship behindDarby Crash's feral howls and sly humor – just 4 days before Darby's death. Given the band's well earned reputation for utter chaos, the most stunning thing about this ... (Rock LP)
Stylo/Altercat (Germany), 1970.
A lost late bossa gem from the Brazilian scene of the 70s – served up by a singer with an acoustic guitar, but in a way that's a lot more complex than bossa nova records of the 60s! Werther works here in territory that's a bit like Joyce or Edu Lobo at the time – music that uses the ... (Brazil CD)
Church Door/Everland (Austria), 1977.
The Daytonians may let Jesus work it out, but they also do a heck of a lot themselves – more than plenty to make the record a rare funky gospel treasure from the 70s! The group hail from Dayton, Ohio, and cut the record in Atlanta – and there's some indication that Calvin Arnold was ... (Gospel CD)
Brandee Younger, 2019.
Really beautiful work from Brandee Younger – maybe one of the few artists to mix together jazz and harp since the generation of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane! The record's even hipper than Brandee's last – richer, deeper, and with these strongly spiritual currents that get great ... (Jazz CD)
Mike Reed, 2019.
A beautiful book on the Chicago jazz scene, and the things that make it really special – not the Windy City world of years back – when Ramsey Lewis and other big names were dominating things – but Chicago in more recent years, when the city has been a non-stop hotbed of continuous ... (Book)
Treasure Isle/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. (reissue)
Seminal Duke Reid productions from the key rocksteady years – and a set that shows just how much the rhythm was changing things on the Jamaican scene, both at a vocal and instrumental level! There's a slow-loping vibe to most of these tracks – an approach that really sets the scene for ... (Reggae LP)
Brilliant work throughout – both of Ray Charles' classic country albums on a single CD package! Volume one is the stuff of legends – and what seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius – the most successful album of his career and a bona-fide number one hit ... (Soul CD)
Fantastic soul tracks from a label we've been loving right from the start – the long-running Timmion Records – a Finnish imprint with an amazing ear for vintage sounds and funky grooves! We know what you're thinking – Finland is a very unlikely source for great soul music – ... (Funky Compilations CD)
CID/Far Out (UK), 1971. (reissue)
That's Dila, not Dilla – a great Brazilian female singer, stepping out here on a very funky album from 1971! The record's got a very cool little groove – that mix of samba, soul, and larger orchestrations that was being explored by bigger artists on the EMI/Odeon label of the time, as ... (Brazil LP)
Blue Note, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
An incredible debut from vibist Joel Ross – an artist who's already given us great moments on records with Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, and others – but who's completely his own man here right from the start! Ross instantly emerges as a major creative force – leading the combo, ... (Jazz LP)
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s/Early 70s. 3LP
The largest set so far in this excellent series of American soul releases from Mississippi Records – and like the previous volumes, an expansive set that really digs deep into the most soulful corners of the 60s and 70s! The work here is a mix of obscure tracks and overlooked gems from ... (Soul LP)
Columbia/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. (reissue)
Terry Riley's masterpiece, and an enduring classic that never grows old – and which never lapses into the hippy dippyness of some of his other work! The piece features 53 short musical passages, played in an order defined by the players, in minimal repetition, moving in and out of phase ... (Out Sound LP)
Epic/Get On Down, 1995. 2LP (reissue)
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the ... (Neo Soul LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
A classic Blue Note meeting of two of the label's top talents in the early 60s – Hammond hero Jimmy Smith, and the up-and-rising Stanley Turrentine on tenor! Turrentine's simply great at this point – playing with a raspy edge on the bottom of his tone, sounding dark and mysterious ... (Jazz CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 2015. 2CD
A collection of work that The Orb mostly recorded in the first decade of the 21st Century – a time when they were nicely breaking free of some of the cliches that had crept into their work the decade before, and were using their core sound in a whole host of unusual ways! The package ... (New Grooves CD)
Teensville (Australia), Late 60s.
A fantastic full collection of work from Johnny Farnham – a singer who became a huge star on the Australian scene of the 70s, but who never broke as big on our shores up north! Hearing the quality of these tracks, it's a bit hard to figure out why we never heard more from Farnham during ... (Rock CD)
Virgin/Superior Viaduct, 1979. (reissue)
The tremendous debut of The Mekons – a very different group at this stage than the well-loved act that has graced the Chicago scene for years! Instead, The Mekons resonate with a quality that really shows their link to the same Leeds scene that spawned Gang Of Four – and, if the gods ... (Rock LP)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
Sublime soul from the mighty Laura Lee – one of the best deep soul singers of the 70s, even though she recorded with the mostly-northern team of Holland Dozier Holland! The set shows that the trio really knew how to change it up after leaving Motown – and although Lee had recorded for ... (Soul LP)
Live band Latin hip hop with soulful and timely lyricism – and steeped in an inventive blend of cumbia, Tejano funk and the all around diverse touch of producer Adrian Quesada! Adrian brings the melting pot of Latin, funk and soul eclecticism he's renowned for with the groups Brownout, Grupo ... (Hip Hop CD)
Trojan (UK), 1969.
Hard-wailing classics from a key year in the Trojan Records catalog – 1969, a time when the British company was really building a bridge to bring the music of Jamaica over to the London scene – where it would have an undeniable impact for years to come! This set features a great mix of ... (Reggae LP)
Impulse (Czech Republic), 1963. (reissue)
The title's exploding with Mingus, and the album is too – a completely classic effort for Impulse Records that's easily one of Charles' best of the 60s! Things are reigned in somewhat from the Mingus years at Atlantic or Candid, but the sound is still great – almost more focused than ... (Jazz LP)
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. 2LP (reissue)
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is a landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall ... (Hip Hop LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
Freddie Roach always makes a good move on his Blue Note sessions – going for a lean and tight style on the organ that never fails to please! On this set, he's working with a mixed group of hardbop and soul jazz players that includes two Blue Note heavyweights – Blue Mitchell on trumpet ... (Jazz CD)
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969.
A long-lost album from one of our favorite jazz talents of all time – British tenor legend Tubby Hayes, a player we'd easily place on a short list with giants like Dexter Gordon or Sonny Rollins! Like both of those players, Hayes has an incredible talent for longform solos that never lose ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
One of the last John Patton albums for Blue Note, and one of the best! A young James "Blood" Ulmer's on guitar, and Marvin Cabell (who we only know from Patton LPs) is on tenor and flute. The sound is deep and soulful, and despite the "accent on the blues" of the title, the ... (Jazz CD)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1969.
An album of pure genius – easily one of the greatest Brazilian albums ever, and a landmark set from the Tropicalia years! There's a brilliance here that's hard to describe accurately – quite possibly because the young Caetano Veloso is experimenting with so many new ideas, the album ... (Brazil CD)
Impulse (Czech Republic), 1962. (reissue)
Drummer Roy Haynes always brings something great to the table for any album he does as a leader – and this record is no exception! Here, the "added something" is the presence of Roland Kirk on reeds – offered a key early chance to express his most modern ideas in the freedom ... (Jazz LP)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Early 80s.
That's "Dytomite", not "dynamite" – and don't ask us what it means, either! But we can tell you that the set's a great bit of highlife, recorded with a lean, breezy feel – a bit more heft than just the duo pictured on the cover – with criss-crossing guitars, ... (Global Grooves CD)
Versatile/Everland (Austria), 1977.
Some of the rootsiest work ever cut by Don Covay – done for Versatile Records in the late 70s, but a fair bit rougher and more down home than his sides for Mercury or Atlantic in years past! Covay really returns to his roots for the record – and the backings are often spare, subtle, ... (Soul CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1971.
A killer from Groove Holmes – one of his rarest albums ever, a one-off session recorded for Blue Note, with a group that includes a young Weldon Irvine! Weldon was a hip up-and-comer at the time – and he not only plays electric piano on the set, but contributes some of the album's best ... (Jazz CD)
Phono/Everland (Austria), 1981. (reissue)
A tremendous little record from LV Johnson – an obscure indie soul effort from the early 80s, but one that's recorded with a really great sound overall! The production is quite professional – full backings done with help from Chicago arrangers Willie Henderson, Floyd Morris, and Sonny ... (Soul LP)
Grapefruit (UK), 1970. 3CD
A really wonderful collection of tracks from the UK scene at the start of the 70s – a special package that looks at the more tuneful times from prog rock acts – groups with instrumentation that could be turned towards more longform jams, but who also could deliver a catchy song when ... (Rock CD)
International Anthem, 2019.
An amazing record from Chicago musician/artist Damon Locks – maybe the album he's been waiting his entire life to make – and the first to really bring together the mighty sum of his many talents! The material was recorded live in performance at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory ... (Jazz CD)
Maybe the best Madlib-produced LP since the highest peaks of the prime Stones Throw era, and Freddie Gibbs is on fire throughout! Each one does what he does best here and ups the ante. 'Lib is focused on crackling soul beats and hazy funk – masterfully utilizing vintage and contemporary ... (Hip Hop CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
One of the funkiest albums ever on Blue Note – a set that mixes the trumpet talents of Blue Mitchell with some killer backings from Monk Higgins – all in a groove that more gritty edges than the best funky soundtracks of the time! Higgins keeps the backings full, but always quite lean ... (Jazz CD)
PI Recordings/Erased Tapes, 2019. 4LP
A tremendous tribute to the legendary Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a group who work here with only two of their surviving members, but with help from a constellation of jazz musicians inspired by their music! The group here is large, and includes AACM members and other younger talents – a ... (Jazz LP)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Mid 80s.
Tight Nigerian boogie from Ben Jagga – done with a lean groove that really represents the change in styles during the 80s, while still holding onto modes that reference some of the funk from before! Ben's got this bright style of singing, and at times the record almost has a Caribbean vibe ... (Global Grooves CD)
Strata/180 Proof, Mid 70s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Really great work from the Detroit underground of the 70s – by a group that features a young Larry Nozero on saxes, who you might also know for his work with keyboard giant Eddie Russ! This set's a bit more hard-edged than Eddie's work – tracks that open up nicely in the more spiritual ... (Jazz LP)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019.
Very cool work from Bryony Jarman-Pinto – a singer who's way more than just a singer – partly because she often uses the studio to harmonize alongside herself, which brings a very hip vibe to her sound! Bryony's maybe tied most strongly to jazz, but there's a heck of a lot going on ... (Neo Soul CD)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1979. (reissue)
Caetano Veloso at the end of the 70s – still sounding wonderful, but in ways that are quite different from his earliest albums! The sound here is more restrained, and more mature – a beautiful example of the songwriting strength that Veloso evolved as his career moved on – tunes ... (Brazil LP)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Mid 80s.
Sweet synth soul from 80s Nigeria – a set that definitely shows the evolution of that country's sound in the decade after the rise of Afro Funk – and a record that also delivers plenty of the beats promised in the title! There's lots of elements here borrowed from electro – drum ... (Global Grooves LP)
Virgin, 1998. 2CD
A heavier, darker prime era set from Massive Attack – and rightly remembered as a classic! The grooves are still really strong, but the trip hop pioneers are delving more deeply into a bass heavy dub trip with a deep, rumbling bottom running throughout the tracks and some distorted guitar and ... (New Grooves CD)
International Anthem, 2019.
A beautiful International Anthem debut from Resavoir – a group led by Will Miller, a musician who's equally skilled at both keyboards and trumpet – and who often plays in a style that sometimes makes it hard to tell which sound is coming from which instrument! In other words, there's ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1968.
A key meeting between the Three Sounds trio and the amazing Monk Higgins – done at a time when Higgins was taking his Chicago-crafted grooves to work on the west coast – and doing some really wonderful productions with Dee Ervin! The set features full Higgins backings throughout – ... (Jazz CD)
Philips (Japan), 1967.
A lost treasure from German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger – one of his best records from the 60s, recorded at a key point when he was really shifting his style! The set's still got Klaus working with keyboardist Ingfried Hoffmann, whose work on organ made his early records so great – but ... (Jazz CD)
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 2019.
A contemporary record, but one that's dedicated to the older musical creations of Satoshi Ashikawa – and which has a similar mix of minimal and environmental modes! The sounds here are beautiful – like little instrumental flowers that open up slowly and tunefully – much more ... (Rock CD)
Solid Smoke/Luv N' Haight, 1981. (reissue)
A completely unique little set from singer Steve Parks – a set cut in the Bay Area scene of the early 80s – but done with a righteous 70s vibe that mixes jazz, soul, and bits of Latin influences as well! The overall approach is definitely soul, but there's plenty of jazz inflections in ... (Soul LP)
Future Days/Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Fantastic work from Lee Moses – an underground funky soul singer who never saw great fame in the 70s, but who's hit legendary status in recent years – thanks to collectors and DJs around the world! Lee is best known for his album Time & Place, but he also cut a number of other ... (Soul CD)
Colemine, 2019. Gatefold
It's hard to imagine these kings being left behind, as the sound of Ikebe Shakedown just keeps getting bolder and more majestic with each new release – a very special strand of deep funk, with a blend of horns that you might find in a more Afro-styled band, mixed with tighter rhythms at the ... (Deep Funk LP)
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
A wonderful overview of the creative scene in Melbourne – a collection that's almost the down-under equivalent of We Out Here – a previous Brownswood sampler of contemporary genius on the London scene! As with that collection, this one brings together the best up-and-coming artists who ... (Deep Funk CD)
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019.
A really unusual setting for the soprano saxophone talents of Evan Parker – and one that definitely unlocks some of the more textural shapesounds in his music! Parker works here alongside Matthew Wright on turntable and live sampling – and the Trance Map trio of Adam Linson, John Coxon ... (Jazz CD)
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
Funky sounds from a time when jazz and rock music instrumentation collided – and came up with a bastard child that was unfortunately named "jazz rock", and which kept some folks away from some surprisingly groovy records back in the day! Don't let that moniker get you down – ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Blue Note, 1967. (reissue)
Excellent funky work from Lou Donaldson – and a groundbreaking record that was the first to feature him playing on Blue Note with drummer Idris Muhammad – who is listed on the session under his birth name, Leo Morris! Muhammad gives the album that crackling funky bottom sound that ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
A really unusual album for Jack McDuff – one that was recorded in Memphis, with a lineup and a feel that's quite different from other Blue Note sessions of the time! There's a lot of electricity bubbling in the record – and although McDuff normally never worked with a bassist on ... (Jazz CD)
Fantastic funk from Dam-Funk – full of heavy bassbits, sweet beats, and plenty of keyboards – all with that stripped-down sound that always helps us focus on the well-chosen elements in his music! The whole thing's instrumental – and relatively spare, but very fulfilling – ... (Neo Soul LP)
Beverley's/Doctor Bird (UK), 1970.
A seminal set from The Melodians – and a record titled after their classic single, which really helped lay the groundwork for the rise of righteous reggae in the 70s! The work here is a key bridge between the soul-inspired work of previous Jamaican trios, and some of the important roots acts ... (Reggae CD)
Third Man, 1969. 2CDs
A fantastic document of the first-ever Ann Arbor Blues Festival – the start of a great event that would blossom into other styles of music in the 70s, but which stood as a strong blues-based event in its initial year of 1969! In some ways, the three day series of concerts is a roots answer ... (Blues CD)
Dave Rempis/Josh Abrams/Avreeayl Ra/Jim Baker
Dave Rempis is really on fire – effortlessly blowing long-spun lines on alto, tenor, and baritone saxes – as part of a very freewheeling quartet with a old school improvising vibe! The date was recorded live at Elastic Arts in Chicago, and in some ways is a reflection of the way that ... (Jazz CD)
Impulse/Universal (Czech Republic), 1962. (reissue)
A very early date as a leader by McCoy Tyner – cut at a time when he was making big waves in the John Coltrane Quartet, but also sounding plenty darn great on his own! The group here's a trio – with Coltrane associates Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and the warm ... (Jazz LP)
Elektra/Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Stunning work from the great second chapter of Patrice Rushen – the time when the lady moved over to Elektra Records and really opened up her groove! Rushen had already been making great music for most of the 70s – playing fantastic keyboards as a real up-and-coming star on the funky ... (Jazz CD)
Family Groove, 1979.
A rare set of work from the Chicago scene of the late 70s – never issued at the time, and a great addition to the legacy of Windy City soul! The group was formed by David and Wendel Sudduth of the Eight Minutes – a kiddie-soul band who'd recorded earlier in the decade for Perception ... (Soul LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1960.
One of the most perfectly crafted moments of Lou Donaldson's hardbop genius at Blue Note – and a beautiful example of the way that Lou could handle the alto sax with a sharpness that earned him a place in the post-Parker lineage – but also a sense of soul that was miles away from Bird! ... (Jazz CD)
From Wolves To Whales (Wooley/Rempis/Niggenkemper/Corsano)
Aerophonic, 2019. 2CD
Bold rumbling fury from this well-matched quartet of improvising talents – a group that features Nate Wooley on trumpet, Dave Rempis on alto, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass, and Chris Corsano on drums – all often moving together in space as one, while still allowing plenty of room for ... (Jazz CD)
Feral House, 2019.
A really amazing look at the secret art and language of gang culture in Chicago – the most detailed book we've ever seen to examine the words on the street during the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Chicago had a very special sort of language to communicate gang activity and culture during the heyday of ... (Book)
Rogue Art (France), 2019.
A very hip trio, one that features three of the greatest female improvisers of the past 30 years – Joelle Leandre on bass, Myra Melford on piano, and Nicole Mitchell on flute, alto flute, and piccolo! The work is maybe more often in the territory of Leandre and Melford's earlier material ... (Jazz CD)
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4CD
An overdue look at the lost Lamp Records – a crucially important indie soul label on the Indy scene of the late 60s and early 70s – a company that was never as big as Chess or Motown, but did a similar job of documenting its city's musical scene! Indianapolis was always a very diverse ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Polskie Radio (Poland), 1957/1963/1967.
A really wonderful collection of rare moments from Polish modernist Krzysztof Komeda – showing some other sides of his many talents! The set begins with a vocal number – singer Kalina Jedrusik performing slinky, moody Polish lyrics in front of a combo led by Komeda – on the tune ... (Jazz CD)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019.
We're not sure we've ever heard from bassist Miles Perkin before, but after this album we'll definitely be keeping an ear out for his music – as the whole thing has a wonderfully fresh, wonderfully vibrant sort of sound – Miles' strong lines on the bass really working magic with a ... (Jazz LP)
Music Box (France), Mid 60s.
A trio of mid 60s soundtracks from Michel Magne – all on CD for the first time ever! First up is La Ronde – Roger Vadim film with his young, then-wife Jane Fonda in the lead – given a score that has many playful melodies in an older French style – maybe a bit like the music ... (Soundtracks CD)
Terrestrial Funk, 1984. (reissue)
A great singer and a great guitarist – both coming together here in a set that's got way more going on than you'd expect! The group here is tight – lots of congas and bass at the bottom, peppered with horns from a trio, while Ebo Taylor lays down both rhythm and lead guitars – ... (Global Grooves LP)
Sussex/Modern Harmonic, 1972.
The second smoking Sussex album from guitarist Eddie Senay – and arguably even better than the first! The tracks here are all instrumentals – played with a style that's tight, right, and very on the money – mixed with keyboards from Rudy Robinson, who also arranged the numbers on ... (Soul CD)
Kettle Hole, 2019.
After a strong few years of improv collaborations, Chicago tenor sax player Gerrit Hatcher delivers a scorching solo set! Burnt Pan Rolling Boil finds him effectively reeling from propulsive blowing bits to surprisingly meditative passages. The title here is pretty apt, and a nice little statement ... (Jazz CD)
Sony (UK), 1990s/2000s. 2LP Gatefold
A great vinyl collection of recent soundtrack material by one of the greatest talents on the Bollywood scene – composer AR Rahman – and a set that includes a fair bit of material that was never issued on vinyl at all! As with most other soundtracks of this nature, there's a variety of ... (Global Grooves LP)
Leaf (UK), 2019.
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... (Jazz CD)
Alternative Fox (UK), 1969/1970. (reissue)
An early meeting of minimalist giants – as the album includes two long tracks that both feature Philip Glass and Steve Reich playing in the same ensemble! The set begins with a 1969 live recording of Reich's wonderful "Four Organs" – played by a group that features four ... (Out Sound LP)
Tidal Waves, 1978. (reissue)
An obscure funky fusion album from bassist Tony Newton – with a wild look that grabs you instantly! Tony plays this weird double-bass, and he's pictured with the instrument on the cover – looking like some super-heavy righteous dude that escaped from The Headhunters. The record ... (Jazz LP)
Hidden Beach, 2019.
A great entry in this long-running series – maybe one of the freshest in years, although maybe we're biased because of the Chicago connection too! The record continues the approach of previous volumes, but maybe has an even stronger vocal presence – thanks to strong contributions from ... (Neo Soul CD)
JLI/HoZac, 1985. (reissue)
A rare, beloved gem from the midwest power pop scene – laced with catchy hooks, buzzing guitars and synthesizer that somehow sounds like it hasn't aged a day! The key to Romeoville, IL native Julian Leal's self-titled LP being such a timeless treasure is probably the same as the one that ... (Rock LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the ... (Jazz CD)
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1975. (reissue)
Amazing work from this seminal group on the FMP scene – a quartet led by pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, but equally balanced between the saxes of Evan Parker, bass of Peter Kowald, and percussion of Paul Lovens! We're not sure how much to take the "nails" in the title ... (Jazz LP)
Aris/Sonor (Italy), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest moments ever from Italian soundtrack composer Alberto Baldan Bembo – an artist with a great talent for combining warmth and a groove – using subtle strings over rolling basslines and sweet keyboards – all to wrap things together in a really fantastic sound! ... (Soundtracks LP)
Earthquake/17 North Parade, 1977. 2CD
Fantastic early material from Gregory Isaacs – captured here early in his career, and working in a deep roots reggae mode – recording at Channel One with great direction from Ossie Hibbert! The set's laidback and righteous, in ways that let all the soulful qualities of Isaac's vocals ... (Reggae CD)
Columbia/Return To Analog (Canada), 1969. (reissue)
A completely wonderful album from percussionist Guy Warren – a creative musician who made lots of great records over the years – but who maybe never topped himself after this gem from the late 60s UK scene! The set was done as part of the legendary Landsdowne Series for Columbia UK ... (Global Grooves LP)
Terrestrial Funk, 1983. (reissue)
Sweet 80s funk from Miami – and a set that's put together with lots of cool moogy keyboards from group leader Lang Cook! About half the tracks are instrumental, and half are vocal – the latter with vocals from Lang and singers Mary Lucas and Marian Harris – but given that the ... (Soul LP)
Sonor (Italy), 2019.
The title here is very apt – as Italian tenorist Enzo Scoppa is reunited with his very old friend, trumpeter Cici Santucci – his frequent partner on classic jazz and sound library dates under the Santucci-Scoppa name – plus a quartet of younger musicians who really help them find ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
An early 60s killer from Lou Donaldson – one that more than lives up to the promise of its great cover and compelling title! The lineup has Lou blowing in an easy, soulful style – working with a combo that includes Herman Foster on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums ... (Jazz CD)
NEC/Studio Mule (Germany), 1988. (reissue)
Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and ... (Jazz LP)
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s.
A really great record that definitely lives up to its title and cover – a set that's sort of a cool 70s take on exotica modes from years past! The music here is almost all performed by Giuliano Sorgini – who plays drums and lots of percussion, then adds in electronics too – using ... (Soundtracks CD)
Motown, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. 11CDs
An amazing package – one that comes in a tiny replica of the original home of Motown Records in Detroit! As you'd guess from the title, the 11CD set features every single Motown track that ever hit #1 on the charts – almost 200 classic songs, running from the early 60s right up through ... (Soul CD)
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2019.
A beautiful set of live samba and choro performances from this up-and-coming Brazilian singer – an artist who's younger than most in his field, but who manages to make his music resonate with a strong sense of history, while also reveling in the energy of youth! The album's a well-recorded ... (Brazil CD)
National/Modern Harmonic, 1963.
A great 60s record from Mighty Sparrow – and the kind of set that shows just how different calypso music could sound when you got away from Harry Belafonte and the hits! The music here is every bit as political and socially conscious as earlier recordings of the genre – but you can ... (Global Grooves CD)
Verve, 1961. 2CD
A fantastic lost slice of work from Stan Getz – one that features an early 60s group that was barely recorded at all, and which really shows Getz stretching out right before his bossa nova years! The quartet features a very young Steve Kuhn on piano, the great Roy Haynes on drums, and John ... (Jazz CD)
Bemol/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968.
A cool collection of late 60s rock and pop from Brazil – and a set that stands as a nice contrast to some of the "song festival" albums from the time on Philips and Odeon! Like those sets, this one presents up-and-coming artists working through a variety of material – but ... (Brazil CD)
Funk Embassy (Estonia), 1970s/Early 80s.
A really ear-opening compilation – one that brings together an insane range of music from Estonia – one of the smaller of the Soviet-era Eastern Bloc nations – and a surprising hotbed of groovy activity! The tunes here are definitely in the funk, disco, and jazz modes promised by ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Dakar/Demon (UK), 1970. (reissue)
The second album from Chicago soul legend Tyrone Davis – and every bit as wonderful as his first! Like that set, this one bounces along on a wave of well cast Chisoul arrangements – penned by Tom Washington and Willie Henderson, with a great mix of the sweet and the rough – ... (Soul LP)
Decca/678 Records (Netherlands), 1969. (reissue)
Ultra-hip vocals from Rita Hovink – a Dutch singer who's got a way of making even familiar material sound pretty darn fresh! Rita's working here with a cool combo that's got a great sense of arrangement – a way of opening up the tunes and finding some unusual instrumental modes that ... (Vocalists LP)
Ropeadope, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A really great showcase for the continuing evolution of Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – a musician who's become so much more than just a straight jazz trumpet with a soulful vibe – as you'll hear on this really compelling set! The music is even more expansive than Christian's recent ... (Jazz LP)
Dark Tree (France), 1998.
An amazing record from pianist Horace Tapscott – maybe one of his most ambitious projects ever, and a set that stands head and shoulders next to his classic work for the Nimbus label! As with some of those records, this set features his large Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – performing ... (Jazz CD)
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Four albums from the surprisingly strong second chapter in the career of Ray Price – that time when he'd moved from being a hero of the honky tonks to maybe taking over some of the territory previously held by Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold! The maturing Price here still has that great voice ... (Folk/Country CD)
Polskie Radio (Poland), Early 60s.
A big burst of modern jazz energy from the legendary pianist Krzysztof Komeda – heard here with some of his key contemporaries, on a set of live long tracks that pave the way for his famous Astigmatic album of the 60s! The CD features two performances recorded for Polish radio – both ... (Jazz CD)
Cree (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Tropical club in many flavors – all pulled from the usually-expensive set of reissues done by the Cree Records label – presented here in a very nicely-priced package! Given that most Cree reissues are on 12" singles that push the $20 mark, the 16 tracks within come at a very big ... (Global Grooves CD)
BJ The Chicago Kid's second full length for Motown! BJ has a way of recalling classic Chicago soul in the earnest, emotional realness of his lyricism and relatively mellow style, which is a nicely grounding anchor given the modern overall aesthetic. It's a contemporary sound with a timeless soul ... (Neo Soul CD)
The surprising return of drummer Redd Holt – a musician you probably know from his legendary 60s work in the Ramsey Lewis Trio, or as part of the Young Holt Unlimited group with bassist Eldee Young! Ramsey and Eldee aren't on this set, but Redd keeps things in similar trio formation – ... (Jazz CD)
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/1970s.
Turns out, folks were going to the moon long before Neil Armstrong took his giant step for mankind – spinning out into space with rare singles like these – all great moon-themed numbers that rocket into space with solid fuel of their own! The set's got this fantastic mix of styles ... (Funky Compilations CD)
RGE/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1966. (reissue)
A sweet bossa combo from 60s Brazil – a jazzy little group that features some very early work on piano and arrangements from Francis Hime – whose sense of tone and color is already shining through, even at a relatively young age! Hime plays piano, and Nelson Motta plays guitar – ... (Brazil LP)
Warner, Early 80s.
A fantastic collection of unreleased material from Prince – not spare demos or home recordings, or studio snippets either – but instead some fully-formed songs that come right from the glory days of the singer's career! Almost all the material here is from the early 80s – and ... (Soul CD)
Mercury/Modern Harmonic, 1977. (reissue)
The second great album by Kim Fowley's pet Runaways – the album with Lita Ford, Joan Jett and the rest of the gals cloaked in fog and straddling polls on the cover – making them look like a cross between Mott The Hoople and the headliners at that seedy club by the airport! Like the ... (Rock LP)
Past Due, Early 80s. 2LP
The overlooked legacy of the Chocolate Buttermilk Band – a long-running combo from the North Carolina scene – one who opened for or backed up some of the biggest soul artists to visit their state – then created some great music on their own! Make no mistake, these guys are way ... (Soul LP)
Birthright/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1981. (reissue)
Stunning sounds from Michael Orr – a singer you might know from his secular work in the duo of Harris & Orr – and who still sounds incredible here in a more spiritual-styled set from the start of the 80s! As with Michael's earlier music, there's a cool, cosmic vibe going on in the ... (Soul LP)
Arista/GRP/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1983.
Early 80s greatness from Bernard Wright – the benchmark Nard from '81 and his Funky Beat from '83 – in a single set! Nard is a masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk ... (Soul CD)
Richmond/Trading Places (UK), 1965. (reissue)
Larry Page was a big figure in the British music scene of the 60s – manager of the Kinks, and a growing force in record production too – so much so, he decided to put himself in the limelight as the leader of this all-instrumental set of songs by his most famous group! Ray Davies ... (Now Sound LP)
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975.
A gem of a record from flute player Lloyd McNeil – an artist who flourished strongly during the spiritual jazz scene of the 70s, but who also seemed to always have his own sort of groove as well! Lloyd blows with the complexity and far-reaching sounds of contemporaries in the loft jazz scene ... (Jazz CD)
Atonal Producoes/Altercat (Germany), 1980.
A Brazilian album from the start of the 80s, but one recorded in an all-acoustic mode that makes the whole thing tremendously timeless over the years! Ronaldo L Freitas is the guitarist pictured on the front – and he provides these amazing guitar lines that have all the deftness of the best ... (Brazil CD)
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand)
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
Really fantastic material from legendary pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – a set cut with a larger group of musicians, which we like even more than Ibrahim's work in a solo or trio format! The group here is his Ekaya ensemble – who flesh out Abdullah's larger musical ideas in a really great ... (Jazz CD)
Reality Unit Concepts/Superior Viaduct, 1976. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A rare treasure from the loft jazz years of the New York scene – an early session led by drummer William Hooker – with very open, improvised tracks featuring a shifting lineup that includes work on tenor by both David Murray and David S Ware! In truth, the concept of "lineup" ... (Jazz LP)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s.
Excellent sounds from Ojo Balingo – a Nigerian juju artist from the same stretch as King Sunny Ade – but one whose music is much more obscure to audiences on this side of the Atlantic! Balingo's group here has the loose, spontaneous vibe that characterizes juju at its best – this ... (Global Grooves CD)
Philip Bailey's looking hipper than usual on the cover – and he's sounding hipper than usual within – thanks to fantastic production help from Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and Chick Corea – all artists who play on the record, and help give Bailey a really timeless sense of ... (Soul CD)
Sdban (Belgium), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
Tenorist Jack Sels may not be one of the best-known names on the European jazz scene of the postwar years – but that's likely because he passed away earlier than most, but not before leaving a strong legacy of jazz on the Belgian scene! Sels is a hell of a player – modern in conception ... (Jazz CD)
Capricorn/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
The debut album from Maxayn – a funky female talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same territory as Betty Davis and Yvonne Fair! Like both of those artists, Maxayn isn't afraid to use an electric guitar when she wants – which puts her music somewhere in the territory of groups ... (Soul LP)
Elemental, 1973. Gatefold
Dexter Gordon recorded live in Germany – in a mode that's a bit of a change from some of his more familiar Copenhagen sides from the time! The format is similar – long live tracks, with Dex opening up on these fantastically creative solos – with every note seeming to flow with ... (Jazz LP)
EMI/Polysom (Brazil), 1971. (reissue)
Funky soul from Toni Tornado – one of the first talents in Brazil's samba soul generation of the 70s! Toni's got a style that's a lot like early work by Tim Maia – a blend of American funk and soul, with traces of some of the other Brazilian arranging styles that were popular at the ... (Brazil LP)
Wenha/Tidal Waves, 1980. (reissue)
Pretty great stuff – even though Wendall Harrison has strayed far from the Tribe Records sound of his earlier years! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with a smooth fusion approach that's clearly an attempt to reach a wider audience ... (Jazz LP)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980.
Catchy, clubby grooves from the team of Zack Roberts and Gebah Swary – a Liberian duo who issued this very catchy record at the start of the 80s! The pair have an 80s look on the cover, and definitely bring that into their music too – with early electro touches used in very spare ways, ... (Global Grooves CD)
CAM/Digitmovies (Italy), 1976.
A moody little 70s soundtrack from French composer Francis Lai! The score has a softer, smoother sound than some of his 60s work – but it's still got that great penchant for romantic-tinged themes that he first began with A Man & A Woman, turned here into a 70s mode that has a bit more ... (Soundtracks CD)
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A great entry in this really fantastic series – one that's turned us on to more rare club cuts than we can count over the years – and which still stands head and shoulders above most other collections of vintage dancefloor grooves! The tracks here are all hand-picked by Winston – ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson)
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019.
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to ... (Jazz CD)
Together Records/Sundazed, 1969. (reissue)
A brilliant second album from Sagittarius – one of the shining stars of the Millennium universe at the end of the 60s! The album's got a deeper, more cerebral feel than the group's first – nicely spacious at points, kind of taking a cue from post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys, but also ... (Rock LP)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019.
Some of the darkest sounds in years from the great Rob Mazurek – a musician who's matched perfectly on every front by Gabriele Mitelli – who does everything that Rob does on the record, and also throws in a bit of soprano sax as well! The music is all improvised, and in that very deep ... (Jazz CD)
Spiritmuse, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the ... (Jazz LP)
Polydor, 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really great double-length set from James Brown – maybe slightly less iconic than some of his other classics from the early 70s, but a record that really shows the man stretching out and finding his groove! The whole thing is a great example of the new freedoms that Brown was experiencing ... (Soul LP)
Ostinato, Early 90s.
Quick-stepping grooves from Grupo Pilon – one of the key groups who migrated from Cabo Verde to Lisbon in the early 90s – creating almost their own wave of a musical diaspora in the process! The sounds here are a more electrified version of island styles – often with some sort of ... (Global Grooves CD)
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. (reissue)
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the ... (Brazil CD)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. (reissue)
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – ... (Sound Library LP)