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Treat yourself – lots of vinyl new arrivals!


Past Due, Late 70s.
Never-heard music from the great Richie Weeks – an artist you might know for his work in New York dancefloor groups The Jammers and Weeks & Co – but who's heard here on cuts that represent his never-ending efforts to come up with great grooves in the studio! Much of this music was ... CD (Soul CD)

James Brown

Super Bad Live
Sunset Blvd, Early 80s.
A great later document of the power of James Brown in a live setting – an early 80s concert that really cooks strongly all the way through – bubbling over with the sort of non-stop energy that James was bringing to his live albums from the Apollo Theater onward! The group isn't listed ... CD (Soul CD)
Nation-Wide/ORG, 1980. (reissue)
There's few folks who could make a melodica sound so sinister – yet that's always been the crazy genius of Augustus Pablo – the way he takes such a simple instrument and makes it sound so wild on vintage albums like this! The set was arranged and produced by Enos McLeod, one of Pablo's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Greasy Mike's been making the global rounds on records like this – serving up an imagined landscape of weird and wonderful sounds, all pulled from rare singles of late 50s/early 60s vintage! We're not sure Mike's efforts will ever win him a harem, but he's done a great job here – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A whole host of rare cuts from the original Kent Records label in LA – the 60s follow-up to the famous Crown/Modern/RPM imprint of the postwar years – a set of labels that gave the world plenty of amazing R&B tracks in the 50s! Here, Kent is going more for a 60s groove overall, but ... CD (Soul CD)
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Your Christmas just got a whole lot funkier – thanks to a wonderful entry in this legendary series – maybe one of the coolest collections ever of hard-to-find Holiday grooves! As with previous volumes, almost all the tracks here are pulled from rare funky 45s – obscure original ... CD (Holiday Music CD)

Masahiko Togashi with Don Cherry & Charlie Haden

Session In Paris Vol 1 – Song Of Soil
King/We Want Sounds (UK), 1979. (reissue)
One of the greatest records ever from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi – a rare European session that features the talents of Don Cherry on trumpet and Charlie Haden on bass! The session's one of Cherry's most compelling performances from the time – a really loose and free date that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ron Geesin with Bridget St John

Sunday Bloody Sunday (with bonus tracks)
Trunk (UK), 1971.
Ron Geesin's a British arranger with a host of amazing talents – from early work in the exotica field, to a famous collaboration with Roger Waters – always handled with a mindblowing sense of sound and scope! Here, he delivers a superb score for the film Sunday Bloody Sunday – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Impulse, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Our favorite-ever album by Alice Coltrane – a masterpiece of spirit and soul, recorded in a wonderfully open-handed style – and with a vibe that's maybe a bit different than some of her other records, especially the ones with larger groups! The album's mostly a spare batch of tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Chess/Anagram, 1976. (reissue)
One of the few funky late Chess gems for Etta James – recorded during the period when the company was owned by the All Platinum family of labels in New Jersey – with incredible vocals by Etta! Most of the record was cut in NJ, and features Etta's bluesy style meeting some nice funky ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Shika Shika, 2022.
An unusual sort of conservation project – one that features artists from a number of different West African nations, each serving up a song based on an endangered bird from their region! Some of the tracks directly sample the birdsongs, others replicate through instrumentation – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Tullio De Piscopo

Tullio De Piscopo Vol 2
Carosello/New Platform (Italy), 1976.
The legendary Italian drummer Tullio De Piscopo is at his most dynamic here – effortlessly blending funky jazz, soul, and bits of prog – all at that level that soon made him a legend in the clubs! Tullio's a hell of a drummer at the core – you'll know that if you've ever heard ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jorge Lopez Ruiz

Bronca Buenos Aires
Trova/Altercat (Germany), 1971. (reissue)
A true masterpiece from the Argentine jazz scene of the early 70s – recorded at a time when tensions in the nation were really running high, and seemed to drive creative talents to a whole new level of expression! That's definitely the case here, as bassist Jorge Lopez Ruiz really knocks ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jump World (Japan), 2022.
A really fantastic singer, and one that we're only discovering with this album – an obscure Japanese release that will hopefully put Tea at the front of the line for up and coming young jazz vocalists! The set mixes in plenty of soulful currents with the jazz, thanks in part to the superb ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Mutt & Jeff/P-Vine (Japan), 1969. (reissue)
The back cover of this one says "This Album Should Be Titled MONSTER" – and for once, the back cover is right! The album's the only one we've ever seen by the super-dope LA guitarist Cal Green – a wonderful talent with a hard-edge approach to the strings, one that's a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Capitol (Italy), 2022.
This isn't the first time that Calibro 35 have paid tribute to the music of soundtrack genius Ennio Morricone – but given how much great music Morricone gave us over the decades, this project is still very much the tip of the iceberg! If anything, the group have really deepened their sound a ... CD (New Grooves CD)
BGO (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
A nice little package, one that brings together three American releases of music by London's legendary Georgie Fame! First up is the classic Yeh Yeh – a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Dezron Douglas

Atalaya
International Anthem, 2022.
Maybe the most beautiful record we've ever heard from bassist Dezron Douglas – an artist who hasn't given us many albums as a leader, but who always creates something special when he does! This set not only follows that legacy, but really knocks it out of the park – as there's a rich, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
CAM/Sugar (Italy), 1974.
Really fantastic work from Ennio Morricone – a sublime soundtrack, expanded here with all sorts of bonus material that wasn't on the original album! The record features some wonderful vocals from Edda Dell'Orso – singing in that wordless, instrument-like style that could make so many ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Matias Pizarro

Pelo De Rata
Pro Musica/Altercat (Germany), 1975.
A wonderful mix of 70s jazz styles and South American roots – all brought together in a very compelling way for this Argentine session! The music is often modal, and highly rhythmic – led by piano from Matias Pizarro, who also vocalizes a bit – and featuring tenor, guitar, bass, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/2000s/2010s.
Few songwriters have had such a lasting impact on modern music as Leonard Cohen – an incredible songsmith when he first emerged in the late 60s, and one who continued to create songs at the top of his game for many years after! And although Cohen's own recordings are the stuff of legend ... CD (Rock CD)

Magician (Stan Butcher)

Magician
Hobo/Trunk (UK), 1979. (reissue)
A totally great, near-lost record from the electric jazz years of the 70s – one with a vibe that's much more early 70s than you'd expect from the date or the cover – which is probably why this CTI-styled gem has been lost to the shifting sands of time for so many years! The group's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Katalyst

Jazz Is Dead 13 – Katalyst
Jazz Is Dead, 2022.
The jazz component of this wonderful series just seems to get deeper and deeper with each new release – despite what you might think from the title – and this time around, the presence of LA collective Katalyst really knocks things out of the park! The set's an all-instrumental one ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Jazz Is Dead 11
Jazz Is Dead, 2022. 2LP
A very different entry in this always-great series – one that doesn't focus on a specific artist, or just the instrumentation of the two leaders – but instead has this great range of artists coming together in a very jazz-based style! Things here are even more organic and flowing than ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Qasim Naqvi/Wadada Leo Smith/Andrew Cyrille

Two Centuries (180 gram clear vinyl pressing)
Red Hook, 2022.
Quasim Naqvi's the youngest member of the lineup here – working beside legends Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Andrew Cyrille on drums – yet he fits right into the mix, and does a great job here of exploring some of the more far-ranging territory that both Cyrille and Smith have handled ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
University Of Central Arkansas, 2022.
A special all-country edition of the Oxford American's annual issue devoted to music of the south – and one that's overflowing with the kind of wonderful writing that's always set the publication apart from the mainstream music press! These aren't simple articles on the histories of big ... Magazine (Magazine)

Gavin Bryars

Sinking Of The Titanic
Obscure/Superior Viaduct, 1975. (reissue)
An early moment of genius from composer Gavin Bryars – and a set that was issued on Brian Eno's Obscure Records label in the mid 70s, which ensured that Bryars' music found a larger audience outside the realm of avant classical! That turns out to be a good thing here, as the music here is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)

Yasuhiro Kohno Trio + One

Song Of Island
AS Cap/BBE (UK), 1985.
The trio of pianist Yasuhiro Kohno work here with a really wonderful "+ One" – the vibes of Mashiro Kanno, who really adds a heck of a lot to the long-flowing grace of the tunes in the set! The album's a live one, but it's got all the warmth and creative intimacy of the best ... CD (Jazz CD)
Workshop Jazz/Verve, 1964. (reissue)
An amazing record – one of the best on Motown's short-lived Workshop Jazz subsidiary! The album is the first to feature Roy Brooks as a leader – and the super-hip drummer from Detroit really knows what to do with the opportunity! He's working here with a hip group that includes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Fatback Band

Raising Hell
Event/Southbound (UK), 1975.
Raising Hell indeed – as Fatback were really burning up the dancefloor by the time of this set, well earning the demonic sexy image on the cover! All the sharp funk elements of the group's roots are still in place, but they're also given more focus for the rising club scene of the east coast ... CD (Soul CD)

Abdel Halim Hafez

Mawood
Soutelphan/We Want Sounds (UK), 1971. (reissue)
A legendary album from the Egyptian scene – a set that features one long track, running the course of both sides – building up to a beautiful crescendo of sounds on organ, saxes, and guitars – all backed with other orchestrations, then topped with the amazingly expressive vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Bill Frisell

Four (SHMCD pressing)
Blue Note (Japan), 2022.
A beautifully straightforward set from guitarist Bill Frisell – one that strips away some of the bigger concepts and shifts in instrumentation of other projects – and instead lets us focus on Bill's basic talents at the core! As you'd guess from the title and cover, the album's a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Shiptown/Numero, Early 70s. (pic cover)
A rare gem on the tiny Shiptown label – issued here in a very cool pic sleeve for the very first time! "Just A Sad Xmas" is a beautifully slow-burning bit of soul – plenty of organ next to the heartbreaking vocals – as the tune steps along nicely, the builds up as ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Holiday Music 7-inch)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2022.
Drummer Hamid Drake has appeared on countless records over the years – even some as spare as duo improvisation sessions – yet this album is a long-overdue first solo effort from Drake, and one that allows us to hear his sensitive touch on the kit even more than before! Drake's always ... CD (Jazz CD)
RGS (Argentina), 1961.
Wonderful early live work from Gato Barbieri – heard here both before his important American records on Impulse, and his earlier emergence in the global avant garde – already blowing with a really wonderful tone on tenor, in a hip quartet that features the great Ruben Baby Lopez Furst ... CD (Jazz CD)
Saigon Supersound, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Really fantastic work from a scene that interacted briefly with our culture during the Vietnam war – yet still managed to hold on to a groove that was very much its own! This isn't the sound of American rock blaring out of a transistor radio in some fiction film about the war – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

William Odell Hughes with Wendell Harrison

Cruisin (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Wenha/P-Vine (Japan), 1981.
A really fantastic soul record from the post-Motown underground in Detroit – and one that also has ties to the Tribe Records scene of the 70s! William Odell Hughes is a great soul singer, with an ability to stretch out on a long, sensual line – a quality that's a bit in the territory ... CD (Soul CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2022.
The great Arto Lindsay solo, and at a level that really has his unique character coming out more than ever – definitely different than some of the more song-based records he gave us decades back, and very much in the territory of the sounds that made him such a force during the no wave ... CD (Jazz CD)
BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
The Montanas look like a bunch of groovy 60s cats on the cover – and while they definitely had some great hits during the British Invasion years, they also kept on cutting some very cool material well into the 70s – all of which is included in this overstuffed set! The work begins ... CD (Rock CD)

James Brown

Christmas Songs
King/Universal (Japan), 1966.
One of the few rare Christmas albums that James Brown recorded in the 60s – all really wonderful, really memorable records that go way past the usual Holiday fare! Sure, there's a few sentimental tracks that have the familiar spirit of the holiday, but there's also some funky moments too ... CD (Holiday Music CD)

Fairuz

Kifak Inta
Relax In/We Want Sounds (UK), 1991. (reissue)
Fairuz is a singer with a legendary voice – already one of the most important vocalists in Lebanon by the time of this album – with a way of soaring and stretching a note that's completely breathtaking, even if you can't understand the language! And while Fairuz had previously recorded ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2022.
One of the most powerful performances we've heard in years from the great Joe McPhee – and that's because he lets his voice speak as much as his tenor – especially on two spoken passages that highlight McPhee's message at an extremely righteous political level! Yet that's also very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2022.
Maybe one of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from the mesmerizing Zeena Parkins – a set of solo work, mostly done on her electric harp – an instrument that she hasn't used in awhile, but which is wonderfully reawakened here! There's a sonic sensitivity to the record that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
Fantastic work from piano legend Bill Evans – recorded at the Keystone club in San Francisco just a month before his too-early death – and a batch of material that shows us that Bill still had plenty to offer the world! This isn't the work of a musician on his last legs – and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Peter Brotzmann/Fred Van Hove/Han Bennink

Jazz In Der Kammer No 71
Trost (Austria), 1974. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really dramatic live performance from these free jazz giants – three musicians who really know each other well, but who seem to come off with an even more majestic sense of power here! The performance is from 1974, and it burns with energy right from the start – this sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note/Mosaic, Early 60s. 7CD set
CD...$118.99 119.00
Pivotal work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – eleven full albums recorded by the young jazzman as a leader, together showing a really incredible scope of his talents in just a few short years in the studio! The Blue Note albums here already show an incredible evolution – from initial ... CD (Jazz CD)
Planets/BBE (UK), 1977.
One of those really special piano albums from the Japanese jazz scene of the 70s – a record that's overflowing with new ideas and imagination, all captured with a really wonderful ear for sound as well! Masaru Imada plays a Bosendorfer grand, which has a really resonant quality, even when he' ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dickie Landry (Richard Landry)

4 Cuts Placed In A First Quarter
Chatham Square/Unseen Worlds, 1972. (reissue)
A jazz set, but one with pretty strong ties to the art world – given that the whole thing was engineered by Kurt Munkacsi, and produced by the Leo Castelli Gallery! Richard Landry's music is a mix of spiritual and more avant modes – sometimes used in very free lines, sometimes a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Amplitude/Farfalla (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A really great set of sound library material from the French scene of the late 70s and early 80s – and work that's nicely different from some of the bigger British and German libraries of the time! The small Amplitude label definitely earns the "hidden" given it in the title – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Melanie

Cri D'Amour
Comet (France), 2022. Gatefold (reissue)
Not the Melanie of famous folk rock fame – but instead a cool contemporary artist from France, and one who's got this wonderfully laidback way of putting over a tune! Melanie often speaks as much as she sings – a bit like Jane Birkin or Claudette Longet – and she works with these ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
Im-Hotep/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. (reissue)
Amazing sounds from drummer Roy Brooks – very spiritual work that's quite a change from his straighter soul jazz of the 60s! The album's right up there with Roy's better-known (though still rare) live performance at Town Hall – or his classic Free Slave session – and like those ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Charles Stepney

Step On Step
International Anthem, Early 70s.
Maybe the first-ever album to be issued under the name of the great Charles Stepney – even though the artist/musician/producer/songwriter had a huge role in the careers of Chicago contemporaries like Minnie Riperton, Ramsey Lewis, and Earth Wind & Fire! This set brings together ... CD (Soul CD)

La Stelle Di Mario Schifano

Dedicato A (180 gram purple vinyl pressing)
BDS/AMS (Italy), 1967. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most important Italian rock albums of the late 60s – even though it's a set that was virtually lost at the time! In some way, the set's a bit like the first album by The Velvet Underground – in that it was presented by an underground artist, Mario Schifano – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
American grooves go Kingston – as the set features a wonderful assortment of funk and soul classics, all delivered here in reggae-styled versions! The approach is similar to the material featured in the older Reggae Disco collection from Soul Jazz – but the mix of modes here is much ... CD (Reggae CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Early 80s. 3CD
An early 80s set from Cherry Red Records, and one that shows just how important the British label was to the world of post-punk music at the time – as you'll hear from an assortment of tracks that's more than enough to give labels like Factory or Rough Trade a run for their money! Cherry Red ... CD (Rock CD)
Bureau B (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
An even deeper dig into the world of the German underground than the first volume of this series – a set that moves way past some of the bigger cuts of the underground, to pull together a whole host of little gems that we might not have heard otherwise! Some of the cuts here are from rare ... CD (Rock CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2022.
A solo performance from groundbreaking saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, but one that's got sort of a "phantom" partner in Peter Brotzmann – as Mats works here from the boxed set of musical scores that Brotzmann originally created for his Chicago Tentet! Gustafsson plays selections from ... CD (Jazz CD)

Goblin (Simonetti/Pignatelli)

Phenomena (purple vinyl pressing)
AMS/Cinevox (Italy), 1985. Gatefold (reissue)
A seminal Italian horror soundtrack, played by the great Goblin, and created for this totally creepy film by Dario Argento! The band are using a lot of airy keyboards and electronics here – in broad washes of sound filled with evil and darkness, instead of some of the group's usual funkier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. (reissue)
A fantastic meeting of the production genius of Linval Thompson and the instrumental skills of The Revolutionaries – a set of Jamaican studio giants who play in a way that was laidback, yet still pack a hell of a punch! Sly and Robbie are at the core of the rhythms, which is a big element in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Sadayasu Fuji

Like A Child
Victor/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. (reissue)
Way more than just a standard piano trio album from the 70s – thanks partly to the presence of saxophonist Saburo Sato, whose alto really makes a few tunes sparkle nicely here! The album's also got a great asset in the vocals of Kohji Moriyama – the drummer in the trio, but also a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Assagai

Assagai
Vertigo/Cosmic Rock, 1971. (reissue)
An excellent bit of UK Afro-Funk – recorded at the beginning of the 70s by a group that included members of the legendary South African jazz combo The Blue Notes – Dudu Pukwana on reeds, Mongezi Feza on trumpet, and Louis Moholo on drums! The record's quite different than you'd guess ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Sun Ra Arkestra

Living Sky
Strut (UK), 2022.
Really fantastic work from the continuing version of Sun Ra's Arkestra led by Marshall Allen – and an album of rich sophistication that definitely shows the mature version of the group really finding their own sense of voice and spirit! There's a laidback take to the music that partly ... CD (Jazz CD)
Chess/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
The legendary Chess Records is best known as a home to important blues, soul, and gospel records from the postwar years – but back in the 50s, the label also did a pretty great job with the harder side of the rock and roll spectrum too! Maybe that's no surprise, given that the Chess Brothers ... CD (Rock CD)
Soul Bank (UK), 1982. 2CD
A fantastic lost link in the jazz legacy of Hammond hero Brother Jack McDuff – and a set that shows that he was still really kicking it strongly in the clubs during his later years, even if some of his records didn't always have the right groove! As on his 60s live recordings for Prestige ... CD (Jazz CD)

Tomeka Reid & Fred Lonberg-Holm

Eight Pieces For Two Cellos (180 gram pressing)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013.
Tomeka Reid and Fred Lonberg-Holm are two of the most amazing contemporary musicians on cello – yet here, in a set of live duets, they also pay tribute to those who've gone before in jazz territory on the instrument – as they combine their own compositions with those by Sam Jones, Ron ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1981.
An early 80s gem from Aretha Franklin – one of the best of her years at Arista Records, thanks to solid help in the studio from the mighty Arif Mardin! Mardin's in perfect form here – the same blend of older soul and jazzier, more sophisticated styles that he was also bringing to Chaka ... CD (Soul CD)
INA/Transversales Disques (France), 1971.
A tremendous live performance from Ahmad Jamal – one that has the piano genius stretching out on some very long tracks, in a spirit that's similar to the magic he brought to his early 70s records for the Impulse label! As on those, Jamal here also plays a bit of Fender Rhodes – in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. 3CDs
A huge collection of work from funk and soul legend Jimmy Castor – an artist who cut a big number of incredible records for a variety of different labels – almost all of which are in this set! In truth, Jimmy's got a huge legacy in soul that goes back to early years in vocal groups ... CD (Soul CD)
Daptone, 2012. (reissue)
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos of the past few decades! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Fantasy/Craft, 1962.
A beautiful record of light, lyrical piano jazz – and one of the best-selling jazz albums ever on Fantasy Records! Vince Guaraldi started the set as a tribute to the film Black Orpheus – and some of the album features his nice renditions of Jobim/Bonfa tunes like "Manha De ... CD (Jazz CD)
Capitol, 1972.
A really unique later album from Peggy Lee – one that's so different than the brash confidence of her early material, and which shows her really perfecting that boozy, mature sound that she brought to a handful of gems like this! The album's got a truly adult approach to pop that was less ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Epic, 1982. 2CD
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory ... CD (Soul CD)
Capitol/Sundazed, 1968. (reissue)
One of our favorite Christmas albums of the 60s – and a set that's maybe every bit as great as the non-Holiday albums that Buck Owens was cutting for Capitol Records at the time! The title track "Christmas Shopping" is the kind of dated Holiday tune that we really like – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Holiday Music LP)
Trova/RGS (Argentina), 1974.
Brazilian guitarist Sebastiao Tapajos usually records in a relatively mellow mode – but here, he's working with percussive backings from Pedro Dos Santos – who plays a wide variety of instruments, and really adds a lot to the sound of the set! There's kind of a bossa guitar with ... CD (Brazil CD)
Trova/RGS (Argentina), 1972.
Guitarist Sebastiao Tapajos really sounds wonderful here – playing in a spare setting, but a lively one too – thanks to work from percussionist Pedro Dos Santos, who plays a wide variety of instruments that really keep things groovy! There's a feel here that's a bit like some of Baden ... CD (Brazil CD)
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2022. Gatefold
A new kind of love, and a new kind of groove from Ghost Funk Orchestra – one that's deeper than ever before, even though the group is really just the efforts of producer/instrumentalist Seth Applebaum! Yet this time around, he's also got some great female vocals at a few points – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
The great Wanda Jackson is often hailed as a unique early figure in both rock and country music – yet back in the day, Wanda's work didn't occur in a vacuum – as you'll hear in this wonderful collection of cuts! As the title indicates, the set brings together both work that inspired ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Blue Note, 1964. (reissue)
Mindblowing work from pianist Andrew Hill – one of the key records during that short initial run when Blue Note was really giving him a special showcase for his talents – and when the label was dabbling in more avant jazz as part of the "new thing" moment on the scene! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Cosmic Renaissance (Gialuca Petrella)

Universal Language
Schema (Italy), 2022.
A really wonderful project from Gianluca Petrella – one that seems to take all the deeper currents he used in his work with Nicola Conte, and push them even farther here on his own! There's a righteous depth to the record we never would have expected from Petrella a few years before – ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Guts

Estrellas
Heavenly Sweetness (Netherlands), 2022. 2CD
Some of the most beautiful music we've ever heard from Guts – very different than the spare productions of earlier years, thanks to the presence of dozens of guest stars – singers and musicians who help to open up the music with the sounds of Havana and West Africa combined! Most of ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Houston Person

Reminiscing At Rudy's
High Note, 2022.
Tenor giant Houston Person cut many albums over the years at the legendary studios of Rudy Van Gelder – and here, even though Rudy's passed on, Houston's in a very comfortable setting – blowing these wonderfully easygoing-lines on the tenor, with the kind of backing that always seems to ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fantagraphics, 2022.
A massive look at the art behind the music of the great Sun Ra – a selection of images that are almost as important as his sonic creations – given that so many of his records were issued in very small pressings, and often had covers that were handmade! As collectors know, so many of ... Book (Book)
Elektra/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. 4CD
Howard Hewett may have came a bit late on the scene in 80s soul – but by the end of the decade, he really left his mark – as you'll hear on these four classic albums, served up with lots of bonus tracks too! First up is I Commit To Love – an 80s classic from Howard Hewett, and ... CD (Soul CD)
Great Expectations/Cherry Pop (UK), 1983. 2CD
A groundbreaking fusion of Indian styles and 80s pop modes – served up here with the young Sheila Chandra on vocals, and a wonderful blend of sitars, tablas, percussion, and catchy UK electro modes! The album's a great calling card for the post-colonial generation – and maybe has more ... CD (Rock CD)
Light In The Attic, 1965. 2LP Gatefold
Never-heard early sounds from the young Lou Reed – early recordings of material that helped cement his fame in the Velvet Underground – uncovered after being lost for almost 50 years! The tracks here are early demos of both songs that the Velvets would famously soon record, and other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Creative Funk/Clap City (UK), Early 80s. (reissue)
An excellent bit of 80s groove – one that steps along at a sweet midtempo pace, with a great mix of soaring vocals and keyboard lines that really send things over the top! Toni Smith is the singer – a great vocalist who's also known for her work on "Funkin For Jamaica" – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Bobby Hutcherson

Stick-Up (180 gram pressing)
Blue Note, 1966. Gatefold (reissue)
The sticks are up, and Bobby Hutcherson is at the top of his game – hitting a whole new groove here in this sublime session of modal numbers for Blue Note – a slightly warmer set than his more modern albums of the "new thing" years, and a great indication of the directions he'd ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1963. Gatefold (reissue)
An album that's maybe one of the least familiar Blue Note records to most jazz listeners – a set that was barely pressed up at the time, and reissued infrequently – yet which is a tremendous debut as a leader from tenorist Harold Vick! At the time of the album's release, Vick had been ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Wenha/P-Vine (Japan), 1980.
Great later work from Wendell Harrison – a set that has the Tribe Records giant of the 70s taking the sound of the Detroit underground into a whole new vibe! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with some warmer, electric modes – a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Edsel (UK), 1980s. 2LP
Director John Hughes gave the world some pretty great movies back in the 80s – and in most of those movies, music was a very big part of the experience – as Hughes had a way of using just the right songs in just the right moments, and also helped get wider mainstream exposure for some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s.
A really great collection that brings together some of the most hard-rocking tracks from Wanda Jackson's early years on Capitol Records – a time when the singer became an instant legend for her hard-edged way of putting over a tune! At a time when the early rock scene was dominated by male ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Various

C85 (3CD set)
Cherry Red (UK), 1985. 3CD
A great look at a year on the British scene when the final years of post-punk gave way to the kind of indie strengths that would set the tone for years to come – a moment made very famous by the C86 compilation, prefaced here by a new look at work from 1985! There's plenty of influence from ... CD (Rock CD)
Impulse, 2022.
Comet Is Coming are one of those groups who are almost a genre unto themselves – certainly part of the rich criss-crossing of styles that has been taking place on the London scene of the past decade or so – but also a trio who've found a way to forge forward and hold the world at bay ... CD (Jazz CD)

Nat Birchall

Ancient Africa
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2021.
A really beautiful record from reedman Nat Birchall – a solo set, but one that's got the same spiritual flow as his records with a group – as Nat himself handles a number of different instruments over the course of the set, using overdubs to give the whole thing the same spiritual flair ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Matthew Shipp & Mark Helias

New Syntax
Rogue Art (France), 2022.
A really great setting for the piano of Matthew Shipp – a set of duets with bassist Mark Helias, a player who brings out some very different qualities in Shipp's music than his more frequent bass partner, William Parker! Parker actually provides the notes this time around, and has a great ... CD (Jazz CD)
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A great little collection that's maybe the opposite of the long-running tradition of "desert island discs" – in that the music here is hardly essential, but would be plenty of fun to hear if you were trapped alone with nowhere else to go! Think of the set as the darker side of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
20th Century/Varese, 1976. (reissue)
Arguably one of the greatest horror soundtracks ever – an intense bit of work that builds on the vocal choral style of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, using male and female voices in union with staccato orchestrations to invoke a fiercely tense mood – one that works perfectly for the spooky ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Wreck/P-Vine (Japan), 1995. 2LP (reissue)
Essential 90s material from Smif N Wessun – one of those key records that was not only great in and of itself, but also as part of a larger tapestry of top shelf talents finally getting to shine in the spotlight! Previously, Smif N Wessun had shown up on Black Moon's first album – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Tapete (Germany), Late 70s/1980s. 2CDs
A great collection of material that showcases the contributions of female artists in the underground, from the punk years onward – all put together by author Vivien Goldman, who was a big part of that underground at the time! Vivien was partly an artist, but mostly a music journalist – ... CD (Rock CD)
Tapete (Germany), Late 90s/2000s.
A great introduction to the music of a criminally neglected figure in British Pop music – the wonderful Louis Philippe, an artist whose sound was always a bridge between the sunshine pop of the 60s and the smart singer/songwriter sounds of the later British scene! The High Llamas' Sean O'Haga ... CD (Rock CD)

Khari Cabral & Jiva

Five
Splash Blue, 2022.
A long-overdue return for Khari and Jiva – the kind of pairing that first won us over to neo soul many years back – and sounding equally wonderful here! The album begins with a reworking of the James Mason classic "Good Thing" – and it only gets better and better from ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Muriel Grossmann

Universal Code
Dreamland (Austria), 2022.
A fantastic record that not only continues the great blend of sounds that saxophonist Muriel Grossmann has given us in recent years, but also pushes things forward with a stunning combination that really knocks things out of the park! This isn't the first record to feature Muriel with the Hammond ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cavendish/BBE (UK), Mid 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Brilliant funky instrumentals from the UK Cavendish Sound Library – a company who could sometimes recorded more staid music, although that certainly wasn't the case with the gems on this collection! The music is by a handful of British studio talents of the time – most of whom come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Winston Brothers

Drift
Colemine, 2022.
You've never heard of The Winston Brothers before, but their music is definitely familiar – as the group features players from funk combos Mighty Mocambos, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, and Hamburg Spinners – coming together here with an equally great sense of groovy energy! The ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Jiro Inagaki/Akira Ishakawa/Tan Tan/Eddie Ban

Funk Party (2002 Japan Record Day Release)
Sony (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
A heavy funk party from the Japanese jazz scene of the 70s – and a set that hits a lot harder than some of the smoother fusion of the time! There's a grit here that hearkens back to some of the best American jazz funk at the start of the decade – a nice edge that you often don't find ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Captain Oi (UK), 1980. 3CD
1980 wasn't the first year in British punk, but it was definitely a moment when folks were choosing up sides – when some artists were breaking big and going more commercial, while others were tapping into a deeper level of frustration that first got the music going a few years before! This ... CD (Rock CD)

Jazz Clan

Dedication
Gallo/Outernational (UK), 1973. (reissue)
A funky jazz gem from the scene in early 70s South Africa – a record that seems to borrow a lot from the romping rhythms that Hugh Masekela brought to the US in the late 60s, but which also inflects things with a lot more 70s funky energy too! The drums from Jeff Mpete are great on most ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Mid 70s.
One of the first-ever collections to focus on the very groovy music of Jimmy Salcedo – the Colombian creator who's maybe best known for his work for Elia and Elizabeth – but who maybe sounds even cooler here at the head of his own group! Onda Tres often have a criss-crossing of vocal ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Challenge/Freestyle (UK), Early 80s.
Funky electro work from the British scene of the early 70s – material that was all issued on the Challenge indie label at the time, and which really shows the UK love of keyboards, basslines, and sweet electro styles! The beats borrow plenty from the generation of breakdance, but the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Advancement

Advancement
Philips/Cosmic Rock, 1969. (reissue)
Dreamy instrumental work by this one-off combo – a group that includes members of Bill Plummer's Cosmic Brotherhood and Gabor Szabo's late 60s band – all coming together with styles that are even more exotic than those ensembles! The style here is often quite laidback – a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers, & Others

Psychedelic Picnic – A Breath Of Fresh Air (silver vinyl pressing)
Harvest/Future Shock (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
A very cool collection of early work on Harvest Records – a wonderful showcase of the way that branch of EMI Records was helping to create some crucial changes on the UK scene at the start of the 70s! The album's maybe most noteworthy for its inclusion of the rare Pink Floyd song "Embryo ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
CD...$8.99 11.99
A cool collection of caveman-themed rockers from the glory days of the 7" single – music that's very much in the same mad spirit as the monster rock records of the time – and which is served up here in a similar blend of echoey instrumentals, guitar-heavy groovers, and a mix of ... CD (Rock CD)
Loma Vista, 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A beautiful revolution from Common – a set that's maybe got more of a message than most of his music of the past decade – but which also comes across with a more interesting musical palette as well! Part of the album's sound comes from heavy contributions from PJ – singer Paris ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Warner (Japan), 1983. (reissue)
That's a great 80s sense of design on the cover, and the album's got a nice sort of 80s vibe too – a bit more drum machine beats, basslines, and keyboards than work by some of the jazzier city pop artists of the time – a mode that really seems to bring out the best in the vocals of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Japanese LP)
Blue Note, 2012. 2CD
The start of an amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one that would soon set the tone for a number of other records to come! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and ... CD (Jazz CD)
S'Plat, 2022.
The original soundtrack to Trouble Man is nothing short of a masterpiece – a full-on moment of studio genius from Marvin Gaye, right in the middle of his classic 70s run – a record that's given a fantastic new treatment here by Lo Res, who delivers exactly what's promised in the title! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Almighty & Insane Books, 2022.
A wonderful look at a lost, secret side of the house music scene in Chicago – rare flyers and posters that were used to draw people into the sort of underground events that really helped the music blossom in the Windy City – maybe the only lasting document of musical moments that built ... Book (Book)

Sprung Aus Den Wolken

Sprung Aus Den Wolken
Faux Pas/Bureau B (Germany), 1982.
The really great debut album from Sprung Aus Den Wolken – a group who got a bit more tuneful in later years, but who here are still very much at the forefront of the early German industrial scene! The set is full of noise, and vocals that are spoken more than sung – yet also is never ... CD (Rock CD)
Buh (Peru), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Three really different soundtrack selections from Peruvian composer Luis David Aguilar – each of which is heavy in familiar elements from his scene, but which also really takes things to newly sophisticated territory too! The first half of the set features the 1983 score for El Viento Del ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Ezra Collective

Where I'm Meant To Be
Partisan, 2022. 2LP
Ezra Collective are a group who've been burning up the British scene so much in recent years, they've barely had time to give us a full length album – a situation that's more than corrected by this well-done set! The combo are often tied to some of the best jazz experiments in London of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1988. 2LP Gatefold
A mighty nice late life concert from tenor genius Eddie Harris – and one that has a number of moments that remind us just how special Eddie could be in the right setting! The group here is a bit unusual in that it has a guitar in the lineup instead of a piano – Darryl Thompson on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Balka Sound

Son Du Balka
Strut (UK), 1980s. 2LP Gatefold
A long-overdue collection of work by Balka Sound – an important 80s group from Brazzaville, and one whose name evokes their style of music – a sound based in folksy roots, but which is updated here with electric guitar and bass, next to lively percussion and really great vocals! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Wutrio

Wutrio
Thein/BBE (UK), 1987.
An overlooked gem from the German scene of the 80s – at a time when the prog and free jazz experiments of the previous decade had calmed down a bit, yet German musicians were still coming up with lots of new and amazing ideas! Here, there's definitely a bit of inspiration from Brazilian ... CD (Jazz CD)

Graffiti

Graffiti
ABC/Sundazed, 1968.
One of those really unusual, almost unlikely albums that were issued by the ABC label at the end of the 60s – the kind of record that shouldn't have gotten such exposure on such a big label, which meant that it was promptly ignored in terms of promotion – yet somehow went on to become ... CD (Rock CD)
King/Universal (Japan), 1970.
The last, and most obscure of James Brown's Christmas albums of the King years – and quite possibly the hippest too! Given that James is shouting "Hey America" in the title, he's clearly going for a righteous and semi-political tone on the set – singing Holiday tunes, but ... CD (Holiday Music CD)

Latin Brothers

El Picotero
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1974. (reissue)
A record with a cover that's a lot more hard-hitting than some of the later global efforts from The Latin Brothers – and one with a sound that definitely matches that image too! There's a raw sound here that's right in keeping with the best of Discos Fuentes at the time – music that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Hat Art (Switzerland), Mid 60s.
Two classic 60s albums from pianist Andrew Hill – back to back in a single set! First up is Point Of Departure – mindblowing work from pianist Andrew Hill – one of the key records during that short initial run when Blue Note was really giving him a special showcase for his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
A stunning look at the early years of the Jamaican music scene – tracks from the years before ska, rocksteady, and reggae really took over – but which really helped set the scene for years to come! All the work here is from the hands of Duke Reid – soon to be known for his famous ... CD (Reggae CD)
Sun, 1962. (reissue)
An obscure soul set on the legendary Sun Records label – raw vocals from Frank Ballard, done in a style that still has a few older R&B currents in the mix, but which is definitely pointed strongly towards a 60s groove! Backings are by the band of tenorist Phillip Reynolds, and the sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Wau Wau Collectif

Mariage
Sahel Sounds, 2022.
Maybe an even more compelling album than the debut set from Wau Wau Collectif – as this record continues the cultural crossroads of the first, but at a level that feels even more joyous and ambitious! Traditional elements like the balafon and kora are mixed with more contemporary production, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Tabu/Universal (Japan), 1985.
Sweet 80s grooves from Cherrelle – a set that really has the singer cooking strongly with the production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – complete with all the heavy beats you might expect! Jam and Lewis borrow plenty of bottom sounds from the styles of hip hop and electro, and do a ... CD (Soul CD)
Hotlanta/Octave (Japan), 1978. (reissue)
An incredible record from the southern scene of the 70s – a really unique set that's filled with righteous soul touches, and which really stands out from most other southern soul of the time! The feel here is often in a cosmic mode with plenty of jazz at the bottom – a sound that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

David Boykin Expanse All Stars

Live At Unnamed Club
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2022.
We're not sure why David Boykin couldn't name the club for this performance – as the set's every bit as great as his other live recordings in other venues, and is a testament to the continuing development of this underground saxophone giant of the 21st century! The group is a quartet, with ... CD (Jazz CD)

Bridget St John

Jumblequeen
Our Swimmer (Germany), 1974. (reissue)
Post-Dandelion work by British singer Bridget St John – an album that's a bit more straightforward than some of her earlier work, but still pretty darn great! Bridget still sings and plays guitar in a relatively folksy way – but there's a tighter focus here than before – a sense ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Carlos Franzetti

Grafitti
Jazz Room (UK), 1977. (reissue)
An amazing little record from keyboardist Carlos Franzetti – a set that blends together jazz, Latin, and club influences from the 70s – all together in one totally unique sort of sound! The album's got a vibe that's incredibly soulful – filled with rhythms and changes that are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Elektra/Strut (UK), 1984. 2LP (reissue)
Sweet sounds from the lovely lady – one of Patrice Rushen's last truly great albums, and a masterpiece of 80s groove with lots of jazzy touches! The keyboard sound has evolved a bit here – compressed with more electronic percussion than on Patrice's earlier records, but still done with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Sundazed, Early 60s.
The Trashmen are best-remembered for one crazy classic – the legendary "Surfin Bird", one of those old 45s that never gets old – yet the group also have a heck of a lot more to offer, as you'll hear in this well-done set that really captures their magic in all of its glory! ... CD (Rock CD)
Light In The Attic, 1965.
Never-heard early sounds from the young Lou Reed – early recordings of material that helped cement his fame in the Velvet Underground – uncovered after being lost for almost 50 years! The tracks here are early demos of both songs that the Velvets would famously soon record, and other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Blue Note, 2022. 2LP Gatefold
Although Blue Note is probably one of the most iconic record labels on the planet, the company's also done a great job of reinventing itself as the years go on – always showing that they've still got an ear for the same sort of new talent that made Blue Note so important back in the day! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
K7 (Germany), 2022. 2CDs
A very different entry in the DJ Kicks series than usual – as Theo Parrish has created a whole new set of exclusive tracks – working with his underground contemporaries to make a record that's bristling with energy at every twist and turn! And although this series usually comes across ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Elektra/Strut (UK), 1978. 2LP (reissue)
A sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her earlier years at Prestige – working in some surprisingly great vocals next to tight lines on Fender Rhodes, synth, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Union/Cinedelic (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
A Japanese take on the sound of late 60s Woodstock – one that kind of takes all the best songs from the famous festival, then distills them into a batch of short, tight, funky jazz instrumentals! The approach is very cool – more funky than hippie, especially since the album begins with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Continental/Tres Selos (Brazil), 1972. Gatefold
Wonderful 70s work from Tom Ze! The record's a bit more straightforward than some of his other records from the decade, and has a number of tracks with a samba sound at the base – but there's more than enough fantastic material to keep the record fresh, and Tom's writing is as great as ever. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Blue Note, 1995. 2LP (reissue)
The Blue Note debut of guitarist Charlie Hunter – a set that introduced Hunter's talents on the strings to a much larger audience at the time – and one that also really helped Blue Note get back into the business of funky jazz! The approach is nice and lean – a core trio with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Early 70s. 2CDs
An essential look at one of the less-exposed sides of Krautrock during the early 70s – not the bigger-name progressive rock acts from the West German scene, who often got a fair bit of global exposure – but the much more obscure groups who were working behind the Iron Curtain in East ... CD (Rock CD)
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1983.
A massively wonderful album from Dayton – an album that has the group really getting their groove together – still sticking a bit in the older funk mode from the past, but also bringing in some warmer, deeper touches to their music too! There's a solidness here that's undeniable – ... CD (Soul CD)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1961.
Never-issued material from modern jazz giant Joe Harriott – and a set of tracks that stands strongly next to his classic albums Free Form and Abstractions! The energy of those records is definitely present here – as Harriott's late 50s hardbop styles are taking shape with more modern ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/1970s. 6CD
A long-overdue package – one that finally brings together all the many strands of music from underground Cali rock legend Merrell Fankhauser! CD1 features some of Merrell's earliest music – a host of early singles by Merrell & The Exiles, some of which were issued on the Glenn and ... CD (Rock CD)

Frank Wright Trio

Frank Wright Trio
ESP, 1965. (reissue)
A freewheeling workout in the classic ESP mode – tenor saxophonist Frank Wright's first album as a leader, and a majestic little session that easily stands alongside the best from Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp at the time! The format here is a bit like that of Ayler's ESP work – as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
RCA/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Four of the more obscure RCA albums from the great Bobby Bare – all brought together here in a single set! First up is the very unusual English Countryside album – a special set that has the vocals of Bobby Bare paired with a group from the UK – Liverpool's Hillsiders, who sing ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Solid Groove/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
The final album from Tradition, and a set that's very different than some of their earlier work – but in a way that really makes the record a standout in their catalog! The group here are billed as Tradition Featuring Paul Thompson – and keyboardist Thompson is really the strongest ... CD (Reggae CD)
Elektra/Strut (UK), 1979. 2LP (reissue)
Brilliant work from Patrice Rushen – one of the records that not only helped break her out of the jazz funk ghetto, and right into the mainstream – but a set that also had a pretty profound influence on the progression of soul in the early 80s! Rushen sings as well as plays keyboards ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Tabu/Universal (Japan), 1984.
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on ... CD (Soul CD)
Mustevic Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), 1977.
An album that captures a live radio performance from the legendary drummer Steve Reid – but one that's every bit as important to his legacy as his studio work of the time! If anything, there might be an even more powerfully spontaneous vibe to this record than the rest – with just ... CD (Jazz CD)
Guinness/Big Pink (South Korea), 1977.
A rare batch of funky soul on the notorious Guinness label – the same company that gave the world the two fantastic albums by Newban – and somehow also managed to issue this gem of a set too! The vibe is similar to Newban – well-crafted upbeat soul that isn't really disco, but ... CD (Soul CD)
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981.
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but ... CD (Soul CD)

Tom Skinner

Voices Of Bishara
International Anthem/Nonesuch, 2022.
The first album as a leader from drummer Tom Skinner, but a set that instantly marks him as a player to watch – as the set's got a great vibe all the way through, and a combination of elements that's even greater than the sum of its parts! And the parts are pretty mighty, too – as the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1970.
Some of the greatest work we've ever heard from legendary British guitarist Ray Russell – a set that was not issued to the public at the time, but recorded especially for the BBC – and with a sound that's every bit as striking as his famous albums for CBS! There's maybe a slightly more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. 5LPs
LP...$105.99 112.99
A huge package of work that finally brings the rare Nigerian albums of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah to a much larger global audience – all beautifully brought together with a booklet that pays tribute to Oshomah, with contributions from his family – and sound quality that's a heck of a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

That Holiday Feeling (with bonus tracks)
Columbia/Real Gone, Mid 60s.
Nobody does the Holidays like Steve & Eydie – serving up the goods with that perfect blend of swing and schmaltz that sounds great during the eleven other months of the year, but somehow sounds especially nice at Christmas! Maybe it's the way they interact – which reminds us a lot ... CD (Holiday Music CD)

Frank Wright

Your Prayer
ESP, 1967. (reissue)
Frank Wright's second album for ESP, and a bit more of a group effort than his first – recorded with an expanded lineup that points the way towards some of the French scene on BYG a few years later – with Jacques Coursil on trumpet, Arthur Jones on alto, Steve Tintweiss on bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Wagram (France), Early 70s.
The diggin comes easy when you know where to start – and that's definitely the case here, in a set funky nuggets from the 70s – some well-known, some more obscure, and all working together to make for a mighty tight little collection! There's a number of tracks here from the Miami ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Alfredo Linares

El Pito
Mag/Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s. (reissue)
The title track's a great Latin soul classic originally cut by Joe Cuba – but Peruvian pianist Alfredo Linares more than makes it his own here – as he takes off strongly in a range of tight combo grooves! There's as much descarga jazz going on here as Latin soul – and the whole ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Carmen Lundy

Fade To Black
Afrasia, 2022.
A really majestic album from the great Carmen Lundy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time, and one of the few who've just kept growing and changing as the years move on! As with all her recent records, Lundy put the whole thing together herself – a tremendous effort as a ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Mike Makhalemele

Kabuzela
Gallo/Outernational (UK), 1979. (reissue)
A stunning bit of Afro Disco from the South African scene of the late 70s – a record that almost seems to take on the interesting longform styles of earlier West African music, and fuse them with a tighter funky New York groove! All tracks here really stretch out, and have some great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1962.
A key early album from reedman Roland Kirk – at set that really has him strongly finding his voice in jazz, and transforming most of modern music in the process! The set's a perfect illustration of the way that Roland could swing with soul, yet still reach out with bold new ideas too – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Yep Roc, Mid 60s.
If you never went to Skippy White's record store in Boston, you really missed a hell of a shop – a surprisingly great outlet for rare and underground soul, located way up in New England – and a place that was giving the world wonderful music over the course of many decades! Back in the ... CD (Soul CD)
GNP, 1954.
Unissued material from Muddy Waters – recording here at the legendary Shrine Auditorium, far from his Chicago home – but with a killer group that also includes Jimmy Rogers on second guitar, Otis Spann on piano, and Little George on harmonica! Gene Norman taped the concert back in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A whole host of rare cuts from the original Kent Records label in LA – the 60s follow-up to the famous Crown/Modern/RPM imprint of the postwar years – a set of labels that gave the world plenty of amazing R&B tracks in the 50s! Here, Kent is going more for a 60s groove overall, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Cuca/Numero, 1964. (reissue)
A never-issued full length set by the oddly-named soul duo of Birdlegs & Pauline – a pair who released one killer single on early 60s Vee Jay Records, but left behind a whole slew of other great songs too! At some level, the pair are taking off from male/female duets of the R&B years ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Eduardo Araujo & Silvina

Sou Filho Desse Chao
Beverly/Psico BR (Spain), 1976. (reissue)
Eduardo Araujo cut some more soul-based music in Brazil during the 60s – but here, he's weaving together all different strands and styles – going for a blend that both takes on rootsier modes, but also has some of the fuzzier rock-based elements of the post-Tropicalia years too – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Dusk Fire (180 gram pressing)
Columbia/Jazzman (UK), 1966. (reissue)
A great group gets even better – as the legendary pairing of tenorist Don Rendell and trumpeter Ian Carr is joined by pianist Michael Garrick – who was really helping to shape the sound of British jazz at the time! The album's only the second from the Rendell/Carr Quintet, but it's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

George Riley

Running In Waves
PLZ Make It Ruins, 2022.
London singer George Riley has been making some great waves in the underground, and this full length set is her full flowering as one of the soul artists to watch in years to come – a record that's really stripped bare in terms of production – sometimes with so few elements on a tune ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Misha Panfilov

Plan X
Funk Night, 2022.
A special sort of project from the great Misha Panfilov, but one that's very much in line with the psychedelic sound of his funky 45s – as the set here is all instrumental, and features tracks recorded by Misha for a stage performance! Yet this is hardly familiar soundtrack music – as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Messengers Incorporated

Soulful Proclamation
P-Vine (Japan), Late 70s. (reissue)
Ultra-hip funk from Oklahoma's Messengers Incorporated – a group who come across with a sound that's every bit as righteous and heavy as you might guess from the cover! Instrumentation is heavy on bass, guitar, and organ – and topped with some great saxophone work too – all in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Blue Note, 1968. (reissue)
A really great later Blue Note session from Stanley Turrentine – a small combo set that's almost a return to the format of earlier years! The group's a strong one – and features Shirley Scott on organ, Jimmy Ponder on guitar, and Idris Muhammad on drums – playing in a style that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Yellow Racket, 2022.
Brazilian singer Momo might well be taking the title of this album seriously – as the whole thing's got a nicely stripped-down vibe that's somehow even more powerful than before – like those mid 70s moments when Cateano Veloso dropped out some of the instrumentation, and let all the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2022.
Don't let the title confuse you, as it's not the 1920s, but the 2020s – a fresh set of original material all penned by tenorist Chris Byars, and delivered here with a very rhythmic groove! There's a wonderful four horn frontline to the set – Byars on tenor, Zaid Nasser on alto, Stefano ... CD (Jazz CD)

Busta Rhymes

When Disaster Strikes
Elektra, 1997. 2LP (reissue)
A record that really has Busta Rhymes coming into his own – taking all those charms that had been bubbling in the underground through years of guest appearances, and finding a way to really shine in the light of the mainstream! The album's not Busta's first solo effort, but has a sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Los Dementes

Manicomio A Locha
Velvet/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1967. (reissue)
Early genius from Venezuelan pianist Ray Perez – an artist who's clearly taking a lot of inspiration from the small combo Latin of Joe Cuba's mid 60s work – and turns out a hell of a record that could match the best sounds of the New York scene at the time! There's a lean, raw energy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Mt Zion/Numero, 1971. (reissue)
A soul record we'd put up there with some of our favorites produced in Chicago during the early 70s – a gospel album from Pastor TL Barrett, but one that's gone on to legendary status among funk and soul collectors over the years! Barrett works here with his Youth For Christ Choir, of Mt. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel LP)
Sunset Blvd, Early 70s. 2CDs
A double-length package of work that brings together some lesser-known gems from this great New Orleans soul singer! CD1 features material from the early 70s, mostly from a comeback album, plus some other tracks – all put together with some rock-solid help from legendary producer Allen ... CD (Soul CD)
Beat (Italy), 1970.
One of the grooviest spaghetti western scores we've ever heard – penned for an early collaboration between Terence Hill and Bud Spencer! The main theme "Trinity" starts off with some cool vocal backing by Alessandro Alessandroni's I Cantori Moderni, singing underneath the English-la ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1975. 2CD
A killer album from Soft Machine – one that's maybe a bit tighter and more rock oriented at times than the jazz workouts of their previous numbered albums – although still all instrumental, and with the kind of top-shelf instrumentation that we've always loved from the group! This time ... CD (Rock CD)

Lee Fields

Sentimental Fool
Daptone, 2022.
The great thing about Lee Fields is that he just keeps on giving – giving us the sort of deep soul music that first caught our ears back when he was recording in near obscurity for a small southern label – and which has finally gotten the attention it deserves in recent decades! Lee's ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
RCA, 1972.
Not the first solo album from Lou Reed, but definitely the one that established him as a major force away from the Velvet Underground – and a record that still stands as one of the best from this groundbreaking early 70s moment in music! Part of the record's strength is its resonance with ... CD (Rock CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s.
A well-done set that really goes past the obvious choices of cuts from the early years of the UK punk scene – much more indie and obscure than some of the other collections of this nature – with a very deep dig into the world of the 7" single! The gems within are partially ... CD (Rock CD)

Sudan Archives

Natural Brown Prom Queen
Stones Throw, 2022.
Sudan Archives looks a lot hipper on the cover than any prom queen we ever had in high school – and on this amazing set, she sounds a heck of a lot better than any of them did too! The album's maybe the full flowering of all the promise that Sudan gave us the last time around – a rich ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon

Small Small
Wah Wah 45s (UK), 2022.
A nice update of older Ghanian modes – as Isaac Birituro mixes his beautiful work on the balafon with some more contemporary rhythms and vocals – all at a level that's nicely different from other recent work in an Afro Funk mode! The woody sounds of the core instrument make for a nice ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Pharoah Sanders

Shukuru (180 gram pressing)
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1985. (reissue)
Beautiful later work from Pharoah Sanders – a sublime session from his years at Teresa Records – a time when he was putting over his music in a way that was different than the early years on Impulse, but still strongly spiritual in its own sort of way! Sanders' tone is tremendous, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Sundazed, Mid 60s.
A 60s Cali group named The Pyramids, but one who might have been named The Monks instead – given that all their members shaved their heads, while also delivering a razor-sharp version of guitar-heavy surf rock! The Pyramids may not have been the biggest name on the west coast scene at the ... CD (Rock CD)
Wreck/P-Vine (Japan), 1993. 2LP (reissue)
The legendary debut of Black Moon – one of those records that was slept on by the mainstream at the time, but which has gone on to be an undeniable part of hip hop history as the years moved on! The group are part of that great second wave of young east coast talent who really set this edge, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1972.
A beautiful little record from Sun Ra and the orchestra – and a set that really lives up to its evocative cover and title! The album features Ra on "intergalactic space organ" – an instrument that may well be a conventional version of the organ, but which is handled with some ... CD (Jazz CD)
Continental/Tres Selos (Brazil), 1978. Gatefold (reissue)
One of those impossible to find records by Tom Ze from the 70s – and well worth the search! The record has Ze working in a slightly more conventional mode – with a mix of styles that ranges from spare percussive tracks, to others that have a smoother production style, but still a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Don Rendell

Odysseus Suite
British Progressive Jazz (UK), 1970.
A brilliant lost album from British reedman Don Rendell – an unreleased 1970 session that was done after his famous 60s work with trumpeter Ian Carr – and a set that is every bit as modern and far-reaching as those well-known classics! As you might guess from the title, the album's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ogun/OTOroku (UK), 1987. (reissue)
A beautiful record – although one that's tinged with a touch of sadness, given the setting. In what was becoming an unfortunate tradition in their later years, the remaining members of the legendary South African jazz group The Blue Notes join together to mourn the passing of one of their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

John White

Night People
Geffen/Universal (Japan), 1987.
John White may not be the biggest name in 80s soul, but he comes on strong in this overlooked set – a catchy batch of tunes that stands out nicely from his contemporaries! There's plenty of beats and keyboards in the backings, but John's got a deep-ranged vocal style that creates plenty of ... CD (Soul CD)
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s.
The Nigerian scene has given us plenty of music over the decades – and while the scene in the 70s was best known for heavy funk and crossover club, it also really resonated strongly with some new spiritual currents as well! One of the shining stars of that moment was Alhaji Waziri Oshomah ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1960s/1970s. 2LP
A deep dive into the heady world of Colombian music – a really special place of criss-crossing cultural modes, as befits the nation's place in the South American scene! The work here is all from the catalog of the legendary Discos Fuentes – a label whose depths are only getting fully ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Torbjorn Zetterberg

Opinions (180 gram pressing)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2022.
We love the work of Torbjorn Zetterberg as a bassist – but here, he shows us a completely different side of his talents, as he works on a whole host of unlikely instruments, some of them electric – to craft an album that's unlike anything else he's ever given us before! And yet, the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 2021.
A really great tribute to the trumpeter Kenny Wheeler – a set of work based on his own compositions, put together by bassist Chris Laurence, at a level that really gets at the subtle genius of his conception of sound! The "gnu" in the title is a reference to some of Kenny's 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Congotronics International

Where's The One (with bonus download)
Crammed (Belgium), 2022. 2LP Gatefold
A set that really pushes the Congotronics world a lot farther than before – as the record features a supergroup that includes previous artists in the project, both Konono No 1 and Kasai All Stars – working here with extra help from Deerhoof, Juana Molina, and Wildbirds & Peacedrums ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Jeffrey Osborne

Stay With Me Tonight
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1983.
A pivotal album for Jeffrey Osborne – and a record that showed the world that he could stand proudly on his own away from his old group LTD! The album was actually his second solo outing, but the first to really gel together in that hit-making blend of ballads and catchy mid-tempo pop tunes ... CD (Soul CD)
Blue Note, 1965. (reissue)
Oh Baby is right – as the album's one of the best Blue Note albums by Hammond legend Big John Patton – a perfect mix of funky organ and burning hardbop! The tracks hare are all originals penned for the album – mostly by Patton, but also by other group members – the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1958/1962.
The charms of Yves Montand come through strongly in the image on the cover – and they definitely come through strongly in the performance on the album – a well-recorded 1962 concert that has Montand's vocals backed with a bit of piano, guitar, and accordion – nicely intimate, but ... CD (French CD)

Wganda Kenya

Africa 5000
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1975. (reissue)
Wganda Kenya were one of the most unique groups to record for the Discos Fuentes label in the 70s – and they were maybe also one of the coolest, too – as they never stopped in their pursuit of a groove, and were always able to mix together so many different styles at once! This gem of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Numero, Mid 80s. 2LP & book
An assortment of tracks from that time in the LA scene when both the hair and guitar solos got longer, and the music stepped from raw punk to proto-metal – yet still somehow managed to keep its edge! In a way, you could think of these tracks as being by metal kids who were raised on punk ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Just Sunshine/Tidal Waves, 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
Mellow soul, sweeping strings, and sweet electric keys – a stone 70s classic from Norman Feels – one of the greatest soul singers you've never heard before! The album's Norman's first (of two), and is a vastly under-recognized gem – the kind of record that easily stands next to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Dany & Didier Doriz/Michel & Cesar Pastre

Fathers & Sons – The Lionel Hampton/Illinois Jacquet Ceremony
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2022.
A tight small combo set that celebrates that classic moment when tenorist Illinois Jacquet was part of the band of vibist Lionel Hampton – served up here by a quartet that features the great Danny Doriz on vibes and Michel Pastre on tenor – offering up a nicely lean take on the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Virgin, 2010s. 2LP
We've loved The Liminanas right from the start – and although contemporary, they've got their own way of channeling some of our favorite moments of the past, and coming up with something really new – a blend of fuzz guitar, romping rhythms, and wicked French vocals that sound a heck of ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)

Shamek Farrah & Norman Person

Shamek Farrah & Norman Person Live
Heritage Industries/BBE (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s.
Saxophonist Shamek Farrah is best known for a pair of legendary 70s albums on the Strata East label – but he was still working strongly in the American jazz underground for years after that – as you'll hear on this brilliant batch of live recordings from the end of the 80s! The album ... CD (Jazz CD)
De-Lite/Edsel (UK), 1970s. 11CD
CD...$109.99 139.99
The massive second chapter of Kool & The Gang – tracks from a time when the funky legends didn't falter at all, and instead reinvented themselves for a whole new generation! In the earlier part of the 70s, Kool & The Gang had already mastered the funky 45 and set the groundwork for ... CD (Soul CD)
Som Livre/Far Out (UK), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Svart (Finland), 1980s/Early 90s.
A sweet little collection that goes way past the disco in the title – but maybe that's what you'd expect, give that most of the music is from the post-disco generation of the 80s! There's still plenty of clubby elements in the music, but the artists here have really taken off from late 70s ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. (reissue)
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Various

Brunswick Funk
Brunswick/Demon (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The funkier sound of Brunswick Records – mostly tracks taken from that second generation of the label, when they were operating out of studios in Chicago, and coming up with as many cool cuts as you'd find on Chess Records at the time! There's a really freewheeling approach to the music here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Grapefruit (UK), 1973. 3CD
A killer set, and one that's way more than the just the pop or prog you might guess from the title – as the 65 tracks in the huge package really do a great job of showing the many different strands of music that were flowing through the British scene in 1973! There's definitely some shorter, ... CD (Rock CD)

Daniel Carter/Matthew Shipp/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver

Welcome Adventure Vol 2
577, 2022.
One of those records that just makes us say "wow" right from the very first note – a perfect showcase for all musicians involved, and a really mighty meeting of the creative minds! We've really loved the strong return to form that Matthew Shipp has given us on piano in recent years ... CD (Jazz CD)

Makaya McCraven

In These Times
International Anthem/Nonesuch, 2022.
Maybe the most majestic album that Makaya McCraven has recorded to date – and that's really saying a lot, given the power of his music on previous records! This time around, the group is large, and the performance is more organic than some of the more mixed/produced sessions that Makaya has ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1956. Gatefold (reissue)
Early genius from Kenny Burrell – a set that features the guitarist sounding beautiful in a variety of settings, all of them great! The format really mixes things up nicely – almost showing a more diverse Kenny than in later years – as one track is solo, and the others feature ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Sundazed, Mid 70s.
The fantastic lost legacy of The Harlots Of 42nd Street – a cross-dressing group who were Manhattan contemporaries of the New York Dolls, but who never got their best shot at fame! If anything, the group's lyrics are grittier than the Dolls – more in the streetwise/street scene mode of ... CD (Rock CD)
Heavenly Sweetness/Pura Vida (France), 2022. 2LP Gatefold
The first-ever solo album from Kweku of Ghana – who you've likely heard as KOG on projects with Nubiyan Twist, Onipa, and others – really sounding great here with a colorful vibe that really fits the image on the cover! The rhythms percolate nicely throughout – lean beats mixed ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

William Parker

Universal Tonality
Centering, 2002. 2CDs
A majestic large group performance from bassist William Parker – one that was recorded near the start of the century, and with a large lineup that mixes jazz luminaries with up and coming musicians, and spiritual sounds with global elements – all at level that makes the album one of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974.
A great bit of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the few albums as a leader recorded by the legendary bassist Cecil McBee! Cecil's joined here by a large group of players that includes Billy Hart on drums, George Adams on tenor, Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano, Jimmy Hopps on percussion, Art Webb ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Widows Taste/Omnivore, 1981. 2CD
A double-length live set from Art Pepper – recorded quite late in his all-too-short life, but a really wonderful batch of material that shows he was still burning strong near the end! As with other Pepper material of this vintage, the tracks are all nice and long – very open and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Orfeo/Little Butterfly (Uruguay), 1989. (reissue)
The final album from Eduardo Mateo – an artist who had a huge impact on the world of music in his native Uruguay, where he continued to push forward in different styles from the late 60s onwards, always with a legacy that was years ahead of its time! This is Eduardo's final record, and it's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s.
A really classic look at the legendary catalog of Studio One Records – one that not only offers up a special focus on the female artists who recorded for the label, but also really shows the wide span of sounds that Studio One created over the years! There's work here from the early ... CD (Reggae CD)

Charles Williams

Love Is A Very Special Thing
EMI/Svart (Finland), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
Finnish soul by an American singer – not the same Charles Williams that you might know from 70s jazz funk albums – but an even earlier talent, really shining brightly here in a soulful Scandinavian setting! The album's a really lost rare groove treasure – a record that almost has ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Tsutchie/Force Of Nature

Samurai Champloo – Masta
KO Records/Flying Dog (Japan), 2004. 2LP (reissue)
Heavy sounds from two key forces on the Japanese scene at the start of the century – both united here in a fantastic batch of instrumentals for Samurai Champloo! The work at times almost feels as if there's been a return Pacific journey of some of the elements that influenced the Wu-Tang ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Blue Note, 1962. Gatefold (reissue)
Guitar genius Grant Green is definitely feelin the spirit here – as he mixes his lean 60s style with a host of traditional numbers from the spiritual canon – at a level that provided a whole new sense of soul at the time! There was plenty of music influenced by gospel during the decade ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Kalevala Orchestra

Abraham's Blue Refrain
Hi Hat/Svart (Finland), 1977.
An overlooked gem from Finnish hard rock powerhouse Kalavala – renamed here as an Orchestra, but still working with the lean, sharp sound of their previous two albums! There's a nice evolution here from the earlier sound of the Scandia scene – maybe a bit of northern inspiration thrown ... CD (Rock CD)
Candid (UK), 1961. (reissue)
There's nothing Straight Ahead about this record – as the album's one of the first bold statements of modernism from Abbey Lincoln – and the kind of set that builds nicely from the vocal experiments she was doing with Max Roach at the time! The group here is almost one of those ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Pinata – 1984 Version
Madlib Invazion, 2021.
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Maha

Orkos
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1979.
A very groovy set that was recorded in Cairo at the end of the 70s – vocals by Maha, a singer who'd worked with the Egyptian Jazz Band of Salah Ragab – but done here in a style that's very different than the work of that group! There's some nice funky tracks on the record, mixed with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Timeless/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1989. 2LP (reissue)
One of the best later albums by French tenor genius Barney Wilen – a true gem that's far better than the title might indicate! The tunes, as you might guess, are all themes from French films – stretching back to the late 50s jazz/new wave days, when Wilen recorded on a few brilliant ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Coloursound Library/Be With (UK), 1981. (reissue)
Drummer Klaus Weiss gave the world some great funk and jazz in the 70s, but on this early 80s set, he's in a nicely different mode – using a fair bit of (then) contemporary keyboards along with his rhythms – at a level that ties this sound library work into some of the same shift in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Heikki Sarmanto Ensemble

New Hope Jazz Mass (with bonus tracks)
Finlandia/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1978.
A heavenly blend of jazz and spiritual modes – one of the best jazz mass projects of the 70s, presented here with bonus alternate takes as well! Pianist Heikki Sarmanto composed the work, and leads the core instrumental group on piano – often working in a sweet modal style with help ... CD (Jazz CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1970s/Early 80s.
The first-ever collection to look at the lost sound library work of Ezy Minus – born Enzo Minuti, and a very self-contained talent who worked out of his own Studio 67 on the scene in Bologna! There's a scope of material here that's really great, and a bit different than some more familiar ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Lorenzo Morresi & Tenderlonious

Cosmica Italiana
22A (UK), 2022.
British reedman Ed "Tenderlonious" Cawthorne is a player who always seems to give us something fresh and different with each new release – and this time around, he's teamed up with Lorenzo Morresi for a great take on the territory of Italian sound library grooves of years past! The ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

AB Spellman, Larry Neal, & Amiri Baraka, eds

Cricket – Black Music In Evolution 1968/1969
Jihad/Blank Forms, 2022.
A beautiful recreation of this legendary and short-lived publication – a key voice from the black underground of the late 60s – and one that was a very different look at jazz than the mainstream world of Downbeat! Amiri Baraka was one of the founders and editors, and issued the ... Book (Book)
Bronze/Iconoclassic, 1982. 2CD
A great little record from The Damned – even if the set does have them very far away from their punkish roots! Yet like some of the best of their contemporaries, the group grew up fast – shed a bit of anger, learned how to play their instruments, and really developed a way with a tune ... CD (Rock CD)

Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari

Grounation
New Dimension/Soul Jazz (UK), 1972. 2CD
An amazing record, and one of the most spiritual, righteous sets to ever come from Jamaica in the 70s – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that scene at the time! The vibe here is really rootsy, and almost more spiritual jazz than reggae – with lots of spare percussion from Count ... CD (Reggae CD)

Steve Marcus/Sonny Sharrock/Miroslav Vitous/Daniel

Green Line
RCA/Life Goes On (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
A really amazing set from this ultra-cool quartet – a group that features lots of soulful reed work from Steve Marcus on tenor and soprano sax, plus smoking guitar lines from a young Sonny Sharrock! Sonny's funkier here than we've ever heard him before – and gets some strong ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Klik/Doctor Bird (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)
Altair/Americana Anthropology, 1971.
A record issued in the 70s, but one that documents the legacy of 60s folk in which Peter Isaacson was a part – working as a singer and guitarist in the Village scene at the time, where he honed his skills on songs by Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, and other contemporaries! The album was recorded ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Cadillac (UK), 1967.
A fantastic lost slice of work by one of the greatest modern jazz forces on the British jazz scene of the 60s – Jamaican-born saxophonist Joe Harriott, known for his groundbreaking avant jazz sessions and his experiments with Indian classical music! The sound here is quite different than ... CD (Jazz CD)

Keith Jarrett

Bordeux Concert
ECM (Germany), 2022.
Beautiful late life improvisations from Keith Jarrett – a concert from 2016 that shows that the format he unleashed in the 70s was still amazingly alive and well – yet also nicely matured a bit too! Instead of one album-length track, the set features a number of shorter passages, 13 in ... CD (Jazz CD)

Camilla George

Ibio Ibio
Ever (UK), 2022.
Not the first album from saxophonist Camilla George, but the set where it really feels like she's found her voice in music – weaving together her own strong solo on alto sax with the work of a top-shelf array of players from the London scene, while also nodding towards her roots in the Ibibio ... CD (Jazz CD)

I Am (Isaiah Collier & Michael Shekwoaga Ode)

Beyond
Division 81, 2022. 2LP
This may well be the record that gets everyone to sit up and take notice of the genius of saxophonist Isaiah Collier – as the set's got a far-reaching quality that's right up there with some of the most righteous jazz albums of the 70s, not to mention some of the bigger names of today's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Joni Mitchell

Blue (180 gram pressing)
Reprise/Rhino, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from Joni Mitchell – and maybe one of the most go-to records in her legendary catalog! The record set a new high mark for singer/songwriter material in the 70s – and there's an intimate, upfront quality here that's even more striking than Mitchell's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

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