Mad music in many formats!
A rare meeting of guitarist Wes Montgomery and the trio of pianist Wynton Kelly – heard here on unissued material that stands strongly next to their classic Smoking At The Half Note album on Verve! About half the tracks here just feature Kelly's trio – but that's A-Ok with us, as the ... (Jazz)
Blue Note (France), 2017.
A fantastic little record from drummer Tony Allen – a set that shows yet another side of his mighty talents – at a level that nobody would have expected back in the 70s when he was working with Fela! The approach here is definitely jazz-based enough to warrant the record's placement on ... (Global Grooves)
Hot Casa (France), 1978. (reissue)
An unusual album from Afro Funk legend Orlando Julius – in that it was recorded in the US, and definitely has the groove to match! The style here is right up there with the best American underground funk of the time – and the record has a groove that really mixes up African roots and ... (Global Grooves)
Get On Down, 1996. 3LP (reissue)
Genius from the mind of Kool Keith aka Big Willie Smith aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon – with some of greatest production ever by Dan The Automator and scratch work by DJ Q-Bert – a serious creative peak for all parties, and up there in the all time greatest hip hop full lengths of all ... (Hip Hop)
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1978/1979/1980. 2CD
A trio of incredible records from Bobby Hutcherson – two on CD for the first time ever! Highway One is a wicked post-Blue Note session from Bobby Hutcherson – one that's put together in a different way than his previous work, but still completely sublime throughout! The feel is almost ... (Jazz)
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
A set that really earns its title – as it's easily some of the most cosmic music John Coltrane ever recorded – and also kind of a way of saying goodbye to the planet, to leave his music in the hands of a next generation of creators! The album features material recorded by a Coltrane ... (Jazz)
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017.
We've loved the music of trumpeter Alex Sipiagin for quite some time – but there's really something special going on here – a slightly different vibe that makes the record stand out from the rest of the pack! First off, the album features all original compositions – songs that ... (Jazz)
Sugar/Four Flies (Italy), 1973. (reissue)
A fantastic funky soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – quite different than some of his bigger hits of the 60s, and full of heavy basslines and lots of great drums! The style here is in the best cop/crime mode of the time – but has even more blacksploitation grit at the bottom than the usual ... (Soundtracks)
A fantastic step forward for trumpeter Christian Scott – an artist who takes on a new name with this recording, and a vibrant new sound as well! Scott still plays trumpet, but he also works with some electronics and effects, too – in a group that mixes acoustic elements from piano, ... (Jazz)
Sugar/Four Flies (Italy), 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
Fierce funky sounds from Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis – a duo who turned out some of the grooviest music on the Italian cop/crime scene of the 70s! The set's a killer right from the very first note – full of fuzz and funk, and lots of heavy rhythms at the bottom – all in a mode ... (Soundtracks)
Gee (France), 2017.
Funky keyboards and dubby grooves – a great little record that's as much inspired by Jamaican music as it is the longer legacy of American funky jazz! Soul Sugar first started giving us 45s about a decade ago, but their sound has really matured over the years – as leader/keyboard ... (Deep Funk)
Playback (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The first-ever full length collection of work from Jeanette Jones – a San Francisco singer who's only been slowly discovered over the years, thanks to the efforts of the folks at Kent Records! Back in the day, Jones got one single on the market – the excellent "Darling I'm ... (Soul)
Athens Of The North (UK), 2017.
Spacey sounds from the dream team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat – a set that feels a bit like music that Foat previously recorded under his own name, but which also has a more spiritual sound overall! Hampshire plays guitar and auto harp, and Foat plays Fender Rhodes, vibes, and other ... (Jazz)
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), 1981/1984.
A pair of great records from Leon Bryant – both from the late De-Lite Records years, and offered up here back to back! First up is Mighty Body – a set also known as the self-titled Leon Bryant album – overlooked genius from Leon – a singer with a hell of a voice, and a ... (Soul)
Iron Mountain Analog Research/Omni (Australia), 1960/Early 70s.
A long-overdue collection of the really special, really unusual songs written and sung by Malvina Reynolds – one of the strangest talents to emerge from the 60s, partly because her age was in the same range as the decade! Reynolds had long been a force on the political left on the west coast ... (Folk/Country)
Tribe/P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
One of the rare early albums on the Detroit based Tribe label, now made legendary by the compilations on Soul Jazz and P-Vine. Tenor player Wendell Harrison leads a group that includes Marcus Belgrave, Charles Eubanks, and Phil Ranelin, and which features occasional poetry by the "Black ... (Jazz)
Phil-LA Of Soul/Jamie, 1969. (pic cover)
Rare female funk from Philly – a tune by a trio of three great singers who really blow away most of the competition! This isn't girl group soul, but instead some serious bad sister funk – as the vocals really have to compete with the hard funky drums at the core of the tune – ... (Funky 45's)
Posi tone, 2017.
Walt Weiskopf is fast becoming one of our favorite contemporary tenorists – a musician who's not just strong on his own instrument, but able to place himself amidst a very fresh setting with each new release! This set has Walt working with a top-shelf lineup of Positone labelmates – ... (Jazz)
A fantastic full length set from drummer Nate Smith – an artist who really wins our ears right from the start, then holds us rapt throughout the course of this wonderful debut! Smith's onto something really special here – jazz at the core, but served up in different snapshots of ... (Jazz)
Black Gold/Solid (Japan), 1973.
A bit sweet soul, a bit funky – and a real indie soul classic from the early 70s! The album's the second from The Dynamics – a group from Detroit, but one who work here with a style that's much more in the east coast mode of the All Platinum/Stang generation! The production is nice ... (Soul)
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