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Keep your eyes on the new arrivals!


My Soul Sensation
Persephone (UK), 2019.
Nicole Willis has always been a fiercely collaborative singer – at a level that really helps her open up her style with each new project she takes on! That's definitely the case here as Willis works with Banda Palomita – who've got this smoothly groovy style that's really wonderful ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Smithsonian Folkways, 1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s. 4CD
A fantastic little package – and one that may well have more meaning these days than ever before! The lavish set features a huge hardcover book – 124 pages of notes, photos, and other information – all put together in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibition of the same name ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975.
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than ... CD (Jazz CD)
Curtom/Rhino, Early 70s. 4CD
A massive package of greatness – the first four solo albums from Chicago soul genius Curtis Mayfield! First up is Curtis – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield ... CD (Soul CD)
Fresh Out!
Jazz Masters/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974.
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano ... CD (Jazz CD)
All My Relations
Daptone, 2019.
You might know Cochemea Gastelum from his work in The Dap-Kings over the years – but this time around, the saxophonist is very much his own man – blowing a version of his instruments that often seems electrified, ala classic Varitone from the late 60s – used in these really new ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Blue Note/Wallen Bink (UK), 1968/1969/1970. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from pianist Duke Pearson – recorded at a time when the musician was taking a bigger role at the Blue Note label, and started exploring some great musical territory in the process! The tracks here were all recorded in the late 60s – but not issued by the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
CBS/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1977. (reissue)
A classic album of 70s soul from Brazil – put together with a warm sunny finish that seems to unify the best modes of Rio and LA at the time! Singer Robson Jorge works here with frequent partner Lincoln Olivetti – and both artists handle plenty of keyboards throughout – lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Africa Airways takes to the skies again – and delivers a wonderful batch of funky soul tracks from the end of the 70s and start of the 80s! The work here is from a period when groups from Nigeria and other scenes were starting to absorb a lot more direct influences from American soul – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Pama/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
The complete Pama recordings of Derrick Morgan – served up here on two full albums, plus a heck of a lot of bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Moon Hop album – a set titled after one of Morgan's biggest singles, and one that has a bit of a different groove too! The album was ... CD (Reggae CD)
PTR (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Funky country, twangy soul, and lots more strangeness – a set that definitely lives up to everything it promises on the cover – and maybe even gives you a bit more too! The collection's from the same folks who gave us the excellent Funky Country series – and there's a very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. 3CD
The only career-spanning collection we've ever seen on The Bar-Kays – and a set that does a mighty nice job of hitting all the right bases! The group first rose to fame as a funk combo on Stax in the late 60s – then shifted a bit after part of the group was killed in the same plane ... CD (Soul CD)
Gleaners
ECM (Germany), 2019.
Beautiful solo bass work from Larry Grenadier – a record that fits perfectly in the best ECM tradition, yet also provides a stunning showcase for the artist as well! The recording quality is superb – and Grenadier finds so many ways to create different shades and tones with his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Freedom, 1969/1974. (reissue)
Fantastic material from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – tracks recorded during their same crucial Paris trip of 1969 that also gave the world the better-known BYG/Actual albums – but delivered in a style that's slightly different overall! There's maybe more of the cerebral side of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Remined/Colemine, 1970. (reissue)
A lost Ohio soul treasure – the initial effort by a singer with a hell of a voice, but one who languished in obscurity after the poor response to this debut LP! Barbara Howard really knocks it out of the park here – singing like a deep soul diva with a hell of a lot of power and focus ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Constellate
Tokyo Dawn, 2019.
A great title for this record from Tensei – as the Chicago duo really find a way to create a strong constellation in sound, by opening the door to help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! The record's got a vibe that's as cosmic as its title, too – with this swirling ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
One Track
Posi tone, 2019.
A group of younger players, coming together in great formation that rivals some of the bigger names to record for the Posi-Tone label in recent years! There's a sharpness to the record that grabs us right from the very first note – a strong sense of writing and overall presentation – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Poison Fruit
Far Out (UK), 2019.
Really mindblowing work from legendary drummer Ivan "Mamao" Conti – a key part of Azymuth through that group's many years – and still going strong here as a solo artist on his own! The album's almost a 21st Century realization of the sound that Azymuth was going for back in ... CD (Brazil CD)
Jungle Run
Strut (UK), 2019.
Great work from a group who really know how to open up their sound – a larger ensemble who might have sounded like an Afro Funk combo at one time, but who've really done a lot to find their own special groove! The mix of sharp instrumentation, percussion, and horns could have just gotten a ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Early Bird Gets
Aerophonic, 2019.
Saxophonist Dave Rempis is definitely an early bird on the Chicago scene – as his energy and non-stop effort has always gotten him a lot of attention – especially when he continues to channel it into strong collaborations like this! Rempis is great in most settings, but he seems ... CD (Jazz CD)
Freedom/ORG, 1964. (reissue)
A seminal early moment from the legendary Albert Ayler – an important session recorded overseas in Copenhagen – where enthusiasm for Ayler's music caught fire more strongly than in the US! The group's got an edge that's maybe even sharper than some of Ayler's ESP material, but no less ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Skye/Modern Harmonic, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
One of Cal Tjader's best albums ever – and a sweetly electric side that features Joao Donato on organ and Gary McFarland on vibes! The record is a brilliant extension of Cal's styles at Verve – a bit of Latin, a bit of jazz, with some easily grooving numbers that have just the right ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
City Pop
Stones Throw, 2019.
We've loved the music of Benny Sings for years – and can't understand why the man's not a much bigger success at a worldwide level – because his songs have the gentle soul and careful construction of the sorts of music that used to grace the airwaves decades back! Yet maybe the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Kama Sutra/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
The birth of genius – the first three albums by Flamin Groovies, along with bonus tracks too! First up is Supersnazz – the first album from legendary San Francisco rockers the Flaming Groovies – and the cleaner horn-accented blueprint for the shakey, skronky structure to come! ... CD (Rock CD)
Nova
Mustevic Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976.
An underground soul jazz classic – massive grooves from drummer Steve Reid, and exactly the kind of set that's gotten him so much attention in recent years! There's a mixture of freedom and tightness here that's really wonderful – some of the looser elements of the loft jazz generation ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2CD
Two great chapters of work from this legendary soul group – one that started out in the late 50s with an R&B vibe, rose to great fame on Motown, then really hit their stride on the material featured on this set! Gladys was always a great singer, but she really seemed to move onto ... CD (Soul CD)
Duri A Morire
Digitmovies (Italy), 1979.
There's plenty of action on the cover – and there's plenty of action in the great soundtrack from Stelvio Cipriani as well – the sweet mix of funk and keyboards that he always brought to his best crime and cop scores of the 70s! There's some nicely chunky percussion in the mix at times ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Ikarie XB-1
Finders Keepers (UK), 1963.
Fantastic sounds from outer space – a electro-acoustic masterpiece, put together for a Czech sci-fi film of the 60s – but done in a mode that stretches far out into space beyond the world of cinema! The music is stark and dark at some times – almost with an electro-shock approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. (reissue)
A wonderful little record from Frances Wayne – thanks to some great arrangements from Neal Hefti! Hefti's approach here is just perfect – not as over the top as his work with Count Basie, but with the right blend of sophistication and soulfulness to make Wayne sound great – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
We Want Sounds (UK), 1976.
A lovely little record from singer Jaye P Morgan – a talent that most folks know from her 70s appearances on the Gong Show, but who was also a pretty nice vocalist on her own! The set here showcases a much more soulful side of Jaye's style than her earlier albums – a smoothly jazzy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Kent (UK), Late 60s.
There have been lots of Lowrider soul compilations on the market over the years – documenting the great of of mellow cuts on the LA scene of the 60s – particularly the kind that could move slow, but with a heavy groove at the bottom – perfect for chilling out in the back of a car ... CD (Soul CD)
Beat (Italy), 1980.
One of the coolest, grooviest soundtracks we've ever heard from Riz Ortolani – an artist who did bigger, more mainstream film scores in the 60s – but who really developed a more electric vibe in the 70s! This soundtrack has Riz working at the top of his powers – bringing in ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
A pair of dubby remakes of songs by Joe Armon-Jones – both pulled from the keyboardists' album on Brownswood! "Starting Today" takes off with lots of fierce, fast percussion – much more so than usual for any sort of dub track – although the production still has plenty ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)
Victor (Japan), 1973. 2CD
One of Sonny Rollins' best albums of the 70s – a Japanese-only live date that features some excellent work on both tenor and soprano sax! The group has a really great feel – thanks to congas by Mtume and guitar from Yoshiaki Masuo – both of whom bring some new elements to Rollins' ... CD (Jazz CD)
Invictus/Demon (UK), Early 70s. 2LP
Massive soul from the start of the 70s – some of the heaviest cuts ever put together by the Holland Dozier Holland team – all issued on their own family of labels after the trio split with Motown! The work here is way deeper than their Motown sides – maybe more in the territory ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
High Note, 2019.
The title here is very apt, as the album's maybe one of the most ambitious, artistic efforts to date from trumpeter Jeremy Pelt – a set that certainly showcases his strong solos at times, but which also really seems to focus on the overall sound of the music – delivered in almost ... CD (Jazz CD)
Deram/RPM (UK), 1969.
Killer work from The Flirtations – originally an American group, but one who made a hip step to the UK in the mid 60s – where they began backing a lot of big artists, and also recorded this rare gem on their own! The sound is a wonderful blend of American soul and 60s UK girl pop ... CD (Soul CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/1980s. 5CD
The northern side of the UK scene finally gets its due – all with a sound that's a lot more exciting than the spare landscape pictured on the cover! The work is all from Scotland, and it's hardly the music of kilts and bagpipes – because nearly all these tracks had a huge influence on ... CD (Rock CD)
Slash/Fat Possum, 1980. (reissue)
One of the greatest records to ever come out of the west coast punk scene at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – incredibly well-penned and well-played – at a level that instantly leaves behind so many of its contemporaries! The themes of the tunes are fantastic – sung by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s.
A huge overview of greatness from guitarist Reggie Young – a musician who's remembered not only for a few key records of his own, but also for countless dates in the Tennessee studios of the 60s and 70s, where he helped transform the records of others with his talents! The package here ... CD (Rock CD)
Resonance, Early 60s. 3CD
A fantastic package that finally gives these recordings their proper due – one that takes the cuts that were issued on the albums Iron Man and Conversations (plus a million cheapo packages over the years) – and restores them to their original mono, right from the tapes – then adds ... CD (Jazz CD)
Signature
ESP, 2019.
Matthew Shipp seems more tuneful here than ever at times – still very much able to let loose with those fluid, unbridled lines that have always made his work on piano so breathtaking – but also maybe ready to pull back occasionally, and let his instrument resonate in these surprisingly ... CD (Jazz CD)
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. 2CD
A great collection of work from Regina Belle – one that features a number of remixes, singles, and collaborations – as well as the album tracks that made her one of the most rock-solid female soul singers at the end of the 80s! At some level, Regina's a singer from another time – ... CD (Soul CD)
Beat (Italy), 1976.
A slinky electric score from the great Lallo Gori – an Italian composer we know mostly from earlier work on westerns and horror films – but who really shines here on a sex comedy from 1976! The music is heavy on keyboards – although we're not sure we can tell you which ones ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Esoteric (UK), 1968. 3CD
Mindblowing sounds from the morning after the Summer Of Love – a time when the UK scene really woke up to some vast musical changes – a good number of which are represented in this overstuffed set! The package does a great job of catching that special shift in modes from groups who ... CD (Rock CD)
Motown, 1994. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A stone classic from Zhane – a duo who maybe never had the longest life in soul music, but who made a massive impact with this gem from the 90s! The record was part of a new urban generation that was grounded both in hip hop production and deeper soul modes – territory maybe opened up ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Akofa Akoussah
Sonafric/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
A beautiful record from Akofa Akoussah – a singer from Togo who's equally gifted in funky and sweeter soul styles! Half the record is full-on funk, and we'd swear that Lafayette Afro Rock Band must have had a hand in some of the instrumentation (possible, as it was recorded in Paris) – ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976. 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic work by this excellent 70s combo – a quintet whose leaders recorded famously with Horace Silver in the 60s, then took his inspiration to very different spiritual territory on their own! Both drummer Louis Hayes and tenorist Junior Cook are fantastic – but the whole group here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Sabi
Atumpan/Kalita (UK), 1980. (reissue)
A lost set from percussionist Okyerema Asante – an African percussionist, but one who made some great music as part of the Black Fire/Oneness Of Juju collective on the DC scene in the 70s! This album follows with a spirit that's a bit like the later work of Oneness – and in fact, the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Solar/Octave (Japan), 1981.
A great second adventure from Dynasty – the kind of set that shows why the group went on to become one of the strongest things going in the second chapter of the Solar Records soul empire from LA! The album begins with a rock-solid punch, then continues strongly throughout – basslines, ... CD (Soul CD)
Som, Sangue e Raca (180 gram vinyl)
CBS/Mad About Records (Brazil), 1971. (reissue)
A landmark album of Brazilian funk – the record that set the tone for so many others to follow – and which can easily stand head to head with the best American funk of the time as well! The group's headed by Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador – who you'll know from 60s bossa nova ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Chicago Odense Ensemble
El Paraiso (Denmark), 2019.
A really unusual album of improvised music from the Chicago scene – one that's got a unique approach that makes it even greater than the sum of its parts! The music began when Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skott came to Chicago – and had a chance to work with some of the city's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Black Christ Of The Andes
Saba/Down At Dawn (Italy), 1963. (reissue)
A landmark album – and one of the best records you'll ever find by Mary Lou Williams! The record's a mixture of jazz and spiritual themes, and it features Mary Lou's piano set in some super-hip jazz arrangements 'that include players like Grant Green, Budd Johnson, Larry Gales, Melba Liston, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Omniverse (UK), 2019.
Fantastic sounds from Marc Mac – the kind of crisp, crackling, always-cosmic styles we love so much in his music! The style here is as spare as the cover art – mostly just this fantastic dance between beats and keyboards, but with that richness that few folks can do as well as Marc ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Mixing It
Lauren (Italy), 1975. (reissue)
A lost combo from the South African scene of the 70s – and one who play here with a wonderfully spiritual vibe! The tunes are longish, and open – with some rhythmic currents that fall in the Dollar Brand side of the spectrum, but which are also topped with really tremendous work on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
They're not lying with the title of this one – as producer Mickie Most was one of the true studio geniuses on the UK scene of the 60s – as you'll hear here in a fantastic collection of some of his best work – packaged with a beautiful 72 page booklet of notes that will tell you ... CD (Rock CD)
L'Univers De La Mer
Chicago 2000/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1978.
A beautiful album of keyboard-heavy tracks – issued by a small sound library label in France during the 70s, with a title that translates as "the universe of the sea"! As you might guess, there's a nice underwater vibe to the record – a sound that's similar to some of the ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Circle
Common Good, 2019.
Warm electric work from the mighty Te'Amir Sweeney – a digital hero, finally winning over the world of wax – working here with studio help from Henry "Professor H" D'Ambrosio – and lyrics from a host of guests who include Jimetta Rose, Hugh Augustine, Godfrey At Large, ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
A very cool little package – one that's got one CD of early work by French singer Francois Hardy – and two more CDs that feature lots of fantastic jazz material from Sacha Distel! CD1 features Hardy at her early best – singing blue-tinged French pop on both her debut album, and ... CD (French CD)
Worthy
BMG, 2019.
A record that's overflowing with love and message – often both tied together at once – as India Arie hits territory that's maybe even more directly political than before – pushing her personal spirit to answer some of the challenges of the moment, sometimes with individual effort, ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1971. (reissue)
An insane bit of fuzzed-out funk! This is Parliament's rare first album – a trippy batch of tunes that come off of Clinton's experimentation in the Detroit soul scene, infused by the rock-heavy energy of the city at the time, and probably a heck of a lot of cannabis, too! The record is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Voyage & Homecoming
Rogue Art (France), 2019.
A fantastic performance from trombonist George Lewis and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell – two AACM masters working together here in classic formation, but with a few great surprises along the way! One of those surprises is the Voyager – a computer-driven piano that was taught ... CD (Jazz CD)
Combobulated
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019.
A well-matched trio who've really developed a sound that's all their own – a uniquely air, open style of improvisation – with Tom Rainey on drums, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor, and Mary Halvorson on guitar! There's often a lot of space between the notes, but in a very thoughtful way – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Melodies International (UK), 1976. (reissue)
A rare bit of blue-eyed soul from the Philly scene of the 70s – tight and funky, with this romping bassline that really drives the whole thing along – as Jack Jacobs croons out a meaningful lead that's got a strong Free Soul vibe! The tune's got this warmly funky quality that's great ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
You Don't Know The Life
Rare Noise (UK), 2019.
Keyboardist Jamie Saft works here with a mighty great trio – one that features older giants Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bobby Previte on drums – all bringing a great sense of energy to Saft's own work on Hammond organ, Whitehall organ, and Baldwin electric harpsichord! The ... CD (Jazz CD)
Black Focus, 2019. (pic cover)
A 12" single from keyboard Kamaal Williams – but a set that's more like a short EP, given all the energy that's taking place in the tracks! "New Heights" has this really deep bass as the core – played by Williams, as are all the instruments on the track – which ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)
Simon Bolivar (with bonus tracks)
CAM/Digitmovies (Italy), 1969.
Carlo Savina penned the score for this film about the great liberator of Venezuela – and for the project, he also got a bit of help from that nation's groovy composer Aldemaro Romero! Romero's only credited with a few tracks on the record, but much of the music seems to borrow from his ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Color Red, 2019.
These guys really take the analog in their name seriously – as the sound here is awash in vintage funk elements, all played live, and given some great direction in the studio from Eddie Roberts of the New Mastersounds! The group's a larger ensemble than most funk combos – thanks to a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Instrumentals From The Reflecting Sea
Redefinition, 2019.
Instrumentals from The Reflecting Sea LP – producer & instrumentalist Damu The Fudgemunk's backdrops for that excellent record featuring lyricist and emcee Raw Poetic on the vocal version! Damu delivers funky soul beats, samples, scratchwork and guitars, and as much as we dig the main ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Czarface Meets Ghostface
Silver Age, 2019.
A thematic rap triumph from the hip hop superhero team of Czarface – already a veritable supergroup featuring Boston underground veterans 7L & Esoteric with the Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck – bringing in Wu MVP Ghostface Killah for the unsurprisingly massive Czarface Meets Ghostface! ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Columbia/Sony (Japan), Early 70s.
A really hip bit of keyboard jazz from the Japanese scene at the start of the 70s – served up in a style that's every bit as chromatic as the cover – thanks to an unusual mix of organ, moog, and other keyboards too! The album's got a strong soulful component in the rhythms – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Heritage
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2019.
We've loved the music of Mark De Clive-Lowe for many years – and he's really rewarded us with a continuing evolution of his sound and style – to a point where a record like this is nothing that we might have expected over a decade ago! The set's a live jazz performance, but still ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/1980s.
A surprisingly strong collection of reggae recorded in Boston during the 80s – or maybe not that surprising at all, given that the city had a growing Caribbean population, and a very strong college audience for the music! Still, the package is a huge discovery – strong quality work ... CD (Reggae CD)
Scubidu (Brazil), 2019.
A very original vision of Brazilian forro – served up here by the mighty musical talents of Hermeto Pascoal, still making very fresh sounds this late in his career! As with some of Hermeto's other recent records, the leader is accompanied by some great younger musicians who are able to ... CD (Brazil CD)
Fumo Di Londra (3CD set)
Beat (Italy), 1966. 3CD
One of the coolest soundtracks of the 60s – presented here in a massive package that brings forth a wealth of never-reissued music! Piero Piccioni really hit his stride for the music to this film that was directed by its star – the effervescent Alberto Sordi – a fantastic send-up ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Saravah/Core Port (Japan), Mid 60s.
A huge lost chapter in the career of the legendary Francis Lai – the man who gave the world classic film scores for Un Homme Et Une Famme, Love Story, and many other movies – heard here in a rare set of singles he did for the Saravah Records label in Paris! A number of tracks here echo ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Hiljaisuus
Aerophonic, 2019.
A pretty intense power trio from the Chicago scene – a group that features guitar from Tashi Dorji, drums and percussion from Tyler Damon, and alto, tenor, and baritone sax from the great Dave Rempis! The album features one completely sprawling improvisation – "Fontanelles" ... CD (Jazz CD)
Future Love
Skytown, 2019.
U-Nam's music always brings a smile to our lips – and despite the "future" promised in the title, the whole thing's very firmly grounded in the past – and we mean that in the best way possible! The man's a guitarist, but one who's always most comfortable playing in the kind ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
I Love My Lady
Legacy/Real Gone, 1982.
A rare 80s groove set from Johnny Mathis – recorded with production from the Chic team of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers – but oddly never issued at the time! Arrangements are by Gene Page, who does a good job of linking Johnny's more familiar sound with the sharper Edwards/Rodgers ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Waaju
Olindo (UK), 2019.
A really unusual collective from the London scene – a group who play jazz of a global variety, but with a style that's much more far-reaching than standard Latin or Afro-inflected jazz! Instead, these guys seem open to a few continents' wealth of rhythms – but also use them in a way ... CD (Jazz CD)
Right On Time
Posi tone, 2019.
This might be the first time we've ever heard tenorist Ken Fower with a Hammond organ in the mix – and it makes for a great change that really opens up the colors in his horn! Ken's always had a strong sense of tone, and we love his acoustic records – but this time around, Brian ... CD (Jazz CD)
Vertigo/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the coolest rock concept albums ever – and arguably the crowning moment for Aphrodite's Child – an incredibly hip Greek group from the early 70s – featuring a young Demis Roussos on vocals, and Vangelis Papathanassiou on organ, piano, vibes, flute, and a lot of other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Os 3 Morais (1967)
Som Maior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1967.
The first album we've ever seen from Os 3 Morais – a group who also issued material in the US under the name of Os Tres Brasileiros! Although most of the group's late 60s/early 70s sides are in a sophisticated bossa style, this work carries more echoes of mid 60s pop – not really the ... CD (Brazil CD)
No More Normal
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
British producer Swindle is at the top of his game here – effortlessly moving between contemporary genres that put the London scene in its very best light – as bits of funk, hip hop, dubstep, jazz, and other modes come together with an amazingly fresh sound! Most tracks have vocals, ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Mic Wallace/Miraggio
Funk Night, 2019. (pic cover)
A mighty pairing of funky talents – recording together in Estonia, with a style that really draws on the strengths of both musicians! "Mic Wallace" has some of the soundtrack vibes that Shawn Lee can sometimes bring into his music – but given all these moody, almost spooky ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Mercury/Wounded Bird, Late 60s. 2CD
A trio of classics from this groundbreaking group! First up is Living With The Animals – fantastic early work from Mother Earth – one of those special late 60s groups who emerged out of the rock, folk, and blues scenes – but who somehow managed to make a very special sound of ... CD (Rock CD)
San Francisco 1982
Hi Hat, 1982.
A late life live set from the mighty Dexter Gordon – done at a time when he'd returned to American soil, and was making some great albums for Columbia Records! The style here is maybe a bit more like some of Dex's albums from overseas – long tracks that really let the tenor giant ... CD (Jazz CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976.
The Crescent City legend is captured here in a small club in Germany during the 70s – but James Booker is playing solo, with a style that's very close to his best New Orleans roots! The double-length set just features Booker on piano and a bit of vocals – recorded beautifully, and in ... CD (Soul CD)
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. 2CD
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never ... CD (Jazz CD)
O Orgao Que Canta Sambas
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1962.
Wonderfully weird bossa organ from the lesser-known Ely Arcoverde – a record that stands in nice contrast to better-known 60s Brazilian organ sessions from Walter Wanderley and Ed Lincoln! The rhythms are often in a samba mode – arranged by Waldemiro Lemke – but Ely's got a way ... CD (Brazil CD)
Echoes Of The Gospel (180 gram pressing)
Nashboro/Third Man, 1967. (reissue)
A gem of a gospel set from the legendary Nashboro catalog – crafted by a very hip male sextet from Detroit – one who are clearly open to letting a lot of blues and soul influences into their music! One of the key elements from those styles here is spare but strong use of guitar or ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel LP)
Edu, Dori, & Marcos
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2019.
Three Brazilian music legends come together in a very unusual project – a record that features famous songs by all three artists, each performed by one of the other singers – in a setting that's got all the sophisticated warmth of the best projects on the Biscoito Fino label! There's ... CD (Brazil CD)
Trojan/Real Gone, 1973. (reissue)
A seminal moment for Jamaican soul genius Ken Boothe – a set that has him stepping into deeper, more righteous territory – maybe following the inspiration of some of his soul contemporaries in the US! The set's nicely poised between two modes – not really a roots reggae set, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Blue Voyage
SESCSP (Brazil), 2019.
A great jazz album from Brazilian trombonist Raul De Souza – a musician who's got a long legacy of records from the bossa years onwards, including some key 70s fusion sides as well! Here, Raul's in a relatively intimate setting – working in a quartet with piano, bass, and drums – ... CD (Jazz CD)
De Santo Amaro A Xerem
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2019. 2CD
A classic-styled Brazilian live collaboration – a set with solo performances by each of the stars in the lead, and some great duet material together! The approach is one that's been used on Brazilian albums from the earliest records by Elis Regina and Jair Rodriguez – and it's still a ... CD (Brazil CD)
Deus E Mulher
Deck Disk (Brazil), 2019.
The voice of Elza Soares has been gracing Brazilian records for decades – and it somehow sounds even more amazing now than it did back in the day – with this raw, raspy power that's completely compelling, even if you can't understand the language! The record's got some of the same ... CD (Brazil CD)
Da Mon/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1979. (reissue)
A soulful gem from reedman Daoud Abubakar Balewa – head of the Ambiance Fusion Ensemble, who cut a few really great albums back in the day! This set is definitely one of them – and it's got a unique approach that's rooted in spiritual jazz, but delivered with some fusion touches too ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Epilogue
Aaron Abernathy, 2019.
The deepest, most personal album to date from Aaron Abernathy – and that's saying a lot, given how much we loved his previous two records! As you might guess from the title, the set's a capper to his debut trilogy – but it also seems to begin more chapters than it ends – really ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Montparnasse 2000/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1976. (reissue)
One of the funkiest records of the French scene of the 70s – a now-legendary sound library album from Jacky Giordano – and one that's filled with amazing keyboards throughout! Jacky stars with grooves that are like some of the best Lalo Schfrin crime/cop modes of the early 70s – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Prolific Hits 3
Culture Power 45, 2000s/2010s.
A concise and crucial compilation of standout tracks by the tireless Infinito 2017 – the Chicago-born underground hip hop phenom who's been prolific and on target for a solid couple of decades! Infinito rhymes and records as he lives and breathes, hundreds of tracks over the years, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Reel To Real, Mid 60s.
Great live work from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – recorded during a time when the group's star was really rising on Capitol Records, but at a level that's got the more open-ended, freely-blown style of their classic concert dates for Riverside! The material here was all recorded for ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cyro (with bonus tracks)
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1982. 2LP (reissue)
An amazing pairing of talents – one that yields some fantastic moments of improvisation! Cyro Baptista is a percussionist by nature, but here he also plays the Brazilian cuica – a unique instrument that has a single bowed string, in addition to more percussive elements – in a way ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic collection of righteous work from the 70s years of Studio One – tracks from a time when the label was giving voice to some of the deeper cultural strands of Jamaican music, including a fair bit of Rastafarian-inspired material – presented here by both bigger names at the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
British rock, but with plenty of soul – as these artists were some of the first in the world to be influenced by the sound of early Motown Records – then set about trying to create their own strand of Detroit soul! The influence of Motown on the sound of so many other scenes has been ... CD (Rock CD)
Time (with bonus tracks)
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1979. 2LP (reissue)
A fantastic record from these two British jazz giants – and one that definitely has Tony Coe moving much more into the territory of Derek Bailey! The record is from a time when Bailey was doing tremendous work on the Incus label – maybe rewriting both the roles of the guitar and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Tiger Bay (UK), 1991. (reissue)
A rare live set by the then up-and-coming Pulp – recorded by the BBC at Town & Country in London, and working with this nice edge that's a bit different than their studio work! Jarvis Cocker is magnificent on vocals – and not bad on stylophone too – and there's a stripped-down ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Ill Considered Christmas
Ill Considered (UK), 2019.
A Christmas record from this fierce London collective – but one that's hardly a Christmas record at all, given that the tunes are very much in the same space as non-Holiday sounds from Ill Considered! From the notes, the tunes all appear to be seasonal favorites – but they're taken so ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
At The Hill Of James Magee
Trost (Austria), 2019.
Two fantastic saxophonists, recorded together in Texas with a very echoey vibe – in a space that we think is the image pictured in the cover! Even if Joe McPhee and Jon Butcher aren't playing in an abandoned house in the desert, they still sound pretty darn amazing – Joe on alto, John ... CD (Jazz CD)
Torpedo
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970.
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Mall Of Fortune
Innovative Leisure, 2019.
A really great second set from Harriet Brown – one of those "recorded at home" soul records that may well set the tone for a generation to come! Brown's got this always-skittish, almost-nervous approach to his music – one that often echoes the lyrics of the tunes, and their ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019.
The first-ever vinyl appearance of the digital EP releases Abyssinia and Abyssinia Rise – both records with a very unusual vibe that's a bit hard to describe! The music is at once ancient and contemporary – filled with tonal references to older East African culture, but filled with ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
The Dip, 2019.
Blue-eyed soul from The Dip – a Seattle combo who clearly draw a lot of influence from back in the day! Unlike some combos, who are maybe funk first, soul second – these guys seem to work through a variety of vocal soul modes as their main objective – including a few mellow ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Nublu, 2019. Gatefold
Ilhan Ersahin has always been a great collaborator – that's something that's marked his work on the New York scene, and on the Nublu Records label – but this time around, his collaboration is especially strong – as he works here in a quartet that features older jazz legends Eddie ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
12T/Aftermath, 2018.
Cinematic hip hop soul from Anderson .Paak named after a seaside city west of Los Angeles, CA – but it's not Malibu, it's the stunning follow up Oxnard – a little looser, more diverse, and ultimately just as impressive set from this still rising talent! The uber-impressive guest list ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
El Gran Cacique
Infopesa (Peru), 1972. (reissue)
A cornerstone of the classic chica groove in Peru – and one of the albums that put Juaneco and his very groovy combo on the musical map of 70s South America! The tracks are mostly instrumental, and have a fantastically tight blend of percussion, keyboard lines, and electric guitar – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s.
Very cool sounds from the 60s scene in Italy – music that's clearly inspired by the best British female pop of the period, and also a bit by Detroit soul – with maybe just a touch of French "yeh yeh" modes thrown in for good measure! Yet because the sounds come from a scene ... CD (Rock CD)
Uptown, Mid 40s/1952. 2CD
Many great slices of work from the early years of pianist Dodo Marmarosa – actually the only years that had Dodo really shining in the limelight – as he made only a handful of rare recordings between 1953 and 1961! Yet these sides are equally rare – as the set brings together ... CD (Jazz CD)
Solar/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s.
West coast soul galore – as the mighty Solar Records catalog comes alive in the hands of DJ Osshy – who delivers a non-stop mix that brings together almost 30 tracks from the legendary LA powerhouse of soul! As you'd guess from the title, the tracks here are on the clubbier side of the ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Awakening
22A (UK), 2019.
The first work we've heard as a leader from trumpeter Nick Walters – one of the up-and-coming talents on the hard-burning UK jazz scene in recent years – and a real visionary here at the head of a larger ensemble! Nick's got this unusual approach that brings together some world jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Sugar/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 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 ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Mercury/Real Gone, 1967. (reissue)
Very trippy-dippy psychedelic work – written for the soundtrack to Timothy Leary's weird LSD film of the late 60s! Maryvonne Giercarz composed the music, and plays it with a small group that includes her on "Veena", an "ancient Indian instrument", along with guitar and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Victor (Japan), 1976.
A great album from the Japanese scene of the 70s – hardly swing at all, despite the title – and a record that makes fantastic use of the young Katsumi Watanabe on guitar! The groove is a bit soul jazz, but also has echoes of the 70s fusion world too – but in this really gentle ... CD (Jazz CD)
Reel To Real, 1972.
A very soulful setting from singer Etta Jones – who really opens up here in a concert done for the Left Bank jazz society in Baltimore! The performance is from 1972, and really has Jones sounding a bit different than on her 60s material for Prestige – partly because backings are by the ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Les Disques Robespierre (Spain), Late 60s.
Weird and wonderful music – more than enough so to live up to the cover's image of a communist Antoine Doinel in a film by Jean-Luc Godard! The music here has little to do with cinema, but is part of that same new sense of freedom that was sweeping the French scene in the 60s – with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Smooth, soulful tracks from many corners of the planet – all pulled together in a fantastic fourth edition of this wonderful series! Most folks associated AOR grooves with the slickest studios in New York and LA during the 70s – but in farther-flung locations, the style was also being ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Cumbias Internacionales (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1974. (reissue)
A cumbia record with a very unusual groove – served up by Argentine star couple Tita Duval and Roberto Rey, who were both living in Colombia during the 70s – where they clearly felt free to mess with lots of the usual modes of the local style! The record's definitely a cumbia set in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1970/1974.
A pair of Henry Mancini gems from 70s RCA – back to back on a single CD! Hangin Out is very cool work from Henry Mancini – and one of the key 70s albums to feature the maestro himself playing an Arp! The added electric presence of the instrument really brings a lot to the usual ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s.
Very cool sounds from the 60s scene in Italy – music that's clearly inspired by the best British female pop of the period, and also a bit by Detroit soul – with maybe just a touch of French "yeh yeh" modes thrown in for good measure! Yet because the sounds come from a scene ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Rock Joy In Guitar
Victor (Japan), 1971.
A great little record from Japanese guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto – a musician you might know from dreamier bossa-styled records in the 60s – but who here comes across with a sharper edge and a richer sound overall! Sugimoto plays both acoustic and electric on the record, in a way that's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Sewele
Top Star/Strut (UK), 1986.
There's a really fantastic sense of sound going on here – not the usual Afro Funk, even though the record is plenty darn funky – and instead this really unique interplay between the bass and drums of the rhythms, and the overall sense of production! The record clearly has some mixing ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Modern Harmonic, 1969. (reissue)
One of the more obscure Lightning Hopkins albums of the 60s – a very spare session recorded in Los Angeles for the Vault label – but done with a vibe that's like some of Hopkin's earliest material from the 78rpm generation! The only difference is that the recording quality is superb ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Gatefold
An amazing moment from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an early 70s session recorded in America – with fantastic work from Gary Bartz on alto and Reggie Workman on bass! The album's not like Hino's later American dates – which were often more fusion based – as the style ... CD (Jazz CD)
Hot Casa (France), Late 70s.
A great companion to the Togo Soul 70 compilation – one that features two more rare tracks from back in the day, and two new remixes that offer up a contemporary take on a pair of other rare cuts! If you missed the core volume, it's definitely well worth checking out – and is a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Cree (Germany), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
A jazzy combo from the Caribbean – led by a singer who also plays some really wonderful vibes! The rhythms are strong, with a definite dose of calypso in the mix – but the overall sound is much more in the jazz side of the spectrum, thanks to fluidly melodic sounds from Andre Tanker on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Rock Joy In Sax
Victor (Japan), 1971.
Don't let the "rock" in the title fool you – as this is a jazz album all the way through, but one that has Japanese tenorist Takeru Muraoka taking on some of the hipper rock songs at the start of the 70s! Muraoka has this raspy, almost fuzzy tone at times – mixed with heavy ... CD (Jazz CD)
Live At Smalls
Smalls Live, 2018.
CD...$8.99 14.98
A beautiful live set from altoist Mike DiRubbo – and proof once again that this Live At Smalls series always seems to bring out something extra special in the players! Mike gets plenty of room here to open up with a crisp spontaneity that we don't always hear on some of his studio sessions ... CD (Jazz CD)
Omnivore, 1974. 2LP Gatefold
A wonderful addition to the all-too-small catalog of music recorded by Big Star in the 70s – a live radio performance done between their second and third albums, and one that captures the group in a really fantastic stripped-down setting! There's no heavy production here, no Ardent or Jim ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
VP, Mid 70s.
A fantastic selection of tracks from a time when reggae and punk were really crossing over on the UK scene – the earliest years of the punk rock movement, when bands like The Clash, Slits, and others were bringing the sounds of Jamaica into much greater mainstream circulation! The cuts here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Tusk
Finders Keepers (UK), 1979.
Really beautiful electronics from the enigmatic Guy Skornik – an artist that we mostly know for his quirky concept record Pour Pauwels, but who sounds here like some of the best electronicians of the German scene of the 70s! All tracks are long and spun out – electronic, but with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Fool On The Hill
RCA/Victor (Japan), 1969.
Groovy instrumental work from late 60s Japan – a set that features guitar from Shungo Sawada, and a feel that's a bit like some of Wes Montgomery's best large group sets for A&M or Verve! The core combo features Sawada on guitar, plus piano and organ from Maeda Norio – brought ... CD (Jazz CD)
Upsetter/Scratch The Upsetter Again
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1969/1970.
A pair of classic Lee Scratch Perry albums – back to back on a single CD! First up is the legendary Upsetter record – revolutionary at the time, still great today – and done with a spare sound that displays the roots of his unique approach! These early tracks don't have the ... CD (Reggae CD)
Arts & Crafts, 2019. 2LP
We're not if we noticed where Kid Koala changed things up over the years, but here he's definitely sounding different than at the start – almost using his fantastic production skills to re-emerge as a master of moody soundscape and dark-tinged tunes! The album almost feels like something ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Domino, 1978.
The fantastic first full album from The Buzzcocks – a group who'd already set the UK scene on fire with a flurry of amazing singles at the start of the punk generation! Here, they amazingly keep up all the great energy of their 7" releases – moving at a blistering pace throughout, ... CD (Rock CD)
Philips/Purple Pyramid, 1969. (reissue)
A very nice set of electric guitar groovers from a young Harvey Mandel! The record has less of the trippy dippy feel of Harvey's later albums – and instead has some nice tight jazzy arrangements with his soulful guitar soloing over the top. There's a lot going on stylistically here without ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Atto IV
Melodia/Sahko (Finland), 1989. (reissue)
A beautiful little record that's wonderfully hard to peg – not entirely a jazz record, although there are elements in the set of avant improvisation – but also not really any other style we can think of – and we mean that in the best way possible! Vladimir Tarasov recorded this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Toni Tornado
Odeon/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1972. (reissue)
An early 70s gem from Brazilian singer Toni Tornado – one of that country's greatest soul singers of the time, and an artist with a real talent for putting over a groove! The tunes on the set are a mad mix of heavy funk, deep soul, and larger arrangements – making the whole thing sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Formation
Victor (Japan), 1970.
Searingly soulful work from the group of guitarist Shungo Sawada – a player we mostly know from his groovy instrumental sides of the 60s, but who sounds plenty darn hip in this setting! The record has a nice sort of soul jazz groove on most numbers – one that takes Shungo's warmer ... CD (Jazz CD)
Simba
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
Fantastic sounds throughout – and maybe the best album ever by this legendary 70s guitar player! O'Donel Levy's got this tremendous sound that comes from playing an electric hollow body – in a tone that takes the best bits of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, and strips them down for a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Studio Mule (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP
A sexy set of tracks from the Japanese scene – music that seems to start in the disco years, and move into some of the more electronic Tokyo modes of the next generation – but always with a sweetly groovy style to the music! The work here is very different than both US soul of the time ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
I Used To Be Pretty
Yep Roc, 2019.
Now as much as ever, The Flesh Eaters are a vessel for Chris D's smart and serious lit quality punk poetry, with macabre lyrical themes that give it a dark, distinctive edge. And what a vessel he has with these seasoned genre-defying legends from X, Los Lobos and The Blasters, all seemingly ... CD (Rock CD)
Good Gravy (Timeless)
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1981.
A great later date from tenorist Teddy Edwards – captured at a time when he'd been away from the recording scene for a bit, but only seemed to deepen his talents on the saxophone in the process! The tracks here are long and very open – in that style that the Timeless label pioneered ... CD (Jazz CD)
East West/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1993. (reissue)
The somewhat slept on second album by Das Efx – and in hindsight, it's just as solid as Dead Serious – maybe even more consistently strong than the breakout debut! Dray and Skoob keep up the loco syllabic tempo and tongue tripping rhymes on this one – over the head nodding Solid ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Movin & Groovin
Blue Note (Japan), 1960.
A killer set of tracks by one of the best piano players that Blue Note ever recorded – and a great trio outing that sparkles with soulful intensity! Even in this more traditional format, Horace Parlan's still one of the most inventive players of his generation – working with a sense of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Thrill Jockey, 2018.
The biggest creative stride yet for guitar experimentalist Sarah Louise! Sarah continues to use folk traditions – from acoustic guitar, to Appalachian songcraft, to field recordings of nature and more – as a springboard for inventive composition, but this might be the most distinctive ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Garner Poems
Electric Cowbell, 2018.
A fantastically righteous set – a blend of funk and politics that we haven't heard done this well since the 70s – even though the whole record is aimed at dealing with contemporary issues – as you might guess from the title's reference to the late Eric Garner! The set's dedicated ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Sentiments
Storyville/Solid (Japan), 1965/1971.
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track ... CD (Jazz CD)
Deep Clues
Hobo Camp, 2019.
A soulful solo set from Brian Ellis – a keyboardist we know from more jazz-based projects in recent years, but who really soars out here in a warmly sunny mode! Brian handles everything on the album himself – working like some LA maestro from the 70s in a multi-track studio – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Trad Vibe (France), 1975. (pic cover)
Two of the coolest cuts from this legendary funk ensemble – back to back on a limited 45! "L'Enfant Samba" has a fantastic groove – samba at the core, but laced with sweet keyboards – then given this breezy French female vocal on top, scatting at times, with almost a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
CAM/Quartet (Spain), 1962. 2 CDs
Beautiful work by Nino Rota – filled with the kind of classic themes that distinguished his best work for Fellini. Carlo Savina conducted, and he does an excellent job with Rota's ideas – crafting them into short little packets of sound, woven tightly into little balls that pass back ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Rosa Parks – Pure Love
Tum (Finland), 2018.
A righteously powerful piece from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – a tribute to the political power of Rosa Parks, and her lasting legacy in American history – served up as an oratorio of seven songs, performed with a nicely shifting lineup! The album is one of the most ambitious we've ... CD (Jazz CD)
En Holland
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1984.
Wonderfully deft work on the kora from Sourakata Koite – a musician who maybe seems to handle the instrument with an even more fluid, more rhythmic sound than most other players we've heard! The Kora's got many strings – kind of a cross between a harp and a lute – but Koite never ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Musique Classee X
Les Disques Du Culte (France), Late 70s. Gatefold
That's a pretty racy cover – but the music inside is a lot more cool and classy – a set of sweet jazz funk numbers put together by the famous French maestro Alain Goraguer, with lots of nice electric touches! You may know Goraguer from his 60s work with singers – including France ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Teensville, 1960s/Early 70s.
A treasure trove of rare 60s sunshine pop written or co-written by Neil Sedaka – recorded by a sprawling roster of famous and forgotten names alike – done in styles that range from girl group, to harmony soul, to pop psych and beyond! Neil was a solo star himself as early as the late ... CD (Rock CD)
Return To Analog (Canada), 1981. (reissue)
Sweet AOR grooves from Gilles Rivard – a Canadian singer from the start of the 80s, and one who works here with a very jazzy vibe! The lyrics are all in French, but it's clear that Gilles is a hell of a songwriter – able to come up with songs that are smartly structured, as well as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s.
Surprisingly strong work from a Bay Area group who never managed to crack the big time back in the day – then hung up their guitars at a time when most of their contemporaries were really starting to blossom! Maybe the issue was that Butch Engel & The Styx had experience going back to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Universal Beings
International Anthem, 2018. 2CD
Maybe the crowning achievement of drummer Makaya McCraven so far – a double-length set that stands as a huge testimony to all the many waves he's been making in jazz for the past few years! The album features four slices of live performance – recorded in New York, Chicago, LA, and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Get On Down, 1989. (reissue)
The classic debut album by the DOC, from the glory days of Ruthless Records – one of the few records on the label to live up to the brilliance of NWA at their height! Dr Dre handles the production here – and there's a razor-sharp edge that really matches DOC's wordcraft – as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Saravah/Core Port (Japan), Late 60s/1970s.
A fantastic trip around the globe, led by a famous record label from Paris – the legendary Saravah Records, headed up by the great singer/songwriter Pierre Barouh – and home to music by Brigitte Fontaine, Areski, Steve Lacy, and even the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Yet despite the growing ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Saravah/Core Port (Japan), Late 60s/1970s.
A fantastic trip around the globe, led by a famous record label from Paris – the legendary Saravah Records, headed up by the great singer/songwriter Pierre Barouh – and home to music by Brigitte Fontaine, Areski, Steve Lacy, and even the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Yet despite the growing ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Notes From The Outer Soul
Pietro Vincenti (Italy), 2018.
Beautiful work from Blue Mandala Project – an Italian group led by pianist Pietro Vincenti, an artist we really loved for his older Brazilian-styled sounds in the group Quintetto X! The vibe here has some of the sound of the older group, but there's also maybe more funk and soul elements at ... CD (Jazz CD)
NCF/Superfly (France), 1989. (reissue)
Sheila and Desmond Majek work here with support from the Nigeria Conservation Foundation – whose message really comes across in the album's earth-minded grooves! The rhythms are a blend of 80s soul modes, with maybe a bit of a Caribbean vibe at times too – and the spirit of the vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Atco/4 Men With Beards, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
An excellent bit of raw funky southern soul from Johnny Jenkins – recorded in Macon, GA, and one of the last relics of the relations that Atlantic Records had with all of the little local scenes in the south! Ton-Ton Macoute is one of those records that manages to blend funk, blues, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Buried Treasure (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A buried treasure's worth of gems from the Amphonic sound library – the record company started by Syd Dale – whose 60s work for KPM was some of the grooviest of the time! Syd's on a few cuts here, but most of the music is by other names who recorded for the company – including a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Out-Sider (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Jodi's a duo, not a single guy – but together, the pair have a style that's very much in the best tradition of singular outsider rockers from the past! The music is maybe a bit electronic, a bit psych, and definitely tuneful enough to earn the "pop" in the title – but never ... CD (Rock CD)
Life (gold vinyl pressing)
Epic/Sundazed, 1968. (reissue)
Killer work from Sly & The Family Stone – hard-grooving, fast-funking, and really setting the scene for countless groups to come! The album's a messed-up funky party, with plenty of short little tracks that have a mix of funk, soul, and rock – perfect for the crossover crowd from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
For The Children
Out-Sider (Spain), 1980. (reissue)
You might know Tony Branker from his more recent work – issued under the name of Anthony Branker, and often quite far-reaching in scope – and here, even at a young age, the trumpeter's already got a heck of an amazing vision – working here in a beautiful set of all-original music, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Glo Spot (UK), 2018.
Powerful yet playful sax duet session with soprano legend Lol Coxhill and Raymond MacDonald, recorded during Coxhill's last visit to Scotland! Stunningly, this one went unreleased for years despite Lol being in such titanic form at nearly 76-years-old, a frequent enough collaborator with the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Offering
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1972.
A fantastic record from guitarist Larry Coryell – one that maybe has him shedding some of the more rockish tendencies of his roots, while finding the way forward in a searing, searching style of funky jazz! There's almost a Flying Dutchman sort of righteousness to the record – as Larry ... CD (Jazz CD)
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1970s/1980s/1990s.
Very unusual sounds from Bruno Spoerri – once a Swiss jazz musician in a relatively small scene – but now a world-famous composer for his groundbreaking soundtrack and sound library music of the 70s! This set begins in that territory, and then moves on to some equally cool cuts from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Un Italiano In America
GDM/Beat (Italy), 1967.
A cool Italian soundtrack from the late 60s – penned by Piero Piccioni with a great mix of sensitive and swinging themes! The instrumentation often features lush orchestrations, used in relatively lean ways – never as heavily romantic or sentimental as you might find in American films ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Peter The Great
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954.
One of the few albums ever as a leader from alto saxophonist Pete Brown – a less-remembered talent of his times, but a key link between the generations of bop and swing! The set was only issued as a 10" LP, but packs the full punch of most longer albums – sublime alto from Brown ... CD (Jazz CD)
King/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
A more electric album than usual from pianist Fumio Karashima – but in a great way too! The album has Karashima playing Fender Rhodes, mini-moog, and other keys – in addition to his usual acoustic piano – in a driving quartet lineup with bass from Miroslav Vitous and saxes from ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), 1968. 2CD
The fourth fantastic chapter in this wonderful trip through the 60s – headed up by author Jon Savage, as a great soundtrack to his documents of the time! If you know Savage at all, you'll know to expect something different and fresh – an unusual take on the period, and one that goes ... CD (Rock CD)
Jongler
Favorite (France), 2018.
A great little album from French singer Pat Kalla – an artist whose "Super Mojo" here is really the genius of producer Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart! The set is a collaboration between Pat and Patchworks – and uses the great vocals of Kalla to bring new focus to the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Music For My Friends
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1977. (reissue)
Funky big band from Poland – a very groovy set that's right up there with the best large group 70s sessions on MPS! The group here is very heavy on the horns – lots of trumpets and saxes – underscored by some hipper rhythms that include a bit of guitar, electric bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Upward Bound
Midwest International/Everland (Austria), 1980.
The only full album from Starvue – a late 70s Chicago group who were part of that overlooked scene in the city once the bigger labels had moved on! In truth, if Starvue were working on the coasts, they could have been huge – as they've got a really sharp, focused approach to ensemble ... CD (Soul CD)
Equipe/Far Out (UK), 1965.
An organ bossa classic from the legendary Eumir Deodato – one of his strongest albums from his early years in Brazil! There's a very jazzy feel to the set all the way through – thanks to a tightly arranged group that not only features the organ and percussion you might expect from such ... CD (Brazil CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The hippest funky jazz from the start of the 70s – music that takes all the pride, power, triumph, and challenge of the 60s – and focuses into a bold new energy for a young generation! The work here draws equally from jazz and soul, with lots of other global influences coming into play ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Scratch The Upsetter Again
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1970. (reissue)
Nice batch of early 70s cuts by Lee Perry, replete with his unique approach and the roots of the out there production and songwriting skills that Lee would use to transform Jamaican music for decades to come! Taken from the LPs Scratch The Upsetter Again and Eastwood Rides Again, filled with the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
MPS (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fantastic trip through the farther reaches of the MPS/Saba Records label – headed up here by the great Nicola Conte – who's taken plenty of inspiration from these tunes in his own music as well! As you'd guess by the title, there's a spiritual jazz approach going on here – but ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1984. (pic cover)
Two of the grooviest tracks from the score to L'Allenatore Nel Pallone – both issued here on a limited 45! "Mundialito" has a Braziliany groove at the bottom, with lots of cuica next to percussion – but the overall rhythm is more leaping and Italian, and a chorus does all ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Extra Soul Perception
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968.
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! ... CD (Jazz CD)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1975. (reissue)
A straight jazz set from KPM, but a great one too – a record that's a great mix of piano and vibes, handled in an almost MPS-ish sort of way! There's a few funky numbers here, and some great rhythms too – very dynamic grooves that are heavy on modal influences, and which really sparkle ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

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Updated February 21, 2019


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