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Sensational Jazz titles!


Chuwanaga (France), Early 80s.
Rare grooves from the British scene at the start of the 80s – catchy soul-based club tunes, served up in the same generation as Level 42 and Shakatak, but a lot more obscure overall! The music here has the UK artists really hitting their stride – no longer just copying American soul ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Art Turk Burton

Ancestral Spirits
TNT, 2019.
A fantastic record from Chicago percussionist Art Turk Burton – a longstanding member of the AACM, but one who's been so busy teaching and helping out on the local scene, he's never gotten the international fame he deserves! Art works here in a large group that mixes contemporary modes and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Late 70s. (pic cover, reissue)
Rare material from the legendary Ramp – two tracks produced by Roy Ayers after the group's classic first album – issued here on a limited 7" single! "Old One Two" sounds like something that would have been right at home on Come Into Knowledge – a bumping groover ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Ruby Rushton

Ironside
22A (UK), 2019.
Completely fantastic work from Ruby Rushton – a UK quartet that we completely love to death – and who sound better here than ever before! Although classic, the special vibe of the group is a bit hard to describe – as they've got a special sense of flow, a special balance of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Resonance, 1969. 2CD
Bill Evans at the end of the 60s – sounding really wonderful here in a set of unreleased live recordings from London! Bill's got the fantastic Eddie Gomez here on bass – who really gets plenty of space to stretch out on the long tracks that make up most of the set – and Evans ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1965. Gatefold (reissue)
Don't let the title fool you, as the album's hardly an "etcetera" – not some run-on work from Wayne Shorter, but a real lost cooker from his 60s Blue Note years! The record's got a very sharp-edged quartet sound – a bit modern and edgey at times, with sharp tenor lines from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Resonance, Late 50s. 2CD
Really fantastic early work from guitar genius Wes Montgomery – a series of live recordings from his Indianapolis roots – done at a level that's quite different than his bigger records of the 60s! Even at this early age, Wes is already a chromatic master – able to get sounds out ... CD (Jazz CD)

9th Creation

Step Ahead
Past Due, Early 80s.
Fantastic music from 9th Creation – an album that was recorded in the early 80s, but never issued at the time – which is a heck of a shame, as it's some of the best work we've ever heard from the group! The album's got a great blend of funk and soul – with a deepening of both the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
WEA/Real Gone, 1973. (reissue)
One of the best of the blacksploitation scores of the early 70s – a masterpiece of music that we rate every bit as high as Shaft or Superfly – maybe even higher! The music here is incredible – a surprising funky turn for JJ Johnson, who most folks know for his straighter jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Fashion/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s/1990s. 2CD
An overdue look at London's Fashion Records label – an important reggae imprint that was to the British scene of the late 20th Century what Trojan was in the 70s! But Fashion also had a quality that did them one better – they recorded and issued work that originated in the UK – ... CD (Reggae CD)
Modern Harmonic/Something Weird, 1962. (reissue)
A very cool soundtrack for a very weird movie – an early 60s nudie film, but one that's a fair bit tamer and sweeter than material from later in the decade! The focus here is on the music – which is surprisingly well-done, and mixes jazz with exotic currents – often with a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Akira Ishikawa

Back To Rhythm
Sony/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975.
Heavy funk from a hip Japanese combo – one that features lots of drums and percussion from leader Akira Ishikawa, plus plenty of guitar, keyboards, and hard-riffing horns! Akira's taking most of his cues here from American funk of the early 70s – work by Incredible Bongo Band, BT ... CD (Jazz CD)
New Jazz, 1958. (reissue)
A fantastic early album from jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby! Ashby's a unique talent like no other – and despite the fact that she plays a rather sleepy instrument, the harp, she swings with an other-worldly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Kelly Finnigan

Tales People Tell
Colemine, 2019.
A killer debut from soul singer Kelly Finnigan – an artist who's got years of experience under his belt, working on other folks' projects – finally out in the spotlight on his own! Kelly's a blue-eyed singer, but has a voice that crackles with a classic soul rasp – set up here in ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Potter & Tillman

New York To LA – Coasting
Po/et/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1980. (reissue)
A fantastic collaboration between Andrew Potter and David Tillman – a duo who only cut a handful of records back in the day, all of them great! Potter & Tillman have a very collaborative spirit here – which opens the door to a host of hip soulful talents – including the great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Def Jam, 1988.
Slick Rick's first solo album – one of the vital early front-to-back hip hop albums of the late 80s Def Jam prime era – and up there with the best ever! MC Ricky D introduced the world to a whole new rap style on Doug E Fresh's "The Show" and by the time this album dropped the ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Closed Sessions, Late 2000s.
A still fresh-sounding snapshot of the some the leading lights of the Chicago and Chicago-connected independent hip hop scene of the immediate post-millennium – with Curren$y, Rhymefest, BJ The Chicago Kid, Amanda Diva, Bun B, Kidz In The Hall and more – strong soulful and true ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Teensville, Late 60s.
The Californians are liars, at least when it comes to their name – as the group hail from mid 60s England, and not the sunny west coast – but we can more than forgive them that fib, given that their music here is so downright groovy! Their name's not a complete mistake, as the group ... CD (Rock CD)
Allchival (Ireland), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
A really fantastic little collection – one that opens the door to a whole new understanding of Irish music – and one that will certainly get you past more familiar expectations of The Chieftains and The Pogues! This set is very heavy on jazzy elements – and while we've never ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Erwin Somer Group

Erwin Somer Group
Universe (Netherlands), 1973. (reissue)
A vibes, percussion, and Fender Rhodes masterpiece – and one that's got some really hard-driving percussion as well! The set's maybe the only one we've ever seen from Dutch musician Erwin Somer – both a vibist and a percussionist, working here strongly in both modes – in a very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Rob

Hell Fire
Tambourine Party (Netherlands), 1981. (reissue)
A rare funky nugget from Rob – the Ghanaian singer who's best known for his Funky Rob Way classic – and who sounds equally great on this set from the start of the 80s! Rob's plenty funky throughout, but also opens up his groove a bit more too – with strong boogie elements on a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Atlantic, 1967. 5 x 7 inch set (reissue)
A wonderful document of a crucial year in the life of Aretha Franklin – 1967, the year in which she really found her wings, and took off in the company of Atlantic Records! Atlantic really helped Aretha find just the right sort of setting for her magnificent vocals – kind of a more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

George Benson

Walkin To New Orleans
Provogue, 2019.
Guitar legend George Benson pays tribute to the music of New Orleans – and also hearkens back to his earliest years in R&B, before he rose to jazz fame in the 60s! George sings as much as he plays guitar here – working in a tight combo that's heavy on soul styles – and most ... CD (Jazz CD)

Intellexual (Nate Fox & Nico Segal)

Intellexual (with bonus download)
Fantasy, 2019.
A really great step forward for Nate Fox and Nico Segal – who you might know from the Chicago collective The Social Experiment – set here to transform the world of contemporary soul on their own! The album's got this really fantastic, yet sensitive blend of modes – tunes that are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Chiminyo

I Am Chiminyo EP
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
Pretty amazing work from Chiminyo – aka jazz drummer Tim Doyle, who also finds a way to trigger samples when he plays – creating this one-man sound on the record that really comes as quite a surprise! All three tracks on the EP were performed live by Chiminyo – and while he's ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Atco/Wounded Bird, 1969/1970.
A pair of classics from one of the best saxophonists in soul music – back to back on a single CD! First up is an Instant Groove from King Curtis – and a record that's even more deeply soulful than some of his other Atlantic albums! The title cut's a killer – a hard-vamping ... CD (Soul CD)
Nimbus/Providenciales (France), 1979. (reissue)
A really cool little set from a small Michigan group – one who serve up soul with a bit of a fusion twist – all in a sound that's quite unique! At some level, Nimbus remind us of the groups bubbling under on the Austin scene of the mid 70s – working without any need for standard ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s.
A pretty fantastic selection of rare disco tracks from the American underground – all of them infused with a spiritual message, but served up with grooves that go head to head with some of the best underground club of the time! The mix of positive energy and upbeat grooves is wonderful ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Modern Harmonic, 1987. DVD & 7 inch
A fantastic package – a 7" sleeve that contains the full film of the meeting between Sun Ra and John Cage – legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer Cage and jazz visionary Ra – both performing together at a special one-ni ... DVD (Jazz DVD)

Hampshire & Foat

Saint Lawrence
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019.
The duo of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat keep on getting more and more interesting as the years go on – to a point where they seem to be carving out a really special place in music that might well be a genre of their own! The music here represents a wonderful evolution of their skills ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1955.
Great early material from Hank Mobley – a record that's practically a Jazz Messengers album, given the lineup – and which comes across with the fire and power of that classic group at their start! Mobley's tenor is set tightly in a combo that includes Horace Silver on piano, Doug ... CD (Jazz CD)
Paramount/Quartet (Spain), 1963.
Two 60s sex comedy soundtracks – back to back on a single CD! George Duning is at his grooviest on the music for Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed – a great Dean Martin film from 1963, scored by Duning with a mixture of jazzy modes – often with woodwinds that are surprisingly ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Juice People Unlimited/Rudy Ray Moore

Disco Godfather (2019 Record Store Release)
Strange Disc, 1979. (reissue)
One of the rarest albums of the 70s to bear the name of Rudy Ray Moore – even though the raunchy comedian only starred in the film, and didn't create the music! Instead, the grooves here were handled by the obscure Juice People Unlimited – a clubby combo who've got just the right ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Craft, Late 60s.
A very hip trip into the psychedelic underground of the 60s – in a set that goes way deeper than some of the bigger acts you might know from the time! In keeping with some other recent projects on the Craft label, this one pulls together slices of sounds from some relatively unlikely sources ... CD (Rock CD)
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 60s.
Killer work from a time when the Jamaican music scene was really coming into its own – served up here from the vaults of Federal Records, who were one of the key imprints helping capture the new Kingston sounds of the 60s! Federal already had roots in Jamaican jazz and other styles, which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Sunset Blvd, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Aaron Neville's made many great records over the years – but to some of us, he never sounded better than on these early sides with legendary producer Allen Toussaint – a studio genius who really helped set Neville in just the right sort of space! Lots of these tracks are mellow, but ... CD (Soul CD)
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1973. (reissue)
An obscure bit of heavy soul – and the only vocal album on the jazz-based Eastbound imprint of Detroit's legendary Westbound Records! Albert's a blues artist, and sings in a soulful electric style that's similar to some of the Stax work of Albert King – but which has a bit more of a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
20th Century/Universal, 1970s. 7CD
The essential 70s run of classics by Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra – all their 20th Century Records LPs from 1973 to 1979 in a perfect little 7CD box set! The styles range from soaring soulful sounds that more than earn the usage of the word Orchestra, to funky instrumental ... CD (Soul CD)

Lee Fields & The Expressions

It Rains Love
Big Crown, 2019.
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

New Jazz Orchestra

Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe
Verve/Aartrud (Italy), 1969. (reissue)
A wonderful wonderful set from the British jazz scene of the late 60s – beautifully inventive large ensemble material, done under the direction of Neil Ardley – and featuring some of the best British jazz musicians of the time! The group's a showcase not only for creative young talent ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Atlantic (Japan), 1967/1968. 2CD
Think you know the sound of Atlantic Records in the 60s? Think again – because this stunning series opens the vault to a huge amount of rare treasures from the legendary label! The package is amazing – and offers up rare tracks that were mostly only issued by Atlantic on singles ... CD (Soul CD)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. (pic cover)
A surprising upbeat groover from Quantic – a cut that's a fair bit clubbier than some of his funk and global projects of years back – but which also has all the depth that he brought to those recordings too! The original mix bubbles with straightforward beats, cool bubbling keys, and ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Deep Funk 12-inch)
Som Livre/Vinilisssimo (Spain), 1974. (reissue)
A rare bit of glam rock from 70s Brazil – which you might have guessed from the look of Edy Star on the cover! The set's a bit different than UK glam, though – as it still carries some of the touches of the post-Tropicalia scene – particularly some of the sounds of Raul Seixas ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Disco Space Funk Band

Journey Through The Night
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1978.
A sweet little record that's way better than you might ever guess from the title – almost more of a jazz funk effort overall, with excellent work on guitar, trumpet, saxes, and keyboards! There's vocals on the album, but maybe more in a backup sort of way – and although the cuts could ... CD (Soul CD)
Parlophone, Late 60s. 4 x 7 inch set
A fantastic treasure for David Bowie fans – the first-ever vinyl appearance of some really wonderful material recorded right at a time when he was really finding his voice! A few cuts here are demos that offer very different versions of the better-known tracks, and other tunes are completely ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock 7-inch)
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
One of the funkiest albums ever from Junior Parker – a great little set that shows he had a lot more to offer than just the average bluesman! The album's got a nice little soul sound in the backings – tight rhythms from Horace Ott, who nicely avoids a lot of the cliches that the blues ... CD (Blues CD)

Alex Wing & David Boykin

Vision Without Words
Alex Wing, 2019.
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from David Boykin – a set of spare duets with multi-instrumentalist Alex Wing – done at a level that really pushes Boykin's sounds on both tenor and bass clarinet! The tunes here are all freely improvised, and Wing often plays guitar ... CD (Jazz CD)
Elektra/Wounded Bird, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Great second-chapter work from Lonnie Mack – brought together here with his 1963 debut as well! That album is the first – The Wham Of That Memphis Man – a killer blend of southern soul and rockabilly grit from Lonnie Mack – his first album and a really incredible effort ... CD (Rock CD)
Afrodesia (Nigeria), Late 70s. (reissue)
Christy Essien is a singer with a very unusual voice, especially for the Nigerian scene – kind of this flowing, rich approach that seems to work equally well with ballads and groovers! There's plenty of the latter here – tunes that get great backing from Blo, who you probably know from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Nitai Dasgupta

Songs Of India
Mushroom/Manufactured, Late 60s. (reissue)
Beautiful vocal work from Nitai Dasgupta – a singer in the Indian classical tradition, but working here in two different modes that are equally great! One side of the record has shorter songs that balance Dasgupta's vocals with light percussion and a bit of flute – and the other has a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Fungus/Trading Places (UK), 1973. (reissue)
An overlooked gem from Irma Thomas – and one of her deepest soul albums ever! The set was recorded with Swamp Dogg at the production helm, and he gives Irma this wonderfully rootsy feel throughout the record – the kind of vibe she definitely never got in the 60s, and a sound that seems ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Westbound/Tidal Waves, 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins – a key part of the George Clinton P-Funk universe in the 70s – finally getting a chance to step out on his own! Haskins arranged and produced the set – with a bit of arranging help from Bernie Worrell – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jack Ashford

Hotel Sheet
Magic Disc/Everland (Austria), 1977.
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of ... CD (Soul CD)

Jerry Bergonzi

Seven Rays
Savant, 2019.
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from tenorist Jerry Bergonzi, and one of the most beautiful too – a suite of tracks all based around the "seven rays" concept of spirituality – working together to provide a wonderfully righteous setting for Jerry's horn! Bergonzi ... CD (Jazz CD)

Patrick Cornelius

This Should Be Fun
Posi tone, 2019.
Patrick Cornelius steps out here both as a strong leader, and as a great songwriter too – on a set that's filled with almost all original material from the pen of the alto saxophonist – tunes that have a strong sense of color and verve, which makes the record one of the most ... CD (Jazz CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s. Gatefold
A totally amazing record that deserves to be right at the top of the greatest trippy albums of all times – even though it was never issued at the time! The Moon Express are a group shrouded in mystery – whose one claim to fame was an appearance on a Monkees TV special, but who also ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Jean-Charles Capon

L'Univers Solitude
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever recorded by the legendary Saravah Records label in France – and that's saying a heck of a lot, because just about every one of their records was pretty darn cool! This set is based around the music of cellist Jean-Charles Capon – who isn't exactly in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Uuquipleu, Late 70s/1980s/1990s. 3CD
A fantastic overview of the many strong jazz contributions that drummer Leonard King has brought to the Detroit scene from the 70s onward – as a musician who both continues the earlier spirit of righteous groups and soulful combos in that city! The package features unissued material from a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Atlantic (Japan), 1968/1969. 2CD
Think you know the sound of Atlantic Records in the 60s? Think again – because this stunning series opens the vault to a huge amount of rare treasures from the legendary label! The package is amazing – and offers up rare tracks that were mostly only issued by Atlantic on singles ... CD (Soul CD)

Budos Band

V
Daptone, 2019.
It's hard to believe that the Budos Band have been around long enough to give us five full albums – but along the way, they've also picked up plenty of power to add to their sound! This time around, the guitars seem even sharper than ever – full and fuzzy, and maybe even touched with ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Allen Toussaint & Others

Artist Producer Songwriter
Sansu/Sunset Blvd, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A tremendous tribute to the genius of Allen Toussaint – the man who almost single-handedly shaped the sound of New Orleans soul in the 60s! As the title implies, Toussaint is featured here as an artist, producer, and songwriter – and most tracks were issued on his Sansu Records label, ... CD (Soul CD)
Odeon/Cornbread, 1957. (reissue)
Amazing early stuff from Bola Sete! Most of Sete's recordings were made in the US – for labels like Fantasy or Takoma during the 60s and 70s – but this rare set was recorded in Brazil back when he was still living there, and it features a side of Sete that's totally different than any ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Herbie Hancock

Fat Albert Rotunda
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1969. (reissue)
The start of funky funky Herbie Hancock! This album's the first to feature Herbie really breaking away from his straight jazz work – moving into a groove that's nice and funky, using electric piano along with acoustic, to forge the sound that he'd develop famously over the 70s. The album's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Michel Roques

Chorus
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Cotillion/Wounded Bird, 1970/1971.
Two Cotillion classics from Screaming Lord Sutch – back to back on a single CD! First up is Lord Sutch & Heavy Friends – an album that's almost equally well-known for its work by a host of famous guests – including Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and others! Page is ... CD (Rock CD)
CAM/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1979.
Stelvio Cipriani at his funkiest – taking all the lessons learned from his slinky, erotic sounds of the early 70s – and turning them into a mix of sweet sounds with a great late 70s vibe! Some tracks are upbeat and almost have a clubby feel, others have a great slow-stepping approach ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
HoZac, 2019.
Bob Bert is a lot more than just a drummer and this a lot more than a mere memoir, with tons of Bert's photographs from the early 80s NYC downtown scene, interviews and photos from his great 90s DIY zine BB Gun and lots more! Bert played in early era Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Chrome Cranks and ... Book (Book)

Juju (Oneness of Juju)

Live At 131 Prince Street
P-Vine (Japan), 1973.
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Astral Spirits, 2019.
The music of the legendary Moondog, but performed here with a unique spin that's all its own – by a strong group of Chicago musicians led by tenorist Dustin Laurenzi! Unlike some other Moondog tributes, which often stick strongly in the spirit of the original recordings, these guys really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
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)
Decca/Quartet (Spain), 1967.
An unusual film score from the great Francis Lai – done right around the same time as his global hit A Man & A Woman/Un Homme Et Une Femme – but with a slightly different vibe overall! The film's an obscure Michael Winter effort – and Lai brings in richer orchestrations at ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra

Call (180 gram pressing)
Nimbus/Outernational (UK), 1978. (reissue)
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Paolo Fresu/Richard Galliano/Jan Lundgren

Mare Nostrum III
Act (Germany), 2019.
Piano, trumpet, and accordion – a really beautiful combination here in the hands of three masters of their instruments – trumpeter Paolo Fresu, accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianist Jan Lundgren! The set isn't the first this trio has recorded – and it definitely shows their ... CD (Jazz CD)
Heavenly Star/Snow Dog, Early 80s. (reissue)
Fantastic funk from the Heavenly Star side of the P&P Records universe – instrumental cuts, but with a decidedly old school vibe – as if they were recorded by some funk band that had been jamming between DJ sets in the South Bronx! There's some cool spooky touches around the edges ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Robert Stillman

Reality
Orindal, 2019.
The most spiritual set we've heard so far from reedman Robert Stillman – a set hat's filled with slow-building tunes that provide a fantastic display for his saxophone solos! The record oddly has no credits, so we're not sure who's working with Stillman on the set – but the drummer is ... CD (Jazz CD)

Alan Broadbent

New York Notes
Savant, 2019.
Rock-solid work from pianist Alan Broadbent – a musician who's contributed so much to so many, we sometimes forget the greatness of his talents! Broadbent steps in with the confidence of an old school pianist – swinging things with a mix of bop and lyricism that hearkens back to the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Romolo Grano/Gianni Oddi

Le Montagne Della Luce EP
Four Flies (Italy), 1975.
Beautiful soundtrack gems from the 70s Italian scene – some of them unreleased, and all filled with some of the coolest, most beautiful elements of the time! This EP only features five tracks, but all of them are wonderful – some with otherwordly vocals by Edda Dell'Orso, some with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Quiana Lynell

Little Love
Concord, 2019.
A gorgeous Concord debut from New Orleans singer Quiana Lynell! She's backed up here by an impressive group of jazz players including Cyrus Chestnut, Ed Cherry and others, but it's Quiana's beautiful voice and lovely take on timeless songcraft that make this one so special. Includes takes on ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Storyville (Denmark), 1965.
The Danish scene provided tenor legend Ben Webster a great home in later years – around the same time that Copenhagen was an important spot for Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and other American players too! This set marks Ben's first performance on that scene – and is well-captured by ... CD (Jazz CD)
Dagored (Italy), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
A groovy little gem from Riz Ortolani! The soundtrack's got an excellent late 60s feel – with tracks that mix electric bass with sitar, flute, organ, and some fuller jazzy arrangements. There's a strong jazz component running through the mix – taking the score past some of the easier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Rhino, Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A totally great, totally groovy collection of work from the LA scene of the 60s – a set that masterfully blends all the garage, psych, and offbeat pop that was coming out of the City Of Angels during this heady period – often with modes that were really criss-crossing each other in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Stax, Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A classic set from 1969 – issued as a special project by Stax in their first year after parting with Atlantic, almost as a message to that label that they were more than capable of handling things on their own! The double-length set brings together the label's best male and female artists, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
A&M/Verve, 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
Mindblowing music from the great Don Cherry – quite a statement, given how much fantastic sounds Cherry had already given us by this point in his career! In the years before this set, Don had worked in some very free, avant modes – and also explored a fair bit of global styles too ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Alexander Hawkins

Iron Into Wind
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019.
Really unique solo piano work from Alexander Hawkins – an artist we've been enjoying more and more in recent years, and who really makes his voice known on this well-conceived set! Hawkins has this unusual approach to his instrument – relatively free, but often quite tuneful – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Herbie Hancock

Crossings
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Herbie Hancock further expands his cosmic vision in this groundbreaking album of free-flowing fusiony tracks – a record that really steps up his range of keyboards, mixing in both acoustic and electric pianos, mellotron, and even a bit of spacey moog from the legendary Patrick Gleeson! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

John Baker, Delia Derbyshire, & David Cain

BBC Radiophonic Music (pink vinyl pressing)
BBC/Silva Screen (UK), 1968.
One of the first great recorded documents of the genius of the BBC Radiophonic Music laboratories – home to pioneering electronic talents Delia Derbyshire, John Baker, and David Cain! The trio are heard here on a set of amazing tracks recorded for BBC radio plays in the 60s, plus a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Blossom Dearie/Bobby Jaspar

Adorable Blossom Dearie (3CD set)
El (UK), Late 50s. 3CD
A great look at the earliest years of the lovely Blossom Dearie – and a set that also features a surprising amount of work from reedman Bobby Jaspar, who was making big waves on the Paris jazz scene at the same time the young Blossom was living in France! CD1 features the pair together ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Ugo Busoni/Gerardo Iacoucci

Rullio/Violenza
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. (reissue)
Tight funky drums kick of "Rullio" – a wicked bit of sound library funk that has these really evil keyboards moving up and down – echoing a slasher horror edge, but with a lot more funk in the mix overall! "Violenza" has more great drums too – a bit more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Demon (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
The vaults of horror here are open pretty darn wide – so much so that they run a span from the initial years of Italian giallo films, all the way through some of the more electric slasher and shock films of the 80s! As with the first film, the package goes way past the obvious – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan

Epistrophy
ECM (Germany), 2019.
The fragile side of Bill Frisell, captured here in a really beautiful way – a set of unadorned live duets with bassist Thomas Morgan – playing together at the Village Vanguard, with a sound that's maybe even slightly warmer than the album might have been than if recorded by ECM in the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities

Do Something/When
It's Soul Time, 2018.
A fantastic little single from Ernest Ernie – one that bumps along in a groove that reminds us of the best Chicago soul at the end of the 60s – that loping rhythm that's perfect for sweeter-styled vocals like Ernie's! The flipside's pretty fantastic too – graced with light ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Roy Ayers

Silver Vibrations
Uno Melodic/BBE (UK), Early 80s.
A fantastic lost chapter in the career of genius soul/jazz/funk maestro Roy Ayers – a set that was only ever issued in the UK, and which is a great second part to his Lots Of Love album on the Uno Melodic label! This album features a few tracks from that gem, but in longer versions – ... CD (Soul CD)
Inevitable/Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
A great little package that finally gives the Liverpool scene its due – especially during a time when many other English cities are credited with helping to shape the sound of modern music! Late 70s Liverpool had little going on since the Beatles and Brit Invasion groups – but the rise ... CD (Rock CD)

Herbie Nichols

Herbie Nichols Trio
Blue Note (Japan), 1955/1956.
Some of the most exciting piano jazz ever recorded – and one of the rare few albums released by the legendary Herbie Nichols! Nichols' firm-handed style is amazing throughout, and the record explodes with energy unheard of on other trio sessions from the time – a fantastic blend of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Daniela Casa/Remigio Ducros

Baterasso/Canottaggio
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. (reissue)
We're not sure how to translate "Baterasso" – but to us, the word may well just mean "funk" – as the tune's this funky monster with heavy drums, a great-paced bassline, and these claps that move all up and down the groove alongside some percussion! "Canottaggio& ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Leonard King

Continunationalizing
Uuquipleu, 2019.
An excellent ensemble from the contemporary Detroit scene – one whose work evokes the modes of the city's older groups on Tribe Records and Strata – with a vibe that's wonderfully spiritual and righteous! The driving force of the group is drummer Leonard King – who you might know ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s.
A wonderful tribute to the songwriting genius of Leonard Cohen – one that begins with some of his key contemporaries taking on his important songs – then stretches out over the space of decades, to show just how important Cohen's material has been to more contemporary performers! In ... CD (Rock CD)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Change Is (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1969.
Change is certainly in the air for the famous group of tenorist Don Rendell and trumpeter Ian Carr – partly because this final set has some slight shifts in personnel, and partly because a few elements point the way towards new directions that Carr would take in the 70s! The core energy of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Sapporo/HMV (Japan), 1999. (reissue)
A smoking trio set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – recorded in New York with help from Lisle Atkinson on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! The date's a bit later than some of the classics from the golden age of Japanese piano trio recordings, but has a very similar vibe – and in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fontana (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
A great overview of one of the greatest 60s groups to ever record on the UK scene – the legendary Walker Brothers, who then spun off Scott Walker as a solo act – then reformed briefly for a few more records in the 70s! Scott Walker's solo work has become the stuff of legend over the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Herbie Hancock

Mwandishi
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1971. (reissue)
An excellent session that was one of Herbie Hancock's first free-flowing fusion records of the 70s! Herbie's playing Fender Rhodes with a sound that's at once cosmically beautiful, soulfully fragile, and spacily grooving – and he gets some excellent accompaniment from an all-hip group of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Dub Store (Japan), 1960s. 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from the years before reggae became the international sound of Jamaica – music from the island nation's jazz scene, which was at the crossroads of so many different styles of music – jazz from the north, Latin rhythms from Cuba and Puerto Rico, and a fair bit of other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Maple/P-Vine (Japan), 1971.
One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality ... CD (Soul CD)

Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe & Friends

Rouen Dreams
Lion, 2019.
A record that's virtually impossible to describe in words – partly because it's got a trans-historical, trans-spatial sort of vibe – effortlessly filtering together the best roots of older French pop music, and combining them with a range of underground pop elements that reach out to ... CD (Rock CD)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Shades Of Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1964.
The debut of a legendary British jazz group – one who not only gave that nation's scene a fresh voice in music, but who also really set the tone for many other acts to come! After a stretch when the London scene was doing a great job of matching American efforts in bop and swing, players ... CD (Jazz CD)
Gary Simons, 2018.
A beautiful discography, dedicated to the music of Brian Eno – and one that features all his many side projects, solo recordings, and other performances on record from the start of the 70s onwards! The book is hardcover, with full color pages throughout – and each entry reproduces an ... Book (Book)
Elektra/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1985. 2CD
The breakout album from Shirley Murdock – a singer who first rose to fame working with Roger Troutman and Zapp – and who gets plenty of help here from that side of the soul spectrum too! Roger produced and plays on the record, and also wrote most of the songs too – and Larry ... CD (Soul CD)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1975. (reissue)
A massive album by Lamont Dozier – probably his best ever! Every cut's a winner, and the LP shines with a sharpness and tightness that's missing from some of Lamont's other LPs from the 70s. The songwriting is impeccable – and as the album progresses, you get that eerie "deja ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1968.
A masterpiece of British jazz from the end of the 60s – a set that doesn't need to answer at all to any of the jazz styles coming from America at the time – as it's sound and vision is so bold, so unique, it's a completely massive statement on its own! The set may well represent the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Yvonne Fair

Bitch Is Black
Tamla (Japan), 1975.
Heavy heavy funk from the mighty Yvonne Fair – a 70s bad soul sister that we'd rank right up there with Betty Davis! Yvonne got her start working with James Brown in a sweeter mode, but by the time of this mid 70s debut, she'd hit a really hard-wailing sort of style – one that had the ... CD (Soul CD)
Ace (UK), Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A very different picture of the British scene than you might know from the worlds of classic rock and chart hits of the early 70s – as this collection focuses on a really special sort of sound that hints at the bleaker, less satisfying sides of English life – often with a slightly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Paul Gonsalves

Boom Jackie Boom Chick
Vocalion/Monkey Dog (Germany), 1963.
Tremendous work from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves – one of his rare UK sessions from the 60s, all of which show that he had a fantastic sound that went way beyond his more famous work with Duke Ellington! The style here is tight, hip, and very grooving – work by a quartet that features ... CD (Jazz CD)
Elektra/Fat Possum, 1982.
A key part of the initial tremendous legacy of X – one of the greatest run of records that any group could ever hope for! This third set has the group honing and refining their sound even more – losing none of their roots in the LA hardcore scene, but also inflecting their sound with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Austin Boogie Crew, 2019. (pic cover)
Beaty, bassy, and pretty darn electric – a great set of tracks that definitely looks at the world of 80s groove with the best vision hindsight has to offer! That is – the music is full of all the best elements of the electro soul generation – but served up without any of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Brenda Holloway

Every Little Bit Hurts
Tamla/Motown (Japan), 1964.
Classic heartbreaking soul from Brenda Holloway – one of the weepiest early records on Motown, as you might guess from the title! The style here is almost more New York uptown than Detroit at times – a fair bit like Maxine Brown with its mix of strength and fragility on the vocals, and ... CD (Soul CD)
Mango/Cree (Germany), 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
A match made in reggae heaven – the sweet vocals of the great George Faith, and the legendary production talents of Lee Scratch Perry – coming together here in a record that's overflowing with soul! The Perry production is great – never too over the top, but with just enough ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Strut (UK), 1970s/1980s.
The musical wealth of Nigeria seems to know no bounds – especially when it comes to the worlds of funk and soul-styled records – and you can take it from us that when we're digging for vintage African gems, more than most seem to come from Nigeria in the 70s and 80s! That's why, even ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Transversales Disques (France), 1999.
A really haunting record from French composer Igor Wakhvitch – better-known for his more way-out material, but sounding equally great here on an unreleased instrumental set from the end of the last century! The music was composed on his "Mysterious Island 88" system of electronics ... CD (Rock CD)
Act (Germany), 2019.
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Dusk Fire (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1966.
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 ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lyman Woodard Trio

Jazzy Weeknights Special
Uuquipleu, 1974/1993. 2CDs
Rare work from one of the true powerhouse performers on the Detroit jazz scene – organist Lyman Woodard, famous for a few funk records in the 70s – but a musician who also gigged non-stop for decades in the Motor City! This double-length set features two performances, almost 20 years ... CD (Jazz CD)

Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedro Martinez

Duologue
Mack Avenue, 2019.
A record that's recorded by a duo, but one that's got a much fuller sound than you might expect – thanks to the magic of overdub, and to some great production help from Quincy Jones! Alfredo Rodriguez plays piano, Fender Rhodes, and keyboards – Pedro Martinez plays percussion – ... CD (Jazz CD)

David Bowie, Marlene Dietrich, & Others

Just A Gigolo
Cherry Red (UK), 1978.
A mix of sounds and styles for this film set in Weimar Berlin – with Marlene Dietrich as a madam with male gigolos – one of whom is played by David Bowie, at a time when he was famously living in West Berlin, and working with Brian Eno! The film's nothing like that at all, though ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Impulse, 2019.
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Neither One Of Us
SOUL/Motown (Japan), 1973.
A key moment in the career of Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a record that opens the group up to a whole new sound for the 70s! When Gladys Knight started out as a raw R&B-ish singer in the early 60s, nobody would have expected her to have such staying power – and to become one ... CD (Soul CD)
RCA/Dagored (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
A groovy little soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – a set of tracks written for a controversial faux-documentary on slavery, done with better musical touches that are more in keeping with the early 70s release of the film! The movie came from the same producers as Mondo Cane – also scored ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Dome (Gilbert & Lewis)

Dome (with bonus download)
Dome/Editions Mego (Austria), 1980. (reissue)
Stunning post-Wire work from the duo of BC Gilbert and G Lewis – both members of that important punk band of the late 70s, but sounding completely different here on their first album as Dome! In truth, Wire always had something going on that was different than most – especially on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Nolen & Crossley

Ambience
Gordy/Motown (Japan), 1982.
Curtis Nolen and Raymond Crossley may not have been the biggest names to record for Motown in the 80s, but the duo serves up some mighty nice work in this overlooked set – a package of self-produced original material that comes across with a great 80s groove on both the uptempo numbers and ... CD (Soul CD)

Jack Wilson Quartet with Roy Ayers

Call Me – Jazz From The Penthouse
Century 67, 1966.
Fantastic work from one of our favorite jazz duos of all time – pianist Jack Wilson and the young vibes genius Roy Ayers – working here back before his soul/funk fame of the 70s, in a completely different style! Ayers and Wilson only made a handful of records together back in the day ... CD (Jazz CD)

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo

Astral Schlagers – The Singles Collection
Funk Night, 2019.
Fantastic funk from one of the hippest combos currently working on the planet – the mighty Misha Panfilov Sound Combo, a group who effortlessly blend 70s-style funk with some sweet spacey sounds! The "astral" in the title here is very well-placed – as there's a slightly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2019.
Soaring piano, romping drums, and a hell of a lot of spiritual energy from the contemporary London scene – a really fantastic outing as a leader from keyboardist Sarah Tandy, a talent we'll certainly be hearing more from in years to come! The music is fresh and visionary – filled with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Robert Ashley

Private Parts
Lovely, 1977. (reissue)
One of the most important records from composer Robert Ashley – and one that's got a compact approach that helped it circulate a lot more than some of Ashley's larger operas! This piece is very much like those – with Ashley's unique spoken approach – part poetry, part performance ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
On The Corner (UK), 2014. (reissue)
A gem of a record that came out at a time when the UK scene was just beginning to explode with a whole new wave of jazz energy – and a set that's ripe for rediscovery even a few years later! Collocutor are a smallish group – just a septet – but they play with a righteous majesty ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
BRC/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
A rare funky soul classic! This one was originally issued on Brunswick in 1974, and it's darn impossible to find in the original, probably because Brunswick was having a great deal of financial trouble at the time. Whatever the case, the record's a great one – and it's got a tight ensemble ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Victor (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A sweet little set – one that brings together some of the grooviest cuts ever recorded by Japanese singer Yasuko Agawa – one of the leading lights of the overseas scene at the end of the 70s! Yasuko's got this really special blend of styles – a bit jazz, a bit soul, often ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Akiko Yano

Japanese Girl
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1976.
The debut album from Akiko Yano – and a set that's gotten more than a bit of acclaim over the years, in part because the group Little Feat back her on the first half of the record. Akiko sings in Japanese throughout, which sounds surprisingly great next to the rootsier sounds of Lowell ... CD (Rock CD)

Franz Koglmann with Steve Lacy

Flaps
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973. (reissue)
Steve Lacy had plenty of fantastic moments on the European scene of the 70s – but this unique album may well stand as one of his best! The set's very different than any of Steve's recordings with his own group – partly because the core energy here comes from trumpeter Franz Koglmann ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Infinite Spirit Music

Live Without Fear
Ancient Afrika/Jazzman (UK), 1980.
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... CD (Jazz CD)
Nanga Boko (France), 1977. (reissue)
The first album recorded by singer Nkotti Francois and his Black Styls group – a combo who'd been backing Nkotti for years in clubs in Cameroon, and who work here with a very sharp sound right from the start! The instrumentation is often a bit unique – organ and guitar sometimes used ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
P-Vine (Japan), Late 70s.
Don't worry too much about the "bitter grooves" or "AOR" in the title – and just focus on the "soul" – as the set's overflowing with great rare groove tracks from the 70s, very much in the best sort of style that we've loved from P-Vine label reissues over ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Quarteto Maogani

Album Da California
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2019.
A beautiful album from this Brazilian guitar quartet – one that borrows songs equally from bossa nova and American repertoire – and which features the legendary Sergio Mendes helping them out in the studio! Given the instrumentation, though, these guys hardly need Sergio's help – ... CD (Brazil CD)
Mississippi, Late 40s/1950s.
A really unusual slice of music from the southern African scene of the postwar years – sounds from a strange wave of cowboy-inspired music in Zimbabwe and South Africa – but with results that are completely unique! Many of these guys actually wore cowboy hats and played acoustic guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Mark De Clive-Lowe

Heritage II
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2019.
A beautiful second volume in the Heritage series from keyboard genius Mark De Clive Lowe – and one that we like even more than the first! The music here has the strong spiritual currents of the previous set, but also brings in more of the cosmic, electronic modes that we knew in Mark's ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Blue Note/Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A great look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the legendary Blue Note Records label – the company's strong wave of spiritual jazz material recorded during the 60s and early 70s – extremely fine music that's often eclipsed next to the company's better-known hardbop and funky jazz! As ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019. 3CD
There's a heck of a lot of music in this set – more than enough to show that avant guitar genius Fred Frith has been alive and well in recent years – and at very collaborative level too! The package selects recordings from over 80 concerts that Frith performed at The Stone in New York ... CD (Jazz CD)
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. 2LP Gatefold
A great look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the legendary Blue Note Records label – the company's strong wave of spiritual jazz material recorded during the 60s and early 70s – extremely fine music that's often eclipsed next to the company's better-known hardbop and funky jazz! As ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Chuwanaga (France), Early 80s.
Rare grooves from the British scene at the start of the 80s – catchy soul-based club tunes, served up in the same generation as Level 42 and Shakatak, but a lot more obscure overall! The music here has the UK artists really hitting their stride – no longer just copying American soul ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Paulinho Nogueira

Brasil – Violao E Sambalanco
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1960.
Acoustic guitar and lots of lively rhythms – a set that's somewhere in the territory of early records by Luiz Bonfa and Baden Powell, but has a nice sort of flavor that's all its own! Paulinho Nogueira has a chromatic sound to his instrument – as his guitar lines cascade out gently in ... CD (Brazil CD)
Dome (UK), 1996/1998/2001. 3CD
The first three albums from Down To The Bone – packaged here in a nicely-priced set, with bonus tracks too! First up is From Manhattan To Staten – a record that moves across the boroughs of New York – and which also managed to have a huge impact on the Windy City as well – ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Duofel with Carlos Malta & Robertinho Silva

Duofel + 2
SESCSP (Brazil), 2019.
A hip Brazilian guitar duo gets inflected with some nice currents of jazz – as guitarists Fernando Melo and Luiz Bueno are joined by Robertinho Silva on percussion and Carlos Malta on a variety of saxes and flutes! The mix of modes is almost like an extension of some of the 60s experiments ... CD (Brazil CD)

Joshua Redman

Come What May
Nonesuch, 2019.
Really great work from tenorist Joshua Redman – an artist that many have been following for decades – but who, to us, really seems to be hitting a new level of genius in recent years! There's this understated confidence going on here – as if Redman no longer has anything to prove ... CD (Jazz CD)

Soul Message Band

Soulful Days
Delmark, 2019.
A relatively new combo from the Chicago scene – but one who've got deep roots in the soulful side of the spectrum – given that the quintet features organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham, both from the long-running Deep Blue Organ Trio! The style here is an expanded version ... CD (Jazz CD)

Timeless All Stars (Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land)

Timeless All Stars – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1982
Jazz Line (Germany), 1982. 2LP Gatefold
Hard-burning work from the Timeless All Stars – a group named after their record label, but who have a heck of a lot more going on at the core! This isn't just jam session material, as is often the case with an "all stars" group – but instead really well-matched, well-conceive ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Lucas Arruda

Onda Nova
Favorite (France), 2019.
Completely Sublime work from Lucas Arruda – an artist we love more and more with each new record – and one that we can't believe isn't a huge global success by this point! Lucas has a way of mixing together older Brazilian modes – a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, and plenty of soul ... CD (Brazil CD)
Uni/Mercury, 1972. (reissue)
Great stuff – the beginning of the Love Unlimited dynasty! As we're sure you know, Barry White produced this little gem of a record, and the album was a key proving ground for many of his stone cold soul production ideas before he went off and started doing the lead vocals himself. The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Numero/P-Vine (Japan), 1984.
An eerie bit of soul from the 80s scene in Newark – one that's got a special vibe that's all its own – partly due to a real love of echo from the producers! The set uses a fair bit of the electro elements you might know from 80s soul, especially the east coast underground type – ... CD (Soul CD)
Demon (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. 9CD & DVD
An insane amount of material from British 80s soul heroes Five Star – a group who always seem to have an upbeat, catchy sort of vibe – one that holds strong in their music from the early 80s years up through all the changes in R&B at the start of the 90s! This package not only ... CD (Soul CD)
Columbia/Teensville, Late 60s.
Here's a singer you've probably never heard of – but who stands right up there with the best UK pop acts of the late 60s – both a vocalist and a songwriter, gifted with a wonderfully catchy ear for a tune! Graham Bonney's got qualities here that resonate nicely with work of the time by ... CD (Rock CD)

Geraldo Pino

Afro Soco Soul Live
Everland (Austria), 1972. (reissue)
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Patricia Marx

Nova
Canal (Brazil), 2019.
It's been quite awhile since we last heard from Patricia Marx – which is a real shame, as her soulful sounds earlier in the century were some of our favorite to come from Brazil! Despite the disappearance, Patricia hasn't dimmed her talents at all – and here, she works beautifully ... CD (Brazil CD)

Andrea Motis

Do Ouro Lado Do Azul
Verve (Japan), 2019.
Really nice work from Andrea Motis – a singer who's way most than just a pretty face handling a few Brazilian tunes – a she also works here as an instrumentalist, blowing both trumpet and soprano sax, in a way that really adds a lot to the record! The rhythms and most of the ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Muriel Grossmann

Momentum
Dreamland (Austria), 2017.
Great work from one of the most important saxophonists to emerge in recent years – the mighty Muriel Grossmann, a player who seems to be more and more on fire with each new record! Grossmann's a very strong-voiced talent – first on soprano sax, which was her initial calling card – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s.
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Akwassa

In The Groove
Everland (Austria), 1977.
An interesting turning point for this funky Nigerian group of the 70s – as the set's still got the chunky rhythms of previous efforts, but also shows a touch of influence from reggae on some of the grooves – as well as some very cool use of keyboard touches that give the whole thing ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Josh Lawrence

Triptych
Posi tone, 2019.
A really wonderful album from trumpeter Josh Lawrence – a very strong-voiced talent who's got a way of being bright and sharp at the same time, and who can always bring lots of his own compositional strengths to bear as well! The core group is a quartet – with Lawrence blowing ... CD (Jazz CD)

Barbara Howard

On The Rise
Remined/Colemine, 1970.
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 ... CD (Soul CD)

Jake Najor & The Moment Of Truth

In The Cut
Redwoods, 2019.
Jake Najor's a mighty funky drummer – as you'll hear from the very first note on this set – a spark that sets a flame to the album's strong run of tunes in both a funky and instrumental mode, as Jake leads the group through a great assortment of small combo grooves! Most tracks feature ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Lespedeza/Omnivore, 1974. (reissue)
The beautiful debut of Uncle Walt's Band – a 70s group who never moved past underground status, but who had an undeniable impact at the time – so much so that this self-produced record was issued in a number of different formats over the years! The group's maybe best known for their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Dwight Trible

Mothership
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Dexter Story

Bahir
Soundway (UK), 2019.
The world of Dexter Story just keeps getting bigger and bigger – not just because he's a richly collaborative player, but also because he's got this musical style that really opens up to so many different elements – but without ever sounding like he's trying to crash them together in ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)

Boneshaker (Mars Williams/Paal Nilssen-Love/Kent Kessler)

Fake Music
Soul What, 2019.
A trio that really lives up to its name – given that the lineup features three of the most dynamic figures in free jazz over the past few decades! The set was recorded in Chicago, and has a sound that really lives up to that city's embrace of a power trio like this – with completely ... CD (Jazz CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
The only album ever cut as a leader by tenor saxophonist Charles Brackeen during his early years – and a real standout in the catalog of the legendary Strata East label! The set's got an unusual history – in that it's part of the Dolphy Series, recorded before the label started by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Celia

Celia (1970)
Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. (reissue)
Wickedly cool work from this overlooked Brazilian singer – a record that's got a strong sense of soul in the grooves, and a great sense of imagination in the choice of songs! Celia sings early work by Joyce, Lo Borges, Nelson Angelo, and others – with these shifting arrangements from ... CD (Brazil CD)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Phase III (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1967.
The third legendary album from the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – and a set that really has the combo stretching out in the new kind of freedoms offered by the Landsowne series at the time! The group had already made fantastic waves on their previous two albums – but here, the songs ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rasheed Chappell

First Brick
Kay Dee, 2019.
Rasheed Campbell's a hell of an MC – one who pulls no punches at all when tying together his environment and the way it's shaped his outlook on life – and he works here with the mighty Kenny Dope, who produced and mixed the whole record – and really gives it a massive kick right ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Beat (Italy), 1969.
One of the stranger western soundtracks from the 60s Italian scene – scored by one of its most obscure composers too – which maybe gave Pippo Franco a bit more leeway than most to really change things up with his style! The music really moves between a lot of different styles here ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Barclay/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972.
One of the grooviest Brazilian albums you could ever hope to buy – and one that's not even from Brazil, either! This little gem was recorded in France in the early 70s – but it's got a swinging groove that's very similar to the work of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 during the 60s ... CD (Brazil CD)
Atlantic/Rhino, 1972. 4LP
A legendary album – one that has Aretha Franklin returning to her roots in gospel music – but working with all the strength and power that Atlantic Records had to offer! From early years recording as a young voice alongside her father's congregation, Aretha has matured into a hell of a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Mellotronen (Sweden), 1972.
An early 70s recording from Stockholm, but one that's slightly different than some of the better-known overseas material from Dexter Gordon at the time – maybe a bit more laidback, but in a way that also lets the personality of the man really shine through! Part of that quality might come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Trio (Japan), 1977. (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the coolest, grooviest tracks ever recorded by Lorez Alexandria – back to back on a Japanese-only 45! "Send In The Clowns" is taken at this great modal jazz clip – a completely different rhythm than anyone's ever used with the tune, which completely transforms it ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Tompkins Square, Late 60s.
Sublime solo guitar work from Kinloch Nelson – a figure who's spent decades working as a musician and teacher in upstate New York, but who made these recordings when he was just a pretty young guy! The music here fits in perfectly with some of the archival releases on Tompkins Square – ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

John Lennon/Yoko Ono

Wedding Album
Apple/Secretly Canadian, 1969.
One of the weirdest, most experimental albums ever from John Lennon and Yoko Ono – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the nature of their other music! The set's got a cover and title that might make you expect more conventional modes – after all, everyone is familiar with the ... CD (Rock CD)

Tom Harrell

Infinity
High Note, 2019.
Trumpeter Tom Harrell's got this amazing way of always blowing our mind – always bringing something new to the table, but never in a way that ever sounds gimmicky, or like a throwaway project at all! The quality is really something special – because, especially in recent years, each ... CD (Jazz CD)

Luis Bacalov

Si Puo Fare Amigo
Digitmovies (Italy), 1972.
A fantastic Luis Bacalov score for one of the classic films to feature the duo of Bud Spencer and Terence Hill – music that matches the wicked blend of drama and humor that always made their movies so great! The set begins with a great English-language theme – the very catchy "Can ... CD (Soundtracks 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)

Cochemea

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)
Trio (Japan), 1974. (pic cover, reissue)
A unique Japanese-only single – one that features two of the best tracks from the legendary Afro Blue album by Dee Dee Bridgewater! First up is her take on the Bobby Hutcherson classic "Little B's Poem" – a completely wonderful vocal version that, to us, even blows away the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Challenge/Sundazed, Late 50s. (reissue)
A shot of tequila and a whole lot more – one of the few albums issued by the legendary Champs, a group who helped reinvent the sound of instrumental rock at the start of the 60s! The group's classic "Tequila" is a very familiar mix of raunchy sax, strutting guitar, and some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Trio (Japan), 1973. (pic cover, reissue)
Funky keyboard grooves from early 70s Japan – a special single featuring two tracks from the What's Going On album by Takehiro Honda! "Ain't It Funky Now" has Honda on lead keys, with a mean solo in the middle – while a guitar riffs along the famous groove of this James Brown ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Eumir Deodato

Os Catedraticos 73
Equipe/Far Out (UK), 1973.
A rare Brazilian album from the legendary keyboardist Deodato – recorded right around the same time as his classic CTI albums Prelude and Deodato 2 – but much more obscure! This set's got a similar electric vibe, but is much more compact – with maybe more organ than Rhodes, on ... CD (Brazil CD)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1968. (reissue)
Sexteto Miramar are putting plenty of salsa on their seafood on the cover – and they're also putting plenty in their music, too – as they work with a tight combo mode that owes a lot to the Joe Cuba Sextet of the mid 60s, and which also borrows a bit of Latin Soul from the New York ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Perfume Azul Do Sol

Nascimento
Pedra Temple Animal, 1974. (reissue)
That's a trippy cover on the album, and the group are pretty darn trippy too – much more so than most of the popular Brazilian acts of the mid 70s – still working with a sound that hearkens back to the offbeat psych of the Tropicalia generation! We don't know much about these guys, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

High Risk

High Risk
Sister Love/Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1974.
A really unique album by an all-female jazz group from the LA scene of the 70s – a group who were part of the feminist collective of artists distributed by Olivia Records, but who are maybe even more righteous than the rest! The group mix together jazz and poetry – the latter of which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1971.
A biker soundtrack to end all biker soundtracks – one that shares plenty of elements with better-known entries in the genre, but which also has some really wild and offbeat moments! As with most of the short-lived motorcycle soundtrack era, the vibe here is much more rock than other film ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Jimmy McGriff

Fly Dude
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
Some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff – a session that's a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn great! The set's kind of a nice link between the straighter soul jazz of McGriff's 60s years, and his return to the format at the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s.
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Philips/Glam O Rama (Italy), 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really fantastic final album from The Peddlers – the UK trio who effortlessly mixed jazz and soul in the 60s, but who work here in a more expanded format! All the best elements of the group's sound are still nicely in place – those raspy vocals, strong use of keyboards, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Slash/Fat Possum, 1981. (reissue)
A mindblowing album – and one that we'd never part with, ever! X may have sprung from the LA punk scene of the late 70s – but this second album from the group is one that pushes way past every one of their contemporaries – a set that's always urgent, never dated – and which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

Non Ex Orbis
Now Again, 2019.
Some of the fullest, freakiest sounds we've ever heard from Karl Hector & The Malcouns – and a set that almost has the contemporary combo resonating with some of the older psych and fuzz that often gets reissued on the Now Again label! JJ Whitefield – of Whitefield Brothers/Poets ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Julian Lage

Love Hurts
Mack Avenue, 2019.
Julian Lage is often one of the more compelling contemporary jazz guitarists on record – and this time around, he definitely lives up to that legacy – by offering up unusual trio takes on the music of Ornette Coleman, David Lynch, and Keith Jarrett – while also adding in a few of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3LP
An incredible collection of electronic sounds that went on to inform generations of rock, pop, and dance music in years to come – but all featured here with much more interesting examples from the European and American roots of the genre! There's a wonderful criss-crossing of sources going ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Schema (Italy), 2009. 2LP Gatefold
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s.
A revelatory selection of tracks recorded on a Nairobi music scene that was really overflowing with creative energy – so much so that the music here doesn't just come from Kenyan talents, but from Tanzania and the Congo as well! There's a positive spirit that imbues most of the grooves ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Spaceark

Spaceark Is
Color World/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
Great work from Spaceark – a funky soul combo who are much more firmly grounded on earth than their name or cover art might make you expect! The record's got this fantastic glow right from the start – really well-played instrumentation that has lots of jazzy currents – to support ... CD (Soul CD)

Rongetz Foundation

Alphabet City Music Club
Brooklyn Butterfly, 2019.
We've loved these guys since the start, but this time around they really seem to be knocking it out of the park – fusing their fantastic blend of funky jazz and contemporary soul with a fresher vibe than they've ever had before! These guys draw on plenty of classic elements, but never sound ... CD (New Grooves CD)
University Of Texas Press, 2019.
A fantastic little book – way more than just a volume on one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time – as Hanif Abdurraqib also uses their music to look at black life and the media during the years of Tribe's ascendency and growth! We were already blown away by Abdurraqib's previous ... Book (Book)

Irene Nonis

This Love/Night Stuff
Schema (Italy), 2019. (pic cover)
A great slinky groove for the vocals of Irene Nonis – a tune co-written with Nicola Conte, who produced and also plays guitar on the cut! The track's got an easygoing vibe – with congas under keyboards, almost feeling like a sweet-stepping 70s tune! "Night Stuff" is maybe ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Primary Information, 2018.
One of the coolest discographies you'll ever see in your life – a special book devoted to ultra-rare records created by artists as well as musicians – first published in 1989, and filled with a wealth of obscure records from the 50s through the 80s! Musical styles run from avant jazz ... Book (Book)
Bruton Music (UK), Early 70s/2019.
A fresh take on the sound library genius of Bruton – one of the coolest UK commercial studios of the 70s, remixed here by a host of contemporary talents! There's plenty of vintage Bruton tracks that are heavy on soundtrack-styled funk and jazz – and they prove to be a perfect blueprint ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Dureco/P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
Massive grooves from a very unique group! These guys play guitar and percussion all at once – in a flurry of fast grooves that rip away tremendously, but with a style that's still plenty darn earthy! There's definitely a bit of a global influence in the music overall, but the sound comes ... CD (Soul 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)
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)
Mahogani, 2019.
A mighty soulful groove from Amp Fiddler – one that's maybe even more classic than his classic work – and that's really saying a lot! The Jayda G remix begins with just vocals and really spare Fender Rhodes – a stripped-down cut that kicks up the beat only when it's nice and ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (New Grooves 12-inch)
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)

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