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Caetano Veloso

Joia (180 gram pressing)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1975. (reissue)
Caetano Veloso in a wonderfully intimate mode – singing in this great spare setting that features only a bit of minimal instrumentation on guitar, percussion, and keyboards – a style that's very much in the best territory of his Qualquer Coisa record! Veloso's vocals are wonderful in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Blue Note, 1961. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the all-time great tenor/organ sessions on Blue Note – totally fierce, with a sound that's a lot rawer than most other work on the label! The incredible Baby Face Willette grooves it hard and heavy on Hammond – working in a quartet that includes Fred Jackson on tenor, Grant ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Cree (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Tropical club in many flavors – all pulled from the usually-expensive set of reissues done by the Cree Records label – presented here in a very nicely-priced package! Given that most Cree reissues are on 12" singles that push the $20 mark, the 16 tracks within come at a very big ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Os Seis Em Ponto

Os Seis Em Ponto
RGE/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1966. (reissue)
A sweet bossa combo from 60s Brazil – a jazzy little group that features some very early work on piano and arrangements from Francis Hime – whose sense of tone and color is already shining through, even at a relatively young age! Hime plays piano, and Nelson Motta plays guitar – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fantastic collection of vintage soul – really well-chosen tracks that go way past the hits, to uncover some great lost moments from singers both famous and obscure! We've loved all the other entries in this series, but this one may well be one of our favorites – as it's full of ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Brandee Younger

Soul Awakening
Brandee Younger, 2019.
Really beautiful work from Brandee Younger – maybe one of the few artists to mix together jazz and harp since the generation of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane! The record's even hipper than Brandee's last – richer, deeper, and with these strongly spiritual currents that get great ... CD (Jazz CD)

Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra

Why Don't You Listen – Live At LACMA 1998
Dark Tree (France), 1998.
An amazing record from pianist Horace Tapscott – maybe one of his most ambitious projects ever, and a set that stands head and shoulders next to his classic work for the Nimbus label! As with some of those records, this set features his large Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – performing ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/1970s.
Turns out, folks were going to the moon long before Neil Armstrong took his giant step for mankind – spinning out into space with rare singles like these – all great moon-themed numbers that rocket into space with solid fuel of their own! The set's got this fantastic mix of styles ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Lol Coxhill/Joe McPhee/Chris Corsano/Evan Parker

Tree Dancing
OTOroku (UK), 2010.
The title is "Tree Dancing", but it might well be "Reed Dancing" – given that the album features very strong performances from legendary saxophonists Lol Coxhill, Joe McPhill, and Evan Parker – playing live here in various formations with the drummer Chris Corsano! ... CD (Jazz CD)

James Austin Jr

Songs In The Key Of Wonder
JCA, 2018.
Pianist James Austin Jr take son the music of Stevie Wonder, and does a great job of unlocking all the best jazzy currents in Stevie's music! The tunes here are all instrumentals – with Austin's piano (and organ) as the lead solo instrument, in a hip lineup that also includes Joe Magnarelli ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), 1971. 3 CDs
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Brit soundtrack genius Roy Budd – an artist who started with his roots in jazz piano, but who really explodes here in a range of groovy styles! The main title is an incredible blend of Eastern percussion and moody jazz – and other cuts bring in some ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Dam-Funk

STFU II
Glydezone, 2019.
Fantastic funk from Dam-Funk – full of heavy bassbits, sweet beats, and plenty of keyboards – all with that stripped-down sound that always helps us focus on the well-chosen elements in his music! The whole thing's instrumental – and relatively spare, but very fulfilling – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso (1969)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1969.
An album of pure genius – easily one of the greatest Brazilian albums ever, and a landmark set from the Tropicalia years! There's a brilliance here that's hard to describe accurately – quite possibly because the young Caetano Veloso is experimenting with so many new ideas, the album ... CD (Brazil CD)
Detour (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Killer cuts from one of the coolest compilation series we've ever stocked – the long-running Beat Bespoke collection from mod maestro Rob Bailey – a collector with a surprising ear for a funky groove! The records here are all rare rock singles from the late 60s and early 70s – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Night Time Stories, 2019.
We really loved Ash Walker the last time around – but here, he really blows us away by stepping forth into a style that's even stronger than before – more focused, more soul-based, and with a depth that should really put him on the map! As before, there's lots of funky jazz in the mix ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Jacob Do Bandolim

Jacob Do Bandolim 1952 to 1962
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1950s/Early 60s.
A fantastic collection of work from Jacob Do Bandolim – the Brazilian musician who was so great on his instrument, he took its name and added it to his own! The bandolim is the Brazilian equivalent of the mandolin – but Jacob plays here with qualities that are quite far removed from ... CD (Brazil CD)

Charles Gayle/John Edwards/Mark Sanders

Seasons Changing
OTOroku (UK), 2019. 2 CDs
The great Charles Gayle at his best – really opening up with a freewheeling vibe in this long, live improvised performance from London's Cafe OTO! The double-length set presents both performances from the evening – both non-stop improvisations, with John Edwards on bass and Mark ... CD (Jazz CD)
Mercury/Elemental (Spain), 1968. (reissue)
Amazing soul from one of the greats of the 60s! This album was one of the first that Jerry cut for Mercury – where he'd begun working with the young team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff to completely rework the earlier sound he'd forged at Vee Jay Records. The album's still got Jerry singing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso (1971)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1971.
One of the greatest albums ever from Caetano Veloso – a rare all-English language set, recorded in London during the years of his exile! The post-Tropicalia set is a fair bit different than any other Veloso album we can think of – not just because of the English language, but also ... CD (Brazil CD)
New Amsterdam, 2019.
A really striking set from alto saxophonist Caroline Davis – working here in a trio format that's sometimes explosively rhythmic, other times more concerned with unusual sonic textures and tones! The group features drummer Gregory Saunier, and keyboardist Matt Mitchell – who plays ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Baroque Jazz Trio

Baroque Jazz Trio
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Beautiful stuff – and one of the most stunning jazz albums ever recorded – a blinding mix of harpsichord, cello, and Indian percussion – with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album was the brainchild of the cross-culturally fertile Saravah records at the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Past Due, Early 80s.
The overlooked legacy of the Chocolate Buttermilk Band – a long-running combo from the North Carolina scene – one who opened for or backed up some of the biggest soul artists to visit their state – then created some great music on their own! Make no mistake, these guys are way ... CD (Soul CD)

Burt Bacharach

Make It Easy On Yourself
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1969.
Fantastic work by maestro Burt Bacharach – subtle genius, and an album that offers more to us every time we listen to it! Burt's work has been recorded by many – but few ever gave it the kind of treatment that he did – as you'll hear in this brilliant array of sweeping strings, ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Timmion/Daptone, 2019.
Fantastic soul tracks from a label we've been loving right from the start – the long-running Timmion Records – a Finnish imprint with an amazing ear for vintage sounds and funky grooves! We know what you're thinking – Finland is a very unlikely source for great soul music – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
EG/Capitol, 1983. 2CD
An airy, atmospheric classic from Brian Eno – as you might guess from the title – a record that fits in very strongly with his initial Ambient series of albums, but which was also used to accompany a documentary film on the Apollo space flights! Despite that soundtrack use, though, the ... CD (Rock CD)

Caetano Veloso

Araca Azul
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1972.
One of the weirdest, wildest albums Caetano Veloso ever recorded – a highly experimental session that shows that his ties with the avant art world were still plenty strong on his return to Brazil! Despite a goofy cheeseball photo of Veloso on the cover in a bikini, the sound on this one is ... CD (Brazil CD)

Michael Orr & The Book Of Life

Love Will Rise
Birthright/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1981. (reissue)
Stunning sounds from Michael Orr – a singer you might know from his secular work in the duo of Harris & Orr – and who still sounds incredible here in a more spiritual-styled set from the start of the 80s! As with Michael's earlier music, there's a cool, cosmic vibe going on in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Sooper, 2019.
A soaring effort from Kaina – one we're sure to remember as a major creative statement from a versatile singer and as a vital snapshot of a burgeoning era in Chicago's indie soul scene! Kaina's triumph here is the way she sets up a dreamy mood that holds throughout the album – wherein ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

William Hooker

Cycle Of Restoration
FPE, 2019.
CD...$6.99 11.99
An album of complex yet organic textures from drummer William Hooker – working here in a very inventive trio with Mark Kirschenmann on trumpet, and Joe Peterson on bass – both musicians who, with Hooker, find ways together to really open up the sounds of their instrument! If you were ... CD (Jazz CD)
Montuno/Soul Jazz (UK), 1988.
One of the greatest Airto records ever – a really overlooked record cut for the mostly-Latin Montuno label in the 80s! The album's quite spare, and almost more in a Latin mode at times – given the harder percussion on the set, and the firey recording style given to the set by Montuno ... CD (Brazil CD)
Funk Embassy (Estonia), 1970s/Early 80s.
A really ear-opening compilation – one that brings together an insane range of music from Estonia – one of the smaller of the Soviet-era Eastern Bloc nations – and a surprising hotbed of groovy activity! The tunes here are definitely in the funk, disco, and jazz modes promised by ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Brother Music (Denmark), 1981.
The first album from Laid Back – the Danish duo who would soon dominate the world of breakdance with their electro-pop groove! This set has Laid Back sounding maybe a bit more rock at the core, but still with plenty of electronic touches around the edge – maybe a catchier version of ... CD (Soul CD)
Island, 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
A really beautiful little record from John Martyn – a set in which he's really perfected his talents, and found a way to stand out from just about anyone else in the pack – including the best of his British folk rock contemporaries! Martyn plays acoustic guitar, but the record's hardly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s/Early 70s. 3LP
The largest set so far in this excellent series of American soul releases from Mississippi Records – and like the previous volumes, an expansive set that really digs deep into the most soulful corners of the 60s and 70s! The work here is a mix of obscure tracks and overlooked gems from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Phaze II

No Cover Charge
Phaze II Jazz, 2019.
Sweet jazzy funk from Phaze II – a DC combo who've been together for over 20 years, and who've really sharpened up their sound during that time! The group have worked in clubs – both as a solo act, and as backup for visiting soul singers – and they've got a really tight vibe, but ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lou Donaldson

Sunny Side Up
Blue Note (Japan), 1960.
One of the most perfectly crafted moments of Lou Donaldson's hardbop genius at Blue Note – and a beautiful example of the way that Lou could handle the alto sax with a sharpness that earned him a place in the post-Parker lineage – but also a sense of soul that was miles away from Bird! ... CD (Jazz CD)

Fred Bongusto

Un Detective
Quartet (Spain), 1969.
A jazzy gem from the team of Fred Bongusto and Roby Poitevin – a score with even more charm than usual for this magical soundtrack era! The score has some of Bongusto's usual touches, but a warmer feel as well – almost some French scoring touches folded into the mix, served up on bits ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
You might know Guts as a music producer, but he's also a hell of a DJ – one who gave us a really great assortment of tracks in his Beach Diggin series – and who spins the globe here with a whole different sort of groove! The tracks here are from a variety of global sources, from a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Blue Note, 1974. (reissue)
The greatest moment ever from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a funky, soulful flute player who had more than her share of great moments over the years! This set may well be the summation of all the genius that Humphrey had to offer – a collaboration with genius producer Larry Mizell, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Smoke Sessions, 2019.
A great little session from drummer Al Foster – a musician who's name doesn't always show up on records as a leader, but which always gets our attention when it does! And this time around, Foster definitely lives up to that attention – as he delivers a set that's crackling with tight, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sam Rivers/Cecil McBee/Norman Connors

Emanation – Sam Rivers Archive Project Vol 1
No Business (Lithuania), 1971.
A tremendous lost performance from the great Sam Rivers – working here with an ultra-hip trio that features Cecil McBee on bass and Norman Connors on drums! The style is in that free, longform improvisation mode that Rivers hit as the 70s began – often quite spiritual in nature, even ... CD (Jazz CD)

Peru Negro

Peru Negro
Virrey/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
An Afro-Peruvian classic, and a folkloric set that really gets at the complicated modes of the genre! There's plenty going on here, but always in a relatively organic way – an unusual blend of Spanish-styled guitar, earthy percussion, and vocal passages that evoke styles from island cultures ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Blue Note, 1968. (reissue)
A seminal album from Hammond giant Lonnie Smith – a bold statement that really gives the organist his own identity after some killer work in the combos of Lou Donaldson and George Benson! Lonnie's one of the key flag-fliers of the new style of funky organ jazz – a mode different from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Tenderlonious

Hard Rain
22A (UK), 2019.
A very different album than the previous Tenderlonious record – but a set that's still overflowing with the soulful sounds that made us love his music in the first place! Last time around, Tenderlonious worked with the 22A Arkestra – a group of labelmates that fleshed out his sound ... CD (Jazz CD)

Carioca & Devas

Misterios Da Amazonia
Atonal Producoes/Altercat (Germany), 1980.
A Brazilian album from the start of the 80s, but one recorded in an all-acoustic mode that makes the whole thing tremendously timeless over the years! Ronaldo L Freitas is the guitarist pictured on the front – and he provides these amazing guitar lines that have all the deftness of the best ... CD (Brazil CD)

Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)

Tuxedo III
Funk On Sight, 2019.
There's a sticker on the cover that proclaims "third time's the charm" – and while that might be the case, we've also got to admit that we've always been pretty well charmed by Tuxedo – a great outlet for the soulful talents of Mayer Hawthorne, as he teams up with Jake One! ... Cassette (Cassette)
Blue Note, 1969. (reissue)
Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that's right up there with Lou Donaldson's work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Werther

Werther
Stylo/Altercat (Germany), 1970.
A lost late bossa gem from the Brazilian scene of the 70s – served up by a singer with an acoustic guitar, but in a way that's a lot more complex than bossa nova records of the 60s! Werther works here in territory that's a bit like Joyce or Edu Lobo at the time – music that uses the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Vinny Golia/John Carter/Bobby Bradford/Glenn Ferris

Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles 1979
Dark Tree (France), 1979.
Reedman Vinny Golia works here with a very hip group – a special quartet with the legendary John Carter on clarinet and Bobby Bradford on cornet – plus trombone from Glenn Ferris as well! The vibe of the set is much more in the spirit of Golia's complex records from the time, instead ... CD (Jazz CD)

STVZ

Imposter
Chupa Manga, 2019.
Richly textured work from STVZ – music that echoes lots of the other currents we love in contemporary Brazilian music, but maybe with a quality that's a bit more abstract! The tracks here are all relatively short – there's 17 of them on an album that's only close to an hour in length ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

William Hooker

Is Eternal Life
Reality Unit Concepts/Superior Viaduct, 1976. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A rare treasure from the loft jazz years of the New York scene – an early session led by drummer William Hooker – with very open, improvised tracks featuring a shifting lineup that includes work on tenor by both David Murray and David S Ware! In truth, the concept of "lineup" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Casablanca/Universal, 1974. (reissue)
A seminal album from Parliament – one that's very very different than the freaky fuzz of their Osmium debut – and which has the tight ensemble really coming down on the money, in the best funky 70s George Clinton mode! The record features a much more stripped down sound – nice ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Various

Acid LP
Hot Mix 5/Still Music, 1988.
A killer classic from a time when the Chicago house scene was really taking off – that second generation of underground productions that was tagged with the "acid" term, because of the way they were using older riffs and keyboards to change things up! The Brits got that all wrong, ... CD (Soul CD)
Hop/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A classic album of rocksteady genius from Derrick Morgan – a set that showcases both his efforts as a soulful singer and producer – working here with a variety of artists on recordings for his own Hop Records label! Side one features Morgan in the lead – with vocals that slide up ... CD (Reggae CD)
Polydor/Elemental (Spain), 1981. (reissue)
A power-pop classic from early 80s Spain – the debut of Los Secretos, a group with a sound that's very much in keeping with their look on the cover! We might put this one right in the territory of the classic debut by The Knack – as these guys have a similar sort of tightness, and a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Marcos Valle

Sempre
Far Out (UK), 2019.
Wonderfully groovy work from Marcos Valle – one of the artists who first inspired us to start a record store many years ago! Marcos is back, and in very soulful formation – working here in a mode that recalls some of his fantastic soul-based sounds in the early 80s – including ... CD (Brazil CD)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s.
Excellent sounds from Ojo Balingo – a Nigerian juju artist from the same stretch as King Sunny Ade – but one whose music is much more obscure to audiences on this side of the Atlantic! Balingo's group here has the loose, spontaneous vibe that characterizes juju at its best – this ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Baroque Jazz Trio

Orientasie/Largo
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. (pic cover, reissue)
Two fantastic tracks from this groundbreaking French group of the 70s – neither of which were on their famous album for the Saravah label! "Orientasie" has this slow-building mix of plucked cello and drums, then switches to bowing of the cello whole harpsichord grooves into the mix ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Ondigui & Bota Tabansi International

Ewondo Rhythm
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Late 70s.
A great combination of Congo grooves and Nigerian 70s – served up here by vocalist Ondigui and his Bota Tabansi ensemble! Ondigui already has a fantastic sound himself – this vocal range and ability to inflect his notes that has the singer cascading up and down the spectrum – in ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Michael Zerang

Asssyrian Caesarean
Holidays (Italy), 2019.
A pretty intense set of percussion from drummer Michael Zerang – one that also seems to have him using a fair bit of electronics as well – and from what we can tell on the photo with the album, he's mixing electronic contacts with his acoustic percussion – all with a sound that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Philip Bailey

Love Will Find A Way
Verve, 2019.
Philip Bailey's looking hipper than usual on the cover – and he's sounding hipper than usual within – thanks to fantastic production help from Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and Chick Corea – all artists who play on the record, and help give Bailey a really timeless sense of ... CD (Soul CD)
Sdban (Belgium), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
Tenorist Jack Sels may not be one of the best-known names on the European jazz scene of the postwar years – but that's likely because he passed away earlier than most, but not before leaving a strong legacy of jazz on the Belgian scene! Sels is a hell of a player – modern in conception ... CD (Jazz CD)

Disconnection

Disconnection
Prelude (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A nice little record – and one you might accidentally pass up because of its inconspicuous look! The cover is black and white, and the name's kind of a throwaway – but the music is great, warm and soulful disco in the best 70s Prelude mode! All tracks were written and produced by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Maxayn

Maxayn
Capricorn/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
The debut album from Maxayn – a funky female talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same territory as Betty Davis and Yvonne Fair! Like both of those artists, Maxayn isn't afraid to use an electric guitar when she wants – which puts her music somewhere in the territory of groups ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Dodo Greene

My Hour Of Need
Blue Note (Japan), 1962.
One of the few vocal albums on Blue Note's short lived 89000 series – and one of the only few ever cut by the obscure singer Dodo Greene! Green's got this raspy voice that's just great – somewhat fragile, but not in a wispy way – kind of honest and human, and somewhere in the ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

Where Future Unfolds
International Anthem, 2019.
An amazing record from Chicago musician/artist Damon Locks – maybe the album he's been waiting his entire life to make – and the first to really bring together the mighty sum of his many talents! The material was recorded live in performance at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tidal Waves, 1978. (reissue)
An obscure funky fusion album from bassist Tony Newton – with a wild look that grabs you instantly! Tony plays this weird double-bass, and he's pictured with the instrument on the cover – looking like some super-heavy righteous dude that escaped from The Headhunters. The record ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ely Arcoverde

Balanco Balanco Balanco
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1964.
An amazing session of bossa organ grooves – and one of the few rare 60s sessions by keyboardist Ely Arcoverde! The record's done in a style that's similar to Ed Lincoln or Walter Wanderley's albums from the time – clean organ lines dancing over tight samba and bossa percussion – ... CD (Brazil CD)
Motown, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. 11CDs
CD...$149.99 169.99
An amazing package – one that comes in a tiny replica of the original home of Motown Records in Detroit! As you'd guess from the title, the 11CD set features every single Motown track that ever hit #1 on the charts – almost 200 classic songs, running from the early 60s right up through ... CD (Soul CD)
Soundway (UK), 2019.
Sweet keyboard tunes from Felbm – issued here with a rather cold title and cover, but delivered with a warm vibe and lots of jazzy touches! The music isn't entirely jazz, but certainly has all the appeal of old school keyboard jazz – maybe more in the sound library mode, as the tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A cool collection of really oddball numbers – unusual country, offbeat pop numbers, and a fair bit of cuts that have a popcorn groove somewhere down there at the bottom! These aren't the usual sorts of cuts you might expect – and instead, the collection's definitely on the hipper side ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Toni Tornado

BR3
EMI/Polysom (Brazil), 1971. (reissue)
Funky soul from Toni Tornado – one of the first talents in Brazil's samba soul generation of the 70s! Toni's got a style that's a lot like early work by Tim Maia – a blend of American funk and soul, with traces of some of the other Brazilian arranging styles that were popular at the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Nino Rota & Others

Fellini Masterpieces (3CD set)
El (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. 3CD
A full range of music from the film career of director Federico Fellini – a package that features a few key soundtracks from frequent collaborator Nino Rota – plus other music that really shows the evolving style of Fellini over the years! The set is heavy on key Rota scores of the 50s ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Daptone, 2019.
A fantastic bit of soul from the Daptone Family – a tune that has this mellow funk groove that almost takes us back to William DeVaughan – but which has these mighty righteous vocals from Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and Sharon Jones! The flipside is a completely different side of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

McPhee

McPhee
Sommor (Spain), 1971. (reissue)
An Australian group from the start of the 70s – one with a very striking female lead singer named Faye Lewis, who works with a range and power that rivals the young Grace Slick at her best – moving through a sweet blend of fuzz guitar and keyboards with a mighty sharp sound! The group ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Raheem DeVaughn

Love Reunion
SoNo, 2019.
Raheem DeVaughn's the master of the smooth groove – a singer rooted in classic modes, but working in ever-contemporary modes – so much that this album feels like a great step forward from some of his previous sets! Despite the "reunion" in the title, the love here almost ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, & Uhuru Yenzu

Hitsville Re-Visited
Mr Bongo (UK), 1982.
Not the Hitsville of Motown fame – but instead a fantastic album of upbeat, hard-grooving highlife – served up by the collaborative efforts of Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, and Uhuru Yenzu! Taylor is kind of the guiding force here – as he handles arrangements, and uses his guitar to ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Wenha/Tidal Waves, 1980. (reissue)
Pretty great stuff – even though Wendall Harrison has strayed far from the Tribe Records sound of his earlier years! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with a smooth fusion approach that's clearly an attempt to reach a wider audience ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Anderson Paak

Ventura
12T/Aftermath, 2019. Gatefold
Anderson.Paak heads to Ventura for this one – and something about that sunny coastal city brings out his soul influences after the primarily hip hop-leaning Oxnard! Paak leads on his raspy sung style for this one, an easygoing hip hop soul sound that's built to last, and again bringing in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
M Records/Still Music, 1986.
A classic compilation from the Chicago scene – one that stood as one of the key full-length releases of house music that was bubbling under in the Windy City – important at the time, as most other albums of house music were from overseas labels issuing Chicago recordings! As you'd ... CD (Soul CD)

Zack & Geebah

For The Love Of Money
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980.
Catchy, clubby grooves from the team of Zack Roberts and Gebah Swary – a Liberian duo who issued this very catchy record at the start of the 80s! The pair have an 80s look on the cover, and definitely bring that into their music too – with early electro touches used in very spare ways, ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Ashley Henry

Ashley Henry's 5ive
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2018.
This might be the first we've ever heard from pianist Ashley Henry – but given the quality of the set, we imagine that we might be listening to his music for many years to come! Henry's got this wonderful conception of rhythm – as if he's sometimes racing ahead of the bass and drums, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Prince

Originals
Warner, Early 80s.
A fantastic collection of unreleased material from Prince – not spare demos or home recordings, or studio snippets either – but instead some fully-formed songs that come right from the glory days of the singer's career! Almost all the material here is from the early 80s – and ... CD (Soul CD)
TVT, 1994. 2LP (reissue)
A fantastic later album from Gil Scott-Heron – a set that came out in the mid 90s, at a time when Gil had been away from the studio for many years – but definitely hadn't lost any of the qualities that made him so great in the first place! Despite the space of a decade, the album picks ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
NJA (Netherlands), Mid 60s.
Hard-swinging work from the pen of Dutch arranger/conductor Ruud Bos – a large group talent whose music here reminds us a lot of the Quincy Jones albums for Mercury in the early 60s! As with Quincy, there's a great blend of sophistication and soul – charts that are fully aware of all ... CD (Jazz CD)

Vaughan Mason & Butch Dayo

Feel My Love
Salsoul/Be With (UK), 1983. (reissue)
An obscure second set from the man who gave the world "Bounce Rock Skate Roll" – but a great one too! The album's got Vaughan Mason paired with Butch Dayo, in a way that brings a nice sort of back/forth feel to his usual roller skating groove – with results that are even more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1963.
Brazilian keyboardist Ubirajara serves up some mighty cool sounds on the Solovox – an instrument that almost feels as if an electric organ has been tied to a theremin – in a way that creates some really otherworldly sounds! The settings are relatively conventional – familiar pop ... CD (Brazil CD)

Stuff

Live Stuff
Warner (Japan), 1978. (reissue)
A nice little live set from Stuff – one that's recorded in Tokyo, with a groove that's a bit more open than their better-known New York live album from a few years later! The sound's somewhat rougher than the Stuff studio sessions, but in a good way – one that shows that the combo can ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Quartet (Spain), 1970.
A sweet 70s soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – done for a shark-themed thriller, and filled with all these cool moments that offer up a mix of watery modes in the music! Some tunes have strong electric harpsichord or organ lines upfront – used by Riz in ways that are sometimes spare, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
P&P/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
Tremendous grooves from one of the coolest club labels of all time – the legendary P&P family of labels, home to some of the weirdest, wildest, most experimental tracks to ever hit the dancefloor – yet all tracks that are pretty darn funky too! This 2CD collection is heavy on cuts ... CD (Soul CD)
Blue Note, 1965/1979. Gatefold (reissue)
Rare Blue Note work from Dexter Gordon – an album that was recorded during Gordon's legendary run for the label in the 60s, but not issued until a brief vinyl pressing nearly 15 years later! The record's got Gordon vamping in tight hardbop formation – a sound that's strongly 60s Blue ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Grant Green

Carryin' On
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
One of Grant Green's late great funky albums for Blue Note! Carryin' On is a solid groover with heavy jazz funk grooves that won't stop, and that vibe carries all the way throughout – in the same mode as some of Lou Donaldson's classic sounds from the time! The group features Idris ... CD (Jazz CD)
Hidden Beach, 2019.
A great entry in this long-running series – maybe one of the freshest in years, although maybe we're biased because of the Chicago connection too! The record continues the approach of previous volumes, but maybe has an even stronger vocal presence – thanks to strong contributions from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Sachiko Kanenobu

Misora
URC/Light In The Attic, 1972.
An underground classic from Japanese singer/songwriter Sachiko Kaneobu – and a set that resonates a lot with American work of the time from the hipper side of the LA scene! Sachiko has these great little songs that are often supported by her own creative work on acoustic guitar – and ... CD (Rock CD)
CAM/Digitmovies (Italy), 1976.
A moody little 70s soundtrack from French composer Francis Lai! The score has a softer, smoother sound than some of his 60s work – but it's still got that great penchant for romantic-tinged themes that he first began with A Man & A Woman, turned here into a 70s mode that has a bit more ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
A&M/Esoteric (UK), 1971. 3CD
A fantastic fifth album from Procol Harum – one that really demonstrates the ever-changing energy of the group, and the way they seemed to find a fresh new focus with each of their early albums! The vocals of Gary Brooker are even more wonderful than ever – rejoined here with the ... CD (Rock CD)
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A great entry in this really fantastic series – one that's turned us on to more rare club cuts than we can count over the years – and which still stands head and shoulders above most other collections of vintage dancefloor grooves! The tracks here are all hand-picked by Winston – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

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

Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson)

Arrival (with bonus CD)
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A different sound than usual from the Fire Orchestra of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin – a set that still features the large spontaneous composition style of the group, but which also has them working with singer Mariam Wallentin – whose vocals really add a lot to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Gary Simons/P & C Secret History Books, 2019.
A beautiful book on the recorded legacy of Lee Scratch Perry – one that builds on a previous discography by the author, but which is much more vivid overall! The hardcover book is in full color throughout – and offers up dozens of images of Lee Perry recordings – rare albums, ... Book (Book)

Marlene Rosenberg

MLK Convergence
Origin, 2019.
Bassist Marlene Rosenberg leads a hell of a trio here – one that features Kenny Barron on piano and Lewis Nash on drums – both tremendous players who sound even better in the round, rich company of Rosenberg's bass! Most titles are trio numbers, but driven as much by the bass as by the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Robert Y Su Banda

Soy La Ley (180 gram pressing)
Zeida/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1978. (reissue)
A killer bit of salsa from the Colombian scene of the 70s – every bit as hard-driving and soulful as the best work coming from New York at the time! Robert's got a mighty tight combo for the set – heavy on percussion, which criss-crosses in these fast-moving lines – really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Together Records/Sundazed, 1969. (reissue)
A brilliant second album from Sagittarius – one of the shining stars of the Millennium universe at the end of the 60s! The album's got a deeper, more cerebral feel than the group's first – nicely spacious at points, kind of taking a cue from post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys, but also ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Fazer

Nadi
Squama (UK), 2019.
An unusual mix of jazz and funk – done at a level that's not entirely either style, and which maybe has more of the forward-thinking elements of some of the recent London scene! No surprise, the set was recorded in that city – by Benedic Lamdin, whose name has been on many ... CD (Jazz CD)

Larry Page Orchestra

Kinky Music
Richmond/Trading Places (UK), 1965. (reissue)
Larry Page was a big figure in the British music scene of the 60s – manager of the Kinks, and a growing force in record production too – so much so, he decided to put himself in the limelight as the leader of this all-instrumental set of songs by his most famous group! Ray Davies ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound LP)
Verve, 1967. (reissue)
One of the greatest records of the 60s – and a sublime debut from Nico, sounding fresher and less dreary here than on many of her later sides – although still pretty chilling overall! The record features larger orchestral backings on most tracks – never too heavy, but with light ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Somethin Cool (Japan), 1966.
A beautiful live performance from Bill Evans – captured here in a mid 60s stretch when he was really opening up, and hitting a new sort of flow – thanks in part to a budding relationship with the great bassist Eddie Gomez! Gomez is a key part of the album's strength here – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1976.
A sweet 70s set from the amazing Zimbo Trio – a record that really has them stretching out with a much more complicated vibe than the bossa years – mixing in some elements of 70s Brazilian fusion, as they work with an expanded group that includes Hector Costita on sax, and Heraldo Do ... CD (Brazil CD)

Islam Chipsy & Eek

Kahraman
100 Copies (Egypt), 2019.
A really cool concept for a record – one that's unlike anything else we've ever heard, both in its sound and instrumental presentation! The group features two drummers behind the keyboard lines of Islam Chipsy – drums playing together at a pace that's very quick and almost skittish, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Cordial (UK), Mid 70s.
A fantastic later chapter of Mark IV – that sublime vocal group who recorded for Mercury in the early 70s, then seemingly dropped off the recording radar! Turns out, the group were still working hard and sounding great – as you'll hear in this fantastic collection of unreleased ... CD (Soul CD)

Guido & Maurizio De Angelis

E Poi Lo Chiamarono Il Magnifico
Digitmovies (Italy), 1972.
A really strong little western score for this obscure Terence Hill film from the early 70s – a soundtrack that still works in the conventions of the spaghetti western genre, but which also uses other instrumental twists from time to time – making for a nicely varied set! A few of the ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension Group

Bamboo
King/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s.
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... CD (Jazz CD)
Sonambient, Early 70s.
Mindblowing music from Harry Bertoia – a revolutionary musician and sculptor – one who would construct these unusual sonic structures, then make recordings of the sounds they could create! This set features two long pieces, both recorded in Bertoia's studio – with the man himself ... CD (Out Sound CD)
PSI/Hot Casa (France), 1971. (reissue)
An amazing rare chapter in the career of the legendary Manu Dibango – and a darn funky one as well! This early 70s album was recorded in Paris, right before Manu's huge global "Soul Makossa" hit – and although it was done as an obscure sound library release, it really shows ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Bluke (Luke Vibert & BlueRum13)

Sense The Urgency
Ropeadope, 2019.
CD...$9.99 13.99
An unusual set of work from the ever-changing Luke Vibert – a collaboration with MC BlueRum13 – whose lyrics provide a great mix with Luke's beats and instrumentation on the album! All those crisp, creative elements that we love from older Vibert records are still very much in the mix ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Novos Baianos

E Ferro Na Boneca
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. (reissue)
A totally great album from Novos Baianos – the earliest one we've ever seen by the group, and a session that has them sounding a fair bit like Os Mutantes! There's a wild range of influences running through the set – some psychedelic, some baroque pop, and some a bit more rootsy – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Sam Records (France), Mid 60s. 3LP Gatefold
Amazing music by one of our favorite saxophone players of all time – captured here at the height of his 60s genius on the European scene! The tracks here have never been issued at all – but stand as a perfect complement to the killer MPS/Saba albums by Nathan Davis – and are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Forty Seven Times Its Own Weight

Cumulo Nimbus
Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1975.
Funky and free-thinking fusion from the Texas scene of the mid 70s – a great indie album by a group who travelled in the same territory as the soul combo Starcrost! Although American, the work here has some great qualities that remind us of some of the best European fusion from the same time ... CD (Jazz CD)

Reel People

Retroflection Remixed
Reel People (UK), 2019.
Excellent remix version of Reel People's fantastic Retroflection – one that you can almost look to as an equally great alternative version of it – with remixes by Atjazz, John Morales, Terry Hunter, Tall Black Guy, DJ Spinna and others! The warmly collaborative spirit of the original ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Ambolley
Cougar/Mr Bongo (UK), 1982.
A really well-crafted set of funk from the legendary Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – maybe best known for his material in the mid 70s, but sounding equally wonderful here on an album from the start of the 80s! The sound is sharper and more sophisticated than before – recorded in London, with a ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Gabriele Mitelli & Rob Mazurek

Star Splitter
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019.
Some of the darkest sounds in years from the great Rob Mazurek – a musician who's matched perfectly on every front by Gabriele Mitelli – who does everything that Rob does on the record, and also throws in a bit of soprano sax as well! The music is all improvised, and in that very deep ... CD (Jazz CD)
Stax/Craft, 1971. 2 CDs
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, ... CD (Soul CD)
Spiritmuse, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Animal/Caroline, 1982. (reissue)
A pivotal album from Iggy Pop – a set that's done with lots of fuzzy guitar production from Chris Stein, in a way that shows plenty of his influence on the music – but with a feel that's plenty Iggy overall! The record represents a strong bridge between the Bowie-produced years and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Greg Foat

Mage
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019.
Maybe the most amazing work we've heard so far from Greg Foat – and that's really saying a lot, as the British keyboardist has given us some really incredible records over the years! The work's got a more ambitious vibe than some of Greg's straighter jazz sets – with large arrangements ... CD (Jazz CD)

Various

Do The Moonwalk
Trojan (UK), 1969.
Trojan Records celebrates the spirit of 1969 – the year of the first lunar landing – with a whole host of moon-themed reggae and rocksteady classics from its legendary catalog of Jamaican music! A few of the tunes here are titles that have great fame – like the title track by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. (pic cover)
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Starcrost

Starcrost
Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1976.
An incredible bit of funky fusion from the Texas scene of the 70s – a record that's unlike anything else we've ever heard from the Lone Star state, and which still sounds plenty fresh all these many years later! Starcrost have a sound that mixes jazzy riffing with great female lead vocals ... CD (Soul CD)

Out To Dinner (Michael Dease, Behn Gillece, & Others)

Different Flavors
Posi tone, 2019.
A fantastic all-star group of players who've recorded separately for the Posi-Tone label – coming together here with a very fresh sound! You'll definitely recognize a few names in the quintet – which features Michael Dease on trombone, Behn Gillece on vibes, Tim Green on alto, Boris ... CD (Jazz CD)

Scone Cash Players

As The Screw Turns
Flamingo Time/Daptone, 2019.
The Scone Cash Players have a name that's a but unusual, but a sound that's right on the money – thanks to some massive Hammond work from leader Adam Scone, and lots of tight saxophone lines from Ian Hendrickson-Smith – who you'll remember from his work in the Dap-Kings! The groove ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Atlantic, 1958. (reissue)
Yes indeed – a mighty early classic from the great Ray Charles – one of his first full length albums, and a set that brings together the searing sort of work he was doing for Atlantic Records in the 50s! Ray's completely confident and at the top of his game here – and a lot more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Angles 9

Beyond Us
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019.
A fantastic group that just seems to get better and better each time we hear them – one comprised of some of our favorite Swedish avant players of the past decade or two – coming together here in a way that's even greater than the sum of its parts! There's a bold energy to the group ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lloyd McNeil

Treasures
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975.
A gem of a record from flute player Lloyd McNeil – an artist who flourished strongly during the spiritual jazz scene of the 70s, but who also seemed to always have his own sort of groove as well! Lloyd blows with the complexity and far-reaching sounds of contemporaries in the loft jazz scene ... CD (Jazz CD)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019.
Bassist Mark Dresser has a great group here – one that features flutes from Nicole Mitchell and reeds from Marty Erlich – both players whose sense of energy really helps define the spirit of the set! Erlich is especially nice – maybe more striking than we've heard in years – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Bobby Watson

Check Cashing Day
Bobby Watson, 2013.
A tremendous project from the great Bobby Watson – an artist we don't hear from as much as we'd like to these days, but who always gives us something that's been well worth the wait! The record's a larger-concept set, based on the promise of reparations and the legacy of Dr Martin Luther ... CD (Jazz CD)
Far Out (UK), Mid 70s.
Amazing early work from Azymuth – rare demo recordings done at the home studio of keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami, in the short space before the group issued their legendary debut! The tracks here are as much jazz funk as they are the later modes that Azymuth would put forth – killer ... CD (Brazil CD)

Freddie Douggie (Ben LaMar Gay & JayVe Montgomery)

Freddie Douggie – Live On Juneteenth
International Anthem, 2019.
One of the most enigmatic records we've ever heard on the International Anthem label – and that's really saying a lot, given their unique musical legacy! Freddie Douggie is a collaboration between Ben LaMar Gay and JayVe Montgomery – working here in modes that go way beyond jazz and ... Cassette (Cassette)
Misawa Home/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1986. 2CD
Spare soundscapes from Japanese keyboardist Yutaka Hirose – mostly composed on a variety of electronic instruments, but with a vibe that's very natural and organic overall! The music is very slow-moving, and unfolds at a quiet pace – all definitely in the tradition of the best Ambient ... CD (Rock CD)
Polydor, 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really great double-length set from James Brown – maybe slightly less iconic than some of his other classics from the early 70s, but a record that really shows the man stretching out and finding his groove! The whole thing is a great example of the new freedoms that Brown was experiencing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Futura/Souffle Continu (France), 1971. (reissue)
A solo set from French jazz musician Jacques Thollot – but one with a wide range of sounds and styles, as he's overdubbed on piano, percussion, drums, organ, and countless electronic effects! These effects are what really make the album great – as it feels like outtakes from some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Timo Lassy & Teppo Makynen

Timo Lassy & Teppo Makynen
WeJazz (Finland), 2019.
Music that you'd hardly expect, if you only know the more groove-oriented side of saxophonist Timo Lassy – the sounds he's given us from the Ricky-Tick years onwards – because this album is straight jazz overall, and a relatively improvised one at that! The album shows off a whole ... CD (Jazz CD)
BBE (UK), Early 70s.
A pair of albums from this Guyana group – both recorded overseas, and with a really unique sort of vibe! Young Ones Of Guyana On Tour was recorded in 1970, while the group was in London – at the legendary Landsdowne Studios, home to some really groundbreaking jazz at the time – a ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

DJ Spinna

1997 Beat Tape
Redefinition, Late 90s.
Supreme prime era boom bap from the mighty DJ Spinna! It's stunning how rich and relevant these instrumentals sound after all these years. Straight from the original DAT, he humbly describes this as simply "a batch of beats", but Spinna is a producer who always took things one step deeper ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

Hope I Hold
Greenleaf, 2019.
Very far-reaching music from Ryan Keberle – sounds that feel as if they're coming from a group that's much larger than a quintet – given all the many musical elements and inflections in the mix! The album's initial inspiration comes from a Langston Hughes poem entitled "Let ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), 1977. 3CD
A really great look at a key year in British punk – a time when the music really broke open, and artists from a wide range of scenes began to make music in a punk rock vein! The set has way more variety than you might expect – not just the big names and new acts that were helping ... CD (Rock CD)

Suzanne Ciani

Flowers Of Evil
Finders Keepers (UK), 1969. (reissue)
Suzanne Ciani has cut some sweeter sets over the years, but this album's definitely not one of them – as the whole thing is an early piece from the artist's career, recorded on the Buchla synthesizer, and based on the work of Charles Baudelaire! The core piece, "Flower Of Evil", ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Ostinato, Early 90s.
Quick-stepping grooves from Grupo Pilon – one of the key groups who migrated from Cabo Verde to Lisbon in the early 90s – creating almost their own wave of a musical diaspora in the process! The sounds here are a more electrified version of island styles – often with some sort of ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Verve, 1961. 2CD
A fantastic lost slice of work from Stan Getz – one that features an early 60s group that was barely recorded at all, and which really shows Getz stretching out right before his bossa nova years! The quartet features a very young Steve Kuhn on piano, the great Roy Haynes on drums, and John ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fulfillment/Mo Jazz (Germany), 1982.
A never-issued live set from this great Ohio combo – a group who work in this wonderful blend of electric and acoustic instrumental, always with a soulful, soaring vibe! The music's neither fusion nor spiritual jazz – but instead in a special sort of place – maybe a bit like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Acid Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Two dapper British gents on the cover, but the album's filled with classic American soul – really great cuts from back in the day, served up in an array of well-chosen tracks that really go past the obvious! Both Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller (of Acid Jazz fame) put the set together – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1975.
Zeal Onyia is definitely the trumpet king here – at least of the Nigerian scene in which this album was recorded – as he blows strong solos throughout, and really brings a lot of jazz-based energy to the highlife rhythms! The use of trumpet in a smaller combo mode is really great ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
BBE (UK), 2019.
A completely different side of Colombian music than you'd know from Discos Fuentes and some of the other mainstream outlets from that scene – as the tracks here are all from the contemporary underground, and represent a really rich flowering of creative grooves and soulful modes! In truth, ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Elisa Waut

Elisa Waut
Numero, 1982. (reissue)
A weird little relic from the years of the cassette-only underground – music crafted by a Flemish trio with a moody sort of style that reminds us of some of the better singles on Disques Du Crepuscule at the time! The lyrics are mostly in English, and delivered alongside spare rhythms, light ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
BBE (UK), Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A pair of albums from this Guyana group – both recorded overseas, and with a really unique sort of vibe! Young Ones Of Guyana On Tour was recorded in 1970, while the group was in London – at the legendary Landsdowne Studios, home to some really groundbreaking jazz at the time – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A cool collection of work from Bob Azzam – a unique talent on the French scene at the start of the 60s, and one who was responsible for some mighty nice grooves! Bob hails from Algeria, and works here in a mix of Latin rhythms and Mid-East inflections – blending the groovy and the ... CD (Latin CD)

Torbjorn Zetterberg & The Great Question

Torbjorn Zetterberg & The Great Question – Live
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. Gatefold
An insanely wonderful album from bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg – a player we've loved for many years, but who seems to be hitting a new level of genius with this record! As with other key bassist-driven ensembles over the years – like the work of Charles Mingus, or more appropriately, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Michael Rother

Katzenmusik
Sky/Gronland (Germany), 1979.
Beautiful sounds from Michael Rother – moving into even more atmospheric territory here than on the third Neu album, and recording in the studio of Conny Plank with a completely sublime sound overall! The feel of the record is a bit like his Sky Records contemporaries – mellow, moody, ... CD (Rock CD)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1970. (reissue)
A surprisingly groovy little set – one of a few outings cut by singer Ruth Copeland – kind of an enigmatic figure in the early P-Funk years! The approach here is more rock than soul, but there's definitely some funky undercurrents too – of the sort that have always made Copeland ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ville Vannemaa Cassiopea

Cassiopea (with bonus CD & download)
Jazzaggression (Estonia), 2019.
A group with players that you probably can't pronounce, but a sound that will grab you right away – a fantastic combination of vibes, saxes, and trombone – all set to some really great modal rhythms! The combo is led by Ville Vannemaa, who blows tenor and bass clarinet – but the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1973. (reissue)
The only album ever by The Barrino Brothers – a stellar early 70s harmony group, and one who could sing with the best of the east coast scene of the time! The whole set's got a feel that's very much in the best mode of groups like The Modulations, Soul Generation, and even The O'Jays – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Jazzaggression (Estonia), Late 80s/1990s.
Pedro Ruy-Blas issued the fantastic Dolores album in the 70s – a sublime blend of jazzy acoustic guitar, keyboards, and soaring vocals that's become legendary over the years! Here, Pedro revisits that mode, but with a range of later keyboards – using Atari, Roland, Yamaha, and Proteus ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Lion, 1969.
Rare tracks from this obscure Detroit combo of the 60s – stripped down here to a trio lineup, which gives the music a really lean, clean focus that sounds years ahead of its time! The group definitely have their ears turned towards the psych side of the spectrum – but often mix fuzzy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1971.
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the set's definitely a revolution in Venezuelan music – a very unique album that blends together folkloric elements with 70s electronics, but all in a way that sounds way different than just the sum of its parts! There's some acoustic ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Dogtown/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1973. Gatefold
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Stahls Trio (Mattias Stahl)

Kallthorp Sessions Vol 1
Moserobie (Sweden), 2019.
Incredible work from one of the hippest vibists working on the planet today – the great Mattias Stahl, one of the few players to really bring something new to the instrument over the past few decades! Stahls has this very rich sound, but also a very unique sense of timing too – which ... CD (Jazz CD)

Steam Heat

Austin Funk
Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1975.
A legendary album from the Texas scene of the 70s – exactly the kind of set that helps the city of Austin live up to its massive reputation for music! The group's got a wonderful blend of jazz, soul, and funk – a unique blend that reminds us of our favorite funky Fantasy Records sides ... CD (Soul CD)

Kyriakos Sfetsas

Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol 2
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1977.
Totally wonderful sounds from an artist who mixes Greek musical styles with tight 70s jazz modes – not the electric fusion that you'd guess from the title, but instead a really unique criss-crossing of two different cultures! There's plenty to love here if you love soulful 70s jazz – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Michael Rother

Fernwarme
Random/Gronland (Germany), 1981. (reissue)
Slow, spare, almost sad-tinged work from Michael Rother – a set that's kind of a distillation of his longer krautrock legacy into a subtle, minimal mode! The tunes are all instrumentals, with these beautifully-placed guitar lines, keyboard parts, and other sonic touches – very much in ... CD (Rock CD)
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. (reissue)
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
BMG (Italy), 1949. 2CD
A really great side of work from the great Hank Williams – one that not only adds to the too-small catalog of studio recordings he made before his early death, but which also shows just how much the young Hank lived in the everyday lives of his fans! Williams sold plenty of records back in ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
A fantastic little collection – and one that's maybe a lot more fun than you might expect! There's little material that's actually avant, and just a few that might fall into the more boring sides of the art rock spectrum – and instead, the set brings together work from the psych and ... CD (Rock CD)

Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert Andreano

Homework
Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994.
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often ... CD (Jazz CD)
Capitol, Late 40s.
Legendary early work from trumpeter Miles Davis – late 40s sessions for Capitol Records that are completely different than the bop material he was cutting with Charlie Parker and on his own! Instead, these sides have Miles working with a complex, more arranged style – built up with a ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jimmy McGriff

Red Beans
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Jimmy McGriff picks up a few more keyboards than straight Hammond organ – but that's ok with us, given the great results of the set! The album's got McGriff working on electric piano and clavinet alongside the organ – plus supporting arrangements from Brad Baker, in that fuller, Kudu-st ... CD (Jazz CD)

Cykada

Cykada
Astigmatic (UK), 2019.
A searing live set from London's Cykada – recorded in that city's hotbed of new jazz activity, the Total Refreshment Centre – which must have been really abuzz on the night of this show! The group's got a style that's relentless and constantly moving – rhythmic, but never in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Gianni Marchetti

Il Magnifico Tony Carrera
CAM/Transversales Disques (France), 1969. (reissue)
A great one from Gianni Marchetti – the Italian composer we know best for his work on The Wild Eye, but who sounds equally great on this set too! The best tracks have a heavy rhythm at the bottom – not really funky, but kind of mod, and a bit more off-kilter on the slower numbers ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Midori Takada/Kang Tae Hwan

Eternal Moment
No Business (Lithuania), 1995.
One of the freer, looser moments you'll ever hear from percussionist Midori Takada – especially if you only know her more conventional recordings from the decade before! Takada was always a percussionist with a bit of whimsy – but here, she's in a starker free improvisational mode ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ruby Rushton

Ironside
22A (UK), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ron Carter & Danny Simmons

Brown Beatnik Tomes – Live At BRIC House
Blue Note, 2019.
Ron Carter has always been way more than a straight jazz bassist – especially in the past few decades, where his collaborative spirit has taken him into territory we never would have imagined early on in his career! Here, he works alongside writer Danny Simmons – whose words inform ... CD (Jazz CD)
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
Sweet funky blues from the team of Junior Parker and Jimmy McGriff – coming together here in a way that's even groovier than some of their previous work! Junior's got a sweet approach to the lyrics that grooves nicely with Jimmy's Hammond – and the set's got some full and soulful ... CD (Jazz CD)
Domino, 1979.
A singles collection, but one that's so strong, so essential, it may well make the album the greatest full length set the Buzzcocks ever issued! All their classics are here – the short, tight, yet tuneful tracks that made these guys such a standout in the early punk years – and which ... CD (Rock CD)
Atlantic/Driven By The Music (UK), 1988.
Donna Summer's in the hands of 80s pop superproducers Stock/Aiken/Waterman this time around – and the trio give her music just the kind of catchy, bouncy feel of some of their bigger hits for other artists at the time! The approach is surprisingly strong for Summer, and almost returns her ... CD (Soul CD)

Cotonete & Di Melo

Atemporal
Favorite (France), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A legendary soul singer returns to the fold – the mighty Di Melo, who's best known for one killer Brazilian funk album in the 70s – working here with superb support from contemporary French combo Cotonete! Di Melo's vocals maybe sound even better than before – with a raspy charm ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Decca/678 Records (Netherlands), 1969. (reissue)
Ultra-hip vocals from Rita Hovink – a Dutch singer who's got a way of making even familiar material sound pretty darn fresh! Rita's working here with a cool combo that's got a great sense of arrangement – a way of opening up the tunes and finding some unusual instrumental modes that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Hors Cadre (France), Late 60s/1970s/1980s.
A fantastic collection of French political music in many varieties – songs recorded over the space of two decades, not just on the Paris scene – but from Francophone outposts around the world! The styles here are often very hip – unusual crossbreeds of jazz, traditional rhythms, ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Blue Gene Tyranny & Peter Gordon

Trust In Rock
Unseen Worlds, 1976. 2CDs
An early live performance by two of the more compelling modern composers of the 70s – both artists working here in mode that fuses their larger ideas onto the idiom of a rock band – but all with a vibe that resonates strongly with their later releases on the Lovely Music label! The ... CD (Out Sound CD)
Cordial (UK), Early 80s.
Rare tracks from Rikki Aaron – a Connecticut soul singer who's few singles on the market are already pretty darn rare! Rikki worked in the early 80s, but has a style that's often more like sweet soul from the decade before – at least on the ballads, which have this really heartbreaking ... CD (Soul CD)

Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra

Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos
Modern Harmonic, Early 90s/2019.
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods ... CD (Soul CD)
Kalita, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Classic tracks from the short-but-strong music career of Julie Coker – a huge figure in Nigerian culture, both for her work onscreen and off! Coker recorded a handful of records at the end of the 70s – right at the height of her career – and the tracks here are from two of the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s.
Tortured souls and troubled hearts – served up here in a dark set of narratives from the classic years of country music! As with previous volumes in this excellent series, the package goes way beyond the big hits, to turn up lots of great songs from the shadowy corners of country – ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Various

Option 1
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. 2CD
A brilliant series of creative performances pulled from Option – a weekly music salon hosted organized by Chicago avant jazz talents Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, and Andrew Clinkman – featuring contributions from some of their greatest contemporaries, and a few older legends too! Most of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Almighty & Insane Books, 2018.
An Almighty & Insane book that goes a little further back to the old school street gang era – presenting vintage business cards from Chicago gang members from as far back as the 60s and through the 70s – a means of street communication from the days before modern technology we've ... Book (Book)
Decca/Sam Records (France), 1960. (reissue)
A fantastic album from trumpeter Clark Terry – a small group date that features superb tenor from Paul Gonsalves, in a mode that's very similar to the work that both he and Terry recorded for Chess/Argo Records in the late 50s! This set's a French date, and features both horn players in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. (reissue)
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Planet E, 2019. 2CD
A heavy helping of Detroit Love – and one that will also make you love Detroit too – or, at least, completely respect the city for having such a continually rewarding underground over the last few decades – long after the possibility of chart hits or bigger fame have passed! ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Tennors & Friends

Reggae Girl
Trojan/Grover (UK), Late 60s.
A smoking slice of work from The Tennors – plus some great cuts by other "friends" on the Jamaican scene of the late 60s! The group really shine on their own singles, then step aside to let some other artists come in too – almost all with a similar mix of soul and rocksteady ... CD (Reggae CD)

Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad)

Midnight Hour Live At Linear Labs
Linear Labs, 2019.
Adrian Younge is best known as a studio genius – and he's certainly working in that setting here – but in a live environment, with a larger group – in a way that really shows off a whole new side of his talents! Younge's partner here is Ali Shaheed Muhammad – who plays bass ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Lyncell/BBE (UK), 1982.
A sweet Soweto group from the start of the 80s – one who have a nice current of funk in their mix, but who also serve up some well-crafted solos on both guitar and flute! The vocals are often warmly in that more familiar South African style of the period – but the record's nicely ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Trikont/Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Fantastic work from Kapingbdi – a group who hail from Liberia, but who recorded all of these tracks for a label in Germany – all at a level that makes for a wonderfully open, criss-crossing sort of sound! These tracks aren't cleaned up or polished world music for the post-colonial ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Luka Productions

Falaw
Sahel Sounds, 2019.
Luka Productions is a showcase for the fantastic voice of Luka Guindo – a singer with this raspy charm that grabs you right away and really conveys the power of the tunes – so much so, you hardly need the English translations of the lyrics in the notes! The music is a blend of acoustic ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield

Beat Incidental – KPM 1043 (180 gram pressing)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1969. (reissue)
Very short themes from these two giants of the Brit sound library scene – some of them funky, some of sweet, all of them pretty darn great! Many numbers have a very stark, spare approach – one drum pattern, a slightly more complicated bassline, then more creative work on keyboards or ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Herbie Hancock

Dedication
Get On Down, 1974.
Sublime sounds from the great Herbie Hancock – presented here in one of his amazing Japanese-only albums from the 70s! The record is a showcase for Hancock in two different modes – as Herbie plays solo acoustic piano on side one, and delivers these really haunting renditions of "Ma ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Wide Hive, 2000s/2010s. 2CD
An incredible late-life chapter from trombonist Phil Ranelin – a musician who first flourished on the Detroit scene of the 70s, as part of the Tribe Records underground in that city – and one who dropped off the radar of most folks until a huge revival in the past two decades, spurred ... CD (Jazz CD)
Born Bad (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Totally amazing music – and nothing at all like the "our enfants" tag on the cover might make you expect! The sounds here come from the small Chevance label – an imprint that was part of the larger Chant Du Monde imprint, but had a very special sort of sound – one that's ... CD (French CD)
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 ... CD (Jazz CD)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A fantastic set from sound library keyboard genius Alan Hawkshaw – one that's got a very positive, upbeat mix of acoustic and electric elements – and some mighty nice keys from the man himself! Alan's got ears here that open up channels of sound through territory that includes catchy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Jamila Woods

Legacy Legacy
Jagjaguwar, 2019.
Jamila Woods already blew us away with her debut – but this second set has the singer ready to take on the world with a huge step forward in her style! Jamila caught us almost by surprise when she first emerged – a Chicago soul singer who wasn't on our radar, and who already had this ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1968. Gatefold
A dreamy soundtrack for an obscure Rock Hudson film – one that sports some really wonderful music from Ennio Morricone! The music here is occasionally topped with groovy vocals – often sung wordlessly in a "la la la" sort of mode by I Cantori Moderni, and set to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
Horace Silver at his most righteous – stepping out here in the amazing Phase 2 of his United States Of The Mind series – with some heavy vocals from the great Andy Bey! The grooves are more complicated than Silver was laying down a few years before – yet still equally soulful ... CD (Jazz CD)

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)

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