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Music to make you get out of bed in the morning!


Clydie King

Rushing To Meet You
Tiger Lily/Everland (Austria), 1976.
The rare second album from Clydie King – recorded at a time when she was lending her backing vocals to artists like The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, and Humble Pie – but a set that firmly puts Clydie in the lead! King's got an amazing style of singing – deep and raspy at one ... CD (Soul CD)

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)
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)
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)
Ropeadope, 2019.
CD...$9.99 13.98
A really great showcase for the continuing evolution of Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – a musician who's become so much more than just a straight jazz trumpet with a soulful vibe – as you'll hear on this really compelling set! The music is even more expansive than Christian's recent ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rupa Biswas

Disco Jazz
Numero, 1982. (reissue)
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

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)
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)
Retro Afric/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s.
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)
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)

Georges Garvarentz

Panic Button
Skokiaan (Germany), 1964.
One of the coolest soundtracks we've ever heard from Georges Garvarentz – a composer who could do straight work when he wanted, but also turn out some nicely jazzy grooves – as he does on this mod classic from 1964! Garvarentz works in a sweet blend of strings and well-tuned ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

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)

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)

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)

Kiki Gyan

Feeling So Good
Everland (Austria), 1979.
A fantastic groover from Kiki Gyan – a singer from Ghana who worked in Osibisa during the early 70s – but one who's also got a really universal club vibe here on this overlooked gem from the end of the 70s! The record's got a bubbling, upbeat vibe that really lives up to its title ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1968. (reissue)
The first moment of genius from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – a set that wasn't originally issued on the Strata East label, but which really set the tone for all the genius to follow on Tolliver's label! At the time of the record, Charles was part of a whole new generation of hardboppers who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

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)
Paradise Of Bachelors, Late 80s/Early 90s. LP, 3CD & Book
Terry Allen has always been one of the most enigmatic figures in Texas music – but the work included here might well be some of his most compelling – even if it is a bit far from the straighter country of his start! Allen's always been a very narrative songwriter – and here, he ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers

That Motown Sound
Motown (Japan), 1965.
A heavy batch of Motown soul instrumentals – headed up by Funk Brother Earl Van Dyke! The set features backings that are often very similar to the vocal versions on Motown – but are topped with sweet organ solo work from Earl – who has this lean, mean style that's mighty nice ... 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)

Mdou Moctar

Ilana – The Creator
Sahel Sounds, 2019.
An album titled after the creator, and a set that's maybe the most spiritual to date from Tuareg guitar genius Mdou Moctar – a record that comes across with a strong sense of focus right from the start, and which seems to have Mdou's guitar sounding even better than ever! The drums are maybe ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

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)

Joao Donato e Seu Trio

Muito A Vontade
Go Bop (Germany), 1962.
A landmark bit of bossa – one of the first albums ever recorded by Joao Donato, the Brazilian pianist whose styles would go onto influence many in the coming years! Joao's got an incredibly fluid touch on the keys – gentle but jazzy, filled with lots of warm and soulful overtones that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
A&M/Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1969.
CD...$6.99 16.99
A fantastic moog-based take on the music from Hair – a wonderful confluence of two of the grooviest musical trends of the late 60s! Mort Garson had his hand in plenty of other great moog-related projects from the period – like the Wozard Of Iz, the Lucifer/Black Mass album, and ... CD (Now Sound 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)

Piero Piccioni

Islam (with bonus tracks)
Beat (Italy), Late 60s.
An unusual television soundtrack from the great Piero Piccioni – scored for a program on the Islam religion, but served up in a mix of modes that show the maestro at his moodiest! Piero can sometimes be very playful – but here, he's more concerned with darker, subtler tones – ... CD (Soundtracks 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 ... 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)

Marion Brown & Dave Burrell

Live At Black Musician's Conference 1981
No Business (Lithuania), 1981.
A fantastic testament to the slow-burning spiritual genius of Marion Brown – a player who sometimes got eclipsed in an era of bigger avant personalities, but who really gets to showcase his talents in a spare setting like this! The live performance pairs Brown's alto with the piano of Dave ... CD (Jazz CD)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Phase III (180 gram pressing)
Columbia/Jazzman (UK), 1968. (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

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)

Commodores

Machine Gun
Motown (Japan), 1974.
Lionel Richie come back! All is forgiven! We'd said bad things about you for years until we heard this funky groover – The Commodores' first album, a tasty bit of funk that almost makes us want to forgive you for all of your later crimes! The whole thing's pretty funky all the way through ... CD (Soul CD)
EP Sound (Italy), 1970s.
We're not entirely sure how to describe the sound of this set – and we're maybe not even entirely sure what "Afro Essence" might be – but from the music on the record, and the title on the cover, it might be the case that DJ Qbico has invented his own new genre! The tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Tortoise Books, 2019.
A beautiful little book from one of the more inspired creative talents on the Chicago scene – writer/artist Dmitry Samarov, who's always got a talent for getting to the heart of the city – and for being very open about what matters, and why! This book is Dmitry's love letter to the ... Book (Book)

Earl Van Dyke

Earl Of Funk
SOUL (Japan), 1970.
Fierce funky instrumentals from Motown keyboardist Earl Van Dyke – a set that's overflowing with great original tracks, plus some sweet funky covers too! The style here is quite different than Earl's previous work – and quite different from most of Motown too – with a hard-edged ... CD (Soul 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)
Tamla/Motown (Japan), 1970.
One of the greatest blue-eyed soul albums ever on Motown – featuring early work by British singer Kiki Dee, better known for her later hit with Elton John! Kiki here sounds much more like a Motown soul act than on later work – singing with a wonderfully smooth style that fits the motor ... CD (Soul CD)
Barclay/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
EP Sound (Italy), Late 50s/1960s.
Dj Qbico usually gives us grooves from other parts of the planet – but here, he focuses on rare vintage singles from the US – but all tracks that borrow nicely from other styles around the globe! In other words, the set features American artists working with touches of Eastern, Mid-Easte ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
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)
Bear Family (Germany), 2019.
Nate Gibson wrote the book on Starday Records – literally, a fantastic book on the history of the important rock and country music label – and here, he adds to the legacy of Starday by pulling together a host of older artists who recorded for the company, and taking them back in the ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Skye/Modern Harmonic, 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
One of Gabor Szabo's amazing late 60s albums for the Skye label – trippy, jazzy, and with a mod exotica vibe that would never be matched again! Gabor's playing guitar in a two-guitar frontline, which makes for lots of dreamy interplay between the strings – a shifting pattern of sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. 2LP
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Commodores

Caught In The Act
Motown (Japan), 1975.
Wicked early funk from The Commodores – a group that spent so much time on pop ballads in later years, it's hard to believe they could be this sharp and hard-edged! There's plenty of that bass-heavy style that would later dominate many Motown combos at the end of the 70s – but the ... CD (Soul CD)
Numero, Late 90s. 3CD
A heady tribute to the late 90s magic of Duster – a group who found a way to strip down so many sounds of the decade that had gotten maybe a bit too standard, a bit too commercial – finding a way to take things back to the deepest depths of lo-fi in the garage, then somehow shoot them ... CD (Rock CD)
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)

Giovanni Guidi

Avec Le Temps
ECM (Germany), 2019.
Beautiful work from one of the more evocative pianists recording for ECM in recent years – a musician who manages to bring this slight current of sentiment to his sound, but never in ways that are overly-direct, or too strongly stated to step too far from the label's trademark sound! Maybe ... CD (Jazz 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)
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s.
A fantastic tribute to the studio genius of Bunny Lee – and a set that's filled with the kind of tracks that may well knock Lee Scratch Perry right out of the spotlight! Bunny already had a long and varied career in Jamaican music by the time of these tracks – hustling things up right ... CD (Reggae 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)
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles ... CD (Jazz CD)

Larry Willis

Inner Crisis
Groove Merchant, 1973. (reissue)
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
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)

Om Kalsoum

Alf Leila Wa Leila
Souma/Radio Martiko (Belgium), 1969. (reissue)
A record with a single song by an Egyptian vocalist – but one that's also way more than that overall – as the song spans both sides of the full-length album, and features these amazing instrumental moments throughout! Om Kalsoum is the guiding force that pulls the whole thing together ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves 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)

Reuben Wilson

Sweet Life
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
A great groover by Reuben Wilson – and one of his best albums ever! The funky organist really takes off from the sound of his earlier Blue Note albums here – hitting a vibe that's sharper, darker, and plenty darn righteous – still small combo jazz funk, but with a depth that we ... CD (Jazz 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)
Odeon/Polysom (Brazil), 1972. (reissue)
A holy grail! This is one of Marcos Valle's best-ever albums – and it's certainly the one to best realize the larger scope he was heading for in the years after the bossa – that sublime mix of jazz and more expansive arrangements – a perfect fit for the growing sophistication of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
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)

Vijay Iyer & Craig Taborn

Transitory Poems
ECM (Germany), 2019.
Two of the more important pianists of recent years, performing here together in a set of live duets – most of which have a relatively improvised, relatively free approach – maybe even more than more familiar albums from either player! There's definitely a sense of ECM space in the ... CD (Jazz CD)

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)
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)
Tzadik, 2019.
One of the coolest entries in the "hermetic organ" series from John Zorn – a set that features two long improvisations on pipe organ, both dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe – and with an eerie sound that feels as if it would have been the perfect accompaniment to some Hammer Horror ... CD (Jazz CD)
EP Sound (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A range of unusual grooves from the global collection of DJ Qbico – tracks that echo the lovers rock sound of reggae from the late 70s, but which are mostly of African origin, and have a somewhat different groove! A few tunes are all-out funky, and others have a loping midtempo rhythm – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Gila (Indonesia), Late 70s.
A fantastic flurry of funk from 70s Southeast Asia – music that's quite different than some of the Thai or Cambodian pop that's been oft-compiled in recent years – and which has a definite strong tie to American soul of the time, especially music from the world of cop, crime, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves 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)
Numero, 1980s.
The cover here has a real Nintendo-looking cover – and the sounds within definitely follow that groove – in an array of spare 80s-styled modes that would have made us a lot happier back when we were gaming on our Atari and Activision sets in high school! In truth, many of these tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
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)

Darien Dean

Detours
Ih, 2019.
The third great album from Darien Dean – a diversely talented singer, with an approach here that goes way beyond the usual! Darien can effortlessly belt out a contemporary soul tune – but he's also got this varied approach that really sets the album apart from the rest – as he ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1976/1977.
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing ... CD (Jazz CD)
Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
A record with "samba" in the title, but a set that hardly sounds like samba at all – given that the record is one of the groundbreaking 70s albums from the legendary Tom Ze! Ze first rose to fame as an experimentalist in the Tropicalia scene – but here, he's years past that ... CD (Brazil CD)

Lage Lund

Terrible Animals
Criss Cross (Denmark), 2019.
Guitarist Lage Lund always has qualities to spark our imagination – and this time around, he's working with a bit more effects than usual on his guitar – in a way that really rounds out his sound, and opens up whole new chromatic possibilities in his playing! The shift is a surprise, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Chris Greene Quartet

Playspace
Single Malt, 2019.
CD...$9.99 15.00
Saxophonist Chris Greene has been running one of the sharpest shows around town in the Chicago jazz scene – always tight, always together, and always moving forward with his music – to the point where we're surprised (and pleased) that he hasn't left our city for the coast! Greene ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rockie Robbins

Good Life
Expansion (UK), 2019.
The great Rockie Robbins is back in action – and it's as if hardly a year has passed since his classic run in 80s soul! Robbins looks surprisingly youthful on the cover, and sounds even more so on the album – supported by these great grooves that have a positive flow and a very upbeat ... CD (Soul CD)

Richard Groove Holmes

Night Glider
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
Sweet 70s funk from the legendary Groove Holmes – an album that has his funky organ riffing nicely over some tight larger arrangements! The style is really great, and a nice departure from the smaller combo Groove Holmes sound of the 60s – more in keeping with his later Blue Note work, ... CD (Jazz CD)
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)

Johnnie Taylor

Wall To Wall
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985.
A set that's got maybe more of a contemporary crackle than some of the classic work of Johnnie Taylor – but a record that also shows the ever-evolving style of one of the greatest voices in bluesy soul! The record steps off a bit from the territory that Johnnie hit so well on Columbia – ... CD (Soul CD)
Live From The Streets, 2019.
Mr Green concludes his series of underground Classic Beats instrumentals sets with a great one – narrated by no less as a legendary hip hip figure then Kool Herc! While the series began with the straightforward ideal of serving as potential backdrops for rhymers to freestyle or build rhymes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Change Is (180 gram pressing)
Columbia/Jazzman (UK), 1969. (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Amanita

Sol Y Sombra
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1978. (reissue)
A German group from the 70s, but one that's strongly influenced by the sounds of South America – which includes an especially big dose of musical elements from Brazil! The music is jazz fusion at the core – with strong keyboards, guitar, and alto and soprano sax solos over all the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Phil Chilton & Peter L Smith/The Rage Within

Delitto Al Circolo Del Tennis (with bonus tracks)
Cinevox/Quartet (Spain), 1969.
A really fantastic soundtrack to a late 60s Italian film – and certainly one of the most obscure to ever be issued by the Cinevox label! The duo of Phil Chilton and Peter L Smith aren't well-known, but they did a really wonderful job here – crafting a mixture of funky psychedelic ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Essiebons/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. (reissue)
The funky Rob way is a massive one at that – a new path into Afro Funk modes for the 70s, with a groove that's made this set a collectors classic for decades! The group is tighter than most, yet more skittish too – percussion rattling alongside basslines that have these echoey ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Bibi Den's Tshibayi

Sensible
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1983. (reissue)
A wonderful conflation of grooves all taking place in a single space – some of the West African modes of the late 70s, coming into play with more contemporary soul elements – all spun out over a quartet of long tracks that are filled with unusual grooves! Instrumentation is electric ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Cinematic Orchestra

To Believe
Domino, 2019. 2LP
As longtime fans might know, the Cinematic Orchestra isn't a large ensemble, but a duo – yet the pair also have this fantastic way of creating a really spacious sound in their music – thanks in part to a very open door when it comes to creative guests! This time around, there's some ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Gila (Indonesia), Late 70s.
A fantastic flurry of funk from 70s Southeast Asia – music that's quite different than some of the Thai or Cambodian pop that's been oft-compiled in recent years – and which has a definite strong tie to American soul of the time, especially music from the world of cop, crime, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves 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)

O'Donel Levy

Windows
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
A great later album from O'Donel Levy – recorded after his initial flurry of work for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn nice! The sound here is slightly smoother and a bit more electric than before – with Levy's sweet guitar work snaking out over some larger backings ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jimmy McGriff

Mean Machine
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Sweet 70s electric work from Jimmy McGriff – material that's different than his grittier grooves of the 60s, but still plenty darn great! The style's clearly influenced by CTI – as Jimmy's using electric piano as much as organ – and is getting some fuller support in the backings ... CD (Jazz 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)

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)
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)
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)

Chicory Tip

Complete Chicory Tip
Columbia/7T's (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
The complete recordings of Chicory Tip – a British group who hardly cracked the charts in America, but who managed to record a whole host of really groovy songs during a few short years in music! Chicory Tip came along at kind of a special point in UK recording – a time when all the ... CD (Rock CD)

Matthew Shipp Trio

Signature
ESP, 2019.
Matthew Shipp seems more tuneful here than ever at times – still very much able to let loose with those fluid, unbridled lines that have always made his work on piano so breathtaking – but also maybe ready to pull back occasionally, and let his instrument resonate in these surprisingly ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jim Snidero

Waves Of Calm
Savant, 2019.
Jim Snidero's got a really wonderful group here – a combo that makes for a perfect complement to his phrasing on the record, which seems somehow even more magical than usual! The rhythms are open and spacious – lots of room between the notes, served up by bassist Nat Reeves, drummer ... CD (Jazz CD)
Traffic, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Incredible work from Chocolate Star – less a group than a record label or project name used for some excellent underground club recordings from the late 70s and early 80s! Gary Davis is the real brainchild here – keyboardist, songwriter, and main spiritual force behind the music – ... CD (Soul CD)

Ralph Moore

Three Score
WJ3, 2019.
A long-overdue return as a leader for tenor genius Ralph Moore – an artist who first blew us away when he appeared on the scene in the 80s, but who hasn't gotten this sort of time in the spotlight in many many years! The passage of time hasn't dimmed Ralph's genius at all – as the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Black Savage/Majek/Ovid

Fire/Got The Feelin/Karibun/Operator
CBS/Afro 7 (Estonia), Early 80s.
A set of rare tracks from the vaults of CBS Records in Kenya – tunes that really show a nicely complex approach to the groove! Black Fire kick things off with "Fire" – a tune that's got a reggae vibe, but a sound that's quite different than the style of Kingston! The cut's ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Global Grooves 12-inch)

Spaceark

Spaceark Is
Color World/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper, & Others

Great Tragedy – Winter Dance Party 1959
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
A mighty tribute to one of the greatest tragedies in the early days of rock and roll – the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper – the unfortunate outcome of the poorly-planned Winter Dance Party tour of the Midwest in 1959! This very cool ... CD (Rock CD)
University Of Chicago, 2019.
Writer John Corbett has given us words on a huge variety of musical styles over the years – a fair bit of them left field and avant – but this time around, he's tackling the full range of 70s rock, pop, and soul music – in a huge book that's unlike anything he's ever written ... Book (Book)
Mary/Smithsonian Folkways, 1963. (reissue)
A landmark album – and one of the best records you'll ever find by Mary Lou Williams! The record's a mixture of jazz and spiritual themes, and it features Mary Lou's piano set in some super-hip jazz arrangements that include players like Grant Green, Budd Johnson, Larry Gales, Melba Liston, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Edsel (UK), 1980s. 4CD
Gary Crowley was a young Capitol Radio DJ at the start of the 80s – which gave him a bird's eye view of all the musical changes that were taking place on the London scene of the time! This 4CD package is a great tribute to those years – and features some of Crowley's favorite tracks ... CD (Rock 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)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
One of the first albums as a leader from pianist John Hicks – a record that really set the tone for countless great sides to come – and which follows on years of great work with Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Charles Tolliver, and other soulful jazz giants! This set was Hicks' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Durand Jones & The Indications

American Love Call
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2019.
Man, these guys just keep on getting better – and this time around, Durand Jones & The Indications deliver a record that's way more than just another funk band with a lead singer! Instead, there's a depth and complexity to this set that takes us back to our favorite indie soul albums at ... CD (Deep Funk 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)

Caesar Frazier

Closer To The Truth
Savant, 2019.
Wonderful work from Caesar Frazier – the organist who cut some fantastic records for the Westbound/Eastbound label in the 70s – and who's slowly been returning to the fold with recent gems like this! Frazier plays the Hammond B3 throughout – and works in a combo that's tight and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Trio Mocoto

Trio Mocoto (1977)
Arlequim/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977.
Trio Mocoto first rose to fame as the funky band behind Jorge Ben on his early 70s classics – the combo that gave him such a soulful sound – and here on their own, they sound pretty darn great – with a style that follows the same evolution as Jorge's own sound at the time! The ... CD (Brazil CD)

Dennis Coffey

Live At Bakers
Omnivore, 2019.
A Detroit guitar legend – captured in the most famous contemporary club in his hometown! The set's got Dennis Coffey still sounding great at the head of a small combo – playing in a mode that's a lot more jazz than his 70s funk classics, but still really great – with a more ... CD (Soul CD)

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)
Four Flies (Italy), 1964.
Three nights of love from Piero Piccioni – scored with a sound that's right in between the jazzier styles he used in the first half of the 60s, and the groovier modes from the second half of the decade! Instrumentation matches that of some of Piero's straighter scores from a few years before ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Om Kalsoum

El Hob Kollo
Souma/Radio Martiko (Belgium), 1970. (reissue)
Om Kalsoum is the singer on the set, but the record is way more than just a conventional set of Egyptian vocals – as the set features one long track, filled with complex instrumental passages that effortlessly mix the modern and ancient! Kalsoum's voice doesn't even come into play until ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Jackie McLean

Let Freedom Ring
Blue Note (Japan), 1962.
A young Jackie McLean at the height of his powers – really stretching out here, but never going too far out – a perfect balance between his modern bop of previous records, and his groundbreaking "new thing" jazz to come! The group is a relatively straight ahead one – ... CD (Jazz CD)
CTI/BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A trio of classic CTI Records albums from tenorist Stanley Turrentine – with bonus tracks too! First up is Cherry – one of the best CTI albums from the early 70s – and one of Stanley Turrentine's funkiest records as well! The album's got a sharper edge than most other Turrentine ... CD (Jazz CD)

Hubert Laws/George Benson

In The Beginning/In Concert Carnegie Hall
CTI/BGO (UK), 1974/1976. 2CD
A split CTI package – with a record apiece by Hubert Laws and George Benson! Hubert Laws is first with In The Beginning – moody work from one of the most groundbreaking flute players of the 70s – and a real standout in the legendary catalog of CTI Records! Hubert Laws was not ... CD (Jazz CD)

Zdenek Liska

Ikarie XB-1
Finders Keepers (UK), 1963.
Fantastic sounds from outer space – a electro-acoustic masterpiece, put together for a Czech sci-fi film of the 60s – but done in a mode that stretches far out into space beyond the world of cinema! The music is stark and dark at some times – almost with an electro-shock approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
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)

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)
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Africa Airways takes to the skies again – and delivers a wonderful batch of funky soul tracks from the end of the 70s and start of the 80s! The work here is from a period when groups from Nigeria and other scenes were starting to absorb a lot more direct influences from American soul – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
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)
RGE/Audio Clarity (UK), 1966. (reissue)
The debut of a legend – Chico Buarque's first album for RGE, and a groundbreaking batch of tunes that helped shape the sound of popular music in Brazil for years to come! Buarque predates the Tropicalia era, but is working here in a style that clearly allowed for their later impact – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Union Square/Universal (UK), Late 60s. 5CD
A treasure trove of classic soul – 5CDs and 100 tracks in all – all with the upbeat, soaring vibe that's always made these underground American cuts such favorites on the UK Northern Soul scene! The package starts with Motown, then really takes off – featuring loads of killer ... CD (Soul CD)
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1966. (reissue)
Amazing stuff from bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac "Red" Holt! At the time of this release, the pair had already risen to great fame as the rhythm backing for Ramsey Lewis in his first trio – but broke out on their own as a solo act, with a real focus on rhythmic piano ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jeremy Manasia Quintet

Sutra Book – Live At Smalls
Smalls Live, 2019.
We've heard the music of pianist Jeremy Manasia before, but we're not sure we've ever heard it like this – really opened up and flourishing in the best setting offered by the great Live At Smalls series! The tunes are all originals by Manasia – beautifully-penned tunes that draw some ... CD (Jazz CD)

Franz Koglmann with Bill Dixon

Opium For Franz
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), Mid 70s. (reissue)
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
International Anthem, 2019.
Makaya McCraven pushes his unique jazz genius even further – by serving up a completely groundbreaking remix of live jazz performance on the London scene! McCraven's already stood out from the pack in the way that he breaks down jazz norms by playing with a recorded performance later in the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Scepter/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
A fantastic selection of work from the great Tommy Hunt – a male singer who cut some incredible work in the 60s, but never fully got his due! Ace/Kent Records already helped bring Tommy's genius to the forefront with a previous collection – and this second set brings together even more ... CD (Soul CD)
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)

Alec Cheer

Night Kaleidoscope
Trunk (UK), 2019.
A really great electronic soundtrack – contemporary, but served up with a very spare, electronic feel that takes us back to some of the best horror gems of the 80s! If you're a fan of the music for Stranger Things or Good Time, you'll find plenty to love here – as Alec Cheer works in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1960.
A gem of an unreleased live performance from the mighty Stan Getz – working here in a quartet that ties together his time on both the Swedish and American scenes of the 50s! The group is great – with Jan Johansson on piano, still swinging, but clearly a budding modernist too, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dusko Goykovich

Slavic Mood
RCA/Elemental (Spain), 1975.
One of the greatest albums ever from trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – a session that follows strongly in his Swinging Macedonia session from a decade before – and which, like that one, mixes up jazz with a range of Eastern European influences! The tracks are all originals by Goykovich, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita

My Soul Sensation
Persephone (UK), 2019.
Nicole Willis has always been a fiercely collaborative singer – at a level that really helps her open up her style with each new project she takes on! That's definitely the case here as Willis works with Banda Palomita – who've got this smoothly groovy style that's really wonderful ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Storyville (Denmark), Late 60s. (reissue)
Late ballad work from the mighty Ben Webster – mostly recorded right at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – in the tenorist's final years, but at a time when he could still make great magic with his tone! The set brings together tracks recorded in a variety of settings – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazz Men/Jazz Detective (UK), 1973. (reissue)
A fantastic album of soulful jazz – and one that's got a lot more staying power than the macrame craze of the 70s! Don't confuse this Bobby with the Rodriguez who put out some mid 70s salsa albums on Vaya in New York – because this Bobby's a trumpet player from the LA scene, one who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Edu Lobo & Maria Bethania

Edu e Bethania
Elenco/Audio Clarity (UK), 1967. (reissue)
A pivotal album in the careers of Edu Lobo and Maria Bethania – united in a series of unique duets for this classic Elenco session from 1966! The album pre-dates most of Bethania's other work, and is done in a style that's got all the best touches of Lobo's baroque post-bossa arranging style ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

King Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation

Katakata (180 gram pressing)
Shanu Olu/Hot Casa (France), Mid 70s. (reissue)
A really tremendous record from the Lagos scene of the 70s – a set that's completely sharp from beginning to end, and which has the same sort of side-long jamming that you'd find on the best records by Fela Kuti at the time! King Bucknor's billed as "The Black Isaiah Of Africa" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
GNP/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s.
A great "new" album from the legendary Seeds – not new recordings, but a fresh collection that brings together a fair bit of rare and unissued tracks – along with some of their classics, and some rare pre-seeds material too! The collection is pulled from a soundtrack for the ... CD (Rock CD)
Avant/Triple Point, 1996. (reissue)
Guitarist Duck Baker takes on the music of Herbie Nichols – the sometime-overlooked modernist of the postwar years, a player that some folks rank right up there with Thelonious Monk – later given his due with a run of revival projects like this! Nichols' music sounds very different ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Blundetto

Cousin Zaka
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2019. 2LP
Blundetto's given us some great work in the past, but this album may well be his best – as it's all instrumental, and very much in a different style than his previous forays into more dub, global, or hip-hop influenced material! Instead, the approach here is more open and almost cinematic ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
United Artists/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
The fantastic first album from Hawkwind – a pure moment of genius, from a time when the group had so much to deliver, and hadn't yet succumbed to their own greatness! If you only know later work, the style here is maybe more closely tied to some of the more familiar late 60s modes from the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1971/1973. 2CD
Two albums by Pamela Polland – one of which was never issued in the 70s! First up is the self-titled Pamela Polland – an obscure bit of 70s underground rock – the first solo album by Polland, who might be better known for her work in the psych-folk group Gentle Soul at the end of ... CD (Rock CD)
Polydor/Cherry Pop (UK), 1984. 2CD
A pair of 80s street soul soundtracks – Breakin and Breakin 2 – reissued here with the title as Breakdance, which is how they appeared in the UK! Maybe Breakin wasn't the most accurate, most faithful portrait of life on the streets in the early 80s – but the film was a great ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976. 2 CDs
Fantastic work by this excellent 70s combo – a quintet whose leaders recorded famously with Horace Silver in the 60s, then took his inspiration to very different spiritual territory on their own! Both drummer Louis Hayes and tenorist Junior Cook are fantastic – but the whole group here ... CD (Jazz CD)
We Want Sounds (UK), 1976.
A lovely little record from singer Jaye P Morgan – a talent that most folks know from her 70s appearances on the Gong Show, but who was also a pretty nice vocalist on her own! The set here showcases a much more soulful side of Jaye's style than her earlier albums – a smoothly jazzy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Omnivore, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Really fantastic work from Van Duren – one of the great almost-rans in 70s pop – a singer/songwriter who emerged from the same Memphis roots as Big Star, recorded at Ardent Studios, and even worked in a band with Chris Bell – yet somehow also managed to make music that was very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019.
Hot 8 Brass Band definitely take the title seriously here – as they serve up a quintet of covers – including one Joy Division tune, one George Benson classic, and three Michael Jackson hits – all done by the group in their horn-heavy style! Hot 8 have always been one of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Benny Sings

City Pop
Stones Throw, 2019.
We've loved the music of Benny Sings for years – and can't understand why the man's not a much bigger success at a worldwide level – because his songs have the gentle soul and careful construction of the sorts of music that used to grace the airwaves decades back! Yet maybe the ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Smoke Sessions, 2019. 2CDs
Pianist Harold Mabern works here with a trio of players who really helped him find new focus and energy in later years – the great Eric Alexander on tenor, with John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a rock-solid lineup who really take off here in a live date from New York's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Muzak (Japan), Late 60s.
A really fantastic collection of never-heard work from the groovy singer Bobbi Boyle – a vocalist who worked on the west coast club scene in the late 60s and early 70s, but only issued two rare albums at the time! The work here is maybe even better than the work on those great sets – ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Deodato/Os Catedraticos

Impulso!
Equipe/Audio Clarity (UK), 1964. (reissue)
Incredible early work by Deodato! This record's got the maestro picking up the Hammond organ, and playing with a samba/bossa group – for a sound that's similar to Walter Wanderley's Brazilian recordings, but which have a bit more going on in the instrumental department – thanks to some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Chatsford/P-Vine (Japan), 1978.
An underground mellow soul gem from the 70s – recorded on the Detroit scene with lead vocals by Judy Pollak, and backings by a very hip soul trio! 33 1/3 are way more than just an instrumental group – as they also harmonize behind Judy a fair bit – really elevating the soul ... CD (Soul CD)

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

Live At The Currency Exchange Volume 1
AACM, 2019.
A fantastic testament to the never-ending legacy of mindblowing music from Chicago's AACM collective – a live set that brings together some of the less-recorded musicians in the organization, all working through a set of beautiful live improvisations! The music is listed as "spontaneous ... CD (Jazz CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
Mad funky vibes from The Wooden Glass – a group led by vibist Billy Wooten – an obscure player in the history books, but one who has had a huge influence on 21st Century groove! Billy's got a hard style on the vibes that's like Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers at their soulful best ... CD (Jazz CD)

Al Manfredi

Blue Gold
Now Again, Early 70s. 2CD
The lost legacy of Al Manfredi – a south Cali singer who made a short splash with a garage combo in the 60s, then quickly retreated to a quiet life behind the counter of a music store! Yet during that time, Al was secretly work on his own – using multi-track technology to create these ... CD (Rock CD)

Andy Laverne

Metropolis
ALV, 1979.
An unreleased 70s session from keyboardist Andy LaVerne – and a set that features a mighty hip assemblage of musicians! Stan Getz is on two of the album's tracks – soaring out in a way that's maybe more in his Captain Marvel mode, than some of his straighter work that was emerging at ... CD (Jazz CD)
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Early 80s.
A treasure trove of rare singles recorded in Nairobi – easily one of the most welcoming scenes in East Africa during the 80s – especially in comparison to more restrictive cultural territory to the west! At the time, Nairobi really opened up its door to new sounds and ideas – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Muzak (Japan), 1984. Gatefold
Brazilian grooves, but served up by a Chicago combo – one that features the great pianist Breno Sauer working with local musicians while he was living in the Windy City! The style here is a bit like some of the best 70s Bay Area groups who could mix together jazz and Brazilian elements ... CD (Brazil CD)
Hot Wax/Demon (UK), 1972. (reissue)
Incredibly messed-up funk – a 70s instrumental classic that's delighted our ears for years! The set's got a cosmic sound that mixes together conventional guitar-based funky with some weird electronic touches at times – going for a fuzzed-out moogy quality that really deepens the groove ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Theon Cross

Fyah
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
Theon Cross plays a tuba, but don't hold that against him – as he's already given us some mighty great music in The Sons Of Kemet – and really steps out here as a leader in a core trio that features the great Moses Boyd on drums and Nubya Garcia on tenor! A few tracks features Wayne ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
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)
Hot Cup, 2019. 2CD
The mighty Moppa Elliott steps away from his better-known group for a triple-length solo project – leaving behind the spirit of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, and heading into a trio of different modes on his own! The first third is from a "jazz band" – with a mix of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ill Considered

Ill Considered 5
Ill Considered (UK), 2019.
This brilliant British collective never lets us down – and here, on their majestic fifth album, they seem to soar towards the heaven even more – with a righteous spirit that comes through from the very first note, and which never seems to let up at all as they spin out some long, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Trio (Japan), 1970s.
A fantastic trip through the catalog of Trio Records – one of the coolest Japanese jazz labels of the 70s – and a company who not only gave growing local talent the chance to really spread their wings, but who also cut some great rare sessions by American artists too! The set here is ... CD (Funky Compilations 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)
4AD, 1979. 2LP Gatefold
An expanded set of work from one of the first groups to record for the 4AD label – and one that's maybe not as well-remembered as the rest – partly because their raw sound and post-punk vibe are very different than the dreamy sounds that the record company would produce in later years! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Magic Touch/Wah Wah (Spain), 1983. (reissue)
Yan Tregger gave the world some funky sound library work in the 70s – but here, he's in much darker territory – definitely in the land of no return, which he explores with waves of really moody electronics! The tunes are still rhythmic – as with Yan's previous work – but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Numero, Mid 80s. (pic cover)
Sweet electro soul from a Bay Area group who deliver way more than most of their contemporaries – music that's deep enough to maybe win the "intellectual" tag in the title! That cut leads off the EP – and is this laidback dreamy instrumental that runs for almost 9 minutes in ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)
12T/Aftermath, 2018.
Cinematic hip hop soul from Anderson .Paak named after a seaside city west of Los Angeles, CA – but it's not Malibu, it's the stunning follow up Oxnard – a little looser, more diverse, and ultimately just as impressive set from this still rising talent! The uber-impressive guest list ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1977. 2CD
Well-recorded material from Louisiana Red – a blues musician who really hit his stride in the 70s, but with a style that feels a lot more vintage overall! Red works here with just vocals and guitar – and a bit of harmonica – in a mode that's like the 60s albums on Arhoolie, but ... CD (Blues CD)
Epic/Real Gone, 1968. (reissue)
Big, heavy late 60s British rock from Gun – with the raw, lumbering and bluesy (or better, bloozy) power trio core that's fleshed out in the studio with horns and other more sweeping touches! It's wild stuff, a genuine precursor to heavy metal in the searing guitars, thundering drums and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
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)
Smithsonian Folkways, 1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s. 4CD
A fantastic little package – and one that may well have more meaning these days than ever before! The lavish set features a huge hardcover book – 124 pages of notes, photos, and other information – all put together in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibition of the same name ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
United Dairies/Rotorelief (France), Early 80s. (reissue)
Legendary early work from Nurse With Wound – one of the group's first few albums, done at a time when it was quite difficult to ever figure out where they were coming from! Steven Stapleton's clearly got a strong influence here from 20th Century avant composition modes, particularly tape-base ... CD (Rock CD)

Ronnie Cuber

Straight Street
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019.
A searing session of hardbop – of the sort that baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber hardly got to cut in his early days as a leader – but which has really been his strong calling card in more recent decades! We love Cuber in a mode like this – and the tracks are all quite long, and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Eddie Russ

Fresh Out!
Jazz Masters/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974.
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano ... CD (Jazz CD)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. (reissue)
A classic album from the late 60s run of Trojan producer Dandy – working here under the guise of Brother Dan All-Stars – with a lineup that features some secret help from the rest of the Trojan scene! The groove is mostly rocksteady, with the strongly soulful current that Dandy brought ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Orgone

Reasons
Killion Sound, 2019.
Orgone just seem to get better and better as the years go on – from a more standard funk combo to one who've really found their own groove – which they seem to push even further here with the addition of singer Adryon De Leon – a vocalist who really helps bring some focus to their ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Various

Hong Kong Score
Wan Chai (Hong Kong), 1960s/1970s.
Very cool grooves from the world of Hong Kong cinema – not just familiar styles from kung fu movies, but a nice range of different modes too! The music is often funky, but not always – and some tracks have vocals, while others are completely instrumental – brought forth here in a ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2019. (pic cover)
A sweet little number with a sunny California vibe – equal parts rock and soul, with a guitar line that fades in to echo the waves of the surf – while Rudy De Anda delivers a vocal over romping drums! "Los Canarios" is slower, with plenty of echoey guitar tripping over slow ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens Rocks
Del-Fi/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
If you ever doubted the genius of the late Ritchie Valens – ever thought that he was a guy who just cut a few lucky hits in the early days of rock and roll – then here's a package that will definitely change your mind! As most folks know, Ritchie was taken from the planet way too soon ... CD (Rock CD)

Mayumi Sonoda with Kichiro Sugino Trio

Gogo Sanji No Aki
Johnny's Disk/Studio Mule (Germany), 1982. (reissue)
An overlooked gem from this hip Japanese singer – a vocalist who's got a different take on jazzy modes than some of her contemporaries – with a raspy vibe that's maybe closer to the work of European vocalists like Karin Krog or Monica Zetterlund at their best! Mayumi Sonada has none of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

David Liebman/Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake

Chi
Rare Noise (UK), 2019.
One of the most spiritual albums in years from saxophonist Dave Liebman – but maybe that comes as no surprise, given that he's working here with percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake! The tracks are often grounded in percussion – used by both musicians at a less rhythmic level ... CD (Jazz CD)
Reel To Real, Mid 60s.
Great live work from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – recorded during a time when the group's star was really rising on Capitol Records, but at a level that's got the more open-ended, freely-blown style of their classic concert dates for Riverside! The material here was all recorded for ... CD (Jazz CD)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. 3CD
The only career-spanning collection we've ever seen on The Bar-Kays – and a set that does a mighty nice job of hitting all the right bases! The group first rose to fame as a funk combo on Stax in the late 60s – then shifted a bit after part of the group was killed in the same plane ... CD (Soul CD)
Moserobie (Sweden), 2005.
The sound of the Varitone lives again – in this super-groovy set from Swedish saxophonists Jonas Kullhammar and Per Rusktrask Johansson! Both players on the set are clearly inspired by the Varitone years of Eddie Harris – and the album's got a sense of space, sound, and soul that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Larry Grenadier

Gleaners
ECM (Germany), 2019.
Beautiful solo bass work from Larry Grenadier – a record that fits perfectly in the best ECM tradition, yet also provides a stunning showcase for the artist as well! The recording quality is superb – and Grenadier finds so many ways to create different shades and tones with his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Beat (Italy), 1980.
One of the coolest, grooviest soundtracks we've ever heard from Riz Ortolani – an artist who did bigger, more mainstream film scores in the 60s – but who really developed a more electric vibe in the 70s! This soundtrack has Riz working at the top of his powers – bringing in ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Chicago Odense Ensemble

Chicago Odense Ensemble
El Paraiso (Denmark), 2019.
A really unusual album of improvised music from the Chicago scene – one that's got a unique approach that makes it even greater than the sum of its parts! The music began when Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skott came to Chicago – and had a chance to work with some of the city's ... CD (Jazz CD)

Medumo

Mixing It
Lauren (Italy), 1975. (reissue)
A lost combo from the South African scene of the 70s – and one who play here with a wonderfully spiritual vibe! The tunes are longish, and open – with some rhythmic currents that fall in the Dollar Brand side of the spectrum, but which are also topped with really tremendous work on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dominique Guiot

L'Univers De La Mer
Chicago 2000/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1978. (reissue)
A beautiful album of keyboard-heavy tracks – issued by a small sound library label in France during the 70s, with a title that translates as "the universe of the sea"! As you might guess, there's a nice underwater vibe to the record – a sound that's similar to some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
A very cool little package – one that's got one CD of early work by French singer Francois Hardy – and two more CDs that feature lots of fantastic jazz material from Sacha Distel! CD1 features Hardy at her early best – singing blue-tinged French pop on both her debut album, and ... CD (French CD)
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
An insane bit of fuzzed-out funk! This is Parliament's rare first album – a trippy batch of tunes that come off of Clinton's experimentation in the Detroit soul scene, infused by the rock-heavy energy of the city at the time – and probably a heck of a lot of cannabis, too! The record ... CD (Soul CD)

Tom Rainey/Mary Halvorson/Ingrid Laubrock

Combobulated
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019.
A well-matched trio who've really developed a sound that's all their own – a uniquely air, open style of improvisation – with Tom Rainey on drums, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor, and Mary Halvorson on guitar! There's often a lot of space between the notes, but in a very thoughtful way – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte

You Don't Know The Life
Rare Noise (UK), 2019.
Keyboardist Jamie Saft works here with a mighty great trio – one that features older giants Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bobby Previte on drums – all bringing a great sense of energy to Saft's own work on Hammond organ, Whitehall organ, and Baldwin electric harpsichord! The ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/1980s.
A surprisingly strong collection of reggae recorded in Boston during the 80s – or maybe not that surprising at all, given that the city had a growing Caribbean population, and a very strong college audience for the music! Still, the package is a huge discovery – strong quality work ... CD (Reggae CD)
Scubidu (Brazil), 2019.
A very original vision of Brazilian forro – served up here by the mighty musical talents of Hermeto Pascoal, still making very fresh sounds this late in his career! As with some of Hermeto's other recent records, the leader is accompanied by some great younger musicians who are able to ... CD (Brazil CD)

Os 3 Morais

Os 3 Morais (1967)
Som Maior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1967.
The first album we've ever seen from Os 3 Morais – a group who also issued material in the US under the name of Os Tres Brasileiros! Although most of the group's late 60s/early 70s sides are in a sophisticated bossa style, this work carries more echoes of mid 60s pop – not really the ... CD (Brazil CD)
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. 2CD
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never ... CD (Jazz CD)

Morning Echoes Of Detroit

Echoes Of The Gospel (180 gram pressing)
Nashboro/Third Man, 1967. (reissue)
A gem of a gospel set from the legendary Nashboro catalog – crafted by a very hip male sextet from Detroit – one who are clearly open to letting a lot of blues and soul influences into their music! One of the key elements from those styles here is spare but strong use of guitar or ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel LP)

Elza Soares

Deus E Mulher
Deck Disk (Brazil), 2019.
The voice of Elza Soares has been gracing Brazilian records for decades – and it somehow sounds even more amazing now than it did back in the day – with this raw, raspy power that's completely compelling, even if you can't understand the language! The record's got some of the same ... CD (Brazil CD)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
British rock, but with plenty of soul – as these artists were some of the first in the world to be influenced by the sound of early Motown Records – then set about trying to create their own strand of Detroit soul! The influence of Motown on the sound of so many other scenes has been ... CD (Rock CD)

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