Blue Note (Japan), 1963.
Insanely wonderful music from Andrew Hill – a lean, stripped-down session that has Hill working at his firey best – in a space that's somewhere between the "new thing" recordings of Jackie McLean, and the brooding brilliance of Andrew's later Smokestack session! The group ... (Jazz CD)
Motown (Japan), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s.
A really joyous celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Motown Records – a long set that features a continuous mix that includes 37 tracks from the full run of the label – most taken relatively straight, but given these cool old-style radio voiceovers as some of the tracks get started! ... (Funky Compilations CD)
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 – ... (Neo Soul LP)
Box Media/Sonic Healing Ministries, 1999.
A seminal album from the great reedman David Boykin – a set recorded right at the end of the 90s, with an excellent group full of members who'd all go on to do wonderful things in years to come – Nicole Mitchell on flute, Chad Taylor on drums, and Josh Abrams on bass – plus a bit ... (Jazz CD)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. Gatefold
Very cool work from Bryony Jarman-Pinto – a singer who's way more than just a singer – partly because she often uses the studio to harmonize alongside herself, which brings a very hip vibe to her sound! Bryony's maybe tied most strongly to jazz, but there's a heck of a lot going on ... (Neo Soul LP)
Dave Rempis/Josh Abrams/Avreeayl Ra/Jim Baker
Dave Rempis is really on fire – effortlessly blowing long-spun lines on alto, tenor, and baritone saxes – as part of a very freewheeling quartet with a old school improvising vibe! The date was recorded live at Elastic Arts in Chicago, and in some ways is a reflection of the way that ... (Jazz CD)
Tidal Waves, 1977. (reissue)
Excellent work from Ofege – a record that has this legendary 70s group getting a bit tighter and more compressed in their sound, but never with a way that's slick or commercial at all! Instead, the vocals are folded back nicely on themselves – with these really great qualities that ... (Global Grooves LP)
ECM (Germany), 1999. (reissue)
Magical solo work from pianist Keith Jarrett – a set that's comprised almost entirely of standards, similar to some of the better-known trio recordings in this format by the artist – and which has Jarrett playing in this really evocative way that definitely lives up to the title! The ... (Jazz LP)
Tidal Waves, 1972. (reissue)
A really unique album from Mack Porter – a singer born in Ghana, but working here on the Swiss scene, where he'd landed after late 60s work in other European cities! The music is this very unusual hybrid of rock and soul, with a mixture of acoustic elements and larger orchestrations – ... (Global Grooves LP)
Columbia/Return To Analog (Canada), 1969. (reissue)
A completely wonderful album from percussionist Guy Warren – a creative musician who made lots of great records over the years – but who maybe never topped himself after this gem from the late 60s UK scene! The set was done as part of the legendary Landsdowne Series for Columbia UK ... (Global Grooves LP)
Elektra/Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Stunning work from the great second chapter of Patrice Rushen – the time when the lady moved over to Elektra Records and really opened up her groove! Rushen had already been making great music for most of the 70s – playing fantastic keyboards as a real up-and-coming star on the funky ... (Jazz CD)
Family Groove, 1979.
A rare set of work from the Chicago scene of the late 70s – never issued at the time, and a great addition to the legacy of Windy City soul! The group was formed by David and Wendel Sudduth of the Eight Minutes – a kiddie-soul band who'd recorded earlier in the decade for Perception ... (Soul LP)
From Wolves To Whales (Wooley/Rempis/Niggenkemper/Corsano)
Aerophonic, 2019. 2CD
Bold rumbling fury from this well-matched quartet of improvising talents – a group that features Nate Wooley on trumpet, Dave Rempis on alto, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass, and Chris Corsano on drums – all often moving together in space as one, while still allowing plenty of room for ... (Jazz CD)
BMG (Australia), 2019.
The Bamboos really take the "special arrangement" here seriously – as the record has the group moving way past their funk combo roots, to work in a set of large orchestral arrangements that really transform their sound! If anything, the record's a lot more soulful than recent ... (Deep Funk CD)
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969.
A long-lost album from one of our favorite jazz talents of all time – British tenor legend Tubby Hayes, a player we'd easily place on a short list with giants like Dexter Gordon or Sonny Rollins! Like both of those players, Hayes has an incredible talent for longform solos that never lose ... (Jazz CD)
Feral House, 2019.
A really amazing look at the secret art and language of gang culture in Chicago – the most detailed book we've ever seen to examine the words on the street during the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Chicago had a very special sort of language to communicate gang activity and culture during the heyday of ... (Book)
Rogue Art (France), 2019.
A very hip trio, one that features three of the greatest female improvisers of the past 30 years – Joelle Leandre on bass, Myra Melford on piano, and Nicole Mitchell on flute, alto flute, and piccolo! The work is maybe more often in the territory of Leandre and Melford's earlier material ... (Jazz CD)
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4CD
An overdue look at the lost Lamp Records – a crucially important indie soul label on the Indy scene of the late 60s and early 70s – a company that was never as big as Chess or Motown, but did a similar job of documenting its city's musical scene! Indianapolis was always a very diverse ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Polskie Radio (Poland), 1957/1963/1967.
A really wonderful collection of rare moments from Polish modernist Krzysztof Komeda – showing some other sides of his many talents! The set begins with a vocal number – singer Kalina Jedrusik performing slinky, moody Polish lyrics in front of a combo led by Komeda – on the tune ... (Jazz CD)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019.
We're not sure we've ever heard from bassist Miles Perkin before, but after this album we'll definitely be keeping an ear out for his music – as the whole thing has a wonderfully fresh, wonderfully vibrant sort of sound – Miles' strong lines on the bass really working magic with a ... (Jazz LP)
Music Box (France), Mid 60s.
A trio of mid 60s soundtracks from Michel Magne – all on CD for the first time ever! First up is La Ronde – Roger Vadim film with his young, then-wife Jane Fonda in the lead – given a score that has many playful melodies in an older French style – maybe a bit like the music ... (Soundtracks CD)
Terrestrial Funk, 1984. (reissue)
A great singer and a great guitarist – both coming together here in a set that's got way more going on than you'd expect! The group here is tight – lots of congas and bass at the bottom, peppered with horns from a trio, while Ebo Taylor lays down both rhythm and lead guitars – ... (Global Grooves LP)
RCA (Japan), Mid 60s.
Sweet 60s pop from RCA Records – really special tracks that come from a time when the label was figuring out newer, groovier ways to work with some of its female vocalists – including some who'd scored bigger hits in the generation before! The package follows very strongly in the ... (Vocalists CD)
Ace (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A fantastic introduction to the world of power pop – that tight, fast, catchy style of music that came about at the same time as punk – and which flourished for a few short years as a more tuneful take on the sound of the underground! Some of the artists here hit big in the years ... (Rock CD)
Flying Dutchman/Real Gone, 1974. Gatefold (reissue)
A real gem from Lonnie Liston Smith's early years in the studio – and a record that's perhaps a bit more "cosmic" than it is "funk" – but that's why we like it so much! The session has Lonnie stretching out a bit more than usual – borrowing some of the ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Rogue Art (France), 2019.
There's a bold sense of brilliance that signals the start of this album right from the very first note – maybe a quality that comes from the depth of leader Rob Brown's work on the alto, hitting here with maybe more of the fire of an avant tenor – or maybe a sound that comes from the ... (Jazz CD)
Ingrid Laubrock/Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman/Tom Rainey
Rogue Art (France), 2019.
A quartet of musicians that we're not sure we've heard together before, but who instantly seem to find a great way to relate – effortlessly exploring similar sonic territory together, with a sense of sympathy that often makes it difficult to hear what instrument is contributing what sound to ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 1965. Gatefold (reissue)
A sock-solid sextet session from the mighty Lee Morgan – recorded for Blue Note at the height of his mid 60s powers, and carried off in a beautiful blend of soul jazz and some slight modern touches! The group here is top-shelf all the way through – Jackie McLean on alto, Hank Mobley on ... (Jazz LP)
Sussex/Modern Harmonic, 1972.
The second smoking Sussex album from guitarist Eddie Senay – and arguably even better than the first! The tracks here are all instrumentals – played with a style that's tight, right, and very on the money – mixed with keyboards from Rudy Robinson, who also arranged the numbers on ... (Soul CD)
Kettle Hole, 2019.
After a strong few years of improv collaborations, Chicago tenor sax player Gerrit Hatcher delivers a scorching solo set! Burnt Pan Rolling Boil finds him effectively reeling from propulsive blowing bits to surprisingly meditative passages. The title here is pretty apt, and a nice little statement ... (Jazz CD)
Habibi Funk, 1973.
Monstrous funk from Morocco – unreleased material recorded in 1973, with a sound that should have revolutionized North Africa at the time! The group works here in a really raw blend of heavy percussion and riffing guitar – produced with lots of edge and echo, and delivered with the ... (Global Grooves CD)
Odeon/Elemental (Spain), 1971. (reissue)
One of Marcos Valle's most strangely beautiful albums – a set that really his him stepping off strongly from his bossa nova years – really moving into mindblowing music with a range of styles that's simply incredible! There's definitely a bit of bossa at the core, but the larger ... (Brazil LP)
An amazing bit of falsetto soul – and a tune that's become an anthem around Dusty Groove these days – given how many times we play it in the store! "Didn't I" has an infectious raspy guitar bit at the start, then rolls into harmony vocals, supporting Darondo's wickedly sharp ... (Soul 12-inch)
Sony (UK), 1990s/2000s. 2LP Gatefold
A great vinyl collection of recent soundtrack material by one of the greatest talents on the Bollywood scene – composer AR Rahman – and a set that includes a fair bit of material that was never issued on vinyl at all! As with most other soundtracks of this nature, there's a variety of ... (Global Grooves LP)
Orpheum/Mississippi, Late 20s.
Astonishing work from Alexis Zoumbas – a Greek musician from the early days of the 78rpm recording, and one who plays violin with the dexterity of Paganini, but in ways that are much more rootsy and fokloric overall! Zoumbas' classic 78s have recently gotten new attention on an excellent ... (Global Grooves LP)
So Sure (UK), 2019. 3CD
A great little 3CD package – one that's a strong tribute to the collaborative work between Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper, and which also showcases tracks that continue to keep Frankie's music and memory alive over the years! CD1 features all tracks recorded under the name of Frankie ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Leaf (UK), 2019.
A very different album than the previous effort from drummer/percussionist Saratha Korwar – a lot more political, as you might guess from the title – and a set that has the London musician working with performers from the hip hop scenes in Mumbai and New Delhi! Most of the tunes have a ... (Jazz CD)
AFJ (UK), 2019.
This isn't the first time that Joe McPhee and Paal Nilssen-Love have recorded together – but the set may well be their best – a beautiful batch of duets that have the pair really blowing us away with their sympathetic spontaneous creative activity! There's a spiritual core here that ... (Jazz LP)
Illegal Crowns (Mary Halvorson/Tomas Fujiwara/Benoit Delbecq/Taylor Ho Bynum)
Rogue Art (France), 2019. Gatefold
Great work from a group who somehow manages to be free and tuneful at the same time – awash in unusual sounds, but in a way that's also very organic – a fascinating combination of the guitar of Mary Halvorsen, cornet and flugelhorn of Taylor Ho Bynum, piano of Benoit Delbeq, and drums ... (Jazz LP)
Alternative Fox (UK), 1969/1970. (reissue)
An early meeting of minimalist giants – as the album includes two long tracks that both feature Philip Glass and Steve Reich playing in the same ensemble! The set begins with a 1969 live recording of Reich's wonderful "Four Organs" – played by a group that features four ... (Out Sound LP)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Neo Soul LP)
JLI/HoZac, 1985. (reissue)
A rare, beloved gem from the midwest power pop scene – laced with catchy hooks, buzzing guitars and synthesizer that somehow sounds like it hasn't aged a day! The key to Romeoville, IL native Julian Leal's self-titled LP being such a timeless treasure is probably the same as the one that ... (Rock LP)
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1975. (reissue)
Amazing work from this seminal group on the FMP scene – a quartet led by pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, but equally balanced between the saxes of Evan Parker, bass of Peter Kowald, and percussion of Paul Lovens! We're not sure how much to take the "nails" in the title ... (Jazz LP)
Aris/Sonor (Italy), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest moments ever from Italian soundtrack composer Alberto Baldan Bembo – an artist with a great talent for combining warmth and a groove – using subtle strings over rolling basslines and sweet keyboards – all to wrap things together in a really fantastic sound! ... (Soundtracks LP)
Nimbus/Outernational (UK), 1983. (reissue)
A lost spiritual jazz classic from pianist Nate Morgan – maybe the musician's best-remembered moment, and for good reason too! The set's got this soaring, spiritual vibe that's much more early 70s than you'd guess from the date of recording – a post-Coltrane spirit with lots of modal ... (Jazz LP)
Earthquake/17 North Parade, 1977. (reissue)
Fantastic early material from Gregory Isaacs – captured here early in his career, and working in a deep roots reggae mode – recording at Channel One with great direction from Ossie Hibbert! The set's laidback and righteous, in ways that let all the soulful qualities of Isaac's vocals ... (Reggae LP)
Universal (Brazil), 2019.
Contemporary work from Banda Black Rio – the legendary Brazilian funk band who gave us some really great records in the 70s! Turns out, the group still sounds great after all the passage of years – more in a modern soul mode overall, with a few more sophisticated twists and turns ... (Brazil CD)
Terrestrial Funk, 1983. (reissue)
Sweet 80s funk from Miami – and a set that's put together with lots of cool moogy keyboards from group leader Lang Cook! About half the tracks are instrumental, and half are vocal – the latter with vocals from Lang and singers Mary Lucas and Marian Harris – but given that the ... (Soul LP)
Sonor (Italy), 2019.
The title here is very apt – as Italian tenorist Enzo Scoppa is reunited with his very old friend, trumpeter Cici Santucci – his frequent partner on classic jazz and sound library dates under the Santucci-Scoppa name – plus a quartet of younger musicians who really help them find ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
An early 60s killer from Lou Donaldson – one that more than lives up to the promise of its great cover and compelling title! The lineup has Lou blowing in an easy, soulful style – working with a combo that includes Herman Foster on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums ... (Jazz CD)
NEC/Studio Mule (Germany), 1988. (reissue)
Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and ... (Jazz LP)
HHV/Elastic (Germany), 1995. 2LP (reissue)
A masterclass in underground hip hop from Chicago's own Rubberoom – one of the more criminally underappreciated crews from the 90s onward! Gothic Architecture is an early (and at the time cassette-only) classic that precedes their better known "debut LP" Architechnology by a few ... (Hip Hop LP)
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s.
A really great record that definitely lives up to its title and cover – a set that's sort of a cool 70s take on exotica modes from years past! The music here is almost all performed by Giuliano Sorgini – who plays drums and lots of percussion, then adds in electronics too – using ... (Soundtracks CD)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
Motown, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. 11CDs
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 ... (Soul CD)
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2019.
A beautiful set of live samba and choro performances from this up-and-coming Brazilian singer – an artist who's younger than most in his field, but who manages to make his music resonate with a strong sense of history, while also reveling in the energy of youth! The album's a well-recorded ... (Brazil CD)
Transversales Disques (France), Late 70s.
Beautifully minimalist work from Ariel Kalma – work that seems to move effortlessly between acoustic and electronic sources, often in ways that feel like the latter is manipulating the former! One piece here feels as if soprano sax lines were folded back on themselves – maybe in a ... (Out Sound LP)
National/Modern Harmonic, 1963.
A great 60s record from Mighty Sparrow – and the kind of set that shows just how different calypso music could sound when you got away from Harry Belafonte and the hits! The music here is every bit as political and socially conscious as earlier recordings of the genre – but you can ... (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 ... (Jazz CD)
Bemol/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968.
A cool collection of late 60s rock and pop from Brazil – and a set that stands as a nice contrast to some of the "song festival" albums from the time on Philips and Odeon! Like those sets, this one presents up-and-coming artists working through a variety of material – but ... (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 ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Trunk (UK), 1970.
Two rare pieces in the very small genre of "electronic ballet" – a postwar mode in which electronic music was used with dancers! Ernest Berk hardly issued any records at all – but his work on side one, for the ballet "Initiation", is really incredible – at a ... (Out Sound LP)
Dakar/Demon (UK), 1970. (reissue)
The second album from Chicago soul legend Tyrone Davis – and every bit as wonderful as his first! Like that set, this one bounces along on a wave of well cast Chisoul arrangements – penned by Tom Washington and Willie Henderson, with a great mix of the sweet and the rough – ... (Soul 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 ... (Vocalists LP)
Ropeadope, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
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 ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
Vibes and orchestrations – a combination that makes for one of the coolest Bobby Hutcherson albums of the 70s – a really magical set that expands the sound of Bobby's work in ways we wouldn't have expected! The style is similar to that used with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson at the ... (Jazz CD)
Kama Sutra/Culture Factory, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the finest moments ever from The Flamin Groovies – a set that's awash in 50s rock and roll influences, yet filtered through the heady late 60s San Francisco scene – making for a mix that's completely compelling throughout, and unlike anything else we can think of! The Groovies ... (Rock LP)
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Four albums from the surprisingly strong second chapter in the career of Ray Price – that time when he'd moved from being a hero of the honky tonks to maybe taking over some of the territory previously held by Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold! The maturing Price here still has that great voice ... (Folk/Country CD)
Polskie Radio (Poland), Early 60s.
A big burst of modern jazz energy from the legendary pianist Krzysztof Komeda – heard here with some of his key contemporaries, on a set of live long tracks that pave the way for his famous Astigmatic album of the 60s! The CD features two performances recorded for Polish radio – both ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Global Grooves CD)
A&M, 1987. 2LP (reissue)
A full set of remixes from Janet Jackson's huge hit album Control – a special package that was initially only issued overseas, after the giant global success of the original record! There's plenty of tracks here from that time when music videos were also helping artists to stretch out and ... (Soul LP)
BJ The Chicago Kid's second full length for Motown! BJ has a way of recalling classic Chicago soul in the earnest, emotional realness of his lyricism and relatively mellow style, which is a nicely grounding anchor given the modern overall aesthetic. It's a contemporary sound with a timeless soul ... (Neo Soul LP)
The surprising return of drummer Redd Holt – a musician you probably know from his legendary 60s work in the Ramsey Lewis Trio, or as part of the Young Holt Unlimited group with bassist Eldee Young! Ramsey and Eldee aren't on this set, but Redd keeps things in similar trio formation – ... (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 ... (Funky Compilations CD)
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 – ... (Brazil LP)
Big Beat (UK), 1968.
A long-overdue full length album from Ace Of Cups – a really unusual female group from the Bay Area scene of the late 60s – but one who never hit the heights of their bigger San Francisco contemporaries! The girls have this really great look on the back – kind of flower power, ... (Rock LP)
Tradition Disc (UK), 2018.
A very different album than usual from the great tenorist Nat Birchall – a set that's no less soulful than his other records, but in a completely different way! The album's a collaboration with producer Al Breadwinner – and has this approach that feels like a lost Jamaican instrumental ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Warner, Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
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 ... (Soul LP)
Ascensionale (Italy), 1963. (reissue)
A beautiful gem from the Chilean jazz scene of the early 60s – one of the only records of its type we've heard from that nation at the time, and a real treasure all the way through! The group's a quartet – with modern alto sax and clarinet lines from Patricio Ramirez alongside warmer ... (Jazz LP)
ECM (Japan), 1978.
A record full of rich tones and cascadingly lyrical lines – and a set that features the wonderful pairing of John Abercrombie's guitar and the piano of Richie Beirach! Beirach seems to ground Abercrombie even more than usual – still letting John have those atmospheric qualities in his ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Rock LP)
Mercury/Modern Harmonic, 1977. (reissue)
The second great album by Kim Fowley's pet Runaways – the album with Lita Ford, Joan Jett and the rest of the gals cloaked in fog and straddling polls on the cover – making them look like a cross between Mott The Hoople and the headliners at that seedy club by the airport! Like the ... (Rock LP)
Mr Bongo (UK), 2019.
A fuzzy mix of styles from Kit Sebastian – a set that reminds us of that late 90s moment when many artists were inspired by Brazilian Tropicalia, and took that inspiration as a way to blend together sounds from many different modes! The record's got touches of funk, psych, and a range of ... (Rock 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 – ... (Funky Compilations 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 ... (Soul LP)
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 ... (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 ... (Jazz LP)
Aum Fidelity, 2019. 2CD
William Parker works here with his excellent In Order To Survive quartet – a fantastic lineup that features Rob Brown on alto sax, Cooper-Moore on piano, and Hamid Drake on drums – a very fluid, very well-matched group who are able to follow Parker in his farthest musical explorations! ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Soul CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 – ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Brazil CD)
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, ... (Now Sound CD)
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 – ... (Funky Compilations CD)
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 ... (Brazil CD)
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 ... (Soul LP)
ECM (Japan), 1987.
A live performance from pianist Keith Jarrett, recorded at Suntory Hall in Tokyo – but one that's a bit different than some of the solo sets that came earlier in his career, as it's got both a different sound and different style overall! The tracks here aren't side-long improvisations, and ... (Jazz CD)
Montuno/Soul Jazz (UK), 1988. (reissue)
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 ... (Brazil LP)
Arista/GRP/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1983.
Early 80s greatness from Bernard Wright – the benchmark Nard from '81 and his Funky Beat from '83 – in a single set! Nard is a masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk ... (Soul CD)
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 ... (Now Sound 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 ... (Soul CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz 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 ... (Soul CD)
Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s/1970s.
Mr Bongo reminds us once again why they've been one of our favorite labels of the past few decades – delivering a masterful collection of rare funky dancefloor grooves around the globe for their Record Club Volume 3! True to form, it's vintage rare funk, bossa, Afro Soul and underground ... (Funky Compilations CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Paramount/Esoteric (UK), 1970.
An overlooked gem from Tear Gas – a Scottish group who never got the same sort of credit as some of their UK contemporaries at the start of the 70s – but who really made a few great records on their own! This set's got a strange mix of California currents with some of the post-psyche ... (Rock CD)
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, ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Latin LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Brazil CD)
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! ... (Deep Funk CD)
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand)
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
Really fantastic material from legendary pianist Abdullah Ibrahim – a set cut with a larger group of musicians, which we like even more than Ibrahim's work in a solo or trio format! The group here is his Ekaya ensemble – who flesh out Abdullah's larger musical ideas in a really great ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Brazil LP)
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" ... (Jazz 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, ... (Soul 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 ... (Rock LP)
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 ... (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 ... (Global Grooves CD)
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 ... (Global Grooves CD)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Soul LP)
Elemental, 1973. Gatefold
Dexter Gordon recorded live in Germany – in a mode that's a bit of a change from some of his more familiar Copenhagen sides from the time! The format is similar – long live tracks, with Dex opening up on these fantastically creative solos – with every note seeming to flow with ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (New Grooves LP)
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 ... (Brazil LP)
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 ... (Soundtracks CD)
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 ... (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 ... (Jazz 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 ... (Soul CD)
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, ... (Global Grooves CD)
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 ... (Soul LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (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 ... (Soundtracks 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 – ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson)
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2019.
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Rock LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension Group
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 ... (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 ... (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 ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (New Grooves CD)
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 – ... (Brazil LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (New Grooves CD)
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 ... (Global Grooves CD)
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 ... (Jazz 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 ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (Rock 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 – ... (Jazz 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 ... (Soul LP)
Ostinato, Early 90s. Gatefold
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 ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
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 ... (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, ... (New Grooves CD)
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, ... (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 ... (Soul 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 – ... (Soul 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 ... (Sound Library CD)
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 – ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (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 ... (Brazil CD)
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 ... (Folk/Country CD)
Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert Andreano
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 ... (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 ... (Jazz CD)
Favorite (France), 2019.
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 ... (Deep Funk 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 ... (Soul CD)
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 ... (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)
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 – ... (Sound Library LP)
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 ... (Jazz LP)