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Windy City

Let Me Ride
Chi Sound/P-Vine (Japan), 1977.
A wonderful album by one of the last great vocal groups to come out of Chicago – a harmony quintet to rival the greatness of any the east coast had to offer! Although recorded for the smoother-sounding Chi-Soul label, the album's got an approach that's quite similar to some of the best east ... CD (Soul CD)

Harold Johnson Sextet

House On Elm Street
HME/Survival Research (Italy), 1967. (reissue)
A fantastic soul jazz set from the 60s – one of the few ever cut by pianist Harold Johnson, and a record that brims over with youthful power and new ideas! The Harold Johnson Sextet were an incredible little LA soul jazz combo during the late 60s. Johnson was a very soulful pianist, and he ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Shirley Scott

One For Me
Strata East/ARC (UK), 1974. (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever recorded by female organist Shirley Scott – a very hip set that's got a very different flavor than her earlier work for Prestige and Impulse Records! As you might guess for a date issued on the Strata East label, the approach here is very soulful, and very far-r ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Almighty & Insane Books, 2020.
The secret history of Chicago house music – a side of the scene that's even more obscure than its many rare records or long-departed clubs! The book is a fantastic follow up to the first volume – and like that one, features rare flyers, posters, and ads for some of the underground ... Book (Book)

Basil Kirchin

Everyday Madness
Trunk (UK), 1970s.
Rare work from the archives of Basil Kirchen – very appropriately titled, given the madness of the legendary UK composer! As Jonny Trunk explains in the notes, Kirchen left the music behind with little in the way of information – but that hardly detracts from the quality of the music, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Mulgrew Miller & Nils Henning Orsted Pedersen

Duke Ellington – The Duo
Storyville (Denmark), 1999.
The music of Duke Ellington was famously scored for his orchestra – but the material also provides a surprisingly great showcase for the talents of a smaller unit, too – especially when in the hands of a duo like this! Mulgrew Miller plays piano and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen plays ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti

Entradas E Bandeiras
Som Livre/Survival Research (Italy), 1976. (reissue)
A standout solo set from Os Mutantes member Rita Lee – an album that's different than both her work with that group, and her early solo material – and which sort of represents a return to the roots of rock and roll during the middle part of the 70s! The group features ex-members of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Warner/Omnivore, 1977.
The Staple Singers pick up a great Chicago soul groove – with production by Eugene Record and arrangements by Tom Tom Washington – all in a sound that's almost as if they'd left Stax Records and started to record for Brunswick! The groove's every bit as soaring and joyous as Record and ... CD (Soul CD)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers – Jazz Is Dead 2
Jazz Is Dead, 2020.
An album with Roy Ayers in the title – but which also features the man himself in the music – really sounding wonderful here, and recreating some of the best sounds of his classic work from the 70s! For some reason, Adrian Younge always likes to put his name in the lead, even when ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Om Kalsoum

La Ya Habiby
Fantome Phonographique (Italy), Early 70s.
Sublime sounds from legendary Egyptian singer Om Kalsoum – one of the greatest voices of her nation in the middle part of the 20th Century, and an artist with a style that's completely her own! Kalsoum has even more drama in her music than you'd expect from the cover – stretching out ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Aware/Tidal Waves, 1975. (reissue)
A wonderful album of southern soul from Loleatta Holloway! The record was her last in the deep soul mode – and it's a gem that should have made her as big as her later disco records – a really well-crafted extension of styles that Stax and Atlantic had done in the 60s, but given a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Fairuz

Maarifti Feek
Relax In/We Want Sounds (UK), 1984. (reissue)
One of those records that grabs you right away, even if you can't understand the language – a classic 80s set by Lebanese singer Fairuz, set to superb arrangements that resonate with some of the best European work of the time! Fairuz herself has a voice that's amazing – full of life ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Night Dreamer (UK), 2020.
A real return to classic form for saxophone legend Gary Bartz – stepping out here with a younger group of musicians who return his sound to the spirit of his NTU Troup records from the early 70s! The group has some hard percussion at the core – and matches Gary's own work on alto and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Black World/17 North Parade, 1975.
A really classic set from the great Max Romeo – a record that oozes with the soulful vocals he first forged back in the 60s, and sparks with some of the more righteous themes of his rasta roots work of the 70s! The production is perfect – laidback, unassuming, and very much a showcase ... CD (Reggae CD)

Gerrit Hatcher & Jakob Warmenbol

Sublime Again
No Index, 2020.
Wonderfully jagged duets between tenorist Gerrit Hatcher and drummer Jakob Warmenbol – the latter of whom occasionally plays some instruments in ways that really go past the usual! Warmenbol's drums are usually rhythmically structured, but still very offbeat – which lets the tenor of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ray Alexander Technique

Let's Talk (with bonus tracks)
Harlem Sound/Now Again, 1973.
One of those obscure funk records that was even pretty darn obscure back in the day – at a time when so many other funk records weren't so obscure! But obscurity aside, the record also quickly grew into the stuff of legend – thanks to a groove that's totally great, and which has all ... CD (Soul CD)

Nicole Mitchell & Lisa E Harris

Earthseed
FPE, 2020.
Very powerful work from the great Nicole Mitchell – the third of her albums to be based on the work of Octavia Butler, and the first to be done in collaboration with vocalist Lisa E Harris! The music was commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, and recorded in a large open space in that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Warner/Omnivore, 1978.
Darn nice work from The Staple Singers – a record that seems to take the leaner, meaner sound learned by the group during their soundtrack years, and turn it back towards the fuller, more righteous sound of the Stax years! The album was recorded at Muscle Shoals, with very solid production ... CD (Soul CD)

Piero Umiliani

Paranoia
Four Flies (Italy), 1968. Gatefold
Fantastic music from the great Piero Umiliani – one of Italy's greatest soundtrack composers, and definitely at the top of his game here! The music was recorded right around the same time as Umiliani's legendary work for Sweden Heaven & Hell – and there's a similar mix of styles ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Rockers/VP, Mid 80s. 2CD
Four 80s albums from the mighty Augustus Pablo – served up here in a special 2CD set! First up is Blowing With The Wind – seminal 80s work from Augustus Pablo – a set that's maybe got a bit more digital and electronic touches in the mix, but which still maintains that fantastic ... CD (Reggae CD)

Other Dimensions In Music with Fay Victor

Kaiso Stories
Silkheart (Switzerland), 2020.
Vocalist Fay Victor joins the wonderful group Other Dimensions In Music – for a performance that really helps deepen the sound and knock the whole thing out of the park! Make no mistake, we already love the instrumental side of the group – Roy Campbell on trumpets and other instruments ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
A deep dive into the golden age of jazz in Belgium – that amazing postwar stretch when the nation was offering up some of the grooviest modern jazz on the continent – and also sharing a number of styles and players with the Parisian scene too! The package is nicely focused – and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Timeless/Tidal Waves, 1983. (reissue)
Really wonderful material from trumpet legend Chet Baker – one of those sets from Chet's "lost" years recording for a variety of labels on the European continent – but also work that really shows him exploring some great new territory! The Chet Baker during these years is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Afro Blue
Trio/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. (reissue)
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Sunset Blvd, Late 60s/1970s. 3CD
Tremendous work from the legendary Brian Auger – a huge collection of work, a good deal of which is previously unreleased – and a package that makes a fantastic addition to his legendary catalog of organ and keyboard grooves! There's not much here in the way of notes – we would ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. 3CD
A big overview collection of work from the key years of reedman David Sanborn – a player who certainly knew how to hit the heights with the sales of his records, but also had a surprisingly strong, rich career over the years! If you only think of Sanborn as a smooth jazz pioneer, then you'll ... CD (Jazz CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1969.
Overlooked genius from Piero Umiliani – a relatively sort record for a soundtrack, but one that packs a hell of a punch on all of its wonderful cuts! Umiliani is in his best late 60s mix of modes here – with some incredible keyboards at a few points, jazzy bossa bits on others, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Ungava

Ungava
Return To Analog (Canada), 1977. (reissue)
A fantastic trio from the Canadian scene of the 70s – one who resonate with a bit of the more progressive sound of the early part of the decade, but who can also pull out more of a hard rock approach when they want – a mode that really gives the whole thing a heck of a lot of brooding ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Keleketla

Keleketla
Ahead Of Our Time (UK), 2020.
A really fantastic collaboration between Coldcut and a host of South African musicians – and a set that also features a number of key contributions from the legendary Tony Allen! The record uses the older cutup style that Coldcut first forged on the London scene of the 80s – but has ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Thiago Nassif

Mente
Gearbox (UK), 2020.
A sharp blend of edgey guitar, offbeat vocals, and lots of other electronic elements – but still served up with plenty of warmth, thanks to the unique approach of Thiago Nassif! Nassif works here with contributions from Vinicius Cantuaria and Arto Lindsay – and in a way, his music is ... CD (Brazil CD)

Ray Mantilla

Rebirth
Savant, 2020.
Ray Mantilla is reborn, after a health crisis almost took him down – but to us, he's also returning to his roots – that rock-solid approach to Latin jazz that's made us love his records so much over the decades! And like the best of those sets, there's a mixture of complex ideas and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Peer/P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
Sublime sound library work from mid 70s Australia – one of the greatest records ever from soundtrack genius Sven Libaek, done in collaboration with a host of the greatest Aussie jazz players of the time! The groove here is laidback, but funky – almost dreamy at times, in the manner of ... CD (Sound Library CD)

Albert Ayler

New Grass
Impulse/Third Man, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager audience. At times, he takes a strange soul/jazz format to do so, and has tracks featuring ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Numero, Late 60s. Gatefold
One of the coolest packages we've ever seen from Numero – an album that's styled like a high school yearbook, right down to the faux leather cover and pages inside – which themselves have all sorts of fake autographs and messages from imaginary classmates! Yet the cover isn't just what ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
RPM (UK), Mid 90s. 2CD
A really cool collection of British tracks from the mid 90s – music that was initially a big part of the scene at club Smashing – which began with older junkshop/thrift store records, and soon morphed into a cultural force of its own! As such, the tracks here often reference the past ... CD (Rock CD)

Underdogs

Wasting Our Time
Pye/Wah Wah (Spain), 1970. (reissue)
A heady second set from New Zealand's Underdogs – a record that has the group reduced to a trio, yet somehow finding even more power in their overall sound! There's a nicely thoughtful approach to the music – not some of the full-on hard rock of other power trios of the time, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Vincent Chancey/Wilber Morris/Warren Smith

Spell – Vincent Chancey Trio Live 1987
No Business (Lithuania), 1987.
Great live work from French horn player Vincent Chancey – one of the few jazz musicians we've ever known to touch that instrument, and maybe one of the best! French horn was used famously by Julius Watkins in a series of 50s modern jazz recordings – but there, the instrument was often ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Harvest/Eclectic (UK), 1974. 2CD
The amazing debut of Be Bop Deluxe – a record that's made up of all sorts of familiar parts, yet somehow really manages to set itself apart as a whole! The young Bill Nelson is at the top of his game here – a hell of a guitarist, which we sometimes forget in his later work – and ... CD (Rock CD)

ArtISt Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum Mezmur

Afropentatonism
Piranha (Germany), 2020.
A great blend of Saharan and Ethiopian guitar styles – the former played by Alhousseini Anivolla, the latter by Girum Mezmur – working together here in a set of intertwining solos and nicely snakey grooves! There's a really seductive feel to the record, right from the start – and ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Farmyard

Farmyard
Polydor/Wah Wah (Spain), 1971. (reissue)
An obscure jazzy group from the New Zealand scene of the early 70s – definitely a rock act at the core, but one who make wonderful use of flute and tenor from Andrew Stevens, who really helps give the record a special sound of its own! There's also some vibes, Indian percussion, and other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Ran Blake & Andrew Rathburn

Northern Noir
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020.
This isn't the first album from pianist Ran Blake to feature the word "noir" in the title – but it's definitely a distinct set that's got a spirit that's all its own – a really beautiful meeting between the legendary modernist and tenor saxophonist Andrew Rathburn! At some ... CD (Jazz CD)

Brighter Side Of Darkness

Love Jones
20th Century/P-Vine (Japan), 1973.
A tremendous bit of harmony soul from Chicago – one of the few cases where the Windy City really gave the east coast a run for its money – and the landmark album from teen soul quartet Brighter Side Of Darkness! Although young, Brighter Side managed to bring a depth to their work that ... CD (Soul CD)

Lee Scratch Perry

Black Ark Vol 2
VP, Mid 70s. (reissue)
A record that's a bit different than the usual Lee Scratch Perry album of the 70s – more of a various artists collection, put together by Pauline Morrison, with material rescued from the Black Ark studios before their implosion – all mixed by Lee Perry with his amazing mid 70s ear for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
A treasure trove of rare soul work from Tommy McGee – a fantastic sweet soul singer from the Michigan scene of the 70s, and one who should have been huge – judging by the quality of the work on this set! The core of the package is Tommy's rare 1976 album Positive Negative – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Quin Kirchner

Shadows and The Light
Astral Spirits, 2020. 2CD
A double-length set that showcases the ever-growing, ever-evolving talents of drummer Quin Kirchner – working here in a variety of settings with help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! Most of these tunes have a core sense of structure – and even when Quin is ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. 3CD
A really amazing package – not just for fans of John Lee Hooker, but for anyone who loves postwar blues in general! The work here is all from the tiny Sensation Records label in Detroit – the label to first record John Lee Hooker in the late 40s, and who continued to do sessions with ... CD (Blues CD)

John Scofield/Steve Swallow/Bill Stewart

Swallow Tales
ECM (Germany), 2020.
An especially beautiful album from guitarist John Scofield – and one whose key strength lies in its title! The "Swallow Tales" here are all original songs by bassist Steve Swallow – many from years back, when Steve was a key member of the group of Gary Burton – but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Fabiano Do Nascimento

Preludio
Now Again, 2020.
A contemporary record, but one that's got all the depth, warmth, and complexity of some of our favorites from the 70s – music that more than strongly lives up to the legacy of Egberto Gismonti and Edu Lobo! Fabiano Do Nascimento has a way of mixing acoustic guitar with really compelling ... CD (Brazil CD)
Finisher, Mid 90s. (pic cover)
A pretty great relic of the past – and one that features some great lost bits of the Notorious Big legacy! Dj Mister Cee captured both tracks – "Where Brooklyn At", a freestyle with Notorious Big and 2Pac, recorded during a Big Daddy Kane performance at Madison Square Garden ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop 7-inch)
Quartet (Spain), 1979.
An overlooked Ennio Morricone score from the late 70s – one done for a b-grade erotic film, but which features the maestro working at the height of his powers! The instrumentation is maybe a bit more keyboard-oriented than a few years before – but handled in a way that really ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Egisto Macchi

Sud E Magia
Cinedelic (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
An experimental sound library set from Egisto Macchi, but one that's got a really organic sort of vibe – as the music was done for a film that looked at the rites and superstitions of the south of Italy – and gets some really well-deserved spooky sounds in the process! Some moments ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Benny Green

Benny's Crib
Sunnyside, 2020.
A sweet trio set from Benny Green – one that has him on electric piano more than acoustic – and which also has some other great surprises along the way! Benny's command of the electric instrument is great – blocky in attack, but warmly spreading out as the notes emerge – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Chaka Khan

Homecoming
BMG, 2020.
The great thing about classic soul singers is that they never seem to drop the ball – and even late in the game, on a record like this, Chaka Khan shows us why she was one of the greatest stars of her generation! The set's a recent live one, with backing from a tight funky group – and ... CD (Soul CD)

Maker

Sight Unseen
Now Again, 2020.
The mighty Maker takes a deep dip into the catalog of the Now Again label – using that Stones Throw offshoot's rich blend of African, Brazilian, psychedelic, funk, and soul reissues to come up with some fantastic grooves of his own! The work is partly in a hip hop mode, but also has some of ... CD (Hip Hop CD)

Coasters

Coasters Rock
Atlantic/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Stunning work from one of our favorite vocal groups of all time – one of the most dynamic acts of their generation, and a group whose pyrotechnics definitely earn them the "rocks" in the title! You might know some of the few big hits by The Coasters – but if you dig deep into ... CD (Soul CD)
Paula/P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
Harmony soul heaven – and the only full album from The Montclairs! The group were a sublime vocal group from the 70s – one with a sound to rival The Whatnauts or The Moments, but which also had a bit more of the super-dope touches you'd expect from their look on the cover of the record ... CD (Soul CD)
Luglio/Wah Wah (Spain), 1978. (reissue)
A really experimental set from the Italian scene of the 70s – an album that might easily fit in the great legacy of albums on the Cramps label, even though it was issued by the artist himself! The approach is very unique – as the record mostly features organ and keyboard lines from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Jimmy Briscoe & The Little Beavers

My Ebony Princess
Pi Kappa/P-Vine (Japan), 1975.
An east coast harmony classic from Jimmy Briscoe & The Little Beavers – a sweetly-voiced young soul group with a really positive sound! Jimmy and the group have a groove that's more mature than some of the other young soul acts to emerge in the wake of the Jackson Five – and the ... CD (Soul CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s/2016.
Fantastic funky tracks from host of different sources – all brought together by Japanese DJ Ryuhei The Man – and served up in a blinding mix of tracks that flow effortlessly from one to the other! Most of the work is from the 70s, but there's a few more contemporary cuts in the mix, ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Impulse/Universal (Japan), 1966/1967.
One of the first big moments of Albert Ayler's work in the jazz mainstream – and a record that doesn't dim his greatness at all from the earlier sides recorded for ESP! The album's got a sharply angular sound that more than lives up to its vibrant cover image – a well-honed approach to ... CD (Jazz CD)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988.
Mal Waldron's got no more tears for Lady Day – but maybe that's because so many of the pianist's previous albums evoked his relationship with Billie Holiday! Shedding that reference, just focus on the strength of Waldron in a trio setting – that mature, moody style that really showed ... CD (Jazz CD)

Polyrhythmics

Man From The Future
Color Red, 2020.
The Polyrhythmics always manage to give us something groovy – and this set's got their trademark style of shifting rhythms laced with lots of tight guitar – partly old school funk, but also graced with some contemporary elements too! The guitar of Ben Bloom is often the lead solo ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Deep soul from the glory days of the Memphis scene – not the better-known work recorded at Stax, but material from the smaller American Sound Studio – a new game in town during the late 60s, and a place that forged it's very own legacy in Memphis music! American recorded a variety of ... CD (Soul CD)

Anthony Braxton

Town Hall 1972
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
Seminal work from Anthony Braxton – a crucial concert recorded at Town Hall in the early 70s – originally only issued in Japan, but a date that's ended up getting some real global attention over the years! The first half of the set features Braxton's alto in a trio with Dave Holland on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Khruangbin

Mordechai
Dead Oceans, 2020.
Fantastic work from Khruangbin – a group with a name that's hard to pronounce, but who just keep getting better and better with each new release – to the point where on this record, they're definitely in a genre by themselves! Khruangbin blend together lean funky instrumentation with ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Awesome Dre & The Hardcore Committee

You Can't Hold Me Back (red vinyl pressing)
Bentley/blocGLOBAL, 1989. (reissue)
A great indie set from the early years of the gangsta scene – a record that was maybe overlooked a bit at the time, and which maybe was trying a bit too hard with its posed cover image – but which, after the passage of years, has this great sort of upfront, earnest approach to the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Andy Fusco

Remembrance
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020.
The first session from Andy Fusco after a stretch that nearly took him out of the game – and a record that shows that he's very much back in top formation! Fusco's got this way of blowing the alto that's nice and raspy, almost with the depth of a tenor – working here alongside some ... CD (Jazz CD)
Rare Noise (UK), 2020. Gatefold
Drummer Jerry Granelli takes on two of our favorite piano talents of the 60s – working here with a great trio that features Jamie Saft on the acoustic keys and Bradley Christopher Jones on bass – all three working together on nicely different takes on the material! If you know both ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Positive Force with Ade Olatunji

Oracy
Rain & Shine, 1977. (reissue)
One of the most righteous soul jazz albums of the 70s – a unique session of poetry, percussion, and jazz – put together by the ultra-hip Positive Force! Not to be confused with the soul group of the same name, this combo was a spiritual jazz ensemble – featuring poet Ade Olatunji ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Famous Door/Progressive, 1977.
A really great later album from vibist Red Norvo – one that not only features some great small combo work of his own, but which also boasts some strong tenor from a young Scott Hamilton! But Norvo and Hamilton are only part of the group here – which also includes Dave McKenna on piano, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Timeless All Stars

It's Timeless
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
A brilliant assemblage of players – working here under the Timeless All Stars tag, because they'd all recorded for the label – but held together much more deeply through a rich tradition of west coast soul jazz! The team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson are wonderfully united for ... CD (Jazz CD)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
A set with a title reference to the mighty Duke Reid – who was really shaping the sound of Jamaican music with the kind of production work he did on the cuts within – serving up wonderfully soulful styles in both vocal and instrumental modes! The work here is a prime example of how Reid' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Universal (France), 1960s/2020.
A really great collection of work from one of the great unsung heroes of the French soundtrack scene of the 60s – the mighty Eric Demarsan, who also gets the chance to provide us with new music on the first half of the set! The first half is music from a documentary on Jean-Pierre Melville ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Maui Surf/P-Vine (Japan), 1978.
A rare bit of soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – and like some of the best of the genre, a record that's definitely got some influence from the warm Cali soul scene of the time, but which also brings plenty of its own style to play! The guitar lines have a nicely chromatic vibe, maybe ... CD (Soul CD)

Peter Evans

Being & Becoming
Peter Evans, 2020.
A nicely spacious quartet date from trumpeter Peter Evans – one that lets the leader's horn get plenty of room to roam around in the open space of improvisation – but which also features some great contributions from Nick Jozwiak on bass, Savannah Harris on drums, and Joel Ross on vibes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Def Jam, 2020.
A plain blue piece of vinyl in a sleeve – but a record that defines a whole new chapter in the career of Kanye West – and maybe a whole new style of music as well – a blend of Kanye's more familiar modes with spiritual themes and a pretty heavy dose of gospel music! The shift ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Universal (France), 1971.
An obscure French period comedy from 1971 – with a surprisingly groovy score from Michel Polnareff! The film starred Luis De Funes and Yves Montand, and although Montand sings on a track or two, the main groove of the set is in the mode of Polnareff's groovy work from the late 60s. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Numero/J&D, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Hard soul galore – a killer batch of upbeat vintage soul tunes – all pulled together from the wide range of many projects the Numero Group has handled over the years! This is the label's way of answering back to some of those overseas collections of American soul from the 60s – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Universal (France), 1963/1966. 2CD & 2DVD
Two vintage performances by one of the greatest French language singers of all time – presented here both on CD, and on DVD – the latter of which features filmed performances that are simply amazing! Brel was one of the sharpest, smartest songwriters of his generation – hailed by ... CD (French CD)
Time Capsule (Japan), 1981. (reissue)
Funky samba soul from the Brazilian scene of the early 80s – a record that's drunk deep on all the best elements of Jorge Ben and his generation, then comes up with a groove that's even more soulful and groovy! The instrumentation has some occasional jazzy touches – the sorts of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
A really great collection of unusual female soul and pop from the 60s – a package that features rare singles, unreleased tracks, and other gems we never would have heard otherwise! Few folks know 60s music as well as the folks at Ace/Kent Records in the UK – which means that you can ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Zia, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s.
Rare soul from an unlikely source – the city of Phoenix, Arizona – a place that most folks don't normally associate with the same sort of soul from Chicago, Detroit, and Philly! Yet as this set attests, the city had a hell of a soul scene back in the 60s – work that's especially ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Shirley Scott

Queen Of The Organ
Impulse (Japan), 1964.
Classic Hammond work from female organ legend Shirley Scott – in her best mode of the 60s! Here's the reasons: 1) The group features husband Stanley Turrentine on tenor, adding in some nice extra tones to Shirley's usual trio! 2 ) The rhythm section is Bob Cranshaw and Otis Finch – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gabor Szabo

Gypsy '66
Impulse (Japan), 1965.
One of Gabor Szabo's best records – a hip small combo session, featuring backup by Gary McFarland, Sadao Watanabe, Richard Davis, and Willie Rodriguez – an odd kind of lineup, but one that goes well with the offbeat grooves of the set! The overall sound has lots of touches of the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ostinato (UK), 2020. 2LP Gatefold
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

24 Carat Black

24 Carat Black III
Numero, Early 80s.
A fantastic addition to the too-small legacy of the legendary 24 Carat Black – a never-issued third album, brought together as a hell of an archival project by the folks at Numero! 24 Carat Black only ever issued one album back in the day – the mid 70s gem, Ghetto Misfortune's Wealth ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Night Dreamer (UK), 2020.
Trumpeter Etuk Ubong leads a mighty heavy combo here – a righteous group that mixes together Nigerian roots and spiritual jazz – a blend that's very different than anything we've ever heard before – and which maybe puts Ubong's music in the same territory as some of the South ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
INA (France), Mid 60s.
Unreleased material from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – recorded for French radio in the 60s, and with a different style than some of his more familiar studio work! Gone are the large, full arrangements – and in their place is an intimate approach that has Serge on piano alongside ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
Daybreak/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
Arguably one of Von Freeman's most obscure recordings – and many of them are pretty darn obscure! The set was recorded for the Daybreak label, live in the Netherlands in 1977 – with a strong Chicago rhythm section that features John Young on piano, David Shipp on bass, and Charles ... CD (Jazz CD)
Attytude/Diggers Factory (France), 2000s.
A great collection of work from one of our favorite side of the many talents of DJ Cam – his Quartet material, which is a more jazz-based take on the hip hop modes of his early days! Right from the start, Cam had a great ear for a classic groove – and here, he takes on a set of ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Pompeii/Goldenlane, Late 60s. 3CDs
Some of the greatest work ever recorded by Ike & Tina Turner – 3 albums cut for the short-lived Pompeii label, all of them nice and heavy! First up is So Fine – a great one from Ike & Tina – recorded for Ike's short-lived Pompeii subsidiary for Atlantic, with a hard heavy ... CD (Soul CD)

Black Art Jazz Collective

Ascension
High Note, 2020.
We love this group – and with each new record, they give us reason to love them even more – and realize that their totality is even greater than the sum of their many all-star parts! The lineup alone is enough – Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trombone, James Burton III ... CD (Jazz CD)

Derrick Hodge

Color Of Noize
Blue Note, 2020.
Derrick Hodge has given us some wonderful music over the years – and he just seems to be getting better and better with each new release – a bassist who can make his instrument sing more than most we've heard in recent years – and a player who's also wonderfully in tune with his ... CD (Jazz CD)

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

Mothers 1970 (4CD set)
Zappa, 1970. 4CD
A mindblowing treat for anyone even remotely interested in the music of Frank Zappa – as this box set brings together 70 unreleased tracks by a group that was one of Zappa's coolest ever – the 1970 version of the Mothers, with George Duke on a variety of cool keyboards, Ian Underwood on ... CD (Rock CD)
Champagne/Dual Planet (Australia), 1978. (reissue)
Spacey sounds from Cybotron – not the early Detroit techno pioneers, but the lesser-known Aussie group of the 70s! This Cybotron have a style that's a leaner take on prog modes of the early 70s – a trio approach that mixes heavy drums with work from two different keyboardists, who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Milt Jackson & Ray Brown

That's The Way It Is
Impulse/Universal (Japan), 1969.
At the end of the 60s, Milt Jackson and Ray Brown cut some very groovy records together – teamed up in a great pairing of styles that pushed both of them way past the more standard sounds of earlier years! This album's one of the best of the bunch – as it features pianist Monty ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2020.
A fantastic album in the new dub tradition that UK saxophonist Nat Birchall has been exploring – recorded modes that are very different than his spiritual jazz albums, but equally cool overall! The vibe here is maybe like some lost date recorded at King Tubby's – but with more of a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 2020.
A fantastic album from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire – a set that really kicks his career up to the next level, and which is easily the most powerful record he's ever given us! The music finds Ambrose in many moods, all of them righteous – sometimes blowing hard and fierce in a small ... CD (Jazz CD)

Don Blackman

Don Blackman
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1982.
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend ... CD (Soul CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s.
A wealth of rare rockers from King Size Taylor – an overlooked figure on the British scene of the early 60s, and one who borrows some of the best influences from the American singers and guitarists of the decade before! Taylor's got a strong presence and a nicely bold voice – a style ... CD (Rock CD)

Lloyd Miller

Near And Far East
East West/Ascensionale (Italy), 1969. (reissue)
One of the most evocative albums ever recorded by the enigmatic Lloyd Miller – a set created at Brigham Young University, in Utah – but filled with a mix of different styles from the other half of the planet! Miller plays a variety of stringed instruments and percussion – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano

Arctic Rift
ECM, 2020.
The tenor of Joe Lovano joins the trio of pianist Marcin Wasilewski – adding this great current of soul and depth to the music, and really stating his presence as a key element in the record! Wasilewski is a pianist who's more in the modern ECM tradition – open spaces, open sounds, and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Roundtable (Australia), Late 60s/1970s.
A stunning discovery of Australian jazz in the 70s – and a long-overdue look at the deeper currents of that nation's overlooked scene! Aussie jazz is always pretty darn fantastic – inspired by the hippest American and European styles, but often something very much of its own – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

John Zorn/John Medeski/Matt Hollenberg/Kenny Grohowski

Baphomet
Tzadik, 2020.
A really full-on, fierce album from this heady trio of musicians who've interpreted the music of John Zorn before – a set that maybe feels like equal parts avant jazz and death metal – very fitting for the name and image on the cover! The organ of John Medeski has never sounded louder ... CD (Jazz CD)
Vanessa/Takashima, 1974. (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the funkiest tracks ever recorded by the legendary Oliver Sain – back to back on a funky 45! First up is "On The Hill" – this slow, snakey groove that's become one of Sain's main calling cards over the years – a track that has this excellent bad-stepping guitar ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
TK (UK), Late 70s. 2LP
The genius sound of the TK Records label, taken to a whole new level – as some of the coolest club classics from that legendary Miami label are served up here in a host of new edits by contemporary talents! The sound is great – all the funk and soul of the originals, but kicked up a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. 2LP
A stunning collection of rare work from the west coast of Colombia – sounds that are in the deepest Afro-Peruvian tradition, given that a large part of the area's population is of African descent! Much of the music is heavily percussive, but filled with these fantastic instrumental bursts on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Bloto

Erozje
Astigmatic (UK),
A moody mix of jazz and atmospherics from this hip Polish group – one that's heavy on keyboards, but also has some strong tenor in the mix – an element that's often used to offset the electric elements with a more personal sort of vibe! The work is nothing like older experiments of ... CD (Jazz CD)
RCA/Capitol, 1977. 2CD
Iggy's second solo LP proper, and a strangely intoxicataing mix of junkie desperation and gutteral punk funk – a conscious decision to move away from the guitar roar of the Stooges era and closer to the sounds his longtime champion David Bowie was experimenting with at the time, with a little ... CD (Rock CD)

Terea

Terea
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1971. (reissue)
Sweet jazzy soul from Terea – a group who never cracked the big time, but who work here with a vibe that's almost like 70s Rufus at their best! The instrumentation is wonderful – warm, but funky – just the right balance to set the scene perfectly for the lead vocals by Sharon ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Archie Shepp

Tradition
Horo/Alternative Fox (UK), 1977. 2LP (reissue)
One of Archie Shepp's most soulful records of the 70s – and proof that the Horo label could get amazing work out of any player! The record features Shepp in a spare trio setting – with Cameron Brown on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – and each of the four sides features an ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Capitol, Late 70s. 7CD
Iggy Pop's mid-to-late 70s era working David Bowie as a co-writer, producer and incredible creative foil – in a 7CD box set! It includes Iggy's first 2 and to this day all-time great solo albums The Idiot and Lust For Life, neither of which seem to have aged a day since 1977, a full CD of ... CD (Rock CD)

Vibration Black Finger

Can You See What I'm Trying To Say
Jazzman (UK), 2020.
The deepest work to date from Vibration Black Finger – a group headed up by UK drummer Lascelle Gordon, and who effortlessly mix together acoustic jazz elements and other sonic elements – very much in the best spirit of some of their contemporaries on the London scene! Gordon's drums ... CD (Jazz CD)

Avishai Cohen

Big Vicious
ECM (Germany), 2020.
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen has given us many great records over the years, yet this time around, he seems to be cooking up something extra-special – an album that still echoes some of his older ideas, but which maybe has a bit more warmth, and a bit more unity – qualities that seem to come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Motohiko Hamase

#Notes of Forestry
Wacoal Art Center/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1988.
A masterpiece from Japanese minimalist Motohiko Hamase – a record that maybe has a bit more musical variety than some of his other works of the 80s – with four different longer pieces that each have a different flavor, and a wonderfully poetic vibe overall! Two of the pieces are ... CD (Jazz CD)
Alternative Fox (UK), 1978. 2LP
The mighty Weather Report were fusion legends in the studio – but somehow, they can sound even more amazing in a live setting – as you realize that all that complexity and razor-sharp performance in their music was never just an aspect of tricky tape work or editing, but the real deal ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Joe Harriott

Southern Horizons
Jazzland/Down At Dawn (Italy), 1960. (reissue)
Excellent! This record is one of the lost chapters in the career of the great British alto player Joe Harriott. The session was recorded before Joe's experimental "Abstract" release, and way before his "Indo Jazz Fusions" experiments – but it's still an excellent session ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
AMS (Italy), 1972.
One of the greatest moments ever from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – and that's saying a lot, given that by the time of this recording, he'd already had a great 60s run as an avant jazz musician, and started the 70s with a string of albums that criss-crossed jazz and South American musical ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
It's Soul Time, 2020.
There's no R&R for these guys – as they're clearly working overtime to refine and improve their groove – which is even better here than on their last single! "90 To Nothing" has a tight rhythm core that could have been lifted from the Philly scene of the 70s – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
SWP (Netherlands), 2020. 4CD
A massive collection of music from the Barotseland province of Zambia – all recorded recently, but with a clarity and classic style of presentation that rivals some of the classic releases on Ocora from the 60s! The 4CD set features four different slices of music from the area, all presented ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Som Livre/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1983. (reissue)
Marcos Valle might look a bit sad and forlorn with all those fruity drinks on the cover – but the record itself is a wonderfully upbeat session, and one that's very much in the same modern soul mode of his 80s groove Vontade De Rever Voce! As on that record, the sound here shows strong ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Paul Dupont/Roger Webb

Tapestry
Chappell/Farfalla (France), 1977. (reissue)
Paul Dupont and his orchestra play some mighty nice tunes here – as the music was all penned by England's Roger Webb, best known for his work on some killer soundtracks, and for doing charts for some of that country's bigger singers! The charts are nice and jazzy, but also have some elements ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Kahil El Zabar & David Murray

Kahil El Zabar's Spirit Groove
Spiritmuse, 2020. 2LP Gatefold
A really fantastic record from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – and one that features plenty of guest work on tenor from David Murray, a musician who always seems to be a perfect match for the musical ideas of Kahil! And the leader also steps out with a great side of his talents on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Alternative Fox (UK), 1967.
Four slices of genius from this important German jazz festival of the 60s – one of the leading showcases for the best in avant garde and experimental music! The sounds here are as stunning as the lineup – maybe even more so, as there's some nicely-unfamiliar, surprisingly collaborative ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Motohiko Hamase

Anecdote
Lung/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1987.
A rare live set from Japanese bassist Motohiko Hamase – recorded right during a stretch when he was really mixing up his modes – fusing older fusion elements with some of the more electronic experiments of his studio records of the period – all in a way that must have made for ... CD (Jazz CD)

Masahiko Satoh

Kayobi No Onna
Toho/Mistuko & Svetlana (Switzerland), 1970. (reissue)
A sublime mix of jazz and soundtrack styles from the genius Japanese arranger Masahiko Satoh – an artist who had already done a number of really cool projects in the 60s, but who really knocks it out of the park with this material from 1970! The tunes mix together core jazz instrumentation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Birdsong Ensemble

Imvuselelo
Sun (Netherlands), 2020.
Fantastic work from this contemporary ensemble – a group who seem to bring together older styles of spiritual and South African jazz, but who recorded this whole album in Switzerland! The tracks are long and exploratory – often with a rhythmic pulse, but at times a bit freer, too ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Naked Lunch (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Classic tracks from the early years of highlife in Ghana – a time when the guitar-based styles and lively rhythms of the genre were first coming into play, and mixed with some of the more jazz-based styles of years before! The mix here is almost a West African equivalent to the rise of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Four Flies (Italy), 1975.
A sweet electric score from Luicano Michelini – and one that we might almost point to as an early entry in the keyboard sound of Italian horror films! The style's not as proggy or rockish as Goblin – and Luciano borrows maybe a bit of funk from some of the cop/crime scene – yet ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Motohiko Hamase

Technodrome
Wacoal Art Center/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1993.
One of the more electric albums from Motohiko Hamase – a Japanese artist that we first knew for his jazz recordings, but who really has branched out by the time of this release! There's still plenty of bass in the music – but the instrument is used in fuller, more powerful waves of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Vanguard/Alternative Fox (UK), 1963. (reissue)
Mindblowing minimalism from the legendary Sandy Bull – an artist who might have had acoustic roots in folk music, but who was instantly turning his music into something else – drawing on modal styles of Eastern music, European generations of expression on guitar, jazz-based ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Warner/Omnivore, 1995. 2CD
One of our favorite moments from the 90s comeback years of Brian Wilson – a really special collaboration with Van Dyke Parks, the unsung LA musical genius who'd helped Wilson make so much great music back in the 60s! The collaboration is great – and both artists really hit a high point ... CD (Rock CD)

Deborah Jordan

See In The Dark
Futuristica (UK), 2020.
It's been quite some time since we last heard from Deborah Jordan – and the singer has come a long way since her days in Silhouette Brown – really maturing a lot as a songwriter, and finding this way to really move forward in her music, while still hanging onto some of the future soul ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1968. (reissue)
Bad-stepping sounds from The Uniques – a really hip Jamaican vocal group, and one who sing with an edge that's maybe even sharper than some of their contemporaries! At first listen, the warmth of their harmonies is as sweet as you might expect – but as the music moves on, they open up ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
A really unusual album from the TK Records Miami Soul empire – a set that feels like that label's attempt to go head to head with the sound of Sylvia Robinson! Like Sylvia, Regina James is a singer with a very sexy approach to 70s soul – not afraid to let her desire ooze out into the ... CD (Soul CD)
SWP (Netherlands), 2020. 4CD
A wealth of recent recordings from the SWP label – an ethnographic powerhouse who are really furthering the sorts of material initially captured by earlier labels like Folkways or Ocora! The style here is very much like the latter – very faithful to the presentation, and very well-recor ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Wax Trax, 1981. (pic cover, reissue)
An incredible record from the Chicago scene – the rare first-ever record on Wax Trax, and a lost punk nugget that's very different than anything else the label would ever release! Strike Under never made the scene as big as some of their contemporaries, but they really knocked it out of the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Rock 12-inch)

Joe McPhee, Dave Rempis, Tomeka Reid, Brandon Lopez, & Paal Nilssen-Love

Of Things Beyond Thule Vol 2
Aerophonic, 2020.
The title's a reference to place once referenced by Edgar Allan Poe – but the music is very firmly grounded in reality, and comes from an improvised performance in Chicago by this very all-star ensemble! The album features really creative interplay between a quintet that features Joe McPhee ... CD (Jazz CD)

Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo

Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1977. (reissue)
One of the most unusual albums to ever come from the legendary Black Ark studios of Lee Scratch Perry – a set by a duo of Congolese singers, Seke Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo – who are also not to be confused with The Congos, another group that Perry was producing at the time! The album ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Jimmy Bo Horne

Dance Across The Floor
Sunshine Sound/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
A killer classic from Jimmy Bo Horne – one of the sharpest male singers to work for the TK family of labels in the late 70s – and one who could really summarize all the greatness of Miami soul with a record like this! The album's got all the funky fullness of some of the larger TK ... CD (Soul CD)
Four Flies (Italy), 1968. (pic cover)
Two great vocal numbers from Piero Umiliani – the kind of strong English language tunes he used to kick off his best soundtracks of the 60s! Both of these were from the film Orgasmo – and Lydia MacDonald does a great job on "Fate Had Planned It So" – a tune that has ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Otona No Kagaku

Toy Record Maker
Otona No Kagaku (Japan), 2020.
Maybe one of the coolest things we've ever stocked here at Dusty Groove – a totally cool record making machine – one that has a lathe-like process that actually lets you cut your own records! The machine also doubles as a small turntable – so you can also play 7" singles if ... Turntable

Taana Gardner

Taana Gardner
West End (UK), 1979. 2LP (reissue)
The only full length album cut by singer Taana Gardner – quite a surprise, given how much impact she had on the clubs with her 12" singles at the start of the 80s! The album's got Gardner as a much richer singer than you might expect – able to lay back on a mellow track as well as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Qwestlife

Prophecy
Glitterbox, 2020. 2LP
That's a retro-styled logo on the cover, and it really gets at the spirit of the sound that Qwestlife is laying down – a mode that hearkens back to 70s club, but which also understands the warmer side of house music too – served up in a blend that reminds us of the early years of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973.
A key moment for the Philly soul scene of the 70s – and the first album to feature the MFSB backing group as a solo act on their own! The ensemble were responsible for key sounds on countless soul singles of the time – yet also find a way to soar beautifully on their own – in a ... CD (Soul CD)
Reappearing (UK), 1970s. 2LP
A great little collection of unusual grooves – put together by author/dancefloor historian Tim Lawrence, and very much in the same spirit as his groundbreaking book of the same title! As with some of Lawrence's best work, the collection goes way past the obvious, and starts the clock at a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience

To Know Without Knowing
Agogo (Germany), 2020.
A great entry in the ongoing resurgence of the mighty Mulatu Astatke – the legend of Ethiopian music from the 70s, still going strong after all these years – and finding new ways to interact with generations of musicians that he inspired with his original recordings! This set has ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Numero/J&D, 1970s.
A set that definitely lives up to its title – as it's kind of an extra dose of soulful tracks from the vaults of the many reissue projects handled by the Numero Group over the years! The collection brings together upbeat soul groovers, warm modern soul gems, and a few funkier cuts – in ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Muriel Grossmann

Elevation
Jazzman (UK), 2020.
Fantastic work from saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – a player who's turning out to be as important to our generation as John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders were to theirs! Over the course of a handful of albums, mostly issued under the radar, Muriel has been building up this tremendous legacy in ... CD (Jazz CD)
NPG, 2001. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Really fantastic work from Prince – an album that's maybe not as famous as some of his 80s classics, but which has the maestro in perfect form throughout! There's all these warm jazzy currents in the music that we totally love – especially on the keyboards, which have a glow and flow ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Asha Puthli

L'Indiana
Dash/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
The only album ever issued in the US by European soul singer Asha Pulthi – an artist who was doing some great spacey funk in the mid 70s, then made a strong shift into tighter grooves in the disco years! This album's a great blend of Asha's earlier vocal style and some of the newer clubby ... CD (Soul CD)

Kat Mandu

Kat Mandu
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
Maybe one of the greatest albums to come from the Montreal club scene of the late 70s – a set that revels in the no-holds-barred approach that usually had Canadian disco records stretching out with really long tracks, and plenty of great instrumentation in the mix! This set's a monster of ... CD (Soul CD)

Ed Thigpen

Young Men & Olds
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989.
Ed Thigpen's a mighty young man for his age – a drummer with decades of experience, but easily able to slide into the excellent group of younger musicians here - a crack lineup that features Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Branford Marsalis on soprano and tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, Rufus ... CD (Jazz CD)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968.
Prime post-Coltrane material from Elvin Jones – featuring his "power trio" style of operation, with one great sax player out front, and Jones kicking it in the back with the bass player! In this case, the sax player is George Coleman – who's really finding a voice of his own ... CD (Jazz CD)
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A killer 2CD set – one that features 4 full albums from the country duo of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton! First up is We Found It – a gem of a record from the glory days of the Porter Wagoner/Dolly Parton partnership on record – a set that's overflowing with original material ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Hyperjazz (Italy), 2020.
A record that really carries its message in its title – a set of spiritual ruminations on the nature of existence – inspired by the writings of Sun Ra, and carried off with vocals by Dwight Trible – who joins this Italian group for the recording! Each song is inspired by a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1984. (reissue)
Tight 80s soul from Kleeer – one of the group's standout classics, and a set that's produced with kind of a jazzy finish by Deodato, who also plays some nice keyboards on the record! The Kleeer sound is at its height here – tight, warm, and filled with great harmonies on the vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Yosuke Yamashita

Banslikana
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Fantastic solo work from this revolutionary Japanese pianist – a set that maybe has Yosuke Yamashita sounding a bit warmer and more intimate than some of his Japanese albums of the time – really reveling in a range of different numbers that show of a more sensitive, personal side of his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), 1957. 10 inch LP & CD
A really cool package of work from the legendary Eddie Cochran – one of the first great rockers to emerge in the 50s, and an artist who left this planet way too soon! The LP looks like a vintage 10" record – with great graphics, and a run of Cochran gems that include "Teenage ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2020.
A great live album from the sextet of pianist Junko Onishi – one of the warmest, most dynamic groups she's had in awhile – and one who come across here with all these moody tones and colors that seem to really help shape the direction of Junko's own performance! The horns are great ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sun Ra & His Omniverse Arkestra

Destination Unknown
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992.
One of Ra's last recordings – and a great one – caught live at a festival in Germany, with a group that includes Marshall Allen, Ahmed Abdullah, Jothan Callins, Tyrone Hill, Stanley Morgan, and Michael Ray. The set has that Ellingtonish flourish that crept into much of Ra's work after ... CD (Jazz CD)
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. 2CD
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Gordon Giltrap

Gordon Giltrap/Portrait
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Late 60s.
A pair of early albums from the great Gordon Giltrap – both released by Transatlantic Records when Gordon was a very young fellow! The self-titled Gordon Giltrap is a gem from 1968 – a record that has Gordon stepping out as a hell of a guitarist, and a very dark-tinged songwriter ... CD (Rock CD)
Jazz Detective (UK), 2020.
A really fantastic album from this hip British reedman – and maybe his strongest jazz album to date! As you might guess from the title, Tenderlonious plays the music of Tubby Hayes here – taking on older songs by the 60s British jazz giant, served up in small combo modes, with flute in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Early 70s.
A fantastic collection from the team of Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs – and, like the rest of their gems, a record that really helps define a genre unto itself! This time around, the vibe is England at the dawn of the 70s – waking up to the realization that the changes of the 60s maybe ... CD (Rock CD)

Count Basie

Basie's Beat
Verve (Japan), 1965.
A really wonderful back to basics session for Basie – featuring arrangements by longtime band members Frank Foster, Erick Dixon, Bobby Plater, and Thad Jones! The set also features vocals on 2 tracks by bluesy vocalist Richard Boone – a singer with a really great scatting approach ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1960s. 13CDs
An amazing collection of music – the legendary Fontana Records run of albums by tenor giant Tubby Hayes – a key player on the UK bop scene of the 50s, but one who took off in all these great new directions with these classic albums for the Fontana label in the following decade! The ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
A fantastic collection of male soul tracks from the 60s – and one that really charts a whole new shift in the music – the rise of strong singers who aren't afraid to show their emotions, but with a sophistication that's very different than the earlier years of blues and R&B! There's ... CD (Soul CD)
Sony/Legacy, 2002.
A dream of a record from Prince – up-close, intimate, and just the voice and piano promised in the title! As you'd guess from the setting, the record presents the mellower side of the man's mighty talents – but the whole thing is no less soulful than any of his previous records – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

John Butcher/John Edwards/Mark Sanders

Last Dream Of The Morning – Crucial Anatomy
Trost (Austria), 2020.
Very bracing work from this sharp British trio – one that features free improvisation between the bass of John Edwards, percussion of Mark Sanders, and tenor and soprano sax of the great John Butcher! Butcher always seems to be at his best in a spare setting like this – especially when ... CD (Jazz CD)

Professor Longhair

Bach Of Rock
Sunset Blvd, Late 70s. 2CD
Mighty nice work from the great Professor Longhair – live material recorded in the late 70s, presented here without much in the way of notes – but with a musical quality that more than makes up for that lack of information! The Professor was a key figure in the New Orleans music scene ... CD (Soul CD)
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. 2CD
Three rare Storyville albums from singer Teddi King – all packaged up here in a cool Japanese paper sleeve set! First up is Now In Vogue – one of a number of great small group sessions done by singer Teddi King for the Storyville label – nicely relaxed, with backing from a septet ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Kirk Knuffke

Tight Like This
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020.
We really love the way that Kirk Knuffke shapes the sounds that come from his horn – blowing cornet with this earthy, mouthy style that's extremely personal – and which takes on an even more unique quality in the setting of this album! The record's got Kirk in an unusual trio – ... CD (Jazz CD)

San Francisco Christian Center Choir

Sound of the San Francisco Christian Center
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 70s.
A really fantastic album of spiritual soul from a San Francisco church in the 70s – one of those rare and sublime albums that's equally appealing to fans of gospel as it is to fans of 70s soul! The arrangements and presentation are great – full of well-crafted grooves that move from ... CD (Gospel CD)
UK/RPM (UK), Mid 70s. 4CD
The complete recordings of Kursaal Flyers – one of the sharper, wittier groups of the UK pub rock generation – although one that never made the leap to our side of the Atlantic! There's a really special vibe going on here – the kind of group who were clearly raised on the roots ... CD (Rock CD)

Experience Unlimited

Free Yourself
Black Fire/Now Again, 1977. (reissue)
A wonderfully spiritual album – and one that's maybe a bit of a surprise, given the later fame of the group! The group here is billed by their full name – Experience Unlimited – but where later known to most of the world as EU, the DC funk outfit that went onto become pretty big ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Omri Ziegele with Han Bennink & Christian Weber

All Those Yesterdays
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020.
Omri Ziegele plays alto sax here with all these wonderfully evocative elements – twists, turns, and sharp angles that flow effortlessly from his horn – sometimes giving it the depth of a tenor, but also with the sharpness and occasional exotic qualities of a lighter reed instrument ... CD (Jazz CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1976. (reissue)
One of a few large group sessions recorded by Charles Tolliver during his years on Strata East – and an amazingly spiritual effort that really brings together the best strands of sounds running through the underground at the time! The format's a bit similar to Tolliver's previous Music Inc ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Sumire Kuribayashi

Nameless Piano
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2020.
Really lovely work from Japanese pianist Sumire Kuribayashi – a player who's not afraid to let the warmer, more sentimental elements of his music into the mix – while still also keeping things very spacious and distinct! At some level, the record's a solo piano jazz record – but ... CD (Jazz CD)

Freelektron (Jimi Tenor & Ilmari Heikinheimo)

Live At Tenho
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2020.
Jimi Tenor is a man of many many talents – as over the years, he's given us music that ranges from electronica, to funk, to spiritual jazz, and even a bit of soul – now stepping forth here in a set that's maybe a bit more improvised than any of his previous work! Freelektron is a duo ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor

Live In Willisau
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020.
Some of the boldest work we've ever heard from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist you might know from his bigger label recordings for Okeh/Sony, but who sounds completely unbridled here in the company of the great drummer Chad Taylor! Taylor's a player who can step outside strongly, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ohad Talmor

Long Forms
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020.
There's some great energy going on in the group of tenorist Ohad Talmor – this way of making these bold chunks of sound together – crackling with the sort of life that you might find in a more outside sort of record, but with this cohesion and pulsing unity that really keeps things ... CD (Jazz CD)
Steeplechase/Jazzman (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP
A massive collection of music from the Steeplechase label – spiritual sounds from back in the day, and a side of the label's legacy that's only gotten the right sort of appreciation in more recent years! Steeplechase was a European company, and their biggest claim to fame was recordings of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

California Three (Dwight Dickerson)

Windows
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
A really great group – one that we've never seen under this name before, but which features familiar names Dwight Dickerson on piano and Donald Bailey on drums, plus bass from Harvey Newmark! The album's got all the lyrical charm and sparkle of Dickerson's best from the time – a really ... CD (Jazz CD)

El Michels Affair

Adult Themes
Big Crown, 2020.
A really different groove from El Michels Affair – but one that reminds us again that the group is really amazing at just about anything they ever try to do! The adult themes here are modes borrowed from older European styles – some of the slinky funk of Serge Gainsbourg and some of ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Mourning A BLKstar

Cycle
Don Giovanni, 2020.
A fantastic album from Mourning A BLKstar – even more powerful than their set dedicated to Eric Garner, and a batch of material that really gets at the righteous energy of this Cleveland combo! The group see themselves as part of the James Baldwin tradition of the artist bearing witness ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Gary Smulyan

Our Contrafacts
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020.
Excellent trio work from baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan – and a set that's nicely different than some of the tenor trio dates of a similar nature! Maybe it's the baritone, or maybe it's just Gary's robust phrasing – but the tunes have this bold, chunky sort of energy – very ... CD (Jazz CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), Mid 70s.
A tremendous little police soundtrack from 70s Italy – one with plenty of Morricone-like touches, but that's A-OK with us! Luciano Michelini does a great job here of juxtaposing stark sounds with sweeter ones – particularly some great piano that's isolated nicely above the ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1969. (reissue)
An early moment of genius from the legendary Lee Perry – and a set that uses Django imagery from Italian westerns to serve up a "bad boy" version of Jamaican music for the late 60s! Even at this early point, the sounds are mindblowing – rocksteady brought through a really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Franco Micalizzi

Genova A Mano Armata
Digitmovies (Italy), 1976.
Classic cop soundtrack work from the Italian scene of the 70s – a funky nugget that rivals our own American police scores of the time, but one that also has some darker elements too! The upbeat tunes here often feature lots of keyboards, funky bass, and guitar – quick-tempo grooves ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Lamont Butler

It's Time For A Change
Blessed/Acid Jazz (UK), 1981.
A rare bit of gospel from the Louisville scene at the start of the 80s – but a set that's also got plenty of secular soul appeal too – thanks in part to the righteous message in Lamont's lyrics, which would fit with some of the deeper sounds of 70s soul – and thanks also to the ... CD (Gospel CD)

Gianfranco & Gian Piero Reverberi

Preparati La Bara
Digitmovies (Italy), 1968.
A weird and wonderful western soundtrack from Italy – one that really lives up to the "reverb" in the name of the composers! There's some great use of isolated instrumentation here – a twanging guitar that echoes American guitar instrumentals of the 60s, but which also has a ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Black Lion/Muzak (Japan), 1965. 2CDs
A really great package – one that brings together three different albums on the Black Lion label, all of which were recorded during the same live sessions at the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen! Ben Webster's tone is wonderful here – that mature, mellow sound that he brought to some of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Wayne Escoffery

Humble Warrior
Smoke Sessions, 2020.
There's nothing humble about the sound of Wayne Escoffery on this great little set – as the tenor giant really comes on strong, blowing with a ferocity that really matches the energy of the rest of the group! There's a stunning rhythm trio at the core – David Kikoski on piano, Ugonna ... CD (Jazz CD)

Harold Mabern

Mabern Plays Mabern
Smoke Sessions, 2020.
A heartbreakingly beautiful album from pianist Harold Mabern – a set that's already beautiful on its own, but which maybe moves us even more when we realize it's one of the last that Harold has ever given us! The set's recorded at the Smoke nightclub on the upper west side – and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Tommy Flanagan/Red Mitchell/Elvin Jones

Super Session
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1980.
A well-titled super session from pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Elvin Jones – and one with a bit more sense of surprise than similar all-star trio outings from the 80s! There's a looseness here that's a good antidote to some of the more tightly-produced Japanese ... CD (Jazz CD)
Folkways, 1982. (reissue)
Beautiful sounds from the overlooked minimalist composer Craig Kupka – a set that features two very different tracks, each issued by Folkways Records – with a presentation that's both far away from the more academic records of the time, and some of the self-released work of the growing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Sweet sounds from a real golden age in Japanese music – a time when the scene had picked up plenty of influences from the US scene, but was carefully crafting some great styles of their own! The music here has touches of jazz, fusion, soul, and AOR – but there's a special balance that's ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Gatefold
Those hillbillies get no end of hell – but maybe that's what they should expect, what with all the cheatin, drinkin, and carryin on! This set follows in the same tradition as all the rest of the fantastic series – looking at themes of loss and remorse in midcentury country music – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Nemegata

Hycha Wy
Sonorama Discos, 2020.
A really striking group from the contemporary Austin scene – one that's led by Victor Andrews Cruz, and who blend together his Colombian roots with some deeper strands of guitar-based music – with resonances that move between the fuzzy sounds of Saharan guitar and some of the moodier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Franco De Gemini/Ennio Morricone

Franco De Gemini Plays Ennio Morricone
Beat (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A great little collection that brings together one of the best collaborative teams in the Italian soundtrack world of the 60s and 70s – composer Ennio Morricone, and harmonica player Franco De Gemini – whose spare, moody sound was such a key part of some of the best spaghetti western ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Jon Hassell

Vernal Equinox
Lovely/Ndeya, 1977. (reissue)
To most ears, trumpeter Jon Hassell first burst on to the world through his experiments with Brian Eno on EG Records, or maybe his 80s work on ECM – but here, on his debut for the small avant label Lovely Music, it's clear that Jon's already in complete control of his sound – and is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Camarao Orkestra

Nacao Africa
Favorite (France), 2020.
A great release by this really unique combo – a Brazilian group, but one who are equally interested in the African roots in their music – but in ways that are completely different than any other contemporary act we can think of! Camarao Orkestra aren't one of those Fela-styled Afro ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 90s.
Amazing sounds from a time when the London scene really took off – when it left behind some of its slavish love of American sounds in previous decades, and exploded with blinding dancefloor energy of its own! The music here represents a true UK hybrid – crafted after years of American ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Omni (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. Gatefold
An amazing set of offbeat numbers from the darker side of country music in the 60s – tracks that really show the changing currents of the scene, and which open up even more that quality of heartbreak that was always present in the music! Some of the songs here deal more honestly with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Chip Wickham

Blue To Red
Lovemonk (Spain), 2020.
Maybe the most spiritual record we've ever heard from reedman Chip Wickham – a set dedicated to the preservation of our planet, and which has a completely sublime soundtrack to match its musical message! Chip plays a variety of flutes in the lead, and the combo also features great work on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Billy Bruner

Billy Bruner
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 80s.
Billy Bruner looks nice and relaxed on the cover – and his grooves are nice and relaxed, too – but maybe that's just how they make their music in Billy's hometown of Tulsa! The set's got a sweet blend of 80s soul and mellow boogie – never too over the top, and handled with a nice ... CD (Soul CD)

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes

Visions Of A New World (180 gram pressing)
Flying Dutchman/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Mingo Silva

Arte De Povo
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2020.
A fantastic samba set from Mingo Silva – a contemporary record, but one with a really timeless feel – and a vocal style from Mingo that really takes us back to some of the more soulful samba singers of the 70s! Silva's got this way of inflecting his words that's instantly captivating ... CD (Brazil CD)
Capitol, 1960.
Great late Frank Sinatra at Capitol Records – a set that still grooves in all the Nelson Riddle brilliance of the early 50s years, but also points the way towards the mature masculinity that Frank would find working at Reprise! The title tune, "Nice and Easy", is a classic swinger ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Heerlens Percussie Ensemble

Biologic Music
Hot Mule (France), 1986. (reissue)
A really unusual little album – one that partly embraces a globe's worth of acoustic percussion, partly expresses itself in the minimal percussion legacy after Steve Reich's Drumming, and partly embraces some of the electric/acoustic sounds of the New York downtown scene of the early 80s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Atlantic/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1965. (reissue)
We can never get enough of Eddie Harris – and a record like this is a great reason why! Despite all the many different settings Eddie worked in at Atlantic, he still always stayed true to his roots – and a record like this is a perfect example of that – no electric horn, no funk, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Devonns

Devonns
Record Kicks (Italy), 2020.
A nice little soul group from Chicago – and one who work in the sort of legacy that makes us mighty proud to be a part of the Windy City! Most of the tracks here are original, but the group also do a nice version of one of our favorite tunes by Leroy Hutson – and it's clear that there's ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Franco Micalizzi

Genova A Mano Armata
Digitmovies (Italy), 1976.
Classic cop soundtrack work from the Italian scene of the 70s – a funky nugget that rivals our own American police scores of the time, but one that also has some darker elements too! The upbeat tunes here often feature lots of keyboards, funky bass, and guitar – quick-tempo grooves ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Sonny Stitt

Now
Impulse (Japan), 1963.
A tight swinger from Sonny Stitt – one of the standout 60s dates he recorded for the Impulse label, a place where he seemed to get even more care and focus in the studio! The record's got all the soulful swing of Stitt's classics for Roost, but also hits a slightly more lyrical groove at ... CD (Jazz CD)
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Soar through the skies on this sweet collection of rare African funk – the sixth volume in a series that seems to get better and better with each new release! Most of the cuts here are heavy on styles that resonate with the American scene of the late 70s – particularly the large ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Jack DeJohnette

Jackeyboard
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
Jack DeJohnette is a hell of a drummer, and he's also a hell of a pianist too – a side of Jack's talents that isn't always shown on record, and which has maybe never been as well-recorded as on this fantastic Japanese session from the 70s! DeJohnette has a spiritual, long-building approach ... CD (Jazz CD)

N'sawa-Saraca

Another Town
Ropeadope, 2020.
CD...$9.99 12.99
The second album from a really great group – the brainchild of keyboardist Yasushi Karasawa, who has a way of putting together his sounds that's very unique! There's a freshness here that reminds us of the excitement we first felt when falling in love with Japanese groups back in the 90s ... CD (Jazz CD)
Liberty/Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s.
CD...$112.99 149.99
The complete recordings of The Petards – a legendary German group who are maybe best-known for a few freewheeling albums on Liberty at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – but who also have a not more music here to offer! The set begins before most of the work we've ever heard ... CD (Rock CD)

Magnetic System (Vince Tempera, Franco Bixio & Fabio Frizzi)

Godzilla/Escape
AMS (Italy), Late 70s. (pic cover, reissue)
A tremendous trio from the Italian soundtrack scene of the 70s – Franco Bixio, Fabio Frizzi, and Vince Tempera – all great talents on their own, but a real powerhouse of grooves when they got together on work like this! The Bixio-Fizzi-Tempera name always meant something extra-groovy ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Tempest Trio

Tempest Trio
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
The one and only album from Tempest Trio – a sweet disco side project from Detroit funk masters Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore! The trio's got that three-female vocal approach used by many other disco acts at the time – but served up over rhythms that definitely echo the earlier work ... CD (Soul CD)
Crammed (Belgium), 1978/2020.
A really cool idea for a record – one that first features unreleased tracks recorded in Kinshasa in 1978, on a special bonus CD – then adds in vinyl versions of reworks of the original recordings done for the project! The originals are fantastic – very percussive and melodic at ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Lady Donli

Enjoy Your Life
P-Vine (Japan), 2020.
The cover's got the look of a vintage set from the West African scene of the early 80s – and Lady Donli steps out here with an equally classic mode at times – but the set's also very contemporary at others, and really grabs our attention right away! The Lady's got a great style – ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Celi Bee

Blow My Mind
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
Celi Bee picks up a few 80s touches for this album – mixing her usual disco groove with some slight Eruo electro touches – adding in a nice dose of darkness to the set! Celi's still got an undeniably strong talent for a catchy tune – the kind of vibe that first made us fall in ... CD (Soul CD)
CAM/Universal (France), 1969. (reissue)
Bruno Nicolai conducted this score by Morricone for the film The Sicilian Clan – a bit of a hit back in 1969, and a dark little gangster film! The soundtrack's got a number of different classic Morricone approaches – it starts with a power "boing" on the track's grooving ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A really fantastic idea for a compilation – a set that brings together obscure covers of funk and soul tunes – mostly from the late 70s/early 80s generation, and mostly in a laidback, soul-stepping style! If you're a lover of rare groove, you'll recognize plenty of the songs, but not ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Scotty McKay

Scotty McKay Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Maybe the first-ever look at Scotty McKay – and definitely the first to give this rare rocker his full due – thanks to the beautiful Bear Family presentation, which includes copious notes, great sound, and a number of rare tracks that were unissued at the time! We'd put Scotty right up ... CD (Rock CD)
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1984. (reissue)
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by saxophone genius Peter Brotzmann – and maybe his first album of ballad material too! As the title implies, the work is Brotzmann's answer to the poetry of Kenneth Patchen – and there's certainly a poetic quality to the way that Peter ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s.
Mindblowing Amazonian cumbia from Ranil – music created way up in the mountain territory of Iquitos – with a lean vibe that maybe speaks of the isolation of the artist and his group! The tracks are mostly instrumental, and have a fair bit of electric guitar in the lead over rootsy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Lee Scratch Perry

Black Ark In Dub Vol 1
VP/17 North Parade, Late 70s.
An unusual album, and one that features a host of recordings done by Lee Perry right before his Pipecock Jackson implosion in the late 70s – but presented by former partner Pauline Morrison, who deserves a lot of credit for putting together a host of great dub tracks that might have been lost ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Universal (France), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. 4CDs
A huge batch of music from the films of French comedic actor Louis De Funes – a talent not that well known on our shores, but who graced the screens overseas for more than a few years in the 60s and 70s – and who received some of the grooviest soundtrack backings at the time! Even if ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
RCA/Virgin, 1977. 2CDs
Iggy Pop may have left The Stooges behind, but he's lost none of his edge – and really finds a new level of solo greatness on this sublime classic from the 70s! The set was produced by David Bowie, who also plays piano on the set – and has Carlos Alamar adding in some guitar – ... CD (Rock CD)
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1956. 2CDs
Two great Storyville sessions – back to back in a single set! First up is Tonite's Music Today – an early Storyville Records gem from these two budding modernists – featuring a quartet with Zoot Sims on tenor, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, and Hank Jones on piano and a bit of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Eleven/Early Sounds (Italy), Late 70s.
They had us at "Italian", drew us in with "Erotic", and really won us over with the sounds in this sweet little set! The music here is all from the very small Eleven sound library – a smaller Italian imprint that cut these great grooves in the late 70s – at a time ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Imperial/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
A really cool package of work from one of the most obscure rockers to ever record for Imperial Records in the late 50s – the enigmatic Dennis Herrold, who only issued one single for the label at the time – presented here with the full work from his debut session, plus other material too! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Impulse (Japan), 1963.
A surprisingly enchanting album of piano work from Charles Mingus – one of a few he cut on the instrument, and quite different than his regular work on bass! Unlike the bold, angry role that Mingus would take on as a leader, the approach here is very personal and introspective – long ... CD (Jazz CD)

Hubert Porter with The Jamaican Calypsonians

Calypsos From Jamaica
Dub Store (Japan), Early 60s.
A great mix of modes from Hubert Porter – tunes that are definitely the calypsos promised in the title, but which also have some unique elements that mark them as Jamaican, too – touches of mento, nice jazzy elements in the music, and that bubbling up of the new island modes that would ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Dave Douglas

Dizzy Atmosphere
Greenleaf, 2020.
Dave Douglas works here in a group with two trumpets – Dave Adewumi on the other horn in the lead, but playing with a voice that's deeply distinct from the leader! The group's got that sort of fresh approach that seems to make each different record by Douglas a very different project – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Patrice Rushen

Posh
Elektra/Strut (UK), 1980.
Nothing posh about this one – as the album's an all-out, all-access affair – a great way for anyone to get into the grooves of the mighty Patrice Rushen! Patrice is at the height of her powers here – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in ... CD (Soul CD)
Sondor/Lion, 1977. (reissue)
An excellent album of spare percussion tracks – served up by Jorge Trasante, who'd later rise to fame in the Gypsy Kings – but who here is working as a young percussionist with a great love of South American rhythms! As the title implies, the set is an exploration of the roots of his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Tramp (Germany), 1970s.
This series keeps blowing us away with each new entry – taking us into musical territory that's completely its own, in a way that few other compilations have ever done! The cover is a bit misleading, as the territory here is the farther reaches of hip soul and groovy jazz in the 70s – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Pharoah Sanders

Welcome To Love
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1991.
Laidback, soulful work from Pharoah Sanders – a record that showcases a very different side of his talents than you might know from his classic albums on Impulse Records – but a side that's an equally great revelation overall! The album features mostly older jazz standards, blown by ... CD (Jazz CD)
Dusty Groove,
The Dusty Groove storefront in the dead of winter – recently covered with a fresh coating of Chicago snow, which will soon be shoveled away when the staff arrives for the start of the workday! Our friends at Emmiebean did this beautiful print for us – and the red of the storefront is a ... Photo (Photo)

Larry Rose Band

Jupiter Effect
Crossroad/BBE (UK), 1978.
Larry Rose plays some mighty sweet keyboards on this late 70s set – electric piano, organ, and other keys as well – and also sings a fair bit on the record, in this great blend of jazz, soul, and some tighter modes of the time! The approach is maybe a bit in the territory of jazzy soul ... CD (Jazz CD)
Music Box (France), 1984. 2 CDs
The slinky, sexy follow-up to the original cinema version of The Story Of O – shot in the 80s, with a musical score by Stanley Myers to match the vibe of that later decade – and served up with a few contributions from a young Hanz Zimmer as well! The shift from the 70s to the 80s is ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Carlo Rustichelli

Avanti (with bonus tracks)
United Artists/Quartet (Spain), 1972.
An American film – directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon – but one with a distinctly Italian-styled soundtrack, thanks to the music of Carlo Rustichelli! Rustichelli scores the film with a style that's quite like his early 60s work for Italian films – warmly romantic, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Aruan Ortiz with Andrew Cyrille

Inside Rhythmic Falls
Intakt (Switzerland), 2020.
The legendary drum work of Andrew Cyrille has a fantastically fresh setting here – matched with the piano of Aruan Ortiz and the percussion of Mauircio Herra – both of whom add some spoken bits to the performance! Cyrille's brilliance hasn't dimmed at all over the years – and he's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s.
A pair of unusual Lee Perry projects from the mid 70s – both of which feature a female singer in the lead, and give us a whole new side of Perry's talents! The first half of the set features material from an album issued under the title Lee Scratch Perry Presents Candy McKenzie – a set ... CD (Reggae CD)
Gemelli/Loneos Editions (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
Some of the darkest work we've ever heard from Bruno Nicolai – an Italian soundtrack composer who's usually in the more groovy side of the spectrum – but who here proves that he can be as moody and offbeat as his frequent musical partner, Ennio Morricone! The tunes have some occasional ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s.
A look at Memphis soul music that goes way beyond any Stax, Goldwax, or Atlantic Records collections you might own – partly because all of the tracks here are from a time in the city when all those other labels had stopped recording! Memphis is usually remembered for a 60s/early 70s stretch ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

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