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Our stunning stream of new arrivals continues!


Roy Ayers

Silver Vibrations
Uno Melodic/BBE (UK), Early 80s.
A fantastic lost chapter in the career of genius soul/jazz/funk maestro Roy Ayers – a set that was only ever issued in the UK, and which is a great second part to his Lots Of Love album on the Uno Melodic label! This album features a few tracks from that gem, but in longer versions – ... CD (Soul CD)

Celia

Celia (1970)
Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. (reissue)
Wickedly cool work from this overlooked Brazilian singer – a record that's got a strong sense of soul in the grooves, and a great sense of imagination in the choice of songs! Celia sings early work by Joyce, Lo Borges, Nelson Angelo, and others – with these shifting arrangements from ... CD (Brazil CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
The only album ever cut as a leader by tenor saxophonist Charles Brackeen during his early years – and a real standout in the catalog of the legendary Strata East label! The set's got an unusual history – in that it's part of the Dolphy Series, recorded before the label started by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Lonnie Smith

Funk Reaction
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he's got a great lean style, perfect for the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Barclay/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972.
One of the grooviest Brazilian albums you could ever hope to buy – and one that's not even from Brazil, either! This little gem was recorded in France in the early 70s – but it's got a swinging groove that's very similar to the work of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 during the 60s ... CD (Brazil CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1968. (reissue)
The first moment of genius from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – a set that wasn't originally issued on the Strata East label, but which really set the tone for all the genius to follow on Tolliver's label! At the time of the record, Charles was part of a whole new generation of hardboppers who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2019.
Soaring piano, romping drums, and a hell of a lot of spiritual energy from the contemporary London scene – a really fantastic outing as a leader from keyboardist Sarah Tandy, a talent we'll certainly be hearing more from in years to come! The music is fresh and visionary – filled with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Mellotronen (Sweden), 1972.
An early 70s recording from Stockholm, but one that's slightly different than some of the better-known overseas material from Dexter Gordon at the time – maybe a bit more laidback, but in a way that also lets the personality of the man really shine through! Part of that quality might come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dwight Trible

Mothership
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Impulse, 2019.
A fantastic blend of spiritual jazz styles and electronic elements – served up here by the trio of drummer Betamax, keyboardist Danalogue, and saxophonist King Shabaka – the last of whom you might recognize as Shabaka Hutchings from a host of other hip projects on the contemporary ... CD (Jazz CD)
Skye/Modern Harmonic, 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
One of Gabor Szabo's amazing late 60s albums for the Skye label – trippy, jazzy, and with a mod exotica vibe that would never be matched again! Gabor's playing guitar in a two-guitar frontline, which makes for lots of dreamy interplay between the strings – a shifting pattern of sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Tom Harrell

Infinity
High Note, 2019.
Trumpeter Tom Harrell's got this amazing way of always blowing our mind – always bringing something new to the table, but never in a way that ever sounds gimmicky, or like a throwaway project at all! The quality is really something special – because, especially in recent years, each ... CD (Jazz CD)
Rozenblit/Audio Clarity (UK), 1967. (reissue)
A fantastic early album from Jorge Ben – and one that's also a bit obscure, given that it was one of the few that he didn't cut for Philips Records during the first decade of his career! The album's one of Jorge's most upbeat, most lively – with the kind of ebullient mix of samba and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. 2LP
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Trio (Japan), 1977. (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the coolest, grooviest tracks ever recorded by Lorez Alexandria – back to back on a Japanese-only 45! "Send In The Clowns" is taken at this great modal jazz clip – a completely different rhythm than anyone's ever used with the tune, which completely transforms it ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Tompkins Square, Late 60s.
Sublime solo guitar work from Kinloch Nelson – a figure who's spent decades working as a musician and teacher in upstate New York, but who made these recordings when he was just a pretty young guy! The music here fits in perfectly with some of the archival releases on Tompkins Square – ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Hiroshi Suzuki

Cat
Sony (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles ... CD (Jazz CD)

Larry Willis

Inner Crisis
Groove Merchant, 1973. (reissue)
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
PTR (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Funky country, twangy soul, and lots more strangeness – a set that definitely lives up to everything it promises on the cover – and maybe even gives you a bit more too! The collection's from the same folks who gave us the excellent Funky Country series – and there's a very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Reuben Wilson

Sweet Life
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
A great groover by Reuben Wilson – and one of his best albums ever! The funky organist really takes off from the sound of his earlier Blue Note albums here – hitting a vibe that's sharper, darker, and plenty darn righteous – still small combo jazz funk, but with a depth that we ... CD (Jazz CD)
Trio (Japan), 1974. (pic cover, reissue)
A unique Japanese-only single – one that features two of the best tracks from the legendary Afro Blue album by Dee Dee Bridgewater! First up is her take on the Bobby Hutcherson classic "Little B's Poem" – a completely wonderful vocal version that, to us, even blows away the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Challenge/Sundazed, Late 50s. (reissue)
A shot of tequila and a whole lot more – one of the few albums issued by the legendary Champs, a group who helped reinvent the sound of instrumental rock at the start of the 60s! The group's classic "Tequila" is a very familiar mix of raunchy sax, strutting guitar, and some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Joey Defrancesco

In The Key Of The Universe
Mack Avenue, 2019.
A spiritual surprise – and a record that we really didn't expect! Joey DeFrancesco's really got a great edge this time around, thanks in part to some incredibly strong saxophone work on the album from Troy Roberts and the legendary Pharoah Sanders! We'll be honest in saying that we first ... CD (Jazz CD)
Resilience, 2019.
Alicia Olatuja takes on the music of some strong female inspirations – Sade, Brenda Russell, Joni Mitchell, and others – but serves them up in a jazzy style that's very much her own! The album's in a great space between conventional jazz and contemporary soul – and Alicia gets ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Quartet (Spain), 1971.
Stelvio Cipriani at his keyboard-heavy best – working here at the start of the 70s, in a range of styles that's nicely varied from some of his later work! The score is filled with great lines on piano, organ, and even electric harpsichord – set to funky rhythms some moments, moodier ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Trio (Japan), 1973. (pic cover, reissue)
Funky keyboard grooves from early 70s Japan – a special single featuring two tracks from the What's Going On album by Takehiro Honda! "Ain't It Funky Now" has Honda on lead keys, with a mean solo in the middle – while a guitar riffs along the famous groove of this James Brown ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

New Order

Temptation/Hurt
Factory/Parlophone, 1982. (pic cover, reissue)
The great, too seldom heard full 12" version of New Order's "Temptation" – a classic that never gets old! Not that there's ever been a thing wrong with the single edit, but the stretched out, elongatated rhythmic bliss of the longer version is a trip worth revisiting, and " ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Rock 12-inch)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An essential bit of 70s soul jazz – a real standout in both the catalogs of tenorist Clifford Jordan, and the Stata East label! This is one of those few records where every element is perfect, and all players rise together to a new level of expression – and we'd easily rank this one ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Eumir Deodato

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

Perfume Azul Do Sol

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

High Risk

High Risk
Sister Love/Jazzaggression (Estonia), 1974.
A really unique album by an all-female jazz group from the LA scene of the 70s – a group who were part of the feminist collective of artists distributed by Olivia Records, but who are maybe even more righteous than the rest! The group mix together jazz and poetry – the latter of which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s.
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

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

Fake Music
Soul What, 2019.
A trio that really lives up to its name – given that the lineup features three of the most dynamic figures in free jazz over the past few decades! The set was recorded in Chicago, and has a sound that really lives up to that city's embrace of a power trio like this – with completely ... CD (Jazz CD)

Afro Blue Persuasion

Live At Haight Levels – Vol 2
Mo Jazz (UK), 1967.
Fantastic work from the kind of local combo who never got their due on the national scene – but who never let that stop them from making some really wonderful music back in the day! We know next to nothing about the Afro Blue Persuasion combo – save for the fact that they were active ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Polydor, Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from James Brown – even if it wasn't issued during his classic run of funk records in the early 70s! Yet the material here is all from that time – recorded by Polydor when James and the JBs were completely kicking ass in the studio – turning out ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Gila (Indonesia), Late 70s.
A fantastic flurry of funk from 70s Southeast Asia – music that's quite different than some of the Thai or Cambodian pop that's been oft-compiled in recent years – and which has a definite strong tie to American soul of the time, especially music from the world of cop, crime, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1971.
A biker soundtrack to end all biker soundtracks – one that shares plenty of elements with better-known entries in the genre, but which also has some really wild and offbeat moments! As with most of the short-lived motorcycle soundtrack era, the vibe here is much more rock than other film ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Jimmy McGriff

Fly Dude
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
Some great down-home work from Jimmy McGriff – a session that's a bit less funk-based than some of his others for the Groove Merchant label, but still plenty darn great! The set's kind of a nice link between the straighter soul jazz of McGriff's 60s years, and his return to the format at the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s.
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Joe Thomas

Make Your Move
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
Sweet clubby grooving from Joe Thomas – a set that has the Ebony Godfather smoothing his groove a bit for the disco years of the late 70s, but still keeping things plenty soulful throughout! Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) arranged and conducted the album, and he brings in ... CD (Jazz CD)
Numero, 1980s.
The cover here has a real Nintendo-looking cover – and the sounds within definitely follow that groove – in an array of spare 80s-styled modes that would have made us a lot happier back when we were gaming on our Atari and Activision sets in high school! In truth, many of these tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Philips/Glam O Rama (Italy), 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really fantastic final album from The Peddlers – the UK trio who effortlessly mixed jazz and soul in the 60s, but who work here in a more expanded format! All the best elements of the group's sound are still nicely in place – those raspy vocals, strong use of keyboards, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Darien Dean

Detours
Ih, 2019.
The third great album from Darien Dean – a diversely talented singer, with an approach here that goes way beyond the usual! Darien can effortlessly belt out a contemporary soul tune – but he's also got this varied approach that really sets the album apart from the rest – as he ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1976/1977.
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing ... CD (Jazz CD)
CAM/Quartet (Spain), 1969.
Some of the grooviest film music we've ever heard from Nora Orlandi – a nicely varied set of tracks done for a late 60s film that features four different sexual adventures! Given the story shifts, there's also a mood shift in the music – upbeat and jazzy at some points, mellow and ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Continental/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
A record with "samba" in the title, but a set that hardly sounds like samba at all – given that the record is one of the groundbreaking 70s albums from the legendary Tom Ze! Ze first rose to fame as an experimentalist in the Tropicalia scene – but here, he's years past that ... CD (Brazil CD)
Resilience, 2019.
Key proof that great songs never get old – and maybe even more, that the political messages of yesterday still have plenty of power today! Drummer Ulysses Owens mines the righteous territory of the 60s and 70s here – bringing together songs originally performed by Nina Simone, Abbey ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lage Lund

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

Chris Greene Quartet

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

Rockie Robbins

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

Richard Groove Holmes

Night Glider
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
Sweet 70s funk from the legendary Groove Holmes – an album that has his funky organ riffing nicely over some tight larger arrangements! The style is really great, and a nice departure from the smaller combo Groove Holmes sound of the 60s – more in keeping with his later Blue Note work, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Slash/Fat Possum, 1981. (reissue)
A mindblowing album – and one that we'd never part with, ever! X may have sprung from the LA punk scene of the late 70s – but this second album from the group is one that pushes way past every one of their contemporaries – a set that's always urgent, never dated – and which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Johnnie Taylor

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

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Change Is (180 gram pressing)
Columbia/Jazzman (UK), 1969. (reissue)
Change is certainly in the air for the famous group of tenorist Don Rendell and trumpeter Ian Carr – partly because this final set has some slight shifts in personnel, and partly because a few elements point the way towards new directions that Carr would take in the 70s! The core energy of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s. 3CD
Psychedelia first boomed big on the American scene of the late 60s – but the music had a huge second life on the UK scene in the second half of the 80s – where it took many different forms, all of which are contained in this heavy-duty set! The work here isn't slavishly tied to the ... CD (Rock CD)

Amanita

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

Phil Chilton & Peter L Smith/The Rage Within

Delitto Al Circolo Del Tennis (with bonus tracks)
Cinevox/Quartet (Spain), 1969.
A really fantastic soundtrack to a late 60s Italian film – and certainly one of the most obscure to ever be issued by the Cinevox label! The duo of Phil Chilton and Peter L Smith aren't well-known, but they did a really wonderful job here – crafting a mixture of funky psychedelic ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Parco Della (Italy), 2019.
A tribute to the great Blossom Dearie – but one that sounds nothing like Blossom at all – which is a good thing to us, as the Dearie magic would be completely impossible to match! Instead, singer Silvia Manco takes tunes that Blossom sung famously, and delivers them in these really ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Essiebons/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. (reissue)
The funky Rob way is a massive one at that – a new path into Afro Funk modes for the 70s, with a groove that's made this set a collectors classic for decades! The group is tighter than most, yet more skittish too – percussion rattling alongside basslines that have these echoey ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Bibi Den's Tshibayi

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

Cinematic Orchestra

To Believe
Domino, 2019.
As longtime fans might know, the Cinematic Orchestra isn't a large ensemble, but a duo – yet the pair also have this fantastic way of creating a really spacious sound in their music – thanks in part to a very open door when it comes to creative guests! This time around, there's some ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Timeless All Stars (Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land)

Timeless All Stars – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1982
Jazz Line (Germany), 1982.
Hard-burning work from the Timeless All Stars – a group named after their record label, but who have a heck of a lot more going on at the core! This isn't just jam session material, as is often the case with an "all stars" group – but instead really well-matched, well-conceive ... CD (Jazz CD)
Gila (Indonesia), Late 70s.
A fantastic flurry of funk from 70s Southeast Asia – music that's quite different than some of the Thai or Cambodian pop that's been oft-compiled in recent years – and which has a definite strong tie to American soul of the time, especially music from the world of cop, crime, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Karl Hector & The Malcouns

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

O'Donel Levy

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

Jimmy McGriff

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

Julian Lage

Love Hurts
Mack Avenue, 2019.
Julian Lage is often one of the more compelling contemporary jazz guitarists on record – and this time around, he definitely lives up to that legacy – by offering up unusual trio takes on the music of Ornette Coleman, David Lynch, and Keith Jarrett – while also adding in a few of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3LP
An incredible collection of electronic sounds that went on to inform generations of rock, pop, and dance music in years to come – but all featured here with much more interesting examples from the European and American roots of the genre! There's a wonderful criss-crossing of sources going ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Schema (Italy), 2009. 2LP Gatefold
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)

David Bowie, Marlene Dietrich, & Others

Just A Gigolo
Cherry Red (UK), 1978.
A mix of sounds and styles for this film set in Weimar Berlin – with Marlene Dietrich as a madam with male gigolos – one of whom is played by David Bowie, at a time when he was famously living in West Berlin, and working with Brian Eno! The film's nothing like that at all, though ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s.
A revelatory selection of tracks recorded on a Nairobi music scene that was really overflowing with creative energy – so much so that the music here doesn't just come from Kenyan talents, but from Tanzania and the Congo as well! There's a positive spirit that imbues most of the grooves ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Fontana (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
A great overview of one of the greatest 60s groups to ever record on the UK scene – the legendary Walker Brothers, who then spun off Scott Walker as a solo act – then reformed briefly for a few more records in the 70s! Scott Walker's solo work has become the stuff of legend over the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Chicory Tip

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

Matthew Shipp Trio

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

Jim Snidero

Waves Of Calm
Savant, 2019.
Jim Snidero's got a really wonderful group here – a combo that makes for a perfect complement to his phrasing on the record, which seems somehow even more magical than usual! The rhythms are open and spacious – lots of room between the notes, served up by bassist Nat Reeves, drummer ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lioness

Pride & Joy
Posi tone, 2019.
An all-female jazz combo – hence the name – but one who've got a sound that's strong enough to quickly make you fit any gimmick behind their creation! The group's got a compelling blend of instrumentation – sounds that move from the depth of a baritone to the lightness of a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Traffic, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Incredible work from Chocolate Star – less a group than a record label or project name used for some excellent underground club recordings from the late 70s and early 80s! Gary Davis is the real brainchild here – keyboardist, songwriter, and main spiritual force behind the music – ... CD (Soul CD)

Ralph Moore

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

Black Savage/Majek/Ovid

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

Spaceark

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

Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper, & Others

Great Tragedy – Winter Dance Party 1959
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
A mighty tribute to one of the greatest tragedies in the early days of rock and roll – the plane crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper – the unfortunate outcome of the poorly-planned Winter Dance Party tour of the Midwest in 1959! This very cool ... CD (Rock CD)
University Of Chicago, 2019.
Writer John Corbett has given us words on a huge variety of musical styles over the years – a fair bit of them left field and avant – but this time around, he's tackling the full range of 70s rock, pop, and soul music – in a huge book that's unlike anything he's ever written ... Book (Book)
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. 2CD
A trio of great albums from organist Charles Earland – presented here with great bonus tracks too! First up is Comin To You Live – one of Charles Earland's sweet albums from his years at Columbia Records – done in a mode that's much more R&B than his earliest work, but in a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Mary/Smithsonian Folkways, 1963. (reissue)
A landmark album – and one of the best records you'll ever find by Mary Lou Williams! The record's a mixture of jazz and spiritual themes, and it features Mary Lou's piano set in some super-hip jazz arrangements that include players like Grant Green, Budd Johnson, Larry Gales, Melba Liston, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Edsel (UK), 1980s. 4CD
Gary Crowley was a young Capitol Radio DJ at the start of the 80s – which gave him a bird's eye view of all the musical changes that were taking place on the London scene of the time! This 4CD package is a great tribute to those years – and features some of Crowley's favorite tracks ... CD (Rock CD)

Rongetz Foundation

Alphabet City Music Club
Brooklyn Butterfly, 2019.
We've loved these guys since the start, but this time around they really seem to be knocking it out of the park – fusing their fantastic blend of funky jazz and contemporary soul with a fresher vibe than they've ever had before! These guys draw on plenty of classic elements, but never sound ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
One of the first albums as a leader from pianist John Hicks – a record that really set the tone for countless great sides to come – and which follows on years of great work with Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Charles Tolliver, and other soulful jazz giants! This set was Hicks' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Durand Jones & The Indications

American Love Call
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2019.
Man, these guys just keep on getting better – and this time around, Durand Jones & The Indications deliver a record that's way more than just another funk band with a lead singer! Instead, there's a depth and complexity to this set that takes us back to our favorite indie soul albums at ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
University Of Texas Press, 2019.
A fantastic little book – way more than just a volume on one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time – as Hanif Abdurraqib also uses their music to look at black life and the media during the years of Tribe's ascendency and growth! We were already blown away by Abdurraqib's previous ... Book (Book)

Caesar Frazier

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

Trio Mocoto

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

Dennis Coffey

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

Irene Nonis

This Love/Night Stuff
Schema (Italy), 2019. (pic cover)
A great slinky groove for the vocals of Irene Nonis – a tune co-written with Nicola Conte, who produced and also plays guitar on the cut! The track's got an easygoing vibe – with congas under keyboards, almost feeling like a sweet-stepping 70s tune! "Night Stuff" is maybe ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Four Flies (Italy), 1964.
Three nights of love from Piero Piccioni – scored with a sound that's right in between the jazzier styles he used in the first half of the 60s, and the groovier modes from the second half of the decade! Instrumentation matches that of some of Piero's straighter scores from a few years before ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Om Kalsoum

El Hob Kollo
Souma/Radio Martiko (Belgium), 1970. (reissue)
Om Kalsoum is the singer on the set, but the record is way more than just a conventional set of Egyptian vocals – as the set features one long track, filled with complex instrumental passages that effortlessly mix the modern and ancient! Kalsoum's voice doesn't even come into play until ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Stag O Lee (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s.
Skip the "rock" in the title, because this set is pure blues all the way through – filled with rare treasures from those years when the electric guitar first started dominating the music – with a heady sound that rang from the Chicago scene down to Texas – and all the ... CD (Blues CD)

Jackie McLean

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

Hubert Laws/George Benson

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

Eumir Deodato

Inutil Paisagem
Philips/Audio Clarity (UK), 1964. (reissue)
Beautiful airy bossa! This album's a 1964 session of straight piano bossa tracks by Deodato, with production by Roberto Quartin – and a sound that's a lot more mellow and fragile than his other records from the time! Deodato is amazingly restrained in his playing, and sticks to only piano ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Zdenek Liska

Ikarie XB-1
Finders Keepers (UK), 1963.
Fantastic sounds from outer space – a electro-acoustic masterpiece, put together for a Czech sci-fi film of the 60s – but done in a mode that stretches far out into space beyond the world of cinema! The music is stark and dark at some times – almost with an electro-shock approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Primary Information, 2018.
One of the coolest discographies you'll ever see in your life – a special book devoted to ultra-rare records created by artists as well as musicians – first published in 1989, and filled with a wealth of obscure records from the 50s through the 80s! Musical styles run from avant jazz ... Book (Book)

Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities

Do Something/When
It's Soul Time, 2018.
A fantastic little single from Ernest Ernie – one that bumps along in a groove that reminds us of the best Chicago soul at the end of the 60s – that loping rhythm that's perfect for sweeter-styled vocals like Ernie's! The flipside's pretty fantastic too – graced with light ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Africa Airways takes to the skies again – and delivers a wonderful batch of funky soul tracks from the end of the 70s and start of the 80s! The work here is from a period when groups from Nigeria and other scenes were starting to absorb a lot more direct influences from American soul – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Bruton Music (UK), Early 70s/2019.
A fresh take on the sound library genius of Bruton – one of the coolest UK commercial studios of the 70s, remixed here by a host of contemporary talents! There's plenty of vintage Bruton tracks that are heavy on soundtrack-styled funk and jazz – and they prove to be a perfect blueprint ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
RGE/Audio Clarity (UK), 1966. (reissue)
The debut of a legend – Chico Buarque's first album for RGE, and a groundbreaking batch of tunes that helped shape the sound of popular music in Brazil for years to come! Buarque predates the Tropicalia era, but is working here in a style that clearly allowed for their later impact – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Union Square/Universal (UK), Late 60s. 5CD
A treasure trove of classic soul – 5CDs and 100 tracks in all – all with the upbeat, soaring vibe that's always made these underground American cuts such favorites on the UK Northern Soul scene! The package starts with Motown, then really takes off – featuring loads of killer ... CD (Soul CD)
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1966. (reissue)
Amazing stuff from bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac "Red" Holt! At the time of this release, the pair had already risen to great fame as the rhythm backing for Ramsey Lewis in his first trio – but broke out on their own as a solo act, with a real focus on rhythmic piano ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jeremy Manasia Quintet

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

Franz Koglmann with Bill Dixon

Opium For Franz
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), Mid 70s. (reissue)
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
International Anthem, 2019.
Makaya McCraven pushes his unique jazz genius even further – by serving up a completely groundbreaking remix of live jazz performance on the London scene! McCraven's already stood out from the pack in the way that he breaks down jazz norms by playing with a recorded performance later in the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Scepter/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
A fantastic selection of work from the great Tommy Hunt – a male singer who cut some incredible work in the 60s, but never fully got his due! Ace/Kent Records already helped bring Tommy's genius to the forefront with a previous collection – and this second set brings together even more ... CD (Soul CD)
Dureco/P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
Massive grooves from a very unique group! These guys play guitar and percussion all at once – in a flurry of fast grooves that rip away tremendously, but with a style that's still plenty darn earthy! There's definitely a bit of a global influence in the music overall, but the sound comes ... CD (Soul CD)

Normal Brain (Yukio Fujimoto)

Lady Maid
Vanity/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1981. (reissue)
Beautiful sounds from Japanese artist Yukio Fujimoto – a record that maybe echoes some of the electro-pop styles of the time, but in a way that's much more stripped-down and creative! The set was issued in a limited pressing of 300 copies at the time – so was light years away from the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Anti, 2019.
Mavis Staples follows up her strong run of recent solo albums by a live set that's maybe even rootsier than the studio material – recorded in London with a nicely small band – which gives the music a nice sort of bite, right from the start! Guitarist Rick Holmstrom is almost an equal ... CD (Soul CD)

Alec Cheer

Night Kaleidoscope
Trunk (UK), 2019.
A really great electronic soundtrack – contemporary, but served up with a very spare, electronic feel that takes us back to some of the best horror gems of the 80s! If you're a fan of the music for Stranger Things or Good Time, you'll find plenty to love here – as Alec Cheer works in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Transversales Disques (France), 1975. 2LP
A previously-unreleased French recording of one of the greatest early compositions by Philip Glass – presented here in a recording that also features Glass himself as one of the performers! The group is a sextet – with organ work from Glass, Michael Riseman, Jon Gibson, and Joan ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Domino, 1978.
The fantastic first full album from The Buzzcocks – a group who'd already set the UK scene on fire with a flurry of amazing singles at the start of the punk generation! Here, they amazingly keep up all the great energy of their 7" releases – moving at a blistering pace throughout, ... CD (Rock CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1960. Gatefold
A gem of an unreleased live performance from the mighty Stan Getz – working here in a quartet that ties together his time on both the Swedish and American scenes of the 50s! The group is great – with Jan Johansson on piano, still swinging, but clearly a budding modernist too, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dusko Goykovich

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

Nicole Willis & Banda Palomita

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

Edu Lobo & Maria Bethania

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

King Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organisation

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

Blundetto

Cousin Zaka
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2019. 2LP
Blundetto's given us some great work in the past, but this album may well be his best – as it's all instrumental, and very much in a different style than his previous forays into more dub, global, or hip-hop influenced material! Instead, the approach here is more open and almost cinematic ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
United Artists/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
The fantastic first album from Hawkwind – a pure moment of genius, from a time when the group had so much to deliver, and hadn't yet succumbed to their own greatness! If you only know later work, the style here is maybe more closely tied to some of the more familiar late 60s modes from the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1971/1973. 2CD
Two albums by Pamela Polland – one of which was never issued in the 70s! First up is the self-titled Pamela Polland – an obscure bit of 70s underground rock – the first solo album by Polland, who might be better known for her work in the psych-folk group Gentle Soul at the end of ... CD (Rock CD)
Polydor/Cherry Pop (UK), 1984. 2CD
A pair of 80s street soul soundtracks – Breakin and Breakin 2 – reissued here with the title as Breakdance, which is how they appeared in the UK! Maybe Breakin wasn't the most accurate, most faithful portrait of life on the streets in the early 80s – but the film was a great ... CD (Hip Hop CD)

Ohio Players

Tenderness
Boardwalk, 1981.
CD...$9.99 10.99
A sweet early 80s set from the Ohio Players – one that's a bit different than their 70s hits, but in a way that also shows that the group were still very much in wonderful form! At a point when these guys could have easily stood still, and just kept churning out the kind of grooves that ... CD (Soul CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976. 2 CDs
Fantastic work by this excellent 70s combo – a quintet whose leaders recorded famously with Horace Silver in the 60s, then took his inspiration to very different spiritual territory on their own! Both drummer Louis Hayes and tenorist Junior Cook are fantastic – but the whole group here ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jaye P Morgan

Jaye P Morgan
We Want Sounds (UK), 1976.
A lovely little record from singer Jaye P Morgan – a talent that most folks know from her 70s appearances on the Gong Show, but who was also a pretty nice vocalist on her own! The set here showcases a much more soulful side of Jaye's style than her earlier albums – a smoothly jazzy ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Omnivore, Late 70s/Early 80s.
Really fantastic work from Van Duren – one of the great almost-rans in 70s pop – a singer/songwriter who emerged from the same Memphis roots as Big Star, recorded at Ardent Studios, and even worked in a band with Chris Bell – yet somehow also managed to make music that was very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019.
Hot 8 Brass Band definitely take the title seriously here – as they serve up a quintet of covers – including one Joy Division tune, one George Benson classic, and three Michael Jackson hits – all done by the group in their horn-heavy style! Hot 8 have always been one of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Benny Sings

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

Deodato/Os Catedraticos

Impulso!
Equipe/Audio Clarity (UK), 1964. (reissue)
Incredible early work by Deodato! This record's got the maestro picking up the Hammond organ, and playing with a samba/bossa group – for a sound that's similar to Walter Wanderley's Brazilian recordings, but which have a bit more going on in the instrumental department – thanks to some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Sondra Simon

Funky Fairytales
Midsong/Essential, Late 70s.
The only full album ever recorded by New Jersey soul singer Sondra Simon – a vocalist who'd worked doing backup in a few other settings in the 70s – but who really soars here in the lead on her own! The album was done for the Midsong International label – an imprint that mostly ... CD (Soul CD)
Chatsford/P-Vine (Japan), 1978.
An underground mellow soul gem from the 70s – recorded on the Detroit scene with lead vocals by Judy Pollak, and backings by a very hip soul trio! 33 1/3 are way more than just an instrumental group – as they also harmonize behind Judy a fair bit – really elevating the soul ... CD (Soul CD)

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

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

Al Manfredi

Blue Gold
Now Again, Early 70s. 2CD
The lost legacy of Al Manfredi – a south Cali singer who made a short splash with a garage combo in the 60s, then quickly retreated to a quiet life behind the counter of a music store! Yet during that time, Al was secretly work on his own – using multi-track technology to create these ... CD (Rock CD)
Color Red, 2019.
These guys really take the analog in their name seriously – as the sound here is awash in vintage funk elements, all played live, and given some great direction in the studio from Eddie Roberts of the New Mastersounds! The group's a larger ensemble than most funk combos – thanks to a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Andy Laverne

Metropolis
ALV, 1979.
An unreleased 70s session from keyboardist Andy LaVerne – and a set that features a mighty hip assemblage of musicians! Stan Getz is on two of the album's tracks – soaring out in a way that's maybe more in his Captain Marvel mode, than some of his straighter work that was emerging at ... CD (Jazz CD)
No Wahala Sounds (UK), Early 80s.
A treasure trove of rare singles recorded in Nairobi – easily one of the most welcoming scenes in East Africa during the 80s – especially in comparison to more restrictive cultural territory to the west! At the time, Nairobi really opened up its door to new sounds and ideas – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Muzak (Japan), 1984. Gatefold
Brazilian grooves, but served up by a Chicago combo – one that features the great pianist Breno Sauer working with local musicians while he was living in the Windy City! The style here is a bit like some of the best 70s Bay Area groups who could mix together jazz and Brazilian elements ... CD (Brazil CD)
Family Groove, 1976.
Two never-issued tracks by Chicago funk legends Rasputin Stash – both of them totally great! "Make Up Your Mind" has this slow funk groove that's wonderful – totally badass, totally Curtom – with a start that takes its time getting to the vocals – which themselves ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Hot Wax/Demon (UK), 1972. (reissue)
Incredibly messed-up funk – a 70s instrumental classic that's delighted our ears for years! The set's got a cosmic sound that mixes together conventional guitar-based funky with some weird electronic touches at times – going for a fuzzed-out moogy quality that really deepens the groove ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith

Sun Of Goldfinger
ECM (Germany), 2019.
One of the more electronic outings we've heard on the ECM label in recent years – and a set that definitely ties up nicely with the important records that David Torn made at the start of his career! Torn here plays guitar, but also uses a lot of live loops and electronics – which are ... CD (Jazz CD)

Theon Cross

Fyah
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
Theon Cross plays a tuba, but don't hold that against him – as he's already given us some mighty great music in The Sons Of Kemet – and really steps out here as a leader in a core trio that features the great Moses Boyd on drums and Nubya Garcia on tenor! A few tracks features Wayne ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Turtle (UK), 1963. 2CD
The group's name is a bit hokey, but they've got an excellent lineup that includes a few musicians who'd go on to greater fame in the British jazz scene of the late 60s – working here in a nicely balanced mode of modern styles first forged in the 50s! There's a mix of west coast cool and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Impulse/Modern Harmonic, 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
The final album issued by Impulse Records in their short-lived, ill-fated partnership with Sun Ra – and maybe the most far-reaching of the bunch! The album features three long tracks – all of them relatively open and unbridled – put together with less of a song structure than ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
15 years' worth of recording from the Roberta Martin Singers – a groundbreaking gospel group from the postwar years, and one whose style helped set the tone for countless other acts to come! The group mixed male and female singers, but in a way that often still held to the smaller quintet or ... CD (Gospel CD)
Hot Cup, 2019. 2CD
The mighty Moppa Elliott steps away from his better-known group for a triple-length solo project – leaving behind the spirit of Mostly Other People Do The Killing, and heading into a trio of different modes on his own! The first third is from a "jazz band" – with a mix of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ill Considered

Ill Considered 5
Ill Considered (UK), 2019.
This brilliant British collective never lets us down – and here, on their majestic fifth album, they seem to soar towards the heaven even more – with a righteous spirit that comes through from the very first note, and which never seems to let up at all as they spin out some long, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Trio (Japan), 1970s.
A fantastic trip through the catalog of Trio Records – one of the coolest Japanese jazz labels of the 70s – and a company who not only gave growing local talent the chance to really spread their wings, but who also cut some great rare sessions by American artists too! The set here is ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Per Texas Johansson/Torbjorn Zetterberg/Konrad Agnas

Orakel
Moserobie (Sweden), 2019.
A beautiful little record – of the sort it feels like the Moserobie label was created to record – jazz that's not totally free or improvised, but which is also doing way more than conventional swing as well – served up by a trio with a perfect sense of creative cohesion! The ... CD (Jazz CD)

Joe Thomas

Get In The Wind
LRC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
Reedman Joe Thomas is wrapped up here in some very warm grooves – a mix of electric jazz and clubby modes – all of which takes Thomas' usual sound right to the discos! Most cuts have a backup vocal group – with contributions from Gwen Guthrie and Jocelyn Brown – but these ... CD (Jazz CD)
CBS/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1977. (reissue)
A classic album of 70s soul from Brazil – put together with a warm sunny finish that seems to unify the best modes of Rio and LA at the time! Singer Robson Jorge works here with frequent partner Lincoln Olivetti – and both artists handle plenty of keyboards throughout – lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Mahogani, 2019.
A mighty soulful groove from Amp Fiddler – one that's maybe even more classic than his classic work – and that's really saying a lot! The Jayda G remix begins with just vocals and really spare Fender Rhodes – a stripped-down cut that kicks up the beat only when it's nice and ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (New Grooves 12-inch)
4AD, 1979. 2LP Gatefold
An expanded set of work from one of the first groups to record for the 4AD label – and one that's maybe not as well-remembered as the rest – partly because their raw sound and post-punk vibe are very different than the dreamy sounds that the record company would produce in later years! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Magic Touch/Wah Wah (Spain), 1983. (reissue)
Yan Tregger gave the world some funky sound library work in the 70s – but here, he's in much darker territory – definitely in the land of no return, which he explores with waves of really moody electronics! The tunes are still rhythmic – as with Yan's previous work – but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Numero, Mid 80s. (pic cover)
Sweet electro soul from a Bay Area group who deliver way more than most of their contemporaries – music that's deep enough to maybe win the "intellectual" tag in the title! That cut leads off the EP – and is this laidback dreamy instrumental that runs for almost 9 minutes in ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)
12T/Aftermath, 2018.
Cinematic hip hop soul from Anderson .Paak named after a seaside city west of Los Angeles, CA – but it's not Malibu, it's the stunning follow up Oxnard – a little looser, more diverse, and ultimately just as impressive set from this still rising talent! The uber-impressive guest list ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1977. 2CD
Well-recorded material from Louisiana Red – a blues musician who really hit his stride in the 70s, but with a style that feels a lot more vintage overall! Red works here with just vocals and guitar – and a bit of harmonica – in a mode that's like the 60s albums on Arhoolie, but ... CD (Blues CD)
Epic/Real Gone, 1968. (reissue)
Big, heavy late 60s British rock from Gun – with the raw, lumbering and bluesy (or better, bloozy) power trio core that's fleshed out in the studio with horns and other more sweeping touches! It's wild stuff, a genuine precursor to heavy metal in the searing guitars, thundering drums and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Curtom/Rhino, Early 70s. 4CD
A massive package of greatness – the first four solo albums from Chicago soul genius Curtis Mayfield! First up is Curtis – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield ... CD (Soul CD)
Smithsonian Folkways, 1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s. 4CD
A fantastic little package – and one that may well have more meaning these days than ever before! The lavish set features a huge hardcover book – 124 pages of notes, photos, and other information – all put together in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibition of the same name ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
United Dairies/Rotorelief (France), Early 80s. (reissue)
Legendary early work from Nurse With Wound – one of the group's first few albums, done at a time when it was quite difficult to ever figure out where they were coming from! Steven Stapleton's clearly got a strong influence here from 20th Century avant composition modes, particularly tape-base ... CD (Rock CD)

Ronnie Cuber

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

Eddie Russ

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

Orgone

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

Various

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

Ritchie Valens

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

Mayumi Sonoda with Kichiro Sugino Trio

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

David Liebman/Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake

Chi
Rare Noise (UK), 2019.
One of the most spiritual albums in years from saxophonist Dave Liebman – but maybe that comes as no surprise, given that he's working here with percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake! The tracks are often grounded in percussion – used by both musicians at a less rhythmic level ... CD (Jazz CD)
Reel To Real, Mid 60s. 2LP Gatefold
Great live work from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – recorded during a time when the group's star was really rising on Capitol Records, but at a level that's got the more open-ended, freely-blown style of their classic concert dates for Riverside! The material here was all recorded for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. 3CD
The only career-spanning collection we've ever seen on The Bar-Kays – and a set that does a mighty nice job of hitting all the right bases! The group first rose to fame as a funk combo on Stax in the late 60s – then shifted a bit after part of the group was killed in the same plane ... CD (Soul CD)
Moserobie (Sweden), 2005.
The sound of the Varitone lives again – in this super-groovy set from Swedish saxophonists Jonas Kullhammar and Per Rusktrask Johansson! Both players on the set are clearly inspired by the Varitone years of Eddie Harris – and the album's got a sense of space, sound, and soul that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Larry Grenadier

Gleaners
ECM (Germany), 2019.
Beautiful solo bass work from Larry Grenadier – a record that fits perfectly in the best ECM tradition, yet also provides a stunning showcase for the artist as well! The recording quality is superb – and Grenadier finds so many ways to create different shades and tones with his ... CD (Jazz CD)

Barbara Howard

On The Rise
Remined/Colemine, 1970.
A lost Ohio soul treasure – the initial effort by a singer with a hell of a voice, but one who languished in obscurity after the poor response to this debut LP! Barbara Howard really knocks it out of the park here – singing like a deep soul diva with a hell of a lot of power and focus ... Cassette (Cassette)

Tensei

Constellate
Tokyo Dawn, 2019.
A great title for this record from Tensei – as the Chicago duo really find a way to create a strong constellation in sound, by opening the door to help from some other great talents on the Chicago scene! The record's got a vibe that's as cosmic as its title, too – with this swirling ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Ivan Mamao Conti

Poison Fruit
Far Out (UK), 2019.
Really mindblowing work from legendary drummer Ivan "Mamao" Conti – a key part of Azymuth through that group's many years – and still going strong here as a solo artist on his own! The album's almost a 21st Century realization of the sound that Azymuth was going for back in ... CD (Brazil CD)
Freedom/ORG, 1964. (reissue)
A seminal early moment from the legendary Albert Ayler – an important session recorded overseas in Copenhagen – where enthusiasm for Ayler's music caught fire more strongly than in the US! The group's got an edge that's maybe even sharper than some of Ayler's ESP material, but no less ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Skye/Modern Harmonic, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
One of Cal Tjader's best albums ever – and a sweetly electric side that features Joao Donato on organ and Gary McFarland on vibes! The record is a brilliant extension of Cal's styles at Verve – a bit of Latin, a bit of jazz, with some easily grooving numbers that have just the right ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Stelvio Cipriani

Duri A Morire
Digitmovies (Italy), 1979.
There's plenty of action on the cover – and there's plenty of action in the great soundtrack from Stelvio Cipriani as well – the sweet mix of funk and keyboards that he always brought to his best crime and cop scores of the 70s! There's some nicely chunky percussion in the mix at times ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Beat (Italy), 1980.
One of the coolest, grooviest soundtracks we've ever heard from Riz Ortolani – an artist who did bigger, more mainstream film scores in the 60s – but who really developed a more electric vibe in the 70s! This soundtrack has Riz working at the top of his powers – bringing in ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Esoteric (UK), 1968. 3CD
Mindblowing sounds from the morning after the Summer Of Love – a time when the UK scene really woke up to some vast musical changes – a good number of which are represented in this overstuffed set! The package does a great job of catching that special shift in modes from groups who ... CD (Rock CD)

Akofa Akoussah

Akofa Akoussah
Sonafric/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
A beautiful record from Akofa Akoussah – a singer from Togo who's equally gifted in funky and sweeter soul styles! Half the record is full-on funk, and we'd swear that Lafayette Afro Rock Band must have had a hand in some of the instrumentation (possible, as it was recorded in Paris) – ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Solar/Octave (Japan), 1981.
A great second adventure from Dynasty – the kind of set that shows why the group went on to become one of the strongest things going in the second chapter of the Solar Records soul empire from LA! The album begins with a rock-solid punch, then continues strongly throughout – basslines, ... CD (Soul CD)

Chicago Odense Ensemble

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

Medumo

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

Dominique Guiot

L'Univers De La Mer
Chicago 2000/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1978.
A beautiful album of keyboard-heavy tracks – issued by a small sound library label in France during the 70s, with a title that translates as "the universe of the sea"! As you might guess, there's a nice underwater vibe to the record – a sound that's similar to some of the ... CD (Sound Library CD)
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
A very cool little package – one that's got one CD of early work by French singer Francois Hardy – and two more CDs that feature lots of fantastic jazz material from Sacha Distel! CD1 features Hardy at her early best – singing blue-tinged French pop on both her debut album, and ... CD (French CD)

India Arie

Worthy
BMG, 2019.
A record that's overflowing with love and message – often both tied together at once – as India Arie hits territory that's maybe even more directly political than before – pushing her personal spirit to answer some of the challenges of the moment, sometimes with individual effort, ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
An insane bit of fuzzed-out funk! This is Parliament's rare first album – a trippy batch of tunes that come off of Clinton's experimentation in the Detroit soul scene, infused by the rock-heavy energy of the city at the time – and probably a heck of a lot of cannabis, too! The record ... CD (Soul CD)

Tom Rainey/Mary Halvorson/Ingrid Laubrock

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

Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte

You Don't Know The Life
Rare Noise (UK), 2019.
Keyboardist Jamie Saft works here with a mighty great trio – one that features older giants Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bobby Previte on drums – all bringing a great sense of energy to Saft's own work on Hammond organ, Whitehall organ, and Baldwin electric harpsichord! The ... CD (Jazz CD)

Czarface & Ghostface Killa

Czarface Meets Ghostface
Silver Age, 2019.
A thematic rap triumph from the hip hop superhero team of Czarface – already a veritable supergroup featuring Boston underground veterans 7L & Esoteric with the Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck – bringing in Wu MVP Ghostface Killah for the unsurprisingly massive Czarface Meets Ghostface! ... CD (Hip Hop CD)

Mark De Clive-Lowe

Heritage
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2019.
CD...$9.99 14.99
We've loved the music of Mark De Clive-Lowe for many years – and he's really rewarded us with a continuing evolution of his sound and style – to a point where a record like this is nothing that we might have expected over a decade ago! The set's a live jazz performance, but still ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/1980s.
A surprisingly strong collection of reggae recorded in Boston during the 80s – or maybe not that surprising at all, given that the city had a growing Caribbean population, and a very strong college audience for the music! Still, the package is a huge discovery – strong quality work ... CD (Reggae CD)
Scubidu (Brazil), 2019.
A very original vision of Brazilian forro – served up here by the mighty musical talents of Hermeto Pascoal, still making very fresh sounds this late in his career! As with some of Hermeto's other recent records, the leader is accompanied by some great younger musicians who are able to ... CD (Brazil CD)

Kuzu (Dave Rempis, Tashi Dorji, Tyler Damon)

Hiljaisuus
Aerophonic, 2019.
A pretty intense power trio from the Chicago scene – a group that features guitar from Tashi Dorji, drums and percussion from Tyler Damon, and alto, tenor, and baritone sax from the great Dave Rempis! The album features one completely sprawling improvisation – "Fontanelles" ... CD (Jazz CD)

Os 3 Morais

Os 3 Morais (1967)
Som Maior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1967.
The first album we've ever seen from Os 3 Morais – a group who also issued material in the US under the name of Os Tres Brasileiros! Although most of the group's late 60s/early 70s sides are in a sophisticated bossa style, this work carries more echoes of mid 60s pop – not really the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Swindle

No More Normal
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
British producer Swindle is at the top of his game here – effortlessly moving between contemporary genres that put the London scene in its very best light – as bits of funk, hip hop, dubstep, jazz, and other modes come together with an amazingly fresh sound! Most tracks have vocals, ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Misha Panfilov & Shawn Lee

Mic Wallace/Miraggio
Funk Night, 2019. (pic cover)
A mighty pairing of funky talents – recording together in Estonia, with a style that really draws on the strengths of both musicians! "Mic Wallace" has some of the soundtrack vibes that Shawn Lee can sometimes bring into his music – but given all these moody, almost spooky ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. 2CD
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never ... CD (Jazz CD)

Morning Echoes Of Detroit

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

Elza Soares

Deus E Mulher
Deck Disk (Brazil), 2019.
The voice of Elza Soares has been gracing Brazilian records for decades – and it somehow sounds even more amazing now than it did back in the day – with this raw, raspy power that's completely compelling, even if you can't understand the language! The record's got some of the same ... CD (Brazil CD)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
British rock, but with plenty of soul – as these artists were some of the first in the world to be influenced by the sound of early Motown Records – then set about trying to create their own strand of Detroit soul! The influence of Motown on the sound of so many other scenes has been ... CD (Rock CD)
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Smooth, soulful tracks from many corners of the planet – all pulled together in a fantastic fourth edition of this wonderful series! Most folks associated AOR grooves with the slickest studios in New York and LA during the 70s – but in farther-flung locations, the style was also being ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Tita Duval Y El Nuevo Ritmo De Bobby Rey

Cumbias Internacionales (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1974. (reissue)
A cumbia record with a very unusual groove – served up by Argentine star couple Tita Duval and Roberto Rey, who were both living in Colombia during the 70s – where they clearly felt free to mess with lots of the usual modes of the local style! The record's definitely a cumbia set in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Vladimir Tarasov

Atto IV
Melodia/Sahko (Finland), 1989. (reissue)
A beautiful little record that's wonderfully hard to peg – not entirely a jazz record, although there are elements in the set of avant improvisation – but also not really any other style we can think of – and we mean that in the best way possible! Vladimir Tarasov recorded this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Shungo Sawada Quartet

Formation
Victor (Japan), 1970.
Searingly soulful work from the group of guitarist Shungo Sawada – a player we mostly know from his groovy instrumental sides of the 60s, but who sounds plenty darn hip in this setting! The record has a nice sort of soul jazz groove on most numbers – one that takes Shungo's warmer ... CD (Jazz CD)
Studio Mule (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A sexy set of tracks from the Japanese scene – music that seems to start in the disco years, and move into some of the more electronic Tokyo modes of the next generation – but always with a sweetly groovy style to the music! The work here is very different than both US soul of the time ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Buried Treasure (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A buried treasure's worth of gems from the Amphonic sound library – the record company started by Syd Dale – whose 60s work for KPM was some of the grooviest of the time! Syd's on a few cuts here, but most of the music is by other names who recorded for the company – including a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Monk Higgins

Extra Soul Perception
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968.
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! ... CD (Jazz CD)

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