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Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2015.
A fantastic recent album from Polish saxophone legend Zbigniew Namyslowski – the reedman who first worked famously with Krzystof Komeda in the 60s, then went on to a huge legacy of his own great recordings too! Here, Namyslowski is right back on fire – working with a group of younger ... (Jazz CD)
RCA/Ace (UK), Early 60s. 2CD
A great look at a really lost legacy in music from Charlie Rich – obscure sides recorded for RCA Records in the early 60s – done after his initial rush of genius on Sun Records, and before his later commercial success on Epic! Charlie's got one of the all-time great voices in pop music ... (Folk/Country CD)
Fontana/Harkit (UK), 1965.
A fantastic lost moment from British tenor giant Tubby Hayes – a set that features a core British combo, but with the addition of Duke Ellington stalwart Paul Gonsalves on tenor and Ray Nance on trumpet and violin! The album crackles with all the soul and imagination of Tubby's other 60s ... (Jazz CD)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1973.
A sweet electric combo from 70s Poland – one who move away from more familiar fusion modes of the Eastern European scene, to a style that's almost a reworked version of 60s soul jazz! The groove here feels like that end of 60s moment when reed players were trying to get a bit more electric ... (Jazz CD)
Fame/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A dream of a set for any fan of deep soul – 24 never-issued tracks by southern soul genius George Jackson – a songwriter whose talents helped many folks out back in the day, even though George never fully got the exposure he deserved! In fact, Jackson spent so much time writing songs ... (Soul CD)
Savoy, 1968. (reissue)
The fantastic first album from reedman Paul Jeffrey – a saxophonist who recorded more famously for Mainstream Records in the 70s – but who really knocks it out of the park on this late 60s session for Savoy! The album was done at a time when the label was hardly doing any jazz, and ... (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Cool cuts from 60s Spain – all pulled from a musical moment when the Spanish scene was exploding with the same sort of new female pop energy that was taking place in France and England! Like those more familiar modes of 60s girl pop, the style here is upbeat, groovy, and undeniably powerful ... (Rock CD)
Ace (UK), 1965. 2CD
An explosion of groundbreaking sounds from the 60s – all records issued in the magical year of 1965 – with a fresh vibe that would influence years of soul, psych, and garage styles to come! Jon Savage has already given us two other great year-based collections on Ace, but this one ... (Rock CD)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976.
A drum-heavy set from Polish percussionist Czeslaw Bartkowski – mostly solo on most tracks, but with occasional accompaniment on trumpet, electric piano, and soprano sax on a few of the fuller numbers – plus some great funky big band arrangements at the end! The sound is often spare ... (Jazz CD)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1963.
A beautiful bit of jazz from early 60s Poland – by one of the country's freshest modern jazz groups at the time! The record has a bold sound that's right in keeping with its title – strongly stepping off with a style that blends the soulful and the modern – in a mode that's a bit ... (Jazz CD)
The first album in many years from Caesar Frazier – the organist you might know from his early 70s funk classics on Westbound Records – still very much at the top of his game in this small combo set! Frazier's very well-recorded here – given the care and respect that we love from ... (Jazz CD)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018.
A fantastic debut album from saxophonist Kuba Wiecek – a musician who may well be ready to carry forward the strong legacy of Polish modern jazz from the 60s and 70s! Wiecek works here in a trio setting, with bass and drums – in the mode begun by Sonny Rollins in the late 50s, but ... (Jazz CD)
Sub Rosa (Belgium), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. 2CD
Electronic music from a very far-flung source – served up here in a set of vintage recordings by one of the leading experimentalists in Indonesia at the end of the 70s – an artist with a sound that's nicely different than preceding decades of American and European electronic pioneers! ... (Out Sound CD)
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A teen beat, but one with plenty of twang – given that all the cuts here are killer instrumentals from the early days of rock and roll! Most tracks here feature small, raunchy combos – usually with a guitar, tenor, or organ in the lead – working over romping drums, and recorded ... (Rock CD)
The legendary Joe McPhee is in wonderful company here – working with the Plan B trio, a group that lets him move easily between his most spiritual and most powerful modes! The trio features McPhee on tenor, alto, and pocket trumpet – alongside the drums of David Berger and guitar and ... (Jazz LP)
Sleeping Bag/Get On Down, 1986. (reissue)
One of the most offbeat 12" singles to ever come from the hands of Arthur Russell – and that's saying a lot, given some of his other grooves! The approach here is much more experimental than some of Russell's other projects for Sleeping Bag Records – as the main track builds ... (Soul 12-inch)
World Record Club/Harkit (UK), 1965.
A really rare set from this famous tenor team – an obscure session that was recorded in the UK during the 60s – maybe a bit later than usual for the duo of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, and with sound that's even harder-hitting than their earlier records! The date has the pair working with ... (Jazz CD)
Joyce, Sivuca, Tutty Moreno, Celia Vaz, & Others
Soul Jazz (UK), 1994. Gatefold
A really groundbreaking album of Brazilian sounds – a set recorded in the mid 90s by a London label – but one with a vibe that stretches back to the most important classics of the Brazilian scene in the 60s and 70s! In a way, the whole record's a bit out of time – nothing at all ... (Brazil CD)
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Mid 60s.
A sweet second chapter of Baltimore's rare Ru-Jac label – a mighty hip imprint that cut some killer soul singles back in the 60s! There's lots of great groovers here – romping tunes that have a hard-edged approach to danceable soul – the kind of groovy, unusual singles that you ... (Soul CD)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970.
Bold genius from Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko – a memorial tribute to the recently-departed Krzysztof Komeda – Stanko's musical mentor and frequent partner during the 60s! The work builds strongly on the angular modes explored by Komeda during the Astigmatic years – a stark, ... (Jazz CD)
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