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BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s.
Mindblowing jazz from Japan – a tremendous introduction to the 70s scene in Tokyo if you've never heard this music at all – and a package that also includes a fair bit of rare tracks, even if you're not a newcomer! The Japanese love of American jazz is no secret – and the music ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s.
Spanish sounds with plenty of groove – a killer compilation from a time when older flamenco styles were coming into play with fresher forms of funk and soul – all of which makes for a really amazing sound! All the drama of previous years gets packed into these upbeat, fast-moving tunes ... (Latin CD)
Kent/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
Some of the best work ever cut by ZZ Hill – a deep soul singer with roots in Texas, but who really got the chance to shine on these 60s recordings in California! Hill is completely hard-burning here – even more so than on his later, bigger-label material in the 70s – with an ... (Soul CD)
Hi Hat, 1974.
Hugh Masekela at a really fantastic point in his career – recorded live for a radio broadcast, and working with a freewheeling style that's quite different than both his early and later work! The vibe here is right up there with some of the few longer-form jazz recordings made by Hugh in the ... (Global Grooves CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s. 2CD
A fantastic take on the music of Sun Ra – a set that looks at the way his sounds dovetailed with the exotica movement in American music of the postwar years! Given that he claimed to be from outer space, Ra was already pretty darn exotic himself – but his music also arose at a time ... (Jazz CD)
Elektra/Modern Classics, 1993. 2LP (reissue)
A jazz-inspired hip hop uberclassic! While Digable Planets might not have pioneered the jazzy hip hop vibe – we mightnod to the Native Tongues scene and DJ Premier's productions in the late 80s for that – Digables set a new standard with breezy but head nodding production and mellow, ... (Hip Hop LP)
Knitting Factory, 2018.
The title of the first track here really gets the spirit of the album right – "Africa Will Be Great Again" – which stands at the start as one of the most declarative moments on record from Femi Kuti, and really sets the tone for the rest of the record! There's definitely some ... (Global Grooves CD)
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 70s.
Funky disco from 70s Spain – a wonderful collection of upbeat, hard-grooving titles that owe plenty to the sound of New York and Philly – but which also have their own sort of groove too! There's elements here that take off from the early 70s Spanish rumba mode of blending flamenco ... (Latin CD)
Music Box (France), Late 60s. 2CD
Three rare slices of work from the mighty Francis Lai – all lesser-known soundtracks done for Universal Pictures in the late 60s – a company who didn't set his music to record as much as other studios, even though they worked with Lai during some of his most creative years! First up is ... (Soundtracks CD)
Adarce (Spain), 1975. (reissue)
Pure moogy brilliance from Alfonso Santisteban – a keyboardist that you might know from earlier work on Hammond, or from some of his soundtrack recordings – let loose here in the studio to create a great range of funky keyboard instrumentals! The album's a sound library set, and is one ... (Sound Library LP)
Rock Is Hell (Austria), 2018.
A very different album than usual for saxophone genius Mats Gustafsson – as it actually has him playing with electronics a lot more than reeds – although still using that sound source with the same amazing sense of texture, shape, and tone! Gustafsson's partner here is drummer Didi ... (Jazz LP)
ESP, 2018. 2CD
Two sides of zero from Matthew Shipp – one CD of solo piano material, and a second disc that features spoken Shipp delivering "A Lecture On Nothingness"! As you might guess, we're most moved by the piano work – which is wonderful, and seems to have Matthew rediscovering some ... (Jazz CD)
Schema (Italy), 2018. (pic cover)
Just a 12" single, but one that's got the power of most full LPs – thanks to some tremendous work here by Nicola Conte and Gialuca Petrella! "Sun Song" is a slow-building cut with a clubby rhythm at the core – but one that's open to all these cool moogy keyboards that ... (New Grooves 12-inch)
Africa Seven (UK), 1979. (reissue)
Funky disco music, and a lot more too – all served up in this rare 70s set by Eko Roosevelt from Cameroon! The leadoff track is a long groover that runs for more than 10 minutes in length – and has that mix of modes that you'd often find in some of the Parisian Afro tracks recorded in ... (Global Grooves LP)
GAD (Poland), Late 60s.
Brilliant work from Polish jazz legend Jerzy Milian – all rare sides recorded in Brussels during the late 60s – and very different than some of his other material on record at the time! Much of the work here was done with the larger BRT Jazz Orchestra – an excellent large ... (Jazz CD)
Island/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1984.
A tough record to peg – but a great one too! Wally Badarou plays a range of spacey keyboards that include synclavier, mini moog, and prophet 5 – all over some beats that are a mix of electro and Carribean rhythms – in a style that's part jazzy, part new agey, and part 80s groove! ... (Soul CD)
Binsy (Miriam Bordoni)
Phonotype/Cabiria (Italy), 1975. (reissue)
A really moody little sound library record – heavy on analogue electronics, but used in ways that are nicely changed up from track to track – and quite different than the usual library album of this style! Some tracks are light and tuneful, but others are quite dark and experimental ... (Sound Library LP)
Streetwise/Octave (Japan), 1984.
An overlooked later moment from The Stylistics – proof that a great vocal group never gets old! The set has the quartet reinventing themselves for a new generation – recording for Arthur Baker's Streetwise Records, and getting production and arrangements from Maurice Starr – who ... (Soul CD)
Dagored (Italy), 1972. 2LP
A rare one from Bruno Nicolai – a composer that many people recognize from his work with Ennio Morricone, but one who can sound even groovier on his own! Bruno's got some really wide-open ears on the set – able to bring in lots of unusual sounds and odd inflections, while still keeping ... (Soundtracks LP)
De-Lite/Robinsongs (UK), Mid 70s. 2CD
Three full funky albums – and bonus tracks too! First up is Keep On Bumpin & Masterplan – the Kay-Gees' funkiest record ever – a set that's harder and sharper than anything else they'd ever record in years to come! Grabbing this one up is like finding a lost Kool & The ... (Soul CD)
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