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Verve, 1961. 2CD
A fantastic lost slice of work from Stan Getz – one that features an early 60s group that was barely recorded at all, and which really shows Getz stretching out right before his bossa nova years! The quartet features a very young Steve Kuhn on piano, the great Roy Haynes on drums, and John ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s.
Fantastic grooves from the 70s – tracks that are part of a great second wave of Brazilian music to hit our shores, then take off in a whole new direction! The US was no stranger to Brazilian sounds in the 60s – given the popularity of bossa nova and a few other styles – but as ... CD (Brazil CD)
Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s/1970s.
Mr Bongo reminds us once again why they've been one of our favorite labels of the past few decades – delivering a masterful collection of rare funky dancefloor grooves around the globe for their Record Club Volume 3! True to form, it's vintage rare funk, bossa, Afro Soul and underground ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1975.
Zeal Onyia is definitely the trumpet king here – at least of the Nigerian scene in which this album was recorded – as he blows strong solos throughout, and really brings a lot of jazz-based energy to the highlife rhythms! The use of trumpet in a smaller combo mode is really great ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Axiom/Hive Mind (UK), 1991. 2LP (reissue)
A set recorded during that tremendous late 80s/early 90s point when guitarist Sonny Sharrock was really hitting on all creative burners – and one that also features the legendary Pharoah Sanders on tenor, who gives the record a slightly different vibe than some of Sharrock's other records ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Out To Dinner (Michael Dease, Behn Gillece, & Others)

Different Flavors
Posi tone, 2019.
A fantastic all-star group of players who've recorded separately for the Posi-Tone label – coming together here with a very fresh sound! You'll definitely recognize a few names in the quintet – which features Michael Dease on trombone, Behn Gillece on vibes, Tim Green on alto, Boris ... CD (Jazz CD)
Dogtown/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1973. Gatefold
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and ... CD (Jazz CD)
BBE (UK), 2019.
A completely different side of Colombian music than you'd know from Discos Fuentes and some of the other mainstream outlets from that scene – as the tracks here are all from the contemporary underground, and represent a really rich flowering of creative grooves and soulful modes! In truth, ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Stahls Trio (Mattias Stahl)

Kallthorp Sessions Vol 1
Moserobie (Sweden), 2019.
Incredible work from one of the hippest vibists working on the planet today – the great Mattias Stahl, one of the few players to really bring something new to the instrument over the past few decades! Stahls has this very rich sound, but also a very unique sense of timing too – which ... CD (Jazz CD)

Starcrost

Starcrost
Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1976.
An incredible bit of funky fusion from the Texas scene of the 70s – a record that's unlike anything else we've ever heard from the Lone Star state, and which still sounds plenty fresh all these many years later! Starcrost have a sound that mixes jazzy riffing with great female lead vocals ... CD (Soul CD)

Anthony Braxton

Quartet (Dortmund) 1976
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1976.
A brilliant performance from one of Anthony Braxton's coolest groups – a very striking quartet that features George Lewis on trombone, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums and percussion! There's a special sort of energy that really seems to flow from the players – maybe ... CD (Jazz CD)

Steam Heat

Austin Funk
Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1975.
A legendary album from the Texas scene of the 70s – exactly the kind of set that helps the city of Austin live up to its massive reputation for music! The group's got a wonderful blend of jazz, soul, and funk – a unique blend that reminds us of our favorite funky Fantasy Records sides ... CD (Soul CD)

Kyriakos Sfetsas

Greek Fusion Orchestra Vol 2
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1977.
Totally wonderful sounds from an artist who mixes Greek musical styles with tight 70s jazz modes – not the electric fusion that you'd guess from the title, but instead a really unique criss-crossing of two different cultures! There's plenty to love here if you love soulful 70s jazz – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Culture Power 45, 2019.
Neo-classic, street smart hip hop from Philmore Greene. PG's deft wordplay would've sounded right on point in the the early-to-mid 90s underground Chi scene, both stylistic and topically, and that holds true this far into the post-millennium, too. That's a blessing for the art and craft, and a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. (reissue)
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the ... CD (Brazil CD)
Kent (UK), 1970s.
Stunning soul from the deepest depths of the American underground – upbeat groovers that mix a clubby vibe with deeper vocals – but all without hitting a disco sound at all! Some of these numbers are from the years before Studio 54, but showcase a changing style of soul – more ... CD (Soul CD)
Nodlew/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1972. (reissue)
Landmark early work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – recorded way back when he was first coming to fame with Nina Simone, but done as an obscure indie effort for his tiny Nodlew label! The set's a wicked batch of keyboard-heavy funk – at a level that's similar to some of the best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Mndsgn

Snaxx
Stones Throw, 2019.
Mndsgn second delicious batch of Snaxx – not to be confused with the earlier set titled Snax, this being an xx-tra excellent follow up – cooking up heavy beats, dreamy psych atmospherics, and surprisingly deft use of tinkering bits of piano and other touches that give it just that added ... CD (Hip Hop CD)

Whit Dickey/Kirk Knuffke

Drone Dream
No Business (Lithuania), 2019.
Kirk Knuffke is a trumpeter who always seems to sound best in a spare setting – which is definitely the case here, as he blows alongside drummer Whit Dickey – freely improvising these lines that sparkle with a surprising amount of lyrical beauty! The set's not the usual free jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert Andreano

Homework
Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994.
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often ... CD (Jazz CD)
Capitol, Late 40s. 2LP Gatefold
Legendary early work from trumpeter Miles Davis – late 40s sessions for Capitol Records that are completely different than the bop material he was cutting with Charlie Parker and on his own! Instead, these sides have Miles working with a complex, more arranged style – built up with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Lloyd McNeil

Treasures
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975.
A gem of a record from flute player Lloyd McNeil – an artist who flourished strongly during the spiritual jazz scene of the 70s, but who also seemed to always have his own sort of groove as well! Lloyd blows with the complexity and far-reaching sounds of contemporaries in the loft jazz scene ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Shout Sister Shout
Sunset Blvd, Late 40s/Late 50s/1960s. 2CDs
A fantastic overview of the later genius of Sister Rosetta Tharpe – a key figure in the development of rock, soul, and a number of other styles from that key midcentury moment in American music! Tharpe's a singer with a voice that influenced Aretha Franklin and other female soul artists ... CD (Gospel CD)

Mama's Gun

Golden Days
Ubiquity, 2019.
Funk-tinged modern soul from Mama's Gun – the London based combo who've been making waves across the globe for close to a decade leading up to Golden Days, which sounds right at home on Ubiquity Records! The songs and overall sound blend vintage inspiration with sly modern touches, from a ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Cykada

Cykada
Astigmatic (UK), 2019.
A searing live set from London's Cykada – recorded in that city's hotbed of new jazz activity, the Total Refreshment Centre – which must have been really abuzz on the night of this show! The group's got a style that's relentless and constantly moving – rhythmic, but never in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Gianni Marchetti

Il Magnifico Tony Carrera
CAM/Transversales Disques (France), 1969. (reissue)
A great one from Gianni Marchetti – the Italian composer we know best for his work on The Wild Eye, but who sounds equally great on this set too! The best tracks have a heavy rhythm at the bottom – not really funky, but kind of mod, and a bit more off-kilter on the slower numbers ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Midori Takada/Kang Tae Hwan

Eternal Moment
No Business (Lithuania), 1995.
One of the freer, looser moments you'll ever hear from percussionist Midori Takada – especially if you only know her more conventional recordings from the decade before! Takada was always a percussionist with a bit of whimsy – but here, she's in a starker free improvisational mode ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Dream/Athens Of The North (UK), 1981.
An obscure bit of boogie from Brief Encounter – a southern soul group known best for their mid 70s sides for the Sound Stage Seven label, stepping out here in a completely different 80s groove! Most tracks are upbeat and dancefloor funky – plenty of bass on the bottom and some sweet ... CD (Soul CD)

Jean Bosco Mwenda

Jean Bosco Mwenda
Mississippi, 1950s/Early 60s.
A crucial slice of work from Jean Bosco Mwenda – a South African singer and guitarist that most folks know from famous Hugh Tracey recordings of the 50s, but who's represented here on a range of early 78rpm singles done for his nation's Gallotone label! The style is very stripped-down on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Flying Lotus

Flamagra
Warp, 2019.
Fantastic sounds from Flying Lotus – an artist who just keeps on pushing past any conventional expectations, to a point where his music is almost a genre unto itself! The record's got this very tripped-out sort of vibe – very much in keeping with the image on the cover – and ... CD (New Grooves CD)
New Voice/Real Gone, 1966. (reissue)
A really unique record from Norma Tanega – a singer with roots in folk, but who works here in a mode that's very much her own! Norma sings and plays acoustic guitar as pictured on the cover – but the song styles and production are often very different than you might expect – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Dome (Gilbert & Lewis)

Dome 2 (with bonus download)
Dome/Editions Mego (Austria), 1980. (reissue)
Further amazing sounds from the duo of Gilbert & Lewis – material recorded right after their famous start in Wire – but with a completely different mode overall! There are occasional vocal passages that definitely echo the spirit of Wire, but in a very different way – more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Ron Carter & Danny Simmons

Brown Beatnik Tomes – Live At BRIC House
Blue Note, 2019.
Ron Carter has always been way more than a straight jazz bassist – especially in the past few decades, where his collaborative spirit has taken him into territory we never would have imagined early on in his career! Here, he works alongside writer Danny Simmons – whose words inform ... CD (Jazz CD)
Buddah/Real Gone, 1970. (reissue)
One of Airto's best albums ever – and one that we never tire of hearing! There's a sublime quality here that steps perfectly right off of the percussionist's groundbreaking work with Quarteto Novo! Airto's joined on this set by Hermeto Pascoal – also from the Quarteto Novo group ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Teensville, Mid 60s.
Bobby Vee might not be the best-remembered name from 60s rock – but back in the day, the singer had a big string of hits, and a sound that influenced plenty of others at the time – as you'll hear in this cool collection of Vee-inspired soundalike tracks from the time! Bobby's style was ... CD (Rock CD)
Virgin, 1980s. 10CD set
CD...$109.99 124.99
An insanely huge tribute to the genius of Heaven 17 – a group who never broke that big on these shores, but who were one of the hipper British electro pop acts at the start of the 80s! The group broke off from Human League right during their earlier, noisier years – then headed into ... CD (Rock CD)
Wire, 2019.
The cover feature is a long exploration of the many cultural talents and political actions of Philly's Camae Ayewa – and the issue also features a guide to Latin Freestyle, and more on Ellen Arkbro, Big Stick, Crystal Axis, Die Todlich Doris, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cordoba, and the lost sea shanty ... Magazine (Magazine)
Domino, 1979. (reissue)
A singles collection, but one that's so strong, so essential, it may well make the album the greatest full length set the Buzzcocks ever issued! All their classics are here – the short, tight, yet tuneful tracks that made these guys such a standout in the early punk years – and which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Sire/Real Gone, 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic underground set from the UK scene at the end of the 60s – the final record by The Deviants, who'd later go on to form the core of Pink Fairies – but who sound a lot weirder and wilder here! Part of that difference is lead singer Mick Farren, who also handled the production ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Atlantic/Driven By The Music (UK), 1988.
Donna Summer's in the hands of 80s pop superproducers Stock/Aiken/Waterman this time around – and the trio give her music just the kind of catchy, bouncy feel of some of their bigger hits for other artists at the time! The approach is surprisingly strong for Summer, and almost returns her ... CD (Soul CD)

Cotonete & Di Melo

Atemporal
Favorite (France), 2019.
A legendary soul singer returns to the fold – the mighty Di Melo, who's best known for one killer Brazilian funk album in the 70s – working here with superb support from contemporary French combo Cotonete! Di Melo's vocals maybe sound even better than before – with a raspy charm ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Decca/678 Records (Netherlands), 1969. (reissue)
Ultra-hip vocals from Rita Hovink – a Dutch singer who's got a way of making even familiar material sound pretty darn fresh! Rita's working here with a cool combo that's got a great sense of arrangement – a way of opening up the tunes and finding some unusual instrumental modes that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Doug Carn

Free For All
Doodlin, 2019.
Fantastic work from jazz organ genius Doug Carn – a player who's been off most folks' radar for a few decades, but has continued to make some really wonderful music of his own! This set's got Doug in tighter, sharper formation than on his 70s classics for the Black Jazz label – working ... CD (Jazz CD)
Omniverse (UK), 2019.
A completely obscure set of work from the great Marc Mac – no titles at all, and not even any banding of different songs on the record – but a set that's bound to please your ears if you've loved Mac's music from the 4Hero years onwards! The music is heavy on samples, from what we can ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)

ICP Tentet

Tetterettet
Instant Composers Pool/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1977. Gatefold
A landmark record from the Dutch jazz scene – one that takes all the strong 70s years of free improvisation in that world, and helps it find a new sort of focus! As fans of the scene know, ICP stands for Instant Composers Pool – writing while improvising on the spot – a notion ... CD (Jazz CD)
Hors Cadre (France), Late 60s/1970s/1980s.
A fantastic collection of French political music in many varieties – songs recorded over the space of two decades, not just on the Paris scene – but from Francophone outposts around the world! The styles here are often very hip – unusual crossbreeds of jazz, traditional rhythms, ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Blue Gene Tyranny & Peter Gordon

Trust In Rock
Unseen Worlds, 1976. 2CDs
An early live performance by two of the more compelling modern composers of the 70s – both artists working here in mode that fuses their larger ideas onto the idiom of a rock band – but all with a vibe that resonates strongly with their later releases on the Lovely Music label! The ... CD (Out Sound CD)
Cordial (UK), Early 80s.
Rare tracks from Rikki Aaron – a Connecticut soul singer who's few singles on the market are already pretty darn rare! Rikki worked in the early 80s, but has a style that's often more like sweet soul from the decade before – at least on the ballads, which have this really heartbreaking ... CD (Soul CD)

Minoru Muraoka & New Dimension Group

Bamboo
King/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 60s. Gatefold (reissue)
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Kalita, Late 70s/Early 80s. Gatefold
Classic tracks from the short-but-strong music career of Julie Coker – a huge figure in Nigerian culture, both for her work onscreen and off! Coker recorded a handful of records at the end of the 70s – right at the height of her career – and the tracks here are from two of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Les Rallizes Denudes

There's No Heaven Like Hell
Alternative Fox (UK), Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Incredible sounds from this legendary Japanese psychedelic duo – music that's even freer and trippier than most other records from the scene at the time! The 2LP set features two long tracks – the first served up by the duo of Mizutani on lead guitar and Taisuke Morishita on keyboards ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Omniverse (UK), 2019.
A completely obscure set of work from the great Marc Mac – no titles at all, and not even any banding of different songs on the record – but a set that's bound to please your ears if you've loved Mac's music from the 4Hero years onwards! The music is heavy on samples, from what we can ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s.
Tortured souls and troubled hearts – served up here in a dark set of narratives from the classic years of country music! As with previous volumes in this excellent series, the package goes way beyond the big hits, to turn up lots of great songs from the shadowy corners of country – ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Santa Maria Romitelli

Aldo E Ulla/Beat Del Panfilo
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. (pic cover, reissue)
Two very groovy tracks from the score to the film Top Sensation – both of them great! "Aldo E Ulla" has snapping drums and this very cool organ – moving between melody and this cool squishy sound across the keyboard – all in a way that reminds us of the great use of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Abkco, 1968. 2CD
A great audio documentary of a really mindblowing film – one that captures the Rolling Stones at that key late 60s point when they were stepping into really sinister territory – playing in a very vivid setting, along with some of their key up-and-coming contemporaries on the scene! The ... CD (Rock CD)

Various

Option 1
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2019. 2CD
A brilliant series of creative performances pulled from Option – a weekly music salon hosted organized by Chicago avant jazz talents Ken Vandermark, Tim Daisy, and Andrew Clinkman – featuring contributions from some of their greatest contemporaries, and a few older legends too! Most of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Almighty & Insane Books, 2018.
An Almighty & Insane book that goes a little further back to the old school street gang era – presenting vintage business cards from Chicago gang members from as far back as the 60s and through the 70s – a means of street communication from the days before modern technology we've ... Book (Book)

Flavio Boltro

I Remember Clifford
Venus (Japan), 2019.
A beautiful record from trumpeter Flavio Boltro – and one that's way more than the Clifford Brown tribute that you might guess from the title! First off, Flavio's phrasing here is much more earthy than Brownie's – and maybe even more so than some of Boltro's other records too, with ... CD (Jazz CD)

Shafiq Husayn

Loop
Nature Sounds, 2019.
It's been many years since Sa-Ra have expanded our minds with their revolutionary blend of hop hop and soul – but fortunately, Shafiq Husayn has carried on the group's legacy – and has reached an even higher plane with music like this! Husayn brings all the fantastic production skills ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Barclay/Sam Records (France), 1958.
A really special album from Belgian reedman Bobby Jaspar – a rare late 50s record that features some of his best work of the decade on flute! The session's got Bobby playing with great backings on vibes by Fats Sadi and Michel Hausser – both of whom use the instrument in ways that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. 3CD
6 Motown albums from Jr Walker & The All Stars – all long overdue for reissue! First up is A Gasssss – a gas of a record from Jr Walker & The All Stars – a set that has the magical Johnny Bristol producing – giving the group this really warm, soaring sound that's ... CD (Soul CD)
Impulse, 1964. Gatefold (reissue)
Maybe one of the greatest jazz albums of all time – a real breakthrough moment for the legendary John Coltrane, and the blueprint for generations of jazz records to come! Trane was already breaking down plenty of boundaries before Love Supreme – but he knocked it out of the park for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Akiko Yano

Iroha Ni Konpeitou
Midi/We Want Sounds (UK), 1977.
A record with a sound that's as striking as its cover – the second album from Akiko Yano, and one that really sets her apart from the rest! At a time when some of Yano's contemporaries were going for sweeter, smoother modes – Akiko moved sideways, and offered up music like this almost ... CD (Rock CD)

David Kikoski

Phoenix Rising
High Note, 2019.
The phoenix does a lot more here than just rise – it soars to the skies on fantastic waves of sound that come from this really great group! Pianist David Kikoski is awash in all the tones and colors he always brings to his music – but this record's got an extra something special – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Decca/Sam Records (France), 1960. (reissue)
A fantastic album from trumpeter Clark Terry – a small group date that features superb tenor from Paul Gonsalves, in a mode that's very similar to the work that both he and Terry recorded for Chess/Argo Records in the late 50s! This set's a French date, and features both horn players in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 4CD
A massive look at a key moment in British music – that post-punk era when keyboards and electronics came into the mix, but weren't yet used in polished or commercial ways! The groups here really run the gamut – from some who'd later move into more noisy territory, to others who might ... CD (Rock CD)

Malawian Madalitso Band

Wasalala
Bongo Joe (UK), 2019.
Malawian Madalitso are more of a duo than a band – Yobi Maligwa on babatoni and lead vocals, and Yosefe Kalenkeni on guitar and percussion – both working together with a beautiful sense of tightness and melody! The mix of stringed instruments is great – pulsating with an inherent ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Marion Brown

Three For Shepp
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1966. Gatefold (reissue)
An unbelievable recording! As Archie Shepp made his first album for Impulse a tribute to Coltrane, Marion Brown made his a tribute to Shepp – a wonderful lineage of avant talent in the 60s, stated boldly here, given Brown's amazing talent on the record! The album's filled with hard, soulful ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Big Tone & House Shoes

Big Shoes
Street Corner, 2019. 2LP
Producer House Shoes and rhymer Big Tone team up as Big Shoes – one of the most fitting 2 man supergroups in independent hip hop of the late teens for sure – with a solid roster of guests including Demark Vessey, Quelle Chris, Jimetta Rose, Blu, MoSel, Ta'Raach and more! There's a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Get these records out of the trash and on to your turntable – because they're way too good to throw away! In fact, they're so good they're great – the kind of sweet little platters that were so ahead of their time, they were probably never appreciated back in the day – and which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Fulfillment/Mo Jazz (Germany), 1982.
A never-issued live set from this great Ohio combo – a group who work in this wonderful blend of electric and acoustic instrumental, always with a soulful, soaring vibe! The music's neither fusion nor spiritual jazz – but instead in a special sort of place – maybe a bit like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Abstract Orchestra

Madvillain Vol 2
ATA (UK), 2019.
A really great take on the music of Madvillain – that famous collaboration between Madlib & MF Doom – served up here in a mostly instrumental mode that's heavy on funk and jazz! You'll definitely recognize the tunes in the set, but the presentation is very different – almost ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Mats Gustafsson & Christian Marclay

Link
Smalltown Supersound (Norway), 2019.
Two tremendous improvisers, working here together in a mode that's even more amazing than usual! Mats Gustafsson is well-known for his never-ending range of tones and textures on reeds – but here, he also adds some live electronics to the mix, but in styles that often slide effortlessly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. (reissue)
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Planet E, 2019. 2CD
A heavy helping of Detroit Love – and one that will also make you love Detroit too – or, at least, completely respect the city for having such a continually rewarding underground over the last few decades – long after the possibility of chart hits or bigger fame have passed! ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. 6CD
A treasure trove of greatness from British folk rock legend John Renbourn – all of his late 60s solo work, done before moving on to greater fame in Pentangle! First up is There You Go – a rare one from singer Dorris Henderson and future Pentangle founder John Rensbourn! Florida born, ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Get these records out of the trash and on to your turntable – because they're way too good to throw away! In fact, they're so good they're great – the kind of sweet little platters that were so ahead of their time, they were probably never appreciated back in the day – and which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Ubiquity, 2019.
The most familiar aspect of Nobody's work is how fondly we feel about it! In spite of the title, he's as unpredictable as ever here, delivering his dreamiest and most soaring effort in years. Lightly funky, golden age of hip hop-inspired beats are big part of the backdrop on All Too Familiar, with ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Capitol/Omnivore, Early 70s. 2CD
The final chapter of Buck Owens' singles run at Capitol Records – and a set that's maybe the most interesting of the bunch! After bursting out as an instant success back in the 60s, Buck was struggling a bit on the charts during the following decade – despite, or maybe because of, some ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Grover (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
A definite scorcher from The Tennors – a set that's overflowing with soulful harmonies from the rocksteady trio – and which also includes a few cuts by choice contemporaries as well! The rhythms here are in the best late 60s Kingston modes – plenty of pre-reggae soulful sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Tennors & Friends

Reggae Girl
Trojan/Grover (UK), Late 60s.
A smoking slice of work from The Tennors – plus some great cuts by other "friends" on the Jamaican scene of the late 60s! The group really shine on their own singles, then step aside to let some other artists come in too – almost all with a similar mix of soul and rocksteady ... CD (Reggae CD)
Alm/Studio Mule (Germany), 1975. (reissue)
A soaring live set from Fumio Itabashi – one of our favorite Japanese pianists of the 70s, and a tremendous player with a strong McCoy Tyner-like sound! The session features Fumio stretching out on 3 long tracks in trio mode – only bass and drums to back him up, and plenty of space to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad)

Midnight Hour Live At Linear Labs
Linear Labs, 2019.
Adrian Younge is best known as a studio genius – and he's certainly working in that setting here – but in a live environment, with a larger group – in a way that really shows off a whole new side of his talents! Younge's partner here is Ali Shaheed Muhammad – who plays bass ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Dennis Young

Primitive Substance
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s.
That's drummer Dennis Young on the cover – looking as he might when he was a key member of Liquid Liquid – that killer New York underground group from the early 80s, whose complex funky rhythms were a big part of that scene at the time! Dennis here is working from the years after that ... CD (Rock CD)
Culture Power 45, 2019.
The epic third entry in Culture Power 45's Lost Cargo series – featuring standout veteran and rising talents from the Chicago hip hop scene as well top notch collaborators from other climes – including Fatnice, Tensei with Blu, Philmore Greene & Thaione Davis, Vic Spencer, Navarro, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, & Uhuru Yenzu

Hitsville Re-Visited
Mr Bongo (UK), 1982.
Not the Hitsville of Motown fame – but instead a fantastic album of upbeat, hard-grooving highlife – served up by the collaborative efforts of Ebo Taylor, Pat Thomas, and Uhuru Yenzu! Taylor is kind of the guiding force here – as he handles arrangements, and uses his guitar to ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
ESP, 1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. 8CD
An incredible legacy of jazz – one that's certainly as disconnected as promised by the title, but which stands as a much-needed look at the many-sided talents of tenorist Allen Lowe! The set's on ESP Records, but often has sounds that are somewhat straight ahead – although often in a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s.
A fantastic collection of offbeat country music songs from the postwar years – tunes that begin during the Korean War, end during Vietnam, and embrace a lot of Cold War anxiety in between! As with other titles from this great label – like the Hillbillies In Hell series – there's ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw

Black Pearl (180 gram pressing)
De Wolfe, 1973. (reissue)
A real sound library treasure from the UK scene of the 70s – a set that features two of that genre's heaviest talents – back to back on a single record! You probably know Alan Hawkshaw for his famous work on keyboards – including his classic organ riff on "The Champ" by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Lyncell/BBE (UK), 1982.
A sweet Soweto group from the start of the 80s – one who have a nice current of funk in their mix, but who also serve up some well-crafted solos on both guitar and flute! The vocals are often warmly in that more familiar South African style of the period – but the record's nicely ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Trikont/Sonorama (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Fantastic work from Kapingbdi – a group who hail from Liberia, but who recorded all of these tracks for a label in Germany – all at a level that makes for a wonderfully open, criss-crossing sort of sound! These tracks aren't cleaned up or polished world music for the post-colonial ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Griot Galaxy

Kins
Black & White/Third Man, 1981. (reissue)
An overlooked gem from the Detroit scene of the early 80s – played by a group who came after the generation of Tribe and Strata Records, but who went on to have some really slow-burning influence in their own sort of way! The music definitely has echoes of the loft and spiritual jazz scenes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Michel Edelin Quintet with John Greaves

Echoes Of Henry Cow
Rogue Art (France), 2018.
Echoes of Henry Cow – but very jazzy ones, too – as this combo uses songs of the famous British group as a launching point for more lyrical improvisation, topped nicely with a range of work on flutes from group leader Michel Edelin! John Greaves is a guest on a few tracks, and delivers ... CD (Jazz CD)

Skinny Pelembe

Dreaming Is Dead Now
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
Spacey, slinky soul from Skinny Pelembe – an artist whose groove is right in keeping with the groundbreaking, genre-busting style of the Brownswood label! Skinny's definitely his own man here – weaving together gentle beats, slightly trippy instrumentation, and an overall sense of ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
A really fantastic album from guitarist Grant Green – a set that's every bit as great as his other Blue Note funk albums from the time – but in a very different way! First off, the group has vibes – played by the more obscure Willie Bivens, sometimes with this hard chromatic ... CD (Jazz CD)

Stone Alliance

Live In Buenos Aries
PM/Solid (Japan), 1977.
A previously-unreleased live set by this smoking 70s trio – a legendary powerhouse that was often able to work with the same sharpness as the most hard-hitting fusion groups, but in a style that was all acoustic all the way through! The great Gene Perla's on bass – setting up these ... CD (Jazz CD)

Luka Productions

Falaw
Sahel Sounds, 2019.
Luka Productions is a showcase for the fantastic voice of Luka Guindo – a singer with this raspy charm that grabs you right away and really conveys the power of the tunes – so much so, you hardly need the English translations of the lyrics in the notes! The music is a blend of acoustic ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
RCA/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1975. (reissue)
Sweet and breezy, light and jazzy, with plenty of warm touches – and one of the only albums we've ever seen from Edson Fredrico! The set features Frederico working with arrangements by Luiz Eca and Durval Ferreira, done with light percussion touches, plenty of keyboards, and some of the warm ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Capitol (Czech Republic), Late 70s/Early 80s. 6CD
Overlooked later work from America – not the huge AM radio hits from the time when the group was a trio, and produced by George Martin – but instead, material from a point when they'd trimmed down to a duo, and really found a great way to move their music forward! The approach here ... CD (Rock CD)

Tank & The Bangas

Green Balloon
Verve, 2018.
Tank and the Bangas roll in with a mighty heavy groove – their own special spin on contemporary soul, which seems equally informed by elements of hip hop and underground funk! The group hail from New Orleans, but have a sound that's way more 21st Century than most of that city's musical ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Impulse (Czech Republic), 1961. (reissue)
One of the all-time classics of early 60s mainstream jazz – and a beautiful record that showcases writing and arranging talents of Oliver Nelson! Nelson had been bumping around a variety of sessions before this one – as a leader, sideman, and arranger – but it was with this album ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield

Beat Incidental – KPM 1043 (180 gram pressing)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1969. (reissue)
Very short themes from these two giants of the Brit sound library scene – some of them funky, some of sweet, all of them pretty darn great! Many numbers have a very stark, spare approach – one drum pattern, a slightly more complicated bassline, then more creative work on keyboards or ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1972. (reissue)
One of the crowning achievements of British arranger John Cameron – and perfectly titled too – given that John got his start in jazz, but also worked with plenty of British rock acts too – a legacy that comes together perfectly in this ultra-groovy set! The tunes are among some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Polysom (Brazil), 2019.
A killer set from Brazilian trombonist Marlon Sette – a player who seems likely to take on the legacy of Raul De Souza, through his own mix of jazz, funk, and soul! The set's all instrumental, with plenty of strong solos from Sette – working in a combo that also features Alex Meirelles ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

New Light (David Liebman)

Live In Oslo
PM/Solid (Japan), 2006.
You might not recognize the name of the New Light quartet – but the group's a great showcase for the later talents of saxophonist Dave Liebman – a straight, swinging group that has Dave joined in the frontline by Petter Wettre on tenor – alongside the mighty bass of Gene Perla, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II

Silenced II – Views From The Auction Block
577, 2019.
Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II is a powerhouse here on drums – working his way over the kit with a massive sense of force, even when things are mellow – clearly employing a wide variety of elements to keep his sound open and fresh! There's only one number here that features solo ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Mute, Mid 70s.
Early and amazing sounds from electronic genius Chris Carter – material recorded in his home studio during the mid 70s – with a style that clearly lays the blueprint for his collaborations to Throbbing Gristle! Yet without any vocals or other noise, you can really hear the Carter ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Herbie Hancock

Dedication
Get On Down, 1974.
Sublime sounds from the great Herbie Hancock – presented here in one of his amazing Japanese-only albums from the 70s! The record is a showcase for Hancock in two different modes – as Herbie plays solo acoustic piano on side one, and delivers these really haunting renditions of "Ma ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Wide Hive, 2000s/2010s. 2CD
An incredible late-life chapter from trombonist Phil Ranelin – a musician who first flourished on the Detroit scene of the 70s, as part of the Tribe Records underground in that city – and one who dropped off the radar of most folks until a huge revival in the past two decades, spurred ... CD (Jazz CD)

David Liebman

Picture Show
Solid (Japan), 1984.
A really unusual solo album from Dave Liebman – one that doesn't just feature saxophones, but also a variety of other instruments as well – including piano, percussion, and even a bit of electronics! Each track has a different approach, and Dave is overdubbed on some – mixing ... CD (Jazz CD)

Seed Ensemble

Driftglass
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2019.
A fantastic album by this up-and-coming spiritual group from London – an ensemble led by alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, but definitely a unified group effort all the way through! Konishi composed all the music – and a few songs feature words by Langston Hughes – and the rises ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jim Sauter & Kid Millions

Safe & Sane (with bonus download)
Astral Spirits, 2019.
A searing little record that definitely lives up to the Borbetomagus legacy – one that has Kid Millions going completely nuts on the drums, while Jim Sauter spins out waves and waves of noise on tenor sax and electronics! There's not a lot of subtlety in the approach, but that's never been ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Born Bad (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Totally amazing music – and nothing at all like the "our enfants" tag on the cover might make you expect! The sounds here come from the small Chevance label – an imprint that was part of the larger Chant Du Monde imprint, but had a very special sort of sound – one that's ... CD (French CD)

Jack Ashford

Hotel Sheet
Magic Disc/Everland (Austria), 1977. (reissue)
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ralph Towner

Diary
ECM (Germany), 1974.
A beautifully personal album from Ralph Towner – a set that's maybe got more going on than just a diary – as the whole thing has a very poetic approach to the sound, one that's really in keeping with the new modes of expression that Towner helped bring to ECM! There's a bit of overdub ... CD (Jazz CD)
Hat & Beard, 2019.
A hell of a look at the legendary Lou Reed – a very cool book that brings together a wealth of vintage interviews from years back, with an especially strong focus on Lou's key solo years in the 70s! The book features both images of the original articles in the press, plus much clearer ... Book (Book)
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 ... CD (Jazz CD)
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Four albums from a time when Jerry Reed was really on fire – great little gems that work together as a collected set! First up is the self-titled Jerry Reed – a set with a title and cover that are a bit understated, but a groove that's got the Alabama wild man completely at home! As ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Salum Abdallah & Cuban Marimba Band

Ngoma Tanzania
Domino Sound, Early 60s.
Beautiful sounds from the short-lived musical legacy of Salum Abdallah and his Cuban Marimba Band – a group from Tanzania, but one who play with lots of influence from Latin Music – as you might guess from their name! And yet, unlike some of the larger, fuller Latin-influenced groups ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
TCB (Switzerland), 1989/1990.
Great live work from this famous jazz harmonicist – a player who often gets standout moments in larger ensembles, or on well-known recording sessions – but who we especially like in a small combo mode like this! The CD features two different live sets – recorded a year apart, but ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ennio Morricone

Ruba Al Prossimo Tuo
Digitmovies (Italy), 1968.
A dreamy soundtrack for an obscure Rock Hudson film – one that sports some really wonderful music from Ennio Morricone! The music here is occasionally topped with groovy vocals – often sung wordlessly in a "la la la" sort of mode by I Cantori Moderni, and set to ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A fantastic set from sound library keyboard genius Alan Hawkshaw – one that's got a very positive, upbeat mix of acoustic and electric elements – and some mighty nice keys from the man himself! Alan's got ears here that open up channels of sound through territory that includes catchy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Born Bad (France), 1970s/Early 80s.
A fantastic legacy in music from Mohamed Mazouni – an Algerian singer who worked towards political ends during the heady changes of the 60s – and who soon left his native country work over a decade's worth of recording in Paris! The Paris/Arab continuum was stronger than ever after the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Anderson Paak

Ventura
12T/Aftermath, 2019.
Anderson.Paak heads to Ventura for this one – and something about that sunny coastal city brings out his soul influences after the primarily hip hop-leaning Oxnard! Paak leads on his raspy sung style for this one, an easygoing hip hop soul sound that's built to last, and again bringing in a ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Susana Estrada

Amor Y Libertad
Divucsa/Espacial (Spain), 1981. (reissue)
A slinky soulful groover from Susana Estrada – a Spanish singer, but one with a great ear for American club – as you'll hear on this classic set from the start of the 80s! Given her looks, and her legacy on screen, Susana's somewhat in the mode of the "porn star singing disco" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jamila Woods

Legacy Legacy
Jagjaguwar, 2019.
Jamila Woods already blew us away with her debut – but this second set has the singer ready to take on the world with a huge step forward in her style! Jamila caught us almost by surprise when she first emerged – a Chicago soul singer who wasn't on our radar, and who already had this ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Marvin Gaye

You're The Man
Motown, 1972. 2LP Gatefold
A mindblowing collection of work from Marvin Gaye – tracks recorded in the space right after What's Going On – many of which were never issued at the time! All this incredible material from 1972 has been brought together to create a stunning double-length album – one that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Run Out Groove, Mid 50s.
Fantastic material from Sonny Stitt – alternate takes of sides that may well be some of our favorites from the bop sax legend – issued here on vinyl for the first time ever! The material here was recorded for the Roost label after Stitt's famous initial run on Prestige Records – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Disques Debs/Tidal Waves, 1974. (reissue)
The fantastic first album from Exile One – a group who recorded more mainstream work in Paris later in their career – but who really sound fierce and funky here right at the start! The sound is lean, stripped-down, and a lot more aimed towards American soul than you'd guess from their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Bobby Hutcherson

San Francisco
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
Genius, pure genius! This album's possibly the most perfectly realized set from the team of Bobby Hutcherson on vibes and Harold Land on reeds – a pair who work here with an electric bass player and a bit of electric piano (the latter from Joe Sample) – hitting territory that's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ralph (UK), 1979. 2LP/CD
A very weird take on The Residents' classic Eskimo album – their strange tribute to the musical culture of the Inuit, served up in a very strange mix of electronics, sound effects, and other weird sonic elements! The group was always a bit obtuse in their presentation – and never ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Steve Davis

Correlations
Smoke Sessions, 2019.
Trombonist Steve Davis blows here with the Correlations Sextet – a group we might be hearing for the first time, and who add just another mighty feather to Steve's already-stuffed cap! Davis has really taken off in the past decade or so – always a strong trombonist, but now and equally- ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cache Cache (UK), Early 80s.
Forget the darker sounds of the cold wave generation – and fall in love with the groovier, funkier style of these electronic gems from the post-punk years! The music here is as heavy on keyboards and electronics as the first volume in the series – and the tunes sometimes have vocals, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Acid Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Two dapper British gents on the cover, but the album's filled with classic American soul – really great cuts from back in the day, served up in an array of well-chosen tracks that really go past the obvious! Both Martin Freeman and Eddie Piller (of Acid Jazz fame) put the set together – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Dureco/Pseudonym (Netherlands), 1971. (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Timeless/Tidal Waves, 1987. 2LP (reissue)
A brilliant 80s set from Pharoah Sanders – a record that has him a much more understated setting than some of his other albums from the time – but one that's maybe even more soulful and searching overall! The great one plays blistering tenor right from the start – in a quartet ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Klaus Schulze

Next Of Kin
Roundtable (Australia), 1982. (reissue)
An obscure Klaus Schulze soundtrack, done for an Australian horror film from the early 80s – all in modes that are a nice condensation of Klaus' longer-form work from the 70s! The tunes here are still heavy on the kind of keyboards that Schulze helped pioneer in Tangerine Dream and his own ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Warner (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Group soul galore in this mighty series from the Warner/Atlantic vaults – a set that starts with some of the killer 50s doo wop on the latter label, then moves through some of the great changes in pop, rock, and soul styles as the 60s moved in! As with the other volumes, there's a nice mix ... CD (Rock CD)
Parlophone, 1969. 3 x 7 inch (pic cover)
Very strange sounds from a real turning point in the career of David Bowie – demo tracks recorded in his own apartment, with accompaniment from John "Hutch" Hutchinson, who was in David's Feathers trio with Hermione Farthingale! This is a real lost chapter in Bowie's career – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock 7-inch)
Storyville (Denmark), 1971. (reissue)
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Chicago Afrobeat Project feat Tony Allen & Others

What Goes Up – Remixed
Future Rootz, 2019.
A great criss-crossing of sounds and styles – one that brings together African roots, contemporary funk, and a great array of dancefloor modes served up by the various producers on the project! The record reminds us a lot of some of our favorite French work in this mode from the start of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Smoke Sessions, 2019.
Really great work from pianist Eric Reed – a musician who's been recording for years, but who feels here as if he's unlocked a whole new creative side of his personality! The album's got a number of strengths that stand out right away – firstly in that Reed plays both piano and Fender ... CD (Jazz CD)

Christian Fevret, Carole Mirabello, JC Gabel, & Margret Ross, eds

Velvet Underground Experience (hardcover)
Hat & Beard, 2019.
One of the greatest books we've ever seen on The Velvet Underground – and one that definitely lives up to the promise of the title! The volume brings together interviews, essays, and other material over the space of the group's career, and beyond – but all mixed with vintage images, ... Book (Book)
Twinight/Numero, Early 70s. (reissue)
One of the best-ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul albums ever! The set's the deepest that Syl Johnson ever recorded – and it takes all the hard, raw soul he forged on previous funky 45s – and spins it out in longer album format ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ubirajara & Seus Embaixadores De Copacabana

Orquestra Metais Dourados
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1963.
The Solovox organ sounds mighty great here – very different than 60s Hammond, and even the up-and-coming Lowrey – as Brazilian keyboardist Ubirajara plays the instrument with all sorts of sounds and effects, but all without ever losing the groove of the tunes! Ubirajara almost has the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Be Known Ancient/Future/Music
Spiritmuse, 2019.
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s.
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, ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Carlton Jumel Smith

1634 Lexington Avenue
Timmion, 2019.
The long-overdue debut of Carlton Jumel Smith – a soul singer with roots at the Harlem address listed in the title, and who's slowly been working his way around the globe in recent years! Those global travels are key to the success of this set – as Smith works very tightly in Finland's ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Lalo Schifrin

Nunzio
MCA/Quartet (Spain), 1978.
A really unusual soundtrack from the mighty Lalo Schifrin – and one that seems to show off all of his best modes in its shifting range of styles! The film is a somewhat understated story set on the streets of New York – and the music often takes on the same sort of vibe – with ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1968. Gatefold
A dreamy soundtrack for an obscure Rock Hudson film – one that sports some really wonderful music from Ennio Morricone! The music here is occasionally topped with groovy vocals – often sung wordlessly in a "la la la" sort of mode by I Cantori Moderni, and set to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Horace Silver

Jody Grind
Blue Note (Japan), 1966.
A fantastic turning point for the great Horace Silver – a set that's still got the soul jazz groove of some of his earlier 60s hits – but which also has the pianist really making magic with some of the younger players on the scene – in a lineup that features the young Woody Shaw ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
Horace Silver at his most righteous – stepping out here in the amazing Phase 2 of his United States Of The Mind series – with some heavy vocals from the great Andy Bey! The grooves are more complicated than Silver was laying down a few years before – yet still equally soulful ... CD (Jazz CD)
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A really great look at an under-discovered scene, at least on our side of the Atlantic – the wealth of club and funk tracks from the UK scene at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – served up here by the great Joey Negro, who's given us more than a few great grooves of his own over ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Jack DeJohnette

New Directions
ECM (Germany), 1978.
A seminal statement from drummer Jack DeJohnette – a musician who'd already made a pretty big impact in the years before this set – but who really seemed to take off with his New Directions group on ECM! Every player in the lineup is a key sonic pioneer on their instrument – John ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach

Eternal Voices
Jazz Line (Germany), 2019. 2CD
An unusual setting for this long-running jazz partnership – a double-length record that has the saxes of Dave Liebman and the piano of Richie Beirach improvising on a number of themes borrowed from classical music – compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, and others – all really ... CD (Jazz CD)
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1977. (reissue)
One of the classics from that 70s stretch when Alice Coltrane was really opening up her sound – not just walking away from more familiar jazz modes, but also embracing a very strong influence from Indian music and eastern thought as well! These elements had always been part of Coltrane's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Greg Foat

Mage
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019.
Maybe the most amazing work we've heard so far from Greg Foat – and that's really saying a lot, as the British keyboardist has given us some really incredible records over the years! The work's got a more ambitious vibe than some of Greg's straighter jazz sets – with large arrangements ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sun Ra

Media Dream
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1978. (reissue)
Incredible work from one of Sun Ra's most enigmatic periods! The album was recorded in Italy in 1978, right around the same time as "Disco 2000" (and not too far off from Languidity) – and it features Ra playing around with lots of cool spacey keyboards, in a spare cosmic style ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1968.
A rocksteady classic from The Ethiopians – but a set that also has plenty more going on as well! The duo work here as a Jamaican counterpart to American soul groups – one of the first and best to hit the Kingston scene – but they also open themselves up to lots of other ideas in ... CD (Reggae CD)

Donald Byrd

Fancy Free
Blue Note (Japan), 1969.
One of the coolest, grooviest 60s albums from trumpeter Donald Byrd – one that has him really reaching out for a hip new sound, but in ways that are different than most of his other material at the time! Key on the date is the placement of electric piano from Duke Pearson – played in ... CD (Jazz CD)
Elemental, 1980. 2CD
Never-issued work from trumpet genius Woody Shaw – and a set that we'd easily stand next to any of Shaw's classics from this stretch in his career! Part of the strength of the record comes from the man himself, but there's also a really fantastic contribution from the group as a whole – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Elemental, 1973. 2CD
Dexter Gordon recorded live in Germany – in a mode that's a bit of a change from some of his more familiar Copenhagen sides from the time! The format is similar – long live tracks, with Dex opening up on these fantastically creative solos – with every note seeming to flow with ... CD (Jazz CD)

Alice Coltrane

Transcendence
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1977. (reissue)
A beautiful record from Alice Coltrane – a swirling mix of spiritual jazz and themes from Indian music! Alice plays organ, Fender Rhodes, and harp – building the sound as the album progresses, from simple airy strings to an earthier groove that features vocal refrains in unison with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Eric Boss (Myron & E)

Modern Love (with bonus download)
Mocambo (UK), 2019.
The solo debut of Eric Boss – a singer you might know as part of the duo of Myron & E – who gave us some great harmony soul records on Stones Throw and Timmion! Here, Eric is a much straighter soul singer overall – working with a sharp funky punch in the backings, with plenty ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Concord, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
12 sublime spells from Esperanza Spaulding – with 4 more spells added to the mix for the physical release of the album! The record's got Esperanza really blowing us away – not content to just stay in the safer territory that she virtually invented a few years back, and which could ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Now Again, 1972. 2LP Gatefold
Beautiful music from a really unlikely source – sounds recorded in the Minneapolis underground years before Prince and The Replacements – handled by a young singer/songwriter who was just in high school at the time! Unlike other obscurities of this nature, which usually have more of a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Alice Coltrane

Eternity
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1976. (reissue)
Seminal 70s work from one of the most righteous jazz musicians ever! On this set, Alice Coltrane moves past the rawer spiritual sound of her Impulse albums – working with a more focused vision and an approach to jazz that takes her way past the identity of just being "Mrs Coltrane" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Lasperanza

Seeds
Dome (UK), 2019.
A tight debut from Lasperanza – aka arranger producer Rico Garofalo, who put together the whole set as a tribute to older jazz, funk, and soul that laid the seeds for his own music in recent years! The record has a vibe that's a bit like that strong UK soul tradition started with Incognito, ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Robert Glasper

Canvas
Blue Note, 2005. 2LP Gatefold
One of the crowning moments of genius from pianist Robert Glasper – a set recorded early in his career, and one that set the tone for all the greatness to come! Glasper's already a completely unique musician on his instrument – moving with these flowing waves of sound that turned out ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Resonance, 1969. 2CD
Bill Evans at the end of the 60s – sounding really wonderful here in a set of unreleased live recordings from London! Bill's got the fantastic Eddie Gomez here on bass – who really gets plenty of space to stretch out on the long tracks that make up most of the set – and Evans ... CD (Jazz CD)

Alice Coltrane

Transfiguration
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1978. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Excellent work by Alice Coltrane – a real back to basics session, recorded in trio format, at a time when most of her other albums featured larger, more complicated arrangements. The album was recorded live at UCLA in 1978 – with Alice on piano and organ, Reggie Workman on bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
PDU/BMG, 1974.
A leaner lineup of Popul Vuh – mostly guitar and piano or keyboard lines, mixed with percussion – but a record that also has some of the group's most tuneful moments of the early 70s – and a sound that really shows them moving forward with a new sort of energy! Most of the tracks ... CD (Rock 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)
Eastronic, 2019.
A tribute to classic sound library styles – served up here by the duo of MRR (Michael Raymond Russell) and GLK (The Gaslamp Killer) – but in a mode that's maybe more in keeping with their own musical styles overall! There's definitely elements of funk in the mix, and some spookier ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)

Ohbliv

Give Thanks
Fat Beats, 2019.
Top notch, timelessly inventive hip hop instrumentals from Ohbliv – a producer well-versed in the wide ranging styles and craft of classic era hip hop, and with a deft hand of filtering them into his own distinctive style! Strains of gritty raw beatcraft, hazy bits of soulful keys and synth ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s.
They definitely got the title right on this one – as jazz musician Lloyd Miller spent his lifetime recording in more unusual, exotic variations of his genre – often at a level that's kept him in relatively obscure territory over the decades! Yet its that obscurity that also really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ruby Rushton

Ironside
22A (UK), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
Completely fantastic work from Ruby Rushton – a UK quartet that we completely love to death – and who sound better here than ever before! Although classic, the special vibe of the group is a bit hard to describe – as they've got a special sense of flow, a special balance of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

KOG & The Zongo Brigade

Wahala Wahala – Joy From The Struggle
Heavenly Sweetness/Pura Vida (France), 2019.
Really driving percussion, and some great horns as well – the former served up by KOG, who also delivers some fantastic vocals on the set – the latter from The Zongo Brigade, who work in a great mix of funky rhythms, jazzy horns, and some sweet keyboards too! The set's very different ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Ilmiliekki Quartet

Land Of Real Men
WeJazz (Finland), 2019.
The long-overdue return of a combo that had a huge impact on the sound of jazz on the Scandinavian scene over the past decade or two – given that its members have been involved in such important projects as Five Corners Quintet, Tuomo, Oddarang, and the Timo Lassy combo! Yet at the core, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Pilz/BMG, 1972.
A great step forward for Popul Vuh – a set that's still filled with all the amazing electronics of the group's previous records, but which also has even more focus and tunefulness too – yet all in a way that's still pretty darn far out overall! The album's got a slightly spiritual bent ... CD (Rock CD)
Act (Germany), 2019.
One of the best albums we've heard from pianist Joachim Kuhn in years – a really thoughtful solo piano take on the music of Ornette Coleman – and one that definitely lives up to the "melodic" promise of the title! Kuhn's never totally straight ahead – and lord knows, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Jazzman (UK), 2019. (pic cover)
A limited single with two great spiritual tracks from saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – both issued here in special edits! "Golden Rule" is the title track from Grossmann's great album of the same name – and features Muriel blowing soprano sax in this long-flowing way that spins ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s.
A pretty fantastic selection of rare disco tracks from the American underground – all of them infused with a spiritual message, but served up with grooves that go head to head with some of the best underground club of the time! The mix of positive energy and upbeat grooves is wonderful ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra

Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing)
Modern Harmonic, Early 90s/2019.
A really surprising project from long-running Boston soul singer Barrence Whitfield – a set of songs from the Sun Ra side of the universe – delivered with a vibe that's a bit different than some of Whitfield's other material! The package features tracks from two different periods ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Art Turk Burton

Ancestral Spirits
TNT, 2019.
A fantastic record from Chicago percussionist Art Turk Burton – a longstanding member of the AACM, but one who's been so busy teaching and helping out on the local scene, he's never gotten the international fame he deserves! Art works here in a large group that mixes contemporary modes and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sequoyah Murray

Penalties Of Love EP
Thrill Jockey, 2019. (pic cover)
A really amazing debut from Sequoyah Murray – a young soul singer we have a feeling we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Sequoyah's got a style that's very much his own – one born out of frequent collaboration and improvisation – with elements that are maybe as jazz-base ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Neo Soul 12-inch)
PDU/BMG, 1975.
A wonderful album from Popol Vuh – a set based on their initial soundtrack material for the Werner Herzog film of the same name, but one that also stretches out in a lot of new directions, too – with longer songs that really open up, although always strongly in the spirit of the ... CD (Rock CD)
Wax Trax, 1980s/1990s.
A great little companion to the excellent film about the famous Wax Trax record store and record label – a set that brings together rare and unreleased material from some of the artists who made the company legendary back in the day! The album's the first in many years to bear the Wax Trax ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Grodeck Whipperjenny (Dave Matthews)

Grodeck Whipperjenny (2019 Record Store Day Release)
People/Now Again, Early 70s. (reissue)
Here's a rare one! Arranger/producer Dave Matthews was to James Brown what David Axelrod was to Cannonball Adderley – a key funky assistant who came along at just the right moment to help James open up his sound in an even newer direction! Matthews brought up the guitar a bit more in James' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Conspiracy International/Mute, 1985. (reissue)
Seminal solo sounds from Chris Carter – best known for his work with Cosey Fanni Tutti, and as a core member of Throbbing Gristle – out here in slightly different territory on his own! Chris follows the spare electronics of his work with Cosey – and some of the tracks definitely ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
WEA/Real Gone, 1973. (reissue)
One of the best of the blacksploitation scores of the early 70s – a masterpiece of music that we rate every bit as high as Shaft or Superfly – maybe even higher! The music here is incredible – a surprising funky turn for JJ Johnson, who most folks know for his straighter jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

George Benson

Walking To New Orleans
Provogue, 2019.
Guitar legend George Benson pays tribute to the music of New Orleans – and also hearkens back to his earliest years in R&B, before he rose to jazz fame in the 60s! George sings as much as he plays guitar here – working in a tight combo that's heavy on soul styles – and most ... CD (Jazz CD)
Wax Trax, 2019.
A beautiful tribute to one of the greatest record stores of all time – and a place that was crucial in the formation of what we do at Dusty Groove too! Wax Trax Records began as a store in Denver in the mid 70s – influencing a generation of young punks in that city, before then moving ... DVD (DVD)

Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love

Screen Off
PNL (Norway), 2019.
The title here might seem a bit unusual, but it's a reference to Youtube, which is the source of all the material used on the album – about a decade's worth of performances by Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love – captured by fans, cleaned up by the pair, and lined up here as a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Polydor/Now Again, 1971. (reissue)
A legendary bit of fuzzy funk from James Brown – an important collaboration with the mighty Dave Matthews, who brings a more tripped-out feel to the record than some of James' other King sessions of the time! Matthews adds in lots of psych-influenced guitar – used very different than ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Family Groove, 1976.
Never-heard music from the legendary Rasputin's Stash – a funk group who recorded famously on Atlantic and Curtom in the early 70s, then created this gem of an album that appears here for the first time ever! The quality of the work is fantastic, and even seems better than their Curtom album ... CD (Soul CD)
Stuart Russell (UK), 2019.
A fantastic book on one of the coolest, hippest cats on the Chicago soul scene of the 60s – and an artist who made some totally funky records, but never fully got his due! In some ways, Jerry O might be the king of the funky 45s – as he only ever worked in the 7" single format, ... Book (Book)
Past Due, Early 80s.
Fantastic music from 9th Creation – an album that was recorded in the early 80s, but never issued at the time – which is a heck of a shame, as it's some of the best work we've ever heard from the group! The album's got a great blend of funk and soul – with a deepening of both the ... CD (Soul CD)
Def Jam, 1988. 2LP (reissue)
Slick Rick's first solo album – one of the vital early front-to-back hip hop albums of the late 80s Def Jam prime era – and up there with the best ever! MC Ricky D introduced the world to a whole new rap style on Doug E Fresh's "The Show" and by the time this album dropped the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 7CD
An incredible run of music from a really legendary band – a quintet who were as important to the British folk scene as Fairport Convention – and one who worked with an equally hip sort of vibe! Where that group featured key work from a young Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny, this one ... CD (Rock CD)

Hampshire & Foat

Saint Lawrence
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019.
The duo of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat keep on getting more and more interesting as the years go on – to a point where they seem to be carving out a really special place in music that might well be a genre of their own! The music here represents a wonderful evolution of their skills ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lee Fields & The Expressions

It Rains Love
Big Crown, 2019.
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Atlantic (Japan), 1967/1968. 2CD
Think you know the sound of Atlantic Records in the 60s? Think again – because this stunning series opens the vault to a huge amount of rare treasures from the legendary label! The package is amazing – and offers up rare tracks that were mostly only issued by Atlantic on singles ... CD (Soul CD)

Alex Wing & David Boykin

Vision Without Words
Alex Wing, 2019.
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from David Boykin – a set of spare duets with multi-instrumentalist Alex Wing – done at a level that really pushes Boykin's sounds on both tenor and bass clarinet! The tunes here are all freely improvised, and Wing often plays guitar ... CD (Jazz CD)

Herbie Hancock

Mwandishi
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1971. (reissue)
An excellent session that was one of Herbie Hancock's first free-flowing fusion records of the 70s! Herbie's playing Fender Rhodes with a sound that's at once cosmically beautiful, soulfully fragile, and spacily grooving – and he gets some excellent accompaniment from an all-hip group of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Columbia/Universal (Japan), 1968.
A masterpiece of British jazz from the end of the 60s – a set that doesn't need to answer at all to any of the jazz styles coming from America at the time – as it's sound and vision is so bold, so unique, it's a completely massive statement on its own! The set may well represent the ... CD (Jazz 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)

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1120 N Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 60622
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