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A big season for music – and plenty to preorder too!


Joel Culpepper

Sgt Culpepper
Mr Bongo (UK), 2021. Gatefold
Tremendous work from UK soul singer Joel Culpepper – an artist who seems ready to take the world by storm, and who has a sense of star power that's undeniable – yet also manages to come across as a very down to earth, individual artist on his own! There's a special sort of crackle to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Transversales Disques (France), 1974. Gatefold
Really wonderful live material from tenor genius Archie Shepp – recorded in Paris, a city that always seemed to bring out the best in his music! Here, Shepp's blowing in a mode that's like some of his later Impulse Records from the early 70s – more spiritual overall, with a free-flowing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazz In Britain (UK), Late 60s.
Unreleased work from alto genius Joe Harriott – two different slices of material from a very under-recorded point in his career! The first five tracks feature Joe in that back to basics mode he was hitting at the time – working in a unique group that features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet ... CD (Jazz CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1975.
Really beautiful 70s work from pianist Andrew Hill – one of his few sessions from this part of the decade to feature a larger set of players – some really wonderful guests that make some real magic with Hill's brilliant compositions! At the start of the 70s, Andrew had announced a back ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sylvia

Sweet Stuff
Vibration/We Want Sounds (UK), 1975. (reissue)
The great Sylvia Robinson hit the charts in the 70s with a huge crossover hit – but somehow, this album from the time has always been one of her trickiest to find – a complete gem through and through, done with a slinky, sexy style that's completely outta sight! Robinson's maybe best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fabulous look at a new wave of music that hit the American scene at the end of the 60s – sophisticated songs with a deep sense of narrative that went way beyond the usual – first sprung by the world of country music, but with an influence that went on to touch all other styles too! ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Leon Bridges

Gold-Diggers Sound
Columbia, 2021.
Take it from us, Leon Bridges is no gold-digger – as with music like this, he'll be bringing plenty of the gold himself – as the record is the sort that should really put Bridges over the top! Leon's already been giving us some great sounds in recent years – but this set has ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Milton Banana Trio

Milton Banana Trio (1965)
EMI/Odeon (Japan), 1965.
Sublime bossa jazz from one of the greatest combos on the Brazilian scene of the 60s – the crackling trio led by drummer Milton Banana, a really tremendous player no matter what the setting! The album bristles with energy from the very first note – virtually a blueprint for the sound ... CD (Brazil CD)
Elemental, 1987. LP, CD, book and comic book (reissue)
A really special album from French tenorist Barney Wilen – a set of tunes originally recorded to accompany a graphic novel about his troubled life – done at a time when Wilen had emerged from years of obscurity, and was opening up a whole new chapter in his music! The presentation here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Brownswood (UK), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic moment of music from a single day in the studio – a real outpouring of creative activity from the contemporary London scene! MV4 stands for studio four at Maida Vale – a legendary London recording spot, host on this day to some of the hippest talents in the city, brought ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Kippie Moketsi & Hal Singer

Blue Stompin
Gallo/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A record that features a great guest appearance from American tenorist Hal Singer – a player who always seemed to do some of his most interesting work overseas – but a set that's an even greater testament to alto saxophonist Kippie Moketsi and some of his key collaborators on the South ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1975. 2CD Gatefold
One of a rare few albums cut as a leader by reedman Dudu Pukwana – maybe best known for his role in the South African jazz group The Blue Notes, and an undeniable force on the London scene in the late 60s and early 70s! This special set is a great merging of both worlds – as Pukwana ... CD (Jazz CD)

Eve (Everaldo Marcial)

Canto Aberto
Free Lance/Kosmos (France), 1978. (reissue)
Eve isn't Adam's partner, but instead Brazilian musician Everaldo Marcial – an artist who fled the dictatorship in the 70s for a new home in France – where he recorded this beautiful album in the second half of the 70s! The set's got some of the best hybrid modes of other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Rudiger Carl/Joel Grip/Sven-Ake Johansson

In Early November
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021.
A great live set by an incredibly dynamic trio – Rudiger Carl on clarinet and Sven-Ake Johansson on drums – both older improvisers, joined here by the well-matched bass of the younger Joel Grip! If you've not heard Carl before, you're in for a treat – as his sounds on his ... CD (Jazz CD)

Philippe Sarde

Cesar Et Rosalie
CAM/Transversales Disques (France), 1972. (reissue)
One of the coolest Philippe Sarde soundtracks of the 70s – a set that balances his conventional modes with some much more offbeat moments – including some very cool use of electronics next to some bold woodwinds scored by Hubert Rostaing! The approach is very unusual for Sarde, and his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Deviation (France), 2000s. 2LP Gatefold
A deep dig into the rich world of music from Mali – not the sounds of the mainstream that have gotten big global exposure in recent decades, but instead the more interesting, unusual artists who are still very close to the roots of their scene! Instrumentation here often leads with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968.
A bold leap forward from Gilberto Gil – his first album recorded during the Tropicalia years, and an amazing collaboration with arranger Rogerio Duprat! The album's got a sound that really bridges scenes in Brazil – elements of older folkloric musics, folded with samba rhythms, folded ... CD (Brazil CD)
Elemental, 1969. 2CD
Two different slices of work from Bill Evans – both recorded on separate visits to The Netherlands in 1969 – a crucial year of performance for the pianist! Both sets feature the amazing Eddie Gomez on bass, and Marty Morell on drums – and the first 2/3 of the package is studio ... CD (Jazz CD)

Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

Barra 69
Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1969.
A seminal live set that brings together two giants of the Tropicalia scene – Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, recorded here in a rough-edged performance from 1969! The format has the artists alternating songs throughout the set, then coming together for a duet at the end – and the ... CD (Brazil CD)
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s.
That's the great Cheap Trick on the cover – an image that gives you a very good idea of what you'll find inside – the kind of cool, catchy tunes that group mastered in the 70s – served up here by a really surprising range of artists from later years too! The "power pop" ... CD (Rock CD)
Made In Germany (Germany), 1975. 2CD
A fantastic live set from reedman Gary Bartz – captured here with his ultra-hip NTU group – who you might know from their classic albums on Milestone in the 70s! Gary's soaring out with a hell of a lot of pride and power right from the start – effortlessly spinning these long ... CD (Jazz CD)

Elis Regina

Samba Eu Canto Assim
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965.
One of the first albums ever by this legendary bossa singer! Even at this young age, Elis Regina diplays a talent for interpretation and an emotional power that few other Brazilian vocalists could match – a way of putting over a tune that brought a whole new level of sophistication to ... CD (Brazil CD)
Elenco/Universal (Japan), Mid 60s.
A excellent set of instrumental bossa nova tunes by Roberto Menescal – one of Brazil's true musical geniuses of the 60s! The arrangements are bossa, but much more off-kilter than usual, with a weird edge, and groovy instrumentation, like vibes, that are not that common on Brazilian material ... CD (Brazil CD)

Vinicius De Moraes & Odette Lara

Vinicius & Odette Lara
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1963.
A dream of a bossa session – the kind of cool, yet sophisticated session that made the 60s Elenco label so great! The album features vocals by the completely lovely Odette Lara – a blue-tinged singer who really gets at the melancholy in the music – which is superbly underscored ... CD (Brazil CD)

Sonny Burgess

Sonny Burgess Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s.
The great Sonny Burgess is one of those underground rockers that fans of Sun Records really dig – but he's also one of the few from that scene who kept his light burning over the strongly – as you'll hear here in the first-ever cross-label collection to feature Sonny's music in all of ... CD (Rock CD)

Elis Regina

Elis (1966)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1966.
An excellent early gem by one of Brazil's greatest singers! The record captures Elis Regina at a prime early stage – when her voice was raw and filled with emotion, and when she was backed by some excellent arrangements that blended jazz, bossa, and more complicated vocal settings. The ... CD (Brazil CD)
Impulse (Japan), 1969.
Swirling spiritual work from Alice Coltrane – an incredible trio album that features her heavily on harp, plus a bit of piano – in a trio with Ron Carter on bass and Rashied Ali on drums! The sound is wonderful – lush, yet contemplative – in a personal style that really ... CD (Jazz CD)

Kenny Burrell

Asphalt Canyon Suite
Verve (Japan), 1969.
A stunner from Kenny Burrell – one of his most sophisticated and soulful sessions of the 60s! Kenny's working here with the ultra-cool arranger Johnny Pate – best known for his work with Curtis Mayfield, and his 70s soundtrack fame – but a heck of a creative talent when it comes ... CD (Jazz CD)

Roy Hargrove/Mulgrew Miller

In Harmony
Resonance, 2007. 2CDs
A set of unreleased duets between trumpeter Roy Hargrove and pianist Mulgrew Miller – two players who are definitely in harmony throughout the recording! Most tracks are nice and long – taken with an open, lyrical sensibility – one that's driven strongly by Miller's sense of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Trio Mocoto

Muita Zorra!
Forma/Universal (Japan), 1971.
Funky funky samba! Trio Mocoto are a unique group in Brazilian music. They're best known as the backing group for Jorge Ben during some of his mid 70s Africanist recordings, but they've also cut a rare few recordings on their own – including this excellent gem from 1971! The album's got a ... CD (Brazil CD)
Philips (Japan), 1966.
A beautiful early gem from Nara Leao! This one has a similar feel to her classic O Canto Livre album – in that it's got a deeper approach than some of her bossa work, with a mix of some of the more complicated, slightly folksy styles used by singers like Geraldo Vandre or Chico Buarque De ... CD (Brazil CD)
HoZac, 2021.
A really great idea for a book on records – and one that's completely different than most that we've seen before! Unlike other books of this nature, which are filled with "essential" or "classic" records – this book is full of flops, or records that never really hit ... Book (Book)
Universal (Japan), 1976.
Brazilian accordion player Dominguinhos first got his start in forro – but here, the sound is something else entirely – a very groovy mode that you might expect from the style of the cover! There's still plenty of accordion on hand, but it's often mixed with arrangements that have some ... CD (Brazil CD)

Alice Coltrane

Kirtan – Turiya Sings
Impulse, 1982. 2LP Gatefold
Some of the most spiritual sounds we've ever heard from Alice Coltrane – an obscure early 80s album that's done in a very meditative style – one that has the lady on both organ and vocals, working alongside a larger string section at times! The approach is a bit like some of Coltrane's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Curtom/Run Out Groove, 1970. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A mindblowing solo set from Curtis Mayfield – 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 exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A really great take on the music of Donovan – not his own groovy songs of the 60s, but a whole host of others taking up his tunes and moving it into some really great new dimensions! We love Donovan to death, and while we'll never tire of the man's own recordings of his tunes, we're always ... CD (Rock CD)

Moacir Santos

Maestro
Blue Note (Japan), 1972.
Amazing 70s work from Moacir Santos – the first album the Brazilian arranger recorded for Blue Note, and a set that sparkles with warmth and soul from the very first note! The approach is a brilliant updating of the famous sound that Santos crafted in Brazil the decade before – recast ... CD (Brazil CD)
Sarang Bang (New Zealand), 1966.
A beautiful set from the Australian jazz underground of the 60s – two never-heard live recordings by the group of altoist Bernie McGann – a player who was one of the strongest modernists working down under at the time! Bernie's got this open, soaring tone on his horn that's really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Universal (Japan), 1993.
A set of compositions penned by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos – sung by Maria Bethania in a warmly personal setting! The style here gets away from any of the too-romantic qualities that can sometimes mar presentation of the Carlos' brothers work – and instead, Bethania uses her innate ... CD (Brazil CD)

Henri Salvador

Homme Studio
Born Bad (France), 1970s.
The title's a bit of a pun – that's "home studio", not homme studio – a reference to the fact that most of this work was recorded by 60s French pop star Henri Salvador in his own private studio – music that makes for some of the most interesting sounds in his career, at ... CD (French CD)
Born Bad (France), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A great entry in one of our favorite-ever collections of groovy French music – a series that hasn't given the world many volumes over the past two decades, but only because the label really takes their time to come up with really unusual tunes! The tracks here move into a hinterland of ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1964.
Beautiful work from the incredible Nara Leao – a record that's lightly driven by the bossa, but with some sadder and darker touches that really set the sound apart! Backings on most tracks are simply spare percussion, and an acoustic guitar follows Nara's vocals as they dart in and out of ... CD (Brazil CD)

Southern Energy Ensemble

Open Your Mind
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A sweet bit of spiritual jazz from the legendary Black Fire scene – the only record ever cut by this group, but a set that stands up strongly next to the label's famous work by Oneness Of Juju!! Southern Energy Ensemble were one of the super-hip combos on the righteous side of the DC scene ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Nara Leao

Coisas Do Mundo
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1969.
Quite a different album than Nara Leao's other record from 1969 – the one produced by Rogerio Duprat! This one's much sparer and rootsier – almost in a samba mode at times – but even more so in a slightly folksy style that puts Nara's vocals highly upfront in the mix, supported ... CD (Brazil CD)

Gracinha Leporace

Gracinha
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968.
Great early work from singer Gracinha Leporace – a vocalist you might know from her later work in Bossa Rio, or her recordings with husband Sergio Mendes! Even at the start, Gracinha's a hell of a singer – a vocalist who's capable of all the coolness of the bossa era, yet still richly ... CD (Brazil CD)
Burdland/Modern Harmonic, 1966.
A really groovy record by a really unusual group – a trio who played at a small resort in Missouri during the 60s, where they effortlessly mixed up elements of rock, jazz, and country for the crowds at the bar! That's the lovely Ann Delrene on the front, and she's a hell of a singer – ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Baden Powell

Os Cantores Da Lapinha
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1970.
One of the most striking albums recorded by Baden Powell for the Elenco label in Brazil – a post-bossa affair that's filled with lots of lively samba touches! The feel is quite different than some of Powell's earlier recordings – as the tunes bounce and dance along on a highly ... CD (Brazil CD)
Universal (Japan), 1967.
A lovely early album by the great Nara Leao! The record is from the key year of 1967, when Nara cut some of her most fantastic early work – and the set list features some of the more sophisticated tunes of her earlier sessions – tracks that mix up up samba, bossa, and tracks in other ... CD (Brazil CD)

Dana Gillespie

Deep Pockets
Ace (UK), 2021.
Strong new work from Dana Gillespie – a British singer, but one who's always had a love of American roots in her music – way back to when she was just performing as a schoolgirl back in the 60s! Yet somehow along the way, Dana didn't always get the setting that her voice deserved ... CD (Rock CD)

Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble

Live At Bing Theater – Los Angeles 1985
Dark Tree (France), 1985.
A never-issued live performance from the Nimbus Records scene in LA – a spiritual gem that features bassist Roberto Miranda in the lead, working with some key other players from the city at the time! Miranda's always been one of the secret heroes of the underground west coast scene – a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1980.
A really wonderful album from Quarteto Em Cy – the Brazilian vocal quartet who first rose to prominence during the bossa nova years, but soon moved into even more sophisticated material during the 70s! The approach of this set is telegraphed in the title – as the group take on songs ... CD (Brazil CD)
Sugar/Decca, 1980. (reissue)
A cool change from the usual from Ennio Morricone – a later soundtrack, and one that features some surprisingly jazzy tracks! Part of the set features the more standard Morricone orchestrations you might expect – some really great tracks that have offbeat larger arrangements that are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Leon Bridges

Gold-Diggers Sound
Columbia, 2021.
Take it from us, Leon Bridges is no gold-digger – as with music like this, he'll be bringing plenty of the gold himself – as the record is the sort that should really put Bridges over the top! Leon's already been giving us some great sounds in recent years – but this set has ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Friday Music, Late 60s.
Lots of unusual tracks – including "My Share Of The Sidewalk", "Party", "Carlisle Wheeling", "I Don't Think You Know Me", "Teeny Tiny Gnome", "Nine Times Blue", "Lady's Baby", "War Games", "Storybook Of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

Working Man Blues
Sunset Blvd, 1961/1974/1980. 2CD
A trio of different slices of work from this legendary blues duo – all material that goes way past some of the obvious reissues on the market! The first quarter of the set features the rare album You Hear Me Talkin – originally cut for the Choice Records label in 1961 – done with ... CD (Blues CD)
Sunset Blvd, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A wealth of rare work pulled from the archives of Ike Turner – a mix of studio tracks and live recordings, most of which are issued here for the first time ever – to offer up a much-needed addition to the Ike and Tina catalog of the time! Tina's in the lead on most tracks – ... CD (Soul CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1981.
The third album from the mighty Oneness Of Juju – and a set that has the group tightening up their groove after the spiritual jazz approach of previous records! The style here mixes a bit more boogie with their very sharp instrumentation – still with lots of righteous energy throughout ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Milton Nascimento

Milton (1976)
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1976.
An important American album for the great Milton Nascimento – his first recorded in the US since the earlier Courage set for A&M – and like that record, a perfect bridge between the sound of his work in Brazil and the global modes that he had to offer! A key part of the set is the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

Lost Treasures – Rare & Unreleased
A&M/Herb Alpert Presents, 1960s.
Genius, pure genius – a wonderful collection of 22 rare numbers by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – all recorded during the group's years at A&M Records, and including a number of previously unreleased tunes! The sound here is completely sublime – way more than just the ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981.
A really beautiful session from Benny Golson – and proof that, throughout the years, Golson could always continue to turn out wonderful material! Benny's working here with old bandmate Curtis Fuller on trombone – and the pair are supported by a trio who include Bill Mays on piano, Bob ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 2005. 2LP (reissue)
Drummer Steve Reid made some fantastic records back in the 70s – indie label spiritual jazz sessions that went on to become the stuff of legend over the decades – so much so, Reid was able to return to the forefront with this amazing new record in the 21st Century! The set is something ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Alice Coltrane

Monastic Trio
Impulse (Japan), 1968.
Early work by Alice Coltrane – somewhat under the shadow of her late husband, as you'd guess from the use of his name on the front cover – but really stepping out here with a voice of her own! The Monastic Trio of the set features Alice on harp and piano – alongside bass from ... CD (Jazz CD)

Milton Nascimento

Milton Nascimento Ao Vivo
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1983.
A live album from Milton Nascimento, but a set that's got all the majesty of his studio work of the 70s – thanks to a core group that's really wonderful, and some larger orchestrations that must have taken up a fair bit of space on the stage! Nascimento's got that wonderfully expressive ... CD (Brazil CD)

Laurindo Almeida

Viva Bossa Nova!
Capitol (Japan), 1962.
A sweet little album from Laurindo Almeida and his "Bossa Nova All Stars" – not a group of Brazilian musicians, and instead a hip set of LA players who really help make the set sparkle! There's a bit more jazz here than on some of Laurindo's other Capitol records of the time – ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1987.
A great one from Nara Leao's "back to bossa" years in the late 80s – a set that has the lovely vocalist working through older American standards – but done here with new lyrics in Portuguese and some great bossa backings from Roberto Menescal! Menescal's airy style proved to ... CD (Brazil CD)

Claudette Soares

Claudette Soares No. 3
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970.
Tremendously beautiful work from Claudette Soares – and just the kind of record to show why she was different than some of her contemporaries in Brazil! The album's got a nice little groove on most numbers – even the mellower ones – a style that's a bit like the best Blue Brazil ... CD (Brazil CD)

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

Now
International Anthem, 2021.
A brilliant and beautiful album from Damon Locks – even more powerful than his Where Future Unfolds album, and that's saying a heck of a lot! The record proclaims part of its mission in its title – and is maybe the first set we've heard to point the way forward creatively after the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Moacir Santos

Carnival Of The Spirits
Blue Note (Japan), 1975.
A sublime 70s session from Moacir Santos – a set that mixes the complex grooves he forged in 60s Brazil with the warmly jazzy sound of American fusion – all in a result that's totally unique! The album's quite different than any other electric Brazilian sets recorded in the US at the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Alice Coltrane

Lord Of Lords
Impulse (Japan), 1972.
Beautifully high concept work from Alice Coltrane – the kind of record you'd use to announce the arrival of a new king – or lord, for that matter! The record features Coltrane at the head of a large group of string players – creating a full, rich sound that serves as the backdrop ... CD (Jazz CD)

Luiz Bonfa & Maria Toledo

Braziliana
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965.
Very groovy bossa tracks – very much in the mode of some of the Verve hit recordings of the mid 60s! After the success of the Astrud Gilberto/Joao Gilberto work with Stan Getz, it's clear that Philips and Luiz Bonfa wanted to get in on the act – and they've paired Bonfa's guitar with ... CD (Brazil CD)

Vinicius De Moraes & Toquinho

Vinicius & Toquinho (1974)
Universal (Japan), 1974.
Classic bossa mixed with more ambitious touches for the 70s – easily one of the greatest records ever to come from the team of Vinicius and Toquinho! The record has vocals by both, often layered on top of each other with a wonderfully spacious feel that spreads out beautifully between the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Chico Buarque & Ennio Morricone

Per Un Pugno Di Samba
RCA/Sony (Italy), 1970.
An amazing record – one that stands as one of Chico Buarque's greatest from the 70s! The set was recorded in Italy in 1970 – and features Chico singing lead vocals over backings handled by Ennio Morricone – all in a style that's a perfect blend of MPB with the best elements of ... CD (Brazil CD)

Luiz Eca

Piano E Cordas
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965.
Soaring strings and bossa piano – a tremendous combination in the hands of Luiz Eca – working here at a time when the arranger was first making his name with the Tamba Trio! The set's one of Eca's gems from the 60s under his own name – and it's got a style that echoes the mix of ... CD (Brazil CD)

Michael Mayo

Bones
Mack Avenue, 2021.
An effortless blend of jazz and soul from Michael Mayo – a singer who's got the vocal range of the former style, but also hits all the warmth of the latter! The tunes are set up here in territory that might sound familiar on paper, but which instantly bristles as Michael's own when you hear ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 60s. 3CD
Rare work from a very unique chapter in the career of baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan – his larger Concert Jazz Band – an ensemble that really helped flesh out some of the ideas he'd explored previously with smaller combos! The group recorded a few albums for Verve in the early 60s ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rio 65 Trio

Rio 65 Trio
Universal (Japan), 1965.
A brilliant record right from the very first note! This amazing first album by the Rio 65 Trio is a solid gem all the way through – a magical moment in the recording studio, and a record that forever changed the face of bossa! The trio features piano work by jazz legend Dom Salvador – ... CD (Brazil CD)
ATA (UK), 2021.
A great contemporary take on the vintage sound library mode – one that has a host of artists from the UK's ATA Records label turning out a sweet set of instrumentals for this really wonderful collection! ATA stands for All Things Analogue – and there's definitely an old school vibe to ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Tramp (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A soaring blend of rare club tracks from the glory days of the American disco underground – music that was cut in the deep shadows of the mainstream market at the time, and which has gone on to have a lot longer staying power too! The cuts here are all from very obscure releases on tiny ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Kenny Burrell

Night Song
Verve (Japan), 1968.
A great title for this one – as the album's got a cool, laidback groove that's very much in a "night song" mode! Arrangements are by Don Sebesky – in that warm and fluid mode he was bringing to some of his best CTI sides at the time – and they push guitarist Kenny ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
A fantastic collection of music from Cuba – not the jazzy descarga styles that led to salsa, nor the more romantic singers that are maybe some of the nation's best-known artists – but instead a wealth of work that mixes raw percussion and vocals to support the spiritual practice of ... CD (Latin CD)

Tony Allen

There Is No End
Blue Note, 2021.
A very different album than some of the more recent efforts from the legendary drummer Tony Allen – and a set that shows that, as the title proclaims, there is no end to the creative talents of the mighty musician – even after he departed our planet! This set has Allen working with a ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Milton Nascimento

Geraes
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1976.
Beautiful stuff – and one of Milton Nascimento's greatest albums of the 70s! The style here is a bit more subdued than on some of his later work – but in a way that's really majestic and soulful, showing the further development of Milton's unique idiom as he becomes one of the ... CD (Brazil CD)
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1968.
Beautiful bossa from late 60s France – a really lovely session that mixes the vocals of Tita with jazzy backings from Trio Camara – who we know from their own legendary album on the Saravah label! The sound here is a bit different than bossa from Brazil – somewhat darker at ... CD (Brazil CD)
Daptone, 2021.
We loved Cochemea the first time around, but this second solo album is even better – a set that has the reedman really finding his own unique sound away from The Dap Kings – often blowing on an electrified saxophone, but in ways that are very different than late 60s experiments in that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Augusto Martelli

Nella Misura In Cui
Four Flies (Italy), 1979.
A sweet little entry in the small Italian genre of "erotic films on island location" – served up with this fantastic blend of 70s instrumentation and older exotica percussion! The setting is the Caribbean, but that's more in fantasy than the musical styles within – as Augusto ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Parlophone, 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A massive live set from Hawkwind – recorded early in the group's career, at a time when they were maybe at their space rock height – playing a concert gig as part of a special party in the UK! There's a really sinister vibe to the tracks – maybe because of the live setting, which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s.
Some of the most righteous sounds ever recorded at the legendary Studio One label in Jamaica – 70s music that marks a time when the company was moving into some of the more thoughtful, meaningful lyrics that rose to prominence during the rasta generation! The shift is no surprise, given that ... CD (Reggae CD)

Tamba Trio

Avanco
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1963.
A seminal set from one of the greatest bossa combos ever – a group who could boast sharp instrumentation and warm vocal harmonies too! The mix of sounds is completely sublime – jazzy piano trio sounds at the core, topped by soaring harmonies from the members of the trio – a ... CD (Brazil CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
That's Miles Davis and Jeanne Moreau on the cover – and image is a perfect summation of what makes this period in film music so unique! The set brings together music from the French new wave of the late 50s and early 60s – a time when revolutionary directors were putting fresh new ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
First Word (UK), 2021.
Trombonist Nathaniel Cross works here in a great combination of jazz and more contemporary rhythms – a style that uses beats on most of the tracks, but which still features plenty of warm, improvised work from Cross and his bandmates! The style is very much in the current London mode – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Muzak/NJA (Netherlands), Late 50s/1960s.
A wonderful collection of work from Dutch singer Ann Burton – all of it recorded before her breakthrough album, Blue Burton – featured in a set that includes her debut EP release from 1965, and a decade's worth of music from Ann's own archives, which appear here for the first time ever! ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Baden Powell

Tempo Feliz
Forma/Universal (Japan), 1966.
A really beautiful early album from Baden Powell, and a really unique one as well – as the set features some guest work from harmonica player Mauricio Einhorn – a very jazzy talent who was a bit like the Toots Thielemans of Brazil at the time! The combination of harmonica and acoustic ... CD (Brazil CD)

Art Hirahara

Open Sky
Posi tone, 2020.
Pianist Art Hirahara is one of our favorite contemporary players on his instrument of late – a musician with a bold sense of tone and color, a very fresh approach to structure, and a great ear for a tune – which means this record is filled with originals by Art, and not the more ... CD (Jazz CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Something weird, and something very cool too – a set that brings together a whole host of strange and unusual tunes from the glory days of exploitation cinema! These cuts are all from a time when the b-movie underground was playing it fast and loose – trying to get more folks into the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Nara Leao

Nara (1964)
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1964.
Incredible early bossa material from one of Brazil's greatest singers! The record is lively, yet sophisticated – with strong arrangements by Gaya and Moacir Santos, and a vocal approach by Nana that really moves past the sweeter sound of other bossa singers – into a mode that's rich ... CD (Brazil CD)

Miles Davis with Sonny Stitt

Live In Paris – 1960
Fremeaux & Associates/Return To Analog (Canada), 1960. 2LP
Rare work from a sometimes-overlooked chapter in the career of Miles Davis – a time when Sonny Stitt was briefly filling the tenor sax role that was more famously held by John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter! Stitt in any group is always a treat – and here, working with Miles, he turns in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Warner, 1981. 2LP
The groundbreaking first album from The Time – a set that very firmly put the Minneapolis soul scene on the map, served up by a lineup that was maybe even more of a supergroup than Prince's band at the time! And while most folks credit Prince with helping The Time get their start, these guys ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jef Gilson & Malagasy

Malagasy At Newport-Paris
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1973.
An incredible live performance from French pianist Jef Gilson and his groundbreaking Malagasy combo – a group of musicians from Madagascar, exiled in Paris – working here with Gilson on some really amazing sounds! The record is definitely jazz a the core – thanks to plenty of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Umas & Outras

Poucas E Boas
Universal (Japan), 1970.
A totally groovy Brazilian trio – three female singers, working together with some of the harmony modes of a group like Quarteto Em Cy – but also coming across with a range of playful and interesting styles as well! The set's got a heady sound that really lives up to the cover – ... CD (Brazil CD)

Hermeto Pascoal E Grupo

Festa Dos Deuses
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1992.
A later album by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal – but a set that crackles with all the fire and imagination of his classic recordings! The mood here takes us back to Slaves Mass or A Musica Livre – a mad mix of catchy rhythms, tight jazzy solos, and an insane approach to arrangement ... CD (Brazil CD)

Julian Lage

Squint
Blue Note, 2021.
Guitarist Julian Lage has become one of the more distinct stylists on his instrument in recent years – and this Blue Note debut is likely to cement his role as one of the more important players of his generation! Lage is in a trio here – working with Dave King on drums and Jorge Roeder ... CD (Jazz CD)

Chick Corea

Circulus
Blue Note, 1970.
Amazing stuff – and work that will have you changing your opinion about Chick Corea! Around 1970, Corea was part of a groundbreaking group called Circle – an amazing avant quartet that featured his own piano next to the reeds of Anthony Braxton, bass of Dave Holland, and drums of Barry ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tribe/Solid (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
An excellent lost classic from Detroit soul jazz powerhouse Phil Ranelin! Trombonist Ranelin was one of the key figures in the city's Tribe Records scene – and this album is one of the greatest that the label ever issued. The set features Ranelin on trombone, Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Doris Monteiro

Doris Monteiro (1964)
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1964.
Early work from Doris Monteiro – a set that's much more bossa-oriented than some of her later work – and recorded in the brilliant style of the Elenco label, with backings by Hammond genius Walter Wanderley! The record's got a light lively style – with Walter's organ grooving in ... CD (Brazil CD)

Ivan Lins

Juntos
Universal (Japan), 1984.
A stone classic from the great Ivan Lins – a set recorded at a time when he was fast becoming a big name on the global scene, not just in Brazil – thanks to his wonderful sense of songwriting and lyricism! The album's almost a celebration of all that Lins had done so far – put ... CD (Brazil CD)

Edu Lobo & Maria Bethania

Edu & Bethania
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1967.
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 ... CD (Brazil CD)
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1972.
A tripped-out batch of hard jamming tracks from ex-Mutante Rita Lee – recorded with assistance from all the members of the group at the time, but in a mode that's quite different overall! Lee is clearly the star of the show here – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach ... CD (Brazil CD)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
Percussionist Yoshisaburo Toyozumi – aka Sabu – heads up a brilliant set of creative jazz based on compositions by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – in a record that's clearly titled with a nod to the musical achievements of the AACM! The album's three long tracks are all AEC ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood

Live
International Anthem, 2021.
Angel Bat Dawid is a completely mesmerizing artist on record, but she's even more mindblowing in a live setting – where she seems to channel the energy of the skies and the planet into her music – brimming over with righteous energy that guides the rest of the group with a hell of a lot ... CD (Jazz CD)

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band

Expansions
Big Crown, 2021.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band always sound great – but this time around, they feel funkier than before, and maybe a bit more sinister too – a really great change that has us falling in love with the group all over again! There's still plenty of steel drums in the mix – used to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Sebastiao Tapajos & Pedro Dos Santos

Sebastiao Tapajos & Pedro Dos Santos Vol 1
Trova/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. (reissue)
Guitarist Sebastiao Tapajos really sounds wonderful here – playing in a spare setting, but a lively one too – thanks to work from percussionist Pedro Dos Santos, who plays a wide variety of instruments that really keep things groovy! There's a feel here that's a bit like some of Baden ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Shane Cooper

Happenstance
Kit (UK), 2021.
An interesting mix of improvisation and pre-recorded sounds – served up by Shane Cooper with work on Fender Rhodes, bass, and guitar – and garnished with help from a range of different musicians in Johannesburg! The album features two long tracks, both of which have loose ideas in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Charles Tolliver & Music Inc

Live at Slugs Vol 2 (180 gram pressing)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
A classic performance by one of the most groundbreaking soul jazz groups of the 70s! Tolliver's leading his Music Inc ensemble here – an important quartet that featured him on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. During their time recording for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers

Funk Express (with bonus tracks)
Source/Raw Venture, 1980.
A great lost moment from seminal DC funk artist Chuck Brown – a set done after his mid 70s Sussex albums with the Soul Searchers, but before his bigger shift to GoGo modes in the 80s – all with a surprisingly jazzy vibe at times, thanks to sharp production from the great Wayne Henderson! ... CD (Soul CD)
Storyville (Denmark), 2021.
A great look back at a small but wonderful slice of 60s jazz – the very groovy compositions of pianist Clare Fischer – a player who could easily absorb influences from bossa nova and Latin music, and really give them a special sort of California vibe! Clare worked often with Cal Tjader ... CD (Jazz CD)
Universal (Japan), 1997.
A landmark record from Brazilian soul singer Ed Motta – the set that really got him the attention he deserved – and put him right up there in a soul music pantheon next to his famous uncle, the great Tim Maia! The set's not Ed's first, but it's the one where he really found his groove ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Imperial/Universal (Japan), 1959.
A beautiful early showcase of the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and one of the best late 50s albums from the lovely Sylvia Telles! The album's got a wonderfully gentle feel – one that's a far cry from some of the more emotive female vocal work that had come from Brazil in the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Hugo Jasa

Estados De Animo
Little Butterfly/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1990. Gatefold (reissue)
A really obscure set from the tiny scene in Uruguay at the start of the 90s – a sweet batch of electronic instrumentals from Hugo Jasa, who works here in a mode that's more like Japanese electric music of the 80s than anything you might expect from South America! There's plenty of drum ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Impulse, 1965. Gatefold (reissue)
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Pye/BMG, 1970.
An album that maybe marked the close of one chapter of The Kinks, and the start of another – music that still holds on to some of the best elements of their late 60s Village Green era, but which also moves the group into some of the headier territory of their Muswell Hill/RCA years too! Ray ... CD (Rock CD)

Dave & Ansell Collins

Double Barrel (180 gram pressing)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Early 70s.
Fantastic work from the team of Dave Baker and Ansel Collins – one a soulful singer from the Jamaican rocksteady scene, the other a hip keyboardist whose organ lines really make the album shimmer! The pair scored a huge international hit with this album – and the whole thing was a key ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

William S Burroughs

Ali's Smile
Paradigm (UK), 1963/1971. (reissue)
One of the rarest albums ever by William S Burroughs – issued here with some great bonus material too! Most of side one features Burroughs reading from his story Ali's Smile – done in that unique style that makes his spoken versions of his writing even more stunning than the words on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Spoken Word LP)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
A monster album that's gone onto influence a generation – but which was barely recognized at the time! Singer Eugene McDaniels had scored big with some pop hits in the 60s under the name Gene McDaniels – but here, he steps out in a righteous batch of offbeat funk tunes – filled ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Fresh/Get On Down, 1986. (reissue)
Just-Ice wasn't actually part of the old school – although to some, the 1986 release might seem pretty darn close – but he definitely does a good job here of keeping things nice and clean on his classic debut! Production is from Mantronik, but there's also a harder edge than most of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s.
A searing collection of work from the tiny Garland Record label – most of which was not issued at the time, but which together presents the label as a powerhouse of newly-minted hard rock from the Northwest scene! This package definitely blows away previous collections of work on the label ... CD (Rock CD)

Jef Gilson & Malagasy

Malagasy
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1971. (reissue)
A groundbreaking project from French pianist Jef Gilson – an artist who'd already made some incredible records in the 60s, but really knocked it out of the park here – by collaborating with a host of musicians from Madagascar! The set mixes Gilson's strong ear for arrangement with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Miriam Makeba

Keep Me In Mind
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1970. (reissue)
One of Miriam Makeba's hippest albums of all time – a set that marked the end of her association with Reprise Records, and her fame in the crossover American scene of the 60s – and for good reason, too – as the whole thing's brimming over with much more righteous energy than ever ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Made In Germany (Germany), 1988.
A later live set from the legendary Brazilian duo of Flora Purim on vocals and Airto on percussion – but a set that's every bit as strong as some of the best work they cut together in the 70s! The vibe here is nice and lean – as the group's just a quintet, with Gary Meek on tenor, ... CD (Brazil CD)

Thulani Davis

Nothing But The Music
Blank Forms, 2021.
Fantastic work from an overlooked poet – one who takes up music as her subject matter throughout this collection of work – with individual pieces on Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, the Bad Brains, Thelonious Monk, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and other key figures in music from the ... Book (Book)
Someothaship, Mid 90s.
Long-lost early sounds from Dudley Perkins – aka Declaime – mid 90s tracks recorded at the Crate Diggas Palace in Oxnard, with cuts and beats by a young Madlib! The music is early in both of their careers, but already shows the distinct path they would chart forward – especially ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Robinsongs (UK), 1970s/1980s. 4CD
A tremendous testament to one of the greatest soul groups of the 70s – one with a legacy that goes far beyond the music in this set, but which is really captured here during the golden years of The Whispers on record! The group has roots that start in the vocal group underground of the late ... CD (Soul CD)
Grapefruit (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
A huge amount of work from The Merseybeats – a group who were Liverpool contemporaries of The Beatles, and named after the body of water alongside the city – but who were way more than a copycat combo overall! Like many other 60s British groups, The Merseybeats start out with a sound ... CD (Rock CD)
MPS (Germany), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
Pure genius from Oscar Peterson – one of his finest moments ever! The record is very different than most of Oscar's over-recorded trio format ones – and features Claus Ogerman crafting some impeccable backings of lofty strings and compressed horns, creating a pillow of air that takes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Karl Berger with Masahiko Sato

With Silence
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
There's nothing silent here – as the album's one of the most biting 70s albums we've heard from vibist Karl Berger – an album that's relatively free overall, and which features some fantastic work by Masahiko Sato on piano! Sato really seems to bring out the darker tones in Berger's ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gianni Dell'Orso/Gianni Oddi

Mondo Di Notte Oggi – Soul Meeting/Teenager
Four Flies (Italy), 1975. (pic cover)
Two fantastic tracks from this sweet Italian 70s soundtrack – both very worthy of being pressed on a funky 45! "Soul Meeting" has a strong piano line at the start, peppered with lots of funky congas – then given this sweet flute line that gets all jazzy and colorful, and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Vogue/Sundazed, 1970. (reissue)
Fantastic pop from The Matchmakers – a group who only went by that name on some of their records – as they were more of a studio project from UK producers Mark Wirtz and Kris Ife, and also issued work as The Guards, Fickle Finger, Krimson Kake, Happy Confusion, Cellophane Mop, Father's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Philips/Vinyl Lovers (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
Some of the most beautiful work ever recorded by Caetano Veloso – an album that carries on the style of English language lyrics used on his session in exile in 1971, but which also introduces him back to the world of Brazilian popular music! The album's a great transition for Veloso – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Natik Awayez

Manbarani
Sublime Frequencies, 2021.
A contemporary album, but one with a very ancient vibe – recorded in Cairo on a mix of percussion and stringed instruments, and set to vocals that have a wonderful way of cascading over the grooves! From what we can tell, there's no electricity in the instrumentation – which furthers ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Themes/Be With (UK), 1979.
A sound library set that definitely lives up to its title – as the whole thing features nothing but drums and percussion, running through a very wide spectrum of sounds throughout! Barry Morgan and Ray Cooper handle the instruments – and come together with a sense of variety that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
Fantastic sounds from cats who were really letting their freak flag fly at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – but not the music of laidback hippies, as these guys are all pretty intense and energetic, and helping to forge the hard rock roots that would lay the base for so many musical ... CD (Rock CD)

Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, & Kamasi Washington

Dinner Party (with bonus download)
Sound Of Crenshaw, 2020.
A fantastic blend of jazz, contemporary soul, and hip hop – served up by a group who can really get the sound right – Terrace Martin on keyboards and alto, Robert Glasper on keyboards, Kamasi Washington on tenor, and 9th Wonder on beats! Vocals on most tracks are by Phoelix, who really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
BMG, Late 60s/1970s/1980s. 2CDs
A great addition to the Nina Simone catalog – material recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival on a number of different dates – all very different performances that really show the legendary singer at the top of her game! The setting shifts here from date to date – the package ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Wolfgang Dauner Quintet

Sun Is Rising/Day In The Life
MPS/Wallen Bink (Germany), 1969. (pic cover)
Two incredible tracks from keyboardist Wolfang Dauner – both a mad mix of funky jazz and psychedelic elements! "Sun Is Rising" has this very groovy, almost joyous sort of vibe – odd vocals mixed with a hip sitar line and some very cool percussion next to the drums! "Day ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Naughty Rhythm (Italy), Mid 70s.
A very cool collection – and a record that's maybe more "cosmic" than it is "discotheque" – as most of these tunes are more funky than they are clubby! That's not a bad thing at all, though – and the whole thing is almost an extension of the initial late 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Carlos Nino & Friends

More Energy Fields – Current
International Anthem, 2021.
Fantastic work from Carlos Nino – and a great return to the kind of highly collaborative projects that made him one of the key spiritual jazz talents to emerge in the 21st Century! The record's a shift from some of the quieter, more contemplative work that Carlos has given us of late – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Hamid Drake/Elaine Mitchener/William Parker/Orphy Robinson/Pat Thomas

Some Good News
OTOroku (UK), 2021. 2CDs
A pretty amazing setting for this quintet of top-shelf improvisers – artists who find a way to spin things out in a long creative performance that spans almost two hours in length – always finding a way to make our ears smile with a sense of surprise at all the different moments of ... CD (Jazz CD)

Les DeMerle

Spectrum
United Artists/P-Vine (Japan), 1970. (reissue)
One of the few albums ever cut by Les DeMerle, one of the hippest drummers of his time – made legendary thanks to legions of samplers and beatheads in the 90s! The album is one of Les' best records – a tight batch of funky big band tracks, with lots of nice grooves, and a very hip ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
KPM (UK), 1976. (reissue)
A record with an unassuming cover, but a set that's overflowing with a fantastic array of funky instrumentals – and maybe a lot more so than any other mid 70s records with a more soul-styled cover! Keith Mansfield is an unassuming guy – mostly laboring in relative obscurity of the Brit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

O'Donel Levy

Black Velvet
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature ... CD (Jazz CD)

Alessandro Alessandroni

Sangue Di Sbirro – pAd Reworks EP
Four Flies (Italy), 1976/2021.
Great remixes of two funky tracks from a 70s soundtrack by Alessandro Alessandroni – both of which retain all their original warmth and charm! First up is "Manhattan", done in both a "nightclub" and "daylight" version – the first of which has a really deep ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Sound Library 12-inch)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A sound library masterpiece from the great Keith Mansfield – a UK maestro who was very adept at an older style of keyboard funk at the start of the 70s, but who here moves into a range of styles that also point the way towards 80s grooves to come! There's still lots of full instrumentation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. (reissue)
Really beautiful work from pianist Horace Tapscott – working here in a mode that crosses some of the freer inclinations of his solo sessions for the Nimbus label with some of the deeper spiritual currents of his large group recordings of the time! The group's just a trio – with Sonship ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Nubiyan Twist

Freedom Fables
Strut (UK), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
Nubiyan Twist really open up their sound here – in part by opening the door to a rich array of guest singers and instrumentalists – a lineup that includes Cherise, Pat Thomas, Soweto Kinch, Ria Moran, and Nick Richards – all artists who help bring a different personal flavor to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Blank Forms, 1968. 2CD
Here's a summer house we'd really like to visit on our next vacation – a legendary spot in Sweden, where Don Cherry created freely with some of the hippest players on the local scene in 1968! The tracks here were all recorded for later commercial release, which never ended up happening ... CD (Jazz CD)

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean Claude Vannier

Les Chemins De Katmandou/Paris N'Existe Pas/La Bete Noire
Music Box (France), 1969/1983.
Great soundtrack work from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – working here instrumentally alongside Jean Claude Vannier – the musical partner who helped Serge sound so funky at the end of the 60s! The set begins with 10 tracks from Les Chemins De Katmandou – a lost chapter in the ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1959.
One of our favorite albums ever from the great guitarist Kenny Burrell – a smoking live session, and one that's got a bit more of an edge than some of his other records from the time! Kenny's guitar still has that impeccable tone throughout – but it's also matched by some wonderful ... CD (Jazz CD)

Logan Richardson

Afrofuturism
Whirlwind, 2021.
We've always loved the music of Logan Richardson, but here he's onto something completely new and groundbreaking – as you might begin to guess from the cover and title! Logan still blows alto sax, but he also handles piano and keyboards, and works in this swirling mix of sound that really ... CD (Jazz CD)
Honey Pie, Late 50s/Early 60s.
Jazz in Jamaica, and a whole lot more – as the set brings together some key moments when the music was really shifting down in Kingston – still years before ska, rocksteady, and reggae, but with some definite differences in the way things come across! The Alpha Boy's School is a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton

Day In Copenhagen (180 gram pressing)
MPS (Germany), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A tremendous European meeting of tenorist Dexter Gordon and trombonist Slide Hampton – brought together in this impeccable sextet session for MPS – a real standout in the label's straight jazz catalog over the years! By the time of the set, Gordon had been working heavily in Europe, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fraternity/Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Lonnie Mack's a hell of a guitarist, and one who never sounded better than on these early recordings for the Fraternity label – presented here in a a set that includes work from his famous album on Fraternity, plus some rare singles and other cuts too! Mack plays with a sense of focus that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Nujabes

Modal Soul
Hyde Out (Japan), 2005. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
There's plenty of great guests here – a lineup that includes Terry Callier, Pase Rock, Apani B, and many others – but the core groove is what really makes the record great, and which stands as maybe the crowning production achievement of Nujabes! Acoustic and electric elements come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Sault

7
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2019.
Just two matchsticks on the cover, but a sound that's wonderfully rich and deep – a special blend of righteous message and understated grooves – all served up at a level that really sets Sault apart from the rest! Production is by Inflo, who keeps things spare and crisp – but ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Ricardo Marrero

Taste
TSG/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
Maybe the best album ever from the mighty Ricardo Marrero – a 70s Latin talent who didn't record much, but always gave the world something wonderful when he did! The set's got this really great vibe – some cuts that update 60s Latin soul modes with even more righteous 70s elements ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Ensemble Al-Salaam

Sojourner
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
MPS/BASF, 1974. (reissue)
Sweet keyboards and lots of funky grooves – one of the best of George Duke's seminal albums for MPS – and a record that captures him at a key middle point in his growth! The sound here is tighter than the trippier records of before, but also never too smooth or commercial – still ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Rich Perry

Happy Destiny
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021.
Darkly moody sounds from Rich Perry – a tenorist who's got a great way of sliding from note to note, often with energy that almost feels effortless, but which also has a nice sort of tension along the way! This quality is never too overstated – as it might have been in saxophonists ... CD (Jazz CD)

Armando Trovajoli

Straziami Ma Di Baci Saziami
Beat (Italy), 1968.
A light little comedic score from Armando Trovajoli – one that mixes some more traditional instrumentation with the groovier elements he was bringing to other soundtracks at the time! The film uses a bit of mandolin at times, but in comedic themes to echo a cheesier Italian vibe – ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Sony (Japan), 1967. (reissue)
A beautifully gentle album from vocalist Ann Burton – recorded with sublime accompaniment from the trio of pianist Louis Van Dyke, a fragile and spare talent on the keys – and a perfect match for Burton on the mood of the album! Ann's vocals really come across with the mature grace ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Strata/BBE (UK), Early 70s/2021.
A sweet remix of this track from Detroit jazz legend Kenny Cox – a Fender Rhodes gem taken from his Clap Clap album, but given a whole new spin here by Amir and Re Decay! The track's stretched out, and given this sweet groove that builds and builds in a beautiful way, with the addition of ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Slinky, soulful, and completely seductive sounds from the great Erroll Dunkley – not the person pictured on the cover, but a wonderful Jamaican singer who works here alongside superb production from Sonia Pottinger! The tunes are all laidback, but never sleepy – that perfect early ... CD (Reggae CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s.
Beautiful work from songwriter Chips Moman – a key force on the Memphis scene at the end of the 60s, and a writer whose pen managed to touch a huge range of genres and styles over the years! Chips is maybe best known for the famous songs he gave to Aretha Franklin and others in his early ... CD (Rock CD)

Alessandro Alessandroni/Ennio Morricone

Il Giro Del Mondo Degli Innamorati Di Peynet
Beat (Italy), 1974.
A mid 70s Italian cartoon, but one that features some great soundtrack work from Ennio Morricone and Alessandro Alessandroni – each of whom bring a slightly different feel to the set! Morricone composed the film's main love theme – "Forse Basta" – a beautiful number ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969.
A tremendous recording from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – done during the same Paris stretch as their Great Black Music classics on the BYG/Actuel label – and a set that easily matches, if not tops, those classics! You can really hear the group finding their own space here – ... CD (Jazz CD)

William S Burroughs & Brion Gysin

William S Burroughs & Brion Gysin
Cold Spring, 1960s.
A great collection of work from experimentalist William S Burroughs and artist Brion Gysin – a personality who always seemed to open up Buroughs most creative side! The record brings together both straight readings and more experimental recordings – yet even the straight tracks are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Spoken Word LP)

Hamiet Bluiett

Bearer Of The Holy Flame
Black Fire/Strut, 1983.
A great set from saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album's a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett's studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in ... CD (Jazz CD)

Fantastics

Take A Shot
BBE (UK), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A great album of jazzy soul from The Fantastics – a group who can open up and let their jazzier side flow on the instrumental tracks on the set, then get more of a contemporary groove when singer Sulene Fleming joins the mix! Sulene is on four of the album's ten cuts – and brings in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
A key album from a fantastic point in the career of trumpeter Chet Baker – his later years, a time when most of the world was ignoring Baker's talents, but Chet was still in a hugely creative mode, and turning out some of his freshest sounds in decades! There's a wonderful quality to the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Rhino, 1974. 3LP Gatefold
Charles Mingus at Carnegie Hall – but playing here with relaxed and intimate feel that's not what you might expect from the staid setting! The original album features two long tracks – both done in more of a jam session mode than any other Charles Mingus recordings we can think of. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Continental/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1971. (reissue)
A rare set from the early 70s samba soul years in Brazil – one of the few albums ever cut by Renata Lu, a singer who worked more famously on records by other artists – and an album that really does a great job of mixing rootsier, funkier touches with some of the larger arrangements that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Elektra/Get On Down, 1992. 2LP (reissue)
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Joao Donato

Joao Donato – Jazz Is Dead 7
Jazz Is Dead, 2021.
A really great entry in this excellent series – one that not only features lots of great Fender Rhodes from Brazilian jazz legend Joao Donato, but also vocals from Loren Oden on almost every track – which makes the whole thing feel like a fantastic hybrid of Joao's genius with a ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020.
These guys already had our attention the moment we looked at the back cover – and noted that they were playing songs by Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre – then they really won us over once we heard the very first few notes of the set! The group's only a quartet on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Moonpie

Moonpie
Lanark/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. (reissue)
A rare 70s set from Moonpie – a blue-eyed funk group from the southern scene, but one who've got a great soul singer in the lead – the excellent Jimmy Hardaway, who takes the lead when the group isn't focusing on instrumentals! Jimmy's vocals are on most of the record, but the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Jagjaguwar, 2021.
A really different sound for this legendary group – still very hypnotic and brassy, but in a very different way! The EP features three songs that build slowly, with brass as a key element, but maybe more in the background than the rhythmic forefront of previous records – letting vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Guilherme Lamounier

Guilherme Lamounier
Atco/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
A beautiful album of laidback psych from early 70s Brazil – the sort of more personal, more introspective work that some of the artists on the scene were cutting after the more experimental modes of the Tropicalia years! Guilherme Lamounier has a gentle sort of majesty in his music – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Hiatus Kaiyote

Mood Valiant
Brainfeeder, 2021.
Hiatus Kaiyote are one of those groups that just seem to grow and grow with each new about – a strongly soulful act at their start, but one who've found a way to carve out sounds and styles that are very much their own – maybe almost making themselves a genre in the process! Things ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Esoteric (UK), 1969. 3CD
A fantastic little set that heralds the beginning of a whole new generation in music – post-psych sounds from the year of 1969 – a time when the revolution had cooled a bit, but new waves of creative activity were really bubbling underground in the UK scene – as all these many ... CD (Rock CD)
Warner/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. 4CD
A great little package – all four of the classic albums from Greenslade, packaged here in one monstrously proggy set! First up is the self-titled Greenslade – a set that's as sprawling and dynamic as its famous cover image from Roger Dean! Dean gives the whole package a bit of a Yes-li ... CD (Rock CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1968. Gatefold
A pretty great and very strange album by avant pianist Dave Burrell – and maybe one of the best-known calling cards for his unique genius on the keys! Side one features an extended tune called "West Side Story", which is basically a medley of tunes from the musical, played with a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Craft, Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic first chapter from this legendary funk group – material recorded during their early years on the Phoenix scene, at a time when Dyke & The Blazers must have been the hottest act going down in Arizona! The group here begin with their Funky Broadway roots – taking on that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Shamek Farrah

La Dee La La
Ra/Jazz Room (UK), 1978. (reissue)
A lost soul jazz treasure – the legendary 3rd album from saxophonist Shamek Farrah, recorded after his first 2 sides for Strata East! The approach here is slightly different than that of the Strata sides – a bit more joyous and lyrical, with tunes that open up in waves of sound, color, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Hodges, James, Smith, & Crawford

Early Years & Unheard Pearls – 1970 to 1973
Ace/Kent (UK), Early 70s.
A long-overdue tribute to the fantastic soul trio of Pat Hodges, Denita James, and Jessica Smith – a group who were often joined by a young Carolyn Crawford, to cut some fantastic singles back in the 70s! The group is wonderfully dynamic – as if everybody could be a soaring soulful ... CD (Soul CD)

James Brandon Lewis

Jesup Wagon
Tao Forms, 2021.
Maybe the strongest creative statement to date from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an album of work inspired by the legacy of George Washington Carver – served up here with a sense of depth that's certain to open even more doors for Lewis in years to come! There's a majesty to the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Vaudou Game

Noussin
Hot Casa (France), 2021.
A sweet little album from Vaudou Game – a set that's got a leaner feel than some of their previous records, but in a way that also makes the whole thing funkier too! The group's a quartet this time around, and working with lots of guitar riffs and bass from lead singer Peter Solo – ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Warner, 1991. 2CD
One of the last performances ever recorded by Miles Davis – done at a jazz festival in a small town in France, and with a sound that's a bit of a change from some of his studio work at the time! There's a great sense of warmth here – a quality that may come from Miles' use of two ... CD (Jazz CD)
MPS (Germany), 1974. (reissue)
Killer keyboards from the legendary George Duke – and one of his most righteous albums for the MPS label! The album's a spectacular set that showcases both sides of Duke's genius at the time – his spacey, soulful approach to a laidback tune – and his more jamming styles on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961.
A really great live set from alto genius Johnny Hodges – a set that's right up there with some of his best studio albums on Verve at the time! As with those records, Johnny's taking a slight sidestep from the world of Duke Ellington here – working with similar material and familiar ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tommy Boy, 1983. (reissue)
Sweet breaking grooves from The Jonzun Crew – an early act in the Tommy Boy hip hop roster, and one who were maybe a bit more electro than the rest! Here, Jonzun Crew have a vibe that's nicely like Newcleus – lots of sharp drum machine beats, peppered with keyboards, vocoder on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Ill Considered/Tropic Of Love (UK), 2021.
Tremendous work from this hip British trio – the mighty Idris Rahman on tenor, Leon Brichard on bass, and Tom Skinner on drums – really providing a great update of the saxophone trio mode that Sonny Rollins first pioneered back in the 50s! The vibe here is very different – maybe ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Tomato/Sundazed, 1974. (reissue)
Quite a big album for Annette Peacock – and a set that helped break her into a much wider audience than before! The album's got a quirky electric style that's years ahead of its time – a blend of Peacock's older jazz roots with some of the artier styles that would show up much more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Julie Driscoll

Julie Driscoll 1969
Polydor/Greyscale (UK), 1971.
Julie's come a long way from her years with Brian Auger here – stepping out in a freer sound that marks the shift in the British scene from beat group grooving to jazz-rock jamming. The session features a host of likely suspects – including Keith Tippett, Elton Dean, Brian Godding, ... CD (Vocalists CD)
BMG, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. 2CD
Etta James on stage at the Montreux jazz festival – mostly captured in a lean, live setting that recalls some of her club work of previous decades, but with some of the more blues-based modes that Etta was bringing to her studio records in later years! A number of the tracks here are ... CD (Soul CD)
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s.
A really cool group from mid 60s Florida – one who are every bit as garagey as the best groups in the Pacific Northwest, but also seem to have a great Southern California way of harmonizing their vocals! Most of the work here was never issued at the time – but the tracks work ... CD (Rock CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fantastic collection of southern soul – not music from the big scenes of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, or New Orleans – but work from the southwest corner of Louisiana, most of which we've never heard before, yet which rival some of the greats of the time! The package is very heavy on ... CD (Soul CD)
Geffen, 1994. 3LP (reissue)
The classic critical breakthrough from The Roots – the one that really cemented their legacy as one great hip hop live bands ever, and help paving the way for many fascinating records to come! Do You Want More is a modern hip hop essential, changing the way we looked at hip hop, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Chico Buarque

Calabar
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1973. (reissue)
Genius work from Chico Buarque – one of his most complicated, sophisticated, and fully-realized albums – a great summation of all the brilliance he'd already brought to Brazilian music – moved forward into new territory for the 70s! The album's of the same vintage as the more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Atlantic, Early 60s. (reissue)
The golden hits of The Drifters, but a set that mostly features on the group's great second chapter at Atlantic Records – a time when original singer Clyde McPhatter had left the group, and Ben E King and Rudy Lewis came in with a very different style in the lead! Lieber & Stoller were ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Beat Rocket, 1967.
Brilliant work from a Long Island group who are really known for just one famous single, but who also managed to cut a few other tracks at the time – all brought together here to make a long-overdue album for the group! "Valley Of Death" is the group's sole single – a great ... CD (Rock CD)

Denny Zeitlin & George Marsh

Telepathy
Sunnyside, 2021.
Really great sounds from the legendary Denny Zeitlin – an entry in his series of electro-acoustic improvisations with drummer George Marsh – and a record that has Zeitlin on a range of keyboards and electronics, in addition to his more familiar acoustic piano! It's that instrument ... CD (Jazz CD)

Fourth World Quartet

1975
Cuneiform, 1975.
Amazing early work from the Fourth World Quartet – an obscure new music ensemble from early 70s Michigan – but one whose members would go on to form Mission Of Burma and Destroy All Monsters! Here, the sound is completely different than those later groups – a mix of compositional ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The Vietnam war was tough on most folks in the US – but it's no secret that it was especially tough on black Americans – who were often given little choice and little chance to get out of the callup to the military action – which left a huge impression on their community for years ... CD (Soul CD)
Not Two (Poland), 2021. 3CD
Bassist Joelle Leandre is always a warmly collaborative player – an artist whose own sound is tremendous, but also seems to bring out the best in her collaborators – which is definitely the case in this series of live material recorded at the Krakow Jazz Festival in Poland! CD1 ... CD (Jazz CD)
Valley Of Search, 1972.
A never-issued live performance – a beautiful 18 minute improvisation between Alan Braufman on alto and Cooper Moore on piano – recorded as it slide out over the airwaves of WKCR in New York, in 1972 – and a much-needed addition to the small amount of recordings that Braufman made ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)
Philadelphia International, 1973. 2LP Gatefold
The setting is the Golden Gate, but the sound is pure Philly International – a rare early live performance from the label, featuring some of its key vocal heavyweights working here with live accompaniment from MFSB! Although the instrumental group backed Philly artists often in the studio, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Eboni Band

Eboni Band
Eboni/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), Early 80s. (reissue)
A really unique record, and one with a very unusual pedigree – as the group features key members of some acts from the Ivory Coast in the late 70s, mixed with various Motown session players in the studio – all in a way that offers up a completely different take on Cali soul from the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Warner/Parlophone (France), Early 70s.
A really cool entry in this ultra-hip series – a volume that moves a bit more into the 70s than previous ones, but still hangs onto all the wonderfully wild touches that makes the music so great! As you'd guess by the "psyche" in the title, there's certainly some psychedelic ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)

Nina Simone

Very Rare Evening
Tidal Waves, 1969. (reissue)
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Wandering The Sound Quintet (Satoko Fujii/Guillermo Gregorio)

What Is
Not Two (Poland), 2021.
Wandering The Sound is a great name for this quintet – as their improvisations seem to go on a journey during the course of the record – one that's not lost in the sense that "wandering" sometimes implies, but which is taking things easy, really exploring the time and space of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A beautiful tribute to the music of Eden Ahbez – the original "nature boy" himself, and a mystical west coast composer who was to the LA scene what Moondog was to New York! The songs here come from unrecorded sheet music left behind by Eden – songs composed in the early 60s, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound LP)
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1970.
A great precursor to the legendary album Tanglewood 63 – one of the touchstones of British jazz at the start of the 70s, and a masterpiece from trombonist/arranger Mike Gibbs! The tracks here are live studio takes on some of the tunes that appeared on the set, plus other material too – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Antonio L Newton

Novaphonia
Tidal Waves, 1987.
A soul record, but one with a fair bit of "something else" going on as well – and a set that was originally only issued on cassette, which might be why it was missed the first time around! Antonio L Newton, aka Tony Newton, has a long legacy in soul music – including work ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Theo Jorgensmann/Christopher Dell/Christian Ramond/Klaus Kugel

At The Field's Edge
Not Two (Poland), 2021.
Theo Jorgensmann always has a wonderful sound on clarinet – part of a legacy of modern improvisational modes that goes back to territory first opened up by Jimmy Giuffre – but here, he maybe sounds even better than usual, as the album features some wonderful work on vibes from ... CD (Jazz CD)
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s.
Rare gospel gems that go way past the usual – tracks recorded for the small JCR label in Memphis during the 70s, but done with a stripped-down vibe that's much more like postwar gospel overall! Most of the acts here are pretty darn obscure – groups that were inspired by the spirit and ... CD (Gospel CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1973.
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021.
Drummer Chad Taylor is one of the most versatile performers we know – a drummer who can move easily between a variety of different settings, always finding the right touch for the right moment! Yet here, Taylor may be in one of his most unique settings to date – improvising on two long ... CD (Jazz CD)

Byard Lancaster

My Pure Joy
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1992.
A really obscure set from legendary reedman Byard Lancaster – a set that was issued late in the history of the spiritual jazz label Black Fire, but one that's every bit as essential as their music from the 70s! Lancaster works here often with just a bit of percussion in the background – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Yosuke Yamashita

Clay
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
Mindblowing trio work from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – in a group that's equally noteworthy for its incredible reed performances from the mighty Akira Sakata! The pairing of Sakata and Yamashita was one of the greatest things in Japanese jazz in the 70s, and certainly one of that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Trojan (UK), Late 60s/1970s. 3CD
A huge collection of work from the legendary Trojan Records label – the crucial British imprint who helped bring the sounds of Jamaica to the London scene, then helped encourage a lot of new English recordings as well! Trojan was more than a label, it was a key cultural conduit back in the ... CD (Reggae CD)

Michael Marcus

Stone Jump
Not Two (Poland), 2021.
A set that's maybe a bit more inside than usual for the mostly-improvised Not Two label – but one that's also got a nice sort of an edge, too – a different take on familiar territory, all graced with the great work of Michael Marcus on soprano sax, tenor, octavin, and tarogato! Marcus ... CD (Jazz CD)
Quiet Pterodactyl, 2021.
A killer compilation and a testament to the creative strength of the Chicago music scene! Situation 2, like it's predecessor, is a benefit effort for city's live performance venues that were dark for most of 2020 & first half of 2021 due to the pandemic and it's as diverse as the city itself, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Platinum City/Luv N' Haight, Late 70s. (reissue)
An obscure set of clubby soul from the Dallas scene – led by the mysterious Round Robin on vocals and percussion! The group hit the speed of some of the disco dancefloor work of the time, but have a lean style that focuses much more on their surprisingly sharp instrumentation – which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1984. (reissue)
Drummer Takeo Moriyama is best known to our ears as one of the key forces in the trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita in the 70s – and he definitely continues that strong legacy here, but with a vibrant voice that's all his own! The session is maybe more pitched towards the spiritual side of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Marc Rapson

Dark Vs Light
Futuristica (UK), 2010/2021.
A full-length set of work from Marc Rapson, created at a time when he was mostly adding his talents to projects by others – and always turning out to be a fantastic force in the music! This set has Marc all on his own – nicely minimal backings and beats, often with a lead keyboard line ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

New York Disco Orchestra

Reverie
Artemis/Espacial (Spain), 1978.
A completely obscure disco session from the New York scene of the 70s, and a great one too – long, well-crafted tracks that clearly draw inspiration from both the work of Salsoul Orchestra and MFSB – and which have a sound that's every bit as great as work from those two famous groups! ... CD (Soul CD)
Brownswood (UK), 2021.
A truly remarkable book, and unlike anything else we've ever seen – part discography, part photography, part travelogue – and together, an amazing testament to both the human spirit, and the power of music to see us all through! Gilles Peterson put the book together as something of a ... Book (Book)
Maggot Brain/Third Man, 2021.
The wonderful Raincoats are on the cover this time around, and the issue looks at the way their once-overlooked music has gone on to get the attention it deserved, and keep on having an influence over generations to come! There's lots more too – a very interesting piece that has Terry Riley ... Magazine (Magazine)

Elza Soares

Elza Pede Passagem
EMI/Universal (Brazil), 1972. (reissue)
Fast and funky samba tunes by Elza Soares – handled with a great 70s twist, one that brings the tunes up to speed with samba soul work of the time by Jorge Ben and Antonio Carlos E Jocafi! The feel is light and bouncy, but also very soulful – and the set grooves in a way you won't find ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
2 Tone/Chrysalis (UK), 1980. 3CD
One of the greatest groups of the legendary 2 Tone records scene at the start of the 80s – and a group that's maybe got an even harder edge than their more familiar labelmates, The Specials! The groove here is revival ska, but with a lean, jagged quality that's very different than so many of ... CD (Rock CD)

Apollo Brown & Planet Asia/Gensu Dean & Guilty Simpson

Stitched Up & Shaken (2021 Record Store Day Release)
Mello Music Group, 2021.
A split set of remixes and reworks – served up here in a single limited package! Side one features Apollo Brown reworking the album Abrasions by Planet Asia – making for even heavier versions of cuts that include "Faces On The Dollar", "Bar Mitzvah", "Reflection ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
JuJu/Broc (France), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A really rare slice of work from the funky genius Janko Nilovic – not the sound library grooves which have gained him fame over the decades – but instead a batch of rare cuts from his own short-lived record label, which he formed in 1968 with soul singer Davy Jones! Nilovic and Jones ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Ron Henderson & Choice Of Colors

Hooked On Your Love – Rare Tracks
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s.
Underground soul genius from the great Ron Henderson – one of those great 70s also-rans – a true top talent who never fully got his due, but who cut some really wonderful material back in the day! The set features rare 70s singles and some unreleased tracks – all of which work ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Eastwood Music Group, 2021. 3LP
A very cool set from the Texas scene – one that's overflowing with new work by some of the hippest soul, funk, and hip hop artists in the Lonestar State – and a few others too! The set features work from Black Pumas, Leon Bridges, N'Dambi, Sha La Das, Holy Hive, Badbadnotgood, Ghost ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Columbia/Denon (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
A really unusual set from the Japanese scene of the 70s – and a record that represents some of the higher pinnacles of their recording technology at the time! The songs here are billed as "Japanese traditional melodies by PCM Recording Systems" – and they are hardly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1977. (reissue)
Fantastic work from 70s Brazil – served up here by the great Lady Zu, who was one of the few female artists in the mostly-male samba soul generation! Lady Zu's a bit like Tim Maia at the time – a soul singer first, and Brazilian artist second – and works here with a sound that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Wessel Ilcken, Tony Vos, Rob Madna, & Others

Jazz Behind The Dikes 3 (180 gram blue vinyl pressing)
Philips/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1957.
An important early export from the Dutch jazz scene of the postwar years – a volume of Jazz Behind The Dikes, a series that focused on the best up-and-comers of the Netherlands scene! The album goes a bit farther than some of the piano trio sessions issued under the series, and includes some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Sam Records (France), 1975.
Never-issued live material from one of our favorite jazz musicians of all time – the mighty Billy Harper, a tenor saxophonist who took the initial legacy of John Coltrane, then really ran with it in the 70s! The album is stunning right from the very first note – a perfect encapsulation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Vagabond King/Jazzman (UK), 1977.
One of the rarest and most unusual albums to come out of the Philly scene in the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given the unique and obscure quality of so many indie sides on small Philadelphia labels! Ron Everett's a singer, with roots that go back to the doo wop scene of the 50s – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Modern Harmonic, 1969.
Dracula never sounded so funky – thanks to the mighty sounds of the Whit Boyd Combo! Boyd was a porn peddler in 60s Texas, but also cut a few great soundtracks for his smutty films – including this wonderful romp that's full of funky drums, heavy organ, off-tuned guitar, and even a bit ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Peace Flag Ensemble

Noteland
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 2021.
A jazz group, but one with a very different approach – as the core energy here comes from the piano improvisations of Jon Neher, which then draw all the other musicians together, as they find ways to slide their own contributions into the fold! There's a very cohesive sound to the music ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1964.
Seminal work from trumpeter Ted Curson – a set that's issued under his own name, but which continues a string of key early 60s performances with tenorist Bill Barron – who's work together here with Ted is fantastic! The group has no piano – just Herb Bushler on bass and Dick Berk ... CD (Jazz CD)

Joris Roelofs & Han Bennink

Icarus
ICP (Netherlands), 2018.
Fantastic work from a duo who can take familiar instruments, and make them come out sounding completely different and in all these weird and wonderful ways! You may already know this quality from drummer Han Bennink, whose work has delighted us for decades – and he's equally matched here by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020.
A record with an unassuming cover, but with a deeply soulful sound that comes across right away – a spare blend of simple beats and well-crafted basslines, topped with vocals that almost seem like they're trying hard not to get in the way of the groove! The approach is great – gently ... CD (New Grooves CD)
BBE (UK), 2021.
Funky sounds old and new – a great collection of cuts that are hand-picked by Jasper The Vinyl Junkie, and which have a way of bridging the best modes of the 70s and some of the best sounds from recent years! The work here all sounds very classic, even if some of it is contemporary – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Don Cherry

Om Shanti Om
Black Sweat (Italy), 1976.
Rare 70s work from Don Cherry, and one of the most perfect realizations of his organic music concept – a quartet session recorded for Italian broadcast, with long songs that have a very spun-out, meditative vibe! Cherry's on pocket trumpet, but is way more than a horn player – as his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Skye, Late 60s.
A wonderful album from Gabor Szabo – one with the same freely grooving, slightly-psychedelic sound that he was using on his best records for the Impulse label! Two guitars head up the quintet – those of Gabor and Jim Stewart – and they trade breezy lines throughout, grooving over ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ariel Bart

In Between
Ropeadope, 2021.
CD...$9.99 13.99
A beautiful new voice in the small world of jazz harmonica – one who certainly resonates with echoes of the past, but finds a way to open up the instrument in a setting that's much more spiritual than we might have expected! Ariel Bart blows her instrument with a great sense of color here, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Michel Magne

Les Tontons Flingueurs
Le Pop Club (France), 1963.
Very groovy work from the mighty Michel Magne – an early 60s soundtrack on the French scene, and one that showed that music like this was soon going to rival all the cool changes going on in Italian cinema too! There's a nice blend of jazzy and mod elements going on here – older ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Radio Martiko (Belgium), 1960s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic combination of sounds – as older Greek modes hit the rock and roll years, get electrified, and turn out all these amazing records in the process! Part of the sound here comes from an electrified version of the bouzouki – often used with a deftness that might rival American ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra

Nyjah's Theme/Little Afrika
P-Vine (Japan), 2021.
The Nimbus Records spirit lives again – on these two long tracks by the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – a group who are best known for their famous recordings with Horace Tapscott, and who have a spiritual legacy on the LA scene that goes back to 1961! At some level, the record is a ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)

Dave Holland/Kevin Eubanks/Obed Calvaire

Another Land
Edition (UK), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
Guitar, bass, and drums – coming together here on a set that lives up to the strong legacy of creative music we've come to expect from the legendary Dave Holland! Holland plays both electric and acoustic versions of his instrument – which makes for a nice shift in the way he interacts ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020.
Sault have always been fantastic, but it also seems that with each new release, they get even more powerful and progressive – opening up a more radical agenda that really comes through in their music! The group don't state their position with the title of the record – which is ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Wendell Harrison Tribe

Get Up Off Your Knees
Tribe/P-Vine (Japan), 2021.
Fantastic new music from Detroit reedman Wendell Harrison – working here with a renewed version of the Tribe Records scene, at a level that makes the album one of his best in many years! Wendell blows tenor and bass clarinet, and his group here is mostly younger, lesser-known players – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Impulse, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4LP
LP...$119.99 139.99
A stunning collection of work from the legendary Impulse Records catalog – a double-length set that focuses on the most spiritual side of the label! Red, green, and black are often used together as the colors of righteousness – but the orange and black of Impulse has stood strong as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Embryo

Opal
United Artists/Ohr (Germany), 1970.
One of the great space rock records of the early 70s – the debut from the mighty Embryo – a lynchpin in the uncompromising jazz, prog & rock to come – and really one of the more underappreciated early Krautrock efforts! Embryo is working in a pretty amazing mode here, with ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gene Russell

New Direction
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971.
Sweet funky jazz from pianist Gene Russell – one of the hippest albums he ever recorded! Russell's a pianist with a wonderfully fluid touch – used here to near perfection in a small combo date that really stands out from most of his other albums – just the kind of effort we'd ... CD (Jazz CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A pair of rare albums from the great Derrick Harriott – with lots of bonus tracks that are appearing on CD for the first time! The set begins with the stunning Greatest Reggae Hits – a set that focuses strongly on the amazing vocal range of Derrick Harriott – a singer who can ... CD (Reggae CD)

Adrian Younge

American Negro
Jazz Is Dead, 2021. 2LP Gatefold
The most political album we've ever heard from Adrian Younge – a set that stands as a much stronger, much more individual message than anything he's ever given us before! All Adrian's previous instrumental elements are in the mix – heavy funk, with a special soundtrack sort of twist ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Pharoah Sanders

Rejoice (180 gram pressing)
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic 80s work from Pharoah Sanders – with a vibe that's a perfect extension of his classic work for the Impulse label! The album has Pharoah working with an amazing group – Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, John Hicks and Joe Bonner on piano, Art Davis on bass, and either Elvin Jones or ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. (reissue)
An overlooked gem from west coast vibist Ricky Kelly – a player who only cut a small number of records, but who was kind of an 80s equivalent to some of the hippest Bobby Hutcherson work of the 70s! This album's a bit different than some of the more avant work on the Nimbus Records label ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jugoton/Everland (Germany), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Fierce funk from behind the iron curtain in the 70s – a huge selection of tracks from the Yugoslavian record label Jugoton – most presented here to the western work for the first time ever! The music here isn't the usual American funk and soul of the decade – even though the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Buried Treasure (Germany), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s.
Nearth 20 years of work from some of the more obscure sound library labels on the European scene – served up here in a blend of modes that moves between heavy funk, jazzier grooves, and some more atmospheric keyboard-heavy tracks – all of which we're not sure we've ever heard before! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A great group recording from pianist Horace Tapscott – recorded in LA in the early 80s, but done with all the righteousness and spirituality of his earlier albums! Tracks are long and exploratory, but also relatively lyrical too – stretching out with a style that's never too "outsi ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969/1971/1976. 2CD Gatefold
A trio of fantastic recordings from Anthony Braxton – all of them at a pivotal time in his career, and each with his reed work in a very different setting! First up is the double-length album The Complete Braxton – a record that's something of a document of Anthony Braxton during his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969.
The start of a legend – a record that may well be called the birthplace of the Strata East record label – as the let features both trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell, working together in an early version of the Music Inc group that would be one of the key acts on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Natural Information Society

Descension – Out Of Our Constrictions
Eremite/Aguirre (Belgium), 2021.
Beautiful music from a group that features familiar players from the world of improvised music, but coming together here in a very different way! Joshua Abrams leads the group, and he's playing guimbri instead of his usual bass – a lighter stringed instrument used with global currents that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Craft, Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A heady second chapter of a legendary funk group that were only around for a few short years, but gave us some great music in the process – presented here with 16 unissued tracks from their years in Los Angeles, including work from members of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band too! With so ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

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