Archie Ball (France), 2021.
Fantastic duets between saxophonist Archie Shepp and pianist Jason Moran – a record that really continues a legacy of this sort of work that Shepp has previously done with players like Dollar Brand, Horace Parlan, and Mal Waldron! The strength of Moran's expression here is every bit as ... (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), 1960s.
Here's a set that takes the "More" in its title very seriously – as the package is overflowing with way more rare work than we might have expected – six tracks from the Motown vaults that appear here for the first time ever, and many other that were unreleased at the time ... (Soul CD)
Philly Jazz/Strut (UK), 1978. (reissue)
An amazing album from Sun Ra – a set that's got some of the same soulful focus as Space Is The Place, and a really surprising sense of groove on many moments! The record's actually a bit funky – if you can believe it – and was recorded with electric keyboards, bass, and guitar ... (Jazz LP)
Anthony Hamilton's got a very classic look on the cover – and he definitely turns in a classic set here – the kind of righteous, well-crafted soul record that really takes us back to the golden age of the 70s! And yet, the music's not retro at all – it's very contemporary in both ... (Neo Soul CD)
Smithsonian Folkways, Late 70s/1980s/1990s/2000s. 9CDs
A huge dip into the history of hip hop – in a set that's something of a groundbreaking effort from the folks at the Smithsonian! If we're honest, we'll tell you that we're old enough to remember a time when folks thought that hip hop was just a fad – when it was a musical style that ... (Hip Hop CD)
Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s.
Fantastic sounds from one of our all-time favorite producers in soul music – the legendary Norman Whitfield, the man who helped some of Motown's artists pick up a new sort of righteous sound at the end of the 60s, before moving on to start his own Whitfield label in the 70s! If you don't ... (Soul CD)
Reprise/Light In The Attic, 1966.
The record that forever put Nancy Sinatra over the top – thanks to the massive title hit "Boots Are Made For Walking" – and some impeccable Lee Hazlewood production that really found a way to make Nancy sound fantastic! The young Sinatra had been wanting to make her own ... (Vocalists CD)
Blue Note, 2021.
The Blue Note debut of Latin Jazz pianist Arturo O'Farrill – and a set that may well be some of his most ambitious material to date! Arturo's often got an ear towards wider levels of expression than standard jazz or Latin – but here, he really steps out strongly on two extended suites ... (Jazz CD)
High Note, 2021.
Houston Person recording live in Paris, but in a setting that has the tenor legend going right back to his 60s material – as he's playing here in an organ combo, with Ben Paterson on the Hammond B3, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and the great Willie Jones III on drums! The whole thing crackles ... (Jazz CD)
Crammed (Belgium), 2021.
An album that revolves around a story of sorts – three creatures from a distant time and space come to earth and send their impressions back home – yet manage to do so in a way that resonates strongly with the earlier work we've liked from Batida! The music, as before, is a hybrid of ... (Global Grooves LP)
Saba/Wallen Bink (Germany), 1965. (pic cover)
Two fantastic American players – both coming together here on a rare European session for the Saba/MPS label in Germany! "Carmell's Black Forest Waltz" features not just great saxophone from leader Nathan Davis, but also a strong trumpet solo from Carmell Jones – blowing over ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
World Pacific/Blue Note, 1953. (reissue)
A set that's noteworthy not just for the presence of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, and for the leadership of baritonist Gerry Mulligan – but a record that also features the great Chet Baker on trumpet, working here as part of a trio of musicians who were really helping transform the sound of ... (Jazz LP)
Crammed (Belgium), 2021.
One of the most unusual records we've heard in the excellent Made To Measure series – and that's really saying a lot, given the quality of all the other releases over the years! This set features one single piece – a long journey in sound that begins with sonic samples recorded in the ... (Rock CD)
Smoke Sessions, 2021.
Bold, beautiful work from pianist Renee Rosnes – a player who's already been great for many decades, but who really seems to be unlocking new qualities in her music – and a record like this is definitely a piece of that trend! There's a richness of sound on the piano that's always ... (Jazz CD)
T Neck/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
A very weird, but very beautiful album by the Isleys – one in which they move into a folksy rock groove, and play acoustic guitars in long spiraling soulful versions of some of their favorite rock hits! The sound's a bit like Terry Callier or Bill Withers, but it's also still got that sexy ... (Soul LP)
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
An overlooked gem from the great Koko Taylor – maybe because the set was recorded in France – although the sound of the set is definitely more than Chicago enough to live up to the title! There's a lean, raw quality to the record – even more so than some of Koko's better-known ... (Blues CD)
Elektra/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – ... (Jazz CD)
Bible & Tire, 2021.
The first recording in over 50 years from Elder Jack Ward – a Memphis gospel legend whose roots go way back to the early years of the city's soul scene! Ward was a member of both the Christian Harmonizers and Sunset Travelers, then went on to a huge legacy of his own – including work ... (Gospel CD)
Pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker are long-running musical partners that you're likely to know well – and here, they join under the leadership of drummer Francisco Mela, a player who's more than able to keep up pace with the improvising giants! Case in point is the album's ... (Jazz CD)
Emkay/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1979. 2LP (reissue)
A sweet fusion set from late 70s Hawaii – an album recorded with a very open, freewheeling vibe – and a warmly spiritual undercurrent too! The music is quite different from some of the tighter, more crossover material from the Hawaiian scene of the 70s – and these guys work in a ... (Jazz LP)
A fantastic collaboration between two contemporary legends in French music – both artists we love on their own, but who maybe sound even more amazing here together! We've loved and stocked records by the Liminanas for years – a duo who have a great way of reviving an older style of ... (French CD)
Chocolate City/Superbird (UK), 1975/1978.
Two great albums from Cameo – back to back in a single get! Cardiac Arrest is early Cameo at their best – tight, funky, and totally out of sight! The groove here is very different than their 80s work – and the group have this amazing way of focusing all their energy down on the ... (Soul CD)
MPS (Germany), 1974. Gatefold
Fantastic stuff – and one of our favorite lost sessions from the 70s! The album's a completely unique work by pianist Bill Evans album – one that features him playing both electric and acoustic piano over stunning arrangements by Claus Ogerman! The sound is indescribably beautiful, ... (Jazz LP)
A really fantastic record from reedman Jim Snidero – one that hints at its sound with the "strings" in the title – even though that's just a really tiny part of the overall picture! There's lots more going on here than just a saxophonist with strings – this isn't a ... (Jazz CD)
Archie Shepp & Joachim Kuhn
Archie Ball (France), 2010. 2LP
Beautiful material from the great Archie Shepp – a sublime set of duets with pianist Joachim Kuhn, done at a level that has Shepp playing in an extremely soulful way – long tenor lines that soar out beautifully over just the piano – with no other rhythm or accompaniment, but a ... (Jazz LP)
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
Luther Allison recorded famously for Motown during the 70s – but here, he's in a much more lean, stripped-down mode – really stretching out on these extended tracks that let his superb guitar work do as much talking as his vocals! But Allison's also got a fantastic voice – one ... (Blues CD)
Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
A wonderful album – one of those underground classics that seems to show up in everyone's record collection, even though it was never a huge chart hit. Double Exposure are part of the "second wave" of east coast vocal groups – and like their contemporaries, they mix the sweet ... (Soul CD)
Carmo/Piry Reis (Brazil), 1984. (reissue)
A really beautiful record from Piry Reis – a singer/guitarist who we only know from this one rare album in the 80s – issued on the Carmo label of Egberto Gismonti, who also plays piano and helps to put the set together! Yet the sound here is maybe more in the mode of some of the work ... (Brazil LP)
KPM/Def Presse, 2021.
A fantastic album from Damu The Fudgemunk, and a set that kicks off a whole new series in the sound library universe too – one that has contemporary producers getting access to classic samples from the KPM Sound Library catalog, while also adding their own music to the label too! Here, Damu ... (Hip Hop LP)
MPS (Germany), 1980.
A great lost session from tenorist Joe Henderson – recorded in 1980 for MPS Records, in a mellower, more easy-going style than some of his electric sides of the 70s! Joe's blowing in a really fluid style – almost like Stan Getz at times, but with a darker, edgier approach – and ... (Jazz LP)
The groove here is a compelling blend of Puerto Rican, African, and New York styles – bits of salsa, funk, hip hop, and more – all percolating together in the hands of Nickodemus and coming out in a whole new way! The sound is a lot less cliched than you might expect – and ... (New Grooves LP)
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
Who better to spend Halloween with than Lux and Ivy of The Cramps – a pair who almost act like it's the last day of October all year long! Lux and Ivy are well-known as collectors of strange and offbeat 45s from the late 50s and early 60s – and that period also coincides with a great ... (Halloween CD)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. 4CD
A great package – one that brings together the four first albums from the fantastic Eastern Rebellion group! First up is Eastern Rebellion 1 – seminal work in the development of the career of Cedar Walton – the formation of his excellent Eastern Rebellion ensemble, a group that ... (Jazz CD)
T Neck/Legacy, 1973.
An amazing little album from the Isley Brothers – one in which the group manage to explore their growing love of the electric guitar, yet somehow sound even more soulful than before! The music is slinky and seductive, with a wonderful style that's never too overly funky – just laidback ... (Soul CD)
Fabiano Do Nascimento
Now Again, 2021.
Maybe the most personal album to date from Fabiano Do Nascimento – a set that continues the Brazilian acoustic guitar legacy of players like Baden Powell, Egberto Gismonti, and some of the older greats – but which finds a way to express its sound in a very contemporary way! Fabiano ... (Brazil CD)
Electric Bird/Holy Basil, 1979. (reissue)
Keyboardist Mikio Masuda cut plenty of great fusion records in 70s Japan – but this set was recorded in the US, with some very soulful help from a great American lineup! David Matthews arranged the set, with a bit of a Kudu Records vibe – which means that Mikio's got lead solos on both ... (Jazz LP)
Seminal work from Seam – here a trio with work from Superchunk's Mac McCaughan on drums, Lexi Mitchell on bass, and the great Sooyoung Park on guitar and vocals! The set's one of the true gems of the indie underground of the early 90s – one of the last bright flames to flicker from the ... (Rock LP)
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967.
A wonderful early album from Victor Assis Brasil – one of Brazil's greatest saxophone players of the 60s and 70s, and an artist with a keen post-Coltrane approach to his work! The album's awash in modally grooving numbers that would have made Coltrane proud – soulfully swinging tunes ... (Brazil CD)
Munich/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970.
Maybe the earliest-ever recording from funky fusion combo Association – working here under the leadership of drummer Pierre Courbois, whose name they'd merge with on later 70s MPS sessions as Association PC! The sound here is maybe a bit looser than the MPS years, but still equally inventive ... (Jazz CD)
Sony/Legacy, Early 80s. 2CD
Rare work from a time in Bob Dylan's career when he was maybe giving us too few albums – which makes all the rare material here a great addition to his early 80s run of records on Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque! The tracks here all come from sessions for those records – ... (Rock CD)
Aurita Y Su Conjunto (Aurita Castillo)
Discos Fuentes/Mississippi, Early 60s. (reissue)
One of the most unusual albums ever issued on the legendary Discos Fuentes label – and that's saying a lot, given how many unusual albums the company put out! This set's got a core Colombian groove in the rhythms – very much in the rootsy style that the company was making a name for in ... (Latin LP)
CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
A masterpiece of spacey soul by the great Asha Puthli – a really unique 70s singer who has this incredible vocal range, and a great way of using it amidst slinkily soulful tracks – a bit like Minnie Riperton, or maybe like some of the Sylvia Striplin work with Roy Ayers! The sound here ... (Soul CD)
Saba/Wallen Bink (Germany), 1965. (pic cover)
Nathan Davis is one of our all-time favorite saxophone players – and he sounds tremendous here in the company of trumpeter Woody Shaw, as the pair both take on Shaw's early "Zoltan" composition, with help from Larry Young on piano! The flipside features an even bolder number – ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Mosaic, Mid 60s. 5CDs
The start of a legend – a huge amount of material that introduced the world to the tenor genius of the young Joe Henderson – recorded over the space of a few short years, on records that feature Joe as both the leader and a sideman on some of the hippest Blue Note records of the time! ... (Jazz CD)
Beat/Sonor (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
Emanuelle makes it over to the US – to give our shores a sexy taste of her erotic antics – and as usual, Nico Fidenco's along for the ride, to ensure that the movie's got a very groovy soundtrack! As with other Emanuelle scores of the 70s, there's a blend here of erotic pop styles, ... (Soundtracks LP)
Pompeii/Goldenlane, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the coolest records ever from Ike and Tina Turner – and definitely one of their records with a very cool cover! The set was recorded for Ike's short-lived Pompeii subsidiary for Atlantic – a label where he did some of his heaviest, funkiest work of the 60s – serving up a ... (Soul LP)
The third soundtrack that Vince Guaraldi did for The Peanuts TV specials – and maybe the best so far! There's a depth to the music that's wonderful – as Vince's combo works alongside some occasional larger orchestrations by John Scott Trotter, which are still arranged by Guaraldi ... (Jazz LP)
Pressure Sounds, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A host of rare gems from the early years of Lee Perry's legendary Black Ark studios – material recorded by Scratch himself, on some cuts featuring The Upsetters, others some close contemporaries – but all nicely unified here by contributions from Lee at just about every level! As with ... (Reggae CD)
Tangerine, 1960s/1970s/1980s. 6CD
An amazing tribute to the music of Ray Charles – served up here in a special package of tracks from his own Tangerine and Crossover record labels – a fair bit of which haven't been on the market for many many years, and which are presented here with an unreleased live set from the 70s! ... (Soul CD)
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! ... (Folk/Country CD)
44 Records/Roundtable (Australia), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the best albums ever recorded by Brian Brown – an Australian sax player with roots in the country's late 50s hardbop scene, and who here is continuing to grow tremendously, stretching out in a post-Coltrane mode that's touched with electric keyboards and bass, and a very free-wheeling ... (Jazz LP)
Jazz Is Dead, 2021.
A tremendous return to form for the great Brian Jackson – an artist that most folks know for his legendary 70s work with Gil Scott-Heron, but one who's kept on making great music for years after Gil departed our planet! Here, Jackson's the lead talent on Fender Rhodes, flute, and other ... (Deep Funk CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A killer collection of rock and roll dancefloor numbers served up by the folks at Bear Family – tracks that move fast, and which mix together group soul, R&B, and early rockers in a really great way – mostly upbeat, but with some nice mellow moments to help you catch your breath ... (Rock CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1971.
Brilliant work throughout – the last studio album ever cut by Lee Morgan, and a mindblowing session that always leaves us wondering how massive he would have become if he hadn't been tragically murdered shortly after it was recorded! The album's a huge change from Morgan's already-great work ... (Jazz CD)
Far Out (UK), 2021.
A record that's incredibly hard to pin down – and we mean that in the best way possible – a really explosive blend of jazz elements, contemporary rhythms, and all these other wonderful sounds and styles – a globe's worth of music that somehow was created in just a tiny bedroom ... (Brazil CD)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1971.
Great live work by Albert Mangelsdorff – recorded during the height of his creative years at MPS, at a time when he was easily one of the most creative trombonists in the world! Mangelsdorff has risen to new heights by the time of this record – pushing the instrument to a level that ... (Jazz CD)
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1950s/Early 60s. 2LP & bonus 7 inch
Killer work from one of our favorite labels of all time – the mighty King Records, home to some of the best R&B material of the 50s, and some of the best cuts of the early soul years! Apart from the label's great fame and big hits, they also recorded countless other singles that barely ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Golden Pavilion (Portugal), 1972.
A rare funky gem from the Belgian scene of the 70s – served up by a group that features members of the group Placebo, but working here without the keyboards of Marc Moulin! The vibe is much more open than Placebo, but still shares lots of that group's great talent for mixing together jazz, ... (Rock 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 – ... (Jazz CD)
Habibi Funk (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s.
A second amazing collection of rare funk tracks from the Mid East – work that didn't exist in the same "scene"-styled world as American funk, but which instead comes from a disparate group of recordings that surprisingly, amazingly, turned out to be pretty darn funky! Musical modes ... (Global Grooves CD)
A lost jazz treasure from one of the most enigmatic pianists of the 60s – the legendary Hasaan, who recorded famously with Max Roach on Atlantic Records, but who also left behind this rare session that's never seen the light of day until now! Hasaan hails from Philly, where he was a player ... (Jazz CD)
Timmion (Finland), Late 60s.
Brilliant soul from the Detroit underground of the late 60s – a full set of work by vocalist Little Ann, issued here for the first time ever! You might recognize Ann's name from her appearance on a few of the Ace/Kent Records issues of material by Detroit producer Dave Hamilton over the ... (Soul LP)
MGM/Quartet (Spain), 1974. (reissue)
An excellent 70s funky thriller soundtrack! This one's been a lost gem for sample freaks for years – and no wonder, since it's filled with funky riffing, tight rhythm tracks, and fierce horn blasts. The score was written by David Shire to accompany a thriller about some guys who hijack a ... (Soundtracks LP)
Funk Night, 2021.
Jeffery Scott Greer has given us some great funk singles in recent years – those expensive funky 45s that can sometimes cost more than a full length album – which is why we're so happy to have this record on hand! Greer can be a one-man band at times, but here he works with help from ... (Deep Funk LP)
Stunt (Denmark), 2021.
Alvin Queen has given us some pretty heavy work over the years – but here, the drummer's showing off a different side of his talents – a gentler sense of rhythm that really fits the "night" spirit of the record – as he works alongside Calle Brickman on piano and Tobias ... (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Strawberry (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. 6CD
A really wonderful collection of music – work that has an already-great artist taking off into all these new directions of his own – completely reinventing himself as the jazz generations moved on, always with a really strong sense of wit and imagination! Mose Allison first emerged as ... (Vocalists CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), Mid 70s.
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 ... (Soul CD)
Hat Art (Switzerland), Early 60s. 2CD
A pair of legendary albums from the mighty Joe Harriott – a player who emigrated to England in the 50s, then set the scene on fire in the following decade! First up is Free Form – the landmark album that forever put saxophonist Joe Harriott on the map, and it's a brilliant batch of ... (Jazz CD)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985.
The title's no lie, but it can't even begin to get at the very special sound of the record – as there's a lot more going on here than just a saxophonist taking on American standards! Harry Verbeke's got this sense of tone and phrasing that are very much his own – a quality that we love ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1978.
Incredible work from Tania Maria – recorded in France right before her departure for bigger fame in the US! The set's got a fully jazzy feel that we really really love – one that has Tania's fluid vocals and soulful piano alongside backings that are expanded past her usual trio – ... (Brazil CD)
Comet (France), Late 90s/Early 2000s.
An excellent look at early work on the Comet Records label – the Paris imprint who really helped the Afro Funk sound of the 70s evolve a few more notches as the 21st Century dawned – thanks to key work with Tony Allen, and a host of other groundbreaking artists too! Comet are first of ... (Global Grooves LP)
Stax/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A sublime second chapter of work from Booker T & The MGs – pulled from a time when Stax Records was stepping out of the influence of Atlantic, and really opening the door to a wide variety of new soul sounds! That approach is definitely in place here – as the tracks really evolve ... (Soul CD)
Aum Fidelity, 2021.
This album's got a really fitting title – as the whole thing feels like it's ready to take off into the heavens, right from the very first note – driven on strongly by the drums of Gerald Cleaver, who's a perfect match for the bold basswork of William Parker – as the pair work ... (Jazz CD)
Premier/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1973. (reissue)
A beautiful album of highlife work from Etubom Rex Williams – served up with songs that are maybe a bit shorter than some of the more guitar-jamming material of the genre, but in a way that also offers up even more great focus on the vocals! The tunes have an appeal that goes beyond the ... (Global Grooves LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A really rare slice of work from legendary UK singer Petula Clark – an artist you'll know best for her swinging pop records of the 60s, but who also cut a fair bit of music in other European languages too! Petula was huge on our shores with her "Downtown" hit in the mid 60s – ... (Vocalists CD)
Cecil Taylor & Sunny Murray
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1996.
A fantastic extended performance from the great Cecil Taylor – and a set that's really striking for a number of different reasons! First, the performance begins with some added voice work from Tristan Honsinger, Dominic Duval, and others – doing unusual vocalizations that are a bit ... (Jazz CD)
Lansdowne/Resteamed (UK), 1969. 2CD
Two incredible albums from British pianist Stan Tracey – originally part of the Lansdowne series in the UK! Free An One has a cockney sort of title, but a very modern jazz vibe – one that shows just how much Stan Tracey had grown over the course of the 60s – as the vision here is ... (Jazz CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Mid 60s.
Crucial rare work from Danish piano genius Tom Prehn – a player who's only known for a handful of rare records from the 60s, and some unissued material that has come out in more recent years! This set falls somewhere between the space of both of those points – as the material had been ... (Jazz CD)
Heavy Soul Music/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s.
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Hans Dulfer – a set that features a group with the legendary avant drummer Hank Bennink, plus Willem Van Manen on trombone and Maarten Altena on bass – a real demonstration of the power of the Dutch jazz scene as it ... (Jazz CD)
Lansdowne/Resteamed (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
Two fantastic albums from the great British pianist Stan Tracey – both the kind of material that has made him one of our favorite players of that scene in the 60s! First up is With Love From Jazz – a beautifully bold statement from the Stan Tracey Quartet – one of the group's key ... (Jazz CD)
Beautiful vocals from Xavier Omar – a singer who maybe takes us back to the classic 70s sound of the Isley Brothers with the way he cascades and flows between the record's gentle grooves – but an artist who's definitely set up here in a much more contemporary mode! Omar's a soul singer ... (Neo Soul LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Epic/Quartet (Spain), Early 70s.
A pair of rare soundtracks from Philippe Sarde – both of them done for Italian director Marco Ferreri! First up is Liza – a sensual score that does a really great job of using older modes of instrumentation to convey some of the slinky 70s eroticism of the movie! Unlike other scores ... (Soundtracks CD)
Aquarela Do Brasil (UK), Early 60s.
A pair of bossa gems from pianist Luiz Eca – back to back in a single set! First up is Luis Eca & Cordaos – a record that's filled with soaring strings and bossa piano – a tremendous combination in the hands of Luiz Eca – working here at a time when the arranger was ... (Brazil CD)
Shadybrook/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
Kellee Patterson's amazing first album for the Shadybrook label – a total killer all the way through, and much harder and heavier than any of her later sides for the label! The record's got a nice jazzy vibe that's a good bridge between her earlier work on Black Jazz, and her later, ... (Soul LP)
Matsuli (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A soulful set of fusion from the South African scene of the 70s – a record that's a lot more electric overall than some of the others we know from the time – served up by a youthful group that's brimming over with power! The core of the set is awash in electric bass, guitar, and ... (Jazz LP)
Warmer/Kalita (UK), 1976. (reissue)
A record that barely made a ripple at the time it came out, but which is a real indie gem from the underground scene of the 70s! Al-Dos Band are a group who are equally well-trained in soul music and gospel – and they seem to stick more in secular territory on the record, but certainly ... (Soul 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 ... (Jazz CD)
Far Out (UK), 2021.
A hell of a record from Brazilian pianist Amaro Freitas – an artist we already loved before, but who's really stepping forth boldly with this release! Freitas has a way with the piano that's unlike anyone else we can think of – that freshness we maybe first felt when hearing a player ... (Jazz CD)
Sunset Blvd, 1972. 2CD
Rare live work from the great Mance Lipscomb – most of it from that early 60s time when his music was being discovered by a larger audience from the first time ever! Mance was born in 1895 – but as the notes point out, he never got the chance to make records during the early 78rpm ... (Blues CD)
Audio Fidelity/Pleasure For Music, 1968. (reissue)
A really great record from this overlooked singer – a vocal set, but one that's got some really groovy touches in the instrumentation – arrangements from pianist Sammy Benskin that use electric bass with fuller touches that get a bit funky from time to time, and which provide some great ... (Vocalists LP)
Blue Note, 1962. (reissue)
A seminal set of work from the Blue Note scene of the 60s – a record that's not just noteworthy for its role in helping return tenorist Dexter Gordon to the spotlight, but also for the fantastic work of pianist Sonny Clark in the quartet! Sonny's in wonderful form throughout – and ... (Jazz LP)
Aloha Got Soul, 1979. (reissue)
Rare solo work from Mackey Feary of Kalapana – a late 70s set that shows that his move away from the group was a mighty good idea! The music has the same smooth, soulful Hawaiian groove as Kalapana's records – but there's a more personal vibe to these tunes, and you can feel that ... (Rock LP)
Island (Japan), 1972.
Richard Thompson is relatively fresh out of Fairport Convention here, and while there are traces of that group in his solo music, it's also very clear that the set is the key to his long legacy to come! Thompson's guitar is much more upfront than before – really finding itself in both an ... (Rock CD)
East World/Universal (Japan), 2000.
A cool collection of sounds from the Japanese show of the same name – based around a park in Tokyo that's full of young kids and gangs – and presented here with a mixture of hip hop beats and more intense musical modes! Think of the record maybe as the score for some Tokyo-set video ... (Rock LP)
High Note/Doctor Bird (UK), 1977.
Bob Andy's come a long way here from his earlier work with Marcia Griffiths – taking on some new righteous rasta energy, as you might guess from the title – and singing in an even headier style than before – in a way that makes this record as important to the roots generation as ... (Reggae CD)
Ephat Mujuru & Spirit Of The People
Zimbabwe/Awesome Tapes From Africa, Early 80s.
A set from the 80s, but a record with a very timeless feel – as Ephat Mujuru plays mbira here with a group that's heavy on percussion, and which features all these wonderful vocal refrains alongside the lead! The mbira is never buried in fuller instrumentation – and instead, the ... (Global Grooves CD)
Warner/Long Hair (France), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
A landmark album in the evolution of British jazz rock – the first solo album by Dick Heckstall-Smith, recorded right after the breakup of his famous group Colosseum! The album's got a similar feel to the best work of Colosseum – a blend of rock lyrics and heavily jazz-based phrasing, ... (Rock LP)
Capitol/Endless Happiness, Late 60s. (reissue)
A rare funky treasure from the glory days of the David Axelrod years at Capitol Records – a set that takes the amazing vocals of South African singer Letta Mbulu, sets them to arrangements by HB Barnum, and has Axelrod producing and putting the whole thing together – with a soaring ... (Global Grooves LP)
Black Fire/Strut, Late 70s. 2LP (reissue)
A sweet set of spiritual jazz funk – a gem of a set from an Ohio group of the 70s, but one that was initially only issued on CD by the Black Fire label many years later! The ensemble's led by singer/pianist Clarence Young – and has a very message-oriented approach – sort of a ... (Soul LP)
Island/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. 3CD
A trio of overlooked albums from UK group Vinegar Joe – packaged here with bonus tracks as well! First up is the group's debut, Vinegar Joe – a record with a UK blend of roots rock and deeper blues currents – but served up in that 70s style that takes all the best elements way ... (Rock CD)
Quartet (Spain), Late 70s.
A pair of obscure 70s soundtracks from Philippe Sarde – back to back on a single CD! First up is Barocco – a great little dramatic score from Philippe Sarde – done for a film set in the lower reaches of the boxing world, and given this wonderfully moody music that's even a cut ... (Soundtracks CD)
Cutting Edge (Japan), 2003. 2LP Gatefold
A great little record that's as compelling as its package! Sketch Show are a duo comprised of older Japanese musicians Yukihiro Takahashi and Haruomi Hosono – but they've got a sound that's fresh and young, with lots of nice twists and turns that are much more contemporary than you'd guess ... (Rock LP)
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as congolero Francisco Aguabella comes on hard, hitting strong throughout – and serving up a wicked blend of Latin, funk, and soul! The mid 70s set is a standout recording from Aguabella – done after he left the group Malo, and one ... (Latin LP)
One of the most important early records by Elvis Costello – and maybe one of a small handful that we'd deem completely essential out of his massive catalog over the decades! Elvis and The Attractions are in perfect form here – coming across with all the biting energy of the punk ... (Rock LP)
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976.
A fantastic criss-crossing of modes – free jazz, funk, big band, and fusion – all styles that were blooming big on the Japanese scene of the 70s – wrapped up and reworked here into something new entirely! The set's a live one, and features extended performances from a range of ... (Jazz CD)
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2021.
Maybe one of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from drummer Donald Edwards – a set that states its position strongly with the title, then features a suite of tracks that work together perfectly to deliver Donald's message! The record has a power and focus that's wonderful – ... (Jazz CD)
Okeh/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 2016.
Trumpeter Theo Croker definitely hits escape velocity here – using electric touches to push his music deep into the cosmos, but all while still holding onto the earthy soul at the core! Theo blows straight trumpet sometimes, and processes his horn at others – but never with any sense ... (Jazz LP)
Mouse/Long Hair (France), 1971. (reissue)
The only album ever issued by Mammut – a fantastic German group who worked in the same Black Forest setting as the MPS Records label – which maybe is why there's so many wonderful jazz elements in the mix here! The record's got equal parts jazz and psych going on – maybe almost ... (Rock LP)
Death Is Not The End (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
Very early work from the Jamaican scene – a set that includes cuts by artists who'd later record classic tracks in the rocksteady years, but who here are working in a much different mode! The title is plenty apt, but only gets at part of the sound – as this isn't straight doo wop as ... (Reggae CD)
Edsel (UK), Early 80s. 4CD
A second great helping of hip British work from the 80s – all put together by British radio DJ Gary Crowley – whose work on Capitol Radio London kept him quite close to the action at the time! As with the first volume, this set does a great job of going past obvious chart hits, and ... (Rock CD)
Astral Spirits, 2021.
There's a sound here that's a lot more fierce than the "kitties" in the title might make you expect – some nicely freewheeling interplay between the drums of Jim Black and the guitar of Gordon Grdina, who also plays some excellent oud at a few moments too! The tracks are relatively ... (Jazz CD)
Cramps/Dialogo (Italy), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic record that's very much part of the strong legacy of sonic exploration we love in the legendary Cramps record label – served up in a space that goes way beyond music, and is still as groundbreaking now as it was when issued back in the 70s! Costin Mierenau is partly working here ... (Out Sound LP)
Cramps/Dialogo (Italy), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A well-titled record from David Tudor – given the most of the material here is an exploration of space and sound through feedback! The album features two long tracks – "Mix A" and "Mix B" – and both appear to involve spare sounds in space, filtered through ... (Out Sound LP)
RCA/Sony (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
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 ... (Brazil LP)
Back Beat/Real Gone, Late 60s. (reissue)
A masterpiece of southern soul – even if the record hides underneath a somewhat unassuming cover! The set was originally done for the Back Beat side of the Duke/Peacock label from Houston – but was recorded in Memphis with some great early work from Willie Mitchell, all in a lean mode ... (Soul LP)
Blue Note (Japan), 1956.
One of Lee Morgan's beautiful early sets for Blue Note – and proof that he was emerging as a youthful lyricist even in his hardbop days! The group on the session is a sextet – with rock-solid Hank Mobley on tenor, Horace Silver on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Charlie Persip on drums ... (Jazz CD)
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 – ... (Brazil CD)
Blue Note, 2021.
Absence is a word that can instantly have a sense of sadness, but it can also have a sort of beauty, too – and that's definitely the case in this album of work done as a tribute to the great Wayne Shorter by trumpeter Terence Blanchard! The record's way more than just a collection of Shorter' ... (Jazz CD)
Resteamed (UK), 2011. 2CD
Don't let the title put you off, as these aren't tracks recorded at some soundcheck before a gig by British piano legend Stan Tracey – and instead, they're some incredible recordings from late in his career, showing the modernist to be every bit as vibrant as back in the day! CD1 features ... (Jazz CD)
Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
AJE/Jazz Room (UK), 1987. (reissue)
Very cool Philly work from the 80s – played by a group who've got the same spiritual vibe as underground artists from the decade before! The combo features the requisite saxes and percussion – but they also have this really wonderful use of vibes, played by Bill Lewis – who ... (Jazz LP)
No Business (Lithuania), 2008. 5CD
The title here is very well-put – as this 5CD set is a rare glimpse into the creative process of a master improviser – as it follows Joel Futterman over the space of five different sessions, each on an individual – working on both piano and curved soprano saxophone, in a series of ... (Jazz CD)
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
A stunning double-length collection of work from dub producer Errol Brown – a massive 42 tracks in all, each of which definitely live up to the "tip top" promised in the title! The work here is from the years 1977 and 1978 – all originally issued on the High Note or Sky Note ... (Reggae CD)
MPS (Germany), 1971. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic set that features the best recordings ever done by George Duke for MPS! The set's a 2LP package that compiles the sessions Solus and The Inner Source – both of which feature Duke in his purest form, at the height of his spacey keyboard powers, in settings that are neither too ... (Jazz LP)
Prestige/Craft, Late 50s.
The legendary John Coltrane was a leader on some amazing recordings of the late 50s and 1960s – but right at the start of his career, he also added key contributions to records headed up by other folks too – and some of the best of those moments are collected here in this well-done set! ... (Jazz CD)
Dore/Kent (UK), Late 60s. (pic cover)
A special set of soul from legendary LA indie label Dore Records – home to some of the finest 60s sides on the west coast! Dore had a few key groups at the time – a young Whispers, and the excellent Superbs – but also cut work by some other great artists too – all with a ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
The Impulse Records debut of Brandee Younger – an artist who's more than worthy of appearance on that legendary label! As with another famous Impulse musician, Alice Coltrane, Younger's main instrument here is the harp – but she uses the instrument in ways that are very much her own ... (Jazz CD)
Crammed (Belgium), Early 80s.
Beautiful work from Hector Zazou, and one of those wonderfully hard to define records from the early days of the Crammed label – a company that always had a strong penchant for mixing up both musical and cultural modes in really unique ways! The record is part of a series of imagined ... (Out Sound CD)
Wax Trax, 1991. 2LP (reissue)
A really surprising set from Coil – a record that has the group sticking strongly to their roots as a more experimental industrial act, at a time when so many of their contemporaries from that scene were just heading for the dancefloor! Make no mistake, there's still plenty of groove-oriented ... (Rock LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
The complete history of an overlooked hero of cajun music – and a musician who's also quite a rocker as well – fiddler Cleveland Crochet, who cut some fantastic work for a handful of small Louisiana labels in the late 50s and early 60s – often with a great swampy blend of cajun ... (Folk/Country CD)
Movementt (UK), 2021.
We've loved the previous releases from UK trumpeter Emma Jean Thackray – one of the rising stars on the really inventive contemporary British scene – and this set has her pushing forward even more, in ways that we never would have expected! There's a quality here that we might almost ... (Jazz CD)
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1978.
A beautiful album of spiritual jazz flute tracks – one of the few self-released classics by the legendary Lloyd McNeill, a player who's never really gotten his due! The album's got a warm soulful sparkle that brings together Latin and Brazilian touches with McNeill's own lyrical style – ... (Jazz CD)
Wide Hive, 2021.
A great little record that really goes back to the early days of the Wide Hive label – the time when the company emerged as a hotbed of Cali funk, and was less of the jazz imprint it is today! Jake delivers plenty of breaks here on drums – and also turns in a bit of turntable work too ... (Deep Funk CD)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1993. (reissue)
A really great pairing of talents – the vocals of the legendary Desmond Dekker and the talents of UK revivalists The Specials – coming together in a set that really brings out the best of both acts at the same time! The Specials are really back to 2Tone basics here – but maybe ... (Reggae LP)
LaFace, 1996. 4LPs (reissue)
A landmark album – both for Outkast and the Atlanta scene too – as the set soars forward from the territory of their debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik – with crazy, free flowing, inventive rhymes and soulful outer space grooves that still manage to stay grounded enough to ... (Hip Hop LP)
We love the music of saxophonist Dave Rempis in just about any setting – but in recent years, the Kuzu trio has turned out to be one of Dave's greatest showcases for his talents – a really unique combo that features guitar from Tashi Dorji and drums from Tyler Damon – all coming ... (Jazz CD)
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968.
An obscure bossa combo, but a great one too – featured here on a rare 60s album for the Equipe label, which was also home to some of Dedoato's earliest work! The feel here is a bit like some of those better-known records – with organ lines stepping out over some lively samba and bossa ... (Brazil CD)
Favorite (France), 1980. Gatefold (reissue)
A rare fusion set from the end of the 70s – recorded during a very hip stretch on the scene in Venezuela, at a time when so many musicians were pushing sounds forward in ways that were years ahead of their time! That's definitely the case here – as Esperanto have all these sonic ... (Jazz LP)
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s.
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic ... (Soul CD)
Our Swimmer (Germany), 1967.
The title's a great one for this early recording from MEV – as the record's got so much electric energy at times, it does feel a bit like a Spacecraft in operation! The music was recorded live in Berlin, and features Alvin Curran on an unusual kalimba mounted on a ten liter oil can, plus ... (Out Sound LP)
Capitol, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4LP
A fantastic collection of work from The Beach Boys – a set that features two of our favorite albums from the group, plus lots of unreleased rare material! Sure, we love Pet Sounds and Smile – but year after year, we keep on finding new musical magic in the records Sunflower and Surf's ... (Rock LP)
Light In The Attic, 1980s. 2LP
A much deeper dip into the Japanese scene of the 80s than similar collections of this nature – as the package brings together work with a very specific vibe, and one that's maybe not quite like some of the more mainstream music that was getting exported at the time! Most of these tracks have ... (Rock LP)
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
Really great back-to-basics work from the legendary Lowell Fulson – a set that's got all the best lean modes of his work from the 60s, and some occasional funky currents too! The co-star of the set is guitarist Phillip Walker, whose band Fulson is joining – and the unique recording ... (Blues CD)
Madlib Invazion, 2021.
A hell of a collaboration – core sounds by Madlib, which are then re-arranged by Kieran Hebden – at a level that seems to open up new dimensions in both artists! The sound is definitely Madlib's, but there's also a sense of majesty that seems to flow through the whole thing – ... (Hip Hop CD)
Schneeball (Germany), Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
One of the more obscure albums from Embryo – a set recorded after their prog jazz classics of the 70s, and which still shows the group nicely pointing their music forward! There's maybe more avant rock elements in the mix than before, but still plenty of jazzy moments, and a nice use of ... (Jazz LP)
Atomicat, Late 50s/Early 60s.
A sweet little look at cheating in the world of early rock and soul music – served up here in a selection of 30 tracks that go way way past the tear-jerking tunes of the charts, and which also show that infidelity can be a pretty rocking subject as well! As with other volumes in this great ... (Rock CD)
We lost the mighty Stezo during 2020, but his music lives on in this well-titled final set – a record that really has us surprised at how much strong sounds the 80s hip hop pioneer has to offer! You might know Stezo from his early efforts for Sleeping Bag – and although this set is a ... (Hip Hop CD)
22A (UK), 2021.
We're completely in love with the music of Ruby Rushton – and even though this set is only a 4-track EP, it's got a soulful depth that goes beyond so many other groups of this nature! The quartet keep things nice and lean – using Fender Rhodes, flute, trumpet, and drums in a way that ... (Jazz LP)
International Anthem, 2021. 2CDs
Trumpeter Jaimie Branch has been giving us great music for a number of years – but honestly, she really knocks it out of the park on this live set – a record that's even more amazing than her previous two efforts with a similar title! The set's a double-length performance – and ... (Jazz CD)
Warner (Japan), 1980.
A charming little gem from the glory days of the Japanese pop scene – a record that never broke big on our shores, maybe because of the language – but which has all these jazzy elements that tie the set nicely to the sounds of the west coast scene at the time! The groove is a bit more ... (Rock LP)
At Home Sound (Japan), 2021.
A fantastic collection of grooves from contemporary Japan, but one that's heavy on all the best 70s elements that have always influenced the scene – served up here in a mix of jazz, soul, funk, and Brazilian elements by the mighty Ryuhei The Man! Ryuhei has turned us on to plenty of great ... (New Grooves CD)
Elektra/Real Gone, 2010. (reissue)
One of the records that forever cemented Cee-Lo's role in the contemporary soul cosmos – a set that's got the singer in superstar territory that nobody could have imagined back when he was part of the Goodie Mob! Here, Cee-Lo's an uber-confident soul singer – soaring with a spirit that ... (Neo Soul LP)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A trio of early solo albums from Joe Sample – with bonus cuts too! First up is Rainbow Seeker – a sublime solo set from the great Joe Sample – a set recorded right at a time when his work with The Crusaders was breaking very big, and Joe was becoming one of the hottest fusion ... (Jazz CD)
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973.
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns ... (Jazz CD)
Drive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
Massive Miami grooves from Robert "Rocky" Mizell – not one of the Mizell brothers from the west coast, but a Florida artist with a sound that's equally nice! The album's the only one we've ever seen from Rocky, and it's got a sweet TK Records groove all the way through – ... (Soul CD)
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
Key work from an amazing time in British music – a time when the softer sounds of folk music and harder sounds of rock groups stepped aside to allow a unique hybrid to emerge – the sophisticated singer/songwriter, who had an ability to borrow the best from both genres, yet come up with ... (Rock CD)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1975.
A sweet electric 70s session from the mighty Joao Donato – very different than his earlier bossa work of the 60s – and with the same funky appeal as the best work on his classic Quem E Quem album! This set's got a tighter feel overall – very much in a samba soul style, with lots ... (Brazil CD)
Trumpeter Pete Rodriguez is the son of the legendary salsa singer Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez – but the vibe here is straight jazz, and with a nice current of darkness too! The bold tones from Pete's horn are echoed by the piano of the album's co-producer, Luis Perdomo – and ... (Jazz CD)
Nimbus, 1978. (reissue)
One of our favorite records ever on the legendary Nimbus label – a special home to spiritual jazz on the west coast at the end of the 70s – and crucial for giving us some really unique talents like this! Adele Sebastian may have only ever cut this one album as a leader, but she's a ... (Jazz LP)
Toshiyuki Miyama & His New Herd
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1979.
The New Herd group of Toshiyuki Miyama was one of the most creative larger ensembles in Japan during the 70s – a group that was neither slavish to the sort of older modes you might guess from the "herd" reference to Woody Herman's band, nor tied up in some of the more commercial ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, Late 60s. (reissue)
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years ... (Jazz LP)
Tanya Morgan open up their individual identity here – using the names of Von Pea and Donwill in the title of the record, as the pair sit on the moon on the cover – contemplating the earth from afar! That spirit might also be said for the lyrics, as there's a nice sense of perspective ... (Hip Hop LP)
Smoke Sessions, 2021.
Any record from pianist Orrin Evans is worth of attention – but this set might be worthy of a bit more, given that it features some really beautiful work from alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins – a player who's a perfect accompaniment for all the great ideas that Evans brings to his ... (Jazz CD)
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 – ... (Jazz CD)
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)
EMI (Japan), 1973.
A gem of a record – one we wouldn't part with for anything! Joao Donato's best known as one of the founding fathers of bossa nova – better known for his 60s work over the years, than he was for 70s electric work like this. Fortunately, international groove hounds picked up on the ... (Brazil CD)
Tiger Bay (UK), 1970. (reissue)
The title's a perfect summation of the way that Tangerine Dream approached their music – and it also really describes what made them so unique at the time! Rather than try to push the boundaries of electronics with a sense of force or urgency, the trio of Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze, and ... (Rock LP)
A really fantastic album from Prince – recorded in 2010, and unreleased at the time – but clearly one of the greatest things he gave us in the final decade of his life! This isn't uncooked demo material, or under-thought studio tracks – and instead, the whole thing is a fully-form ... (Soul CD)
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1971.
One of the first albums ever recorded by Tania Maria – and a set that already has her leaping out of the grooves with her unique blend of jazz and bossa-styled vocals – always served up with her own work on piano and organ, which is superb throughout! There's few folks who can carry ... (Brazil CD)
Big Crown, 2021.
A really new setting for the vocals of singer Liam Bailey – and one that's a bit different for El Michels Affair! The group here are still very funky, and filled with all the fantastic sonic touches that we've always loved from leader Leon Michels – but the setting is more in a reggae ... (Deep Funk CD)
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1980.
As perfect a summation of the Teddy Pendergrass genius as you'll ever hope to find – a magnificent maturation of that incredible sound he first forged with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, set forth in even more confident, sophisticated soul territory! As with the Melvin albums, there's a ... (Soul CD)
Specialty/Craft, Late 50s.
A hard-hitting collection of gems from the legendary Specialty Records – that west coast powerhouse of R&B that helped take the music into the rock and roll generation too! Specialty was key at opening the door for new sounds in the 50s – and although a relatively small imprint, ... (Soul CD)
MPS/Wallen Bink (Germany), 1969. (pic cover)
A special pressing of two of the best tracks from Dave Pike's massive Noisy Silence Gentle Noise LP! "Mathar" is a very famous groove – one that begins with stretched out sitar soloing, then rolls into a firey funky groove compressed with jumping pumping bass and drums underneath ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
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 ... (Brazil CD)
Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre/Gerald Cleaver/Mat Maneri)
Light & Dance
Rogue Art (France), 2021. 2CDs
We always love the basswork of Joelle Leandre, and finds that she can really bring something special to a session – which is definitely the case here in a double-length set of trio recordings with Matt Maneri on viola and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion! It's a bit hard to describe in ... (Jazz CD)
RCA/Friday Music, 1967. Gatefold (reissue)
Not the first album ever cut by Willie Nelson – despite the title – but an excellent showcase for his early talents on RCA! The album's a lot more understated than some of Willie's later work, but it's completely charming all the way through – filled with superb songs that really ... (Folk/Country LP)
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 2CD
Mad music that you might never have heard otherwise – the fantastic fifth installment in this excellent series inspired by The Cramps – and maybe the deepest-digging so far! There's no holds barred here – both in the source of the material, and the style – and the main ... (Rock 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 ... (Brazil CD)
Aum Fidelity, 2021.
William Parker's given us some tremendous music over the years, but this album may be one of our favorites of the bunch – as the set's got this back-to-basics approach that has Parker working in trio formation with Hamid Drake on drums and Daniel Carter on reeds – all with this ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Brazil CD)
GAD (Poland), Mid 60s.
Sound library music from mid 60s Poland, but tracks that feel a lot more like American instrumental rock from the same time too – a very different approach than the larger orchestrations you might expect! Most of these tunes are pretty upbeat, and filled with twangy guitars that soar forward ... (Rock CD)
Analog Africa (Germany), Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
They certainly got the "explosion" in the title right – as these tracks leap right out of the groove from the very first note – very heavy on percussion, and with a much starker, funkier sound than some other West African work from the early 80s! The tracks are all from the ... (Global Grooves LP)
Albina Music Trust, 1979.
Never-issued work from this obscure Portland group – a combo who definitely deliver the disco fantasy of the title, but in ways that are more funk-based overall! Transport has ties to the Gangsters and Nu Shooz, and the vibe here is more that of a local funk group picking up the pace a bit ... (Soul LP)
GN Records/Capitol, 1970. 3CD
Maybe one of the greatest things that George Harrison did after the breakup of The Beatles – not his first solo album, but yet his first non-experimental venture – and a triple-length set that's filled with magic throughout! This isn't one of those "shoulda been a single ... (Rock CD)
BTF (Italy), 1973.
Fuzzy funk from the Italian scene of the early 70s – a really landmark record that ties together all the best elements happening in the soundtrack, sound library, and psych scene at the time! The group features two guitars and lots of organ and keyboards from the leader – really ... (Sound Library LP)
Buck Owens and his Buckaroos at the top of their game – one of the sharpest country music acts at the end of the 60s, and still as brilliant here as they were when they first burst on the scene! In fact, the quality of Buck's work is often so strong, it's easy to miss – maybe in part ... (Folk/Country CD)
Scepter/Octave (Japan), 1974.
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, ... (Soul CD)
Blue Note, 1960. (reissue)
A partner album of sorts to Jimmy Smith's classic Midnight Special album – recorded during the same sessions as that one, and also featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor and Kenny Burrell on guitar! The sound here is almost even more open and stretched out – with only 4 long tracks on ... (Jazz LP)
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 70s. (reissue)
An obscure little record, but a soulful one too – a rare 70s Federal Records session that mixes together reggae and soul – with vocals by a trio of female singers that includes a young Marcia Griffiths and Cynthia Schloss! Lots of tracks take a disco inspiration, but slow the pace down ... (Reggae LP)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Jazz CD)
Sublime Frequencies, 2021.
There's a single musician playing a balafon on the front cover of the record, but the sound within is much more group-oriented and tumultuous – wonderful work recorded in the field in Ghana, with a pulsing rhythmic quality that mixes the balafon with lots more percussion and some stringed ... (Global Grooves LP)
Pilz/Breeze (Germany), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most enigmatic records of the German scene of the 70s – an odd little set that mixes dark folk variants with a more atmospheric mode – almost as if you're floating in the gentler space of some Cluster-like ambience, when the cast of the Wicker Man bursts in to stir things up! ... (Rock LP)
Far Out (UK), 2018.
A whole new flavor of Brazilian jazz – served up by pianist Amaro Freitas, whose work on the Pernambuco scene is a great cross-crossing of modes! Freitas has all the fluid, modern elements of some of the better-known Brazilian pianists from Rio and Sao Paulo – but he also mixes in some ... (Jazz CD)
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 ... (Soul LP)
Pleasure For Music, 1959. (reissue)
The cover here is a bit misleading – as Elisabeth Waldo's an American, and one with roots in more serious music – but she does a fantastic job here blending together a study of South American themes with late 50s exotica! Waldo plays violin, but the instrument's a relatively small part ... (Now Sound LP)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1966.
An amazing early album by Nara Leao – one that features mostly spare vocals and acoustic guitar, plus some additional percussion – coming off in a style that's halfway between the best 60s work of Geraldo Vandre and early albums by Joyce! Nara's vocals are incredible – really ... (Brazil CD)
Rondette Jazz, 2019.
A hell of a great record from jazz singer John Dokes – an artist who is up to classic standards of phrasing and swing, but who also works here with a very contemporary sense of arrangement – so much so that the songs here are really transformed by his presentation! Dokes fits into a ... (Vocalists CD)
Str4ta (Jean-Paul Bluey Maunick)
Brownswood (UK), 2021.
A contemporary set, but one with a vibe that stretches back to the glory days of early 80s funk in England – served up by Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, of Incognito fame – a talent whose contributions were key to the scene back in the day! If you know Bluey, you'll know his ... (New Grooves CD)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
A record that's something of a fifth companion to the original run of Eastern Rebellion albums from pianist Cedar Walton – even though it was recorded well before the fourth! This set captured the wonderfully soulful group in a live setting, in 1976 – with Walton in top formation on ... (Jazz CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
Rare sounds from the South Bay scene – completely rare singles from two tiny labels both owned by the same guy – Blue Moon and Bella Records, each of which issued only a handful of records apiece! Yet despite that fact, there's a rock-solid quality here that maybe matches some of the ... (Rock LP)
Strut (UK), 2021.
Really raw work from this Ghanaian group that emerged from jamming on the streets of Accra – a core quartet that mostly features tuned percussion and stringed instruments – used in a highly rhythmic way along with the vocals! The lineup features kologo, goje, gome, dondo, and kpanlogo ... (Global Grooves CD)
Emerald/P-Vine (Japan), 1982. (reissue)
A lost AOR gem from a very unique singer – one with roots in the spiritual scene, but an ability to present crossover lyrics with a great little groove – in a way that makes for plenty of cool, catchy tunes that should have been huge! Instrumentation is lean, and very well-done – ... (Rock LP)
Mindblowing work from Alice Coltrane – an album of incredible beauty that easily sits with the best of her classic early recordings for Impulse! The album's got a spare, contemplative quality, but it's also never sleepy – and instead steps forth with the tonal building and modal moving ... (Jazz CD)
Morning Trip (Netherlands), 1978. (reissue)
Beautifully mellow sounds from William Eaton – a 70s hippie-esque figure who wandered the desert in Arizona, and had a great talent for building his own stringed instruments! Here, William's working on an assortment of self-created guitars – one with 6 strings, one with 12, and one ... (Rock 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 ... (French LP)
Monde Green (UK), 2021.
A really freewheeling trio from the UK – not Ireland, as you might expect from the leader's name – the great bassist Ferg Ireland, who works real magic here at the head of a group that also features Nathaniel Facey on alto and James Madden on drums! At first glance, you might think of ... (Jazz CD)
Mr Bongo (UK), 2021.
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 ... (Neo Soul CD)
Impulse (Japan), 1971.
One of Alice Coltrane's most adventurous albums – a beautiful blend of organ, harp, percussion, and strings – much of which are transcribed for the album by Ornette Coleman! The most haunting aspect of the album is Alice's work on organ – spare, jagged, with a nascent soulful ... (Jazz CD)
Mzuri/Mississippi, Early 60s.
Really great work from Kiko Kids Jazz – neither a jazz group, nor a batch of child musicians – but instead an East African collective who have a sound that mixes familiar guitar lines and percussion with a slight bit of mandolin too – all in a mode that's this beautiful blend of ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Jazz LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), 2021.
A great collection of work from the contemporary cold wave underground – a strong global movement in recent years that's been inspired by the more experimental styles of the post-punk years, yet have found a way to take the music even further! There's plenty of influence here from the ... (Rock CD)
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 ... (Funky Compilations LP)
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 ... (Soundtracks LP)
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 ... (Brazil CD)
Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), 2021.
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, ... (Now Sound CD)
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, ... (Soul 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 ... (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... (Brazil CD)
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 ... (Rock CD)
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 ... (Brazil 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 ... (Soundtracks 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 ... (Brazil 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)
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 ... (Soundtracks LP)
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 ... (Global Grooves CD)
Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble
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 ... (Jazz 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 ... (Brazil CD)
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 ... (Deep Funk CD)
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 ... (Soundtracks 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 ... (Reggae CD)
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 ... (Jazz 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 ... (Brazil 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 ... (Brazil CD)
United Artists/Get On Down, 1968.
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! This is certainly one of Les' best ever efforts – a tight batch of funky big band tracks, with lots of nice grooves, and a ... (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 ... (Reggae LP)
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 – ... (Jazz CD)