Modern Harmonic, 1954.
A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that's every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions ... (Jazz CD)
Pendulum/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1993. 2LP (reissue)
The legendary debut of Lords Of The Underground – with dope rhymes by Mr Funke & DoItAll the DJ skills Lord Jazz and bluprint production by Marley Marl & K-Def! Ever since the Juice Crew days, it seemed as though Marley Marl had been searching a solid vehicle to make his presence felt ... (Hip Hop LP)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968.
A sweet Brazilian groover from Tuca – a singer we only know from this unusual post-bossa session from the 60s! The instrumentation is great – with arrangements from Mario De Castro and Oscar Castro Neves – who both bring in lots of playful elements that keep things compelling ... (Brazil CD)
Three Blind Mice/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1973. (reissue)
Genius work from Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura – working here at the helm of a twin-trombone group that also features the talents of Shigeharu Mukai – in a style that's filled with soul and free-thinking imagination! The two players work together beautifully here – ... (Jazz LP)
Brownswood (UK), 2018.
London is exploding again with fantastic music – and this time around, it's the city's jazz underground that comes forward to remind us what a unique musical crossroads the city can be! The work here represents an incredible new scene that's pushing boundaries all over again – not the ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Groove Line Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
Fantastic full length mixes from the legendary John Luongo – one of the first of the 70s underground disco mixers to bring his talents to the mainstream! John has a great ear for the right elements needed to groove up a tune – and has an especially strong love of tight percussion, and ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Arista/Intermusic (Spain), 1978.
Eddie Kendricks, vintage 1978 – and still very much in the great grooving mode he brought to his earlier solo material for Motown! Even in this giant dancefloor generation, Eddie's got something very special and unique – a voice that can still sound as heartbreaking on a groover as it ... (Soul CD)
A rare disco set from Italian model/actress Lara Saint Paul – but one that's maybe even better-known for its strong contributions from Cali soul maestro Leon Ware – who wrote, arranged, and produced the set! The album's got lots of those slinky, midtempo grooves you'd know from Ware's ... (Soul CD)
Yellow Bird (Germany), 2017.
Ron Miles achieves a beautiful balance in sound here – working with his cornet alongside Bill Frisell on guitar, Jason Moran on piano, Thomas Morgan on bass, and Brian Blade on drums! Some of these players have worked together often over the years, and you can really hear that in the ... (Jazz CD)
Nelson/Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s.
Some of the freakiest work we've ever heard from this legendary funky combo – material that still comes from the same Italian sound library scene as the rest of their music, but maybe with a vibe that's even more electric and fuzzy overall! There's some very strong electric guitar and bass ... (Sound Library LP)
Buddah/Intermusic (Spain), 1969.
A pretty wild set from Elephants Memory – one that's as trippy as you'd guess from the group's image on the cover – and equally collaborative too! There's a strong mix of male and female vocals here – over guitar and rhythms that move effortlessly between blues rock and psych ... (Rock CD)
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Outer space music that's firmly grounded to earth – as most of it comes from that late 50s moment when the 45 market was really spilling open – and so much groovy music got set to wax! The tunes here are a great mix of styles – some raw rockers, some spacey easy listening tracks, ... (Rock LP)
Let's Dance/Still Music, Mid 80s.
A cool collection from the earliest years of the Chicago house music scene – a time when the city's grooves were maybe as beholden to the styles from overseas as they were the new vibe going on in the Windy City! Lots of these tracks have heavier beats than basslines, and almost reflect some ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Blue Note, 2018.
Funky drums and a whole lot more – a crackling Blue Note album from Chris Dave & The Drumhedz – maybe one of the few on the label to ever carry a parental advisory sticker! The sticker's well-placed, though – as Chris doesn't just drum, but also opens the door for a host of ... (Neo Soul CD)
Jump World (Japan), 2018.
A set that really lives up to its cover – as the music here is a very galactic take on contemporary soul – grounded by excellent vocals from Tea, but served up with lots of cool cosmic elements in the music! Things are nice and warm throughout – that version of space first ... (Neo Soul CD)
Buddah/Intermusic (Spain), 1969.
An excellent bit of tripped-out jazz rock from this obscure combo – somewhat in the spirit of the bigger jazz-influenced groups of the time, but with an edge that's rougher, which makes for some nice funky undercurrents on the best numbers! The group's got a lineup that includes saxes, piano ... (Rock CD)
A Berlin disco group from the late 70s, but one who are maybe a bit more organic than some of their contemporaries – as their approach here feels more like that of a cohesive band, and maybe a bit less like some of the larger studio projects of the German disco years! The tunes feature both ... (Soul CD)
Beautiful work from baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff – one of a few key players who helped reinvent the role of his instrument in jazz during the postwar years – but one who only made a handful of records before his too-early death! This live performance really corrects the lack of ... (Jazz CD)
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1982.
Warm harmony soul from Marz – sometimes sweet and mellow, sometimes upbeat and grooving – but always done in a tight style that's right on the money all the time! Marz echo a bit of the sound of LA soul in the early 80s – particularly some of the bassier modes of the Solar ... (Soul CD)
GRP (Japan), 2018.
Sonny Emory's a drummer, but he's got some great help here in his funky Cachet combo – singers on just about every track, who really help to flesh out the soulful sound of the set! The core grooves come from Sonny working the drum kit, and adding in keyboards and other instruments too – ... (Deep Funk CD)
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