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Halloween sounds – and we've just unleashed the Holiday Music too!


Jukka Eskola Soul Trio

Steamy
Timmion (Finland), 2019.
An excellent group, and one with a really great concept – a fresh take on a format that was big in the 60s soul jazz scene, but spun out in a very unique way – both in terms of instrumentation, and in terms of the groove! Trumpeter Jukka Eskola heads the trio, which also features ... CD (Jazz CD)
Constellation (Canada), 2019.
The fantastic fourth installment in the Coin Coin project by Matana Roberts – issued quite a few years after the third, but well worth the wait! Matana recently described herself as an "arts adventurer" – and that's a pretty great term for her role on the record, which is far ... CD (Jazz CD)

Buari

Disco Soccer
Makossa/BBE (UK), 1979.
A killer blend of African roots and American rhythms – and a set that definitely lives up to the disco promised in the title! Buari's working here with a host of New York musicians – jazzy players who include Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpet, Barry Rogers on trombone, and ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Motown, 1972.
A tremendous live performance from Marvin Gaye – recorded at the Kennedy Center in 1972, and based around his classic album What's Going On – yet handled in a completely different way! The set's not just a straight reading of the record – as the song order is different, and the ... CD (Soul CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s.
A fantastic collection of lesser-known gems from the 70s scene in Nigeria – music that's a great counterpart to better-remembered Afro Funk and soul from international giants like Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade! This set digs deep, and is a nicelly expanded version of a set that Soul Jazz ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Sunnyside, 2019. 3CD
A trio of live performances from the duo of Kenny Barron and Mulgrew Miller – all concerts featuring just the two pianists working alongside each other, in a mode that has both players stretching out beautifully! There's no other instrumentation at all – no bass, drums, or horns – ... CD (Jazz CD)
International Anthem, 2019.
A really fantastic album from Jaimie Branch – one that's even more powerful than the first Fly Or Die set – which is saying a heck of a lot, given that that record hit most of us with a pretty hard punch! The sound is even more groundbreaking than before – moving well beyond jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A really tremendous collection of music – and one that really gets at the heart of the criss-crossing of Latin and African modes that took place on the Congolese scene of the 50s and 60s! Sounds and styles from Cuba and the Caribbean definitely influenced other African scenes, but they took ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Brandon Williams

Love Factor
Soulasis, 2019.
We loved Brandon Williams the last time around, and we love him even more here – a richly talented artist with an equal ear for jazz and soul – and a warmly collaborative spirit that makes room for great guests who include Jabari Johnson, Eric Roberson, Joe Pore, Marcus Miller, Taylor ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Fredrik Ljungkvist

Atlantis
Moserobie (Sweden), 2019.
Very deft reed work from Fredrik Ljungvkist – heard here mostly in a trio, with a style that has him turning all these sharp corners along with the rhythms! Fredrik plays saxes and clarinet, always with a style that's deeply soulful and never too coldly modern – and which seems to come ... CD (Jazz CD)
Argo/Jasmine (UK), Early 60s.
A pair of Hammond jazz classics from organist Sam Lazar – back to back on a single CD, with rare bonus tracks too! First up is Space Flight – a tight batch of organ groovers with a raw R&B feel, recorded by the obscure St Louis organist Sam Lazar – with a very young Grant ... CD (Jazz CD)
Kamera/Cherry Red (UK), 1982. 6CD
An amazing package – three great albums by The Fall, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Hex Enduction Hour – one of our key go-to albums by The Fall – a set in which all their early promise really came into focus – with even more wit and power than before! The ... CD (Rock CD)

Piero Umiliani

Quando La Coppia Scoppia
Beat (Italy), 1980.
An early 80s soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – but one that seems to echo some styles from deeper in his past, including some of of the jazz elements he used in his early days – and some of the more unusual sonic textures he created for his sound library projects in the 70s! ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
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 ... CD (Halloween CD)
Expansion (UK), 2019. 2LP
A killer collection of contemporary soul – served up in a way that really understands what makes classic soul music so great, then finds a way to provide a similar vibe from music that's new! And by that, we don't mean that the music is retro, or old-sounding at all – just that it's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
AMS (Italy), 2019.
Maybe one of the coolest records we've ever heard from Calibro 35 – and certainly one of the funkiest – thanks in part to a selection of tracks that are pulled from the catalog of Italian sound library genius Lesiman! The music is very hip – unusual sonic touches alongside tight ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Candid/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1961.
The only session as a leader from trumpeter Cal Massey – a big influence on soulful modernism in the 60s, but an artist who showed up more in the liner notes for records than he did in the studio! The record's a really unique one – and a set that crackles with the best sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
United Artists/Esoteric (UK), 1976.
A heady, hairy solo album from the great Roy Wood – very different than his material with Wizzard, and definitely a solo set, given that Roy handled everything about the album himself – from all the vocals and instruments, to all the production and arrangements, to all the artwork on ... CD (Rock CD)

Harlem Gospel Travelers

He's On Time
Colemine, 2019.
The fantastic full-length group of The Harlem Gospel Travelers – a quartet trained on the male group gospel modes of older acts like the Soul Stirrers or Violinaires – but one who really shine strongly with a voice of their own, thanks to a set of all original material, and some nice ... CD (Gospel CD)

Neue Grafik

Foulden Road
Total Refreshment Centre (UK), 2019.
A great little record that's jazz at the core, but a lot hipper too – a great statement from London keyboardist Neue Grafik, issued on the label of that city's hip Total Refreshment Centre club! Grafik plays plenty of great solos on piano, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – but there' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
University Of Chicago, 2019.
A tremendous achievement from music writer Aaron Cohen – a book that finally gets at the deeper, richer story of Chicago soul – the spirit of empowerment and pride that have always made us so honored to be part of the Windy City legacy! Cohen picks up where other soul writers have left ... Book (Book)

Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & Flats

Beautiful Bamboo Flute
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Warner/Esoteric (UK), 1974.
A really fantastic solo album from Alan Price – the consummation of a great run of records after Price made the early decision to leave The Animals and take off on his own! The songwriting is great, the vocals completely charming, and the instrumentation shifted to fit the needs of the words ... CD (Rock CD)
Kamera/Superior Viaduct, 1982. (reissue)
One of our key go-to albums by The Fall – a set in which all their early promise really came into focus – with even more wit and power than before! The jagged lyricism of Mark E Smith is razor-sharp – as is the instrumentation, which is heavy on that trademark noisy guitar from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Culture Power 45, 2019.
An impeccably put together batch of instrumentals from the Culture Power 45 collective – with beats and production from Blaak tha 9th Man, Conscious 5, Ba Pace, Fatnice, Empee of BVS, Kush Oxford, Cuzzin Vinny, International MC, Dion Brown, Adon, Soultastic and more! Even with a long list of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Ziad Rahbani

Abu Ali
Relax In/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. (reissue)
A rare "disco suite" from late 70s Lebanon – but one that's way more sophisticated than you might expect! Each side of the record features one long track – building on a melody that's catchy, but spread out with a mix of jazz instrumentation, and "oriental" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Wojciech Karolak

Easy!
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. (reissue)
A totally groovy set from mid 70s Poland – and a record that jumps around with the same energy as the best MPS work from the late 60s! The album's a larger group effort from keyboards Wojciech Karolak – one that features work on Hammond and electric piano set against some nicely ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
A rare non-Impulse Records album from the early days of Pharoah Sanders – but a set that ranks right up there with his classics for that legendary label! The album's one of the classics in Strata East's Dolphy Series – and it's a uniquely collaborative session from 1969, one that has ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Angel Bat Dawid

Oracle
International Anthem, 2019.
Beautiful solo sounds from Angel Bat Dawid – a Chicago clarinetist who works here with the same inventive spirit as the other contemporary artists on the International Anthem label! By that, we mean that although Angel's music starts in jazz, it quickly becomes something else – as she ... CD (Jazz CD)

Louie Vega presents Leroy Burgess & The Universal Robot Band featuring Patrick Adams

Barely Breaking Even (boogie mix main, NYC house rmx inst, NYC house rmx main, boogie mix inst) (2 x 12" set)
BBE (UK), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic 500th release by the BBE label – one that looks back at the past, and soars to the future! This special extended single package is a fantastic return to form for everyone involved – as underground club legends Patrick Adams and Leroy Burgess get a whole new groove from ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1966.
An overlooked score from a time when Riz Ortolani was really making big waves on the international soundtrack scene – doing music both for films in his homeland and overseas – which may be why this gem of a record never issued at the time! The CAM label only put two tracks out as a ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Joshua Redman & Brooklyn Rider

Sun On Sand
Nonesuch, 2019.
A beautiful record from tenorist Joshua Redman – and quite different than some of his other recent sets too – as the album has a core jazz trio augmented by work from the Brooklyn Rider string quartet! The album's not the traditional string quartet set, and it's also not a "with ... CD (Jazz CD)
Stax/Real Gone, Mid 60s.
A treasure trove of tight, organ-driven grooves from Booker T & The MGs – a quartet who really helped transform the sound of soul music in the 60s – even if they never sang on any of their records! The combo instrumental record had existed before Booker and the group, but working ... CD (Soul CD)
Mercury/Real Gone, Early 70s. Gatefold (reissue)
An insane record – and one of the strangest moments in pop music during the early 70s! Coven are best known to most folks for cutting the message-oriented, sweet folk tune "One Tin Soldier" – but here, they change course completely – and offer up a whole album dedicated ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Jason Palmer

Rhyme & Reason
Giant Step Arts, 2019. 2CDs
A really fantastic album from trumpeter Jason Palmer – one with a unique sort of group structure, which really brings out an edge in Palmer's playing! The lineup is piano-less – just Jason on trumpet, Mark Turner on tenor, Matt Brewer on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A great little collection of autumn-themed tunes – and one that definitely lives up to the spirit of the Indian Summer in the title! By that, we mean that these songs are maybe more about the cycle of rebirth and new life that's triggered by fall – the shift away from the dog days of ... CD (Rock CD)

Edwards Generation

Dynasty
Cordial (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Unreleased work from Edwards Generation – a great San Francisco funk group from the 70s – and one who've reached legendary status over the years, even though their only other full length is pretty darn rare! These guys came to the Bay Area from Pittsburgh, and showed up a few years ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ace (UK), 2019.
A wild assortment of music from an equally wild source – a BBC Radio program hosted by Jarvis Cocker, presented on Sunday mornings as a way to relax and reach some sort of deeper spiritual consciousness! The show was never churchy – but maybe an attempt to find a new sort of inner ... CD (Rock CD)

Harris Eisenstadt

Canada Day Quartet Live
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019.
Fantastic sounds from a quartet version of the Canada Day group of drummer Harris Eisenstadt – a leader so generous, so open, the energy of the group seems to flow from every member in a very equal way! The tunes are all compositions created by Harris in the Swiss town of Poschiavo, but they' ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ember/Grapefruit (UK), 1970. 2CD
An unreleased album from singer Polly Niles – a unique talent with a style that fits in strongly with some of the rising tide of female vocalists rising up at the start of the 70s – an elite group that might include Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King! Polly's much more obscure ... CD (Rock CD)

Patterson Twins

Let Me Be Your Lover
Commercial/Miles Away (UK), 1978.
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... CD (Soul CD)

One Way featuring Al Hudson

#New Old School
Expansion (UK), 2019.
The title definitely gets it right – because the album's a new one from the legendary One Way, but definitely holds on to the sound of their old school classics! As you can guess from the cover, Al Hudson's still at the helm – working with an evolved version of the group that includes ... CD (Soul CD)
BBE (UK), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A really great collection of jazzy groovers – one that effortlessly combines older material and newer recordings, all with a great ear that never tires in its pursuit of the groove! The blend of old and new is a bit like some of the collections we used to love from Gilles Peterson back in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Impulse, 1964.
A lost treasure from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – material recorded as the soundtrack for the Canadian film Le Chat Danse Le Sac – which features new recordings of material that Coltrane had done in previous years, but really updated by the fresh version of this group! ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cordial (UK), 2019.
A contemporary soul set from the UK, but one that's got a very laidback vibe and a very mellow 70s sort of sound! The style is nicely easygoing – kind of slow funk on most tracks, which is perfect for the lead vocals and the way they trip along the tunes in a way that's relaxed, but never ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Herbie Hancock

Inventions & Dimensions
Blue Note, 1963. (reissue)
A really unique little record from Herbie Hancock – one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion! The setup is quite spare – and quite different than Herbie's other Blue Note work – and the group features improvised backgrounds by bassist Paul Chambers and 2 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Origin, 2019.
A very fresh take on the songs of Duke Ellington – presented here by bassist Rodney Whitaker, with a tight combo sound that resonates strongly with his other great records! The tunes are definitely Duke's, but the presentation is pure Whitaker – hip, soulful, and reworked with nicely ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dave Stryker

Eight Track III
Strikezone, 2019.
Guitarist Dave Stryker has a great lineup here – a quartet with Stefon Harris on vibes, Jared Gold on Hammond, and McClenty Hunter on drums – all musicians we really love as leaders on their own, and who bring plenty to this session with Stryker! The mix of guitar, organ, and vibes is ... CD (Jazz CD)
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
Incredible work from the mighty Alton Ellis – one of the first soul singers to emerge in Jamaica during the 60s – presented here on a famous greatest hits album, which is then expanded with the addition of 37 more bonus tracks! Alton Ellis was a key figure in the shift towards more ... CD (Reggae CD)

Hannah Williams & The Affirmations

50 Foot Woman
Record Kicks (Italy), 2019.
Hannah Williams comes on with a fuller force than before – really topping the energy of The Affirmations with a quick-stepping approach to soul music that's every bit as sharp as their instrumentation! Shawn Lee produced the set, which might account for some of the energy – and there's ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
De Wolfe/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
A fantastic legacy of music from the UK scene – even though it's a pretty darn secret one as well! The Electric Banana were a very unique studio group – a combo who featured Phil May and Dick Taylor of the Pretty Things, right at a time when that group were at the height of their fame ... CD (Rock CD)

Novi Singers

Torpedo
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. (reissue)
Wonderful wonderful – and very groovy! The Novi Singers were a hip little vocal jazz ensemble from Poland in the late 60s and early 70s – and they've got a cool sound that's very much in the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross, but with more of a swinging MPS groove! This album's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

William Kurk

Willianaire
William Kurk Productions, 2019.
A great little record from William Kurk – an artist who's been giving us excellent music for years, and who deserves to be way more than just a secret force in the contemporary soul underground! William's got a great way with a tune – a vibe that's upbeat and positive, and a sound that' ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Link Wray

Link Wray Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Raw Link Wray in all of his glory – great work from the time when Link was more of a guitarist than a singer – with a searing sound that set the tone for countless generations to come! This beautifully-done package brings together Link Wray numbers from all his important early numbers ... CD (Rock CD)

Kuba Wiecek

Multitasking
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2019.
Kuba Wiecek is definitely multitasking a bit here – adding in some electronics to his own work on alto sax – but never losing the sharp edge that made us like his previous record so much! Kuba's a hell of a talent on his instrument – and blows with a sharply angular mode that we'r ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974.
A great bit of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the few albums as a leader recorded by the legendary bassist Cecil McBee! Cecil's joined here by a large group of players that includes Billy Hart on drums, George Adams on tenor, Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano, Jimmy Hopps on percussion, Art Webb ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1983.
An important early album from the Rova Quartet – one that earns the diplomacy in its title in two different ways – first because it features recordings from a tour that the group made to Soviet bloc nations during the cold war years – and second because it was one of their first ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fantome Phonographique (Italy), 1962.
An unusual chapter of work from electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram – in part because it features a fair bit of acoustic music as well! As you'd guess from the title, the tunes are all designed for dancers – some mellow, some more upbeat – performed on instrumentation that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. 3CD
A really fantastic slice of work from Ray Charles – billed here as the only live recordings in which Ray played Hammond organ throughout – instead of his usual piano! The 3CD set brings together three full performances recorded in Paris on October 21 and 22 in 1961 – right at a ... CD (Soul CD)

Franco Bixio/Fabio Frizzi/Vince Tempera

Tutti Possono Arricchire Tranne I Poveri
Beat (Italy), 1976.
A warmer score than earlier work from the trio of Bixio, Frizzi, and Tempera – and one that's got a fair bit of groovy moments too! The film echoes earlier Italian soundtrack styles, but with more mid 70s instrumentation – more keyboards than you might have heard from the trio a few ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
GDM/Overdrive (Italy), 1962. (reissue)
Really warm, whimsical early work from Piero Umiliani – music that comes from his first few years in the soundtrack scene, but which already shows some of the differences that set him apart from the rest! Some tracks are straight jazz, but done in a way that echoes some of the hipper, modern ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Ernest Hood

Neighborhoods
Freedom To Spend/Rvng Intl, 1975. 2LP (reissue)
A strange little record from Ernest Hood – a project that he bills as "musical cinematography" – which is maybe a good way to start in thinking about the album! The set was conceived in the 70s as a nod back towards the years of Ernest's youth – and it's an unusual ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Epic/Real Gone, 1964. (reissue)
A gem of a record from the glory days of the American horror scene – particularly that point when the b-movie world got so camp, folks were able to have a bit of a laugh at its expense! Milton Delugg crafted this cool little set at a time when the airwaves were brimming over with The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Halloween LP)
EP Sound (Italy), Late 50s/1960s.
Dj Qbico usually gives us grooves from other parts of the planet – but here, he focuses on rare vintage singles from the US – but all tracks that borrow nicely from other styles around the globe! In other words, the set features American artists working with touches of Eastern, Mid-Easte ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Veals & Geeks (Belgium), 1972. LP + 7" (reissue)
Kind of an offshoot of the Marc Moulin world of the early 70s – the self-titled album from Plus, a group made up of musicians from the funky combo Placebo! The vibe is much more open than Placebo, but still shares lots of that group's great talent for mixing together jazz, funk, and trippy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Resolution 88

Revolutions
Legere (UK), 2019.
A funky electric gem from Resolution 88 – a UK group who sound better and better each time we hear a new record – and who really continue an exploration of their core sound – which draws heavy inspiration from 70s classics by Herbie Hancock, Jerry Peters, Don Blackman, and the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ill Considered

Ill Considered 6
Ill Considered (UK), 2019.
This album's got a slightly expanded version of Ill Considered in place – but at a level that never strays far from the greatness that's made us love them right from the start! The core quartet, as usual, features the mighty Idris Rahman on tenor sax, Leon Brichard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Michel Legrand With Ray Brown & Shelly Manne

At Shelly's Manne-Hole
Verve (Japan), 1968.
A nice little live set – recorded at Shelly Manne's club in LA, and one that features a trio with Michel Legrand on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – all playing together on a combination of improvisational, original tunes and some more familiar ones! The ... CD (Jazz CD)
How So, 2019.
A really cool little record, and one that brings plenty of joy to our ears – as guitarist Nate Mercereau serves up a fresh batch of instrumentals that feature plenty of lines on synth guitar – all in a great combination of vintage funk styles and contemporary modes from the underground! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Music Improvisation Company

Music Improvisation Company 1969/1970
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Incredible work from a group that forever changed the face of British jazz – and which really found a way for improvised music to exist in a space that's all its own! The "company" is really a quartet – with Derek Bailey on guitar, Evan Parker on soprano sax, Hugh Davies on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Cree (Germany), 1981.
The rough-cut image on the front cover is a perfect accompaniment to the music on the disc – the first-ever issue of recordings made by Namibian guitarist/singer Ben Molatzi – tracks recorded both in the studio and out in the field, with a wonderfully stripped-down sound overall! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Dome (UK), 2000. 2LP Gatefold
A flagship record from the wonderful Dome label – one of the hippest homes to contemporary soul on the other side of the Atlantic – and a company that's given us great music for over two decades! This set is one of their key early releases – a brilliant set from Hil St Soul ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Precious/BBE (UK), Early 80s.
A pair of rare records by Sidiku Buari – issued back to back on a single CD! Feelings is a record that was issued on the tiny Precious label – home to only two Buari albums in its tiny catalog – and the set follows strongly on the work that Sidiku recorded in New York during the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Brand New Heavies

TBNH
Acid Jazz (UK), 2019.
Excellent work from The Brand New Heavies – one of those groups that made us first want to get into the record store business many years ago! The passage of time hasn't dimmed their genius at all – and right as at the start, the music here is flowing with classic funk and soul ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

Obiaa
Strut (UK), 2019.
Pat Thomas is one of the few Afro Funk legends of the 70s who's still going strong – and on this wonderful set, he gives us sounds and styles that show that his genius is fresher than ever! Pat's working with a younger group, but in a style that's free from any attempt to sound too ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Ana Mazzotti

Ana Mazzotti (1977)
GTA/Far Out (UK), 1977.
One of two incredible albums from the lovely Ana Mazzotti – a 70s Brazilian singer who could effortlessly blend fusion and soul, Brazilian rhythms and funk – working here with plenty of help from Jose Roberto Bertrami of Azymuth! In fact, the record has a vibe that's a lot like the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Mike Reed, 2019.
A beautiful book on the Chicago jazz scene, and the things that make it really special – not the Windy City world of years back – when Ramsey Lewis and other big names were dominating things – but Chicago in more recent years, when the city has been a non-stop hotbed of continuous ... Book (Book)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Paul Simon wrote some really fantastic songs in the 60s – and while most of them received big exposure in his duo with Art Garfunkel, many were other recorded by other artists in versions that were pretty great too – as you'll hear in this excellent collection of rock, pop, soul, and ... CD (Rock CD)
Timeless/Tidal Waves, 1989. (reissue)
Beautiful late 80s work from Pharoah – a wonderfully uncomplicated session that still has a great degree of soul! The album was recorded in Paris, with a quintet that includes William Henderson on acoustic piano, Stafford James on bass, Eddie Moore on drums, and Cheikh Tidiane Fale on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Really fantastic work from Teddy Randazzo – the man who put the "up" in uptown soul during the 60s – and who went on to a fantastic legacy of really great music in a variety of different styles! Teddy was always a real cut above the usual pop songwriter – as his songs ... CD (Soul CD)

Dusko Goykovich

Sketch Of Yugoslavia
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
A fantastic vintage set from the great trumpeter Dusko Goykovich – and a record that's very much in the best tradition of his groundbreaking early work! Goykovich emerged from the Yugoslavian scene during the key years of communist rule – and his bold, bright horn work was a shining ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Producer Shel Talmy is maybe best known for his work behind some of the bigger rock artists on the UK scene of the 60s – but he also really had a great way with a gal singer too – as you'll hear in this killer collection of female pop singles from the time! The tunes here groove like ... CD (Rock CD)
Top Tape/Far Out (UK), 1974.
An amazing album of vocal Brazilian jazz and sweet electric funk – a standout classic that's forever been at the top of our stack of 70s Brazilian music! Singer Ana Mazzotti is at the head of the session – singing with this breezy style that's at once cold and warm, cool and emotive ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Grand Royal, 1994. (reissue)
What can we say? The Beasties rise to an even higher level with their manic trio hip hop style mixed with the live jazz/funk/garage rock sounds and keyboards by Money Mark – featuring a bunch of their classic hits and underappreciated album cuts alike. They could really do no wrong at this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Blue Note, 1961. Gatefold (reissue)
A Donald Byrd treasure – and an album that was almost left in the vaults by Blue Note, until they briefly released it at the end of the 70s! The cover and title are a bit unfamiliar, but the music is right up there with Byrd's classic sessions with baritonist Pepper Adams – a great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Matthew Halsall

Oneness
Gondwana (UK), 2019.
Never-issued work from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – most of it recorded during the year of 2008, a time when Halsall was first really starting to make a name for himself – and also working with the great tenorist Nat Birchall! Birchall is on most of these tracks, and together the pair ... CD (Jazz CD)
Beatball (Korea), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A really beautiful collection of work from Ennio Morricone – one of the greatest soundtrack composers of all time, especially during the period covered in this set! The songs here are from a time when the maestro was effortlessly combining jazz, mod rhythms, rock instrumentation, and other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Elvin Jones

New Agenda
Vanguard/Wounded Bird, 1975.
The mighty drummer Elvin Jones is working here with a very hip group – in a mode that's maybe a nice extension of his Blue Note material at the start of the 70s, in a style that shows that he definitely still has all of his groove! As with those records, there's a key reedman in place here ... CD (Jazz CD)

Enrique Rodriguez

Lo Que Es (red vinyl pressing)
Extra Lovely, 2019.
A really beautiful record by young Chilean pianist Enrique Rodriguez – a set that's got little more going on than piano and keyboards, but which really makes the most of those elements! Rodriguez plays in a style that's not entirely jazz – maybe more moody instrumentals with a slight ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Tenor Triage

Tenor Triage
Ropeadope, 2019.
CD...$9.99 14.99
A trio of tenorists from the Brooklyn scene – Michael Eaton, Sean Sonderegger, and James Brandon – working here with just the bass of Brad Jones and drums of G Calvin Weston for support! The mix of three horns, bass, and drums is totally great – as the players leap along between ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tramp (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A killer collection of upbeat soul and dancefloor grooves – and one that goes way way deeper than even the hippest collections of disco rarities! The Tramp label has given us plenty of great funk collections over the years – and with this set, they turn their well-trained ear towards ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Gearbox (UK), 2019.
A great solo set from tenorist Binker Golding – an artist we usually hear on the Gearbox label as part of the Binker & Moses combo, but who maybe sounds even bolder and stronger here in the lead on his own! The set's a quartet date, with a relatively straight group – but the sound ... CD (Jazz CD)

Moonchild

Little Ghosts
E One, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
We've been loving Moonchild over their past few records, but this set may well be their greatest moment so far – a really well-conceived set of 21st Century soul – put together with a style that's lean, but a sound that's rich and vibrant all the way through! The group are just a trio, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

Medaho
Ubiquity, 2019.
That's a pretty trippy cover on the front, and an image that really sums up the vibe of this excellent record from Kaleta – a set that's even sharper and funkier than any of his previous efforts – yet which has some nicely way out qualities too! The instrumentation is heavy on elements ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Shindig

Issue 96
Shindig, 2019.
The 60s and 70s never looked this great back in the day – but that's what we love about Shindig, and the way it presents its writing on music from the past! This time around, Status Quo get a big cover feature, and the issue also features a new interview with the group's Francis Rossi – ... Magazine (Magazine)

Ubirajara

Solamente Sucessos
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1964.
Unusual organ lines, mixed with some great Brazilian rhythms – all at a level that's a bit unlike anything else we've ever heard! As on his other 60s records, Ubirajara plays the tiny Solovox – a very small keyboard that maybe has the tonal range of an accordion, but the guts of an ... CD (Brazil CD)

Misha Mengelberg

Two Days In Chicago
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1999. 2CD
Pure beauty! In October of 1998, Misha Mengelberg made an historic visit to Chicago – a rare trip programmed to coincide with a showcase of Dutch jazz that featured him and the Ab Bars trio, playing at Fred Anderson's legendary Velvet Lounge. The trip was notable in that it also became the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), 2019. 2LP
A wild assortment of music from an equally wild source – a BBC Radio program hosted by Jarvis Cocker, presented on Sunday mornings as a way to relax and reach some sort of deeper spiritual consciousness! The show was never churchy – but maybe an attempt to find a new sort of inner ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Sahel Sounds, 1978.
Amazing sounds from Niger – some really hypnotic lines on electric organ – played in a way that's unlike any other use of the instrument we've ever heard! There's a flowing, water-like quality to the music that's almost in the territory of Terry Riley's work on organ – yet the ... CD (Out Sound CD)

Ashley Henry

Beautiful Vinyl Hunter
Sony (UK), 2019.
Tremendous work from pianist Ashley Henry – a British pianist who seems to be soaring out of the underground to become one of the leading figures in overseas jazz – a role that he definitely fills with this fantastic major label debut! The set's every bit as great as Henry's previous ... CD (Jazz CD)
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1964.
A set that's a bit mellower than some of the other 60s records by Brazilian organist Ely Arcoverde – but one that's still got a very groovy sound overall! As you'd guess by the "boleros" in the title, most tunes are ballads – slow-steppers with a great late nite vibe, which ... CD (Brazil CD)

Dayme Arocena

Sonocardiogram
Brownswood (UK), 2019.
The best we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who's got a great way of reaching out from Havana with a sound that can circle the globe! The music here has a blend of jazz, soul, and Cuban roots – but all delivered together in a style that's completely unique and ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Makoto Tarashita & Harold Land

Topology
Aketa's Disk/BBE (UK), 1984.
A really fantastic album from tenorist Harold Land – a very rare Japanese set that may well blow away even his best albums of the 70s! The record features pianist Makoto Tarashita in the lead – a strongly spiritual player with a nicely modal sensibility – spun out over long ... CD (Jazz CD)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the weirdest, wildest albums Caetano Veloso ever recorded – a highly experimental session that shows that his ties with the avant art world were still plenty strong on his return to Brazil! Despite a goofy cheeseball photo of Veloso on the cover in a bikini, the sound on this one is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Modern Harmonic, 1950s/Early 60s. 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from deep deep in the country music underground of the postwar years – not the hits of the big artists helping to define the sound in the era of full length LPs – but the lesser-known singers who were lucky enough to be able to record a single 45! Yet although these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Rojai

Strut Down
Austin Boogie Crew, 2019.
There's a photo of 70s vintage Johnny Guitar Watson nestled somewhere in the collage on the cover – and that's a really great soul music reference for the slinky, well-inflected sound of Rojai! The singer hails from San Francisco, and has a great way of stepping up to the needs of a tune ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Karl (UK), 2019.
Konstrukt are a pretty great group on their own – a quartet of Turkish improvisers who have some really dynamic energy – but this time around, they also add the tremendous talents of Ken Vandermark to their sound, which really knocks that record out of the park! The tracks are full of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Beastie Boys

Root Down EP
Grand Royal/Capitol, 1995.
The funky Root Down EP by the Beastie Boys – riding high on a mid 90s creative peak! Root Down featuring a trio of versions of the title track and Ill Communication album standout, based on the Jimmy Smith's classic of the same name – and in hindsight, you really have to hand it to the ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
R&S, 2019. 2LP
Afriqua's got a continental reference in his name, but a sound that's very forward-thinking overall – music that's supposedly inspired by classics from Roy Ayers, Quincy Jones, and Weldon Irvine – but which sounds completely different than those inspirations! Instead, Afriqua's sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Ill Considered (UK), 2019.
Here's a group that never lets us down – and one who just seem to get better and better as they move into the farther reaches of their unique approach to jazz! The reeds of Idris Rahman soar out over the top of the sound, and have this edge that almost makes us feel as if they've been ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Paulinho Nogueira

O Fino Do Violao
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1965.
Really lovely guitar work from Paulinho Nogueira – a Brazilian musician who's got some deeper currents than the usual acoustic players of the 60s – with maybe some of the richer, more complicated elements that emerged in the style of Baden Powell after he moved to Europe! The set is ... CD (Brazil CD)

Johnny Griffith

Geneva Connection
Geneva/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1974. (reissue)
A very very cool record – an unusual take on the music to The Connection – that hip early 60s play that featured a more famous version of the soundtrack on Blue Note Records! This version's much more obscure – part of a "localization" that occurred when the play would ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Wanubale

Phosphenes
Agogo (Germany), 2019.
A funk band with horns, but one with a very different feel than the rest – as these guys have arrangements that are nicely complicated up top – in a way that has the horns moving in all these really wonderful, colorful sort of ways! Instead of the usual inspirations from 60s soul or ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
Famous songs from French films – served up here in a massive 3CD set that combines the biggest moments from both pre and postwar cinema! These songs are mostly vocal numbers, not instrumental themes – which makes the package a bit different than other soundtrack collections, and which ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. (reissue)
A superb record from the great Lloyd McNeil – one of the more obscure players of the spiritual jazz generation of the 70s, but an artist who always gave us his best whenever he walked into the studio! Here, the mood is a mix of modal and Latin elements, with a definite current of influence ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s.
We're not entirely sure what a "stash box" means in terms of music – but after hearing this very groovy collection, we may well be using it as a term ourselves! The set features rare material recorded for the tiny Garland Records label in Salem, Oregon during the late 60s – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Aware/Tidal Waves, 1973. (reissue)
If you only know Loleatta Holloway as a disco singer, you'll be really amazed at this debut album from 1973 – because Loleatta emerges first as deep soul singer with a strong southern vibe – very much in the mode the Atlanta scene did best, before picking up the pace a bit more as the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ronnie Burns

This Is Ronnie Burns
Spin/RPM (UK), Mid 60s.
Lost 60s gems from Australia's Ronnie Burns – a hell of a great talent, and one whose sense of a song is a perfect bridge between the early Beatles and Bee Gees! The former were a huge influence on Ronnie's sound, and he sung a fair bit of songs by the latter – but he also often works ... CD (Rock CD)

Laville

Wanderer
Acid Jazz (UK), 2019.
The debut album from Andre Laville – a singer who never performed publicly until late in his 20s, but who really seems to be making up for lost time with a strongly distinct style! Laville's got a voice that's deep and rich, crafted in the mode of some of the classic soul heroes from years ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s.
Seminal sounds in the birth of country music – and equally important to other American folk styles as well! The music in this set all came from two special stretches of recording by Columbia Records – sessions done in Johnson City, Tennessee – in October of 1928 and 1929 – ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Elektra/Duophonic, 1997. 3LPs (reissue)
Stereolab at a creative peak! Dots & Loops continues their long running 90s win streak – here balancing their ever present love for bubbling analog synth and breezy vintage electronics with a more strongly assured knack for delivering brilliant beginning-to-end excellent albums. The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Greg Foat & James Thorpe

Photosynthesis
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019.
A very cool collaboration between Greg Foat and James Thorpe – a set that's billed more as a sound library session than some of Foat's other jazz projects – even though the sound is equally appealing if you love those records too! The set is self-described as "futuristic analogue ... CD (Jazz CD)

Leroy Hutson

Soothe You Groove You
Triumph/Acid Jazz (UK), 2009.
A surprising to form for the legendary Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite singers of all time from the Chicago soul scene – still sounding mighty strong here, many years after his initial records for Curtom in the 70s! The vibe is a bit different, in that Leroy's taking on some tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Neak

Kwesbaar
Culture Power 45, 2019.
One of the finer albums to come out of the Chicago independent hip hop landscape in a while! Kwesbaar is Afrikaans for vulnerable, and if Neak's lyrics are the kind of soul-baring honest to own up to the title, his rhyme style and production are strong, confident and seriously soulful. Production-wi ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Jazzman (UK), 2019. (pic cover)
A tremendous record from one of our favorite saxophonists of the past decade – the completely sublime, completely wonderful Nat Birchall – a musician who was way ahead of the curve towards spiritual jazz that others have hit in recent years, and one who still does it better than anyone ... CD (Jazz CD)
Kerr/Essential, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A really great collection of rare soul singles from Norma Jenkins – a singer who's probably best known for her mid 70s album Patience Is A Virtue – but who's heard here on much more obscure hard soul tracks from before that record! Norma's both funky and groovy here, depending on the ... CD (Soul CD)

Paal Nilssen-Love/Carl Magnus Neumann/Bjornar Andresen/Eivind Opsvik/Ketil Gutvik

Quintet – Events 1998/1999 (5CD set)
PNL (Norway), Late 90s. 5CD
A huge document of a really special group – a meeting of two different generations of Norwegian improvisers who made some really incredible sounds together! The Quintet only released one album back in the day, so this 5CD set really expands the group's recorded output – and stands as a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Gatefold
Seems like those hillbillies are always heading to hell – and that always means great music for us! The set's a perfect summation of the way that country music walks the line between saints and sinners, prayer and pleasure – and the songs here are all themes of damnation – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Fire/Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. 3CD
A massive collection of late work from Elmore James – a 3CD set that brings together all of his famous material for Bobby Robinson's Fire Records, plus rare alternate takes, and some unusual bonus material as well! James passed away right after this work was recorded, but he's really on fire ... CD (Blues CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
A really well-done collection of the many DJ talents who recorded for Studio One over the years – one that gets past the obvious hits to include a stunning array of really varied voices! As you might know, in Jamaican music, the term "DJ" refers not just to someone spinning records ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Colemine, 2019. Gatefold
Sure Fire Soul Ensemble are tighter than ever, and have really perfected a trademark sound – a style that's got the breaking drums of a vintage funky 45, the moody horns of an Ethio funk group, and the kind of organ and keyboard lines that would be right at home on a vintage album by The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Captain Sky

Moon Child/Hero
AVI/Past Due, 1979.
A great little groove from Captain Sky – a cut that steps along nicely with a sweet disco glide! There's some bubbling moogy bits underneath the vocals – and the Captain himself comes across like a smooth soul singer throughout – quite possibly the best side of his talents on wax! ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)

Chico Buarque

Construcao
Philips (Brazil), 1972.
If you've ever been wondering which album to get by Chico Buarque – this is it! The record's a stunning batch of sophisticated sides, done in collaboration with Roberto Menescal, and with help from Jobim and MPB4! The album builds on the style of Buarque's excellent late 60s songwriting, ... CD (Brazil CD)

Grant Green

Visions
Blue Note (Japan), 1971.
A wicked late Blue Note album from Grant Green – quite different than his smaller combo work from the early years, and done with some great larger arrangements that feature some ultra-hip vibes from the legendary Billy Wooten! Wooten's as great here as on his famous work with the Ninteenth ... CD (Jazz CD)
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s.
A lost legacy in the always-hip Pacific Northwest scene of the 60s – rare psych and garage tracks from the tiny Garland Records – an Oregon imprint who only issued a small amount of singles, but also recorded some really excellent music back in the day! All the tracks here are pretty ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
El (UK), Early 60s. 3CD
A really cool little package – one that brings space age sounds from both the world of mainstream pop, and the farther reaches of electronic music composition in the postwar years! The core of CD1 is the groundbreaking album I Hear A New World by Joe Meek – presented here both in the ... CD (Rock CD)
Mimetik (France), 1973.
A fantastic live performance from French trumpeter Ivan Jullien – a musician equally skilled at leading a large ensemble as he is at his own instrumental solos! You might recognize Jullien's name for his backdrops on other, better-known French records of the 70s – but here, he's very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Stelvio Cipriani

Second Spring
CAM/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1975.
A great little soundtrack – one that's in a mode that might well be our favorite from the Italian scene of the early 70s – a style that's funky and breezy at once, dreamy and groovy, and delivered with instrumental inflections that still have us scratching our heads at the process! ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Bruno Nicolai

Defense De Savoir
RCA/Transversales Disques (France), 1973. (reissue)
A cool little soundtrack from Bruno Nicolai – penned for a French film instead of an Italian movie – and with a sound that's a bit different than usual! Nicolai makes nice use of some sweeter themes here – a hint of the modes you might find in Michel Legrand or Francis Lai in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1974. (reissue)
A single soundtrack – but one that features killer work from a host of the best Italian composers of the scene at the time – including Stelvio Cipriani, Carlo Rustichelli, and Daniele Patucchi – all of whom come up with some great electric funk for the set! The mix of composers ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Buddy Collette

Polynesia
Music & Sound/Trunk (UK), Late 50s. (reissue)
A unique, rare, and wonderful album from reedman Buddy Collette – very different than any of his better-known work of the 50s – and a complex little set that really shows off a whole new side of his talents! The album was issued by a tiny label away from the LA scene – and has ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ismail & Sixu Toure

Mandinka Dong
Secousse/Hot Mule (France), 1979. Gatefold (reissue)
The debut albums from brothers Ismail and Sixu Toure – a duo who'd soon rise to global fame as Toure Kunda, but emerge here with a sound that's very lean and funky overall! The record's a great fusion of funky late 70s Parisian styles and elements from the Toure homeland of Senegal – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Gyedu Blay Ambolley & Zantoda Mark III

Control
Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. (reissue)
A rare one from Ghanaian legend Gyedu Blay Ambolley – fully in control of a far-reaching funky trip with his Zantoda Mark III group! Control carries on with the most treasured aspects of Ambolley's mid 70s work – the raw percussion, punchy horns and charismatic vocals – but it's ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Vulcans/Colonel Elliott & The Lunatics

Star Trek (maroon vinyl pressing)
Trojan/Real Gone, 1972. (reissue)
One of the strangest albums ever issued on Trojan Records – a moogy reggae set that's all instrumental, and which is almost a Kingston answer to the music of Perry & Kingsley, and other synth pop experimenters of the time! The set's actually got more Arp than moog, but still follows the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Nate Wooley & Ken Vandermark

Deeply Discounted II
Audiographic, 2019.
Two fantastic side-long improvisations – but we hardly would have expected anything less, given that the proceedings feature Nate Wooley on trumpet, and Ken Vandermark on tenor and soprano clarinet! The latter sounds really wonderful in Ken's hands – full of these unusual sharp sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Marker (Andrew Clinkman/Steve Marquette/Macie Stewart/Phil Sudderberg/Ken Vandermark)

New Industries
Audiographic, 2019. 2CD
One of the most striking projects we've heard from Ken Vandermark in years – work with a younger group with a sound that seems equally balanced between free jazz, post-punk, and no wave energy – heard here on a set of live material, and a full session recorded in the studio! The ... CD (Jazz CD)

Hugo Heredia

Mananita Pampera
Cote D'Azur/Jazz Room (UK), 1976. (reissue)
Fantastic work from this groundbreaking reedman – an incredibly rhythmic fusion of roots and jazz – very much in the best European tradition of the 70s! Hugo blows tenor, alto, soprano sax, and flute – but also plays some percussion too, on a record that's very heavy on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Apple, 1969. 2CD
Pure brilliance from start to finish – especially the second side of the record, which has a continuous run of tunes that's very unique – and still completely sublime all these many years later! The album shows the fracturing ideas of the group, but crafted together with a unity you ... CD (Rock CD)
Elektra/Duophonic, 1999. 2CDs (reissue)
Stereolab at the top of their game! They're riding high here with a mindblowing swirl of older elements from the past – with references to old Moog records, French pop, and a bazillion other things streaming through their ears – but also refined and given a bit more vision, too as the ... CD (Rock CD)
Columbia/Real Gone, 1980.
A tremendous start to the 80s for Johnny Mathis – and a set that really continues that strong shift into soul-based territory he begun in the 70s! Gene Page handles a lot of the arrangements here, and gives the whole thing that strong blend of strings and soul that he worked on other 70s ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Isao Suzuki Quartet + 2

Orang-utan
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
A very compelling set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – one that draws on the electric traditions being forged at the time by artists like Miles and Joe Henderson – but which is also graced by the warm lyricism that was running through other Japanese jazz sessions of the 70s! Suzuki ... CD (Jazz CD)
Sire, 1979. 4CD & 2LP
Prime live material from the Ramones – recorded on the final night of 1977, right when the group was at the height of their power! If you ever got a chance to see The Ramones back in the day, the sound was really amazing – every bit as short, sharp, and focused as the studio records ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Ramsey Lewis Trio

More Sounds Of Christmas
Argo/Verve, 1964.
Ramsey Lewis had such great success with his first album of Christmas instrumentals for Chess Records, he soon hopped back in the studio for a second record – but one with a very distinct difference! This time around, the trio's a bit unusual – in that it features regular bassist Eldee ... CD (Holiday Music CD)

Luc Ferrari

Photophonie
Transversales Disques (France), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s.
A range of never-issued recordings by sound wizard Luc Ferrari – all pulled from his personal archive! Side one features the very extended "Photophonie" – done for a photographic exhibition, and with a sound that's in the noisier, more striking side of the electronic spectrum ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Four Flies (Italy), 1978. 2LP (reissue)
A really great set of Italian electronics – a set that's maybe known better to Americans than most of the generation, due to a surprising 70s release on Folkways Records! Yet this set is quite different than the more academic electronics that usually grace that label – and echo more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls

D-Vine Spirituals Recordings
D-Vine/Bible & Tire, 1972. (reissue)
A fantastic collection of work from Elizabeth King – a gospel singer who never reached the same sort of fame as singers who moved into the secular world – but one who's got a vocal power that would have made her a star, had she chosen such a move! The tunes here all feature King ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel LP)

Back East

Day By Day
Everland (Austria), 1975.
A really obscure album of groovy soul – one that's got lots of different strands working together at once, in a way that may make these guys a follow-up to the work of Rotary Connection or some of the other hip groups from Chicago at the end of the 60s! The music is definitely soul, and has ... CD (Soul CD)

Ted Moses Quintet

Sidereal Time
Radio Canada/Return To Analog (Canada), 1974. (reissue)
A gem of a record from the Canadian scene of the 70s – issued by the house label of Radio Canada, with a very unassuming cover – but a sound that flows out with a heck of a lot more vibrancy than you might expect! Ted Moses plays both acoustic and electric piano, and also blows some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1973. (reissue)
It's a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Various

Daisy Age
Ace (UK), Early 90s.
A fantastic collection of work from a real golden age in hip hop – a period that you'll probably guess from the image of the Native Tongues posse on the front – served up here in a compilation that brings together classics from De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, Monie Love, and many ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Reprise/Real Gone, 1965.
A really rare 60s album from the great Keely Smith – one that was only issued in the UK, and which continued her strong solo run after splitting with longtime partner Louie Prima! But although the record was issued in England, the whole thing's got a rock-solid Reprise Records approach ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. (reissue)
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Isao Suzuki

Blow Up
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1973.
A really great little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – a rare player who goes way way past traditional modes of his chosen instrument, into richly creative territory that rivals the 70s experiments of Ron Carter! Like Carter, Suzuki's never content to just let the bass be a source in ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tompkins Square, 2019.
Hard to believe this excellent series is hitting its ninth volume – and this time around, Ryley Walker is at the helm – making excellent musical choices that really keep things fresh! As with previous volumes, the focus is on the most creative talents of the acoustic underground – ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Expansion (UK), 2019.
Really great work from Victor Haynes – the soul singer who's been giving us some great albums for Expansion Records over the years – real gems that have slowly been creating an instant-classic collection of music that keeps on going strong! Haynes has this positive, upbeat vibe that ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Ron Geesin

ExpoZoom
Dark Companion (Italy), 1969.
Rare work from Ron Geesin – that unique British talent whose resume involved hundreds of unusual records – from early exotica sides, to work with Pink Floyd, to a number of famous records that feature his talents in the studio! Here, Ron's an experimental musician – creating ... CD (Sound Library CD)

Jimmy Cobb

This I Dig Of You
Smoke Sessions, 2019.
Drummer Jimmy Cobb has been in many great groups over the decade – and here, he's leading one of his own – a rock-solid quartet that features piano from Harold Mabern, bass from John Webber, and some especially nice guitar from Peter Bernstein! Bernstein's voice is right out front on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Color Tapes/Lion, Early 80s.
The cold waves of color keep on coming – reminding us again and again that there's still so much more to discover from the early 80s underground! As with previous volumes, the focus here is on electronic work that's way different than mainstream pop of the period – often forged out of ... CD (Rock CD)

Freddie Hubbard

Hub-Tones
Blue Note (Czech Republic), 1962. (reissue)
An album with a classic modernist cover image – and one that's also got the same sort of sound to match – brilliant early work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who's really coming into his own as a leader with this date! Freddie's really finding a voice here – a sharper edge than ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Four Flies (Italy), 1970. (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the funkiest tracks from the Italian film version of Dorian Gray – both real standouts in a store that was mostly moody and spooky overall! The movie was titled Il Dio Chaimato Dorian – and really shines with "Rito A Los Angeles", a tune with heavy romping drums and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Kutimangoes

Afrotropism
Tramp (Germany), 2019.
The Kutimangoes keep on refining their groove with each new release – and really open up with a nice sense of variety from the usual Afro Funk mode! The horn section still has a strong role – two saxes, one trombone – but there are also both instrumental and rhythmic shifts from ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Ebo Taylor Jr & Wuta Wazutu

Gotta Take It Cool
Phonogram/Mr Bongo (UK), 1978. (reissue)
The son of the legendary Ebo Taylor serves up a great record of his own – a sweet blend of funky highlife and other 70s-styled grooves – set to short cuts with a nicely compact vibe, and a cool style of production that almost owes a bit to the style of Jamaican music! There's lots of ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Transatlantic/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Gerry Rafferty is best known on our shores for one big crossover AOR hit of the late 70s – but overseas in England, his career started much earlier – as you'll hear in this great set of material! The first CD in the set features two albums recorded under the name of The Humblebums ... CD (Rock CD)

Lonnie Smith

Drives
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
A great little set of grooves by organist Lonnie Smith – and one of his best albums ever! The key to Drives is that it finds Lonnie backed by a totally sympathetic group of musicians – including Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Dave Hubbard on tenor, and the great Joe Dukes on drums – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A sweet set of female grooves from 70s Africa – served up here in a variety of different styles, but mostly with a definite influence from American soul! Many of these tracks have great funky instrumentation – the sort that resonates strongly with mainstream R&B in the same decade, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

David Axelrod

Seriously Deep
Polygram/Get On Down, 1975. (reissue)
An amazing slice of music from the legendary David Axelrod – quite different than his better-known sides for Capitol and Reprise Records – and plenty darn funky overall! Axelrod is at his studio best here – stepping off the funky jazz modes he produced for Cannonball Adderley, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Light In The Attic, Mid 50s.
Lee Hazlewood is looking a bit nervous on the cover – very different than the swaggering bravado of his mustachioed fame of the late 60s – which is quite fitting, given that these tracks were all recorded very early in his career! The collection presents the debut of a set of early ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Gokcen Kaynatan

Cehennem
Cacophonic (UK), Mid 70s.
Three long, fantastic tracks from Turkish composer Gokcen Kaynatan – all performed on the EMS synthesizer, and awash in unusual tones and textures throughout! The music here is different than some of the colder, more academic electronics of the previous decade – as Gokcen performs the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Ebo Taylor

Palaver
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980.
A never-issued session from the legendary Ebo Taylor – recorded right at a time when Taylor was really hitting on all burners! The sessions were done for the Nigerian Tabansi label, but feature Ebo's touring band from Ghana – a tight combo whose crackling rhythms are perfect for his ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Atomic Forest

Disco Roar
Now Again, Mid 70s. (reissue)
A really wild album from this Indian psych group of the 70s – a set that's a bit different than their better-known first and second albums, but which is pretty darn groovy overall! The set's definitely somewhere in the "disco" of the title – but not in a slick, commercial way ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Rich Perry

Other Matters
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019.
Rich Perry has a great way of shaping his sounds here – sometimes rhythmically, sometimes more spatially – but all with a very distinct approach to his work on the tenor! The group is open and as fluid as the leader – Gary Versace on piano, Jay Anderson on bass, and John Riley on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Miles Davis

Rubberband
Rhino, 1986.
Great lost work from Miles Davis – early material recorded for Warner Brothers in the mid 80s, and never released at the time – now finally uncovered from the vaults, and presented with a few slight contemporary touches! The core music is prime electric Miles funk all the way through ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), 1980s.
A nicely-done overview of the Tabansi Records label – an important imprint in Nigeria during the 80s, and a company who really helped change up the groove for a whole new generation! Tabansi had a pretty wide range of styles in their catalog, but that also gave the label a way to merge ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s.
James McKenzie looks a bit down to earth on the cover, but he sounds a lot more high-end on record – a budding blue-eyed soul singer, with a strong penchant for AOR production – but always served up in a homegrown style that's nice and lean! Were he working in LA in the late 70s, James ... CD (Rock CD)

Rupa Biswas

Disco Jazz
Numero, 1982.
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Astral Spirits, 2019.
An amazing piece of music from Rob Mazurek – and a real testament to the growth as an artist that he's been experiencing in the Marfa scene! The album is all electronic, but has a different vibe than some of Rob's electronic work in Chicago and Brazil – at one level maybe more visual, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soundway (UK), 2000s. 2LP
A fantastic collection of underground club – all hand-picked by South African DJ Esa, who also performs one of the numbers on the set! The music here all represents the huge evolution on that scene from the 90s onward – the change from thinner, tinnier synth pop into modes that are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Freddy Butler

With A Dab Of Soul
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968.
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got ... CD (Soul CD)
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/1970s.
Fantastic funky sounds from TK Records – a Miami soul powerhouse that most folks know for some big disco hits in the 70s, but a company that also cut some killer 45s in the years before that time! Much of the work here is from the earlier funky 45 years of the TK empire – including ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Erik Charlston Jazz Brasil

Hermeto – Voice & Wind
Sunnyside, 2019.
This isn't the first time that vibist Erik Charlston has paid tribute to the music of Hermeto Pascoal – but the set's definitely a cooker that lives up to the strong legacy of Brazilian music and jazz that we've always loved in Hermeto's creations! Songs are mostly by Pascoal, but the set ... CD (Jazz CD)
Verve, 1961. 2CD
A fantastic lost slice of work from Stan Getz – one that features an early 60s group that was barely recorded at all, and which really shows Getz stretching out right before his bossa nova years! The quartet features a very young Steve Kuhn on piano, the great Roy Haynes on drums, and John ... CD (Jazz CD)

Dr John

Mojo Of Dr John
Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. 2CD
A great little collection that definitely gets at the mojo of Dr John – the legendary New Orleans soul singer who really sprang forth in the mainstream at the end of the 60s! Much of this set captures the doctor before that time – early tracks from both New Orleans and LA, all of which ... CD (Soul CD)

Scherrie Payne

Incredible
Everland (Austria), 1987. (reissue)
A late solo set from ex-Supreme Scherrie Payne, and nicely different than the 70s work she did after leaving that famous group! The set's got this great bubbling bounce – part 80s soul, part 80s club – and the record's put together by a host of top-shelf talents – from producer ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Parker Louis

All Good Things
Soul Step, 2019.
A definite good thing from Parker Louis – a soul singer with a great ear for a mellow groove, and a style that really wraps his vocals up with the wider glow of the overall production! The approach is a bit hard to describe – almost as if Parker's got an ear trained on the sound of 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Detour (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Killer cuts from one of the coolest compilation series we've ever stocked – the long-running Beat Bespoke collection from mod maestro Rob Bailey – a collector with a surprising ear for a funky groove! The records here are all rare rock singles from the late 60s and early 70s – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), Early 70s.
A wicked dip into the catalog of 70s powerhouse Mainstream Records – a set that brings together the funkiest tracks from the label – not just from their electric jazz albums, but also their more obscure funky 45s from the same time too! The package is a strong blend of jazz, funk, and ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Marshmallow (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Great overseas material from Stan Getz – tracks that echo some of his work on the Stan Getz At Large album from Sweden, but which also take off nicely in other directions as well! The first half of the set features Stan blowing tenor with piano from Swedish genius Jan Johansson, plus rhythm ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Slash/Run Out Groove, 1980. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The last live stand of The Germs – capturing the band's raw, caterwauling ferocity, underappreciated musicianship behindDarby Crash's feral howls and sly humor – just 4 days before Darby's death. Given the band's well earned reputation for utter chaos, the most stunning thing about this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Werther

Werther
Stylo/Altercat (Germany), 1970.
A lost late bossa gem from the Brazilian scene of the 70s – served up by a singer with an acoustic guitar, but in a way that's a lot more complex than bossa nova records of the 60s! Werther works here in territory that's a bit like Joyce or Edu Lobo at the time – music that uses the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Brandee Younger

Soul Awakening
Brandee Younger, 2019.
Really beautiful work from Brandee Younger – maybe one of the few artists to mix together jazz and harp since the generation of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane! The record's even hipper than Brandee's last – richer, deeper, and with these strongly spiritual currents that get great ... CD (Jazz CD)
Treasure Isle/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. (reissue)
Seminal Duke Reid productions from the key rocksteady years – and a set that shows just how much the rhythm was changing things on the Jamaican scene, both at a vocal and instrumental level! There's a slow-loping vibe to most of these tracks – an approach that really sets the scene for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Timmion/Daptone, 2019.
Fantastic soul tracks from a label we've been loving right from the start – the long-running Timmion Records – a Finnish imprint with an amazing ear for vintage sounds and funky grooves! We know what you're thinking – Finland is a very unlikely source for great soul music – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
CID/Far Out (UK), 1971. (reissue)
That's Dila, not Dilla – a great Brazilian female singer, stepping out here on a very funky album from 1971! The record's got a very cool little groove – that mix of samba, soul, and larger orchestrations that was being explored by bigger artists on the EMI/Odeon label of the time, as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Columbia/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. (reissue)
Terry Riley's masterpiece, and an enduring classic that never grows old – and which never lapses into the hippy dippyness of some of his other work! The piece features 53 short musical passages, played in an order defined by the players, in minimal repetition, moving in and out of phase ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)

Groove Theory

Groove Theory
Epic/Get On Down, 1995. 2LP (reissue)
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Teensville (Australia), Late 60s.
A fantastic full collection of work from Johnny Farnham – a singer who became a huge star on the Australian scene of the 70s, but who never broke as big on our shores up north! Hearing the quality of these tracks, it's a bit hard to figure out why we never heard more from Farnham during ... CD (Rock CD)
Virgin/Superior Viaduct, 1979. (reissue)
The tremendous debut of The Mekons – a very different group at this stage than the well-loved act that has graced the Chicago scene for years! Instead, The Mekons resonate with a quality that really shows their link to the same Leeds scene that spawned Gang Of Four – and, if the gods ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Mexstep

Resistir
Mexstep, 2019.
Live band Latin hip hop with soulful and timely lyricism – and steeped in an inventive blend of cumbia, Tejano funk and the all around diverse touch of producer Adrian Quesada! Adrian brings the melting pot of Latin, funk and soul eclecticism he's renowned for with the groups Brownout, Grupo ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Trojan (UK), 1969.
Hard-wailing classics from a key year in the Trojan Records catalog – 1969, a time when the British company was really building a bridge to bring the music of Jamaica over to the London scene – where it would have an undeniable impact for years to come! This set features a great mix of ... CD (Reggae CD)
Fontana/Universal (UK), 1969.
A long-lost album from one of our favorite jazz talents of all time – British tenor legend Tubby Hayes, a player we'd easily place on a short list with giants like Dexter Gordon or Sonny Rollins! Like both of those players, Hayes has an incredible talent for longform solos that never lose ... CD (Jazz CD)

Roy Haynes Quartet

Out Of The Afternoon
Impulse (Czech Republic), 1962. (reissue)
Drummer Roy Haynes always brings something great to the table for any album he does as a leader – and this record is no exception! Here, the "added something" is the presence of Roland Kirk on reeds – offered a key early chance to express his most modern ideas in the freedom ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dytomite Starlite Band

Dytomite Starlite Band of Ghana
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Early 80s.
That's "Dytomite", not "dynamite" – and don't ask us what it means, either! But we can tell you that the set's a great bit of highlife, recorded with a lean, breezy feel – a bit more heft than just the duo pictured on the cover – with criss-crossing guitars, ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

Where Future Unfolds
International Anthem, 2019.
An amazing record from Chicago musician/artist Damon Locks – maybe the album he's been waiting his entire life to make – and the first to really bring together the mighty sum of his many talents! The material was recorded live in performance at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory ... CD (Jazz CD)

Alexander Von Schlippenbach Quartet

Three Nails Left (180 gram pressing)
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1975. (reissue)
Amazing work from this seminal group on the FMP scene – a quartet led by pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, but equally balanced between the saxes of Evan Parker, bass of Peter Kowald, and percussion of Paul Lovens! We're not sure how much to take the "nails" in the title ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Enzo Scoppa

New & Old Friends
Sonor (Italy), 2019.
The title here is very apt – as Italian tenorist Enzo Scoppa is reunited with his very old friend, trumpeter Cici Santucci – his frequent partner on classic jazz and sound library dates under the Santucci-Scoppa name – plus a quartet of younger musicians who really help them find ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lou Donaldson

Gravy Train
Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
An early 60s killer from Lou Donaldson – one that more than lives up to the promise of its great cover and compelling title! The lineup has Lou blowing in an easy, soulful style – working with a combo that includes Herman Foster on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums ... CD (Jazz CD)
Motown, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. 11CDs
CD...$149.99 169.99
An amazing package – one that comes in a tiny replica of the original home of Motown Records in Detroit! As you'd guess from the title, the 11CD set features every single Motown track that ever hit #1 on the charts – almost 200 classic songs, running from the early 60s right up through ... CD (Soul CD)

Moyseis Marques

Passatempo – Ao Vivo
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2019.
A beautiful set of live samba and choro performances from this up-and-coming Brazilian singer – an artist who's younger than most in his field, but who manages to make his music resonate with a strong sense of history, while also reveling in the energy of youth! The album's a well-recorded ... CD (Brazil CD)

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