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Musical greatness – Just Released!


Col Nolan Soul Syndicate

Whatever It's Worth
CBS/Pacific Theatre Encore (Australia), 1968.
A fantastic funky set from the Sydney scene of the 60s – one of the coolest, cookingest combos to ever record in Australia at the time – and a group with a mix of mod and soul elements that reminds us of the best organ jazz recorded in London too! The group's led by the mighty Col ... CD (Jazz CD)
Now Again, 1970.
A fantastic slice of lost work from the legendary JBs – including the track that first got Bootsy Collins and company the job as James Brown's backing band! The set leads off with that gem of a groove – the fast funky "More Mess On My Thing" – a tune that's got the sort ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Greg Foat

Dreaming Jewels
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019.
The funkiest record in years from the great Greg Foat – a set that moves away from some of the more open, meditative sounds of other recent albums – and has Greg returning to the kind of grooves that first made us fall in love with his music! Foat plays Fender Rhodes throughout – ... CD (Jazz CD)
High Note, 2019.
A really fantastic album from tenorist Eric Alexander – a player we've always loved, but who really seems to be opening up some new sides in his music in the past few years! As you'd guess from the title, the album's in a classic "with strings" mode – Eric's tenor out front ... CD (Jazz CD)
Motown, Mid 60s-Early 70s.
A treasure trove of rare Motown from some of legendary label's most classic acts – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Four Tops, Brenda Holloway, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Originals, Bobby Taylor, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye & The Jackson 5 – prime vintage late ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Lloyd Miller/Press Keys Quartet

Oriental Jazz
East West/Now Again, 1968. (reissue)
Possibly the greatest album ever from the enigmatic Lloyd Miller – his legendary Oriental Jazz album from the late 60s, and a really wonderful blend of musical modes! Some of the tracks here really stretch out in the Eastern promise of the title – mixing jazz rhythms with santur, oud, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Impulse, 2019.
A brilliant blast from The Comet Is Coming – their second album on Impulse in less than a year – and it's as exciting as anything they've done so far! Their core vibe of mixing spiritual jazz with electronic experimentation is here in full force, but they take it new directions. While ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A really loving look at a sometimes-forgotten side of the Prestige Records label – a company that's famous for giving the world plenty of hardbop and soul jazz in the 50s and 60s, but which also helped lay the groundwork for American spiritual jazz to come! Long before Impulse, Strata East, ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Shamek Farrah & Sonelius Smith

World Of The Children
Strata East/Svart (Finland), 1977. (reissue)
An amazing session of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the rarest albums on Strata East! Shamek Farrah's soulful alto is matched with the free spiritual piano of Sonelius Smith, for a totally memorable session that virtually defines the essence of the Strata East sound! The music is free, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Shina Williams & His African Percussionists

Shina Williams
Help/Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. Gatefold (reissue)
A killer album of Afro Funk from the Nigerian scene at the start of the 80s – but a set that feels much more like some of the longer-form experiments in Lagos during the decade before! All the titles here are nice and long, and build with this instrumental jamming approach – lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Junius Paul

Ism
International Anthem, 2019.
A fantastic record from the contemporary Chicago scene – one that both gives bassist Junius Paul his first showcase as a leader, and underscores the richly collaborative energy in which the musician works! The set was recorded at various points in the Windy City underground – with Paul ... CD (Jazz CD)

Saxophone Summit (Liebman/Lovano/Osby)

Street Talk
Enja (Germany), 2019.
A strong summit of saxophone giants – Joe Lovano on tenor, Dave Liebman on soprano, and Greg Osby on alto – all uniting here in one of the boldest statements of their individual voices we've heard in years! Part of the record's charm is the way the three saxes come together to carve ... CD (Jazz CD)
Westbound/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A massive celebration of the legendary Westbound Records – a Detroit record label started at the end of the 60s, and one that took the Motor City into much heavier territory than Motown! Westbound was the initial home of both Funkadelic and Ohio Players – and the imprint had a great ... CD (Soul CD)

Hozan Yamamoto & Sharps & Flats

Beautiful Bamboo Flute
Victor/Mr Bongo (UK), 1971. (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 ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ollie Nightingale

Sweet Surrender
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
The former leader of Ollie & The Nightingale steps out on his own – hitting a wonderfully deep approach to Memphis soul that's even more sublime than his previous group's records for Stax! There's a quiet genius going on here – a simple but powerful take on southern soul that ... CD (Soul CD)

Enrico Rava & Aga Taura Confab

El Convidado
Svart (Finland), 1975.
One of the most obscure albums ever recorded by Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava – and one of the greatest as well! The set is a rare meeting between Rava and some key players on the Argentine scene of the mid 70s – a great quartet that features Fernando Gelbard on Fender Rhodes, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Jazz Defenders

Scheming
Haggis (UK), 2019.
The first we've ever heard from the Jazz Defenders – but a record that makes it feel like the group has been together for years – as the songs explode with all sorts of fresh ideas and individual voices – all while the whole thing stays in strongly soulful, swinging territory! ... CD (Jazz CD)

Miquela

I A De Sars
Ventadorn/Finders Keepers (UK), 1977. (reissue)
An album from the mid 70s, but one that's got an almost timeless sort of vibe – given that it was recorded in the ancient language of Occitan, and set to instrumentation with lots of lightly folksy touches, and a fair bit of jazz-styled phrasing too! The mix almost gives the set the feel of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Hiroshi Suzuki

Cat
Sony (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Liverpool is best known as the home of The Beatles – but back in the 60s, the city was overflowing with tremendous musical talent – including a wealth of female groups and singers who added a heck of a lot to the British scene in the decade! This collection digs very deep into that ... CD (Rock CD)
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1960s/1970s.
The voice of June Tyson was a key part of the sound of the Sun Ra Arkestra during the first few decades of its existence – but this is the first time the lady herself has ever gotten a record under her own name – a beautiful collection of Ra-backed, Tyson-fronted tunes that includes ... CD (Vocalists CD)

El Wali

Tiris
Sahel Sounds, 1994.
A fantastic album from a West Saharan group dedicated to political independence of the Sahrawi people, but who also work with a great blend of older acoustic styles and a few contemporary electric elements! The music has maybe a touch of Tuareg guitar in the mix, but there's also some powerful ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Ugly Things, 2019.
A great issue from the always-engaging, always-jam-packed Ugly Things! This time around, there's a long interview with Brute Force – one of our favorite oddball stars of the 60s, and the man who gave us a crazy classic on Columbia Records! There's also a look at the rock photography of ... Magazine (Magazine)

Lao Dan/Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne/Damon Smith

Live At Willimantic Records
Family Vineyard, 2019.
Very searing sounds here from reedman Lao Dan – who not only blows alto sax, but also suona and Chinese bamboo flute – all in a freely improvised setting with Paul Flaherty on alto and tenor, Damon Smith on bass, and Randall Colbourne on drums and percussion! Some moments are bold and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s.
A set that definitely lives up to its title – as all the tracks are from the more exotic, unusual side of the Afro Funk spectrum – including some great 70s experiments with American soul, Cuban percussion, and even a touch of reggae too! The package is lean on notes, but has a really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Savant, 2019.
Straight, strong, and soulful work from pianist Lafayette Harris – working here with a nicely understated trio that features Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums – both musicians with more than enough sensitivity to make some subtle contributions, while still letting Harris ... CD (Jazz CD)
Big Crown, 2019.
A big collection of funky gems from the Big Crown label – an important imprint in the role of fresh funky styles in the global underground! Big Crown are part of a musical legacy that stretches back to Soul Fire and Desco – but the company also has an ear towards newer modes of funky ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Graeme Miller & Steve Shill

Moomins – Winter Wunderland Edition
Finders Keepers (UK), 1982.
The Moomins comics have delighted the world for generations – but fewer folks have seen the early 80s Moomins TV show – which is a masterpiece of felt-based, stop-motion animation! And while the images on the screen are amazing, the music for the program is equally great – spare, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Warner (Japan), Mid 70s.
This great Japanese series moves farther into the 70s than before – and brings together a great array of pop rock nuggets from the mighty Warner Brothers vaults! The music is partly soft rock of the post Sunshine years, but also shares other sweet 70s modes – maybe a pre-AOR sort of ... CD (Rock CD)
Habibi Funk (UK), 1977.
A really mindblowing set of music from late 70s Lebanon – an ambitious blend of jazzy instrumentation, poetic vocals, and larger instrumental impulses – all with this soaring sort of energy that reminds us of some of the more complex Brazilian records of the 70s, or of some of our ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Ace (UK), 1980s/1990s.
That's Tim Peaks, not Twin Peaks – although the cover image might make you think otherwise – and the set's a great entry into the long-running set of imagined "diner" jukeboxes from the team of Tim Burgess and Bob Stanley! Like other Ace compilations from the St Etienne team, ... CD (Rock CD)

Prince

1999
Warner, 1982.
The record that forever put Prince on the map – a legendary set that took him from being an under-appreciated soul singer to a lasting pop music legend! Prince had been around for a few years before 1999 – but the double-length set was the first to really win over the masses to his ... CD (Soul CD)

Peter King

Omo Lewa
Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
A great one from Nigerian bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist Peter King – working in a funkier mode here than on the more jazz and roots based groove of his first record! The highlife sound is still a vital component, but on this one, Peter embraces a harder hitting approach on ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Svart (Finland), 1980s/Early 90s.
Finland's been giving us some great funk and soul sounds in recent years, but that legacy stretches back much longer than we might have guessed – to a point that includes all these groovy disco and electronic dance tracks from the 80s! The set's a follow-up to the Satan In Love compilation, ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Fat Possum, 2019. CD & DVD
We're not usually the sorts to dig tribute albums, but the mighty Mose Allison is one of our favorite talents from years back – and the lineup here do a great job of reviving some of the classic spirit of Mose, while also pushing things forward with their own creative reinterpretations of his ... CD (Rock CD)
Quartet (Spain), 1989.
A really wonderful jazz soundtrack by Herbie Hancock – recorded at the end of the 80s, a decade when Herbie was spending a lot of time on keyboards – but with a rock-solid older jazz vibe that really fits the vintage Harlem setting of the film! The music mixes larger arrangements with ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Warner, 1982. 10LPs/DVD
LP...$239.99 249.98
The record that forever put Prince on the map – a legendary set that took him from being an under-appreciated soul singer to a lasting pop music legend! Prince had been around for a few years before 1999 – but the double-length set was the first to really win over the masses to his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Bohannon

Insides Out
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1974.
A wonderful early record from Bohannon – and with a very different feel than usual! Although most of Bohannon's work from the time is up-tempo and funky, side two of this album has some amazing slow spacey cuts – done with a drum sound that's still quite hard, but just slower than ... CD (Soul CD)
Warner (Japan), Mid 70s.
This great Japanese series moves farther into the 70s than before – and brings together a great array of pop rock nuggets from the mighty Warner Brothers vaults! The music is partly soft rock of the post Sunshine years, but also shares other sweet 70s modes – maybe a pre-AOR sort of ... CD (Rock CD)
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A set that really lives up to its title – as all these rare tracks really have a special sort of feeling – a warm spirit and positive energy that's way different than you might expect from the title! In fact, it's probably not even fair to call this work disco at all – as most of ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
CBS/Sony/Get On Down, 1978. Gatefold (reissue)
A rare Japanese-only session from Herbie Hancock – very electric, and nicely funky in all the right parts! The set was recorded at the end of the 70s with amazing fidelity – and features a unique lineup that includes Webster Lewis on additional keyboards and Alphonse Mouzon on drums ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Angelo Francesco Lavagnino & Piero Umiliani

Scusi Lei Conosce Il Sesso (with bonus tracks)
Quartet (Spain), 1968.
A really groovy soundtrack for a late 60s Italian film of the "mondo" variety – one whose title literally translates as "Excuse Me, Do You Like Sex?" The music comes from the sublime pairing of Piero Umiliani and Angelo Francesco Lavagnino – both well-traveled ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Rough Trade/Kill Rock Stars, 1980.
A postpunk underground classic from The Raincoats – and a record that deserved more, both in the early 80s, and much later after being such a huge influence on indie rock (and in a couple cases, massive mainstream celebre) to come! Barbed, blunt, jagged and rough, but with an incredible ear ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
A breakout album by Betty Wright, the record that spawned the cut "Clean Up Woman" – the choppy funky track that really pushed her over the top in a big way, and which has remained fresh for years –thanks to a strong sample history in hip hop! That cut's more than enough ... CD (Soul CD)
Atco/Fat Possum, 1980. (reissue)
A totally great album from the early years of the New York punk scene – and a set that will be remembered as the moment of musical glory for the legendary Jim Carroll! As with Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, and Patti Smith – Carroll has roots in writing, but energy that needs music to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Nelson Riddle

Rough Cut
Quartet (Spain), 1980.
A sweet Nelson Riddle soundtrack for a Burt Reynolds caper film – served up with a style that updates older Riddle modes for the 80s, but with a surprising current of jazz too! The jazzier modes are emphasized by a few older Ellington tunes in the mix – amidst newer Nelson tunes that ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Modern Harmonic, 1966/2019. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really cool combination of modes – a set that brings together a vintage 60s spoken word album on the UFO phenomenon, then adds in a whole set of new instrumental work by some leading lights in the contemporary psych underground! Record one features File #733 UFO – a spoken set from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Hiromasa Suzuki

High Flying
Columbia (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
Loads of great keyboards here from Hiromasa Suzuki – working in a mode that's somewhere between earlier funky jazz, and the tighter Japanese fusion of the late 70s! The style here is never too smooth, yet Suzuki really manages to blend some great elements together – his own keys, lots ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ave Rock

Ave Rock
Pro Musica/Svart (Finland), 1974. Gatefold (reissue)
Very long and extended jamming work from Ave Rock – a hip Argentine combo from the early 70s, and one that rivals the bigger progressive greats of the European scene at the time! Ave Rock are heavy on the keyboard and guitar lines here – really stretching out with a fluid, well-played ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Samuel Jonathan Johnson

My Music
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1978. (reissue)
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Polydor, 1969.
A great addendum to the famous Augusta, GA live set that was first issued as Sex Machine, then as Live At Home With His Bad Self – extra material from those recordings, brought together here in a special album of their own! The set features some great bits from in and around the sessions ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Various

Free Soul TK
TK/Solid (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2 CDs
A deep double-dip into the legendary TK Records catalog of Miami Soul – and one that offers up a very different version of the label than you might know from the hits! This 2CD set follows in the best tradition of the Free Soul series from Japan – which means that the collection is ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Quartet (Spain), 1976.
Music has always played a great part in the films of Roman Polanski – and that's definitely the case in The Tenant, a film that's got a score that's subtle, but which really fits the spooky mood of the story! Philippe Sarde is in relatively familiar territory here, but darker too – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Quartet (Spain), 1974.
A pair of great soundtracks – back to back on a single CD! First up is Zoo Folle – an incredible lost jazz funk soundtrack by Guiliano Sorgini – one of the best we've been lucky enough to discover in ages – all the more fascinating given the film it was made for! The ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Hi Records/Solid (Japan), Mid 70s.
The complete Hi Records singles of Quiet Elegance – a great 70s soul female trio formed by two former members of The Glories, and one of Martha & The Vandellas – who recorded for Hi with some mighty great production work from Willie Mitchell! The girls have a style that's similar ... CD (Soul CD)
Svart (Finland), 1976. (reissue)
Not the funky European group of the same name from the 70s – but an even more obscure hard rock quartet from Buenos Aires – and one who perform here with a non-stop sound that's completely wonderful! These guys have clearly drunk deep of the Anglo world of hard rock – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1967.
Genius early work from reedman Marion Brown – an album that was originally only issued overseas, where it was recorded – as part of that legacy that's always had Brown getting a lot more attention in Europe than back at home! Yet the record's a monster that stands equally with Marion's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note/Slow Down Sounds, 1961. (reissue)
A beautiful little session from one of the greatest guitarists ever! The album's part of Blue Note's tendency to "churchify" Grant Green on some albums – giving his guitar a gospelly groove that has some nicely soulful connotations – but it's also a record that's maybe the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

King Hannibal

Truth
Aware/Tidal Waves, 1973. (reissue)
Mad funky soul from King Hannibal – a down and dirty singer from the Atlanta scene of the 70s! The notes on the back say "He's black, he's proud, he's arrogant – the combination is powerful" – and we've gotta say that we agree with that assessment, because King really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. (pic cover)
Two beautiful little songs from the Moomins animated series – one of them issued here for the first time ever! "Woodland Band (parade)" is a gentle number with a sweet flute line over this guitar part that moves up and down in a way that's lightly resonating – before opening ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
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)

Adolfo Echeverria Y Su Orquesta

Sabroso Bacalao (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1977. (reissue)
A cracker of a Colombian session from the 70s – a record that hits equally hard on both the salsa and cumbia sides of the spectrum – and which features vocals from the trio pictured on the cover – Adolfo Echeverria, Manuel Cassinai, and Freddy Cruz! The music bristles with that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Tummy Touch/P-Vine (Japan), 1999.
A massive bit of blue-eyed soul – recorded on the London scene of the late 90s, but put together with a vibe that takes us back to early 70s LA! The sticker on the front of the original record promises links to Steely Dan and Jamiroquai – and the sound of the record definitely lives up ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A huge legacy of Detroit soul – all from the masterful hands of onetime Motown maestro Jack Ashford and his Just Productions team! Ashford's had his hands in countless great records over the years – early work with Motown, key Detroit Pied Piper Productions material, and all these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Moshe Naim/Sommor (Spain), 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
One of those really special records from the French scene of the 70s – a time when the local musicians were mixing sounds with new visitors from the post-colonial years – often with inspiration from American artists too! This set features singer/cultural figure Franck Valmont working ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Liston/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. (reissue)
A great set of mellow soul from the start of the 80s – not the Positive Force of "We Got The Funk" fame, but a different groove that has a nicely smooth groove! The style here is halfway between soul and AOR, but handled with an indie charm that really keeps things compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Famoso/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1971. (reissue)
That's a mighty big loaf of bread on the cover – and there's a mighty big sound on the record as well – a fantastic blend of early 70s salsa modes from this very cooking little combo – served up in a blend of two saxes, two trumpets, and plenty of great percussion and piano! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Biting Tongues

Live It Up
New Hormones/Cache Cache (UK), 1982.
Great early work from Biting Tongues – a group who gave Factory Records a few great singles in the mid 80s, but who are heard here a few years before – on an album that was only issued on cassette at the time! We've always loved these guys – and they've got a way of mixing the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Vendemiaire/Digger's Digest (France), Late 70s. (reissue)
Really fantastic work from Cossi Anatz – a 70s French group who play something they term as "jazz Afro-Occitan" – a wonderful hybrid of modes that's even more compelling than you might think! At some level, the record follows from some of the experiments of Jef Gilson along ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Mojo, 2019.
Mojo gets an exclusive interview with Neil Young – a long piece that looks at his music past, present, and future – alongside a loving look back at Lou Reed by Laurie Anderson – plus more on Nick Cave, REM, The Black Keys, Jeff Lynne, and more! There's also a close look at Let It ... Magazine (Magazine)
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1988. 2LP (reissue)
Incredible sounds from Japanese composer Yoshio Ojima – music created for the Spiral art center in Tokyo – one of the most beautiful buildings we've ever visited in the city! The spot is a special blend of art and commerce – and the music by Ojima shifts between the sorts of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Kojima/BBE (UK), 1979. 2LP (reissue)
A masterpiece of spiritual sounds from Japanese drummer Takahashi Miyasaka – one of those sublime 70s records that really carries the Coltrane legacy forward, and finds a whole new channel of inspiration in the universe! The group is led by Miyasaka, but features fantastic horn work from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Donna McGhee

Make It Last Forever
Red Greg/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978.
A holy grail, and one of the only records ever cut by Donna McGhee – an incredibly soulful club singer who worked with both Patrick Adams and Roy Ayers! This album's her legendary side for the team of Adams and Greg Carmichael – and it's got a sweet and mellow groove that's unlike ... CD (Soul CD)
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s.
A great slice of work from Chicago soul singer Otis Clay – a collection of his 70s singles for the Hi Records label – a number of which never appeared on his albums at the time! Clay's work was some of the best male soul on the label next to Al Green – and he received a similar ... CD (Soul CD)
Resonance, 1966. 3LP Gatefold (reissue)
The birth of a legend – documented here in a really wonderful package – a brilliant 2CD set that brings forth the first-ever recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – heard here on the debut nights of their very long run of Monday night performances at the Village ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Randy Muller Boom Chang Bang

Welcome to My Life
Wave Hill, 2019.
A fantastic return to form for Randy Muller – the man who gave the world such great music in the 70s with the groups Brass Construction and Skyy, then continued with a rich underground legacy over the years! Randy's given us a few recent records in the past few decades, but this is his first ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Bertil Strandberg

Cirrus
Frederiksberg, 1973. (reissue)
A hip Swedish jazz set from the early 70s – a set of warmly soulful numbers from the quintet of trombonist Bertil Strandberg – a player with some strong modal sensibilities! The group here features tenor, piano, bass, and drums – in addition to Bertil's trombone – and the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Favorite (France), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s.
A sublime collection of dancefloor work from the Parisian scene – a place where disco ruled a lot longer than it did in the US – but in a way that shifted nicely into leaner, warmer grooves as the 80s moved in! This is the kind of music crafted by folks who really dig American soul-styl ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
RCA/Real Gone, 1982. (reissue)
Klaus Nomi's standing here on the cover with the oversized cabaret costume he used famously backing David Bowie – but this early solo album definitely has the singer very much in his own territory overall! Some of the songs are a weird reworking of older European cabaret mode, or Brechtian ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1968.
Two jazz giants of the 70s come together on this rare Italian recording from the late 60s – South African pianist Dollar Brand (Abdulla Ibrahim) and Argentine tenorist Gato Barbieri – both working here in spare duo formation, with edges that are a fair bit sharper than most of their ... CD (Jazz CD)
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s.
A mindblowing discovery of music from northern Brazil – not the more familiar sounds that you might know from Rio or Sao Paulo, but much rootsier grooves that were first forged up at the northern city of Belem! The city is a gateway to the Amazon, and also a crossroads too – blessed ... CD (Brazil CD)

Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan
Playboy/Light In The Attic, 1972.
A fantastic early 70s album from Jim Sullivan – one of the few that he ever gave us before departing the planet, and a set that was one of a handful of albums issued by the Playboy Records imprint! The sound is a lot more rootsy than anything you'd ever hear at Hugh Hefner's mansion, though ... CD (Rock CD)

Sulu & Excelsior

Antimatter Suite
Sulu & Excelsior, 2019.
A sweet set from Sulu & Excelsior – essentially the solo project of singer, rapper and trumpet player Steven "Sulu" Mallorca despite the sprawling sound and stylistic breadth – with influences that stretch from classic Motown, to late 60s funk, to live horn-backed hip hop ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A long-overdue entry in this amazing series – a set of music that's gone on to be a genre unto itself, and which stands as a tribute to the song-picking genius of the great Dave Godin! The music here is a really special breed of soul – sounds that start out in the heart-worn style of ... CD (Soul CD)
Warner/Real Gone, Early 70s.
Really great material from Tony Joe White – a never-issued live album recorded during his early 70s stretch at Warner Brothers – done with a raw, stripped-down vibe that offers up an even grittier take on the territory of his early albums for Monument Records! The group is pretty small ... CD (Rock CD)
Tele Music/BMG (France), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
A heavy-hitting collection of funk and jazz from one of the oldest and grooviest sound library labels on the European scene – the mighty Tele Music, home to a great array of artists and composers with a fair bit of experience in the worlds of jazz and soul! The collection is the first we've ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Elektra/Duophonic (UK), 2004. 2CD
A fantastic little album that answers that key musical question – "Yes, you do need another Stereolab record in your collection!" The set is amazing through and through – a sublime evolution of the group way past their roots, with all the more sonic subtle touches that Sean O' ... CD (Rock CD)
Glass Wing/Invisible City Editions (Canada), 1986. (reissue)
A very unusual shift for spiritual jazz in the 80s – a set that combines the acoustic energy of the 70s with some newer electric touches – all in a way that takes off with some soulful elements in the mix! Jeff Majors handles a harp – ala Dorothy Ashby – but the music mixes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Les Masques with Le Trio Camara

Brasilian Sound
CBS/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), Mid 60s. (reissue)
Groovy groovy groovy! Les Masques were a 60s vocal-oriented Brazilian combo from France, and they had a tight jazzy approach that was similar to Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66! That alone would be enough to make them #1 in our book – but they also get some excellent backing from the Trio ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Doug Hammond

Folks
Idibib/Manufactured, 1980. (reissue)
A lasting classic from drummer Doug Hammond – maybe one of his most widely-circulated records, even though the whole set is still relatively obscure! That doesn't stop the music from being great, though – and the whole thing is a great bridge between the New York loft jazz years of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Sound Soul & Spirit/Parafono (UK), 2013. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Sublime live sounds from the great Nat Birchall – one of the most spiritual jazzmen currently working today! The set has Nat and his quintet really stretching out – playing his own great compositions, plus some Impulse and Strata East classics too – all at an open, searching, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Hiromasa Suzuki

Primrose
Union/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1978. (reissue)
Warm and wonderful work from pianist Hiromasa Suzuki – a real leading light in the Japanese trio scene of the 70s! The album's got a really wonderful vibe throughout – modes initially informed by a bit of Bill Evans, and maybe some Tommy Flanagan too – recorded with warm tones ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Four Flies (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP Gatefold
That's a sexy lady on the cover, and there's lots of sexy sounds within – music from a whole new generation of Italian soundtrack genius – a time when disco influences were being used to transform some of the groovy modes that always made Italian film scores so great! The disco styles ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Prime Movers Blues Band

Prime Movers Blues Band
Modern Harmonic, Mid 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A legendary Detroit group that's maybe best known for featuring early work from the young Jim Osterberg – later Iggy Pop – but a combo who's more than cooking on their own, with a searing sound that reminds us that blues-styled rock had a mighty strong power in the 60s! Combos like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Baroque Jazz Trio

Baroque Jazz Trio
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Beautiful stuff – and one of the most stunning jazz albums ever recorded – a blinding mix of harpsichord, cello, and Indian percussion – with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album was the brainchild of the cross-culturally fertile Saravah records at the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Out-Sider (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The sound of the Louisville scene long before the years of Squirrel Bait and Slint – a treasure trove of underground work, most of it previously unissued – all of which documents a searing scene of psych and garage experimentation! There's a tightness to these tracks that's really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Javier Santiago

Phoenix – B-Sides
Ropeadope, 2019.
CD...$8.99 14.99
We loved the Phoenix album by keyboardist Javier Santiago – and although this set bills itself as if it's a relation to that record, it's more of a completely different effort – but one that's equally fantastic as well! Santiago is a tremendous up-and-coming talent – a hell of a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Odeon/Polysom (Brazil), 1973. (reissue)
Fantastic instrumental fusion from Brazil – a killer set from the combo who came from Milton Nascimento's scene, and often backed him up in the early 70s! Som Imaginario have a style that mixed the complex jazzy arranging styles of artists like Egberto Gismonti or Edu Lobo with some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A searing live set from trumpeter Charles Tolliver – one of the few talents who could take his instrument into the kind of long-blown, beautifully open territory explored on a double length album like this! Tolliver maybe inherits a late Lee Morgan quality, but also opens up with the Woody ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Waajeed & Others

Detroit Love Vol 3
Planet E, 2019.
We don't hear nearly enough from Waajeed as we'd like to – but he really returns to glory here on a stunning mix of underground tracks from the Detroit scene – all contemporaries of Waajeed, and part of that rich electronic legacy that he's given us from his early days on the city's ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Jacky Giordano

Philopsis
Freesound/Digger's Digest (France), 1978. (reissue)
An album with an ancient-looking painting on the front, but a style that's pure 70s – served up here in a keyboard-heavy style from sound library giant Jacky Giordano! Jacky's given us plenty of funky records over the years, and this rare gem is definitely up with those 70s classics – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Nu Era (Marc Mac)

Evolve
Omniverse (UK), 2019.
Evolve is a great title for this full length set – as Marc Mac is one of the few talents from the 4Hero generation who's really evolved over the years, and who's continued to give us some really incredible music – a jazz-based take on the realm of beats and keyboards, with a cosmic-drive ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Better Days/We Want Sounds (France), 1978.
An early moment of genius from Ryuichi Sakamoto – the solo start of a fantastic legacy of electronic music, and a record that's still one of our real go-to discs from his mighty large catalog! The record is a great break from some other, earlier modes of Japanese experimentation – ... CD (Rock CD)
Soundway (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. 3LP Gatefold
A great set that moves towards the farther reaches of the Caribbean scene in the 80s – music that's much more underground than some of the bigger soca and tropical hits of the time! As you might expect from the Soundway label, the work here is a very unusual, very well-done presentation of a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
London Calling (UK), Late 60s. 4CD
A really lost slice of work from the legendary Scott Walker – material recorded for his short-lived TV show and specials for the BBC in the late 60s! Scott here is at the height of his powers – the god-like voice from the albums Scott 1 through Scott 4 – working mostly with his ... CD (Rock CD)

Eliel Lazo

Cuban Jazz Report
Stunt (Denmark), 2019.
A tight set of Latin jazz, and very much in the spirit of the title – featuring a quartet led by percussionist Eliel Lazo, recorded with some great chorus vocals from the members of the group! The record's not nearly as rootsy or slavishly classic Cuban as others of this nature – which ... CD (Jazz CD)

Upperground Orchestra

Euganea (with download)
Morphine (Netherlands), 2019.
Darker sounds than usual for this cool Italian combo – a set that still has the cosmic elements of their previous record, but a much sharper edge, and a style that feels a lot more improvised and free! Each of the long tunes build up in a way that's organic – free at the start, then ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Sounds Of Liberation (Byard Lancaster/Khan Jamal)

Sounds Of Liberation
Dogtown, 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most soulful sessions ever from the Philly jazz scene of the 70s – a super-hip record that features work from Byard Lancaster on alto, Khan Jamal on vibes, and Monette Sudler on guitar! All players are at their best here – especially Sudler, who sounds really amazing riffing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Peripheral Minimal (UK), Late 70s/1980s.
The farther reaches of the UK electronic scene in the post-punk years and beyond – material that might be best termed as the earliest years of industrial music – not the thinner "industrial dance" of the latter part of the 80s, but the moody, noisy sounds that grew out of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Arp Frique & Erik Ritfeld

Improvised Suites For Analog Machines
Colourful World (Netherlands), 2019.
A really fantastic set of keyboard sounds – a record that features improvised duets between Arp Frique and Erik Ritfeld – who each switch up their machines on every different track! At the core of the record is an Elka Drummer One rhythm box and a Roland Space Echo – but then ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Motown, 1971. (reissue)
The unusual mix of this classic album – produced originally for the Quad market, and different than the standard versions of these tunes! A testament as to how many hits the Jacksons produced in a short amount of time – this Greatest Hits was compiled only three years after the group's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Al Sunny

Planets
Favorite (France), 2019.
Al Sunny is a singer who really lives up to his name – as his voice has this warm glow that's really wonderful, and which is a perfect fit for the classic-styled backings on the set! And by "classic", we mean a tight mix of soul and 70s AOR modes – laidback, but well-crafted ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
FMP/Be! (Germany), 1991. 3LP (reissue)
A massive document of a really incredible project – a set of key duo improvisations that bassist Peter Kowald created with some of the leading free jazz musicians around the world – recordings that came relatively late in the legacy of the FMP jazz label, but which are very much in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Patrick Cowley

Mechanical Fantasy Box
Dark Entries, 1970s.
Very early music from the great Patrick Cowley – all unreleased tracks, most of which are from a time before his huge rise to fame on the dancefloor scene! This work all represents early experiments with synthesizers – and while some of the tracks have an upbeat groove that foreshadows ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
K7 (Germany), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
Keyboardist Kamaal Williams has given us some great records under his own name – and here, he turns in a stunning set for the DJ Kicks series – a record that's overflowing with a mix of cosmic jazz, soul, and club from some of Kamaal's key contemporaries – mixed with a few great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

William Hooker

Symphonie Of Flowers
ORG, 2019.
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

11th Street Sekondi
Agogo (Germany), 2019.
A killer contemporary set from Gyedu Blay Ambolley – one of the Afro Funk heroes of the 70s, still sounding fantastic after all these years! The album was all recorded at Ambolley's Simigiwa Studios in Ghana – and arrangements, instrumentation, and production are all in a very classic ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Arthur Russell

Iowa Dream
Audika, 1970s.
A completely different side of Arthur Russell than you might have heard before – and that's really saying a lot, given how many sides Russell has already given us! In his too-short life, Arthur managed to crack both the worlds of New York club and avant garde – but here, Russell ... CD (Rock CD)

Mad Man Jaga

Wakabout
Dig This Way (Italy), 1978. (reissue)
A great little set from Mad Man Jaga – one of the few 70s albums by the Nigerian singer – despite a long legacy in other groups, including that of Sir Victor Uwaifo – who produced the entire set! The music is a blend of the skittish styles of Uwaifo's own music, with maybe a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

David S Ware

Theatre Garonne 2008
Aum Fidelity, 2008.
A fantastic live set from the great David S Ware – recorded at a key point in his career, when he was moving away from his longtime work with Matthew Shipp on piano, and embracing a new group with Joe Morris on guitar! Morris is wonderful here – really at his best, and driven on by the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Eri Yamamoto & Choral Chameleon

Goshu Ondo Suite
Aum Fidelity, 2019.
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from pianist Eri Yamamoto – in large part because of the presence of the Choral Cameleon vocal group! The mix of piano and voice is wonderful – haunting and powerful, in a way that reminds us of some of the best Vince Guaraldi ... CD (Jazz CD)

Mike Cooper

Oh Really!?
Pye/Trading Places (UK), 1969. (reissue)
An early classic from British guitarist Mike Cooper – an artist who was part of that unique moment of mid 60s British blues – part folk, part rock, and with a quality that definitely paved the way for many other modes to come! The set has Mike Cooper mostly on guitar and vocals, in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Jacky Giordano

Organ Plus – IM 26
Le Tres Jazz Club (France), Mid 70s.
Keyboardist Jacky Giordano really steps out here – in an "organ plus" mode that also features work on a fair bit of other electric keys too! The style is nice and simple – tight, short tracks that follow the best sound library funk modes of the 70s – with plenty of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Legere (UK), 2019.
The freewheeling Shawn Lee rides again, this time steering into folk soul, country funk and personally reflective songwriting in ways we haven't heard from him before – all the while living up to his genre-straddling indie funk legacy and penchant for winning stylistic detours over the years! ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1982. 3LP Gatefold
A fantastic addition to the "epiphanies" concept of the UK free jazz ensemble Company – one that extends the different groupings and shapings of lineup in a series of improvised performances from 1982! The tracks here recorded in the same stretch that yielded the initial ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Radical Empathy Trio (Nels Cline/Thollem McDonas/Michael Wimberly)

Reality & Other Imaginary Places
ESP, 2019.
Two long live improvisations by the Radical Empathy Trio – a group that features Nels Cline on guitars, Michael Wimberly on drums, and Thollen McDonas on a variety of keyboards! The sounds here are not unfamiliar if you've heard some of Cline's freer recordings – but even then, the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Capitol/El (UK), 1950s. 3CD
A huge run of records from Yma Sumac – presented here in a box that collects just about everything she recorded for Capitol Records in the 50s! First up is Voice Of The Xtaby – legendary vocal work from the postwar years – some of the earliest recordings from the enigmatic Yma ... CD (Now Sound CD)
RCA/Cherry Red (UK), Mid 70s. 4CD
Ziggy Stardust guitar genius Mick Ronson issued a pair of 70s albums on the David Bowie Mainman imprint for RCA – and both of those records are included here, plus a huge amount of never-issued tracks and bonus material too! First up is Slaughter On 10th Avenue – Mick Ronson's first ... CD (Rock CD)

Ely Arcoverde

Ely Arcoverde Quarteto
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1965.
One of the coolest albums ever from this hip Brazilian organist – a set that just features a small combo behind his lead work on the keys – in a mode that ties the album more strongly to the world of samba and bossa jazz than any of his other records of the decade! There's still lots ... CD (Brazil CD)
Dusty Groove Gear, 2019.
The music at Dusty Groove goes way way way back, and here's a shirt that does the same – a lovely image that evokes the feel of a vintage phone book ad – simple, elegant, and very much to the point! The lines are lean, but the image is bold and striking – never overdone, with a ... Clothing (Clothing)

Ingrid Laubrock & Aki Takase

Kasumi
Intakt (Switzerland), 2019.
We seem to appreciate the saxophone talents of Ingrid Laubrock more and more with each new record we hear – and that's definitely the case on this beautiful session – which has her improvising these really beautiful lines alongside the piano of Aki Takase! Aki's tone is usually dark, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band

March Of The Tadpoles (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
RCA (Japan), 1977.
It's hard to get at the brilliance of the 70s albums from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin in words – but we'll try just a bit! The records are almost an anomaly – creative big band records at a time when most folks were leaving the format behind – put together by a duo who ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cultures Of Soul, Early 80s. (reissue)
The debut solo album from Don Laka – an artist you might know from the huge 80s group Sakhile, but who here steps out as a soul singer on his own – working with a vocal range that's in the higher reaches, and which really fits the contemporary beats and keyboards in the grooves! Laka's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Dusty Groove Gear, 2019.
The music at Dusty Groove goes way way way back, and here's a shirt that does the same – a lovely image that evokes the feel of a vintage phone book ad – simple, elegant, and very much to the point! The lines are lean, but the image is bold and striking – never overdone, with a ... Clothing (Clothing)

Snorre Kirk with Stephen Riley

Tangerine Rhapsody
Stunt (Denmark), 2019.
Drummer Snorre Kirk has a great musical partner here – tenorist Stephen Riley, who blows with this warm, raspy tone that takes us back to classic Ben Webster in the postwar years! The pace of most tunes is nicely laidback, but never in a way that's too sloppy or loose – as Kirk's combo ... CD (Jazz CD)

Optimistics

Optimistics
Turbo/Be With (UK), 1970. (reissue)
A fantastic album from this young Baltimore group – and one of the most obscure records on the All-Platinum label at the start of the 70s! The company was home to harmony soul heavyweights The Moments and The Whatnauts – and The Optimistics follow in very similar territory – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1965.
Brazilian keyboardist Ubirajara plays an instrument few folks could ever make sound this groovy – the lean Solovox electric piano – whose fuzzy sounds soar out over some really great larger arrangements! Some songs are bold and brassy, others have a more exotic vibe – and ... CD (Brazil CD)

Sokratis Votskos Quartet

Sketching The Unknown
Jazzman (UK), 2019. (pic cover)
A great global bit of spiritual jazz from reedman Sokratis Votskos – who works here in a style that not only follows some great European traditions of modal jazz, but which also resonates with some of the deeper roots of Greek music too! Sokratis plays soprano sax and bass clarinet – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst

These Days
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2019.
Bassist Daniel Casimir really wowed us with his last set for the Jazz Refreshed label – but this time around he teams up with vocalist Tess Hirst, and creates a sound that really blows us away from the very first note! The music is future-thinking jazz at the core, but has lots of complexity ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Alice Island Band

Splendid Isolation
Warren/Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. (reissue)
One of the more obscure outings from the British underground folk scene at the start of the 70s – a set that's way way different than contemporary work on the bigger labels, and which sounds as if it was conceived and recorded a fair bit away from the mainstream! The instrumentation is a mix ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Tetuzi Akiyama/Nicolas Field /Gregor Vidic

Interpersonal Subjectivities
Astral Spirits, 2019.
A trio recorded with a great texture of sounds – the guitar of Tetzui Akiyama, the drums of Nicolas Field, and the tenor of Gregor Vidic – the last of which is often blown in this careful, sound-shaping style that's a big change from the usual! Akiyama's guitar is great too – not ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tratore (Brazil), 2019.
Bruno E sounds fantastic here, and very different than the broken beat maestro we loved on his records from the early part of this century – as Bruno's moved into a much warmer jazz-based environment, and plays acoustic bass here with a very hip little combo! Most of the tracks are ... CD (Brazil CD)

Black Jazz Consortium

Evolution Of Light (3LP set)
Perpetual, 2019. 3LP
A crackling little full length set from Fred Peterkin – aka Black Jazz Consortium – a set that continues his forward-thinking approach to a groove, but which also brings in a recent love of the music of Brazil as well! The Brazilian elements here are very spare – this is still ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)

Sandro Brugnolini

Superground (180 gram vinyl)
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. (reissue)
Some of the trippiest sound library material we've ever heard from Sandro Brugnolini – in part because the core group here is a psychedelic combo, which might have led to a few of the tracks being used in a short animated film on Sharon Tate and Charles Manson! Yet as with most of the great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Erroll Garner

Night At The Movies
MGM/Mack Avenue, 1964.
CD...$9.99 10.99
Erroll Garner takes on songs from the movies – but at a level that's way different than other 60s examples of cinematic jazz albums – and which strongly preserves the classic sound of the pianist at his best! Part of the difference is that the songs are all tunes from older movies ... CD (Jazz CD)

Masaru Imada

Green Caterpillar
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1975.
A great little record from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a set that not only shows the great blend of acoustic and electric styles that was happening at the time, but which also really illustrates the inventive approach of the Three Blind Mice label at their best! The vibe here is very ... CD (Jazz CD)

Amilton Godoy

Tributo A Zimbo Trio
Tratore (Brazil), 2019.
The album's a tribute to the legendary Zimbo Trio from 60s Brazil – and pianist Amilton Gody really does a great job of getting the sound just right! The tunes are all instrumentals, with bass from Sidiel Viera and drums from Edu Ribeiro – done in that lively, rhythmic style that made ... CD (Brazil CD)
Smoke Sessions, 2019.
Tenorist George Coleman has a long legacy that stretches back decades in jazz – but here, he slides into a setting that most folks would associate with the work of saxophonist Eric Alexander – a quartet that features Harold Mabern on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society

Mandatory Reality (clear vinyl)
Eremite, 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A really fantastic album from bassist Joshua Abrams – a set that may well be his greatest to date – and that's saying a lot, given all the other work he's given us in recent years! The double-length set has Abrams working with this lineup of improvising jazz talents, but in a way that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
A wonderful overview of the Cuban musical style of son – the core Afro-Cuban blend that influenced generations of American Latin music in the 50s, 60s, and 70s – and which also laid the groundwork for salsa too! This package stretches back to the roots of the style on record in a ... CD (Latin CD)
Original Music/Take It Acid Is, 1987. (reissue)
A set of recordings made in the Somali city of Baraawe, which is a bit south of Mogadishu – all done in the late 80s, but with a quality that sounds far more timeless and ancient! The instrumentation is all acoustic – mostly vocals and a single stringed instrument – used in ways ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Reprise/Wounded Bird, Mid 60s. 2CD
Really great work from an overlooked teen trio – a group that featured one of Dean Martin's sons (Dino), the son of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball (Desi), and the non-celebrity Billy Hinsche! The group aren't the tip top of the heap, vocal-wise – but they recorded all this material for ... CD (Rock CD)

Ryo Kawasaki

Little Tree
Studio Mule (Germany), 1980.
One of the few rare albums cut by Japanese guitarist Ryo Kawasaki and his groundbreaking Golden Dragon group during the early 80s – a record that mixes some of the groove-oriented currents of his previous work with elements that are maybe more far-reaching and fusion-styled too! There's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Union (Japan), 1978. (reissue)
A great harvest of sounds from Japanese pianist Makoto Terashita – a set that also features strong contributions from Bob Berg on tenor, who comes in at a few key spots to really deepen the sound! The core of the record features Terashita working with his trio – Errol Walters on bass ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Cook County

Released
Greedy/Everland (Austria), 1978. (reissue)
A rare funk album with a prison pedigree – a set created by inmates at Chicago's Cook County prison in the 70s, following a tradition of cellblock soul that includes groups like The Escorts and Power Of Attorney! These guys get help from Chicago soul legend Cash McCall – who arranged ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Nicholas Payton

Relaxin With Nick
Smoke Sessions, 2019. 2CD
A really unique album from trumpeter Nicholas Payton – a musician who's given us plenty of major label records over the years, but who really sounds different here in a stripped-down set for the Smoke Sessions label! The album's just a trio date – with the sublime rhythm duo of Peter ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jamael Dean

Black Space Tapes
Stones Throw, 2019.
Spiritual sounds from the west coast underground – and a set that's maybe got a few more avant moments than other records of this kind! Jamael Dean plays piano in a shifting landscape of musicians – one that features percussion and production from the great Carlos Nino, some strings ... 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)

George McCrae

We Did It
TK/Solid (Japan), 1978.
Maybe the most obscure 70s album from George McCrae – but a tight little set that still has the singer at the top of his Miami Soul game! The album features lots of production help from KC – of Sunshine Band fame – and the rhythms are in that skittish Miami mode that worked so ... CD (Soul CD)

Al Casey/Billy Butler/Jackie Williams

Guitar Odyssey
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1974.
A really fantastic album of jazz guitar – one that features two masters from an earlier era, both recorded in the 70s in a really stripped-down setting! The group just features the drums of Jackie Williams with the guitars of Al Casey and Billy Butler – both players who have a highly ... CD (Jazz CD)
TK/Solid (Japan), Late 70s.
A soulful message from the 70s – served up here on a collection that focuses on a mighty nice side of the TK Records label from back in the day! TK hit big fame with its Miami spin on disco in the mid 70s, but the label also had a great ear for other sorts of soul music too – and here, ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Capitol, 1969. 2 CDs
Maybe not the first album from the legendary Band – but a record in which the group get everything completely right all the way through – and sparkle with that special sound that continues to influence generations of music makers, and music lovers! All the great elements the group were ... CD (Rock CD)
It's Soul Time, 2019.
Really great work from Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities – one of the few contemporary groups who can get a vintage soul style so right – so much so, the record easily blends with some of the rare reissues we've also loved on the It's Soul Time label! The production is great – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band

From Toshiko With Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
RCA (Japan), 1981.
One of the lesser-known albums in the great run of big band records cut by pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi and reedman Lew Tabackin – and a set with a bit of a difference, too – as this time out, Tabackin wrote all the tunes, although Toshiko still handles all the arrangements and ... CD (Jazz CD)

Maysa

Maysa (1957)
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1957.
Very early work from Maysa – an album recorded in 1957, before her better-known bossa sides of the 60s – and a set that shows the singer in the kind of full-voiced style that first made her a legend! Masya's got a great talent for subtle drama here – a kind of deep burning vibe ... CD (Brazil CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. 4CD
A wonderful package – one that brings together five excellent albums from pianist Alan Jean-Marie – an important player on the French scene, but one who never full gets his due on this side of the Atlantic! The set begins with Jean-Marie's first album of Biguine Reflections – a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1980. (pic cover, reissue)
A fantastic bit of modern soul – a rare Polydor single from the start of the 80s – but one that we'd put next to some of our favorite mellow soul groovers from the decade before! "Stay With Me" has a vibe that's almost Roy Ayers – midtempo, and funky stepping – a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
ABC/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. (pic cover, reissue)
Two great tracks from the rare Bobby Hutton album on ABC – pressed up here as a special Japanese 45! "Can't Get Enough" has this warm glow that really lets Bobby's unique vocals flow – an obscure Terry Callier composition that really fits Hutton's approach! "Lend A ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Sunao Wada

Coco's Blues
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1972.
A cooking little record from Japanese guitarist Sunao Wada – one with plenty of offbeat touches! Like many of the albums on the Three Blind Mice label from the time, this one's a bit hard to peg – because the moods and styles shift a bit from track to track, and there's an openly ... CD (Jazz CD)

Straight No Chaser

Issue #100 – Fall 2019
SNC (UK), 2019.
The 100th issue of Straight No Chaser – a fantastic book-size version of the magazine that was one of the most important inspirations for Dusty Groove back at the start! There's few folks that cover the kind of music we love as well as Straight No Chaser – and this time around, they ... Magazine (Magazine)

Isao Suzuki

Blue City
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974.
A wonderful little set from Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – one that has him playing both acoustic bass and cello, mixing up the instrumentation in a really cool way! Suzuki was really one of the most inventive bassists of his generation of Japanese jazz – able to shift styles and ... CD (Jazz CD)
RCA (Japan), 1977.
A fantastic live performance from this legendary ensemble – and a record that brings a nice sort of edge to the group's already great sound! It's a bit hard to describe – but somehow the live recording quality seems to create more intensity, maybe more urgency to the way the group ... CD (Jazz CD)
Parlophone, Late 60s. 5CD & book
An amazing legacy of lost music from David Bowie – a host of obscure recordings, demos, and session tracks done in the short space leading up to the Space Oddity album – presented in a book-style package that also features two versions of that classic record too! Some of this material ... CD (Rock CD)
Strut (UK), 1990/1995/2014.
A return to greatness for the legendary Tribe Records scene in Detroit – an underground movement that gave us some spiritual jazz classics in the 70s – then kept on making wonderful music at an even more underground level as the years went on! This set is a collection of work from ... CD (Jazz CD)

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

Midnight Sugar
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1974.
The midnight sugar here comes from pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto – who's playing with a soulful, bluesy sort of style – one that reminds us a bit of Ray Bryant back in the 60s, but which also comes across here with a fair bit of lighter, lyrical touches as well! As with other Three Blind ... CD (Jazz CD)

Black Diamond

Chant
Shifting Paradigm, 2019.
Fantastic work from the duo of Artie Black and Hunter Diamond – two tenor saxophonists who work together here in a mode that's a sublime extension of some of the modern styles first put down in the 50s! Black and Diamond twist their tenors together with the dexterity of a Zoot Sims/Al Cohn ... CD (Jazz CD)

Yaseen Mohamed

Yaseen & Party
Mzuri/Afro 7 (Finland), 1960s. (reissue)
Yaseen Mohamed doesn't look like a party animal on the cover – but he really makes some fantastic music with his group – in this unusual blend of percussion, vocals, and cool thin keyboard lines on an unusual 60s instrument! The group also recorded under the name Mac & Party, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
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 ... CD (Jazz CD)

Serge Blenner

Magazin Frivole
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1981.
Overlooked electronic genius from Serge Blenner – an artist whose name and title might sound a bit French, but who recorded this set in the Hamburg underground at the start of the 80s! The work here is a nice bridge between earlier Sky Records modes and the rising tide of the German new wave ... CD (Rock CD)
Afro 7 (Finland), 1987. (reissue)
Fantastic grooves from Amabano – an obscure group from Burundi, on a record that was initially only issued in the Soviet Union! That strange lack of exposure is no reflection on the music at all, though – as these guys are wickedly funky, and play with the sharpness and rawness of some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Sony (Japan), 2019. CD & Blu-ray
A really fantastic tribute to a duo who led one of the hippest big bands of the 70s – performing here in a very intimate and stripped-down mode! The set's a live one – and features the legendary Toshiko Akiyoshi on piano and Lew Tabackin on tenor sax and flute – working just as a ... CD (Jazz CD)
University Of Central Arkansas, 2019.
A fascinating look at the music of South Carolina – served up here in the tremendous annual style of the Oxford American! As with other editions of this fantastic series (21 years in the running!), the scope of subjects included is as wide as the manner of presentation – a mixture of ... Magazine (Magazine)

Saigon Soul Revival

Hoa Am Xu'A
Saigon Supersound, 2019.
One of the coolest concepts for a funky combo we've heard in a long time – and a group that are nicely different from some of the old school acts in recent years! These guys definitely work in a vintage funk style – but one that's filtered through a Vietnamese heritage, specifically ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Sonor (Italy), 1974.
Sweet conjugal seduction – served up here in a rare Italian soundtrack from the 70s! The music reminds us a lot of Stelvio Cipriani at his best – as there's a mix of slinky, sexy modes with a few funkier passages – and plenty of great keyboard moments throughout! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
RCA (Japan), 1975.
Toshiko Akiyoshi really took off as a jazz musician in the 70s – already a great pianist known for her bop-like dexterity in the 50s, a compelling soloist and songwriter with her modern sound in the 60s, and a hell of a talent at the helm of a series of amazing big band records with reedman ... CD (Jazz CD)
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)

Da Lata

Birds
Da La Music (UK), 2019.
The first album in more than a few years from Da Lata – a set that has the core group winnowed down to Chris Franck, but which seems to open up the sound even more than before! Everything we've ever loved about Da Lata is in place here – that special sound that filters together bits of ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Serge Blenner

La Vogue
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1980.
A really cool keyboard set from Serge Blenner – issued during the glory days of the German Sky Records label, but with a vibe that's a bit different than most of their other releases! Blenner works on an assortment of keyboard and electronic sources – but with a sound that's maybe more ... CD (Rock CD)

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

Star Dust
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1977.
Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto pays tribute to the late Erroll Garner, by working in an expanded format that brings a bit of strings into support the core work of his trio! The setting is quite different than some of Yamamoto's other albums of the time, and makes for a surprisingly nice change ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ceasar Frazier

Ceasar Frazier – 75
Westbound/Be With (UK), 1975. (reissue)
The second great album from organist Ceasar Frazier – a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
RPM (UK), Late 50s/1960s. 4CD
An amazing look at the world of New York music in the late 50s and early 60s – and a set that's got a much more urban vibe than you might guess from the cover! The vibe here is partly hinted at by the Broadway address in the title – as most of these tracks come from a time and stretch ... CD (Rock CD)

Black Diamond

Mandala
Shifting Paradigm, 2017.
CD...$6.99 12.00
A jazz duo with a very striking name – but one that makes complete sense, when you realize the record comes from the growing genius of Artie Black and Hunter Diamond – two up-and-coming tenorists on the Chicago scene who've developed a really wonderful affinity for each other! Here, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Warner/Wounded Bird, Early 70s. 2CD
A pair of early 70s albums from the mighty Alexis Korner – back to back in a single set! First up is Bootleg Him – a record with a strange mix of elements on the outside – a confusing title, a proggy-cover image – but one that's got a sound that's a perfect maturation of ... CD (Rock CD)
Columbia/Legacy, Late 60s. 3CDs
Rare and unheard material from Dylan's career redefining Nashville era – his post Blonde On Blonde Nashville era to be more specific – when he recorded the poetic story song masterpiece John Wesley Harding, the charming country folk classic Nashville Skyline, sessions that would end up ... CD (Rock CD)

Joe McPhee/Graham Lambkin/Charlie McPhee/Oliver Lambkin

Live In The Batcave
Black Truffle (Austria), 2019. Gatefold
The legendary Joe McPhee is back in his home turf of upstate New York – working in a mode that really goes back to his heritage in the avant scene – and at a level that's something of a family affair for all the members of the group! The music is a collaboration between Joe and his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Mustevic/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974.
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy

Mam Yinne Wa
Philophon (Germany), 2019.
A gospel group, but one with a very groovy vibe – as they hail from Ghana, and mix plenty of soulful elements into their music! Alogte Oho handles the lead vocals, and is backed by a small group of female singers – and while the back/forth approach is rooted in American traditions, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Nang (UK), 2019.
Situation really do a great job of transforming other folks' tunes here – so much so that the results are really a lot more their own than any sort of familiar remix modes – which is the CD is more of a full album by the band, then just a collection of cuts! Contemporary rhythms and ... CD (New Grooves CD)
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)

Ted Daniel & Henry Grimes

Duology (180 gram pressing)
Ujamaa, 2009.
We love the work of bassist Henry Grimes – and he sounds especially wonderful in this very open set of improvisations with trumpeter Ted Daniel, in a series of performances that also features work from Michael Marcus on Bb and A clarinets! The recording quality is great – so that you ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Perception

Perception
Futura/Souffle Continu (France), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
The amazing first album from Perception – a French avant-jazz group that you might recognize from other performances from some of its members – a quartet lineup that includes Siefried Kessler on acoustic and electric piano, Didier Levallet on bass, Jean My Truong on drums, and Jeff ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Curt Boettcher & Friends

Looking For The Sun (with bonus tracks)
Columbia/High Moon, Late 60s.
A fantastic array of Sunshine Pop from the godlike hands of Curt Boettcher – all late 60s gems that were lost in the shuffle at Columbia Records, when Curt was working there as a producer! Boettcher's probably best known for his work in the groundbreaking group The Millenium, but despite the ... CD (Rock CD)

Phrydderichs Phaelda

Bruchstuecke (180 gram pressing)
Notes On A Journey (Germany), 1975. (reissue)
A group with a sound that you'll never be able to pronounce – but with a sound that's instantly accessible, and which goes right to the heart of the matter in a great mix of funky fusion and more rock-styled touches! The lineup is pretty straightforward – keyboards, guitar, bass, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Universe (Netherlands), 1972. (reissue)
A really fantastic group from the Dutch scene at the start of the 70s – a scene that didn't give the world as much progressive rock as other parts of the continent at the time – but one that also had a pretty darn great approach to jazz! Pugh's Palace work here in a way that really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Cairo, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. 2LP
A beautiful overview of the early years of American soul music – put together as a set that easily moves between deep soul, northern soul, and some of the other hard-burning modes of the time! The package is a great effort from the folks at Mississippi Records, to kick off their Cairo ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Asylum/4AD, 1974. 2CD
A pretty amazing effort from country rock progenitor Gene Clark! This one blends breezy songcraft that's not too far off from his previous couple of great solo albums – rustic harmonies and memorable lyricism flavored by acoustic guitars – with far more deft studio touches such as ... CD (Rock CD)

Dominic Frontiere/Duane Tatro/Richard Markowitz/Irving Getz/Sidney Cutner

Quinn Martin Collection Vol 2 – The Invaders
La La Land, Late 60s. 2CD
A really cool collection of sci-fi soundtrack work – a massive 79 tracks pulled from the short-lived but excellent TV show The Invaders – a striking visual experience that was presented with some equally great music! The whole thing is a great reminder of a time when the TV studios ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Fania/Craft, 1968. (reissue)
Brilliant early work from a young Willie Colon – a true hustler if there ever was one! The album has an amazing energy that really bridges a number of Latin scenes – it's part descarga jamming, part Latin soul, and part traditional Latin – put together with a no-nonsense approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Turk Mauro

Heavyweight
Phoenix/Soul Kid, 1980.
A solid classic from reedman Turk Mauro – a player who was equally skilled on both the tenor and the baritone sax – and always able to get the depth of the latter out of the former! The record's a bit out of time for its 1980 recording date – very old school, but in a very good ... CD (Jazz CD)
NBN (Japan), 2019.
A great debut from soul singer Devin Morrison – an artist who brings a strong nod here to mainstream soul of a few decades back – while also opening the door for some great collaborative talents from the underground! Devin wrote and produced the whole set – with an ear that ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Carmen Lundy

Modern Ancestors
Afrasia, 2019.
To our ears, there's nothing like a record from Carmen Lundy – one of the few jazz singers who can hold us completely rapt over the years, and who keeps on coming up with wonderful albums like this one! Carmen's voice has always been fantastic, but in recent years she's got an even more ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Four Corners (UK), 2019.
One of the coolest record books we've ever seen – a smaller take on the album art format, but one that focuses exclusively on flexi discs – those thin little records which were usually given away free, and which are usually pretty hard-pressed to survive the passage of time! Yet author ... Book (Book)
Mag/Munster (Spain), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the heaviest albums of the legendary Peruvian scene at the start of the 70s – a record that has all the sharpness, sparkle, and edge of some of the heavy rock giants of the UK at the time – but which also has a sound that's somewhat looser and more inventive too! Traffic Sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Komos (France), 2019.
Palm Unit began their recorded career with a great tribute to French jazz legend Jef Gilson – but here, they maybe sound even more amazing – in an album that takes on the tunes of bassist Henri Texier, but with results that are completely the group's own! Bass definitely figures in the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Resonance, Late 30s/Early 40s. 10LP
A mindblowing look at the early years of Nat King Cole – a set that stretches in a mighty wide space before Nat's big fame at Capitol Records – and which also greatly expands our understanding of the material he recorded during his Decca years too! The music takes Nat back to a time ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Daniel Maunick

Macumba Quebrada
Far Out (UK), 2019.
The first-ever full length set we've seen from Daniel Maunick – an artist who you might know from his remix work as Venom, or for his ties to the Incognito universe – given that Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick is his father! Yet the sound here is definitely Daniel's own – ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Sudan Archives

Athena
Stones Throw, 2019.
A great full length album from Sudan Archives – an artist whose name is a bit misleading – as there's nothing Sudanese or archival in her sound! But the vibe of the record is maybe captured by the image on the cover – as the music all features violin, but in a contemporary soul ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Motella/Umsakazo (UK), 1966. (reissue)
The earliest work we've ever seen from this legendary South African group – and music that's got a much rawer, more stripped-down vibe than the albums that made them famous in the 80s! These tracks are mostly just group vocals with a bit of percussion and guitar – billed as "zulu ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. 10CD
CD...$189.99 249.99
An amazing tribute to the Bakersfield scene – one that finally gives the California city the same sort of attention that we usually see in sets dedicated to Nashville! Bakersfield is well-known as the home of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but the city's got a long legacy of influencing ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Trio Bruxo

A Bandeiro Do Bruxo
Ropeadope, 2019.
CD...$8.99 14.99
A jazz trio with a very unique sound – one that appears to be rooted in Brazilian music, according to some of the notes in the CD – but which, to our ears, sounds a bit more contemporary and individual to the group! The rhythms are very dynamic – a nice change from more familiar ... CD (Jazz CD)

Eric Alexander

Leap Of Faith
Giant Step Arts, 2019.
The great Eric Alexander in a trio mode – soaring out with a lot more space and soul than some of his albums with a pianist – and that's saying a lot, given the wonderfully soulful sound of that work too! The style is a mode that Alexander has explored a bit over the years, but which ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lookout Farm (Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach)

Lookout Farm – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall 1975 (180 gram pressing)
Jazz Line (Germany), 1975. 2LP Gatefold
Great live work from one of the coolest combos to ever feature the talents of saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach – a freewheeling quintet that brings in lots of organic, rhythmic elements to the more modern styles of the famous duo! Other players include Frank Tusa on bass, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Volt/Craft, 1969. (reissue)
Amazing work from the new version of The Bar-Kays – a group who reformed to become a combo as heavy as any of the best funky groups from Detroit, LA, or New York at the time! There's a style here that's a sweet Memphis distillation of ideas bubbling under in music by Sly Stone, Funkadelic, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
GAD (Poland), 1975.
Soaring sounds from SBB – an all-instrumental session for Polish Radio, and one that really shows off the more fusion-heavy side of their music! All tracks are nice and long – and there's more of a power trio formation in the group – really freewheeling guitar lines that are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Jon Regen

Higher Ground
Ropeadope, 2019.
CD...$9.99 15.99
A nice little record from Jon Regen – a singer who works in a space that's somewhere in between jazz and more familiar singer/songwriter modes – in a legacy that might begin with Ben Sidran in the 70s, and come up to present work by an artist like Jamie Cullum! Regen's got a nicely ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
Writer Jon Savage has given us some great dips into key years of the 60s – thanks to a wonderful series on Ace Records, which offered up a special mix of styles on every disc – but this time around, he focuses on a few years at the start of the 70s – and serves up an all-rock ... CD (Rock CD)

Jinx & Mr C (James O'Connor & Damen Corrado)

Compliments Of Chicagohoodz – Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture
Feral House, 2019.
A really amazing look at the secret art and language of gang culture in Chicago – the most detailed book we've ever seen to examine the words on the street during the 60s, 70s, and 80s! Chicago had a very special sort of language to communicate gang activity and culture during the heyday of ... Book (Book)

Jorge Ben

Solta O Pavao
Philips/Survival Research (Australia), 1975. (reissue)
An overlooked treasure from the great Jorge Ben – an album recorded between the fame of his "Taj Mahal" hit and Africa Brasil classic – and a set that's every bit as wonderful as those two records! There's a tight, choppy groove to most of the set – that mix of samba, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
GAD (Poland), 2019. 2CD
A more recent soundtrack from Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski – put together for a film by the son of his old partner, director Andrzej Zulawski – and in a way that continues their cinematic legacy from previous years! The roots of the music like in older Korzynski recordings, but ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Light In The Attic, 1969.
Never-heard music from the enigmatic Jim Sullivan – the singer/songwriter who disappeared in the New Mexico desert after giving the world his fantastic album UFO! The style here is a bit different than that one, and maybe even more to the heart of Jim's spirit – as the work was all ... CD (Rock CD)
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
An excellent collection of rare soul groovers – one of those UK packages that are put together as a memory of their own great Northern Soul scene, but which has equal appeal to any fan of rare and unusual American soul! The set list is great – and there's maybe a nicely wider range of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Sublime Frequencies, Late 60s/Early 70s.
You might not be able to understand the lyrics, but you'll definitely be moved by the instant charm of Malaysian rocker Adnan Othman – a singer who works here in a groovy blend of fuzzy guitar, mod rhythms, and all the other great sounds we love from late 60s French and British tracks of the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Chris & Cosey

Songs Of Love & Lust
Rough Trade/Conspiracy International (UK), 1984. (reissue)
A completely charming little record from the duo of Chris Carter and Cosi Fanni Tutti – an album that seems to echo some of the more song-based modes of the electro pop scene of the early 80 – but which has a spare darkness that really keeps things interesting! The album proports to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Artists House/Omnivore, Late 70s/Early 80s. 5CD
Five tremendous albums from saxophone genius Art Pepper – presented here with a lot of bonus tracks too! First up is So In Love – beautiful late work from Art Pepper – one of his albums recorded for the well-done Artist House label, and a set that's maybe got a different vibe ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
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)
Colourful World (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A very cool little set – one that looks at the lost legacy of grooves from Cape Verde – recorded during a late 70s/early 80s stretch that's very different than sounds from that scene a few years before! The music isn't strictly straight dancefloor work – although it does borrow ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

BGM (Takayuki Shiraishi)

Back Ground Music
Studio Mule (Germany), 1980.
A set that's hardly background at all – as the tracks here have a lively, forward sort of energy that reminds us of our favorite post-punk experiments from the British and German scenes at the start of the 70s – done with a darkness that really resonates with the album's cover image too! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

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)
Trojan (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
The fantastic female side of Trojan Records – the legendary reggae label that formed a key bridge between Kingston and London back in the day – and helped introduce generations to the changing styles of Jamaican music in the 60s and 70s! Trojan's maybe best known for some of its big ... CD (Reggae CD)

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)

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)

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)
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)

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)

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)
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)

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