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Grooviness abounds!


Reprise/Omnivore, 1970.
A mindblowing set from Little Richard – a stunning comeback session from the start of the 70s – recorded at Muscle Shoals with a heavy funk component in the mix! Richard arranged and produced the record himself – and it's a beautiful illustration of his genius – hardly ... CD (Soul CD)
Atlantic, 1959. 2CD
A true giant step for John Coltrane – and one of the first albums to really showcase his talent as a writer – and his amazing ability for penning some of the most soulful, spiritual themes in jazz! Apart from the well-known title cut, the record's filled with other Coltrane classics ... CD (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1960s. 3CD
Damn fantastic work from Barbara Lewis – one of our favorite soul singers of the 60s, and an artist who's a bit unlike anyone else! Lewis hails from the Detroit area, but also did a fair bit of early recording in Chicago – and in a way, her sound is maybe a mix of the class of Motown ... CD (Soul CD)

Misha Panfilov

Rain
Funk Night, 2020.
Another feather in the already-mighty cap of funky creator Misha Panfilov – a soundtrack, but one that's got all the same elements we love in his other music too! The groove here is maybe a bit more laidback than on some of Misha's heavy funk records – but it also represents all the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Thelonious Monk

Palo Alto
Universal/Impulse, 1968.
A lost live recording from the legendary Thelonious Monk Quartet of the 60s – done at a time when the group wasn't recording at all, as a small benefit at a high school in California! Yet despite that setting, the vibe here is as relaxed, open, and human as if the combo were playing at an ... CD (Jazz CD)

Butcher Brown

#KingButch
Concord, 2020.
Fantastically jamming genius from Butcher Brown – a contemporary funk combo, but one with a sound that owes nothing to anyone else! These guys aren't retro, or any kind of jamband offshoot – and instead, they rework vintage instrumentation with a very fresh feel of their own – a ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Impulse/Jazzman (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. 2 CDs
An essential look at the spiritual jazz legacy of Impulse Records – a set that's maybe a bit overdue in this series, given that Impulse first opened the door to these modes with their recordings of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders in the 60s! For some reason, Impulse had a perfect ear for ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Brad Mehldau

Suite – April 2020
Nonesuch, 2020.
One of the most beautiful, personal albums we've ever heard from pianist Brad Mehldau – a set that gives away its concept right in the title – put together and performed during the month of April 2020 – surely one of the strangest on the planet in recent years! Mehldau mixes his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Savant, 2020.
A sublime mix of Latin rhythms and soulful hardbop from trombonist Conrad Herwig – working here in a formula he's used before, but which seems especially well-suited to the music of Horace Silver! Silver's work for Blue Note always had these wonderful currents of Latin and exotic modes in ... CD (Jazz CD)
Da Mon/BBE (UK), 1982. Gatefold
A really beautiful record from the Ambiance ensemble – a group led by reedman Daoud Abubakar Balewa – a musician with the same underground prominence as Plunky Nakabinde and Idris Ackamoor during the same generation! Like both of those artists, Daoud has a way of moving effortlessly ... CD (Jazz CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1962.
Wonderful live work from the John Coltrane Quartet – tracks recorded in Paris during a famous 1962 European tour – and material that we're not sure we've seen anywhere else! The group here is, of course, that masterful lineup of Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophone, McCoy Tyner on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Reprise/BMG, Late 60s.
Really incredible work from the early version of Fleetwood Mac – a set that has them moving past the straighter blues of their roots, but not yet in the smooth territory of later 70s fame – music that's awash in the mindblowing guitar work of Peter Green! The pacing and song structure ... CD (Rock CD)
Janus/Music On Vinyl, 1970. (reissue)
Messed-up funky jazz from an obscure early 70s UK group – and an album that really lives up to its trippy cover! The tracks are all long and stretched out – with lots of organ, sax, and spaced out drums – and the overall style is a mix of dub-heavy funk, Afro jazz, and a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Reprise/Omnivore, 1971.
A much rootsier set than some of Little Richard's other work for Reprise Records – a record that almost goes back to the old days, but via the hipper styles of the early 70s! HB Barnum arranged and produced the set, but the groove is less funkier than some of Barnum's other work of the time ... CD (Soul CD)

Paul Simpson Ubiquity

Don't Talk – Press Play
Simp House, 2020.
Great grooves from Paul Simpson – music that mixes a strong influence from classic soul with some of the best touches of contemporary club – all served up in a blend that's mighty nice throughout! Paul's got some great help on the record – which features work from Nando Griffiths ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1950s/Early 60s. 10CD
A gem of a package from one of our favorite film composers ever – a huge 10CD assortment of music from the earliest years of Michel Legrand – a set that shows just what an amazing career he was already having in Paris before his mid 60s rise on the international scene! The scope of ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Kirk Lightsey with Freddie Hubbard

Temptation
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987.
A very hip group, and a wonderful meeting between trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and pianist Kirk Lightsey! We always like Kirk, but love him even more when he's working with a horn player – as his sound seems to catch fire, and move with even bolder notes than usual – which is definitely ... CD (Jazz CD)

Bobby Hutcherson

Kicker (180 gram pressing)
Blue Note, 1963. Gatefold
One of the greatest lost sessions ever! Legendary vibist Bobby Hutcherson recorded this set of tracks in his early days with Blue Note – but the set's never come out until now, and its release is cause for rejoicing! The material shows Hutcherson playing in a straight-ahead format, tinged ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Mid 30s. 4CD
A huge amount of work from a reedman we'd never heard before – Martinique-born Alexandre Stellio – a hell of a clarinet player, and one who effortlessly weaves together island rhythms and early strands of jazz! All of the recordings here were done in Paris during the mid 30s, and ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Challenge/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2000.
Alto genius Bobby Watson is sporting a haircut that's a bit dated on the cover, but sounding completely classic on this excellent live set from the European scene of the 90s – material that stands as a really nice contrast to some of his work in the studio! Bobby's always got such a tight, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Matt Berry

Phantom Birds
Acid Jazz (UK), 2020.
Completely wonderful work from Matt Berry – an actor that most folks know for his hilarious performances in a number of TV shows – but also a surprisingly strong singer/songwriter, with a down to earth and honest vibe that's completely different than his role on screen! In fact, forget ... CD (Rock CD)

Archie Shepp

Something To Live For
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1996.
A set of standards from Archie Shepp – but one that's done in a much less traditional way than you might expect – that new standard of returning to roots, but doing them differently that Shepp first began in the 70 – and which really colored the rest of his recording career in a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A great collection of work – one that features a core album by the Delano Stewart, plus a huge amount of extra material that was also handled by producer Sonia Pottinger! The set begins with Stay A Little Longer – an excellent set by the under-recorded Delano Stewart – a singer ... CD (Reggae CD)

Joe Farnsworth

Time To Swing
Smoke Sessions, 2020.
Rock-solid work from a rock-solid drummer – the mighty Joe Farnsworth, working here with a core trio that includes Kenny Barron on piano and Peter Washington on bass, plus guest trumpet from Wynton Marsalis on four of the album's ten tracks! The Marsalis presence is nice, but we almost like ... CD (Jazz CD)
Bureau B (Germany), Early 80s.
A really fantastic look at the German underground of the post-punk years – served up by a label who knows the territory more than anyone else! For over a decade, Bureau B have done a great job of taking us back to the hippest German work of the 70s and 80s – particularly the more ... CD (Rock CD)

Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters

Battle Of Armagideon (180 gram pressing)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1986. (reissue)
A really striking mid 80s effort from the legendary Lee Scratch Perry – done at a time when his name and reputation had risen strongly on the global scene – which also seems to come through in the music as well! There's a wider range of styles going on here than before – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1972.
A great pair of records – plus a huge amount of bonus tracks too! First up is the debut Reggae Strings album – one of the most unique albums on the Trojan label during the 70s – and a surprising hit for the company too! The approach here is very unusual – as the cuts here ... CD (Reggae CD)
Out Note (Sweden), 2018.
Maybe the coolest project we've ever heard from Oddjob – that groovy Swedish jazz ensemble that features lots of offbeat work on trumpet from Goran Kajfes! The approach here is maybe hinted at by the title – as the group serve up instrumental tracks that each take the sound and shape ... CD (Jazz CD)

Ayalew Mesfin

Good Aderegechegn
Now Again, Early 70s.
The first-ever full length global collection of material by one of the funkiest cats working the Ethiopian scene in the early 70s – an artist who works here in a mode that's even more hard-hitting and funk based than contemporaries like Mulatu or Mahmoud Ahmed! The band on most tracks is the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
An explosive look at the mighty songwriting legacy of The Beatles – served up here in a giant 3CD package that features the group's famous songs covered by a whole group of their contemporaries on the UK scene! You'd think that most of these artists might be jealous, or resentful – not ... CD (Rock CD)
Poppy/RPM (UK), Mid 50s. 2LP
The title certainly gets it right – as the lovely Juliette Greco was perhaps the most distinct voice on the left bank of Paris in the postwar years – a singer who forever helped transform the sound of chanson, and pave the way for the sexy styles of other singers to come in the 60s! ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)
GSF/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
An undisputed funk classic – even back in the days before anyone ever said the phrase "funk classic"! This album must have been deleted the day it came out – because even though it's attained legendary proportions with groovers worldwide, it's always been hard to find – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Sly5thAve

What It Is
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020.
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Run The Jewels

RTJ4
Mass Appeal, 2020.
RTJ come on with the force of a hurricane on the very first track – and don't let up throughout the course of this completely sharp 4th LP – a record that may owe plenty to the spirit of 2020, even if just as an antidote to what ails us! EL P and Killer Mike sound more urgent than ever ... CD (Hip Hop CD)

Danny Thompson Trio with John McLaughlin

Live In Session 1967 (10 inch LP)
Hi Hat (UK), 1967.
A really cool combo with roots in the British mod, jazz, and rock scenes – a lineup that features Danny Thompson on bass, a young John McLaughlin on guitar, and Tony Roberts on tenor, flute, and bass clarinet! The format is great – and an especially strong showcase for Thompson and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Edsel (UK), Early 70s/Late 80s/Early 90s. 9 CDs
An insanely wonderful collection of work from the great Labi Siffre – a UK singer/songwriter who's unlike anyone else we can think of! Labi's definitely a soul singer at the core – and his work has been sampled by DJs and producers over the years – but he's also got a much deeper ... CD (Soul CD)
Luaka Bop, 1995. Gatefold (reissue)
A great collection of tracks – and one of the first chances for most of us to hear the funkier side of sounds from Peru! The work isn't as full-on funky as Brazilian grooves from the time, but does share a very strong influence from American styles – and really goes way past any ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Roscoe Weathers

I'll Remember
Jazzman (UK), Mid 60s.
Really wonderful work from a very overlooked talent – reedman Roscoe Weathers, a player who worked the west coast in the 60s before settling in LA – then led a group with a very strong flute sound in the lead! Roscoe's music here has plenty of echoes of the spiritualism of Yusef Lateef ... CD (Jazz CD)

Kutiman

Wachaga
Siyal (Israel), 2020.
Much deeper work than we're used to hearing from Kutiman – and a set that's really widened the global scope of their sounds and influences! At the start, these guys were a funk group with a mix of psychedelic and 70s Afro-oriented influences – but they've really expanded here, and ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Kapp/La La Land, 1970. 2CD
A really fantastic score from Ennio Morricone – maybe better this time around than the images on the screen for some of his other westerns of the period – more proof that the maestro was always willing to rise above, and give his best no matter what the setting! The music begins with ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Duke University Press, 1997.
A wonderful biography of one of the most colorful and significant figures in modern music. There's no need for us to go into the impact Sun Ra's music has made in the realm of the sort of records our pages are filled with – in spite of the mainstream musical audience's ignorance of his vast ... Book (Book)

Catapilla

Changes
Vertigo/Trading Places (UK), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
Mindblowing work from Catapilla – one of the most striking groups on the legendary Vertigo label – and an act who seemed to be a perfect fit for its groundbreaking mix of sounds! Catapilla are definitely prog, but have their own sort of vision too – one that comes across ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
Late work from Machito, but great work too – a live set that shows that he's not only still a hell of a Latin bandleader, but also open to some of the more advance modes the music took on in the 60s and 70s! Tracks are long and very jamming – performed live by a band that includes work ... CD (Latin CD)

Matt Haviland

Something To Say
Connotation, 2020.
Only the second date as a leader from Matt Haviland – a trombonist with years of recordings for others under his belt – and a set that really marks a great leap forward for his strengths at the head of a group! Haviland's got a strong tone, and beautifully well-shaped solos – and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Linear Labs, 2020. Gatefold
The first we've ever heard of Loren Oden – a singer with a falsetto style that's perfect for the sweetly soulful backings of Adrian Younge – a mix of modes that's almost in the same territory as Adrian's record with The Delfonics a few years back! Yet the style here is also more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Sparkle

Sparkle
Jam Sessions/Cultures Of Soul, 1979.
A fantastic disco album from the late 70s – obscure, but with a very funky pedigree, and one that includes musical ties to earlier groups The Skullsnaps and Wood Brass & Steel! The instrumentation here is a bit like the latter – well-crafted ensemble funk with a deeper, more jazzy ... CD (Soul CD)
CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. (reissue)
A fantastic bit of female funk from the 70s – and a set that was recorded in Germany by a very exotic singer! The album is Asha Puthli's first – and includes some unusual interpretations of work by JJ Cale, John Lennon, Bill Withers, and George Harrison – plus a great tune of her ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Resonance, 1965.
Rare material from pianist Bob James – and tracks that are a lot different than his funky Fender Rhodes albums of the 70s! The set is the first-ever issued of work recorded at Columbia University in 1965 – and the vibe is a bit like James' album for Mercury Records around the same time ... CD (Jazz CD)
Savant, 2020.
Boldly brilliant work from tenor saxophonist JD Allen – a player who's always been great, but who seems to be hitting a whole new side of his powers in recent years! The set continues a trio format explored by Allen on a previous date – and like that one, it's got a wonderfully ... CD (Jazz CD)

Morwell Unlimited/Prince Far I & The Arabs

A1 Dub/Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter IV (with bonus tracks)
Doctor Bird/Trojan (UK), Early 80s. 2CD
A pair of rare dub albums – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! On A1 Dub, Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records ... CD (Reggae CD)
Reappearing (UK), 1970s. 2CD
A great little collection of unusual grooves – put together by author/dancefloor historian Tim Lawrence, and very much in the same spirit as his groundbreaking book of the same title! As with some of Lawrence's best work, the collection goes way past the obvious, and starts the clock at a ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Duke University Press, 2020.
A beautiful treatise on the lasting power of classic soul music – yet a book that also goes way beyond the simple readings and overdone cliches that are often attached to accounts of the music! Instead, author Emily J Lordi looks at not just the source recordings, but also the evolving ... Book (Book)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Marcos Valle

Marcos Valle – Jazz Is Dead 3
Jazz Is Dead, 2020.
A fantastic setting for the sublime vocals of Marcos Valle – the Brazilian singer who first rose up during the bossa years, soon expanded into mindblowing styles of his own – and has then had a few great revivals over the years! Yet this record may well give Marcos the fresh spin he ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

George Davidson & Mitchell King

Urantia Reference Series Vol 1
Urantia Reference Series, 2019. Gatefold
Wonderfully freewheeling improvisations between a duo we've never heard before – saxophonist George Davidson and drummer Mitchell King – really pulling out some old school energy in this series of well-done free jazz duets! Davidson sometimes has a deeper current of soul in his horn, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Wire, 2020.
One of our favorite groups of recent years appear on the cover here – the mighty Mourning A BLKstar, finally getting their due in a big article inside1 And the issue also has bits on keyboardist/singer Beverly Glenn-Copeland, minimal composer Bunita Marcus, multi-instrumentalist Lao Dan, ... Magazine (Magazine)
Mad About Records/Avolta (Portugal), 2020. (reissue)
A really unique album from singer/songwriter Gary Corben – his first album, but a project that comes after a long relationship with Brazilian music – tuned beautifully here in the studio with production from Kassin! Kassin really helps give focus to Gary's lyrics – which are in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Sam Prekop

Comma
Thrill Jockey, 2020.
A compelling step forward for Sam Prekop – a key member of Sea & Cake for many years, but maybe an even more engaging artist on his own! This set's different than some of Sam's previous records – in that it's all electric, really electronic – with modes that hearken back to ... CD (Rock CD)
Blue Note, 1962. Gatefold (reissue)
Where it's at with Stanley Turrentine – circa 1962 – a time when the tenorist was really hitting on all burners, and turning out some tremendous work for Blue Note! The album's got Stan working with a special guest – a rare Blue Note appearance from pianist Les McCann, who's also ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Awakening

Hear, Sense & Feel
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972.
An excellent funky fusion group from Chicago – and one of the best ensembles to record for the Black Jazz label! The group's made up of hip Chicago underground players – and includes Ken Chaney on electric piano, Ari Brown on saxes, and Frank Gordon on trumpet – a lineup that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2020.
A mighty feather in the cap of UK saxophonist Nat Birchall – and a set that really shows just how much he's opening up his sound in recent years! The set is a second meeting between Birchall and Al Breadwinner – and like the previous, both artists handle a wide range of instrumentation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Bronze/Trading Places (UK), 1977. 2LP (reissue)
A surprisingly strong set from Osibisa – one that's got a full, rich, soulful feel – much better than we might have expected for an album recorded at the Royal Festival Hall! The venue's no surprise, though, given that Osibisa were clearly on top of their game at the time – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Motown, 2020. 7 x 7 inch set
The mighty talents of Lord Finesse take on the sound of Motown – as the man himself picks seven key cuts from the legendary soul music label – then serves them up on new mixes in this special set of 7" singles! Every single features the original on the b-side, and a new Finesse ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Alessandro Alessandroni

Ritmo Dell'Industria #2
Grand Prix/BTF (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
The sound of industry, circa 1969 Italy – which means that everything sounds a heck of a lot groovier than you might expect! Soundtrack genius Alessandro Alessandroni handled the album – and it's completely fantastic right from the very first note – nothing like an industrial ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
White Whale/Craft, Late 60s.
A very groovy look at a very groovy record label – LA powerhouse White Whale Records, home to some mighty fine sounds in the second half of the 60s! As you'd guess from the title, there's a slight current of trippiness running through this material, but it's often blended with a really ... CD (Rock CD)
TDK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Gatefold
Groundbreaking work from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – recorded on an early trip to New York, back in 1970, working with a sextet that includes some of his own Japanese players, like drummer Motohiko Hino and pianist Hideo Ichikawa, plus the great American bassist Reggie Workman! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Leo/BTF (Italy), Late 70s. (reissue)
A groovy set of sound library tunes from Remigio Ducros – a set dedicated to the liberated young Americans of the early 70s, who get a mighty nice soundtrack from the man himself! The tunes are a mix of full-on funk and laidback numbers – the latter of which still have a current of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Cinevox (Italy), 1960s/1970s. 2CD
An amazing treasure for fans of Italian soundtrack music – the fresh discovery of rare material from the vaults of Cinevox Records – one of the most important Italian soundtrack labels of the 60s and 70s! All of the music here is previously unreleased – and runs from full songs ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Greenwich/Esoteric (UK), 1971.
A fantastic debut album from Samurai – one of those lost prog classics from the start of the 70s that still sounds years ahead of its time! The group features Dave Lawson on keyboards and vocals – and represents an amazing (and short) evolution of the sound of his music from his time ... CD (Rock CD)

Tear Gas

Piggy Go Getter
Paramount/Esoteric (UK), 1970.
An overlooked gem from Tear Gas – a Scottish group who never got the same sort of credit as some of their UK contemporaries at the start of the 70s – but who really made a few great records on their own! This set's got a strange mix of California currents with some of the post-psyche ... CD (Rock CD)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. 2LP
A mighty nice entry in the Shapes series – and like recent efforts, a vinyl package that follows up a previous digital-only release – featuring the best cuts in a physical package! As with other collections in the Shapes series, the music here is from a much wider version of the Tru ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Verve, 1957. Gatefold (reissue)
Gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Aaltonen/Kullhammar/Heikinheimo/Meaas Svendsen

Father, Sons, & The Junnu
Moserobie (Sweden), 2020.
We're not sure who the Junnu is here – but the legendary reedman Juhani Aaltonen is definitely the follower, supported here with work by three younger musicians who might qualify as his musical sons! Aaltonen is amazing – every bit as compelling as on his famous Finnish sides of the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Alan Braufman

Fire Still Burns
Valley Of Search, 2020.
A long-overdue second album from Alan Braufman – maybe not the most familiar name in jazz, but a reed player who gave the world one fantastic album on India Navigation back in the 70s – and who now finally returns as a leader for this equally great second set! Braufman plays alto and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
An amazing moment from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an early 70s session recorded in America – with fantastic work from Gary Bartz on alto and Reggie Workman on bass! The album's not like Hino's later American dates – which were often more fusion based – as the style ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Trumpeter Terumasa Hino at a level that's quite different than most of his early work in Japan – recording in New York, and using a very spiritual approach – one that's clearly influenced by some of the other players in the session! The album features one long track – a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Inoue Kan/Masato Matsutoya/Hiroshi Sato

Seaside Lovers (blue vinyl pressing)
Sony/Great Tracks (Japan), 1983. (reissue)
A lovely little record that really lives up to the sunny, dreamy image on the cover – relaxed tunes that evoke a mellow afternoon by the seaside – but in a mode that's filled with some of the coolest Japanese electro touches of the time! The record is part instrumental, part vocal ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961.
Hard-driving live work from Quincy Jones – material recorded during one of the most productive, creative years of his large jazz ensemble! Material is from a very hip all-star group – and in addition to the sorts of tracks that Quincy was doing for ABC and Mercury during the period, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Love/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic collaboration between Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino and avant bassist Reggie Workman – one that might seem unusual if you only know Hino's later work, but which was part of a few key collaborations that Hino and Workman did together at the start of the 70s – part of a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Late 70s/1980s.
A fab collection of work from the second great wave of girl group music – the great run of female groups that rose to the forefront during the power pop generation, then continued to burn strongly all through the following decade! You'll recognize a few of the names here from bigger hits on ... CD (Rock CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A trio of albums from this fantastic group – plus bonus tracks too! First up is Hit After Hit – a tremendous album that has The Chosen Few stepping out to match some of the best American harmony soul groups of the early 70s – vocals you might hear from The Moments or Delfonics, ... CD (Reggae CD)

Nkem Njoku & Ozzobia Brothers

Ozzobia Special (180 gram pressing)
Tabansi/BBE (UK), Early 80s. (reissue)
A nice mix of older highlife modes with some of the more electric touches of the 80s – still produced with a nice lean vibe overall, and plenty of live energy that leaps between the riffing guitar, percussion, and horns – all augmented by these nicely quirky lines on keyboards! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Shirley Scott

One For Me
Strata East/ARC (UK), 1974.
One of the coolest albums ever recorded by female organist Shirley Scott – a very hip set that's got a very different flavor than her earlier work for Prestige and Impulse Records! As you might guess for a date issued on the Strata East label, the approach here is very soulful, and very far-r ... CD (Jazz CD)

Martin Kuchen & Landaeus Trio

Mind The Gap Of Silence
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020.
A fantastic record from saxophonist Martin Kuchen – and a set that has us really reevaluating his talents, with a new sense of soul and spirit we've never heard before! The setting is relatively spare – and Kuchen dominates the proceedings on soprano, alto, and tenor saxes – ... CD (Jazz CD)

Who Trio (Michel Wintsch/Gerry Hemmingway/Banz Oester)

Strell – The Music Of Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020.
The WHO here is a trio with Michel Wintsch on piano, Gerry Hemingway on drums, and Banz Oester on bass – a trio who make very different music with the songs of Duke Ellington! The vibe is very open and creative – very much in the spirit of Michel's best recordings of the past decade or ... CD (Jazz CD)
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1984.
A really fantastic collection of work from the legendary LA drummer Roy Porter – initially a figure in that city's bebop scene, but an artist who continued to work on the fringes over the years – including some great soul and funk work in the 60s and 70s! This set's from the mid 80s, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Walter Bishop Jr

Coral Keys
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971.
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway ... CD (Jazz CD)

Heliocentrics

Telemetric Sounds
Madlib Invazion, 2020.
The Heliocentrics just get spookier and spookier with each new release – as is definitely the case here, with a recording that seemed to haunt the group like a ghost! The majority of the record comes from one long improvised jam the group were recording – supposedly while on a break, ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Polydor/ORG, 1967. (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Pendulum/P-Vine (Japan), 1976.
A strange name for a group that hardly stood the test of time – but a great record that's well worth discovering! Timeless Legend were a young soul group from Columbus Ohio in the mid 70s – and on this rare LP, they've got a sweet little style that's every bit as great as that of ... CD (Soul CD)
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972.
Plenty of spirit, and plenty of soul – a 70s classic from organist Doug Carn, and a record that took his instrument, and jazz in general, to a whole new level for the decade! Carn's got this burning, righteous quality on his keys – a vibe that certainly owes something to Larry Young, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Charles Tolliver

Connect
Gearbox (UK), 2020.
A stunner of a set from legendary trumpeter Charles Tolliver – and a record that shows that he's lost none of his brilliance since the years of his 70s recordings for the Strata East label! The format here is a bit like those – long tracks by a small group, with an outward appearance ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sharhabil Ahmed

King Of Sudanese Jazz
Habibi Funk (Germany), Late 60s.
Really fantastic music, with a sound that's as hip as the image on the cover – not jazz as we know it here in the US, but a wonderful hybrid of our own musical roots with elements of Sudanese music – all delivered with a very postmodern mish-mash of styles, and a sound that's unlike ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Dome (UK), 2020.
A great little record from the jazzier side of the Incognito universe – work from the excellent Citrus Sun project of Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick – done with some of the soulful vocal modes of his famous group, but also a lot stronger focus on the instrumentation – with ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

Ledisi

Wild Card
BMG, 2020.
Fantastic work from Ledisi – an artist we've loved for almost 25 years, and who maybe sounds better here than she has in the last decade! There's this back to basics approach that maybe recalls some of her self-released albums at the start – but mixed with the maturity in all the years ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Nicetown, Early 70s. (reissue)
Two great tracks from Power Of Attorney – a group who are best-remembered for not only being prisoners when they recorded their music, but who were also getting strong support from James Brown! "Changing Man" is a really sweet groove – almost instrumental – with fast ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Phil Wachsmann

Writing In Water
Bead/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1985.
A really overlooked album from one of the most understated players on the UK improvising scene of the 70s and 80s – violinist Phil Wachsmann, who works here in a fantastic array of sounds and styles! Phil plays violin, but also uses a fair bit of electronics – and the result is partly ... CD (Jazz CD)
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1971. 2CD & DVD
A really beautiful record from Barclay James Harvest – a down to earth group at the core, but one who always manage to really unfold their ideas amidst some perfect production and great use of larger arrangements too! There's almost a late Beatles genius to the record at times – at ... CD (Rock CD)

Various

Nu Leaf
Numero, Mid 80s.
A really unusual idea for a compilation – but the sort that we've really come to appreciate from the folks at Numero Group! The package traces a shift in American independent jazz during the 80s – following the sorts of players who might have played spiritual jazz or rock-oriented ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1972. (pic cover)
Two rare cuts from George Semper – a cat that some folks know as a funky organist, but who also produced a fair bit of hip soul as well! "Got To Find A Way" is from the rare Inner City Review album – and has these full, righteous vocals soaring to the skies – almost ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Brenda Nicole Moorer

Marrow
Ropeadope, 2020.
CD...$9.99 14.99
Great work from a really unique singer – a vocalist who's equally well-balanced between jazz and soul, and who uses that balance to great advantage throughout this well-crafted LP! Brenda's vocals and inflection definitely show a strong side of the understanding of the nuances you'd use in ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Apple, 1970. (pic cover, reissue)
Maybe one of the greatest moments from the early solo years of John Lennon – an upbeat, joyous tune that really expresses the new energy he'd found in the company of Yoko – and a different sort of social message than his work with the Fab Four! And Yoko is pretty great on the flipside, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock 7-inch)

Norman Williams & The One Mind Experience

Bishop (180 gram pressing)
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1976. (reissue)
A great little record from alto saxophonist Norman Williams – also known as The Bishop – and the first record on the mighty Theresa label too! The sound here is maybe a bit funkier than some of the other Theresa sessions of the late 70s – in part because there's some monstrous ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Frederiksberg, 1984. (reissue)
A really cool Ethiopian record, but not the sort you might expect – as most of the instrumentation here is heavy on electric elements, which includes a fair bit of 80s keyboards, synth, and drum machine lines! The group were actually exiles, living in the Washington, DC area during the early ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Better Days/Everland (Austria), 1983.
A wonderfully groovy set from the early 80s Japanese scene – a record that's maybe got a lot more cultural strands criss-crossing than some of its contemporaries! The cover looks a bit psychedelic, and the sound is maybe a bit too – but with the sorts of early 80s keyboards and ... CD (Rock CD)
Chapter One/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A pair of albums from this very unusual group – plus bonus tracks too! First up is the strangely-titled Wide Open N Way – the first album from Day Of Phoenix – a really unique Danish group with roots in both beat group and psych ensembles, but who come across here with this spare ... CD (Rock CD)

Tenderlonious

Quarantena
22A (UK), 2020.
A much more electric set than previous releases from Tenderlonious – and a record that's a bit darker, too – as you might guess from the title and cover! Tender handles all his usual funky flute lines, but brings in a fair bit of keyboards too – Fender Rhodes, Yamaha, Arp, Korg, ... CD (Jazz CD)
WJ3, 2020.
Gregory Tardy almost makes time stand still with the strength of this set – the kind of record that really reminds us what the saxophonist can do when he's given the chance – both as a leader, and a player – and as a writer, too – with strong original material that really ... CD (Jazz CD)
Brownswood/Rainbow Blonde, 2010. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A brilliant second set from Jose James – and that's saying a lot, given that his debut was already a classic in our book! The sound here is a little more full, and a little more confident – a magical blend of James' raspy vocals with some jazz and funk-inflected rhythms – never ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Larry Ochs & Aram Shelton Quartet

Continental Drift
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020.
A wonderful wrapping of reeds – the alto of Aram Shelton and tenor and sopranino saxes of Larry Ochs – set up here as a unified spirit in the lead of the group, but always ready to break out with these bold individual moments too! The record's got a mixture of rasp and tunefulness that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red/Demon (UK), 1987. (reissue)
A later effort from The Creation – that fantastic UK mod psych group from the 60s who never full got their due – but whose influence was felt strongly for generations to come! This late 80s set is a great example of that – as group members Eddie Phillips and Kenny Pickett work on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Gregory Porter

All Rise
Blue Note, 2020.
A heck of a step forward for Gregory Porter – and we're stunned to say that, because he's already had so many great steps forward in his career! Gregory's already been a hell of a singer for years – we've loved him since the very first note he ever recorded – but with a record ... CD (Vocalists CD)
London/Big Pink (Japan), 1976.
One of the best-remembered albums from the Olympic Runners – not the shorts-clad ladies on the front cover, but a UK funk combo with a mighty sharp edge! These guys are best when they're really laying into the groove – hitting hard with the bass, following with the drums, and peppering ... CD (Soul CD)
Sony/Get On Down, 1975. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic double-length set from Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters – easily one of Herbie's greatest records ever, but originally only issued in Japan! Hancock is in tremendous form here – almost as if he's merging the grooves of the Headhunters album with the wilder electric modes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
GEC/P-Vine (Japan), 1980.
A rare funky gem from the Chicago scene in the pre-house years – but a set that also might be a crucial bridge between the city's 70s soul and the underground clubs that would soon give the world a new groove! The group have plenty of funk elements in the mix – kind of a tightened-up ... CD (Soul CD)

Tadao Sawai, Kazue Sawai, Hozan Yamamoto & Others

Jazz Rock
RCA/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973.
A killer set of jazz rock from early 70s Japan – and a set that's way different than Anglo albums of this nature! There's definitely a mix of horns, jazzy soloing, and electrified elements on guitar, bass, and keyboards – but the themes here are often strongly Japanese, and also ... CD (Jazz CD)

Koko

Koko
Fortuna (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A nice hybrid of Mediterranean grooves from Koko – an artist born in Morocco, working in Jerusalem during the 70s, and open to a fair bit of elements from Greece as well! The record's got some elements of some of the funkier Mid-East work of the time, including tight rhythms and nicely ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Bebel Gilberto

Agora
Pias, 2020.
It's been awhile since we've last heard from Bebel Gilberto – and honestly, that time has made all the difference – as this album's a corker, and may well be her greatest record to date! We've always liked Bebel, but maybe have never loved her – maybe always had a softer spot for ... CD (Brazil CD)

El Michels Affair

Adult Themes
Big Crown, 2020.
A really different groove from El Michels Affair – but one that reminds us again that the group is really amazing at just about anything they ever try to do! The adult themes here are modes borrowed from older European styles – some of the slinky funk of Serge Gainsbourg and some of ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Atlantic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1960s. 5CD
A fantastic collection of work from the legendary Esther Phillips – one of the most distinct voices in soul music, captured here during some key moments in her career! The box is huge – and begins with a full CD of tracks from Esther's initial years on Lenox Records – a label ... CD (Soul CD)

Nick Pride & The Pimptones

Ideology
Legere (France), 2020.
Nick Pride's the guitarist, the arranger, and the songwriter of the group – but the lineup features equally strong lead presence from singer Eliza Lawson – whose vocals are at the core of the set, and provide a very strong grounding to the larger funky horns from the Pimptones! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Ace (UK), 1976. 2LP Gatefold
A really cool collection, and one that's got a very special focus – an imaginary soundtrack for the record-breaking British summer of 1976 – a searingly hot time that really pushed the nation to the brink! Bob Stanley's given us some great collections on Ace Records before – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Henryk Kuzniak

Dzieciol
GAD (Poland), 1970.
An overlooked Polish soundtrack from the start of the 70s – scored for a comedy, but put together with a huge range of unusual and striking sounds! The record begins with a catchy theme – the sort that you'd hear in a Neil Simon comedy a few years later – but by track three, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Leaf (UK), 2020.
A special set of tracks from Sarathy Korwar – a jazz drummer at the core, but a musician with a heck of a lot more to offer too! The vibe here takes off nicely from Sarathy's More Arriving album – with the track "Birthright" served up in a blend of drums, piano, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Otona No Kagaku

Toy Record Maker
Otona No Kagaku (Japan), 2020.
Maybe one of the coolest things we've ever stocked here at Dusty Groove – a totally cool record making machine – one that has a lathe-like process that actually lets you cut your own records! The machine also doubles as a small turntable – so you can also play 7" singles if ... Turntable
Rolling Stones, 1973. 2CD
A sometimes-overlooked classic from the Rolling Stones – but that's maybe just because it's sometimes obscured in the shadow of Exile On Main Street, the record that immediately preceded it! And while it might be a stretch to some, we like to think of Goat's head as kind of a capper to that ... CD (Rock CD)

Champian Fulton

Birdsong
Champian, 2020.
Champian Fulton's an artist of many talents – both a great singer and a strong pianist too – at a level that's way more than just a vocalist shading in her lyrics with piano – as part of this set is instrumental, and really showcases Fulton's strong touch on the keys! The set ... CD (Jazz CD)

Steve & Teresa

Catching A Wave
Aloha Got Soul, 1983.
That's a great title for this dreamy little record – not just because it's a rare bit of gentle pop from the Hawaii scene of the early 80s, but also because the whole thing's got a gentle glide that's not unlike catching a wave on a sunny summer afternoon at the beach! Teresa Bright has this ... CD (Rock CD)

Les Ya Toupas Du Zaire

Les Ya Toupas Du Zaire
Songhoi/Rebirth On Wax (France), 1978. (reissue)
An all-instrumental set from late 70s Zaire – a record that allows for plenty of focus on its best components – which include some great work on guitar, piano, and organ – alongside plenty of percussion and very rhythmic guitar lines! The sound is quite unique – especially ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Wilson Das Neves E Conjunto

Som Quente E O Das Neves
Polydor/Audio Clarity (UK), 1969. (reissue)
A funky killer from this hip Brazilian drummer – with his always great percussive vibe touched nicely by Cali soul and funk influences! There's a really great mix of modes on this one. The percussion is prominent, of course, often with a funk steeped bass groove, killer horns, nice guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Ohio Players

Pleasure
Westbound (UK), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
A true pleasure indeed – easily one of the greatest records ever by the Ohio Players, and a perfect summation of all things great in their groove! The album's a landmark effort – even for the heady days of the early 70s – as the Players manage to bring together a fair bit of jazz ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Eddie Henderson

Shuffle & Deal
Smoke Sessions, 2020.
A crackling sharp album from trumpeter Eddie Henderson – a set that's got Eddie blowing in some of the more swinging, soulful sides of his spectrum – with support from an excellent group who really keep things moving! There's a tight rhythm trio at the core – Kenny Barron on ... CD (Jazz CD)

Quantic

Apricot Morning
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2002.
A real moment of breakthrough from Will "Quantic" Holland – a set that really expands his sound, deepens his ties to funk roots, and makes the whole thing feel a lot more live than some of his previous work! Will's at the helm and handles most instruments – but there's also ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Kwintet Barowy (Jerzy Milian/Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski)

Do Widzenia
GAD (Poland), 1959.
Early work from the Polish jazz scene of the postwar years – by a cool combo that features two key players who'd really explode in decades to come! The group features excellent work on tenor and flute from Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, and vibes from Jerzy Milian – both two of our favorite ... CD (Jazz CD)

Justo Almario

Interlude
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. (reissue)
The greatest album ever from reedman Justo Almario – and one of the most obscure sets to ever come out on the Uno Melodic label of Roy Ayers! Roy Ayers produced the whole thing, and handled arrangements with Justo – and the whole thing feels a lot like a jazzy instrumental take on Roy's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s.
Excellent work from Helen Shapiro – a UK singer known for a few big hits in the 60s, but represented here by a much wider scope of work – including a number of tracks that appear here on CD for the first time ever! Like some of the best of her generation, Helen's got that sweet UK ... CD (Vocalists CD)
SAM (France), 1965.
One of the most unusual recordings we've ever heard from legendary drummer Art Blakey – not a Jazz Messengers session, but a rare Parisian performance by a quintet billed as the New Jazz Men! The lineup is fantastic – Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Nathan Davis on tenor, Jaki Byard on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul

Ricochet – Sam Rivers Archive Project Vol 3
No Business (Lithuania), 1978.
A searing live performance from Sam Rivers – never issued before, and recorded as one non-stop improvisation with a really amazing trio! Rivers plays tenor, soprano, flute, and piano – and the record is a great example of the constantly creative energy that he can bring to the fold ... CD (Jazz CD)

Kennelmus

Folkstone Prism
Modern Harmonic, 1971.
A really great, really obscure album from the Phoenix scene at the start of the 70s – one of those underground records that's always touted by deep psych collectors – but a set that also has a lot more going on as well! Kennelmus aren't just some tripped-out guys exploring the range of ... CD (Rock CD)

Logic System

Venus
EMI/We Want Sounds (Switzerland), 1981.
A really beautiful record from the Japanese electro scene at the start of the 80s – a record that's got some of the catchy synth modes of the period, but which also has a fair bit of other elements going on too! Logic System features keyboards from Hideki Matsutake – best known for his ... CD (Rock CD)
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1979. (reissue)
A wonderfully soulful session from percussionist Babatunde Lea – and a shining example of the warm spirits and cross-cultural experimentation going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s! The record mixes 70s soul jazz with bits of funk, Latin jazz, and breezy west coast touches – making ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Governor's State University/P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
A really wonderful album of obscure jazz recordings from the Chicago scene of the 70s – way more than just the usual school band record, as the tracks here are mostly originals, and performed by a very inventive group of musicians! Governor's State University was a very hip place at the time ... CD (Jazz CD)
GAD (Poland), Mid 70s.
Killer large group work from Polish jazzman Jerzy Milian – tracks recorded in East Berlin during the 70s, all with a style that mixes together the best modes of soundtrack funk with some of the groovier styles of the MPS big band scene! Milian's a vibist, but also has a great ear for larger ... CD (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Soulmusic.com (UK), Mid 60s. 3CD
Essential work from the legendary Solomon Burke – one of the greatest singers to record for Atlantic Records during the 60s – and an artist we'd put right up there next to Aretha Franklin or Otis Redding! Like both of those giants, Solomon has a style that's completely his own – ... CD (Soul CD)
Roundtable (Australia), Late 70s.
Never-issued material from Australian experimentalist Steve Maxwell Von Braund – best known for his work in the space rock band Cybotron, and working here in relatively similar territory on tracks from a host of lost tapes from the late 70s! Steve plays Arp, Mini Korg, and other keyboards ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Funk Night, 2020.
Searing funk from the Great Revivers – a group who supposedly recorded this set in Russia, but come across with the energy of the best funky 45 combos of the American underground! Drums are fast and frenzied, and cut through with some sweet keyboards, riffing guitar, and mighty nice live ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Third Man, 1970.
The original Stooges, captured here live at the Goose Lake Festival in 1970 – an event that was the midwest answer to Woodstock – and which sported some performances that were equally the stuff of legend! This set definitely falls into that category – as it not only features the ... CD (Rock CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2CDs
An incredible collection of work by one of the greatest Afro Funk groups of the 70s! From their inception as the AACM-styled jazz group Juju in the early 70s, to their key days in the DC Black Fire scene of the mid 70s, to their early 80s fame as club groovers, Oneness of Juju were one of the most ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Playback, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Most folks think of the Bee Gees as having their strongest influence during the disco generation – but right from the start, the Brothers Gibb were turning out the sort of tunes that other folks liked to sing – as you'll hear here in a wonderful collection of recordings from around the ... CD (Rock CD)
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 6CD
A much-needed and insanely overstuffed look at the Tremeloes – one of those groups from the 60s who are known for an odd single or two – but who have a tremendous recorded legacy that finally gets its due in this mighty box set! The Tremeloes were perfect at turning out the right sort ... CD (Rock CD)
BGO (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
A trio of solo albums from David Clayton Thomas – packaged here with a bonus track too! First up is the self-titled Columbia set David Clayton Thomas – great early solo work the singer who'd rose to fame as part of Blood Sweat & Tears – stepping out here with a sound that's ... CD (Rock CD)
Blue Note, 1985. Gatefold (reissue)
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
GAD (Poland), 1976.
A rare instrumental outing from Eden – a Polish trio that first began as a blues-rock group, then moved into progressive territory, before hitting a lighter folksier style – none of which really comes close to the vibe of this material from a rare sound library session in 1976! There's ... CD (Rock CD)

Andrzej Korzynski

80
GAD (Poland), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s.
A great celebration of the rich career of Polish soundtrack and sound library composer Andrzej Korzynski – a package issued on the 80th birthday of the artist, and which features well-collected tracks from four decades of recording, plus some unreleased material too! Korzynski's been ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

SBB

Jerzyk
GAD (Poland), 1977.
Seminal funky rock from 70s Poland – recorded by a hard-jamming group who also had plenty of fusion in the mix! The guitars are clearly in the lead here – strutting out next to some tight and frenetic work on drums – but the album's also got a fair bit of keyboards too, including ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Maui Surf/P-Vine (Japan), 1978.
A rare bit of soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – and like some of the best of the genre, a record that's definitely got some influence from the warm Cali soul scene of the time, but which also brings plenty of its own style to play! The guitar lines have a nicely chromatic vibe, maybe ... CD (Soul CD)
GAD (Poland), 1974.
A funky little rock band from 70s Poland – one who've got lots of choppy elements in the rhythms, which really gives the whole thing a universal sort of appeal – even if you can't understand the language of the lyrics! The style's a bit hard to describe, as there's clearly a bit of wit ... CD (Rock CD)

Throttle Elevator Music

Emergency Exit
Wide Hive, 2020.
CD...$9.99 14.99
Throttle Elevator Music have done a great job of evolving their sound over the years – working with core contributions from Matt Montgomery on bass and piano, Erik Jekabson on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Gregory Howe on guitar, bass, Hammond, and keyboards – all rounded out nicely by ... CD (Jazz CD)

Staple Singers/Curtis Mayfield

Let's Do It Again (with bonus tracks)
Warner/Omnivore, 1975.
One of our favorite albums ever from The Staple Singers – and that's really saying a lot, as they cut a huge amount of really great records! The album's an unusual collaboration between the group and Curtis Mayfield – one that forges the great vocal styles they were developing at Stax ... CD (Soul CD)

Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist

Alfredo
ESGN, 2020.
Freddie Gibbs's gradual ascent to the upper echelon of modern hip hop – and his impeccable choice in production partners, this time working from beginning to end with long serving beat king The Alchemist – shows no signs of slowing down! Lyrically, Freddie is riffing on mob lore on ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Iefe Discos/Bongo Joe (UK), 1985. (reissue)
Beautiful work from singer Pedro Lima – an artist who was part of the under-discovered scene in Sao Tome and Principe during the 80s – and who works here with great help from his backing band, Os Leonenses! The vibe here is almost a mix of West African modes and Caribbean styles – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Windy City

Let Me Ride
Chi Sound/P-Vine (Japan), 1977.
A wonderful album by one of the last great vocal groups to come out of Chicago – a harmony quintet to rival the greatness of any the east coast had to offer! Although recorded for the smoother-sounding Chi-Soul label, the album's got an approach that's quite similar to some of the best east ... CD (Soul CD)
Blue Note, 2020.
A fantastic album from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire – a set that really kicks his career up to the next level, and which is easily the most powerful record he's ever given us! The music finds Ambrose in many moods, all of them righteous – sometimes blowing hard and fierce in a small ... CD (Jazz CD)

Piotr Hertel

W Sloncu I W Deszczu
GAD (Poland), 1979.
A selection of work for a Polish TV show at the end of the 70s – music that's partly in a familiar sound library mode, but which also has some great sound library touches too – a nice sense of variety that really makes for an overstuffed set! Some of these tracks are clearly scene-setti ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Wojciech Konikiewicz

Muzyka Nowej Przestrzeni
GAD (Poland), 1993. 2CD
Really cool work from Polish musician Wojciech Konikiewicz – presented here with a title that means "music of new space" – and which represents a stunning shift into ambient territories after earlier work in rock and jazz! The music is as dark as the image on the cover – ... CD (Rock CD)
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 80s. 2CD
Four full albums from the Columbia Records run by Bobby Bare – packaged here in a single set! Drunk & Crazy is a set that has Bobby Bare flirting a bit with some of the country rock modes that emerged more strongly in the second half of the 70s – fuller rhythms, stronger guitars, ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Quality/Matsuli (UK), 1969. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Amazing work from South African jazz legend Dudu Pukwana – a rare album from 1969, plus a never-issued set of tracks done for Atlantic Records at the same time! The core album, titled Dudu Pukwana & The Spears, features Dudu on alto, in the company of a lot of familiar players from his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
Beautiful grooves from the Cabo Verde islands – and music that's maybe got a bit of a special sound compared to the rest! The group hails from the San Nicolau island – and although they work here in a variant of the coladeira mode, there's a lot of standout elements that make the whole ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Evan Parker

Monoceros
Incus (UK), 1978.
Evan Parker, playing solo soprano sax – and recorded in a unique way that cuts his performance directly onto disc, which results in really stunning sound! The textures of Parker's music here are wonderful – bold notes mixed with more obscure sonic statements – all beautifully ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), 2020. (pic cover)
Two great contemporary tracks – pulled from the Kaleidoscope project from Soul Jazz – a well-done overview of the hippest sides of the global scene! Theon Cross rockets out with "Candace Of Meroe" – a tune that bristles with quick-moving drum parts and these really deep- ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)

Jef Gilson with Nathan Davis & Woody Shaw

Jef Gilson A Gaveau (180 gram pressing)
SFP/SAM (France), 1965. (reissue)
A brilliant record from French modernist Jef Gilson – and a set that's filled with amazing performances from a host of key French and American players too! At the core is Gilson – writing, directing, and playing piano in the ensemble – which also features trumpets from Woody Shaw ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Play Loud (UK), 1977. (reissue)
Groundbreaking improvisations from the duo of Paul and Limpe Fuchs – working here at the Days Of Free Music Festival in 1977, on a host of unusual instruments of their own creation! About the only thing familiar here is the set of drums played at times by Limpe – alongside all sorts of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Alegre/Craft, Late 60s. (reissue)
A fantastic little album of Latin Soul – a perfect example of why Pete was known as the "King Of The Boogaloo" during the 60s! The group's having a non-stop party on the album – breaking it hard with heavy piano lines, rumbling bass underneath the grooves, tight timbales, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s.
A fantastic look at the legendary Bristol recording sessions from the late 20s – a set of recordings that are often billed as the "big bang" of country music – given that they helped discover Jimmie Rogers and the Carter Family – and began a huge wave of old time ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Dutch Jazz Archive (Netherlands), Mid 50s.
Overlooked genius from the Dutch jazz scene of the postwar years – a set of small combo dates that feature trumpeter Rob Pronk, including two groups led by American players too! Pronk's got a tone that's clear, but never too clean – maybe the focused brightness of the young Howard ... CD (Jazz CD)
DJM/Isle Of Juara (Netherlands), 1978. (reissue)
A voyage from Brian Bennett – indeed a trip into disco and funk inspired rhythms, as the subtitle lets us know, but also plenty synthy rock, jazz and proggy elements – a Voyage worth taking from the sound library genius Bennett! The synths and keyboards by Francis Monkman is the secret ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Cherry Red (UK), 1978. 3CD
The title's maybe a bit misleading – as most folks think of day-glo as a color associated with some of the most throwaway culture of the 80s – but the brightness of the hue definitely marks the big explosion in styles during the key British year of 1978 – a time when the punk ... CD (Rock CD)
Strut (UK), 2020.
One of the most ambitious albums to date from the mighty Greg Foat – a set that's different than some of his more intimate affairs, in that it features key contributions from British jazz giants both young and old – all working with Greg's piano, Fender Rhodes, and vibes in a style that' ... CD (Jazz CD)

Mojo Buford

Mojo Workin
Metrobeat/Americana Anthropology, 1969.
A never-issued session from blues harmonica player Mojo Buford – a lesser-known artist born in Mississippi, schooled in Chicago, and mostly a resident of Minneapolis during his last few decades – where this session was cut in 1969! Buford's definitely got all the chops of a postwar ... CD (Blues CD)

Seth Trachy

Zygmon
Ropeadope, 2020.
CD...$8.99 14.99
Seth Trachy is the saxophone leader of the group, but the set also features some guest Miguel Zenon on alto – and the two horns often do a great job of flowing and fluttering together – over nicely dynamic rhythms from Glenn Zaleski on piano, Pablo Menares on bass, and Felix Lecaros on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Dread At The Controls/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1979. (reissue)
Great lost dubs from Mikey Dread, whose radio show delivered the Jamaican roots message to both the initiated and those yet to be converted for years. Mighty dubs under Dread's direction, with an all star cast featuring Sly Dunbar, Horsemouth Wallace, Santa Davis, Ranchie McLean, Robbie ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Hot Wax/Demon (UK), 1972. (reissue)
A stone burner from 100 Proof Aged In Soul – a group who really take off with this tight second record! The album's a classic from the days when soul music ruled AM radio on both sides of the tracks – and the rest of the album is equally great – packing that tight post-Motown ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Harvey Mandel

Snake
Janus/Tiger Bay (UK), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
Messed-up funky guitar from Harvey Mandel – a little bit blues, a little bit rock, but also pretty darn funky overall – and a set that's got all the freewheeling fuzz of his best work from the time! In a way, his records like this are even better than his first few, as he's getting a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Justice League/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1979. (reissue)
Sweet! One of the harder Scratch efforts to track down over the years, one we're always glad to come across! Recorded in the late 70s, when his wigged out follies at the Black Ark had reached their peak –though there's a bit of debate over whether these tracks were actually recorded at the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Easy Eye Sound/BMG, 2020.
A fantastic new chapter in the career of Cee-Lo Green – reemerging here as an old school southern soul singer, with a vibe that's in the best legacy of Al Green and some of the underground talents of his generation! The set was recorded in Nashville, produced by Dan Auerbach, and has a ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Edsel (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 5CD
A really well-done collection of tracks by the Average White Band – one that not only includes most of their funky classics, but also focuses on heavily sampled cuts, and then presents rare 7" and 12" single versions – as well as some rarities and live material too! The ... CD (Soul CD)

Art Blakey

Just Coolin
Blue Note, 1959.
The long-overdue release of an unissued Blue Note session from 1959 – one that features a version of the Jazz Messengers right before Wayne Shorter joined the group, with the mighty Hank Mobley on the quintet lineup on tenor! The Messengers in 1959 and 1960 were really at the top of their ... CD (Jazz CD)
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1970. (reissue)
One of the greatest records ever from Chicago funky soul arranger Willie Henderson – a smoking little set that feels like a stack of funky 45s! Willie did lots of work in the 7" single underground for indie labels – and by this point, he was a key force in the sound of Brunswick ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Warner, 2020.
A short, brilliant blast of creative wordplay from Earl Sweatshirt – who'd been riding a peak for years leading up the Feet Of Clay and shows no signs of coming down – with production by ES himself, Alchemist, Ovrcast and a Mach Hommy, all tasked with providing a moody, headnodding ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
PMP/We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1974.
One of those great European jazz records that never fully got its due back in the 70s – but which would have stood right next to classics on the Black Jazz label, if it were issued in the US! The group here are wonderfully soulful, and have a fluid, open sort of energy – never avant, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s.
A searing set of all-girl rockers from the late 60s – underground work from the hinterland of the American garage scene – all rare material originally issued on a handful of small indie labels! This vinyl set is a great addition to the CD series of the same name – and like those ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Oscar Jerome

Breathe Deep
Caroline, 2020.
The striking debut of Oscar Jerome – a UK singer/songwriter who works with a fair bit of jazzy elements here – thanks in part to some Rhodes and keyboards from Joe-Armon Jones! The set's the kind of genre-stepping record that we'd expect from some of Jones' London contemporaries – ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Brainfeeder, 2020.
Jaga Jazzist have always had a somewhat spiritual sounding name, but this album might be the first to really deliver on that promise – a set of long tracks that unfold openly in a mix of electronic elements and more jazz-based touches – tunes that really take the right amount of time ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)

Turn On The Sunlight (Carlos Nino & Friends)

Warm Waves
Astrollage (Japan), 2020.
A beautiful record that continues the long legacy of spiritual, meditative sounds we've heard from Carlos Nino over the years – and, like most of his recent work, a set that almost seems to define a genre unto itself! The record is a bit hard to peg – as there's definitely some of the ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Audio File/Lion, 1988. (reissue)
A cassette-only rarity from the glory days of the tape-based new age underground – but a set that's much more strongly in line with 70s masterpieces from the German electronic music pioneers! Jeff Carney plays his instrumentation live here, and in ways that are hardly meditative or relaxing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Something Weird/Modern Harmonic, 1967. CD & DVD
Groovy sounds for a somewhat creepy film – an obscure 1967 exploitation documentary about the underground hippie sex scene in San Francisco! The record is almost like a mini-movie in sound – in that it features a narrator describing various scenes in the city's underground, while ... CD (Soundtracks CD)

Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra

Why Don't You Listen – Live At LACMA 1998 (180 gram pressing)
Dark Tree (France), 1998.
An amazing record from pianist Horace Tapscott – maybe one of his most ambitious projects ever, and a set that stands head and shoulders next to his classic work for the Nimbus label! As with some of those records, this set features his large Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – performing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Modern Harmonic, 1983.
The only full-length set of work ever issued by Pulsallama – a totally wonderful all-girl group from the early 80s downtown scene in New York – best known for their one great single on Y Records! Pulsallama have a highly percussive approach, and a fair bit of bass as well – kind ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Victo (Canada), 1989/2020. 2CD
A pair of different performances from this legendary bassist – each recorded thirty years apart! The set begins with Ahoy – a sublime solo set recorded at Victoriaville in 2019 – a performance done by a very aged Phillips, but a musician who's clearly very much in control of his ... CD (Jazz CD)

Henk Badings & Dick Raaijmakers

Evolutions, Contrasts, & Electronic Music
Fantome Phonographique (Italy), Mid 50s. (reissue)
A treasure trove of early electronic music from these two Dutch giants of the field – both every bit as important as the more widely-circulated French artists of the musique concrete generation! Badings is featured here on a number of great tracks – including the sublime "Capriccio ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)

Ceu

Apka
Six Degrees, 2020.
Ceu seems to be an even stronger singer here than before – still able to drift in and out of an easygoing rhythm when she wants, but also more suited to take on tunes with a more soulful vibe – which includes a number of standout tunes that really make the record shine! There's still ... CD (Brazil CD)
Shipwrecked, 2020.
Chris Connelly is a hell of a singer – a man with a god-like voice that we'd rank right up there next to David Bowie and Scott Walker – and we're sometimes so entranced by the sound of his voice that we actually forget to listen to the lyrics of his songs, which are equally great! This ... Book (Book)

Bushmen

Bushmen
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s.
Great garagey work from The Bushmen – a mid 60s combo from Fresno, CA – and one who reveled in the best gritty modes of the time! The vocals are stark, the rhythms are too, and there's some great swirling organ lines in there amidst all the guitar – a garage/psych blend at times, ... CD (Rock CD)

Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee Konitz

Art Of The Duo
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983.
A fantastic showcase for these two modern jazz giants – sublime trombone sounds from Albert Mangelsdorff, perfectly paired with the alto sax of Lee Konitz – all at a level that makes the album one of the best from both players at the time! The session was actually a late MPS effort, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, Late 70s. 2CD
A prime pair of late 70s classics on Atlantic Records from Brides Of Funkenstein – a funky female group from the P-Funk empire – back-to-back with bonus tracks! The Brides are one of George Clinton's few girl-based projects of the 70s, and a group who are markedly more funk-based than ... CD (Soul CD)
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1954. 2CDs
Three early 10" albums from alto genius Lee Konitz – packaged together here in one great 2CD set! First up is Lee Konitz At Storyville – tight early work from Lee Konitz – recorded on location at the very hospitable Storyville nightclub in Boston – a sweet setting for ... CD (Jazz CD)
Something Weird/Modern Harmonic, 1973.
A sexy little film, with a sexy little soundtrack to match – just the right blend of funk and crime modes you'd expect for a movie that was a precursor to Charlie's Angels! The Doll Squad were a lot trashier, though – and it really shows in some of the music here, which has a great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Capitol, 1968. 2CD
A sublime album from the great Bobbie Gentry – and maybe her strongest full-length set recorded during the classic Capitol years! The title's "sweete" is a hillbilly play on the word "suite" – and the album definitely works as an extended suite of tracks – ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Happy Day/Pepite (France), 1980. (reissue)
A rare boogie number from Chicago – presented here both in the original version, and a new edit! The tune's got a warmly captivating vibe – a smooth groove at the core, and these raspy vocals from Frank that are very different than the usual – as is the lyric, which is nicely ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Rob Sevier

Stay Cool Madanna
Numero, 2020.
That typo in the title is intentional – well, not entirely intentional, but reflected in the image on the front cover – which is one of hundreds inside this fantastic book – a really cool set of found tributes to the greatness of Madonna! The full color volume features sketches, ... Book (Book)
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1982.
An obscure session from Sun Ra and the Arkestra, and a great one too – a set that's maybe a bit different than some of their other material from the time! The album's from the early 80s, but maybe feels a bit more like the group in the late 50s – when they were in Chicago, and first ... CD (Jazz CD)
Glenolden/Modern Harmonic, 1968.
A very groovy soundtrack to a very groovy movie – a near-lost 60s exploitation flick that's got it all – biker gangs, go-go girls, and lots of mod rocking numbers to really fit the scene! The album's got a fair bit of straight 60s rock numbers – the kind of offbeat tunes you'd ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Laurent Bardianne & Tigre D'Eau Douce

Love Is Everywhere
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2020.
A fresh set of contemporary soul jazz from French tenorist Laurent Bardianne – a jazz musician, but one with a tie to other stylistic communities – which you can hear in the record from the very first note! The quintet has a familiar lineup that includes Hammond B3, bass, drums, and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Almighty & Insane Books, 2020.
The secret history of Chicago house music – a side of the scene that's even more obscure than its many rare records or long-departed clubs! The book is a fantastic follow up to the first volume – and like that one, features rare flyers, posters, and ads for some of the underground ... Book (Book)
Now Again, 1970.
A stunner of a record – the first-ever album by The JBs, never issued back in the day – and lost for years until it recently resurfaced on a test pressing! The set features a leaner, more stripped-down version of the group – one that features Bootsy Collins on bass, and which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Alexander Von Schlippenbach Quartet

Three Nails Left
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1975. Gatefold
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 ... CD (Jazz CD)

Lothar & The Hand People

Come Along – The Exodus 1966
Beat Rocket, 1966.
Lothar & The Hand People gave the world one of the greatest psych albums ever issued by Capitol Records – but this set of earlier recordings shows the group in a very different light – raw, noisy, and very garagey – much more in the territory of The Seeds or The Sonics! The ... CD (Rock CD)
RGE/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1968. (reissue)
One of the cooler groups from the jovem guarda years of 60s Brazil – a combo who sometimes echo rock modes of the Anglo world, but who can also bring in some strong currents from samba too! The mix is great, and completely infectious on the best cuts – as the blue guitars and echoey ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD & DVD
A special look at the small but vibrant scene in Northern Ireland during the early punk years – a scene that was maybe one of the farthest-flung in the United Kingdom, but which also gave the world some pretty intense music at the time! The package is put together in a beautiful book-styled ... CD (Rock CD)

Aksak Maboul

Figures
Crammed (Belgium), 2020. 2LP Gatefold
A great contemporary entry in the mindblowing musical legacy of Aksak Maboul – a group who first started mixing up many different genres in the late 70s, then went on to maybe set the tone for the whole creative legacy of the Crammed Discs label! Original member Marc Hollander is still at ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Bobby Watson

Keepin It Real
Smoke Sessions, 2020.
Bobby Watson's always keeping it real in our book – as the alto saxophonist maybe hasn't made a bad record ever, and has continued to turn out the sort of fantastic music we loved right when he was an up-and-comer in an 80s version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers! Here, Bobby's working with ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tramp (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Killer funky soul from Tyree Glenn Jr – son of the legendary trombonist Tyree Glenn, but a completely badass artist in his own unique mode! Tyree here borrows plenty from the books of James Brown and Kool & The Gang – a back to basics version of funk, with plenty of his own soul ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Harry Beckett

Joy Unlimited
Cadillac (UK), 1974.
Genius work from trumpeter Harry Beckett – the kind of easygoing electric work that he seemed to do better than anyone else on the British scene of the early 70s! The record's got a laidback approach that's really unique – one that pits Beckett's trumpet against guitar by Ray Russell, ... CD (Jazz CD)

Zombies

Zombies
Parrot/Craft, 1965. (reissue)
The first US album by The Zombies – a brilliant little record that shows the group as way more than just a Brit Invasion combo! The songs are short, rocking, and nearly all very catchy – but they've got an airy quality that elevates them past simple pop, into the god-like territory ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
ATA (UK), 2020.
Not a standard sound library record, but one that's every bit as funky – thanks to a great ear for the right sort of 70s grooves from the folks at ATA Records! The music is contemporary, from the label that's been giving us some great funky 45s over the years – but the package has all ... CD (Sound Library CD)

Warriors (Incognito)

Behind The Mask
Expansion (UK), 1982. (reissue)
A fantastic early chapter in the Incognito story – a record put together by Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick as a follow-up to the earlier Jazzfunk album – and a set that maybe has even more jazz and funk than that set did overall! Although done back in the 80s, the set clearly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Red Rooster/Light In The Attic, Early 70s.
A fantastic follow-up to the legendary Philosophy Of The World album by The Shaggs – the enigmatic trio of Dot, Betty, and Helen Wiggin – three sisters all recorded by their father, who had the foresight to capture their simple but undeniable musical brilliance! The trio's first album ... CD (Rock CD)

Conrad Schnitzler

Con
Paragon/Bureau B (Germany), 1978.
Beautiful early solo work from Conrad Schnitzler – a set that's kind of a distillation of the ideas he brought to Tangerine Dream at the start, but distilled down into much more personal territory, with a very different vibe than the sound of that group at the time! The music is every bit as ... CD (Rock CD)
FMP/Be! (Germany), 1977. (reissue)
A late 70s session on FMP, but one that really shows the dynamic, boundless sense of imagination that we love from the ICP organization – led here by madman Misha Mengelberg on piano and at the helm of the operation! The sounds are free, but with a different quality than some of the more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic record on Strata East – and a concept that shouldn't work as well as it does, but which comes off perfectly – thanks to the strength of the players! As you might guess from the title, the group's an all-piano ensemble – one that features hip talents that include ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Rivage

Sittin On It
Tempus/Athens Of The North (UK), 1981.
A sweet bit of funky soul from the Florida scene in the early 80s – a completely charming modern soul effort that's quite different than the bigger Miami hits of the decade before! These guys have a sense of integrity that comes through in their look on the cover – unassuming, and very ... CD (Soul CD)

Barney Wilen & Alan Jean-Marie

Montreal Duets (180 gram pressing)
Elemental, 1993. Gatefold
Sublime later work from French saxophonist Barney Wilen – working here with pianist Alan Jean-Marie, an artist that we totally love on his own! Some people know Jean-Marie best for his recordings of biguine jazz – mixing the rhythms of his native Martinique with more contemporary modes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Trunk (UK), Late 60s.
The great Ron Geesin is a man of many talents – UK studio genius, ace composer, arranger, and more – with ties to worlds that include film music, sound library work, easy listening, and even collaborations with Pink Floyd! The music here is all from films by underground director ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1980. (reissue)
Fantastic work from the legendary Idris Muhammad – the funky drummer who first rose to fame making breakbeats with Lou Donaldson in the 60s, then recorded some hip soul-based records in the 70s – here really getting back to basics with a set of soulful, spiritual small combo jazz! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Rumba/P-Vine (Japan), 1961.
Classic material from Cortijo's legendary combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals – one of the first records to really showcase the great sounds coming from the Puerto Rican scene in the early 60s! Rhythms are plenty lively – as Cortijo's group has the same sharp focus as the early Joe Cuba ... CD (Latin CD)

Albert Ayler

New Grass
Impulse/Third Man, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager audience. At times, he takes a strange soul/jazz format to do so, and has tracks featuring ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
CAM/Quartet (Spain), Early 70s.
A pair of obscure soundtrack gems from Philippe Sarde – back to back on a single CD! First up is Max Et Les Ferrailleurs – an excellent funky French soundtrack! Philippe Sarde scored the music for this obscure film starring Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider – and the best cuts ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Brigadiers/Matsuli (UK), 1970.
A rare set from Zorro Five – a South African group, but one who sound a bit like some of the best Italian sound library combos of the time – really stepping out in a hip blend of riffing guitar, hard drums, and organ! That aspect is maybe no surprise, given that Zorro Five were more of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
How Do You Are (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Sweet AOR grooving from this excellent series – a set that's equal parts pop and soul, but which definitely falls more on the soulful side of the spectrum! Like the best work of the 70s AOR generation, there's a great ear here for tunes that mix in jazzy elements, strong musicianship, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Ian Carr's Nucleus

Exit 1971
678 Records (Netherlands), 1971. 2LP
Never-issued work from this legendary fusion group – a 1971 live performance recorded in Rotterdam, and a set of tracks that's a perfect complement to the legendary Nucleus albums issued by Vertigo at the time! Leader Ian Carr is upfront on trumpet – but as with the best Nucleus ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Cortijo Y Su Combo Con Ismael Rivera

Cortijo En New York
Gema/P-Vine (Japan), 1959.
Cortijo in New York – making for a classic meeting of Puerto Rican and Nuyorican sounds – with plenty of help from the young Ismael Rivera! Rhythms are tight throughout – very fierce and full, showing the new energy of the younger generation that Cortijo helped get going at the ... CD (Latin CD)

Peter Brotzmann/Jay Oliver/Willi Kellers/Manfred Schoof

In A State Of Undress
FMP/Be! (Germany), 1989. (reissue)
One of the most obscure Peter Brotzmann sessions on FMP – an overlooked session from the end of the 80s, and one that also features superb work from trumpeter Manfred Schoof! Schoof's an equal German jazz legend from the same generation – but one who spent some of his 70s and 80s years ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes

Visions Of A New World (180 gram pressing)
Flying Dutchman/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
Lonnie Liston Smith is really tightening up his groove on this one – bringing a bit more funk into the mix, and creating that amazingly sweet glide in his keyboard sound! The record's still steeped in the righteous influences of years past, but it brings the message out to a bigger audience ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Time Capsule (Japan), 1981. (reissue)
Funky samba soul from the Brazilian scene of the early 80s – a record that's drunk deep on all the best elements of Jorge Ben and his generation, then comes up with a groove that's even more soulful and groovy! The instrumentation has some occasional jazzy touches – the sorts of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Taana Gardner

Taana Gardner
West End (UK), 1979. 2LP (reissue)
The only full length album cut by singer Taana Gardner – quite a surprise, given how much impact she had on the clubs with her 12" singles at the start of the 80s! The album's got Gardner as a much richer singer than you might expect – able to lay back on a mellow track as well as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Bing & Ruth

Species
4AD, 2020.
There's no Bing, there's no Ruth – just a trio headed by composer David Moore, who plays these fantastic lines on Farfisa organ alongside the clarinet of Jeremy Viner and bass of Jeff Ratner! The instrument was maybe used most famously in a setting like this by Philip Glass in the 70s – ... CD (Rock CD)
Air/Time Capsule (UK), 1989. (reissue)
A late 80s electro gem from Ben Tankard – a real multi-instrumentalist here, making best use of the digital technology of the time to serve up a smooth blend of jazzy fusion, funk, and soul! Ben plays most of the instruments here – midi keyboards, wind controllers, guitar synth, drum ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Warner, 1970. 3CD
One of the first giant hits by the Grateful Dead – and a record that has the group tightening things up a bit more, and stepping into some of the country-tinged territory of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers! Turns out, the move is a great one – as the songs come across with a real ... CD (Rock CD)

Michael Thomas

Event Horizon
Giant Step Arts, 2020. 2CD
Not the first album we've heard from saxophonist Michael Thomas, but a record that definitely has us looking at his music all over again – thanks to a double-length collection of wonderfully extended tunes – on which Thomas really runs with bold, open energy on the alto sax! The group ... CD (Jazz CD)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers – Jazz Is Dead 2
Jazz Is Dead, 2020.
An album with Roy Ayers in the title – but which also features the man himself in the music – really sounding wonderful here, and recreating some of the best sounds of his classic work from the 70s! For some reason, Adrian Younge always likes to put his name in the lead, even when ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Darrow Fletcher

My Young Misery
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Righteous soul from late 60s Chicago – a killer collection of early singles from the great Darrow Fletcher – only a youngster at the time, but already working at a level that's as strong as most of his older contemporaries! Darrow's got this soaring voice that really sends us every ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Basil Kirchin

Everyday Madness
Trunk (UK), 1970s.
Rare work from the archives of Basil Kirchen – very appropriately titled, given the madness of the legendary UK composer! As Jonny Trunk explains in the notes, Kirchen left the music behind with little in the way of information – but that hardly detracts from the quality of the music, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Nicole Mitchell & Lisa E Harris

Earthseed
FPE, 2020.
Very powerful work from the great Nicole Mitchell – the third of her albums to be based on the work of Octavia Butler, and the first to be done in collaboration with vocalist Lisa E Harris! The music was commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago, and recorded in a large open space in that ... CD (Jazz CD)

Underdogs

Wasting Our Time
Pye/Wah Wah (Spain), 1970. (reissue)
A heady second set from New Zealand's Underdogs – a record that has the group reduced to a trio, yet somehow finding even more power in their overall sound! There's a nicely thoughtful approach to the music – not some of the full-on hard rock of other power trios of the time, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Jimmy Briscoe & The Little Beavers

My Ebony Princess
Pi Kappa/P-Vine (Japan), 1975.
An east coast harmony classic from Jimmy Briscoe & The Little Beavers – a sweetly-voiced young soul group with a really positive sound! Jimmy and the group have a groove that's more mature than some of the other young soul acts to emerge in the wake of the Jackson Five – and the ... CD (Soul CD)

Positive Force with Ade Olatunji

Oracy
Rain & Shine, 1977. (reissue)
One of the most righteous soul jazz albums of the 70s – a unique session of poetry, percussion, and jazz – put together by the ultra-hip Positive Force! Not to be confused with the soul group of the same name, this combo was a spiritual jazz ensemble – featuring poet Ade Olatunji ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Universal (France), 1960s/2020.
A really great collection of work from one of the great unsung heroes of the French soundtrack scene of the 60s – the mighty Eric Demarsan, who also gets the chance to provide us with new music on the first half of the set! The first half is music from a documentary on Jean-Pierre Melville ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Universal (France), 1971.
An obscure French period comedy from 1971 – with a surprisingly groovy score from Michel Polnareff! The film starred Luis De Funes and Yves Montand, and although Montand sings on a track or two, the main groove of the set is in the mode of Polnareff's groovy work from the late 60s. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Lloyd Miller

Near And Far East
East West/Ascensionale (Italy), 1969. (reissue)
One of the most evocative albums ever recorded by the enigmatic Lloyd Miller – a set created at Brigham Young University, in Utah – but filled with a mix of different styles from the other half of the planet! Miller plays a variety of stringed instruments and percussion – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

San Francisco Christian Center Choir

Sound of the San Francisco Christian Center
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 70s.
A really fantastic album of spiritual soul from a San Francisco church in the 70s – one of those rare and sublime albums that's equally appealing to fans of gospel as it is to fans of 70s soul! The arrangements and presentation are great – full of well-crafted grooves that move from ... CD (Gospel CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1976. (reissue)
One of a few large group sessions recorded by Charles Tolliver during his years on Strata East – and an amazingly spiritual effort that really brings together the best strands of sounds running through the underground at the time! The format's a bit similar to Tolliver's previous Music Inc ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Mourning A BLKstar

Cycle
Don Giovanni, 2020.
A fantastic album from Mourning A BLKstar – even more powerful than their set dedicated to Eric Garner, and a batch of material that really gets at the righteous energy of this Cleveland combo! The group see themselves as part of the James Baldwin tradition of the artist bearing witness ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), Mid 70s.
A tremendous little police soundtrack from 70s Italy – one with plenty of Morricone-like touches, but that's A-OK with us! Luciano Michelini does a great job here of juxtaposing stark sounds with sweeter ones – particularly some great piano that's isolated nicely above the ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Omni (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. Gatefold
An amazing set of offbeat numbers from the darker side of country music in the 60s – tracks that really show the changing currents of the scene, and which open up even more that quality of heartbreak that was always present in the music! Some of the songs here deal more honestly with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1984. (reissue)
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by saxophone genius Peter Brotzmann – and maybe his first album of ballad material too! As the title implies, the work is Brotzmann's answer to the poetry of Kenneth Patchen – and there's certainly a poetic quality to the way that Peter ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Hubert Porter with The Jamaican Calypsonians

Calypsos From Jamaica
Dub Store (Japan), Early 60s.
A great mix of modes from Hubert Porter – tunes that are definitely the calypsos promised in the title, but which also have some unique elements that mark them as Jamaican, too – touches of mento, nice jazzy elements in the music, and that bubbling up of the new island modes that would ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

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Updated September 18, 2020


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