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Big batch of new arrivals for the weekend!


Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s.
Pure gold from the earliest years of the Studio One label – great tracks that really sum up the special sort of genius that the label helped allow! As you might guess from the "freedom sounds" in the title, the late 60s marked a new period of independent action in Jamaica – a ... CD (Reggae CD)
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), Early 80s.
A fantastic tribute to one of the greatest soul labels of the 80s – the groundbreaking Uno Melodic imprint, started by soul legend Roy Ayers as a showcase for some of his more creative projects! The vibe here follows perfectly from Roy's classic late 70s work on Polydor – and his ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1975.
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981.
Amazing! This lost Roy Ayers-produced gem from the early 80s has not only been one of the biggest sample records of all time, but it's also become one of the holy grails of the groovy record collecting scene! It's a stellar bit of jazzy soul with the same production vibe that's characterized Roy's ... CD (Soul CD)
Warner, 1983.
A fantastic musical gift from beyond – early 80s recordings by Prince, and the sort of work that might have been a huge revelation if it were issued during his too-short career! As the title implies, the set just features the man himself at the piano – singing and playing with a very ... CD (Soul CD)
Blue Thumb/Verve, 1977. (reissue)
One of the greatest albums of all time – a masterpiece of moody soul, spacey vocals, and jazzy vibes – all produced by the legendary Roy Ayers! Ramp take their name from the anagram Roy Ayers Musical Productions – and in a way, the group's the summation of all the genius that Roy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Colemine, 2018.
A great little soul set by a singer we're betting will have a long run in the funky underground – a relative newcomer, but one who comes across with a power that really belies his time in the studio! Ben Piriani's music has this righteous, full-on groove that reminds us a lot of that moment ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Outlook
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1972. (reissue)
Maybe the only album ever issued under the name of trumpeter Gary Chandler – but a smoking little set that rivals some of the best jazz funk records at the start of the 70s – including heavyweight classics on Prestige by Melvin Sparks, Leon Spencer, and Boogaloo Joe Jones! The feel ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1982. 2CDs
A pair of near-lost albums – back to back, with bonus tracks too! The core album Rockers From The Land Of Reggae is a fantastic set from a very righteous group – Imojah, whose name means "unity" in Swahili, and who definitely work here with such a groove! The album's got a ... CD (Reggae CD)
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1978/1979/1982. 2 CDs
Four classic Motown albums from Thelma Houston – plus bonus tracks too! Thelma's one of those singers who must have been waiting years for disco to come around and help her find a reason to sing! Her career was slightly ill-timed in the beginning, coming along with a baroque soul beginning ... CD (Soul CD)
Presence
Smoke Sessions, 2018.
We love the music of pianist Orrin Evans in many different ways – but we especially love the sounds he makes with his Captain Black Big Band – a really tremendous ensemble that seems to unlock a whole new dynamic energy in his performance! The group here is heavy on horns – two ... CD (Jazz CD)
Shanachie, 2018.
A really great combination of talents – the songs of Bill Withers and the vocals of Anthony David – a singer whose acoustic undercurrents make him a perfect partner for Bill's music! If anything, the presentation here might be even more spare and stripped-down than Withers' originals ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Sabor Maracuya Desnuda
Empty Cellar, 2018.
Far-reaching yet finely-honed Chicano soul and Afro Latin grooves from Gilberto Rodriguez & Los Intocables – a Bay Area combo putting a fresh spin on diverse influences, captured really well on a debut album that captures them so naturally you feel like they're right there in the room! A ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Warner/Groove Line Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3 CDs
Ashford & Simpson may have gotten their start at Motown, but they really found their groove at Warner Brothers – as you'll hear on this massive collection of tracks from their landmark late 70s years at the label! Even many decades later, the strength of this music is undeniable – ... CD (Soul CD)
Les Esclaves
Columbia/Finders Keepers (UK), 1969. (reissue)
The group name's got "opera" in the middle, but the set is way more than that – and way more than the usual "rock opera" modes in which the rare album is frequently cited! Instead, the whole thing's a freewheeling bit of French psych – very much tied to the trippier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Masters Of Imrovisation– Live In New Orleans
Valid, 2018.
The set's billed as the "masters of improvisation" – and it definitely lives up to that title with the performance – which features three long, improvised tracks that really bubble and bristle with dynamic energy! These guys are surprisingly sensitive of each other's space ... CD (Jazz CD)
Pop World Orchestra
Count Melody (France), Mid 70s.
A fantastic funky overview of the music of Yan Tregger – an overlooked sound library genius, and one that we'd rank right up there with Bernard Estardy, Janko Nilovic, or some of the other great continental talents of the time! As with some of those others, Tregger's got a great way of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Solar/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1978/1979/1980/1982/1984. 3 CDs
A huge collection of work from Carrie Lucas – one of the biggest stars of the legendary Solar Records during the late 70s – a really sweet-voiced singer, best known for her catchy dancefloor groovers! At one level, Carrie was a west coast disco diva who rivaled the strengths of New ... CD (Soul CD)
Salsoul (UK), Early 80s. 2LP
A killer batch of classic Salsoul from the dawn of the 80s – leaner, tighter and more dancefloor geared club soul than the song the more string-laden and sing-a-long chorus style of the late 70s oeuvre, but way more lively than the synth-soaked and streamlined digital era boogie sound to come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Tzadik, 2018.
A brilliant tribute to the legendary Hasaan – an important Philadelphia pianist, but one who's only known to most for a rare trio album with Max Roach in the 60s! Hasaan was a true original – one of those postwar modernists who could swing, but in an angular, constantly-creative way ... CD (Jazz CD)
Salsoul (UK), Late 70s. 2LP
A tight double LP compilation of some of the best of the landmark DJ mixes the legendary Walter Gibbons made for Salsoul – genuinely groundbreaking body of work that helped redefine club grooves for years and years to come! Walter Gibbons had a way putting the beats and rhythm of classic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), 1988. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic album by one of the greatest groups on Creation Records – one of the few to really get the label's aesthetic perfectly right – and a vastly overlooked group that's finally getting its due! House Of Love had a near-perfect revision of psychedelia going on in the mid 80s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Blue Note, 2018.
One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by Wayne Shorter – a triple-length set that may well be his most visionary package in years! The vision is partly expressed in a beautiful graphic novel that comprises the outer package – a long, full-color book that was written by ... CD (Jazz CD)
In The Cave
NJA (Netherlands), 1963.
A stunning European live set from the legendary Dexter Gordon – one that was recorded early in his overseas tenure, and which is noteworthy for two reasons – first in that it was recorded in Utrecht, not the more familiar setting of Copenhagen – and second, in that it features a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Warner/Esoteric (UK), 1973. 2 CDs
The debut album from Greenslade – a set that's as sprawling and dynamic as its famous cover image from Roger Dean! Dean gives the whole package a bit of a Yes-like vibe – and there's definitely that sort of inspiration going on here – a really sharp, well-played mix of the ... CD (Rock CD)
GDM/Beat (Italy), 1971.
Italy meets Australia – in a lovely set of grooves written by Piero Piccioni for this little-seen Alberto Sordi film from 1971! The sound is as sunny as you'd expect – with the Piccioni bossa groove used to set the scene for postwar Australia – sometimes coming across with ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
MPS (Germany), 1978. (reissue)
A fantastic 70s album from the legendary German label MPS – but one that gives some great early exposure to a pair of talents from the LA scene! Joanne Grauer plays keyboards with a sweet breezy vibe – a bit like some of the hippest Bay Area indie jazz sides of the time, and made even ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Numero, Mid 60s. 2LP Gatefold
One of the deepest digs into the 60s girl group scene we've ever seen – a package that not only gets way way past the big hits of the time, but also provides much better sound and way more context than the sorts of dodgy CDr collections that have spotted the market for years! It's great to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Philips/Anthology, 1970. (reissue)
One of those records that you might not know anything about, but which hardly also needs any introduction – because from the very first moment, the sound will tell you that you're onto something completely different and special! There's no easy way to describe the music of Catherine Ribeiro ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Sire/Rhino, 1978. 3CDs & LP (reissue)
A prime Ramones classic from the late 70s – a set that's got Joey, Johnny, and crew really hitting right on the money – with the kind of short sharp tracks that made the group such a key bridge between the 60s and the blank generation! The energy here is phenomenal – the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Extra Soul Perception
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968.
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! ... CD (Jazz CD)
Eastern Standard Time
Zebra/BBE (UK), 1981.
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Baby's Party
Intakt (Switzerland), 2018.
A really surprising little record – one that features the inventive drums and percussion of the great Gunter Baby Sommer, who we've loved for years – alongside the trumpet and flugelhorn of Till Bronner, who we're normally used to hearing in a completely different context! Make no ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ruby
Mack Avenue, 2018.
Nobody's got a voice like Macy Gray – a hugely distinct singer who's always had her own way forward in music! Yet for a few years there, it maybe felt like Macy had lost the course a bit – not entirely in the space she needed to be. But in recent years, she's really winning us back ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Studio One, 1964.
The original version of this landmark album in Jamaican music – a set that's not just a very early showcase for the instrumental talents of the Skatalites, but also the growing wave of new talent coming up on the scene! Unlike later versions, which focus mostly on the Skatalites work – ... CD (Reggae CD)
Mith
Jagjaguwar, 2018.
Lonnie Holley has always been very much his own man – in his artwork, in his cultural presence, and even in his music – which has always been pretty darn hard to describe! Holley sings with the up-close expressiveness of a jazz singer, yet also references plenty of bluesy roots as well ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Egg Farm Hall Festival
Crown (Japan), 2000.
Some of the darkest work we've heard from soprano sax legend Steve Lacy – at least in this part of his career – some fierce work in the company of pianist Takahashi Yuji and percussionist Togashi Masahiko – who also get some time of their own on the record! The album features two ... CD (Jazz CD)
Love In The Wind
Dunham/Daptone, 2018.
The cover sticker bills this one as sounding like a lost collaboration between the Beach Boys and Delfonics – although for our money, we'd lean a bit more towards the latter – as the Sha La Das have a surprisingly strong approach to harmony soul! Instrumentation and production are much ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Paix (180 gram pressing)
Philips/Anthology, 1972. (reissue)
One of those key records that shows the really unique side of the French scene at the start of the 70s – an underground world that was a bit hippie, certainly trippy, and very open to other ideas too – wrapped up in a sound that was both cosmic and intellectual at the same time! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), 1972.
A fantastic record from one of the first great female voices in Jamaican music – the completely righteous Phyllis Dillon, a singer who set a whole new standard for the genre! The tunes here are beautiful rocksteady numbers – a number of which just have bass, drums, and organ stepping ... CD (Reggae CD)
Ryko/Run Out Groove, 2008. 2LP Gatefold
An underappreciated solo effort from Gary Louris of The Jayhawks – bringing in a bit of the warm harmonies and countyish charm of his better known band, but ultimately with more of a breezy 70s California singer-songwriter folk rock atmosphere! Gary's voice out front solo gives it an intimate ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Warner, Late 60s/Early 70s. 3 LPs
Back in their early days, MC5 never would have claimed to be the most patriotic group in the world – but they're certainly getting that treatment here – in a big box set that presents three classic albums on red, white, and blue vinyl! First up is Kick Out The Jams – great big ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Love 4 Love
Original Disco Culture (Italy), 2018.
Wonderful new work from Change – the international soul combo who made some classic cuts back at the start of the 80s – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the ... CD (Soul CD)
Serpent's Mouth (with bonus tracks)
Big Crown, 2018.
Funky genius from a mighty unique group – one who've drunk deep on the classic steel band sounds of the 70s, but who've also refined that groove with a contemporary funk approach too! The group's the brainchild of Bjorn Wagner – who you might know from The Mighty Mocambos – and ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Preservation Tapes
Telephone Explosion (Canada), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A treasure trove of never-heard work from the legendary Bruce Haack – the electronic madman who made his own early synthesizers, and also created the seminal Electric Lucifer album too! These tracks are all from Haack's archive – newly-discovered, and just the tip of a gigantic iceberg ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Epic/HNE (UK), 1971/1972/1973/1974/1975/1976/1977. 8 CDs
A full set of early work from REO Speedwagon – a group that some folks might dismiss for their crossover pop of the 80s, but who actually started out as a pretty great band! These guys cut their teeth playing hard in the bars of southern Illinois – and by the time they made their first ... CD (Rock CD)
Phoenix
Ropeadope, 2018.
CD...$8.99 14.99
Soaring keyboards from this up-and-coming player – an artist who's especially fantastic on Fender Rhodes, which get plenty of space on this excellent album! Javier Phoenix is a jazz musician at the core – yet he's also part of a younger generation we might dub the post-Robert Glasper ... CD (Jazz CD)
El (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. 4 CDs
A huge set of music – one that's maybe a bit different than you might expect! Right from the start, Stanley Kubrick was a groundbreaking director – one who had a great sense of music on the screen – sometimes from film scores that he'd commission for his movies, sometimes from ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1978.
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here ... CD (Soul CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), 1969/1970.
Two classics from The Pioneers – back to back on a single CD! First up is Long Shot – an early gem from The Pioneers, and one of the first records on the Trojan label too – the kind of head-nodding, late rocksteady sounds that made the imprint a key bridge between the scenes in ... CD (Reggae CD)
Peace & Rhythm, 2018.
Maku Soundsystem have a really great mix of modes – many elements that echo the Colombian roots of most group members, but fused strongly through New York modes that reflect their home of the past few years! Somewhere in the background, you'll hear echoes of cumbia and other Latin styles ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 60s.
Don't think "love songs" in the usual sleepy style – as these tunes are all wonderfully upbeat and totally grooving – filled with Latin-styled touches that really make a great mix with the Egyptian instrumentation in the lead! Back at the end of the 50s, the farther reaches ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
KPM Jazz Conventions
KPM/Trunk (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
A really unique moment in jazz – both for the legendary Clarke Boland Big Band, and for the KPM Sound Library in the UK! The CBBB recorded for a number of European labels in the late 60s – most famously the Saba/MPS imprint – but these sides are among some of their most obscure, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Afro-Harping
Cadet, 1968. (reissue)
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Tomato/Omnivore, 1978/1979.
Two albums from Jorge Santana – back to back in a single set, and long overdue! First up is the self-titled Jorge Santana album – a stone 70s classic from Carlos Santana's lesser-known brother – a set that effortlessly brings together Latin and soul, often with the same sort of ... CD (Soul CD)
Hi Hat, 1967.
A fantastic album from the great Don Cherry – and maybe one of the earliest examples of the way that he mixed together avant jazz and a globe's worth of influences on the European scene! The album features three long tracks – all seemingly improvised – very heavy on percussion, ... CD (Jazz CD)
This Is It
Storyville (Denmark), 2018.
Karsten Vogel steps out here as more of a multi-instrumentalist than we might have guessed – still playing tenor, alto, and soprano sax on much of the record – but also adding in some keyboards, violin, and rhythm programs too! In fact, it's those programs that shape the sound more ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies
Light In The Attic, 1964.
One of the rarest Lee Hazlewood projects of the 60s, and one of the most unique as well – a set of surf-themed instrumentals, but served up with a nice current of exotica too! Given that Lee first rose to fame in the late 50s, for his excellent production of Duane Eddy's guitar – the ... CD (Rock CD)
Knitting Factory, 2018.
The title of the first track here really gets the spirit of the album right – "Africa Will Be Great Again" – which stands at the start as one of the most declarative moments on record from Femi Kuti, and really sets the tone for the rest of the record! There's definitely some ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
What Color Is Love
Cadet/Verve, 1973. (reissue)
Possibly the greatest album ever by the legendary Chicago soul singer Terry Callier! Terry's rich mellow voice is mixed with superb arrangements from the Cadet studio team, with Charles Stepney at the head, and the result is completely sublime. The songs are longer than on earlier albums – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1979. (reissue)
One of Azymuth's best-remembered albums from their American years on Milestone – a really killer classic that beautifully blends Brazilian and American styles of fusion! There's a simple, elegant feel to these tunes that takes off nicely from the group's previous album for Atlantic in Brazil ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Wild work from one of the most obscure labels featured in this series so far – the tiny Colonial Records imprint from Chapel Hill, NC – the company who first pressed comedy records by a young Andy Griffith, but also did some great rockabilly as well! The Colonial style is nicely ... CD (Rock CD)
Thembi
Impulse, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Classic spiritual soul jazz from Pharoah – recorded with an all star lineup that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes, and Michael White. The album's got a strong influence from the members on the set – particularly Lonnie Liston Smith, who seems to bring in a very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Cherry Red/Tiger Bay (UK), 1981. (reissue)
Early work from the great Tracy Thorn – recorded with the group Marine Girls in the years before her more famous records with Everything But The Girl! The album has a whimsical feel – still with lots of jazzy touches of the early EBTG group, and some of that wonderful intimate quality ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Grazie Zia
CAM/Transversales Disques (France), 1968. (reissue)
A really amazing soundtrack from Ennio Morricone – presented here with the full range of tracks for the first time ever! The music uses some wonderful vocals – sung in a style that's pop, but very creepy too – that way that Morricone vocals can have of being almost chant-like, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Beat (Italy), 2018.
A great document of what must have been a very cool concert – maestro Fabio Frizzi presenting a live rendition of his soundtrack to The Beyond – recorded in a church down in Austin, Texas! Tracks are short – the set features 50 titles in all – but balance together some of ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Trunk (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
The Britixotica crew are down to their skivvies this time around – clearly shaken into clothes-less frenzy by the wild rhythms in the set! The album definitely takes the "wild" in the title seriously, and may well be the best record in the series so far – certainly the most ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Winner (with bonus tracks)
Philips/NJA (Netherlands), 1964.
The first full length album from Dutch reedman Herman Schoonderwalt – a musician pictured with a clarinet on the cover, but who also blows alto and soprano sax on the date as well! Schoonderwalt had appeared on a few of the previous well-circulated Jazz Behind The Dikes series – an ... CD (Jazz CD)
Beat (Italy), 1979.
One of the lighter soundtracks we've ever heard from Francesco De Masi – scored for an equally lighthearted film about a bunch of kids off on adventure – all given a nice soundtrack that's both playful and lively, but without ever sounding too sentimental! The style here is more late ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
End To End
ECM, 2018.
Barre Phillips in one of our favorite modes – working here on solo bass, at a level that takes us back to that revolutionary genius that first made him so great! At a time when everyone on his scene was working quite free, Barre could still shape sound at a level that was unbridled, but also ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Wire, 2018.
The Wire's got some very far-reaching coverage this time around – a cover feature on the long underground musical legacy of James Ferraro, plus articles on the important Music Now organization on the London avant scene of the 60s, and the Buh Records label in contemporary Peru! The issue ... Magazine (Magazine)
Mama Groove
Lorem Ipsum (France), Mid 80s.
A set that's maybe a bit different than other Nigerian grooves you might know from the early 80s – as Hycento Junior has a strong influence from American hip hop, and also a bit of reggae as well! Side one of the album feels almost as if it was lifted from the same scene as Grandmaster Flash ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
70s Soul Aesthetics
MSX Sound Design, 2018.
The album's got 70s soul in the title, and 70s soul in the grooves – even though most of the tracks are relatively short instrumentals! Still, there's a production vibe here that takes us back to the best work of the golden decade – echoes of the hipper Motown moments, Philly soul and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s.
Deep deep sounds from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking off with a new sense of pride and power – not just the roots reggae elements that were hitting big on the global circuit, but also a much richer sense of politics and social action! The work here represents a strong change for ... CD (Reggae CD)
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), 1987. CD & 7 Inch
A gem of a record from Felt – one that has them complicating the sound they first brought to the Creation Records label – stretching out some of the songs a bit, and working with art rock legend Mayo Thompson of the Red Krayola in the production booth! The use of organ continues to be ... CD (Rock CD)
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
Beautiful work from guitarist Jack Wilkins – maybe one of his cleanest, coolest records of all time – and a set that really demonstrates the rich chromatic power of the young musician! The album's a trio date – with Mike Moore on electric and acoustic bass, and Bill Goodwin on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Hypnotic Joints
Pheelco, 2018.
A fantastic collection of work from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – all instrumental tracks recorded by the ensemble over the years, but issued here for the first time ever! The sound is amazing – tight, soulful, and completely different than any other group with the word "bass" in ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Fantasy/Craft, Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
Rare singles from the glory days of the American club music scene – most of which were only issued as promo release – hence the "for discos only" in the title! The package looks at the wealth of material issued by the Fantasy and Vanguard family of labels in the late 70s ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Hi Hat, 1963.
As great as the Dave Brubeck studio albums for Columbia Records might be, there's also something even more special about his live performances from the same period – as it always feels like the already-wonderful group finds a way to push themselves even further – really opening up with ... CD (Jazz CD)
Temporary Kings
ECM, 2018.
We've always loved the wonderfully dark corners in the tenor work of saxophonist Mark Turner – but it sounds especially great here, in the company of pianist Ethan Iverson – as the two players deliver a superb album of duo material for ECM! Iverson never softens the sound of Turner, ... CD (Jazz CD)
DIW/Tiger Bay (UK), 1986. (reissue)
A bold little set from Steve Grossman – a record that's nicely poised between his frenetic work of the 70s and mellower moments of later years – done in quartet formation, but with plenty of focus on Steve's wonderful tenor, especially on the longer tracks! There's a very nice "bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ame Debout (180 gram pressing)
Philips/Anthology, 1971. (reissue)
The long hair and casual image on the cover really says a lot about the sound of the record – as vocalist Catherine Ribeiro works here with some very open, experimental grooves from Alpes – all at a level that has that freewheeling, open-minded sound of the French scene at the time! A ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Sounds Almighty
Tradition Disc (UK), 2018.
A very different album than usual from the great tenorist Nat Birchall – a set that's no less soulful than his other records, but in a completely different way! The album's a collaboration with producer Al Breadwinner – and has this approach that feels like a lost Jamaican instrumental ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Live In Frankfurt 82
Country & Eastern/Black Sweat (Italy), 1982.
Don Cherry made some of his most globally-conscious music in the northern reaches of the European scene – and this set is no exception, as the legendary trumpeter works on this great live set in Frankfurt, Germany – with instrumentation that includes a very freewheeling blend of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Uptown
Maple/Remined, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 60s.
A relatively short record, but one that more than makes up for that with a double-dose of grooviness – some wonderfully cool tunes put together for the soundtrack to the Egyptian film titled Respectable Families! Abderrahman El Khamissi plays keyboards and organ throughout – often with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Warner/Real Gone, Late 70s. 2CD
Three great albums from Alice Coltrane – all late 70s albums for Warner Brothers that really show her taking off as both a solo performer and a spiritual force! First up is Eternity – seminal 70s work from one of the most righteous jazz musicians ever! On this set, Alice Coltrane ... CD (Jazz CD)
Colourful Environment
Nemi/Livingston (Nigeria), 1979. (reissue)
A Nigerian soul classic from Gboyega Adelaja – an artist who spent a fair bit of time on the US scene in the mid 70s, where he clearly drank from the deep well of funk and soul! The album's got a vibe that's maybe a bit tighter and groovier than some of Adelaja's contemporaries – maybe ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Atlantic/Polysom (Brazil), 1977. (reissue)
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Gearbox (UK),
A little turntable, but with a mighty big sound – thanks to a vacuum tube that really improves the quality of the playback! In a world where so many small turntables are cheap and shoddy, the Gearbox Automatic is wonderfully overbuilt – a compact unit, but with a glass platter and belt ... Turntable
Flutes Libres
Souffle Continu (France), Early 70s. (reissue)
Rare work from this enigmatic reedman – and a set that really lives up to its title by letting Jean Cohen-Solal stretch out in an open, airy setting! The first track on the set – "Concerto Cyclique" – gets nice and funky, almost in a CTI mode, but also with sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Virgin Witch
Trunk (UK), 1971.
A fantastic score for the obscure British sexploitation film Virgin Witch – and, like so many musical moments of the genre, a set that's maybe far more fantastic than the images for which it was created! Ted Dicks maybe isn't the best known name in British film scoring – although he ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Awesome Foursome EP
Roots Forward/Streetwise (Canada), Early 80s.
Benchmark old school from Awesome Foursome with prime production by Arthur Brown – pairing up a couple of bonafide classics with unreleased gems from the Streetwise Records vault! The real boons on the EP are the 2 unreleased tracks, circa 1983 – "Subway" & "Big ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop 12-inch)
Live At Cafe Amores
No Business (Lithuania), 1995.
This might be the sexiest-looking cover we've ever seen on a record from avant piano genius Alexander Von Schlippenbach – who we're used to seeing presented in a more abstract manner – but the sound of the record is no less wonderful than some of his classics over the years, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Decca/Real Gone, 1964.
A very cool little record from the 60s – even if it does try to trick you into thinking that Herman Munster and his family are making music on the set! Instead, the Munsters here are a bunch of top shelf studio musicians, working with a trio of singers – in a mix of tunes that really ... CD (Rock CD)
BBE (UK), 2010s.
A fantastic trip through the archive with Volcov – even if most of the cuts here are a bit more recent than those that usually get archival status! And yet in a way, many of these cuts almost went to the archives directly – especially in this digital age for modern soul and club, where ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Sticky Buttons (UK), Early 80s. 2LP
They certainly got the title right on this one – as the set's a collection of sweet grooves from Dizzy K Falola – a Nigerian artist who represented a whole new wave of soulful styles coming out of the Lagos scene during the 80s! These tracks are still as funky as any Nigerian music of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Equidity Funk
Land Of Hits (UK), 1980. (reissue)
Funky old school rap from the Peter Brown vaults! "Equidity Funk is a fantastic mix of funk and early hip hop – the kind of bassy, bubbly cut that feels like it came straight from the party scene in the streets – served up here in a nice long version, which is perfect for the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop 12-inch)
Conversations – A Tribute To Fred Hopkins
Delmark/Black Sweat (Italy), 1999. 2LP
A wonderful pairing of talents – the mighty Archie Shepp returned to a strongly spiritual setting on this great late-century album with the Ritual Trio of percussionist Kahil El'Zabar! The group here features Kahil's best lineup – fantastic bass from the late Malachi Favors, and a mix ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Get It How You Live
Ropeadope, 2018.
CD...$9.99 15.99
No krunk here, at least not in the familiar set – as the album features trumpeter Russell Gunn working with a host of hip young players in the Atlanta scene – reworking modern rhythms with a very cool funky jazz approach! These guys have definitely grown up on hip hop – at least ... CD (Jazz CD)
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1979.
Unabashed diva work from Linda Clifford – and a record that brings together the best midtempo soul of her earlier Curtom work, with the stronger, fuller disco groove that she was hitting as her career progressed! The album features some production work by Norman Harris and Curtis Mayfield ... CD (Soul CD)
Banka
No Business (Lithuania), 1978.
Fiercely improvised work from the duo of Kaoru Abe on soprano and sopranino saxophone – and Sabu Toyozumi on drums and percussion! Toyozumi is wonderful on "Song For Sakamoto Kikuyo", in three parts – a piece that builds up with this organic, almost abstract energy from the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Arirang Fantasy
No Business (Lithuania), 1995.
A fantastic set of improvised material from the Japanese scene of the mid 90s – a performance that features visiting trumpeter Choi Sun Bae working with Junji Hirose on tenor and soprano, Motoharu Yoshizawa on electric five string bass, and Kim Dae Hwan on percussion! These three players may ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Motown/Kent (UK), 1970.
A tremendous collection of early work by The Spinners – their sublime second album for Motown, plus 13 additional bonus tracks, most of which appear here for the first time ever! The core of the set is the 2nd Time Around album – pre-Philly magic from The Spinners – a wonderful ... CD (Soul CD)
Ask For Chaos
Motema, 2018.
Guitarist Gilad Hekselman plays here in two different groups – his gHex Trio, with Rick Rosato on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums – and Zuperoctave, with Aaron Parks on keyboards, piano, and Fender Rhodes – and Kush Abadey on drums! We love the music of Parks, so we're ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note/Universal (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. 5CD
5 albums from Lee Morgan – one of the coolest cats to ever handle a trumpet for Blue Note! First up is Delightfulee – really unique album from the great Lee Morgan – a set that features the trumpeter in two different settings, but in a way that really works well together! Most ... CD (Jazz CD)
Quality/BBE (UK), 1979.
One of the greatest moments ever for legendary club soul singer Carol Williams – even though the album was originally released only in Canada, and lost to most folks at the time! Williams works here in a wonderful setting – with help from disco maestro Tony Valor, who always has this ... CD (Soul CD)
Uhuru
Melting Pot (Germany), 2018. 2LP Gatefold
The keyboards of C Tappin are a fantastic element here – used to create warmth and flow throughout this album of understated majesty! The set draws equal inspiration from a journey to Kilimanjaro, and a recent live set by D'Angelo – produced and mixed by Slim in his studio, with lyrics ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Gondwana (UK), 2018.
A very cool little combo – one that almost sounds like a funk band working with broken instruments! Stuff are really out to do something new here – borrowing bits of jazz and funk, then weaving together a sound that's equal parts acoustic and electric – but which has lots of fuzz ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cameo/Abkco, Mid 60s.
A fantastic early side of work from 70s superstar Bob Seger – and one that comes as quite a surprise, compared to his hits! This early material is really raw, gritty, and definitely shows Bob's roots in the same Detroit scene that was changing the worlds of both soul and rock in the late 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Tribe/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1972/1973. (reissue)
Genius work from the Detroit underground of the 70s – one of the greatest records ever on the now-famous Tribe Records label, and a masterpiece of soul, jazz, and righteous spirit! The session's headed by tenor player Wendell Harrison – and it's got an all-star Motor City lineup that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Philharmony
Alfa/Light In The Attic, 1982.
A beautiful set of electronic work from Haruomi Hosono – done during some time away from Yellow Magic Orchestra during the early 80s, and with a vibe that's like an even more playful, poetic take on his sounds with that famous group! Keyboards and other electronics rule the sonic space here ... CD (Rock CD)
Negro Swan
Domino, 2018.
The cover of this album by Blood Orange – aka Devonte Hynes – might imply a sort of weary bleakness – but given the quality of the music, the whole thing can't help but elevate our spirits – even if Hynes is digging even deeper than usual with his subject matter! The songs ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Indigo
Blue Note, 2018.
Much more of a soul-based set than the debut album by Kandace Springs on Blue Note – really showing the growth in direction the label has been taking in the past decade or so! Kandace is a perfect singer for the sorts of ears that have been brought to Blue Note by some of the work of Robert ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Dave De Rose Music (UK), 2018.
Really compelling work from the farther reaches of the UK jazz scene – a series of "agile experiments" from drummer Dave DeRose – who works here with other musicians from the scene in a series of unbridled improvisations! The work was created with two guiding principles ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Monday Night/Central Park North
Solid State/BGO (UK), 1969. 2CD
Two early albums from this hip late 60s ensemble! Monday Night is genius work from the Jones & Lewis group – easily one of their best albums! If you've ever wondered why these guys got the chance to make so many records, check out this excellent early set and hear them at their finest. ... CD (Jazz CD)
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1980.
A great collaboration between Linda Clifford and Isaac Hayes – done at a time when Hayes was really hitting his dancefloor stride! Ike's sound here is actually pretty great – arguably warmer and more deeply soulful than on some of Linda's other records from the time, and without too ... CD (Soul CD)
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. 2CD
Fantastic material from the great Slim Gaillard – one of the most unique singers of all time, and a key link between jazz and the growing wave of R&B in the postwar years! Long before singers like Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, Joe Turner, and others started making offbeat, uptempo material ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Saga Of Padani
Modern Harmonic, Mid 90s.
One of the coolest records of school kid music you could ever hope to own – and not just because avant legends Terry Riley, Fred Frith, and Marshall Allen each make an appearance on the project! In fact, even without those big names, the music here would still be tremendous – as it ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tribe/Pure Pleasure, 1972. (reissue)
An incredible session from the legendary Tribe Records scene – an equal effort from leader Doug Hammond and keyboardist David Durrah, who contributes some groundbreaking Fender Rhodes and moog work to the set! Hammond handles drums plus a bit of vocals and synthesizer on the session – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Tribe/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. (reissue)
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by the always-righteous Tribe Records label of Detroit – a really collective effort, one that features ensemble vocals and spiritual jazz – all pulled together by pianist Harold McKinney! The album showcases a group named Voices Of The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Contempo/Soul Time (UK), Mid 70s. 3CD
A treasure trove of soul music from a famous London label of the 70s – almost all of it American work, but hand-picked with the kind of selection that made Contempo a strong precursor for later British reissue labels – like Ace/Kent, Charly, or Expansion Records! Contempo grew out of ... CD (Soul CD)
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1979. (reissue)
One of the rarest 70s albums in the Sun Ra catalog – and one of the most unique, too – given that the format here is a piano trio, of the style often used by other jazz musicians – but completely transformed here in the hands of Ra! The music is sometimes straight, but always ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Common Good, 2018.
Some damn funky hip hop – thanks got a great mix of live instrumentation and backup vocals – all of which make the set a perfect fusion of beats, rhymecraft, and contemporary soul! Guests include SandFly, Kellye Hawkins, Britney Johnson, Big Tree, Damani, Uncle Chucc, Definite Mass, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Blue Note/Universal, Late 50s/1960s. 5CD
5 killer albums from one of our favorite tenor players of all time! First up is No Room For Squares – a classic Hank Mobley session from the mid 60s, and one that really shows the growth in his style at the time! The work's still strongly in a hardbop style, but modal elements are ... CD (Jazz CD)
Free Jazz Meeting – Baden Baden 1967
Hi Hat, 1967.
Four slices of genius from this important German jazz festival of the 60s – one of the leading showcases for the best in avant garde and experimental music! The sounds here are as stunning as the lineup – maybe even more so, as there's some nicely-unfamiliar, surprisingly collaborative ... CD (Jazz CD)
Foreign Exchange, 2018. 2LP Gatefold
Phonte squarely rooted on the hip hop side of the hip hop soul divide he's been so masterfully striding between since his early days with Little Brother and in Foreign Exchange later on – with +FE fellow travelers and other indie soul & hip hip heroes & heroines Carmen Rodgers, Zo!, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Ace (UK), Early 80s.
80s come back, all is forgiven – especially when you sound so great in a collection as cool as this one! Ace Records is an imprint that we've loved for decades in the worlds of soul, rare rock, and R&B – but they've also got a keen ear for all things chartbound, and have served up ... CD (Rock CD)
Paraiso
Alfa/Light In The Attic, 1978.
A pivotal album from the legendary Haruomi Hosono – a set that still has some of the more conventional rock elements of his earlier work (although still always a bit offbeat – as per his genius!) – but one that also maybe brings in some of the electronic elements that would soon ... CD (Rock CD)
Sounder
Columbia/Varese, 1972.
One of the rootsiest albums ever recorded by Taj Mahal – a set that begins with a song by Lightnin Hopkins, then seems to have Taj echoing a lot of the spareness of that work! The film's set in the 30s, and the music is very rootsy rural blues – with just Taj Mahal on vocals, steel-bodi ... CD (Blues CD)
Wildflower
Ill Considered (UK), 2018.
Fantastic sounds from this offshoot of the Ill Considered group – a freewheeling trio that features Idris Rahman on saxes and flute, Leon Brichard on bass, and Tom Skinner on drums – a combo that comes together in a very spiritual way! The bass and drums often build up cyclical rhythms ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
ALA/Modern Harmonic, 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic album of bad-rapping spoken material from Iceberg Slim – one of the hippest 70s sets of its type, and a great audio tribute to the man who wrote the books Pimp, Trick Baby, and Mama Black Widow! Slim reads his own work in a very laidback style, but one with a slinky, pimpish feel ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Cafe Montmartre (180 gram pressing)
Verve (France), 1987/1991.
A special album that brings together some of the best moments from the People Time and Anniversary albums – easily the greatest late work by tenor sax legend Stan Getz, working strongly alongside pianist Kenny Barron – who really brought a new sort of depth to Stan's sound! Two thirds ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Judnell/Now Again, 1971. 2CD
Some of the most righteous sounds we've ever heard from Houston legends The Lightmen – recorded at a time when the group was at their most spiritual, and very firmly following a cosmic path set down by drummer Bubbha Thomas! The music here owes nothing to the hippest sounds coming from the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Live At The Crypt
Ill Considered (UK), 2018. 2LP Gatefold
A double-length live set from this fantastic group – one that has them soaring out in this majestic, spiritual sort of power! The electric bass of Leon Brichard is a fantastic force throughout – building slowly sometimes, pulsating at others – really providing the core around ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Unforgettable
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1979.
A great little set from Leroy Hutson – proof that he was still going strong through all his years at Curtom! The vibe here is a bit different than his first few records, and you might be suspicious with Leroy wearing a disco shirt on the front – but the sound is wonderful, and only ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Maroon Cloud
FPE, 2018.
Incredibly beautiful work from Nicole Mitchell – and a record that's maybe unlike anything we've ever heard from her before! The group's a quartet, and Mitchell plays flute in the lead – but the session also features Fay Victor on vocals, who has this magnificently dynamic style – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Zoot Allure
Papa (UK), 2018.
Pure genius from Nathan Haines – the saxophonist who really helped bring some depth to the London broken beat scene at the start of the century – still a tremendously visionary musician after all these years! Haines has really opened up his sound in the past decade or so – ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Monk – Live At Bimhuis
Sunnyside, 2018.
A mighty cool take on the music of Thelonious Monk – one that's overflowing with all these great tones and colors that we've never heard in Monk's songs before – all of which come from the creative talents of arranger/conductor Miho Hazama! Miho's working here with the Metropole Orkest ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Le Pacha (with bonus tracks)
We Want Sounds (UK), 1967. (reissue)
Stunning sounds from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier – and maybe the most perfect example of why Gainsbourg soundtracks can be so great! Le Pacha is a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus bits of electric sitar and bassy funk – ... CD (French CD)
Rise
Ropeadope, 2018.
CD...$8.99 14.99
A fantastic mix of deep soul and funky jazz – but served up with a vibe that's completely contemporary, and which definitely gives these guys a sound that's all their own, right from the start! Iona Vintu is the singer, and she's got this tremendous voice – richly expressive, but never ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Iron Mountain Analog Research/Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s. Gatefold
A fantastic little set that looks at themes of hard work and labor in postwar country music – territory that certainly opened up with the success of the Merle Travis tune "Sixteen Tons" – and which took very different forms in country music than the same topic in folk and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Mr Jones
Blue Note (Japan), 1969/1972.
A overlooked gem in Elvin Jones' Blue Note career – and an album that's virtually the blueprint for the Stone Alliance sound forged later in the decade by bassist Gene Perla and reedman Steve Grossman! Both players are working to full effect on this smoking little set – mixing some of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Message (colored vinyl pressing)
Analog Africa (Germany), Early 80s.
A huge leap forward for Gyedu-Blay Ambolley – a set that takes all the tightness of his 70s funk work, but also serves things up with a richer soul vibe overall – great production, sharp arrangements, and excellent use of horns and keyboards too! The whole thing's like a condensation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
ICOCI
Aerophonic, 2018.
A familiar improvising duo work here with a nicely different element – the guitar and electric bass of Jasper Stadhouders, which seems to unlock some fresh energy between the drums of Frank Rosaly and the alto and tenor of Dave Rempis! At some points, Stadhouders is quite abstract with his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
Pivotal work from Duke Pearson – a brilliant set that perfectly sums up all the criss-crossing of styles he was working on in the late 60s – and comes up with a wonderful blend of electric jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and just a touch of 70s soul! Pearson plays some sweet Fender Rhodes on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Front Room Methodology
Etc, 2018.
Unpretentiously excellent beatcraft from Chicago's Fess Grandiose – it's NOT all in the name, Fess delivers an instrumentals LP that's great in ways that are understated and easygoing rather than lofty or bombastic – and mesmerizing all the way. Fess is a veteran of the Chicago live ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Live At Montreux
Blue Note (Japan), 1973.
Mindblowing music from Bobbi Humphrey – a set cut during her legendary early 70s run for Blue Note – but a live session with a very different vibe than her studio work! The tracks are all long and very spontaneous – not nearly as tied to larger arrangements as some of Bobbi's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1981.
One of the first true moments of genius from producer Hal Willner – the man who helped open up so many ears to diverse music with projects like these! The album's a tribute to the music of Nino Rota, as used in the films of Federico Fellini – but rather than just be a slavish remake, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Saudade
Blue Note (Japan), 1974.
One of the rare Blue Note gems from Brazilian arranger/composer Moacir Santos – an album of incredible warmth and charm, with a sound that's hardly been duplicated again! Santos is usually best known for his early bossa arrangements in the 60s, but here he's working in the US – hitting ... CD (Brazil CD)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1973. (reissue)
A dark little soundtrack that we'd pitch right up there with The Wicker Man or Rosemary's Baby – and one with a sound that's somewhere in between those two classics! The work was penned for an obscure early 70s film in the Czech new wave – and features music that's sometimes a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Numero, 1960s.
A great little look not just at a small indie label of the 60s – but also that decade's larger underground music scene – served up here on a set of recordings done for the tiny Cleopatra label in New Jersey! There's definitely lots of those "wanna be hitmaker" cuts that can ... CD (Rock CD)
Transformation
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018.
Gene Segal's got a great musical partner here – saxophonist Adam Niewood, whose sharper tones make for a nice balance to Gene's rounder, more chromatic notes on the guitar! Niewood blows both tenor and soprano, and his contrast with Segal is wonderful – with maybe Gene providing more ... CD (Jazz CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. (reissue)
One of the most spiritual recordings put out by the Strata East label – and the album that put tenor giant Billy Harper on the map! Harper leads a hip group here – one that features George Cables on piano, Reggie Workmanon bass, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Julian Preister on trombone ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends (with bonus tracks)
A&M/Tapete (Germany), 1967.
One of our favorite records of all time – a landmark piece of 60s pop that we'd easily rank with the best work by Brian Wilson, Millennium, Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, or any of those other California sunny-eyed hipsters! The style is sweet A&M Records vocal pop – with an emphasis ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Thrill Jockey, 2010. (reissue)
Passionate, artful warmth and beauty from the late finger-style guitar great Jack Rose, who left us at far too early an age – a wonderful record that should have been only his first for the Thrill Jockey label! Rose works with and transcends prewar folk & blues traditions from Appalachia ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Kaya (2CD – 40th Anniversary Edition)
Island/Tuff Gong, 1977. 2CD
Sweet grooves from the great Bob Marley – a set cut at a time when Marley was really riding his international fame – and able to create the kind of music that reached out way more than conventional reggae! The Kingston roots of the sound are still very firmly in place – but there' ... CD (Reggae CD)
Matt The Cat (with bonus tracks)
Out-Sider (Spain), 1978. (reissue)
A bit bolder than Matthew Cassell's first album – but still with all the best elements nicely in place! This self-released EP expands Cassell's sound a bit with the addition of backing vocals, tenor, trumpet, and cello – but the core sound still comes mostly from Matt's great vocals, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A pair of early compilations on Trojan Records – both of which focus on the legendary Treasure Isle productions of Duke Reid! Soul Of Jamaica is a set that definitely lives up to its name – as producer Duke Reid was right at the height of his talents – taking all the previous ... CD (Reggae CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1968. (reissue)
The third volume in Strata East's Dolphy Series, and a hard to find recording by the great baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne! Although Payne had his roots in earlier bop material, by the time of this recording, he'd emerged as an outspoken modernist – although few labels would give him the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
CBS/Tiger Bay (UK), 1964. Gatefold (reissue)
Brilliant modern jazz from German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recording here in 1964, but sounding years ahead of his time, with an amazing a blend of jazz and Asian styles! The album's one of Mangelsdorff's best ever – a set of rhythmic tunes that seem clearly informed by the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Viva Disco
Afrodisia/Mr Bongo (UK), 1980.
Long live disco, but not the sort that was big on the American scene of the 70s – as Tunde Mabadu serves up a nicely lean version of the music here – filled with Nigerian funk elements, and plenty of his own great work on tenor and alto sax! The tunes are jumpy, jaunty, and plenty darn ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Free Mammals
Visible/Feeding Tube, 1979. (reissue)
Pure sonic madness – a set of mostly-duets between Owen Maercks on guitars and Charles K Noyes on percussion and home-made saxophone – very much in the best wave of unbridled expression that flowed from the American scene in the late 70s! The style here is post-avant, post-loft jazz, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
GAD (Poland), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A killer look at the ultra-obscure world of Polish sound library recordings in the 60s and 70s – music that's even rarer than the small pressing albums from Western Europe at the time, and equally groovy as well! The track selection here is superb – handled by the Soul Service team who ... CD (Sound Library CD)
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), Early 70s.
Two unreleased soundtracks from electronic genius Bernard Parmegiani – both surprisingly tuneful, although also equally abstract! The songs for Les Soleils De L'Ile De Paques are mostly in a cyclical mode – like more condensed versions of some of the long-spun keyboard experiments by ... CD (Sound Library CD)
5 Ran Do Cepice (with bonus tracks)
Supraphon/GAD (Poland), 1972.
Some of the most adventurous work we've ever heard from Czech reedman Jiri Stivin – a batch of tracks that has him working with a hip array of players from the European scene – all in modes that are as free-thinking and open as some of the best Polish jazz from the time! Stivin shows ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soundscapes
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018.
Guitarist Pierre Dorge has been giving us amazing music for many years – but he sounds especially amazing here in the company of a really great group – the excellent Kirk Knuffke on cornet, plus Stephen Riley on tenor, Conrad Herwig on trombone, Jay Anderson on bass, and Adam Nussbaum ... CD (Jazz CD)
In Sound/Soft Samba
Verve/Ace (UK), 1965.
A pair of fantastic albums from vibes master and genius arranger Gary McFarland – back to back on a single CD! First up is The In Sound – one of the grooviest albums of the 60s – a sublime blend of jazz, bossa, and easy – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! ... CD (Jazz CD)
Chapter One/RPM (UK), Late 60s.
Really compelling solo work from Roger James – a UK music industry figure who spent countless hours on session work in the 60s, then was able to cut this sole record as a leader for the Chapter One label at the start of the 70s! Roger's got an unusual approach here – a mode that's ... CD (Rock CD)
Qualquer Coisa
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1975.
A really overlooked album from Caetano Veloso – one that's quite different than the more experimental modes of records like his Tropicalia sets, or his Araca Azul record – but with a unique charm that makes it every bit as special as those! The set's quite stripped-down and personal ... CD (Brazil CD)
Moto Grosso Feio
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
A perfect illustration of the rich new directions Wayne Shorter was taking at the start of the 70s – an amazing flurry of sounds and styles that's light years ahead of where he began in the 60s! Shorter's one of those players who was already great at the start – an amazing tenorist, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Pacific Paradise
Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), 1940s/1950s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic tribute to the enigmatic Paul Page – an exotic music genius from the west coast scene of the postwar years – but one who never reached the fame of bigger names like Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, or Webley Edwards! Page spent his later years in Hawaii, and right from the start ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound LP)
Nick The Chopper
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976.
Baris Manco was one of the leading lights of the Turkish music scene in the 70s, but that didn't stop him from setting his sights on points farther west – as you'll hear on this funky gem from the mid 70s, complete with English language lyrics for the sorts of tunes that could have burst out ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Glaciers
Foreign Exchange, 2018.
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from a ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Eyes In The Dirt
Weird Cry, 2018.
CD...$8.99 10.00
Really haunting duets from these two California reedman – both playing woodwinds in a variety of formats, but with an especially strong emphasis on saxophones! The tunes have this open, airy quality that's different than most free improvisations – more meditative and spiritual, with an ... CD (Jazz CD)
We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1970.
The film is a legendary directorial effort from Jean-Pierre Melville – but the music is equally great, too – handled by the excellent Eric Demarsan, and performed by a wonderful lineup of French jazz musicians! Tracks are relatively short, but have a great sense of feeling – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Columbia/Real Gone, 1971. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The landmark album from Hampton Grease Band – a group who were every bit as weird and wonderful as contemporaries like Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa – and who work here with a similar sense of wit and freeplay in their instrumentation! Given that the group originally had some blues ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Impulse, 1963. 2CD
A rare gem that's worth all the attention it's bound to get over the years – never-issued material from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – an instrumental session recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio on the day before his famous record with singer Johnny Hartman – completely ... CD (Jazz CD)
Le Saut De L'Ange/RAS
Transversales Disques (France), 1971/1973.
A beautiful score from the legendary Francois De Roubaix – a soundtrack that has a bit less electronics than some of his famous records, but a sound that's completely amazing all the way through! Francois has this incredible ear for sonic textures – so that he can pull out unusual ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 70s.
There may be lots of tambourine at this party, but there's plenty more as well – including some monstrous basslines that instantly make the record a treasure for fans of any funk styles from the 70s! In fact, despite the Nigerian origin of the set, it's probably just as reasonable for you to ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Playwright (Japan), Late 2000s/2010s. 2CD Gatefold
A huge collection of work from this Japanese bossa combo – one who've quietly been giving the world some great music for more than a decade, even if only a select few have fully been able to appreciate their grooves! The music is almost like the west coast take on bossa nova that emerged in ... CD (Brazil CD)
Only Old
Far Out (UK), 2018.
The cover image is a cutup of global scenes and cities – and that's a great way to represent the music of Ben Hauke – as the London producer works very much in the best cultural criss-crossing mode that we've come to love from the Far Out label! The style here is more in the mode of ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Runaway Slave
Payday/Island, 1992. (reissue)
A legendary record from Show & AG – and one of the best of the early 90s from the DITC camp! Runaway Slave came about during the end of an era when major labels still seemed to be hungry to popularize underground hip hop without watering it down – with London/Polygram stepping in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Soundway (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s.
A captivating slice of work from Brazil – not the samba, bossa, or even Tropicalia sounds you might be used to – but instead a selection of tracks that owe plenty to the changes in soul, rock, and pop that took place in the Anglo world during the 80s! Much of this music has a fair bit ... CD (Brazil CD)
Cantos
Big Crown, 2018.
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Weird Love
Big Time/Numero, 1986. (reissue)
Aussie punk trailblazers The Scientists near the end of their run in the mid 80s and ready to go out in a fuzz-drenched blaze of glory! The Scientists always sounded like something out of only their own little subsect of the space time continuum, but this really doesn't sound like something out of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
953 West
Wooden Nickel/Wounded Bird, 1975.
The album's title is a reference to an address on the north side of Chicago – 953 West Belmont Ave – somewhat gritty at the time the album was recorded, now not too far from a giant Target discount store! Yet the address, the cover, and the overall presentation are a great example of ... CD (Rock CD)
Polygram (Brazil), 1971.
An incredible live album from Gal Costa – one that's easily as great as any of her studio albums from the time! But unlike the studio albums, the style here is quite spare and intimate – a very personal presentation of Gal's music, recorded in a way that has her starting out nearly ... CD (Brazil CD)
History Of Nothing
Trost (Austria), 2018.
Breathily-blown brilliance from tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado – working here in a very well-matched frontline that features the mighty Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and soprano sax – both instruments he uses with a deftness that takes us back to is early albums on Hat Hut! Both ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Washington Classics, 2018.
Neo-classic jazzy hip hop from Funky DL – putting a contemporary spin on a style of hip hop that recalls classics like Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders one hand – rich with jazz breaks and inspiration – but more intimate, straight-forward and skillful rhyme craft on the ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
GAM/Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 70s. (reissue)
Sweet summer nights from Abdou El Omari – a fantastic album of keyboard tracks recorded in Casablanca – and done with an enigmatic sound that's completely amazing! The music is both electric and timeless – 70s-styled, but ancient – and in some ways, the mix of exotic and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Children Of The Sun
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2018.
An interesting change from this offbeat spiritual ensemble – a set that's still every bit as cosmic before, but in a way that's maybe more psych-oriented and fuzzy at times – then mixed with some deeper funk elements at other points! Thematically, many of the lyrics could work in their ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Bronson Recordings, 2018.
A special set put together to celebrate the BC studios in Brooklyn – the 35-year home of producer Martin Bisi – with work from members of groups that he helped record over the years – including artists from Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus/JG Thirlwell, Pop1280, Live Skull, White Hills, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Jazz & People (France), 2018.
Thiefs are a jazz combo at the core – outfitted with saxes, acoustic bass, and drums – but all three members also use a fair bit of electronics, and do so in a way that opens the door to a range of different voices that help shape the sound of the record! The mode is a bit like some of ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), Mid 70s.
Funky genius from Poland's Jerzy Milian – a vibes player we normally know in much smaller settings, but who sounds great here in an MPS-styled big band album from the 70s! The tracks are relatively short and punchy – all with some great rhythms and a fair bit of drum breaks too – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blueprint (with bonus tracks)
Nature Sounds, 2018. 2LP
Prolific, reliable independent hip hop mainstay Blu joins forces with Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra and go-to producer of adventurous figures from all over the underground and mainstream hip hop soul scenes – and both are in inspired form here! There's a deep, murky sound that serves it well – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
African Dances
Phonodisk/Mr Bongo (UK), 1979.
A monster of an Afro Funk album – one with a hard-jamming quality that reminds us of some of the best Fela classics of the 70s! All of side one features the massive "Cunny Jam Wayo" – a cut that has layers of percussion that build up beautifully, with lots of space for strong ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Electronic Music
Philips/Fantome Phonographique (Italy), Mid 60s. (reissue)
Groundbreaking analogue electronics from the Dutch team of Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan – two musicians who can be as playful as the tem of Perry & Kingsley, but also hit some of the darker modes of the academic circuit as well! The title is very well-put – as the record has a vibe ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Let Your Light Shine On
MPS (Germany), 2018.
Nicola Conte is completely at the top of his game here – showing us yet another level of his mighty jazz-based talents – some deeper spiritual currents than ever before, mixed with a good dose of global influences too! The record has Conte working with a hip Spiritual Galaxy ensemble, ... CD (New Grooves CD)
First Word (UK), 2018.
Kaidi Tatham hasn't given us many albums under his own name over the years – but each one is a great cause for celebration – as his musical vision is so fresh and bold, we're even more in love with Tatham in a full length setting, compared to his many 12" singles! The scope of ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Ahadu (180 gram pressing)
Buda (France), 1988.
A later gem from the Ethiopian music scene – but one that has the same great qualities as albums issued during the golden years of the 70s! This rare set was originally issued only on cassette, so maybe has had less global circulation than earlier sounds from Ethiopia – and it features ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Hutson II
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. (reissue)
One of our favorite soul albums ever – a complete masterpiece from the mighty Leroy Hutson, easily one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s! The album's got a warmth that's amazing, yet also still manages to groove all the way through – hitting a subtle, almost mellow vibe that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Young Turks, 2018. 3CD
Truly tremendous work from saxophonist Kamasi Washington – a set that may well even blow away his groundbreaking Epic album – given the scope of soul and spirit in the music! As with the previous project, this one's double-length, but maybe feels even more fitted to the mode – as ... CD (Jazz CD)
Gal (1969)
Philips/Mercury (Brazil), 1969.
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from ... CD (Brazil CD)

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