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Disques Bam/Cacophonic (France), Mid 50s. (pic cover)
Incredible sounds from the postwar avant scene in France – a small record, but one that's had huge impact over the years! This 3 track EP features compositions based around the "structures sonores" of Jacques Lasry and Bernard Baschet – both of whom create and play these ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Early 60s.
Rare soul from the Baltimore scene – a host of under-heard and unreleased tracks from a top-shelf indie label! A handful of Ru-Jac titles hit big back in the 60s, but the label worked mostly in obscurity – caught between the bigger soul music cities of Philly and Washington, and ... (Soul CD)
Blue Note, 2018.
An incredible live set by Dr. Lonnie Smith – recorded during his 75th birthday celebration at NYC's Jazz Standard! It's mostly in a trio setting with Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and Johnathan Blake on drums, working through raucous and intimate moments with equal skill. We saw Lonnie play ... (Jazz CD)
Sussex/Modern Harmonic, 1972. (reissue)
A heck of a great little guitar funk album – a rare early 70s session from the groovy Eddy Senay – an artist that we'd rank right up there with bigger names like Phil Upchurch, David T Walker, Dennis Coffey, or Eddie Fisher at the same time! Fisher's maybe the best comparison here ... (Soul CD)
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. 2CD
Righteous sounds from Ras Michael and The Sons Of Negus – easily one of the most powerful groups of the rastafari years in reggae! The album's got a very deep feel right from the start – not just because the lyrics and vocals are very powerful, but also because the group features a ... (Reggae CD)
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Freaky French vampire music – a heady assortment of grooves from the b-movie genius of director Jean Rollin! The tracks here are filled with tripped-out touches that are mighty nice – almost a Vampyros Lesbos aesthetic, but a bit darker, too – not always as all-out groovy, and ... (Soundtracks LP)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. 3CD
The first collection we've ever seen to truly get at all the genius of the Ohio Players – not just their big hits of the mid 70s, but also their trippy early work, and a range of later projects too! The package features 44 tracks on 3CDs – and draws from every label the group worked ... (Soul CD)
Atlantic (France), 1970s/Early 80s. 5CD
A totally great collection of work from French guitarist Philip Catherine – a very unusual player on the European jazz scene of the 70s, and one with a style that's quite different than most of his American contemporaries! Catherine works in electric modes often, but usually with kind of an ... (Jazz CD)
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Mid 60s.
A sweet second chapter of Baltimore's rare Ru-Jac label – a mighty hip imprint that cut some killer soul singles back in the 60s! There's lots of great groovers here – romping tunes that have a hard-edged approach to danceable soul – the kind of groovy, unusual singles that you ... (Soul CD)
Joyce, Sivuca, Tutty Moreno, Celia Vaz, & Others
Soul Jazz (UK), 1994. Gatefold
A really groundbreaking album of Brazilian sounds – a set recorded in the mid 90s by a London label – but one with a vibe that stretches back to the most important classics of the Brazilian scene in the 60s and 70s! In a way, the whole record's a bit out of time – nothing at all ... (Brazil CD)
22A (UK), 2017.
Fantastic sounds from Ruby Rushton – a London combo who are brimming over with soul and imagination! There's been a new wave of spiritual jazz coming from England in recent years – but these guys have a special spirit that's all their own – an ability to start out searching, then ... (Jazz CD)
GAD (Poland), Mid 70s.
Some of the grooviest work we've ever heard from Jerzy Milian – a legendary Polish jazz artist who normally plays vibes in the lead – but who works here as the head of a larger ensemble that also includes a mix of horns and singers! The approach is very cool – large charts that ... (Jazz CD)
Jazzman (UK), 1973.
An incredibly righteous album from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – nothing like anything you'd expect with "Bagdad" in the name – even more obscure than some of the city's spiritual jazz treasures on the Tribe and Strata labels from the time – and done for a very ... (Jazz CD)
Al Dente (Denmark), 2018.
Alex Puddu's going right back to the beginning here – serving up some tight, sharp sounds that are very much in the 70s funk mode that first gave him inspiration! And this time around, he's got Lonnie Jordan from War on board – singing on three of the album's great tracks – which ... (New Grooves LP)
Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. (reissue)
A vintage set from the great Ebo Talyor – an artist who's been recording new music in recent years, but who sounds even better here on one of his classics! Ebo's got a fair bit of jazz mixed in with his sound – a layering of flute, trombone, tenor, guitar, and keyboard parts with a ... (Global Grooves LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest records ever recorded by pianist Stanley Cowell – a leading light on the legendary Strata East label! The album's one of Cowell's most searching, spiritual sets ever – and one of his few to feature a larger ensemble, working with all the righteous currents of the ... (Jazz LP)
Pye/RPM (UK), Late 60s.
The complete works of a very groovy Brit trio from the late 60s – a female group who did a great job of bridging the worlds of American girl soul and UK pop of the time! The trio have a sound that's as sweet as you might guess from their look – but as with other British female solo ... (Rock CD)
Plainfield Admirations, Late 60s/Early 70s/2018.
An unusual set that definitely showcases the evolution promised in the title – a CD that brings together a number of rare tracks from the New Jersey soul scene of the 70s, plus a few more contemporary tracks that follow a similar lineup! The vintage work here is by the Plainfield Admirations ... (Soul CD)
Hi Hat, 1981.
A great slice of Herbie Hancock from the early 80s – a broadcast performance recorded during the height of his electric years, but one that's a great reminder of his acoustic talents too! This set's no Rockit performance – and instead, it features an excellent group that includes a ... (Jazz LP)
Omnivore, 1973. 2LP Gatefold
Big Star firing on all cylinders as a trio soon after Chris Bell split, in a surprisingly great sounding live recording – raw and unvarnished in the best, most authentic kind of way – and doing a terrific job of bringing then underappreciated/now classic songs to what sounds like a ... (Rock LP)
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