Shipwrecked, 2023. 2CD
The magnificent voice of Chris Connelly serves up a sublime tribute to the work of Nico – a set that's not a reworking of just her key classics, but which also includes a huge amount of original new songs by Chris as well! Connelly put together the double length set after being inspired by ... (Rock CD)
Frans Elsen Septet with Piet Noordijk
Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands), Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
That's a Fender Rhodes on the cover, and there's lots of it on the record too – played by Frans Elsen with a wonderful sound, in a range of different settings – all heard here on rare tracks from the 70s that were never commercially issued at the time! Frans has a fantastic sound on ... (Jazz LP)
AFA/Sommor (Spain), 1970. (reissue)
Not pop music at all, and instead a very groovy sound library set that features plenty of jazz and lots of percussion – all topped with fantastic work on flute from the leader, Bernard Wystraete! The set was supposedly done to echo some of the proggier records of the time, but the ... (Sound Library LP)
Space Echo (Italy), 2023.
A really cool little record – one that takes an older Italian sound library mode and reworks it with some of the contemporary flavor of the Schema label – but all with live instrumentation that's mighty nice all the way through! Lorenzo Morressi handles bass, guitar, and plenty of ... (Sound Library CD)
Blue Note, 1964. (reissue)
One of the greatest modern moments on Blue Note – ever! From the cover, to the compositions, to the playing on the set – the whole album crackles with an unbelievable fire that was hardly ever matched again. A young Sam Rivers leads a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Ron ... (Jazz LP)
Soundway (UK), Mid 80s.
Sweet keyboard grooves from Nkono Teles – a Nigerian musician who first got his start in the band of Tony Allen, but who sounds very different here on his own! Nkono's image on the cover gives you plenty of insight to the sound of the record – as the cuts are heavy on keyboards played ... (Global Grooves LP)
VP, Late 60s.
A set that might well also be titled "the birth of reggae" – as it pulls together some of the harder-edged cuts that were really starting to get the music going on the UK scene at the end of the 60s – work that had a leaner, meaner vibe than rocksteady and ska – with a ... (Reggae CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/Early 60s.
Here's a party that we'd love to be invited to – a festive gathering of bongos and other percussion – served up in a mix of different cuts from a surprising array of sources! The music moves from Latin, to exotica, to jazzy modes – and while percussion is at the core of every cut ... (Now Sound LP)
Greensleeves (UK), 1983. (reissue)
There's no stopping the double-dee jay power of Clint Eastwood and General Saint – as they pair together here on a classic album that's every bit as great as their Two Bad DJ set! The mix of voices trading back and forth is wonderful, especially over the laidback rhythms of the set – ... (Reggae LP)
Thrill Jockey, 2023.
The sonic intensity of saxophonist Mats Gustafsson gets a perfect foil here in the electronics of Joachim Norwall – a musician who really helps Gustafsson to reach some of the most powerful sounds we've heard from his horns in years! Mats can have a way of blowing his instruments as if they'r ... (Jazz CD)
Yupiteru/BBE (UK), 1979.
Late 70s genius from the Japanese jazz scene – a record that features warm piano work from the leader Masao Nakajima – a player who can burn one minute with great intensity, then deliver a laidback lyrical line the next! It's that balance that makes the album really wonderful – a ... (Jazz CD)
Easy Action, 1972.
A legendary live performance from these three key members of the Velvet Underground – reunited on stage for a televised concert in Paris in 1972, and sounding really amazing together! Although Lou's star was the highest at the time, and Cale was releasing some incredible solo material, the ... (Rock CD)
Blue Mountain/333 (UK), 1985. (reissue)
A sweetly soulful set from Robert Ffrench – a completely self-produced set, which seems to give the whole thing a very down to earth vibe – especially given its release in the middle of the digital dancehall generation! There's certainly elements in the music that link it to that ... (Reggae LP)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 4CD
A huge amount of 12" singles, stuffed into one mighty nice 4CD set – maybe not the greatest of all time, but still pretty darn wonderful overall! The set does an especially great job of looking at a late 70s moment when some of the hipper soul artists were able to get the extra space of ... (Funky Compilations CD)
180g, Late 60s/Early 70s. Gatefold
Really wild work from this hip Japanese guitarist of the 60s – music that still echoes some of the American instrumental guitar styles of the decade, but which often opens up with all these weird and wonderful touches too! There are some moments that seem to evoke older Japanese melodies, ... (Japanese LP)
Plut, Mid 70s.
A mighty deep dig into the overlooked soul scene in Virginia – put together by the same folks who gave us the fantastic Raw Soul/Ol Virginia Soul compilations a number of years back! The set focuses on the special studio productions of Lenis Guess – head of LGA Records, and a strong ... (Soul LP)
Duke University Press, 2023.
The music scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is one that's had an undeniable impact on cultural activity in recent decades – yet it's also one of those scenes that initially happened without most folks taking place – that is, it was a real artist and musician's scene, and not the kind ... (Book)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2022.
Great work from a contemporary hardbop genius – Finnish drummer Aleksi Heinola, a musician who's got the same sense of leadership as the great Art Blakey! Not that Heinola's any sort of Blakey imitation – just that he's got a way of picking all the best elements for a group, putting ... (Jazz CD)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2023.
You might know the music of keyboardist Tonu Naisso from his work in jazz, but here the approach is slightly different – still jazz-based, but with the more compact approach of vintage sound library work – as Tonu serves up a dozen great instrumentals, all with a range of excellent ... (Jazz LP)
My Only Desire (UK), 1969. 2LP Gatefold
Never-issued live work from British jazz legend Graham Collier – a performance that follows hot on the heels of his classic Down Another Road album, and which continues with a very similar vibe! That album is a modal masterpiece that stands as one of the key moments in British jazz at the ... (Jazz LP)
CAM/Sugar (Italy), 1976.
A later soundtrack in the legendary pairing of composer Nino Rota and director Federico Fellini – and a set that almost seems to have Rota picking up a few tips from his 70s contemporaries on the Italian scene! The music here is often more spare than before, and sometimes uses a key ... (Soundtracks CD)
Record Kicks (Italy), 2007. (reissue)
A killer full length debut from Baby Charles – one of the most soulful deep funk combos we've heard in a long time! The group have been bubbling under for a few years with a handful of singles, but this set really shows the full range of their powers – and comes off like some lost ... (Deep Funk LP)
Deram (UK), 1971. (reissue)
A beautiful lost slice of British jazz, recorded during the crucial period before some of the scene's players went too far off the deep end! John Surman partners here with composer/leader John Warren, for a large group recording that sounds similar to some of the best early Mike Westbrook ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 2023.
The layers here come from the wonderful interplay between the guitar of Julian Lage and his trio members Jorge Roeder on bass and Dave King on drums – both musicians who lay back nicely, and find a way to resonate with those trademark chromatic notes that Lage seems to spin out effortlessly! ... (Jazz CD)
Candid, 1960. (reissue)
Cecil Taylor's first LP for the Candid label – and a landmark album that really lets him open up for the first time in years at a recording session! The album was cut at Nola's Penthouse in 1960, and the core group is Cecil's trio with Buell Neidlinger on bass and Dennis Charles on drums ... (Jazz LP)
Ace (UK), Early 80s. 2CD
A mighty nice collision of sounds – and one that really gets at the special spirit of music on the left side of the scene at the start of the 80s! Sure, punk broke things open in the late 70s – but a few years later, that initial shock gave way to a much more fluid, experimental sort ... (Rock CD)
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s.
A really wonderful entry in this excellent series – one that initially helped identify a really special strand in postwar music – then continue to provide rare and unique examples with new volumes like this! The music isn't really mambo or Latin at all – but the rhythms here are ... (Funky Compilations CD)
Drive/Dynamite Cuts (UK), (pic cover, reissue)
A break-heavy single that brings together two of the funkiest tracks from Miami! "I Can See Through You" has a snapping funky groove that's wonderful – sharp and hard, in the best TK Records funky 45 mode! "Chicken Little" is a funky sample cut from way back in the day ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1961. (reissue)
Remarkable Carmell Jones, indeed – and one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by this up-and-coming force on the LA scene at the start of the 60s! Jones was a player who really showcased something new on the west at the time – a move away from cool jazz, and the start of a deeper, ... (Jazz LP)
Fania/Craft, Early 70s. Gatefold (reissue)
Killer early work by the Fania All Stars – caught live at the legendary Cheetah club, which was the heart of the New York salsa scene at the start of the 70s! The album is easily one of the best by the group – and features long tracks that really capture the jamming intensity that ... (Latin LP)
Buda/L'Arome (France), 1972.
A special vinyl release of one of the most striking volumes of the legendary Ethiopiques series – a set that focuses on the mad saxophone work of Getachew Makurya! The recordings on this collection are all from 1972 – and they feature the deep-toned Mekurya blowing in a strange and ... (Global Grooves LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 60s. 2CD
Fantastic work from one of our favorite Dizzy Gillespie groups ever – an early 60s lineup that not only features a young Lalo Schifrin on piano, but also the great Leo Wright on alto sax and flute! Dizzy's maybe best known for his bebop material – and he recorded famously in that mode ... (Jazz CD)
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... (Jazz CD)
Pyraphon/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1969. (reissue)
A stunning set from the great Ray Perez – the Venezulan pianist and Latin bandleader who cut some killer records back in the day, but hardly ever got the global fame he deserved! As with some of Ray's other gems from the time, the music here is nicely offbeat – partly in that small ... (Latin LP)
Gallo/Strut (UK), 1971. (reissue)
The image on the cover really gets at the feel of the set – as the instrumentation here features simply percussion, electric guitar, and flute – all used in really inventive, highly rhythmic ways! There's a lilting groove to the set that recalls earlier rhythms from the South African ... (Global Grooves LP)
Posi tone, 2023.
Pianist David Ake works here at a level that maybe lives up to the slightly rural image on the cover – still jazz, but with a quality that's almost pastoral at times – as he allows the tunes to open up and build slowly, almost as sonic landscapes – but with a sense of warmth and ... (Jazz CD)
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s. 2 CDs
A beautiful collection of work from the legendary Phyllis Hyman – a set that not only includes her groundbreaking records as a solo act, but also a big range of her famous collaborations with jazz artists who include Norman Connors, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner, and Grover Washington! Hyman ... (Soul CD)
Tapecar/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. (reissue)
A bit trippy, a bit groovy – and a very compelling little set from the Brazilian duo of Rubinho & Mauro Assumpcao! At one level, the record's got an earthy feel that matches the cover image of the pair climbing out of a tree without their shirts on – but at another level, there's ... (Brazil LP)
Buda/L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1975. (reissue)
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard in your life – an assortment of mid 70s tunes from Mahmoud Ahmed, the second grooviest Ethiopian artist, next to Mulatu! Ahmed's sound is a lot more out there than Mulatu's – less funky and jazz-based, and more in the mode of snakey ... (Global Grooves LP)
Wand/Octave (Japan), 1964.
Beautiful material by one of our favorite soul vocalists of all-time – a hell of a singer in the 60s, but one who's never gotten her full due as the years went on – able to be heartbreaking and strong at the same time, with a quality that's still amazing all these many years later! ... (Soul CD)
Zion High (UK), 2022.
A contemporary set, but one that's got a classic roots reggae vibe that goes right back to the 70s – right down to the classic style of featuring a dub version of a cut right after the vocals! Earl Sixteen has roots that go way back, and given the strength of his performance here, he can ... (Reggae LP)
Far Out (Brazil), 2023.
A tremendous debut from Tunico – a record that seems certain to begin an amazing legacy in Brazilian music – at a level that has this young musician easily rivaling some of our favorites from the past! The set's got this way of mixing earthy roots with very modern arrangements – ... (Brazil CD)
GNP, 1966. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A groundbreaking debut from The Seeds – one of those albums that seemed to come out of nowhere back in the 60s, then went onto have an undeniable influence on music for decades to come! The music is gritty and garagey right from the start – but also has a sinister focus that really ... (Rock LP)
Sonic Image, 2022. 2LP Gatefold
A set with maybe the most striking cover image that Monday Michiru's given us in years – and a record that really delivers on that promise, too – filled with really captivating tunes that represent a new high level in Monday's already-high career! There's a depth and maturity to the ... (Neo Soul LP)
Reed player Zoh Amba is in some fantastic company here – every bit as great as you'd guess in a trio setting with William Parker on bass and Francisco Mela on drums! Yet even amidst these giants, Amba more than holds her own – especially on tenor, which she blows in this raw, raspy ... (Jazz CD)
P-Vine (Japan), 2011.
A nicely expanded version of the great Ghibli Jazz concept – delivered here in a live setting that's maybe got even more brilliance than the studio albums! There's a dynamic sense of presentation right from the start, partly the sense of the concert space in the mix, partly the energy from ... (Japanese LP)
Rogue Art (France), 2023. 2LP Gatefold
A record that definitely lives up to the sixth decade legacy noted in the title – as it takes work of the remaining members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and expands it with contributions from a number of musicians – both from Chicago and the global scene as well! The feel here is a ... (Jazz LP)
Island/Esoteric (UK), Mid 70s. 4CD
Four important albums from Jade Warrior – all brought together here in a single set! Floating World is the first album in Jade Warrior's mid-70s run for Island Records – and a set that marks a key shift for the group – a moment when they leaned even more heavily into their ... (Rock CD)
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1982. (reissue)
Tomoko Aran sound a fair bit jazzier here at points than some of her other 80s work on the Japanese scene – but she also follows up those moments with more than enough of the catchy rockish tunes that made her such a big star at the time! Arrangements on the record are by Masamori Sasaji, ... (Japanese LP)
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Funky nuggets from one of the greatest reggae labels of all time – a really wonderful collection that gets at some of the more hard-hitting material from Kingston powerhouse Studio One Records! Given the way that Studio One helped bridge the worlds of soul during the years of Jamaican ska ... (Reggae CD)
Smoke Sessions, 2023.
Over the course of his many years in music, bassist Buster Williams has only cut a relatively small amount of records as a leader – yet that fact definitely seems to make each one a real delight! That's certainly the case here – as Williams works with a very cool group who really open ... (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s. 3LPs
A deep look at the electronic music underground in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – not the academic theoreticians who were slaving away in university laboratories, but the more independent, freewheeling talents who were using the initial analogue moment to open up their own boundaries in time and ... (Out Sound LP)
Symphonical (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
There's not much of a cover on the front, but the set's overflowing with warmth and depth you might not expect – a treasure trove of sweet soul rarities from the glory days of the genre! All the cuts here are mellow, laidback, and full of fantastic harmonies – the kind of kicked-back ... (Soul LP)
Shanu Olu/Luaka Bop, 1980. (reissue)
The music of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah just seems to get better as each new record moves on – stepping forth with a sense of cohesion and musical vision that's really wonderful! This excellent set features four long tracks that each have similar building blocks of percussion, guitar, organ, and ... (Global Grooves LP)
Herald/P-Vine (Japan), 1954. (reissue)
Lightnin Hopkins at his best – a set that rings out with all his bold electric tones on the guitar, yet which also has the moody, stripped-down feel of a blues recording from a few decades before! The electricity really does a lot to deepen the tone – both in the echo from Hopkins' ... (Blues LP)
A well-circulated solo set from Junie Morrison – by now working very far from the P-Funk empire, and with a groove that fits in nicely with the sound of 80s soul! The album's heavy on basslines, beats, and keyboards – very much an 80s funk evolution from Junie's 70s roots – with ... (Soul CD)
7T's (UK), Early 70s. 4CD
A cool little package that goes way beyond the obvious glam rock numbers you might know from the 70s – and which instead shows just how much that musical moment penetrated the UK scene in the early part of the decade – served up here on a huge variety of tracks that we might not have ... (Rock CD)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2018.
Saxophonist Gisle Roen Johansen's been working on the Norwegian scene since the mid 90s, but this is his first set as a leader – a really well-crafted, large-format record that shows that he was clearly brewing up plenty of new ideas before stepping into the studio at the head of his own ... (Jazz LP)
Motown (Japan), 1971. Gatefold
A record that gave Rare Earth one of their biggest hits ever – their hard-burning "I Just Want To Celebrate" – a killer classic that played big on both sides of the fence, and which definitely established the group as a soulful force that kept on going! At some level, the set ... (Rock CD)
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1977.
A great little set – way more than you might think from the cover! Ostensibly, this one's a cash-in album for the mid 70s Star Wars soundtrack craze – but since it's handled by trumpet genius Don Ellis, it's got a surprisingly funky feel – with many tracks that recall his own ... (Jazz CD)
A really great setting for the guitar of Mary Halvorson – one that reminds us what a versatile player she's become over the years – an artist whose way of inflecting strings and reaching for new colors really continues to amaze us with each new album! There's a very rhythmic pulse to ... (Jazz CD)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2022.
The first-ever album of solo bass work from Kham Meslien – a player whose contributions have graced a number of different groups in recent years, but who maybe sounds even more powerful here on his own! There's a warmth to the music that makes the solo bass performance very different than ... (Jazz CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 2023.
A wonderful meeting between three classic French jazz musicians – the kind of set from their scene that we haven't heard done this well in years – and a record that really reminds us of the best moments of the French trio explosion that took place towards the end of the 90s! As with ... (Jazz CD)
A much more stripped-down album than some of the other recent efforts from tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis – but in a way that maybe shows his power and potential even more than before! Lewis is tremendous right from the start – blowing with a sense of soul and spirit that's ... (Jazz CD)
Musica Per Immagini (Italy), 1974.
A great little record, and one that presents maestro Piero Picconi in all his glory – a set that's got some of the spare groovy themes he did so well in the 60s, mixed with funkier moments that are at the level of the best of the crime/cop generation, plus a few dramatic moments thrown into ... (Soundtracks LP)
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2023.
The title's a great hint at the energy going on here – as reedman Nat Birchall soars out into infinite space on a set of spiritual explorations that are completely sublime! The record's got a very personal, soulful sort of vibe – maybe in part because Nat handles all the instruments ... (Jazz LP)
Gondwana (UK), 2023.
A beautiful debut from Estonian pianist Hanakiv – a set that draws equally strongly on her compositional sense of sound as it does from her actual performance – as Hanakiv plays piano here amidst all sorts of really beautiful shapes and tones! Alabaster DePlume is a guest on the record ... (Jazz CD)
Bearsville/HNE (UK), Early 70s. 6CD
The massive first chapter of Foghat – a group who broke big on the US scene of the early 70s, and forever set the tone for arena-filling rock that would dominate the mainstream of the decade! Foghat are actually hipper than you might expect – with roots in the UK blues rock scene of ... (Rock CD)
Far Out (UK), 1975.
Really wonderful early work from Grupo Um – an important Brazilian combo with ties to the more experimental side of scene, including previous experience with the legendary Hermeto Pascoal! The group's debut album was issued in 1979, titled Marcha Sobre A Cidade – but this earlier ... (Brazil LP)
Legere (UK), 2023.
Not just a live album from the great soul singer Myles Sanko, but one that showcases his talents with a full orchestral setting – as you might guess from the image on the cover! The setting unlocks this new sort of majesty in Myles' music – this soaring sensibility that's a real reward ... (Neo Soul CD)
Z Records (UK), 2023. 3LP
You might know Dave Lee under his other name of Joey Negro, which has long been associated with some of the best clubby cuts on both sides of the Atlantic – but whatever the case, whoever the name, the man himself has always given us nothing but top-shelf work – a tradition that's ... (New Grooves LP)
Wenha/P-Vine (Japan), 1981. (reissue)
A really fantastic soul record from the post-Motown underground in Detroit – and one that also has ties to the Tribe Records scene of the 70s! William Odell Hughes is a great soul singer, with an ability to stretch out on a long, sensual line – a quality that's a bit in the territory ... (Soul LP)
A fierce funky group from the contemporary French scene – and one who've got a pretty darn great approach to soul as well! The guitar here is maybe a bit more raw and upfront in the mix than on other records of this nature, almost creating a mod soul vibe at times – but one that's ... (Deep Funk LP)
Stokyo (Japan), 2011.
Very very cool! If you've never seen this baby before – either as the Soundwagon from the 70s, or as the Vinyl Killer from the 90s – here's the scoop: It's a cool little Hot Wheels-type van that actually drives around your record and plays music out of a self-contained speaker! It's ...
Wild Pitch/P-Vine (Japan), 1991. 2LP (reissue)
A record that no hip hop home should be without – the one and only album from Main Source, but a set that's more than strong enough to stand next to the best from contemporaries like De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest, and Black Sheep! Like all three of those groups, these guys have a way of ... (Hip Hop LP)
Warner/Lawson (Japan), 1986. (reissue)
There's a cinematic look to the cover of this set by singer Tomoko Aran – and there's almost a cinematic presentation to the music too – but all in the best sort of 80s style you might hope for at the time! The work was put together by arranger Hideo Saito and Toru Shigemi – and ... (Japanese LP)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2023.
Dave Scott has a wonderfully sensitive sound here – a quality that almost reflects the image on the front, which seems to have him listening to the trumpet he holds in his hands – a photo that really gets at the special sort of ear that Scott has for crafting these beautiful tones on ... (Jazz CD)
Del-Fi/Everland (Austria), Early 60s. 2CD
An incredibly evocative record – one of the strangest of its kind, and an audio treasure that we've loved for years! Eden Ahbez first came into public prominence as the man who wrote "Nature Boy" for Nat King Cole – a dark, moody tune that was as mysterious and earthy as the ... (Now Sound CD)
Uni/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s.
The only full length album ever cut by this amazing Chicago girl group! The Lovelites first broke onto the charts with their stunning track "How Can I Tell My Mom & Dad" – a sad slow tune about teen pregnancy, sung in a strange otherworldly style that's also quite soulful ... (Soul CD)
Gwyn/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. (reissue)
Quite possibly the funkiest record ever made by guitarist Joe Pass – a real surprise from an artist we mostly know for his mellower and straight ahead work! The style here is tight electric funk, almost in a Groove Merchant sort of way – and given Joe's heavy use of hollow-body guitar ... (Jazz LP)
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. 2LP
John Sinclair's got his name on the cover, but the real genius on the record comes from the artists within – a mix of talents from the Detroit underground of the 60s and 70s, and some important visitors too – all stepping out here in a set of live recordings that are issued for the ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Herald/P-Vine (Japan), 1954. (reissue)
A rare follow-up to the famous album that Lightnin Hopkins recorded for the Herald label in the mid 50s – all the other tracks he cut for the company at the time, brought together as a record for the first time ever! The sound is wonderfully raw – that wickedly spare style that always ... (Blues LP)
Sony/Lawson (Japan), 1980. (reissue)
A later date from saxophonist Jiro Inagaki and his Soul Media combo – and a set that has them reworking their older groove in really great way! The style here is more fusion than the big band funk of the group's earlier years – but the overall sound is still equally funky, and nice and ... (Jazz LP)
P-Vine (Japan), 2014.
All That Jazz expand their sound here, as you might guess from the winds and wood hinted in the title – using saxes and a bit of strings in a great way over their surprisingly dynamic grooves – almost at a level that seeks to link the club jazz modes of the Tokyo scene with some of the ... (Japanese LP)
Birthright/P-Vine (Japan), 1981. (reissue)
Stunning sounds from Michael Orr – a singer you might know from his secular work in the duo of Harris & Orr – and who still sounds incredible here in a more spiritual-styled set from the start of the 80s! As with Michael's earlier music, there's a cool, cosmic vibe going on in the ... (Soul LP)
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Few things go together as well as outer space and rock and roll – and while the world of postwar sci fi likely got the whole thing going, there was a special spike in the genre once the Soviets launched their Sputnik satellite in the late 50s! As you'll guess from the title, many of the cuts ... (Rock CD)
Ndeya, 1989. 2LP Gatefold
Breathtakingly organic sounds from Jon Hassell – performing here live, and at a level that's a nice evolution from his studio modes in the earlier part of the 80s – with all sorts of long-blown lines, and nicely complex elements in the sound! Hassell handles both his famous electrified ... (Rock LP)
Art Union/BBE (UK), 1986.
A set that's a bit later than some of the famous 70s work by Japanese bassist Isao Suzuki – yet a record that's maybe even powerful than most of those albums too! As before, Suzuki continues to use his instrument in really unconventional ways – not just in the way he phrases things, ... (Jazz CD)
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
A wonderful mix of soul jazz, funky rhythms, and even more experimental moments – a truly tremendous effort from LA drummer Roy Porter, and the first set issued under the name of his Sound Machine group! The groove here is really unconventional – filled with unusual timings, phrasings, ... (Jazz LP)
Innovative Leisure, 2023.
Nicely gritty work from London's Rarelyalways – an artist who's certainly got a touch of grime in his music, but one who also manages to come across with a more widely soulful style as well! Rhythms are nicely sharp around the edges, and have a bassy bottom that we really love – ... (Hip Hop CD)
Jazzorchestra Concertgebouw (Netherlands), 2023.
Exactly the kind of record that showcases the great Urs Liemgruber at his best – open-ended improvisations that feature the leader on soprano sax, getting all sorts of amazing sounds and textures out of his horn – at that level that's always made Urs such a key musician in the world of ... (Jazz CD)
Warner/Soulmusic.com (UK), Mid 70s. 6CD
An incredible run of music from Dionne Warwick – and a set of work that's very different than the Burt Bacharach material from the 60s, which his how most people know Dionne! These tracks are nicely different, and mark Warwick as a hell of a soul singer in the best 70s tradition – ... (Soul CD)
Rare slices of work from Mdou Moctar – material collected from tapes recorded between 2017 and 2020, often featuring the group in a range of different settings in their native Niger! The work throughout is filled with the sublime guitar of Mahamadou Souleymane – but the shift in ... (Global Grooves LP)
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), 1975. (reissue)
One of the funkiest records ever cut by studio jazz genius Janko Nilovic! This set definitely earns the "soul" in the title – as Janko blends his usual mad mix of studio sounds with some heavier 70s elements – including a fair bit of fuzzy guitar, funky beats, and some nice ... (Sound Library LP)
Edsel (UK), Early 80s. 5CD set
A great tribute to one of the most famous clubs on the UK scene of the mid 80s – a spot that was crucial to the shift from post-punk modes to new goth spirits – and which was a vital outlet for new strands of darker music that were stepping forth at the time! Later goth cliches might ... (Rock CD)
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1975. (reissue)
A crazy bit of funk from drummer Roy Porter – a player who first rose to fame during the LA bop years of the late 40s, but who sounds even hipper here in the 70s! The album's got a madly skittish approach to funk – one that's highly rhythmic, but often in unconventional ways – ... (Jazz LP)
East World/Lawson (Japan), 1983. (reissue)
Keyboardist Soichi Noriki is at the top of his game here – combining warmer fusion modes from a few years before with some of the city pop styles on the Japanese scene of the early 80s – an approach that's topped with vocals from Yurie Kokubu on a few of the album's key cuts! Most of ... (Jazz LP)
Atlantic/Rhino, 1968. (reissue)
One of Aretha Franklin's undisputed classics from her late 60s run on Atlantic Records – a seminal session that furthered her deep soul agenda with key backings from Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd – both of whom handle the mix of rawness and polish that made Aretha so great at the time! The ... (Soul LP)
Tuff Gong, 2023.
Vic Spencer works here alongside some fantastic production from August Fanon – richly layered and complex, and filled with all sorts of amazing sonic touches that really sound amazing! Fanon's approach is perfect for the dense rhymes from Vic – and both are repping that new ... (Hip Hop LP)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Italy), 1973.
Sweet 70s work from the great Stelvio Cipriani – a soundtrack genius who may well have given the world some of the sweetest music of the decade! Cipriani's got a balance of lightness and dark here that's wonderful – plenty of the sorts of keyboard lines that always give his records a ... (Soundtracks CD)
Luaka Bop, 2023.
A really fantastic record, and one that features new work from this legendary gospel group – working here with some original members, and some of the younger Brown family joining in on vocals – all recorded in this great intimate style that's almost more rootsy than their original work! ... (Gospel LP)
University Of Texas Press, 2016/2022.
A great book that looks not just at the music of Sun Ra, but also the theory behind it – the special take on reality, and interstellar philosophy that made Ra as important a thinker as he was a musician! The music is approached from a theoretical framework that's extremely illuminating ... (Book)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Italy), 1975.
Exactly the kind of slinky, sexy, warmly melodic work we love so much from the great Stelvio Cipriani – one of the few cats who can take a simple theme and spin it out in so many different ways – a good number of which involved all sorts of wonderful keyboard work, in the best tradition ... (Soundtracks CD)
Nadja (Japan), 1994.
Fantastic work from a really wonderful trio – a group with a sense of space and scope that's completely sublime! We've always loved the piano work of Masabumi Kikuchi, but here he really has this special energy next to the basswork of Gary Peacock – a player who somehow always feels a ... (Jazz LP)
Libreville (UK), 1982. (reissue)
A completely beautiful record from a very local source – a small high school jazz group in York, PA – but one who come across here with some of the deeper elements of the spiritual scene in Philly at the time! The group's led by flute player Leslie Burrs, who solos on the record – ... (Jazz LP)
Edsel (UK), 1980s/1990s/2000s. 17CD
British soul group Imagination cracked the charts over here in the early 80s – but the group kept on going for a much longer run overseas – with a number of great trio albums well into the 90s, and a continued legacy of solo work from singer Leee John! All that material is collected ... (Soul CD)
Invisible City Editions, 1993. (reissue)
An obscure soul set from the London scene of the 90s – and a record that's done with a nicely lean, homegrown style all the way through! Accura uses plenty of keyboards, samples, and beats to craft most of these tunes – almost in a mode that's more 80s indie soul overall, yet which ... (Soul LP)
Chuwanaga (France), 2022.
Fusion Affair are a group who definitely take their name seriously – as the album's got a mix of keyboards and other electric instrumentation that really lives up to the legacy of jazz fusion – yet also has a way of coming across here with a nicely contemporary vibe! The group's ... (Jazz LP)
University Of Texas Press, 2023.
A really well-done document of a pretty amazing time in the Chicago music scene – a huge early 90s burst of creative activity – one that gave the world a handful of famous groups, and a much bigger number of even better acts who really made the city great! Writer Bruce Adams issued ... (Book)
Du Books (Japan), 2023.
A Japanese book, but one with a very deep dive into urban soul from the 70s onward – mostly American and European records that together represent a whole new wave of cool, sophisticated R&B! This isn't the deep soul of the 60s – although many of the singers still have a wonderful ... (Book)
HBS/ABC/Elemental (Spain), 1975. Gatefold (reissue)
Slightly later than some of Isaac Hayes' biggest Stax albums – but a great little record that's filled with some excellent smooth soul material! The record shows Hayes really trying to push his style to new levels, and it's got a sophistication that you don't hear on earlier albums – a ... (Soul LP)
Morgan Blue Town (UK), 1969.
Incredibly fluid work from the Gordon Beck trio of the late 60s – and powerhouse ensemble that featured Tony Oxley on drums and Jeff Clyne on bass. The tunes are all originals by Beck, and played in a style that has lots of the free and introspective styles that were percolating in the ... (Jazz CD)
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1966.
A really wonderful addition to the too-small body of work left behind by the great Albert Ayler – a set that brings together some really obscure performances done during a visit to Europe in 1966! We're not sure these have ever appeared elsewhere – at least that we can find in digging ... (Jazz CD)
Now Again, Mid 70s. (reissue)
Rare singles and unreleased tracks from one of the funkiest artists on the 70s scene in Ethiopia – the amazing Ayalew Mesfin – a fantastic talent with a groove that's dying to be heard! Mesfin's music has maybe even more of James Brown groove than some of his funky contemporaries ... (Global Grooves LP)
Four Flies (Italy), 1983. (pic cover)
Two instrumental cuts from this enigmatic Italian artist – a sometime singer, but also a heck of a sweet talent in the studio! "Pelle Di Luna" is a catchy groove with an early 80s sound library feel – tight bassline building things up with percussion alongside, then setting ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
De-Lite/Elemental (Spain), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest Kool & The Gang albums ever – a monster live session that almost blows away their studio classics! The groove here is far more freewheeling and complex than some of their singles from the 70s – longer, tripped-out tunes with a definite undercurrent of jazz ... (Soul LP)
King/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1962. (reissue)
The music of Horace Silver is magically presented here by drummer Hideo Shiraki – grooving nicely in the same exotic approach to soul jazz you'd find on Silver's best Blue Note sides of the late 50s! Shiraki's always had a bit of a Jazz Messengers approach in his music – at least at ... (Jazz LP)
Out Here (Germany), 2023.
A great return to form for this legendary Somalian group – a combo who made some important records in the 80s, but were part of the huge diaspora on their scene as the troubles of the following decade forced a long pause in cultural activity! Here, the group are reborn with new youthful ... (Global Grooves CD)
Westbound/Ace (UK), 1971. Gatefold
Amazing stuff – and arguably the greatest early Funkadelic album ever! The set moves past the simple fuzzy style of the group's debut, and the overly-stoned sound of Free Your Mind – and rockets into a heady funk style that's filled with sly social commentary and an incredibly dark ... (Soul LP)
A well-remembered solo album from singer/songwriter Carole Bayer Sager – in large part because the set also features superb late work from Burt Bacharach too! Bacharach co-produced the set with Brooks Arthur, who'd handled some of Carole's previous music – and there's definitely lots ... (Rock CD)
EFAE/Moved By Sound (UK), 1982. (reissue)
A brilliant moment as a leader from saxophonist Maurice Malik King – a member of the St Louis underground in the 70s, but one who never saw the same sort of fame as contemporaries who left the city for New York and beyond – yet who continued to create some incredible music far away from ... (Jazz LP)
Cenacolo/Bonfire (Italy), 1978. (reissue)
Images of flute, and some mighty cool keyboards too – a sweet sound library set that mixes the reed work of Joel Vandroogenbroeck with electric touches that create a killer sound that's not unlike some of the 70s soundtrack material by Sven Libaek! Joel's lead lines have the expressive feel ... (Sound Library LP)
Impulse, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Our favorite-ever album by Alice Coltrane – a masterpiece of spirit and soul, recorded in a wonderfully open-handed style – and with a vibe that's maybe a bit different than some of her other records, especially the ones with larger groups! The album's mostly a spare batch of tracks ... (Jazz LP)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1977. (reissue)
Important 70s work from Don Cherry – one of the first albums to bring his overseas experiments to a larger US audience! The set builds nicely off of styles that Don forged earlier in France and Scandinavia – a freer style of music than his work with Ornette Coleman, and a richly ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1970. (reissue)
A funky nugget from the second Blue Note chapter of guitarist Grant Green – that wonderful point when he shifted into more funk-based styles from his hardbop work at the start – and found a way to unlock a whole new side of his talents! The approach here is similar to some of the funky ... (Jazz LP)
Cavendish/King International (UK), Early 70s. (pic cover)
Two sound library gems from jazzy Dennis Farnon – both of them great! "Snowmobile" builds up in a really great way – these cool reeds at the start over an electric bassline, before the drums come in and punch things up – and some sweet electric piano really sends things ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Rogue Art (France), 2023. 2CDs
A record that definitely lives up to the sixth decade legacy noted in the title – as it takes work of the remaining members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and expands it with contributions from a number of musicians – both from Chicago and the global scene as well! The feel here is a ... (Jazz CD)
Cherry Red (UK), 1982. 3CD
Dig 80s electro pop? You'll find plenty to love here – as the set's a killer collection of tracks from a time when the UK scene was really exploding with new ideas and fresh music! The "radio" in the title is a reference to the fact that once-underground electronic acts were ... (Rock CD)
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A real step forward for Quincy Jones – a record that really shows the jazzman moving into sophisticated new territory – a sound that's just right for the CTI generation! The album's got a vibe that's a bit similar to Quincy's Walking In Space album, but it's a lot deeper too – ... (Jazz LP)
Grapefruit (UK), Early 70s. 3CD
An insane package of work from this wonderful British group – a studio pop creation who stormed the charts with one huge hit, but also recorded some really great overlooked material! The style of First Class is a brilliant extension of the sound of American harmony pop of the 60s – and ... (Rock CD)
Hot Casa (France), 2022.
New work from Togolese music legend Roger Damawuzan – but a set that feels as fierce and funky as if it were recorded in the 70s! The group is super-tight throughout – more inspired by the James Brown Band of the late 60s than other West African groups – and tracks are short, ... (Global Grooves CD)
Tramp (Germany), 1970s.
A completely obscure batch of tunes – so much so that only two of the cuts here have been reissued – and a set that's every bit as wonderful as previous entries in this long-running series! Overall, there's probably a bit more soul than jazz – but every track within is on the ... (Funky Compilations CD)
ESP/Don Giovanni, 1967. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Some of the most tripped-out music ever from The Holy Modal Rounders – and that's saying a lot, given the nature of the group! This unique early album on ESP features two side-long tracks – both of which are mini-suites of sort, and filled with odd sounds, weird themes, and a strange ... (Rock LP)
Beat (Italy), 1970.
One of the greatest soundtracks ever from the legendary Ennio Morricone – a real standard-setting record that's one of the top choices we go to again and again to illustrate the genius of his music! The score is a fantastic mix of the two best sides of Morricone's work – the kind of ... (Soundtracks CD)
Demon (UK), Early 80s. 2LP
A great tribute to one of the most famous clubs on the UK scene of the mid 80s – a spot that was crucial to the shift from post-punk modes to new goth spirits – and which was a vital outlet for new strands of darker music that were stepping forth at the time! Later goth cliches might ... (Rock LP)
Shelter/Elemental (Spain), 1971. (reissue)
A pivotal album in the career of the great Freddie King – his first in a set of records done for the Shelter label in the early 70s – and the kind of material that catapulted King from the underground to superstardom! The label was a project of Leon Russell, who produced the set with ... (Blues LP)
WeJazz (Finland), 2023.
Many years back, Antti Lotjonen was a bassist with a very rhythmic vibe – a player we loved in the Five Corners Quintet, but now a jazz musician who's grown in leaps and bounds in recent years! This second album from Antti's Quintet East is a strong tribute to that growth – music that's ... (Jazz CD)
Measured Mile/Ace (UK), 1966/1972.
A sound library tune that really lives up to its title – a De Wolfe library gem that pays tribute to Motown Records, but with a slightly different vibe too! Basil Kirchin's better known for offbeat and moody music – yet here, the tune is certainly a romping groove – but with some ... (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Sad Disco (Japan), 1990. (reissue)
A late bit of city pop from Japan – a record that maybe circulated more on cassette than any other format at the time, but which shows that the best sounds of the style were still alive and well at the start of the 90s! Kumi Showji is a really wonderful singer – working here in ... (Japanese LP)
Negram/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1967. Gatefold (reissue)
A very groovy group from the Dutch scene of the 60s – an one who've got a sound that's very much in keeping with their colorful outfits on the cover! There's a great blend of sunshine pop and trippier psych going on here – lyrics that can have warm harmonies, but which are often ... (Rock LP)
Svart (Finland), 1973. 2LP Gatefold
A double-length set of live recordings done by the legendary Finnish prog band Tasavallan Presidentti in Sweden – material from a few different performances that were all captured live for Swedish radio, all with really great sound! The material appears here for the first time ever, and the ... (Rock LP)
A legendary album of Memphis soul – and a full length set that helped redefine the sound of instrumental music in the 60s! The record's a monumental follow-up to Booker T & The MGs' huge hit single "Green Onions" – an extremely seductive organ-based instrumental that the ... (Soul CD)
CBS/Guerssen (Spain), 1972.
A near-lost musical treasure from the cultural crossroads of the Bay Area scene in the early 70s – work by a Filipino American group who were big on the scene – and who have a mix of rock, jazz, and Latin elements that's not unlike some of their bigger San Francisco contemporaries! The ... (Global Grooves CD)
Stax, 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A landmark double-live album that was easily one of the most important soul record moments of the 70s! The concert was an all-star event held in LA to celebrate the anniversary of the Watts riots – but it features a killer lineup of talent from the roster of Stax Records – by then a ... (Soul LP)
Albarika Store/Acid Jazz (UK), 1978. (reissue)
The Ogassa story is a short one, given that the group only issued a handful of recordings – one of which is this really unique Nigerian album! Ogassa have a style that's much more deeply soulful than some of their contemporaries – as equally committed to sad-tinged lyrics as they are ... (Global Grooves LP)
Stax/Craft, 1973. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A second set of material issued in celebration of the legendary Wattstax concert by Stax Records in LA in 1972 – and a set that mostly features material from the famous show at the Los Angeles Coliseum, but also includes some sly studio material that was pumped up with applause to fit nicely ... (Soul LP)
Tamla/Elemental (Spain), Mid 60s. (reissue)
A cool UK album – a different version of the Sing Holland Dozier Holland record! One of the best-ever albums by the Supremes – and filled with stone classics, to boot! As the title states, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard team up with Holland Dozier Holland – and ... (Soul LP)
Stones Throw, 2021. Gatefold
A wonderfully laidback record from Mndsgn, and a set that has him stepping out as a much more fully-formed artist overall – a contemporary soul talent more than just a beatmaker – working here on these tunes that have an easygoing groove, and lots of warm cosmic touches around the edges! ... (Hip Hop LP)
Stax/Craft, 1972. 10LP set
A stunning presentation of the legendary Wattstax concert – that huge moment of pride and power when the folks at Stax Records filled up the Los Angeles Coliseum with one of the most memorable shows of the 70s! The meeting of talents here is the stuff of legend – and this great package ... (Soul LP)
Muzak/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989.
Grady Tate made a wonderful comeback at the end of the 80s – finally getting a chance again to show off that magnificent vocal style that he brought to some key Skye Records releases years before – emerging here with a maturity that's wonderful, and which seems to transform each song in ... (Vocalists CD)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1972.
A really unusual soundtrack from the great Manuel De Sica – scored for an early 70s gangster film, and done in a mix of modes that links together some of the more familiar De Sica styles and some of the groovier elements of the time! At the core, the composer is able to reach back with that ... (Soundtracks CD)
Soul Clock/Soulgramma (Italy), 1973. (reissue)
The Whispers are probably best known for their later work in the 70s – when the group picked up the pace and got a bit more clubby – but this set features them in their early days, when they were a sweet sounding harmony combo with a sound that was right up there with the best east ... (Soul LP)
Verve/Elemental (Spain), 1967. (reissue)
The second fantastic album from Tim Hardin – a singer/songwriter classic that's gone on to have a tremendous amount of pull and power over the years – and for good reason too! With songs like these, Hardin set the stage for so many other singers to come – bringing in a lot of his ... (Rock LP)
Gordy/Elemental (Spain), 1972. (reissue)
The Temptations going in all directions – and all of them pretty darn groovy too! The set's still heavy on the solid, righteous sound of Norman Whitfield – who gives some of the best cuts that psychedelic soul imprint he really perfected with the group – a quality that has a lot ... (Soul LP)
Disques Du Crepuscule/Numero, 1986. 2LP Gatefold
Beautifully sweet and jazzy from the lovely Isabelle Antena – recording here under her own name, but still very much in the mode of the French trio from which she emerged! The record actually came about during the later years of Antena – at a time when the group was still recording ... (Rock LP)
Motown/Elemental (Spain), 1971. (reissue)
A stunner of a solo album from Diana Ross – one that has her working beautifully with the team of Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson – really taking off here into some wonderful new territory! The Ashford & Simpson sound is very much in place here – a soaring, joyous approach ... (Soul LP)
Eastwood Music Group, 2022.
The spacey image on the cover gives part of the picture of the wound of Wasafiri here – cosmic fusion with a really soaring vibe at most moments – but there's also some warmer, more intimate moments too – times when the more full-on rhythms kick back slightly, and let the group's ... (Jazz CD)
Strut (UK), 2002.
A really wonderful collaboration – one that features famous South African singer Vusi Mahlasela working with the Jive Connection combo – a funky Swedish group who backed Mahlasela on many live dates over the years, and who really help his music come across with a lean, classic sort of ... (Global Grooves CD)
Cinevox/Beat (Italy), 1979.
One of the heaviest soundtracks scored by Goblin during the 70s – with lots of funky club influences, and a funky disco sound on a number of tracks that feature vocals by the great European club diva Asha Puthli. Puthli sings on the tracks "The Whip" and "The Sound Of ... (Soundtracks CD)
BBE (UK), Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Incredible rare jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – all hand-picked by DJ Muro, one of the coolest talents on the contemporary scene in Tokyo! The set's a bit of a shift from other collections of this nature – as it focuses a bit more on tracks that are funky than those that are ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1974.
A crime thriller, but one with a beautiful score from Bruno Nicolai – slinky and 70s at times, and with some really gentle tension at others! This is definitely one of the works that has Nicolai stepping nicely away from Morricone – using some warmer elements in some of his best themes ... (Soundtracks CD)
Mainstream/Big Pink (South Korea), 1968.
One of the stunning late 60 psych rock classics on Mainstream Records – and, like the rest, a set that's a real standout at the time – and one of the few musical statements by a group who never got picked up and pushed more heavily by another label! Yet that quality is what makes the ... (Rock CD)
Blue Note, 1973.
A never-heard live set from the mighty Donald Byrd – recording here with live accompaniment from the Mizell Brothers – at a level that's every bit as wonderful as their work with the trumpeter in the studio! The material was originally recorded during a same series of albums that Blue ... (Jazz CD)
Numero, Early 90s.
Lost work from the Bay Area scene of the early 90s – tracks from two different releases by sweet soul singer Peter Barclay – an artist who departed the planet by the end of the decade, but left behind two non-vinyl albums to be discovered all these many years later! As you might guess ... (Soul LP)
Blue Note, 1960. (reissue)
A crackling date from Jackie McLean – a set that's got a more expansive feel than some of his earlier Blue Note work – filled with fire, far from the 50s – and really pointing the way towards his new directions to come! There's a hint of modernism in the mix, mostly on the tone ... (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1960. (reissue)
A killer set by one of the greatest pianists of the postwar era – and one that features Horace Parlan's piano trading lines with the legendary Turrentine brothers (both Stanley & Tommy), playing here at the height of their powers! Tommy Turrentine's trumpet is especially great here ... (Jazz LP)
A special 50th Anniversary set of the legendary Wattstax Concert in 1972 – a magical music moment that had the Memphis soul powerhouse Stax Records filling the Los Angeles Coliseum with some of its best artists – all to celebrate the pride and power of the community in Watts! This set ... (Soul CD)
Black Truffle (Austria), 2001.
A completely mesmerizing performance from these three avant giants – all working in longform territory that owes a lot to Tony Conrad's sense of sound – but at a level that really draws plenty from the contributions of all three players! Jim O'Rourke handles harmonium, cranking the ... (Out Sound LP)
Nenad Jelic & Laza Ristovski
RTB/Soundway (UK), 1985. (reissue)
A really unique project from the Serbian underground of the 80s – a record that mixes together global elements, electronics, and some other live instrumentation – all in a way that's as tuneful as it is experimental, and which has a nice sort of post-punk sense of freedom throughout! ... (Rock LP)
Dreamland (Austria), 2009.
An early gem from saxophonist Muriel Grossmann – already at the sort of apex that would make her one of the key spiritual jazz players in the decade to come – creating the sort of music that's made her one of our favorite contemporary jazz musicians here at Dusty Groove! The vibe here ... (Jazz CD)
Coloursound Library/Be With (UK), 1986. (reissue)
A synth-heavy sound library set, and one that really lives up to the cover image of a spaceman on the front – a record that soars through the skies on waves of pulsating sonic energy – lean enough to achieve liftoff, but with enough force to keep on soaring through the cosmos! The ... (Sound Library LP)
Michael Hudson Casanova is a saxophonist, but the sound of the record draws equally strongly from the contributions of Erik Skov's guitar – a player whose sense of color is balanced wonderfully by the sharper edges of the saxophone – then given some nice structure through the work on ... (Jazz CD)
Blue Note, 2023.
London's Total Refreshment Centre has been one of the world's hippest musical venues in recent years – a fantastic showcase for all the sorts of groundbreaking, genre-busting work that's been happening in the city – as well as host to some equally free-thinking artists from around the ... (Jazz CD)
Capitol/Big Pink (South Korea), 1968.
A mindblowing bit of psych from the late 60s – and a record that has way more to offer than just the usual fuzzy guitar, thanks to key use of moog, theremin, and tape tricks! There's a really freaky feel to the record from the start – a quality that's hipper than most of the ... (Rock CD)
Hardy's Jet Band/Klaus Wuestoff/Jan Troysen/Gary Pacific
Selected Sound/Be With (UK), 1971. (reissue)
An early gem on the German Selected Sound library series – one that features work by a number of different artists, and is all the groovier because of that! Hardy's Jet Band dominate the first part of the album – and turn in these killer cuts that mix together fuzzy guitar and funky ... (Sound Library LP)
Funk Embassy (Estonia), Late 70s/Early 80s.
Most folks can't even find Estonia on the map, much less tell you about its music – yet that might change soon, thanks to the legendary quality of the rare gems on this set! As the title implies, there's a great mix here of funky styles – some clubby, some more jazz-based – and ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1975. (reissue)
The very first album as a leader from saxophonist Francois Jeanneau – and exactly the kind of set that shows why work on the French jazz scene of the 70s was so different than most of what else was happening in Europe a the time! The music is a mixture of free jazz and more swinging modes ... (Jazz LP)
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2023.
A record that continues that journey past jazz that reedman David Boykin has given us on a few recent releases – an EP that features two surprisingly soulful cuts, yet which still have some great tenor solos as well! Manu Wise delivers some lyrics on "Calculations" – a cut ... (Jazz CD)
Schema (Italy), 2023. (pic cover)
Fred P offers up two very fresh takes on these cuts from the team of Nicola Conte and Gianluca Petrella – both nice and long, and with a sense of flow that's really wonderful! "African Spirits" comes across with a tribal house sort of vibe – lots of live instrumentation on ... (New Grooves 12-inch)
Sussex/Real Gone, 1974. (reissue)
The amazing second album from The Soul Searchers – even harder, funkier, and rarer than the first! This one blows away everything else the group have ever done – as the record has an angular approach that has the band taking a lot of weird twists with the grooves, creating these dark ... (Soul LP)
Honey Pie, Early 60s. (reissue)
Very early work from Brazilian guitar genius Baden Powell – a set that's different than some of his later, more stripped-down recordings – and which presents the young Baden in a way that links his bossa guitar lines to modern jazz of the time! The set's got some larger backings from ... (Brazil LP)
Beggars Banquet, 1978. (reissue)
The genius first album from Gary Numan and Tubeway Army – a set that stripped down all sorts of influences from the early part of the 70s, filtered them through a punkish sort of energy, and came up with a great antidote to some of the more overblown projects from years before! There's ... (Rock LP)
Coloursound Library/Be With (UK), 1986. (reissue)
A record from the more electronic years of the sound library scene – yet one that's also got a nicely sensitive side too, in a way that really lives up to its title! Both artists get plenty of space to serve up their songs – mostly shorter numbers in variations for most tracks – ... (Sound Library LP)
Inner City/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
A brilliant session from trumpeter Charles Sullivan – a player who's only recorded a handful of dates as a leader, all of them great! This album's got a unique history, in that it was issued both by the Inner City and Strata East labels in the 70s – and overall, it's got a vibe that's ... (Jazz CD)
Rush/Tommy Boy, 1992. 2LP (reissue)
Early 90s greatness from Brand Nubian – and proof that the group had a lot of life in them, even after Grand Puba set out on his solo career! Sadat X and Lord Jamar acquit themselves nicely on the mic, and the beats are head-noddingly satisfying too – work from DJ Sincere this time ... (Hip Hop LP)
Quite possibly the best-remembered album from Pharoah Sanders' legendary run at Impulse Records – a set that crossed over big, and sold to countless folks who might not have bought a jazz album this hip otherwise! The record was Sanders' first in the wake of Coltrane's passing – and it' ... (Jazz CD)
Edsel/Demon (UK), 1980s. 2LP
A set that definitely lives up to the intrigue promised in the title – an alternative look at British music in the 80s, served up with some more experimental, unusual tracks that go way past the pop hits of the time! There's still some names here you might know, but there's also work from ... (Rock LP)
Top Tape/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974.
A heavy-hitting album of keyboard funk that's right up there with the best Deodato work for CTI! Brazilian arranger Daniel Salinas was clearly influenced by the success that his fellow countryman Deodato was having in the US during the early 70s – and he's working here in a style that would ... (Brazil CD)
Coloursound Library/Be With (UK), 1983. (reissue)
A sweet 80s take on the sound library style – one that has both artists in the lead handling plenty of keyboards over basslines – all with the lean instrumental style that was really coming into vogue at the time! As with most sound library records, the approach here is very well-suited ... (Sound Library LP)
Ohr/Die Kosmischen Kuriere (Germany), 1973. 2CDs
A legendary album from the Krautrock scene of the 70s – one that was put together by Walter Wegmuller – more of an artist than a key musician on the scene, yet one who was wise enough to open the door to a huge amount of collaborative talents from the generation! The album's really ... (Rock CD)
Forest/BBE (UK), 1978.
A groovy little group from the northeast scene in the 70s – one who mix jazz and funk touches with some more roots-oriented material at times – all handled with instrumentation that's impeccable throughout! If these guys were out in Cali, they'd no doubt be working in the big studios ... (Rock CD)
Ubatuqui (Spain), 1962.
A rare document of a really unique meeting of two giants of the bossa nova generation – the legendary Joao Gilberto on guitar, and the fantastic vocal harmonies of the Os Cariocas quartet – performing both on their own and in combination, in a performance captured at a small club in ... (Brazil CD)
Tele Music/BMG (France), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
Great grooves galore – a sweet selection of tracks from the late 60s onwards, none of which were made available to the public at the time! The French Tele Music company was one of those secret sound library labels – recording top shelf tracks during the 70s, but then only passing them ... (Sound Library LP)
P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
A rare session from indie soul legend Penny Goodwin – a previously unissued live performance from 1974, featuring small combo backing in a sweet and jazzy mode! Penny's got a voice that's instantly recognizable – a bit raspy, in the mode of Esther Phillips – but cooler and more ... (Soul LP)
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s.
Celebrate your birthday with this cool little collection – a batch of party-hearty numbers hand-picked by the folks at Bear Family records – a label we've come to really trust for postwar sounds in just about any style! And just about any style is the way they approach this set too ... (Rock CD)
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1974.
A great live date from one of our favorite trombonists of the 70s – a really unusual player who made some great personal strides on the instrument with records like these! The session's a live one, with a very open feel – long, flowing tracks that are similar to the sorts you'd hear ... (Jazz CD)
Loma/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
Mid 60s magic from a record label that only lasted a few short years – yet one that's gone on to have as much prominence for real soul collectors as the music of Atlantic and Motown! Loma Records was a small offshoot of Warner Brothers on the west coast – yet one that worked far from ... (Soul CD)
Alwest/P-Vine (Japan), 1984.
With a name like Home Boy & The Cost Of Living, it's gotta be the 80s – as just a quick listen to this set will attest! The rhythms are heavy in basslines and drum machine modes – with lots of sweet styles that are somewhere between electro/street soul, and a mellower boogie bounce ... (Soul CD)
Futura/Souffle Continu (France), 1971. (reissue)
A piano trio set, but one that's unlike anything that Oscar Peterson or Ramsey Lewis might have recorded – as Siegfried Kessler really breaks the whole format down here, working in a very free setting with accompaniment from Gus Nemeth on bass and Stu Martin on drums! The energy here is very ... (Jazz LP)
Dynamic Sounds/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975.
One of the hippest sets ever issued during the roots reggae wave of the 70s – and one of the most spiritual, too! The album's got a very special acoustic vibe at the core – earthy drumming that goes back to a pan-African tradition, these beautiful acoustic basslines that link the music ... (Reggae CD)
Luaka Bop, 1979. (reissue)
A record with songs titles that maybe read more like the credits of officers of a business – but one with a sound that's wonderfully personal, and which really marks a strong step forward since the first album from Alhaji Waziri Oshomah! The set begins with "Alaji Yesufu Sado Managing ... (Global Grooves LP)
Columbia/Lawson (Japan), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
The drums are definitely exciting here – really tight rhythms that drive most of these cuts into a funky frenzy – even if the groove is more based on American soul of the late 60s than the African rock promised in the title! Most of the tunes are covers, but remade here as really hip ... (Jazz LP)
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1992. 2LP
The essential early 90s classic by The Pharcyde, the group's high water mark, and one of the greatest hip hop albums of the era! Along with Del and the Souls Of Mischief, the Pharcyde were one of the few West Coast units to achieve any kind of widespread popularity using the uniquely loopy, ... (Hip Hop LP)
ORG, 2023. 2CD
A wealth of recordings from Boogarins – a Brazilian group, but one who've worked in a fair bit of different spots on the global scene – including Austin, Texas, which is where this music was recorded! The sounds within might be thought of as stray experiments clustered around the ... (Brazil CD)
Urban Discos (Japan), 2023.
The group's just a trio, but they've got a wonderfully full sound – a rich funky groove that comes from just drums, bass, and keyboards – yet which has this soaring reach that almost takes us back to the 70s genius of work on labels like Fantasy or Prestige! Drummer Toshiyuki Sasaki is ... (Deep Funk CD)
Ayz/Comet (France), 1984. (reissue)
A record with a really unusual pedigree, in that it was recorded by a number of Haitian singers and musicians on the New York scene – done in the mid 80s with a bit of a groove, and a compelling blend of Caribbean roots and more spiritual elements! At some level, the record is years ahead of ... (Global Grooves LP)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
Kunihiko Sugano is one of the key players who helped revolutionize the Japanese piano scene in the 70s – and this album is a wonderful opportunity to hear him working at his best! The date's a live one – the sort of setting that always seems to bring out even more imaginative work from ... (Jazz CD)
Demon (UK), Late 60s. 2LP
The great second chapter of the UK mode scene in the 60s – and a batch of work that's even headier than the first – not really mod at all, but instead a lot more psych-styled, and taking off into the farther reaches of British styles of the time! Eddie Piller put the whole thing ... (Rock LP)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973.
A wonderful French performance by the Japanese duo of saxophonist Mototeru Takagi and pianist Takashi Kako – recording here with the great Kent Carter on bass and cello, as well as Ron Pittner on drums and percussion! Both Takagi and Kako sound a bit different than usual – maybe warmed ... (Jazz CD)
Tardam/Acid Jazz (UK), 2023.
The cover is retro, and the sound within are too – a sweet set of tracks from the Dutch and Italian scenes, all served up in a mix of mod, funk, and soundtrack-styled modes! The groove is every bit as playful and festive as you might expect from the image on the front – almost an ... (Deep Funk LP)
Cat/P-Vine (Japan), 1972.
An excellent early album from the amazing Little Beaver – a set that's also probably one of his best ever – served up with some extra-dope guitar, and nice deep Miami soul production by Steve Alaimo! Beaver handled all the arrangements – which means that there's plenty of room ... (Soul CD)
Epic/Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP
The hands of Webster Lewis are on a classic Fender Rhodes on the cover – and you'll hear plenty of that instrument on this collection, along with all the other many keyboards that Lewis can handle so well! Webster started out as a straighter jazzman in his early years, but by the time of ... (Soul LP)
Not Two (Poland), 2018. 5CD
A brilliant testament not just to the bass work of Barry Guy, but to so many other factors as well – the open spirit of the contemporary Polish avant scene, the strength of key improvisers in each others' company, and even the much-lauded efforts of the Not Two label to present material of ... (Jazz CD)
Someothaship/Epistrophik Peach Sound, 2012. (reissue)
A stunner from Georgia Anne Muldrow – a record that makes us love her even more than before – and that's saying a lot, given the love we've shown her over the years! The cover's got the feel of some dusty old record, and many of the tunes do too – some wicked 70s soul elements ... (Neo Soul LP)
Polydor (Japan), 1978.
A different groove than usual from The JBs – but still pretty darn nice, and way better than just about all the other funky combos on the market! It's the late 70s, and James Brown's head is a bit addled – he thinks he's the guy who invented disco, and he starts turning his extended ... (Soul CD)
BTF (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
A real standout in Ennio Morricone's roster of great work from the time – a record with all the best elements in place – including vocals by Edda Dell'Orso and orchestrations by Bruno Nicolai – but an overall format that's a bit different than usual! Most of the tracks here are ... (Soundtracks LP)
SKJ/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1981. (reissue)
A record from that time when the Nigerian scene was really keeping pace with changes in soul music on the other side of the Atlantic – as you'll hear in the way that Kio Amachree serves up the grooves! Kio's the lead force here – not just on vocals, but also guitar and production as ... (Global Grooves LP)
Not Two (Poland), 2020. 6CD
A set of recordings that must have left every single member in the group completely exhausted – as the 6CD package brings together material recorded over three great nights in early 2020 – all of which feature Barry Guy at the head of a unique version of his London Jazz Composers ... (Jazz CD)
Naughty Rhythm (Italy), Late 70s.
A definite wild safari of grooves – an unusual batch of tracks that mix together 70s disco modes with other global touches – all served up in a mighty groovy style! Electric and acoustic instruments run side by side here – congas next to keyboards, riffing guitars next to chanted ... (Funky Compilations LP)
RCA/Trading Places (UK), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
A self-titled set from Dando Shaft, but actually the group's second album – a set that's as noteworthy for the addition of female singer Polly Bolton as it is for the continued genius of Martin Jenkins! There's a bit more stripped-down style here than the group's first record – almost ... (Rock LP)
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. Gatefold
A cool collection of cuts from one of the hippest groups working on the Trinidad scene in the late 70s – a group who were making work for the clubs, but in a style that was often a lot more lean than mainstream disco! There's a nicely offbeat vibe to this work – not Caribbean funk, but ... (Soul LP)
Ace (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A stunning selection of tracks from a moment when things really got interesting on the UK scene – when the straighter guitar lines of early punk gave way to more unfamiliar instrumentation, unusual production, and offbeat rhythms – yet almost always with a really raw, stripped-down feel ... (Rock CD)
RCA/Dialogo (Italy), 1962.
A very cool album from the Italian branch of RCA Records – and a set that features a host of artists from other nations who briefly stopped over in Italy, and recorded some of these gems for the label! There's a core energy to the set, which balances contributions from a few key artists, ... (Jazz CD)
Marlow (Canada), 2023.
With a name like Cinephonic, you can imagine some of the sound here – but that's also only the tip of the iceberg, as there's a heck of a lot going on with the record! There's definitely a cinematic vibe to the music, yet the work isn't just any retro-styled material influenced by film ... (Jazz CD)
Jazzman (UK), 2023.
Maybe the greatest music we've heard so far from Nostalgia 77 – a group who started many years back as a jazz-referenced project – but one who here are definitely a fully-fledged combo with a very spiritual vibe! As before, producer Benedic Lamdin is at the helm of the lineup – ... (Jazz CD)
EMI/Afrodelic (Italy), 1974. (reissue)
A funky psychedelic nugget from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – a record that's got more of a lean small group take on some of the bigger ensemble modes of the period, in a way that really seems to give the Moonrakers Band lots of flexibility with their sound! Some numbers might be a bit ... (Global Grooves LP)
Impulse (Germany), 1975. (reissue)
A strangely wonderful album from Marion Brown – quite different from his other work on Impulse, with a mellow electric edge that gives it a warm and laidback feel! The approach here is much more soulful than before – with finely crafted tunes that weave Brown's work on alto with ... (Jazz LP)
Impulse (Germany), 1967. (reissue)
One of the first moments of genius from a young Pharoah Sanders – a set that builds on the energy of John Coltrane's Love Supreme generation – but takes it in a much more expansive direction! The album's got a sense of majesty that's years ahead of its time – righteous, positive, ... (Jazz LP)
Luaka Bop, 1978.
A record with a groove that's hard to deny – yet one that's also maybe nicely understated, in comparison to some of the late 70s contemporaries of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah on the West African scene! The music's got this seductive quality that ebbs and flows with the groove – not full-on ... (Global Grooves LP)
Intakt (Switzerland), 2023.
A hell of a record from the great Andrew Cyrille – and one that lives up to his key legacy of solo percussion records from back in the day! Cyrille's very first date as a leader was a solo percussion set – and for years, he's continued to be one of the best performers in the mode ... (Jazz CD)
Wolke Verlag (Germany), 1996.
The too short life of Albert Ayler was one of tremendous creative activity, and a degree of mystery as well – both aspects that the author delves into deeply in this really well-done look at the legendary avant saxophonist! Wilson spent months in the US, following the journey that Ayler took ... (Book)
Fire/Sunset Blvd, Early 60s.
Storming soul from Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford – one of the hardest-hitting duos of the early 60s, and a pair who set the tone for countless other acts to come! The style here is definitely soul, but steeped in plenty of R&B too – partly from Dee Dee's smoking work on Hammond, ... (Soul CD)
Vedette/Dialogo (Italy), 1974.
Legendary drummer Tullio De Piscopo is all by himself on the cover, and that's how he sounds on the record – just playing solo, but with amazing grooves that hardly make you miss the other instruments at all! Tullio's got a long legacy in both jazz and club music – yet this set may be ... (Jazz CD)
Color Red, 2023.
Drummer Tim Carman is best known for his work in the bluesy trio GA-20, but here he's in much more of a jazz-based mode overall – leading a trio that features some stunning organ work from Ken Clark, a player we don't know at all, but who clearly knows how to channel the best soul jazz styles ... (Deep Funk CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2023.
A long-overdue document of the artistic activity of Roscoe Mitchell – best known to most as a key member of both the AACM and Art Ensemble Of Chicago as a jazz musician, but a surprisingly accomplished painter too! Mitchell's artistic career is captured here in both distant chapters – ... (Book)
Curtom/Warner (UK), 1970.
A mindblowing solo set from Curtis Mayfield – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal ... (Soul CD)
African Lady/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1983. (reissue)
A really beautiful album of spiritual soul jazz – featuring the Visions group of tenorist Sam Sanders, an ensemble that worked in Detroit for many years, but rarely made it out of the Motor City! This album's a fantastic demonstration of Sanders' talent and power – wonderfully ... (Jazz LP)
TruSoul, Early 90s/2019.
Pete Rock returns to the 1200, and the crispy, vinyl-heavy approach that's always made his music so great – but which also seems recently reborn with a new sense of commitment on records like this! There's lyrics on the set, but mostly those that are sampled from other records, bubbling in ... (Hip Hop LP)
Takt/Future Shock (Italy), 1969.
An excellent early album from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi, featuring a group that he co-led with trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki! The quintet's got a sound that's kind of a messed-up take on the Blue Note groove of the 60s – particularly the Lee Morgan rolling funky soul jazz sound of the ... (Jazz LP)
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
One of the warmest, most lyrical albums recorded on the unique Aketa's Disk label in Japan – a set that offers up their own spin on some of the trio modes of the bigger labels of the time – all served up in a nicely offbeat performance from drummer Tsunoda Hiro! Each of the two tracks ... (Jazz CD)
Bethlehem/BMG, 1957. (reissue)
A well-titled set from Art Blakey – considering the hard-driving sound of the group! The album's one of the best from that unusual year of 1957 – almost a "lost" year for Art, when he was working away from Blue Note with a very different lineup of the Jazz Messengers than on ... (Jazz LP)
BBE (UK), 2019. 2LP Gatefold
A really great collection of jazzy groovers – one that effortlessly combines older material and newer recordings, all with a great ear that never tires in its pursuit of the groove! The blend of old and new is a bit like some of the collections we used to love from Gilles Peterson back in ... (Funky Compilations LP)
Rebirth/P-Vine (Japan), 1985.
Later work from reedman Wendell Harrison and the Tribe Records scene – a set that's got a slightly tighter feel than some of his earlier work, but still a relatively soulful vibe overall! Harrison leads the group on tenor, flute, and clarinet – but there's definitely a collective vibe ... (Jazz CD)
Impulse (Germany), 1972. (reissue)
Amazing work from violinist Michael White – one of a few that he cut for the Impulse label in the early 70s, all of which helped to completely redefine the use of his instrument in jazz! Throw away any sleepy connotations you may have about the violin, because in White's hands it's an ... (Jazz LP)
Verve/Philips (Germany), 1969. (reissue)
A one of a kind record that still sparkles as brightly today as it did back in the late 60s – an amazing collaboration between Brazilian vocalist Elis Regina and Scandinavian jazzman Toots Thielemans – done in a style that easily makes it one of the best records ever from both artists! ... (Brazil LP)
Jazz Is Dead, 2023.
The Jazz Is Dead series goes mighty deep with this gem of a record – opening the door for two legendary Tribe Records talents from the Detroit scene of the 70s – reedman Wendell Harrison and trombonist Phil Ranelin – both of whom sound superb throughout! As with other volumes in ... (Deep Funk CD)
Atlantic (Japan), 1973.
A monstrous bit of jazzy fusion from the 70s – and the record that really put drummer Billy Cobham on the map – virtually creating his own sort of space between jazz, funk, and prog – thanks to the help of an all star lineup too! Cobham is tremendous on drums – and is ... (Jazz CD)
Smoke Sessions, 2023.
Eric Reed hits a mighty nice bag here – almost a variant of the sort of soulful depths that first brought him to our attention many years back, but also presented with a freshness that's different from his early records too! The title's a reference to the mix of composers of color chosen by ... (Jazz CD)