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)
RPM (UK), Late 60s. 3CD
Fantastic sounds from the New Zealand scene of the late 60s – music recorded quite far from the streets of London, but which crackles with all the best mod and freakbeat elements of that city's underground at the time! The music here is a stunning revelation – sounds recorded almost in ... (Rock 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Pony Canyon (Japan), Late 80s.
The third in a series of overlooked albums that pianist Hank Jones recorded for the Japanese market at the end of the 80s – brilliant trio work that shows that Jones was still very much on top of his game at the time! Hank was one of those postwar players who could effortlessly balance ... (Jazz CD)
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)
Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. (reissue)
Tight Afro club grooves from Pasteur Lappe – but tracks that also have some nice roughness around the edges! The style here is often somewhat stripped-down – with rhythms that feature straight-ahead basslines and drums, which are then criss-crossed by Lappe's vocals, and peppered with ... (Global Grooves LP)
ECM (Germany), 2018.
Invisible threads of sound from reedman John Surman – heard here in a group that's got an especially great sound – as it features piano from Nelson Ayres and a mixture of vibes and marimba from Rob Waring! Surman's always great, but he's sometimes got an icier edge on ECM – which ... (Jazz CD)
Impossible Ark (UK), 2018.
Beautiful work from reedman Ed Jones – a key force on the London jazz scene for decades, but an artist who also seems to be completely reborn into a new setting with this album! Jones blows here in the company of younger musicians – including the great Riaan Vosloo on bass, whose work ... (Jazz CD)
Pony Canyon (Japan), 1988.
Great work from a later chapter of the Great Jazz Trio of pianist Hank Jones – a time when the group had shifted to include Mads Vinding on bass and Billy Hart on drums – a rhythm duo who really make a difference in the sound! Hank is still wonderful on piano – able to mix round, ... (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
The only full album ever recorded by the legendary Sam Dees – an artist who's probably best known for his songwriting skills on other records, but who really shines here as a lead star on his own! Dees' approach is wonderful – a bit rootsy, with some slight southern soul elements ... (Soul LP)
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