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Dive into the new arrivals for something groovy!


Universal (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A tremendous tribute to a fantastic moment in jazz – the explosion of new sounds that happened in the British scene from the late 60s onward – a moment of music that barely touched our shores, but which was equally important to the changes taking place in modern jazz in the US! England ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

William Parker

Painter's Winter
Aum Fidelity, 2021.
William Parker's given us some tremendous music over the years, but this album may be one of our favorites of the bunch – as the set's got this back-to-basics approach that has Parker working in trio formation with Hamid Drake on drums and Daniel Carter on reeds – all with this ... CD (Jazz CD)

Jaimie Branch

Fly Or Die Live
International Anthem, 2021. 2CDs
Trumpeter Jaimie Branch has been giving us great music for a number of years – but honestly, she really knocks it out of the park on this live set – a record that's even more amazing than her previous two efforts with a similar title! The set's a double-length performance – and ... CD (Jazz CD)
NPG/Legacy, 2010.
A really fantastic album from Prince – recorded in 2010, and unreleased at the time – but clearly one of the greatest things he gave us in the final decade of his life! This isn't uncooked demo material, or under-thought studio tracks – and instead, the whole thing is a fully-form ... CD (Soul CD)

Durand Jones & The Indications

Private Space
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2021.
Fantastic work from Durand Jones & The Indications – a group who've really come a long way in the past few years – in ways that push Durand's vocals to places we wouldn't have guessed on previous records! This set's way more than just a funk band with a soul singer upfront – ... CD (Deep Funk CD)

Awakening

Mirage
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973.
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns ... CD (Jazz CD)

William Parker

Mayan Space Station
Aum Fidelity, 2021.
This album's got a really fitting title – as the whole thing feels like it's ready to take off into the heavens, right from the very first note – driven on strongly by the drums of Gerald Cleaver, who's a perfect match for the bold basswork of William Parker – as the pair work ... CD (Jazz CD)

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA (4CD set)
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. 4CD
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic ... CD (Soul CD)

Kiko Kids Jazz

Tanganyika Na Uhuru
Mzuri/Mississippi, Early 60s.
Really great work from Kiko Kids Jazz – neither a jazz group, nor a batch of child musicians – but instead an East African collective who have a sound that mixes familiar guitar lines and percussion with a slight bit of mandolin too – all in a mode that's this beautiful blend of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Bryan/Tidal Waves, 1975.
One of the most unique soundtracks of the blacksploitation generation – but maybe that's also because the film Lord Shango was also somewhat different than most – a hipper, more creative movie that took on a number of themes, which are all echoed by Howard Roberts in his music! This ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Gold Connection

Gold Connection
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), Mid 70s. (reissue)
An obscure little record, but a soulful one too – a rare 70s Federal Records session that mixes together reggae and soul – with vocals by a trio of female singers that includes a young Marcia Griffiths and Cynthia Schloss! Lots of tracks take a disco inspiration, but slow the pace down ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Edsel (UK), Early 80s. 4CD
A second great helping of hip British work from the 80s – all put together by British radio DJ Gary Crowley – whose work on Capitol Radio London kept him quite close to the action at the time! As with the first volume, this set does a great job of going past obvious chart hits, and ... CD (Rock CD)

Henry Franklin

Skipper At Home
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974.
Brilliant basswork from Henry Franklin – one of the hippest cats handling his instrument on the west coast in the 70s – working here with a wicked ensemble of soulful, righteous players! Franlin's bass sets the tone of the record right from the very first note – but the album's a ... CD (Jazz CD)

Fela & Africa 70

Open & Close
Knitting Factory, 1971. (reissue)
An early classic from Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – the kind of early 70s record that helped both the leader and the group establish themselves as a global powerhouse of funk and soul! The set begins with the side-long "Open & Close" – a righteous tune that's driven onward ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Ferg Ireland Trio

Ferg Ireland Trio Vols 1 & 2
Monde Green (UK), 2021.
A really freewheeling trio from the UK – not Ireland, as you might expect from the leader's name – the great bassist Ferg Ireland, who works real magic here at the head of a group that also features Nathaniel Facey on alto and James Madden on drums! At first glance, you might think of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Amalgamated/Doctor Bird (UK), 1968. 2CD
The rare first album from a heavenly Jamaican vocal group – the wonderful Pioneers, who have a rock-solid quality here that sounds even better with production from Joe Gibbs! The trio have a way of criss-crossing their vocals in the harmonies that's wonderful – bumping around with all ... CD (Reggae CD)
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. 13CD set
CD...$99.99 119.99
A career-spanning set of work from one of the hippest composers of the 20th Century – a huge box set that not only features most of his important works, but also includes 14 pieces that appear here for the first time ever! And yes – there have been other box sets of Pierre Henry's ... CD (Out Sound CD)

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s.
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic ... CD (Soul CD)
Saba/Wallen Bink (Germany), 1966. (pic cover)
"Ensadinado" isn't an easy title to say – but the tune is a wonderfully catchy groove from European vibist Fats Sadi – pulled from his rare Saba album of the same name! The cut's got kind of a modal soul sort of approach – with help from the core of the Clark Boland ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

William Eaton

Music By William Eaton
Morning Trip (Netherlands), 1978. (reissue)
Beautifully mellow sounds from William Eaton – a 70s hippie-esque figure who wandered the desert in Arizona, and had a great talent for building his own stringed instruments! Here, William's working on an assortment of self-created guitars – one with 6 strings, one with 12, and one ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Amaro Freitas

Sankofa
Far Out (UK), 2021.
A hell of a record from Brazilian pianist Amaro Freitas – an artist we already loved before, but who's really stepping forth boldly with this release! Freitas has a way with the piano that's unlike anyone else we can think of – that freshness we maybe first felt when hearing a player ... CD (Jazz CD)

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. 2LP Gatefold
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Mosaic, Mid 60s. 5CDs
The start of a legend – a huge amount of material that introduced the world to the tenor genius of the young Joe Henderson – recorded over the space of a few short years, on records that feature Joe as both the leader and a sideman on some of the hippest Blue Note records of the time! ... CD (Jazz CD)

Movement In The City

Black Teardrops
Sun/Sharp Flat (South Africa), 1981. (reissue)
A really sweet electric set from the South African scene – long tracks that are overflowing with great saxophone and keyboard solos – played here by a really top-shelf group! The sound's a bit like a more relaxed take on territory from CTI – with the keyboards from Pops Ismail at ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Transversales Disques (France), 1974. Gatefold
Really wonderful live material from tenor genius Archie Shepp – recorded in Paris, a city that always seemed to bring out the best in his music! Here, Shepp's blowing in a mode that's like some of his later Impulse Records from the early 70s – more spiritual overall, with a free-flowing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Timeless/Tidal Waves, 1990. 2LP (reissue)
Late Art Blakey – but great Blakey too, as Art never faltered a minute in the later years of his life, and continued to work with some of the best younger players he could find! Here, Art's leading a lineup that includes Brian Lynch on trumpet, Frank Lacy and Steve Davis on trombone, Javon ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. (reissue)
That's "Toomorrow", not "tomorrow" – a pretty wild sci-fi musical from the start of the 70s – and one that features this very groovy group! The quartet features some vocals by a young Olivia Newton John – but it's the instrumentation here that really sends us ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
CTI/Evosound, 1974.
A landmark record – not only for Bob James, but a seminal release for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Jazz In Britain (UK), Late 60s.
Unreleased work from alto genius Joe Harriott – two different slices of material from a very under-recorded point in his career! The first five tracks feature Joe in that back to basics mode he was hitting at the time – working in a unique group that features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet ... CD (Jazz CD)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. (reissue)
A real moment of righteous power from Lee Scratch Perry – as you might expect from the image on the cover – clearly indicating a strong sense of pride and identity that also tracks with the 70s shift in Jamaican music too! Lee's the producer here, but also extends full creative control ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Orrin Evans

Magic Of Now
Smoke Sessions, 2021.
Any record from pianist Orrin Evans is worth of attention – but this set might be worthy of a bit more, given that it features some really beautiful work from alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins – a player who's a perfect accompaniment for all the great ideas that Evans brings to his ... CD (Jazz CD)
Good Deeds (UK), 1970s/1980s/2021. 4CD
A collection that's way more than just the usual overview of British folk at the start of the 70s – as this package not only shows the huge wave of music that exploded at the time, but then also follows that strand into later years too – to include a number of previously unreleased ... CD (Rock CD)

Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet

Blue Beginnings
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1964.
Genius early work from this legendary British jazz combo – material recorded right before the release of their classic Shades Of Blue album – which marked a huge watershed in European modern jazz! The tracks here were recorded live on the BBC, and have the group stepping out in their ... CD (Jazz CD)

Sylvia

Sweet Stuff
Vibration/We Want Sounds (UK), 1975. (reissue)
The great Sylvia Robinson hit the charts in the 70s with a huge crossover hit – but somehow, this album from the time has always been one of her trickiest to find – a complete gem through and through, done with a slinky, sexy style that's completely outta sight! Robinson's maybe best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Joel Culpepper

Sgt Culpepper
Mr Bongo (UK), 2021. Gatefold
Tremendous work from UK soul singer Joel Culpepper – an artist who seems ready to take the world by storm, and who has a sense of star power that's undeniable – yet also manages to come across as a very down to earth, individual artist on his own! There's a special sort of crackle to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Atlantic City/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1969. (reissue)
A very different album than usual from the South African jazz scene of the 60s – much more rootsy, and very personal sounds – and hardly the kind of nationwide expression you might guess from the title! Instead, the whole thing is very much it's own kind of record – jazz, in ways ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Kippie Moketsi & Hal Singer

Blue Stompin
Gallo/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A record that features a great guest appearance from American tenorist Hal Singer – a player who always seemed to do some of his most interesting work overseas – but a set that's an even greater testament to alto saxophonist Kippie Moketsi and some of his key collaborators on the South ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Sylvain Marc & Del Rabenja

Madagascar Now
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1973.
One of the coolest albums on the rare Palm label of pianist Jef Gilson – a set that's got even more global instrumental currents than some of the other releases on the imprint during it's too-short run! The group is headed here by bassist Sylvin Marc, who also plays drums and percussion ... CD (Jazz CD)

Asha Puthli

Devil Is Loose
CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
A masterpiece of spacey soul by the great Asha Puthli – a really unique 70s singer who has this incredible vocal range, and a great way of using it amidst slinkily soulful tracks – a bit like Minnie Riperton, or maybe like some of the Sylvia Striplin work with Roy Ayers! The sound here ... CD (Soul CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A fabulous look at a new wave of music that hit the American scene at the end of the 60s – sophisticated songs with a deep sense of narrative that went way beyond the usual – first sprung by the world of country music, but with an influence that went on to touch all other styles too! ... CD (Folk/Country CD)

Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim

Elis & Tom
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1974. Gatefold (reissue)
An incredible album – and a landmark session that showed that the bossa nova was still alive and well in the 1970s! The album pairs the breathy jazz vocals of Elis Regina with the booze-soaked warmth of Antonio Carlos Jobim – in a set of spare arrangements that feature a lot of touches ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Universal (France), Mid 60s.
A great collection of work from Michel Magne – one of the hippest French soundtrack talents of the 60s! Most of side one features music for the film Les Tontons Flinguers – an early 60s soundtrack on the French scene, and one that showed that music like this was soon going to rival all ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

King Tubby

Majestic Dub
Jet Star/Demon (UK), 1983. (reissue)
Heavy dub, with a mighty sharp edge – all those points and angles that King Tubby brought to the music with a special punch of his own – almost as if he's showing the scene that these sorts of dub tracks aren't the stuff of head-nodding naps, but instead have a righteous mystical power ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Discos Fuentes/World Circuit, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
A pair of compilations that really opened up the ears of the north to the sound of Colombia – providing a much-needed showcase for the cumbia grooves that had been burning for decades, but which never saw much release for mainstream markets up in the US! The sets were huge at the time, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Backatcha (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2LP
A really unique take on the familiar territory of the funky soul compilation – a set that seems to dig up music that's a genre all unto itself – with very little ties to the popular modes in the mainstream at the time! It's really hard to describe the appeal of these tunes in just a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Polydor/Robinsongs (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. 10CD
A huge package of work from this seminal UK group of the 80s – a combo who managed to bring together an earlier fusion influence with all these strands of soul and pop at the time – in a way that made them a surprisingly big hit on the global scene with work like this! The set features ... CD (Soul CD)
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Here's a genre that most folks have forgotten about, but which was a pretty big one at the time, and great to rediscover all these many years later – the wide world of the Elvis Presley tribute record, served up here in a host of rare 45s from the glory days of the 7" single! Much of ... CD (Rock CD)

Various

Cold Wave #1
Soul Jazz (UK), 2021.
A great collection of work from the contemporary cold wave underground – a strong global movement in recent years that's been inspired by the more experimental styles of the post-punk years, yet have found a way to take the music even further! There's plenty of influence here from the ... CD (Rock CD)

Beverly Glenn-Copeland

At Last EP
Atlast/Transgressive, 1980. (reissue)
Very righteous work from Beverly Glenn-Copeland – one of his most righteous albums, and certainly one of his most soul-based too – as every song features lyrics that show a really strong songwriting side of the pianist – one that has no trouble stepping between genres in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Orchester Roland Kovac

Blue Dance/Milky Way
Saba/Wallen Bink (Germany), Late 60s. (pic cover)
Two wonderfully groovy tracks from vibist Roland Kovac – both lifted from his album Trip To The Mars! "Blue Dance" is great – a modal number that has plenty of vibes in the mix – moving up and down the wonderful bassline and piano part that really make the tune move! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
BMG, 2021.
We've loved the music of soul singer Ledisi since her first self-released album back in the 90s – and since that time, she's matured even more as a vocalist – to a point where she can easily take on the music of Nina Simone with all the glory it deserves! This special set features ... CD (Neo Soul CD)

JD Allen

Queen City
Savant, 2021.
A really powerful solo album from JD Allen – maybe the first we've ever heard from the tenor saxophonist, and a set that's got a very different vibe than some of his recent outings with groups! Allen recorded the music during the height of lockdown in 2020, at a time when he'd had to step ... CD (Jazz CD)
Mute, 1975. 3LP Gatefold
A great addition to the 70s catalog of the legendary Can – a set of live recordings made in Stuttgart in 1975, all of which have the group working in this wonderfully long-jamming style! Tracks are long, and maybe even more proggy than the group's studio work of the time – an all-instru ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1975.
Really beautiful 70s work from pianist Andrew Hill – one of his few sessions from this part of the decade to feature a larger set of players – some really wonderful guests that make some real magic with Hill's brilliant compositions! At the start of the 70s, Andrew had announced a back ... CD (Jazz CD)
Metal Face, 1999. 2LP (reissue)
The first full length from MF Doom – a record that set the standard for underground hip hop to come! On this modern classic, Doom caps off the 90s with more jazzy soul in the beats, and some semblance of straightforward rhyme mastery from both Doom & his guests – taken to the outer ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Eve (Everaldo Marcial)

Canto Aberto
Free Lance/Kosmos (France), 1978. (reissue)
Eve isn't Adam's partner, but instead Brazilian musician Everaldo Marcial – an artist who fled the dictatorship in the 70s for a new home in France – where he recorded this beautiful album in the second half of the 70s! The set's got some of the best hybrid modes of other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3CD
A trio of important albums from this very unique group – brought together here in a single package! First up is Alchemy – the amazing first album from Third Ear Band – a set that's maybe even more distinct than some of their later, better-known recordings! These guys emerged in ... CD (Rock CD)

Modern Sound Quartet

Cocktail Bar
Fonovideo/Holy Basil (Italy), 1976. (reissue)
A sweet cart of electric cocktails from the Modern Sound Quartet – a sound library group that features loads of great keyboards from Italian jazz great Oscar Rocchi! Nearly every track has a different sort of vibe – maybe a change in flavor to match the change in drink names that grace ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Philadelphia International/Legacy,
A beautifully-done collection of work from The Intruders – a brilliant package that follows the group from early harmony days into some of their more sophisticated grooves for Philly International in the 70s! The Intruders have a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ron Henderson & Choice Of Colors

Hooked On Your Love – Rare Tracks
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s.
Underground soul genius from the great Ron Henderson – one of those great 70s also-rans – a true top talent who never fully got his due, but who cut some really wonderful material back in the day! The set features rare 70s singles and some unreleased tracks – all of which work ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Skye, Late 60s.
A wonderful album from Gabor Szabo – one with the same freely grooving, slightly-psychedelic sound that he was using on his best records for the Impulse label! Two guitars head up the quintet – those of Gabor and Jim Stewart – and they trade breezy lines throughout, grooving over ... CD (Jazz CD)

Elis Regina

Elis (1972)
Philips (Brazil), 1972.
A stunning step forward for the great Elis Regina – and a landmark record that would set the stage for most of her final work to come in the 70s! The album's got less of the jazz or bossa inflections of her music from the 60s – and instead moves into this richly sophisticated style ... CD (Brazil CD)

Leon Bridges

Gold-Diggers Sound
Columbia, 2021.
Take it from us, Leon Bridges is no gold-digger – as with music like this, he'll be bringing plenty of the gold himself – as the record is the sort that should really put Bridges over the top! Leon's already been giving us some great sounds in recent years – but this set has ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Elemental, 1987. LP, CD, book and comic book (reissue)
A really special album from French tenorist Barney Wilen – a set of tunes originally recorded to accompany a graphic novel about his troubled life – done at a time when Wilen had emerged from years of obscurity, and was opening up a whole new chapter in his music! The presentation here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Brownswood (UK), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic moment of music from a single day in the studio – a real outpouring of creative activity from the contemporary London scene! MV4 stands for studio four at Maida Vale – a legendary London recording spot, host on this day to some of the hippest talents in the city, brought ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Rudiger Carl/Joel Grip/Sven-Ake Johansson

In Early November
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2021.
A great live set by an incredibly dynamic trio – Rudiger Carl on clarinet and Sven-Ake Johansson on drums – both older improvisers, joined here by the well-matched bass of the younger Joel Grip! If you've not heard Carl before, you're in for a treat – as his sounds on his ... CD (Jazz CD)

Son Yambu

Tremendo Ambiente
Apollo Sound (UK), 2021.
Son Yambu is a group with a very diverse membership, as you might guess from their image on the cover – a mixture of musicians from Cuba and players in London – the city that Son Yambu currently calls home! The music is heavy on influences from the older son genre of Cuban music – ... CD (Latin CD)

Mdou Moctar

Afrique Victime
Matador, 2021.
It's a bit startling to see a record by Tuareg music legend Mdou Moctar on the indie rock powerhouse Matador Records – but that placement is also a great statement to just how much Moctar's guitar and the whole Tuareg scene has become in recent years! The sound is every bit as sharp as on ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Beatnik, 2021.
Arlo Parks may be part of the super sad generation, but her music makes us plenty happy – as the British singer/songwriter has a way of reaching out with her own flaws and fragility, and making a very welcome space in her sound for her audience! The tunes are nicely understated – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)

Jam & Lewis

Jam & Lewis Vol 1
BMG, 2021.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have helped out countless soul artists over the decades – real superproducers who emerged in the 80s to help the music find a whole new direction – stepping out here for the first time ever as artists on their own! Back in the day, Jam and Lewis added plenty ... CD (Soul CD)
Mississippi, Late 80s/Early 90s.
Dig Tuareg guitar? Then you should find plenty here to really expand your listening palette, and in a nicely different way – as these older cuts from Mauritania show a similar use of electric guitar over long-spun rhythms – often cyclical and hypnotic, especially when the musician ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Timmion (Finland), 2021.
An instrumental version of the set that the group cut with Jeb Loy Nichols – and one that's really overflowing with the group's wonderful deep funk vibe! The core group features Hammond, bass, and drums – but there's also some added horns on the top, handled by Jukka Eskola – who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Philippe Sarde

Cesar Et Rosalie
CAM/Transversales Disques (France), 1972. (reissue)
One of the coolest Philippe Sarde soundtracks of the 70s – a set that balances his conventional modes with some much more offbeat moments – including some very cool use of electronics next to some bold woodwinds scored by Hubert Rostaing! The approach is very unusual for Sarde, and his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Modern Sound Quartet

Floreama
Fonovideo/Holy Basil (Italy), 1977. (reissue)
A keyboard-heavy set from the 70s, and one that's on the funkier side of the sound library spectrum – thanks to an array of grooves that move with the speed of some of the best cop or crime soundtracks of the time! The main maestro here is Oscar Rocchi – an older Italian jazz player ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968.
A bold leap forward from Gilberto Gil – his first album recorded during the Tropicalia years, and an amazing collaboration with arranger Rogerio Duprat! The album's got a sound that really bridges scenes in Brazil – elements of older folkloric musics, folded with samba rhythms, folded ... CD (Brazil CD)
Elemental, 1969. 2CD
Two different slices of work from Bill Evans – both recorded on separate visits to The Netherlands in 1969 – a crucial year of performance for the pianist! Both sets feature the amazing Eddie Gomez on bass, and Marty Morell on drums – and the first 2/3 of the package is studio ... CD (Jazz CD)

Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil

Barra 69
Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1969.
A seminal live set that brings together two giants of the Tropicalia scene – Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, recorded here in a rough-edged performance from 1969! The format has the artists alternating songs throughout the set, then coming together for a duet at the end – and the ... CD (Brazil CD)
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s.
That's the great Cheap Trick on the cover – an image that gives you a very good idea of what you'll find inside – the kind of cool, catchy tunes that group mastered in the 70s – served up here by a really surprising range of artists from later years too! The "power pop" ... CD (Rock CD)
Made In Germany (Germany), 1975. 2CD
A fantastic live set from reedman Gary Bartz – captured here with his ultra-hip NTU group – who you might know from their classic albums on Milestone in the 70s! Gary's soaring out with a hell of a lot of pride and power right from the start – effortlessly spinning these long ... CD (Jazz CD)

Czarface & MF Doom

Super What?
Silver Age, 2021.
MF Doom left our planet all too soon, and he left behind a great legacy of music, too – including a previous collaboration with the Czarface collective, nicely matched by this posthumous set! The balance here is great, and the set brings the metal man of mystery into great play with his ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Philadelphia International, 1973. 2LP Gatefold
The setting is the Golden Gate, but the sound is pure Philly International – a rare early live performance from the label, featuring some of its key vocal heavyweights working here with live accompaniment from MFSB! Although the instrumental group backed Philly artists often in the studio, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Radio Martiko (Belgium), 1960s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic combination of sounds – as older Greek modes hit the rock and roll years, get electrified, and turn out all these amazing records in the process! Part of the sound here comes from an electrified version of the bouzouki – often used with a deftness that might rival American ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Jorge Ben

Sacundin Ben Samba
Universal (Brazil), 1964.
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, ... CD (Brazil CD)
Cultures Of Soul, 1970s.
A heavenly set of funky tracks from the indie scene of the 70s – titles that were all recorded as singles for the gospel market, but which have a fair bit of funk in the rhythms! These tunes all have massive appeal well beyond their spiritual message – heavy drums, amazing basslines, ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Elis Regina

Samba Eu Canto Assim
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965.
One of the first albums ever by this legendary bossa singer! Even at this young age, Elis Regina diplays a talent for interpretation and an emotional power that few other Brazilian vocalists could match – a way of putting over a tune that brought a whole new level of sophistication to ... CD (Brazil CD)
Elenco/Universal (Japan), Mid 60s.
Groundbreaking instrumental work from the legendary Roberto Menescal – one of the key figures to emerge in the bossa nova generation, and one of the few to have a strong recording legacy well into the 21st century! Here, Menescal emerges with a sound that's so fresh, it still sounds amazing ... CD (Brazil CD)

Vinicius De Moraes & Odette Lara

Vinicius & Odette Lara
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1963.
A dream of a bossa session – the kind of cool, yet sophisticated session that made the 60s Elenco label so great! The album features vocals by the completely lovely Odette Lara – a blue-tinged singer who really gets at the melancholy in the music – which is superbly underscored ... CD (Brazil CD)

Sonny Burgess

Sonny Burgess Rocks
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s.
The great Sonny Burgess is one of those underground rockers that fans of Sun Records really dig – but he's also one of the few from that scene who kept his light burning over the strongly – as you'll hear here in the first-ever cross-label collection to feature Sonny's music in all of ... CD (Rock CD)

Elis Regina

Elis (1966)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1966.
An excellent early gem by one of Brazil's greatest singers! The record captures Elis Regina at a prime early stage – when her voice was raw and filled with emotion, and when she was backed by some excellent arrangements that blended jazz, bossa, and more complicated vocal settings. The ... CD (Brazil CD)
Impulse (Japan), 1969.
Swirling spiritual work from Alice Coltrane – an incredible trio album that features her heavily on harp, plus a bit of piano – in a trio with Ron Carter on bass and Rashied Ali on drums! The sound is wonderful – lush, yet contemplative – in a personal style that really ... CD (Jazz CD)

Kenny Burrell

Asphalt Canyon Suite
Verve (Japan), 1969.
A stunner from Kenny Burrell – one of his most sophisticated and soulful sessions of the 60s! Kenny's working here with the ultra-cool arranger Johnny Pate – best known for his work with Curtis Mayfield, and his 70s soundtrack fame – but a heck of a creative talent when it comes ... CD (Jazz CD)
Quartin/Far Out (UK), 1970. (reissue)
A tremendous lost masterpiece from Jose Mauro – a less-remembered figure in Brazilian music at the start of the 70s – but one we'd rank right up there with the best of the time, on a short list that would include Marcos Valle, Milton Nascimento, and Arthur Verocai! Like those three ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Philips (Japan), 1966.
A beautiful early gem from Nara Leao! This one has a similar feel to her classic O Canto Livre album – in that it's got a deeper approach than some of her bossa work, with a mix of some of the more complicated, slightly folksy styles used by singers like Geraldo Vandre or Chico Buarque De ... CD (Brazil CD)
HoZac, 2021.
A really great idea for a book on records – and one that's completely different than most that we've seen before! Unlike other books of this nature, which are filled with "essential" or "classic" records – this book is full of flops, or records that never really hit ... Book (Book)
Universal (Japan), 1976.
Brazilian accordion player Dominguinhos first got his start in forro – but here, the sound is something else entirely – a very groovy mode that you might expect from the style of the cover! There's still plenty of accordion on hand, but it's often mixed with arrangements that have some ... CD (Brazil CD)
Curtom/Run Out Groove, 1970. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A really great take on the music of Donovan – not his own groovy songs of the 60s, but a whole host of others taking up his tunes and moving it into some really great new dimensions! We love Donovan to death, and while we'll never tire of the man's own recordings of his tunes, we're always ... CD (Rock CD)
Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), 2021.
A beautiful tribute to the music of Eden Ahbez – the original "nature boy" himself, and a mystical west coast composer who was to the LA scene what Moondog was to New York! The songs here come from unrecorded sheet music left behind by Eden – songs composed in the early 60s, ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Sarang Bang (New Zealand), 1966.
A beautiful set from the Australian jazz underground of the 60s – two never-heard live recordings by the group of altoist Bernie McGann – a player who was one of the strongest modernists working down under at the time! Bernie's got this open, soaring tone on his horn that's really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Universal (Japan), 1993.
A set of compositions penned by Roberto and Erasmo Carlos – sung by Maria Bethania in a warmly personal setting! The style here gets away from any of the too-romantic qualities that can sometimes mar presentation of the Carlos' brothers work – and instead, Bethania uses her innate ... CD (Brazil CD)

Henri Salvador

Homme Studio
Born Bad (France), 1970s.
The title's a bit of a pun – that's "home studio", not homme studio – a reference to the fact that most of this work was recorded by 60s French pop star Henri Salvador in his own private studio – music that makes for some of the most interesting sounds in his career, at ... CD (French CD)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1964.
Beautiful work from the incredible Nara Leao – a record that's lightly driven by the bossa, but with some sadder and darker touches that really set the sound apart! Backings on most tracks are simply spare percussion, and an acoustic guitar follows Nara's vocals as they dart in and out of ... CD (Brazil CD)

Southern Energy Ensemble

Open Your Mind
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A sweet bit of spiritual jazz from the legendary Black Fire scene – the only record ever cut by this group, but a set that stands up strongly next to the label's famous work by Oneness Of Juju!! Southern Energy Ensemble were one of the super-hip combos on the righteous side of the DC scene ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Gracinha Leporace

Gracinha
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968.
Great early work from singer Gracinha Leporace – a vocalist you might know from her later work in Bossa Rio, or her recordings with husband Sergio Mendes! Even at the start, Gracinha's a hell of a singer – a vocalist who's capable of all the coolness of the bossa era, yet still richly ... CD (Brazil CD)
Burdland/Modern Harmonic, 1966.
A really groovy record by a really unusual group – a trio who played at a small resort in Missouri during the 60s, where they effortlessly mixed up elements of rock, jazz, and country for the crowds at the bar! That's the lovely Ann Delrene on the front, and she's a hell of a singer – ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Universal (Japan), 1967.
A lovely early album by the great Nara Leao! The record is from the key year of 1967, when Nara cut some of her most fantastic early work – and the set list features some of the more sophisticated tunes of her earlier sessions – tracks that mix up up samba, bossa, and tracks in other ... CD (Brazil CD)

Dana Gillespie

Deep Pockets
Ace (UK), 2021.
Strong new work from Dana Gillespie – a British singer, but one who's always had a love of American roots in her music – way back to when she was just performing as a schoolgirl back in the 60s! Yet somehow along the way, Dana didn't always get the setting that her voice deserved ... CD (Rock CD)

Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble

Live At Bing Theater – Los Angeles 1985
Dark Tree (France), 1985.
A never-issued live performance from the Nimbus Records scene in LA – a spiritual gem that features bassist Roberto Miranda in the lead, working with some key other players from the city at the time! Miranda's always been one of the secret heroes of the underground west coast scene – a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Brownswood (UK), 2021.
A truly remarkable book, and unlike anything else we've ever seen – part discography, part photography, part travelogue – and together, an amazing testament to both the human spirit, and the power of music to see us all through! Gilles Peterson put the book together as something of a ... Book (Book)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1980.
A really wonderful album from Quarteto Em Cy – the Brazilian vocal quartet who first rose to prominence during the bossa nova years, but soon moved into even more sophisticated material during the 70s! The approach of this set is telegraphed in the title – as the group take on songs ... CD (Brazil CD)
Sugar/Decca, 1980. (reissue)
A cool change from the usual from Ennio Morricone – a later soundtrack, and one that features some surprisingly jazzy tracks! Part of the set features the more standard Morricone orchestrations you might expect – some really great tracks that have offbeat larger arrangements that are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Leon Bridges

Gold-Diggers Sound
Columbia, 2021.
Take it from us, Leon Bridges is no gold-digger – as with music like this, he'll be bringing plenty of the gold himself – as the record is the sort that should really put Bridges over the top! Leon's already been giving us some great sounds in recent years – but this set has ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Friday Music, Late 60s.
Lots of unusual tracks – including "My Share Of The Sidewalk", "Party", "Carlisle Wheeling", "I Don't Think You Know Me", "Teeny Tiny Gnome", "Nine Times Blue", "Lady's Baby", "War Games", "Storybook Of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee

Working Man Blues
Sunset Blvd, 1961/1974/1980. 2CD
A trio of different slices of work from this legendary blues duo – all material that goes way past some of the obvious reissues on the market! The first quarter of the set features the rare album You Hear Me Talkin – originally cut for the Choice Records label in 1961 – done with ... CD (Blues CD)
Sunset Blvd, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
A wealth of rare work pulled from the archives of Ike Turner – a mix of studio tracks and live recordings, most of which are issued here for the first time ever – to offer up a much-needed addition to the Ike and Tina catalog of the time! Tina's in the lead on most tracks – ... CD (Soul CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1981.
The third album from the mighty Oneness Of Juju – and a set that has the group tightening up their groove after the spiritual jazz approach of previous records! The style here mixes a bit more boogie with their very sharp instrumentation – still with lots of righteous energy throughout ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Milton Nascimento

Milton (1976)
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1976.
An important American album for the great Milton Nascimento – his first recorded in the US since the earlier Courage set for A&M – and like that record, a perfect bridge between the sound of his work in Brazil and the global modes that he had to offer! A key part of the set is the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

Lost Treasures – Rare & Unreleased
A&M/Herb Alpert Presents, 1960s.
Genius, pure genius – a wonderful collection of 22 rare numbers by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – all recorded during the group's years at A&M Records, and including a number of previously unreleased tunes! The sound here is completely sublime – way more than just the ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981.
A really beautiful session from Benny Golson – and proof that, throughout the years, Golson could always continue to turn out wonderful material! Benny's working here with old bandmate Curtis Fuller on trombone – and the pair are supported by a trio who include Bill Mays on piano, Bob ... CD (Jazz CD)
Soul Jazz (UK), 2005. 2LP (reissue)
Drummer Steve Reid made some fantastic records back in the 70s – indie label spiritual jazz sessions that went on to become the stuff of legend over the decades – so much so, Reid was able to return to the forefront with this amazing new record in the 21st Century! The set is something ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Alice Coltrane

Monastic Trio
Impulse (Japan), 1968.
Early work by Alice Coltrane – somewhat under the shadow of her late husband, as you'd guess from the use of his name on the front cover – but really stepping out here with a voice of her own! The Monastic Trio of the set features Alice on harp and piano – alongside bass from ... CD (Jazz CD)

Milton Nascimento

Milton Nascimento Ao Vivo
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1983.
A live album from Milton Nascimento, but a set that's got all the majesty of his studio work of the 70s – thanks to a core group that's really wonderful, and some larger orchestrations that must have taken up a fair bit of space on the stage! Nascimento's got that wonderfully expressive ... CD (Brazil CD)

Laurindo Almeida

Viva Bossa Nova!
Capitol (Japan), 1962.
A sweet little album from Laurindo Almeida and his "Bossa Nova All Stars" – not a group of Brazilian musicians, and instead a hip set of LA players who really help make the set sparkle! There's a bit more jazz here than on some of Laurindo's other Capitol records of the time – ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1987.
A great one from Nara Leao's "back to bossa" years in the late 80s – a set that has the lovely vocalist working through older American standards – but done here with new lyrics in Portuguese and some great bossa backings from Roberto Menescal! Menescal's airy style proved to ... CD (Brazil CD)

Claudette Soares

Claudette Soares No. 3
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970.
Tremendously beautiful work from Claudette Soares – and just the kind of record to show why she was different than some of her contemporaries in Brazil! The album's got a nice little groove on most numbers – even the mellower ones – a style that's a bit like the best Blue Brazil ... CD (Brazil CD)

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble

Now
International Anthem, 2021.
A brilliant and beautiful album from Damon Locks – even more powerful than his Where Future Unfolds album, and that's saying a heck of a lot! The record proclaims part of its mission in its title – and is maybe the first set we've heard to point the way forward creatively after the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Moacir Santos

Carnival Of The Spirits
Blue Note (Japan), 1975.
A sublime 70s session from Moacir Santos – a set that mixes the complex grooves he forged in 60s Brazil with the warmly jazzy sound of American fusion – all in a result that's totally unique! The album's quite different than any other electric Brazilian sets recorded in the US at the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Alice Coltrane

Lord Of Lords
Impulse (Japan), 1972.
Beautifully high concept work from Alice Coltrane – the kind of record you'd use to announce the arrival of a new king – or lord, for that matter! The record features Coltrane at the head of a large group of string players – creating a full, rich sound that serves as the backdrop ... CD (Jazz CD)

Luiz Bonfa & Maria Toledo

Braziliana
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965.
Very groovy bossa tracks – very much in the mode of some of the Verve hit recordings of the mid 60s! After the success of the Astrud Gilberto/Joao Gilberto work with Stan Getz, it's clear that Philips and Luiz Bonfa wanted to get in on the act – and they've paired Bonfa's guitar with ... CD (Brazil CD)

Vinicius De Moraes & Toquinho

Vinicius & Toquinho (1974)
Universal (Japan), 1974.
Classic bossa mixed with more ambitious touches for the 70s – easily one of the greatest records ever to come from the team of Vinicius and Toquinho! The record has vocals by both, often layered on top of each other with a wonderfully spacious feel that spreads out beautifully between the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Chico Buarque & Ennio Morricone

Per Un Pugno Di Samba
RCA/Sony (Italy), 1970.
An amazing record – one that stands as one of Chico Buarque's greatest from the 70s! The set was recorded in Italy in 1970 – and features Chico singing lead vocals over backings handled by Ennio Morricone – all in a style that's a perfect blend of MPB with the best elements of ... CD (Brazil CD)

Michael Mayo

Bones
Mack Avenue, 2021.
An effortless blend of jazz and soul from Michael Mayo – a singer who's got the vocal range of the former style, but also hits all the warmth of the latter! The tunes are set up here in territory that might sound familiar on paper, but which instantly bristles as Michael's own when you hear ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Early 60s. 3CD
Rare work from a very unique chapter in the career of baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan – his larger Concert Jazz Band – an ensemble that really helped flesh out some of the ideas he'd explored previously with smaller combos! The group recorded a few albums for Verve in the early 60s ... CD (Jazz CD)

Rio 65 Trio

Rio 65 Trio
Universal (Japan), 1965.
A brilliant record right from the very first note! This amazing first album by the Rio 65 Trio is a solid gem all the way through – a magical moment in the recording studio, and a record that forever changed the face of bossa! The trio features piano work by jazz legend Dom Salvador – ... CD (Brazil CD)
ATA (UK), 2021.
A great contemporary take on the vintage sound library mode – one that has a host of artists from the UK's ATA Records label turning out a sweet set of instrumentals for this really wonderful collection! ATA stands for All Things Analogue – and there's definitely an old school vibe to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Tramp (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A soaring blend of rare club tracks from the glory days of the American disco underground – music that was cut in the deep shadows of the mainstream market at the time, and which has gone on to have a lot longer staying power too! The cuts here are all from very obscure releases on tiny ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Tony Allen

There Is No End
Blue Note, 2021.
A very different album than some of the more recent efforts from the legendary drummer Tony Allen – and a set that shows that, as the title proclaims, there is no end to the creative talents of the mighty musician – even after he departed our planet! This set has Allen working with a ... CD (Global Grooves CD)

Milton Nascimento

Geraes
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1976.
Beautiful stuff – and one of Milton Nascimento's greatest albums of the 70s! The style here is a bit more subdued than on some of his later work – but in a way that's really majestic and soulful, showing the further development of Milton's unique idiom as he becomes one of the ... CD (Brazil CD)
Barclay/Universal (Japan), 1968.
Beautiful bossa from late 60s France – a really lovely session that mixes the vocals of Tita with jazzy backings from Trio Camara – who we know from their own legendary album on the Saravah label! The sound here is a bit different than bossa from Brazil – somewhat darker at ... CD (Brazil CD)
Daptone, 2021.
We loved Cochemea the first time around, but this second solo album is even better – a set that has the reedman really finding his own unique sound away from The Dap Kings – often blowing on an electrified saxophone, but in ways that are very different than late 60s experiments in that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Augusto Martelli

Nella Misura In Cui
Four Flies (Italy), 1979.
A sweet little entry in the small Italian genre of "erotic films on island location" – served up with this fantastic blend of 70s instrumentation and older exotica percussion! The setting is the Caribbean, but that's more in fantasy than the musical styles within – as Augusto ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Parlophone, 1972. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A massive live set from Hawkwind – recorded early in the group's career, at a time when they were maybe at their space rock height – playing a concert gig as part of a special party in the UK! There's a really sinister vibe to the tracks – maybe because of the live setting, which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s.
Some of the most righteous sounds ever recorded at the legendary Studio One label in Jamaica – 70s music that marks a time when the company was moving into some of the more thoughtful, meaningful lyrics that rose to prominence during the rasta generation! The shift is no surprise, given that ... CD (Reggae CD)
Philips/DOL (Russia), 1963. Gatefold
A seminal set from one of the greatest bossa combos ever – a group who could boast sharp instrumentation and warm vocal harmonies too! The mix of sounds is completely sublime – jazzy piano trio sounds at the core, topped by soaring harmonies from the members of the trio – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
That's Miles Davis and Jeanne Moreau on the cover – and image is a perfect summation of what makes this period in film music so unique! The set brings together music from the French new wave of the late 50s and early 60s – a time when revolutionary directors were putting fresh new ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
First Word (UK), 2021.
Trombonist Nathaniel Cross works here in a great combination of jazz and more contemporary rhythms – a style that uses beats on most of the tracks, but which still features plenty of warm, improvised work from Cross and his bandmates! The style is very much in the current London mode – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Muzak/NJA (Netherlands), Late 50s/1960s.
A wonderful collection of work from Dutch singer Ann Burton – all of it recorded before her breakthrough album, Blue Burton – featured in a set that includes her debut EP release from 1965, and a decade's worth of music from Ann's own archives, which appear here for the first time ever! ... CD (Vocalists CD)

Baden Powell

Tempo Feliz
Forma/Universal (Japan), 1966.
A really beautiful early album from Baden Powell, and a really unique one as well – as the set features some guest work from harmonica player Mauricio Einhorn – a very jazzy talent who was a bit like the Toots Thielemans of Brazil at the time! The combination of harmonica and acoustic ... CD (Brazil CD)

Art Hirahara

Open Sky
Posi tone, 2020.
Pianist Art Hirahara is one of our favorite contemporary players on his instrument of late – a musician with a bold sense of tone and color, a very fresh approach to structure, and a great ear for a tune – which means this record is filled with originals by Art, and not the more ... CD (Jazz CD)
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Something weird, and something very cool too – a set that brings together a whole host of strange and unusual tunes from the glory days of exploitation cinema! These cuts are all from a time when the b-movie underground was playing it fast and loose – trying to get more folks into the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Nara Leao

Nara (1964)
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1964.
Incredible early bossa material from one of Brazil's greatest singers! The record is lively, yet sophisticated – with strong arrangements by Gaya and Moacir Santos, and a vocal approach by Nana that really moves past the sweeter sound of other bossa singers – into a mode that's rich ... CD (Brazil CD)

Miles Davis with Sonny Stitt

Live In Paris – 1960
Fremeaux & Associates/Return To Analog (Canada), 1960. 2LP
Rare work from a sometimes-overlooked chapter in the career of Miles Davis – a time when Sonny Stitt was briefly filling the tenor sax role that was more famously held by John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter! Stitt in any group is always a treat – and here, working with Miles, he turns in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Warner, 1981. 2LP
The groundbreaking first album from The Time – a set that very firmly put the Minneapolis soul scene on the map, served up by a lineup that was maybe even more of a supergroup than Prince's band at the time! And while most folks credit Prince with helping The Time get their start, these guys ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Jef Gilson & Malagasy

Malagasy At Newport-Paris
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. (reissue)
An incredible live performance from French pianist Jef Gilson and his groundbreaking Malagasy combo – a group of musicians from Madagascar, exiled in Paris – working here with Gilson on some really amazing sounds! The record is definitely jazz a the core – thanks to plenty of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Umas & Outras

Poucas E Boas
Universal (Japan), 1970.
A totally groovy Brazilian trio – three female singers, working together with some of the harmony modes of a group like Quarteto Em Cy – but also coming across with a range of playful and interesting styles as well! The set's got a heady sound that really lives up to the cover – ... CD (Brazil CD)

Hermeto Pascoal E Grupo

Festa Dos Deuses
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1992.
A later album by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal – but a set that crackles with all the fire and imagination of his classic recordings! The mood here takes us back to Slaves Mass or A Musica Livre – a mad mix of catchy rhythms, tight jazzy solos, and an insane approach to arrangement ... CD (Brazil CD)

Julian Lage

Squint
Blue Note, 2021.
Guitarist Julian Lage has become one of the more distinct stylists on his instrument in recent years – and this Blue Note debut is likely to cement his role as one of the more important players of his generation! Lage is in a trio here – working with Dave King on drums and Jorge Roeder ... CD (Jazz CD)

Chick Corea

Circulus
Blue Note, 1970.
Amazing stuff – and work that will have you changing your opinion about Chick Corea! Around 1970, Corea was part of a groundbreaking group called Circle – an amazing avant quartet that featured his own piano next to the reeds of Anthony Braxton, bass of Dave Holland, and drums of Barry ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tribe/Solid (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
An excellent lost classic from Detroit soul jazz powerhouse Phil Ranelin! Trombonist Ranelin was one of the key figures in the city's Tribe Records scene – and this album is one of the greatest that the label ever issued. The set features Ranelin on trombone, Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ivan Lins

Juntos
Universal (Japan), 1984.
A stone classic from the great Ivan Lins – a set recorded at a time when he was fast becoming a big name on the global scene, not just in Brazil – thanks to his wonderful sense of songwriting and lyricism! The album's almost a celebration of all that Lins had done so far – put ... CD (Brazil CD)
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1972.
A tripped-out batch of hard jamming tracks from ex-Mutante Rita Lee – recorded with assistance from all the members of the group at the time, but in a mode that's quite different overall! Lee is clearly the star of the show here – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach ... CD (Brazil CD)
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
Percussionist Yoshisaburo Toyozumi – aka Sabu – heads up a brilliant set of creative jazz based on compositions by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – in a record that's clearly titled with a nod to the musical achievements of the AACM! The album's three long tracks are all AEC ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood

Live
International Anthem, 2021.
Angel Bat Dawid is a completely mesmerizing artist on record, but she's even more mindblowing in a live setting – where she seems to channel the energy of the skies and the planet into her music – brimming over with righteous energy that guides the rest of the group with a hell of a lot ... CD (Jazz CD)

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band

Expansions
Big Crown, 2021.
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band always sound great – but this time around, they feel funkier than before, and maybe a bit more sinister too – a really great change that has us falling in love with the group all over again! There's still plenty of steel drums in the mix – used to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

Sebastiao Tapajos & Pedro Dos Santos

Sebastiao Tapajos & Pedro Dos Santos Vol 1
Trova/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. (reissue)
Guitarist Sebastiao Tapajos really sounds wonderful here – playing in a spare setting, but a lively one too – thanks to work from percussionist Pedro Dos Santos, who plays a wide variety of instruments that really keep things groovy! There's a feel here that's a bit like some of Baden ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Shane Cooper

Happenstance
Kit (UK), 2021.
An interesting mix of improvisation and pre-recorded sounds – served up by Shane Cooper with work on Fender Rhodes, bass, and guitar – and garnished with help from a range of different musicians in Johannesburg! The album features two long tracks, both of which have loose ideas in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Charles Tolliver & Music Inc

Live at Slugs Vol 2 (180 gram pressing)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
A classic performance by one of the most groundbreaking soul jazz groups of the 70s! Tolliver's leading his Music Inc ensemble here – an important quartet that featured him on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums. During their time recording for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers

Funk Express (with bonus tracks)
Source/Raw Venture, 1980.
A great lost moment from seminal DC funk artist Chuck Brown – a set done after his mid 70s Sussex albums with the Soul Searchers, but before his bigger shift to GoGo modes in the 80s – all with a surprisingly jazzy vibe at times, thanks to sharp production from the great Wayne Henderson! ... CD (Soul CD)
Storyville (Denmark), 2021.
A great look back at a small but wonderful slice of 60s jazz – the very groovy compositions of pianist Clare Fischer – a player who could easily absorb influences from bossa nova and Latin music, and really give them a special sort of California vibe! Clare worked often with Cal Tjader ... CD (Jazz CD)
Universal (Japan), 1997.
A landmark record from Brazilian soul singer Ed Motta – the set that really got him the attention he deserved – and put him right up there in a soul music pantheon next to his famous uncle, the great Tim Maia! The set's not Ed's first, but it's the one where he really found his groove ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Imperial/Universal (Japan), 1959.
A beautiful early showcase of the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and one of the best late 50s albums from the lovely Sylvia Telles! The album's got a wonderfully gentle feel – one that's a far cry from some of the more emotive female vocal work that had come from Brazil in the ... CD (Brazil CD)

Hugo Jasa

Estados De Animo
Little Butterfly/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1990. Gatefold (reissue)
A really obscure set from the tiny scene in Uruguay at the start of the 90s – a sweet batch of electronic instrumentals from Hugo Jasa, who works here in a mode that's more like Japanese electric music of the 80s than anything you might expect from South America! There's plenty of drum ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Impulse, 1965. Gatefold (reissue)
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Pye/BMG, 1970.
An album that maybe marked the close of one chapter of The Kinks, and the start of another – music that still holds on to some of the best elements of their late 60s Village Green era, but which also moves the group into some of the headier territory of their Muswell Hill/RCA years too! Ray ... CD (Rock CD)

Dave & Ansell Collins

Double Barrel (180 gram pressing)
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Early 70s.
Fantastic work from the team of Dave Baker and Ansel Collins – one a soulful singer from the Jamaican rocksteady scene, the other a hip keyboardist whose organ lines really make the album shimmer! The pair scored a huge international hit with this album – and the whole thing was a key ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

William S Burroughs

Ali's Smile
Paradigm (UK), 1963/1971. (reissue)
One of the rarest albums ever by William S Burroughs – issued here with some great bonus material too! Most of side one features Burroughs reading from his story Ali's Smile – done in that unique style that makes his spoken versions of his writing even more stunning than the words on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Spoken Word LP)
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
A monster album that's gone onto influence a generation – but which was barely recognized at the time! Singer Eugene McDaniels had scored big with some pop hits in the 60s under the name Gene McDaniels – but here, he steps out in a righteous batch of offbeat funk tunes – filled ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Fresh/Get On Down, 1986. (reissue)
Just-Ice wasn't actually part of the old school – although to some, the 1986 release might seem pretty darn close – but he definitely does a good job here of keeping things nice and clean on his classic debut! Production is from Mantronik, but there's also a harder edge than most of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s.
A searing collection of work from the tiny Garland Record label – most of which was not issued at the time, but which together presents the label as a powerhouse of newly-minted hard rock from the Northwest scene! This package definitely blows away previous collections of work on the label ... CD (Rock CD)

Jef Gilson & Malagasy

Malagasy
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1971. (reissue)
A groundbreaking project from French pianist Jef Gilson – an artist who'd already made some incredible records in the 60s, but really knocked it out of the park here – by collaborating with a host of musicians from Madagascar! The set mixes Gilson's strong ear for arrangement with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Miriam Makeba

Keep Me In Mind
Reprise/Strut (UK), 1970. (reissue)
One of Miriam Makeba's hippest albums of all time – a set that marked the end of her association with Reprise Records, and her fame in the crossover American scene of the 60s – and for good reason, too – as the whole thing's brimming over with much more righteous energy than ever ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Made In Germany (Germany), 1988.
A later live set from the legendary Brazilian duo of Flora Purim on vocals and Airto on percussion – but a set that's every bit as strong as some of the best work they cut together in the 70s! The vibe here is nice and lean – as the group's just a quintet, with Gary Meek on tenor, ... CD (Brazil CD)

Thulani Davis

Nothing But The Music
Blank Forms, 2021.
Fantastic work from an overlooked poet – one who takes up music as her subject matter throughout this collection of work – with individual pieces on Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, the Bad Brains, Thelonious Monk, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and other key figures in music from the ... Book (Book)
Someothaship, Mid 90s.
Long-lost early sounds from Dudley Perkins – aka Declaime – mid 90s tracks recorded at the Crate Diggas Palace in Oxnard, with cuts and beats by a young Madlib! The music is early in both of their careers, but already shows the distinct path they would chart forward – especially ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Robinsongs (UK), 1970s/1980s. 4CD
A tremendous testament to one of the greatest soul groups of the 70s – one with a legacy that goes far beyond the music in this set, but which is really captured here during the golden years of The Whispers on record! The group has roots that start in the vocal group underground of the late ... CD (Soul CD)
Grapefruit (UK), Mid 60s. 2CD
A huge amount of work from The Merseybeats – a group who were Liverpool contemporaries of The Beatles, and named after the body of water alongside the city – but who were way more than a copycat combo overall! Like many other 60s British groups, The Merseybeats start out with a sound ... CD (Rock CD)
MPS (Germany), 1969. Gatefold (reissue)
Pure genius from Oscar Peterson – one of his finest moments ever! The record is very different than most of Oscar's over-recorded trio format ones – and features Claus Ogerman crafting some impeccable backings of lofty strings and compressed horns, creating a pillow of air that takes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Karl Berger with Masahiko Sato

With Silence
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
There's nothing silent here – as the album's one of the most biting 70s albums we've heard from vibist Karl Berger – an album that's relatively free overall, and which features some fantastic work by Masahiko Sato on piano! Sato really seems to bring out the darker tones in Berger's ... CD (Jazz CD)

Gianni Dell'Orso/Gianni Oddi

Mondo Di Notte Oggi – Soul Meeting/Teenager
Four Flies (Italy), 1975. (pic cover)
Two fantastic tracks from this sweet Italian 70s soundtrack – both very worthy of being pressed on a funky 45! "Soul Meeting" has a strong piano line at the start, peppered with lots of funky congas – then given this sweet flute line that gets all jazzy and colorful, and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Vogue/Sundazed, 1970. (reissue)
Fantastic pop from The Matchmakers – a group who only went by that name on some of their records – as they were more of a studio project from UK producers Mark Wirtz and Kris Ife, and also issued work as The Guards, Fickle Finger, Krimson Kake, Happy Confusion, Cellophane Mop, Father's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Philips/Vinyl Lovers (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
Some of the most beautiful work ever recorded by Caetano Veloso – an album that carries on the style of English language lyrics used on his session in exile in 1971, but which also introduces him back to the world of Brazilian popular music! The album's a great transition for Veloso – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Natik Awayez

Manbarani
Sublime Frequencies, 2021.
A contemporary album, but one with a very ancient vibe – recorded in Cairo on a mix of percussion and stringed instruments, and set to vocals that have a wonderful way of cascading over the grooves! From what we can tell, there's no electricity in the instrumentation – which furthers ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Themes/Be With (UK), 1979.
A sound library set that definitely lives up to its title – as the whole thing features nothing but drums and percussion, running through a very wide spectrum of sounds throughout! Barry Morgan and Ray Cooper handle the instruments – and come together with a sense of variety that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, & Kamasi Washington

Dinner Party (with bonus download)
Sound Of Crenshaw, 2020.
A fantastic blend of jazz, contemporary soul, and hip hop – served up by a group who can really get the sound right – Terrace Martin on keyboards and alto, Robert Glasper on keyboards, Kamasi Washington on tenor, and 9th Wonder on beats! Vocals on most tracks are by Phoelix, who really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
BMG, Late 60s/1970s/1980s. 2CDs
A great addition to the Nina Simone catalog – material recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival on a number of different dates – all very different performances that really show the legendary singer at the top of her game! The setting shifts here from date to date – the package ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Naughty Rhythm (Italy), Mid 70s.
A very cool collection – and a record that's maybe more "cosmic" than it is "discotheque" – as most of these tunes are more funky than they are clubby! That's not a bad thing at all, though – and the whole thing is almost an extension of the initial late 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)

Carlos Nino & Friends

More Energy Fields – Current
International Anthem, 2021.
Fantastic work from Carlos Nino – and a great return to the kind of highly collaborative projects that made him one of the key spiritual jazz talents to emerge in the 21st Century! The record's a shift from some of the quieter, more contemplative work that Carlos has given us of late – ... CD (Jazz CD)
United Artists/Get On Down, 1968.
One of the few albums ever cut by Les DeMerle, one of the hippest drummers of his time – made legendary thanks to legions of samplers and beatheads in the 90s! This is certainly one of Les' best ever efforts – a tight batch of funky big band tracks, with lots of nice grooves, and a ... CD (Jazz CD)
KPM (UK), 1976. (reissue)
A record with an unassuming cover, but a set that's overflowing with a fantastic array of funky instrumentals – and maybe a lot more so than any other mid 70s records with a more soul-styled cover! Keith Mansfield is an unassuming guy – mostly laboring in relative obscurity of the Brit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)

O'Donel Levy

Black Velvet
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature ... CD (Jazz CD)

Alessandro Alessandroni

Sangue Di Sbirro – pAd Reworks EP
Four Flies (Italy), 1976/2021.
Great remixes of two funky tracks from a 70s soundtrack by Alessandro Alessandroni – both of which retain all their original warmth and charm! First up is "Manhattan", done in both a "nightclub" and "daylight" version – the first of which has a really deep ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Sound Library 12-inch)
KPM/Be With (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A sound library masterpiece from the great Keith Mansfield – a UK maestro who was very adept at an older style of keyboard funk at the start of the 70s, but who here moves into a range of styles that also point the way towards 80s grooves to come! There's still lots of full instrumentation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. (reissue)
Really beautiful work from pianist Horace Tapscott – working here in a mode that crosses some of the freer inclinations of his solo sessions for the Nimbus label with some of the deeper spiritual currents of his large group recordings of the time! The group's just a trio – with Sonship ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Nubiyan Twist

Freedom Fables
Strut (UK), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
Nubiyan Twist really open up their sound here – in part by opening the door to a rich array of guest singers and instrumentalists – a lineup that includes Cherise, Pat Thomas, Soweto Kinch, Ria Moran, and Nick Richards – all artists who help bring a different personal flavor to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Blank Forms, 1968. 2CD
Here's a summer house we'd really like to visit on our next vacation – a legendary spot in Sweden, where Don Cherry created freely with some of the hippest players on the local scene in 1968! The tracks here were all recorded for later commercial release, which never ended up happening ... CD (Jazz CD)

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean Claude Vannier

Les Chemins De Katmandou/Paris N'Existe Pas/La Bete Noire
Music Box (France), 1969/1983.
Great soundtrack work from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – working here instrumentally alongside Jean Claude Vannier – the musical partner who helped Serge sound so funky at the end of the 60s! The set begins with 10 tracks from Les Chemins De Katmandou – a lost chapter in the ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1959.
One of our favorite albums ever from the great guitarist Kenny Burrell – a smoking live session, and one that's got a bit more of an edge than some of his other records from the time! Kenny's guitar still has that impeccable tone throughout – but it's also matched by some wonderful ... CD (Jazz CD)

Logan Richardson

Afrofuturism
Whirlwind, 2021.
We've always loved the music of Logan Richardson, but here he's onto something completely new and groundbreaking – as you might begin to guess from the cover and title! Logan still blows alto sax, but he also handles piano and keyboards, and works in this swirling mix of sound that really ... CD (Jazz CD)
Honey Pie, Late 50s/Early 60s.
Jazz in Jamaica, and a whole lot more – as the set brings together some key moments when the music was really shifting down in Kingston – still years before ska, rocksteady, and reggae, but with some definite differences in the way things come across! The Alpha Boy's School is a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)

Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton

Day In Copenhagen (180 gram pressing)
MPS (Germany), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A tremendous European meeting of tenorist Dexter Gordon and trombonist Slide Hampton – brought together in this impeccable sextet session for MPS – a real standout in the label's straight jazz catalog over the years! By the time of the set, Gordon had been working heavily in Europe, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Fraternity/Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Lonnie Mack's a hell of a guitarist, and one who never sounded better than on these early recordings for the Fraternity label – presented here in a a set that includes work from his famous album on Fraternity, plus some rare singles and other cuts too! Mack plays with a sense of focus that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Nujabes

Modal Soul
Hyde Out (Japan), 2005. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
There's plenty of great guests here – a lineup that includes Terry Callier, Pase Rock, Apani B, and many others – but the core groove is what really makes the record great, and which stands as maybe the crowning production achievement of Nujabes! Acoustic and electric elements come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Sault

7
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2019.
Just two matchsticks on the cover, but a sound that's wonderfully rich and deep – a special blend of righteous message and understated grooves – all served up at a level that really sets Sault apart from the rest! Production is by Inflo, who keeps things spare and crisp – but ... CD (New Grooves CD)

Ricardo Marrero

Taste
TSG/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. (reissue)
Maybe the best album ever from the mighty Ricardo Marrero – a 70s Latin talent who didn't record much, but always gave the world something wonderful when he did! The set's got this really great vibe – some cuts that update 60s Latin soul modes with even more righteous 70s elements ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)

Ensemble Al-Salaam

Sojourner
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. (reissue)
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
MPS/BASF, 1974. (reissue)
Sweet keyboards and lots of funky grooves – one of the best of George Duke's seminal albums for MPS – and a record that captures him at a key middle point in his growth! The sound here is tighter than the trippier records of before, but also never too smooth or commercial – still ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Rich Perry

Happy Destiny
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021.
Darkly moody sounds from Rich Perry – a tenorist who's got a great way of sliding from note to note, often with energy that almost feels effortless, but which also has a nice sort of tension along the way! This quality is never too overstated – as it might have been in saxophonists ... CD (Jazz CD)

Armando Trovajoli

Straziami Ma Di Baci Saziami
Beat (Italy), 1968.
A light little comedic score from Armando Trovajoli – one that mixes some more traditional instrumentation with the groovier elements he was bringing to other soundtracks at the time! The film uses a bit of mandolin at times, but in comedic themes to echo a cheesier Italian vibe – ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Sony (Japan), 1967. (reissue)
A beautifully gentle album from vocalist Ann Burton – recorded with sublime accompaniment from the trio of pianist Louis Van Dyke, a fragile and spare talent on the keys – and a perfect match for Burton on the mood of the album! Ann's vocals really come across with the mature grace ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Strata/BBE (UK), Early 70s/2021.
A sweet remix of this track from Detroit jazz legend Kenny Cox – a Fender Rhodes gem taken from his Clap Clap album, but given a whole new spin here by Amir and Re Decay! The track's stretched out, and given this sweet groove that builds and builds in a beautiful way, with the addition of ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Slinky, soulful, and completely seductive sounds from the great Erroll Dunkley – not the person pictured on the cover, but a wonderful Jamaican singer who works here alongside superb production from Sonia Pottinger! The tunes are all laidback, but never sleepy – that perfect early ... CD (Reggae CD)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s.
Beautiful work from songwriter Chips Moman – a key force on the Memphis scene at the end of the 60s, and a writer whose pen managed to touch a huge range of genres and styles over the years! Chips is maybe best known for the famous songs he gave to Aretha Franklin and others in his early ... CD (Rock CD)

Alessandro Alessandroni/Ennio Morricone

Il Giro Del Mondo Degli Innamorati Di Peynet
Beat (Italy), 1974.
A mid 70s Italian cartoon, but one that features some great soundtrack work from Ennio Morricone and Alessandro Alessandroni – each of whom bring a slightly different feel to the set! Morricone composed the film's main love theme – "Forse Basta" – a beautiful number ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969.
A tremendous recording from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – done during the same Paris stretch as their Great Black Music classics on the BYG/Actuel label – and a set that easily matches, if not tops, those classics! You can really hear the group finding their own space here – ... CD (Jazz CD)

William S Burroughs & Brion Gysin

William S Burroughs & Brion Gysin
Cold Spring, 1960s.
A great collection of work from experimentalist William S Burroughs and artist Brion Gysin – a personality who always seemed to open up Buroughs most creative side! The record brings together both straight readings and more experimental recordings – yet even the straight tracks are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Spoken Word LP)

Hamiet Bluiett

Bearer Of The Holy Flame
Black Fire/Strut, 1983.
A great set from saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album's a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett's studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in ... CD (Jazz CD)

Fantastics

Take A Shot
BBE (UK), 2021. 2LP Gatefold
A great album of jazzy soul from The Fantastics – a group who can open up and let their jazzier side flow on the instrumental tracks on the set, then get more of a contemporary groove when singer Sulene Fleming joins the mix! Sulene is on four of the album's ten cuts – and brings in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982.
A key album from a fantastic point in the career of trumpeter Chet Baker – his later years, a time when most of the world was ignoring Baker's talents, but Chet was still in a hugely creative mode, and turning out some of his freshest sounds in decades! There's a wonderful quality to the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Atlantic/Rhino, 1974. 2CD
Charles Mingus at Carnegie Hall – but playing here with relaxed and intimate feel that's not what you might expect from the staid setting! The original album features two long tracks – both done in more of a jam session mode than any other Charles Mingus recordings we can think of. ... CD (Jazz CD)
Continental/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1971. (reissue)
A rare set from the early 70s samba soul years in Brazil – one of the few albums ever cut by Renata Lu, a singer who worked more famously on records by other artists – and an album that really does a great job of mixing rootsier, funkier touches with some of the larger arrangements that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Elektra/Get On Down, 1992. 2LP (reissue)
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – a standard-setting record from the 90s that's still among one of the greatest of the decade! The set bristles with new energy and excitement right from the start – as Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz, and funk ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Joao Donato

Joao Donato – Jazz Is Dead 7
Jazz Is Dead, 2021.
A really great entry in this excellent series – one that not only features lots of great Fender Rhodes from Brazilian jazz legend Joao Donato, but also vocals from Loren Oden on almost every track – which makes the whole thing feel like a fantastic hybrid of Joao's genius with a ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020.
These guys already had our attention the moment we looked at the back cover – and noted that they were playing songs by Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre – then they really won us over once we heard the very first few notes of the set! The group's only a quartet on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Jagjaguwar, 2021.
A really different sound for this legendary group – still very hypnotic and brassy, but in a very different way! The EP features three songs that build slowly, with brass as a key element, but maybe more in the background than the rhythmic forefront of previous records – letting vocals ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)

Guilherme Lamounier

Guilherme Lamounier
Atco/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
A beautiful album of laidback psych from early 70s Brazil – the sort of more personal, more introspective work that some of the artists on the scene were cutting after the more experimental modes of the Tropicalia years! Guilherme Lamounier has a gentle sort of majesty in his music – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Hiatus Kaiyote

Mood Valiant
Brainfeeder, 2021.
Hiatus Kaiyote are one of those groups that just seem to grow and grow with each new about – a strongly soulful act at their start, but one who've found a way to carve out sounds and styles that are very much their own – maybe almost making themselves a genre in the process! Things ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Esoteric (UK), 1969. 3CD
A fantastic little set that heralds the beginning of a whole new generation in music – post-psych sounds from the year of 1969 – a time when the revolution had cooled a bit, but new waves of creative activity were really bubbling underground in the UK scene – as all these many ... CD (Rock CD)
Warner/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. 4CD
A great little package – all four of the classic albums from Greenslade, packaged here in one monstrously proggy set! First up is the self-titled Greenslade – a set that's as sprawling and dynamic as its famous cover image from Roger Dean! Dean gives the whole package a bit of a Yes-li ... CD (Rock CD)
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1968. Gatefold
A pretty great and very strange album by avant pianist Dave Burrell – and maybe one of the best-known calling cards for his unique genius on the keys! Side one features an extended tune called "West Side Story", which is basically a medley of tunes from the musical, played with a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Craft, Late 60s. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic first chapter from this legendary funk group – material recorded during their early years on the Phoenix scene, at a time when Dyke & The Blazers must have been the hottest act going down in Arizona! The group here begin with their Funky Broadway roots – taking on that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Shamek Farrah

La Dee La La
Ra/Jazz Room (UK), 1978. (reissue)
A lost soul jazz treasure – the legendary 3rd album from saxophonist Shamek Farrah, recorded after his first 2 sides for Strata East! The approach here is slightly different than that of the Strata sides – a bit more joyous and lyrical, with tunes that open up in waves of sound, color, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Hodges, James, Smith, & Crawford

Early Years & Unheard Pearls – 1970 to 1973
Ace/Kent (UK), Early 70s.
A long-overdue tribute to the fantastic soul trio of Pat Hodges, Denita James, and Jessica Smith – a group who were often joined by a young Carolyn Crawford, to cut some fantastic singles back in the 70s! The group is wonderfully dynamic – as if everybody could be a soaring soulful ... CD (Soul CD)

James Brandon Lewis

Jesup Wagon
Tao Forms, 2021.
Maybe the strongest creative statement to date from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an album of work inspired by the legacy of George Washington Carver – served up here with a sense of depth that's certain to open even more doors for Lewis in years to come! There's a majesty to the ... CD (Jazz CD)

Vaudou Game

Noussin
Hot Casa (France), 2021.
A sweet little album from Vaudou Game – a set that's got a leaner feel than some of their previous records, but in a way that also makes the whole thing funkier too! The group's a quartet this time around, and working with lots of guitar riffs and bass from lead singer Peter Solo – ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Warner, 1991. 2CD
One of the last performances ever recorded by Miles Davis – done at a jazz festival in a small town in France, and with a sound that's a bit of a change from some of his studio work at the time! There's a great sense of warmth here – a quality that may come from Miles' use of two ... CD (Jazz CD)
MPS (Germany), 1974. (reissue)
Killer keyboards from the legendary George Duke – and one of his most righteous albums for the MPS label! The album's a spectacular set that showcases both sides of Duke's genius at the time – his spacey, soulful approach to a laidback tune – and his more jamming styles on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ill Considered/Tropic Of Love (UK), 2021.
Tremendous work from this hip British trio – the mighty Idris Rahman on tenor, Leon Brichard on bass, and Tom Skinner on drums – really providing a great update of the saxophone trio mode that Sonny Rollins first pioneered back in the 50s! The vibe here is very different – maybe ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Annette Peacock

Perfect Release
Tomato/Sundazed, 1974.
Quite a big album for Annette Peacock – and a set that helped break her into a much wider audience than before! The album's got a quirky electric style that's years ahead of its time – a blend of Peacock's older jazz roots with some of the artier styles that would show up much more ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s.
A really cool group from mid 60s Florida – one who are every bit as garagey as the best groups in the Pacific Northwest, but also seem to have a great Southern California way of harmonizing their vocals! Most of the work here was never issued at the time – but the tracks work ... CD (Rock CD)
Geffen, 1994. 3LP (reissue)
The classic critical breakthrough from The Roots – the one that really cemented their legacy as one great hip hop live bands ever, and help paving the way for many fascinating records to come! Do You Want More is a modern hip hop essential, changing the way we looked at hip hop, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)

Chico Buarque

Calabar
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1973. (reissue)
Genius work from Chico Buarque – one of his most complicated, sophisticated, and fully-realized albums – a great summation of all the brilliance he'd already brought to Brazilian music – moved forward into new territory for the 70s! The album's of the same vintage as the more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Beat Rocket, 1967.
Brilliant work from a Long Island group who are really known for just one famous single, but who also managed to cut a few other tracks at the time – all brought together here to make a long-overdue album for the group! "Valley Of Death" is the group's sole single – a great ... CD (Rock CD)
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The Vietnam war was tough on most folks in the US – but it's no secret that it was especially tough on black Americans – who were often given little choice and little chance to get out of the callup to the military action – which left a huge impression on their community for years ... CD (Soul CD)
Valley Of Search, 1972.
A never-issued live performance – a beautiful 18 minute improvisation between Alan Braufman on alto and Cooper Moore on piano – recorded as it slide out over the airwaves of WKCR in New York, in 1972 – and a much-needed addition to the small amount of recordings that Braufman made ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)

Eboni Band

Eboni Band
Eboni/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), Early 80s. (reissue)
A really unique record, and one with a very unusual pedigree – as the group features key members of some acts from the Ivory Coast in the late 70s, mixed with various Motown session players in the studio – all in a way that offers up a completely different take on Cali soul from the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Warner/Parlophone (France), Early 70s.
A really cool entry in this ultra-hip series – a volume that moves a bit more into the 70s than previous ones, but still hangs onto all the wonderfully wild touches that makes the music so great! As you'd guess by the "psyche" in the title, there's certainly some psychedelic ... LP, Vinyl record album (French LP)

Nina Simone

Very Rare Evening
Tidal Waves, 1969. (reissue)
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Antonio L Newton

Novaphonia
Tidal Waves, 1987.
A soul record, but one with a fair bit of "something else" going on as well – and a set that was originally only issued on cassette, which might be why it was missed the first time around! Antonio L Newton, aka Tony Newton, has a long legacy in soul music – including work ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s.
Rare gospel gems that go way past the usual – tracks recorded for the small JCR label in Memphis during the 70s, but done with a stripped-down vibe that's much more like postwar gospel overall! Most of the acts here are pretty darn obscure – groups that were inspired by the spirit and ... CD (Gospel CD)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1973.
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's ... CD (Jazz CD)

Byard Lancaster

My Pure Joy
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1992.
A really obscure set from legendary reedman Byard Lancaster – a set that was issued late in the history of the spiritual jazz label Black Fire, but one that's every bit as essential as their music from the 70s! Lancaster works here often with just a bit of percussion in the background – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Yosuke Yamashita

Clay
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
Mindblowing trio work from Japanese pianist Yosuke Yamashita – in a group that's equally noteworthy for its incredible reed performances from the mighty Akira Sakata! The pairing of Sakata and Yamashita was one of the greatest things in Japanese jazz in the 70s, and certainly one of that ... CD (Jazz CD)
Platinum City/Luv N' Haight, Late 70s. (reissue)
An obscure set of clubby soul from the Dallas scene – led by the mysterious Round Robin on vocals and percussion! The group hit the speed of some of the disco dancefloor work of the time, but have a lean style that focuses much more on their surprisingly sharp instrumentation – which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Enja/Solid (Japan), 1984. (reissue)
Drummer Takeo Moriyama is best known to our ears as one of the key forces in the trio of pianist Yosuke Yamashita in the 70s – and he definitely continues that strong legacy here, but with a vibrant voice that's all his own! The session is maybe more pitched towards the spiritual side of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

New York Disco Orchestra

Reverie (with bonus download)
Artemis/Espacial (Spain), 1978. (reissue)
A completely obscure disco session from the New York scene of the 70s, and a great one too – long, well-crafted tracks that clearly draw inspiration from both the work of Salsoul Orchestra and MFSB – and which have a sound that's every bit as great as work from those two famous groups! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
2 Tone/Chrysalis (UK), 1980. 3CD
One of the greatest groups of the legendary 2 Tone records scene at the start of the 80s – and a group that's maybe got an even harder edge than their more familiar labelmates, The Specials! The groove here is revival ska, but with a lean, jagged quality that's very different than so many of ... CD (Rock CD)
Eastwood Music Group, 2021. 3LP
A very cool set from the Texas scene – one that's overflowing with new work by some of the hippest soul, funk, and hip hop artists in the Lonestar State – and a few others too! The set features work from Black Pumas, Leon Bridges, N'Dambi, Sha La Das, Holy Hive, Badbadnotgood, Ghost ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1977. (reissue)
Fantastic work from 70s Brazil – served up here by the great Lady Zu, who was one of the few female artists in the mostly-male samba soul generation! Lady Zu's a bit like Tim Maia at the time – a soul singer first, and Brazilian artist second – and works here with a sound that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)

Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra

Nyjah's Theme/Little Afrika
P-Vine (Japan), 2021.
The Nimbus Records spirit lives again – on these two long tracks by the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra – a group who are best known for their famous recordings with Horace Tapscott, and who have a spiritual legacy on the LA scene that goes back to 1961! At some level, the record is a ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Jazz 12-inch)

Dave Holland/Kevin Eubanks/Obed Calvaire

Another Land
Edition (UK), 2021.
Guitar, bass, and drums – coming together here on a set that lives up to the strong legacy of creative music we've come to expect from the legendary Dave Holland! Holland plays both electric and acoustic versions of his instrument – which makes for a nice shift in the way he interacts ... CD (Jazz CD)
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020.
Sault have always been fantastic, but it also seems that with each new release, they get even more powerful and progressive – opening up a more radical agenda that really comes through in their music! The group don't state their position with the title of the record – which is ... CD (New Grooves CD)
How Do You Are, Late 70s/Early 80s.
An incredibly cool collection – one that offers up all sorts of weird and wonderful soul music covers of mainstream mellow 70s hits – new versions of the famous tunes that pull them strongly over to the world of R&B, often with results that are better than the original versions! ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

Roy Hargrove/Mulgrew Miller

In Harmony
Resonance, 2007. 2CDs
A set of unreleased duets between trumpeter Roy Hargrove and pianist Mulgrew Miller – two players who are definitely in harmony throughout the recording! Most tracks are nice and long – taken with an open, lyrical sensibility – one that's driven strongly by Miller's sense of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Born Bad (France), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A great entry in one of our favorite-ever collections of groovy French music – a series that hasn't given the world many volumes over the past two decades, but only because the label really takes their time to come up with really unusual tunes! The tracks here move into a hinterland of ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)

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