Classics from Brazil, lost Soul and lots more!
Be! (Germany), 1975.
A fantastic performance from a mystical duo who never cut any work together in the studio – but who are captured here in a rare radio performance in Germany from 1975! The setting is clearly organized by Terry Riley – who begins the album's 32 minute reading of "The Descending ... (Out Sound)
Quartin/Far Out (UK), 1970. (reissue)
An incredible treasure of Brazilian music – the only album we've ever seen from Jose Mauro, and one of the few records ever issued on the legendary Quartin label! There's a soaring brilliance here that easily matches the best early 70s work from Milton Nascimento and Edu Lobo – with ... (Brazil)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
One of the coolest compilations we've ever heard from Ace Records – a really special set that follows in the tradition of their other St Etienne cafe/pub collections – and like those gems, a very different package than usual! This time around, the duo of Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs (who ... (Rock)
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1973.
Exactly the kind of record that makes us love sound library records so much – and definitely the sort that sets the style apart from anything else we can think of! Both Sandro Brugnolini and Giorgio Carnini turn in some great work here – a mindblowing mix of modes over the space of ten ... (Sound Library)
Blue Candle/Alston (UK), 1976. (reissue)
The one and only album we've ever seen from The 13th Floor – a hip little combo from St Louis, produced here by Oliver Sain in a great blend of jazz, soul, and funk! There's a depth here that goes way beyond the average outing of this type – as the group clearly have some sort of an ... (Soul)
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. 2LP
A fantastic collection of funk from the 70s scene in Ivory Coast – music that's every bit as heavy on jazz-based solos as it is on the grooves – with some especially strong sax lines that really give the tunes a lot of soul! The music here is nice and raw, and often very stripped-down ... (Global Grooves)
Fonovideo/Schema (Italy), 1973.
Weird sounds that definitely live up to the diabolicus and mysterious names promised in the title – as these instrumentals all feel like they've been pulled from some very spooky films from the 60s! The music here is sometimes a bit darker than other records you'll know from Fabio Fabor ... (Sound Library)
Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1980. (reissue)
Stone classic jazz funk the mighty Azymuth! "Dear Limmertz" is one the finest jams in the Azymuth oeuvre – strongly geared towards the dancefloor, but with a grittier, funk-steeped vibe – anchored tight by Alex Malheiros's unstoppable, floor-shaking bassline, whileJose ... (Brazil)
Hans Koller Free Sound
Be! (Germany), 1974.
Fantastic work from avant saxophonist Hans Koller – rare material that stands with the best Free Sound albums he released for MPS in the 70s! By this point in his career, Koller was really exploding with talent – a sax player who first begun in the postwar years with modes that were ... (Jazz)
Prescription/Rush Hour (Netherlands), Mid 90s. 6LP set
An incredible tribute to the short-lived, but extremely influential Prescription label from Chicago – started by Ron Trent and Chez Damier in the mid 90s, as part of the second wave of house sounds from that city – music that was even more underground and farther-reaching than the first ... (Soul)
Strut (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. 3CD
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... (Jazz)
Be! (Germany), Early 60s.
Unreleased work by one of the strongest tenor players to emerge from the German scene in the postwar years – and one of the few who could go head to head with American giants like Johnny Griffin or Eddie Lockjaw Davis – who were both his bandmates in the Clark Boland Big Band! The ... (Jazz)
Universal (France), 1969. 4CD & DVD
A fantastic package based around a legendary meeting of three of the greatest minds in French music in the 60s – singer/songwriters Jacques Brel, George Brassens, and Leo Ferre – who shared a space for a famous discussion on the state of music and culture at the time! The package ... (French)
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. Gatefold
A duet that's every bit as special as you might expect – a really wonderful meeting between pianist Craig Taborn and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson – both very well-matched players who seem to find a special sort of energy working with each other! Taborn's piano is as dark-tinged and ... (Jazz)
Commercial/Think (Japan), 1978.
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... (Soul)
Hot Cup, 2017.
Fantastic work from a group who never fail to blow our minds – and who also seem to try out something different with each new record, yet never falter at all in their progress forward! Mostly Other People Do The Killing may have one of the longest names in jazz, but they've also got a brash ... (Jazz)
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2017. 2CD
That's the middle finger of David Boykin on the front cover – bidding a bold farewell to the year of 2016 – with a record that offers up some of the most soul-nourishing sounds we've ever heard from the reedman! The album's got a sharper, almost funkier sound than some of Boykin's ... (Jazz)
Posi tone, 2017.
Ken Fowser's got an unassuming look on the cover, but he's got a sound that's growing more and more confident with each new record – to a point where he may well be one of our favorite new tenor players in recent years! Fowser's got a very soulful vision – one that comes through not ... (Jazz)
Sahel Sounds, 2017.
Luka Productions is Luka Guindo – who created the wonderful sounds on this set on the Bamako scene, then made space for a number of other voices to step in and out of the mix! At some level, the music is almost a contemporary studio reworking of older field recording modes from Mali – ... (Global Grooves)
Tahirah Memory, 2017.
A tremendous debut from Tahirah Memory – an underground soul singer from the same Oregon scene as Jarrod Lawson, who also helped co-produce the album! Tahirah's got a beautifully fresh sound – sharp songs that burst from her pen with a sort of urgency we haven't heard in years – ... (Neo Soul)
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