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Hi Hat, 1977.
Undiscovered funky genius from Herbie Hancock – a live show recorded in Chicago in 1977 – with a unique performance by a quartet that features Bennie Maupin on reeds, James Levin on drums, and Jaco Pastorius on bass! The groove is very much in the best Headhunters mode, but with a more ... (Jazz)
Stax/Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
Stax Records turned out plenty of hits in the 60s – but the Memphis label was also a non-stop powerhouse of recording, and cut countless sides that were every bit as great as their hits, but never fully got their due! This collection brings together a huge amount of those gems – 24 ... (Funky Compilations)
Jay Richford & Gary Stevan (Brugnolini/Torrosi)
Schema (Italy), 1974. Gatefold
A legendary sound library set from the 70s Italian scene – exactly the kind of record that got so many folks digging for sound library funk so many years ago! The record's a masterpiece of funky rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, and warmer touches – served up with plenty of Fender Rhodes ... (Sound Library)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s.
Saint Etienne have brought us a number of wonderful compilations over the years – both in this format for Ace Records, and their work on their own great Croydon Municipal label – yet as much as we've loved all those others, we may well love this one the best – as it's a sublime ... (Funky Compilations)
Rogue Art (France), 2015. Gatefold
A great reunion of the Jeff Parker/Rob Mazurek duo – a pair who've only continued to grow strongly in the years since their Chicago Underground classics – and who bring all that sense of energy to play in their music! The sounds here represent the deeper, more mature styles that both ... (Jazz)
Strut (UK), Mid 70s.
Amazing music you've probably never heard before – all from the tiny island of Mauritius in the 70s, and served up in a stunning mix of funk, blues, and soul! The grooves here are very offbeat – with rhythms that belie the island's location in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, mixed ... (Global Grooves)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1966/1972.
A wonderful document of the very special sound of biguine – that beautiful blend of jazz, Latin, and other elements that flourished only in Guadeloupe, and hit an especially strong sound in the 60s – presented here in a collection of work by two different excellent groups! The bulk of ... (Global Grooves)
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Raw nuggets from the Louisiana scene during the early years of rock and soul – late 50s/early 60s numbers that show why that state was one of the biggest influences on music at the time! None of these tracks were ever hits, and many have a gritty style that's a few steps slower than ... (Rock)
Peoples Potential, Late 70s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s.
Unissued material from Maryland soul legend George Smallwood – an artist most folks know only from his few late 70s tracks that were issued, but clearly a singer who's kept on going strong over the years! These tracks were all recorded by George on a government-issued tape recorder he ... (Soul)
Dynamic Sounds/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975.
One of the hippest sets ever issued during the roots reggae wave of the 70s – and one of the most spiritual, too! The album's got a very special acoustic vibe at the core – earthy drumming that goes back to a pan-African tradition, these beautiful acoustic basslines that link the music ... (Reggae)
Rogue Art (France), 2015.
Powerful sounds here from MMM – the Mills Music Mafia – a quartet of heavyweight improvising musicians with a legacy that goes way past avant jazz! The group features Fred Frith on guitar, Joelle Leandre on bass, Alvin Curran on piano and electronics, and Urs Liemgruber on tenor and ... (Jazz)
Sdban (Belgium), 1970s. 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from Belgian Hammond hero Andre Brasseur – a musician who clearly cut a heck of a lot of records back in the 70s, as evidenced by the huge range of record covers and 45 sleeves inside! Yet Brasseur's also one of those guys who never fully got his due – a keyboard ... (Sound Library)
Kent (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Bluesy sounds, with plenty of soul – a really special mix of modes that follows strongly in the spirit of Kent Records' other "new breed" compilations! The music here isn't really R&B, but it isn't 60s soul either – and instead has a cool mix of soulful rhythms with ... (Soul)
Sublime Frequencies, 2016.
Heavenly sounds from Madagascar – mostly music recorded in the southwestern part of the island nation – and mostly done on regional string instruments and percussion! The collection features a variety of different performers, all very well recorded in the field – and the spirit ... (Global Grooves)
United Artists/Quartet (Spain), 1972. 2 CDs
One of the greatest moments ever from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – and that's saying a lot, given that by the time of this recording, he'd already had a great 60s run as an avant jazz musician, and started the 70s with a string of albums that criss-crossed jazz and South American musical ... (Soundtracks)
The great James Hunter – sounding even better than before – thanks to sock-solid soul production from Daptone Records! James already recorded at Daptone Studios before – for his previous record – but this set's completely in the hands of the label, from top to bottom – ... (Deep Funk)
Philadelphia International/Big Break, 1975.
One of the legendary classics from the Philly International years of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a time when the group was featuring the tremendous lead vocals of the great Teddy Pendergrass! The set's a stunner all the way through – one of the best Philly mixes of smooth, ... (Soul)
Fremeaux & Associates/Elephant (France), 2001.
One of the first great collaborations between spiritual jazz vocalist Dwight Trible and producer Carlos Nino – a set that's got all the righteous power of some of our favorite jazz vocal sets from the early 70s! Trible's a singer with a sound that's amazing – partly linked to the modes ... (Vocalists)
Sublime Frequencies, 2015.
Incredible sounds from Xinjiang – the Chinese prefecture that was also known as East Turkestan – almost all of them coming from the sorts of unique string instruments on the cover! The music here is a stunning blend of rhythmic impulses and melodic explosions – often produced by ... (Global Grooves)
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A killer collection of funky soul from the Caribbean – not tracks that have a typical island sort of sound, with roots in calypso, soca, or reggae – and instead just he kind of key cuts that match the best underground work on the New York scene! Keep in mind that lots of American disco ... (Funky Compilations)
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