Musical surprises and fresh new arrivals!
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959.
A hard wailer from tenorist Jesse Powell – a musician who's in the same heavy postwar territory as giants like Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Rusty Bryant, and Willis Jackson – and who, like them, has a nice undercurrent of R&B in his sound! Powell maybe never worked as much in that format ... (Jazz)
Toshiba/Universal (Japan), 1972. (reissue)
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from Japanese drummer Akira Ishikawa – even wilder than some of his famous funk sessions of the time! The set definitely lives up to its African Rock promise – as it features lots of sparely percussive tracks that build beautifully – ... (Jazz)
BBC/SSJ (Japan), 1965.
A fantastic lost slice of work from guitarist Wes Montgomery – rare British broadcasting recordings done in the year of 1965 – during a European tour that gave us some other material by Wes over the years! This collection features the guitar genius in two different performances – ... (Jazz)
A jaw-dropper of a record from Mark De Clive-Lowe – much more of a jazz album than anything he's ever done before – and a set that's recorded live, too – which is also more of a change! The style here is wonderful – with Mark handling piano, keyboards, and some live effects ... (New Grooves)
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)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961/1962. 3CD
Groovy sounds from 60s France, plus a few Canadian tracks too – all numbers that take off in the globally-popular twist style of the time, but which feature French language lyrics in the lead! The "twist" here is taken in a nicely wide way – more romping rockers that draw ... (French)
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1955.
A very cool album from the Delta Rhythm Boys – one that has the vocal group working in Sweden, with great help from some of that scene's modern jazzmen at the time! There's a playful vibe to the record, and the modern currents of the musicians help break past some of the cliches that the ... (Vocalists)
Atlantic (Japan), 1965.
A great 60s album from pianist Eddie Higgins – one of his few records for Atlantic, and a set that definitely lives up to the seductive power of the title and cover! Eddie's maybe a bit more creative and open here than on some of his other records – more in a Chess Records trio mode ... (Jazz)
Fantastic work from Carmen Lundy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time, and an artist who keeps on giving us her best as the years go on! This album's definitely some of Carmen's best – as it features the singer working with a wonderful group that includes Jeff Parker on ... (Vocalists)
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)
SSJ (Japan), 1963.
Don't mix this one up with the RCA album that featured Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins – because this is a different live performance from Newport, stellar work from Rollins – captured here at a key early 60s modernist moment – with a group that features Paul Bley on piano, ... (Jazz)
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)
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1955.
One of the few rare albums by that "other" Gene Harris – not the famous leader of the Three Sounds, or later Concord Records fame – but a lesser-known 50s cat who was classically trained, but can really serve up a soulful swing on the keys! This Gene really knows his way ... (Jazz)
Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2CD
A fantastic collection of work from Mother's Finest – one of the more unique groups of the 70s, and one of the few who could equally balance sounds from soul, funk, and rock in their music! There's always lots of heavy guitar on the Mother's Finest grooves – and singer Joyce Washington ... (Soul)
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. 3CD
A whoppingly huge survey of the role of female talents in jazz – not just the usual singers who are so often put at the foreground of the female jazz canon, but also a range of instrumentalists and female jazz groups – all pulled together here in material from the earliest days of jazz ... (Jazz)
Now Again, 2017.
A really beautiful second album from Fabiano Do Nascimento – and a set that really blows away his debut! This record's got an "instant classic" vibe right from the start – the kind of set that you could easily listen next to 70s gems by artists like Lo Borges, Milton ... (Brazil)
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)
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1960.
A trio is helping out guitarist Johnny Smith – but, as with all of his other Roost Records of the time, the man himself is very far out in the lead – making real magic on the strings of his guitar, and playing with an effortless command of tone and color! Some moments of the record ... (Jazz)
Taschen, 2017. Book
A beautiful book that traces the intersection of art and commerce in the field of the record album cover – as museum-level creative talents from Salvador Dali, to Albert Oehlen, to Raymond Pettibon all got their time in the record racks – as you'll see in this huge book of full-color ... (Books)
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)
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