Some mighty nice Funky 45's today!

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Luv N' Haight/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s.
Beautiful material from this legendary Bay Area soul jazz combo! The Sons & Daughters of Lite have an incredibly spiritual sound – one that sounds sort of like the best groups on the Strata East label, with touches of Roy Ayers or James Mason-esque soulfulness, but with a little less ... CD
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Columbia/PTG (Netherlands), 1985.
Cheryl Lynn's punching up her sound a bit here – working with Hubert Eaves, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and even some of her own productions – in a style that's got a heavier sort of 80s groove than earlier albums, but still mighty nice – and a great change from the disco of her ... CD
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Eternal Duo
Paddle Wheel/DIW (Japan), 1981.
One of the most compelling albums Steve Lacy recorded during the 80s – a spare set of duets with Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi, who really helps shape Steve's style on the record! Togashi approaches his instruments with a very introspective, almost tentative style – hardly ... CD
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Keep Pushing
Reel People (UK), 2015.
Wonderful solo work from Tony Momrelle – a singer you may know from his tremendous contributions to Incognito and Reel People over the years, and a hell of a soul artist on his own! Tony may well be one of the UK's best male soul singers these days – and he steps forth beautifully here ... CD
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Dust To Digital, 1920s/1930s/1940s.
A great range of amazing reed sounds from the glory days of the global 78rpm scene – not just the saxes and woodwinds you'dknow from the west, but a whole host of even more exotic instruments from points east! The package is a companion to the excellent string-based set from the Excavated ... CD
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King/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1950s/Early 60s.
A deep deep dig into the vaults of King/Federal Records – initial home to James Brown and a host of other R&B acts in the 50s – lots of whom are featured here! The collection includes many tracks never reissued before – all hand-picked by vintage 45 expert Mr Fine Wine, and ... CD
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Maki Asakawa
Honest Jons (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Haunting music from Japanese singer Maki Asakawa – every bit as smoky and soulful as you might guess from her image on the cover! These tracks are mostly sung in Japanese, but draw a very strong inspiration from American torch sounds of the 40s and 50s – a moody, late nite approach ... CD
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Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1970s/Early 80s.
A really beautiful collection of jazz with strong Caribbean roots – music from the French West Indies, and served up with a vibe that's completely unique! This isn't calypso jazz, or reggae-inflected Jamaican jazz – and not even Cuban jazz, either – but instead this very fresh ... CD
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Expansion (UK), 1970s/Early 80s/2015.
A totally wonderful little compilation – one that starts with a great array of 70s and 80s spacey soul, then throws in a few sweet AOR cuts, and even a few contemporary numbers too – all in this laidback, mellow-grooving style that's totally great! The whole thing's way different than ... CD
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Gatekeepers Blues
Life Force Jazz, 2015.
A sweet little record from west coast reedman Dawan Muhammad – one of the under-acknowledged talents of his generation, and an artist who's really keeping the indie underground strong with records like this! The album features Dawan in some really great company – a shifting lineup that ... CD
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Modern Playing Mate EP
Union/Think (Japan), 1967. (pic cover)
An early session from Japanese vocalist Kimiko Kasai – one that often has her scatting wordlessly over bossa-styled tunes! The core group is the trio of pianist Yuzuru Sera, but they're augmented by a bit of extra percussion here – all in service of a gently gliding groove that carries ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Teemu Akerblom Quartet
Jazzaggression (Finland), 2015.
An excellent contemporary combo from Finland – but one who are right at home on the Jazzaggression label, which mostly issues rare gems from years past! The sound here is plenty classic – and recalls that great 70s moment on the European scene when the best groups were aware of 60s ... CD
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PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s.
Like 80s groove, but looking for something fresh? The Nighttime Lovers series always has something great to offer – and this volume continues that tradition in a beautiful way! Most of the cuts here fall into the "bubbling under" side of the dancefloor spectrum – not quite ... CD
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Take A Ride
New Voice/Warner (Japan), 1966.
Raw rockers, with a surprisingly strong degree of soul – and a classic set from the mighty Mitch Ryder and his smoking Detroit Wheels combo! These guys might have been a garage band in another side of the universe – and you can definitely hear that style on some of the guitars and ... CD
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Hollow Out
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1972.
Pianist Masabumi Kikuchi joins drummer Elvin Jones in a really great trio date – one that draws extra power from the mighty bass of Gene Perla, whose soulful tones help push the music along strongly! The Jones/Perla combination is always great, but it seems to take on a whole new level of ... CD
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Freestyle (UK), 1970s/2015.
Heavy funk from around the globe – and a volume of this series that seems even more focused on classic cuts than contemporary ones – all pulled together in a wicked blend of sounds from Africa, South America, Australia, and even American scenes in Texas and Florida too! There's a ... CD
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VP, Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP
Classic work from Jamaican producer Gussie Clarke – a talent who's still going strong after changing the face of reggae for decades – starting out with the flurry of work featured on this set! Clarke's productions were already bubbling under in the early 70s, but definitely came into ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Soul Rock
Ubiquity, 2015.
These guys are plenty darn funky – and don't let the "surf" or "rock" on the cover make you think otherwise! The core quartet is super-tight, and work with this blistering barrage of funky drums, fierce Hammond, and lots of riffing guitar – which is then often ... CD
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Then Came You
Warner (Japan), 1974.
A surprise mid 70s hit for Dionne Warwick – a warm and bubbling bit of soul, done with uptown maestro Jerry Ragovoy in a perfect AM pop style! The centerpiece of the album is the super-hit tune "Then Came You" – a duet with The Spinners produced and arranged by Thom Bell at ... CD
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Mobius/Beyond Mobius
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1975/1976.
Two killers from Cedar Walton – back to back on a single CD! First up is Mobius – a real revelation from pianist Cedar Walton – an unusual electric album from the 70s – quite a surprise, given the mostly-acoustic sound of most of Cedar's other records! The album's a killer ... CD

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