Kashmere Records/P-Vine (Japan), 1973.
Soulful live work from the legendary Kashmere Stage Band – a small-time Texas ensemble from the 70s, but one who managed to record a heck of a lot of great records in a few short years! This concert record has the band sounding every bit as wonderful as in the studio – stepping forth ... (Soul)
Polydor/Oficial Arquivos, 1971.
One of the funkiest records ever from Brazilian soul legend Tim Maia – and a set that also has him singing a bit of English language lyrics too! The groove here is that classic Maia blend of Brazilian roots with American funk and soul – echoes of forro or samba in some of the rhythms, ... (Brazil)
Odeon/El (UK), 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 ... (Brazil)
One of the deepest records issued on the Peacock label in the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given the soulful sound of the legendary gospel imprint! The Crowns Of Glory work here as a many-voiced unit, but one with a really intimate feel – often set to a spare groove, and with a ... (Gospel)
One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Late 60s/Early 70s.
A really unique side of the legendary One-Derful family of Chicago soul music labels – the tiny Halo imprint, where the company issued all of their incredible gospel music! The Halo sound is like a deep soul take on the other One-Derful/Mar-V-Lus material – cut at the same time, in a ... (Soul)
Polydor/Oficial Arquivos, 1970.
The incredible first album by Tim Maia – Brazil's greatest soul star in the 70s, and for good reason too – given that Tim was one of the few who could match the depth of American soul and funk at the time! Yet the music here is way more than just a Brazilian version of American soul ... (Brazil)
If you don't love the Loving Sisters already, you'll definitely fall in love with them after hearing this amazingly soulful set of 70s gospel – material that really sets the group apart from most of their contemporaries! At a time when groups like The Emotions or Sweet Inspiration were ... (Gospel)
Kashmere Records/P-Vine (Japan), 1970.
An early gem from the Kashmere Stage Band – and a record that already has the ensemble burning with plenty of fire! These guys were a one-unit powerhouse in American grooves – one of the few US groups who really got the same sort of funky big band energy that all the better European ... (Soul)
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1981.
Damn wonderful solo work from Chaka Khan – a record that holds onto all the best funky elements of her 70s music with Rufus – but also finds a way to put the lady even more strongly out front! There's maybe a bit more of a clubby vibe here than before, but never in a cheesy or ... (Soul)
Key Of Life (Japan), 2015.
A totally wonderful jazz ensemble from Japan – one who definitely work in some of the older modes you'd guess from the "legacy" in their name, especially the hippest funky big band styles of the 70s – yet a group who also have a very fresh, individual vibe of their own! These ... (Jazz)
Be! (Germany), 1970.
A huge document of this incredible year in jazz in Germany – a time when free styles were breaking out all over, alongside some of the groovier styles of the MPS scene as well! This beautiful box documents the 12th German Jazz Festival in three different concerts – amazing music that ... (Jazz)
Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2016.
Great work from one of the darkest groups working on the current Tuareg scene – an ensemble who can vary their tone nicely, and produce a range of emotions and compelling sounds that really make this set stand out from the pack! Sure, there's plenty of offbeat guitar work with lots of snakey ... (Global Grooves)
Warner/Now Sounds (UK), Late 60s.
A great batch of tracks from one of our favorite groups of the 60s – the ultra-cool, ultra-groovy Harpers Bizarre – whose harmonies forever helped change the sound of Sunshine Pop! The group are well-known for their amazing albums, and the way they wove together some really magical ... (Rock)
Kashmere Records/P-Vine (Japan), 1969.
A bold statement from the Kashmere Stage Band – who've definitely got their own "thing" here right from the start – one of the coolest, grooviest, funkiest sounds you'll ever hear from a band of young kids in school! These guys easily match the hippest players in much more ... (Soul)
Jam Jar, 2016.
In case you're wondering, they DO still make 'em like they used to – at least when it comes to classic-styled soul records, like this St Louis effort from Kenny Rice! Kenny comes from a world that might be more blues than soul, but there's definitely a lot of southern soul styles at play on ... (Soul)
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)
Funky soulful gospel – and one of the greatest albums ever recorded by the Pilgrim Jubilees! The album's got a heavy soulful sound that would make groups like The Dells or The Dramatics proud – really righteous, with full-on production that's in the best mode of 70s secular funky soul ... (Gospel)
Astral Spirits, 1979.
Never-heard music from the mighty Joe McPhee – an extended tenor solo, recorded in Zurich in 1979 – issued here for the first time ever! The music is mezmerising – that incredible approach to solo performance that McPhee was bringing to his Hat Hut records in the late 70s, ... (Jazz)
Playback, Late 60s/Early 70s/2003.
A killer collection of work from the great Howard Tate – a stunning soul singer who recorded mostly during an initial decade in the studio, then briefly returned to fame in the few short years before his death – always with a depth and vibrancy that set him apart right from the start! ... (Soul)
Unit (Switzerland), 2016.
Pianist Benny Lackner hits a groove here that's really unique – funky, but not jazz funk at all – and instead kind of a spacious, flowing sound on his keyboard that carves out its own special feel through careful timing and well-defined sense of attack! The drums and bass in the group ... (Jazz)
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