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A&M/Universal (Japan), 1979.
Great work from Neil Larsen – a keyboardist who doesn't always get his due in the hipper sides of the jazz spectrum, but who sounds mighty nice on this solo album for A&M! The set's got Neil's keyboards very firmly in the lead, and also features lots of fuzzy guitar from Buzz Feiten ... (Jazz)
Enja (Germany), 1973.
Beautiful duets between pianist Dollar Brand and legendary bassist/Blue Notes member Johnny Dyani – two great South African jazz musicians who should have recorded more together in a format like this! Brand's open-ended rolling piano lines bring out the best in Dyani's bass – which at ... (Jazz)
Strut (UK), 1977. 2LP Gatefold
Sun Ra made some really wonderful music in Rome during the year 1977 – heard most famously on his albums for the Horo Records label, and now on this unreleased session from the time! The album features Ra at his straightest, and most soulful – playing piano and other keyboards with ... (Jazz)
Light In The Attic/Columbia, Late 60s.
A soul and funk fan's dream come true – never-heard recordings by the legendary Betty Davis, done for Columbia Records a few years before her debut album! At the time, Betty was hanging with Miles Davis, and turning him onto the sounds of fuzzy funk – and Miles actually produced these ... (Soul)
Far Out (UK), 2016.
Clara Moreno's wonderful tribute to Jorge Ben's classic Samba Esquema Novo – covering the album from beginning-to-end with a thoroughly timeless, jazzy samba sound – an endearing tribute to the seminal material, but with nicely original vibe! The songs ever fresh, of course, but Clara ... (Brazil)
Four Flies (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
The grooviest sound library work we've ever heard from Gerardo Iacoucci – a fabulous mix of playful mod and psych-steeped uptempo jazzy material – equal to, but with a wildly different style than his far out Simbolismo Psichedelico record from around the same time! This one is packed ... (Sound Library)
Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1980.
Wicked early work from Azymuth – one of the albums that the group recorded when they were really starting to take off on the global scene – burning strong with a soulful fusion vibe, lots of Brazilian rhythm currents, and always hitting all the right notes in their music! The sound ... (Brazil)
Edison/Modern Harmonic, 1958.
A fantastic bit of lost tribal soundtracky grooves from composer-arranger Tak Shindo – maybe his best ever! Filled with heavy percussion and rhythms throughout, often with great chant vocals, this is way up in the top tier of late 50s to early 60s exotica, with a bit of a Les Baxter feel, ... (Now Sound)
A totally great group – all hip leaders who've given us great records on their own in recent years, working together here as a combo with a really fresh sound of its own! The music draws on the strengths of the individual members, but also really pushes forward, too – as their unified ... (Jazz)
Warner (Japan), 1972.
Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo – all players who'd go onto great solo fame on their own, working together here as a youthfully inventive group that really set the tone for the west coast sound of the decade! ... (Latin)
ECM (Germany), 1993/1994/1996/1999. 4 CDs
A pretty wonderful ECM package that puts together 4 records by the Peter Erskine/John Taylor/Palle Danielsson trio made throughout the 1990s – You Never Know, Time Being, As It Is, and Juni – excellent work that holds up incredibly well! It's really lovely, melodic material – ... (Jazz)
A set recorded in Haiti, but one that features lots of heavy drums from the legendary Tony Allen – whose work here does a great job of bridging the sounds of two different cultures! The group here seems to be spearheaded by guitarist Mark Mulholland and keyboardist Olaf Hund – who also ... (Global Grooves)
70s brilliance from tenorist Teddy Edwards – a really overlooked album, and one that marks a great step forward from some of Edwards' better-known material of the 60s! That impeccable tone is still very strongly in place – that Edwards way of blowing smooth, but with a subtle bite, too ... (Jazz)
Big Crown, Early 70s. (pic cover, reissue)
Rare raw funky soul from early 70s Texas! The Soul Explosives take a loose, swaggery approach to the period funk that's pretty great – with a looseness that really feels like a Lone Star State funk pedigree, but also indicative of the group's youth – as there were just high school ... (Funky 45's)
Ne'Astra, 2000. 2LP (reissue)
One of the most influential albums of recent hip hop history! Fantastic wasn't considered a masterpiece upon its long-delayed original release, it needed some time to sink in, but we all now know there is no denying the genius of Jay Dee's production and T3 and Baatin at the top of their games. ... (Hip Hop)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1976.
Fierce funky sounds from Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis – a duo who turned out some of the grooviest music on the Italian cop/crime scene of the 70s! The set's a killer right from the very first note – full of fuzz and funk, and lots of heavy rhythms at the bottom – all in a mode ... (Soundtracks)
Earth, Wind & Fire's first album – recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential ... (Soul)
Enja (Germany), 1965/1975.
A compelling split album – both a performance by and a tribute to the legendary tenorist Booker Ervin – issued after his death, but also featuring a rare European performance from the 60s as well! The album features one long track by Booker – "Blues For You" – ... (Jazz)
Warner, 1971. (reissue)
One of the two early Earth Wind & Fire LPs recorded for Warner – and the one that shows their amazing roots in the avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago! At the forefront, the record's a righteous soul album with an ensemble funk sound – but deeper in, there's a lot of jazz-based ... (Soul)
All Score Media (Germany), 2016.
A contemporary album, but one that serves as an overdue soundtrack for Luchino Martello's film Island Of The Damned from 1978 – presented here with just the right sort of sounds from Mondo Sangue! The music hits that perfect mix of groovy styles and island elements that we love in Italian ... (Soundtracks)
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