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Blue Note, 2016.
The greatness of Gregory Porter continues to grow and grow – as the vocalist keeps moving past the straighter jazz of his roots, into a role as one of the greatest soul singers of the 21st Century! Porter's got a depth and maturity that few folks have had in recent years – especially ... (Vocalists)
Kenny Drew's looking a bit hipper than usual on the cover – and he's sounding a bit hipper, too – really stretching out in a way that's different from some of his other albums of the 70s! The set's an overlooked gem from Drew – recorded in the easygoing manner of the Xanadu label' ... (Jazz)
Arista (Japan), 1981.
A dream of a record from this legendary spiritual jazz duo – drummer Norman Connors and reedman Pharoah Sanders – coming together in a freewheeling spiritual jazz style that's a lot more like Connors' earlier albums than the soulful fusion he was mostly recording in the late 70s! The ... (Jazz)
Big Crown, 2016.
A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier ... (Global Grooves)
Copperbelt/Now Again, Mid 70s.
A really raw set from 70s Africa – one that's more rock than Afro Funk, but which has a pretty hypnotic groove overall! The group's heavy on guitars, which are often played in a fuzzy, jamming sort of way – but with different tones and phrasing than American or Anglo psyche groups ... (Global Grooves)
RCA (Japan), 1979.
A rare electric outing from legendary altoist Jackie McLean – and one that comes off surprisingly well, given that the move was quite a shift for the reedman! The album's got a spiritual current that McLean developed in some of his earlier 70s material – like his gems for the ... (Jazz)
Fuel Design (UK), 2005.
An incredible guide to sound library music around the world – one that features artwork from countless different labels, and brief notes on their history and output! The package is quite unique – not really a discography, not really an art book – but kind of a mix of both – ... (Books)
Epic/Real Gone, 1964/1965.
Seminal sounds from The Staple Singers – two mid 60s albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Amen – a righteous early classic from The Staple Singers – a record that rings out with a spiritual note in the title, but one that also covers a whole host of social issues with ... (Soul)
Resonance, 1968. 2CD
Never-heard studio work from the great Bill Evans – not another one of those many (and great) live performances from overseas – but a well-conceived, beautifully recorded set of tracks that were done for MPS Records in their famous studios in the Black Forest! The group here is Evans ... (Jazz)
Sony (Japan), 1978.
A stunning set funky 70s jazz! Drummer Al Foster leads the crew on this obscure Japanese session produced by Teo Macero – one that bursts out with a strong funky jazz groove that reminds us of some of the best drum-heavy electric 70s sessions in our collection, like work by Ed Thigpen or Les ... (Jazz)
Motown/Real Gone, Early 70s. 2CD
Bobby Darin on Motown? Stranger things have certainly happened in the music business – and the famous soul label provided a surprisingly welcome home for Darin in the last few years of his life – continuing his late 60s trend of trying out a whole bunch of new styles in his music! ... (Vocalists)
Columbia, 2016. CD & DVD
It's a long long way from Destiny's Child – as Beyonce comes on here with a righteous power she's never had before – much more message-oriented, and with larger agenda than the catchy pop of her youth! The album got quite a buzz before release, and definitely lives up to that promise ... (Soul)
Soundway (UK), 1975. (reissue)
Some of the greatest work we've ever heard from Joe Mensah – a rare 70s album that really gives him the space and time to open up his groove – which he does with effortless ease on the title track! "Cry Laughter" is a long gem that starts out with just raw percussion, then ... (Global Grooves)
Linear Labs, 2016.
They French-ified the title of this set of instrumentals from the second album of Something About April – but the sound is every bit as much in an American funk and soul legacy as all the great previous records by Adrian Younge! Without vocals, this set lets you focus even more on Younge's ... (Deep Funk)
Planet/Sony (Japan), 1981.
A great little set of 80s soul from Greg Phillinganes – one of those 80s wunderkind soul talents who could do everything, from write and produce, to play keyboards and sing on the album. Given that Greg's handling a lot of the work himself, the album's got a feel that's almost in an early ... (Soul)
Quartet (Spain), 1982. 2CD
An unusual later soundtrack from Italian maestro Piero Piccioni – scored for an early 80s American thriller with Tom Skerritt in the lead – and done in a style that's much deeper than you'd expect! The core film score features a blend of melancholy strings that move along in some very ... (Soundtracks)
Big Break (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. 2 CDs
One of the greatest female soul groups of all time – served up here in a career-spanning anthology that finally gets at the full range of their talents! The tracks here start in the trio's early years on Stax Records, move through their sublime 70s hitmaking years at Columbia, with lots of ... (Soul)
Quartet (Spain), 1973.
A great horror soundtrack from Carlo Savina – penned for this early 70s thriller that circulated the globe under a few different titles, and gained some big attention for its mix of sex and blood! Savina's soundtrack music is some of his darkest – often in the slightly atonal quality ... (Soundtracks)
Columbia (Japan), 1982.
A gem of a record from Japanese keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi – one of those massive Japanese fusion classics that was partly recorded overseas, partly here in the US – with a sound that brings together all the best soulful aspects of both scenes! Kikuchi can create some really weird, ... (Jazz)
Trumpeter Theo Croker definitely hits escape velocity here – using electric touches to push his music deep into the cosmos, but all while still holding onto the earthy soul at the core! Theo blows straight trumpet sometimes, and processes his horn at others – but never with any sense ... (Jazz)
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