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Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s.
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much ... (Jazz)
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s.
A great little set that really looks at the wide range of sounds handled by Miami's TK Records powerhouse in the 70s – a label that's famous for its big disco hits, but which also had a lot more to offer, too! There's definitely some clubby cuts on the collection, but most of those are ... (Funky Compilations)
Future Days, 1967.
A lost treasure for any fan of Tim Buckley – material from two different sessions recorded in 1967, both of which include a few songs that never appeared elsewhere! As the title implies, the recordings here are acoustic – mostly with guitar and Buckley's vocals very much upfront in the ... (Rock)
Narroway, 1960s. 2CD
A soaring set of spiritual sides from the LA scene of the 60s – underground gospel material from the tiny Proverb Records label, and related imprint Gospel Corner! Both companies were helmed by Brother Henderson – a producer with a strong ear to the ground, especially for the sorts of ... (Gospel)
Columbia, Late 60s. 3CD
One of the coolest entries so far in this excellent series of rare material from legendary trumpeter Miles Davis – a set that brings together unheard studio sessions from the years 1966 to 1968 – some tracks from the recordings that gave the world the Miles Smiles, Nefertiti, and Water ... (Jazz)
Blue Candle/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
A fantastic album from deep soul singer Paulette Reeves – one of the most unique talents of her generation, and an artist who's never fully gotten her due! Paulette's got a southern soul range in her vocals, and works here with Miami TK arrangements from Clarence Reid – but she also ... (Soul)
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. Gatefold
Insanely beautiful work from the great Joe McPhee – an album that was recorded and intended to be issued during his groundbreaking stretch with Hat Art Records – but which never saw the light of day at the time! Why that happened, we're not entirely sure – because the album is ... (Jazz)
Colthe Music/BBE (UK), 1980. (reissue)
A jazzy combo with plenty of soul – working here with plenty of fusion undercurrents, but in a way that's tied together with some really great vocals on the top! The style's a bit like that of James Mason on his legendary Rhythm Of Life LP – soaring, righteous, and with some slightly ... (Soul)
Great work from one of the freshest funk combos going today – a group who really grabbed our ears with their initial singles and debut album – but who seem here to be heading into even hipper territory overall! There's a brilliant blend of sharp-edged instrumentation and more exotic ... (Deep Funk)
Reedman Donny McCaslin's been making records for many years now – but he also seems to have gotten a new sort of inspiration from his work with David Bowie on his final recording – at a level that really seems to influence his sound here! The record's still very much a jazz session ... (Jazz)
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A wonderful tribute to a music scene that got going in Belgium during the 60s, but which was completely fueled by American soul, jazz, and R&B – spun in jam-packed clubs by DJs in that nation's equivalent of the Northern Soul scene in the UK! Yet while Northern Soul has an upbeat, ... (Funky Compilations)
Paisley Park/Warner, 1987. 2LP (reissue)
A sprawling classic from Prince – full of songs perfecting the pop, funk & soul kaleidoscope of his best 80s jams, and adding a remarkable, previously unexplored depth and breadth of styles! A lot of folks tried to designate Prince's massive, fearless, beginning-of-the-end-of-the-80s ... (Soul)
Life Force Jazz, 2016.
A very hip singer, and one of the most righteous jazz vocal albums we've heard in while! Diane Witherspoon has family ties to Jimmy Witherspoon, but her style here is completely different – in that mode of jazz singing that's way past torch, way past standards, and in much hipper territory ... (Vocalists)
Cineploit (Austria), 2016. Gatefold
Videogram do a fantastic job here – continuing their spirit of retro cinema exploitation, but also finding a way to pack a bit more of a punch than before! The album's more of an EP than an LP – but there's a well-conceived approach that makes the whole thing feel quite full – ... (Soundtracks)
Soundway (UK), 1970s/1980s.
An insane treasure trove of little-heard sounds from the East African scene – music recorded in Kenya in the 70s and 80s, and served up in a variety of different styles and sounds throughout! The work here really expands our understanding of sounds in these immediate years before the world ... (Global Grooves)
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
The fab sound of London in the postwar years – a set of cooking cuts from the Soho scene, served up from a time when the city was finally getting back its steam! The music here is a really hip array of modes – a bit of jazz, Latin, rock instrumental, and more – used in tunes that ... (Vocalists)
Motown, 2000. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A millennial classic from Erykah Badu – a record that came along right as the current century was starting up, to show a soulful path that would keep things strong for many years to come! The album grabbed a bigger audience than Erykah's first, but still kept things strong – really ... (Neo Soul)
A great later moment from Pharoah Sanders – a set that's one of his few from the time that really stretches out in the same open, spiritual territory of his classic recordings for Impulse! The group's a trio – with Sanders on tenor and wood flute, Hamid Drake on drums and other ... (Jazz)
Drive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974.
Excellent work by this sweeeeeet Miami funk ensemble – one of the tightest combos to ever grace the Sunshine State! This is the first of the group's two albums for the Drive/TK label – and it's got a great sound that mixes rougher funky 45 type playing, with some of the smoother ... (Soul)
CTI/King (Japan), 1975.
An album with one of the most compelling covers ever featured on the CTI label – a fantastic achievement for ultra-hip arranger Don Sebesky! Don first got his start working on complicated charts for 60s singers and musicians – an early legacy of music that really set him apart, and ... (Jazz)
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