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MPS (Germany), Late 60s/1970s.
The magic sunshine here is all from the legendary catalog of MPS Records – unusually groovy jazz tracks from the 60s and 70s, all hand-picked by the equally legendary DJ Gilles Peterson! Peterson first turned many ears onto MPS back a few decades ago – with his excellent Talkin Jazz ... (Funky Compilations)
Capitol/Dusty Groove, 1971.
Killer work from the same sessions that gave the world Cannonball Adderley's classic Black Messiah album – live material from an extended stretch as the Troubadour club in LA – featuring a very righteous, freewheeling version of Cannonball's group! The lineup features some wonderful ... (Jazz)
Shola Adisa-Farrar & The Florian Pellissier Quartet
Hot Casa (France), 2016.
We already love the music of Florian Pellisier from his excellent albums on the Heavenly Sweetness label – but we're really over the moon with the group here as they work alongside American singer Shola Adisa Farrar! Shola hails from Oakland, but has a globe-spanning sound to her music that ... (Vocalists)
Capitol/Dusty Groove, 1970.
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – ... (Jazz)
Crammed (Belgium), 2016. Gatefold
Two powers of the contemporary global scene – coming together in a really amazing way! Percussionist Batida joins the amazing Konono No 1 – adding in some extra rhythms, both live and programmed, to their stunning mix of electrified percussion, likembe, and other instruments – ... (Global Grooves)
Kent/Mainstream (UK), Early 70s.
A huge array of soul tracks from the Mainstream label – an imprint that was probably best known for its jazz work of the early 70s, and as the launching pad for a few key rock groups – but one who also cut some killer soul tracks in the best New York and Philly styles of the period! ... (Soul)
WRWTFWW (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
A very cool soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – done during a period of great electronic exploration! The record is credited to "Piero Umiliani & I Suoi Oscillatori" – an instrument you can definitely hear at work here – as Piero uses lots of cool keyboard ... (Soundtracks)
Inflamable (France), 2016.
A wonderfully jazzy session from DJ Cam – not the Soulshine album of many years back, but an all-instrumental record that may be one of Cam's warmest in years! There's a great small combo vibe to the record – which features a sextet with lots of great keyboards from Eric Legnini, plus ... (New Grooves)
Debut/Jeanne Dielman (Italy), 1965. (reissue)
A key early album by Albert Ayler – a mindblowing record even all these many years later, and a key introduction of Ayler's music to the rest of the world! The set begins with a compelling spoken introduction from Albert – really taking the time to introduce himself and his new ... (Jazz)
Impro/Sun Records (France), 1977.
Bold, raw live work from Archie Shepp – mostly inside, but played with a heck of a lot of soul and feeling throughout! The set features Archie's quartet with Siegfried Kessler on piano, Cameron Brown on bass and Clifford Jarvis on drums – a really no-nonsense group that's perfect for ... (Jazz)
Drummer Jaimeo Brown returns to the territory of his previous well-received Transcendence album – but shifts the sound slightly here – by mixing in inspiration from older work songs, instead of the gospel elements of the previous set – while creating music that's equally powerful ... (Jazz)
Favorite (France), 1976.
A rare smooth 70s set from Hawaii – and a record that's even better musically than it is obscure! Greg Yoder had already won us completely when we flipped the album over and saw that he does a version of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady" – alongside really fresh remakes of "M ... (Rock)
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1977.
An overlooked late 70s moment from the great Garland Green – a set that's quite different than his earlier Chicago soul – thanks to production from Leon Haywood in a sweet west coast mode! The record's got an easygoing vibe that really fits the cover – a mix of mellow and ... (Soul)
A really unusual performance from the mighty John Coltrane – recorded in Germany in 1960, with an amazing group that features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – stepping out from Miles Davis to give Trane a very special groove! These guys give the ... (Jazz)
Mercury/Zeitgeist (UK), 1969.
A really groovy little vocal jazz record – cut by an American singer on the London scene of the late 60s – working here with tight backing from the Laurie Holloway Quartet! Bryony James has this way of going deep with her range that's a bit like Morgana King, but she's also a bit less ... (Vocalists)
Columbia (Japan), 1980.
One of Charles Earland's sweet albums from his years at Columbia Records – done in a mode that's much more R&B than his earliest work, but in a style that's still A-OK with us! The groove here is greatly helped out by arrangements from Tom Washington, Weldon Irvine, and Marcus Miller ... (Jazz)
International Anthem, 2016.
A full record's worth of extra music from Makaya McCraven's In The Moment – a totally unique record from the drummer – and a great one too! The set's built around improvised performances recorded over the period of a year – with some of Chicago's best underground jazz talents, ... (Jazz)
Mississippi, 1940s/1950s/1960s. 6 LPs
A stunning tribute to the great Alan Lomax – the legendary musicologist, historian, and recording engineer who captured so many wonderful American sounds in the 20th Century! Lomax's work has been crucial to both the Library Of Congress and Smithsonian/Folkways Records – yet there's ... (Folk/Country)
The title here certainly gets at the spirit of the record – as it's definitely all happening in the world of Carlos Nino these days – a musician who just keeps on pushing his own boundaries in recent years – and that's saying a lot, as Carlos was pretty out there from the start! ... (Jazz)
Bob Berg's always been a heck of a great tenor player, but he sounds especially great on this early album as a leader – a tight and soulful session cut with Cedar Walton on keyboards, Al Foster on drums, and Tom Harrell on trumpet! The groove here is freewheeling but straightforward – ... (Jazz)
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