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Sugar/Four Flies (Italy), 1973. (reissue)
A fantastic funky soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – quite different than some of his bigger hits of the 60s, and full of heavy basslines and lots of great drums! The style here is in the best cop/crime mode of the time – but has even more blacksploitation grit at the bottom than the usual ... (Soundtracks)
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1978/1979/1980. 2CD
A trio of incredible records from Bobby Hutcherson – two on CD for the first time ever! Highway One is a wicked post-Blue Note session from Bobby Hutcherson – one that's put together in a different way than his previous work, but still completely sublime throughout! The feel is almost ... (Jazz)
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017.
We've loved the music of trumpeter Alex Sipiagin for quite some time – but there's really something special going on here – a slightly different vibe that makes the record stand out from the rest of the pack! First off, the album features all original compositions – songs that ... (Jazz)
A fantastic step forward for trumpeter Christian Scott – an artist who takes on a new name with this recording, and a vibrant new sound as well! Scott still plays trumpet, but he also works with some electronics and effects, too – in a group that mixes acoustic elements from piano, ... (Jazz)
Sugar/Four Flies (Italy), 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
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)
Playback (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The first-ever full length collection of work from Jeanette Jones – a San Francisco singer who's only been slowly discovered over the years, thanks to the efforts of the folks at Kent Records! Back in the day, Jones got one single on the market – the excellent "Darling I'm ... (Soul)
Athens Of The North (UK), 2017.
Spacey sounds from the dream team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat – a set that feels a bit like music that Foat previously recorded under his own name, but which also has a more spiritual sound overall! Hampshire plays guitar and auto harp, and Foat plays Fender Rhodes, vibes, and other ... (Jazz)
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), 1981/1984.
A pair of great records from Leon Bryant – both from the late De-Lite Records years, and offered up here back to back! First up is Mighty Body – a set also known as the self-titled Leon Bryant album – overlooked genius from Leon – a singer with a hell of a voice, and a ... (Soul)
Iron Mountain Analog Research/Omni (Australia), 1960/Early 70s.
A long-overdue collection of the really special, really unusual songs written and sung by Malvina Reynolds – one of the strangest talents to emerge from the 60s, partly because her age was in the same range as the decade! Reynolds had long been a force on the political left on the west coast ... (Folk/Country)
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
A set that really earns its title – as it's easily some of the most cosmic music John Coltrane ever recorded – and also kind of a way of saying goodbye to the planet, to leave his music in the hands of a next generation of creators! The album features material recorded by a Coltrane ... (Jazz)
A rare meeting of guitarist Wes Montgomery and the trio of pianist Wynton Kelly – heard here on unissued material that stands strongly next to their classic Smoking At The Half Note album on Verve! About half the tracks here just feature Kelly's trio – but that's A-Ok with us, as the ... (Jazz)
Phil-LA Of Soul/Jamie, 1969. (pic cover)
Rare female funk from Philly – a tune by a trio of three great singers who really blow away most of the competition! This isn't girl group soul, but instead some serious bad sister funk – as the vocals really have to compete with the hard funky drums at the core of the tune – ... (Funky 45's)
Posi tone, 2017.
Walt Weiskopf is fast becoming one of our favorite contemporary tenorists – a musician who's not just strong on his own instrument, but able to place himself amidst a very fresh setting with each new release! This set has Walt working with a top-shelf lineup of Positone labelmates – ... (Jazz)
A fantastic full length set from drummer Nate Smith – an artist who really wins our ears right from the start, then holds us rapt throughout the course of this wonderful debut! Smith's onto something really special here – jazz at the core, but served up in different snapshots of ... (Jazz)
Black Gold/Solid (Japan), 1973.
A bit sweet soul, a bit funky – and a real indie soul classic from the early 70s! The album's the second from The Dynamics – a group from Detroit, but one who work here with a style that's much more in the east coast mode of the All Platinum/Stang generation! The production is nice ... (Soul)
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. 3CD
The British mod scene of the 60s was drinking up a very heady brew of American jazz, soul, and R&B – then doing a great job of turning it into their own sort of music, as you'll hear on this set! Most of the numbers here are English, but could easily go head-to-head with the most romping ... (Rock)
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017.
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of ... (Jazz)
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960.
One of the most unique albums ever cut by pianist Marian McPartland – and definitely a set that offers up the bossa and soul promised in the title! Marian's playing electric and acoustic, over some very groovy rhythms from the trio of Ben Tucker on bass, Dave Bailey on drums, and Ralph ... (Jazz)
Smoke Sessions, 2017.
We've really grown to love the music of trombonist Steve Davis over the years – and although he's always been great, it seems like he just keeps on getting better and better with each new record! This album's certainly a great case in point – as Steve bursts forth with boundless energy ... (Jazz)
Vigor/Solid (Japan), 1976.
Uptempo east coast club soul – not entirely disco, and more like the indie work of the immediate generation before – a time when groups were picking up their groove a bit more than before, creating some lean, soulful tempos for the dancefloor! Arrangements are by Bert DeCoteaux and ... (Soul)
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