Huge new arrivals today – lots of CDs!
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)
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A great collection of funky 45s from the De-Lite family of labels – most of which were never issued on any sort of full-length album! In addition to singles issued by De-Lite – best known as the key home of Kool & The Gang – the set also features tracks from the related Vigor ... (Funky Compilations)
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)
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)
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)
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)
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), 1979.
Were there ever two words that improved the qualities of each other than "roller" and "disco"? We think not – and this album's more than proof of that! Most of this set is more straight disco than the "roller" version implied by the title – but a few of ... (Soul)
Sue/Warner (Japan), 1959.
A hip little set by a hip Chicago player – pianist Will Davis, an artist who gets a rare shot in the studio on this date for Sue Records! The set's got a nicely hard edge – almost in the same territory as Ray Bryant's work at the time for Sue – with a similar heavy left-hand ... (Jazz)
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960.
One of the most fantastic hardbop albums of all time! Tommy Turrentine was the less-famous trumpet-playing brother of Stanley Turrentine – but he was a hell of a player in his early days, and he cut some amazing records with his brother during the younger years of his career. This is the ... (Jazz)
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 60s.
Original ska sounds from the originators themselves – 20 incredible numbers by the Skatalites & friends – with many of their most essential recordings, and rare stunners, to boot! The period in focus here is the initial few years of The Skatalites as a bonafide band, but the ... (Reggae)
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), 1983.
With those aerobic clothes on the cover, the girls definitely look motivated – but they're not actually the group on the album, as Motivation is a tight little male soul sextet! The group have all the right funky currents to fit into the De-Lite Records label approach – a bit clubby at ... (Soul)
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1980.
A wonderful female soul trio from the Chicago scene of the 70s – and one we'd stand strongly next to the best gal groups from the Philly or New York scenes! In fact, Coffee were a bit unique in the city – which mostly had male groups getting the record contracts during the decade ... (Soul)
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
Don't take the "keep it light" title too seriously – as the work here is pretty darn heavy overall – a massive look at the way the British jazz scene was rapidly changing with the approach of the 60s – and finally starting to get a voice of its own! The big package ... (Jazz)
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1972. (reissue)
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... (Global Grooves)
Time/Solid (Japan), 1959.
One of the rare few albums cut by vocalist Dodo Greene – best known for her obscure Blue Note session – and even that one's pretty darn rare! Dodo's a hell of a singer, and one that never fully got her due (although we can testify to seeing her years ago in a wonderful small club set ... (Vocalists)
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s.
DJ Spinna takes on the catalog of the mighty De-Lite Records – pulling together key cuts from the label's second chapter, to create a non-stop mix of soulful club music that runs for nearly 80 minutes in length! Most of the music here follows in the best club traditions of Kool & The ... (Funky Compilations)
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/2017. 2LP
The first installment in a series that we hope to hear from often in years to come – as it offers up new remixes of older African funk tracks from the 70s – but all in a way that crackles with the best contemporary energy of the London scene! Most of the material was issued in the ... (Global Grooves)
Deram/Turbo (UK), 1969. 3CD
The brilliant third album from Mike Westbrook – a sharp-edged, two volume set with a scathing anti-war theme! The work is Westbrook's first total-concept album, and it's still one of his best – written with an edge that's free from some of the more whimsical touches that showed up in ... (Jazz)
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