Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. 2CD
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s ... (Global Grooves)
Four Flies (Italy), 1960.
A great little soundtrack from that wonderful moment when the Italian cinema was heavy on sounds drawn from jazz and Latin music – served up here by the young Armando Trovajoli, who was in the process of moving from his modern jazz roots into the world of film scores! Much of the music here ... (Soundtracks)
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A huge range of funky soul cuts from a very surprising source – the nation of Surinam, which didn't earn its independence until the mid 70s – which then seemed to pave the way for a big wave of wonderful music like this! The cuts often have a groove that's more northern hemisphere club ... (Global Grooves)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1971.
One of the coolest 70s soundtracks from the great Stelvio Cipriani – served up here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! The music here was scored for a Mario Bava horror film, but it often has a quality that's more lean and lovely overall – that current of sex that we always love ... (Soundtracks)
Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), 1970s/1980s. 6CD
A host of recordings with titles you can't pronounce – but served up with a universally appealing jazz sound, thanks to the mighty vibes of Bosko Petrovic! The musician is one of the coolest players who ever worked behind the Iron Curtain – a jazz vibist in Croatia, but one whose music ... (Jazz)
Costanza/Schema (Italy), 1979. Gatefold
A sound library album from the end of the 70s, but one that's got a fair bit of funky jazz in the mix, too – thanks to a lifetime dedication to the music by Amleto "Puccio" Roelens! Roelens was a musician with a long lineage on the Italian scene in the postwar years – and ... (Sound Library)
Dome (UK), 2002/2004/2005. 3 CDs
Three great albums from Incognito – served up at a mighty nice price, and with bonus tracks too! Who Needs Love is a gem from over a decade ago – and Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick pulled out all the stops on this set – working with a range of vocalists that includes Joy ... (Neo Soul)
R $ J Recordz & Tapes/Think (Japan), 2011.
These guys may look they they're living at the start of the 80s, but they're actually a contemporary combo – although one with a very old school approach in their music! The Funky Drive Band have a perfect mid 80s style to their music – upbeat funky soul with plenty of keyboards and ... (Soul)
Goma Gringa (Brazil), 2016.
A killer collection of contemporary underground sounds from Brazil – not the kind of bigger pop that usually filters over here from the world music market – but instead a range of really well-chosen tracks that beautifully illustrate a new wave of creativity in the city of Sao Paulo! ... (Brazil)
Four Flies (Italy), 1959.
One of the jazziest soundtracks we've ever heard from Piero Umiliani – and maybe the best we've heard from his late 50s stretch – thanks to some really well-conceived tunes that stand well on their own away from the film! The music here is awash in strong solos – Umiliani on ... (Soundtracks)
General/Cinedelic (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
The music of love from the great Piero Piccioni – served up here in a set that's right up there with his best soundtracks of the early 70s! The sounds come from a wonderful Piccioni array of instrumentation – some heavy Hammond here, a bit of soaring strings there – all set to ... (Soundtracks)
One of the most beautiful records we've ever heard from drummer Andrew Cyrille – a sublime set of duets with tenorist Bill McHenry, who turns out to be a wonderful musical partner! The music has that loose, open, almost melodic feel that Cyrille brought to his percussion – especially ... (Jazz)
PMG (Austria), 1976.
A bold title statement from The Funkees – and one that's backed up with plenty of adult funky music as well – that hip blend of dubby soul that really made these guys a standout on the Nigerian scene of the 70s! The style's almost a bit like Cymande – with a head-nodding bassline ... (Global Grooves)
Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), Late 70s/1980s. 6CD
An incredible legacy in jazz – and an overlooked one, too – a huge amount of work from vibist Bosko Petrovic, a player who was as important on his instrument in Europe as Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson were in the US! In fact, both players are a great comparison – because ... (Jazz)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1973.
Rabid dogs never sounded so great before – thanks to some incredible scoring from Italian maestro Stelvio Cipriani! The music here has this way of moving forward in almost marching waves of sound – keyboard lines and string passages that advance in steps, and create both a sense of ... (Soundtracks)
Sonodisc/Creole Stream (Japan), 1974.
A fantastic funky set from the 70s – originally issued on a French label, and hardly known to American audiences at the time – but done with a heavy groove that remind us of some of the best funky soul you'd find on labels like Curtom, Stax, or Atlantic! Lead vocals are by Bill Combs, ... (Soul)
Motown/Kent (UK), Late 60s.
Rare early material from one of the hippest singers on 70s Motown – the heavenly Syreeta, best known for her seminal work with Stevie Wonder – heard here in the years before, on a rare single and a huge amount of never-issued tracks! Syreeta first worked for Motown under the name of ... (Soul)
Teichiku/Think (Japan), 1972. Gatefold
Don't think "British rock", think "electric jazz" – as the set features some long, jamming instrumental workouts that are more in a heavy fusion mode overall! The group's a quintet – led by drummer Kiyoshi Tanaka, and featuring organ, guitar, bass, and some very ... (Jazz)
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1971.
One of the most unusual albums in the Three Blind Mice jazz catalog of the 70s – a set recorded by overlooked American reedman Allan Praskin, who really opens up in the Japanese setting of the record! Praskin is a player who worked strongly on the European scene for decades – mostly in ... (Jazz)
Ugo & Play/Think (Japan), 2016.
Dreamy French pop from Clio – a contemporary singer, but one who hearkens back to our favorite chanteuses of years past – especially the hip wave of Parisian talents in the late 60s! The approach here is gentle and laidback – a bit in the pace of Jane Birkin, but maybe set to ... (French)
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