One of the few funky late Chess gems for Etta James – recorded during the period when the company was owned by the All Platinum family of labels in New Jersey – with incredible vocals by Etta! Most of the record was cut in NJ, and features Etta's bluesy style meeting some nice funky ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great new chapter in the career of Jose James – and a record that really seems to take his already-amazing vocals to a whole new level! In a relatively short career, Jose's already been turning a lot of heads with his work on other projects, his jazz-based recordings, and his debut for ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Jose James sounds even deeper than ever here – really moving forward with that amazing voice, and really finding a special space between all the jazz, soul, and funk projects of previous years! The album has James almost emerging as a singer who can span genres and reach out to new scenes ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A sublime take on the music of Billie Holiday – served up in the tremendous vocals of Jose James! In the notes, James recalls that the music of Holiday is one of his first memories of childhood – and goes onto explain how much her music has meant to him over the years – a ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A sublime pop psych classic from Tommy James & The Shondells – a record that's quite different than some of the janglier work the group was issuing a few years before – and a perfect example of the way that just a few slight studio tricks can really transform a record! The tunes ... (Rock) read moreCD
Fool ... CD Brainfeeder, 2016. New Copy ...
A bright blend of abstract electronics and leftfield jazz from Dutch experimentalist Mitchel Van Dinther, aka Jamezoo – and one more significant reminder that the Brainfeeder label is home to some of the best, most creative modern instrumental music of the past couple decades! After the ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the greatest albums ever from UK genius Bert Jansch – cut as a solo set at a time when his fame was rising with the group Pentangle, and somewhat overlooked at the time! Yet all these many years later, we'd rank this one right up alongside important records of the period by Nick Drake ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Bert Jansch —
Nicola ... CD Transatlantic/Sanctuary (UK), 1967. New Copy ...
A beautiful record from the great Bert Jansch – quite different than some of his others at the time, but in a really wonderful way! The set has Bert's vocals and acoustic guitar interwoven with some larger arrangements – not in a commercial style, but in a mode that perfectly ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Tremendous work from Bert Jansch – an album that shows how much he'd evolved in just a few short years – both as a singer and as a musician, and as a completely unique talent on his own! The record has an instantly timeless feel – that mix of ancient inspiration and new freedoms ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Maurice Jarre penned the soundtrack to one of the oddest westerns of its time – a strange samurai-western starring Charles Bronson, Ursula Andress, and Toshiro Mifune! The overall score has that rich, dramatic style that Jarre used often in his more famous work of the 60s – with a few ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A relatively dramatic Maurice Jarre soundtrack – penned for a Robinson Crusoe film that starred Michael York – and served up in a mix of sounds and styles that move from the dramatic moments of the early narrative, through some of the more placid moments of discovery on the island. ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Al Jarreau hits the stage in the UK – clearly working before a large crowd that's very appreciative of his superstar talents in the early 80s! The sound here is a bit less intimate than some of Jarreau's earlier studio records – instrumentation that's designed more to fit the larger ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sublime sounds from Al Jarreau – exactly the kind of record that made him a unique superstar at the time of its release, and which still continues to fly Al's flag strongly all these many years later! Jarreau's got that perfect blend between jazz roots and soulful expression here – set ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of Impulse albums from Keith Jarrett – back to back on a single CD! First up is Death & The Flower – really wonderful early work from Keith Jarrett – a spiritually-driven session that's free from the cliches of his later work! The album's a spectacular group effort ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Two key 70s albums from Keith Jarrett – back to back in a single package! First up is Fort Yawuh – great Impulse work from Keith Jarrett – recorded at a time when he had a lot sharper edge than later years, and was really matching the spirit of some of the post-Coltrane ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible sounds from Java – where the use of the gamelan is often somewhat more brooding, and slower-paced than in Bali – and the sounds flow out in these gentle waves that are completely hypnotic! The album is wonderfully recorded by Robert E Brown – one of his key gamelan ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
The mid 90s debut of San Diego MC Jayo Felony – with gritty street centric rhymes and a flow that falls comfortably between the laidback and more manic styles of period west coast gangsta rap of the period. Take A Ride is extra notable for a prominent behind the scenes figure – the ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
An incredibly soulful set from the Israeli scene of the early 70s – a record that's quite spiritual overall, with a vibe that's almost Strata East in its approach! The group is less of a workshop than a tight quartet led by saxophonist Albert Piamenta, and featuring piano, bass, and drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A funky electric jazz jam that's been lost for years – very heavy on the keyboards and filled with choppy sax riffs! The sound here is kind of a combination of the Groove Merchant style of the early 70s and some of the tighter intensity of Stone Alliance – as the group (like Stone ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really unique little record – a set of jazz reinterpretations of the style of biguine – that highly rhythmic mode from the French West Indies, which itself received a strong influx of jazz in the post-war years! Alain Jean-Marie has roots in Guadeloupe, but plays with the open flow ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A bold statement by one of the best underground jazz players of the 70s! Carter Jefferson cut his chops with Art Blakey in the years after Blakey had Billy Harper in the group – and seemed to follow Harper into some of the same highly spiritual, soulful territory at the time! Jefferson's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An appropriately-titled effort from DJ Spinna's & Kryminul's legendary duo Jigmastas – beloved by underground/indie hip hop fans for a small, but stellar run of recordings from the the mid 90s to early 00s – and criminally overlooked by the mainstream to this day! Spinna has always ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A great little album of group soul – recorded by indie label favorites The Jive Five, and just about their only album for a big label. Horace Ott produced and arranged, and he nicely takes the group's earlier doo wop style into a 60s harmony groove – adding in some arrangements that ... (Soul) read moreCD
JJ Band (El Chicles & Chakachas) —
JJ Band ... CD Polydor/Sonorama (Germany), 1970. New Copy ...
Incredible funk, soul, jazz, post psychedelia and funk rock from the JJ Band – recorded in Brussels and featuring core players who were also integral members of Chakachas & El Chicles! The JJ Band find a hard grooving style steeped in horns, with heavy drums, bass and percussion, fuzzy ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pre-soul duets from the team of Johnnie & Joe – a male/female duo who worked in this format years before more famous teams of the 60s! The style here is a bit R&B, but also a bit of early soul – often sung in a personal style that has Johnnie's female vocals falling right on ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the best work ever from the legendary Buddy Johnson – brought together in the best package we've ever seen to showcase his music! Johnson was a crucial figure in the postwar years – and an artist who helped music make a shift from the bigger bands of the swing years to the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nicely sharp sounds from the great JJ Johnson – a set that has the trombonist really honing his edge on a host of tight, short tracks – with a vibe that almost recalls his initial bop recordings on Blue Note and Prestige! The style here is a bit more sophisticated – definitely ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of JJ's best from the late 50s – a tightly crackling hardbop set, recorded very much in the manner of his classic JJ Inc album! The sound here is a bit more compact overall – with some shorter tracks that really allow Johnson to display his keen sense of economy on his horn, while ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A soaring solo moment for Lamont Johnson – the bassist whose work was a big part of the Brainstorm ensemble at their start – and who really makes some great magic here on his own! It's clear from the set that Johnson was one of the more spiritual members of Brainstorm – as the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lorraine Johnson's first album for the Prelude label – a strong mix of disco grooves and deep soul, recorded with arrangements by the team of Jesse Boyce & Moses Dillard! The set's got a very well-rounded approach – one that mixes both mellow and upbeat numbers, in a style that's ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Japanese version of the Canadian Unidisc pressing – with added packaging and booklet.)
A smoking funky set from early 70s Stax Records – the only album we've ever seen from Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers, and a stone cooker all the way through! The sound is hard and heavy on most numbers – with loads of funky 45-styled riffs – and the core group is a nicely ... (Soul) read moreCD
Samuel Jonathan Johnson —
My Music ... CD Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ...
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! ... (Soul) read moreCD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Sly Johnson —
Mic Buddah ... CD Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2015. New Copy ...
That's Sly Johnson – not Syl Johnson, the Chicago soul singer – but this Johnson's definitely got an approach that lives up to the classic soul style of the cover! The music's a wonderful mix of deep soul vocals and contemporary production that owes a fair bit to hip hop as well – ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
The great Syl Johnson – doing his thing for Hi Records on a record that's more shiny diamond than it is rough – his second album for the label and a truly underappreciated gem from the Chi soul great! Diamond In The Rough is a much sweeter set of tunes than Syl's Chicago work on ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pre-Beach Boys gem from Bruce Johnston – and definitely the party promised in the title! We're not sure about the pajamas, though – because things are so romping, nobody's sure to get any sleep – as Johnston and crew cook things up with a great mix of garage and surf, and maybe ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very unusual album from reedman Darius Jones – a special project dedicated to the legendary French vocalist Brigitte Fontaine, with vocals that definitely recall the singer at some of her most adventurous moments! Fontaine's no stranger to the racks at Dusty Groove – as we've loved ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent early work from the legendary George Jones – easily one of the best singers to ever grace the field of country music, heard here at a seminal turning point when he was really starting to find his sound! The collection brings together early Mercury and United Artists recordings by ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Hank Jones at the height of his powers – working in an unusual trio with the great Isla Eckinger on bass – a well-rounded, soulfully-toned player who really helps make some magic on the set! Hank's talents are well-known, and very much in their best form here – but the slightly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A later recording from Philly Joe Jones – but a great one too – a rare set recorded in France, with a super-hip lineup that really makes things cook! The group's got some really incredible horn work – both Charles Davis and Hal Singer on tenor, creating a double-edged sound that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Priscilla Coolidge Jones —
Flying ... CD Capricorn/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
A surprisingly soulful set from Priscilla Coolidge Jones – a record that's kind of a late 70s take on the sorts of modes she developed with Booker T at the start of the decade – which is no surprise, given that Booker produced the record, and also plays organ and keyboards throughout! ... (Rock) read moreCD
An unreleased live performance from the Quincy Jones all-star group of 1961 – heard here on a famous European tour that also had the individual members really having a great influence on the scene overseas! The lineup here is something of a dream band – as the record features solos ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great work from soul singer Ronnie Jones – an artist who was born in the US, but cut all of this work in the swinging London scene of the 60s – where he was obviously a very big addition to the mod scene! Ronnie's got a voice that's capable of a great range when needed, but which can ... (Soul) read moreCD
The birth of a legend – documented here in a really wonderful package – a brilliant 2CD set that brings forth the first-ever recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – heard here on the debut nights of their very long run of Monday night performances at the Village ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The first album from Thelma Jones – and a real standout set from mid 70s Columbia! The record is a sweet blend of southern and modern soul, with some fantastic arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who also produced the set in a wonderful way that lets Jones retain the deeper qualities of her ... (Soul) read moreCD
Drummer Willie Jones has always given us great music in the past – but this time he seems to go even one better – working here with a killer group that features Eric Reed's piano and Buster Williams' bass in the core trio – which then expands through work from other players who ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joneses ... CD Epic/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ...
A killer for the Joneses – probably their strongest album all the way through, thanks to some great production and arrangements by Bobby Eli! This one's got the group taking the fragile harmony style of their earlier records, and filtering it through the Philly powerhouse groove to create a ... (Soul) read moreCD
The rare second album by the Jongo Trio – a fantastic bossa group who mixed together vocals and keyboards with stunning magic! The trio's approach is similar to that of the more famous Tamba Trio – in that the three members groove on keyboards, bass, and percussion – while also ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A very unusual album from Clifford Jordan – a session of shorter soul jazz numbers cut in the years between his earlier hardbop albums and his later, more righteous sounds of the 70s! The style here is straightforward and to the point – very much in the Atlantic soul jazz style of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pianist Duke Jordan takes on the groovy score to the French film Les Liasions Dangereuses – material best known via Art Blakey's original recording with tenorist Barney Wilen – but equally great here in Jordan's lesser-known version! The group here is excellent – with some of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful showcase for the soulful tenor talents of Kidd Jordan – a player with a style that takes us back to some of the richest, most expressive musicians of the loft jazz scene of the 70s! Jordan's got a way of spinning out a long, personal statement on his horn – one that's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Searing sounds from 50s rockabilly legend Benny Joy – a good deal of which were never issued at the time, and are presented here in the best Ace Records fashion! Benny was hardly a chart-topper in the late 50s – but in decades since, he's earned a strong reputation as one of the most ... (Rock) read moreCD
An amazing mix of jazzy vocals, sparkling production, and beautiful light guitar – the younger Joyce at her best – in a wonderfully uncluttered style that makes the record a treasure all the way through! Joyce sings and plays acoustic guitar – and gets these lightly jazzy ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the few Joyce albums ever issued in the US – a breezy outing from the end of the 80s, recorded with a bit more jazz than usual, and a number of English-language lyrics that were clearly intended to help break her into a wider market! Joyce is still very much in a comfortable setting ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Joyce & Kenny Werner —
Poesia ... CD Pirouet (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
One of the mellowest, moodiest albums we've ever heard from the lovely Joyce – a spare set of duets with pianist Kenny Werner, done in a style that definitely reflects the poetry promised in the title! The album's almost more of a jazz vocal setting than Joyce's usual bossa and more breezy ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Amazing bossa jazz from Brazilian tenor saxophonist Juarez – a record that moves and grooves with an even harder edge than any American session of the type from the time – with lots of raw percussion that sounds really great next to the soulful tenor! The album's quite early in the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Killer funky reissue of this rare soundtrack by Don Julian & The Larks! You probably already know Don Julian's funky work from the Savage soundtrack, and this one's just as good – with even more cuts than the original, including a lot of tasty soul cuts and covers with a deep soulful ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet set of vocal group heaven from the young Don Julian – working here at the head of his Meadowlarks group – and turning out some very well-crafted doo wop sides from the late 50s LA scene! The material predates Don's stomping soul with The Larks in the 60s – and instead has ... (Soul) read moreCD
Orlando Julius with The Heliocentrics —
Jaiyede Afro ... CD Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Slicked up funk from Junie – not as crazy has his stoned-out albums on Westbound, but just as great overall! There's plenty of 80s bass pedal whomping in the mix, but production's nice and smooth, with some good doses of soul that keep the record from being a silly throwaway funk effort. ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of K-Def LPs – 2016's Unpredectible Gemini and the compilation Way It Was – together in a single set! Gemini is funk steeped instrumental hip hop – with an ear for and the skill to recreate not only the soul beat sound of classic, so called "golden era" hip hop, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A stunner of a record from trumpeter Goran Kajfes – an artist we've loved for years, but who really blows us away even more with this set! The first album with his Subtropic Arkestra was a real revelation – a bold step into funkier, more globally-conscious territory – but this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Amazing sounds on an instrument we'd never heard before – the gyil, a version of the xylophone from Ghana, but one that operates with a very different sound than the more familiar western instrument! The gyil features wooden slats over a gourd, but with this really resonant quality that ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Some of the most organic electronics we've ever heard – all material pulled from the private archives of Ariel Kalma, and issued here for the first time ever! Kalma's a hell of a compelling artist – one who had both ties to the more serious world of European electronic composition in ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Good stuff (if you coulda found it) from Kansas City Jammers – their Got Good (If You Get It) album from the early 70s – plus a full unreleased album on disc two – a mix of harmony enriched folk rock of the Crosby, Stills Nash & Young school and more driving, if loosely ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great set of straight jazz vocals from Kimiko Kasai – a singer who could sometimes work in soul-based modes, but who steps out here in a wonderful batch of classic-styled jazz tunes! The album's directed by Oliver Nelson, but the backing is by a small combo that features Joe Sample on ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock —
Butterfly ... CD Columbia (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
A great album of soulful jazzy tracks from Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai – with keyboards from Herbie Hancock and Webster Lewis – incredible and unjustly overlooked! Kimiko sings in English, and the record's got a nice smooth fusion groove with funky moments, post Headhunters. It's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A perfect 90s moment from the mighty Kashif – maybe sounding better here in an indie soul setting than he did a few years before on the charts – stepping back into this smooth mellow groove that's a perfect showcase for his ultra-classy vocals! Kashif's an artist who inspired so many ... (Soul) read moreCD
An early gem from the Kashmere Stage Band – and a record that already has the ensemble burning with plenty of fire! These guys were a one-unit powerhouse in American grooves – one of the few US groups who really got the same sort of funky big band energy that all the better European ... (Soul) read moreCD
Soulful live work from the legendary Kashmere Stage Band – a small-time Texas ensemble from the 70s, but one who managed to record a heck of a lot of great records in a few short years! This concert record has the band sounding every bit as wonderful as in the studio – stepping forth ... (Soul) read moreCD
A bold statement from the Kashmere Stage Band – who've definitely got their own "thing" here right from the start – one of the coolest, grooviest, funkiest sounds you'll ever hear from a band of young kids in school! These guys easily match the hippest players in much more ... (Soul) read moreCD
When these guys say "stage band", they aren't kidding – as the group's got so many members, there's barely room left on the stage for the instruments! That doesn't stop the record from being plenty darn funky, though – as the sound is right, tight, and outta site – ... (Soul) read moreCD
A range of wonderful work from this excellent European singer – mostly pulled from obscure archives belonging to jazz musicians and frequent musical partners in the 60s – brought together here to make a full length that's every bit as great as her other albums! Almost all the cuts have ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Ryo Kawasaki —
Prism ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Excellent early work from guitarist Ryo Kawasaki – a set that's got a leaner, meaner feel than some of his more polished later work – at a level that really lets Kawasaki shine throughout! The vibe is maybe a bit like CTI, but looser and more free – with wonderful colors and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Dynamic sounds from Kaytronik – Karizma's alter ego, working here in a sound that's got all the sharp, angular grooves you might expect – but maybe a bit of a cosmic vibe as well! The tracks have elements that definitely show their Baltimore roots, but also take off to the skies a bit ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
KC's definitely got an 80s look on the cover of this one – and the album follows with a groove that definitely matches that image – a re-tooled version of the Sunshine Band style of the 70s – one that's still pretty darn funky, just in more of an 80s sort of way! The basslines ... (Soul) read moreCD
Nice work from Christopher Kearney – a Canadian singer/songwriter who followed the same path to LA as some of his 60s contemporaries, yet managed to cut this album back home with a feel that's all his own! There's definitely some currents from American country in Kearney's approach, but the ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great group with a really unique vibe – a sound that's much warmer and more captivating than you'd guess from the "catharsis" in their name – as trombonist Ryan Keberle blends together elements of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music, with some especially haunting wordless ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The percussion-heavy soul gem from Herman Kelly & Life – recorded in both Brazil & Miami – and awash with killer drum work all the way through! The album's a key part of the Miami sound especially – and really shows the way that city's 70s funk scene used congas heavily ... (Soul) read moreCD
A truly amazing album – unlike anything Eddie Kendricks ever did before, or since – and one of those records that really helped shape the sound of soul in the 70s! The music is as rich and powerful as the image on the cover – with some righteous undercurrents that really mark the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Gypsy Man ... CD Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
Sweet electric funk from Robin Kenyatta – but a set with some slightly complicated moments too! The album's a bit like some of Yusef Lateef's more electric moments on Atlantic, although probably not as cerebral overall – and Robin plays a range of reeds, including alto, flute, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great blend of older jazz styles and the sweet 70s funk of Robin Kenyatta – served up with a hip sort of sparkle overall! There's a few familiar jazz modes in here that definitely live up to the spirit of the title – but most of the record is more open, laidback, and somewhat ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Terra Nova ... CD Altantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ...
A cool bit of funk from reedman Robin Kenyatta – slightly electric, and often with a bit of an angular groove – almost a South African influence at times, although warmed up with a good dose of American soul as well! Most numbers here have some sort of keyboards – either from Pat ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Robin Kenyatta —
Until ... CD Vortex/Wounded Bird, 1968. New Copy ...
One of the earliest albums as a leader from reedman Robin Kenyatta – and a set that's also one of his most compelling too! There's a definitely freer sound here than on some of Robin's smoother sets from the 70s – a vibe that's somewhere near the space of Impulse Records in the post-Col ... (Jazz) read moreCD
All you need is love – that, and some great vocals and backings as well! Anita Kerr really gets groovy on this little set – taking the famous sound of her harmony quartet into some great late 60s territory – a range of pop tunes hinted at by the Beatles reference on the cover ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Anita Kerr and her singers take on the baroque pop sound of the late 60s – working here in a way that mixes their smoother vocals with more complicated arrangements and some nice use of electric harpsichord! The approach isn't as over the top baroque as other albums like this – thanks ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Chaka Khan —
Chaka ... CD Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great album of mellow modern soul tracks recorded in Chaka's post-Rufus years! The record was produced by the great Arif Mardin, the man who made so many of the 70s Atlantic soul records work so well – and he handled Chaka's voice with a sweet sweet sound that you don't always get on her ... (Soul) read moreCD
Chaka Khan on Warner Brothers – the wonderful second chapter of her career, when she fully broke away from Rufus, and became an amazing solo act on her own! All the records here are classics, and really take Khan who a whole new level – often working with production and arrangements ... (Soul) read moreCD
Damn wonderful solo work from Chaka Khan – a record that holds onto all the best funky elements of her 70s music with Rufus – but also finds a way to put the lady even more strongly out front! There's maybe a bit more of a clubby vibe here than before, but never in a cheesy or ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sean Khan —
Muriel ... CD Far Out (UK), 2015. New Copy ...
An insanely wonderful set from Sean Khan – maybe the greatest music he's done since his early classics with the SK Radicals! This album really takes us back to a time when music from London was completely fresh and exciting, and cosmically soulful, too – and Sean's got help from some ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A trio of classics from Steve Khan – all brought together in a single package! First up is Tightrope – beautiful fusion from guitarist Steve Khan – one of those great 70s players who could play things tight, yet still keep an edge! The album's got a well-produced groove – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Shamisen never sounded so groovy before – thanks to excellent work from Akira Ishikawa & His Count Buffalos – who are working here at their funky 70s best! The album mixes great sounds from Count Buffalos with the solo talents of Rinsoye Kida on shamisen – the traditional ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful final performance from pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – one that features a long-drawn, spun-out solo that stands as a wonderful testament to his many years of wonderful records – and which has this sense of completeness and complexity that makes it a haunting last message from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pianist Masabumi Kikuchi leads the set, but the group's a very equally-balanced trio that features wonderful work from James Genus on bass and Victor Jones on drums – both players who shape the sound every bit as strongly as the piano! In fact, if you were to hear the record without the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Masabumi Kikuchi/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian —
Tethered Moon ... CD King (Japan), 1991. New Copy ...
A great later date from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a player we love for his groundbreaking work in the 70s, and who still sounds equally great here in the company of bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian! Kikuchi's got a sharp tone that really grabs our ears right away – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A stunning follow-up to the first Tethered Moon album from the trio of Masabumu Kikuchi on piano, Gary Peacock on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – material recorded at the same time as the first record, but with a vibe that's sometimes slightly different! As before, the acoustic tones of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A set that definitely lives up to the poetry promised in its title – with none of the too-clean sounds you might guess from its hand-washing reference either! The album's one of the freest, most organic sessions we've heard from pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – almost improvised at points, ... (Jazz) read moreCD