Robert and Johnny certainly belong together – as you'll hear on this classic set of duo recordings for the Old Town label! The pair have a mode the echoes the vocal group styles of the doo wop generation, but also prefigure the male duo mode style that would be huge in the 60s soul years ... (Soul) read moreCD
Nile Rodgers is working here away from Chic – but his sound here is definitely in that classic lean, mean mode – lots of compressed guitar bits riffing over the rhythms, every bit as catchy and captivating as ever! The grooves break out nicely from the standard Chic mode – almost ... (Soul) read moreCD
The trippiest project we've ever heard from JJ Whitefield – an artist you might know better for his funkier work in Poets Of Rhythm and Karl Hector & The Malcouns – but who here goes back to the best modes of early 70s krautrock – reviving his German heritage with some ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A rare set from trumpeter Claudio Roditi – and one that's got a great Brazilian groove too! Claudio plays here with some great help from vocalist Kenia – who sings in this jazzy way that's a bit like Tania Maria or Flora Purim at the time – with strong influences from the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Spirit Within ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ...
Really beautiful work from the team of Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – hardly the sort of stuff we might have heard from the players a decade or two before – and a sophisticated batch of tunes that has them stretching out in rich musical directions! There's little of the boppish roots of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Red Rodney & Ira Sullivan —
Sprint ... CD Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1983. New Copy ...
A tremendous live performance from the group co-led by Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – two players who really bring a lot to each other's music! There's a mode here that really blows us away – a careful, sensitive approach that allows each horn player to hit their most lyrical moments ... (Jazz) read moreCD
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) read moreCD
DJ Rogers —
DJ Rogers ... CD Shelter/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ...
Mindblowing music from the great DJ Rogers – his first record, and a rootsy album of spiritual soul, right up there with the best 70s work by artists like Donny Hathaway, Rance Allen, or Stevie Wonder! Like all of those giants, DJ's got a deeply soulful vocal style that's more than ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wonderful sounds from Rey Roig – a leader who works here in a mode that recalls the bigger Latin ensembles of the 50s and early 60s, but with a lean vibe that really reflects the changes taking place on the New York scene! The album isn't as much of a hard salsa effort as other Salsoul Latin ... (Latin) read moreCD
Mid 50s genius from Sonny Rollins – 5 albums in a single set, all presented in LP-styled sleeves! Worktime is a record that perfectly illustrates why Rollins was one of the greatest players on his horn for many decades running! There's a depth of tone on the record that rivals Coleman ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sonny Rollins really opening up – playing live here in a broadcast date from Copenhagen – one that's been available on DVD over the years, but which is presented here without the edits that occurred in the filmed footage! The tracks are all real standards from the Rollins songbook ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sante Maria Romitelli —
Seducers ... CD Beat (Italy), 1969. New Copy ...
Pretty seductive sounds from Sante Maria Romitelli – scored for a late 60s film that was also known as Top Sensation – and which features a sensational blend of sounds to match! The music is in the best mod, jazzy style of the Italian scene of the time – and in fact, maybe has ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Sweet funk from 70s Brazil – a totally great album from drummer Ronnie – aka Ronald Mesquita, the percussive force behind the Bossa Tres combo! This album's got a smoother groove than their records – great use of Fender Rhodes, gliding alongside sweet samba soul arrangements ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Michel Roques —
Chorus ... CD Saravah/Core Port (France), 1972. New Copy ...
An amazing album from the legendary Saravah label – one of the imprint's lesser-known gems from the 70s, but a set that's got the same compelling mix of modes you'd find in their albums from Barney Wilen, Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, or the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! Reedman Michel Roques ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked 80s moment from Rose Royce – a set recorded after the group had stepped away from their famous association with Norman Whitfield, but were still very much at the top of the modern soul game! The production here is maybe a bit more 80s than before, but the group continue to keep ... (Soul) read moreCD
An overlooked later gem by Rose Royce – a funky Norman Whitefield production released shortly after the similarly strong Golden Touch – a mix of funky numbers, more spaced out cosmic keys inflected grooves and a couple of mellow jams! The funkier numbers come earlier in the set, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
The third album from the mighty Rose Royce – working here in perfect hit formation – with older styles of harmony soul wrapped around some of the best late 70s mainstream funk modes – all produced to perfection by the mighty Norman Whitfield! Whitfield's guidance of the group is ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rose Royce are certainly plenty strong at this point in their career – working with a tight modern soul groove on Epic Records – away from their previous placement on the Whitfield label, even though Norman Whitfield's still very actively handling production here! The album does a ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from pianist Renee Rosnes in a long time – a set that features Rosnes working at the head of a very hip quintet with Steve Nelson on vibes and Steve Wilson on alto, flute, and soprano sax! Both of the Steves really open up the sound here – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overstuffed package of work from Annie Ross – one that features a few key albums, plus some rare bonus tracks too! First up is A Handful Of Songs – which has Ross recording as a solo act back in England after leaving her famous group with Dave Lambert and John Hendricks! The style ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Bjarne Rostvold Trio —
Tricotism ... CD RCA/Be! (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ...
Not the usual album you might expect from a group with a trio in the name – as there's no piano in the mix, and instead the album features some sparkling trumpet from the great Allan Botschinsky – heard here at the height of his youthful, modern powers! The combo's led by drummer ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overstuffed collection – one that's filled with famous Nino Rota soundtrack material – for films by Fellini, Visconti, and others! First up is the excellent score for 8 1/2 – beautiful work by Nino Rota – filled with the kind of classic themes that distinguished his best ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A great little album from trumpeter Jim Rotondi – a set that delivers on all the promise we've always heard in his music – and also brings forward a bit more too! The album has Jim blowing in a quintet with some excellent vibes from Joe Locke – a player who really helps give the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of late 70s albums from Demis Roussos – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Demis Roussos album on Mercury – one of the best-remembered albums from Greek singer Demis Roussous – a soulful 70s set that's quite a change from his early material in the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two late 70s albums from this enigmatic Greek singer! Universum is from 1979, and has Demis Roussos at the end of the 70s – a decade that began with his trippy work in Aphrodite's Child, then had the singer hitting the clubs with disco soul, and ended with Demis becoming a huge international ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Rova Sax Quartet channel the sound of John Coltrane's legendary Ascension album – then take it into a whole new territory of expression, thanks to help from an international assortment of improvisers who join in on the performance! The group famously reworked the piece in 1995, and have ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Really wonderful work from the Texas scene of the 60s – not the heady psych or garage usually associated with the state, nor the more Latin-inflected modes from the border – but instead a unique batch of music that feels more like work from either coast, and which comes across with a ... (Rock) read moreCD
A rare early album from Lita Roza – a British singer who recorded some pop in her day, but also had the depth of a much more serious vocalist overall – as you'll hear on the material in this set! The core of the CD features the album Me On A Carousel – a record that has Lita ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A freewheeling live date from Hilton Ruiz – recorded in Paris at the start of the 80s, with an excellent rhythm section that features Art Davis on bass and Walter Perkins on drums! Perkins' drum work is especially nice – as sprightly and dynamic as Ruiz's piano – beautifully tied ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The classic self-titled LP that changed hip hop (and much of modern pop) forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record. Run DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap the bust out of the inner cities and into consciousness of an entire ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Arthur Russell —
Corn ... CD Audika, Early 80s. New Copy ...
Never-heard work from the legendary Arthur Russell – a treasure trove of material from the vaults, finally issued all these many years after his untimely early passing! The work is a bit like some of the material on World Of Echo – spare tunes that often mix cello with keyboards and ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredible chapter in the Arthur Russell story – and one that's not nearly as well-known as his club singles and art rock work of the 80s! The 2CD package presents some long-lost longer form work by Russell – instrumental pieces composed and recorded in the 70s and early 80s, most ... (Rock) read moreCD
An avant dancefloor work of genius by Arthur Russell – the frantically beat-heavy, sunny and psychedelic single "Let's Go Swimming" that's from 1986, but it's really a unique piece of work that exists out of place and time – here in 3 distinctive versions along with a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful set of unreleased Arthur Russell songs – great tunes that he cut in more of an eclectic singer-songwriter approach than some of his other work – emotionally upfront, understated material that is simply beautiful! The songs range from very stripped down and folksy on the ... (Rock) read moreCD
An incredibly beautiful set of work from Arthur Russell – one of the few records to be issued under his own name during his tragically short life – and a hauntingly spare blend of vocals, hand percussion, and solo cello – recorded with more than enough echo to live up to the title! ... (Rock) read moreCD
Slyly seductive work from Brenda Russell – a singer who's clearly in a class of her own here, and sounding wonderful on this classic album from the early 80s! Brenda's style is nicely diverse – part balladry, part sophisticated soul, part modern mellow groove – all wrapped up in ... (Soul) read moreCD
The title here kind of leaves you hanging – but it's also a great invitation to dip into the sound of the album, and witness all the great artists who accompany John Russell on the performance! The tracks were all recorded as part of a birthday celebration for the British guitarist – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lightly whimsical score by Carlo Rustichelli – penned for an unusual 1972 Italian film that starred Dustin Hoffman! The tracks are all relatively short – most are between 1 and 2 minutes long – and offer variations on the main theme of the film, which is done in the Rota-esque ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Two really lovely soundtracks from Carlo Rustichelli – a composer we mostly hear on music for Italian films, but who turns in two beautiful French film scores here! First up is L'Homme Presse – music that has this open, floating sort of vibe – light strings, and isolated piano ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Wonderful work from the Chicago scene – a timeless effort with titles that are Chicago and Illinois prairie-centric in theme – and compositions musically rich enough to touch on some diverse strains of small combo jazz, from bluesy to bossa-steeped! Second Impression makes a heck of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Some of the coolest, most compelling work we've heard in years from Wanda Sa – a very spare, stripped-down session that really gets back to the roots of her music from the 60s! Wanda Sa has been reviving her bossa sound for the past decade or more, but most of those recordings often have a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A beautiful set of Brazilian vocals – inflected with a bit of bossa inspiration, but coming off a lot more freely overall! Wanda Sa and Celia Vaz sing dual vocals on a haunting set of tracks that have a strangely spacey sound, thanks to the lilting loveliness of the ladies' voices. The ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Think what you want – we think this is a damn great soul album! Sure, the record was a crossover classic that got played to death back in the 80s – but give it a listen now, and you'll be stunned to hear how fresh it sounds, and how much it reminds you of all the British soul acts that ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet little live set by Sade – done with the subdued warmth of her later work, but also featuring a few key songs from earlier years! There's a nicely understated quality to the record, in keeping with Sade's own presence – and we're quite pleased to hear how these songs hold up ... (Soul) read moreCD
A hell of a record from Polish organist Krzsystof Sadowski – one that mixes his own Hammond with wordless vocals, reeds, and rhythms – all in a style that really fits the spacey image on the cover! Key to the record is singer Liliana Urbanska – a vocalist with that higher range ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from this Polish keyboardist – a set that has him stepping past the simple Hammond modes of his earlier years, and into a realm of much freer-flowing fusion! Sadowski still mostly plays Hammond on the set – but also a bit of Fender Rhodes and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sylvia St James —
Magic ... CD Elektra (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
A stunning solo set from Sylvia St James – previously known as a singer in the great group Side Effect – but an even better act on her own! Sylvia gets lots of great help here from the jazz fusion side of the spectrum – including drummer Lenny White, plus keyboardists Don ... (Soul) read moreCD
Truly amazing work from Bridget St John – an artist who's unlike anyone else we can think of – and who belongs in that rare stratosphere of completely distinct talents at the end of the 60s – a space that might include Nico, Nick Drake, or Bill Fay! Like all those three, St John ... (Rock) read moreCD
A really wonderful little record – and some of our favorite work ever from Japanese pop maestro Ryuichi Sakamoto! Sakamoto really surprised folks with this set – not just because it accompanied his strong performance (with David Bowie) in the film, but also because it opened up the way ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful blend of acoustic soul, gentle jazz, and bossa – a beautiful little album from Ann Sally, who you may remember as the sublime vocalist on Soul Bossa Trio's Dolphins album! The record has Ann working with small combo backing that features an acoustic guitar in the lead – ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A great new chapter for the Salsoul Orchestra – a set that has them working with underground legend Patrick Adams, who gives them an even cooler sound than before! There's more keyboards in the mix than on previous albums – some of those cool and moogy touches that Adams brought to his ... (Soul) read moreCD
Brillant work from the Salsoul Orchestra – some of their most sophisticated work ever, and right in line with a soulful orchestral style that runs back through the work of Barry White into the early experiments of the Soulful Strings! The album marks a shift for the group – now led by ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the more obscure bossa jazz sets of the 60s – played by the lively little Samba Trio, a group who definitely live up to their name! Don't mix these guys up with the early 80s combo from Europe – as this group plays with a hard-edge groove that's heavy on romping piano lines and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Two very different slices of work from the Brit easy scene at the start of the 60s – TV music from arranger John Gregory, and a set of swinging vocal sides from the great Mike Sammes Singers! Gregory dominates the first record – which is split between an album of western themes, mostly ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Joe Sample —
Hunter ... CD MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ...
A fusion classic from keyboardist Joe Sample – exactly the kind of record that really helped him carve a name for himself away from The Crusaders! There's a vibe here that's a bit deeper than some of Joe's work with that famous group – keyboard lines that are more introspective at some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joe Sample's sitting at a grand piano on the cover, and that image is a nice tip-off to the sound within – an approach that has Joe hitting some more sophisticated acoustic passages at points, while still opening up into the soulful groove we'd expect from his legacy as a core member of The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
San Ul Lim —
3 ... CD World Psychedelia (Korea), Mid 70s. New Copy ...
Super fuzzed out, trippy 70s psych rock from Korea's San Ul Lim – an album recorded by the Seoul rockers in the power trio format of guitar, bass and drums – but with such a fuzzy, dense tone that it's hard to fathom how on Earth they got the sound! The opening track starts in ... (Rock) read moreCD
Fantastic funk from the Spanish scene of the 70s – a set that starts out in the best electric fusion mode, but also embraces some older Spanish currents too – with a groove that's almost a 70s funk take on some of the flamenco jazz experiments of the late 60s! Yet we'll also say that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful little record by Pharoah Sanders – quite different than most of his other recordings of the 70s, and done in a smoothly jazzy mode that also features plenty of soul! Sanders did the set in collaboration with Norman Connors – and the style is in that same great mix of mellow ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great later moment from Pharoah Sanders – a set that's one of his few from the time that really stretches out in the same open, spiritual territory of his classic recordings for Impulse! The group's a trio – with Sanders on tenor and wood flute, Hamid Drake on drums and other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pharoah Sanders & Norman Connors —
Beyond A Dream ... CD Arista (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A dream of a record from this legendary spiritual jazz duo – drummer Norman Connors and reedman Pharoah Sanders – coming together in a freewheeling spiritual jazz style that's a lot more like Connors' earlier albums than the soulful fusion he was mostly recording in the late 70s! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
We're not sure we've ever heard Giovanni Sanguineti on any albums before – but the bassist really has our attention now, thanks to this sublime performance by his Nextrio group! The bass is really upfront in the mix, and balanced nicely with the piano of Mario Zara and drums of Nicola ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful second album from the Sansa Trio – one of the more obscure combos of the 60s bossa era! The group here is heavy on piano lines from Jose Briamonte – but also features bass from Jose Odonez and drums from a very young Airto! Briamonte's a great player on the keys – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Legendary Swedish tenorist Nisse Sandstrom really shines here – in a new recording that also features younger great Jonas Kullhammar – who blows alongside Sandstrom in this really classic way! The pairing of two great, and individual voices on the tenor is wonderful – and the duo ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Mongo's biggest records of the early 70s – and an important early side for Atlantic Records! Moving to Atlantic from Columbia, Mongo hipped things up even more – picking up on important trends in soul, rock, and the Latin underground of the time. Atlantic gave Mongo the freedom ... (Latin) read moreCD
A killer set from Mongo Santamaria – one of his first albums on Atlantic, and a record that really keeps up the groove of his Columbia sides! Mongo's moving into very funky territory here – working with arranger Marty Sheller, and getting some great help on keyboards from Neal Creque ... (Latin) read moreCD
Agostinho Dos Santos —
Musica Nossa ... CD Ritmos Codil/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
A really great 60s record from Brazilian singer Agostinho Dos Santos – an artist who has part of the class of the bossa generation, and part of the depth of the samba soul singers to come – a very unique approach that nicely puts this rare album at the crossroads of Brazilian music! ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground group just keeps on getting better and better – and opening up with new ideas we never would have expected in their music just a few years before! The group's been an important springboard for a newly emotional, spiritual side of Mazurek's music – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Masahiko Satoh —
MSB ... CD Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
MSB stands for Medical Sugar Bank – maybe an odd name for a group, but one that you'll quickly forget about, once you slide into the sound of this stellar fusion set from keyboardist Masahiko Satoh! Satoh plays a lot of great Fender Rhodes on the album, and a bit of acoustic piano too – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Masahiko Satoh —
MSB 2 ... CD Sony (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
Masahiko Satoh's back with his Medical Sugar Band combo – and as with their first album, this second set is a hell of a cooker! Satoh plays a lot of Fender Rhodes on the album – and a bit of Oberheim too – and the groove is in the best side of soulful fusion from the time – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The mighty debut of Saun & Starr – a female soul duo who have been best known for their backing work behind Sharon Jones – stepping out here into the spotlight with some great support from the Dap-Kings! Although funky, the duo also have more of a deep soul approach than Sharon ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A nice Carlo Savina score for this Italian film also known as The Unnaturals – a title that's also reflected in some of the moodier, offbeat tunes used by Savina on the soundtrack! The music is an unusual blend – as there's some numbers that almost have a whimsical saxophone or ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Loads of cool sounds here – from mellow bossa, to moody jazz, to a few more dramatic numbers – all wrapped up together in a package that's definitely the epitome of what we love in Italian soundtracks from the time! Each tune has a slightly different flavor, but the music is linked ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A full, rich soundtrack in the classic Italian "blood and sandals" mode – scored to accompany the story of Achilles, who's at his heroic best during most of the narrative! Carlo Savina's music is rich in dramatic themes – often with brassy touches that evoke a more ancient ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A great horror soundtrack from Carlo Savina – penned for this early 70s thriller that circulated the globe under a few different titles, and gained some big attention for its mix of sex and blood! Savina's soundtrack music is some of his darkest – often in the slightly atonal quality ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A pair of 50s sci fi soundtracks – back to back in a single set! First up is Kronos – a score that makes some nice use of theremin alongside more conventional instrumentation – all with that extremely vivid feel that was often used to illuminate some of the less-than-special ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Not the usual vocal group you might guess from the cover – and instead a very cool postwar combo who both play and sing – in a mode that's a great bridge between earlier jazz styles and some of the doo wop modes to come! A few years earlier, and these guys might have sounded like the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Funky 70s work from film score maestro Lalo Schifrin – served up with a bit of a disco twist, and plenty of the electric jazz funk elements that were showing up in his soundtracks at the time! Lalo's on keyboards, playing a cool host of electric ones that give the record a nice spacey sound ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of CTI 70s classics from Lalo Schifrin – back to back on a single CD! First up is Black Widow – funky 70s work from Lalo – with a bit of a disco twist, and plenty of the electric jazz funk elements that were showing up in his soundtracks at the time! Lalo's on keyboards, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An 80s electro-pop classic from Peter Schilling – one of a handful of German artists who managed to crack the record racks over here at the time – thanks to his strong use of English language on most of the tracks, and his classic "Major Tom" track, which was a nice reference ... (Rock) read moreCD
Gypsy swing is alive and well in the hands of Dorado and Amati Schmitt the first a violinist, the second a guitarist – working here in a mode that draws strong inspiration from the generation of Djano Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli – but at a level that really moves things forward, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wonderful sounds from Jean Schwarz – a composer who works here in the electro-acoustic modes promised in the title, but often with a sound that's relatively organic overall – and extremely beautiful as well! The 2CD set features five different compositions, but each has individual ... (Out Sound) read moreCD
Irene Schweizer & Han Bennink —
Welcome Back ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ...
Two amazing musicians who somehow sound even better here as a pair than on their own – and that's saying quite a lot, given the musical legacy of pianist Irene Schweizer and drummer Han Bennink! Schweizer's always been one of our favorite improvisers – as she's got an ability to freely ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Back at a time when any self-respecting punk rocker wore their hair pretty darn short (if they had hair at all!), the Scientists came along and brought a long-haired, freaky-flowing sound to the music – one that opened up with a lot more fuzz on the guitars, but still kept all the raw energy ... (Rock) read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from guitarist John Scofield – warmly soulful at times, but way hipper than conventional fusion too – thanks to that careful balance that John was bringing to his music at the time! The record features a few different lineups, designed to fit the moods of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty wonderful retrospective of Jill Scott's years at Hidden Beach – timeless, richly emotional neo classic soul from one of the leading lights of her generation! We've been fans of Jill's from the first album onward, and if you're a younger fan, this excellent collection is a great place ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful batch of instrumentals from the legendary Raymond Scott – and a set that features some of Scott's most wonderful compositions ever! These numbers all date from the 30s, and were originally released as 78s on the Master Records label – but this later Columbia package really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Tom Scott gets his apple juiced in this sweet live set – a concert performance from the early 80s, and a record that's got a sharper edge than some of Scott's studio work of the time! The group's nice and tight, with funky energy that really brings out the most soulful tones of Tom's sax ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Saxophonist Tom Scott, caught live at one of the highest points in his career – a time when he'd already given the world some great albums, loads of session work, and even some soundtrack moments too! The group's Scott's classic LA Express – with a lineup that includes Robben Ford on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gil Scott Heron's first album for Arista – very much in the mellow soul jazz work of his legendary album on Strata East! The record features some wonderfully moody jazz backing that really marks a shift in Gil's style – never going too far over the top, but hitting a sweet groove that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of gems from Sea Level – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Sea Level album – a classic from one of the coolest groups to emerge from the southern rock scene of the 70s – a combo who can be as tight and jazzy as The Crusaders one minute, then show off ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of our favorite records ever on the legendary Nimbus label – a special home to spiritual jazz on the west coast at the end of the 70s – and crucial for giving us some really unique talents like this! Adele Sebastian may have only ever cut this one album as a leader, but she's a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album with one of the most compelling covers ever featured on the CTI label – a fantastic achievement for ultra-hip arranger Don Sebesky! Don first got his start working on complicated charts for 60s singers and musicians – an early legacy of music that really set him apart, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great early work from The Secrets – a UK group that features early contributions from later singer/songwriter Clifford T Ward – but in a style that's much more group-oriented overall! Ward's already a hell of a songwriter – and loads of the cuts here are under-discovered nuggets ... (Rock) read moreCD
Reedman Mauro Senise has always been one of the few musicians able to equally mix jazz and Brazilian music styles with effortless ease – not just bossa or samba jazz, but a range of different modes that have made Senise one of the key interpreters of songs from the MPB generation over the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A weird and wild little record – kind of an enigmatic project from a Sepi Kuu, done at level that's quite different than you might expect from its date at the start of the 80s! The feel is much more underground acid folk – this moody blend of acoustic guitar and fuzz, with vocals that ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Sex Pistols hardly stayed together long enough to give us much music from their songs in the studio – which is why this overstuffed live collection is such an important contribution to their all-too-small body of work! The set brings together, for the first time ever, tapes supplied by ... (Rock) read moreCD
A killer from Shadow – a modern soul trio who are perhaps best remembered for the work they did with Leon Ware, but who sound pretty darn wonderful here on their own! The record's got a nice sense of groove, but also goes for that perfect midtempo balance that we love in the great run of ... (Soul) read moreCD