One of the most soulful albums we've heard from Schema in many years – a brilliant batch of jazzy tracks from singer Andrea Balducci – served up with backing by a great lineup of players from both the Ricky Tick and Schema worlds! The core approach is jazz, but many of the songs are ... read moreCD
A pretty wonderful set by Montreal-raised, Berlin-based singer and songwriter Dan Bodan for the DFA label – softly-sung, emotive tunes done with modern electronics and other more timeless instrumentation – and it's the some of the best material yet by Bodan! We really dig the range of ... read moreCD
A killer set from the young Kenny Dope – one of his first big-name projects of the 90s, and a great showcase for his already-mature approach to a groove! There's echoes here of the indie east coast club scene of a few years before – some of the soul of New Jersey, and the playful ... read moreCD
Child's View (Nobukazu Takemura) —
Fun Fair ... CD Bubble Core, 1999. Used ...
Another wild one from Nobukazu Takemura, and an album that sounds quite a bit like his Child & Magic set of 1998! The style is minimal, electronic, and with lots of the Oval-ish bubblings and scrapings that have been occupying Takemura's work lately. Nicely issued in the US, and sure to ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from Joe Claussell – a record that really reminds us of the things that set him apart from so many of his contemporaries! There's an open, honest, almost organic quality to this music – quite far from the usual club grooves at points, although some of the tracks do ... read moreCD
Jimi Tenor is a man of many talents – able to work in modes from spacey to jazzy to funky, and everything in between – as is singer Nicole Willis, who most folks know from her deep funk recordings, but who reemerges here as a house vocalist in the team of Cola & Jimmu! The look of ... read moreCD
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, ... read moreCD
Wonderful wonderful wonderful – and one of the best albums we've ever heard of modern bossa and soundtrack grooves! For years, Nicola Conte has been a seminal force in the new Italian scene – working as a DJ, promoter, producer, and sometimes recording artist under the odd 12" ... read moreCD
A bold new chapter in the career of Nicola Conte – quite possibly his most collaborative record to date, and easily his most righteous as well! Although Conte looks cheesy on the cover, his style here is even deeper than before – still driven by the classic modal and bossa sounds of ... read moreCD
Mark De Clive-Lowe is back, and more brilliant than ever – working here on a set that's overflowing with superstar talent, and which cooks even more than some of his previous albums! All the grooves we've always loved from Mark are firmly in place – the wicked beats, cosmic rhythms, ... read moreCD
The best work so far from Rosalia De Souza – a session that features production and guitar from bossa legend Roberto Menescal, and a sound that's deeper and even more classic than any of Rosalia's other work! Most of the instrumentation here is in an older acoustic mode – piano, ... read moreCD
Beautiful bossa from Rosalia De Souza – and a set that's got a sweet little difference from some of her earlier Schema albums! This time around, the sound is warmly acoustic throughout – very jazz-based, and wrapped around Rosalia's vocals wonderfully – sometimes with a groove ... read moreCD
Get ready to fall in love with a new bossa singer! The lovely Rosalia De Souza is a sweet-voiced vocalist with a sound that's very much in keeping with classic 60s work from Brazil – and she's got the added benefit of working here with new arrangements from the great Nicola Conte, the ... read moreCD
Kirk Degiorgio Presents Sambatek —
Sambatek ... CD Far Out (UK), 2013. Used ...
Brazilian percussion mixed with 21st Century sounds – all served up sublimely in the hands of Kirk Degiorgio – one of the few artists we could ever expect to get a project like this just right! The album follows nicely off Kirk's previous collaboration with Azymuth – but has an ... read moreCD
Some of Blue Note's hippest tracks of recent years get the remix treatment – in a strong set of modern hip-hop meets jazz grooves that are put together by DJ Smash! There's a total of 14 tracks in all – some exclusive to the set, a few others pulled from hard to find 12" singles ... read moreCD
A genre defying meeting of NYC's out hop illbient impresario Paul Miller and members of that city's finest new jazz improvisors. Not too far off from the recent QPSM project, this finds a cast of characters, including Spooky, who'd previously been more known for dispensing with conventional ... read moreCD
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Jukka Eskola —
Hub Up ... CD Stride (Japan), 2006. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A beautiful tribute to the electric side of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – done by Jukka Eskola from Five Corners Quintet, in a mode that almost beats some of Freddie's classic work for CTI! The setting here is spare and simple – trumpet from Jukka, tenor from Timo Lassey, and bass, drums ... read moreCD
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – ... read moreCD
A bit dated these days, but still a good batch of jazz funk tunes by one of the obscure American indie bands who transformed the acid jazz scene in the early 90s. The cuts have that mix of jazz riffs and samples, plus real instrumental soloing – in the style that's still pretty popular today ... read moreCD
We've loved these guys from the start, and they never let us down – and in fact, this album may have us loving the Five Corners Quintet more than ever! The set's a live one, but done with all the tight, soulful energy we've come to expect from the group's studio sessions – still ... read moreCD
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Five Corners Quintet —
Hot Corner ... CD Ricky Tick/Milan, 2008. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The long-awaited second album from The Five Corners Quintet – easily one of the greatest groups going on the global groove scene! As with their debut, the sound here is highly jazzy – played by a core combo that features Timo Lassy on reeds and Jukka Eskola on trumpet and flugelhorn ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful albums to emerge out of the mid 90s drum n bass era of the London scene – a complicated set of grooves that recalls the glory days of the Chess/Cadet scene in Chicago, with touches of 70s keyboard funky jazz, Brazilian fusion, and all the expansiveness that the ... read moreCD
The Latin Kick – with a jazzy groove! Gerardo Frisina's long been one of our favorite talents on the international groove underground, and like his labelmate and sometime musical partner Nicola Conte, he's got a way of crafting tracks that are awash in classic jazz touches. Frisina himself ... read moreCD
Glass Animals —
Zaba ... CD Harvest, 2014. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
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Disco ... CD Fourth Dimension (UK), 2001. Used ...
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Gast ... CD Mutek_Rec (Canada), 2001. Used ...
More classic-sounding jazz funk grooves from this perennial favorite among today's groovers. The move to Shanachie gave them a sound that's a little bit more free from some of the major label production, and the style's pretty similar to earlier recordings. Titles include "World Bank", ... read moreCD
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Markus Guentner —
In Moll ... CD Kompakt (Germany), 2001. Used ...
A really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways ... read moreCD
A very cool modern group from Italy – but one that plays with a groovy 60s cocktail style, in the manner of other Italian artists, like Gak Sato or Montefiori Cocktail! The record's got lots of nice vibes, keyboards, and organ – and the overall groove's a bit remixed, but still kept ... read moreCD
Another out of the park winner from Schema – a warm blend of real jazz and snapping rhythms – done at a level that's mostly acoustic all the way through, and very much in the best Nicola Conte spirit! Invisible session brings together drummer/producer Luciano Cantone with the team of ... read moreCD
Straddling the world between nu jazz and post rock, the Jaga Jazzist come up with another couple tracks that defy easy categorization, instrumental musings travelling between the spheres of contemporary electronics and cinematic, jazzy instrumental soundscapes. Fellow travelers Dat Politics and ... read moreCD
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Jaga Jazzist —
Magazine ... CD Smalltown Supersound, 1998/2004. Used ...
The long lost 1998 debut from the rubbery electronic jazz dance collective Jaga Jazzist – released for the first time outside of the group's native Norway! The 4 long-ish tracks that make up the original release are far-and-away the earliest material we've heard from the group, and it's ... read moreCD
Jaga Jazzist —
Stix ... CD Ninja Tune (Canada), 2002. Used ...
Genre defying instrumental excursions into NuJazz, post rock and other largely indescribable tone bending. Fans of the Chicago based Tortoise style musings will get open on this new school collective that melds live instrumentation with modern beat science and studio trickery, though such ... read moreCD
Another batch of ambient post rock, organic and electronic grooves from the Norwegian superpower Jaga Jazzist! This one has some heavier prog rock elements than we remember from their previous work – which make for some surprising, exiting passages within the mellower, more hypontic sounds! ... read moreCD
A sweet little record that's every bit as compelling as its title! This "landscape of smaller's music" is a set of instrumental tracks from Japanese artist Tomoki Kanda – almost pastoral in nature, but with electronic touches and enough of an abstract vibes quality to land them in ... read moreCD
A noisy blend of electronics and space jazz – much more farther-reaching than the first album by Audun Kleive for Jazzland! The approach here is very abstract – filtering together drums, keyboards, and the occasional muted vocal from Kleive, into a looping, rhythmic progression of ... read moreCD
Timo Lassy —
Round Two ... CD Ricky Tick (Finland), 2009. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A Round Two KO from Timo Lassey – modern jazzy sounds with classic resonance from the Finnish saxophonist and his killer combo – featuring a couple of standout vocal numbers featuring Jose James and with sharp production by Teddy Rok! The group delivers timeless jazz with passion and ... read moreCD
A mad mix of spaced out jazz funk from Madlib – working here in a style closer to his benchmark Yesterday's New Quintet mode of forward looking band-based grooves – but also taking it even further and into deeper realms! The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble ... read moreCD
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Excellent modern bossa grooves! The group is British, but the record's issued on Schema – and it reminds us a lot of the modern bossa work that's been showing up on the label. The band is incredibly tight, with a straightforward trio format of organ and drums, mixed with occasional vibes, ... read moreCD
Singer Sarah Linhare's has Messages From The Future – delivered via this sweet little set of spacey future soul! Sarah's voice pulls you in pretty quickly, with genuine soul. The production is by Kenlo Craqnuques and a couple of guests, who all manage to blend soft, airy atmoshere with some ... read moreCD
Funky flute, in a sweet dancefloor mode – as the work of Han Litz is remixed here by a variety of European producers! Litz has a groove that's already great on its own – a style that hearkens back to 60s and 70s jazz flute players, especially the funkier currents of the latter – ... read moreCD
A far-reaching and progressive set of dancefloor grooves from Japanese producers Yasushi Ide and Yoko Ota! The album's got the feel of some of the best work we've heard in recent years from the New York scene – the kind of cross-cultural house-driven projects that always seem to stand out ... read moreCD
A pretty incredible set from sax player Masato Nakamura, aka Masa – late of the trailblazing Japanese jazzy explorers Sleep Walker – here leading a new combo and some fellow Sleep Walker alum on a set of cover tunes selected by some of his (and some of our) favorite modern groove ... read moreCD
Moody and tripped out soul sounds from Massive Attack – to say Heligoland is their strongest record in years would be a misnomer, as it's their only album in a number of years, but it's a strong and effective one! From spare melodies that slowly build in mood and volume, to sputtering ... read moreCD
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The title, group name, and cover are all a bit obscure – and hardly tell the full story of the rich sound of this new dynamic act – a compelling combo who mix together Spanish guitar, strings, and contemporary beats – all in a style that's way more than the sum of its parts, and ... read moreCD
Contemporary electronic grooves from the Norwegian scene, courtesy Ralph Myerz – mixed with synth-funky hip hop beatcraft – and finished with new vocal collaborators from Myerz's own Bergen, Norway scene as well as an eclectic batch of vox that stretch from classic Motown soul, to ... read moreCD
Quasimode are definitely cooking on this sweet little set – picking up a rich array of influences they've never had before – including bits of Latin rhythms, and some soul music as well! A few of the cuts feature vocals – but in ways that are more straight soul than the group's ... read moreCD
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A totally great live set from Quasimode – and one that really returns the combo to the core brilliance of their first few records from Japan! The setting is completely unfurled and unbridled – the main quartet soaring away in a fast flurry of piano, bass, and percussion – always ... read moreCD
The only thing better than Quasimode on record is Quasimode live – as you'll hear on this sweet little set! The album captures the Japanese jazz combo in all their jazzy brilliance – working live and loud, with a razor-sharp sound throughout! The set's a great way to hear the group's ... read moreCD
Another amazing moment from the Ricky Tick label – an imprint we've trusted since their very first single, and one who never lets us down! As with other Ricky Tick projects, which seek to revive the best sounds of European jazz from years back, this big band set sparkles with the sort of ... read moreCD
Alexander Rishaug —
Panorama ... CD Smalltown Supersound (Norway), 2002. Used ...
Killer jazzy grooves from the bourgeoning French jazz house scene! St Germain take a Blue Note 70s sound as their base – with lots of sweet Hammond riffs, mellow Fender Rhodes licks, funky flute lines, and spacey percussion – then they add in some tight soulful house rhythms, with a ... read moreCD